Review: Howling For You by Chloe Neill

Friday, January 31, 2014
  Series: Chicagoland Vampire #8.5
Publisher: NAL
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Amber R.




This was a little novella put out highlighting some great characters from the Chicagoland Vampire series.

Jeff is a shifter who works with Merit's grandfather as an unofficial liaison between the supes in Chicago and the police department. Fallon is a wolf shifter who is second in line to become leader of her pack. There is an indisputable chemistry and magic between these two. But because of old beliefs and history, Fallon cannot become leader of her pack one day if she mates with someone who is not a wolf. Jeff is a tiger shifter. So a parade of suitors are marched before Fallon because she needs to have a mate who can one day possibly help her lead the pack.

On the eve of a coronation for Fallon's nephew, who is to be welcomed into the pack, a precious artifact comes up missing. One that is magical and powerful enough for the pack to be taken over by another family. Something that Fallon and her brothers refuse to let happen. With only one real suspect, they must take him down and quick.

I really like this quick look into some of other favorite characters from this series. Also it's a testament to Chloe Neill on how great of a story teller she is, when I was completely involved in a story that would only be a few chapters in one of her full length novels. It's a good teaser until we're able to get to book 9 of this series in February. 

Waiting On Wednesday

Wednesday, January 29, 2014



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.










From Amazon


Release Date: April 8, 2014



Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.

But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong.









Kelley Armstrong is an amazing story teller, I can't wait to see where this brand new series takes us. 

Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Series: Night Huntress #7
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Reviewed by: Amber I.
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I will admit I was starting to get bored with this series after the last book or two. It just was missing that spark that I had in the beginning. So when I found out this was going to be the last in the series I was happy. I am going to miss them but I am glad they are going out with a bang and not getting dragged out. I think Jeaniene did the right thing by ending it here. And she sure gave us a GREAT last book!! I loved every moment of it and once I started I couldn't put it down.

I must go into one of my favorite characters ever. IAN! I am soo glad he got so much book time. For him being a character that most people think of as an arrogant ass he really shows us his other side.  He was really there for Bones and Cat this whole book and was willing to sacrifice himself to help. I love him so much! 

I was wondering what their last mission was going to be and at first I was like oh typical. But Jeaniene just kept throwing surprises at us. Cat and Bones while there isn't all that sexual tension there use to be there is still a steaming passion. Even if they aren't getting down and dirty as much as they did in the beginning, their love for each other and loyalty are just as good.

I am so happy with this ending. I think it was perfect. It was nothing I thought it was going to be. And while Cat and Bones sail away you know there will be more adventures for them to come. I am sure we will get some glimpses of them in other characters books and I am looking forward to it. Good Bye Night Huntress series, you were one of my first paranormal romance books and I can't wait to re-read you one day.

Review: Black Arts by Faith Hunter

Monday, January 27, 2014
  Series: Jane Yellowrock #7
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Amber R.
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Black Arts is the latest book in the Jane Yellowrock series and it's honestly probably my favorite.

Evan Trueblood literally blows into Jane's house. Molly has gone missing and Evan thinks she's been to see Jane. However, since the fallout after Jane handled Molly's sister nothing has been the same between the two friends. So Molly is nowhere to be found. Jane, Eli, and the Kid are on the case though. Alex tracks Molly down to New Orleans but the trail quickly goes cold.

Leo is hosting a gather. Which is kinda like a super fancy party. But for vampires, which we all know will end up being some kind of craziness. Jane is in charge of security like always. There's a new vamp in town that's stirring up trouble. With Molly missing, Leo's drama, and the new vamp who did not get permission from Leo to be in his territory Jane has her hands full. Plus Evan, Angie baby, and Little Evan are all staying at the house too.

With black magic and witchy-vamp history, Jane is actually way out of her league. Ricky Bo is back in town to... help? with finding Molly. But honestly I can't see what Rick has ever done for Jane besides hurting her eventually. I don't really get what Jane sees in Rick. Beast wants him but let's be honest Beast wants everyone. Beast is greedy.

I really love how much progression we get with Jane in this book. Jane really understands herself and gets to the heart of who and what she is. She's been on the cusp of something for awhile and she really grabs a hold of it in this book. I can't wait to see where this new found sense of self takes her in the future books. The dynamic between Jane, Eli, and Alex just keeps getting better and better. I love those boys and I hope they stay with Jane forever.

I have to admit I'm kinda bummed that I'm caught up with this series. Waiting for the next book release is going to be torture.

Review: No Humans Invlolved by Kelley Armstrong

Friday, January 24, 2014
 
Series: Women of the Otherworld #7
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Release Date: January 2007
Reviewed by: Amber R.





This installment of the Women of the Otherworld series involves Jeremy, the Alpha of the werewolf pack and Jaime Vegas necromancer and star medium. As we've seen in previous books in this series Jaime is hard up for Jeremy. And when I say hard up, I mean in the hardest way. She wants him and has wanted him for the longest time.

Jaime is working on furthering her career and on the fast track to get her own tv show. While she's been doing live shows and guest spots for a long time. She's ready to move on and do her own thing. And getting her own show is something that she's been told that she should have since she was a child. So she's doing a tv special with two other people who say that they also can talk to ghosts. And since her and Jeremy have grown closer, he's coming to hang out with her for a few days.

Once she starts working at this old house that they're filming at, Jaime realizes that there are some weird things going on. Mainly that there seem to be children ghosts in the garden. Which shouldn't really be possible because they normally cross over immediately. With the help of Eve, Jeremy, and half demon Hope, Jaime is intent on finding out what happened to these kids and helping them cross over.

When evidence turns up that humans are doing something that no human should do things get even more interesting. Jaime is on the verge of a lot of life altering changes in her life. Career and personal life are both heading down a path that there is no return from. Okay since this is an older book, I'm just going to say it. The whole sex parts between Jaime and Jeremy, I thought were going to be weird but they were super hot. Like I couldn't get over that balcony scene.

My favorite part about this series besides the character and individual stories is that we get to kind of get a glimpse of some of the other previous characters. Even though they might not be the main focus, they''re still there. Especially with the council up and running, they're definitely reaching out to each other for research purposes and just general support. I can't wait to see what happens next with these awesome ladies.

Waiting On Wednesday

Wednesday, January 22, 2014



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Amazon
 
Release Date: February, 4, 2014
 
Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.  




One of our favorite authors and series here at Awesomesauce. Leave a comment and let us know what you're eagerly waiting to be released.

Review: Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep

Monday, January 20, 2014
  Series: Bigtime #1
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 2007
Reviewed by: Amber R.



I'm a huge fan of Estep's Elemental Assassin and Mythos Academy series so I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Bigtime series. The first installment, Karma Girl, really delivers. I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was a fast, fun read that gave us everything that we look for in a great book.

Carmen Cole is an investigative reporter who is on a mission to unveil every super hero and ubervillian that exists. The mission didn't start until she found her fiance boinking her best friend on her wedding day. And during this betrayal she realized that the two people closest to her are also a super hero and ubervillan who have been lying to her for years.

She ends up in Bigtime who have several targets to unmask. She works at a local newspaper and is on the hunt to unmask everyone she can. She finally figures out the identity of one of the Fearless Five, a group of super heroes who fight crime together. Once the story runs, the unimaginable happens and he commits suicide. Carmen feels horrible guilt over what happened and faces a ton of backlash from the community.

Because of her knack for uncovering super hero identities, she's kidnapped by the leading group of villains in town to do their bidding. Basically they want her to uncover the identity of Striker, one of the leading Fearless Five or else.

I think that my explanation of what's going on in this book sounds a bit cheesy. And the book is a bit cheesy to be honest. However, it's also super cute, fun, action packed, and filled with heartbreak romance and mystery. I really enjoyed this book and I really hope that you all check this series out. I can't wait until I can pick up the next installment.

Review: Corroded by Karina Cooper

Friday, January 17, 2014
Series: The St. Croix Chronicles #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 23, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
 



I have a confession to make. I was about 53% through this book when for some reason it struck me that I hadn't read Gilded, which is the second book in the series. So I just said screw it and finished reading it. I started off so strong in this series too, I even read the novella. Luckily I was able to pick up on the majority of what was happening even if some of the why was missing. I feel like a dunce. Anyhow, I really enjoyed this installment in Cherry's life.

Things for Cherry seem to be dancing right on the edge. And she's not going to be falling in the right direction. Still acting as a collector, she's on the hunt for the collector who has been on her tail since Tarnished. She's working somewhat for the Veil although she believes she has a firm handle on that situation. She's also living mostly at the Menagerie, she's dealing with Hawke at every turn and also dealing with her seemingly growing opium addiction. Cherry really believes she has everything under control but she's entirely wrong.

I really like how we get to see this woman who is working on making her own way. Granted she's an opium addict, she has her hands in all the wrong pockets, and things aren't going the way she planned. She's still standing up for herself and not letting people push her around. As much as she can anyhow. Trust me when I say that things go really badly for her even after she faces off with the collector who has been shadowing her since Tarnished.

And holy hell we get one good scene with Hawke and man is it friggen good. I'm sure while I was reading it my eyes had that glassy "OH MY GOD" look in them. Once you start reading this book, you're going to get sucked in to this underbelly of elitist London that is just so dark and gritty. And of course we're left with this crazy cliff hanger and the last couple chapters of this book were just like "WHAT?!?!?!?" I can't wait to pick up the next book in this series. If you haven't read this yet, you're going to want to. (ps, make sure you're not dumb like me and read book 2 first haha)
 

Review: Blood Trade by Faith Hunter

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Series: Jane Yellowrock #6
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: April 2 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.






I have a hard time finishing a book when I know that I'm not going to be able to read the next book for a while. And this one was no different for me. Blood Trade is just like the other Jane Yellowrock installments. It's fast paced, action packed, truly heartwarming, and it sinks it's claws right into your heart. Faith Hunter has brought us something truly special with Jane Yellowrock.

As we all know, Jane is a vamp hunter turned vamp protector? I guess that's a good word. MOC Leo Pellissier has trapped Jane to be his enforcer. In Death's Rival, there was some freaky bonding that caused Jane to be connected to Leo on a deep level. When Blood Trade picks up, it's months later and Jane is in a deep funk. Her life hasn't turned out how she thought it would and she's harboring a lot of guilt that she needs to let go of. Luckily a job offer and a connection with an old acquaintance seem to be exactly what she needs. 

A group of Naturaleza vampires are on the loose in Natchez, Mississippi and the MOC is requesting Jane to come clean up. So with her new partners, the Younger brothers, she heads off to make some money and blow off some steam. Things aren't cut and dry and the never really are with Jane. Witch magic becomes a main focus with the Naturaleza. Jane has no idea how to handle it. So she's getting some unexpected help from an old witch, a PSYLED official, and an old unexpected friend. 

Bruiser and Rick are around. And can I say that I'm just sick of this thing between these three? Rick and Jane are at odds because of the past, Jane and Bruiser are at odds because of the past. Beast wants to mate with them both. And it's just a big old mess. Jane needs to pick Bruiser and call it a day. Beast might not mate for life but Beast can't always get every single perspective mate she sniffs out. Bruiser is my pick all the way and has been since the beginning. 

I love Eli and "the Kid". I love that Jane is so close with them and they're basically her family now. There is so much humor and love in these characters and seeing it grow is amazing. I love that we get a glimpse of Jane's beginning after she becomes human again. Beast is there and as we know I love Beast almost as much as I love Jane. Beast just cracks me up. I absolutely adore this series. I can't press enough how awesome Jane and all these characters are. If you haven't read this series, you're so missing out. 



Also the next book in the series came out on January 7th so you're going to want to pick it up.

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Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton Tour Excerpt

Sunday, January 12, 2014



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Felicity Heaton has an amazing new series out and to make sure everyone knows about it, we're here to make sure everyone know how fantastic this book is. We have an excerpt from the book one Kissed by a Dark Prince and now turning it over to Felicity...


FH: It’s great to be back here at Awesome Sauce Book Club today as part of the Kissed by a Dark Prince Book Tour celebrating the release of the first book in my new Eternal Mates series of paranormal romance novels. Today, I’m going to be sharing an excerpt from the book. But before we get to the main event, I want to introduce myself. I’m a British paranormal romance author and a USA Today best-seller. I have been writing since 2005, and went indie in 2006. I love to write big worlds, populated by vampires, shifters, demons, fae and angels, and I have several series. This tour is about the Eternal Mates series, which is actually a spin-off from my Vampire Erotic Theatre series. That series focused on a family of vampires at one theatre in London but it had glimpses into the wider world outside the theatre. It’s that world of fae, dark elves, demons, witches, shifters, and other incredible species that the Eternal Mates focuses on. Now, on with the show…

Kissed by a Dark Prince – Excerpt 

“You’re not well.” Olivia reached out to steady him, instinct telling her to help him. She caught his upper arms and gasped. He was burning up, shaking beneath her fingers, his skin clammy. “You need to rest.”

“I will be fine... with a little fluids.” Pain grated in his deep voice and he swallowed hard.

“I wasn’t sure what to give you.” Olivia pressed her palm to his forehead. A fever? Was it part of his healing process or was his condition deteriorating? “I wasn’t sure what would harm or help you.”

He leaned forwards and his breath skated over her bare neck. She shivered, a hot rush sweeping through her.

“I know what fluid I need,” he whispered low, his voice barely there and teasing, stirring unbidden heat in her veins and quickening her pulse.

“Tell me and I’ll get it.” She tried to draw back and his hands shot up, fingers closing tightly around her upper arms.

“Oh, you already have it.”

He struck hard on the left side of her throat and her eyes widened. Shock stole her senses for a second before reality came crashing back. He was biting her. He was drinking her blood. Dark memories surged to the surface and she fought his hold on her, struggling like a wild thing. She wouldn’t let it happen to her again. She shoved at his chest, clawing with her short nails, and pounded her hands against it, striking as hard as she could.

He pulled her against his chest, caging her there, his arms steel bands across her back, pinning hers between their bodies. She wriggled, desperate to escape him, fear pounding down on her and making her heart stutter. He was going to drink her to death.

Tears streamed down her cheeks and her head spun, wooziness threatening to pull her down into the darkness.

“Please,” she whispered, breathless and weak, barely clinging to consciousness as her panic and fear overwhelmed her. “Release me... don’t kill me.”

He immediately pulled his fangs from her throat and she crumpled, only his arms around her keeping her on her feet. His heart beat wildly against her palms, strong when hers was weak, a timid thing that barely beat at all.

Olivia managed to find the strength to look up into his eyes.

They were different again, amethyst and dazzling. He wobbled and shimmered, said something she didn’t hear over the whoosh of blood in her ears. Ears. His were pointed now, more so than they had been before. All his markings were shining too, colourful and beautiful.

Olivia wrestled her right hand free and absently raised it, the action seeming to take forever. She touched his bloodied lips and they parted to reveal his fangs. Her blood. He had stolen her blood. Her head turned and twirled, the bright white room spinning with it. He spoke again, his beautiful mouth moving against her fingertip. She stared dazedly at it, captivated, lost, feeling not quite herself in the presence of this man.

He continued to hold her, cradling her against his body, keeping her on her feet, and stared down into her eyes. His shimmered with something she couldn’t decipher through the haze in her mind. The fog refused to lift and part, even now that her strength was slowly beginning to return.

Olivia grazed the point of one of his fangs with her fingertip. He remained very still and she had the strangest feeling that he was letting her see him like this.

“You’re not... like any vampire... I’ve seen.” Her words swam in her head, disjointed. Was she making sense to him?

His lips quirked.

“Not a vampire,” he whispered and drew her closer, and her gaze lingered on his mouth. Decadent. Profane. A mouth made for kissing. She wanted to kiss him. Olivia shook herself. It was just the blood loss talking. He frowned, a flicker of concern in his purple eyes, and then his expression turned guarded again. “Perhaps I am a forefather of that species.”

He leaned down and she didn’t resist him. His cheek brushed hers, cooler now, and he licked her throat. The gentle sweep of his tongue over her flesh sent a shudder through her and the achy heat returned, making her skin feel too tight.

She lost herself again in that caress, each stroke of his tongue cranking her temperature up another ten degrees, until she was burning inside.

His words swam around her cloudy mind.

“Forefather.” She frowned and the fog began to lift, bringing with it too many questions, all of them centred around the gorgeous male clutching her against his naked body, licking her throat. “How old are you?”

He lifted his head and stared down into her eyes.

Alarms shrieked and the room spun in a blur across her eyes, and suddenly she was behind him, her bottom against the empty inspection table, and he was in front of her. He reached behind himself and grabbed her arm, pulling her closer to his back. Bottom. Oh my. She stared at it, blaming the blood loss for her shamelessness. He had a fine backside. The markings swept above it, meeting on his spine and drifting up his back to his shoulders.

She dazedly reached out to touch them.

The doors burst open and the man jerked her closer, smashing her against his back. She peered past him, touching him forgotten. Two men were there and she didn’t recognise either of them.

The men she worked with didn’t wear black armour like these men. It was like a second skin on their bodies, covering them from jaw to toe. Their helmets were fashioned to cover all but a V across their eyes and rose back into two dragon-like horns. She gasped when the part that swept downwards to conceal their nose and mouth opened, each slat sliding beneath the next.

The man shielding her said something in his foreign tongue.

Olivia pressed herself against his back and eyed the tools just a few feet away from her. A scalpel wasn’t a weapon, but it would suffice in an emergency. This was definitely an emergency.

Were these the men who had harmed the one in front of her?

The alarms continued to shriek and she prayed the resident hunters reached her before it was too late and these men attacked.

She dived for the tray of tools, but wasn’t quick enough. The man grabbed her right wrist and pulled her back to him, the swiftness of the action too much for her in her weakened condition. Her legs gave out and she hit the pale floor of the medical room, her left hand catching on the trolley and sending it crashing into the monitor stands.

One of the other men spoke.

In the same language as her specimen.

He answered them and she looked up at him, on her hands and knees on the floor. The men pressed their hands to their chest in a sort of salute. They were with her specimen. Here to take him from her. He reached for her and voices sounded outside in the corridor. The two men rushed forwards to grab him. The male snarled something dark and looked at her with striking purple eyes that spoke of anger, confusion and regret.

And disappeared in a brief flash of violet and blue light that left a flickering outline of him behind that lasted barely a second.

Olivia stared at the space where he and the two other men had been, blinking slowly, trying to get her head around what had just happened.

Hunters raced into the room, her friend Sable leading the charge. She rushed over to Olivia and helped her stand. He had wanted to do that. He had tried to protect her from men who clearly served him.

Olivia rested against the inspection table, confused and dizzy.

What was he?

She tugged the collar of her white coat up to conceal the marks he had placed on her throat, her fingers lingering over them.

He had bitten her, but said he wasn’t a vampire. A forefather of that species.

Olivia turned her head and stared at the remains of his clothing, replaying everything that had happened after he had bitten her. He had taken care of her, sealing the puncture marks, and then he had protected her.

And then he had held his hand out to her.

She had the weirdest notion he had meant to take her with him and had been angry because the arrival of the hunters had stopped him from doing so.

“Are you alright?” Sable bobbed around in front of her to get her attention, her golden eyes shining with concern.

Olivia focused on her friend and nodded.

Lied.

She didn’t feel alright.

She wasn’t sure she would ever feel right again.

Not until she knew what he was.

Not until she saw him again.

Not until she gave him hell for biting her.





I hope you enjoyed this brief peek into Kissed by a Dark Prince!

Be sure to follow this fantastic tour to learn more about the passionate heroes and sassy heroines in the Eternal Mates romance series! You can also find yourself in with a chance to WIN a $50 or $25 Amazon Gift Certificate if you follow the tour. More details, including how to enter and a full list of stops, are available at the Kissed by a Dark Prince Virtual Book Tour page

Kissed by a Dark Prince is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer and a downloadable 6 chapter excerpt.

Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 1) Felicity Heaton 

Displaying kissedbyadarkprince-felicityheaton.jpgOlivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is completed… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?

Books in the Eternal Mates romance series:

Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 1)
Claimed by a Demon King – coming February 2014

About Felicity Heaton:

Displaying felicityheaton.jpgFelicity Heaton is a USA Today and international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too. If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand- alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Friday, January 10, 2014
Series:Women of the Otherworld #6
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: January, 2006
Reviewed by: Amber R.
 






I don't know if it's just me but I really didn't realize that Elena was pregnant in this book. Amber I is basically obsessed with Clay, so I would've thought that she would have mentioned something but I never realized that she was.

Okay that was my big revelation.

Obviously it's a big deal though. Only female werewolf, having the only pure-blood werewolf baby, kinda important. Anyhow, she's cooped up at home because she's already a target for all the rogue wolves but being pregnant makes her even more of a target. So she's at home to stay safe, Clay and Jeremy are there too. But she has cabin fever, badly. When she gets a call for a super simple recovery job, Elena talks Clay and Jeremy into it quickly. Although they have reservations about taking this job, Elena convinces them that they should take it. I really think they felt guilty too and that's why they really ended up going.

Things aren't as cut and dry once they get to Toronto. They never are. A portal opens up and zombies come out. Yes, zombies. But Kelley's zombies are actually pretty awesome. I love the way she explains them and how they are made and function. Also, Elena seems way more pregnant than she's actually supposed to be. But since she's the only female werewolf, no one is really sure what's going to happen with her pregnancy. She's pretty bad ass even hugely pregnant though. She's kicking ass and running all around. Even if Clay and Jeremy are right on her heels.

I always love Kelley Armstrong and this series is no different. Even though this book focused solely on Elena and Clay and their pack, we get to see other characters as well. Jaime is there and we hear about Paige and Lucas. I wasn't a huge Clay fan in the other books I read, I liked him but he wasn't "great" to me. However, I really feel like this book might have brought me over to liking him more. I loved how protective but not too overbearing he is. He's really working hard to have a good balance and you can see the changes in him.

I think this is a great installment to the Women of the Otherworld series. If you haven't checked it out yet, definitely do. I can't wait to see who the next book is about and get further into these characters.

Exciting Book Releases for Jan & Feb

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I feel like there are so many awesome book coming out this month and next, I want to share with you guys the ones on my radar. Also if you know of any I didn't list, leave a comment so I can check them out!

These are all Amazon links, just so you know!



1/7/14

Black Arts by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #7)

Howling For You by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampire Novella)

1/21/14

Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells (Prospero's War #1)

1/28/14

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #7)

2/4/14

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine (Romeo & Juliet)

Wild Things by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires #8)

2/10/14

Tempered by Karina Cooper (The St. Croix Chronicles #4)

2/25/15

Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #6)

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (Hollows #13)


That's what I have so far, let me know what books you're planning on picking up soon!

Review: Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells

Monday, January 6, 2014
Series: Sabina Kane #4
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: January 5, 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.


With the signing of the treaty between all dark races looming, things seem to be mellowing out for Sabina Kane. She faced and took down her evil grandmother. Now she's embracing her mage half, living in New York, enjoying her relationship with Adam, and focusing on making her life as good as possible. All the while she can't help feeling like the other shoe is going to drop and soon.

Since coming back from New Orleans, Sabina twin sister Maisie hasn't been the same. It's to be expected after everything she's dealt with but it's pretty bad. She's not having visions anymore, in fact she's being plagued by nightmares. Rhea and Orpheus reach out to Sabina to see if she can try to help Maisie but things between them aren't the most stable after everything that happened in Green-Eyed Demon.

There are murders happening that Sabina and Adam are put in charge of determining what's going on. Especially with the treaty happening soon, the murderer must be contained and quick. But with unwanted assistance being forced upon them by the powers that be, things don't go as smoothly as possible. Not only is the pressure on because of the treaty, things are coming up between Adam and Sabina, and they're dealing with stuff with Maisie as well. And it doesn't seem like Cain is as gone as everyone thinks.

All in all this was a solid book. The side characters and the witty banter definitely kicked it up a notch for me. Also, I really am rooting for Sabina and Adam. Mainly because at this point it seems like Sabina loves him and he makes her happy. And really? After the crappy hand that Sabina was dealt, she deserves some happiness. We were left on a crazy cliffhanger, like usual so I really can't wait to see what happens next.

Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Friday, January 3, 2014
Series: Darkest London #4
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.



I have no idea how this keeps happening but until it stops, I'm going to keep mentioning it. I am almost 100% certain I loved this book more than the last. This group of characters really brings out the emotions in me. I absolutely loved Jack and Mary in this book. There was so much between them and so much that happened. I was on an emotional roller coaster the entire time I was reading this book.

Jack Talent is one of SOS' most successful regulators. But there is one case that he can't solve. Or he doesn't want to solve. Poppy Lane the head of the SOS, put Mary Chase on the hunt. She makes Mary his partner. Neither one of them are very pleased with the situation. However, Mary was Poppy's assistant for a long time and she trusts her. Jack is basically family and Poppy needs someone with Jack she can trust. There's a murderer on the loose and the perpetrator is hunting down shifters.

Mary and Jack have not gotten along since they met. Jack is harsh on her for reasons that are opaque to her. Jack has his reasons but they're all bad. Granted the tension between them is palpable. The witty banter back and forth is enough to make the most stoic person crack a smile. And both of their stories are enough to make anyone break down and cry. Okay, it was me.. I was crying. Poor Jack and Mary. And right when you thought things were going to change, BOOM. The bomb drops.

So we have these regulators on the hunt for a murderer who is literally both from out of this world and right under their noses. We have two people who were both so broken but who have built themselves back up, they have such hard exteriors. But you know what they say, people who are toughest on the outside are the softest on the inside. In this case it's so true.

If you haven't read this series, you're so missing out. While you can read them as stand alone books, you really shouldn't. Each of these books are so perfect and then it gets more perfect. Kristen Callihan gives me life and has such a way of bringing these stories right into your freaking heart and it's insane and wonderful and amazing. READ THESE BOOKS.

The Best (and worst) of 2013 & Giveaway!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
So with 2014 finally here and 2013 finally gone. We're moving on to a bigger and better year. But we should definitely reflect on 2013 just for funsies mainly. So I'm going to give you guys a couple lists of books that I loved the most and maybe hated the most this year. 

Also because I'm a fun person, I'm going to do a giveaway or two, so all you have to do is tell me (in the comments) which of the books off of my list that you want to love with me but didn't get the chance to read in 2013 and I'll give it to you in 2014. I'll use a random generator to pick a number based off of the number your comment was.

Giveaway is open to US and Canada. Any format is fine. I'll email the winners after 1/7/2014.








Top 3 Most Awesome Books That Were Released in 2013

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Biting Bad by Chloe Neill

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

 

Top 3 Most Awesome Books That Were Read in 2013
(not necessarily released)

Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett

Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins

Unbound series by Rachel Vincent


Top 3 Favorite Authors of 2013
(that had a new release)

Kim Harrison
(Ever After: The Hollows #11 Released Jan 2013)

Kristen Callihan
(Shadowdance: Darkest London #4 Released Dec 2013)

Darynda Jones
(Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson #5 Released July 2013)
 

Top 3 Favorite Series of 2013
(that had a new book released in 2013)

The Baskerville Affair by Emma Jane Holloway

Harri Phillecki series by Keri Arthur

London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster
 

Top 3 Favorite Characters of 2013
(in a new release)

Sabina Kane (Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells)

Lorelei MacAlister (Darklight series by Darynda Jones)

Jane Yellowrock (Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter)


and just because I can, a few books I read this year that I was not a fan of 

Demon Kissed by HM Ward (2 star rating)

Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton (1 star rating)

Fates by Lanie Bross (1 star rating)




So this is my 2013 list, I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with. Be sure to comment so I can pick a winner (or two!)
 
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