Category: Paranormal Romance


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough

Posted 22 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Top Ten Tuesday / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s task is to list Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While. There are a number of books I’ve read over the years that I just don’t talk about because, well, I just don’t know.

So most of these are actually book series, so I’m counting each one as a single book because otherwise we’d be here forever, ‘kay?

In no particular order.

1)  The Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan: Many years ago, during my reign of reading about vampires and such, I came across a series (actually, I came across the film first, but that’s beside the point) called the Darren Shan saga. After seeing The Vampire’s Assistant movie (which I loved! I don’t know why it got slated so much. Sure, it wasn’t like the books, but at least the script was good! And oh yes, JOSH HUTCHERSON was in it! Not to mention the cute guy who played Darren – Chris Massoglia!) I decided to pick up the books and that was when my obsession with all things Darren Shan began. I haven’t read them in a while, because since I took up blogging and got more immersed in the book world, I’ve had other things to concentrate on BUT I fell in love with the Darren Shan world and I went to all the signings/events the author did locally (and some not so locally) and it remains to this day one of my all time favourite series.


 

 

2)  Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter: The Gallagher Girls series was one of the first proper teen contemporaries I ever got into. The whole spy school thing was new to me and I loved it, more because, although they were younger at the beginning of the series, it wasn’t too complicated or high strung as a lot of contemps can be on occasion. Cammie Morgan was, despite being the daughter of the headmistress and a very good spy, was also very relatable. To me, at least. She excelled at blending in, disappearing into the background and that made it easy to snoop around the school, finding secret doors and hideaways when no one was looking. I admired that about her. Not to mention she was funny. There’s also bits of romance, too. The series has everything, really.


 

 

3) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I need to reread this. It would be my third time. I could probably reread this over and over and over and over and over…and over again, because it will never get old or boring or stop being the romantic beast it really is. I don’t know what else to say other than I love it. 🙂

 

 


 

4) Vampire Queen series by Rebecca Maizel: Not your usual vampire story. There was a romance, yeah, but it never felt like the sole focus. This was one series that I thought was going to end at 2. And then a couple years later…there’s a 3rd book. It’s such a well written story without all the love triangles or cheesy lines that a lot of vampire novels have, or had, because they seem to be dwindling down in quantity these days.

 


 

 

5) The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver: Again, a series I read a few years ago and keep meaning to reread. This series was different in the sense that there weren’t any vampires, but there were plenty of demons. When Riley Blackthorne’s father dies, she has more to worry about than just ordinary life, making sure she has a roof  over her head. She goes on a vengeance mission to find the demon that killed him. I mean, damn girl. She really kicks ass. Also, this isn’t just a demon story. There’s a whole war with Heaven and Hell, and Riley is the one to tip the balance, and it’s like holy crap! I miss this series and I implore you to try it! It’s like…Supernatural, except the lead is a teenage girl. 🙂 Oh, and there’s Beck. He’s lush! 😀

 


 

6) Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick: Hey now, don’t go rolling your eyes! This series is great and nothing anyone can say will change my mind. It’s been a while, but I still love it. I have read Hush Hush (the first book) maybe 3 times? I think so. Sure, it has its predictable moments (well, it would when you reread it but..) and it’s not entirely the best written, BUT It’s got great characters, and PATCH! NORA! SCOTT! I mean, how can you not love this? *taps mic* Hello? Is this thing on?

 

 


 

7) Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent: I love love love this series and I fully intend on rereading them soon. I will put aside a whole month just to reread all these series, I’m telling you. It kind of makes me sad that I haven’t found another series like this since. Also, Banshees! Ghosts! Hot guys and hot girls, intrigue, and danger…everything I love in a book. Eh eh!

 

 


 

8) Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy was one of those series I read during my ‘Twilight’ years, and though it has been a while, I remember how much I loved them. I have reread the first book multiple times and Bloodlines…how can I not devote numerous hearts to that series? Adrian. Forever my true love. (Yes, Will, you’re my love as well! Herondales! pssh)

 


 

 

9) Evernight series by Claudia Grey: Remember back in the good old days when there were all these amazing book series out and they were just truly awesome? ME TOO! Man, I miss those days. Yeah, sure, there have been brilliant series SINCE, but none that really match up to them. All the good series seem to have ended in 2013/early 2014, with the exception to one or two. But these days it’s all hit and miss. Evernight was one of my favourite, and it will always be. Boarding school? check! Gothic feel to it? Check! `Charming guys? CHECK! Kick ass lead? double check. And then you have the ghosts, ghouls, vampires, all sorts just roaming around ready to kill you at a seconds notice. I devoured this series and again: MUST. REREAD. Dammit!

 


 

10) Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: This book was one that got me into the whole sci-fi range, I’m pretty sure. See, at first you think it’s just about a girl who ends up in a mental hospital because of issues, but then you realise no…wait…there’s more to this than meets the eye. It’s not just about her, it’s actually more about her therapist, or the guy claiming to be, anyway. Also, the whole synesthesia thing is REAL, it’s not like the author made it up, which is what appealed to me, it got me interested in how it works. It drew me in and didn’t spit me out until it had done with me. I love this book. I LOVE IT! And then we had to wait forever for a sequel and I loved that. There’s plenty of mystery, too, which just added the icing. 🙂

 


 

So there you have it. This has made me so nostalgic and longing to reread them all. Dammit! I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and maybe got some new books to put on your TBR? 😛 Tell me what books you haven’t thought about/talked about in a while?

Kat xx

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#CoverReveal: The Assassin’s Revenge Series by Tara Crescent

Posted 15 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance / 0 Comments

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The Assassin’s Revenge series by Tara Crescent

COVER REVEAL

March 16, 2015

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I have a mission. Kill the man who kidnapped me. Kill the guards who raped me. I have guns and knives and I’m not afraid to use them. Nothing will stop me.

Then I walk into a bar and I notice him. He is gorgeous.

For four long years, my only response to anything sexual has been revulsion and fear. This time, it feels different.

I could use him. I want to use him. I could sleep with him and make a pleasurable memory as a counterpoint to the painful ones. I’m not a frightened young girl anymore. I’m a trained assassin, capable of killing him with my bare hands. This time, I’ll be in control.

He’s just supposed to be a distraction, this mysterious man in the bar that I have a one-night stand with. But I can’t predict the secrets he is hiding… secrets that are about to intersect my world in painful, unanticipated, and dangerous ways.

~*~ABOUT TARA CRESCENT~*~

Hello, I’m Tara Crescent. I’ve always fantasized about being a mysterious spy, leading a secret double-life, and now, I find that that’s come true!

Sort of.

By day, I’m a mild-mannered corporate drone in Toronto, but by night, I’m limited only by my imagination; I sit, and I type, and I am a daring writer of BDSM, erotica and romance.

In my spare time, I write of course. I also read, garden, travel, cook, and almost never clean. I just started watching Walking Dead on Netflix (zombie erotica, anyone?), and I’m impatiently awaiting the next episode of Doctor Who. (I would kill for a TARDIS.)

I’ve scribbled bits and pieces all my life, chiefly inspired by what I’m reading, which tends to be mainly science-fiction and fantasy, with a healthy sprinkling of romance and erotica thrown in.

I’m a huge believer in happily-ever-after, but tempered by real life, where happily-ever-after is possible, but takes work. My favorite kind of romance stories are ones that are somewhat believable; I like strong men and women who know what they want out of life, and are driven to get it.

I love reader email; I can be reached at taracrescent@gmail.com.

Happy reading and writing!

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#BlogTour + Giveaway: Cut Here by Azzurra Nox @diva_zura #YA #Paranormal

Posted 19 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Cut-HereCut Here

By Azzurra Nox

Release Date: 02/13/15

YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Book Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Lena Martin’s idyllic world shatters the night her mother dies due to a hit and run accident. Two years later, her dad relocates her from Italy to Los Angeles to help her put behind the time spent in a psychiatric ward following her mother’s death. But the move only proves to be a fatal mistake. Shortly after her arrival, the classmates of her new private school begin to commit suicide under mysterious circumstances after reading a cult book called Cut Here.

Determined to unravel the mystery behind the suicides, she bands together with loner Jonathan Russe and outcast Hope Peters to figure out exactly what is happening, not realizing that this places them under a dangerous radar. During this same time, Lena falls for a mysterious and attractive guy named Michael, who is as equally disarming as he’s dangerous.

As her attraction grows, so does the body count at St. Lucy Academy. Soon, Lena needs to decide whether to stay away from the guy she’s falling for, or to trust him. Is Michael behind the suicides, or is he the key that can unlock the mystery that can stop the bloodshed? Deceptions run high and Lena soon learns that nothing is what it seems.

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Bethany had pulled her bob into a tiny tight bun. She positioned herself in the center of the room, avoiding her reflection and waited for her cue to begin. Her mother rummaged through sheets of music before she began to play the intro of the dance.

The steps came automatic, without much thought. Her legs and arms moved with a mind of their own, as she did pirouettes around the room. She had been dancing for eleven years, and her limbs knew exactly how to move without any technical errors. Bethany knew that her dancing was impeccable. Error-free. Perfectly flawless. What had her losing out the lead for many recitals was her lack of emotion. She concealed her feelings so well that even whilst dancing no one could understand what her character was emoting.

Bethany continued her graceful dance, the music flowing into her, as she responded to every note. The tortured tune took her back to her stay in Florence, when she spent her days reading books on folklore and listening to all the sad, sad songs that reminded her of home.

One time she found herself walking the streets of the city near dusk. She crossed the Old Bridge, looking over the stone medieval majesty and gazed at the Arno River. Florence was said to be a magical city and she believed it. Everything about it breathed a sense of enchantment. The doctors had told her mother her body was very weak. She was too underweight. At sixty-six pounds she was at risk of heart failure and respiratory problems. Her body felt exhausted. Every step she took was an excruciating effort. But she knew that she had to cross the bridge at that exact hour. Her hands clutching a little bottle as she inhaled the Autumn air. That’s when she collapsed to the ground, and the world dropped dead.

“Are you all right?”

The music had stopped. Bethany was jerked back to the present.

“Why did you stop?” she questioned her mother.

“Honey, your foot….” her mother stood up from the piano, and approached her.

She looked down to see that the white en pointe slipper was soaked in red. A bloody trail sketched the macabre dance on the floor.

“It’s no big deal,” she shrugged it off. For a seasoned dancer, seeing a little blood never alarmed her. She should’ve felt the pain, but after many years of abusing her feet all she had was scar tissue and unhealed fractured bones. In a matter of moments she swiftly untied the silk ribbons and pulled her foot out of the slipper. It was bloody. A cracked nail. Multiple blisters around her toes. Something caught her eye. A strange black thing protruded from the side of her foot had caused the bleeding. She pulled it out without even wincing, as her mother gasped. Her heart was still, and the world dropped dead.

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azzura noxAbout the Author

Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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#YA releases in #2015 – TOP 20

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Funny, Mature, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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So for the past few years I’ve assembled a list of books released in the year, month by month. But because of time and effort, I’ve decided to compile my top 20 most anticipated books in Young Adult!

In no particular order:

1: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

It’ll be such a shame to see this amazing series end. I have loved every book of Bloodlines, just as I had with Vampire Academy. I’m really excited to see how it ends. Sad, too.

2) The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3) by Maureen Johnson

It seems like decades ago since book 2 was released. After that cliff hanger, I thought I wouldn’t survive the wait, but here I am. Alive and kicking and screaming, wanting book 3!

3) The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

When The One was released, I read it as fast as I could and then suffered from the biggest book-hangover. The prospect of having MORE of these adorable characters….words fail me.

4) End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3) by Susan Ee

I was a late comer to this partaaay! But I fell in love with Penryn and Raffe, and can’t wait for more.

5) All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Yikes! It feels like forever since the Gallagher Girls series ended, and then you had Heist Society which seems to have gone on a break – and I’m very excited for All Fall Down. The wait is nearly over!

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say? It’s Rainbow!

7) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I look forward to putting the rumours to rest. I’m sure I’ll love it!

8) Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters kicking butt…just the way I like it. 🙂

9) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

I wasn’t sure if there was ever going to be a sequel, but here we are. And I am bouncing.

10) All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4) by Holly Smale

I’ve yet to finish Geek Girl 3 (I’d been reading it in the book shop because I’m waiting for it come out in paperback) but am hopping with excitement over book 4!

11) The Selection Stories: The Queen & The Favorite (The Selection, #0.4, #2.6) by Keira Cass

It’s Kiera. End of discussion.

12) Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

I’ve enjoyed Maria’s other word (Poison Study series, and I’ve got the others somewhere…) so I’m looking forward to this.

13) The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

I missed Rachel’s work. I loved the Soul Screamer series, and this sounds just as good!

14) Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters. LOVE IT!

15) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Interested.

16) Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Another new gem from Rachel and I can’t freaking WAIT!

17) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I heard this is a Middle Grade story, but I don’t care. I heart Tahereh’s writing so much. She’s just…perfection.

18) Burn (The Rephaim, #4) by Paula Weston

Ahhhhhh! This has to be one of the most underrated series ever. I love these.

19) Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

SQUEEE!

20) Please Remain Calm (This Is Not a Test, #2) by Courtney Summers

Book 1 was wild. Book 2 must be CRAZY.

As you can see most of these are continuations of a series, but there are a few that are new. Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments below. 😀

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Review: 4 stars to Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Faded Gatsby glamour and thrilling gothic horror meet in this gorgeously told, terrifying and dreamy YA romance.

‘You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…’

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who likes coffee and who kisses you in a cemetery… Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

 

This was one of those books where I dived in head first, not knowing what to expect. And honestly? I came out the other side pleasantly surprised. Confused, disturbed, but surprised none the less. In a good way. Can you be disturbed in a good way?

I’m unsure of somethings, mostly the point. I believe this is a series, but I’m not sure if the sequel will be from a different point of view. Probably. The ending felt pretty solid in terms of whether a continuation would be needed. The writing was intense, hooking me with no shame. I found I both loved River…and hated him. He was troubled. A seriously troubled boy with no qualms about what he was doing, and whether it was wrong or not.

I was concerned for how fast Violet fell for him. It was what you’d call ‘insta-love’ which is all very well and good but it’s still a little…WTF?! You know?

When River’s brother, Neely, arrived, I actually liked him more because he wasn’t trying anything with Violet. He was far more relaxed, normal, and still sweet and caring. At one point I was hoping Vi would come to her senses and go with him. And then you have…the ending. I don’t want to spoil too much because the whole point of the story is the mystery, but there’s quite a lot of mind-fuckery and that is something I both love and hate. I was creeped out by certain bits, but actually not as much as I thought I’d be. If that makes sense? The creepery started in the last few chapters.

The side characters: Sunshine (Vi’s neighbour) and Luke (Vi’s brother) were…in my opinion, annoying. Then you have Jack, a boy who has a drunk for a father (uncle?) and after an incident leaves him homeless, Vi and Luke take Jack in.

There’s tons of mystery and that kept me on my toes. The romance is good. Sexy with a tinge of “okay wtf?!” going on.

I’ll admit, I thought the book had the actual devil in it…and perhaps that was me being optimistic. I have this weird fascination with hell. >_< Anyway, if you want to be led on a journey of danger and fantasy, go for this. It’ll mess with your head and then-some, but leave you wanting more!

-Kat

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Review: 5 stars to The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin #YA @MichelleHodkin

Posted 4 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

 

 

 

 

Review:

I wish I could rate this 10 stars! Maybe even 50 stars. How about 100?

You have NO idea how long I’ve waited for this book. Okay, so maybe you do. It’s been…a long wait and now it’s over. Now I’ve read it in…well…a DAY! HOW. IN. THE. WORLD?!

I practically INHALED this book. The words, the sentences, the paragraphs, the pages…the chapters were PERFECT! Now, I am not a person to claim anything is perfect. God knows I’m always rolling my eyes at reviews that say “omg this was perfect!” but seriously…this was.

After the horrendous cliff hanger of The Evolution of Mara Dyer that we had to live with for 2 WHOLE YEARS I couldn’t wait to find out answers to so many questions:

Was Noah alive?

What the HELL was going on with the Doctor Kells (or Doctor Hell as I like to call her)?

WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?

Thankfully, we got our answers, but if you haven’t read this yet…well I’m not going to tell you twice. GO!

We’re thrown right back into Mara’s hellish experience of a life and let me tell you…it’s pretty disturbing shit. There were even a few moments where I felt physically sick (I wasn’t ACTUALLY…yeah). It takes a lot to gross me out.

I’m glad Jamie got a much bigger role this time and we also see a lot more of Stella. After the collapse of Horizons, Mara, Jamie and Stella wake up in a different hospital on an Island just off No Name Key. Mara, specifically has been drugged up to high heavens. Jude does a massive disappearing act.

The book starts out as intense and mysterious as ever, and there are also more flashback memory chapters. They take up as much of the book as before, and it finally….gradually….begins to make sense. Sort of.

The character development is CRAZY and I spent most of the time holding my breath (not all at once though…duh!) because I felt like I was on one huge roller coaster. I wanted to find out who had funded Horizons as much as Mara and Co. We see less of her family than I liked. (Joseph….I miss you!) but Daniel is in quite a bit. Noah…Well that’s something you’ll have to discover for yourself. I can’t really say without spoiling…

If you want a book full of sexy, intensity, thrills and chills, this is the book for you (preferably after you’ve read books 1 and 2, though) and I can’t thank Michelle Hodkin enough for creating this world and these amazing characters and the SHIP OF A LIFETIME! (I am going down with this ship, I tell ya!) and for never letting us down, even if it took you forever to write it. I am going to sorely miss these darlings and I look forward to your next adventure to be published. 😀

-Kat

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Review: 4 stars to A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey #Witches #YA #London

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired.

Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy.

Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives.

Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?

Review:

I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time, but I’m glad I read it. Having been a fan of Alyxandra Harvey for a good few years, there was no doubt that I’d be sucked into yet another of her worlds. Although I suppose sometimes you can’t always be sure.

I needn’t have worried, though. Set in Regency London era, we’re immediately introduced to a character that has a part to play through out, although in retrospect, it would have made more sense to show Emma first, as she is the main character and what the story is set around. Moira is a madcap, a sort of homeless person but who practically lives on rooftops. She steals from the rich and, well, anyone who has anything worthwhile to steal.

Then it goes straight into Emma Day story. She’s a witch, but she doesn’t know it at first, and it’s such a natural journey as her and her cousins, Penelope and Gretchen discover their true heritage. And then there’s Cormac, a Keeper – someone who works to keep the nature of witches a secret from regular humans, and acts as a sort of protector to Emma.  He’s also a really charming love interest who made me swoon quite a lot, also made me want to smack Emma because of how stupid she was. I mean, it was so obvious WHY he was acting aloof about his feelings towards her, because if the Order (kind of like the Witch police) they’d see him compromised. But then Emma would think he hated her, even when it was clear he didn’t. I wanted to slap her and tell her to get real!

There are plenty of amusing moments, mostly coming from Gretchen. Also Cormac’s sisters who make appearances occasionally. The girls are feisty and rare, never bowing down to authority and it’s so refreshing. I couldn’t describe any of them as weak or pathetic.

As far as keeping true to the settings go, I was a little put off at first because there were certain words the British wouldn’t use – like ‘blocks’ to describe an area. We don’t do blocks here. And the spelling of words in the American way…In fact there were quite a few Americanisms that bugged me, otherwise I’d have rated this five stars. I guess that if you’re an author and you have a lot of American readers, you’d be inclined to make it easy for them to understand, but it just doesn’t suit the story to do that.

The pacing and writing style were good, although on the odd occasion I found myself wanting to fast forward because certain chapters involved memories. And the change of font doesn’t help either. I hear there’s a second book to this so I look forward to getting my hands on that soon. Definitely worth a read.

-Kat

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Blog Tour: COURAGE AND OTHER DEMONS by Jill Daugherty

Posted 9 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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Courage

Courage and Other Demons by Jill

Daugherty is on tour from  September

8-13. We would love for you to join us!

 

Title: Courage and Other Demons

Author: Jill Daugherty

Age: YA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Open Mike Publishing

Release date: January 2013

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“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing

it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in

love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to

fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he

was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had

become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It

all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There

were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to

understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me

forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible

choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer

student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how

Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read

about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They

didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your

ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race

and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about

the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters

that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that

she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

 

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 Excerpt:

I walked down the steps of the small plane, my fingers skimming the thin layer of moisture that clung to the rail. A light mist was still falling, dampening my hair and clothes, and the thick fog seeped into the pores of my skin, adding to the general creep factor that had been building inside of me for weeks. It didn’t matter. Creepy fog or no, I couldn’t turn back. I had to move forward and face my new reality, which was wrapped up in the ring and the prophecy and everything else—and by everything else, I mean Simon Brady.

“We’re almost there,” Simon assured me as he reached down and took my hand in his.

I pulled away and tucked my hand inside the pocket of my fleece jacket, not ready to be nice to him. The cold or the fog or the fear of the unknown made me shiver as we walked toward the waiting car. I noticed Simon’s arm twitch, the compulsion to offer me his coat or wrap his arm around my shoulders an automatic response, but we both knew I would reject any offer of kindness he made. I wanted to punish him for being who he was—for not letting me be who I wanted to be—and rejection seemed like an appropriate punishment. He’d challenged the way I saw the world. He’d taken away my security and the view I’d had of myself and replaced it with one I couldn’t come to terms with. He’d made everything around me seem cold and harsh and perilous—including him.

A man I didn’t recognize opened one of the back doors of a black SUV (the apparent car of choice for Simon and the others). Simon acknowledged him with a brief hug before turning to me as I slid into the back seat.

“Sit in the front,” Simon suggested with kindness. “It’ll be warmer up there.”

“I’m fine,” I said.

“Maggie, you’re shivering.”

“I’m fine,” I repeated, not even making an attempt to hide my hostility.

Simon sighed, a look of regret pushing down from his brow and into his eyes, which were clear and blue and reminded me of tropical waters. He nodded and walked to the back of the car where he helped our driver load the luggage into the back. When we were all inside, Simon introduced me to our driver, but I wasn’t listening and missed his name.

“Nice to meet you,” the man said to me in a thick Irish accent.

“You too,” I told him, trying to pull every bit of politeness I had out of me and into those two words. It wasn’t this guy’s fault that I hated the world and everyone in it.

Simon turned around and looked at me. I wasn’t fooling him. I looked away and rested my forehead on the cold glass of the window. It was dark outside, and the farther we drove from the small airport at the northern tip of Ireland, the darker it became. I could see the faint glow of the moon as it strained to be seen behind the thick cloud cover, and a few stars made brief appearances in the breaks in the clouds, but it wasn’t enough light to show me what was waiting for me here.

I watched Simon for a few minutes as he stared out the front windshield. I knew the sweet and kind boy I’d first gotten to know was still there, but I also knew there was so much more to him. Whose fault was it that I hadn’t seen the rest before? Had he deliberately hidden the prophecy and everything I’d have to do and everything that he was? Or was it my fault for turning a blind eye so I could focus only on what I wanted to see? There had been signs, I know that now, but had those signs been enough for me to figure things out sooner? It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.

I didn’t want to think about any of that or sort through all the incongruous information that was constantly shifting inside my brain, so instead I leaned back against the seat and willed myself to fall asleep.

About the author:

 JillDaugherty

Jill Daugherty lives in Denver with Bailey, the world’s cutest puppy. By day, she

works with gifted children and their teachers, but somewhere on the drive home

every evening, she transforms into a writer. When she’s not working, writing

or cleaning up Bailey’s latest mess, she likes to…uh, no, that’s pretty much her

life.

 

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Teaser Post: Dirty Blood (Book #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

Posted 11 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

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Dirty Blood – Heather Hildenbrand

Book 1 – Dirty Blood Series

Paranormal Romance

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

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I felt the air in the car begin to change as I stared back at him. It felt warm and thick, like a humid, post-rain summer day. And even though we were already touching, palm to palm, I suddenly had an intense desire to be closer to him, pressed to him. My muscles ached with it and I had to restrain myself from scooting across the seat, and wrapping my arms around his shoulders, and burying my face in his neck.

The image wouldn’t remove itself from my mind and I finally had to wrench my gaze from his to keep from acting on the impulse. I was breathing heavier, partly because of the thickness in the air and partly from wanting to touch him. I wondered if he was affected, too, but I couldn’t look at him again or I wouldn’t be able to stop myself.

His hand slid free from mine, and he started the car and busied himself with checking the rearview and easing us out of the lot. I pressed the button for the window, letting in a gust of cold air. For once, I didn’t curse the cold, and was relieved when I felt the tension melt away.

When we were on the road, Wes cleared his throat. “Well, that was …”

I lifted my head from where I’d been leaning closer to the open window and looked over at him. He was running a hand through his hair, still searching for a word to describe what had happened. He’d noticed it, too. “Different,” I finished.

He sent me a half smile. “Yeah. Definitely that.”

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