Category: Romance


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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#ReleaseDay Blitz & Giveaway: Love & Decay Season 3 (Episode 1) by Rachel Higginson @MarkMyWordsPR

Posted 12 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Dystopian, Fun, Giveaways, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

 

 

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

It’s been six months since Reagan Willow fled the Colony and Matthias Allen’s tyrannical clutches. Six months since she broke Hendrix Parker’s heart. Six months since she watched Kane Allen sacrifice his life to save hers.
Whatever was left of her already-tattered life during the Zombie Apocalypse fell apart six months ago. Now, on the cusp of crossing the Mexican border, there is hope that she might lead her friends to a better existence.

Except Zombies are only the beginning of their problems. Reagan and her friends must battle the elements, armies of Feeders and bounty hunters desperate to drag them back to the Colony to face their greatest threat.

The Colony’s power stretches wide and far. Their only hope is to outrun Matthias and get to Mexico.

Love and Decay, Episode One is the first episode in Season Three of a novella series in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Approximately 20,000 words.

 

 

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Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

A vaccination gone oh so wrong and a huge portion of the world’s population was turned into Zombies. Reagan Willow is forced out of her home when her parents become casualties of the horrid Zombie Apocalypse. With the help of her best friend Haley, they’ve become somewhat of experts on surviving the dangers of a world thrust into chaos and decay.

Reagan and Haley are on a vague mission to find somewhere safe to live out the remainders of their terrifying life when they stumble upon the Parkers, a pack of brothers that seem to have the survival thing down in a much more efficient and successful way than Reagan could ever have imagined. They are also protecting their eight year old sister, Page, and will do anything to keep her safe.

The brothers decide that Reagan and Haley need help with being kept safe as well, and as a group they set off to find the Zombie-free utopia Reagan is dreaming of.

Zombies are a daily problem, constantly threatening the lives of their group, but they’re not the only peril on the journey ahead. Militia groups of power hungry men are also a constant concern. And settlements of paranoid, suspicious people turn out to be just as hazardous.

Danger looms over every inch of the way, but Reagan, Haley and the Parkers are determined to get to their goal and remain together. Soon the Parkers become more to Reagan than just traveling companions and more than friendship starts to develop between her and Hendrix, the second oldest brother.

But at the end of the world, nothing can be as simple as life and death. Now, Reagan is going to have to schedule falling in love between hunting and surviving. Hopefully she can last long enough to find out if true love can still exist when everything else has started to fall apart.

Love and Decay, Volume One, is a compilation of the first six episodes in a twelve episode season. It is a Dystopian Romance Novella Series about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

This story takes place over multiple episodes, with a release date every two weeks. Each episode is approximately 20,000 words.

About Rachel Higginson 

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Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

 

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#Promo: Miles From Kara by Melissa West

Posted 8 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

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 The Charleston Haven Series (stand – alone) ❤

New Adult Contemporary 

Releasing December 2, 2014 

Published by Penguin/InterMix 

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…
Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.
Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.
Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…

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Colt started to say something, then shook his beer. “I’m out. Want another?”


Three? I’d nursed the second one, so I wasn’t feeling it just yet, and I’d already said and done more than I would have if I were fully sober. I should stop. I should let my buzz wear off and go sleep in Ethan’s room. But instead, I kicked off my sandals and pulled my legs crisscross on the sofa. “All right, I’ll have another,” I said, mimicking his accent.

He grinned. “Very funny. You know you have an accent, too.”

Yeah, but mine’s not nearly as sexy.” As soon as the words slipped from my mouth, my eyes went wide and I covered my mouth, my face burning. “I . . .” There was nothing I could say to take it back.

His grin switched to a smirk and he cocked his hip against the kitchen counter, crossing his arms so his biceps bulged against the tightness of his T-shirt. “You think I sound sexy, huh? What else do you think of me?” He started toward me, a slow strut that made my insides ignite. His dirty blond hair fell over his eyes as he studied me. His jaw was covered in fine stubble and I found myself wishing I could run my fingers across it. I flushed.

Nothing.”


All right. How about I tell you what I think of you?” I started to argue, but he continued before I could get a word out. “I think you’re smart, though you doubt yourself. I think you’re kind, though you’re hard on yourself. I think you’re funny and your laugh draws attention no matter where you are.” He was standing before me now, staring down, his presence a force I couldn’t ignore. “And I think you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen in my life. So beautiful, in fact, I have a hard time being around you . . . without staring.”

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 About the Author 

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Miles From Kara by Melissa West #NA #Contemporary

Posted 2 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Giveaways, New Adult, Release Day Blitz, Romance / 0 Comments

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The Charleston Haven Series (stand – alone)

New Adult Contemporary

Release: December 2, 2014

Published by Penguin/InterMix

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Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…

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TEASER

Colt took a step in my direction. “Can I ask you a question, Kara?”


My eyes drifted up to his. He was so close now, close enough that I could smell his woodsy scent. Most guys smelled like cologne or soap, but Colt was all earthy. All male. It was too much. “Maybe,” I said, unwilling to offer more.

Why do you stay with him?”

Of all the questions I expected to hear out of his mouth, that wasn’t one of them. It was the one question I couldn’t answer, even to myself. I drew an uncomfortable breath and shook my head, my gaze finding the floor. “What do you mean?”

Another step. “You know what I mean.”


Why do you care?”


He paused, his arms still at his sides, his heart beating noticeably in his chest. “I don’t know.”

Our eyes met, and in his gaze I saw the same war that brewed in my heart. This wasn’t right, yet I couldn’t keep myself away. The moment drew on, an electric charge building all around us. Every nerve in my body ached to close the distance between us, to see if his skin felt as warm as it looked. I wanted to trace the lines of his tattoos. I wanted to hear and feel his breath on my face. I swallowed hard, my resolve to be the good girl my mom raised me to be faltering.

About the Author

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: The Trouble With Faking by Rachel Morgan @MarkMyWordsPR #Contemporary

Posted 2 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Release Day Blitz, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumour’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they really want to be with. Brilliant plan, right? Especially since Damien is the guy Andi’s always wanted. But now there’s Mike, the guy Andi’s pretending to be interested in for the sake of the fake relationship plan, and Noah, Damien’s annoying best friend—who is so not Andi’s type—and suddenly the plan isn’t looking so brilliant anymore.

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She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

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MiniReviews: 5 stars to Angelfall and 4 stars to World After by Susan Ee #YA #Angels

Posted 18 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

 

 

Review:

 

It’s taken me a while to know what to say. I had given up all hope of ever liking this book. This damned book. I tried it 3 times. Now, you’d think by the 3rd time it’d be a write off, but I actually LOVED IT! I must have not been in the right frame of mind before that. I was hooked.

Sometimes as well when the book first comes out and it gets lots of hype, that can put me off. I think that must have been the case. Now, I just wish I hadn’t brushed it off. Penryn is one of those honest characters that I love. She’s just so…there. Not pretentious, or arrogant. She’s in the moment and true and funny and strong. A true heroine, of a sorts. She’s fiesty, too.

She doesn’t fall head over heels with Raffe when she first meets him. In fact, she hates him. He represents all that has ruined the world. But her younger sister has been taken by the enemy and she needs Raffe to find her. Not that he’s willing to give any help.

Now, I know most writers make angels all buff, but he’s not overly obnoxious with it so that’s why I liked Raffe. He’s like…a typical male. In that, he’s grumpy, rude at times, but soft at the right moments, too. Okay, so not that typical. ha

The story was exciting, shocking, and left me wanting to know more. I was just as surprised to enjoy this as the book was. 🙂 But hey, that’s good. I look forward to reviewing book 2. Which I’ve already read. (Yeah, I’m that slow at reviewing.)

Bye!

-Kat

 


 

 

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

 

 

 

 

Review:

It took me longer to get through this sequel of Angelfall. I think part of it is because there were patches that dragged, and lots of travelling and not so much action.

The lack of interaction between Raffe and Penryn didn’t help, either. But once they got together, it was spectacular. I love Raffe. I think I mentioned that in my previous review, didn’t I? I do. I love him. He’s so unlike his other brothers (angels, that is) and it’s so sad with his situation.

I was a bit put off by Penryn’s sister, and what happened to her, but I warmed to her. It took some time, though. Penryn’s mother on the other hand…wow, is she batshit crazy, or what?

There were loads of new characters in this book and it was so…jam packed full of information, I thought my head might explode.

The writing was great, as always, and I was surely sucked into that world. I go through phases, and I hadn’t really been into angel stories lately, but these books captured me. I can’t wait for book 3. I’m sorry my reviews aren’t very…articulate, but it’s hard. REVIEWS ARE HARD! *sobs* No, really. When a book is so high on my scale, it’s worse. I want to just put a row of hearts. Can I do that?

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Not exactly a row. But oh. Yay!

That’s all from me. MWAH!

KAT!

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Review: 4 stars to Across The Universe by Beth Revis #YA #Scifi

Posted 5 November, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

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A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

 

 

Review:

I enjoyed Across The Universe with much surprise. I’d been a bit behind on book reading and thought I’d give this ago, and yeah. The premise is certainly different  to other sci-fi books I’ve read and the characters are strong, determined souls.

Stuck on a shit going to New Earth, everyone has a part to do and they all look the same. They have a season to reproduce and they have pretend stars. They’re told they are close to arriving, but actually…

Yeah that’s where things get interesting. Lies are told and we find out people we thought were good, aren’t. I liked the dynamics between them and the plot twist was seriously twisty. I couldn’t stand Elder. I liked Eldest, but I had a feeling he was hiding something, and gradually we find out what it is.

The fact that we are made to wait until near the end to get answers, is a good thing. Sometimes if the story is slow to begin with then maybe that isn’t so good, but this was full of twists and turns that had me glued to the pages. Pacing was well done, and points of views weren’t too confusing.

The romance was there between Amy and Eldest. I could sense it, but it wasn’t the over all point of the story. I have book two to read and I want to see what happens next, which I always think is how books should make you feel. Amy’s a strong character, sensible and logical, and it made me want to hug her so much. How she coped without her parents, I do not know, and I would have been begging for them to be let out. I rate it 4 stars, however, because Eldest pissed me off. And okay, so maybe there the odd moments where it got a bit slow.

There’s not much else I can really say…It was a good book and that’s what counts. I wasn’t bored or let down. Thumbs up from me. 🙂

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

five-stars
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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

four-stars
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#CoverReveal: No Angel by Pippa Jay #Angels

Posted 29 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural / 1 Comment

COVER REVEAL

It’s time…

Check out the beautiful cover for Pippa Jay’s No Angel below!!

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Blurb:

How far would you fall for love?

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted.

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

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 Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, four self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, Reboot and Hallow’s Eve), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Wattpad

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