Category: Supernatural


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

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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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#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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#GIVEAWAY!! Win signed #MorganvilleVampires web series poster (plus other goodies) #YA #Vampires #CoolStuff

Posted 27 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fun, Giveaways, Paranormal, Supernatural / 1 Comment

GIVEAWAY TIME

So hands up if you’re a fan of Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series?

Now hands up more if you’re SUPER excited for the web series of these very lovely books?

HANDS UP IF YOU WANT TO WIN A SIGNED POSTER?

BY THE CAST?

Well here’s your chance!

I got to meet the cast after seeing their panel at MCM London Expo on Saturday 25th October, and they showed the first two episodes of the Morganville Vampires web series hosted by Geek and Sundry (will be officially available Monday 27th October on their YouTube channel!!!). They might only be 10 minutes long each but that’s 10 minutes of EPICNESS! (So we got double the fun!)

It’s so surreal seeing it come to life. Now the first two episodes are intense and brilliant and I’m so pleased and proud of this fandom, that we managed to help such a beauty to come alive! ALIIIIIVE!! Here are some (slightly badly taken, but taken nonetheless) pictures while I was in the signing line. 🙂

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Now, do you wanna win…this???

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(Don’t worry, there are the right amount of signatures, just one of them decided to sign in the black area. >_<)

There’ll also be a wristband and a couple of Morganville bookmarks included. 🙂

If yes, then enter below!

p.s. THIS IS INTERNATIONAL! SO ENTER AWAY….AWAAAAAAY and good luck! I will announce the winner on Monday the 3rd November 2014!

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Oh and it’s also my blogs 2 year anniversary! (well, it was on Friday!) so this is my blogiversary giveaway special. 

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan & Slam by Tash McAdam #StoryTime #YA #Fantasy #Paranormal #Novellas

Posted 14 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

RELEASE DAY BLITZ

 

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press. All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a
nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

 

In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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Review: 4.5 stars to Eternal Dawn (Vampire Queen #3) by Rebecca Maizel

Posted 28 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Lenah has sacrificed everything — including the love of her soulmate Rhode — to save Rhode and the world from a vampire plague. But when the only good vampire left is murdered, she knows she must avenge his death.

The problem is that the murderer is her former boyfriend, Justin, who has not only become a vampire himself, but one of the most evil she has ever encountered. Lenah knows she will have to kill him in order to save her twenty-first-century friends, but can she do it?

The answer is clearer when she discovers that Justin’s taken her beloved Rhode hostage and is slowly turning him into a vampire too. But Rhode no longer remembers Lenah, and killing anyone is now against her nature.

Will the heartbreak of seeing Rhode corrupted lead her to take a path from which she may never be able to return?

 

 

Review:

It took me by great surprise when I heard there would be a third and final book to this amazing series. Okay, so the second book, Stolen Night, did end on a bit of a cliff hanger, so maybe I just forgot to be excited.

Wow. This is one of these stories that remain underrated. Based around love and how love can conquer all, so to speak, I was glad to have Lenah back in my life. At the end of Stolen Night she’s thrust back into her middle ages home life and plans on living a normal, human life. But out in the fields one day with her sister, she’s given a shock when Sulleen, an ancient vampire who has helped her on various areas of her vampire life, appears. And he’s dying. She’s told that she has to go back to modern day at Wickham Boarding school to find Justin, her ex, who has become a vampire. And kill him. He wants Lenah. And it’s just a matter of time before everything Lenah has ever known and loved gets destroyed.

I loved the story line for this final book. It seemed to flow so well and I found I was half way through the book before I’d realised. Although at times it did maybe drag on a little, but that was rare. I got irritated by Justin, because he was just acting like a spoiled brat who wasn’t getting what he wanted. Sigh.

Anyway, Tony is back! yay! You also have Tracy who wasn’t really Lenah’s friend back before she time travelled home. Everything has changed because supposedly everything should have reverted back to the way they were before Lenah had ever gone to Wickham in the first place. The problem is, not everything DID change back. It’s like some kind of parallel universe stuff going on and it’s fascinating how they discover it.

The action was great, and for someone like me who isn’t really an ‘action in books’ fan, I found it was easy to get into. The appearance of some new vampires that are to protect Lenah (I can’t spell the name of their group) was fun and gave another edge.

Lenah and Rhode’s relationship wasn’t smooth sailing. But I love those two so much. Rhode lost his memories, which made it more interesting to see him figure his connection to Lenah out.

Everything wrapped up neatly and in a way it was sad to have the story come to an end. Like a puzzle, all the characters went back into their rightful place. Asides from a few…but I won’t spoil. It’s a thumbs up from me. I’d have rated it 5 stars if not for the couple of bits that bugged me, but they’re not that bad so don’t worry.

I feel like I’m rambling.

If you haven’t read this yet, go get it!

-Kat

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Review: 4 stars to Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris #YA #scifi

Posted 15 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…

Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

 

Review:

Having searched long and hard in the library for this book, I was beyond excited to finally read it. At first I thought this was just a kind of ‘whodunnit’ book (which in all fairness, aren’t my kind of books) but thank god it wasn’t! The opening chapters sucked me in to Janelle’s world (although not as quickly as I’d have liked) and I was fully intrigued by the time the “incident” happened.

Ben Michaels is a man of mystery. He has these weird powers that made me think supernaturally…if that’s even a word. And he had this whole image about him that made Janelle unsure. But she wanted to know what had happened – how she was alive. She had died! I mean, jeez. But no one around her believed her when she said she’d been dead. They passed it off as her being silly. Ben’s friends, Elijah and Reid are two guys I just didn’t connect with at all. The same with Nick, Janelle’s sort of boyfriend.

Alex, Janelle’s best friend, is one of those guys that I kept on getting vibes that he liked her more than he let on, but that was still supportive despite this? I don’t know. He’s a cool dude, but I just… yeah.  Then there’s Jared, Janelle’s younger brother who, though he’s only something like three years younger than her, sometimes acted like he was 9. It was a bit odd.

I liked the whole detective vibe in the story, but also because it wasn’t technical (well, not always) and I could go along with it without getting confused. Until half way-three quarters through the book, when I was so close to throwing the book out the window. The plot took a rather silly turn and I was like “WTF? That is ridiculous.” Alternate universes.  It’s not that I don’t like those kind of plots, but the first half never even whispered the idea. It just came out of nowhere, as though the author didn’t know the reason herself and thought “oh hell, why not?”

This didn’t necessarily stop me from reading, though. It took a few chapters and some eye rolling to get over it, but it did kind of take away from the over all feeling. Hence why I dropped a star rating. I thought I was going to love this book, but that plot twist was awfully set out in my opinion. I wouldn’t have minded so much if I’d been warned earlier on so I could grasp what I was reading. lol.

So, anyway, excluding the set back I had, this is really a good book full of mystery, romance, loss, angst and some serious shit going on that had me looking like :O. I think this is a one off, which is good because it ended perfectly and I couldn’t imagine it going anywhere else.

-Kat

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Review: 4.5 stars to Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl #YA #Aliens

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us. 

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

 

Review:

Completely intense and gripping, this sequel to Icons blew my mind. There are reasons why I didn’t rate this 5 stars, but I’ll get to those later.

First off I want to point out how well paced this story is, and how diverse the characters are. Also, the development! Crazy.  I found myself questioning everything, thinking I’d solved one mystery only to find out I was wrong. It had me turning the pages faster than I thought possible simply to find out what the hell was going on. Granted, it took me longer than I wanted to read this, but that was due to not reading it continuously. Y’know, I like to sleep and eat and take breaks. So sue me!

The book starts off with Dol, Ro, Lucas (<3 him!) and Tima with Fortis crashing a helicopter (or is it a plane? I can’t remember.) And from there we’re led on their journey to escape Sympas chasing them and the Icons that threaten to invade their world. Wherever they go, they’re not safe. Fortis goes missing and suddenly four teenagers are alone, lost, and out of water and food. They travel across deserts. They have to do a number of crazy things that nearly get them killed. It’s quite a journey. Dol finds out her family might not be completely gone, and also who to trust. And who not to.

I found that I both liked and hated Fortis. He was mysterious, for sure, but there was also a sense of caring. He seemed like he actually did care for these kids and even though he had his reasons for what he did and what he plans to do, he wouldn’t have hurt them. At least, I’d like to think so. Knowing the ending, however, I’m not sure. I don’t know how to feel.

Doc, the Virt, as they call it, was just as entertaining as in Icons. I like the humour that eased us from the tension.

Now, there were a couple issues that bugged me, and the reason why I didn’t rate this 5 stars was because…well you know my feelings – sort of – about Fortis, but that is why the rating. He was too complicated to understand at time. Also, Ro. His behaviour was pathetic. Towards Dol and Lucas and just everything. I get he’s got anger issues, but it just got a lil irritating. Lucas and Dol were so sweet together and I didn’t even think of Ro being an option. He’s like family to Dol, so yes she can love him but it’s obvious she feels in love with Lucas. They all have so much chemistry and such life threatening moments, of course they’d  feel things for each other. Love triangles don’t bother me, because usually I only feel something for one of them.

We encounter a new character – actually, two – Bibi, and a fifth Icon Child – Sparrow. There is a lot of mystery (That word is used a lot, but it’s true!) around this character and it’s intriguing. I wanted to know who she was because Dol dreams about her once. Bibi is a kind of Monk that is involved with the story behind how the Icon children came about. Then there’s Null. There’s so MUCH to think about and talk about. But I won’t spoil too much.

The ending was well done. It led up to something epic and tragic, but I didn’t know what would happen, and I liked that. That it wasn’t at all predictable. They find out who they are, what they are, how they were made and it’s 100% mind blowing (well, for me) and I cannot wait for book three. I need conclusions. I need to find out how they take down the Icons (because I assume they do) Also the major thing that happens at the end was heartbreaking and I have my theories but argh.

Margaret Stohl is a genius in the making at writing books that leave you wanting more.

Definitely worth reading (even if you didn’t like Icons. Read this.)

Kat

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My #Top5 To Read #YA #Supernatural #Dystopian #Contemporary #GottaReadThese

Posted 22 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fun, Mature, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Uncategorized, YA / 0 Comments

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Are you like me and have a pile of books ready to be read but you just don’t know where to start?

I feel your pain.

I’ve been reading a lot lately, but mostly new books. And It’s so hard to choose out of the pile I have. *counts all 60 odd books* Yeah, it’s becoming a library in here. 

So I thought I’d write up a list of the top 5 books I want to read from my pile.

So here goes (in no particular order):

1)Ruins by Dan Wells. The third and final book in the Partials Sequence (series?) Sci-fi at its best, and also Dystopian…so I love the series. Very detailed and in-depth. I started it a month or so ago and although I was struggling, I was also distracted by shiny new books released that time. 

2) Enders by Lissa Price. I read the first, Starters, a couple of years ago, and loved it! It was definitely something new to my pile and I waited a long time to get Enders. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and still haven’t gotten around to it. So definitely…I will get to it before September.

3)Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – Another one I started a year ago and still haven’t finished (but really want to!).  From what I HAVE read, it’s good. And witches…I mean…I love witches. 

4) Dare You To  by Katie McGarry – yet another half read book that I keep putting down. I have nothing against this besides that it’s heavy and these teenagers just keep having problems and it makes me want to slap them upside the head…but in a good way. Like a teddy slap. The kind that doesn’t hurt. lol I will finish it. It’s on my pile to “finish”

And lastly, but definitely not leastly (?):

5) The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa – I started this a couple months ago. I was eager to buy it and I got into it and…then something new came out. Can’t remember what. Something about it wasn’t hooking me as much as The Immortal Rules did. I declare I will read it, though! 

I’ll check in, tell you how far I got. This can be our weekly Friday post. It keeps me occupied, anyhow. 🙂

 Wish me luck.

-Kat

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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

PROMO

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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Teaser:

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.”

Dirty Blood is included in the Love After Dark box set!

Love After Dark includes 9 full length novels from 9 bestselling authors including: Brina Courtney, Quinn Loftis, Julia Crane, Heather Hildenbrand and more!

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Review: 5 stars to Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

Posted 9 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

Review:

Wow. I absolutely adored this book. Compared to the previous 4, this tops them by…miles. MILES I TELL YOU! Richelle Mead’s writing forever astounds me, but not just that, but the characters. How…deep they are. How they all have their own issues, own problems to get through and we see that, we see them develop and grow and I just love them more in the end.

If you remember, at the end of The Fiery Heart, Sydney is caught by the Alchemists because her father and sister sold her out. Essentially because Sydney fell in love with a Moroi, Adrian. I love Adrian and I hate the Alchemist. They are their own worst enemies because they refuse to see the truth or accept that maybe the Moroi aren’t as bad as they portray them to be.

At the beginning of Silver Shadows, we continue on from Sydney’s isolation in “Re-Education” in an unknown location. After months, she decides on a plan of action, but when it comes to the Alchemists, they’re always going to be one step ahead of whatever Sydney thinks out.

The pacing throughout this was fantastic and always kept me on my toes. I was eager to find out what would happen next. Pages turned one after the other and I was sucked in. Well and truly.

The two POVs for Adrian and Sydney were as intense as each other and I felt so bad for both characters. Adrian was a little bit annoying at first though because he was obviously sinking back into depression because of his Spirit use, and his Aunt Tatiana’s voice in his head was not helping the situation. I was like “GET UP AND GO!” shouting at him. Even though, obviously, he couldn’t hear me.

I won’t spoil too much, but there is one character in Re-Education that I hate. HATE. And I don’t say that often. Sheridan. That bitch can go die now, please. She was the most evil cow in the whole thing and I just…arghhh…I wanted to punch my fist into the book and strangle her. I’ve not hated a character that much in a long time. I became grateful for the POV switch to be honest so that I could have a break. haha

There were moments when I thought, what with Sydney risking her life most of the time, that something awful (more awful?) would happen.

Okay so I probably shouldn’t mention that there’s a BIG thing that happens a few chapters from the end. If you’ve read it, you’ll know. I usually don’t like this happening, but well…okay.  And don’t get me started on that cliff hanger… Enough, Kat. Stop speaking! Let’s just say, it stunned everyone. Even the characters in the book.  *zips lips*

*unzips lips* It was great to see (read?) Lissa and Rose again, as well as Dimitri. We see a lot more of Nina who was introduced with her sister, Olive, in Fiery Heart. Also Sydney’s older sister, Carly.

So, as you can tell, this is one hell of a ride and I sincerely plead for you to read the series if you haven’t already, in which case…uh…dude, what are you reading this for? *shuffles you all to the book store*

I can’t wait for the next book…I think it’s the last one, which will make me cry so hard because Adrian is mine…MINE! I haven’t rated a book 5 stars in a while but this…THIS…amazing book…deserved far more than  5. Maybe 7 or 8? MAYBE 100!

 

Kat

five-stars
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