Category: Supernatural


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.”

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

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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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A Re-Read Review: 4.5 stars to Fallen by Lauren Kate

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Review:

I don’t think I ever actually wrote a review, on any website, when I first read Fallen. It was way back in  2009, which now I think about it, feels like decades ago. It wasn’t long after the first Twilight movie came out, and I was all hyped up on  YA books with supernatural elements. Loved it all. Still do, 5 years later.

I recently decided I really fancied rereading Hush Hush (series by Becca Fitzpatrick) and I remember tweeting this. A friend of mine said they loved that book (and Patch…naturally :P) and said about favourite book boyfriends. I said about Daniel and Cam from Fallen, which…led me to rereading Fallen (funnily enough, before rereading Hush Hush. I’m all over the place!)

These days I don’t read many books on Angels, because I think they’ve mostly outdone themselves now. There are  maybe the odd exceptions (Rephaim series by Paula Weston and The Mortal Instruments by Cassie Clare) but otherwise, yeah, I kinda outgrew them. But in all the years of reading  Angel type novels, two series stuck out to me – Fallen, and Hush Hush. I just…I became so attached to the characters. (so much so that I wrote full length fanfiction on them both)

Fallen, however weak maybe in it’s prose, compared to other novels I’ve come to love, has an element of ease and comfort, I think. The world, to me, is fascinating and the characters aren’t as one sided as some can be. There’s depth and the angels aren’t so simple. They have their problems, and aren’t all nice like you’d think an angel should or would be. Some of the female characters, i’ll admit, can be flimsy sometimes, but in this case Luce, the lead next to Daniel, and whose story it is told from, grows throughout the series. She starts off troubled but not so hard and serious as she ends up in the end of Fallen. She becomes less innocent in matters, and learns who she really is in relation to Daniel, and struggles to come to terms with her impending doom, so to speak. I think (I’m now onto the sequel – Torment) she is still a little weak, but from what I remember in the other books, she really becomes tough. A true heroine, so to speak. But I’ll get into that when I get to those reviews.

Another thing I like about Fallen is, despite there being lots of description, it is easy to understand. To imagine. And not full of long, hefty words that make me confused and in search of a dictionary. It explains in a simple manner but isn’t dumbed down. There are some of my favourite characters in this book, like Arriane and Penn. Two very different people but who make life at Sword and Cross slightly easier to handle for Luce. Cam is also another favourite, though I was on the very edge of hating him once again because of certain events. He’s both evil but also shows signs of humanity that is supposedly lost to him, or is supposed to be. He’s like the Loki of the Angels. You wanna hate him…but you just can’t. 😛

Daniel, really…what is there to say? He’s like…a dream. *sighs* If I talk about him, you (and I) might be here for days.

I can’t wait to reread Torment and tell you what I think. Truthfully, these books haven’t been read since the first time, and it’s like a brand new experience to me. It’s like someone came and rewrote them. ha. I know from research that this series was “packaged” and that’s a delicate subject to bring up because many feel that the story isn’t authentic, if the author didn’t come up with it her/himself. But in my opinion, the idea is just the ingredients, but the story is the cake and that takes a lot more work, to get it cooked to perfection.

What a weird but appetising analogy. 😛

Kat

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PBA Release Event Blitz + Alloy Entertainment Press Release

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, Dystopian, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with Amazon Publishing

 

First three books release today 

SEATTLE—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—July 29, 2014—Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach.

 

Today also marks the publication date for the imprint’s first three titles:

 

  • Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand, which follows Ven, the clone of a wealthy, 18-year-old named Raven. Imitations like Ven only leave the lab when their Authentics need them—to replace the dead, be an organ donor, or in Ven’s case, serve as bait when Raven’s life is threatened. It is Ven’s job to draw out Raven’s assailants, but she must decide if she is prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she has never met.

  • Every Ugly Word by Aimee Salter, a coming-of-age story about a teenager named Ashley who sees her 23-year-old self when she looks in the mirror. Her older self has been through it all before, and helps Ashley survive torment from high school bullies, unrequited love for her best friend and a volatile relationship with her mom. But her older self also carries the scars of a terrible and imminent event in Ashley’s life that she’s powerless to stop.

  • Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart, a sci-fi fantasy adventure set in the war-torn Dominion of Atalanta. For Aris, the fighting is worlds away from the safety of her seaside town until her boyfriend Calix is drafted into the military. When Aris herself is recruited to become a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping to be reunited with Calix. But what starts as mission driven by love turns into one of duty as Aris becomes a true soldier determined to save her Dominion…or die trying.

 Alloy Entertainment acquired the books based on the unique voices of the authors and originality of the stories. The company worked closely with each of the writers throughout the publishing process in an effort to gain the widest possible readership. The books will be published under the Alloy Entertainment publishing banner, which currently includes more than 75 New York Times bestsellers.

“One of our strengths is working with talented authors to create and develop properties that have mass entertainment appeal,” said Leslie Morgenstein, President of Alloy Entertainment. “This program is an exciting extension of our business and will allow us to leverage Amazon’s ability to distribute to an incredibly diverse and broad readership.”

“Rebel Wing is the book of my heart. It’s a story I felt compelled to tell, both from the perspective of an Army wife and as someone who believes you can never have enough strong female characters in the world,” said author Tracy Banghart. “Being given the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented folks at Alloy to make it the best version of itself was an exciting and affirming process, and knowing that its distribution will be handled by Amazon—a company that has already made so much possible for me as an indie author—is pretty much the definition of win-win as far as I’m concerned.”

“Alloy has a tremendous track record developing stories, like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries, that our customers love,” said Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing. “We’re thrilled to promote these books from Alloy Entertainment with our Powered by Amazon program. It’s a great fit.”  

Authors who publish with Alloy Entertainment’s new digital-first imprint receive an advance and royalties paid on a monthly basis. Alloy Entertainment will also look for opportunities to develop acquired titles as television series, feature films, and digital entertainment.

 

About Alloy Entertainment

Alloy Entertainment, a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, develops and produces original novels, television series and feature films. More than 75 of AE’s books have been on The New York Times bestseller list, including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Luxe, Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, and The 100. AE has successfully adapted several of its properties into hit television shows for broadcast across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, ABC Family and Nickelodeon. Current Alloy Entertainment television series include Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The 100. AE feature films includeSisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2, Sex Drive and The Clique, with several additional projects currently in development including Sisterhood Everlasting, The Merciless and The Brokenhearted.

 

About Amazon.com

Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, and long-term thinking.  Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

 

 

 

 

When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.

When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?

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The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality.

Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.

Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.

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Author Info:

Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you’re really thinking. And she’ll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn’t ask you about.

Aimee blogs for both writers and readers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

You can find out more about her and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com

 

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Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie-loving, fantasy football-playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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4.5 stars to Shimmer (The Rephaim #3) by Paula Weston

Posted 25 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Gaby thought her life couldn’t get more complicated.

She’s almost used to the idea that she’s not the nineteen-year-old backpacker she thought she was. She can just about cope with being one of the Rephaim – a 140-year-old half-angel – whose memories have been stolen. She’s even coming to grips with the fact that Jude, the brother she’s mourned for a year, didn’t die at all.

But now Rafa—sexy, infuriating Rafa—is being held, and hurt, by Gatekeeper demons. And Gaby has to get the bitterly divided Rephaim to work together, or Rafa has no chance at all.

It’s a race against time – and history. And it may already be too late.

 

Review:

 

I have loved this series from the beginning, and I can’t get over how brilliant it is. Fresh and generally well written, the characters are both likeable and complex, and the fact it’s not a generalised YA (I think it’s NA…maybe?)…makes me love it even more. There’s no element that is focused on more. I mean, the romance – yes, it’s there, but it’s not full focus. The angels – yes, they’re there of course, but hot damn they’re not the main story and then you have the history between each and every character, and the fact that Gaby and Jude lost their memories.

 

Essentially, this series is about them. And how they’re thrown into a world they’d supposedly grown up in but then something happened, they don’t know what, and suddenly their memories are gone and they’re torn apart. A year later, they find each other again with no clue as to who these Rephaim are that have found them.

Rafa and Gabe…Okay so now, at the end of Haze we find Rafa gets taken by the Gatekeepers and in Shimmer we discover just how much torture him and Taya, another character also taken, have had to endure.

Gaby is freaking the hell out and I can’t say I blame her. What’s worse is the Five, which is to say the ones running the Sanctuary – Nathaniel, who is the leader – won’t come up with a decision on whether they should go and rescue Rafa and Taya.

I love the interaction between Gabe and the other Outcasts and that she’s not entirely on any particular side. She’s doing things for HER and not for anyone else. Whether that makes her selfish, who knows. But she knows what she wants. Mya is another character I came to like – even though, I know, she’s a total bitch – and she has such a technical back story it’s confuuuusing!

The Outcasts want to fight with everybody and the Rephaim are just as antsy, having the Outcasts stay on their premises. It’s all very tense. The plot manages to have the characters grow and eventually they all figure out a way to work together, even if that means not getting the approval of Nathaniel – who, it turns out, has been lying to them about their heritage.

On top of the action, there’s also some HOT loving going on (no spoilers) and I just…*fans self* Wow. I can’t wait for the fourth book. I can’t remember if a title has been released, but I already know it’s going to be a killer book and I will be super sorry to have it finish. 🙁

This is definitely a series that comes around once every few years and damn….I LOVE IT!

 

-Kat

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4 stars to Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

Posted 9 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for

 

There may be some over excited swearing in this…sorry. ^_^

Review

Wow. What can I say? This was mindblowing in all manner of ways. I’ll admit it took me some time to read it as I’d gone on holiday and the heat, well, kinda killed my concentration and mood to read. It seemed to drag on forever, and then I hit the half way point and BAM…

Well, to say I was caught off guard would be understatement of THE FREAKING YEAR! What the hell? I was crying, I was shouting (I’m sure the other hotel stayers were wondering who was getting murdered. hehe) and I was not happy. I was distraught!

But then the tide seemed to turn and everything calmed down. Well, besides my heart being in tiny pieces strewn across the hotel room. Ugh. Why? WHY?

The story became a bit more heated and things happened where they hadn’t before. I can’t even mention names because it’s too emotional. I’m not even THAT kind of person. Damn books get me feeling all kind of things. Let’s just say Nicolai is my favourite character in this series. Mal, I liked him at first but then he grew annoying and I find I just can’t tolerate him. Not when such a better choice had entered the stakes. Nicolai. *swoons*

Alina definitely gets some girl-balls. She owns her powers, and she stands up for herself. Despite still searching for the Firebird, (which, by the way, the answer to that is like HOLY SHIT WHAT?!?!) she discovers she can be powerful without it if she only tried. Alina discovers after the fight with the Darkling in  Siege and Storm, that she contains some of his darkness. It takes a few weeks/months of being contained in the underground tunnels with the Apparat though to finally get the ball rolling.

Anyway, the Darkling…I had a love/hate relationship with him. He was really evil and wanted Alina for his own uses but at the same time he had a vulnerability that was heartbreaking at times. It was obvious he feels lonely and doesn’t know any different. We finally get a back story to Baghra. I was stunned.

Shit happens in this book that I can’t even begin to explain as it tore me to pieces. Arghh. But I’ll say that it’ll shock you and make you wish you hadn’t invested your heart in this amazingly written story. Leigh Bardugo sure knows how to write a show stopper. I was whooping with joy by the end, though. Yes. I was.

I think you can guess why.

So I’ll wave goodbye to all the characters now before I say goodbye to my readers. Bye bye. 🙂

Kat

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SPOTLIGHT! Vampire Down by Steven Montano (BLOG TOUR!)

Posted 1 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Dystopian, Paranormal, Spotlight, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 

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Vampire Down:

Blood Skies, Book 7

By Steven Montano

Coming June 27th!

Who ever knew the end would come so soon?

In this final volume of the BLOOD SKIES series, Eric Cross and Danica Black find themselves facing impossible odds in the desolate ruins of the world they once knew. Hunted by the mercenary forces of the newly formed East Claw Coalition and desperate to find the elusive White Mother, the two refugees will be pushed to the limits of their abilities and sanity as they struggle to survive.

Meanwhile, in the near future, the undead hunter called Reaver searches for the lost city of Bloodhollow, the place where humankind will make its final stand, while the undead of New Koth and the rebellious White Children make their push to end the reign of the Ebon Kingdoms once and for all.

As timelines collide and the spider weaves her web, the battle for the fate of the riven world will come to its violent conclusion in the depths of a forgotten city, where unlikely heroes will emerge and hidden evils will finally be revealed…

Available Friday June 27th in Ebook and Print format.

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Other books in the series:

Blood Skies 1BLOOD SKIES

Blood Skies, Book 1

In the time after The Black, human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival. Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror. Things that once existed only in our nightmares stalk the earth.

Now, humanity is threatened by one of its own.

Eric Cross, an enlisted warlock in the Southern Claw military, is part of an elite team of soldiers and mages in pursuit of a woman known as Red — a witch whose stolen knowledge threatens the future of the human race. The members of Viper Squad will traverse haunted forests and blighted tundra in their search for the traitor, a journey that ultimately leads them to the necropolis of Koth.

There, in that haven of renegade undead, Cross will discover the dark origins of magic, and the true meaning of sacrifice…

Experience a dark and deadly new world in the debut novel of the “Blood Skies” series from author Steven Montano.

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BLACK SCARSCity of Scars book 2

Blood Skies, Book 2

Something ancient has awoken. Primordial and wholly evil, a living shadow emerges from a prison made weak by the magical cataclysm called The Black. Now the Sleeper stalks the land in search of its old enemies, leaving a trail of madness and destruction in its wake. Eric Cross, a Southern Claw warlock, has been sent to find the Woman in the Ice, the only known means to stopping this evil.

Aided by a grizzled ranger and a band of wardens and inmates from a sadistic prison, Cross’ mission will bring him into conflict with an array of foes: the barbaric Gorgoloth, vampire shock troops out of the Ebon Cities, and a cadre of mercenary nihilists called the Black Circle.

On a mission that will take him from a lost temple once ruled by insidious wolf sorcerers to the vicious gladiator games of the vampire city-state of Krul to the deadly ruins of an ice city, Cross will play a pivotal role in an ancient conflict whose outcome will determine the future of the world. Return to the world of Blood Skies in this exciting military fantasy adventure!

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Soulrazor book 3SOULRAZOR

Blood Skies, Book 3

The war continues…

Eric Cross and his team of elite mercenaries are the bane of the Ebon Cities. Armed with the cutting-edge arcane weaponry of the Southern Claw, Cross and his crew – Black, Kane, Ronan, Maur, Grissom and Ash – have become a veritable thorn in the side of the vampire armies.

Now the team is tasked with halting vampire activity near the remote city-state of Fane, where the Ebon Cities have teamed up with a former Revenger in search of a deadly weapon called Soulrazor.

To make matters worse, something sinister has happened to Cross, and the key to his salvation is somehow directly tied to the Ebon Cities’ new soldiers: a host of necrotic angels who bear traces of divine power.

Cross and his team must travel across a blighted wilderness and do battle with a vile array of enemies as they race not only to save the city of Thornn from total annihilation, but to rescue Cross’ very soul from an enemy more powerful than he could ever imagine…

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CROWN OF ASHCrown of Ash book 4

Blood Skies, Book 4

Eric Cross and his team have been to hell and back, but their journey isn’t over yet.

Marooned in the remote criminal city of Blacksand, the only way for the mercenaries to get home is to help a local crime boss protect his territories from the Ebon Cities.

To complicate matters, Danica Black is also being hunted by The Revengers, a powerful band of corrupt prison wardens, while Cross himself is trapped in the Whisperlands, a realm of darkness controlled by a cadre of evil mages known as the Shadow Lords.

The team will battle their way through corroding wastelands and deadly vampire outposts, but even their considerable skills might not be enough to save them from the cruel machinations of the Shadow Lord’s mysterious master, a malevolent creature who has manipulated their destinies right from the beginning…

Return to the world of The Black in Book 4 of the BLOOD SKIES saga!

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The Witchs Eye book 5THE WITCH’S EYE

Blood Skies, Book 5

A new evil is born.

The Ebon Cities have created a deadly new breed of undead called the Witchborn, whose very existence spells doom for the entire continent.

To make matters worse, a nihilist cult called the Black Circle has learned of the Witch’s Eye, the source of the Witchborn virus and an item capable of opening a portal to The Black.

Eric Cross’s scattered and war-weary team must find the Eye before it’s too late. With the aid of some unlikely allies, the mercenaries will fight their way across the wastelands and challenge the horrors at the edge of oblivion.

And before the battle is won Cross and his team will make the ultimate sacrifice, and face one of their own…

Return to the world After The Black in Book 5 of the BLOOD SKIES saga!

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CHAIN OF SHADOWSChain of Shadows book 6

Blood Skies, Book 6

The barrier between worlds has been broken, and the invasion is about to begin.

Eric Cross, burdened by the loss of those who’ve died under his command, must lead his recently reunited mercenary team against the shadow wolf sorcerers known as the Maloj. Bound to dire artifact blades and charged with protecting the Kindred, Cross seeks help from the enigmatic White Mother, leader of the Southern Claw.

But sinister forces bring his vessel down in a strange and distant land, and soon Cross and his allies are beset by undead armies vying for control of the deadly region called the Chain of Shadows. Trapped in a desert waste where wielding magic is dangerous and nothing is as it seems, Cross’s team will pay the ultimate price in their battle to finally get home…

Return to the world After the Black in this pivotal 6th book of the BLOOD SKIES saga!

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About the Author

Steven Montano was something terrifying in his previous life. Now he’s an accountant, so not much has changed.

An avid hiker, reader, San Antonio Spurs fan, goofball husband and father of two, Steven writes novels (the seven volume Blood Skies series, the Skullborn Trilogy, something black…, and the upcoming thrillers Blood Angel Rising and Colder) and drinks a lot of wine when he isn’t busy pulling his hair out over payroll or trying to balance the company books.

Visit the author’s website and check out the Vampire Down page on Goodreads!

Full ‘Vampire Down’ Tour Schedule

June 25th – Kelly at Paperback Cowgirl Reviews – Review Blood Skies

June 26th – Jasmine at Book Groupies – Soundtrack, Spotlight, Dreamcast

June 27th – Danielle at Consuming Worlds – Character Guest Post

June 28th – Toni at My Book Addiction – Guest Post

June 29th – Megan at Megan’s Blog – Author Interview

June 30th – Meg at Heart on Fire – Guest Post

July 1st – Scott Moon at Scott Moon Writer Blog – Review Blood Skies

July 1st – Katheryn The Perks of Being a Book Nerd – Spotlight

July 2nd – Lou at Relaxed Reads – Review Crown of Ash

July 3rd – Stephanie at The Book Hipster – Author Interview

July 4th Michelle at In Libris Veritas – Top Ten

 

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4 stars to This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Posted 19 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

Well this was different to what I usually read, but I think that was part of the appeal. I had heard about This Is Not A Test for so long, but when I first opened the book, I had no idea zombies were involved.
Many on reviews say this is not strictly a zombie apocalyptic story, because while they are apart of the plot, they are not CENTRAL. The story is about the teenagers and their survival. They don’t know how long they’ll be alive for before the zombies fight their way through. It was definitely gruesome in parts, but I have read some pretty gruel stories and this was tame in comparison. The characters were intriguing and tough. Some were more central than others, and Sloane was the main character. Since her twin left her to her abusive father, Sloane has just wanted to end her life. But then she runs away when the dead come to life and start attacking, and her reasons to die become less coherent. It’s quite a powerful story, and at times I thought: this is it. She’s going to kill herself. But you gradually see she’s getting stronger and finding a reason to live, even if it takes time.

I’m really glad I picked this up from the library and will look out for more books by this author.

–Kat

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!!Teaser post!! Crane by Stacey Rourke

Posted 17 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 Howdy! 

We have some fun things for you today. As part of the blog tour, we’re pleased to give you some deadly goodies from:

Crane by Stacey Rourke

(Legends Saga Book 1)
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

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The plush terry cloth robe slipped from Ireland’s shoulders with a whispering caress before pooling in a heap around her ankles. Marble tiles chilled her bare feet as she stepped into the walk-in shower. The tips of her fingers slid across stainless steel. With a flick of her wrist, the trio of showerheads flowed to life. Welcoming heat came at her from all angles, pulsating over her curves with a rhythmic seduction. Ireland turned, a groan escaping her as the streams massaged all the right places. Steam rose, fogging the handle and creating a cloud of humidity that hugged her frame. Tipping her head back, she let the droplets rain down on her face and across her closed lids. Her lips parted, welcoming the rush of warmth that flooded between them. Until it assaulted her tongue with a rush of coppery warmth that clamped her throat shut with a wretched heave. Her hands cupped to catch the droplets, her eyes widening as thick crimson pooled in her palms, seeping between her ivory fingers. Formerly white tiles were now smattered and smeared with blackish-red gore that sprayed from the nozzles. Ireland threw herself from the shower, her feet slipping beneath her. She reached out to steady herself, but found nothing to hold on to. Nothing there to pull her back from the brink, except her own need for self-preservation … and a shadowed silhouette in the corner. Instinctively, she covered herself with her arms. Squinting, she craned her neck to see the figure that was slowly turning to face her.

Mason?” Her voice echoed around her before she could even speak it.

He stared straight ahead with fixed, unseeing eyes. Blood trailed down his face from various points of origin, soaking the front of his shirt. “Cloak of night, brings Horseman’s plight. His pricy toll, will be a soul.”

Mason? Are you okay?”

A hard blink and his eyes found focus on her. A desperate panic flared his nostrils, forcing his breath to come fast and ragged. “Help me, you have to help me,” he pleaded, his teeth pink with the blood that streamed past his lips.

Her trembling hand reached for him, then recoiled at her own inept state of confusion. “H-how? What do I do?”

You have to save us,” Mason’s words became more garbled by the fresh rush of gore that bubbled up the back of his throat. His once handsome face contorted in rage. Leaning forward he balled his fists and screamed with a force that bulged the tendons of his neck, “Save us!

 

About the author:
There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

 

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