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Friday, December 14, 2012

Emma Raveling's 6 days of Ondine Quartet Urban Fantasy Giveaway!







I am so excited to be a part of Emma Raveling's 6 days of Ondine Quartet tour that I am literally dancing with joy - be glad you cannot see me :). I am one (if not the biggest) Emma Raveling fan and I am super excited for the new releases that are coming to this amazing series. Check out my reviews here where I talk all about this action-packed, emotional rollercoaster ride of a read that will grip you from the very beginning and leave you begging for more.  The new additions to the series are due to be released December 21st, 2012, so this will definitely be a very merry holiday season for me, and for some of my lucky readers! Emma, being the gem that she is,  is running a giveaway! Oh, how I love giveaway! YOu will get a chance to win her amazing books, some bookmarks and signed Whirl and Billow posters! See below for giveaway details on how you can win!

 
WHIRL (Ondine Quartet Book 1)
Seventeen-year-old Kendra Irisavie is an ondine, a water elemental caught in the middle of an ancient war with the Aquidae, immortal dark demons who will stop at nothing to destroy the fragile balance of the Elemental world.
Fierce and independent, Kendra has always played by her own rules. Gifted with the powerful magic of Virtue and trained to be a deadly fighter, she has spent her life breaking hearts and getting into trouble.
When her life explodes one violent night in a northern California city, a dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past. Alone and with no one to trust, she must now navigate through a dangerous new world, face the temptations of a forbidden romance, and remain true to her duty and destiny.
All while the Aquidae continue to hunt her down, in the hopes of eliminating her forever.
 
BILLOW (Ondine Quartet Book 2)
It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world.

Six months since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur.

Six months since a series of devastating events left behind their mark.

Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family.

Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the war. When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the truths from the lies and choose who and what to believe.

Even if it means facing what she fears the most.

 


CHEVALIER (Ondine Quartet #2.2)
New York poses an unknown challenge to Julian LeVeq and Kendra Irisavie. Determined to help elementals gain traction in the war, they partner in the covert investigation of the elusive Shadow and plunge into the complex depths of the city.

But when the First Lieutenant and sondaleur finally cross paths with the world of Manhattan’s Aquidae, they find more than they bargained for.

Chevalier is a short novelette (approximately 10,000 words) set within the Ondine Quartet world and is from Julian’s point of view. The events in this work take place between Billow (book two) and Crest (book three).


 
 
 
 
WARRIOR PRINCE (Ondine Quartet #2.5)

This is not a short story, novella, or stand alone. It is a collection of scenes from Tristan’s point of view and is meant to be a companion work to the Ondine Quartet series.

Warrior Prince features eighteen scenes from Whirl (book 1) and Billow (book 2). Seven of them are extra scenes that do not appear in previous books.

 
 
 
 
 
  
AUTHOR BIO

Emma Raveling writes urban fantasy and fantasy books for teens and adults. Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she is currently busy at work on Crest, the third installment of her young adult series, Ondine Quartet.
 
 
Giveaway Time!!
 
 
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Cover Reveal! Stacey Kennedy's Mystically Bound - Frostbite Series!






Title: MYSTICALLY BOUND
Series: Frostbite, book 3
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Release date: Coming Soon!










Stacey Kennedy's Mystically Bound, book 3 of the Frostbite series will be released this Fall!! If you haven't read this series run off and get it right now. I absolutely love this series (you can read my reviews here). If you love urban fantasy and paranormal romance books with steamy romance, lots of actions and twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this series is for you! Now here is a little bit about the latest installment of the Frostbite Series.

Synopsis:

Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Not only has her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, crossed into the Netherworld, but she’s the newest member of a secret society. And they want her to start work immediately. Upon arriving in White Castle, Louisiana, she is presented with an offer she cannot refuse.


The Grand Master has been murdered and Tess must solve the crime by locating his ghost. The reward—a magical spell to save Kipp. But as Tess dives deeper into the case, the more danger surrounds her. Not everyone wants the murder solved, and she is caught in the crossfire.

Soon, Tess finds herself knee-deep in a hunt for a spell, a race to locate a killer, and a journey to the beyond. Will Kipp finally take a living breath, or will Tess take her last?

Add this series to your TBR List - you will thank me!
Supernaturally Kissed
Demonically Tempted
Mystically Bound





Thursday, October 25, 2012

Solid Trilogy Shelley Workinger Giveway



To celebrate the release of the 3rd book of the SOLID series,
Shelley Workinger has put together a giveaway game!

EVERY ENTRANT who COMPLETES the task will win
ebooks of BOTH “Solid” (Solid #1) AND “Settling” (Solid #2).

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win SIGNED COPIES of ALL 3 BOOKS,
including “Sound” (Solid #3) just as it hits the shelves on Nov. 1st!

The rules are simple:
1. Visit each blog on the list

2. Leave a quick comment to show you were there

3. Copy the image fragment and paste it into a Word .doc
There are 18 stops to visit, comment on, and collect pieces from;
once you’ve hit all 18 stops and assembled* all of the pieces to complete the image,
email your entry to the author at:
SolidNovel@gmail.com.

4. Visit the author’s blog: But What Are They Eating?
and leave a comment letting her know you’ve sent in your completed entry.

ALL 4 STEPS are important because she will choose the Grand Prize Winner
from her blog comments (using Random.org) and then check her email to verify the entry.

*Don’t worry; the pieces are in order, so if you follow the list, it’ll be easy. :)
 
The Game runs from Oct. 25th through Oct. 31st;
last day to enter is Oct. 31st and winner will be chosen Nov. 1st.

 
Good luck and get gathering!

Here’s my piece:
 

And the rest of the stops:



















THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Review of YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy book: Sound by Shelley Workinger

Title: Sound
Series: Solid Trilogy, book 3
Author: Shelley Workinger
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Official Synopsis
Clio Kaid’s had one crazy summer.

After learning she was one of a hundred teens who were genetically modified before birth, she and the others departed for “camp” at a classified military site.
 
Besides discovering her own special ability, uncovering a conspiracy, and capturing a killer, she’s also forged new friendships, found love…and managed to lose them both.

With no answers and the end of summer closing in, Clio’s terrified of going home more lost than when she arrived.

Will she finally find everything she’s been looking for?
Find out in this exciting conclusion to the Solid trilogy.
 
My Review
Sound is the conclusion to the Solid series and I am sad to see them go. As with every good series, I have become attached to my genetically altered, thus powerful group of people.
 
This series is about a group of kids who are sent to military "camp" after the army uncovers an unsanctioned experiment by a mad scientist which resulted in a bunch of kids being secretly genetically altered before birth. Throughout the series, we have seen them grow and take on the constant mysteries and danger lurking around them as murders and plots against them are uncovered usually spearheaded by Clio, who seems to have the most "powers."  This installment to the series includes more mystery, danger and murder, but the most dangerous part of all is that no one believes her. When the people you depend on are no longer there and the pieces to the puzzle brings you closer to the truth, will Clio be able to stop a conspiracy that threatens everyone she loves or will the life she has built come crumbling down?
 
Clio had it rough in the last book. She was almost killed, her now ex-boyfriend was in the hospital, her friends turned their back on her..and it was all her fault.
 
Now the time at camp is ending and as the time nears she is determined to put right all the wrongs in her life. But when strange things start happening around the camp, Clio realizes that something fishy is going on. The danger is not done and she will soon have to put her life on the line and her powers to use to stop this new threat from dangering the people she loves. I love her maturity. We have seen her grow and we now see the strides she has taken from the first book. She comes, or at least tries to, come out of her shell and put herself out there to show her friends that they do mean something to her. She was never the emotional type but she is trying to express herself in ways she never did before.
 
The rest of the gang is as entertaining as always. I am going to miss this unique group and am hoping for some type of spin-off so that I can see them again. I did wish their was more Ford in this book. I loved their banter in Settling and the brief appearance made me want to grab him and pull him back so I can have more time with Ford and Clio.
 
All together, this is a fun book. I still say that the second book of the series is my favorite of the three and it was a bit short for a final installment, but Sound did tie everything together. The ending is a bit open and I wonder if maybe we will be hearing from this group again in the future. I sure hope so.
 
This book is rated 4 Fangs:
 
 
This book is rated 4 Fangs:
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Question of the Day:
If you could have any power, what would it be?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review of YA Fantasy book, Feyland: The Bright Court by Anthea Sharp



Title: Feyland, The Bright Court
Series: Book 2 of the Feyland Trilogy
Author: Anthea Sharp
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy





Official Synopsis
What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

~ Book 2 in the Feyland trilogy ~

INSIDE THE GAME...

Jennet Carter escaped the dark faeries of Feyland once. Now, fey magic is seeping out of the prototype game, beguiling the unwary and threatening everyone she cares about.

MAGIC...

Tam Linn may be a hero in-game, but his real life is severely complicated. Still, he'll do whatever it takes to stop the creatures of Feyland, even if it means pushing Jennet toward the new guy in school--the one with an inside connection to sim-gaming... and the uncanny ability to charm everyone he meets.

ALWAYS WINS...

Despite the danger, Jennet and Tam must return to Feyland to face the magic of the Bright Court--and a powerful new enemy who won't stop until the human world is at the mercy of the Realm of Faerie.


My Review
This book will pull you in from the very first page and not let you go. It is filled with action, mystery, and danger that will entertain both YA and adult readers.

Jennet and Tam barely escaped with their lives the last time they entered Feyland. It was suppose to be a game with mind-blowing effects, not the entrance to the an Otherworld with mythical creatures determined to find their way to the "real" world and take over. But, that is exactly what happened and now the game is about to be released, unleashing the path to the Faerie Realm to countless innocent players. Whatever happens in game is projected in real life, and once the entry to this Otherworld is broken, the characters will soon become this world's reality. The only two that can stop them is Tam and Jennet since no one will believe their story of survival. With the adults against them, the fate of the world on their shoulders, and only each other to count on - they must risk their lives to keep the Realm of the Faerie at bay. But will they be able to survive another trip to Feyland or will the world succomb to the magic of the Fae?

I am completely enchanted with this book. It is a fun-filled book that has an underlying innocence combined with  fiery action that I just can't get enough of.

Tam and Jennet lead opposite lives. Jennet comes from wealth, is outspoken and spirited, but she is also sincere and passionate. With her, what you see is not what you get. She is down to earth and can Sim with the best of them...including Tam. Tam is shy, comes from a poor and not-all-together family. He is the glue that holds his family and his friends together. When the two met, there was an instant connection that went beyond gaming, but he can't seem to let himself fall for Jennet. As they are thrown into the game that almost cost them their lives, they soon find that their destinies are intertwined and that it is more than just friendship between them. With love in the air, things get even more complicated when he must push Jennett into the arms of the new guy in school who seems to be enthralling the girls around him with magic that could only be from Feyland.

The addition of this new student is perfection. His whole being is mysterious - is he a good guy, a bad guy, and what is he doing for the Bright King that allows him to enthrall the ladies around him? This combined with the danger Tam and Jenette must face in their quest to save the world and the love that is budding between them, I found myself glued to the pages until the very end. I love Tam and Jenette, he is like the ying to her yang and I can't help but root for them, even with the world against them. The fact that Feyland will be unleashed on unsuspecting gamers is even more compelling. How are they going to stop a giant company from releasing their new game. Imagine trying to stop Microsoft (Xbox) from releasing a new revolutionary sim game because two kids said it takes them to Faeland - yeah right. This is the exact problem Tam and Jenette are having and I love taking the journey through the ever dangerous and mysterious Feyland as they try to stop this nightmare from unfolding. This time their opponent is the Bright King, and lets just say he is truly a puzzle that I am dying to solve. Don't let the whole "Bright" thing fool you, he is not all roses and sunshine and he sure proves it in this book.

Get ready for a fun read that combines mystery, romance, thrills and gaming into one unputdownable book....really, what more could you ask for? :-)


This book is rated 5 Fangs:
 

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What video game do you wish you could be apart of, even if it is for just one day?

I'm going old school and saying the Yoshi video games. That dinosaur is just too damn cute..lol

Monday, September 17, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy book Over The Cliff's Edge ( A Morganna Cork Novel) by B Jane Lawson



Title: Over the Cliff's Edge
Series: A Morganna Cork Novel, book #2
Author: B Jane Lawson
Genre: Adult Paranoral Romance/Urban Fantasy






Official Synopsis
Morganna Cork has survived her first month in Puesta Del Sol. A month in which she discovers she’s part of the Magick community filled with shifters, psychics, werewolves and individuals with myriad other powers.

Her estranged aunt, Aiofe, has returned to take control of the Magick
Council, the Cliffside Inn, and the sacred stones that her cousin Maeve and she hold in their possession.

With the help of a mysterious magical historian, Morganna learns that she is at the center of this Magick battle and that Aiofe will stop at nothing to get her hands on an ancient family heirloom, a secret journal, and Morganna.

The romantic tension between Morganna Stone and werewolf pack leader, Callupo Stone, reaches its breaking point as the Cliffside Inn is under siege and they navigate their way through the betrayals and dangers of this war.

As they battle for control of the Inn, loyalties are tested and lives are lost. Morganna’s survival hinges on finding out the dark family secret before Aiofe can.
 
My Review
In one sentence: This a hold-on-to-your-seat emotional thrill ride filled with laughter, tears, romance and non-stop action as Morganna and the gang race against time to uncover the family secret that can save their lives, while battling their hearts as they face love, loss and betrayal.
 
This book is amazing, with a capital A! I loved it and has done the impossible by being even better than it's five-fang predecessor - To The Cliffside. It takes everything we love from the first book - the characters, the action, the romance, the suspense, the mystery - and magnifies it to the umpth degree. I cannot explain in words just how much this series has completely entertained me and continues to race through my mind as I try to guess where the characters are headed next.
 
Morganna Cork has grown since the last time we've seen her. Being thrust into this magical community, she is learning to cope with her magical abilities. With her crazed aunt Aiofe after her and her cousin Maude, she must be prepared for anything. Situations only get more complicated when they learn that Morganna holds the key to Aiofe's fascination and in turn winning this war - the problem is that they don't know why. Conleth has many of the answers they seek, but he wants something in return - Morganna. If having a crazed lunatic after her, and one of the most pivotal people who can help them hell-bent on making her his wasn't enough, she also has to deal with the fact that Callupo Stone is now her werewolf appointed bodyguard. He is just as impossible as usual, and the fact that he is getting sexier by the minute isn't helping things along.

With the world stacking up against her, she must figure out the secret to a past long forgotten, try to save her heart from being irrevocably broken and come to terms with the fact that many of the people she trust may be the ones that want her dead. When all hell has broken loose, will you be able to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep the ones you love safe? That is just what Morganna has to figure out before it's too late...
 
I love every aspect about this book. Past details from To the Cliffside intertwine with this this novel as the storyline unfolds and we see what Aiofe wants and what she will do to get it. Their is no end to the major shockers in this book. You are guaranteed to laugh, cry , scream, and, in the end, beg B. Jane Lawson for more of this amazing series.
 
Callupo Stone may be my favorite non-hero hero of all. Kind of a weird statement, but it is true. He is such a complex character and his exchanges with Morganna are always a treat to read. They are both so passoniate in two totally different ways. He is strong, silent, brooding, kind of rude, and expects everyone to follow his orders. Morganna is spirited, funny, kind and free. She is happy doing the opposite of whatever Callupo orders and you just gotta love that. Together, they cause fireworks. The sexual tension between these two is through the roof and all I can say is...More Please!!
 
The side characters are just as unique and lovable. There is the usual crowd of Ralph - Cal's brother and Morganna's friend, who is equal part lovable and fearsome. Anya - the best friend - who is going through some growing up in this book as well. Niko - a potential opponent to Callupo - who is silent for most of this book, but whose brief appearances always make me smile. Ilana, who appears to be changing her spots from bitch of the year to just kind of bitchy. Mr. Henry, everyone's favorite old, charming and extremely powerful Majick. I was so happy that he plays a major role in this books.  The list goes on, but I just love this community of people and each time I pick up this series, I feel like I'm back, hanging out with a bunch of friends I haven't seen in a while....only true book lovers can truly understand what I mean.
 
There are some new additions as well: Conleth being the biggest. He is a peculiar thing filled with knowledge, sensual energy and this mystery surrounding him that is appealing. His exchanges with Morganna and the ever furious Cal was a great addition to this book. I cannot wait to find out what will happen in book 3.
 
If you haven't guessed by now - I Love This Series!! If you haven't read it yet, run out and buy it asap -you will not be disappointed. If you are a fan of the Charlaine Harris, HP Mallory, Jeaniene Frost, and Richelle Mead- then definitely check out the Morganna Cork Series!
 
This book is rated 5 Fangs!
 

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Who is your all-time favorite hero and why?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance Novel: Destiny Bewitched by Leia Shaw



 


Title: Destiny Bewitched
Series: Shadows of Destiny
Author: Leia Shaw
Genre: Paranormal Romance








Official Synopsis
Deemed “trailer trash” by humans and the daughter of the most disgraceful family of witches and warlocks since the Puritan age, Samantha is used to fighting her own battles.

When her younger sister is taken to the Underworld, Sam doesn't hesitate to rescue her. To survive the harsh land, she makes a deal with a demon — the most dangerous of creatures in the realm. Even with those lustrous horns, Geo is as hot as the hell she's stuck in.

Fighting nasty beasts in a supernatural version of the gladiator games is easy compared to falling in love with a man who has no future to offer.



My Review
This book in one sentence: An action-packed and deliciously wicked tale of survival, love and the strength to overcome the impossible to get the things you thought you could never have: hope, happiness, and love.

Leia Shaw continues to amaze me with her new installment of the Shadows of Destiny series: Destiny Bewitched. Each book of the series is unique and unputdownable in its own way and Destiny Bewitched is no exception.

Sam is the tough girl who goes into every situation using her heart as her guide with her head trying to catch up to tell her she is nuts. She has a thick skin due to her questionable upbringing when the only person she ever loved and truly loved her, her sister, goes missing she will stop at nothing to bring her back - even if it means making a deal with a demon. Little did she now that Geo is not a demon and when she made the deal she is risking something more than her sister's life. As they journey together she realizes that it is now her heart that is on the line as their relationship grown with each passing day. Can she trust Geo with her heart, her own life and  that of her sisters or will she lose everything for making a pact with a demon?

Geo has been in the Underworld and knows how to survive, but when he encounters a witch, his whole world changes. A witch is the only being that could save him so he agrees to help her, but he never expected to fall in love. The bubble of protection he created in the Underworld is broken by the feelings that continues to grow for Sam. But how can he love someone he can't keep? She is from the Earth realm and he the Underworld. Is he going to lose the only woman he has ever loved?

They will soon find that nothing is ever as it seems. Together they must fight their way through a gladiator competition, try to find Sam's sister and figure out how to deal with their growing love for each other. With the world on their shoulders and the Underworld against them, will they be able to survive or will they lose it all in the face of pure evil?

This book is amazing. It is a fast-paced thrill right that I could not get enough of. The attraction between these two is pure fire, the love that grows is sweet, the twists and turns will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and the ending will leave you in tears. I loved every second of this read!

Each installment can be read as a stand alone, but it is fun to see the way the characters and worlds of the other installments are weaved together through featured appearances of the main characters of her other books in the series. If you are looking for an unputdownable series filled with sensual romance, action and surprises - this series is for you!

This book is rated 5 Fangs:

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Reveiw and Giveaway of Paranormal Romance Novel: Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark) by Gena Showalter



Title: Wicked Nights
Series:Angels of the Dark, book 1
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 Fans - A Must Read!





Official Synopsis
Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless—and if he isn't careful, he'll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost…until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he's never known before.
Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation

My Review
This book in one sentence: An emotional rollercoaster of a read the will leave your heart pounding, your mind reeling and your thighs clenching as you follow Zachereal and Annabelle on their journey of self-discovery, healing, justice, vengeance and romance. Hang on tight, this is one bumpy ride!

Wicked Nights is Gena Showalter’s new Angel series and I must say that this is Gena at her best! She continues to show her readers why she is one of the best paranormal romance writers of all time. Wicked Nights manages to elicit every emotion humanly possible from its readers as we take the ride of our lives when the unrelenting angel Zacheral meets the spirited survivor Annabelle and they journey through some pretty Wicked Nights.

Annabelle is the epitome of what every heroine should be. Strong, fierce and independent; yet caring, loving, and willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves. After a demon marks her and kills her family, Annabelle must constantly fight to survive. She has faced evil, but nothing prepares her for what she experiences when she meets Zacheral. She has suffered and fought all her life, but when she meets the hardened angel, she risks the one thing she has left- her heart.

Zacharel is one big contradiction. An angel only concerned about killing demons, even if that means taking a human life. A heart that is cold and hardened by the past, he cannot understand emotions or the value of humans…until he meets Annabelle. She has been through hell on earth, but still manages to laugh, smile and appreciate life. She is courageous and strong, yet warm and honest. Slowly, the ice around his heart turns to a burning flame as he realizes that he, the angel, is not the savior, but the one who is in need of salvation. Salvation found in Annabelle.

With their heart on the line, they must bring together an unruly angel army and track down the demon that has marked Annabelle before it is too late. Will they be able to stop the demon in time or will they lose the ones they love the most in the fight between good vs. evil.

This is an absolute must read! This is just the first book in the series and I am hooked.

We first met Zachereal in the Lords of the Underworld, and a few of those Lords and their heroines make a guest appearance as an added treat. The weaving of the two worlds is amazing. The warriors in Zacheral’s army are all so unique, complex and interesting that you want to pull back the layers to find out more about them. Not to worry, the series has just started and we will get more one on one time with each of the angels and I cannot wait. This book is explosive and I could not put it down. The one complaint that I have is to wait for book 2. Please write fast Gena!!

This book is rated 5 Fangs:

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sookie Stackhouse GIveaway Winner


We have a winner for the Sookie Stackouse Giveaway and it is (drum roll please):
@DarlingSookie

Well, darling Sookie (love the name), you get to choose any book from the series and we will send it to you.

Congrats to the winner! Don't worry folks, there will be plenty of giveaways to come, including one this Friday for a chance to win Gena Showalter's new book:Wicked Nights!



~ Evie @ Paromantasy

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crest is almost here! Here is a recap of Urban Fantasy Novel: Billow by Emma Raveling




Title: Billow
Series: Ondine Quartet Book 2
Author: Emma Raveling
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 Fangs





Official Synopsis
It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world.

Six months since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur.

Six months since a series of devastating events left behind their mark.

Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family.



Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the war. When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the tuths from the lies and choose who and what to believe.

Even if it means facing what she fears the most.
My Review
Billow in one sentence:  An action-packed, emotional rollercoaster ride of a read that will grip you from the very beginning and leave you begging for more.
It is official – this is one of my favorite urban fantasy series of all-time.  When I say it is unputdownable - I mean it and the bags under my eyes can prove it. This installment of the Ondine Quartet series took everything I loved from Whirl and amplified it. It has been six months since the last time we saw them, yet all that happened still haunts the characters.

Kendra was thrust into a situation that has left her confused and isolated, even when there are plenty of people around her that want to help. She lost her mother, learned that she is not only an Ondine (a water elemental) but also the Sondaleur - the prophesized savior of her race, and faced the evil that is Aquidae.

With being the responsibility of being the Sondeleur comes the feeling that the world is on her shoulders. The nightmares of all of the people she has lost and could lose if she doesn’t put an end to the Shadow, leader of the evil Aquidae, haunts her. She lost her mom, and her good friend Ryder: how many more will she lose before the war is over? This fear turns to obsession and the darkness seems to be closing in on her. Then the man she thought she’d never see again Tristan, the Selkie Prince, walks back into her life and makes things more complicated. WIll she ever find her path?

With her world spinning out of control, she must learn how to keep the darkness at bay while she battles the Aquidae and tries to take down the Shadow. With her entire race and the people she lovesmost hanging in the balance, will she be able to defeat the Aquidae and put an end to the war, or will the Shadow just continue to take away the people she holds dear until she is left with nothing?

Squeal! I just had to do that. This book is phenomenal! Along with the action, danger, mystery and bits of romance is pain, loss and self-discovery as the characters grow and learn with each situation they face. The layers are slowly peeled back revealing the inner most desires, fears and insecurities of our beloved characters.

Kendra is only 17, but she is a heroine to be reckoned with. She is fierce, dedicated and loyal to her friends. Behind her tough facade is a girl who feels lost and confused. She is a character we can relate to and empathize with. She is thrust with the responsibility of being the Sondaleur, and is also in love with someone she cannot have - not because she is not allowed, but because doing so would be the end of her mortality. That is an obstacle that is unique in that it is not forbidden love, but one which is physically impossible. I do hope Emma Raveling has a plan for Kendra and Tristan because they both deserve happiness.
Of course if that does not work out, there is always Julian. I love Julian. He is sarcastic, strong and smart, but has an underlying sweetness. As much as I love Tristan, I can’t help but hope that Kendra will at least give Julian a shot. The fact that he is much more involved and fleshed out in this book put a smile on my face. His appearance always guarantees a good time as he and Kendra banter away.
Along with our favorite threesome are Kendra’s friends and the introduction of a few new charaters who are also going through hard times. They are each so unique and strong in their own way. They are a great group of characters and I guarantte you will find yourself thinking of them as your friends.

All I can say is: Read This Book!! You will not regret it.
Billow is rated 5 fangs!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires) Email Exclusive

Here is the email I received. I can't wait for the release date!! Anyone else dying from the anticipation?!

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Less than One Month until the Release of BITING COLD!

We are less than thirty days away from the August 7, 2012 release of BITING COLD, the sixth book in the Chicagoland Vampires series! You can read the synopsis and first chapter here, but to whet your appetites, here's another special sneak peak about your favorite characters (via web site and Facebook voting) -- Ethan and Merit!

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The necessities addressed, Ethan closed the bedroom door and locked it. When he turned around to face me again, his eyes had silvered—the sign of vampire arousal, emotional or otherwise.

Desire spilled into the room, rising above the scents of blood and leather and the well-oiled steel of our swords.

“We have unfinished business, you and I.”

My lips parted. “Unfinished business?” I asked, but there was no mistaking the look in his eyes—or the earnest intent.

An eyebrow popped up, challenging me to argue, but I wasn’t about to do that. He’d been gone for two months, and I figured the universe owed me one . . . even when his phone rang audibly from the pocket of his pants.

Ethan’s lip curled, but he managed not to look at it.

For a moment, we stood there in silence, staring at each other, desire curling between us like the forks of an invisible fire.

“It could be Catcher,” I said, not thrilled about the interruption—but equally unthrilled at the proposition that Mallory was floating around outside the farmhouse and we were ignoring the warning.

With obvious resignation, he pulled the phone from his pocket and checked the screen. “It’s Malik. I apparently missed some calls.”

I did a quick calculation. “It’s nearly sunrise here, which means it’s already dawn there. He stayed up—past sunrise—to get you the message. You should take it.”

He frowned, clearly torn by duty and desire. Since he’d normally have answered the phone immediately, I took that as a compliment.

At least I could ease the agony of the choice. “Take the call,” I told him. “I’m not going anywhere.”

He pointed at me. “This isn’t over,” he said. . .

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy book, Magic Rising by Camilla Chafer






Title: Magic Rising
Series: Book 3 of the Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series
Author: Camilla Chafer
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 Fangs







Official Synopsis
For Stella, the Witches’ Council Summit is supposed to be about getting to know her fellow witches but instead she finds herself on trial for murder. The accusations may be evidence of a sinister plot at work or they may be a ruse to draw attention away from the mounting tensions as the witches vie for supremacy. Reaching out to her boyfriend Evan for help would be reassuring… if he wasn’t oddly unreachable, working a case even his closest friend doesn't know anything about

As the ominous reasons behind the trial come to light, an assassin unleashes a terrifying campaign against the Council candidates. With tensions running high and accusations flying faster than a backfiring spell, the witches are forced to gather together for safety, but that might just lead to an implosion as the culprit is sought.

Plus there’s the small matter of an ancient talisman the werewolves want, a talisman that they say was stolen, but the more she investigates, the more it appears that it isn’t the simple artefact they claim it to be.

With Evan still missing and her world more complicated than ever, the choices Stella must make might confirm her place as a formidable witch in her new world or leave her excommunicated… forever.


My Review
This series just keeps getting better! If you love Magic, Mayhem, Romance and Danger, then this series is for you.

I have been a fan ever since book 1, Illicit Magic, was sent to me by Camilla and she has yet to disappoint me. Picking up a book from the series feels like getting reacquainted with old friends and I find myself fully invested in the characters, especially Stella.

Stella has grown so much as a witch coming into her powers and as a woman who is learning what she wants and how to get it. She has conquered the Brotherhood, an organization looking to eradicate all witches. She has defeated a deranged power hungry witch who also wanted to kill her and her friends. She has taken on a Necromancer and showed her whose boss. But now she is about to engage in the scariest task yet...surviving the Witches Council Summit.

She has a feeling that something isn't right about the Council and she is right. From the moment she gets to NY, the scary fun begins. Stella is on trial for murder, someone is murdering important witches, Stella's half-demon boyfriend has vanished and it looks like Stella and her friends are at the center of everything. Someone wants Stella out the way and will do anything to make it happen, even kill.

This book is non-stop action, mystery, murder and heartache as we join Stella in the race of her life. She tries to help her wolf friends find a tailsman that may give wolves an unbeatable power that may put all witches in jeopardy while trying to to prove her innocence to the Summit before they exile her, and help her best friend stay alive as she runs for the Council and all the nominees begin to mysteriously turn up dead. Every time I thought I had everything figured out, I learned I was wrong. There are so many twists, turns and surprises that you will race through the pages of this unputdownable read!

I love the development of the characters that we have come to know and love, the inside look at the Witches Council and the various mysteries that are pretty much unsolvable. The ending will both break your heart, band make you proud of the independent woman Stella has become. Of course, it also made me wish book 5 was about to be released because the suspense is killing me!

This another great installment to a truly magical series!

This book is rated 5 fangs!

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What is your favorite series that is revolved around magic and/or witches?

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