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Monday, May 14, 2012

Review and Trailer of Urban Fantasy book Black Dawn (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine

Title: Black Dawn
Series: Morganville Vampires, book 12
Author: Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Official Synopsis (Goodreads)
In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires... their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

Lovers of Morganville, rejoice: Black Dawn takes the intrigue, romance and nail-biting suspense of the series to its highest level yet!

My Review
Oh hail the Queen, Rachel Caine. Twelve books in and Rachel Caine still suprises me with each stellar installment of the Morganville Vampire Series.

This book is one sentence: Black Dawn is a hold-on-to-your-seat thrill ride of twists and turns that will have you laughing, crying, leave your heart-pounding, all the while keeping you guessing as you try to unravel the mysteries surrounding the draug and what it means for our favorite Morganville residents Shane, Claire, Michael, Eve...and Mernin (I just had to add him!).

Rachel Caine is a genius. She has done what some of my other favorites failed to do...deliver a series where each installment is exciting and new, where just when you think it cannot get any better - it does. She created a series where the novels don't begin to fall flat( ahem...Sookie Stackhoue Novels anyone?), instead they pick up steam and surprise you with even more possibilities of adventure, trials, tribulations and romance. This book is no different.

The Glass House team have come to....get used to is in ruins (really - they were ruled by vampires so I can't say they loved it). If the vampires are scared of the draug, then humans certainly are shaking in their boots (make that goth boots if you're Eve). The one thing they could always count on is each other, until now. But with chaos around them, they must face the ghosts that have caused them to hurt the people they hurt most. Michael and Eve are on the outs after his vampire side left her nearly dead, Shane must face his inner demons that are determined to bring him down while Claire is trying her best to be Shane's life jacket when dreams and reality are no longer distinguishable. Myrnin proves that he will do anything to save his town...and Claire. The vampires are fighting, characters we have come to know are dying and it is a war that will only mean death and destruction for the losing team. The question is: how many will die before the war ends?

Inner struggles and the town's survival collide as the members of the Glass House fight to stay alive and to stay together. When the dust is settled and the war is done..life in Morganville will never be the same!

This book is pure action, danger, surprises and anguish with bits of bittersweet moments and tons of quirky laughter. Rachel Caine proved once again that she is not scared to rock the boat and kills a few characters that we have come to know...yes, bodies will be dropping. Another reason to admire the Queen, Rachel Caine. Twelve books and I am still shaking my head in surprise. Just when you think you know where a story line is going, she switches it up and leaves you reeling in the aftermath. I love it.

This was an unputdownable read to an amazing series that gets better with each new installment. I am counting down the days until book 13, Bitter Blood, is released in November. I cannot wait!!

This books is rated 5 Fangs!

Have you read Black Dawn? Did you love it as much as I did? Who is your favorite character?
Let's hear your thoughts.

Now here's the trailer to Black Dawn...enjoy :-)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Friday All! Before we get into the Friday fun, let me tell you about some Paromantasy news.

There is my new installment of "Paromantasy's Take on" specials. Click here to read my views on Cliffhangers, bad boys, heroines and more...  Let me know your thoughts.

Now it's Follow Friday Time! Want to join in the fun? To join the fun and make new friends, stop by; Parajunkee  and Greads to enter!

Q: What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?
Oh, I love so may authors. Here is an "author template" that I would send.
Dear Superstar Writer, Thank you for the constant action-packed, romance-filled adventures that let me escape reality and for a short time enter a world where I can be that badass heroine with the vampire boyfriend, surrounded by a bunch of quirky friends who are probably not human. Thanks for reminding me how much fun a little imagination and excellent writing can impact one's life. You are my favorite pasttime. And did I mention you rock?

Literary Vacations: If you could take a trip this summer to any place within a fictional book, where would you go? Tell us about your summer dream vacation!
Wow, this is a good one. I would have to say that I would love to visit Pelham Manor from the Jolie Wilkins series by HP Mallory. It seems almost like a fairytales, except it is filled with creatures that go bump in the night, but secretly make your heart patter for the danger and passion they elict. In this case, the manor belongs to a warlock and Jolie, the funniest witch you will ever meet, and her bff, who is human, live with him. The book is amazing and here are some pics of Pelham Manor that HP Mallory posted on her website. He livs in of Alnwick, England.
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That's it for now! Have a great weekend!

Review of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance book, Wuthering Frights (Dulcie O'Neil Series) by HP Mallory

Title: Wuthering Frights
Series: Dulcie O'Neil Series, book 4
Author: HP Mallory

Official Synopsis
A father she never knew existed,
An impossible decision that had to be made,
A lie she must keep to herself at all costs,
And the realization that every choice she makes has consequences.

Fairy and law enforcement agent, Dulcie O'Neil has just discovered that her father is the Head of the Netherworld, and a double-dealing, illegal potions importer. Worse yet, she's now working for him.

Knight Vander, Dulcie's boyfriend and Head of the Association of Netherworld Creatures is on to her father, but, in the process, will he discover Dulcie's secret? And if he does, will it mean his life?

My Review
Here is my one long sentence gush session..er, review: Wuthering Frights is an unputdownable, thrilling, action-packed, emotional roller coaster of a read that will have you laughing, crying and your mind rattling as Dulcie tries to find a way to fight her tyrant of a father, keep up with the lies of her now shady second life, and leave the life she once new behind to protect the ones she loves the most. The cliffhanger ending will leave your heart on the floor and begging for more of this amazing series.

Dulcie O'Neil series, How I love thee? Let me count the ways...
 #1 - Non-stop action - Dulcie is now at the mercy of her tyrant father who runs the Netherworld with an iron fist. She is forced to go against everything she believes in by joining the life of crime, but saving Knights life is worth it. In joining her daddy's minions, she is on a constant track of lies, danger and action as she tries to keep up with her life as an Investigator and the crimes that are going down under her ex-lover's nose. The constant whirlwind that is Dulcie's life will be sure to leave your heart-pounding and your fingers racing through the pages.
#2 - Emotional Roller coaster  This is the most emotional of the entire series and that is saying something. In Dulcie's effort to protect Knight and the ones she loves, she is forced to leave them behind. The interactions with Knight are filled with heartbreak and anger as you see our power couple put to the test. Will they survive?? Let's just say, then ending will surprise you. Along with Knight, her relationship with Sam is also suffering, along with that of her other friends and you can't help but want to hug the lot of them.
#3 Mystery and Revelations - Dulcie is not the only one who wants to see daddy dearest removed from his "throne". Someone knows what is happening and they are spilling the beans to Knight. The problem is: does this person know about Dulcie and what does that mean for her and the lives of her friends who she is trying to protect? When nothing is at it appears, who can you trust? The answer may shock you! Along with these mysteries are revelations that can rock Dulcie's world. As I said, not everything nor everyone is who they appear to be. Many know a lot more than they let on. Let's just say as the secrets pile up and the truths are revealed, the way we look at some of the major characters will be dramatically altered!
#4 Love - You cannot have a Dulcie O'Neil series with some romance. In this book the  love between Knight and Dulcie is bittersweet as Dulcie does her best to protect Knight by adding distance between them. But that is not the only hints of romance that we have. We see all whole new side of Bram and this new sweet spot of his makes him that much hotter. Sure, we still don't know his true intentions, but actions speaks louder than words and his actions has proven that Dulcie is not just a passing fancy. With tension between Dulcie and Knight rising, Bram may just prove to be a contender for Dulcie's heart.
# 5 Keeping it New and Exciting - One thing that HP does brilliantly, is the constant addition of new characters, the continued growth of our current characters and the way she weaves a new storyline from past events. It is like a huge unfinished puzzle that we are working through little by little while trying to decipher what the big picture is going to be. I love the progression of Dulcie and Knight. We see a whole other side of Knight and it is not to pretty - but he is only human...well, Loki but you catch my drift. Dulcie has really grown and is willing to risk it all to save the people she loves, now that is what I call a heroine. Bram's layers are pulled back with each book and I cannot wait to find out more. The supporting characters are still funny, spunky and lively as ever. Add the new characters of the evil daddy, a new fairy with the same spirit of Dulcie, but with a chosen careers in crime and the new partnership between Dulcie and her ex-boss/crush Quill and Wuthering Frights makes for a highly entertaining read.

If you haven't guessed by now - I love this book and this series. HP is one of the greatest in this UF/PNR genre and I cannot wait to read more of this series and the Jolie series. The cliffhanger ending left my mind reeling - HP, don't make us wait too long for book 5!!

Wuthering Frights is rated 5 Fangs!

Have you read the Dulcie O'Neil series? Who do you hope Dulcie will end up with - Bram or Knight? Which is your favorite character of the series?

Let's hear (or see) your thoughts!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review and Video of Urban Fantay Romance book, Demonically Tempted by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Demonically Tempted
Series: Frostbite, book 2
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Official Synopsis
Tess Jennings, now a member of the Memphis Police Department, is on her first cold case. The suspected suicide of Lizbeth Knapp ten years ago isn’t a theory her family accepts—they believe she was murdered.

But the case is only one of Tess’s worries. Ghosts are talking, and word of her abilities rapidly spreads. A dark ghost is terrifying the spirits of Memphis, and she must force the entity to cross over.
Tess doesn’t have to do this alone. Not only does she have her ghost-lover, Kipp McGowen, but the department has brought in a medium. Dane Wolfe might answer all her questions, but he also brings a world of trouble. Will Tess finally have all she’s ever wanted, or will everything she’s vowed to protect be ripped away?

My Review
This book is a never-ending rollercoaster ride of romance, action, danger and suspense, with a cliffhanger ending that will leave you begging for more.

Our favorite ghost whisperer Tess and  her ghost lover Kipp are back and this time they are taking on a demon. When ghosts start to flock to Tess for help from a dark spirit, Tess and Kipp uncover an evil unlike any other. To stop it, they must team up with Dane Wolfe, a mysterious agent with a unique talent of his own. He holds the key to helping Tess with her ghost talking abilities, but he is also up to something. With a demon to fight, murders and missing people popping up, and an agent proving to be more trouble then his worth, Kipp and Tess must fight to save innocent lives, and for each other

When everything is against you, will love truly conquer all or will it crumble under the weight?
I love, love, love this series. It is unique and only Stacey Kennedy can pull off a believable story where the heroine is human and the hero is a ghost . They have to fight for each other, while also fighting crime as Tess takes on her new role as a member of the Memphis PD. This installment proved to be an emotional rollercoaster and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment of the series!

Tess is as witty as ever. I love that she is so perfectly flawed and relatable. She has grown to trust her instincts and her abilities and now embraces the ghosts she once ignored. She is in no way fearless as she quakes in her boots each time she is faced with scary situations, this time with a demon, but she is courageous in that she fights her fears and does what she has to do. She doesn't have to worry to much with her ghostly lover by her side.

Kipp is the hero you would never see coming...literally since he's a ghost. Somehow Stacey Kennedy has pulled off creating a ghostly swoon-worthy hero who is fearless, charming, sexy and oozes masculinity,. He may be a ghost of a cop, but he is still on the job helping Tess as she gets the hang of how the PD operates.

Together they are on fire and the scenes between these two will have you all hot and bothered in no time flat. How does "the nasty" work when your partner is a ghost? Well, let's just say they get creative :-)

The side characters are also back and as funny and loving as ever. Some new additions are added to the mix including the ever mysterious Dane Wolfe. He also has special "abilities", and teaches Tess a few tricks to dealing with ghosts. But when he tries to come between Tess and Kipp, the unthinkable happens that changes everything. The cliffhanger ending will leave you stunned and searching for the release date for the next installment of this incredible series.

This is another heart-stopping, action-packed, sexually-charged thrill-ride of a read that will have you racing through the pages and desperately wanting more!

Demonically Tempted is rated 5 Fangs!

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