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Friday, June 29, 2012

Review of Dystopian Romance book Cold Light (After Series) by Traci Slatton

Title: Cold Light
Series: After Trilogy, book 2
Author: Traci Slatton
Genre: Dystopian Romance
Review of ARC: 5 Fangs, a must read!

Official Synopsis
The end of the world brings chaos, madness, and psychic powers. For Emma and Arthur, separated by an ocean, it brings a love that demands everything. Emma's beloved daughter is kidnapped by vengeful raiders, and Emma embarks on a soul-crushing journey to rescue her. When Arthur finds Emma, can she trust him? Against impossible odds, Emma draws near the rogue camp, where she also confronts the deepest choice of her heart

My Review
This book in one sentence: A haunting, heartwrenching, action-packed emotional roller coaster of a read that will leave an impression on you long after your finish the book.
To say that I love this book or this series would be an understatement. Traci Slatton has done an immpecable job with what I thought would be an impossible hurrdle for her two main characters to overcome after the ending of Fallen. Not only did she do the impossible, but she made me love the characters and the new additions to the book even more.
Emma has seen, faced and survived the impossible. She has seen the world destroyed by mists that ravage everything in its path. She survived while caring for her child and several abandoned children. She offered her body to a man, Arthur, in exchange for his protection and shelter in his camp and  found unexpected love in a world filled with grief. She found out that her husband and other daughter survived in a safe-zone in Canada. She also discovered that Arthur is the cause for the mists and that her husband risked his life to come for her. She leaves with her husband to Canada, but her heart remains with Arthur and the people of the camp who became family.
Now, after a year away from Arthur and from being rescued by her husband, the impossible has happened again. Her daughter has been taken, and it is up to Emma to get her back. In order to do so she is confronted by her past and by the one man who both stole and broke her heart, Arthur.
Arthur caused the mists and it is up to him to stop them, but not before he gets what he feels is rightfully his, Emma. She has a husband, but this is a new world, a new day and what they feel for eachother is uncomparable. But will she be able to see past his mistakes and take him back, or will her attachment to her past life leave him without the one person he desires the most?

They must work together to bring back her daughter, while Emma must make one of the hardest decisions in her life, leave with Arthur - the man of her dreams, or stay commited to her husband, the one who has been there for her since their teenage years. With her daughter in danger, her heart on the line and two men vying for her effection, they make their way to perform a rescue mission only to raelize their worst nightmares are just now coming true and that the past never stays buried for long.

There is just so much to love about this book. I became fully invested in these characters. With each page I felt like I was reunited with family as Emma reunites with Arthur and the gang. Emma and Arthur are both perfectly flawed and I love and respect them for it.

Emma continues to be a perfectly flawed heroine stuggling to do what is right for her family. Arthur is both the hero and sinner, causing destruction by inventing the mists but doing everything in his power to make things right. His strength is remarkable, being able to survive and believe the world will be better with his inner demons always around him and the world on his shoulders. The love between Arthur & Emma is deep and special, yet Haywood is also a remarkable person. The husband we only briefly met in Fallen is fleshed out and he is wonderful. He is the conventional hero and your heart does go out to him, even if we (the readers) know Emma belongs with Arthur.
The world building and the characters created are so relatable, different and intriguing that readers can't help falling in love with them. I know I couldn't. Like Fallen, Cold Light will be sure to stay with me long after I finished the book.

Cold Light is rated 5 Fangs:

What is your favorite dystopian romance?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review of Paranormal Romance novel, Destiny Unchained (Shadows of Destiny) by Leia Shaw

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

Official Synopsis
They call her The Huntress. A vampire with lethal focus, Natalia hunts rogue werewolves and kills them without mercy. She buried her heart centuries ago. Now she lives only for revenge. But when she’s forced to team up with the alpha of the northwest werewolf pack to catch a werewolf serial killer, her carefully controlled world is shattered by the passionate Cristian. Will Natalia accept Cristian’s claim on her heart even if it means sacrificing a part of who she is?

*Warning: this book contains sexual content not intended for readers under the age of 18*

My Review
This is an unputdownable read filled with romance, danger, action, sacrifice and forgiveness.

Natalia is a bad-ass vampire known as The Huntress. She lives for hunting down rogue werewolves. There is no room in her life for love when all she wants is revenge. What happened to her may have happened long ago, but she has eternity to make him pay...

Cristian is an alpha who would do anything to protect his pack, including taking down a werewolf hunter. When he meets Natalia, he knows she is a threat that should be dealt with, but there is something about her that makes him want to keep her around for a while.

The two are both stubborn and want to dominate, but they both also want to protect the innocent so they put their differences aside to face a bigger threat, a rogue Were who has been murdering children and is now in Cristian's territory. They agree to partner up to find this murderer, never guessing that they would lose their hearts in the process.

This book is amazing. It is a non-stop thrill ride as they race against the clock to find the murderer, while growing closer in the process. The chemistry between Cristian and Natalia is through the roof and when you put these two strong minded people together, you get tons of laughs, tears and a love that defies the odds.

Natalia is tough as nails and has a hard time letting go of the past and showing her vulnerable side. As Cristian pulls back the layers of her long concealed heart, we sees that behind the facade of The Huntress is someone who just wants to do good. With each day spent with Cristian, she feels herself growing more attached, but will this growing love be put to an end before it has begun? Can she truly trust Cristian or will history repeat itself?

Cristian is an Alpha with the world on his shoulders. Everything he has done has been for the good of others, until now. He knows his pack will not like him taking on a vampire mate, let alone The Huntress. Even if he does make her his, will she be able to let the past go or will he end up losing his heart to a woman who truly is just out for herself?

Their inner struggles are just one part of the craziness that is their life because what good is love if they are dead? The murderer is always one step aheadof them  and now he has something that can end them...their love for each other.

This book is a constant struggle between love, good vs evil and their inner struggles against their haunting past. You root for them to find the killer,find themselves, and finally realize that they are awesome together. I could not put this book down!

I have to say that Leia Shaw is someone to watch out for. Her books are non-stop thrill rides that leave you wanting more. Action, Romance, Suspense, and Danger are winning combinations that Leia Shaw has down pact.  Her book , Destiny United, was on my Best of 2011 list, and this one will definitely be on my Best of 2012. She is an amazing author and I recommend that you run out and pick up one of her books if you want a great read! I cannot wait to read more books from the great Leia Shaw

This book is rated 5 Fangs:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

True Blood Season 5 Episode 1 Recap and Sookie Stackhouse EPUB Giveaway: Turn! Turn! Turn!

Waiting sucked, but it was so worth it after last night's episode. The bad news: there is no romantic Sookie/Eric, Sookie/Bill, Sookie/Alcide, Sookie/Sam scenes...wow, Sookie does get around..lol. Now the good news is that it is filled with action, humor, adventure and there is tons of crazy scenarios going on that I can't wait to see develop and we get a great view of Eric's backside, which is always a plus :-)
Now for the in-depth recap of True Blood Season 5 Episode 1 recap!

Alcide, Sam and Layla: The Wolves are Back In Town
Sam, True Blood Season 5, Sam, True Blood Season 5 As we all know, Alcide killed the old pack leader after he attacked Sam, killed Sam's brother and slept with his old squeeze Debbie. The problem is the pack has been looking for him and he was last seen with Sam. They come to him and threaten Layla and her daughter's life if he doesn't give himself up. Being the sweet Sam Merlotte that we all know and love, he goes with them where they torture him and he eventually leads them to the place where they buried Marcus. They are about to kill Sam when Alcide shows up with Layla and tells them he killed Marcus. Some wolves bow, some are confused and the other (including Marcus' mother) shift into were form to eat Marcus's carcass...ewwww. I'm guessing we have a new pack leader in town? What do you think?

Alcide, True Blood Season 5, Alcide, True Blood Season 5 Speaking of pack leader, Alcide goes to Sookie' to tell her Russell Edginton is alive. She is surprised since she thought he was dead....vamps and their lies *sigh*. He wants her to stay with him for protection, but she says she can't because of what she has done. She is about to tell him about Debbie when Lafayette stops her and kicks Alcide out. Is he going to be a big bad wolf when he finds out? We shall see....
Jessica, Jason and Steve Newlin: One crazy threesome
Jason and Steve Newlin, True Blood Season 5, Jason and Steve Newlin, True Blood Season 5 Last season ended with a fang-bearing Steve Newlin at Jason's door.Well, the surprises only starts there. He claims to have been turned by a vamp as punishment and that he was not taught how to glamour anyone or do anything vampy. Jason, who was avoiding eye-contact" finally looks at him, obviously feeling bad for the guy. Was anyone else yelling: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid?! Of course, Newlin was lying and glamours him int opening the door where he tapes his mouth shut. He tells him to forget this whole little prisoner bit and tells Jason to listen to him with an open mind. He then confesses that he is a proud gay vampire american who is in love with Jason! He also says that he was jealous his wife had sex with him and he hasn't..holy cheese and crackers!! Well, Jason is flattered, but he says he doesn't bark up that tree. Newlin demands that Jason "love" him and is about to have him a Jason Slurpee when Jessica comes to the rescue. She threatens him with true death and Jason revokes his invitation, which has Newlin flying out the door, but not before he screams "I Love You!"..hilarious.

Jason and Jessica, True Blood Season 5, Jason and Jessica, True Blood Season 5 Jessica and Jason go at it again. Later, after a crazy confrontation with Hoyt where Hoyt tells Jason to pretty much go f*ck himself, he goes to visit Jessica. She is having a party and we get an awesome rock band scene that had me laughing. We see that Jason is getting jealous of her kissing on another guy. He responds by leaving with a girl, only to drive her home *gasp - Jason passing up sex* I'm thinking he is falling hard for Jessica, but she is not ready for another commitment..this is no bueno.

Arlene and Terry: A Seriel FireStarter
Arlene, Alcide, True Blood Season 5, Arlene, Alcide, True Blood Season 5 Patrick, Terry's old way buddy, is in town and we all want to know the crazy-Terry stories, but try to get any information and Terry snaps. Arlene learned this the hard way.Hmmm, his past must be pretty colorful. We learns that Patrick is not there for a friendly visit. A number of people in their old squad has been murdered after someone set their house on fire. He thought it was Terry until learning that he also suffered a house fire but survived. He wants Terry's help to catch the enemy before it is too late, but he doesn't want to get involved. Is it because Terry is the fire starter? Or maybe it's Patrick? Or maybe....I don't know, but I can't wait to find out!
Eric, Bill and Nora: Mission Impossible, Vampire Style
Eric and Bill, True Blood Season 5, Eric and Bill, True Blood Season 5When we last saw Eric and Bill, they killed Nan and her "star ship troopers" and they reminded her that they are not "puppy dogs." Well, now they have to clean up the mess and try to break out before the Authority comes after them. That is exactly what they are doing when they "feel" Sookie's distress. Eric simply says "F*ck Sookie" but Bill has to go and help. He races out the door when..Bam! The authority trap him with silver. Eric tries to go after him and...Bam again. Damn silver... They are on their way to meet the authority, in the truck and tied with silver chains, when they devise a plan and another..bam! They use an umbrella to punch a hole in the gasoline tank and make their getaway...Rhianna would be so proud...get it? Umbrella...the song..haha.

Eric and Nora, True Blood Season 5, Eric and Nora, True Blood Season 5Anyway, they get a shocker when the drivers of the car live and are about to shoot them when someone kills him from behind. It is Nora, Eric's Sister/Authority Member/ Sex Partner...yuck. She had a plan to break them out, but the guys already took it upon themselves to try to escape so she devises another plan to get them out of town.

Eric and Bill, Nora, True Blood Season 5, Eric and Bill, Nora, True Blood Season 5 All is going well, we get a hot sex scene from Eric and Nora, then they are off to meet some of the others who are going against the Authority. They head to a pier where they get new identities, but they have been spotted and now the Authority is there ready to rain hell on all of them...yikes!

Lafayette, Sookie, Pam and Tara: Tracksuits, ghosts and baby vamps
Sookie and Tara, True Blood Season 5, Sookie and Tara, True Blood Season 5 Last time we saw Sookie, she was holding a lifeless Tara in her hands, while pieces of Tara's brain mingled with pieces of Debbie's and Lafayette was in emotional pieces after having killed Jesus. Yes, everyone was in pieces in one way or another :-) Well, Lafayette runs downstairs and cannot believe that he has lost someone else. They are crying when Pam storms in looking for Eric.

Pam, True Blood Season 5, Pam, True Blood Season 5Sookie at first wants her gone, but Lafayette comes up with a master plan...Pam can make Tara a vampire. Of course plan points out that half her brain is missing and Tara can turn out “Utterly f*cktarded.”
She does change her mind when Sookie promises to owe her one, not including using her  “Super Snatch” to fix things between her and Eric first...ooh Pam - I love your witty lines!Pam puts some of her blood in Tara's mouth, changes into a *gasp* walmart sweat suit and has Lafayette and Sookie bury her and Tara. Then it's all about the waiting game.
Lafayette, True Blood Season 5, Lafayette, True Blood Season 5

While waiting, Lafayette helps Sookie bury Debbie's body. Later, Lafayette tells Alcide off and demands he leaves Sookie's house just as she is about to spill the beans about Debbie and once Alcide leaves, he demands that Sookie keep her trap shut...ohh, Did I mention he is now bald? yep, he cut all of his hair off.

 They then go to retrieve Jesus' body from his house. The problem there is that...it is missing?? What is going on there? More voodoo magic or something? We shall see. They return to the house, and it is almost evening time. Once Pam comes up, Sookie waits for Tara but she never gets out of the whole. She is crying when Lafayette walks in and realizes Tara is really dead. They are all in tears when...another Bam! Tara jumps out of the grave and heads straight to Sookie's neck. Oh my gosh..I think she is Fucktarded!!

Famous Quotes of the night:
  • Eric had a few good one liners like: "Fuck Sookie" after he "feels" her fear during the whole Debbs shoots Tara then Sookie shoots Debbie scenario. All I kept thinking was go Eric and damn, that kitchen is bad luck...lol
  • Eric brags to Bill about Nora: "We fight like siblings, but we f*ck like champions."
  • Pam shows Sookie and  Lafayette that she is a : "I am wearing a Walmart sweatshirt for ya'll. If that's not a demonstration of team spirit, I don't know what is."
  • Pam checks out Tara's dead body: "What's to say she won't rise up from the ground tomorrow night completely and utterly f***tarded?"
  • Steve Newlin comes out of the vampire closet: "I'm a gay vampire American!"
EPUB Giveaway
If you love True Blood, then you need to read the books that started it all: The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris. I'm giving away one book from the series, your choice of book. This giveaway ends July 1st, so enter for your chance to win! Good Luck!!
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm back after the craziness of reality, updates, and Paromantasy's 2 Year Anniversary Suprises!!

Life had me MIA for quite a while, but I’m now back. I had finals, crazy amount of work, and some family issues, but I’m done with all that for now so...yay!!
Although I haven’t been blogging, I have been reading and I have some awesome books for you guys to read. I’m going to start off with Leia Shaw’s new book so check back for my 5-fang review of Destiny Unchained.
Also, TRRRRUUUEEE BLOOOOOD on Suuunday!! WOOOO-HOOOOO! I just had to get that off of my chest. I am dying my hair blood red for my date with Eric on Sunday. I’m going to post a youtube video when I do and you guys can tell me what you think!
Now for the really important news: It's Paromantasy's 2 Year Anniversary. Commence the confetti toss:
Anyone who helped celebrate my anniversary last year knows that I love to give back to you guys, my readers who actually give a crap what I think - oh, how I adore you :-) So get ready for some giveaways starting this evening!!
Thanks for continuing to support Paromantasy and I am so happy to be back. Here is to fun, fur and fangs!!
Take care,
Evie ~ Paromantasy
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