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Bitter Night – Spotlight & Review

Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Frances

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (Oct 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416598146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598145

    Once, Max dreamed of a career, a home, a loving family. Now all she wants is freedom…and revenge. A witch named Giselle transformed Max into a warrior with extraordinary strength, speed, and endurance. Bound by spellcraft, Max has no choice but to fight as Giselle’s personal magic weapon — a Shadowblade — and she’s lethally good at it. But her skills are about to be put to the test as they never have before….

    The ancient Guardians of the earth are preparing to unleash widespread destruction on the mortal world, and they want the witches to help them. If the witches refuse, their covens will be destroyed, including Horngate, the place Max has grudgingly come to think of as home. Max thinks she can find a way to help Horngate stand against the Guardians, but doing so will mean forging dangerous alliances — including one with a rival witch’s Shadowblade, who is as drawn to Max as she is to him — and standing with the witch she despises. Max will have to choose between the old life she still dreams of and the warrior she has become, and take her place on the side of right — if she survives long enough to figure out which side that is….”

    My Thoughts:

    I was pretty much blown away by this book. I loved it! Max is a kick-a$$ character with “baditude” and I was hooked from the get go. I really enjoyed Pharaoh-Frances’ world building and am really hoping to see more books in this world she’s created. A unique and action filled urban fantasy with interesting characters, fast pacing, violence, romance, tension, conflicts, and just pure talent in the telling of the story.

    Diana Pharaoh Frances is an accomplished Fantasy author and I believe this is her first foray into contemporary or Urban Fantasy, I could be wrong, but she’s nailed it! I don’t know what else to say except that this book will be on my keeper shelf to be re-read again, was well worth buying and I can’t wait for another Horngate Witches book. 😀


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    January 25, 2010 Posted by | On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Biting The Bullet – Spotlight & Review

    Biting The Bullet by Jennifer Rardin  February 2008 by Orbit Books

    Format:Trade Paperback

    Published:February 11, 2008

    Dimensions:336 Pages

    Published By:Orbit

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
    ISBN – 10:
    ISBN – 13:9780316020589

    (from back cover) “I’m Lucille Robinson (aka Jaz Parks).

    This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on. It’s not our usual take-them-out-and-run; it’s an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist.

    We’ve never gone in with such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right? Um… nope. At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit.

    To add to our problems, we’re being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl’s power – at any cost. This is going to be a blast.”

    Jennifer Rardin’s third book in the Jaz Parks series blasts off like a rocket from page one and carries that momentum through-out the whole book! I personally, am partial to the female lead, Jaz Parks, because she’s a wise-cracking, funny-as-hell, firecracker that kicks butt and makes no apologies for it. This CIA assassin duo, Jaz & Vayl, along with their quirky crew, save the world, one adrenaline-packed battle at a time by eliminating some of the nastiest supernatural terrorists of all time.

    A whole lot of action, as-well-as supernatural elements, danger and some romantic tension create this power-bomb of a novel. I highly recommend Biting The Bullet, as well as the first two books: Once Bitten, Twice Shy & Another One Bites The Dust.  The fourth book, Bitten To Death is scheduled to be released August 2008. (does a jig) All have a permanent residency on my “Keeper” shelf, they should be on yours too!

    (And now I have to go lend the book to my sister, who I got hooked on the series. She’s been bugging me for it since the day I bought it. )

    ( Moved over from my orignal blog )





    Posted by Amber:

    This one is on my ‘next to be read’ pile. It is a nice series and I am looking forward to reading this 3rd part.
    Monday, March 24th 2008 @ 7:03 AM

    Posted by Judi:

    If you loved the first two, you’ll love this one as well. She’s very consistant with her writing quality – it’s awesome! 🙂
    Monday, March 24th 2008 @ 11:50 AM


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