Silver Kiss by Naomi Clark (e-Book)
“Ayla Hammond has come home.
After years as a lone wolf in a self-imposed exile she’s rejoining the pack and trying to mend fences with her parents.
She’s convinced them to accept her girlfriend, but can a lone wolf change her ways?
As if homecoming wasn’t hard enough, Ayla also can’t help getting involved in a missing person case.
With pressure to solve the case mounting from the pack alphas, Ayla is starting to question where her loyalties lie – and if a return to the pack she left behind is really what she wants.”
Silver Kiss was a good read. I enjoyed the details of werewolves and their pack, the characters were engaging, the plot and pacing were steady and strong and there were interesting obstacles for the characters to over come. I can also relate to the aspect of coming home after several years away and having to re-adjust to being around family, lol. It’s an onging issue around here for me!
I also found it to be an interesting read because it’s obvious that Naomi Clark is from the UK, and for me it’s cool to see the small differences in words and sayings that they have compared to us here in Canada or in the USA. It was a pleasant change to read a book by a UK author.
I will admit to being a bit aprehensive to reading about a same sex couple when I was approached to review this book, but I am happy that I agreed to review it. It wasn’t forced and was written with class and taste. A good couple is a good couple regardless of gender and putting that couple into a good story is tantamount to success.
Silver Kiss is a good solid urban fantasy with bite.
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To find out more about Naomi Clark and her writing, go to her website.
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Published:February 23, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10: 0061138037
ISBN – 13: 9780061138034
“In New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s most complex and nuanced adventure yet, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan fights a deadly battle-mind, body, and soul
Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter-and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.
It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.”
I was sucked in to this book of Rachel Morgan’s journey in The Hollows Series like a leaf into a tornado! Mesmerizing. I couldn’t put it down! Really, I carted my book around like it was an extension of my hand for two days until I finished it.
Rachel goes through and grows through a whole heck of a lot of inner turmoil and outer ones as well. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I fell in love with the characters all over again! So many awesome characters: Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Biz, Al, Pierce, Trent, Lee, and just as many excellent villans: Nick, Brooke, Vivienne, Oliver, and Newt. Ahhh… I wish I had time to read it again right now. Yes, it was that good!
Kim Harrison not only weaves a spectacular tale, she weaves a spell that you never want to end filled with magic, mayhem, rich characters and amazing plots and pacing. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I can’t find any info about the next book, but I see in her FAQ’s that she has 12 to 13 books planned, so I’m stoked about that.
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Find out more about Kim Harrison and her books at her website.
Road Trip Of The Living Dead by Mark Henry
“Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife.
But what’s a zombie chick to do when her ‘Mommie Dearest’ gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch – or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his ‘luxury’ resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood.
First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of ‘moderately accurate’ psychics, they hit the highway – their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of supermarket shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning.”
Two words: freakin hilarious! That about sums it up, but you probably want to know some more. Honestly, Zombies are not one of my favourite supernatural creatures, heck, they’re not even in my top ten, but Mark Henry’s Amanda Feral & Wendy are definitely the exception for me. Politically incorrect, snarky, hilariously offensive, fashionista’s to the ninth degree, these characters have me clutching sides from laughing so hard while kinda grossing me out at the same time.
Mark Henry paints characters so colorful that they leap off the page. The situations that they find themselves in are absolutely priceless and keep me flipping the pages to find out what happens next. The title of this book is appropos because travelling with this group would be like being in a night of the living dead but in a great roller coaster that never ends way. Full of thrills, chills and gut-popping laughs.
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Find out more about the author, Mark Henry, at his website.
Hunted By The Others by Jess Haines
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I’ve been a fan of Mark Henry’s books featuring the character Amanda Feral, since the first book, Happy Hour Of The Damned came out in 2008 in trade paperback. Now it’s being released in mass market on Jan 26th, so there’s no excuse not to run out and grab yourself a copy!
“Donuts are deadly. One minute you’re getting your binge on, the next, you’re slipping on the box, cracking your skull, and in the weirdest turn of events, rising as a zombie. That’s just for starters. Now, the recently deceased Amanda Feral is trying to make her way through Seattle’s undead scene with style (mortuary-grade makeup, six inch stilettos, bangin’ Balenciaga handbag) while satisfying a craving for decent vodkatinis and the occasional human flesh—Don’t judge. And no, not like chicken.
Navigating a dangerous world of cloud-doped bloodsuckers, reapers, horny and horned devils, celebrity blood donors, and PR-obsessed shapeshifters—not to mention an extremely hot bartender named Ricardo—isn’t easy. And the minute one of Amanda’s undead friends disappears after texting for “help” (the undead—so dramatic!) she knows the afterlife is about to get really ugly.
Something sinister is at hand. Someone or something is hellbent on turning Seattle’s supernatural underworld into a place of true terror. And this time, Amanda may meet a fate a lot worse than donuts…”
See my review of Happy Hour Of The Damned HERE. I’m currently reading the second book in the series, Road Trip Of The Living Dead and am laughing my head off at the hilarity that is Amanda, Wendy & Gil.
“Celebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back from the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bite out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her “Mommie Dearest” gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch—or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat, is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his “luxury” resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood.
First, they pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of “moderately accurate” psychics, they hit the highway—their way. Of course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of Kmart shoppers. But for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning…”
The next book in the series, Battle Of The Network Zombies will be on shelves March 2nd, 2010 in Canada & Feb 23rd, 2010 in the USA! I’m lucky enough to have an ARC which I will be reading next, so be sure to look for reviews of both; Road Trip Of The Living Dead and Battle Of The Network Zombies from me soon.
“In Seattle’s undead circles, Amanda Feral is one of the beautiful zombies. Of course, when you’re socializing with werewolves, devils, and rampaging yetis, there’s not that much competition. Still, Amanda has a stylish rep to maintain, which is getting tricky now that her tanking ad agency is obliterating her finances. The fastest way to make some cash: appear on a new reality show, American Minions, hosted by lecherous wood nymph Johnny Birch. Classy? Maybe not, but a girl’s gotta eat.
With zombie gal pal Wendy posing as her bitchy agent, Amanda settles in to “Minions Mansion,” crowded with 24-7 video cameras and undead fame whores. When Johnny is found incinerated in a locked room, Amanda decides to channel her inner Miss Marple (minus the fugly cardigans) and find out who’s responsible. Was it Hairy Sue, the white trash stripper yeti? Tanesha, the glamorous trannie werewolf? Angie, the Filipino vampire with a detachable head? Unveiling the culprit in a heart-stopping finale won’t just save the show from cancellation, it might just keep Amanda alive—or as close as a ghoul can get…”
So the reason I titled this post, “Save Amanda Feral” is because, well, Mark Henry tells it best. See his website and blog posts here and here. Long story short is that the third book in the series may just be the last. That would be bad in an epic way because these characters are so unique, so uproariously funny in a gross way, and so much fun, you may just pee your pants! If you’re a fan of Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves and supernatural fiction, then run and grab yourself a copy of these books! If the book descriptions haven’t quite convinced you, then go HERE to Amanda’s page on Mark Henry’s website to laugh yourself into a zombie state while reading.
Here, I’ll even make it easy for you!
Claimed By The Wolf by Charlene Teglia
“They guard humanity against supernatural threats from the five gateways into the world. The Shadow Guardians: a vampire, a werewolf, a demon, a dragon and a fae are united in brotherhood – and war. Shadow Guardian Kenrick is an alpha werewolf forever in his prime. When Sybil, a beautiful apprentice witch, unknowingly opens a realm to the Otherworld, there is a sudden influx of demons – and it’s up to Kenrick to help her stop them. Soon their passion flares and Kenrick desires Sybil as his mate. But to form their union, Sybil faces the ultimate test: She must bind herself to the Shadow Guardians by sharing herself with all five warriors.”
I just want to put it out there that though I’ve seen this book shelved in the romance section of the bookstore, it is definitely an erotica, so if you’re looking for melt the ink off the pages erotica, then this book is for you! It does contain some multi-partner action, so if you’re more into “vanilla”, then this book is not for you.
Sybil definitely “puts her foot in it”, so to speak, when she unknowingly opens a gate to the demon realm! Enter the uber-sexy alpha werewolf, Kenric, to help her close the gate and the sparks begin to fly. Kenric is part of a group of Shadow Gardians, a dragon, a vampire, a fae and a demon who all are strong and sexy. Sybil has some hard choices to make and repercussions from having unwittingly opened the gate, but once she decides to do what it takes to fix the problem, she gets to have a lot of fun (of the physical variety), to help her along the path of redemption.
This book has great characters, danger, excitement and hot, steamy action mixed in with witches, a werewolf, a dragon, demons, a vampire and a fae lord. Bring on the Shadow Guardians!
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Find out more about Charlene Teglia and her books at her website.
Scions: Revelation by Patrice Michelle
(from back cover)
“Caine Grennard is a werewolf, living among humans and lacking purpose—until the night he meets a woman with an exotic, irresistible scent. A woman who might be his deadliest enemy.
When her aunt is kidnapped, Emma Gray swears she’ll do anything to get the older woman back. Even if it means trusting the mysterious—and sexy—stranger named Caine.
But more is at stake than one woman’s life: Emma’s past holds the last key to unlocking a prophecy Caine’s clan is depending on. The fates of both their clans rest on Caine and Emma trusting the impossible, electric connection between them, even in the midst of betrayal.… “
Book three in Patrice Michelle’s enticing Scions series concludes the prophecy in a rich, sensual and satisfying manner. I really enjoyed Caine and Emma’s journey, to finding each other and the parts they played in fulfilling the prophecy. Caine is pure alpha material: sexy, strong, passionate and stubborn. Emma is his perfect match and I loved every second of following these two through thick and thin!
Patrice Michelle has created a “world” that’s been a treat to escape into and I’m really hoping that she’ll write some more stories here. The first two books in the series, Scions: Resurrection and Scions: Insurrection are both awesome reads as well! My review of Scions: Insurrection can be read HERE, and my interview with Patrice Michelle can be read HERE. You can read these books as stand alone’s and you’ll have no problems following, as each is an incredible romance, but my personal recommendation is to read all three as you’ll get so much more from them. You can find out more about Patrice and the awesome books she’s written and what she’s working on at her BLOG.
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
( From Inside Cover )
“When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?
To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life-first discovered in “Twilight,” then scattered and torn in “New Moon” and “Eclipse”-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever? “
This is the fourth and final book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and after reading about a lot of the “hullabaloo” over the topics brought up in this book and her choice of an ending, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I wish there were more books coming in this series besides the book Midnight Sun which are the same events in Twilight, but told from Edward’s perspective instead of Bella’s. I love that idea though, and am looking forward to reading that book as well. You can read chapter 1 on Stepanie’s Website.
There were a couple of plot twists that kind of weirded me out in Breaking Dawn, but the rest of the story was awesome! I don’t want to give any spoilers away for those who haven’t had the chance to read it yet, so I’ll just suffice it to say that Breaking Dawn will remain on my Keeper Shelf to be re-read again in the future.
I also just gave my sister the series to read and she’s half-way through Eclipse and LOVING them all so far. She told me that she gets what the big deal about these books is all about now, and she can hardly wait to go and see the movie with me in November. So, I continue to be a huge Stephanie Meyer fan!
I’m open for discussing details with anyone who wants to, in the comments here, so be warned that there may be SPOILERS in the comments of this post.
Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge March 2008 by St. Martin’s
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martins Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312948298
- ISBN-13: 978-0312948290
From the Back Cover
“The first book a thrilling, addictive new series by a talented new voice in dark fantasy. Welcome to Nocturne City, where werewolves, black magicians, and witches prowl the streets at night…
Among them is Luna Wilder, a tough-as-nails police officer whose job is to keep the peace. As an Insoli werewolf, Luna travels without a pack and must rely on instinct alone. And she’s just been assigned to find the ruthless killer behind a string of ritualistic murders—a killer with ties to an escaped demon found only in legend…until now.
But when she investigates prime suspect Dimitri Sandovsky, she can’t resist his wolfish charms. Pack leader of a dangerous clan of Redbacks, Dimitri sends her animal instincts into overdrive and threatens her fiercely-guarded independence. But Luna and Dimitri will need to rely on each other as they’re plunged into an ancient demon underworld and pitted against an expert black magician with the power to enslave them for eternity…”
Another awesome Urban Fantasy author to add to my favorite’s list! Caitlin Kittredge comes out swinging with her debut novel, Night Life. I loved the non-stop action, grittiness and danger that Luna Wilder goes up against and the sparks that fly every time Luna and Dimitri come anywhere close to each other are hot, Hot, HOT!
I like the world building. Nocturne City is awesome, and the tension and dark story-telling are definitely to my liking. The police and the corruption that could occur in a world like this are dead on. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series Pure Blood, which is due to be released in August 2008.
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Scions: Insurrection by Patrice Michelle May 2008 by Nocturne
(from back cover) ” Humanity had reason to fear vampires, but they didn’t know about werewolves. Yet.
When Detective Kaitlyn McKinney responds to a call about a strange, burned body, she discovers something far more complicated—and dangerous.
Landon Rourke is a werewolf, exiled from his pack and dedicated to keeping a protective watch over Kaitlyn.
A prophecy has said that his kind and vampires would one day come to a truce. But that day has yet to come.
Landon has his own past to deal with, too, involving Kaitie herself. A dark truth that has kept them apart for years. When Kaitlyn gets caught up in the battle between vampires and werewolves, the long-simmering attraction she shares with Landon ignites. And in that attraction they find the secret that will bring them together.…”
I really liked Landon and Kaitlyn’s story. Kaitlyn is a sassy, strong yet vulnerable and extremely likeable character. Landon is alpha male all the way, but not in an overbearing way. He’s strong, protective, sexy, in touch with his emotions but primal and did I say sexy yet? Their story is full of danger, intense emotions, fun, suspense, life & death, love and laughter.
I was impressed by the story-telling, character building, pacing and I was totally caught up in Patrice Michelle’s Scions’s world. I’m really looking forward to the next novel in this series Scions:Revelation coming this December 2008 from Silhouette Nocturne.
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