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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Review: Touch of the Angel by Rosalie Lario (Demons of Infernum #3)


Publisher - Entangled Publishing
Publication Date - December 2011
Genre - Paranormal Romance

Source - Received from author for review

Rating - 5 out of 5: It was amazing

Book Info - After months of no work, interdimensional bounty hunter Ronin Meyers jumps at the chance to locate an incubus who’s using succubi as murder weapons. Faced with the possibility of being forced to return to hellish Infernum if he fails, Ronin and his brothers will stop at nothing to take out the incubus and anyone else involved—even the beautiful succubus who stole his heart, then nearly his life, during the most mind-blowing hour of his existence.

Night after night, Amara and her fellow succubi are forced to extract special abilities from the strongest Otherworlders for their psychotic master’s growing collection. When the gorgeous angel-demon hybrid she believed to be dead captures her, Amara is both stunned and elated. But the happily ever after she’s dreamed of will have to wait. Together, they must bring down the madman hellbent on destroying them…and become each other’s salvation in the process.

My Thoughts - Ok, so I will try and write this review without too much gushing and fangirling - but I'm not making any promises! I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and had been waiting to read this book for a while. So as soon as my copy arrived I put everything else to one side (well, review books anyway - my kids don't take too kindly to being put aside for a book!) and started reading it straight away. And I absolutely loved it!

One of my favourite things about this series is the world that the author creates. It is so easy to lose yourself within the pages of these books and to fall in love with the characters. The story flows well with a good balance between romance, mystery and action with some good twists along the way to keep the reader guessing.

For those of you who haven't read the other books in the series, Ronin is one of four brothers who are all half-demon/half-something-else (they all have mothers from different species) and what I have enjoyed in all the books was the closeness between these brothers. But things have changed slightly in this one as the eldest brother is now married and his wife is expecting a baby any day now, and another brother has got engaged. I loved how they were still able to stay close despite everything else going on in their lives and how well this part of the story reflects real life.

I also enjoyed reading about how the women in their lives interact with each other. Brynn and Maya have become close and they take Amara under their wing too. Their girly moments bring some light relief during the course of the story.

Ronin and Amara make a very sexy couple and although everything stacks up against them at the beginning you can't help but hope they get their Happy Ever After. There is a huge amount of chemistry between the two and a lot of very steamy scenes.

And the ending was just perfect - a big showdown with the bad guy that had some twists that I just wasn't expecting. And, although everything in this story was wrapped up well enough to feel completely satisfied, the author has snuck in a few tantalizing threads of storyline that will make you desperate to get your hands on book four! So much so that whilst chatting to the author on Twitter the other day I told her that the wait may well be the death of me (if you're reading this Rosalie - I mean you! *gives evil eye*).

Summary - Part of an amazing paranormal romance series that all fans of the genre must read! I can't recommend highly enough!

Other books in the series:
1. Blood of the Demon
2. Mark of the Sylph
3. Touch of the Angel
4. Heart of the Incubus

Other reviews of this book:
Awesome Sauce Book Club / Bitten by Paranormal Romance / Grave Tells
(If you would like your review of Touch of the Angel included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

A Perfect Ten Featuring Shelagh from The Word Fiend!





It's time for my new feature A Perfect Ten, where bloggers talk about their top ten favourite series of all time! Today I am being joined by Shelagh from The Word Fiend. She has got an amazing blog that you should all go check out!

Shelagh was able to pick ten series to tell us all about but had trouble sorting them into any kind of order, so here are her picks in random order:

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
I picked up my first Jim Butcher on a whim. I liked the look of the cover and the story sounded like it would be fun. That's all it took. The Dresden Files were my gateway drug into the world of Urban Fantasy and once there I never wanted to leave. I love how Butcher's writing has matured as the series has progressed and how he's not afraid to challenge his characters. Harry is a hero you can really get behind and the cast of characters that has developed over time are like family now.

Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy
I read the first five books in the series back-to-back and I adored them! And book six was released this month (guess what’s on my bedside table?). The adventure starts when Stephanie Edgley's uncle, a bestselling horror author, dies and she discovers that maybe not all of his stories were made up. Enter Skulduggery Pleasant, the skeleton detective who takes Stephanie under his wing. These books are a wonderful mix of comedy, action, adventure, horror and mystery and Landy's writing will suck you in from page one.

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Looking back, the Artemis Fowl books were probably my first introduction to Young Adult fiction. And what an introduction it was! The author sums up the series as: “Die Hard with fairies.” Need I say more? Colfer writes with intelligence and wit and has a great way with stories. These books have so many characters you will fall in love with. There’s the boy-genius Artemis Fowl himself; his loyal and deadly bodyguard, Butler; tech genius centaur Foaly and Captain Holly Short of LEPrecon. Do yourself a favour and read these books.

Dexter Series by Jeff Lindsay
Dexter is an amazing creation as a character. Lindsay has presented us with a serial killer who shows no remorse for his actions or nature and we love him! The books are engaging and fast-paced. Dexter’s unique perspective puts a fresh spin on the police drama.

Temperance Brennan Series by Kathy Reichs
While Kathy Reichs’ books can be read as stand alone stories they are part of a larger story arc of character development that I would say classifies them as a series. I enjoy the science behind the stories and I love to try and solve the cases with Temperance. Reichs’ writing style has loosened up over the years, becoming less rigid and scientific. For anyone with an interest in criminal investigation or mysteries these are a must-read.

Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
Sandman is a mind-blowing graphic novel series. The story and the amazing artwork combine to paint a lavish and enthralling story that draw me back again and again. Gaiman has combined philosophy, mythology, history and literature to create a unique experience. The central character of the series is Dream, the Sandman. He and his siblings are The Endless, the anthropomorphic manifestations of certain powerful constants such as Death, Desire and Destruction. This series will make you think, laugh and cry and I personally couldn’t ask much more.

Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins
I adored the first two books in this series and can’t wait for book three to come out! Sophie Mercer is a fabulous character. I love her sarcasm, her sense of humour and her strength. The world Hawkins has created is rich and entertaining and I love my trips there through her books.

Intertwined Series by Gena Showalter
My reaction when I finished reading the first book in this series was: Hell Yes! Aden Stone has four human souls trapped in his head and has spent his whole life being bounced between foster homes and psychiatric hospitals because he talks to himself. Oh, and each soul has a unique paranormal ability. I loved that I could feel great empathy for Aden, but I never once felt sorry for him. Showalter’s world of vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies is alive and dynamic. And did I mention the sexiness that is Aden and his werewolf friend Riley?

Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent
I have only read the first book in this series so far, but I fell in love with Kaylee and the world she finds herself a part of. Vincent has offered readers a different take on the paranormal and I can’t thank her enough!

The Belgariad Series by David Eddings
I reread this series about once every two years. It is the series that cemented my love for the Fantasy genre and the characters in it are like old friends. The plot is relatively standard Fantasy fare, but I enjoy how Eddings approaches it. A classic series that will always have a home on my shelf.

Thanks Shelagh! Would you believe I have only read one series from that list (Hex Hall) - looks like I've got lots of books to add to my TBR list! How about you? Have you read any of these series? Will you be adding any to your TBR list? Let Shelagh and I know what you think!

If you are an author/blogger who would like to take part in this feature then please email me at onceuponaseries [at] live.co.uk.

Monday, 28 November 2011

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (28th November 2011)


This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey that gives us all a chance to list the books that we read last week and what we hope to read this week.

Books Completed:
Nightlife by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #1)
Touch of the Angel by Rosalie Lario (Demons of Infernum #3)

Books Reviewed:
Avenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden (The Lost Angels #1)
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #4)
Nightlife by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #1)

Books I'm Currently Reading:
Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon (Wing Slayer #1)
The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan (The Ranger's Apprentice #2)

Books Up Next:
Soul Magic by Jennifer Lyon (Wing Slayer #2)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Review: Nightlife by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #1)

Publisher - Berkley UK
Publication Date - 10th November 2011
Paperback - 368 pages
Genre - Urban Fantasy

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it

Book Info - There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one . . .

. . . Well, half of one, anyway.

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side – and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares – and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn’t exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out.

He and his half brother, Niko, have managed to stay a step ahead for four years, but now Cal’s dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they’ve always wanted him: He is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life . . .

My Thoughts - I've heard a lot of good things about this series so I was pleased when a copy of Nightlife popped through my door for review. And I have to say that, on the whole, I really enjoyed this book.

I really liked Cal and his snarky sense of humour and this made him a very entertaining character that kept me turning the pages. The relationship between Cal and his half brother Niko also brought a lot to the story. Although they relentlessly bicker and tease each other (as I'm sure most brothers their age would do!) they also obviously really care about each other. Niko has given up everything to keep his little brother safe and Cal feels a lot of gratitude and respect towards him for this.

There is a lot of mystery surrounding Cal's past (especially the time that he is taken by the Grendals - the race of monster that his father belongs to) and why it is that the Grendals are so keen to get their hands on him. This mystery kept me glued to the story, even though I was a bit disappointed when the answers were revealed, but I will explain more about that later in my review.

There is a great cast of supporting characters in this book, one of whom is George - a psychic girl who helps Cal and Niko at the start of this book. She only plays a small part in Nightlife, although it was enough to get me intrigued by her relationship with Cal and to hope that she plays a bigger part in book two. The second character I really enjoyed was Rob Fellows (A.K.A Robin Goodfellow/Puck/Pan). He talks a lot and likes to think of himself as a ladies man, but underneath it all he is loyal and has a heart of gold.

However, I did lose interest for a while about half way through the book when the storytelling is taken over by a creature known as a Darkling. The story then became focused on introducing this new character - who is a monster obsessed with killing anyone and anything - and I found the way that he is brought into the story confusing to say the least. The narration then became more like the ramblings of a mad man and this did throw me for a little while. But I soon got used to this and managed to wrap my head around the new developments in the story so then it didn't bother me too much any more.

The revelations about Cal's past and why the Grendals are after him come about whilst Darkling is telling the story so, for me, it felt like it was all part of his mad ramblings. I would have much prefered that part of the story to be told by Cal, but I can see how that wasn't possible (although I can't explain why otherwise I will be giving away too much).

Summary - Overall, Nightlife is a very enjoyable Urban Fantasy novel with an intriguing cast of characters. I am interested to see what book two has in store for Cal and Niko.

Other books in this series:
1. Nightlife
2. Moonshine
3. Madhouse
4. Deathwish
5. Roadkill
6. Blackout

Other reviews of this book:
Bitten by Books / Brooke Reviews / Love Vampires
(If you would like your review of Nightlife included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Follow Friday #10



Hi all and welcome to Follow Friday!

This is a great feature hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read and I am very excited to be taking part today.

Every week participants have to answer a question so that we can all get to know each other a little better. This week's question is:

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. so we want to know what you are Thankful for – blogging related of course! Who has helped you out along the way? What books are you thankful for reading?

Right then, I have only started blogging recently so I haven't made all that many blogging buddies. But the one who really stands out is Shelagh from The Word Fiend. She has a great blog (we have very similar taste in books) and she has been very kind to me.

As for the books I've read, I've come across a lot of books that I would probably never have heard of but that I have loved a lot, such as, anything by Richelle Mead, Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and anything by Rosalie Lario.

And of course I am incredibly thankful for the books that I have received for review from publishers. It always brightens my day when a book arrives from a publisher who has liked my blog enough to send me a book.

Although I'm in the UK and don't celebrate this particular holiday, I just want to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!

Don't be shy. Let me know if you've found me through Follow Friday today and I'll come and return the favour!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #4)

Publisher - Orbit
Publication Date - 5th February 2009
Paperback - 304 pages
Genre - Urban Fantasy

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it!

Book Info - By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

My Thoughts - So after a huge cliff-hanger at the end of Iron Kissed (how I would love to have a certain alpha werewolf waiting for me on my bed!) I was really excited to start on Bone Crossed. And luckily Patricia Briggs has delivered again in book four of my favourite series.

The action starts right from the very first page, completely sucking me into Mercy's world once again. I do feel sorry for Mercy as trouble constantly finds her and she never has a moments peace, but this does make for a great reading experience.

At the beginning of Bone Crossed Mercy finally agrees to become Adam's mate officially and I really enjoyed reading about how she fits into the pack and the reactions of the werewolves when their alpha takes a coyote as his mate. As can be imagined, things don't go smoothly for Mercy but she handles it with the same strength that has made her one of my favourite main characters. But there was one minor drawback to the relationship between Mercy and Adam (apart from the fact that I want him all to myself!). Despite the fact that Adam is now her mate, Mercy still refuses to let him in completely and always tries to solve problems on her own. And she makes a couple of very questionable decisions considering the fact that she now has the pack to think of. I really hope that as the series progresses Mercy will learn to lean on Adam more and be more considerate of her responsibilities within the pack.

Stefan the vampire plays a major role in Bone Crossed and I am growing to really like him. He is a great friend to Mercy and is incredibly loyal to the people he loves.

The storyline moves at a fast pace, making it very difficult to put the book down. This, along with a great cast of characters that I love reading about, makes Bone Crossed a very good addition to an amazing series. The only reason I didn't give it 5 out of 5 is the complexity of the final solution to the mystery surrounding Marsilia (the vampire queen), Stefan and Blackwood (another vampire that features in this book). For me it was just far too complicated and I'm not even sure I'll remember the finer points of it by tomorrow. As well as this, there are several brainstorming sessions between Mercy, Adam and Samuel as they are trying to work out the connection between these three vampires and what is happening to Mercy. There were a lot of complex scenarios being thrown around in a short space of time and I really did have trouble keeping up with it all.

Summary - Overall, I absolutely loved this book and the characters contained within it. The author is able to beautifully draw Mercy's world for the reader, allowing us to become completely absorbed within it. This series really is a must-read.

Other books in the series:
1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne
6. River Marked
7. Frost Burned

Other reviews of this book:
Book Smugglers / Dear Author / Feeling Fictional 
(If you would like your review of Bone Crossed included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Under the Never Sky

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week my "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.


As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Perfect Ten Featuring Jenna from Fans of Fiction!

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It's time for my new feature A Perfect Ten, where bloggers talk about their top ten favourite series of all time! Today I am being joined by Jenna from Fans of Fiction who has picked some great series for you all to read about!

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver's writing sucks you in. For a dystopian, it has the right mix of suspense and love story. This is one of the most tear-at-your-heartstrings love stories I've read recently, and it even made me cry. I look forward to the second book, Pandemonium.

9. Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal
Oh, Jessica and Elizabeth. Identical twins, one is flirty and popular, one is smart and organized. They always got into crazy switching shenanigans that made me crave more. I even liked the college years and was sad when the TV show stopped airing.


8. Matched by Allie Condie
If you haven’t read Matched yet, you’re missing out on a fabulous dystopian. This series is more focused on character development than action, but the world created where Society is in charge is super intriguing. I held a book club with my students about this book and we grew all giddy discussing its themes of freedom and choice.

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Ohmigosh I can’t wait for book two, Insurgent, in May of 2012! Just as thrilling as The Hunger Games, this first book is full of action, adventure, and romance. I want to meet Four in person—he truly is one of the sexiest characters I’ve come across in a long time!

6. The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
An all-girls spy school where females kick butt. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve laughed out loud; you can tell you’re in for fun by the titles: Only the Good Spy Young, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You. I was also never sure if the romantic relationships would work out in each book, and I like to keep guessing! Sidenote: I love that Cammie’s best friend Bex is British with dark skin (a refreshing tough-as-nails sidekick).

5. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Though it’s been awhile since we’ve met, my four friends of this series are still in the closet. Janie’s face is on a milk carton at school one day—she was kidnapped as a child and didn’t know. Her whole world turns upside down. It’s full of heartbreak and mystery, but a boy helps her through it. I was fascinated by the premise of having two families and how Janie strived to make it all work out.

4. Gone by Michael Grant
When everyone over the age of 15 disappears, kids have to make up their own rules to survive. Sam doesn’t want to be a hero or a leader, yet he is forced in both roles. His romance with Astrid might never have happened had the situation been different. I love the surprise of never knowing what superpowers kids will develop and what mutilations have occurred in the FAYZ. This series keeps boys and girls on the edge of their seats.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A trilogy so popular that half the world is waiting for the release of the movie. Oh, Katniss, how we love your bravery and the way you protect innocent Prim! The whole concept of a lottery to fight for the death is intriguing. Action sequence after action sequence presents itself and I couldn’t put these books down, though my favorite was by far the first. Love the ideas and unexpected plot twists.

2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Don’t crucify me! The Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle brought love triangles back in fashion! Everyone’s writing them now. I became really invested in Bella’s emotions. I’ll admit, I was kind of thrown for a loop with the fourth book because of the baby and didn’t like all the exposition/backstory in New Moon, but still, paranormal took off after this series came out. Bravo, Stephenie!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Are you kidding me?! This woman started a world-wide phenomenon based on wizards. This is by far the most creative thing to hit the shelves in a decade, maybe more. She’s made up words, creatures, Quidditch, and three names recognized anywhere: Harry, Ron, and Hermione. All that stuff about parents protesting spells and such is garbage. These books do nothing but open the imaginations of reluctant readers everywhere! And thus you have a series that crosses age, gender, will stand the test of time, and never be forgotten. Did I mention the billion dollar grossing movies, Pottermore the Internet site, and the Harry Potter Wizarding World Theme Park?

Thank you Jenna - you've picked some great series there! Seeing the Sweet Valley High books made me remember just how much I loved them when I was growing up - brings back memories *sigh*.

So, let us know what you think! Have you found a new series to add to your TBR pile?

If you are an author/blogger who would like to take part in this feature then please email me at onceuponaseries [at] live.co.uk.

Monday, 21 November 2011

I have a button! Please grab it (pretty please)



It's official! Shelagh over at The Word Fiend is one of the nicest people ever - she also has a great blog so if you haven't visited her blog before then please go visit! When Shelagh noticed that I didn't have a blog button, she very kindly made one for me. Thank you Shelagh :)

So here it is everybody! Please feel free to grab it for your side bar.



Review: Avenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden (Lost Angels #1)

Publisher - Headline
Publication Date - 24th November 2011
Paperback - 432 pages
Genre - Paranormal Romance

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 5 out of 5: It was amazing!

Book Info - Four thousand years ago, four archangels were cast down to Earth in human form. God's favourites, they came to find their mates, the other half of their souls made only for them, without whom they will ever be complete.

Uriel, Gabriel, Azrael and Michael, however, were not alone. They were followed by another, determined to find the archesses for himself, and whose power cannot be underestimated. But after centuries of fruitless searching, the archangels - and their enemy - have all but given up hope.

Until one day beautiful and gifted Eleanore Granger crosses paths with Uriel, the Angel of Vengeance. And as a storm rages, outside forces conspire together, initiating an age old battle of good versus evil to win the first archess.

My Thoughts - I was absolutely thrilled when a copy of this came through my door for review! I had seen it being mentioned on other blogs and was really looking forward to the release date, when all of a sudden I had a copy of this incredibly beautiful book in my hands! I immediately put the other books I was reading to one side and made a start on Avenger's Angel. And I was not disappointed in the slightest.

I loved the two main characters - Uriel and Eleanore. Uriel was possibly the sexiest angel I have read about (and I do have a thing for angels at the moment *swoon*). He was strong and protective and I did fall in love with him just a little bit!

But Eleanore was definitely my favourite character. She has had healing abilities since she was born - this is part of being an archess but she doesn't realise this until Uriel tells her what she is - and has been on the run for her whole life as she knows that some kind of government organisation knows about her abilities and are willing to do anything it takes to get their hands on her. As a result of this she is incredibly strong and independent, having to move around the country at the drop of a hat if she thinks that she has been tracked down. But Eleanore doesn't ignore the powers she has because of this. She will help anybody she can even if she knows there is a risk of being found out and it is this selflessness that really endeared her to me. Rather than see someone suffer she would much rather heal them and deal with the consequences after. And she is obviously very lonely because of having to move around all the time and because she can't trust anybody else in case they find out her secret.

The chemistry between Uriel and Eleanore just jumps off the page at you and there are some very steamy scenes between the two of them. But even though it is insta-lust between them, I loved watching the relationship grow as they learned to look past the fact that they are meant to be together and they took the time to really get to know each other and fall in love for reasons other than the fact that she is his archess.

Quite a lot of this book is written from the point of view of the "bad guy" Samael and this really added more insight into the storyline and the history of the archangels. But I have to say that although Samael is bad, he isn't all bad. The reader gets to see some of his softer moments and I have become very intruiged by him and look forward to reading more about him. I'm not sure if Samael will be getting his own book as he isn't one of the four archangels but I would love to see him get his happy ending too.

The storyline is fast paced and full of romance and once I started reading Avenger's Angel I just couldn't put it down. My only criticism would be that there were a couple of parts of the storyline that just completely came out of nowhere and were almost a bit too strange to be believable. For example (this is a huge spoiler so only highlight if you have read the book - you have been warned!): when Uriel and Eleanore are halfway through a conversation and Uriel just suddenly turned into a vampire! I know that the reason for this is explained later on but when you are reading it you can't help but think "Huh, what the...". But this didn't really spoil my enjoyment of the book - it just threw me for a few pages.

Summary - One of the best paranormal romance novels I have read this year and I am so excited about reading what else is in store for the four sexy archangels! This book really is a must for any fans of the genre.

Other books in the series:
1. Avenger's Angel
2. Messenger's Angel (released June 2012)

Other reviews of this book:
Book Chick City / Book PushersBook Savvy BabeFeeling Fictional
(If you would like your review of Avenger's Angel included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (21st November 2011)


This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey that gives us all a chance to list the books that we read last week and what we hope to read this week.

I just can't seem to read any more than one book a week at the moment and this is really frustrating me as my average is usually 2-3. But hubby is STILL in hospital (that makes it 3 months he's been in there now) and with two young boys to look after - one of whom likes to wake up at 4.30am!!! - by the time I've finished everything I need to do and sit down to read my eyelids start drooping. And it's not that I'm not enjoying the books, because I am, it's just that I don't have enough time or energy! Anyway, here's what I achieved last week:

Books Completed:
Touch by Jus Accardo (Denazens #1)

Books Reviewed:
Hot as Sin by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #2)
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #3)
Touch by Jus Accardo (Denazens #1)

Books I'm Currently Reading:
Night Life by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #1)

Books Up Next:
Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon (Wing Slayer #1)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Series of the Week: Fever by Karen Marie Moning

Each Sunday I will be highlighting a series that I have been wanting to read for a while, and that I hope to read very soon! This week my pick is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I know that I am probably the last blogger in the world to have read this series, so let me know what you thought of it and whether you think it needs to be moved to the top of my TBR pile straight away!

Darkfever
MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Bloodfever
MacKayla Lane's ordinary life underwent a complete makeover when she landed on Ireland's shores and was plunged into a world of deadly sorcery and ancient secrets.

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must find the Sinsar Dubh - a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over both the worlds of the Fae and of Man. Pursued by Fae assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and irresistible men: V'lane, the insatiable Fae who can turn sensual arousal into an obsession for any woman, and the ever-inscrutable Jericho Barrons, a man as alluring as he is mysterious.

For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans. Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them.…

Faefever
Changed by the choices she made in order to survive, Mac no longer is the naïve, idealistic, and glamorous girl newly arrived in Dublin. Now, on a quest to find her sister's killer, she is a major player in a deadly game, but with one great advantage: she knows how to find the one thing Fae and human alike are willing to kill for - the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book of magic so dark it corrupts anyone who touches it.

What Mac soon discovers, however, is worse than she had imagined. Surrounded by treachery, her enemies indistinguishable from her allies, she can be certain of only one thing - as All Hallows' Eve approaches, her time is running out.

Dreamfever
He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister's murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac's every thought - and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

As the enigmatic Jericho Barrons and the sensual Fae prince V'lane vie for her body and soul, as cryptic entries from her sister's diary mysteriously appear and the power of the Dark Book weaves its annihilating path through the city, Mac's greatest enemy delivers a final challenge...

It's an invitation Mac cannot refuse, one that sends her racing home to Georgia, where an even darker threat awaits. With her parents missing and the lives of her loved ones under siege, Mac is about to come face-to-face with a soul-shattering truth - about herself and her sister, about Jericho Barrons.and about the world she thought she knew.

Shadowfever
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo (Denazen #1)

Publisher - Entangled Publishing
Publication Date  - November 2011
Pages - 262 pages
Genre - YA Paranromal Romance

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it.

Book Info - When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

My Thoughts - I was very excited to be offered a copy of Touch for review after reading a lot of 5 star reviews around the blogosphere. However, I think I may have started reading this book with my expectations raised too high as, for me, it didn't completely live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of very good things about this book, but there were also a few things that I really didn't like all that much.

But I always like to start off by saying something positive so I'll start with the things that I did like. The premise of the book was really, really good. The idea of a secret corporation that imprisons teens with special powers and uses them as assassins was amazing - I've never read anything like it before. Dez's father - the head of the corporation - was just completely evil and the type of character that you love to hate. And there is more than enough action in Touch to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book.

I really loved Kale as a character. What really endeared me to him is his innocence of the 'real world'. He had been held captive by Denazen since he was born and he doesn't really have a clue about how things work outside of those four walls he has been raised in. I loved watching him learn about what a vase is used for and how a DVD works, and most importantly about what it is like to fall in love. And my heart broke for him when he finds out that in the real world people aren't punished with death when they do something bad as he had always been led to believe. It's at this point he realises that what he has been doing for Denazen is completely wrong and he starts to think of himself as a bad person, when really he has just been used by the corporation.

Where I fell in love with Kale, I have to admit that the same did not happen with Kez. I did enjoy some of her snarky humour but as a person I didn't like her at all. She comes across as very shallow and pretty vain. She spends a lot of time admiring the way she looks and telling the reader about how all the boys find her attractive. I just wasn't interested in hearing about that all the way through the novel.

Also, I didn't understand Dez's actions a lot of the time. For example, after her father comes home to find her with Kale, Kale threatens to kill Dez if he is not allowed to leave, and then he touches her. On purpose! This should have killed her and was a definite murder attempt on the part of Kale, but she still leaves the house with him instead of staying with her father. It isn't until later that she finds out that his touch can actually kill people but she still stays with him despite the fact that he had tried to kill her. In my opinion, the reasons she gave for staying with him just weren't strong enough to take that big a risk. (Hmm, just read that paragraph back and realised that this scenario should probably make me hate Kale too but it doesn't. I think this is because he didn't know any better. It is what he has been trained to do his entire life and he was desperate not to have to go back to Denazen so he used the only tactic he has ever known.)

Summary - An action-packed novel with a very unique premise which had me on the edge of my seat. However, disliking Dez as much as I did meant that I didn't enjoy the novel as much as I felt I could have. But there is a big cliff-hanger at the end and I am interested in reading what life has in store for Kale in book two (even if I'm not particularly interested in Dez's story!).

Other reviews of this book:
Demons Read Too / Fictitious Delicious / Reading Angel / Smexy Books
(If you would like your review of Touch included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

Friday, 18 November 2011

Follow Friday #9


Hi all and welcome to Follow Friday!

This is a great feature hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read and I am very excited to be taking part today.

Every week participants have to answer a question so that we can all get to know each other a little better. This week question is:

Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas!

Ooooh, I would really like Last Breath by Rachel Caine and Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly. And probably the Harry Potter books so that I can finally get around to reading them!

So, what's on your Christmas List? Don't be shy. Let me know if you've found me through Follow Friday today and I'll come and return the favour!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #3)

Publisher - Orbit
Publication Date - 7th August 2008
Paperback - 320 pages
Genre - Urban Fantasy

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it

Book Info - It wasn’t hard to follow the scent of blood to the living room where the fae had been killed. It had been a violent death, perfect for creating ghosts.

Mercy Thompson enjoys being a mechanic, but life is never simple given her increasing closeness to the local werewolf pack, and her ability to change into coyote form at will. And when a member of the fae community calls in a favour, needing her skills for a covert murder investigation, she jumps into the hunt.

But the dangers multiply and she clashes with shadowed creatures of great power. When her old boss Zee is charged with a brutal assassination, Mercy finds herself fighting alone. There are those who love her, who would keep her safe, but she is wary and holds her freedom precious. Until, that is, she has nothing left to lose but her life…

My Thoughts - Before I get started on my review, I must warn you that I may be doing a lot of gushing. This series has become my favourite Urban Fantasy series and I absolutely loved Iron Kissed. Although this is part of a series you could probably read this as a stand-alone novel (but I wouldn’t advise that as Moon Called and Blood Bound are amazing too and definitely worth a read!). I have noticed that in each book, the author seems to concentrate on a different type of supernatural creature. Moon Called was focused on werewolves, Blood Bound on vampires and Iron Kissed on the fae.

It was interesting to read all about the fae in this book, although as a whole they seem to be my least favourite paranormal creature in fiction. But the author manages to provide just enough details mixed in with a huge amount of mystery to keep my interest in their storyline. I really like Zee – he is a good friend to Mercy but at the same time he is such a mystery and I was really happy to see him as one of the main characters in Iron Kissed.

The novel seems to start off at a slightly slower pace than the previous books in the series, but things seemed to speed up for me once the werewolf pack was reintroduced to the story (could this be something to do with the delicious Adam Hauptman? Possibly *swoon*). As well as the problems she has to deal with for the fae, she also has some things to sort out with the local werewolf pack. When Mercy moved to the area, Adam, the Alpha of the pack, declared her as his mate to keep her safe from other werewolves – apparently wolves kill coyotes in the wild so he was trying to stop this from happening to Mercy. But Mercy finds out that Adam has declared her his mate for another, more personal, reason. He is in love with her. To complicate matters, Mercy is currently living with her ex-boyfriend (and uber-dominant werewolf) Sam, who is still in love with her. It becomes clear to Mercy that she must choose between the two as her indecision is having a strange effect on the pack.

I love the dynamics between Mercy, Adam and Sam. Mercy loves them both a lot, but for completely different reasons, and she doesn’t want to see either of them get hurt. She also knows that she will lose whoever she doesn’t choose and she can’t bear for that to happen, so until now Mercy has been trying to keep both of them at arms length. During Iron Kissed, Mercy is visibly torn between the two and having to choose is obviously breaking her heart. But she knows it isn’t fair to keep them both waiting for her.

At several times during this novel, we are shown a much more vulnerable side to Mercy. Don’t get me wrong, she still has her tough, say-exactly-what-she-thinks, do-whatever-needs-to-be-done-to-save-the-world attitude, but the events of Blood Bound and Iron Kissed have taken a toll on her and she starts to have panic attacks and there is a fearful side to her that wasn’t there in Moon Called. I absolutely love Mercy as a main character and this vulnerability only makes me love her even more.

My only complaint about this book would have to be the ending. I loved the direction it was going in, but just as the author starts detailing an event that I have been waiting for for a long time, the book just stops. I would have preferred more details about this this event (a LOT more details!).

Summary - Overall, this is an amazing installment from one of the best Urban Fantasy series’ around. If you have not started this series yet – DO IT NOW!

Other books in the series:
1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne
6. River Marked
7. Frost Burned

Other reviews of this book:
Dear Author / Love Vampires
(If you would like your review of Iron Kissed included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Review: Hot as Sin by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #2)


Publisher - Rouge Romance (Website)
Publication Date - 14th October 2011
Genre - Romantic Suspense

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 2.5 out of 5: I liked it

Book Info - Sam MacKenzie is a fire fighter who knows no fear. There's no one waiting for him at home, no reason not to risk it all. Out of the blue, the only woman he's ever loved - the same one who ground his heart to dust ten years ago - shows up begging him for help. Dianna's sister is in big trouble somewhere in the rugged Colorado Rockies, and he's the only person Dianna knows with the skills to track her sister down.Working together on their quest, they soon realise there's a killer on the loose and his true target isn't Dianna's sister...it's Dianna herself. Using his extreme outdoor skills, Sam needs to track down the killer, before he loses the woman he loves forever.

My Thoughts - This is another hot and steamy fireman romance from Bella Andre! I enjoyed the first book in this series very much, but Hot as Sin was not as good in my opinion.

I really enjoyed the fast paced plot involving Dianna and her sister who has been kidnapped. Dianna must find her sister, therefore putting herself in danger as she is the kidnapper's intended target. Although the reader knows right from the start who has taken her sister, this does not detract from the story in any way. In fact we get to learn more about the kidnapper and his motives than we would do ordinarily and this makes for interesting reading.

There is a lot of chemistry between Sam and Dianna and this leads to many steamy scenes between the two of them. I loved the background story between the two characters. They were together ten years ago but their relationship breaks down after Dianna suffers a miscarriage. They both feel a lot of hurt over past events and I loved watching them open up to each other about how they felt after their miscarriage and watching them trying to regain each others trust.

However, what made me  have difficulties with this book is that I didn't particularly like Dianna or Sam and as a result of this I found it really hard to connect to either of them. Of course, this is just my personal opinion and other readers may not feel the same way at all. I found Dianna to be very judgemental of others, despite the fact that she is working hard to hide her trailer park background in case she herself gets judged. And Sam comes across as being quite controlling and I didn't like the way he spoke to Dianna at times when he was ordering her around. They were not like this all the time, and there are some very sweet and tender moments between them, but it happened enough for it to bother me.

Summary - An interesting premise to the story, with a lovely romance between Dianna and Sam. I just wish that I had found them to be more likeable. However, if you are a fan of sexy firemen then I would definitely recommend this series to you.

Other books in this series:
1. Wild Heat
2. Hot as Sin
3. Never Too Hot

Other reviews of this book:
All About Romance / Smitten With Reading
(If you would like your review of Hot as Sin included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

Waiting on Wednesday: Bloodrose

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week my "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer (Nightshade #3)
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

Monday, 14 November 2011

It's Monday! What are you Reading? (14th November 2011)


This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey that gives us all a chance to list the books that we read last week and what we hope to read this week.

Book Completed:
Hot as Sin by Bella Andre (Hot Shots #2)

Books Reviewed:
Angel's Desire by Rosalie Lario (Fallen Warriors #2)
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #2)
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (Ranger's Apprentice #1)

Books I'm Currently Reading:
Touch by Jus Accardo (Denazens #1)
Night Life by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros #1)

Books Up Next:
Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon (Wing Slayer #1)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Series of the Week: Jane True by Nicole Peeler

Each Sunday I will be highlighting a series that I have been wanting to read for a while, and that I hope to read very soon! This week my pick is the Jane True series by Nicole Peeler.

Have you read this series? Let me know what you thought!

Tempest Rising
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever-rub the genie's lamp.

Tracking the Tempest
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

Tempest's Legacy
After a peaceful hiatus at home in Rockabill, Jane True thinks that her worst problem is that she still throws like a girl - at least while throwing fireballs. Her peace of mind ends, however, when Anyan arrives one night with terrible news... news that will rock Jane's world to its very core.

After demanding to help investigate a series of gruesome attacks on females - supernatural, halfling, and human - Jane quickly finds herself forced to confront her darkest nightmares as well as her deepest desires.

And she's not sure which she finds more frightening.

Eye of the Tempest
Nothing says "home" like being attacked by humans with very large guns, as Jane and Anyan discover when they arrive in Rockabill. These are professionals, brought into kill, and they bring Anyan down before either Jane or the barghest can react. Seeing Anyan fall awakens a terrible power within Jane, and she nearly destroys herself taking out their attackers.

Jane wakes, weeks later, to discover that she's not the only thing that's been stirring. Something underneath Rockabill is coming to life: something ancient, something powerful, and something that just might destroy the world.

Jane and her friends must act, striking out on a quest that only Jane can finish. For whatever lurks beneath the Old Sow must be stopped...and Jane's just the halfling for the job.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Review: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (Ranger's Apprentice #1)

Publisher - Gorgi Yearling
Publication Date - 5th April 2007
Paperback - 304 pages
Genre - YA Fantasy

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it.

Book Info - Will, you have been chosen.

You and you alone. You will become the eyes and ears of the kingdom, learning to move silent as a shadow. Your arrow will fly true and your sword will be swift, risking your life to protect your people.

You are the Ranger's Apprentice. Are you ready?

My Thoughts - When this book arrived in the post I wasn't really sure what to make of it. I don't normally read fantasy novels but as it looked like a quick and light read I thought I would at least give it a try. And I'm really glad that I did as it was a fun book that did grip me right from the first page (in fact I almost finished it in just one sitting!)

Will is a young boy who is an orphan. He really wants to attend Battleschool and become a brave and strong knight, but he is turned down because he is too small. But the Ranger notices Will and takes him on as his apprentice. It is a Ranger's job to be a spy of sorts for his Kingdom and to put a stop to any attacks that may happen. At first Will isn't happy as not a lot is known about Ranger's, but he soon comes to appreciate the amount of skill it takes to become a good Ranger.

In a short interview with the author in the back of the book, Mr Flanagan tells the reader that he started writing this series as a way to get his young son interested in reading, and also to prove to his son (who was smaller than other boys his age at the time) that 'heroes can come in all shapes and sizes'. And I really do believe that the author has done this perfectly. He created a world that I believe a lot of young boys would be interested in reading about - monsters, heroes, learning to move around in shadows so as not to be noticed by the enemy, protecting an entire kingdom from threat. I can imagine a lot of young boys wanting to be just like Will.

As well as Will, there is another character that I really enjoyed reading about. This is Horace - another orphan who is friends with Will at the start of the book. He is accepted to Battleschool and shows a lot of natural talent but he is being bullied in a big way by three older pupils. I found his story absolutely heartbreaking to read at some points and I just fell in love with him. I can't wait to read more about Horace in future books in the series.

The storyline moves along at a good pace with a nice balance between Will learning the skills that he needs to become a Ranger (I particularly liked these scenes due to the amount of information given) and action as Will and his trainer, Halt, learn of a threat to the King and have to tackle the problem together. There is even a lovely twist at the end that brought a little tear of happiness to my eye.

Summary - A fun and interesting read that grabbed my attention from the first page. I think fans of YA fantasy (in particular, a series about a certain young wizard!) would enjoy this series, and I urge you to get yourself a copy as soon as you can!

Other books in the series:
1. The Ruins of Gorlan
2. The Burning Bridge
3. The Icebound Land
4. Oakleaf Bearers
5. The Sorcerer in the North
6. The Siege of Macindaw
7. Erak's Ransom
8. The Kings of Clonmel
9. Halt's Peril
10. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
11. The Lost Stories

Other reviews of this book:
Blog Critics / Eclectic/Eccentric / Kids Reads / Literary Odyssey
(If you would like your review of The Ruins of Gorlan included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)

Friday, 11 November 2011

Follow Friday #8



Hi all and welcome to Follow Friday!

This is a great feature hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read and I am very excited to be taking part today.

Every week participants have to answer a question so that we can all get to know each other a little better. This week question is:

In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite soldier and how he or she is saving the world. Fictional or real life.

OK, this is a tough one as I don't know any soldiers in real life and as far as I can remember I haven't read about any either. So I'm going to have to go for the cop-out answer and say that I honestly think that all soldiers are amazing people who deserve a lot of respect for putting their lives on the line for the rest of us every single day!

Don't be shy. Let me know if you've found me through Follow Friday today and I'll come and return the favour!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #2)

Publisher - Orbit
Publication Date - 3rd July 2008
Paperback - 352 pages
Genre - Urban Fantasy

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 5 out of 5: It was amazing!

Book Info - Like most people who own their own business, I work long hours that start early in the morning. So when someone calls me in the middle of the night, they’d better be dying...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson is woken at 3am by a vampire calling in a favour. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate. But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.

My Thoughts - Once again, I absolutely loved the character of Mercy – she is quite possibly my favourite character from an Urban Fantasy series! She is incredibly strong and brave, and she puts herself in a lot of danger in this book in order to help others and to do what she feels needs to be done. However, when she does find herself in these troublesome situations, she still manages to come across as a likeable and believable heroine due to the fear and struggles she faces when making certain decisions. Sometimes I think characters can lose a little bit of their believability if they come across as completely fearless, but this is not the case with Mercy. In fact she comes across as stronger than these other characters as she gets the job done despite the way she feels about the situation. I also really enjoy reading about Mercy’s interactions with the werewolves around her, and the way that she fits in with the Pack. This series is one of the best that I have read with regards to explaining a pack mentality and I find it fascinating to read.

But of course there are two werewolves whose interactions with Mercy I most enjoyed reading about, and these are Samuel and Adam. They both have feelings for Mercy, and she also has special feelings for them, but there are complications which stop her from being with either of them. As I said in my review for Moon Called, I am a big fan of Adam, and I have to say that I am very impressed with Mercy’s willpower as I don’t think I could have avoided the situation with Adam for as long as she has! But the fact that she has remained by herself despite the fact that she has got two very sexy werewolf males after her just goes to show how strong and independent she is. It also adds a lot of chemistry to the book, which I think could be spoilt if Mercy does ever choose between them.

We learn a lot more about the character of Samuel in Blood Bound and, because of the things that we find out about his past, he has become a much more likeable character for me. There are times when we see a very vulnerable side to him and I really started to get a feel for his character. Although I still don’t think he is right for Mercy, Samuel is definitely a great character in this series.

At the end of this novel though, the character I found myself thinking about most is Ben. He is a werewolf who we first meet in Moon Called and right from the start he is portrayed as a bad guy. He is linked with some bad things that happened a long time ago but it is never really known whether or not he was involved with these events. And throughout the course of Blood Bound we start to see another side of Ben until something very sad happens to him at the end of the book. I would really like to find out a bit more about him in future books, including whether or not he is really as bad as Mercy seems to think he is, and what really happened to him in Blood Bound. I hope that Mercy will now take the time to get to know Ben a bit better as I think that he could be a fascinating character.

Summary - Overall, I absolutely loved Blood Bound and these books are fast becoming my favourite Urban Fantasy series of all time - I highly recommend them to all fans of this genre! They are well-paced, with a good balance between characterisation, action, romance and story. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series – Iron Kissed.

Other books in the series:
1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne
6. River Marked
7. Frost Burned

Other reviews of this book:
Book Chick City / Dear Author / Love Vampires
(If you would like your review of Blood Bound included here, please leave a link to your review in the comments and I will be sure to add it)
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