Forbidden

Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible “cure” on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it’s a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians.

There’s a reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.

Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.

When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly – but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of the people.

This book is so good. I couldn’t put it down. It has been a while since I read a book that I couldn’t figure out who was behind all the evil doing. There are so many twists and turns.

Claire and Alek have a magnetizing attraction. From the first moment they meet to the last page of the book, they suck you in. Are they good for each other or not? Can they trust one another or not? These are the questions I was asking myself as the story progressed.

The story… I am not going to say anything about the plot, except that this story is wonderfully written.

The other characters… So many good characters that just add to it. Denis, Dani, Rachel, Scott, Lenny, and the three old birds. Everyone is so vibrant. No character is underdeveloped.

I can’t wait to see what happens next in the Sazi universe.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am really glad that I did. Forbidden will be available for purchase August 18, 2015.

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Review – Luna Sanguis

Paris 1925. A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.

She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenseless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.

Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her. 

But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.


I received this book free for an honest review. Let me just say, wow! 


 Simon Okill has managed a new take on vampires. There are so many twists and turns that at first I was a little confused. However, the more I read the more it made sense. 


Count Lucien is an excellent depraved villain, with his two sidekicks Jacques and Claudette. Delicate Rose/Eternal is your main character who is running from Lucien. Then throw in a mental institute with your basic evil nurse and orderly, and a Doctor who thinks he is doing good. Then add a bunch of famous people who play minor rolls and you have a wonderful cast of characters. Delicate Rose/Eternal has so many vile things happen to her no wonder she went amnesic. The sexual depravity, the death of friends, and the blood loss. 


I cannot wait to read more by Simon Okill.

 

Storm Front: A Review

Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden – Wizard. Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a – well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get…interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.
First let me say that I love this series. I have read it so many times now. It has every element that makes a story great; vampires, wizards, mystery, the fey, death, good, evil, and the in-between. Harry Dresden is a private investigator that takes on the weird cases. He helps Karrin Murphey, the director of the Special Investigations department of the Chicago P.D. This case involves brutal deaths caused by black magic, and of course Harry is the number one suspect. Morgan is a warden for the White Council and he sets out to prove that Harry did it.
So, with two groups of people out to get Harry for these deaths, Harry must work against the clock to prove he didn’t do it. Add in a reporter for the Arcane, who just wants a story and maybe a little extra, and a few more deaths, things start to get really interesting. I won’t go into any more detail, because I do not believe in spoilers. You must read the book for yourself.
Butcher can really jam pack a book with action. Harry goes from one battle to the next. I think the whole story takes place in the time frame of three days, with the situation getting more desperate as everything comes to a close.
The only thing that bugs me is artwork on the books. Harry is always depicted as wearing a hat. There is never a mention of a hat. So where did the hat come from? Mysterious hats aside, I highly recommend this book to everyone. I even got my best friend Jennifer to read it, read it and love it just as much as me.

A Blood Moon: A Macedo Ink Story

A Blood Moon is the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series. The story is centered on Alexander, King of Macedonia. That is right; Alexander the Great is a vampire. He is kind of involved with Jacqui Bruson, a private investigator who has to have all the answers. Jacqui’s assistant is Samantha, another wonderfully complicated character. Don’t want to give too much away, because there is a lot of personal development that Sam goes through. Throw in Catalina, a woman in trouble and you have a recipe for a great story. Oh, and don’t forget the demons, angels, and police detectives.

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This story was well written. However, there were some things mentioned that led me to believe that there was a previous book. Alas, no. I hope my questions get answered in the next book:  As Blood Rages.

Bitten Twice is an author who primarily writes in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. She recently released the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series in October of 2010 and can be found on the web at http://www.bitten2ice.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BittenTwice/295323473457; Twitter: @bitten2ice; Blog: http://www.bitten2ice.com/TheFullFang. She can also be found on GoodReads and Shelfari.

Bitten Twice currently lives in Hollywood, FL with her family. Courageously in love with one man and two children, they all take care of the family’s two dogs. Bitten is a lifetime member of the Florida Writer’s Association and an associate member of International Thriller Writers.

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Firelight by So…

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

A Hidden Truth

Mortal Enemies

Doomed Love

 

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki – a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

 

Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away – if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

 

Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

 

The best way to celebrate the year of the dragon is to read books about dragons or the draki as they are called in Firelight. This book was excellent.

Jacinda is not only a draki, but she is unique out of all the pride. She is a fire-breather. The story begins with Jacinda breaking the rules, getting into trouble, getting rescued by an unlikely person, and being forcibly removed from her home. And that isn’t even the half of it. Once Jacinda, her mom, and her twin sister Tamra get settled into where they are going then things really get going.

Throughout Jacinda has to make some really tough choices, looking deep within herself to find what she needs. And of course with this being a story for the young adults one of the things she needs is to fall in love. And of course with the guy, according to everyone else, who is all wrong for her. (Let’s face it, who doesn’t at some point want to fall for the bad guy? That’s why we read these stories.)

I really enjoyed the symbolism, she is a fire-breather and she has a lot of inner fight. She will not go quietly into the night…or will she? You have to read the book to find out. One thing that got me though is how incredibly selfish everyone is. Don’t want to say anymore, because that would give away some of the good stuff.

I can’t wait to get the second book in this series, Vanish. I must find out what happens next. The third book, Hidden, comes out September, 2012.

What books about dragons are you going to read?

 

 

Hello world!

Hello World,

This site is going to be about books, books of every genre, books for all ages, and my own personal take on them. I will fill you in on what I have been reading lately. We will have lots of reading fun. Sometimes I might gripe about book adaptations in film.

This is a new year with new beginings. There are lots of adventures to have, worlds to get lost in. What story are you most wanting to get lost in this week?