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Run From Fear – Book Review

Book #1

The first time in a long time that I’ve read anything that wasn’t paranormal in some way.  I used to read the popular murder/mystery books, you know like James Patterson, Sue Grafton, etc, but after a while they get boring, not a lot of individuality in those books. Maybe it’s just that I’ve been away from them long enough to enjoy the mystery again, but I really liked these books.  They combine a good mystery, horror, and suspense with steaming hot romance.  I was pretty amazed at how much was jammed in them.

Book #2

They are all very well written, with clear, concise plot points that leave a trail of breadcrumbs for the reader to follow.  I also love the idea of how this trilogy works.  Generally a series will follow one main character and their exploits, this trilogy centers on the bad guys and the cause and effect relationship of their actions, it’s the glue that holds the three books together.  It was a unique and interesting difference.  The main characters are all somewhat related but again it really counts on the over all big bads in this world and how they cause so much pain for so many people.

Book #3

I’m a romance girl at heart, I have to have it, but I refuse to read general romance because it bores me silly.  You get nothing but book after book of happily ever after with not much difference to how each and every couple gets there.  I need plot with my romance, and this trilogy delivers in spades.  We get three completely different couples that are unique individuals with their own path to happiness, as it would be in the real world.  They each have their own demons to bear, and go about life in their own ways.  I very much appreciated three books that even though they followed relatively the same formula, didn’t feel at all stale considering I read all three back to back.

I am now a huge Jami Alden fan and plan to read everything she’s ever written!  I had a feeling some of the men we met during book three had previous stories and when I looked into her other books, sure enough, there they were.  See the beginings of Danny, Ethan, and Derek in the Gemini Men trilogy by Jami Alden.

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Book Reviews


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This Weeks Book News

SQUEEEE!!!!  As nervous as I am about this book, it kind of surprised me at how excited I got when I saw the cover reveal for it.  Karen Marie Moning’s ‘Iced’ cover looks fecking amazing!  The book will be released October 30th, 2012.

Fever series, Book 6, Iced.

I did hear back from KMM when I posted on her FB page asking how old Dani will be in the series.  She responded that only a day will have passed between the end of ShadowFever, and the beginning of Iced.  That would make Dani 14 years old for these books.  I then proceeded to ask if that meant the books would be more urban fantasy based than Fever as they had a healthy dose of romance to them, and she sort of side stepped the question by telling me to think of them as the same as Fever with a different narrator.

Thea Harrison also revealed the cover for the latest in her Elder Races series.  I’ve only read the first book so far, but it’s a fabulous PNR, and the covers for the latest two are superb, so I’m anxious to get on with the rest.

Click book cover to go to Thea Harrison's blog

Another series that’s on my TBR list that I’ve heard great things about is The Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane, who’s latest, Sacrificial Magic, was just released a couple of days ago.  I’m hoping to get to this one soon too.  So many good books so little time.

Click book cover to go to Stacia Kane's web site.

One of the most exciting releases this month though is the 10th book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward.  As with Iced, I’m really not sure of how I feel about this instalment of the series.  If you’ve read the BDB, you know that this is Tohr’s book, and you will know what Tohr’s history is.  At the beginning, in Dark Lover, none of us would have ever dreamed that Tohrment would be getting his own book.  Later events proved the necessity, but I really didn’t think it would come about so soon.  More than that, the pairing that’s been worked out for him doesn’t really interest me.  We got to know No’one a little in the last book, and I just don’t see how she could be a good match.  My suspicions were confirmed when I read Under The Covers review of Lover Reborn.  While I still love the books, the romance in the last book didn’t do anything for me, and I’m expecting the same here, which  Now having said all of this, I still need my Brother fix, so I’ll be reading it anyhow.  I just hope JR Ward being the master storyteller that she is, will make it up to us.  Lover Reborn was released March 27th, have you gotten your hands on it yet?  What did you think?

Lover Reborn, book 10 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Book Reviews


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Pale Demon – The Hollows #9

There have been some good books in this series, some not so good too, but the good far outweighs the bad.  I had heard good things about Pale Demon, but after not liking book 7 very much I wasn’t sure what to expect.  This was by far the best in the series so far, I absolutely loved it, devoured it in one day.  The last couple of chapters still have me squealing.

Rachel has been shunned by her own kind, not only shunned but the governing body is out to get her rather than going through the trouble of giving her a fair trial.  Being shunned means that no one will interact with her, and as if her life wasn’t already hard enough, simple thing like buying groceries, or taking a plane trip become impossible.  She has three days to make it cross country to her trial and get the shunning removed, or this would be her permanent new reality.

By some odd coincidence, Trent also has only 2 days to make it the same distance and after a lot of back and forth Rachel agrees to accompany him, by car.  Of course Jenks and Ivy are along for the ride.  It’s the great American road trip, Inderland style.  Dodging the coven, and Trent’s helpful contributions make things very interesting.

There were some fabulous moments in this book, a ton of action, a lot of ‘Holy Crap,’ as usual, and a tiny bit of romance there at the end.  Finally.  Can’t wait to see where it goes!  I am so glad I don’t have to wait for the next book


Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Book Reviews


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Black Magic Sanction – The Hollows #8

If you’re following along with my Hollows review you’ll notice I skipped right over book #7.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m reading them one after another, or if it just wasn’t that great, but I didn’t like it much.  It felt like a filler book, and there wasn’t much advancement in the over all story arc.  Funny enough, it had the most defined arc I’ve seen yet in a Hollows novel, but none of it was important to the big picture.  There was some resolution to Kisten’s death as they find his killer but it was very anti climactic.  I can’t really say much more than that without giving it away, but I felt like it could have been so much more.

Thankfully the 8th book was outstanding!  Loved it to bits and pieces, and it got me excited about the series again.

In this 8th instalment of The Hollows series Rachel is up against her own people.  Having been accused of being a black witch, and shunned by her community, they are now taking it to the next level by trying to incarcerate and chemically castrate her.  Uh, good luck with that 😉  It was a fun ride watching Rachel dodge several bullets, and get out of more scrapes than ever before.  She seems to be coming to terms with who she is, and it’s nice to watch her grow up.

We see the return of Nick, and I still think that forcing him into the bad guy role is contrived and doesn’t feel real.  I heard Kim Harrison say that Trent was supposed to be the over all, big bad, so I imagine Nick was not originally supposed to be what he’s turned into, and that is likely why it feels false.  The parting with Nick surprised the crap out of me, and again it felt off.

Lots of Al in this book, and he is really really growing on me.  It seems that Al is interested in Rachel as more than just a student, but he’s willing to bide his time as he realizes that Rachel will likely live forever.  Something she will not admit to herself is probably true.

The background with Trent was very sweet.  I loved to see that they have a history together that both are just starting to remember.  He was however still that arse that he usually is, and I can’t quite get why Rachel keeps going back, although KM tried to fill in those reasons here, it’s still a lot to ask us to overlook.  Again, I think it goes back to her initial intentions and the organic feel of the characters.  Although slowly but surely they are shifting in my head to what they are now supposed to be, if that makes sense.

Lastly, I must say that I’ve cried before while reading books.  We probably all have, but nothing, absolutely nothing like I did during this one.  Page after page had me bawling my eyes out.  Even now, just thinking about it, I’m getting weepy.  Damn, that was the saddest scene I have ever read.  Make sure you have your tissue box near by when you get to this one!

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Book Reviews


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Fever Series – Book 6, Iced Thoughts

“Iced” is to be released October 30th 2012.

This is from Karen Marie Moning on the new books:

“I’m currently working on a trilogy that features Dani, Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, and the mysterious ‘Dancer,’ set primarily in Fever-Dublin. Each installment in the trilogy is a stand-alone mystery, however there are larger plot arcs unfolding in the background…

..For those of you who have been worrying—the trilogy is not YA. If I had to categorize it, I would say it straddles the line between YA and adult uneasily. …Many of the questions I left unanswered in the FEVER series are addressed in this new series.

Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that. Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making. All in all, there are five more books coming about the Fever World!” Karen Marie Moning(less)



I am a huge fan of the Fever series, in fact, it’s my all time favourite series. Mac & Barrons are just so unique, and alive as characters, and the plot is so rich you feel like you’re in Ireland with them. Not to mention all the hotties that Karen Marie Moning adds to her stories. As it stands Fever is a five book series starting with Darkfever, then Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever. Recently though KMM announced she would be adding another five books to the story. It is so wildly popular that no one could blame her, and the thought of more Mac & Barrons thrilled me. A little after that though we found out that the first three books of the five planned would feature Dani. That took a good bit of the excitement away. I loved Dani as a secondary character, but I’m not sure I could stand her in the lead role. Not only is she not my favourite, but she is also only 14 years old in the Fever world.


While there are many reasons the Fever series is so popular, in my opinion, one of the main one’s is the romance. There is some seriously steamy stuff in her books that are definitely adult content. So if we’re missing such a large portion of what made the first five books so good, how will the next five measure up? It’s funny how we can take a fictional work so personally, but I’m nervous. KMM has been posting teasers to “Iced,” the first of the five books, and while I still adore the style of her writing, the idea that this is about such a young girl has kind of skeeved me out. I remember reading a while back that there would be very little time pass from Shadowfever to Iced, so the hope that Dani will be a little older is a small one. I have asked for clarification on her FB page, we’ll see what she says.


This brings me to the teasers that have been posted so far by KMM. While they aren’t blatantly sexual, there is a definite undertone. What I get from the teasers is that there are at least two, more likely 3 fully adult males panting after this young girl. If I’m seeing what I think I am there is Ryodan, Christian, and Cruce, not to mention Dancer who is mentioned in the blurb.

Read them for yourselves here:

Teaser #1 – Caution, this one contains a pretty huge spoiler from Fever.
Teaser #2
Teaser #3

What do you think? Am I worrying for nothing? Should I trust that such a great author will make it work?



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The Outlaw Demon Wails – The Hollows #6

As I expected from the title, this book in The Hollows series is all about Al, and him trying to get himself out of the trouble he’s in, and causing Rachel a lot of grief in the process.  This one, so far more than any other, has kept me completely captivated.  I was impressed to see Rachel going through the grieving process for Kisten.  In a lot of books, when a character dies, they’re barely ever spoken of again.  Not so here.  Kisten is a shadow throughout the book, coloring thoughts and decisions by both Ivy, and Rachel, and it was nice to see his memory honoured that way.  Made the whole thing a little easier to deal with.

Trent is a mouse burger.  I was starting to like the guy, but his sense of entitlement is really starting to get on my nerves.  In the last book he was prepared to kill, or at least torture, Rachel.  Then in this book he bounces right in expecting her to jump to attention to help him out if he waves enough money in front of her.  Thankfully she turns him down flat, and while they do end up doing it, it is for Rachel’s reasons, not Trent’s.  She then saves his elf ass, then he tries to kill her, again.  The guy really needs to shape up to get back on my good side.

Ceri and Quen have shacked up.  Turns out that while Ceri was interested in Trent, he is terrified of her and her smut covered soul.  Not only have they shacked up, but Ceri is already pregnant.  If you remember from vious books, the elves reason for failing to thrive is in their children’s dna.  It affect the youngsters so that most don’t make it to adulthood.  In order to save Ceri’s baby, Trent wants Rachel to help him steal a tissue sample from the ever after.

In the meantime, Al has decided that enough is enough, and he’s just going to out and out off Rachel.  He’s going back on his agreement not to touch her or her kin, but figures he can get away with it since once Rachel is dead there will be no one to complain.  Needless to say, the last place she wants to be right now is in the ever after.

There were quite a few ‘Holy Crap’ moments in this chapter of The Hollows.  It was a great ride, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Book Reviews


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For a Few Demon’s More – The Hollows #5


Book #5 in The Hollows series.

Geeze, even though I knew it was coming, the ending of this book had me in tears.  Kim Harrison is an evil, evil author.  😉  I can’t say much more without giving it away entirely, although I was glad I knew it was coming, otherwise, I think it would have hit me even harder.

There’s a serial killer on the lose killing Were’s, and Rachel, as usual, is fighting her way through a crowd of big bad’s.  Same old, same old, in the world of The Hollows.  What’s not same old, is that Piscary is released from prison, and Rachel has her hands full trying to figure out what to do with the focus to keep herself alive.  The choices she has to make between good and bad are getting more and more blurred as she works to keep herself and her friends safe.

We get lots of Trent in this book, but he’s back to being the big bad ugly.  In spades.  I honestly thought that no matter what he’d done, his end goal was good enough to overlook the past as Rachel had been doing.  Not so much in this chapter, and that was disappointing.  Trent’s actions in this book were above and beyond any excuses for him, and Rachel also has to admit that she’d been going soft in her thoughts on Trent.  Not anymore.

I think my favourite part in the book was when Trent and Ceri are introduced.  I am going to paste that scene here, fair warning.



I’ve taken out some of the descriptive to shorten it, but basically Trent has shown up at Rachel’s door to meet Ceri.  He’s in his best threads, and brings her a gift wanting to make a good impression.  Ha!

“You’ll what?” Trent said, standing sideways by the piano with an infuriating smile on him. “Turn us into    butterflies? You don’t do black magic.”

“She doesn’t,” came Ceri’s voice from behind me in the hall, and Trent’s gaze shot over my shoulder. “But I do.”

“Damn it,” Trent swore softly, his eyes on Ceri as Quen halted

“Uh, Ceri,” I said, not knowing what else to do, “that man in the suit is Trenton Aloysius Kalamack, drug lord, murderer, and Fortune 20 member. That’s Quen before him, his security officer. Trent, Quen, this is Cerdiwen Merriam Dulciate, originally from the Dark Ages of Europe.” Let’s get this party started!

Trent’s face was white. “How long were you listening…?”

Ceri’s narrow chin lifted. “Long enough.”

From here it just gets better.  Ceri rocks!  😉

***End Spoiler***


We get a lot more of Kisten in this book too.  Kisten, Kisten, Kisten….  <sigh>  I think I have a crush on a fictional character.  It’s probably not my first, but it’s the first in a while.  I absolutely adore Kisten.  He’s sexy, submissive, and just down right hot.  His scenes with Rachel were fantastic.  He goes a long way in balancing her out, and he isn’t afraid to show her his vulnerabilities, which makes him even hotter.  He’s always there to help her sort through her own head, and offer a shoulder to cry on, what more could a woman ask for?  I can’t say anymore without bursting into tears.  Damn.

Did I mention that Trent’s wedding happens in this book?  And you’ll never guess who’s invited to be a bridesmaid.  😉  Rachel takes on her new roll with her usual flare, hilarity and ass kicking ensue.  I’m not clear on whether or not the wedding was actually completed, I guess I’ll have to wait until the next book to find out.

I really enjoyed this fifth book in the series.  The last one was good, but this one was better.  On to #6, The Outlaw Demon Wails.  Me thinks Al will be playing a huge role in that one!


Posted by on March 11, 2012 in Book Reviews


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Ember – Darkest London Prequel

Another 5 stars for Kristen Callahan!

Don't you love the Darkest London covers?

If you’ve read my review of Firelight you know I became an instant fan of this new author Kristen Callahan.  Ember was just as much of a joy to read, she is a very talented writer!  Ember is a prequel to Firelight, although I am glad I read Firelight first.  There are aspects that would not have made sense had I not.

This prequel fills in a lot of the blanks from Firelight, showing us some of what Archer has been through in his search for a cure, and what Miranda has been through living with her narcissistic father and dealing with people who are terrified of her gift.  It goes a long way in explaining where both Archer and Miranda are coming from at the beginning of their relationship.  Not only does it fill in the blanks, but it does it well.  By the end I felt like I had a far better handle on who both of them are as characters, what their motivations are, and how they got to where they are, even though I thought I knew them pretty well before.

What I loved most though was that even though Archer and Miranda had barely met, and were not together at any point, it was still all about the two of them as a couple.  How did she manage that you ask?  Pick up a copy and find out.  If you haven’t read Firelight yet, you should really go remedy that.  You won’t regret it!

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Book Reviews


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A Fistfull of Charms – The Hollows #4

I’m beginning to realize that this series, overall, is more character based than most.  I like it.  This book out of the one’s I’ve read so far though was not my favourite.  That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did but I missed Trent, and I missed Kisten, he was there, but in the background.

Remember when I said “Now that Rachel has found some happiness with Kisten, I’m sure Nick will be back to raise the angst level”?  Well, sure enough, book four is all about the return of Nick.  Damn.  I had hoped I was wrong and we were rid of him for good.  Even though I don’t like Nick much, I did think KH was a little harsh with his character.  Without going into too many details, I think a lot of what Nick did in this book wasn’t keeping with what we know of him, and a lot of the end of the book and Nick’s actions were just too much to believe.  Don’t even get me started on the ending and Jax, again, from what we know of the characters, it’s jut not believable.

Following along on the ‘unbeleivable’ track, the whole thing with Ivy was also way off base.  Rachel has spent more than a year secure in her beliefs that she would never share blood with Ivy, and all of a sudden it’s not only fine, but she wants to do it again after what happened?!  I will admit that if it was going to happen at any point, KH planned it out well, choosing a moment when Rachel is at her most emotionally vulnerable, but still.

We didn’t get much Kisten, but what we did get was, out of everyone, the most consistent.  His actions stayed true to what we know of him as a character, and after everything else I very much appreciated it.  I love how he lets Rachel do what she needs to do without hassling her, but he’s there when she needs him. I love that he laid it out for Ivy, and unknowingly for Rachel, at the end.  He reminds Ivy that he doesn’t need her permission to be with Rachel, and that he will not back down if Rachel wants it.  Anyhoo…

Jenks gets BIG to save his son Jax.  It is, as you’ve probably guessed, absolutely hilarious.  He’s not only big, but young, and gorgeous, and Rachel has to repeatedly remind herself that he is a married man with 54 children.  I could read Jenks, all day long, the series wouldn’t be what it is without him!  I didn’t like the fact though that the fact that Jenks is almost at the end of his life span keeps being brought up, foreshadowing?  Geeze, I hope not.  It is super sweet though that he wants to train his son to be sure that Rachel will not be left without back up.  I don’t think I could handle it if Jenks gets killed off!

“Tagged by a whiny little vamp,” he said, gesturing. “Rache, take this sword and stick it in me. Just go and stick it in me. I’m a back-drafted, crumpled-winged, dust-caked, dew-assed excuse of a backup. Worthless as a pixy condom. Taken down by my own partner. Just tape my ass shut and let me fart out my mouth.”
Jenks – A Fistfull of Charms

Nick comes back into Rachel’s life in a round about way.  Rachel must run to his rescue in order to save Jenks’ son Jax, and from what she later finds out, due to Nick’s unwise choices, herself.  She finds out some very disturbing information regarding not only what Nick has done recently, but when they were together.  This knowledge brings Rachel to some startling revelations about her relationship with Nick, and her own motivations in life.

What Nick has done has some very far reaching, and devastating consequences, but it seems as though, no matter those consequences, he’s all about himself.  He betrays Rachel repeatedly throughout the book.  And while Rachel gets the last laugh, I was disappointed to see them have to end things the way they did.  Unfortunately, that is not the only emotional upheaval that she has to deal with.  With the way things ended up, I still don’t think we’ve seen the last of Nick.

This fourth book in The Hollows series is packed with action, most especially near the end.  There is one scene where I felt like I was in the movie theatre sitting through an action sequence and getting all uptight with the suspense.  It was very well written.  Overall, while it still wasn’t my favourite, it was a fun read.  As with the last books I’ll be diving into the next one right away.

NOTE:  The graphics I used in the post were found on goodreads.  If you know where they originated, I would love to give proper credit, they are fabulous!

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Book Reviews


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Thea Harrison’s Elder Races Giveaway

Thea Harrison has a new book being released in her Elder Races series next week.  To celebrate she’s giving away, not only 3 signed copies, but a 15 minute phone conversation with herself!  Now I’m personally not a writer, but how cool would that be if you are?  To get all the tips from a succesful, published writer?

I have not yet read this series, but it’s been recommended to me by several of my trusted reader friends so I know it’s going to be good.  I will be getting to it just as soon as I finish the series I’m currently reading.

This is the fourth book in her paranormal romance series, that starts with Dragon Bound, and continues with Storm’s Heart, Serpant’s Kiss, and a novella True Colors, and finally Oracle’s Moon that is to be released March 6th.  Just look at those covers, who wouldn’t want to read them after seeing those?

The instructions to enter the giveaway can be found here – Thea Harrison’s Facebook page.


Have you read The Elder Races series?  What did you think?


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