Saturday, November 6, 2010

Review: Marked By the Moon By Lori Handeland

Marked By the Moon
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: #9780312389345
Genre:Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author, for consideration by my book club
Julian Barlow was once a Viking. Then he watched his brother fall in battle, shouted his fury to the heavens and changed. He became the berserker of legend, a warrior who, in the heat of combat, transforms into a wolf.
Centuries later, he's settled into his own Alaskan village full of werewolves; he has a wife he adores. Until Alexandra Trevalyn, werewolf hunter, kills her. Dying is too easy for the woman who murdered his wife, so Julian devises a better way for Alex to suffer.
He'll make her just like him.

Alex and Julian weren't only awesome characters they were hilarious to read. They kept me guessing throughout most of the book except the ending was pretty predictable. The setting was great, I liked where and how they lived. I also liked that you don't have to read all the previous Nightcreature books to get the story as I hadnt started this series yet when I received an ARC. All in all a good read.

I give it 4/5 Stars

Review: Magic at the Gate By Devon Monk

Magic at the Gate
Author: Devon Monk 
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Publisher: ROC Fantasy
ISBN: #978-0451463623
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Allie Beckstrom's lover, Zayvion Jones, is a Guardian of the Gate, imbued with both light and dark magic and responsible for ensuring that those energies don't mix. But Zayvion lies in a coma, his soul trapped in death's realm. And when Allie discovers that the only way to save Zayvion is to sacrifice her very own magical essence, she makes a decision that may have grave consequences for the entire world.
I thought this was a fantastic continuation of Allie Beckstrom's world. She has to sacrifice a big part of herself in this book and I can not wait to see what comes of that sacrifice (I'm actually hoping she will get her sacrifice back I just cant see her without it). Allie's Dad is also continuing to cause issues by using her and I still cant figure out what exactly he is trying to do but we got a few more facts on all her memory issues that were nice to know. The ending of course was left open to continue into the next story and the little sneak peak of Book #6 Magic on the Hunt left me wanting to continue the series.

I give it 4/5 Stars


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