Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Moonlight Mayhem by Sherry Soule

Moonlight Mayhem
Author: Sherry Soule
Release Date: July 1, 2012
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing
Spellbound Book #2
ISBN13:  9780615665658
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Author

Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.

Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—fast!

It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic problem. But she spends so much time wallowing in the darkness, how can she not become a part of it?

When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace. Except that’s not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.

But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…

MOONLIGHT MAYHEM continues Shiloh's story as she learns more about herself and Whispering Pines. 

I still like Shiloh, She is pretty hard headed but still able to work through things eventually and she has a great team of allies behind her. Trent and her make a good couple and he is a great part of the story but there wasn't really any romance going on in book 2.  I didn't despise Shiloh's mom as much in book 2 but I cant really tell where she stands in everything and the addition of Trent's Dad makes it even more confusing to me. I cant tell if they are there to help or hinder. Sherry introduces even more characters into the series, we even get a zombie. It took me a while to get into the story. I'm not sure if it was me, the pacing or if it took to long to really get going but for the first third of the book I had to force myself to stay with it. I wasnt terribly surprised by who the villain of the story was. There weren't any overly obvious clues that pointed to it but I it was pretty obvious to me and I kinda expected it by the time it was revealed. 

There was plenty of action. A major loss and even though we get answers to a lot of different things it seems that there are still just as many questions that pop up by the end of MOONLIGHT MAYHEM.  I'm definitely interested in learning more about a certain best friends family and also about the new allies that appear and why they are really there. I will continue to follow the series as I have no clue where the story will turn.

I gave it 3/5 stars 

New Releases: 7/29-8/4


Tues July 31

Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampire by Molly Harper
Darklands (Deadtown, #4) by Nancy Holzner
Destiny (Immortal, #4) by Gillian Shields
Fearless (Elemental, #1.5) by Brigid Kemmerer
The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5) by Aimee Carter
Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels #5.5) by Ilona Andrews
Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville, #10) by Carrie Vaughn
The Lady is a Vamp (Argeneau, #17) by Lynsay Sands
Night Forbidden (Envy Chronicles, #5) by Joss Ware
Otherkin (Otherkin, #1) by Nina Berry
Shadow Rising (Dark Dynasties #3) by Kendra Leigh Castle
Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4) by Kelly Gay
Sin’s Dark Caress (Series Dark Brethren #3) by Tracey O’Hara
Waterborne (Seaborne, #3) by Katherine Irons
When Temptation Burns (The Shadow Keepers, #6) by J.K. Beck
The Witch is Back (Jolie Wilkins #4) by H.R. Mallory

Happy Reading!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Giveaway: Win a NOOK eReader!!!

Win a NOOK eREADER during
the Covet Books Launch Celebration!

 COVET: Contemporary romance with a paranormal twist.
Get ready to laugh, experience romance, and fall in love with this brand new take on paranormal books.

 

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Giveaway: Darklands by Nancy Holzner

**Available 7/31/2012 from ACE**

Darklands
Author: Nancy Holzner
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: ACE
Deadtown Book #4
ISBN:  1937007707
ISBN13: 9781937007706
Genre: Urban Fantasy


They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers.

But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear—in the realm of the dead itself.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Week in Review: 7/22-7/28


Books Ive Bought/received


* Boyfriend from Hell by Jamie Quaid -eARC- Edelweiss

Books I Read

Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Moonlight Mayhem by Sherry Soule
Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George
Starling by Lesley Livingston
Boyfriend from Hell by Jamie Quaid
Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne

Reviews Posted

Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
Kindred by J.A. Redmerski
Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens

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* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

*Monday- Meredith Allard was here promoting her newest book Her Loving Husband's Curse with a guest post.


* Tuesday I put up a giveaway for A Wolf at the Door by K.A. Stewart


* Wednesday- A Guest post and Giveaway from M.M. Shelley went up for her blog tour for Mishap & Retribution.

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*If you see something on my books Ive read list that you are dying to know about let me know I'm back logged on reviews and can move it up on the list if I know people are wanting one.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens

Shadow Sight
Author: E.J. Stevens
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Ivy Granger Book #1
ISBN:   0984247580
ISBN13: 9780984247585
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author


Some things are best left unseen...

Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills--most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client--until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...
 
Ivy Grainger makes her living as a psychic detective. She has no clue how she got her gift and she definitely doesn't always enjoy it but it pays the bills. I liked Ivy right away, she was quirky and interesting to follow. Her roommate and business partner Jinx keeps her on track and grounded. There is a great amount of action and danger throughout the book as Harborsmouth is a dangerous place to live. There are a wide array of paranormal creatures introduced and there is even a unicorn who really doesn't have much of a role in anything but is introduced nevertheless. Harborsmouth is well written about and described.  For most of the book we have no clue what Ivy really is and it isn't revealed until the end. I would actually like to read more about her and her biological father and why he left her.

Despite all that for a good portion of the book I just found myself bored. I'm not saying lots of good things didn't happen and I WAS entertained at points, I just didn't find myself getting that into it unless it was one of the action type scenes. Now despite saying that I'm still interested in seeing what happens next.

I gave it 3/5 stars

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Kindred by J.A. Redmerski

Kindred
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Publisher: Self Published
The Darkwoods Trilogy Book #2
ISBN13: 9781478244394
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Review Copy Source: Author

Isaac Mayfair is hiding a dark secret. And just when Adria Dawson thinks the worst of her life among the werewolf world is over, she learns the secret that can rip her and Isaac’s love apart. Adria must come to terms with what the truth means for her. What it means for her life and how much time she has left to live it. She must choose between two different fates, neither of which can offer life as a certainty.

As if Isaac’s betrayal isn’t enough, Adria learns that there are things out there older and more powerful than werewolves could ever be. An archaic entity known only to few as the Praverian, unlike anything Adria has ever known or heard of.

As Adria struggles with her own fateful dilemmas, she must also try to find out why the Praverian is so interested in her and do everything in her power to stay out of its way.

Due to adult content, this book is recommended for 17+


Redmerski does it again. Ive really enjoyed this series and I have no want to put the books down once I start reading. KINDRED picks up 3 months after the ending of THE MAYFAIR MOON. Adria start remembering things that happened during her kidnapping and starts having dizzy/blackout spells and is starting to put pieced together. 

Adria and Isaac are still very much in love and getting closer but are both terrified to come clean with each other about what they know is going on with Adria's health.  Unfortunately when the truth is revealed it doesn't go well. There is a lot of hurt and separation between the two. The secondary characters play a big role in this series. Adria's best friend is revealed to have a much bigger role in Adria's life then anyone really imagined. All of Isaac's family members are always in the background lending their support. There is plenty of action in KINDRED and the pacing is nice and steady throughout. There is also some great closure for Adria having to do with her mother. The ending is pretty huge and I'm dying to know what will happen next.

The Darkwoods Trilogy is worth reading!!

I gave it 4/5 stars

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Winner: Jennifer Turner Giveaway

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Review: Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein

Cold Fury
Author: T.M. Goeglein
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Cold Fury Book #1
ISBN:  0399257209
ISBN13: 9780399257209
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Librarything Early Reviewers

Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

COLD FURY was interesting.. It was definitely more mob-ish then paranormal. There is a fair amount of action but most of the book is set around Sara trying to figure out who her family really is and where her family has disappeared to. The pacing wasn't as fast as I would have liked and I was a bit bored because of that at times but the mystery and investigative work Sara went through was neat. There is constant questioning on Sara's part, we get answers and there is a lot revealed. The setting was great as I'm from Chicago so it is always neat to read a book and recognize places that are described and it would be pretty awesome if there were really hidden places like in the book. There was some neat secondary characters but I didn't understand some of their overall role's in the story. 

I finished COLD FURY and enjoyed most of it but don't have any want to follow the series when the next book comes out.

I gave it 2.5/5 stars 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Mishap & Retribution by M.M. Shelley

UFI welcomes M.M. Shelley Author of Mishap and Retribution. Thanks for Joining us!!


HI Everyone, I’m M.M. Shelley and I would like to thank UFI for having me as a guest today as I share with you my book; Mishap and Retribution.
 So please pour yourself a cup of your favorite Latte and if you’re at work, hang up your “On Break” shingle as we take five.
         
          Many have asked why the islands of Hawaii are the setting for my fantasy adventure and my response has always been, why not? It’s the perfect place. I was fortunate to spend some time on the islands, and even more that I have made really great friends who have invited me back to stay with them. The people of Hawaii love stories; their culture is filled with some really good ones. Some of them are based on the Hawaiian goddess, Pele.

          Pele plays a major part in Mishap & Retribution; after all it does take place on her islands, so how could I not include her?  A quick note about Pele; she wasn’t actually born on the islands, in the stories told of her she traveled from another Polynesian Island and made them her home.

          As a goddess Pele has had many loves and some of them with mortal men. Sometimes a child or two follow, as the grandmother to cousins Kye and Kana’i, she can be very protective and sometimes over bearing.

Here are a few things you should know about Pele:
*She is the ruler of the Hawaiian Islands
*Fire is her main power; she controls volcanoes and its lava.
*She works everyday to maintain control of the islands over the other gods and goddess and is constantly at war.
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M.M. Shelley is a storyteller, word smith and dreamer. MISHAP AND MAYHEM, a captivating story of faerie's and magic, is her debut novel. She has traveled the world extensively in search of the magic which is often overlooked in every day life. M.M. Shelley is a native of southern California, and a student of mythology from which she gets much inspiration.



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Mishap & Retribution 
 At the Dawn of Time a curse against Man was made and only Death will satisfy it.

The year is 2045 and twins Grasiella and Tatiana who are Cinerian, Fae and Human must choose a side and may find themselves on different sides of an ancient war.

With Tatiana trapped in the Fae realm and learning what life has been like, she has found herself bonding with the Fae. Grasiella seeking the whereabouts of her twin has come to a crossroads of her own.

Separated and neither knowing the fate of the other, each make their way to an uncertain future.

Death has swept across the Hawaiian Islands and the cost of peace may be too high.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Giveaway: A Wolf at the Door by K.A. Stewart

**Available from ROC Fantasy Aug 7, 2012**

A Wolf at the Door
Author: K.A. Stewart
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Roc
Jesse James Dawson Book #3
ISBN:  045146463X
ISBN13: 9780451464637
Genre: Urban Fantasy

STAR STRUCK

Jesse James Dawson was once an ordinary man until he discovered that demons were real, and fighting them meant putting his own soul on the line. His new case is a beauty: Gretchen Keene, a Hollywood starlet who’s become an unwitting catalyst in an all-out demon war. It’s not her soul Jesse needs to protect, but the two-hundred-and-seventy-six others she’s carting around—all the souls sold to spend just one night with the blonde bombshell. That’s a lot of baggage, although it might explain her meteoric rise to fame. And it’s all up for grabs by the demon world.

All Jesse has to do is keep her safe until New Years. Sounds easy. But darkness is casting a nasty shadow in the California sun—a new unseen enemy is closing in and leaving Jesse to wonder, how do you fight something you can’t see coming?

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New Releases: 7/22-7/28


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Guest Post: Her Loving Husband's Curse by Meredith Allard

UFI welcomes Meredith Allard Author of the Loving Husband series. Thanks for Joining us!!


Thank you for letting me drop by, UFI!

It was a surprise to me when I came up with an idea for a vampire trilogy, especially since I wasn’t that into the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. As I began my journey into the vampire world, having decided to see if there was any meat to this crazy idea of mine about a vampire’s love for his long-dead wife, I noticed that some readers are very particular about how they like their vampires. I’ve seen more than one criticism that vampires these days are too soft. Vampires are bloodthirsty, angry, violent creatures of the night, they say. That’s what vampires have always been, and that’s what they always should be. Fair enough, since we all have our likes and dislikes about what we like to read.

I realized that I had an important decision to make as I was writing both Her Dear & Loving Husband and the second book in the trilogy, Her Loving Husband’s Curse. How violent were my vampires going to be? The main reason I had never been into the vampire genre was because I’m not a fan of violence in any way, shape, or form. I can’t even watch The Real Housewives because their heated arguments are too much for me. I’m not a wimp (well, maybe a bit), but it’s not entertaining to me to see people or animals being hurt. As I was deciding how brutal my vampires would be in their search for blood to drink, I had to consider what violence means to me.

I’m not fascinated by violence. To me, violence is the lowest common denominator. When we’re angry we want to lash out, physically or verbally, whether it’s with loved ones, the barista at Starbucks, at that guy in the gray BMW who cut us off in traffic. To me, giving into violence is weakness because it means I’m letting outside circumstances control my emotions and my behavior. And it seems, as I get older, that it’s becoming more accepted to be mean and rude and angry and violent.

Rising above that violence to be calm and rational, even kind, is an amazing thing, especially since it’s so easy to give into the anger. It takes an extra thought process, an extra determination, to overcome the fury. Now I was onto something. Overcoming our baser instincts to be better than we are. That fascinates me. And that’s the journey we’re all on—struggling to be better today than we were yesterday.

That is also the journey that James Wentworth, the vampire protagonist in Her Dear & Loving Husband and Her Loving Husband’s Curse, is on—being better than he was. Is he violent? He can be. But he’s working toward being more human than some humans. His motto is “Live and let live.” It’s a motto I try to live by as well.
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Meredith Allard is the Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review,  an award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review,  Moondance, Wild Mind,Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer’s Weekly, and ViewsHound. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Her Loving Husband's Curse
Loving Husband #2
 How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Week in Review- 7/15-7/21


Books Ive Bought/received


* Demon Hunting in the Deep South by Lexi George-eARC-Netgalley

* Kindred by Jessica Redmerski-eARC- Author

* Starling by Lesley Livingston- ARC- Publisher

* Two Weeks Notice by Rachel Caine- Publisher

* Covet by Melissa Darnell-eARC- Netgalley

* Ironskin by Tina Connolly-eARC- Netgalley

* The City's Son by Tom Pollock-eARC- Netgalley

* Outpost by Ann Aguirre- ARC- Publisher

Books I Read

Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway
Two Weeks Notice by Rachel Caine
Kindred by J.A. Redmerski
Kept by Shawntelle Madison
Primal Possession by Katie Reus

Reviews Posted

Shades of Desire by L.M. Pruitt
Blood Lust Rising by Fayth Devlin
Rogue's Pawn by Jeffe Kennedy
Her Loving Husband's Curse by Meredith Allard

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* New Releases for the week. Was there anything you were looking forward to reading?

* Tuesday there was a guest post for author L.M. Pruitt's Shades of Desire blog tour. 

* Wedneday Jennifer Turner was here promoting her new book Redemption with a guest post and giveaway.

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*If you see something on my books Ive read list that you are dying to know about let me know I'm back logged on reviews and can move it up on the list if I know people are wanting one.

 * I love comments so if you see something you like (or not) please comment away and let me know.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Her Loving Husband's Curse by Meredith Allard

Her Loving Husband's Curse
Author: Meredith Allard
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Publisher: Copperfield Press
Loving Husband Book #2
ISBN:   0615613683
ISBN13: 9780615613680
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Bewitching Book Tours

How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

Her Loving Husband’s Curse is Book Two of the Loving Husband Trilogy. Book One, Her Dear & Loving Husband, is now available from Copperfield Press.

The crap really hits the fan in HER LOVING HUSBAND'S CURSE as Kenneth Hempell's wish comes to pass. Meredith did a great job of bringing the past into the present with her researched history, retelling of past events and the addition of prejudiced/bigoted beliefs that fill the world not only now but back then.

I really enjoyed HER DEAR AND LOVING HUSBAND and was really excited to have the chance to read book 2. Although I didn't feel book 2 was as good I still enjoyed the continuation of Sarah and James' journey together. I really enjoy the love that they show each other and all the friends that help them along the way. Although Sarah and James are very much in love and growing stronger as a couple I wish it wasn't so odd that James was holding back his experience on the Trail of Tears. After everything they have been through it seemed like a small thing for him to keep from her or be scared to share with her. I loved the addition of Grace but it was a bit weird how it happened, its just not that easy in the real world. There were quite a bit of instances where I felt the story was really slow or I had to push myself to keep reading certain passages about the Trail of Tears. Another odd moment was when Sarah's ex-husband stopped in for a visit, it didn't bring anything to the story for me.

The ending was extremely rough and I was absolutely heartbroken to have to see that happen. I am dying to know what will happen in book 3 and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be good news by the end. 

I gave it 3/5 stars 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Rogue's Pawn by Jeffe Kennedy

Rogue's Pawn
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Release Date: July 16, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Covenent of Thorns Book #1 
ISBN139781426894060
Genre: Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Netgalley

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancĂ©, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can't control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

The opening line of the summery is definitely right on, This is no Fairy Tale. In fact a good portion of the first half of the book was depressing to have to witness.

It took a while for the story to take off. The beginning really didn't give any clues as to where the story might go or the whole point of what was happening. When Jennifer finally was sent into faery it still seemed to take a while to get the point of things but the scenery was quite nice. There were some interesting characters and creatures thrown into the story and I really only disliked a few of them that you are pretty much expected to dislike. There are some things that I wish would have been explained more like why Jennifer was now Gwynn (besides just saying that was what Rogue picked), and why she is pretty much a slave but still treated as royalty by most people (What gives her, her status exactly) Maybe I just missed it?. There is a ton of things happening in the story but the pace was all out of whack for the most part. There is a lot of world building and I did enjoy about every aspect of Jeffe Kennedy's idea of Faerie.

ROGUE'S PAWN was definitely unique. Even having said all that I was still interested in seeing what would happen next and I'm still interested in seeing what happens to the characters in the future. 

I gave it 3/5 stars



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Blood Lust Rising by Fayth Devlin

Blood Lust Rising
Author: Fayth Devlin
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Publisher: Self Published
The Vampire Queen Trilogy Book #1
ASIN:  B007ZDVWNY
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author

Vampire Queen and Demon son – Together they will wreak havoc and total destruction. Or at least, that’s what the prophecy says. When a sex-seething succubus focuses in on Ella Grey, a half-breed vampire and her Shadow Hunting partner, Micah McGregor, a power is released neither can control or comprehend.

A chain of events is triggered, forcing Ella and Micah down a shadowed path riddled with unrestrained passion, violence and betrayal. The truth of Micah’s demonic origins will reveal a heart-breaking conspiracy within the Shadow Agency that once swore to protect humanity from vampires and demons. Ella and Micah are proof that nothing is as it appears.

You can tell that BLOOD LUST RISING is going to be a great read from the first Chapter. Ella and Micah cant stand each other but also have mad attraction. Ella is a born hunter and also happens to be a half vampire. Because she is now half vampire the hunters despise her and are always looking for a way to get rid of her. Micah he Shadow Hunting partner was sent to keep an eye on her and report on her back to his father the head of the Shadow Agency. 


There is non stop action and suspense going on in BLOOD LUST RISING. Ella and Micah's hate for each other gets extremely complicated early on after they wake up together naked and covered in blood and sporting new tattoos. They tend to bicker a lot but it is extremely entertaining watching their relationship change and grow. Their love scenes are nice and steamy. There is a great array  of interesting characters. Castro who happens to be a Demon Lord was one of my favorites besides the main characters.

Fayth Devlin brought a great cast of characters, an attention getting plot and a great romance. I enjoyed every minute of BLOOD LUST RISING and cant wait to read what happens next.

I gave it 4/5 stars 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Redemption by Jennifer Turner

UFI welcomes Jennifer Turner Author of  Redemption. Thanks for Joining us!!


I was in this funk about my writing. One series after another had left me salivating for something a bit unexpected and unique. I’m a huge fan of horror and romance. I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy as they contain elements of both. I’m also an avid fan of apocalyptic films and indulge in zombie-watching in my spare time. During an episode of Walking Dead, it occurred to me that I have never, ever written a book about the end of the world.

What the heck was I doing?

Suddenly the fog lifted, the sun shone, and angels sang. I was going to write a post-apocalyptic novel with a ton of action and a touch of romance. OMG! I could not wait to get to my keyboard in the morning.

Savannah became my half-angel heroine, Nico my half-demon hero, and a score of mutants rounded out the party. Around them an entire world sprung up: Iron Point city, the last remaining haven for human beings, the Fringes where those who were too poor or too deformed to live within the walls of the city are forced to live, and the mutated jungle where Revenants nest called the Wasteland.

So I had this really awesome place to begin and the adventure that unfolded held enough love and violence to keep riveted daily. My hope is that readers will find it just as entertaining! Thanks so much for being a part of my blog tour.

Warmly,
J.R. Turner
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J.R. Turner is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Writers Association. She writes in a variety of genres including middle-grade adventures, young adult horror, romantic suspense, horror, military action, and urban fantasy. In her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts, traveling, and movies. Few things in life compare to her passion for the written word, except perhaps the pursuit of chocolate.
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Redemption
 Half-angel Savannah Mantas smells the sulfuric stench of wrath when it enters her city, Iron Point. Resurrected by the archangel Michael, she's hunting for redemption and half-demon Nico Montenegro is her prey. He comes from the Fringes, the border between the city and the toxic wasteland beyond.

When they meet, Nico tells her a story, one of genocide and confiscated bodies. Not revenge, but justice is his purpose and his target is the most admired family in the world-Commander Hathaway and his daughter.

Hathaway's soldiers are slaughtering Fringers and secretly feeding them to Revenants, mutants who survived the bio-bombing of 2120. They have a twisted idea they can train these clever creatures like dogs and keep them out of the city long enough to mobilize an evacuation for the wealthy and well-connected.

Savannah knows better. Revenants are what killed her. When they attack, the last of humankind may be wiped out completely. Stopping Hathaway might just be enough to gain her redemption and escape a hellish fate.
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