Friday, December 28, 2012

The 5 Moons of Tiiana: By Paul T. Harry


The 5 Moons of Tiiana (The Chronicles of Rez Cantor, #1)Review by Jacey



After saving the Princess of Melela from certain death at the hands of the alien hybrid Relcor, then getting her off planet, Captain Rez Cantor is in a quandary. Instead of reaching a safe haven as planned, the unthinkable happens, and the results leave him injured and alone on an alien moon with no recollection of how he got there. To make matters worse, his life is in danger. There is a strange alien cloud hovering over him with the intention of devouring him. 

Welcome to the 5 moons of Tiiana–five moons unlike any other in the galaxy.

This story is an epic narration on Rez’s quest as he searches for the answers to the mysteries surrounding Tiiana and her 5 moons. But first, he will need to survive and adapt, second, locate the princess, and third, save the races of Tiiana from annihilation. 

The journey begins on Urlena, a water-covered moon populated by the Aquella. A race forced to live underwater because Giragoc, the cloud God rules the sky.

Next comes, Boutal–a medieval moon divided between three races, the human-looking Motula, the ape-wolf Solula, and the flying gargoyles known as the Brata.

Aura is a dead moon ruled by robots, the only surviving remnants of the first moon war.

Zin is a moon peopled by the Zecla–a warrior race of locust who breed uncontrollably every 2000 years crushing and devouring everything in their path.

And lastly, there is Vashia, the cool blue moon ruled by the Visi–a race of ghosts who hold the key to everything.
Intrigued by this wondrous array of moons and beings? Perhaps then you’d like to join Rez on his quest. The journey begins on page one . . 
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I'll begin my review by saying this is one of the most well-written pieces I've had the pleasure to discover and read. The author, Harry, succeeded in immediately drawing me into this epic with his excellence in writing. The landscapes are beautifully illustrated, so amazingly that I could almost picture myself strolling through the ruined city on Urlena or in a marketplace in Casita. The way Harry has crafted his epic is gorgeous, the environments desirable and also delightfully frightening.
There were several issues that I felt needed to be noted as I read this. Though the language is eloquent, I found some of the characters' descriptions to be either silly, wavering, or just not ones that I could empathize with. One clear example of this would be in the book's beginning, in Rez's interactions with Penta, the whore he finds to replace the princess. At first, you think she's secretly a bad-ass independent woman struggling in a scummy part of the universe, hating what she does but doing it because society has imposed it on her. The fact that she's enslaved made me root for her to begin with. However, not very long after you meet her, she turns into a ditz who won't shut up. On top of that, Rez, who's supposed to be a calm and collected general goes a bit overboard and smacks her and calls her names. Though Harry says she whines, we don't actually get to get a peek into what is making her annoying. Thus, this all just makes the main protagonist look like a jerk. Then, when on Urlena, he busts his two buddies' heads together, the only ones that were actually nice to him, to escape the mines. THEN, even though the King of the Motula says they themselves had been responsible for countless deaths of the Brata, Rex is ready to "kill them all" for the sake of his companion's Oolat's desire for vengeance. Additionally, I felt that the direction of the novel was lost in pursuit for action sequence, which though well written, just felt distracting. 
In addition to these, I thought that there could have been less "When suddenlys" or "Unexepctedlys." I felt that Harry could have substituted these with another description, knowing how well he writes the rest of the novel. 
All in all, this book does pack one exciting punch. It has adventure, action, violence, the works, so if you're in the mood for an insane romp, this is for you.  I think that if Harry had put this in third person though, it could have been better. Perhaps if he had written it that way, he could have put more detail and background into Rex, giving him him reasoning behind his actions, such as mistreating a whore or being somewhat savage when meeting one's ends, and thus make him a more empathetic character. Honestly, I think if you can't make the reader feel empathy for the main character, there can't really be a story that he or she will want to follow. No one wants to know how a jerk rose or fell.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Breaker's Concubine by Ann Mayburn

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Prince Devnar of Jensia is goaded into raiding the wrong space ship, springing a trap that captures him for use as a Royal pleasure slave, a Concubine, on Kyrimia. He vows to do everything he can to escape and keep from forming a psychic bond with his captors that would render him absolutely and totally in love. This proves difficult to do when the female Breaker assigned to turn him into a Concubine, Melania, is the epitome of his perfect woman.

Melania has been raised and trained to help reluctant and abused Novices to break through their personal blocks and attain the ultimate prize of becoming a Concubine. When she is given Devnar to train, she finds herself in danger of doing the forbidden and falling in love with her Novice. This angry, scarred, and utterly seductive male tests her self-control like no other.

Devnar and Melania find themselves at the heart of a galaxy wide political battle that will test a love that they must not acknowledge, and cannot live without, to its very limits.

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I liked this book a lot. It was interesting and there were a few unique concepts that helped move the story along at a fresh pace. What I really liked about it is that, despite the blurb, this book isn't full of one character seriously dominating over another. The two main characters, Melania and Devnar actually do a nice job of switching back and forth. They both have their moments where they're the alpha in a sense. The fact that they were both from two different planets also helped to make this story really enjoyable. I loved finding out all the compressions and contrasts (of which there were many) between their two different societies and cultures. It was cool seeing their different perspectives on situations, how they reacted to something by the way they'd been brought up. Mayburn doesn't bombard you with all of these details, but lets them subtly slip through the story which is nice. I never felt like I was being force fed information which is the worst. There were very few things I found annoying, or didn't like, about this book. One of them is how in the beginning Melania is described as having a gorgeous face, yet an "unattractive" body, however throughout the rest of the book everyone calls her an "ugly boy". It would have been nice if they'd at least kept the reference of her face being pretty, not because I want her to be pretty, but because it would have helped tie in the story. Not only that, but it would have also helped selling her stature. She started off as being one of the best known breakers, after all. They weren't attracted to her, but they respected her, and in a society like that I just feel like they would have clung to her "one" attractive feature more in order to justify themselves. My one other issue was how quickly the two of them fell for each other. However, that only threw me for about a page or so before I got over it and back into the story. The details were really good, and the villains were really bad. The ending worked out great, was convincing, and left me feeling satisfied. I would recommend reading this one. There's action, adventure, romance, and yes, sex. But at the heart of it there's a story about two people who are missing something in their lives that they find in each other. Devnar helps give her confidence and Melania helps to ground him. It's a really sweet exchange to watch.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

FREE Novella/Book Release!!! :)

Hi everyone!!! Tempest here! So for those of you who also happen to read my work, just wanted to mention that the third book in the Dreamer trilogy has finally been released!!!! :) Below is a blurb and a link to where you can get the book! AND as a special thank you for everyone who's been supporting Jacey and my book blog, I'm offering up free ebook copies of the beginning novella to the trilogy, Where Thy Dark Eye Glances. Now, there have been comments in the past about how this is short (about 91 pages) and whatnot, so let me just take a moment to make one thing really clear: THIS IS A NOVELLA!!! ;) It's not super long, and it's only the beginning to the much longer series, so it isn't going to tell you everything there is to know, it's merely going to set the scene for book one. However, it is pretty important and does give you a look into the Four's lives in NYC. You can find this book on the left hand corner of the page when you click the link bellow that will bring you to the third book. The title of the novella is Where Thy Dark Eye Glances. Here's the code (which you just type into the check out): VZ25G Also, it expires Dec 7th, so don't wait and hurry to get your free copy! ;) Here's the blurb and the link to Amid the Roar:
Lily Bryg never thought she would end up magically locked away in Graindoth with Ronan. And actually kind of liking it. Now that she's bound to the castle for three days, he's let down some of his walls, giving her a look at a side of him she never knew existed. But how could she be starting to like the guy who not only ruined her life, but the lives of her friends as well? The fate of the entire realm rests with her, and in order to become the Dreamer of prophecy, Lily is going to have to start making choices she wouldn't have made only three months ago. Her fellow witches are trying to find a way to help her, while juggling their own love lives and the Rebellion at the same time.

Add to the equation the fact she's still very much in love with both Devlin werewolves, and her traitorous bestfriend is living in the castle with her, and Lily's troubles just keep growing larger and larger. When in doubt Lily and her friends have always turned to magic for guidance, and now their desperately struggling to form alliances with dragons and faeries before the final battle. She needs to figure out her heart, her soul mate, and decide once and for all how she plans on taking the throne. What kind of ruler she wants to be, and who she really wants to rule at her side.

Demons and dark fey she can handle, but making a choice like this might just kill her.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Warflesh by Kim Knox

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Warflesh Kim Knox Fina Brodie is warflesh. Enhanced by her government to bring ultimate pleasure, her negotiation skills secure anything her superiors want. The choice of pleasure she offers has always been hers. Until now. She's not meeting Kian, Lord of the Tir, to negotiate for their mysterious spice-water. She's payment. And she's not alone in bringing pleasure to the mysterious Tir leader. The man Kian has chosen to join them in the very sexual, very public spring festival has long headed her "never ever" list. Add the spice-water, which is rocket fuel to her already highly evolved libido, and it makes her reactions to Jonathon Raegh all the more dangerous. But the Tir have a hidden agenda, and as the aphrodisiac qualities of the spice-water ignite long-suppressed lusts, all is revealed to Kian, Fina and Jon in the heat and passion of the arena. Reader Advisory: Let there be no confusion. The spring festival is a sexual feast between two incredibly sexy men and one very lucky woman. Get the ice water ready.

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Like everything else I've read by this author, I loved this book. The characters were all great and I really enjoyed finding out about Fina and Jon's back story. They had an interesting relationship which was fun to read. They have a past together and Jon happens to be good friends with her brother so at first that makes everything slightly awkward for them. Of course they get pass that. There really isn't much to say about this book other then that it was a good read that I would recommend to anyone who has some time to just sit down and immerse themselves in another world. The Tir were were well described and everything was really easy to picture in my mind. Knox does a great job at showing and not just telling. The concept of being chosen for this job was also interesting. I liked that because it gave Fina more depth as a character. This isn't really something she wanted to sign up for, but she was chosen to be Warflesh and just had to go along with it. That's lucky for her brother that it didn't take, but also it made me feel kind of sorry for her because she didn't have the same luck. The only problem I had with this book was the ending was a little strange to me, but that's more a personal opinion then anything actually bad. It still worked really well for the story, and the last few pages makes up for that twist towards the end anyway.



Friday, November 30, 2012

Spirit Binder by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Theo woke severely injured, covered in blood, and missing ten years of her life.

Just to complicate matters further, Theo was born under a prophecy; one that has rabid followers with three different interpretations, all of whom are willing to sacrifice her in order to fulfill it.

Not knowing if she can trust the stranger she’s betrothed to, the warrior visiting her dreams, or even her own mother, Theo tries to piece together her past only to find that her present is far more dangerous.

It’s the power of her own blood that scares her most of all. This is a responsibility Theo never wanted, and a destiny she cannot deny, “All because of a prophecy she was trying not to believe in, but kept fulfilling.”


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At first I didn't think I was going to like this book. From the first chapter everything is written awkwardly which caused it to seem like it didn't have a good story flow. But then I read chapter two.......and didn't stop until chapter 14. The book got really engaging, and I fell for the characters and the story revolved around them. I really like the idea of these people basically pulling Theo in all these different directions because of how they interpret her prophecy. It was interesting to see how differently everyone took it. I would have liked more information on Hugh however, and on Ren. Especially Ren. He was kind of just tossed in and then we really only got to see one or two flashbacks with him in it. I think was this book really could have used was to be extended and given more depth. Characters were underdeveloped because they weren't given enough page time. I really liked Ren, but I also didn't know too much about him or his and Theo's relationship. She wasn't just dating the guy, she'd agreed to bind herself to him. That's a lot more commitment then just an invite over a fence warrants. I know there's more to it, but I didn't get to see that. I was happy with who she ended up with, however. But that brings me to the ending. Like the beginning it felt rushed and disjointed. Everything happened way too quickly with not enough information in between. It just felt like I was watching a movie with the forward button permanently on. I wanted more detail, to see more happen. One minute Ren is giving up his life the next he's terrified. We don't really get to see that change, it just happens. Sure, she did some crazy magic, but she also saved his life. You'd think he'd be a little grateful. On top of that, there was no fight scene and that whole ordeal happened in a blink. It was just so easy for her. She went down and said a few sentences and all of a sudden everyone agreed. I just wish it was a little more complex. They didn't actually need to war or anything, but it should have been a little harder. Everything in between was great, but the beginning and ending of this book kind of ruined a lot of it for me. I was left feeling unsatisfied. I would however read another of this author's books, and I do still recommend it simply because the rest of it really was that good. The characters were all given distinct personalities and the driving force with the Preacher was interesting.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals #1) by Andrea Heltsley

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Noel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job and her dignity all in one week. Then something happened and she began to dream of this stranger she had never met. She couldn’t resist the man of her dreams named Jared especially when she met him in real life. Entranced, she slowly unraveled a world she was meant to stay out of. Her life was not what she thought it was once a sexy Boone stepped into the mix and shook things up. Can she escape a life of servitude or immortality for a chance at love?

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So I have to admit, I really didn't like this book (love the cover though). I hated the main character, the dialogue was stilted and forced, and the storyline itself moved either way too quickly or way too slowly, I haven't really decided yet. Let's start at the beginning, the main character Noel (which is a cool name, I like that) has been dating this guy Brad for about three years now when he brings her to a restaurant really close to her apartment and breaks up with her. Ok, so the guy didn't even bother going to the door to get her, just stayed outside by the car, so yes, you get right off the bat he's kinda a jerk. Then the way he breaks up with her is pretty horrible, and definitely not the type of break up you'd expect from someone you'd been dating for three years. HOWEVER, this is really the only time we see Brad, who is supposed to be this giant jerk. She later calls him, "selfish, and arrogant" going on to say, "It was a wonder I didn't see it sooner." Well so far, sure he broke up with her poorly, but I'm not really seeing anything to prove that she was worth him still dating. And on top of that, if he's really this bad how is it she didn't see it before? She's realizing it now, which is good, but a few examples here, like her remembering other times he was acting really rude to her, would have been helpful to sell this idea. Moving on, then because she's so upset about her break up, she stays home from work without calling for three days. Seriously? She's calling Brad selfish yet she's blowing off her boss without even so much as a word? That's not cool, and what's more, it does not make me feel for the character. In fact, if anything, it makes me like her a whole lot less. She doesn't even tell her bestfriend about it, which would be ok-sometimes I need to stew over something before I tell my bestfriend too-except whenever you see Noel and Autumn together (at least in the beginning) it just always seems like Noel is blowing her off. As long as they're talking about her its fine, but the second Autumn wants to talk about her witchy side or anything really meaningful to her, she gets snapped at. Take for instance later on when she shows up after having slept with this guy she really likes and has liked for a long time. Noel just snaps at her. She apologizes afterwards, and Autumn forgives her and moves on, but in my mind the damage is already done. So far, if I were Brad, I would have dumped her too. Not that she actually stays upset over that for that long. She was so distraught she couldn't even bother to call out of work, but within a few days she's ready to go out and have sex with anyone she meets. Wow. She finally shows up at her place of work only to have a three sentence conversation with her boss before being fired, to which she and her friend actually have the audacity to call him a pain in the ass. Um...she missed THREE DAYS OF WORK without calling out. He's completely justified, in fact, he was a lot nicer then he had to be/should have been. This girl clearly just thinks she should get whatever she wants. She should have tried to come up with something to keep her job, and she also should have felt a lot worse for making him cover all of her shifts just so he could keep his business running. That whole scene went way too quickly. When she has a dream about "killing" her bestfriend, she doesn't care enough. She's more concerned over HER guilt at doing it and less over the fact that now her friend is DEAD. Hello. Going back to Autumn and her interest in magic, Noel is constantly brushing her aside, and we're told that she's been doing this their entire friendship. She's clearly a skeptic, YET at the same time, she's totally ok with the idea of a man she saw in her dreams appearing on the other side of the street. Huh? She doesn't freak out nearly enough, even when she sees him again at a party. She doesn't even bother taking the time to find out why she's been seeing him, she just walks up and says hi. Here's where I had another major problem. They literally talk for like five minutes before they head back to her place and have sex. There's no way I'd bring a stranger back to my place, ESPECIALLY if I'd been having weird dreams with him in them. At least not until after first talking to him about them, finding out who he really is. I mean, she saw him across the street and now he's here. Even she said it wasn't a coincidence. She's got this super powerful connection with him, ok cool, but seriously? And when they enter her room and show up in a field she's completely chill about it, even the next day when she realizes it was real and tells her friend. That part happens in basically a paragraph too. If it's going to be written at least do it so that it's not a brush over. I mean, I don't want intense details or anything like that, but it would have been a good opportunity to put us back in her head and have her explain how she thought this was a good idea. Autumn keeps saying how powerful and scary this coin is (which is sort of dumb because you'd think the fact that she's actually friends with all these people would have made her contemplate them) but despite everything that's happened, Noel still brushes her off. What? Worst. Bestfriend. Ever. Also, not very bright. Throughout the book she doesn't come off as very bright in fact. Just spoiled, self centered, and annoying. No one focuses on anything long enough in this book, one minute Autumn is freaking the next she's fine. One minute Noel is sad about Brad the next she's not. And they take WAY too many showers. I don't care. By thirty pages in she'd already taken five showers, who is that important for me to see? Basically the exact same things keep happening. Shower, sleep, knock from Autumn. Repeat process. Again. And again. And Again. Ugh. The same situation that happens with Jared happens with Boone, where the guy just shows up at this coffee shop she's at with only her name. She doesn't find it a tad strange that this guy was able to track her down with just her name? She was in a coffee shop, there are probably dozens of those around, and there's no way this is a tiny little city so...? But instead of questioning anything, she gets on the back of a motorcycle with him and heads off to a hotel room. Alone. Without telling anyone. Stupid. Sure, he ends up being a good guy, but she doesn't know that, and all signs point to him being a creepy stalker. Add to this that now she's totally into Boone despite the fact she literally just slept with his partner. Not cool. Don't get me wrong, at the end of this book I am glad that the two of them are the ones who ended up together, but I really feel the whole sex scene could have been forgone. Just a few other quick things, the second I found out Autumn was actually one of them my first thought was, now it all makes sense. She's stayed with selfish, self centered, immature Noel because she HAD to. No reader should ever think this about the main character. I liked Autumn more. Heck, I liked Wren more! At least she had conviction. The dialogue was soooooooooooooooo hard to read. The author did a lot of, "I am" and "I will" instead of "I'm" and "I'll". That actually does make it a lot harder to really get into the story because generally people now-a-days don't talk like that. And some sentences were just poorly written, take for example, "This tulip wasn't as beautiful as the ones I remembered from my dream night, but it does happen to tell me I didn't imagine the night." Choppy. All in all, I think it's safe to say that I did not enjoy this book like so many others apparently have. The action was good, I'll give it that, but information was just thrust upon the reader in big chunks (like when Autumn introduces everyone and their partners), the dialogue was so hard to get into, scenes were there that just took up space (filler scenes) and Noel was terrible. I did not like her. At all. I wouldn't recommend this book, but at the same token, this is just my personal opinion and there are a lot of other people who seemed to like it so...:/

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sara Shrieves: Author Interview/Giveaway:

Hey all! So, we at the Window Seat realize it's been a few weeks since we last hosted a giveaway and we're really sorry about that! We've just been swamped with other things, (like NaNoWriMo) and our TBR piles! But, without further ado, it's finally giveaway time again!!! :D I (Tempest) currently have this book in my pile and can't wait until I can get around to reading it. The book is titled, Who Is Audrey Wickersham?, and here is a blurb and a look at the cover:

I know everything that's happened is my fault. I try to tell myself that it's okay, I never wanted a normal life to begin with. But then I think about who's been hurt, and I wish that I could go back to the beginning. Back to when I was just a nobody wandering the halls of my high school, alone and unnoticed. Back to when I was completely oblivious to what killing somebody felt like.

You have to understand though, I had no choice


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Sara Shrieves was nice enough to answer a few questions for us! :)

1) When did you decide you wanted to be an author? I actually started writing when I was about eight, and I made up this ridiculous New Year's Eve play for my siblings and I to act out for our family.  After that, I would always write poetry and short stories, up until the age of nineteen.. I never actually considered myself a writer until my husband started pushing me, telling me that the things I wrote were really good and I could be a children's/YA author.  I had never really thought of doing anything like that, so I decided to take his advice and I sat down and wrote my first YA novel, "Who is Audrey Wickersham?"  I definitely fell in love with the whole idea of allowing myself to be called a "author" after that.

2) How did you come up with the idea for your book? This is actually a pretty ridiculous story, but when I was trying to come up with ideas, my husband would throw out the most random things, and I would usually reject them.  Until one day he asked me the question, "What would you do if you were really fat, and were then turned into a vampire?  So you were fat for eternity and couldn't do anything about it?"  We started going over all of the different things you could or could not change about yourself as a vampire, and I decided it would be funny to write about, as a YA novel.  He said I should call it "Fat Vampire". About six months after that conversation, he and my step daughter went walking through the book section in Target, and he turned and saw a book titled "Fat Vampire" with a slurpee on the cover with fang marks in it.  He was enraged, and stormed into the house with another insane idea, and we began talking about it more and finally I decided to go with that.  He encouraged me to write it as soon as possible, as he was afraid our house was bugged, ha ha. 

3) Is there a specific reason you chose the name Audrey for your name character? Do you know any Audrey's personally, or does the name have any personal meaning to you, or meanings in general that just seemed to fit well with the story? I chose the name Audrey because it is my step daughter's favorite name, and I really wanted her (and my husband) to be a part of the book.  I actually don't know any Audrey's!  But I did choose the name Wickersham because it's a family name.

4) Without giving too much away, what was your favorite scene to write in this book? And why? My favorite scene was definitely the "battle" scene, and two others where Audrey goes a little wild.  For me personally, the battle scene was just something I didn't think I could even do.  I was really nervous because I knew it was going to come up, and I kept throwing myself off with the impending thought that I would just mess everything up and it would come out incredibly lame.  However, in the end it turned out pretty well, and I got some good praise from my husband, so that kept me going.  I definitely won't give anymore away!

5) Who was your favorite character to write, and why? Bruce, definitely.  He was just so much fun and could pretty much say anything he wanted.  I guess I made him that way for a reason.  Sort of an outlet, ha ha.

6) What's your writing process like? I actually enjoy writing everything longhand, and then typing it all up (usually after each chapter is complete).  The idea of just writing straight onto a computer, and trusting it to retain all of that information just makes me nervous.  Plus when I write longhand, it seems to allow me to be more creative.

7) Are you currently working on any other novels right now? And if so, can you give us a little taste of what it's about? I am currently working on the second book in the Audrey series, and that book will be completely different from the first one.  I don't want to say too much more, as I will totally give away the plot of the first book!  I am actually working on two other books as well.  One of them is not YA, and it's loosely based on the place where I work.  Sort of an office humor book I guess?  The other is a YA, and it is a sci-fi/fantasy type novel, so I'm really excited about that!

8) Is there anything else you'd like us to know that wasn't mentioned here? Only that I am so excited to be doing this interview, and I truly appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this!

Thanks, Sara! Alright you guys, below is the giveaway for this book! Sara's being really generous and offering up a signed paperback to one lucky winner, and an ebook copy of the book to two lucky winners! That's THREE chances, including one to get a paperback (for those of you who don't have ereaders) so don't miss out!!!! :)



Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Her Dark Soul by Kim Knox

Reviewed by Tempest.

Blurb:

A man trapped by magic, an enigmatic guardian, and a virgin who will bind them all...Ordered to secure a precious box from the priests of Fausta, Marek isn't told a virgin ward is part of the deal. Ash's innocence and need drive him to touch her, taste her, to take the twisted power in her flesh and energize his own. But hidden players force Marek into doing something unthinkable.Lucas' soul has been trapped for four hundred years. His new master demands he invade Ash's dreams and take her virginity. If he does, the treasure she guards will open. He's happy to obey. However, he finds her guarded by a man unlike any he's known in his long life.Ash should deny the fire in her blood, remember who and what she is, but something inside her finds both men irresistible. As their lives intertwine, they're driven to find pleasure, using their unique blend of sex and magic to fight an enemy who would consume them all.

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Yes, I'm reviewing ANOTHER Kim Knox book, and guess what? I've still got a few left to go :P If anything, you guys should all take this as a major flashing sign that these books are worth the time. :) At least if you're into sci fi, paranormal, romance, action, and yes, even a little erotica. By little I do kind of actually mean lot, HOWEVER, there's plot to this book, and the others that I've read written by this author. In a lot of erotica the plot kinda just falls by the way side and all we're left with is...well, sex. Sex is great, but I don't just want to read about it. I want there to be more, there to be substance. Well, so far all of Kim Knox's work has that. Great characters, great plot, interesting witty banter...but I digress. Let's just get to the actual review, hmm? ;)

Her Dark Soul is about three Dark Souls, which are kind of like demons in a way. The three main characters have to figure out who wants the treasure before that person uses it to destroy them all. Ash, the main female lead, has lived in this one temple her entire life, it's all she knows, but the book starts out with her having to leave, and with Merek a man she's never met before. Rushing forward a bit, she ends up also meeting another guy named Lucas. The second he enters the picture I was completely torn over which one of them, him or Merek, I was in love with more. They're both so different, from the way their described physically right down to the way they act and talk. It's always interesting to see how well an author can flesh out a character. Sometimes there's only one in a book that's rounded out and given a uniqueness. That's not the case here. Both males have distinct differences all their own, and it really helps to draw the reader in. I got totally invested in their story. I only wish we could have known more about Lucas's past. I'm not usually really into stories where there are three people involved in the relationship, but I loved this book. It worked in a way I didn't even realize I could think was possible. I love the three of them together, how they act and live. It's impossible not to want Ash to be with both of them. Ash herself is another interesting character. She's a little naive, which is understandable because of where she's lived, but at the same time she has a strength that gets more and more expressed throughout the story. She develops over time and that's always a lot of fun to read. At the end of a good book the character should always be slightly different then at the start (at least in my opinion) and Knox did a great job with this. The ending was also really sweet between her and Merek. The only complaint I have is that at some times it got slightly confusing what was going on, but it was never something so major that I had to stop and spend a lot of time thinking over it. I would recommend this book to anyone into steamy romance, splashes of action, and stories about people who are meant to be together no matter what.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Past Lies by Kim Rees

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

The lies were no protection. Not anymore Anna Shrewsbury is trapped. The whims of her sister control her life. She wants to be free and she thought her brother-in-law had helped her find freedom with his last act. But instead, she seems to be the butt of one of his infamous jokes. She now has a half share in a company she doesn't want, while her childhood home and her promised sanctuary is bequeathed to a man who hates her. And then theres the deal. She has to live a week with him. A whole week with Zachary Quinn. For six years, a shield of lies has protected Anna. But in beginning a new life, she must break away from those lies. Be prepared to face Zachs fury. And his passion Warning, this title contains the following: more sexual tension than you can shake a stick at.

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For those of you who are wondering, this is the same author who wrote Dark Dealings, a book that I reviewed the 7th. (You can find it below). I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I love this author. :) This book instantly throws you right into the story, with Anna and Zach at a wake and the two of them instantly at odds with one another. One thing I really liked about this book was the fact that all the answers aren't just tossed at us from the get-go. We have to keep reading in order to find out why Anna let these rumors start about herself, and why Zach let her get away in the first place. Sometimes that doesn't work for the author, and things end up just being really confusing and annoying, but I felt that Kim Rees did a great job with that here. It definitely kept me reading, that's for sure. Another thing I loved is that that Anna and Zach both have distinct personalities. They're so different from one another that it's highly believable that they clash, despite the fact they're attracted. He's got this great cold demeanor about him, and the descriptions were brilliant. I could always picture exactly what type of facial expression he was making at each given time, which was great. There was also the way that we got into his head to see his point of view, and by doing so could see exactly how he thought Anna felt. That was always a lot of fun to read because the two of them almost never guessed what the other was thinking right. Anna was likable, even though I don't think i'd make a lot of the same choices as her. There were times I just wanted to stop her and be like, seriously? No! But all of those times worked, and I never wanted to put the book down because of them so...It definitely was a great way to engage the reader. The only problems I had with this were that her and her sisters relationship wasn't explained a little more detailed, like why she's forced under her thumb. I gathered that their parents died young and so Sophia, who is older, was forced to take care of her. That being said, I still don't understand why at the age of 25 she couldn't have just gone out and gotten a job and her own place by now. Or moved away. I mean, I'm obviously glad she didn't otherwise there would be no story, just couldn't help but wonder. Anywho, all in all, I loved this book and the characters, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have a good sit down (because you will not stop reading until it's finished).



Sunday, November 11, 2012




Dark Corners: Twelve Tales of Terror by Michael Bray

Review by Jacey

Blurb:

Dark CornersWhat lurks within the darkness? What crawls outside of our perception? What happens when the world as we know it stops making sense? When reality isn't what it seems, and the rules no longer apply... Michael Bray delivers twelve tales of mind-bending terror from the dark reaches of the human psyche.


















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This journey through the macabre and Hell was a week-long feast of gore, terror, hell, demonic debauchery,  you name it. Additionally for a week straight, I struggled to sleep, either because I was completely hooked on one of Bray's twisted tales, or I was apprehensive that one of his diabolical creations was going to materialize through the walls and carry me off.

SPOILER ALERT
To be honest, when I began reading the first story, I was not in love with it. The character himself was smoothly laid out, humorously sardonic, and yes it was pretty horrifying what happens to him. It was interesting that Bray explored a scenario where someone would be transformed into what we understand to be a Zombie. I like zombies, however I craved for an exploration into scenarios that remained unexplored, and I worried that the zombie scenario was a precursor for other stories that might go down the road towards conventional. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. Going through these stories, the mind of a serial killer is explored, the creation of demons is revealed, sexual pleasures that are deemed nightmarish to society are described as complete delights. There are moments where the reader can't help but join in on the side of the demonic, but then will suddenly be revolted enough that the reader is back to being horrified. Additionally, I loved the way the stories seemed to all connect, and by the book's end I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't one final story that tied EVERYTHING together. However, there being twelve varying tales, that would be next to impossible and I think Bray does an excellent job with having some of his tales bleed into others. All in all, i enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good scare and a few stomach jerks. I give it a 4 out of 5 suns!






Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dark Dealings by Kim Knox

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

There are monsters in the city. And one of them is her…

Ava Kalle's empty soul devours magic. And her hunger is deadly. She's sharp, quick and can live in shadow, making her work as a spy for the Mages a natural choice. She lives on the fringes of society and likes it that way.

When the man she loves takes another woman for his mate, the darkness in her heart unravels and she'll do anything to get him back. She makes a dangerous deal with a fire elemental, Heyerdar, who has a vested interest in agreeing: together they'll use forbidden magic, harnessing their sexual energy to drive the couple apart.

But soon their pact pushes them both into a dark sexual obsession. One that Ava may not be able to control.


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Can I just say holy wow? I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and I never expected to like it THIS much! I seriously couldn't put it down! I was pretty much up all night just reading it, and then the second I finished I went online to look up more of Kim Knox's work! That's how good this was. Really. I mean it. So the main character Ava is this creature called a thief, and what they do is suck the magic out of people, usually done by eating people (yeah you read right) but not always. I'm not usually into the whole mage angle, not sure why, it's just typically not my thing, but I was completely enthralled by this book and the characters. I probably would have kept reading if they were actually all trolls living under a bridge. They had a lot of depth, and distinct personalities that made them so vivid and real in my minds eye. You know those books you read where at the end you're actually a little sad because you really do feel like now you have to say goodbye to some friends? That's this book. I want more Heyerdar :( Like, a lot more. Sometimes the book could get a little confusing, just because this an entire new world with different rules and people, but after a chapter or so you kind of get into the swing of it. There's action, romance, and definitely a lot of snarky humor which personally happens to be my all time favorite kind. This also doesn't have the typical love triangle that's in a lot of stories. What I did like a lot about this story also was that while sometimes the reader ends up getting frustrated with Ava, at the same time it's so easy to see where she's coming from. You end up pretty much believing similar things to her, so that while some parts you're like, "well that obviously has to be the case" you're still slightly in the dark right along with her. The relationships between the characters were just amazing, and I without a doubt recommend this book to anyone who's in the mood for some adventure and odd love affairs.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Path of Needles by Hannah Kollef

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

When 17-year-old Kat Finnegan is warned in a Brooklyn alleyway that her father is going to disappear, she shrugs and walks away. The next morning her father is gone--leaving behind a booby-trapped apartment and a mystery that has slept for a thousand years.

To get him back, Kat and her twin brother Roger will have to unravel the secrets behind the Rose Queen--the fairy queen who ripped apart reality and stitched it back together, transforming the Fey into the memories known as fairy tales. They will also have to come to grips with their emerging powers and discover why they are known to the magical world as "The Truth" and "The Lie."

Hunted by demons and treacherous Fey, Kat and Roger follow the Queen's trail from Manhattan to Newark. But neither the Queen nor her curse is what they expected, and more is at stake than their father's life--and theirs.

Path of Needles is the explosive first book in the Paths series: urban fantasies littered with deadly fairy tales, tangled romance, and heartbreaking betrayals.

                                                                             
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It was harder for me to get into this then it seems like it was for most other people. The beginning didn't really draw me in, and I felt like I just wanted to brush past the first couple of chapters in order to get to the point. Even further in I quickly realized I was actually more interested in finding out what the heck was going on between Roger and Jim then why their father was taken or someone left a monster waiting in their kitchen. That scene, however, was really well written. A lot of the stuff that happened wasn't described well enough, so that I had to reread and flip back pages, but that scene had a lot of really great details and I could easily picture the creature in my mind. I think he got killed a little too fast, but at the same time I was glad that the story didn't stall and dwell on it too long. There were a lot of moments throughout where I was just waiting for something to happen. Because of that I wasn't really interested right away, or even sad to admit later on. A lot of people have left some really good comments about this book, which leads me to believe that my difference of opinion is just that. It just wasn't the right type of book for me.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton – Treasure Hunt Tour

Welcome to the treasure hunt tour for The Forever Girl!

Here's how it's done:

Each stop on the tour will have a small excerpt with a code hidden it. Visit all the stops to gather the letters, unscramble the phrase, and email it to :

sandra.ashton-holtzman[at]bookandblogservices[dot]com


The winner will receive a goody bag including:

1 Forever Girl Ring
1 Forever Girl Keychain
1 Forever Girl Necklace
1 Forever Girl Bookmark
1 Forever Girl Candle
1 signed copy of The Forever Girl
1 signed copy of the companion novella, Her Sweetest Downfall

IMMORTALIZATION: The author will also immortalize the lucky winner by giving them a cameo appearance in the next Forever Girl book.

Bonus: If you've already reviewed The Forever Girl on Amazon, include the link to your review along with the unscrambled phrase for an additional entry!

Book Blurb:

“Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.


The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.”


  Here's the excerpt:

The Forever Girl part 5.
Turned out the real entrance was the storm cellar doors on the side of the building closest to the forest. Ivory pressed a brick jutting out from the wall, and the storm doors opened. Faint notes of music, seductive and enchanting, carried on the air. I peeked in, only able to make your code is r out the first few concrete steps descending into the subterranean depths.

Red and her Wolf (Kingdom #3) by Marie Hall

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened...

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So I just want to mention that I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review, and I also got another one of her books as well. I signed up for this one through a R2R so I read it first, which means I will be reviewing the series slightly out of order. Oops. Lol. But hopefully no big.

This was a somewhat short read that I enjoyed. In the beginning with all the fairies I was a little turned off, there just seemed to be too much going on too quickly and it was hard to grasp on to. However, as soon as we get to Alaska and see Violet again the story quickly settles into its own. I loved how complex her character was. She was good...yet, not good. She came about from evil...yet didn't need to be evil. It was a great combination that had me wondering throughout the story what she was going to decide to do about who she was, and how she was going to end up doing it. I also really liked Ewan. He was strong, and a little controlling, but also very tender and understanding. When he finds out the truth about Red he treads carefully, which was good because it showed that she really should be taken seriously. Again, all of the different fairies confused me a little, but at the same time their storyline was also important and once it came down to really only needing to follow two of them things got smoother. Jana not actually caring about Red was a little confusing, too, because we didn't see enough of her to know anything. Then we were kind of just told that she was guarding the Heartsong but thought the whole time she was evil. Unless I somehow managed to get that wrong, in which case I apologize. Either way, I loved the magical aspects of this story, and the fresh way this and other fairy tales were spun. The world Hall's created was vivid and colorful. When they entered the witch's woods from Hansel and Gretal I could literally picture the gum drop leaves and everything. I'm glad I have another one of her books to read, because I'm definitely hooked now. I recommend this to anyone who has a couple hours and really wants to get immersed into a good story.  Also just as a side note, loooove the cover! :)



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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Desperate and Dateless by Elizabeth Lapthorne

Reviewed by Tempest.

Blurb:

Valentines Day, February 14, 2206
Vicci is trying to earn a few more credits. She has been taking a sabbatical from her highly paying Merc job, wanting to settle down into her life and maybe find some love. Instead, she is bored out of her mind and now running low on funds. She takes the job as a part of security for the Inaugural Vampiric Desperate and Dateless ball primarily because it can’t be so hard watching a bunch of humans and non-humans interact drunkenly with a bunch of vampires, but also to help pass some of the time.
Prince Vladmir hadn’t planned on attending the Desperate and Dateless ball at all. Yet some whim or passing fancy had him arriving nevertheless. And boy is he glad he came. From the very first he is drawn to Vicci, but as they speak and interact, he realises not only that he is entering heat, the Vampiric cycle of fertility, but also that Vicci is the special woman who can complete his Soul’s Circle.
Join these two strong, independent people as they learn about themselves, each other, and all about the intrigues one can find at the Inaugural Vampiric Desperate and Dateless ball.

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This is a short book, really just a quick read that I guess sets up this world of vampires for the readers. There were a couple grammatical errors, but the story itself was actually really interesting. There are a lot of things that need to be explained, such as technology used and what not, but as a short starter book it makes sense that the author didn't want to just kill the reader with all of that info. I really liked the characters, how unique they both were and how well their personalities were each rounded out. I would have liked it to be a little longer, just so that their relationship could develope more. I get that because they're completeing a soul circle they instantly fall for each other, but I still would have perfered the "I love you's" to come a little later. Or maybe just leave it hanging so it's clear they're staying together but aren't at the "L" word stage yet. That's just a personal opinion, however. If you've got a few minutes to kill and just want an interesting new take on vampires, then I recommend reading this. It was worth my time, and I'll more then likely continue on and read more of her work now.


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Friday, November 2, 2012

Red by Kate Kinsey

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Truly, madly...deadly

A BDSM thriller

Detective Tom Hanson has a string of grotesquely mutilated bodies on his hands and no answers—aside from the fact that the victims were members of an underground sex club catering to singular erotic tastes. Tastes the long, lean detective has sampled himself in the arms of his former lover, a fiery redhead who offered the most erotic, irresistible sex he’d ever encountered. Until the night she’d begged for the one thing he couldn’t give, and he lost her forever.

Gina Larsen is the only one who can guide Hanson through the fringe world of dark fantasy and desire that lies hidden deep beneath the Bible Belt. Lured into her lair by a quest for justice, Hanson discovers his hunger for Gina has only grown stronger and deeper…beyond the edge of control. Soon he’s shedding his last inhibitions in the search for answers, but the more she draws him into her erotic web, the less he can distinguish between passion and duty, pleasure and pain…good and evil.
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I got this book off a R2R program on Goodreads.com in exchange for an honest review. It's not typically the type of book that I'm interested in, but the blurb caught my attention so I figured...why not? I loved the mystery, it was well thought out and well written. The details of it were great, pulling me in so that I could really picture everything in my mind. Though it starts off smack dab into the erotic, there are many more aspects to this book that become more powerful then just that. The mystery over these killings was the dominant story throughout. I'm really not into crime or mystery books, basically at all. Yet this book really did draw me in once it started going. I do have a slight issue with the characters themselves, and that's that they weren't developed as well as they could have been, but as for the rest of it it was good.

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