Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Witch's Curse (A Broken Series Novel) by M.L. Stephens

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Everything you've ever heard or believed about witches, vampires and werewolves is about to change. How do I know? I'm Hecate—the original witch—and I'm the one who created them all.

Hecate didn't dabble in dark magic. Watching her lover die at the end of another man's sword changed that. In a single act of vengeance, she turned her lover's killer into a werewolf and cursed him for eternity. It was A Witch's Curse to rival all others and it was her last act as a goddess.

Drago despised being a werewolf. He spent thousands of years searching for an antidote, only to discover that the witch who cursed him, also had to cure him. Unfortunately, that witch died lifetimes ago. Undeterred, he continued to search. Two years ago he found Hecate's remains lying in a crypt hidden deep within the Louisiana Bayou. Today, he watched a coven of witches bring her back to life.

He killed her lover. She damned him for all time. Can two souls who are destined to be eternal enemies, learn to forgive enough to live again?


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This book was initially hard for me to get into. There are a lot of characters from the get go, and it's hard to stay focused on them and really sort through who they are. We also aren't given many descriptive details to tell them apart. However, that's probably because these are all characters from the first few books of the series, which, unfortunately, I have yet to read. Once I got past that however, there were interesting aspects to this story. I did have some problems with pacing. I felt like things could have been slowed down in some areas, given more detail. One issue I did have was how confusing the original bits between her and Drago were. At first it was confusing because I had to try and think, "Did she think he was her old love for some reason and why?" and "Why didn't he notice she was referring to him as someone else?" Stuff like that. When I'm reading a story, I don't want to ever have to stop and reread something in order to understand it, though later on it gets better and things are made a lot more clear. I love the action in this book, and the relationships, the ones from past books and the ones that develop here. I don't want to say too much more and give anything away, so I'm keeping this review short and simple. I do plan on reading the other books in this series now, so I do suggest checking it out. The twist on Hecate and the gods was really fun to read. Imaginative. With action, romance, and paranormal aspects, it's hard to go wrong.
 
 
Don't forget to check out the Giveaway below!!! It ends November 30th so don't miss out!!! ;)
 
 
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Giveaway!!!!

How many of you are doing NaNoWriMo this year?! Hopefully most of you who are writers! Personally, I love this month. It's only my second year participating, but so far it's going pretty well with me at 22,000 words (the day's not over yet) and it only being day 9! Of course, because the rules of NaNo state that one must start a new book on the first of November, I have UNfortunately  (haha, get my lame attempt at a pun?) put the third book in the Underworld saga, Unbound, on hold. :( For those of you who are Coven fans though, you should be pretty pleased, because this means I'm finally working on the second book in that series! Yup, Shia, Caley, and that guy everyone seems to like so much--what's his name again? Barry? Butch? Right. Bane--is back! And yes, I've clearly hit a level of all time lameness, but I'm hoped up on caffeine and have been typing ferociously all day to Katy Perry's Roar. (Not really on that last part, though it's a good idea...for tomorrow). ANYWAY, to the point of this post: In honor of NaNoWriMo I'm doing a

GIVEAWAY!!!

For those of you who have yet to read any of my work, now's your chance! I'm going to be giving away ebook copies of all of my books! Yes, you read that right, ALL of them! Every series is up for grabs! There will be four winners in all, one person will win copies of my Dreamer trilogy (which later branches off into its own series), one person will win copies of the first two books in my Mirror Warriors series, one will win copies of the first two books in my Underworld Saga, and one lucky winner will WIN THEM ALL!!! Including last year's NaNo book, Turn Me On! :) Of course, for something like this there has to be rules, so here they are:

1.) Everyone who's participating must comment either here or on my personal author blog (the link of which can be found at the left side bar). I know commenting is a pain because there's signing in and what not, but think about it, isn't it worth a minute or two? You can tell me anything. Why you're interested, if you've read my work before, which one sounds most interesting to you, etc. The possibilities are endless. If you happen to have already read something before, you can take this opportunity to ask me a question. Maybe you're wondering when the next book in a series will be out, or what happened to a certain character. I'll answer, promise :)

2.) Follow this blog, or my author blog. OR do both. ;) If you can't follow on the actual blog for any reason, then become my fan on Goodreads.com. If you don't have a goodreads account and you love to read, then you should get on that anyway! It's the best site to learn about great new books that are coming out, check reviews on books already out, and learn and interact from other readers and authors out there!

3.) If you do have a Goodreads.com account, add the books you're interested in to your TBR shelves. This way, if you end up winning a set you didn't really want, and someone else ended up winning the same, I can switch them so that everyone's happy!

Ok, so longest post ever, but hopefully you stuck around to read the whole thing! :) Spread the word, because if there doesn't seem to be many people interested, I might just decide to take the whole thing down. What's the point if no one wants to read free books, right?