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Shifted
Angel Leya, Jesse Booth, Joanna Reeder, Alessandra Jay & Tricia Barr
(Shifter Academy, #1)
Publication date: January 7th 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Rule #1: Never go out after dark.

Rule #2: Never go into large bodies of water.

Rule #3: Stay off of social media.

Myreen always knew her mom held some deep dark secret; the rules, the moving, the years of unanswered questions. But she didn’t think breaking one rule, just once, would lead to the death of her mother. And she never expected to find out that she was a mermaid shifter, or that her mother was killed by vampires.

Whisked away in the middle of the night for her own safety, Myreen finds herself in a secret school for shifters. But starting over in a new school in the middle of the year–even if it is for the millionth time–is never easy. With rumors swirling, mean girls circling, and two incredibly attractive guys tugging her in separate directions, Myreen just wants to get through the school year without having a meltdown in front of everyone.

She’s learning so much, but for every question answered, a new one bubbles up. Myreen will need to untangle the web of secrets surrounding her if she ever wants to find out why her mother was murdered. As she dives deeper into the mystery, she discovers a truth about herself that no one saw coming, and it will change the fate of the shifter world forever.

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Review: Virgin Blood Series by Alexa Riley

Bitten by the Beast

Juliet Simon gets herself into all kinds of situations, but breaking into the scary mansion near her college campus has got to take the cake. When she finds more than she bargains for behind closed doors, will her fear take over, or will she fall for the beast?
Kane Viscardi is unlike other vampires. He’s spent most of his time hiding away and is alone in the world without a mate. Until one night when there’s an unexpected knock at the door. Suddenly something awakens inside of him for the first time in a century.

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Bitten by the Virgin

Ravana Faith has been learning to live as a vampire while surrounded by her overprotective family. She hasn’t had her chance to shine, and she’s ready to prove to everyone that she’s not made of glass. When the specter of a slayer comes to their city, she wants to be the one to take him out. But what happens when that’s exactly who she falls for?
Valley Sterling is from a long line of men who hunt vampires. It’s not the life he dreamed of as a child, but what else is he supposed to do? He has a legacy to continue and nothing will get in his way…until Ravana is the one to block his path. Can he give up everything he’s ever known for the woman who is supposed to be his enemy?

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Twice Bitten

Dove Wheeler doesn’t have many friends. The only one she ever got close to left her to go live with a vampire. Even thinking the word gives her chills, but in the best way possible. She spends hours in the library researching who they are and where they come from, until she can’t stand it any longer and goes looking for them on her own. What she doesn’t expect is to find two of them, a set of twins, that turn her world upside down.
Once Ezra and Erik Marcellus were changed to vampires, they tried to put everything in their past behind them and start fresh. They love their new family and everything about their new lives, but there’s always the worry that one day they will have to separate. Vampires don’t share their mates, so why does it feel like that’s exactly what they want? When they find a young woman snooping around, suddenly all of their fears come true. They’re both ready to lay their claim, but they’re not prepared for which one she’ll choose.

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Bitten by the King

Loren River doesn’t understand why her father ever adopted her. All he does is keep her locked up and hidden away from what he calls his “business.” She’s spent most of her life alone and she’s desperate to make friends and have a family of her own. What’s so wrong with wanting to fall in love and become a mom? But life has its own plans for her when she gets caught between her father and a man so dark and deadly she can’t look away. Could the feelings she’s having be more than just fear? Could they possibly be desire, too?
Bishop Thorin is worried about the threat to his territory in the city. There’s a rogue vampire on the loose and it’s trying to tear apart all that he’s built. He’s got the weight of the world resting on his shoulders and he needs to fix this. But when a young redhead steps in his way, all that he thought was lost is right in front of him. Can he take away her prison just to give her another?

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

My Top 5 Vampire Books

These are my top 5 Vampire Romance Books, that will put some bite into your Halloween this year.  These are either stand-alone novels or are the first in the series.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.

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Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur

Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there is nothing left to surprise her. That changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness; the other pushes his way into her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be but, if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could destroy her.

For 300 years, Michael Kelly has existed in the shadows, learning to control the death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and to ease the loneliness in his heart.

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 Here be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright 

Sam Parker is a vampire with a gift so strong and substantial that she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand High Master Vampire’s private legion. She finds that not only has the army never included a woman, but it has never included a Sventé vampire – a breed that is regarded by the super strong Pagori breed and the hypnotically beautiful Keja breed to be too tame and human-like. Most refuse to take her seriously, especially dangerous Pagori commander, Jared, who she craves in spite of herself. The Grand High Master, however, sees her potential and offers her the position of Jared’s co-commander to help train the newest squad in time for the impending attack on his island. Sam has to demonstrate to Jared and the squad of chauvinists why it is incredibly foolish to underestimate a wilful, temperamental, borderline-homicidal Sventé female.

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A Girl’s Guide to Vampire’s by Katie MacAlister

Joy Randall is a girl with big expectations and an even bigger love for vampire romance novels. Unsuccessful so far in her quest to find her soulmate, Joy can’t say no when her friend Roxy suggests a holiday to the Czech Republic.
Tall, dark strangers? Tick. Craggy, romantic landscapes? Tick. Hoardes of centuries-old men who want to suck your blood? OK, that’s just Roxy’s over-active imagination. After all, vampires don’t exist . . . do they?
Plagued by dreams of a handsome stranger, haunted by a mysterious prophecy, and pursued by three pale, brooding, slightly sinister suitors, Joy isn’t so sure now. Worried about her growing attraction to the enigmatic Raphael, she knows that one thing’s for certain: Mr. Right should not equal Mr. Heading-Right-For-Your-Neck.
But can she resist the lure of the Dark Ones? Is her attraction to Raphael just lust . . . or blood lust? And will she find a chosen life partner that is, well, alive? Nowadays, finding The One sure is a pain in the neck . . .

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Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me the Executioner. What I call them isn’t repeatable.

Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars … But now a serial killer is murdering vampires – and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer.

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Review: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

One of the most Instagram-worthy book covers EVER!!

Okay so they say don’t judge the book by its cover.. well tough cause this book cover is one of my favorites ANNNND… the story was pretty damn amazing too.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: N/A

Pages: 305

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

There were just so many feels. The author just knew how to truly pull at heartstrings.

There was just so many moments of unbridled grief, that really hit me in the guts.

I finished reading this book in my local Starbucks, and a few times I almost had to stop the tears.

I do not cry in public. EVER.

Now before you think, WOW this sounds depressing, you should also know that it was a really funny, heartwarming novel too, filled with home truths, plot twists and friendship goals.

“Spells are just prayers with more steps and a name that scares people.”

The use of what I call REAL witchcraft impressed me. I went through a faze as a teen and read up on being a teen witch, and a lot of the novel was truly researched incredibly well.

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What is Creative Writing?

a72098ec-be8b-443d-a087-e206c705f258Humans have been telling stories for hundreds of thousands of years. Cave paintings show that people have always had the desire to entertain and inform each other through different mediums.

There was an advert a few years back for Sky TV that particularly moved me. Dustin Hoffman was standing on a rooftop, above a vibrant but misty city. He said;

Stories; we all spend our lives telling them, about this, about that, about people. But some, some stories are so good we wish they’d never end. They’re so gripping that we’ll go without sleep just to see a little bit more. Some stories bring us laughter and sometimes they bring us tears but isn’t that what a great story does? Makes you feel? Stories that are so powerful, they really are with us forever.”

I often reflect on this when I struggle or doubt myself. I have a story inside of me, and I want to move people enough that they have to lose sleep because they wanna hear the next part of my story.

What is Creative Writing?

It is often said that creative writing is the art of creating a story using characters, plot, and dialogue. It is that, but more broadly its a story told that is made up.

It doesn’t have to be a novel or short story. It can be a poem, a play, screenplay or even a song.

There are a lot of different elements to creative writing. Such as which narrator to use, character identity, conflict, dialogue, rhyme, rhythm, theme, and plot. I often get overwhelmed by the terminology, which causes stage fright. That perhaps if I don’t know all this stuff, then maybe I shouldn’t be writing at all, and I wonder if anyone else has those doubting thoughts.

National Novel Writing Month starts November 1st, and over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some things that I find helpful when starting NaNoWriMo, and researching some of the barmy terms for things you probably already do.

This year is going to be awesome.

Review of Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Gloriana St Clair, #1

Pages: 330

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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What – did you think all vamps were pale, thin and brooding? Don’t I wish.

Gloriana St. Clair is an eternally “full-figured” vampire-she just happened to be bloating when a sexy Scotsman sank his teeth into her. She and said Scot- Angus Jeremiah Campbell III, aka Jeremy Blade-have been on and off again for centuries, currently off. A couple hundred years has taught them how to press each other’s buttons-in good ways and bad.

Glory’s headed for Austin and a new business venture: Vintage Vamp’s Emporium. After all, she loves clothes, and she is an antique. Only problem is, there’s a billionaire techno-freak vampire hunter on the loose. Blade’s in total he- vampire mode, and wants Glory to move in with him so he can “protect” her. But it’s time for this vamp to explore her own powers.

Whilst there are a lot of plus size heroines in novels now, back when this was published in 2007 this was rare. REALLY rare.

Additional to that Glory is a really flawed Heroine. She has a gambling problem, a shopping problem, and men problem (s).

I loved this about her. I am a plus sized girl (and proud!) And it was so refreshing to read about a Vampire whose a big girl.

 

Harry Potter, Open University, Tarot & Halloween

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Today signifies the first day of my Creative Writing Open University BA course. I am really nervous. It’s been about 14 years since I last was at school and wrote essays.

Don’t get me wrong I am also really excited. I’ve been wanting to make a big change, and focus on something studious for years, but I always figured I needed thousands of pounds to pay for tutorage/courses.

However, the OU was amazing. In the UK you can get a student loan to pay for distance learning, and only have to pay back when you have a job that is within a certain pay bracket. It has been really easy and pain-free, with every help available. I’ll be updating my experience as I go.

Harry Potter

0.41_Ravenclaw_Crest_TransparentI have been a HUGE Harry Potter fan for years, but Recently, I re-signed up for Pottermore, having previously done it so long ago. not unsurprisingly I was sorted into Ravenclaw. My love of book, learning, and reading showing through. Any other Ravenclaw’s reading this?? *waves

If you haven’t signed up for Pottermore, or not sure what it is, head over to http://www.pottermore.com. It’s an interactive website for Harry Potter fans. You can get sorted, get a Patronus (mines a field Mouse) get chose by a wand, and more recently get you sorted into Ilvermorny House – the North American version of Hogwarts.

Creative Writing

Literary Witchery is a blog that promotes creative writing.  I have been ‘Betwitched by Literature’ for a long as I can remember. Most Saturday afternoons during my childhood were spent in my local library. As I grew up I realized I wanted to write my own novel. Inspired by authors such as JK Rowling, Stephen King, Nalini Singh, Alexa Riley, Sherrilyn Kenyon, I firmly believe that it is possible to write a book; I just want to have fun whilst writing it.

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Tarot

I love Tarot and Oracle Cards. The rich imagery, the themes, the stories they tell… and the stories they can create. Each card can create a spark of inspiration for a character, a location, a plot hole, or even a sense or description.

Watch my Instagram ‘Batina Darke‘  for Daily Prompts for Creative Writing using Tarot & Oracle Cards.

Halloween 

Its the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Halloween fills my spooky heart with so much joy. Apples and cinnamon flavored everything, please. I have the week off work and I plan to read and Watch Harry Potter, and experiment with Butterbeer.. more to come

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Review: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King, #2

Pages: 338

Genre: YA Fantasy, Sirens, Pirates

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Trim the sails, Raise the gangplank, hoist the anchor

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

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Be still my black heart!!

I read the first in this series, Daughter of the Pirate King back in April this year (If you are curious you can find it here) and I absolutely loved it.  IMHO, there are not enough books on Pirates and it is a bloody brilliant book.

I actually started reading this last week, a few days before the arrival of my Fairyloot Sub box. The theme for August was ‘Mutinous Pirates’ and I immediately wanted to finish the Duology.

Oh, the ridiculous things one has to do when one is a pirate

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Firstly, this book is unlike anything I’ve read. There is a Pirate King, Female Pirates, and Sirens! Sirens, I have never read about them before. However, I have grown up the daughter of a suspicious Sea-Fisherman, and legends of Sirens have been on my radar for a while (should I post a few tales of English Sirens??)

Alosa, is a true captain. I thought the idea of a 17-year-old girl was going to be an emotional wreck, but she was strong, willful, and dedicated to her crew, and those she loved. She was fierce, deceitful, and brilliant all at once.

“Your enchantments last long after your song fades.”

Riden, her love interest was surprising, okay. I expected to like him more. I do like strong characters especially if he’s a pirate, and I felt where Alosa was strong, Riden felt weak.

“I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it.
I am the daughter of the siren queen.”

There is absolutely no part of this book that was dull!! It crashed along, like the waves, and delighted me from start to finish. I truly felt sad at finishing the book.

“I have twenty-eight excellent girls aboard this ship, and their pasts have shaped them. Just as yours has shaped you. And every single one of them, down to little Roslyn, deserves your respect.”

I wanted to become part of the crew of the Ava-Lee. I want to be a pirate!!!

Recommend to: 

In most parts, the book reads like a historical fiction, rather similar to Pirates of the Caribbean.  Except for the Alosa’s abilities, so I would recommend this to Historical Fiction lovers, but has enough Magic for Fantasy lovers to enjoy.

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“Three coins into the sea, Captain. One for the stars, one for the sky and one for the ocean” he says. 
“what need have they for money?”
“It’s not about need, it’s about showing reverence”

 

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Reasons to chose a Pseudonym and why I have one…

Pseudonym

Noun

a fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name

Are you thinking about becoming an Author?? I am. It’s one of the most difficult things I want to do, but I am going to make it as fun as possible… Writing is about creating an entire world from your imagination, and for me that starts with a Pseudonym.

I have one.. and I’m going to tell you some reasons why I think you should get one too.

Above: Sherrilyn Kenyon AKA Kinley MacGregor

Reasons to use one..

  1. Multi-Genre If you plan to write more than one Genre. Maybe, you want to write ‘Chick Lit’ but may also want to write something historical. If either one comes first, that name will be ‘known’ and will be synonymous with that genre. Depending on the audience, this may be frowned upon.
  2. Privacy You may have a full-time job, be a pillar of the community or simply don’t want people to find out you write for whatever reasons, like family squabbles for one.
  3. Uniqueness Let’s face it, if your real name is Jane Austen or John Grisham or Anne Rice, your books may be confused with other authors work. This can cause angry readers, who leave angry reviews.
  4. Brand Spooky Book, Spooky name. ‘nuf said.
  5. You may sell more books, unfortunately, the publishing world is still very gender biased. Crime novels are usually brought because they are written by men, and arguably Romance novels are preferred to be written by women. There are of course exceptions, but these are rare.

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Why I am using a Pseudonym

I thought the name was cooler than my own… yup, I am that shallow. I also think to authors in the genre, and what better way to stick out in the Genre of Paranormal Romance, than to have a unique name.

So there are definitely some benefits to having a pen name when you write.

Will you take a Pen name.. let me know in the comments.

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Cover Reveal: Witching Hour: Sinister Legends

BOOK DETAILS:
Witching Hour: Sinister Legends
(Witching Hour Anthologies)
Publication date: October 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Thriller
Synopsis:
Bloody Mary…


Bloody Mary…


Bloody…maybe we shouldn’t test that just yet.


Urban legends, fact or fiction, at the end of the day they’re all stories. We know not to spin around the room in the dark whispering her name. We’ve heard about the man with the hook and the terror that stalks the babysitter while she’s home alone.


But there are other tales told around the fire at night. The man finding the steps into hell and sanity flickering away. Mind control experiments by governments, big and small. The woman married to the man of peculiar tastes. There are the haunted hospitals, sleep trials in Russia and more.


Slenderman and Bigfoot are nowhere within these stories; these are only the unusual and dark ones, slanted into truth.


In every legend, there is a seed of truth. Welcome to the Witching Hour.
AUTHORS:
Jenniefer Andersson
Alyssa Brocker
Angie Brocker
JM Butler
Lenore Cheairs
Wendy Cheairs
Alana Delacroix
Charlotte Dhark
Trinity Hanrahan
Sienna Haslam
Morgan Heyward
Kristin Jacques

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So you wanna be a Paranormal Romance Writer??… yeah, me too…

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Happy October!!

It’s been a few years since I discovered that my dream was to become a Novelist.

It’s not an easy dream, I don’t suppose really any dream is, but becoming a writer is challenging. Not only is writing a VERY competitive business but insecurities rear their ugly heads for even the most experienced of writers.

Recently, I felt I wanted to take creative writing further, and therefore signed up for Creative Writing & English Literature BA course, via the Open University.

Imagination can open any door, turn the key and let terror walk right in. – Truman Capote.

I’ve always wanted to find unusual ways to write because even though I want to be a published author, I would love to enjoy the journey. Authors from John Steinbeck to Stephen King have used Tarot cards to jump-start their creativity.

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‘Batina Darke’, my pseudonym and will be a new section on my blog, about Creative Writing, Tarot for Writers, Paranormal & Fantasy writing and my journey into becoming a published author.

It will feature, Tarot Tips, Paranormal writing tips, general Organization tips, and tidbits I have learned from my course.

Come back on Wednesday for ‘Reasons to chose a Pseudonym and why I have..’

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Review: Renegades By Marissa Meyer

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“There are many dangerous people in this world. but there are also many good people. Brave people. No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that. So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow night might be better.” 

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Series: Renegades, #1

Pages: 552

Genre: YA Fantasy, Superhero

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“Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did. It was about who you saved when they needed saving.” 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

“It became the strong against the weak, and, as it turns out, the strong were usually jerks.” 

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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Okay so to kick off the first of four Superhero themed books this month, I’m starting with Renegades, where the Marissa Meyer has made up the entire cast of super Heroes. This first of all deserves an applaud..

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Next, which deserves a better clap than the brilliant Joker, Meyer provides a cast of Characters, which includes their alias and of course what Powers they also have.

The story begins in the past, when a 6 year old girl, Nova, witnesses her families murder, but blames the wrong people. IMHO.

She then becomes a villain, much like the Joker. Her mission is to kill all the Superheros and everything they stand for. She has to become a double agent, the problem is the lines get blurred really quick and Nova has no way of deciphering who are the enemies anymore.

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This is one of the many reasons I read YA books, because there is so much well written questions weaved into the novel. It takes the concept of Good vs Evil, superhero and villains and questions whether either truly exist.

So to finish, I am going to post a picture of Chris Hemsworth…. Because.. oh heck who needs a reason..

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Wick Wednesday: Bad Ass Bubblegum

Welcome to my first Wick Wednesday post. My mission is to highlight the importance of Hygge for all, but especially for Bookworms.

Lighting is a very important principle of Hygge, as it creates an atmosphere which assists in being more in the moment- Which is exactly what Hygge is about- Mindfulness…

Gotham’s crazy candle co. We put the hot in psychotic! Insanely delicious scents you won’t want to escape.

Bad Ass Bubblegum, is one of my favorite EVER candles. Created by a company called Happy Piranha.

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This candle is based on Harley Quinn, a DC comic book character, whose fame has renewed recently with the release of Suicide Squad. A film based on a group of Villians who save the world.

Harley Quinn is the girlfriend of the Joker and has become a cult icon. She also appears in September BOTM Catwoman by Sarah J Maas.

The candle smells of bubblegum, obviously, but it’s not overpowering, and it does burn very well. The wick stays central, and the burn will last 80 hours.

mvimg_20180904_114516To buy the candle head over to Happypiranha.com to purchase..

 

 

 

 

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Happy Piranha has not paid me for the blog post, nor have they provided me with any free product.

The Wick Wednesday Posts are purely to review products, that I love and use every day to enhance my Hygge Experience.

 

 

 

Superhero September 2018

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Happy September Bookheroes!!

Last month saw the release of Catwoman: SoulStealer by Sarah J Maas, and is ultimately my Book of the Month for September.

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29749098When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.

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For those of you who like a challenge, #Superherosept18 is up. Use the Tag so I can like/comment on your posts..

August 2018

Blog News

From Monday I will be starting a new weekly post called Music Monday. It will feature some of my favourite lyrics from brilliant songs…

… and from Wednesday I will be posting weekly Literary Candle Reviews. ‘Wick Wednesdays’ will feature a candle I have brought independently (The Company haven’t paid me or provide me with free Candles) I have so many planned… Cannot wait.

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and finally.. I have just created a Goodreads Book group Called Literary Romance, which will feature YA Fantasy Books.. Pop along and have a chat…

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Peace and Love

Kirsten xoxo

 

 

Hygge: The Ultimate lifestyle for Bookworms

Hygge: A Danish and Norweigan word for a feeling of cosiness and good wellbeing.

About two years ago, this word was everywhere in the UK. People were Hygging (?) left right and centre. The Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking was in every major supermarket.

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If I’m honest, I wasn’t that into it, thinking ‘God this is like avocados- it’s just a phase’ I may have been wrong about both. I won’t be buying any avocados soon ~(yuk) but Hygge, may have stolen my heart.

I’m sure you can tell from this blog I am a bookworm, (I prefer Book Unicorn, actually. I am NOT a worm) so I going tell you why I think Hygge is perfect for all Book Nerds…

  1. Books go really well with drinking, tea/coffee/Hot Chocolate/mulled wine.
  2. Hygge is about slowing down, making time to read
  3. Candles– Who doesn’t love lighting their favourite Book scented candle
  4. Creation of a cosy atmosphere- Blankets, cushions, comfy chairs etc.
  5. Build relationships – Book Clubs, online and offline communities.
  6. Leaving the Drama in the Books…
  7. Gratitude to the amazing authors, publishers, reviewers, Bloggers, Fans, creators of Book Merchandise.
  8. Finding your Tribe- Most Bookworms are Introverts, they are not overly fond of big crowds. Find 1 or 4 people to chill with, reading listening to music is perfect.
  9. Comfort food– Okay this is a personal one. I love to munch on popcorn, or gummy bears or cake when I am reading

I am here to be your hyggespreder. I am starting a new section of my Blog all about Hygge, including some recipes, seasonal tips, Cosy Room ideas, relationship building, and tips on how to make time for all of this..

Summer doesn’t really feel like the time to be cozy, but IT is about relaxing and enjoying the moment… In a few days I’ll publish a post about Hygge in summer, and why it is almost as important to get cozy in the summer as well as the cozier of seasons..

 

Review of Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

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Series: Harper Connelly Mystery, #1

Pages: 232

Genre: Paranormal, Crime Thriller

Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.

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I really, really wanted to lose awareness of the here and now. The best way for me to do that was bury myself in a book.”

This book seemed perfect for, but I was a little unsure as I didn’t enjoy the latter part of her Sookie Stackhouse series. Charlaine Harris novels have always been so descriptive, and the language is just enjoyable, but sometimes her plots seem a little rushed towards getting to the end.

It’s often like she gets bored.

But, I needed something less paranormal for a change. I have been heavily reading some Vampire novels with lots of names, myths, and magic, that I wanted a step back…

This book was perfect for what I needed.

Characters

Harper: The Heroine of the story, Harper, has a gift/curse to be able to feel for dead bodies. The story is told solely from Harper’s point of view, and she had a great voice. She had clearly had a rough upbringing, and her only solace was her Step Brother Tolliver.

Tolliver: He was described as having a ponytail and a mustache. At first, I’m thinking Lynard Skynard but then I did a bit of googling and well…

enough said… he was a great brother, but Charlaine Harris kept dropping not so subtle hints about a future relationship…

The chemistry between the two isn’t sexual, but there is an overwhelming feeling that they both want more.

The Strange: when Harper was 15 she got struck by lightning and now she can sense the dead. It’s described as a vibration, that gets stronger as she moves closer to the body. What I loved about this is how simple that is. It’s very black and white and makes for a great Paranormal element, but also it is believable enough for a Crime reader to enjoy.

Recommended for: Crime Crusader, Paranormal Purveyor,

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Review of: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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Series: Night Huntress, #4

Pages: 355

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampires

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Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave

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Review:

This was a difficult read for me. Cat & Bones have become one of my favorite Ships from any novel I read.

There is a lot of conflict between Cat and Bones, due to this prick Gregor (ugh- even his name sucks) These two characters have ripped my heart out several times in the previous book, but there are certain scenes that I almost thought I needed to bail.

“Why do these crazy vampires keep trying to collect me?”

I should have trusted Jeaniene Frost to be an awesome storyteller because this book was Frightfully astonishing.

There was so much tension (not the sexual kind) that it blew me away. The hostility was dank at times, and it felt really grim. But Bones, oh my love for him grew.

“Movies. Drinks. Headless chickens. You know, girl stuff. ”

There’s even a Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Dracula, Astral Projection, & buried memories that just won’t stay there.

“I wish people would just leave us alone,” I said. “You remember when it was just the two of us in a big dark cave? Who knew that would be the most uncomplicated time of our lives?”

I am besotted by these novels, that I truly just want to crawl inside these books. once again, a big 5/5 bats..
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Cover Reveal: Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge

Sugar Spells
by Lola Dodge
(The Spellwork Syndicate #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:

After her run-in with a jealous warlock, apprentice baker Anise Wise can’t wait to get back into the kitchen where she belongs. But thanks to her brush with death, the land of the living isn’t all cupcakes and marshmallows.

Anise’s magical mojo is way out of whack and her changed powers are stirring up trouble. The town’s abuzz with news that Anise can bake deathly spells, and unsavory characters start lining up for a taste. They’ll stop at nothing to use Anise and her witchcraft to further their own plots.

She plans to hole up researching solutions until the attention dies down, but then she discovers the horrifying terms of her bodyguard’s contract. Wynn has saved her life so many times, she can’t leave him trapped. Doing the right thing will mean risking death or worse—losing her dream job.

For this witch, justice might not be as sweet as advertised.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.
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Cover Reveal: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.


The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin’s mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.

Pages: 720

 

Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

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Series: Blood and Moonlight #1

Pages: 244

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Vampires. Werewolves. Beasts that hunt in the night. When New Orleans Detective Jane Hart investigates her first official homicide case, she never expects to have her world ripped apart. But the murder she’s investigating is part of a deadly war between vampires and werewolves and now Jane is caught in that eternal battle. A battle that can’t end well.

Werewolf Aidan Locke has been running New Orleans for years. It’s his job to keep the vamps out of the city. But when a Master Vampire comes to town, determined to unleash hell, Aidan knows it’s time to fight with all the fury of his pack. Beast versus vamp, until the last breath. Then he meets Jane.

One look, one taste, and Aidan knows that Jane is far more than she seems. Far more than she even knows herself to be. She’s important in the paranormal war, not a pawn to be used, but a queen to be won. And if he can’t keep her at his side, if he can’t stop the darkness from descending on the town then Jane Hart will become not just a fierce cop, not some guardian, but something deadlier. Darker. Aidan will fight heaven and hell to change her fate. To change their fate because he is more than just a predator.

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And Jane is more than prey. Far more.

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Narrated by Sophie Eastlake. I liked her performance, she had a calming voice, and in doing so made the thriller parts seem scarier.

Review

I have read several of Cynthia Eden’s books and they are amazing. She is so imaginative and this is a fabulous example of why I love this author.

A brutal murder leads Jane to a victim whose blood was drained and throat ripped out. Then the body disappears, and Jane is introduced to Aiden, the Alpha of the pack, and the one who needs to stop Jane from interfering in the Otherworld..

“Are you sniffing me?”
He stopped.
“Because that is some weird serial killer shit if you’re doing that. Don’t make me go for my gun again.”

Jane was incredibly likable; a tough as nails cop who was Kick-Ass. She reminded me a bit of Jane Tennison from Prime Suspect.

Aiden.. oh Aiden. Just yum! He was demanding and strong, Possessive and protective.

“What was that about? Why did you kiss me?”
Propping his shoulders against the door, he leaned back and let his gaze sweep over her. “I want to fuck you.”
She stopped pacing.
“I thought the kiss made that pretty clear.” He lifted a brow. “Was I too vague? Should I try again?”
“You’re not supposed to say things like that.” Her voice had gone hoarse.
She obviously had him confused with a human. Her mistake. “What am I supposed to say? That you’re beautiful? That you charm me? That I look at you and ache?” His laughter was rough. “Those lines are for mortals, not for me. That isn’t the way I work.”
After drawing a quick breath, she took a step toward him. “How do you work?”
“I’m a very primitive kind of guy.” That was the flat truth. “When I see something I want, I take it.”
“I’m not something. I’m someone.”
“And I’m not the flowers and candy type. I am the type who’ll give you so much pleasure you’ll scream until you’re hoarse.”
She stared at him. “Got it. You’re the way too overconfident type.”

Cannot wait for the next in the series

Review of At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Night Huntress, #3

Pages: 342

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Some things won’t stay buried . . . at grave’s end
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and vampire lover Bones are caught by Patra, the wife of his sire Menchares, skilled in black magic and thousands of years old. Her name honors her mother Cleopatra. Patra unleashes a storm against their allies and families, ghouls and vampires. But Menchares still loves her.

You arrogant, overpublicized, showy old bat, what are you waiting for? Aren’t you the king of all bogeymen? The legend children fear will devour them if they misbehave? Come on Vlad, live up to your reputation! If you can’t burn to death one Egyptian vampire chained to a wall how did you ever drive the Turks from Romania?”

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Review

I had heard that Vlad AKA Dracula made an appearance in this novel. considering there is an entire series based off of him, I was super excited for him to show.

The reviews on Goodreads are a mixed bag, and it had me slightly worried when I began reading this.

The story begins where One Foot in the Grave left off. Bones is still helping Cat with her band of merry Vampire Killers. Justina, Cat’s mum hates the ground bones walk on and Cat still puts herself in dangerous situations.

None so dangerous as a family reunion. Cat’s Father is back, and just as brutal. There is a particular torture scene that was immensely gripping I was almost late back from lunch!!

But he’s not even the main antagonist, of this story. An Ancient vampire, wife of Mencheres, Patra is out to kill Cat and Bones.

Bones smiled. “Oh, grand. Going to make me beat the truth out of you? My favorite way to work.”

***Slight Spoiler Alert***

Basically, a premonition stated that Bones would kill Patra in order to protect Cat. Patra wants to Kill Bones before that happens. She is a vampire who was around when The Pharaohs of Egypt were around.

Conflict

Once again the wacky hierarchy between the vampire’s with their Master lines baffled Cat. Which made for some great conflict. Can anyone say pyramid scheme?

The usual Torture, maiming and a big battle made for some truly gripping storytelling.

“He’ll learn that many women can satisfy for a short period of time, but when he falls in love, only one will sustain him forever.”

Paranormal/supernatural elements

What does Jeaniene Frost bring to the vampire Myth?

  • Glowing Green eyes; when aroused or angry
  • Fangs ( A Given)
  • Can see Ghosts and Ghouls
  • Can direct where blood goes in the Body (yes, south!)
  • Stake by silver or beheading will kill
  • sunlight doesn’t really effect vamps
  • Creation: Cain & Abel. The first Murderer received the mark of Cain: The first Vampire.

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Review of Here be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright

... And this is why I read Paranormal Romance.

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Deep in your Veins, #1

Pages: 258

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Sam Parker is a Svente Vampire. The weakest out of the three breeds of Vampires. Trapped with her sire, Victor, Sam has resigned herself to his cruelty, until one night she is invited to partake in a test for a place in the Grand Master’s Army.

Once there she meets with Jared, The Grand Master’s Heir, and the sexist man she has ever met.

The Pagori, the super strong breed, and the Keja the beautiful breed, often look down on svente due their weaker, and less beautiful nature, however, Sam’s gift is usually strong, which earns her a place as a co-commander of the army as well as the only woman svente vampire.

Problem is that there is a war coming and the army needs Sam, so does Jared, they just don’t know how much.

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I started this book, via audible, Saturday night before bed. What started as a quick 30 minute listen to relax before bed, became three hours of ‘This is great!!!’

I adore it when you begin a book, and you just know you are going to buy and love every book that this author writes!!

Format

AudioBook: The book was narrated by two people.

The part of Sam was narrated by Justine Eyre, Whilst the male part was played by P J Ochlan. Whilst Justine did brilliant, unfortunately, PJ butchered the cockney accent. Dick Van Dyke would be proud.

“Men! If he was a woman he’d be considered a bit of a slut, but apparently because he was a male it was completely normal and acceptable.”

I had read Suzanne Wrights, Phoenix Pack series previously, so I knew to expect a good novel, but this book was amazing.

Characters

Sam was Fabulous. She was kick ass, strong, and sassy-as-fuck. She was brutally honest and completely knew her own strength. She swore like a trooper, and I loved her for it!

How could you be attracted to someone who made you so pissed off that you’d considered burning their balls with a lighter?”

I rolled my eyes at Jared quite a few times, especially when he said something sexist. At times he was a pig, and he was always wrong about Sam, but he had a heart of gold. He was fiercely protective of Antonio (the Grand Master) and his twin brother.

Romantic Conflict

“Whether she realized it yet or not, this betting stuff and the constant conflict between us was foreplay.”

Sam, had a terrible past with vampires underestimating her, along with believing that she was a second-class citizen because she used to be a consort to her sire, she’s a Svente and she’s a woman.

Jared had never really had a relationship other than with his three (yes three) consorts. He was prejudice, and arrogant. He was exactly what Sam hated in this Vampire Society.

Understandably this caused misunderstanding between the two, along with fights. The banter between the two was so funny.

Jared’s lips were suddenly at my ear. “The only vampire who’ll be manhandling you tonight is me.”

“If I let you.”

“You get such satisfaction out of teasing me, don’t you?”

“I still maintain that you like it.”

Supernatural Elements

“Three breeds? Well you see, basically, you know how there are varying accounts of vampires? Some humans report us to be terribly aggressive with hulk-like strength, some report us to be entrancingly beautiful and charming, and others believe that we are actually more human-like than the stories say. Well the reason for all the confusion is that there are actually different breeds.”

Not completely original. Vampire Academy has the whole three breeds of Vampires, each with special gifts, but what I loved about these was that some of the powers where SOO original. For example
🦇 His gift was power augmentation, meaning that he could weaken or strengthen the gift of another.
🦇 Thorn-exhaling vampire
🦇 He was a Shredder: his gift allowed him to disband until he was nothing but molecules and then reform again at will.
🦇 one of them could become a slime
🦇 Another was a merger. they could merger forms

Conclusion

Hose me down with Holy water- this was a great read. I have found a great Vampire Romance, that has a Kick-Ass heroine and an Alpha Vampire, with an intriguing world- A Perfect Trio!!

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Review of Southern Spirits by Angie Fox (FREE on Amazon & KOBO)

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #1

Pages: 320

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Verity, is on the brink of losing her ancestral house. In debt because she left her fiancee at the altar, she’s selling house to repay.

Whilst selling everything she comes across an vase and scatters the dirt on her roses.

This action causes an ex-gangster Frankie the German to appear back from the dead.

He’s the great-great grand uncle of aforementioned fiancee, and he is going to help her keep her house.

Less than a year ago, my life had been so simple. I had a nice little freelance design business going. I was marrying a man I thought I loved. And then –poof. Ghosts in my kitchen and ramen for breakfast.”

Verity was a pure southern Belle and I absolutely adored her. Even though she was scorned by the ex, she didn’t have a bad word to say in public about him.

She was funny and super likeable, and smart. Everything I was happy reading. When she was in danger/pain she had real reactions. I loved her inner monologue.

The next morning I was up bright and early. Mostly because I’d sold the curtains.”

She also had a pet skunk!!

Ellis..well I hated his name. For some reason in my head I kept scoffing ‘ stupid name’

That’s the ONLY fault I had.

The storyline with hidden jewels, cash and murders did not get dull once, and it was an even pace the whole book.

“chill swept the room. I retreated until my back hit solid wood. I’d never seen a ghost or heard a ghost although I watched Ghost Adventures on television and I certainly believed in them and sweet Jesus I was trapped.”

This book isn’t very romance orientated, but I liked that all the focus was on a clever plot full of humor, action, ghosts and small town politics.

Great read.

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My Top 10 Paranormal Romance So far…

  • Real Vampires have Curves by Gerry Bartlett – what? You think vampires are skinny, pale an depressing… Nope. Click Here for Review
  • Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs I’ve only read the First of this series, but Patricia Briggs, is an amazing author and definitely one of the best for PNR.
  • Dark Lover by J R Ward – Brooding Vamps, warrior men, and the women they love. Amazing series. Click here for review
  • Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Now turned into a TV series, it contains 13 novels about Paranormal women, and their struggle for a place in the world. Click here for my Review
  • Midnight Kiss by Lara Adrian. Like Black Dagger Brotherhood however, the warriors are lighter, the world seems less brutal, but VERY similar. Click here for review
  • How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. Again I haven’t read past the first in the series, but it is a great start, very original, and funny. Click here for review
  • Hunger like no other by Kresley Cole. Featuring paranormal beings thative never seen in other novels of this type. Very creative world.
  • Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh Nalini Singh builds a world I want I live in. Angels with pretty wings, and deadly vampires who wear suits. Yup I’m THAT shallow. click here for review
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost. Again, a really great world, and there’s even a spin off with Dracula. click here for review
  • Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon such a great series based on Greek Mythology. It is original, but contains a brotherhood of warriors. review of Acheron here.

Review of The Pageant by Leigh Walker

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Vampire Royals, #1

Pages: 204

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

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I’m a part of the Netgalley readers community, and I was shocked by the lack of Vampire Novels. In my desperation I searched ‘Vampire’ and this was the ONLY book.

But it must have been kismet because this book was awesome.

It’s set in a slightly futuristic American, where there is a Vampire Royal Family.

The Prince, Dallas, is looking for a wife, and he wants a human wife one from one of the settlements. And so begins, a ‘The Bachelor’ type reality with Vampires, Rebels and an impending war.

I’ve heard this book called ‘The Selection’ with Vampires. I haven’t read The Selection, so I can’t really compare, but it was a great read.

Sensitivity training so they won’t insult the Vampires. Now I’ve heard of everything.

The Heroine

Gwen was a likable heroine. At first, she had a kind of Katniss complex, looking out for family etc.

“I no longer let myself want things. Wanting wasn’t something I could afford. It lead only to disappointment.”

She made friends quickly, and was quite sassy, and clearly wanted to help. I could see that the author was setting her up to be a ruler.

She was my friend, and she was kind. And she was certainly easier to get along with than me.”

The Hero

Very Byronic. He had a tortured, kind of way about him. He clearly had a lot of responsibility and was trying to change the problems within the kingdom.

The Vampire Myth

Fangs, impervious to bullets, drink only liquids (Blood & Wine) Northern Vampires can have children, Vampire can be made via bite.

Conclusion

Amazing, 5 star YA Vampire read. I believe it’s a Trilogy and I cannot wait to start The next in the series- The Gala

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Southern Undead Ice Tea

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, and I am lazying in the garden, an ice tea in hand, listening to Southern Spirits by Angie Fox.

For some reason, a lot of paranormal romance happens in the Deep South of America; Interview with a Vampire, TrueBlood, Kate Daniels, Immortals of New Orleans, Dark Hunter Series.. to name a few.

In honour of the south, I thought I would post my Southern Undead Tea Recipe.

Southern Undead Ice Tea

Ingredients

  • 3-5 Black Tea bags
  • 2 cups of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • Lemon Wedges for garnish
  • Hot Water

Method

Find a pitcher that can take cold & boiling temperatures. Add the sugar, and the tea bags.

Pour the boiling water into the jug, and stir repeatedly until the sugar has dissolved. Leave the tea for a further 3 minutes, (leave longer, the stronger the tea)

Remove the tea bags, and add the lemon juice. Stir. Add to the fridge.

When cooled enough, add wedges of Lemon, and Ice.

Review: Reckoning by Jeanine Frost

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Night Huntress, 0.5

Pages: 100

Genre: Paranormal Romance

In New Orleans, a pair of undead ghoul serial killers is about to turn Mardi Gras into a horror show – unless the immortal hitman Bones can hunt them down first. Can he avoid redhaired vampire mercenary in pursuit at the same time? From anthology Unbound.

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I wasn’t sure about this. A Pre-Cat Bones, seems like I’m cheating on the other books.

Not only that, but I really hoped he would shag anything. As unfair as that sounded but I’ve got addicted to their relationship.

A Hard limit for me, in Romance is a cheater. He/she cheats, I walk.

Sooo pleased it didn’t happen. Thank you Ms Frost.

The story was Bones basically hunting a pair of Ghoul murders. In relation to the actual series, you don’t need to have any prior knowledge, and it doesn’t alter the series that I’ve read this far.

It was also set in New Orleans, a place I’ve dreamed of going for years, so I ate that up.

5 star short read.

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Review: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Night Huntress, #2

Pages: 357

Genre: Paranormal Romance

See my previous Review about Halfway to the Grave 

 

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again.

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“You know that old saying. Once you go dead, no one’s better in bed.”
I am so Happy…so very very happy.. Cat and Bones are back, and they are better than ever..
4 years have passed since Cat left Bones in Halfway to the Grave, and she has missed him like crazy, and he’s been hunting her.
Cat is such an amazing heroine, she has a level of compassion that astonishes me, but it just proves that she is more human than Vampire, and that is the whole point of her.
“I have been stabbed, shot, burned, bitten, beaten unconscious too many times to count, and even staked. None of those held a candle to the pain I felt at seeing his mouth on hers.”
I love Bones. There’s a scene where he first returns to the end of the book he is a complete scene stealer.

“You know what your problem is, Justina? You’re in desperate need of a good shag. “Not that I’m offering you one myself, mind. My days as a whore ended back in the seventeen hundreds.”

The gin was abruptly sucked back into my lungs as I gasped. He did not just tell my mother about his former profession; sweet Jesus, let me have heard incorrectly!

I hadn’t, and Bones went right on. “… But I have a friend who owes me a favor and he could be persuaded to… Kitten, are you all right?”

I’d stopped breathing as soon as he casually admitted to his prior occupation. Add that to the liquid stuck in my lungs, and no, I wasn’t all right.”

Cat now heads up a team for the government who kills and studies vampires, and she is an amazing leader, which was the bit I had a little problem with. No one is that perfect.
Still, her gin drinking won me over.
“Juan gave Bones the most admiring look he’d bestowed on him yet. “You talked her into going without panties all these years? Madre de Dios, now that’s impressive. I could learn a great deal from you, amigo.”
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Review of How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Life was good, even with the undead

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Love at Stake, #1

Pages: 371

Genre: paranormal romance

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Nobody said love was perfect…

Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich…he’s also a vampire. But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, she’s next on the mob’s hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral, because she’s afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she’s found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman’s fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her?

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With a tagline like ‘It’s just as easy to fall in love with the undead’, I was super excited to start this novel. The title suggests an almost manual-like story, but alas. It does not tell me how to marry a Millionaire Vampire.

I’ve read a lot of vampire novels, in fact, I breathe them, so this is a great addition to my vast collection.

I love the cover, the wedding dress, with the door open, looking outward to a very blood red sky with a bat flying away is very cool to me. If only there was a desktop wallpaper…mmm. let’s settle for a picture of Eric from True Blood then…

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The back cover states ‘ leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity’ this made me chuckle. Many authors have managed to create humorous vampire novels, like Mary Janice Davidson and Gerry Bartlett, so I was looking forward to this!!

“Roman might have survived the Great Vampire War of 1710, but he was about to face an even worse terror.
A mortal female in full rage.”

 

 

The Hero

Roman Draganesti (great name) is a tortured hero. Believing he is going straight to hell because he is an abomination. He is a part of some very forward thinking Vampires, who have helped create a robot that Vampires can drink from. However, upon trying said robot, he chips a tooth. He has an immediate attraction to Shanna, and although he’s reserved at first (see above abomination) he acts on his lust.

The Heroine

Shanna is quite a strong character, even in the face of the unknown, she doesn’t buckle. She doesn’t demand to be a Vampire, and she is very self-aware. Despite being kidnapped by a creature she did not know exist, she didn’t fall to pieces. She was not a damsel in distress, no matter however it seems she is portrayed by both the cover and he blurb. She did, however, have a fear of Blood, which was kind of ironic.

The Myth

In HTMAMV – Vampires are like corpses when it’s daylight. However, during the night they have a heartbeat.   There is also Vamp TV network, and once again, blood substitute.

“Gregori strutted toward the door. “I’m too sexy for my cape, too sexy for my fangs. Too sexy.” He whirled in a circle, then struck a disco pose with a hand pointing at the ceiling. “Too sexy!” He left with a flourish of his cape.”

I loved this first start to a new series, it was humorous and sexy, and a great premise for the rest of the series.

Here’s another Eric for us all:

Image result for eric true bloodooo look he’s reading… reading is FUNdamental!!!

 

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Review of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Women of the Otherworld, #1

Pages: 436

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Elena Michael’s is the only female werewolf in the world. Her past has been filled with anger and violence, and for once Elena just wants to be human again.

After moving away from her pack, Elena is forced back to help hunt and kill rogue Werewolves who are challenging pack authority.

“Are you the welcoming committee? Or has Jeremy finally chained you up to the front gate where you belong?”
“I missed you too.”

This book was recommended to me by a friend some years ago, and it is Dreadfully good!! Elena is such a complex character. On the one hand, she is the mate of Clay, and she is desperately still in love with him, but he betrayed her by turning her into a werewolf. Her wolf once around her pack feels at home, but her human side is better away from the pack. She is capable of incredible anger but hates that about herself. She also Hates Clay about that too.

She is the strongest Tracker of her kind, and also the only female, a myth amongst her kind. She tracks rogue werewolves, and then mostly kills them. or warns them. Pack law is harsh.

“The truth is, if a werewolf behaved like this psychopath it wouldn’t be because he was part animal, but because he was still too human. Only humans kill for sport.”

Now Clay. oooo yummy. He’s pure crazy, killer, but he has a huge love for Elena. He’s much different from other Hero/Alpha male types that you see in Most Paranormal Romances. He’s a Killer, and he’s okay with that. He does what his pack leader/adopted father needs, whatever it takes.

“You forget, darling.
am the local psychopath.”

Armstrong packs a powerful first book punch. Her story world is filled with loss, anger, death, blood, love, and family.

It’s also less mystical than the rest. It’s gritty enough that it’s not that unbelievable. The way she describes the transformation from humans to wolf is descriptive and ugly, not at all the sexy that you get used to in most Paranormal Romances.

Recommended to —> 

If you like to read Crime novels, I recommend this to you 100% because, other than the odd change, it has all the mystery, violence and suspense of a good Crime novel.

“Spend too much time around these guys and you become a little too nonchalent about blood-soaked clothes and bodies in the trunk”

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