Friday, August 23, 2013

*Review*
"Wolfsbane" by Andrea Cremer!

*Materials & images courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.

Hiya!  Today I've got another review for you guys.  This is a sequel, so there may be unintentional spoilers if you haven't read the first book yet.

Nightshade #2

~Published: July 26th, 2011

~Pages: 390

~Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended.

Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer– one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack– and the man– she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Slings & Arrows

~Titles~
Slings & Arrows
~By~
Julie Elizabeth Powell
~Genres~
Non-Fiction
~My Copy~
~Kindle eBook
~Self Published In~
2008
~Pages~
81

~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~ 
"Nobody expects to lose a child but when it happens what can we do? In the sea of grief that seizes the soul how can we swim against the tide? But when that loss is compounded in each minute of every day, what do we do then?

Slings and Arrows is a story about the consequences of a moment, a moment, which separates a mother and daughter in ways impossible to imagine.

It charts their parallel lives, each suffering, one knowing, one not.

It is brutally honest; an account filled with bewilderment, guilt, anger and pain yet it also holds the key to hope. That whatever happens, the bonds of love can never be broken."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
While non-fiction isn't generally a genre I read very often, I do enjoy it from time to time.  The heaviness of reality can be good for a person who's used to escaping into fiction and fantasy.  This novella certainly gave me a good taste of reality, and for a moment, allowed me to connect to another person in a very special way.

Every mother who's lost a child would be able to relate to this story somehow.  Anyone who hasn't lost a child, won't be able to relate, but can sympathize easily.  Written in a way that draws the reader into every emotion and thought of this experience, this author creates a true look into a mother's pain.  Sharing her experience through fear, anger, confusion, and the finality of death, she has created a story that any mother who's experienced that loss can find comfort in.

This is certainly a hard book to read, and made my heart go out to this author.  Reading about her experiences and her life through this situation was heart-wrenching, but something that I'm glad I read.  I would recommend reading this book to anyone who's going or gone through a similar situation, and to anyone who's read or planning on reading the author's book Gone.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

City of the Gods: The Descendant

City of the Gods: The Descendant
~By~
S.J. McMillan
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
~My Copy~
~Kindle eBook
~Published~
November 15th, 2012
~Pages~
256
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"In 700 A.D. Teotihuacan, Mexico, the High Priest believed himself to be a powerful as the gods. He set a plague on the city as a demonstration of his power. The Gods took pity on the remaining loyal congregation. They granted each survivor immortality and an extraordinary ability. Three loyal survivors were given a mission of great importance: train the lone human descendant of their civilization to stop the evil priest from damning the rest of humanity.

Now in San Diego, California, the time has come to finally make Katalina Deckard aware of her destiny. Her life has been a constant struggle since the loss of her parents when she was young. These struggles have made her a fighter, but she doesn’t believe they have prepared her to save the world. Her friends, who have survived for so long, must convince her that she has what it takes to accept the mantle of the Redeemer."
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~My Rating: 5/5 Roses~ 

~My Review~
Between the intriguing synopsis and the gorgeous cover, this book had my attention pretty quick. I was excited for the chance to read this story, and it certainly didn't disappoint!

This book had everything needed for a great story. Filled with light history of the characters, intense and thrilling mysteries and surprises, character development, amazing plot progression, awesomely intense and descriptive action scenes, true love, and incredible strength of character, I couldn't have asked for any more. It was refreshing to read a book where a lot happened, instead of just one mystery or question being asked and answered. It seemed like each time a question was answered, or a mystery solved, another secret (or four) popped up and made the story even more exciting. I loved all the plot twists and turns, and all the surprises.

I really enjoyed how innocent this book was, as far as sexual content. It seemed to be focused far more on the emotional side of the characters, and their connections as friends and life-lines. It's immensely satisfying to watch the main character go from someone who didn't think she could stand on her own two feet very well, to someone who's willing to take on danger and evil no one else can, in order to protect humanity's future. What's really great about this book, is all the characters grow in so many ways, they all make the story come alive.

Overall, I really loved this book. The writing was simply fantastic! Quick and fluid, the author kept a wonderfully deep and intense adventure moving without skipping a beat. It's a great story, that pulls you in and leaves you connected to the characters, and craving more. I am excited to read the sequel, and can't wait to see what happens next!

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Dreamwalker

~Title:The Dreamwalker (The Witch Lake Chronicles)
~By: Lillian Bishop and Constance Williams
~GenresYA Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
~My Copy~
~Kindle eBook
~PublishedMay 17th, 2013
~Pages211

~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"Everyone loves a good mystery – and Sam Gardener is certainly one of those. Abruptly pulled from school years before, nobody has seen or heard from him since – until now. Returning to high school for his senior year, he is not the same friendly boy his classmates remember, and the rumors are flying. None, however, come close to the truth. The bearer of a strange and frightening supernatural ability, Sam strives to regain control of his life.

Along with some unlikely new friends with secrets of their own, Sam learns that his own mystery is only the tip of the iceberg in the quaint town of Witch Lake. With their help, he must learn the strength of his own gift, and lose the fear that comes with it. With their help, he can stand against the gathering darkness. Together, they can face the truth of Witch Lake, but alone? They will be lost beneath the surface, drowning in depths none could foresee."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses!
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~My Review~
The synopsis for this story had me intrigued right away.  “Everyone loves a good mystery” is basically true, and I'm certainly one of them.  This book didn't disappoint, and gave me a whole new outlook on the possibility of dreams.  I was hoping for a good story, but it was even better than I expected.

This plot is simply fantastic- very original and creative.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll simply say that the idea behind this story is fascinating, and had my imagination spinning.  The mystery and suspense presented was exciting and intriguing.  The main characters were very interesting, all having their own secrets and problems.  The side characters helped create a well rounded story, and gave it a sense of depth.  The surprises that popped up were awesome, and the ending was completely unexpected, and left me wanting more.  

The overall writing was good, although the writing style and I clashed a bit.  Some parts seemed redundant, and slightly like repetitive filler, and there were some grammar issues.  I did very much enjoy reading this book, though!  The authors did a fantastic job of pulling me into Sam's world, showing what his life is like, living with the dangerous supernatural ability he has.  Overall, I feel this is a solid four star mystery adventure.  Definitely a book I'd recommend to any YA, supernatural, or paranormal fan.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the authors, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Secret of Genetic Corp X

~Title~
The Secret of Genetic Corp X
~By~
Shannon McRoberts
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
~My Copy~
~Kindle eCopy
~Published~
June 27th, 2010
~Pages~
159
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"Genetic Corp X is one of the world's premier tissue and organ cloning centers. Medical breakthroughs of all kinds have originated from the work done at the facility. Zarra Perez was their lead research scientist on her way to curing Alzheimer's disease--until a nearly fatal accident left her with no personal memories or sense of self.

Her father and husband want her to return to the life they say she had before her accident. However, even with no sense of personal identity, Zarra isn't content to allow others to dictate her life while she waits on her memories to come back. In her desperate search to remember show she is, Zarra uncovers the horrible truth about Genetic Corp X. Now she is faced with a moral dilemma that could result in her own death.

Join Zarra in her search for her lost memories and find out what the secret of Genetic Corp X really is!"
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~My Rating: 3/5 Roses~

~My Review~
I mainly read this book as a companion to another book I read and reviewed for Shannon McRoberts, Verses of Athine. While it helped connect several questions in that book, this is still a great stand-alone story, explaining the past of Zara, and what had happened to her, prior to the current time of the book. 

The plot was very unique- books set in the future are always interesting, and the explanation of where clones would come from was original to me. Most of the story ended up being bittersweet, but still had a sense of finality and success. With only a few main characters, the story primarily focused on Zara's immediate past, making it a quick little novella.

The writing was alright. Continually leap-frogging the story into the future, then back-tracking to explain what happened, is a style I don't particularly enjoy, but I suppose it is different from most books. It still flowed alright, but the mental whiplash of going back in forward in time took some getting used to, which is why I took a star away. This is certainly a book I'd recommend though, to any fan of clone stories, and especially for anyone who's read, or planning to read Verses of Athine.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Verses of Athine

Verses of Athine: The Daughter of Ares Chronicles
~By~
Shannon McRoberts
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology
~My Copy~
~Kindle eBook
~Published~
April 25th, 2013
~Pages~
358
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"Take what you know about mythology and throw it out the window...

Do you have any idea what Zeus, Odin, Pandora's Box, Atlantis, Machu Picchu, Hera, Nike, Dragons, Vlad, Clones*, and Vampires have in common? Athine does!

The Daughter of Ares Chronicles follows Athine as she uncovers the secrets of her destiny while interacting with key figures from many mythologies. Athine is not your ordinary immortal born goddess. Learn of her mysterious origins, learn why Zeus hates her so much, find out where vampires come from, and learn what really happened to the dragons.

Contains books 1-4 at one incredible price! This allows you to catch up on all the action in preparation for the next book Cursed Bloods (2015ish). (This book is a totally overhauled version of all 4 stories that are available. It replaced The Daughter of Ares Trilogy, The Narkurru, The Blood Sisters, and Worlds Collide. Athine Verses: The Beginning is also included in this edition, but it remains perma-free for those that would like to pick it up. It also was updated with new material and editing.)

*Clones-for a full understanding of this also pick up The Secret of Genetic Corp X."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
Being a collection of all four parts in The Daughter of Ares series, this is not a short read. Luckily, it's interesting and full of great characters, making this a wonderful fantasy book.

Mixing Norse and Greek Mythology is certain to make for an epic plot. With rich histories and backgrounds plunging into both areas of myth, Shannon McRoberts does a fantastic job of creating a new story out of old legends. Full of mystery, secrets, suspense, and quick adventure, this story keeps you second guessing an on your toes.

This book follows Athine, daughter of Ares, and tells her story, from her childhood, to her connection with our world. We meet a wide range of characters, including the descendants of humans with dragon blood, descendants of dragons themselves, mermaids, most of the famous Greek gods, several Norse gods, vampires, and many humans. Watching history unfold in this magical realm is sure to satisfy the imagination of any fantasy fan.

The writing style took a few chapters to grow accustomed to, but is wasn't bad. Like most fantasy stories creating an alternate reality/realm/universe, there were a lot of names and places that were unique. It had a lot of dialogue and history, but still had action and adventure to keep the story flowing at good pace.

Overall, I really liked this book. With dynamic characters and extraordinary challenges, this story has done a great job of tying in the myths of Olympus and Valhalla with our own history. I would recommend this story to any fantasy fan.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pure Vision

Pure Vision: The Magdalene Revelation
~By~
 Perri Birney
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Mythology
~My Copy~
~Kindle eCopy
~Published~
April 1st, 2010
~Pages~
586
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"An ancient artifact is stolen . . . A long-lost document is found . . . A mysterious and dangerous journey unfolds . . .

New York Times reporter Maggie Seline writes an explosive book that offers a controversial solution to the Middle East crisis. When she uncovers a radical energy scheme that threatens the oil industry, Maggie suddenly vanishes. Her disappearance sets in motion a worldwide women's march toward Jerusalem that rattles the status quo and parallels a frantic race to possess ancient talismans.

An upcoming peace conference hides the true motivation of Giovanni Mabus, outgoing president of the European Commission. In league with the clandestine pseudo-Masonic group, Propaganda Due, he devises a plan aimed at furthering political and military chaos in the Middle East. Fascinated by Hitler’s occult obsessions, Mabus is determined to procure an ancient artifact once used by the infamous leader, believing it will be a powerful tool in accomplishing his goal.

Meanwhile, Maggie secretly teams up with Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Michael Sonada in a race to thwart the sinister plot -- a race that takes them into the forbidden regions of Nepal to make an earth-shattering discovery.

PURE VISION brings together ancient myths and contemporary challenges in a provocative and inspiring thrill ride. At every turn, Perri Birney's intriguing scenario encourages a closer look at the spiritual forces that infuse the world's political battles."
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~My Rating: 3/5 Roses~

~My Review~
Reading the synopsis of this book, my initial thoughts were pretty straight forward.  I expected an adventure, lots of mystery surrounding ancient artifacts, and couldn't help but wonder how much it would end up reminding me of other books.  It did have everything I was expecting, but it also had depth, a sense of reality and a seriousness I wasn't expecting.

As simple and cliche as the reference and comparison is, this book is very much like several of Dan Brown's works.  The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol come to mind specifically.  Not focused specifically on one person, but a group of people intertwined by Fate, this book follows the paths of many people, who all influence the unfolding events and circumstances.  Running on adrenaline and caffeine, several people around the world work separately toward a common goal- world peace.  In the shadows, a few work seemingly effortlessly at a common goal- world domination and chaos.  With hidden artifacts, secret groups pulling the strings behind closed doors, and governments riddled with corrupt, greedy politicians, this book is a treasure trove of mystery, adventure and danger.

Intertwining spiritual and political challenges, Perri Birney crafts a suspenseful scenario, pulling back a veil on today's world, and takes a “what if” look on the future.  With adamant urges to end the fighting in the Middle East, and calling on feminism for peace, Birney creates a well written story that takes her readers on a personal and spiritual journey.

It's a curious thing, mixing fiction with so many well known conspiracy-theory ideas, myths, and legends.  By putting words in the mouths of people who actually existed, the author gives credibility to fiction, while at the same time, blurring lines of reality.  Because of those elements, my feelings on this book are very mixed.  On a personal level, I disagree with several of the fundamental ideas that propel this story, and some of the assumptions made of historical figures.  However, it was a thrilling story, and if I don't put my personal feelings into it, it was a good fiction book.  I applaud Mrs. Birney for putting so much effort and research into writing this book, and raising questions and ideas on issues people generally just want to ignore.

Overall, this novel is definitely not a leisure read, and makes your brain work to keep up.  It's apparent that a lot of time and research went into this book, but I think many of the references would be lost on most people.  While I've studied the majority of the topics in this novel on my own, I don't personally know many people who would be able to keep up and understand everything.  You certainly need to be familiar with world geography, world politics, world history, the major world religions and spirituality, diverse myths and legends, while still being open minded enough to appreciate the plot and story itself.

All that being said, I think this is a good novel, and if it looks interesting to you, it's well worth the read.  I would recommend this book to any fan of conspiracy-theories, feminism, or Dan Brown.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business: An Angela Panther Novel
~By~
 Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, Chick-Lit
~My Copy~
~Kindle eCopy~
~Published~
April 24th, 2013
~Pages~
241
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"When Angela's mother Fran dies and comes back as a ghost, Angela's ordinary life turns into a carnival show, starring both Angela and her nosy, dead mother.

It seems Fran's got some unfinished business on earth and she's determined to get it done, no matter what.

When Fran returned, she reignited her daughter's long suppressed psychic gift, one she neglected to mention to Angela, and now Angela sees ghosts everywhere. And they won't leave her alone.

Fran can't help but stick her transparent nose where it doesn't belong, making Angela's life even crazier.

Now Angela has to find a way to keep her old life in tact and help the dead with their unfinished business, all while trying to keep her dead mother out of trouble. And it's a lot for one woman to handle."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
While dealing with real life issues is always difficult, this story puts a humorous paranormal spin on the chaos most people hope to avoid in their life. Turning the sadness of a mother's death into a comedy is challenging, but this book succeeded. Most of us wish, when a parent dies, that we could have had more time with them. This book certainly has a “be careful what you wish for” aspect, all while tackling deep life issues, and fighting those sneaky carbs.

Filling this story, are several colorful and crazy characters. Angela's honest and realistic sense of humor is probably pretty accurate for most women, making her a good icon for the modern wife and mom. I loved the fact that she and Jake had a good marriage, and there wasn't any kind of unfaithful husband drama- it's nice to read a chick-lit story where there's a happy marriage. Angela's mom, the back-from-the-light spirit with a crazy sense of humor, is by far, the funniest and most entertaining character. Mel's one liners are killer, and most people would kill for a friend like her. The kids all seemed pretty typical, which is sad, but the honesty behind their personalities was refreshing. What I loved most about this story, is how it successfully showed the personal growth of each of the characters, and in the end, leaves you with a sense of connection and growth as well.

I don't read chick-lit very often, and really it was the paranormal aspect of this story that peaked my interest.  I personally couldn't relate to several of the running jokes in the story, and that did have me feeling somewhat alienated and uncomfortable.  The jokes weren't at all uncommon or in bad taste, they're just not things I joke about or read about very often.  Most women make those kinds of jokes with their friends though, so I think this book would be very relatable for most women.

The overall writing was good.  The author kept the story flowing well, and seamlessly mixed humor with serious topics.  While there were several minor editing mistakes in the edition I read, they didn't pull me out of the story too much, and I've been informed by the author that they've since been corrected.  I think I'd be happy to read just about anything from Mrs. Aspenson, and look forward to more of her books in the future.

Overall, I liked this book, and I think it's is a solid 4 star comedy.  This is certainly a story I'd like to continue with, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.  I'd recommend this book to any chick-lit fan, or anyone who enjoys a good seeing-dead-people-because-I'm-a-spirit-medium story.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Iron King

The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)
~By~
Julie Kagawa
~Genres~
YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fae, Urban Fantasy, Romance
~My Copy~
~Paperback
~Published~
February 1st, 2010
~Pages~
363
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."
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~My Rating: 5/5 Roses~

~My Review~
Wow, this book is simply fantastic!  I had never read a book with Faeries as the main characters, before a friend suggested this book to me.  Faerie stories are now very high on my list of books to look for!

I adore all the amazing characters!  Meghan is a good lead character, and while she did annoy me a bit, and has some courage issues, I think she's probably realistic.  Ash is everything you'd want in a cool, brooding, bad-boy Prince.  The perfect personification of the mysterious and elegant Prince Charming.  On the complete opposite side of that coin, is Puck, and Puck is completely perfect!  He is certainly my favorite male lead character, probably of all time.  Grim is just hilarious- also one of my favorite characters now!  The side characters are all also fantastic, and all mix to create a wonderful world, and great story.

I love this story and plot.  The take on Faeries, and magic, and imagination is amazing, and something I enjoyed a whole lot more than I expected.  All the twists, turns, and mystery are simply addicting, and left me craving more, long after the last page!  It has a perfect mix of action, humor, romance, and of course, glamour.

What surprised me most about this book, was the deep message.  That technology and civilization is slowly killing imagination, and the magic children hold in their hearts.  It is truly a profound message, and certainly gives me a lot to think about.  Gives new meaning to seeing children play on cell phones, instead of outside with sticks and imagination...

I'd certainly recommend this book- I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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Frailties of the Bond

~Title~
Frailties of the Bond (NEO Chronicles #1)
~By~
Angela Brown
~Genres~
YA, Paranormal Romance
~My Copy~
~Kindle eCopy
~Published~
March 20th, 2013
~Pages~
69
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~ 
"NEO – Network of Extraordinaires and Otherworldlies:

Those who answer the call from NEO play their part in maintaining balance in our ever-changing times. With power-hungry malcontents, jealous gods, and even those with misguided good intentions, the fate of our world has oft been held in the hands of unsung heroes such as those that are members of NEO.

But before NEO, these heroes and heroines had lives, loves, issues and interests that didn't involve saving mankind.

In Frailties of the Bond, it only takes one bite to change a life…

After a hiking trip gone wrong, sixteen-year-old Luca should have been dead. Since then, he’s drifted from one school day to the next, annoyed by the looks of suspicion. When a vampire attack claimed his mother and forced his first shift into animal form, Luca set out for Texas, vengeance bound, only to discover so much more when Aimee crossed his path.

Flesh-born of vampire parents sixteen years ago, Aimee shouldn't exist. Magic, though, made dreams come true for an undead couple desperate for a child all their own. But this magic came with a price, a cost Aimee discovered after one forbidden bite."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
"What really intrigued me about this book, in the beginning, was the cover.  The blurb and synopsis convinced me to read it, but with such an interesting cover, how can you not be curious?  It's not every day you see a guy with white hair and a peacock design on his side...

I have to say, I'm glad I read this book- it's the start of what I'm sure will be a very interesting series.  Laying the groundwork for a creative adventure, and introducing unique characters, this book effectively hooked me from the start.  The plot reminds me of a mix of Percy Jackson and Twilight (without the drama, and luckily for us, no sparkling...).  With Ancient Grecian style god and goddesses, shifters and vampires who don't enjoy killing humans, the author beautifully blends several popular themes together for an exciting new story.  Well balanced with action, humor, and some light romance, this book promises an exciting series.

The characters are quite interesting, being unique from other stories, while still being sentimentally familiar.  The side characters don't take up too much of the book, but help move the story along.  The main characters we focus on are Aimee and Luca (don't you just love that name??) who are both amazing.  Move over Jacob, Luca is the new shifter on the block, and so he should be!  Perfect in his mix of strength and kindness, Luca is certainly my idea of the quintessential male-shifter lead character.  Aimee is, in my opinion, the perfect vampire heroine, and a wonderfully strong female lead character.  Tough and kind, she knows hardship without being openly bitter.  These two are perfect together, and while their love happened quick, it's wonderful.

Overall, this book is one I really enjoyed.  I did take away a rose because there were some characters and groups who were just thrown in, and it didn't make much sense for them to be there.  They were made to seem important in the beginning, but then just disappeared, which made the read somewhat confusing until it was obvious they just dropped out of the story, and I stopped looking for them.  Other than that, it's a good book.  I really enjoyed the writing style- I love a story where the point-of-view alternates between the two main characters.  It was laid out very well, flowed pretty easily, and added depth to the quick read.  This is a book I would recommend, and a series I hope to continue reading."

*I read this book for the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chief

Chief (Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector)
~By~
Lyle S. Tanner
~Genres~
Adult Fiction, Short Story, Paranormal
~My Copy~
~Kindle eCopy
~Published~
April 4th, 2013
~Pages~
18
~Synopsis (from Goodreads)~
"A Short Story

Gabe has nothing to go home to now that his wife is dead. He's spent every hour since the news in the office, burying himself in his work. He had a stack of case files on his desk full of incidents that he would have to deal with.

Among them was also news of something new that had come into town that might be able to bring his wife back to him."
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~My Rating: 4/5 Roses~

~My Review~
Short and sweet is a phrase that perfectly fits this short story.  When a man looses his wife, the grief there is unlike anything else.  Gabe's reaction to his wife's death, and his desire to bring her back are things I think anyone could relate to.  With good writing, a quick bit of adventure and excitement, this story easily captures the imagination.  I rated it 4 stars simply because of some minor grammatical issues, and some editing mistakes.  Recommended to anyone who enjoys short stories.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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