Friday, August 24, 2012

Review of ARCHANGEL'S STORM by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Storm
(Guild Hunter, #5)
by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh

Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.5♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Angel


Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Length: Novel
Reading Level: Adult
Publisher: Berkley

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Jason, Archangel Raphael's spymaster, is an enigma literally wrapped in shadows. When Archangel Neha’s consort, Eris, is murdered in the palace in which he was imprisoned by Neha for three hundred years, Jason must step forward to solve the mystery. Neha, in love with Eris in spite of his infidelity centuries ago, might lose control of her powers and wreak devastation in her grief and anger if Jason doesn't quickly solve the murder

In order to gain Neha's trust, Jason must swear a blood vow to Neha's niece, Princess Mahiya. Mahiya is the result of Eris's indiscretion with Neha's sister. And Mahiya has secrets and an agenda of her own. 

As the violence escalates, Jason and Mahiya unite to search for the vicious killer and keep Mahiya safe. But can Mahiya keep her heart safe from Jason, whose own heart is wrapped tight in shadows?

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The main body of Archangel's Storm begins with a gift for fans of the series--the wedding of Dmitri and Honor. The story starts a mere three hours after the close of Archangel's Blade, and we are privileged to attend their beautiful ceremony. Jason receives the news of Eris's death at the wedding and then we're off and running with Archangel's Storm.

Jason is a shadowy spymaster. Not only can he wrap himself in shadows, but he wrapped his past in shadows, too. He arrived at Refuge fully grown and never spoke of his past. No one knows of the tragedy that he lived through and which left him unable to feel emotions, leaving his heart untouched. His story is heartbreaking.

Mahiya is a survivor. She survived three hundred years as Neha's plaything and whipping post, and still maintained her inner core of strength and innocence. Now that Eris is dead and she is no longer of any use to Neha, Mahiya has plans for her life which don't include Neha. But will Jason stand in her way?

The murder mystery will keep you guessing throughout most of the book. You might not solve the crime until Jason and Mahiya do. In any case, the solution is a nice twist.

The relationship between Jason and Mahiya will also keep you guessing. Mahiya calls Jason a storm, a man "who belongs to no one and who will never be tamed." If reading a book can make you cry, then keep the tissues handy. But don't worry. Ultimately, Nalini Singh provides a fulfilling ending. I won't tell you what that ending is, but you'll be satisfied.

We follow Dmitri and Honor intermittently in Archangel's Storm. Due to the nature of their situation, I suspect that we will continue to follow them into the next book. Guild Hunter #6 will be Elena and Raphael's story. It's due to come out in September 2013. I'm looking forward to it!

Happy Reading!



Here are the Guild Hunter books in reading order:
Angels' Blood
Book 1
Archangel's Kiss
Book 2
Archangel's Consort
Book 3
Archangel's Blade
Book 4
Archangel's Storm
Book 5


























eNovella:
#0.5 Angels' Pawn
#1.5 Angels' Judgment
#4.5 Angel's Wolf
#4.75 Angels' Dance

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review of TIME UNTIME by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Time Untime
(Dark-Hunter, #16)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Time Untime by Sherrily Kenyon
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Length: 432 Pages

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Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Mild
Cover: 4.5♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance




From the Publisher:

The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy…

Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong.

The Time Untime approaches…

Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind.

What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life. One who belongs to a world the scientist in her refuses to believe is real.

Ren Waya came back from the dead to keep the prophecy he began from coming true and ending the world. For thousands of years, he has fought the same evil that once possessed him. But now that evil has found the one person he can’t fight. The one person who, against his will, holds the most sacred part of him.

His heart.

But if he doesn’t kill Kateri, the deadliest of evils will reemerge and destroy everyone else on the planet. It was a sacrifice he made once.

Will he be able to make it again?


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Ren Waya has a tortured soul. He is an honorable man and strong warrior who, through no fault of his own, was beaten down and ridiculed by those who should have loved and cared for him. He is a hero who pulls at your heartstrings.
He wanted to belong to something. Anything. Just once. No one ever wanted him.
Yet he was always the most worthy man around.

Kateri Avani is a scientist who doesn't believe in the folklore her beloved Cherokee grandmother tells her. She soon learns that it's true when evil comes bursting into her lab, and she discovers that she is the key to preventing the end of the world. She's a compassionate, funny heroine who is deadly with a bow and arrow.

The plot of Time Untime is straightforward. Ren and Kateri must battle foes and race against time in order to place a guard stone in a special slot in a cave to prevent the end of the world. Of course, it's not as easy said as done. And the book isn't easy to read. The mesh of Keetoowah, Mayan, and Dark-Hunter mythology and language is difficult to understand. I needed a chart or a graph to help me grasp some of the concepts and relationships at times.

I felt as if the love story was rushed. Although I thought Kateri was just what Ren needed, they seemed to fall in love too quickly. There wasn't much depth to the development of their relationship. That said, the Epilogue was heart-warming and the last line was satisfying. You will close your book or turn off your e-reader with a contented sigh.

Fans of the Dark-Hunter series will want to read Time Untime to keep up with some recurring characters. Sundown, Sasha, and Urian provide comic relief. Acheron is as wise (and short-haired!) as ever. Nick plays an important role, and his interactions with Kateri might be significant to his ongoing character development and story-line.

I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Acheron sums up the book very nicely for Ren in this quote:
"If we're lucky, we find the one person who will hold our trust and keep it sacred and safe against all attackers. That one soul who will restore our belief that people are decent and kind, and that life, while messy, is still the most wondrous gift anyone can know."
Sherrilyn Kenyon has a gift for words of wisdom, and there are a number of gems in Time Untime.

I've listed all the Dark-Hunter books in their reading order below. For simplicity, I've included the Dark-Hunter, Were-Hunter, Dream-Hunter and Hellchasers books as one series.

Happy Reading!



Prequel
Fantasy Lover
Night Pleasures
Night Embrace
Dance With The Devil
Kiss of Night
Night Play
Seize The Night
Sins of The Night
Unleash The Night
Dark Side Of The Moon
The Dream-Hunter
Fear The Darkness
eNovella
Upon the Midnight Clear
Devil May Cry
Dream Chaser
Acheron
One Silent Night
Dream-Warrior
Bad Moon Rising
No Mercy
Retribution
The Guardian
Time Untime
Styxx





Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review of ETERNAL BEAST by Laura Wright

Eternal Beast by Laura Wright
Eternal Beast
(Mark of the Vampire, #4)
by Laura Wright


Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Signet
Length: 384 pages

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Rating: 4.0♥s Very Good/Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Vampire, Shapeshifter


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Gray Donohue is on a mission, and nothing will stop him.

Even love.

Gray is an Impure, a half human, half vampire. In Eternal Blood (Mark of the Vampire, #2.5) he discovered that the Order is blood castrating Impures so they can't reproduce. The Order is made up of ten ancient vampires who rule over Purebloods and Impures. Gray's mission, and his team's, is to bring down the Order, stop the blood castrations, and gain rights for the Impures.

Dillon is a mutore, a Pureblood vampire and shape-shifter. A beast. Because of a recent trauma, she is unable to transform out of her jaguar form. Except when Gray touches her. But she doesn't want to want Gray--or need him. And so she runs. And runs. From Gray and his cause. But she's in mortal danger, because the Order doesn't want to simply castrate the mutore of the world, it wants to eliminate them.

Destiny's a bee-otch, however, and she's decided that Gray and Dillon are true mates. But are they too diametrically opposed to find any common ground?

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Although Eternal Beast seems to be named for Dillon, Gray Donohue is truly the lead of the story. He is a compelling hero who pursues his cause no matter what the cost to himself. That quality also has a negative side, however, because his cause and Dillon don't mix. But whoo-boy, let me tell you. Is he ever hot! And that quality mixes very well with Dillion!

Dillon is fighting her own demons, and doesn't want to share them with Gray. This results in tension and friction between the two. Can Dillon open up to Gray? Can Gray trust Dillon?

Eternal Beast is a dark tale about two stubborn lovers who are devoted to their own agendas. Compromise seems impossible. You'll be turning the pages to see how they could possibly work things out between them.

Although Eternal Beast can be read as a standalone book, I highly recommend that you read the series first, including Gray's eNovella Eternal Blood.  Eternal Beast will make much more sense and you'll enjoy reading about the recurring characters. 

Happy Reading!




Eternal Hunger
Book 1
Eternal Kiss
Book 2
Eternal Blood
eNovella 2.5
Mates; True and Eternal
Free Read
Eternal Captive
Book 3
Eternal Beast
Book 4
Eternal Beauty
Novella 4.5
April 2, 2013
Eternal Demon
Book 5
May 7, 2013
Eternal Sin
Book 6
November 5, 2013






Thursday, August 2, 2012

RWA Goodies Giveaway

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