Category Archives: Vampires

Green Eyed Demon, by Jaye Wells


This is the third novel in the Sabina Kane series and it was…stilted. The book started out well, minus a few too many “Bitches” and other words that were used far too often.

This is not a stand alone novel, and you need to read the previous book to figure out what on earth is going on.

Sabina, Adam and Gigi are on a mission to find and rescue Maisie from the clutches of Lavinia.

It was good in the beginning, really slow in the middle, and really fast at the end.

I did get a little teary at the end, with what happens to Adam, Maisie and Sabina.

The end was open, not exactly a cliffhanger, but it means there are more books planned now I guess. I originally thought this was a trilogy.

For most of this novel, I didn’t like Sabina. She yelled at everyone, bitched at everyone, and still kept everyone at arms length. She finally figures her shit out at the end, but by then, it’s pretty much too little too late.

Interested to see where this goes in the future, but this is being taken off my “Must buy the day the book comes out”, shelf

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The Greyfriar, by Clay and Susan Griffith


From the Publisher:

Vampire predators run wild in this exciting steampunk adventure, the first in an alternate history trilogy that is already attracting attention. In 1870, monsters rise up and conquer the northern lands, As great cities are swallowed up by carnage and disease, landowners and other elite flee south to escape their blood-thirsty wrath. One hundred fifty years later, the great divide still exists; fangs on one side of the border, worried defenders on the other. This fragile equilibrium is threatened, then crumbles after a single young princess becomes almost hopelessly lost in the hostile territory. At first, she has only one defender: a mysterious Greyfriar who roams freely in dangerous vampire regions.

 

 

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Hm. 3.5/5 but I’m rounding up to 4 stars.

I loved the cats!!

The world was interesting, and I enjoyed the take on history, vampires, and the technology humans had to re-create after the great killing in 1850ish.

I enjoyed the characters, Adele, the Heroine was strong, capable, and an intriguing woman. She has a quiet inner strength I admired, and I liked how she grew throughout the book.

Greyfriar was awesome. Sure he’s a bit cliche albeit a cross between Zorro and robin hood, but I liked him, and his secret life.

The political ramifications were cool and interesting. As were the steampunk elements. They were well done, without being in your face and all Whoohoo I’m a steampunk Novel!

Senator Clark… I’m not entirely sure I like him ūüėČ He is the Heroine Adele’s intended. She has never met him, only heard tales of his American Vampire Kills, and as part of the politics to unite the two empires, her father arranged the marriage. He could care less about her, only ruling the massive empire.

The vampires were pretty darn awesome. Flay was ruthlessly vicious and cool.

Overall, it was pretty good. I did have an issue with some of the wording the authors used, they seemed to change names a lot. It was written in third person, so sometimes they would refer to Adele as Adele, then in the next paragraph as the princess, or the girl, the young woman etc. It was confusing and I wished they had just stayed with Adele.

Big Release Day!


Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life

Lover Unleashed by J.R Ward

From the Publisher:

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy

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I have mixed feelings on the Warden books.¬† I’m afraid to read Lover Unleashed.¬† I have it here, I’m about to crack it open.¬† I hope I don’t want to scream when I’m done =)

I can’t wait to read Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione.

Mob Rules, by Cameron Haley


3 stars.  Originally read last September 2010.

Mob Rules was decent but it did lose my interest in places and it was hard for me to get into it at first. I do wonder if maybe it was just the timing, and not so much the book itself.  I might try and re-read just to see.
I enjoyed the main character appreciate books that have magic out in the open.  It was also interesting that Domino was already adept at Magic.  A lot of books the protag is just learning that they have superpowers or what have you, so that was cool.
One of the issues I had was that there weren’t a lot of secondary characters to help hold the story up. I didn’t really feel anything for Honey, and we didn’t get to know any of the other gangsters well enough to really feel invested

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Half way through the book, I was tired of how some of the magic was being played out. Too much, too often and I got bored.
I’m viewing Mob Rules as a starter book for the series.¬† I might give the second one a try.

Bite Me, by Parker Blue


From the publisher:

Bite Me

Young Adult Vampire Hunter

A Fictionwise Fantasy Bestseller

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hell hound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

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This was an interesting mix of young adult on the verge of adulthood. On the whole, I enjoyed the story. Soon to be 18 year old Val {Valentine} Shapiro is a vampire hunter. She hunts vampires to slate her half-demon side {whom she named Lola}Val is a lust demon. Succubus. She has no experience with the lust aspect, being a virgin and all. The only thing she knows how to do in order to combat the prowling she feels is to hunt vampires to slate the desire coiling inside herself. on her 18th birthday her mom kicks her out, siting that she is a bad influence on her 16 year old fully human sister. Big fight ensues, lots of hurt feelings, and some deep thought needed. Jobless, homeless and without anyone to turn to, she asks Dan Sullivan for help. Dan is a member of the police task force who deals with the supernatural.

I loved Val’s snarky, and her “can’t hold me down” attitude. I took issue with her at the end of the novel where she does do something stupid, but it turns out all right in the end {of course lol}

Can’t go on in this review without mentioning the dog. I would love a dog like Fang. Their mind talking was cute and funny.

Overall, I felt the story was rushed, and we could have used some more insight into Dan, and also Val and the secondary characters. However, for the amount of pages, the story was well done.

Plus, it was free =)(

When Blood Calls, by J.K Beck


3 stars

This story had a lot of promise.

The Pro’s: Good World Building, Not overly descriptive, paced pretty well. Interesting Secret arm of the government, sort of like Men in Black ūüôā

Con’s: Shallowly written characters, instant Love, Not overly original concept, and some confusion on terms (Like Numen)

The cover is gorgeous.

The book was just OK for me. Nothing overly fresh about it. The plot was OK, pretty predictable. The differening Point of Views (which normally do bother me) added to the story, altho sometimes it felt like the author just used it to not have to develop her {main} characters further. I would have liked more introspection on Sara and Luke. I didn’t really feel the love, nor could I figure out WHY they felt the ‘pull’ are they soul mates? That kind of thing?

I would likely read more of this series, but it is not on my “must buy the day it comes out!” more like, “Herm… I need something to read. I guess this will suffice

Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf


by Michele Hauf

Her Vampire Husband

3.5/5

It’s Blu Masterson’s Wedding day. The only problem? She’s never met her husband. Her Vampire husband. Blu is a werewolf. Offered up as a sacrificial pawn in order to create peace amongst the Vampire and Wolf nations. Enter Creed St. Pierre.

Creed is an interesting Hero. A Vampire for nearly 1000 years he has seen it all, done it all, and lives a pretty boring life nowadays. In charge of the Nava Clan, his resolve is to stop the blood battles that werewolves force vampires into by starving them for months, then pitting them against each other in a cage, fighting to the death.

Blu is a young, lone female werewolf who lives loud and colorful. Dressed in colorful wigs and attire ranging from Goth to Porn Star, Blu is a strong lead for the story. Despite her outword strength, she harbors an inner pain. Mistreated by her Fathers pack, she distrusts all men on principle.

With an eclectic cast of characters, inlcuding a violet and blue winged fairy named Bree, and a best friend to Creed named Alexandre, the story is interesting.

I found sometimes the writing felt choppy and incomplete sentences drove me crazy.

It wasn’t an overly long book, so the romance and love between Creed and Blu did feel a bit rushed in the “I love you” department, but what can you do? Writers have limited space in which to have their characters fall in love.

I enjoyed Ridge as a character. He alone of the Northern Pack had morals and honor.

A few places the story drags, but overall I did like this book enough to read more by this author.

Lover Mine, by J.R Ward


Lover Mine

Thank you Scribe Virgin this was better than Rhev’s¬†book. I really, rather enjoyed this whole book, aside from the weird, creepy, not necessary Ghost section… with the small tie in of Murhder. I found I really loved Xhex¬†and John Matthew. While the ever-changing POV’s (points of view) and storylines were a little frustrating, for the most part, they did add to the overall storyline and plot.
Quinn and Blay’s¬†storyline was pretty well done. Even if I think Quinn is a pansy ass coward. Who cares what the Glymera thinks Quinn? I mean really?¬†You?¬†

I didn’t really love Saxton, but I was happy for Blay.

Cool to see Payne and V ūüôā ¬†touching moment for sure. I do wonder if there will be any fallout between V and¬†the Scribe Virgin Momma.¬†
Doc Jane wasn’t irritating in this book.¬† Although I still think that Butch and V should be together apparently Xhex also picked up on the Butch and V Vibes :grins:

Overall, I was happy that Ward did better with this book.¬†¬† Rhev’s book just about made me want to quit the series.

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