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

Rating: ★★★★★

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.

Format: Audiobook

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

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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Paranormal Romance.. how I love thee..

Let me count the ways…

AKA… My Journey into Paranormal Romance, and this Blog…

Firstly, I’ve been reading Paranormal Romance for about 20 years. I was only 10 when a friend of mine brought me a Waterstones Voucher as a birthday present.

I was already a lover of books by then, but this signified the first time I was allowed to go into Waterstones, on my own, and purchase a book of my choosing, without parental supervision.

I chose The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike. 

Around the time that I read this I also watched Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. I was hooked on Vampires. I read LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries and then her Night World Series. My love for paranormal romance bloomed.

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Throughout High School, I began to read more, and with a library card I was in seventh heaven. The problem was my teachers, and my mum wasn’t too pleased.

My English teacher told me to ‘choose better books’. My Mum naturally was worried I wanted to be a vampire (I didn’t, I still don’t) and my friends, although liked some of it, thought I was a bit weird.

Then the greatest influence to me and to paranormal romance starting showing on the BBC. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

020a360b-c8f4-41f0-9d24-48396ee92e35-6070-000001d5440efadaTo date this show is still my favourite, the books ( yes, books were released) are still so familiar. I had memorabilia, Angel’s Ring he gave to Buffy, a necklace with the signature ‘B’ and various notebooks. I have managed to lose all of these, unfortunately, replacements are not easy to find.

With the release of ‘Blood and Chocolate’ a movie about a female werewolf loosely based on the novel by Anneatte Curtis Klaus, the Underworld movies, Queen of the Damned, Blade, Practical Magic, and The Craft, I was fully committed to romance with a Paranormal theme.

When I left school at 16, I started to work full time, and with great wage packets come great Reading Material  (Paranormal Romance) …

screenshot_20180703-061631I started to read authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Patricia Briggs, Mary Janice Davison, Charlaine Harris, Lynsay Sands, Kerrelyn Sparks, Laurell K Hamilton. My possibilities have become endless.

Naturally, I’ve become interested in ALL things paranormal. Ghosts, Werewolves, Witches, Demons… I’ve loved looking into the myth and histories of these creatures of the night. I love the unexplained and the downright weird.

I’ve been spellbound by Paranormal Romance

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So if you’ve read this far, thank you. I cannot wait to see what the second half of the year of this blog takes me.

Tarot, Dracula, Halloween, Graveyards, Bats, Ghost Stories, are my ghouls.. I mean Goals for the second half of this year. So please, stay a while… maybe eternity.

 

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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