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Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Anita Blake, #1
Pages: 355
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Pity is an emotion that can get you killed. The only thing more dangerous is blind hate, and maybe love.”

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Anita is an animator, she brings the dead back to life, even for a brief moment.  She also Kills the not so friendly neighbourhood vampires when they get a bit out of hand.

Only now, something is killing the Vampire’s and Anita has been called in to help then find the Killer of the dead.

with the help of Old, and new friends, Anita will need to fight whatever a 1000-year-old Master Vamp will throw at her.

“Important safety tip – never look a vampire in the eye.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but the series is on, book 26, so it’s a commitment.

I liked Anita. Often when a series is around just one character I can imagine it’ll get a bit tedious, but already she has so many layers I actually think I am going to love the series.

In some ways the series reminded me of TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Vamps out of the coffin, were-animals, bad case of religion.. etc, but Anita has much more dept.

Overall the writing is quick paced and whilst a lot is inner monologue, it perfectly describes Anita’s World.

Other characters; I loved Phillip. He was vulnerable in places like a child addicted to candy. I wanted to cuddle his big muscles.

I’ve heard Jean-Claude is a big thing in the rest of the series, but he mostly in a coffin for this one, but I am looking forward to the character development.

Such an interesting introduction to a world I know I am going to love. I cannot wait to get my teeth sunk into the rest of this series..

I Don’t date Vampires. I kill them. 

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Review: The Vampire’s Kiss by Cynthia Eden

“I give to you my blood, my life. Take it, become one. One of the chosen. Be of the night. Be of me.

 

30251450Rating: ★★★★★

Series: None

Pages: 199

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

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Savannah Daniels needs to die in order to execute vengeance against the monster that murdered her brother and his wife. Enter William Dark, a vampire who promises eternity and revenge in exchange for her company… for eternity. 

 

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REVIEW:

For me, this is the quintessential Vampire Romance. It has everything that a good vampire novel should have.

After the wake of such Vampire pop culture as Buffy and Twilight, vampires tend to have a soul. They fill pages and pages feeling guilty about what they’ve done and they brood! – A lot! Which is fine.. for a while. Then you get a book like this with a character like William and it changes things. When I read this it was shortly after I had read Twilight, and William was my introduction to a more naughtier Vampire. Okay, sure at some point William is not happy to condemn her soul.. yadda, yadda.. But I am glad to see that about 4 paragraphs into it; he don’t care!! To say the least, it was refreshing for me.

This book also kicked off for me my true love for Paranormal Romance, so for this I am eternally grateful (get it!!) This was also the first Cynthia Eden book that I read and have been hooked ever since.

This book had the right mix of romance and action and was very sweet, but hot at the same time, and I Loved it!!

I no longer fear the darkness.
-Entry from the diary of Savannah Daniels de Montfort,
January 1, 2005.

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Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Vampire Academy, #1

Pages: 332

Genre: YA Fantasy, Vampire,

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“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

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I couldn’t review Twilight & Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, without adding a review for Vampire Academy.

I love the Red/Black cover, it’s very striking and the whole series stands out on my bookshelf really well.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

The novel starts halfway through the story. Lissa’s parents & brother have been killed, and they’ve been on the run for the two years. quickly, the story evolves, into a face paced adventure into their world.

High school Bully, cliques, Murder, Body Changes, and secrets are all adding up to a very sinister, funny, Young Adult fiction.

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Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Princess Diaries meets Twilight

Rating: ★★★★☆

Series: Jessica, #1

Pages: 351

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Jessica gets a visit from a Romanian enigmatic vampire Prince – he’s also her fiance. He is there to win her heart, and take her home to prevent a war, and rule the Vampires.

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The cover and the title, makes it sound like yet another YA vampire book, and although its both of those things, it is also quite an emotionally charged book.

I’ve read more Adult Vampire Books- eg, Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I felt that Lucius was far more intense.

“…If anything else, all I ever did was love you….”

The Book was really funny.

“Why?”

“Because…because he’s so tall,” Mindy explained, like height was proof of good character. “And did I mention European?”

“Yes. It’s so much better to be stalked by a tall European that an American of average height.”

Lucius was funny, considering he was so serious, he was also quite funny.

“I like pink.”
Lucius sniffed. “It’s just red’s sorry, weak cousin.”

“Jessica. For god’s sake,” he said. “Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite ow what ‘women’s lib’ teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women’s superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us. This is the only form of servitude a Vladescu ever practices, and I perform it gladly for you. You, in turn, are obligated to accept graciously.”

I really loved this book, it was funny, a clever premise, the only problem is that the novels stopped at two. It needed more into the world. furthermore, there was no real ‘Guide’ feel to it, and there was no real dating either, but with a different title, I could have given it 5 stars.

Now whether the title was the publisher/editor change, I’m not sure but it doesn’t seem that the author had this title when writing the book.

I think the author could develop the series a bit more, but is very delightful read. 5 stars

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Review: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Twilight, #1

Pages: 498

Genre: YA Fantasy,

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Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her Father, Charlie. She attends the local high school, where she meets Edward Cullen.

Edward is unlike any teenage boys his age, he has ice cold hands, his eyes change colour, he talks like he’s from a different time, and he is super fast. Bella is intrigued by him, but he gives the impression he hates her, and she doesn’t understand why.

Until she finds out that he is a Vampire. As are his family.

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

I read Twilight quite a few years ago, probably about 11 years ago, and it spurned what I call my second wave of book obsession… Previously when I was at school I read Night world, and Vampire Diaries, but they hadn’t fueled my obsession yet.

I was hooked, I consumed every book as soon as they came out, equally I loved the films so much.

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What I connected mostly was Bella’s awkwardness. She was socially inept. So was I. she preferred to read. So did I. I was 19 at the reading the first, and I was just happy that I could identify with a character who was a similar (at the time) age as me.

Edward- well, I loved him too. not so much in New Moon, but that’s for a different review!! Everyone pretty much knows the story now, of how the lion fell in love with the lamb, but as I get older I find myself wanting to re-read Twilight again.

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An amazing phenomenon of books and movies that have had mixed reviews since its inception. I personally love them, both as a teenager and now, and I feel very grateful, that because of this Genre of books, I have found further books, I feel so lucky to have read.

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Review: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more..

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Review:

Dmitri was always an enigma, clearly very old, and very sexual. In previous books, his loyalty to Raphael is unwavering as is the Archangel’s. It was great to see his story, and the story of their friendship.

His back story was powerful and sad, and cruel. The world that Nalini Singh created is cruel, but also very beautiful. I enjoyed the flashbacks, and his point of view. The sexual smells, almost seem edible. Her descriptions of places, people, death are what I love about this author. She is undeniably one of the great Paranormal Writers right now!

“An instant later, they were kissing. It was no light brush this time, no exploring touch. This was all tongues and teeth and wicked wetness as he kissed her like a man who had rough, sweaty, dirty sex on his mind and didn’t care if she knew it.”

My Dmitri:

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“While Dmitri, as the leader of Raphael’s Seven, could not accept such a weakness, the mortal he’d once been, the one who had loved a woman with a wide mouth and eyes of slanted brown . . . that man understood what it was to love so deeply it was a kind of beautiful madness.”

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Review: Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Guild Hunter, #2

Pages: 323

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The second instalment in the Guild Hunter Series is just as sensual, passionate and intriguing as the first.

Elena has awoken after a year in a coma, with indigo white tipped wings. Yet the world is not going to let her recover. She is a Made Angel and still Hunter Born. Which makes her a fascination among the Angels. Fascinating enough to kill.

Bodies begin to pile up once again, with a personal message directed at Elena. Her powers as an angel are developing, but she is both weak, and Raphael’s Weakness.

As Elena’s past hurts resurface and ancient Angels go mad, Raphael’s and Elena relationship is still tenuous.

“He’d kill for her, destroy for her, savage anyone who dared attempt to take her from him.
And he would never let her go…even if she begged for her freedom.”

YES!!!!

Elena’s & Raphael’s relationship was perfect. Alpha Male yumminess from Raphael and she totally kicked ass!! I love that their relationship is new and they are still trying to trust each other.

I also loved the fact that Elena’s gift was changing to something real. Not something that was too far-fetched, just perfect. I love gushing over this series.

“He knew what he was. He knew what he was capable of. He also knew that if he broke her, he’d despise himself for all eternity.”

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Review: Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

Rating: ★★★★★

Series:  Guild Hunter, #1

Pages: 339

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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My first Review of 2018!! I am so excited because its the first book I’ve read of 2018 as well.. Go Book Goals!! smashing them… Onto the review…

This is a re-read for me. one of my Goals this year was to read the Guild Hunter Series. It’s such a complex fantasy world and felt I needed an update.

So let’s start… Angel’s pretty much rule the world, and they are not the cute cherub’s sitting on the cloud, they are cruel, ruthless, powerful, and sexy.

The angels can create Vampires, but the price for immortality is loyalty. Some Vampires don’t remain loyal, and often need to be hunted and returned to their ‘sire’

Enter Elena. She is Hunter born. She can scent Vampires and she is the best at what she does. So when the Archangel of Manhattan needs help Hunt a very dangerous threat, he calls on Elena, but he has a problem keeping his hands off her.

OMFG! I love Raphael. I imagine he looks like Cristiano Ronaldo in my Head. Athletic, Strong, Tan… oops dropped off there.

Elena. I loved Elena. She’s fierce, funny protective of those she loves, and she isn’t a simpering moron!!

“He was trying to make me his bed buddy. I declined. He gave chase.”
… “How, exactly, did you ‘decline’ his offer?”
“By slitting his throat.”

The supporting Characters were amazing kick-ass beautiful people, and I cannot wait to read their stories.

“You know how spooky Ashwini is. She called an hour ago to tell me she has a secret stash of handheld grenade launchers she thought I might want to know about. My response was, ‘What the fuck?”

I love that Nalini Singh didn’t get all Holy. Yeah the story is about Angel’s, but It was unique, and there was no in your face, God is Good, which made me immensely happy.

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