8/28/14

Wolf's Bane-Demimonde #3 {My Thoughts}

Wolf's Bane (Demimonde, #3)Wolf's Bane by Ash Krafton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 370 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2014 by Pink Narcissus Press
ISBN 139781939056078
edition language English
series Demimonde #3
other editions None found
Source:Digital copy from AUTHOR in exchange for honest review

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Since becoming oracle to the demivampire two years ago, advice columnist Sophie has battled werewolves and survived a vampire attack (or two). However, not only was she powerless to save her lover Marek when he slipped to the brink of evolution, she also witnessed his transformation into a falcon, the symbol of Horus United.

Sophie’s quest to save Marek is further complicated when rock star Dierk Adeluf – who also happens to be the king of the Werekind – invites her backstage after a concert. Just when it seems she will find respite from heartache, Sophie is bitten by a werewolf and Dierk decides she is destined to be his queen.

Sophie is caught between the demivamps she loves and the Were who commands her to love him. Throw in his jealous wanna-be girlfriend and an ambush by witches, and there you have the big mess that Sophie calls her life. And, hello? Her soul mate is still a bird.

She’s supposed to be the girl with all the answers, but Sophie needs more than a little advice--she needs divine intervention.

My Thoughts
As the 3rd and final book in Demimonde series you would hope for the author to finally provide a happy ending for Sophie, that wish is granted but on the way to it is one obstacle after another that will come as no surprise to readers of book 1 Bleeding Hearts and book 2 Blood Rush.

In Wolfs Bane we find Sophie Galen finally embracing the power she wields as the Sophia, we also find her still pining for her lost love Marek with a hole in her heart that nothing seems able to fill.

Trying to relax and relieve some of the stress she has been under Sophie consents to attending a show with Dally by one of her longtime favorite rock performers Dierk Adeluf, this proves to be very much to her liking as she actually gets to meet Dierk and even go backstage where they talk about everything and nothing.

The connection that Dierk and Sophie form is not one to take lightly, according to his beliefs she is his fated mate and in accordance with Werekinder history if she turns into were on the full moon after being bitten than as King of the Were’s she will become his Queen.

While I will admit that Dierk was great he was not as good a fit for Sophie as Marek, she knows deep in her heart that her love was given to one man and no matter how much she wishes otherwise there will never be another who can make her feel the same.

Focusing on the relationship that Dierk slowly builds with Sophie, her conflicted feelings about him and her duties to the DV’s, the story brings the reader into new territory while also resolving past issues by the end of the book.

There is a very nice twist or two that author Ash Krafton throws into the mix that manages to clear up the confusion and brings a resolution that finally gives Sophie a chance to make her long awaited fondest wish come true.

Without a doubt this was my favorite of the trilogy, it ended on a positive note which made me happy.

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8/26/14

Memory Zero-Spook Squad #1 {My Thoughts}

Memory Zero: The Spook Squad 1Memory Zero: The Spook Squad 1 by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Dell (first published June 15th 2004)
original title Memory Zero (Spook Squad, #1)
ASIN B00IQRN4VG
edition language English
series Spook Squad #1
other editions (5)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
MORTAL RECALL

For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Gabriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

My Thoughts
At 29 Samantha Ryan has partnered with Jack Kazdan for quite a few years in the service of the State Police. Missing for over a month one night Jack sets up a meeting with Sam, in the course of which she finds a murder victim, finds herself chased by the murderous supernatural creature than saved by a mysterious stranger and then finds out Jack is a vampire who wishes her to join him in some vague endeavor or die. She is forced to kill him in self defense and than things really get interesting when her superiors send her to meet with an SIU investigator who turns out to be her savior.

There are a multitude of supernatural creatures who are the main characters of this book, vampires, shape shifters, shape changers and as Sam finds out more about her own emerging abilities she becomes aware that her own supposed humanity may not be entirely correct.

This is an engaging read filled with mysteries that may or may not be solved but with skill luck and a lot of determination on Sam’s part she and Gabriel may just be able to overcome the odds against them as they fight together to save their friends, family and coworkers from the machinations of a madman.

The first in another previously released series by the author, and although there were a few information gaps it was an excellent action oriented paranormal suspense with a smoothly flowing pace that read fairly quickly.

Thankful to publisher and Netgalley for making this available and looking forward to more action featuring Sam and Gabriel in book 2 Generation 18.

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8/25/14

Dangerous Destiny FREE Prequel to Night Sky!

Dangerous Destiny, a pulse-pounding PREQUEL to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Suzanne Brockman and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, will be available at all online retailers on release day Tuesday, August 26, for FREE! 
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  Dangerous Destiny: A Night Sky novella 

 Skylar is about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it. Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida--aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five--to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn’t let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar’s just about to decide her new school’s not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, “You’re one of us.” And then tries to kill her.

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