Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fooled Again

The Demon Lover: A NovelThe Demon Lover
Book #1 (Dec 27, 2011)

If you guessed, like I did, that this was just about a demon lover or a PNR, you would be wrong. And if you think you can guess what ultimately happens, you will probably be mistaken. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout, that I'm sorry I initially stereotyped this book as just a fairly well written sleepy tale for a weekend diversion. After about a quarter of the way through, I found that it was actually much more. The book gets increasingly interesting and more complex as the book progresses, and you can't help but get sucked in.

An extremely smooth and very easy-well written read, that I would recommend to any UF or Fantasy lover. A continuation was alluded to, but it didn't leave too many loose ends or anything that would be construed as a cliffhanger. This is currently the only book listed under the pen Juliet Dark, who is actually seasoned author, Carol Goodman. I'll be watching out for more to come.

Written in first person POV, the beginning starts off interesting, but a little sluggish and not very original, with Callie McFay accepting a teaching position at a remote college in Fairwick, NY. Her nightly visits by a spectral or spirit from her childhood, returns when she first arrives at Fairwick for the job interview. After settling in, she quickly finds her nights occupied by the same erotic force. Not believing the visits to be real, she dismisses the occurrences as an overactive imagination and in response to her cooling long distant relationship.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.

It is always difficult to gauge how much to reveal about a book, but suffice it to say, this synopsis only summarizes the beginning. There are some pretty steamy scenes, but I would not classify this as a PNR.  Without giving too much away, this book has a little of everything, from witches to fairies, and of course demons.  There is also a story within the story, as Callie reads from original manuscripts, she finds squirreled away in her new home's attic, written by her favorite romance author and the house's previous occupant.

Warning: Sexual Content

This book does not release until late December.  I received an advance copy via Netgalley.
                                   1-The Demon Lover (Dec 27, 2012)
                                   2-The Water Witch (TBD)

-Life is too Short to Read a Bad Book-

Monday, August 29, 2011

New this Week

Succubus RevealedSuccubus Revealed
Book #6-Final

To say that I've just been anticipating this final book, would be a great understatement.  I can't wait to see what Mead has cooked-up for us.  Hopefully Georgina will find little happiness by the end, but I pray, not with Seth!

Georgina has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations. . .to Las Vegas.

The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle—and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it—no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won't include the one man she's risking everything for. . .

One Grave at a Time: A Night Huntress NovelOne Grave at a Time
Book #6

I'm sort of looking forward to this one.  The series has been on a steady decline, since after the 4th book.  I'm thinking this one will be mostly about setting up for Vlad's spinoff.

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving-leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Devil's Business (Black London)Devil's Business
Book #4

Two years later, I'm still only about a quarter of the way through the first book.  Of course, I still intend to go back and read this series some day.

The Hour of Dust and AshesThe Hour of Dust & Ashes
Book #3

So I Married A Demon SlayerSo I married a Demon Slayer

Blood RulesBlood Rules
Book #2

The first book is in my cue, because it looks rather intriguing.  I love that they are releasing the books one after another in this series.  No two year long wait.

Book #5

Sunday, August 28, 2011

TB: Burning Down the House

Con: Okay, I think Roy may have worn out his welcome, because his random interjections are now starting to piss me off. Is he supposed to be Antonia’s boy toy? Though, he wouldn’t be my first pick if I decided to harbor a love slave. Maybe if he lost the beard and dyed his hair…Maybe

Pro: So far so good. The episode starts where it left off last week, with a full on brawl already in progress at the Festival of Tolerance. Eric hands Behul his pink slip, and proceeds to pummel his ass, and even gets in a few Sookie smack-downs at the same time.  Way to multi-task.

Pro: For some reason, Sookie uses her special Faery juice to stop Eric from killing the Queen, and inturn dislodges something from Eric’s mind. Did Sookie reverse the spell or make it worse? And better yet, is he still under Antonia’s power? This is a bit of a spin, and I’m dying to find out. Damn the intro.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Brutal, But Good

Rebirth (Luna Books)Rebirth
Book #2

A brutal and honest read, that wasn’t always easy to take. However, the story & pace kept me engaged and riveted until the very end. The author really does a great job in creating multi-dimensional characters, that were both real and identifiable. I think that is what truly made this a difficult read. I empathized with each one of the characters, and felt their anguish as they struggled for survival in their Godless world. You can't help but immerse yourself fully within this world, at least for a short time, and live among the others, praying for reprieve. A very well written and meaningful book, which I will have difficultly forgetting.
Months have passed with Cass, Ruthie, & Smoke, living in the Box, making a life for themselves among the other survivors. Life is hard, but Cass has Ruthie and Smoke to make her life worth living again. All that changes when the school, they came from, is ruthlessly attacked by Rebuilders. Smoke leaves Cass and his role as Dor's Second, to find those responsible. Without the support of her lover and with growing signs of dwindling resources, Cass will have to decided whether it is time to find her own way.

Warning: Extreme Violence, Sexual Content, Attempted Rape (Obviously not for children.)

                                  Survivors (Novella)
                                  3-Horizon -Final Book (Jan 24, 2012)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Darkfever, coming to a theater near you!

That's right. DreamWorks is currently talking about making this series into their next movie franchise. Hopefully they will stay true to the books. Personally I don't see how they can, if the books have to get thoroughly worked over for a screenplay with a PG/PG13 rating.

Rumor has it that Disney will also be partnering with DreamWorks on this production, and it will have a Twilightesque feel to it.  Say what?  I don't recall any sparkly teen vamps in the Fever series.  If there is any truth to these scary rumors, then I just have to wonder what the heck was Moning thinking when she green-lighted this project.

Of course I'll watch it, but will it even be close to what Moning or her fans envisioned?  I can't wait to see who they decide to cast for JZB & Mac. Maybe fans can submit their Fantasy Dream-Cast for consideration to DW (yeah right).  Go here & here to read more.  FB Comments.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scifi Romance

For those that haven't already heard of Kiersten Fay, she is a new Scifi/Para/Romance author, that recently released her first book, Demon Possession, this year. I really enjoyed this book, and it reminded me a lot of the Scarabaeus books, but with a little more sexy. I bring this up because the second book in her Sci-fi/Romance series will be out soon. You can check out a sample of her upcoming book here.  I would suggest reading the books in order, to better understand the world.

A great mix of Sci-Fi/Fantasy Adventure and Romance. Great plot construction and character ARC. The romance itself was endearing & hot, and didn't feel rushed in anyway like with most romances.

After being enslaved on the spaceship for most of her life, Analia has no memory of her life before, and has lost all knowledge of her people. Her mysterious gift and pointed ears are the only indication that she is different. By chance Analia escapes her captors, and hides herself on a merchant ship. When Analia is found by a handsome demon and captain, she must adapt to her new role on the ship, and try to control her newly awakened desire for the brutal, and devastatingly erotic demon.

                                  1-Demon Possession (Chap 1-3)
                                  2-Demon Slave (TBD) (Chap 1-3)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New this Week

Blood Bound (Unbound Novel)Blood Bound
Book #1

Most can't touch the power. But Liv Warren is special— a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one. But when her friend's daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can't rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss. And more blood will be spilled before it's over…

The Renfield SyndromeThe Renfield Syndrome
Book #2

Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she's about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.

Unfortunately, time changes a lot of things, including those most trusted around her. When she's faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she'll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.  After all, when it's all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul.

Dark Taste of Rapture (Alien Huntress 7)Dark Taste Rapture
Book #7

Monday, August 22, 2011

Free Ebook

Shy and introverted Mariah Carpenter has concealed a hidden talent from childhood that, according to her mother, would brand her a freak. Now a fateful encounter has caused her secret skill—an extraordinary psychic ability—to become greatly enhanced. Suddenly, she has a purpose for her gift, as her vision gives her the ability to find kidnapped children telepathically. But is this a blessing or a curse?

When Mariah’s fourth finding is filmed by the FBI and the recording is stolen and sold to a broadcast journalist, Mariah’s worst nightmare becomes a reality. She is acclaimed worldwide as a saint and messenger from God—and vilified as the Antichrist whose powers must be quelled. Meanwhile, another government agency has its own covert agenda for Mariah…. In the midst of all of this, Mariah has a series of horrifying nightmares, culminating in the discovery of an ingenious serial killer, one who somehow prevents Mariah from finding out who and where he is. Locating this murderer before he kills again becomes Mariah’s obsession, one that threatens to consume her––and could even destroy her.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

TB: Let's Get Out of Here (Run)

Con: I knew Behul was a One-Upper, but he really did take it to a whole new level, when he snatched Sookie from Alcide’s arms. No one is going to take his chance to play the hero away from him. What a douche.

Pro: With his patented ugly-scrunched up face, Behul snarls “Werewolf, I’m going to need you to shut the fuck up," to poor concerned and slightly burned Alcide (aka 8-Pack).

Con: Now known as “The Blond One”, Eric is under the control of the wicked witch of the west.  Random Wiccan (aka Roy): “So fucking cool.”  Not! Mindless Eric is really starting to get old this season. Please bring our arrogant and witty Viking back.

Con: Marnie to Eric: “Wash your Face.” Eric has traded one mommy for another.

Con: The first thing that invades Sookie’s line of vision, when she wakes up from a bullet wound, is Behul’s pasty mug. Oy Vey. Will she hop back onto the Behul love-train, now that she’s been reintroduced to his blood?