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Mark of the Demon

6048518by: Diana Rowland
Pages: 370
Published: June 23rd 2009 by Bantam
ISBN: 9780553592351
From Goodreads: Cop and conjurer of demons, she’s a woman in danger of losing control—to a power that could kill….

Why me? Why now? That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure. But can she enlist his aid in helping her stop a killer who’s already claimed the lives—and souls—of thirteen people? And should she? The Symbol Man is a nightmare that the city thought had ended three years ago. Now he’s back for an encore and leaving every indication on the flesh of his victims that he, too, is well versed in demonic lore.

Kara may be the only cop on Beaulac’s small force able to stop the killer, but it is her first homicide case. Yet with Rhyzkahl haunting her dreams, and a handsome yet disapproving FBI agent dogging her waking footsteps, she may be in way over her head…

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This book has been on my TBR pile for quite a while. The author was the keynote speaker at a luncheon my writer’s group hosted last year and I bought every book in this series. I’d already read the white trash zombie novels and adored those, so I wanted to give this series a shot. To be completely honest though, I wasn’t as excited because it was a procedural. I’m not really that big of a fan of those. Mainly because I think they’re overdone and don’t have the kinds of stories I’m looking for. This was so so good though. I gobbled it up and couldn’t wait for more. I think the demon twist was exactly what I needed to keep me interested and invested in the case. It’s very well written. The main character having to hide from everyone she works with may not be the most original idea out there, especially when it comes to urban fantasy, but I loved it just the same. It was interesting watching Kara solve the case using her arcane skills and knowledge that no one else had. I thought the characters were well thought out and I enjoyed getting to know them. I was little torn with whether there was a love interest or not, so the romance element is definitely not very heavy in this book, so if that’s what you’re looking for you may be a little disappointed. The story even surprised me at the end. I thought for sure what I’d been suspecting was right and everything was confirming that and then BOOM! twist. Ha. It was really good though and I recommend it to any mystery/urban fantasy fan. I’m already halfway through the second book. I’ll be writing a review for that one soon.

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Hellbound

(Another side note: I’m incredibly swamped with reviews. I still take them, but please be aware that it will take me MONTHS to get to your book. I have a very long list as well as a full-time job and I just can’t crank them out any faster. 🙂 I’m doing the best I can!)

13554828by: Su Halfwerk

Pages: 94

Published: February 2012 by Double Dragon Publishing

ASIN: B0077CTWW6

From Goodreads: Bart is a greedy morgue attendant with money on his mind. He gets more than what he bargains for when he chances upon a pain-letter, one he must pass on or bear the consequences of his inaction.

Stan is a chiseler, a fake medium, preying on his unsuspecting clients’ earnings through bogus channeling sessions. When he meets mysterious Joanna Stark, he believes her promises of powers beyond his comprehension, powers blessed by the Netherworld.

Jenna gives up her old life and career to settle down as Troy’s loving wife. He is a God-fearing man who will consent only to marriage. Except fate maps a different ending to their love story, a conclusion that takes them both down and never up again.

Bart, Stan, and Jenna are destined to go on a long and abominable journey that sinks them below their expectations and forces them to endure pain and anguish beyond their worst nightmares.

On the paths leading to the depths of Hell, their sins don’t matter!

 

Whoa. This book… wow. If you are in the least bit squirmish, this may not be the book for you. I consider myself to have a strong stomach, and this book was almost too much for me to handle. It’s incredibly detailed and graphic. That being said, I can say that it was excellently written. If your tastes lean more toward the demonic and creepy, then you will definitely enjoy this book! There are three short stories and each one follows a different person or group. I did find it very fascinating. I’m not someone who even gets scared of horror movies and this book had me thinking about it long after I was done reading and I was scared of the nightmares it would bring. This might be the perfect book if you’re looking for something to get you into the mood for Halloween. I admire the author’s creativity and approach and I can honestly say I’ve never read a book like this before. I can also say it was a bit of a shock when I read it because the book I’d just finished before had been a clean YA novel. 🙂 I did enjoy it though and recommend it for anyone looking for something dark. Maybe I’m not just as much of a horror fan as some other people, but this was definitely new for me.

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