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Lucid

18672156by: AK Harris

Pages: 256

Published: July 23rd, 2013

ASIN: B00E48DNVC

From Goodreads: I have dreams just like anyone else. The only difference?

My dreams are killing me… Literally.

Seventeen year old Mercy Clarke has gone crazy. Shes sure of it. Getting killed every night in her dreams, only to wake up feeling like she never fell asleep in the first place. She just wants the nightmares to end, that is until the mysterious Deegan O’Foalain shows up in them as well. But when the nightmares start bleeding into her real life, there is a lot more at stake than just her sanity. Now she has to find a way to stop the nightmares before the beasts inside them, find her or her family.

 

There were things I liked and disliked about this book. What I really liked was the concept, I’ve always been a fan of stories that play with dreaming. It’s fascinating to me. The extreme this novel took dreaming to was amazing. I loved that part. I wanted to figure out what was going on in her dreams so badly that I kept wanting to turn the pages hoping I’d learn something. I ended up being kind of disappointed though because this book doesn’t wrap everything up at the end. We are left with a pretty big cliffhanger and that’s not something I’m a fan of. I want to want to continue the series, not have to in order to finish just this story. Also, there were a lot of typos that kind of drove me a little crazy, but that may just be because editing is what I want to do for a living. By the end of the story I was attached to the characters and I would be willing to give the next book(s) a shot. There were definitely interesting parts and I think that this author shows promise. I think there’s places this story could go that would be really interesting and I hope we get to see that happen. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here:Lucid: Dreamer Legacy Book 1 (Volume 1)

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Taken For His Own

21296069by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 316

Published: April 28th, 2013

ASIN: B00CZ4IGC8

From Goodreads: After learning Theo is alive, Sar immediately embarks on a mission to find him. Reunited, the lovers return to New York, Danial, Terian and Theo uneasily combining forces to protect Sar from Al’s assassins who still seek her. But when Sar is taken prisoner in an all-out attack, only one man can save her—her old adversary, Devlin.

 

Let me just say that with this series you need to start at the beginning. My review won’t contain any spoilers, but it’s important to note that if you start with this book, you may not know what’s going on. I know it took me a little bit to remember since it had been a while since I read the last one. It will pick right back up where the last one left off, so if you wanna just grab all of them and read straight though, that would probably be a lot of fun. I’ve been looking forward to this installment for a while because these stories are always so much fun. To me, this series makes the paranormal world seem even more realistic than some of the other series out there. It seems perfectly normal that the world works the way it does and there’s nothing that breaks me from feeling like this is reality when I read these. The main character, Sar, is a little frustrating to me just because she is so incredibly different from me and reacts in ways to situations that I don’t always understand. The love stories in these books make me feel like I’m spinning in circles and I can’t quite keep up with how Sar feels about someone sometimes. That being said, I think it’s kind of fun. I like feeling like I’m on a roller coaster because when I read, I read to escape reality. This definitely does that and I really enjoy these books. This one was no exception. The story went by a lot quicker than I wanted it to and I hope I get to read the rest soon. They’re like a paranormal soap opera, which is exactly my kind of soap opera. There’s tons of up and down emotions and everything you’d want in a series. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: Taken For His Own (Promise Me Book 4)

Pierced

17860488Sorry for the lack of reviews, all… I got in a car accident and then Orange is the New Black season 2 came out on Netflix. 😛

Pierced
by: J.C. Mells
Pages: 333
Published: April 9th, 2013
ASIN: B00CAW3G66
From Goodreads: Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.

That’s Pierce in a nutshell.

Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks’, have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.

I really, really enjoyed this. I thought Pierce’s character was really fun and entertaining. I loved all of the different descriptions of her cooking. Cooking just seemed like something that wouldn’t fit with her personality, but it worked so well. The descriptions of her different mental disorders was fascinating to me. I’ve always been interested in those kind of characters. I thought the story was engaging and I found myself finishing it a lot quicker than I expected just because I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much more about this world that I want to know, so you better believe I’m interested in reading more in this series. I thought everything about the vampire compound was interesting. I have never seen anything quite like that in a paranormal novel before. Definitely enjoyed everything this book had to offer and recommend it to any paranormal fans. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: Pierced (The Pierced Series Book 1)

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A Pirate’s Curse

18157099By: M.L. Guida

Pages: 326

Published:  July 24th 2013 by Buffalo Mountain Press

ISBN: 9781490592992

From Goodreads: Like a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets.
Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

 

I thought this book was tons of fun! Vampire pirates?! Heck yes! I loved the world and the way the author wrote everything out. I loved her style. I love books where I can become fully absorbed and forget about the world around me. This book was one of those. I also am a sucker for books like this, where the heroine has to pretend to be someone she’s not and is successful in it. I loved seeing Kane be attracted to her and not understand why. He was concerned about it and that made it even better. I thought the tension between them was absolutely wonderful. It’s so much fun when the tension is so thick but the reason for why the two main characters can’t be together is more than just one person deciding that. In this novel there is a real reason and that makes it much more satisfying when they do get together.  I also am a suck for historical novels and paranormal is my favorite genre. This book weaved the two together brilliantly and I loved it. I read it in almost one sitting. I would definitely recommend this to fans of paranormal romance. I’d even recommend this to fans of historical romance, this might be a bit refreshing from some of the normal ones out there! If you’re looking for a new world to lose yourself in, then definitely pick this up. 🙂 Oh, and if there’s a sequel, I want it!

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Buy this from Amazon here: A Pirate’s Curse (Legends of the Soaring Phoenix)

A Member of the Council

16041732by: Lynn Cahoon

Pages: 82

Published: November 5th 2012 by Lyrical Press, Inc.

ISBN: 9781616504243

From Goodreads: A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world.

Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks donÆt show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that sheÆs different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it.

But when Ty walks into her bar, both lives are instantly changed.

Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? HeÆs a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretaryÆs dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance

 

This was a very quick read. I knocked it out in one day, no problem. It was a nice little escape from the world and since it was in once of my favorite genres, of course I enjoyed it. This was a nice setup for the next one as well. (That review will come later.) I was intrigued by the introduction and was interested to know more about the world that this author was setting up. I liked the hero and heroine’s instant connection. Their personalities are a little different than your basic paranormal hero and heroine, so I liked getting to feel the chemistry between them. It felt really unique. The ending does leave you wanting more, so be prepared to read the next one. It’s not a story you’re going to be able to be done with after just reading this. You won’t be satisfied. This is quite a unique paranormal world and I loved how much everyday stuff there was to deal with. I always enjoy when the magical and normal worlds collide. If you’re an urban fantasy fan, go ahead and give this a try. 🙂

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Silencing Breath

13633048by: Joanne Brothwell

Published: March 15th, 2013

From Goodreads: Silencing Breath, book two in the Stealing Breath series.

Just as Sarah Ross is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an Indigo Child and settling into a normal life with her beloved Evan, her entire world shatters when Evan disappears without a trace.

Desperate to find him, Sarah’s search leads her to a sadistic serial killer who confirms her worst fears are true; Evan has been kidnapped, and he is once again in the clutches of his abusive family of necromancers.

Sarah uncovers not only Evan’s dark past he tried so desperately to protect her from, but also The Key of Solomon, an ancient text for summoning the dead.

Knowing her abilities are limited in the face of this ancient power, Sarah is forced to face the Malandanti in order to save him. However, one question remains: once he is found, will Evan be the same man she fell in love with?

 

I was really looking forward to this book. I liked the first one and I was hoping I would completely fall in love with this one. I did, but not at all in the way that I expected. Joanne Brothwell is a very talented author and I think it’s awesome that she was able to take the story in a direction that I didn’t see coming. I finished the book in no time at all because I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what was going to happen. I was sad that Evan disappeared. I really fell in love with him in the first book and I wanted to hear more about him in this novel, but instead I learned a lot more about the world these characters live in. Taking Evan away also made me that much more eager to see him reunited with Sarah. I think that Sarah grew up a lot as a character in this installment. She’s a lot more mature emotionally than she was in the first one and I love how devoted she was to Evan and how willing she is to fight for him. We got to see a darker side to Evan and he wasn’t just the hero we fell in love with in the first novel, he became more real and I think that shows the author’s ability for character development. I am still upset that I don’t fully understand the Indigo and Sapphire Child’s powers. But if I knew everything I guess I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to with the third installment. I really can’t wait to read it and I hope that all of you romance/paranormal/young adult fans pick up this book. (And the first one, of course.) It’s a fascinating world with lots of plot twists that keep you turning the pages. Oh, and if you’re anything like me and find the idea of dark magic and necromancy intriguing, you’ll love this book. I would definitely recommend it. 🙂 Also, the cover is gorgeous! I love it!

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Taken in the Night

17315263by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 250

Published: January 28th, 2013 by Melange Books

ISBN: 9781612355

From Goodreads: When Theo disappears, Sar is left bereft, the uncertain guardian of Theo’s newly born werecougar daughter, Elle. As months pass, clues emerge about Theo’s disappearance, yet the twisting trail ends repeatedly without answer. In her grief, Sar turns to Danial and hesitantly begins to build a life with him and Elle.

 

This was my favorite book of this series by far. I didn’t have the same issue as I did with the last one. While the reader still might be confused if they chose to pick up this book without reading the other two, I feel like there was enough backstory explained that it wouldn’t have been nearly has confusing as if they had started with the second one. I loved the direction this story has taken. I wasn’t sure what I was hoping for and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. There are definitely times that I want to pick Sar up and shake her. I feel like some of her decisions aren’t necessarily the best ones and it makes me dislike her sometimes. I love the chemistry she has with Danial though. A lot of times in stories like this I can’t feel the chemistry and that makes it much easier for me to stop caring about what happens to their relationship. That has never been the case in this series though. This installment is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish and it was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the paranormal genre. I would, of course, recommend starting with the first one, but if you don’t want to do that, this one is a great one. It won’t leave you disappointed. It’s full of emotion and suspense. 🙂 I can’t wait for the next book and you won’t be able to wait either once you read the last page of this one. 🙂

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Shadow Man (Lash #2)

16154693by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 182

Published: 2012 by Bradly Publishing

From Goodreads: A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side. When catastrophe strikes again, and Hill House is destroyed, Lash flees north to Devlin, again pledging service to a Vampire Ruler in return for both safety and revenge. Horrifically injured saving Devlin’s life, Lash is granted a potion to tremendously slow his aging, along with an evil request. Healed yet disheartened, Lash returns to his old friend Jasmine, who urges him to take Devlin’s offer.

Since the first book, I’ve found this series fascinating. I’ve never read anything with a weresnake before. I’ve also never read something with such a diverse amount of creatures in it. I loved the concept of Spiderboy’s character. I think this world is very creative and I love reading about it. I had the same trouble with this book that I did with this author’s other sequel. I wish I’d read the first book and this one back-to-back, because events from previous books aren’t explained. Characters from the previous book are mentioned and it took me a while to remember them. Other than that though, I really liked this book. It is very gritty though. There is a lot of sex and foul-language. If you’re someone who is easily offended, then I definitely wouldn’t suggest this book to you. If you are a fan of the paranormal and you’re looking for something that’s different from the usual, give this series a try. I wouldn’t suggest you start with this one though. You’ll still be able to understand the story, there will just be some confusing parts for you. Lash is a character you aren’t likely to soon forget. He’s a unique blend of characteristics that makes you love and hate him all at the same time. I love when a character can get into your head like that. I can’t wait to read more from this author… and I certainly hope there is more to come in this series. 🙂

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Promise Me

By: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 233

Published: May 27th 2012 by Melange Books

ISBN: 9781612354

From Goodreads: When young widow Sarelle McGarran finds the vampire Danial Racklan unconscious and hurt in her woods, intuitive concern quickly becomes passionate love. Together Danial and Sar work to overcome their own past heartbreaks, their vastly different lifestyles, and Danial’s relentless enemies. Yet Danial needs more; an Oath of forever. But can Sar give Danial his greatest desire?

 

I will admit I was a little reluctant to read this… only because it was a vampire novel. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m absolutely burned out on them. I have a few series I will continue to read just because I’ve made it so far in them (and I’m definitely a completionist when it comes to books) but I’m reluctant to start anything new. This novel proved to me that there are still vampire stories out there that I will enjoy reading. Danial is in no way a perfect hero, but I think that’s what attracted me to him so much. There’s more to him than just a brooding undead. He’s a much richer character and I enjoyed reading about him. He’s also very attractive, but that’s always a good thing in these types of novels. Sar was also a great character. She had a lot to deal with on her own, but she knew how to do it and was a very independent woman. I felt like the hero and heroine really worked together. Neither one expected the other to give up their entire lives, maybe change a few things, but never give up who they truely are, and I think that’s really important in novels like this. I really enjoyed this novel. It was very refreshing to actually enjoy reading about vampires for once! I would definitely recommend this to paranormal romance fans, you won’t be disappointed!

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Lash

by: Tara Fox Hall

Published: April 16th 2012 by Bradley Publishing

ASIN: B007UJ6KGC

From Goodreads: Scarred from a childhood spent in perpetual indigence after being forced from their home in the Everglades, weresnake Trystan Valeras and his family make their way to the Case Hotel. When his wealthy gangster father arrives the summer he turns sixteen, Trystan’s dream of a better life, along with the lovely aristocrat Mara, is suddenly within his grasp. Instead of paradise, a series of devastating events unfold, leading Trystan to become the instrument of his dying father’s revenge. His violent reprisal instigates a backlash of murder and death, forcing Trystan to flee with the remains of his family to the sultry city of New Orleans where he sells himself into the service of the Vampire Lord Abraham. Becoming the assassin Lash to hide his identity, Trystan finds a measure of peace, even as his skill with killing heightens, bringing to him not only new allies, but also new adversaries.

OH MY GOODNESS. This was such an intense book. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel where I felt this conflicted about the main character. Trystan managed to be someone I felt sympathy for and someone I hated all at the same time. But I think that made me like him even more as a character. The depth of the emotions he had and the experiences he went through were some of the most tragic I’ve ever read about. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I thought that the idea of weresnakes was an incredibly unique and interesting idea. This novel was a breath of  fresh air for this genre. It wasn’t one where the abilities of the characters were something that was found to be super attractive, in fact Trystan’s abilities were repulsive to most women when they first found out. I also loved that we got to see his journey from when he was younger. I thought this book was very, very well written and this novel says it’s #1 in a series, I hope that’s true! I want another one! 🙂 I would definitely recommend this to paranormal fans who aren’t afraid of their novels having some grit to them.

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