Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cover Reveal: Vampires Dead Ahead

With zero tolerance for bloodsuckers, Nyx and the Trackers have made the streets safer for warm-blooded New Yorkers. Unfortunately, they didn't drive a stake through the problem nationwide. Vampire attacks are on the rise. Proctors are dropping like flies. And Volod—New York's ousted Master Vampire—is trying to make a comeback...

Nyx is worried—about her city, her job, and her neck. But mostly she's concerned about her former lover, Rodan, a Proctor who's gone missing. Scarier still, Volod is capturing and "turning" paranorms to help him paint the town red. Which sucks. Because some of these new vampires are Nyx's old friends. But hey—if she can stake them here, she'll stake them anywhere... (From Cheyenne McCray's Website)

My Thoughts:

I've loved all the covers in this series so far but this one falls a little short. Nyx isn't wearing her usual kick ass leather outfit and I don't care too much for her pose, it's kind of pirate-y. I do love the setting, the colors and seeing Adam in the background but I'm definitely not fond of Nyx's outfit...spandex tights and a loose tank top doesn't equal tough and sexy in my book!

"Waiting on" Wednesday: Grave Dance


"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anxiously awaiting.

My pick for this Wednesday...


Grave Dance {Alex Craft Series ~ Book #2} by Kalayna Price
Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.

After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge. 


The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end—her own. Goodreads.com
Release Date: July 5th, 2011

Why I'm "waiting": 
I initially bought the first book in the series based on the cover alone. I didn't expect to fall in love with the characters and the great story. Alex is the heroine you love, she's smart, sassy and always getting herself into some kind of life threatening situation. She has an unusual gift and an even crazier love life! I'm looking forward to reading her latest adventures. This is one to put on the "to be read" list for those who love an action packed story with a strong heroine and a steamy love triangle!

First in the series:
Grave Witch (Alex Craft, Book 1)

What are you "Waiting on" this Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday {5}

Teaser Tuesdays  is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




"The way he carried himself, the almost painful glare of his eyes through the mist, send icy needles stinging down my spine. He was no ghost, but dangerous to me nonetheless and so compelling I couldn't tear my gaze away as he moved toward me."
- The Restorer by Amanda Stevens


What's your teaser this Tuesday?

Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason

Author: Colleen Gleason
{Regency Draculia Series ~ Book #1}
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Mira
Format: ebook
Source: Received for review by NetGalley
Buy it here:
Amazon | Book Depository

Regency London – a dizzying whirl of balls and young ladies pursued by charming men. But the Woodmore sisters are hunted by a more sinister breed: Lucifer's own.

Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member the Dracule – a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls – the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral ... until Angelica.  Angelica Woodmore possess the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a scarlet fog of hunger – for her body and her blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him – to protect her.

Now Voss must battle his very nature to be with Angelica ... but this vampire never backs down from a fight. Goodreads.com

My Romancing Thoughts:

When it comes to writing smart and sexy historical paranormal romances...Colleen Gleason delivers!

Voss Dewhurst loves the gift of immortality. From money to women he has it all and doesn't apologize for it. Life couldn't be better...until he meets Angelica Woodmore. When Voss learns of Angelica's special ability he sees an opportunity to seduce Angelica, use her gifts to his advantage and sate his hunger all at once...what he doesn't expect is to find that his hunger for her goes beyond blood. Angelica stirs up long lost desires in Voss, desires that excite yet frighten him. To be with her he must forsake the self-indulgent life he's lived for 148 years, something he's not sure he can do.

Voss is conniving, a rake and vampire who I couldn't get enough of! Sure he starts off as a villain more than a hero but his transformation is remarkable. He's the character that grows on you throughout a book and quickly becomes a favorite. It's great to see a vampire with traditional traits reminiscent of Interview with the Vampire's Lestat. A tortured hero is always great but I find the arrogant, un-apologizing vampire with flair for the dramatic enticing. Angelica was the perfect compliment to Voss. She's outspoken, adventurous and independent for her time. The sexual tension was extreme and at times too much to bear...I found myself yelling "enough already" during many scenes! The story focuses mainly on the beautiful love story between Voss and Angelica rather than their sexual relationship but do not be discouraged, there are a few steamy scenes to satisfy those who like a little smut with their romance!

Another highlight of this book are the wonderful supporting characters, some of which seem to take over at times with their humor and charisma. Some I love (Dmitri), some I hate (Maia), but all are well developed and entertaining. You can also see some relationships between characters developing in The Vampire Voss that will undoubtedly transcend into the following books.

I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about this book, having read Colleen Gleason's Gardella series. Loving that series, I thought I'd end up comparing the two...how many historical paranormal romances can you write before they all seem similar, right? Wrong! The world building is just as original as her previous series and her attention to historical detail takes you on an exciting journey of the Regency Era. This new trilogy is filled with lust, betrayal and the power of love. Readers who are fans of the Gardella Vampire Chronicles will love this series and new readers will find a new guilty pleasure!

And lastly, don't judge this book by its cover...trust me it does the story no justice!

My Rating:
5 Roses Rating

 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cover Crazy {4} The Name of the Star & Shadow Kin


Cover Crazy is a weekly meme, hosted by The Bookworms. It's main focus is to share and showcase book covers that caught our eye, whether it be through great colors or just a beautiful design. 
  

This week I'm crazy for...
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
{Shades of London Series #1} (Release Date: September 29, 2011)

What I Love:
The ambiance set with the fog and castle in the background...very gothic!

The Jack-the-Ripper-esque feeling the shadowy figure envokes as he looms over the beautiful and vulnerable young girl...very creepy.

The mixture of black and white with color conveys a retelling of an old tale in a modern setting.



Shadow Kin by M. J. Scott
{Half-Light City Series #1} (Release Date: September 6, 2011)

What I Love:
The kick-ass pose and dagger the heroine's showing...she's not one to mess with!

The towers in the background that give an element of a fantasy world.

The great mix of antique-looking scroll work in the title and background with a modern world heroine...just beautiful!


What covers are you crazy for this week?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Reunion by Felicity E. Heaton

Reunion 
Author: Felicity E. Heaton
{Vampires Realm Series ~ Book #6}Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Alinar Publishing
Format: ebook
Source: Courtesy of author for review
Buy it here:
Amazon

For the Venia Law Keeper, Marise, returning home isn’t something she wants to do, but duty dictates that she must answer Lord Timur’s call for assistance and investigate the attempt on his life by a vampire. Faced with her old home, she tries hard to suppress the memories it evokes, of happier times in the arms of her ex-lover, Jascha, and of the darker times with him that led to her leaving.

She puts the atmosphere and looks she receives down to fear from the attempt to kill Timur, but when she lays eyes on her lord, she realises that it may be for another reason and that the attacker may not have been a vampire after all. Left with only one other source of information, a guard injured in the attack to a point beyond recovery and left to remain awaiting death, she decides to question him before he dies and then get the hell out of there.

Only when she sees that the dying guard is Jascha, she begins a battle with her heart that will see her struggle to turn her back on Jascha and her family again, and maintain her sense of duty. Is fifty years enough to forgive the one you love for breaking your heart? Will Marise finally confess to everything she’s held inside and kept hidden from him? And can Jascha convince Marise to listen to what he has to say and make her love him again? (Goodreads)

My Romancing Thoughts:

An intriguing new world of vampires!

Marise, a vampire and Law Keeper of Venice has been called to her old home to investigate an attempted assassination on Timur, the lord of her bloodline. When Marise arrives she finds that Timur and his guards have been savagely beaten and realizes they might be dealing with a new and powerful enemy. Trying to get some answers she focuses on interrogating the attacked guard who barely escaped his death rather than deal with the memories of her old life and home. Marise soon finds out that the brutally beaten guard is none other than Jascha, her former lover and true love. With her feelings for Jascha resurfacing and an evolving threat to her race, Marise is faced with choosing to fulfill her duties as the Viena Law Keeper or having a second chance with the man she loves.

This is a great short story of love and forgiveness. The characters do a great job of bringing you into their world and thoughts. There's a great balance of action and romance which is constant throughout the story keeping you interested from beginning to end. The heroine has the best of both worlds, she's tough and independent but also has that vulnerability when it comes to matters of the heart, even if she doesn't always show it. What I enjoyed most about Reunion is the change in the typical storyline of hero saves the heroine, it's quite the opposite in this story and I loved every minute of it...you have to love a book where the heroine is in charge the entire time!

A thrilling combination of action, romance, secrets and hot sex make this one worthy of adding to your reading lists!

*This book is part of a series but can definitely be read as a stand-alone with ease, it is available as a free download at the author's website here.

My Rating:
4 Roses Rating


In My Mailbox {4}

In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren, is a weekly feature where you can showcase new books, ones checked out from the library, bought, won or received for review.

To my heart's content my mailbox was full this week! I've been in somewhat of a reading slump this week but I have some great new reads to get me out of it! Guess my little reading gargoyle does care about me after all!

In my mailbox this week...

Free Nookbook from Barnes & Noble:

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery by Regina Jeffers
The Phantom of Pemberley by Regina Jeffers

Purchased & Won:

by Heather Kilough-Walden

*This awesome e-book trilogy was a bargain @ $0.99 a book!


Here are my fave books in my mailbox this week. The first I purchased, the second I won, my thanks to Marta Acosta @ Vampire Wire!


Dante Valentine: The Complete Series by Lilith Saintcrow
Immortal with a Kiss by Jacqueline Lepore

Received for Review {ARCS/Galleys}:

Blood of the MapleForever VampireThe Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles) 
Spirit Dances (Luna Books)The Twisted Tale of Stormy GaleThe Vampire Narcise (Book of the Regency Draculia)
Blood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell
Forever Vampire by Michele Hauf
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Spirit Dances by C.E. Murphy
The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell
The Vampire Narcise by Colleen Gleason

That's it for me...I have a lot of reading to get started on...
What's in your mailbox this week?
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