Sunday, March 26, 2017

Books Read 3/18/17 - 3/25/17


I have said before that I am a cover hound - and that old saying, 'you can't judge a book by its' cover' proved quite true for me this past week. Here they are:

In the Shadow of Dragons by Sonya Bateman - 4 Stars****


Everything changed when the dragons came.

Six years after dragons came to the earth, magic has become an insidious infection, gradually turning people into elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls ... and worse. A drug called HeMo, produced by the powerful Bishop Corporation, slows this process. But once a year, a worldwide Eclipse and an intense surge of magic puts everyone at risk for Changing completely -- with deadly results.

Teague Harlow is a Knight, one of an elite team employed by BiCo to protect the people from themselves. Only the Knights are permitted to use magic, to slay the monsters that used to be people -- but not everyone believes in BiCo's vision of order. The Darkspawn, a small group of magic-using rebels, fight to destroy HeMo and allow magic to take hold naturally. For better or worse.

When Teague is sent to join the Darkspawn as a spy, she begins to realize the conflict isn't as straightforward as it seems ... and BiCo may not be the heroes the world believes. Because HeMo isn't curing people. It's changing them.

And what it's doing could be far worse than infecting them with magic.


Stilts by Tim O'Rourke - 4 Stars**** 


While eighteen-year-old, Tessa Dark was serving her prison sentence for murder, the world beyond her cell walls changed forever. The thunder came and destroyed the world she had once known. Trapped inside the prison and faced with no future, Tessa's only glimmer of hope is her friendship with fellow inmate Joe McBride.

Despite Tessa's fears, Joe decides to go beyond the prison walls to seek help. But when he fails to return, Tessa is determined to go and search for him. To gain her freedom, Tessa must first learn to walk, run, and fight on stilts if she is to survive the new and terrifying world on the other side of the prison walls.


Mark of Cain by Conner Kressley - 4 Stars****



My name isn't Callum Coldwell but, for your own sake, you should probably call me that

They say someone is murdered every minute...and I’m the reason why.

When I killed my brother, the Big Guy burned a mark into my skin and set me to wandering until the end of time. That was a while ago, and I think I’ve used my forever pretty well. Bagged a few women, saved a few lives, and gotten myself into and out of more trouble than I care to remember.

But something’s happening now. Evil forces are circling the wagons, and something sinister is getting ready to make a play for the big time. And, of course, it has me in its crosshairs.

When I said I wasn’t my brother’s keeper, I had no idea how wrong I was.

By now you've probably figured out my name. But don’t say it.

Bad things happen when people say my name.


Filthy Witch and Dead Famous by Pearl Goodfellow - 
3 Stars***


Nebula Dreddock has been murdered. Most would say the actress had it coming, but that’s beside the point. Nobody deserves to die this way. Even if it happens to be Gless Inlet’s bitch … ahem ... witch-iest A-lister.

Portia Fearwyn, Nebula's crotchety neighbor, seems the most likely suspect. The pair have shared some bad blood, after all. But, what about Cressida Dreddock, Nebula's mad-as-a-hatter twin? With multiple escapes from Midnight Hill asylum, it’s soon clear that Nebula’s crazy sister does, in fact, have an even crazier motive to want her famous twin dead.

Reluctant witch, and practicing herbalist, Hattie Jenkins is drawn into the case as herbal consultant. But, wherever Hattie is, her eight (insufferably) immortal black cats aren’t far behind.

Will Hattie and her fuzzy sidekicks find Nebula's killer before yet another untimely death takes place? And, can Hattie pull it off without having to engage with her inner sorceress?

Join Hattie and The Infiniti as they race against the clock to unravel the clues!


Omega by SM Reine - 3 Stars***


Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack—a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Alpha. And he plans to make her pack submit whether they want to or not. Stark can make every shapeshifter obey him by force of will alone.

Every shapeshifter except Deirdre.

The shifter who can’t shift is the only hope for Rylie to win the war against Stark. It will take everything Deirdre has to survive undercover in his den. But can an omega’s will be stronger than that of a charismatic, deadly Alpha like Everton Stark?

Blood Surfer by Debra Jess - 3 Stars***


Their destiny is written in blood.

Welcome to Star Haven, where the police arrest and imprison alternative humans, if not execute them outright. When outlaw Hannah Quinn saves Officer Scott Grey's life by bloodsurfing through his broken body, he winds up on the wrong side of the kill line.

Hannah blew any chance she had of escaping Star Haven when she chose to save Scott's life. Scott has a reputation for killing Alts instead of arresting them. Now that she's triggered his dormant Alt ability, he's forced to go on the run with her until she can break his despised Alt power.

Suspicion dies hard after a lifetime of conditioning. Despite the threat to their lives, Hannah finds herself falling for the one man she can't trust—and Scott falls for the woman who destroyed his life.

With love and mistrust at war in a city where betrayal can earn your freedom, will Hannah and Scott's tenuous bond be enough to save them?

New Order by Helen Harper - 3 Stars***


Bo Blackman is not adjusting to her new life as a fledgling vampire particularly well. Drinking blood sickens her and, despite her new enhanced physical skills and the attention she's receiving from Lord Montserrat, she's desperate to find a cure. 

When her illegal search takes her to the door of Fingertips and Frolics, a small family-run magic shop, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of tit-for-tat with murderous consequences. To complicate matters further, she's forced to also take on a case of apparent kidnapping. But with no ransom demand and a client she despises, it may be more of a struggle to solve than she realises.

So that's got my week covered.  I am going back for seconds on a couple of series I started a few months ago and I've had my eye on another new to me author that I want to try for next week.

I hope you've been reading some great books.  See ya next week.

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle    

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Books Read 3/11/17- 3/18/17


I had a fantastic reading week.  I found a couple of new to me authors that I absolutely love and can't wait to read more in their series.  I also read the next books in a couple of series that I found a few weeks ago.  Here they are:

Burned by A. Blythe - 5 Stars***** 


Magic is a real bitch.

Life is good for globe-trotting supernatural agent Alyse Winters until she finds herself on the wrong end of a burn notice. Cuffed and cut off from her magic, Alyse is dumped in Philadelphia where her past is only too eager to catch up with her. 

Add a few supernatural murders to the mix with Alyse as the prime suspect and she's ready to do anything to get her powers back...if she can survive being human long enough to clear her name.


Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 
5 Stars*****



Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. 

Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too. This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. 

This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of. Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.


The Coveted (The Unearthly Book 2) by Laura Thalassa - 
4 Stars****


“In places that know more about heaven and hell than we do, you have a reputation, Gabrielle. To them you are known as the devil’s consort.”

When a body shows up near Peel Academy, all signs indicate the killer is a vampire. Ravaged throat, body drained of blood. At least that’s all it appears to be when the Politia, the supernatural police force, assigns Gabrielle to the case. Now it’s Gabrielle’s job to figure out who did it.

But after a second body turns up with the same lethal wounds, it’s clear that a serial killer is stalking the island. The murders have compromised the truce between the Politia and vampires, and as long as the killer roams free, it is in danger of dissolving. If that happens, no vampire is safe from persecution, not even Gabrielle.

Now Gabrielle must team up with Andre, her soulmate and the one person she’s tried to stay away from, to investigate the murders before the truce dissolves. And keeping her distance is proving to be impossible.

But Gabrielle has a bigger problem. The world of the dead know about her, and their whispers hint that something is coming for her. And it’s coming soon.


Live Wire (Blue Eyed Bomb, Book 1) by Amber Lynn Natusch-
4 Stars**** 



Sapphira is a ticking time bomb.

Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory.

In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master her abilities to save the ones she loves or will she fall victim to the enemy that seeks to take what is rightfully hers?


Hisses and Honey (The Venom Trilogy, Book 3) 
By Shannon Mayer - 4 Stars**** 


Humble baker turned supernatural Alena Budrene is lovely and lethal, and for the first time, she’s owning it. Finally rid of her low-life ex-husband, she’s free to date sexy vampire mob boss Remo, who respects her as both a Supe and a woman. She’s on good terms with her difficult mother, and she’s growing comfortable with her powers.

But just when it seems things are falling into place for Alena, Hera strikes again: the Aegrus virus rages across Seattle, threatening the life of everyone in its path—including Remo, infected by Hades. The only way to stop the carnage is to face Hera and her army in a no-prisoners battle to determine the fate of the human race—and Alena’s future.

In a sweeping voyage from the Seattle bar scene to a netherworld populated by murderous gods and monsters, Alena confronts one adversary after another on a quest to set the world right for both humans and Supes and demonstrate her power—to the gods and to herself—once and for all.


Shadow Reaper by Amos Cassidy - 3 Stars*** 


Only the bravest go over the Horizon...

Twenty years ago the barriers between worlds came down and our reality was swallowed up by the Shadowlands. Now we scavenge to survive, until one day there’s nothing left to reap.

 Starvation is around the corner, but I’m not the roll over and wait-to-die kinda girl. Nope, I’m going further than anyone has ever been and returned to tell the tale. 

I’m going into the Beyond, and I’m not coming back without a solution.


Kill It With Magic by J.A. Cipriano - 3 Stars***



Lillim Callina used to hunt monsters. Key word, used to.

So when an ancient, unstoppable dragon kicks in her door and demands she help him or else? Well, he probably didn't know she had a shotgun under her desk.

Still, that's not enough to put a guy like him down, no, for that, she'll have to use something a little more potent.

When it comes to dragons, it's best to kill it with magic.


That wraps up my reading week.  I hope you read some great books too. :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Books Read 3/4/17 - 3/11/17


I was able to get a good bit of reading in this past week - some of the books were pretty good, others just okay.  Here they are:

Break Away by Jeff Favreau - 4 Stars****


Rose has only been a police officer in northern Maine for two years when her world is suddenly ripped apart by a deadly new disease out of New York City. All who are infected by this new disease are rapidly reduced to husks of their former selves leaving only rabid wild beasts bent on death and destruction. 

After her wife’s gruesome and violent death, Rose learns that she is immune and must decide whether to sacrifice herself for a cure or fight to survive. Rose’s choices set in motion a desperate trek north into the solitary deep woods of Northern Quebec where she must elude capture by an unchecked CDC, the military, and bands of impetuous survivors.


The Game Begins by Victoria Danann - 4 Stars****

When it came to the attention of the old ones that their creations, the Earth gods, had been playing games at the expense of humankind for millennia, they put a stop to it. But the rebellious gods were far too addicted to their games to give them up. After several summit meetings, they voted to use their own children as players and locate the playing field in the most treacherous environment in the known universe... high school.

To make it even more interesting, they would strip their children of their memories and withhold the rules of the game. Like the other players, sixteen year old Ever thinks she's an ordinary kid until she transfers to R. Caine. When mystery and mystic collide, she'd better wake up to her powers fast.


Born in Fire by K. F. Breene - 4 Stars****

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

Pound of Flesh by J.A. Cipriano & Conner Kressley
4 Stars****


My name is Roy Morgan, and I'm not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don't have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It's a half-demon thing. Yep, that's right, half-demon. It's awesome, especially since I'm half-warlock too, and those two sides don't much get along. Still, that and a buck will get you a candy bar. So it's all good. Or at least it was. 

See, I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery in progress and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren't your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers, there to capture the district attorney and sell her off to the highest bidding demon in Hell. Now if I want to stop them, I'm going to have to fight my way through a city full of hellfire-flinging, gun-toting, spell-weaving demons. 

My name is Roy Morgan, and I think I'll have seconds.


Lightning Blade by D.N. Erikson - 3 Stars***


Even a brave new world can fall to old magic. Especially when no one can see it coming.

When bounty hunter Ruby Callaway is conditionally released by the FBI after 20 years in a supernatural internment camp, the terms are simple: put down the necromancer murdering and reanimating public officials in return for amnesty. But this is no ordinary case: the necromancer annually kills on the same day, taunting the world via live broadcast. And today marks the 8th anniversary.

Still easy for a legendary Realmfarer, though - right?

But when the necromancer plunges a blade through her heart, Ruby awakens at midnight, back in jail. Alive. Which means one thing: today's plan goes well beyond mere murder. Because the necromancer has thrust the world into an endless time loop that only he and Ruby can see.

Which means Ruby is the only one capable of stopping him before the world burns.

But as she unravels his sinister plan, one question repeats in Ruby's mind: Just how dangerous is a vengeful serial killer with nothing but time?

Blood Dragons by Rosemary A. Johns - 3 Stars***


Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption.

There are three people in this affair...and two of them aren’t human. 

In a divided paranormal London, Light is the rebel bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world, with a photographic memory. And a Triton motorbike. Since Victorian times he’s hidden in the shadows with Ruby - a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer. She burns with destructive love for Light. But he’s keeping a secret from her, which breaks every rule in Blood Life. When she discovers the truth, things take a terrifying turn.

Forced Compliance by Bradford Bates - 2 Stars**


Vampires had been extinct for thousands of years, or so we thought.

Captain Drake was the kind of smuggler that would take any job that needed to be done. That was as long as you had the credits and didn’t mess with his crew. Now one of those very crew members had been taken, and Drake would stop at nothing to find her.

Samantha Ripley only wanted one thing, she wanted to get off Hyperion Four. For the last four years, she had dedicated herself to nothing but flight school. Her graduation was so close she could almost taste it. A chance encounter as she finished her shift at the diner was going to change everything.

The two of them were separated by a universe of stars, but their lives would intersect like two colliding comets, and the results would shape the future of the verse itself.

End Game by Ginger Booth - 2 Stars**


Time ran out on climate change.

Dee Baker, star programmer for a Fortune 100 media powerhouse, has options. She also has access to the secret plans of the U.S. government to make the end of the world survivable, for some.

The ultimate job benefit is a berth in an ark, a sealed biosphere, safe from the storms as climate change accelerates, and the processes that normalize Earth's climate sputter and fail. Dee's job promises her an ark berth, but she doesn't trust them. She's also dating Adam, a fun and wealthy ark-itect, and Zack, a brooding gardener too much like herself for comfort, who plans to make his stand outside the arks.

In this dystopian adventure, set in the Northeast, ordinary people choose extraordinary ways to face a climate gone haywire, and a government that seems to have betrayed them.

Will Dee be one of the fortunate few to secure an ark berth? Or is that even the goal?

The Forest of Forever by Rob Blackwell - 2 Stars**


Soren Chase’s life was shattered eight years ago after an encounter with a supernatural being left three friends dead and him branded as a murderer. Since then, he’s become a paranormal investigator, facing off against a host of deadly creatures. But his investigation into the haunted Reapoke woods may be his most dangerous case yet. 

Something evil is lurking in the forest. Some say it’s the ghost of a preacher who vanished two centuries ago; others claim the woods are the site of sinister experiments by a shadowy organization. Hired to find a missing girl, Soren is determined to learn the truth. But what he discovers is far darker than he imagines—and it may force him to confront his own tragic past.

So that's it for last week.  I think this week I am going to head back for seconds on a couple of series I've started within the last month. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Books Read 2/25/17 - 03/04/17


This past week flew right by me.  I read more new to me authors and was very pleased to have found some real gems.  I will certainly pick up the next one in those series.  Here they are:

Strange Magic by James A Hunter - 5 Stars*****


Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there’s a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he’s been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart—helping others in his circles is a good way to get dead.

Just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA. As a favor to a friend, Yancy agrees to take a little looksee into the massacre and boom, he’s stuck in a turf war between two rival gangs, which both think he’s pinch-hitting for the other side. Oh, and there’s also a secretive dark mage with some mean ol’ magical chops and a small army of hyena-faced, body-snatching baddies. It might be time to seriously reconsider some of his life choices.


Yancy is a bluesman, a rambler, a gambler, but not much more. Sure, he can do a little magic—maybe even more than just a little magic—but he knows enough to keep his head down and stay clear of freaky-deaky hoodoo like this business in LA. Somehow though, he’s been set up to take a real bad fall—the kind of very permanent fall that leaves a guy with a toe tag. Unless, of course, he can find out who is responsible for the gangland murders, make peace in the midst of the gang feud, and take out said magical dark mage before he hexes Yancy into an early retirement. Easy right? Stupid. Bleeding. Heart.



Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh - 5 Stars*****


Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.

But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.

As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.


Frontier Justice (The Survivalist) by Arthur T Bradley  
4 Stars****


The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals.

To stay alive, U.S. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals. With each deadly encounter, Mason is forced to accept his place as one of the nation's few remaining lawmen. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.


Forever Road by Catie Rhodes - 4 Stars****



A world full of ghosts. A reluctant psychic medium. Destiny only knocks once—then it kicks down the door.

Peri Jean Mace thinks seeing ghosts is a curse, but her murdered trailer trash cousin doesn’t care. She wants Peri Jean to expose her killer.

Peri Jean figures out everyone in her one-stoplight East Texas town has something to hide. And one of them will kill to hide the truth. In over her head, Peri Jean has to face her curse or end up the next victim.

Forever Road is the first book in the Peri Jean Mace Ghost Thriller series. If you like your urban fantasy served up with a heavy dose of goose bumps, a side of gut-busting laughs, and a fist-swinging heroine who will steal your heart, you’ll love Forever Road.


Carmine by Alan Janney - 4 Stars****



The girl once known as Katie Lopez wakes up in an abandoned Walmart with no memory, possessing only the vague sense that something has happened. 

Where is her family? Where is her boyfriend? She has a faint recollection of him, a ghost of a memory. 

The world, she discovers, is staggering from the weight of rampaging Variants, victims of a bizarre surgery gone wrong. Once intended to bring about a utopia, now the victims threaten societal meltdown. 

Much to her surprise, the girl with no memory discovers she is their queen.


Rune Gate by Mark E Cooper - 3 Stars***


On the edge of sanity, can she stop a ruthless killer?

For years, Alexandra Yorke was a top police clairvoyant, but she isn't a clairvoyant; she’s a witch, and living inside the heads of serial killers has taken its toll. Unable to control her gifts any longer, she retreats from the world.

After a few months of peace, a friend in need asks for help. She reluctantly agrees. When evidence at a murder scene points to witches, Alex becomes the prime suspect.


Moonlight by Victoria Danann - 3 Stars***


The New Jersey home of the Black Swan knights is turned upside down when immortal teenage French-speaking vampires see a rerun of Animal House and try to reenact the movie while drunk on synthetic blood.

Meanwhile, Stalkson Grey, the king of the Elk Mountain werewolves has a serious problem. If he doesn't solve the mystery of why his tribe is birthing only male cubs, they could be facing extinction within a generation. Grey rankles at the suggestion of asking for help, but desperation trumps pride when the grumpy alpha grudgingly requests assistance from the Order of Black Swan.

The Order offers the services of a demon named Deliverance who brokers a deal with a human population faced with the opposite problem, too many girls. Just when it looks like the crisis may be resolved, Grey shocks even himself by kidnapping a bride. She proves to be a handful. Obstinate. Willful. And perfect in every way.


Chasing Rabbits by Erin Bedford - 2 Stars**



Alice was wrong – Wonderland wasn’t so wonderful after all.

Kat never expected to be back in her hometown, but when house sitting turns into a mad rabbit chase, Kat finds herself with a whole new set of problems.

A two headed bird with a Game of Thrones obsession, a party full of tea addicts, and a Cheshire Cat who could seduce the pants off her grandma? And if the citizens weren’t bad enough their prince was off his rocker.

This wasn’t your run of the mill Wonderland. This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem.


The CIN series, bundled by Christina Leigh Pritchard
2 Stars**


Seventeen year old Lisa Brown’s life is falling apart. First, her mother and father divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital.

If that weren’t enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. The city where the locals chant “Lynn, Lynn, city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.”

And, they aren’t kidding. Lisa must live in a tiny shack with two strange teenagers, a dog named Pig who growls when you look at him and a cat named Rat. “Mind the cat,” everyone says. What the heck is wrong with this place?

Lisa thinks she’s landed in her own house of horrors with the anti-social Alex and his facetious sister Ally. But, the real drama begins the day she is struck by lightning…

Traitor, book two:

Lisa thinks she knows everything about her new life. She can deal with the boundaries and even being torn away from her family. But Alex withheld more than she ever expected. Like, what happens when you lose control? How about when you begin to realize just how trapped you are? He leaves out a lot of stuff about himself too. He doesn’t mention the dangers of some of the others—or of what she herself can do…


So that's it for last week.  :)  All of these books were read using Kindle Unlimited.  Best Christmas gift eva!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Books Read 2/18/17 - 2/25/17


Another week has flown by with more new to me authors.  I must admit that I am one of those people who judge a book by its' cover - some of these have great ones.

Dance By Midnight by Phaedra Weldon   


A chance reunion with an old friend searching for his missing daughter delays Dags's own quest to find his past when he volunteers to help. But when a Witch discovers the daughter was taken by Faeries, Dags learns the Faerie Realms hold much more than just strange denizens.


Can Dags survive an Angel's wrath, a flesh eating Changeling, and a mad Faerie queen? Will he find the answers to his past?

4 Stars****

Dead Man by Domino Finn


I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw.

Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster. Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway. So here I am, alive for some reason, just another sunny day in Miami. It's a perfect paradise, except I'm into something bad.

Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, nether creatures coming out of the woodwork, and don't get me started on the Haitian voodoo gang. Trust me, it's all fun and games until there's a zombie pit bull on your tail. I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw, and totally screwed.

4 Stars****

Ghost in the Canteen By Jen Rasmussen


Homicidal toddlers, demon serial killers, handsome dead guys. Not to mention the PTA. Lydia Trinket has a few challenges, but she's got it all (mostly) under control. Until she goes to banish a poltergeist, and he banishes her instead.

Then Lydia is trapped in a netherworld with all the spirits she's sent there, and her long career as a ghost hunter looks a lot less successful from this side. She's surrounded by enemies in a constantly shifting landscape of dangers, where the whims of the dead outrank the laws of reality.

Survival would be good. Escape would be better. But Lydia is about to discover that there's no such thing as home free.

3 Stars***

Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas


Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it's all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen - and Lysander's old mate - wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She's not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.

With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There's no turning back now. It's either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.

3 Stars***

Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode


Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. 

But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone. 

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

3 Stars***

Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy


All power comes at a price...

Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman's wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind...

After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There's only one thing she knows: if she doesn't learn to control her unnatural instincts, she'll destroy every last shred of her humanity.

3 Stars***

Witch Is When It All Began by Adele Abbott

When the going gets tough...

Private investigator, Jill Gooder, has been hired to find a serial killer because, as usual, the police can't buy a clue. Jill, the not so proud owner of a crazy, one-eyed cat, probably can't expect too much help from her PA/Secretary, Mrs V, who spends all day knitting.
And just in case all of that wasn't bad enough, Jill's just about to discover she's a witch.

...break out the custard creams.

3 Stars***

Threshold by Jeff Olah


The End of the World was Only the Beginning

Mason Thomas wasn't prepared when the devastation began that morning. No one was.

Six days ago reports of a mysterious illness began surfacing around the globe. The infection took hold quickly and destroyed everything in its path. The infected were seen attacking and actually devouring their victims. Those unfortunate enough to be caught out in the open were the first to fall. Millions perished every hour.

The world was told not to panic, that there wasn't anything to worry about, that these were isolated events. This morning, as he fought to return to his family, Mason Thomas quickly realized that nothing was what it seemed, the world had been forever changed.

The Dead Years follows Mason Thomas, a separated husband and father of one, as he and a small group of survivors fight to stay alive at the end of the world.

THRESHOLD is their story.

3 Stars***

All of these books I read using Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Books Read 2/12/17 - 2/18/17


This weeks reading was a mixed bag for me, some of the books I enjoyed more than others.  Here they are:

Dark Hunter by Megan Hawke 


I am Sable Hart, and I slay rogue vampires.

I am the undead sheriff of Dallas' shadowy underworld. The vampires might call me Black Heart, but they call me for help when their leaders begin to be murdered in spectacular fashion.


The vampire, werewolf, and witch communities' uneasy peace is threatened when one alpha wolf develops a dark hunger for vampire blood. Now with a little help from my slayer friends, I race against time to stop the rogue werewolf before all out war erupts and wipes Dallas off the face of the earth.

3 Stars*** 

May Contain Magic by J A Cipriano



Abby Banks is your typical college student, except that her entire life has been one big lie. Kidnapped as a young girl and fostered by a government agency as collateral, Abby never knew she was important… until her birth mom’s terrorist organization unleashes a devastating attack on the facility.

With magic.

Now Abby’s world is in a tailspin. Her birth mom wants to harvest her organs, her only protector is a vampire, and she can do magic. Well, sort of. She’s supposed to be able to do magic.

And if she can’t figure it out in time to stop her mom, not only will she get her organs stolen, her mom will blow up two major cities to fuel her doomsday ritual.

3 Stars***

To Kill a Warlock by H P Mallory


The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.

As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

3 Stars***

Perilous Waif by E William Brown


My name is Alice Long, and I’ve always known I was different.

When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships thirty thousand kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

There were other kids with mods at the orphanage, but nothing like that. I learned fast to downplay my abilities, keep my mouth shut and try to blend in. Even as a kid I knew not to trust the Matrons. What would they do, if they realized the Adjustments that were supposed to make me a meek little herd animal didn’t do anything?

Then I messed up, and gave myself away.

Now I’m on the run, hoping against hope that the Matrons won’t try too hard to find me. Hoping to survive all the awful things that can happen to a girl on her own in space. Kidnappers, slavers, pirates and yakuza - no matter where I go, trouble always seems to find me.

Good thing I’m not as helpless as I look.

3 Stars***

Kindred by Nicola Claire


Vampires, shapeshifters, ghouls and magic-users abound in a world where the Norms, (those humans without paranormal abilities), are ignorant of the creatures of the night and the supernatural species that live alongside them.

Lucinda Monk is a bank teller by day and a vampire hunter by night, but she wasn’t always a part of this world. Thrown into a heady mix of powerful people and sensual beings, she’s had to find her way practically blindfolded in amongst the creatures of the night.

Lucinda, though, is a capable and realistic kind of girl. Her motto: Never Show Fear.
But there's something different about Luce. Something those creatures she hunts want. So, in order to stay one step ahead of the enemy, she has to let the enemy in. In all his compelling, seductive and delicious ways.

Sleeping with the enemy has never meant so much before. But can she trust him?
From the urban streets of the city to the dark alleys and sinful bars that promise a wickedness a girl from the farm has never before been exposed to, Lucinda gets drawn irreversibly into the dark side of life.

And if the Master of the City has his way, she will always be his. For eternity.

3 Stars***

Dark Siren by Eden Ashley


Seventeen-year-old Kalista guards a dark secret that has never allowed her to fit in. She is a siren.
Instead of luring men to shipwreck, Kalista sucks the very life force from their souls. From day to day she never knows from where her next meal will come, but resists the urge to feed for as long as possible. Having a boyfriend is no help--a single human has never been able to sustain her--and the guy she is dating possesses a darkness within him that stains her soul, filling Kalista with evil urges whenever she feeds from him.

And then Kalista meets Rhane. Strange and familiar all at once, she immediately forms a smoldering connection to this handsome young man with otherworldly eyes, and feeding from his life force begins to change her in unexpected ways. Soon, Kalista learns that Rhane is guarding terrible secrets of his own. Secrets tied to a long forgotten past. Secrets that could lead to the undoing of them both. And yet, somehow they must save each other.

3 Stars***

Elemental Arcane by Phaedra Weldon


Samantha Hawthorne lives a rather curious life in New Orleans running a magic and herb shop. As an Elemental Witch in the Big Easy and owner of a wolf Familiar as well as the head of a former Faerie Queen, curious is as quiet as it gets for Sam.

Until children start turning into blood-thirsty Changelings and attack their parents.

When one of these children shows up in front of her shop, Sam and her friends are determined to find out where they’re coming from and where the exchanged children are being kept and put a stop to it. But will they succeed when they find themselves pitted against ninja ghouls, one of the oldest and darkest enemies of the mortal world, and a secret from Sam’s childhood that could unravel her magic?

4 Stars****

All of these books I read using Kindle Unlimited.  Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle