Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: Gravity (Mageri #4) by Dannika Dark

Published: May 16, 2013
Series: Mageri
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
When a choice is made, it will forever alter the course of our destiny. It cannot be undone, for fate is a river changing direction and carving away the bed of our hearts like everlasting fractures.

A difficult past has left Silver broken, but she is learning to trust again through Logan Cross, a Chitah who has convinced her that a dangerous man can change. Their conviction for each other will be put to the ultimate test when an old nemesis reappears and flips her world upside down. Will Logan be able to tame the animal within, or will he succumb to his impulsive nature?

The ongoing investigation into Breed experiments unveils a shocking secret about Silver’s past. Standing at a fork in the road, Silver is forced to make a decision. Each comes with consequence, and there is no turning back.
 
Gravity is book four in Dannika Dark's Mageri series. As the series progresses, we are exposed to new twists and turns in the story, and this book was no different than the previous ones in that regard. If anything, I found that this installment had a more profound effect on me emotionally than the last three did.

Silver, the witty and resilient heroine, is thriving in her new life. She's got a promising apprenticeship with a high ranking Mage, her relationship with Logan is stronger than ever, and she has gotten used to living life under the care of her stoic but lovable Ghuardian, Justus. The take-down of a very dangerous enemy is still in the works, but she's dealing with that threat one day at a time.

To my disgust and dismay, a new conflict and enemy arises that has a heart-breaking effect on Silver and the people she cares most about. She finds her life and happiness hanging painfully in the balance and I was on pins and needles as her closest relationships were put to the test. She's literally forced to make some heart and soul crushing decisions. Silver finally comes to terms with how deep her love is for Logan, and Logan absolutely blows me away with his actions to keep Silver safe. I adore these two as a couple so much!

Dannika Dark, what are you doing to me?!! I was in such emotional turmoil while reading this book. Things were happening that were tearing Silver apart, and therefore tearing me apart as well! This is the wonder of Ms. Dark; she opens a door to the world of her characters that immediately pulls you in, and it keeps a piece of you forever, even when you finally return to reality. Seriously. Her writing is THAT GOOD.

But one of the positive and enjoyable things I got out of Silvers main conflict was that her predicament seemed to solidify her friendship with her vampire guard, Christian. Christian is brash, cocky and downright drool-worthy--and he can nuzzle my neck any day, just sayin'! But he really stepped it up and showed Silver a side to him we've never seen before. Behind the harsh comebacks and judgemental comments is a great man. His fierce loyalty to Silver gave me a whole new perspective on him, and Silver learns that he is a great ally to have.

The pacing of this book is so well done that I approached the end before I knew it. After all of the nail-biting suspense I came out on the other side smiling and feeling very hopeful about what the final book in this series will bring. I know one thing for certain: Silver will be fighting and kicking butt until the very end!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
 
Expected publication: February 25, 2014
 
Goodreads description:
 
One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
 
****
 
I am SO EXCITED for this one!! The synopsis sounds awesome. Every book by JLA I've read so far has been one I thoroughly enjoyed. :)
 
What's your WoW pick this week?
 


Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Impulse (Mageri #3) by Dannika Dark

Published: October 29, 2012
Series: Mageri
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Almost one year ago, a Mage attacked Silver and changed the course of her destiny.
Immortals exist, and now she is one of them.

Within the dark and supernatural city of Cognito, Silver is living under the watchful eye of her Ghuardian and dating her mortal enemy. Neither man can protect her from a dark secret, one buried within the contents of a box. As rival factions struggle to gain control, she finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old feud that threatens to drive a wedge between her and Logan Cross, the man who intends to seduce her.

In an explosive turn of events, one life is saved and another is forever altered. Can Silver trust those around her, or are they hiding a dark secret of their own?
 
Impulse is book three in the Mageri series, and Dannika Dark continues to win me over with her impeccable story-telling abilities! This book definitely took me on a bumpy but glorious ride, where past betrayals are revealed as well as new insight into several of the beloved main characters. Also, Silver and her friends engage in some serious butt-kicking, as usual! Who could pass that up?

Silver, one of my all time favorite heroines, continues to have her strength and resilience challenged by nefarious individuals hell-bent on setting off a deadly chain of events that could threaten all Breed. One of the things I like most about Silver is her perseverance and attitude. She's such a strong woman and Mage. Instead of letting things break her down, she uses them to fuel her desire to fight and do the right thing no matter what.

There are a number of heavy and intense situations taking place in this book. We get more insight into Logan, Justus and even Silver's past. Some of it heartbreaking and startling. The surprises never cease! There are also introductions to new characters being made--some vile, some pleasant, and some incredibly hilarious.

One of my favorite new characters is Christian: a charming, yet sometimes wickedly spiteful vampire with an Irish accent that will melt you into a big pile of SWOON! He unexpectedly falls prey to Silver's snarky wit and I absolutely adore their love/hate friendship. They remind me of bickering siblings who, at the end of the day, got one anothers backs. This man is one of my favorite vamps of all time.

Several monumental happenings take place throughout the course of this book, but among the memorable events one of my favorites is the advancement of Logan and Silver's relationship--of which there are many levels. Logan is a fierce Chitah and he continues to prove his worth to Silver. I'm rooting for these two all the way! Especially after some of the smoldering, intimate scenes they share. Whoa buddy, a fan or a bucket of ice cubes needs to be at the ready during their spicy adventures!!

So far I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. I highly recommend delving into this supernatural world with Silver if you haven't already done so!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Launch & Review: I Am Forever (What Kills Me #2) by Wynne Channing!

Today kicks off the official release of I Am Forever, which is the much anticipated sequel to What Kills Me by Wynne Channing. As a huge fan of this series, I am VERY excited to be participating in the book launch! Below you will see more info about the author and her books, as well as my review of I Am Forever where I may or may not fangirl profusely....


About I Am Forever: Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god. 

But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.

 
Her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.

 
 

About What Kills Me: An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

 
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

 
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

 
Buy What Kills Me

 
 
 

About Wynne: Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and award-winning young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

 
Connect with Wynne

 
  
My review of I Am Forever:

I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of I Am Forever, the sequel to What Kills Me! I became extremely attached to the main character and her story after reading the first book, so naturally I fangirled at the chance to read the second book. Wynne Channing has concocted the perfect writing formula and applied it to this series. I Am Forever is fast-paced, intricate and incredibly imaginative! She's taken your classic vampire story, stomped on it, and morphed it into something fresh and enjoyable--with twists and turns in the plot you will never see coming!

The heroine, Axelia A.K.A. Zee, went through a life-changing transformation in the first book which resulted in her running for her life with the help of Lucas, a fellow vampire--who is also a very handsome and noble guy. This book picks up right where the previous one left off, and it's all about what happens next for Zee now that the tables have turned and the monarchy/vampire race has accepted Zee into their society. But even though the metaphorical waters seem still and calm on the surface, you just know that something is lurking beneath the depths, gearing up to make some monster waves! That is the best way I can describe the feel of this novel, and I loved the suspense and intrigue of it all.

Zee really shows us what she's made of during the course of this novel! She is NOT a chick you want to mess with. There are several fight scenes that are so descriptive and intense that you will think you are right there in the middle of it all; it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Zee is definitely not afraid to get BLOODY. She kicks some serious butt and I love it!

Speaking of love....The monarchy guides Zee down one path, while her heart is with Lucas; who is on a completely different path. Their relationship is really tested, strengthened and defined in this book. These two make such a great team and their chemistry is untouchable--I can't get enough of their banter and interactions! Zee is still full of snarky and humorous musings, and I enjoyed several laugh-out-loud moments prompted by her. There are some new characters that are introduced that compliment her personality so nicely; her new friend, San, being one example. He cracked me up!

I could gush and profess my love for I Am Forever all day and night. But just take my word for it when I say YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK (after reading the first book, of course)! It is well worth it and it's a fantastic read.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cover Reveal Blitz: Shine (Mageri #5) by Dannika Dark

 
I'm so thrilled to be participating in the cover reveal for Shine by Dannika Dark! Shine is the 5th and final book in the Mageri Series and if you're like me, then you're also itching to read it! But since it hasn't come out just yet, we'll all just have to collectively drool over the magnificent cover in the meantime! 
 
Feast your eyes on the beautiful cover below, and read on to find out more about the author and the release date for Shine!
 

Shine (Mageri Series, Bk #5)
By Dannika Dark

Blurb: 

In the short span of a year, Silver has gone from becoming a Mage to discovering the truth about her unique genetics. Logan Cross went from her mortal enemy to her immortal lover, but a threat is fast approaching like an inevitable storm. Attacks are underway against the Mageri and one man is behind it—an elusive foe who is an unstoppable force. Nero is not Silver’s only concern as someone close to her is arrested for treason. In the midst of chaos, Silver discovers she cannot protect everyone from the wrath of fate, including her own Ghuardian.

Justus finally opens his heart, but an unexpected turn of events could darken his soul forever. Secrets are revealed that will leave you reeling from one twist after the next. Would you sacrifice everything for love?

Destiny has set sail and once she alters her course, no one’s life will ever be the same in this explosive conclusion to the Mageri Series.



Release Date:

December 20, 2013


 
About the Author


This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.

Danni

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

Published: October 31, 2013
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.
 
The Unseen is an utterly titillating story that is impossible to forget. J.L. Bryan continues to impress me with his ability to completely shock and alarm me! This is a book that should definitely be read by those who like to experience the darkest elements of the supernatural.
 
JL has produced a plot enriched with the creepiest, freakiest, and most appalling entities you will ever come across: Demons. I'll admit that something about demons really scares the pants off of me, but they aren't the only things in this book to be weary of. There's also Ouija boards, astral projection, possession, cults, and terrifying transparent energy-devouring creatures that will make your skin crawl. I must say, I really quite enjoyed the graphic imagery used to describe the heinous demons and odd creatures featured throughout this novel--even if I did have a rather disturbing dream involving one of the huge spider monstrosities that feeds on the living. Well done, JL! These creatures jumped off the pages of the book and burrowed into my subconscious! I'm impressed, and also a little freaked out! Yeesh..
 
The heroine of this book is a young woman named Cassidy, and what I really appreciate about her is that she's not your typical do-gooder protagonist. This chick has serious issues. She had a very traumatizing experience as a teen and she is the only one who can see into the Unseen world. She self-medicates in order to shield herself from being able to see the variety of transparent creatures that feed off the living. A frightening series of events finally forces Cassidy to snap out of her reverie and face what is going on around her, because her life and the lives of her friends and family are in jeopardy.
 
There are a lot of interesting facts to learn in this novel that are very pertinent to the story, and I just kept on being amazed by all of them. I sincerely applaud JL for his originality and the unique layers that are peeled back with each passing chapter to reveal this intricate story . One of my favorite parts of the book was learning the truth about Cassidy's heritage and everything she's capable of--I truly didn't see any of that coming!
 
Like I said before, this entire book is filled with ongoing creepiness, which mostly involves demons. Be prepared to be thoroughly disgusted and mortified, because JL paints these demons in an even more perverse light than I could have ever imagined. There's one scene in particular that disturbed me and caused me to actually cringe, yet it somehow also made me simultaneously--and somewhat shamefully--intrigued...Overall I loved every minute of this book, especially the explosive ending. The main message of this review is this: Go read this book, and prepare to be mystified!
 
*Special thanks to J.L. Bryan for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
 


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan!

 
I'm so excited to be participating in The Unseen book blitz today! J.L. Bryan is one of my favorite authors and his new book, The Unseen, has recently been released. I'm about halfway through the book now and let me tell you, it's blowing my mind and creeping me out in the most fantastic way! If you enjoy books that are original, creepy and unpredictable, then you will thoroughly enjoy JL's novels.
 
Below you can find out more about The Unseen--which includes author information, buy links, an excerpt, an EPIC GIVEAWAY, and some advice from JL regarding Demon-Summoning Do's and Don'ts!
 
*****
 
The Unseen by J.L. Bryan
Publication Date: October 31st 2013
Genres: Horror

Synopsis:
 
Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

 Purchase links:
 
 
 *The Unseen currently has a special release price of 99 cents throughout this week, how cool is that?!
 
*****
 
 
AUTHOR BIO:

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories.

He is the author of The Paranormals series (starting with Jenny Pox), The Songs of Magic series, Nomad, and other books. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, his son John, and some dogs and cats.

Website: www.jlbryanbooks.com
Twitter: @jlbryanbooks
*****
 
Now I present to you some excellent advice from JL regarding demons! This is a must-read:  
 
 
 Demon-Summoning Do’s and Don’ts

So you’ve cast a circle and you’re ready to bring an infernal spirit into your home for a visit. Or are you? Summoning demons takes care and consideration—it’s nothing to jam in between doing the dishes and catching the new episode of Walking Dead.

These simple tips will help you put together an exciting evocation, without all the messy embarrassment of getting your soul ripped from your flesh and devoured.

DO offer a blood sacrifice. Your guest has traveled across endless darkness from the lower pits of Hell and will be expecting a snack. Chicken or lizard blood will do nicely for a lesser spirit. For an archdemon, you’ll want to sacrifice a human being instead—anything less is considered rude. Virgins are still preferred, but no longer expected by more modern demons. Finally, an activity you can do with that annoying neighbor you’ve always wanted to eliminate from the earth!

DON’T call up the wrong kind of demon. Incubi and succubi will arrive with certain expectations, because these unholy hornballs only have one thing on their evil minds at all times. If you’re not ready for a swingers’ sabbat, avoid them. If you do summon them, you’re going to need a little more protection that the typical enchanted circle provides—the beasties get around. Also avoid gluttony demons, because these corpulent creatures not only look like disgusting mountains of flab with enormous mouths, they’ll also destroy your snack bar and leave an unpleasant flatulent odor that takes weeks to remove from your carpet.

DO be polite. Powerful demons resent being summoned by mere mortals, but minding your manners can go a long way towards creating a more pleasant evening. When you say, “I bind thee and summon thee, foul Mephistopheles!” and the enraged horned demon appears in a flash of fire and brimstone, don’t forget to add, “Thank you!”

DON’T expect them to bring wine or a hot dish. Again, they’ve come a long way and can’t be expected to carry host gifts up from the abyss. Also, demon food tends to be rotten and vermin-infested, so how badly did you really want that casserole, anyway?

DO remember to take pictures! Remember, the only reason to do anything extraordinary in life is so you can brag to your friends on Facebook. A picture of you and Beelzebub with his host of flesh-eating flies will totally shut up that one friend who’s always bragging about the time she met Colin Farrell on an airplane.

DON’T forget to banish! If you don’t send that demon right back to Hell when you’re done, it may move onto your couch and stay there for months. Demons don’t pay rent, they don’t do chores, and they never, ever give up control of the remote. They will, however, watch home shopping channels twenty-four hours a day and max out your credit card to ordering useless knickknacks. They won’t take subtle hints to go home, either, no matter how many you drop—you have to order them out. Exercise your right to excorsize!

Following this list is sure to make your demonic encounter a more successful one! When you summon horrific spirits from the fiery underworld into your living room, you don’t want it to ruin the rest of your weekend.

*****

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-'Spell book' pendant, handbag, and a signed copy of The Unseen!
 


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