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review 2014-02-07 13:12
New Release Review: Circle of Death by Keri Arthur
Circle of Death - Keri Arthur
"Death had come calling on a windblown wintry evening. It smashed past the deadbolts lining the front door, and grabbed the living with unparalleled glee, sucking the life from them until there was nothing left but husks. Then it tore the remains apart, as if determined to erase any evidence of humanity."

That certainly caught my attention and I was hooked. Circle of Death is the second book in Keri Arthur's Damask Circle series. If the book sounds familiar, it's because it was previously published in 2002. The series is being re-released with the third book Circle of Desire coming out in April. I'm glad that I had the chance to add a new paranormal romance series to my never-ending list of fun escape reads.

 

Circle of Death is set in present day Australia. It starts off with a horribly brutal murder and features some rather frightening and bloodthirsty shifter creatures called manerei. The manerei are after our heroine Kirby Brown as well as some of her friends from her days at an orphanage. The dapper Doyle Fitzgerald is dispatched by the Damask Circle to find and protect Kirby.

 

In the spirit of paranormal romance, Doyle is attracted quite early on to the lovely Kirby even though they need to stay a step ahead of the manerei and the power-hungry witch that hunts Kirby and the other girls. Doyle is an interesting character: a thief in his previous life, he has been with the Damask Circle for 12 years. Oh, and get this - he's a shifter, too. A black panther shifter - just awesome. Kirby suffers from trust issues and as more of her background is revealed, understandably so.

 

The romance in the story felt a little rushed. I can understand that being chased by things with sharp teeth and claws would heighten emotions, but I still felt that Doyle fell for Kirby a little bit too fast. Once these two finally get a chance to be together, they are hot!

 

I do like the originality of this series. The magic is intriguing and the variety of paranormal creatures keeps the series interesting. I love the idea of the Damask Circle, a group of paranormal creatures who police their own kind.

 

While Circle of Death did not wow me like the previous book, I am still going to continue reading the series. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Arthur's books in the future.

 

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Bantam Books for a review copy of this book

 

Review posted on Badass Book Reviews. Check it out!

Source: badassbookreviews.com/new-release-review-circle-of-death-by-keri-arthur
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review 2014-01-08 12:43
Early Review: Circle of Fire by Keri Arthur
Circle of Fire - Keri Arthur

So here I was getting all excited that I found something new and fresh in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre. Then I realized that this series was originally published in 2001 and 2009 under the same name. Well, it's still a new-to-me series, so I guess I can go ahead with my gushing.

 

It's so much fun to find fresh, new books in urban fantasy. I mean, how many different ways can you do the vampire/werewolf thing? Circle of Fire is a solid start to the Damask Circle series. In fact, I loved being in this world. I literally devoured the book in one sitting. 

 

I think I enjoyed this book because it was a different take on the same old stuff. The main characters had intriguing abilities. Maddie Smith was an untrained psychic with the ability to start fires. Jon Barnett is a shape shifter whose main form is a hawk. 

 

This world is juxtaposed with our human world. Humans look down upon those with gifts and special abilities. Maddie was untrained because her family, then her late husband all tried to repress her gifts. The result was disastrous for Maddie. Discrimination runs rampant against the gifted and paranormal. Jon works for the Damask Circle, a special agency or police force for paranormal creatures. He is currently investigating the disappearance and murder of teenagers at the full moon.

 

This is not your ordinary romance. Jon appeals to Maddie to rescue him by appearing to her as a ghost-like image. Despite her reservations, Maddie drives out to Tauren Bay and rescues Jon from a well. Together, they begin to investigate the kidnappings (Maddie has a personal stake - her nephew is one of the missing), putting themselves in danger.

 

The plot moves along fairly fast. Jon and Maddie race against the clock to rescue the kids before the new moon. The villain is quite powerful and scary as are some of the townspeople.

 

My only reservation about this book was that I wanted to smack Jon upside the head a few times. I couldn't understand why he would deny his feelings for Maddie for so long. Darn commitment issues.

 

Circle of Fire was a fast paced, action packed read. I can't wait to get to the next book in the series Circle of Death.

 

Thank you to NetGalley and Dell for a review copy of this book.

 

Review posted on Badass Book Reviews.

Source: badassbookreviews.com/early-review-circle-of-fire-by-keri-arthur
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text 2013-11-01 12:51
October Books Roundup
Awaking - Madeline Freeman
Over the Rainbow - Brian Rowe
Revelry: Destiny Romance - Peta Crake
Where the Stars Still Shine - Trish Doller
All Night Long - Francine Pascal,Kate William
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Circle of Fire - Keri Arthur
The Curse Keepers - Denise Grover Swank
Passion - Lauren Kate
The Missing Juliet: A Fisher Key Adventure - Sam Cameron

I managed 13 books and one didn't finish in October.

 

Awaking - Madeline Freeman

Kojiki - Keith Yatsuhashi

Over the Rainbow - Brian Rowe

All Night Long (Sweet Valley High 5) Francine Pascal

Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Where The Stars Still Shine - Trish Dollar

Revelry - Peta Crake

Circle of Fire - Keri Arthur

The Curse Keepers - Denise Grover Swank

Passion (Fallen 3) Lauren Kate

The Missing Juliet - Sam Cameron

Gone to Ground - Brandilyn Collins

The Summer Man -SD Perry

Night World Vol 2 Dark Angel, The Chosen, Soulmate - LJ Smith

 

8 from Netgally. Kojiki, Revelry, The Curse Keepers, Circle of Fire, The Missing Juliet, Gone to Ground, The Curse Keepers, The Summer Man. 2 paperbacks Passion & Insurgent. 2 Kindle books, Where the stars still shine, All Night Long. 1 librarything.com member giveaway - Awaking.

 

Kojiki was the book I didn't finish. As much as I love Japanese mythology mixed with YA fiction, too much going on, so many characters and powers I couldn't keep track, so came to the conclusion, not for me. 

 

Favourite books of October, Passion, The Missing Juliet, and Where the Stars Still Shine.

 

Least favourite books of october - Revelry, The Summer Man, Awaking. 

 

On holiday for two weeks at the end of November, so book plan for this month is finish off the currently reading books, probably the paperbacks, then catch up on Netgalley arcs while on holiday where I'll have much more reading time. 

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