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review 2014-03-27 18:19
Review: Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop 
Series: The Others #2 
Genre: Dark Urban FantasyUrban Fantasy 
Published by Roc on March 4, 2014 
Format: eBook 
Pages: 448 
Source: Purchased 
Purchase: Amazon • Barnes & Noble

 

Anne Bishop continues to amaze me…I can’t get enough of this dark and enthralling paranormal world!

 

I honestly think this is the first time I’ve used the “rocked my world” icon on a review and if any review deserves it it’s MURDER OF CROWS! I completely apologize in advance for any ranting and raving I do in this review and acting like a teenage fangirl. The Others series has managed to make me step out of my reading comfort zone and devour each book like it’s the last book I’ll ever read! I’m an avid reader so that’s saying something about Anne Bishop’s writing.

 

MURDER OF CROWS continues shortly after the events of WRITTEN IN RED with Meg getting back to her daily activities of Human Liason. While Meg has assimilated to life at Lakeside, she’s still as vulnerable as ever. Her cassandra sangue heritage is further explored in this book and we see how Meg struggles with her prophecy abilities and how her new terra indigine friends fear for her life. Everyone from Simon to Vlad become extremely vigilente of the young woman who has sparked a change in each of them since her arrival.

 

Her friendship with the temperamental Simon Wolfgard is also put to the test when stronger feelings on his part (and possibly hers) causes Meg to keep her distance. There is no official romance between these two just yet, but the slow build is one of the best things about this series. I love reading about their movie nights and awkward flirting. I love a good romance but this is a book where there’s so much other awesomeness going on I don’t need it, but I do want it eventually!

 

The world building of The Others continues to fascinate with the original stellar cast, some new supernaturals (Intuits) and a questionable organization who call themselves the HFL (Humans First and Last) is introduced. Meg’s past has come back to haunt her in this book and we learn a little more about the “world” she left behind and her captors. There’s an ongoing dark undertone to this series that I absolutely love, Anne Bishops supernaturals are not the glamorous sexy kind, they’re fierce predators who are more in touch with their animalistic side and waste no time reminding us of that throughout the book.

 

I can’t get enough of the fantastic character development and unpredictable plot lines the author throws at us. I don’t think I’ve ever been this invested in a story and its characters so early in a series…they’re more like friends than characters at this point. That being said, this is probably the first paranormal world that I wouldn’t want to be a part of because of the constant dangers! I’ll stick to reading about them instead…haha

 

MURDER OF CROWS is just as engaging as its predecessor and delivers a page turning read that’s hard to put down. Anne Bishop continues to raise the bar with her rich storytelling. I’m almost glad that I waited this long to read both books back to back because I’m not sure I could have waited for the sequel! The Others have become my latest book obsession and in one sentence: “Yeah, this book ROCKED MY WORLD!”

 

 

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Source: romancingthedarkside.com/2014/03/review-murder-of-crows-by-anne-bishop.html
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-26 20:59
Review: Nigh Blade (Colbana Files #2) by J.C. Daniels
Night Blade (Colbana Files) - J.C. Daniels

Night Blade by J. C. Daniels 
Series: Colbana Files #2 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Published by Shiloh Walker Inc. on March 4, 2013 
Format: eBook 
Pages: 212 
Source: Purchased 
Purchase: Amazon • Barnes & Noble

 

My Initial Thoughs: J.C. Daniels left me with my heart in my hand!

 

NIGHT BLADE continues the story of Kit Colbana who can’t seem to stay out of trouble! When various Council members are murdered, a face from the past comes back to Kit, requesting her help with the investigation. Her relationship with the Alpha Damon is going strong and business is good, until now. Kit wants nothing to do with her ex-lover Justin but when he names Damon, her new love as the number one suspect, she’s forced to work with him in order to save the man she loves from a death sentence.

 

Kit Colbana became an instant favorite heroine of mine in Blade Song and continues impressing me with this installment. She’s not one of those perfect heroines with extraordinary supernatural abilities but can still hold her own with the Mercy Thompsons and Gin Blancos of the world. Kit is no stranger to pain and suffering but I really wanted to just give her a hug while reading NIGHT BLADE. She’s just trying to find happiness and the second it’s in her grasp it’s gone.

 

Even though she’s not a shifter, Kit definitely has nine lives. She faces rejection from Damon’s pack, is attacked by werewolves, takes on a vengeful witch and is captured by an old vampire enemy. All through this her number one priority is to save the man she loves…you gotta love her for that. To make things worse, Kit learns the person who’s made her suffer the most, her grandmother, is intent on finding and killing her, the girl can’t catch a break!

 

NIGHT BLADE is another action packed installment to the Colbana Files that keeps you on the edge of your seat. J.C. Daniels isn’t afraid to make her heroines suffer and rip the hearts out of her readers! The stakes are higher for Kit this time around and I can’t help but root for her more than ever after the emotional roller coaster she gave me. I still need a day or two to recover from this ending…

 

 

 

Source: romancingthedarkside.com/2014/03/review-night-blade-by-j-c-daniels.html
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review 2014-03-25 17:04
Review: Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
Written in Red - Anne Bishop

Written In Red by Anne Bishop 
Series: The Others #1 
Genre: Dark Urban FantasyUrban Fantasy 
Published by Roc on March 5, 2013 
Format: eBook 
Pages: 448 
Source: Purchased 

Purchase: Amazon • Barnes & Noble 

 

Anne Bishop delivers a hauntingly beautiful reading experience with WRITTEN IN RED!

 

WRITTEN IN RED is unlike any paranormal world I’ve read…in a good way! Last month I joined a month-long group reading challenge on Goodreads (League of Lusty Ladies) titled “Pick it for Me” where group members are paired up and recommend at least three books for you to read. One of my recommendations was WRITTEN IN RED. It went from my wish list to my TBR list and I decided to go ahead and check out what everyone was raving about. I honestly was not prepared for phenomenal read I was about to devour…

 

The story begins with a prophecy that pushes Meg Corbyn to escape from a compound that has held her captive all of her life. Her journey brings her to the Lakeside Courtyard, the dangerous territory of werewolf, crow and bear shifters, elementals…oh and vampires known as the terra indigene. Meg isn’t an ordinary human, she’s a cassandra sangue and has the ability of prophecy by drawing her blood with a cut on her skin. The terra indigene are not known to “take in” outsiders but are in need of a human liaison and Meg arrives at the opportune moment. Living and working with the terra indigene is no easy feat, but Meg’s innocence and kindness slowly wins these dangerous predators over, especially the brooding alpha Simon Wolfgard.

 

It’s difficult to review this book without giving too much away or ranting for pages. The world building is intense and a bit intimidating, I don’t think I could have followed all the details if I had listened to it on audio but it was easy to understand while physically reading. When I started reading this story I compared Meg’s life in captivity to scenes from the Resident Evil movies with Alice. She’s had no exposure to the world except through images and has been confined all of her life with other cassandra sangue, all for the financial gain of another. Meg’s childlike innocence is one of her best attributes, she has no prejudices and her curiosity is endearing. Don’t get me wrong, she’s no pushover…she definitely speaks her mind which doesn’t always go over too well with the Others. She has great potential to be a fierce heroine.

 

We’re introduced to a few of the different breeds of the terra indigene in the first few chapters, mostly through Meg’s eyes. I really love that each “clan” is easily identified by their last names in this world, i.e. Wolfgard, Crowgard, Bearguard, Sanguinati and that they can communicate with each other telepathically. Every character has a distinct personality which can be difficult to achieve with such detailed world building, but Ms. Bishop outdid herself with this novel. There are a few humans sprinkled into this world as well and I really enjoyed the interactions between both groups. Henry, Sam, Jester, Tess, Vlad and Erebus were just some of my favorites…I don’t think I can actually choose just one. There’s even a few villains in WRITTEN IN RED that you’ll love to hate…namely Asia Crane, I knew that b*** was bad news from the start!

 

It wouldn’t be a proper review if I didn’t share a little about the main male protagonist Simon Wolfgard. This werewolf had my attention from the minute he appeared on the page! Simon is the epitome of an alpha with a lot of beta qualities, not in a negative way. He can be a forced to be reckoned with if provoked, but Meg along with his nephew Sam bring out a softer side to him that you can’t help but love. Simon might come off as a brooding, stubborn alpha but he was a playful puppy after spending some time with Meg!

 

If I had to sum up WRITTEN IN RED in just one word I honestly couldn’t…yeah, it’s that good. This is one of those books you pick up with no expectations and end up falling in love with. It’s by far one of my top three favorite reads of 2014. Its dark tone will draw you in and the engrossing world will keep you turning the pages. I think I’ve said enough…go add this MUST READ series to your list ASAP!

 

 

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Source: romancingthedarkside.com/2014/03/review-written-in-red-by-anne-bishop.html
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review 2014-03-24 17:23
Review: A Wicked Hunger (Creatures of Darkness #1) by Kiersten Fay
A Wicked Hunger (Creatures of Darkness 1) - Kiersten Fay

A Wicked Hunger by Kiersten Fay 
Series: Creatures of Darkness #1 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Published by Author on January 4, 2014 
Format: eARC 
Pages: 288 
Source: Author 

Purchase: Amazon • Barnes & Noble 

 

An action packed sexy read with a cliffhanger ending that left me shouting!

 

A WICKED HUNGER is a thrill ride from start to finish that will keep you guessing. Coraline Conwell has had a tough life and has found financial security in her marriage to a wealthy man. But all that glitters isn’t gold, when Cora plans to surprise her husband at a hotel…all hell breaks loose and the new life she’s become accustomed to is turned upside down by the Vampire Enforcement Agency who is investigating a case that involves her husband. With the betrayal of the man she married and assassins on her tail, Cora is rescued and taken to a safe house by Mason (Mace), a sexy vampire agent who she’ll have to trust to ensure her survival.

 

Kiersten Fay’s paranormal world is unique and engaging. The supernaturals in this world tolerate each other bound by a truce that is constantly being tested. Vampires have been exposed to the human population and pretty much rule behind the shadows.

 

Cora might now be my favorite type of heroine but she’s been through a lot so I’ll give her a pass. She was held captive by a stray vampire who used her for food so it’s not a huge surprise she’s wary of Mason when they first meet. Unbeknownst to her Mason accidentally triggers a blood bond between them, making things a bit more complicated. Cora is drawn to Mason but is constantly questioning her feelings which made me want to smack her at times…LOL Mace is definitely the kind of swoon-worthy vampire hero I love. He does everything in his power to keep Cora safe, easing her fears and eventually winning her over.

 

When these two finally get together we’re in for a ride of scorching smexiness! I was on board with this romance until a third party was introduced, the dark and dangerous vampire Knox. He’s the opposite of Mason but I must admit I’m a sucker for a bad boy so I enjoyed his character. Knox’s addition to the story had me dreading the threat of a possible love triangle when he creates a blood bond with Cora in order to save her. I don’t know how this will play out in the end but I’m hoping Mace and Cora can have a HEA.

 

I know I’m not alone when I say I loved this story up until the last few pages (hence my 4.5 stars instead of 5). We learn an interesting revelation about Cora’s heritage and I was left with a major WTF?! moment when a new character is introduced towards the end leaving us with a massive cliffhanger, you just don’t do that to a reader! A WICKED HUNGER delivers everything I like in my vampire books, suspense, alpha heroes, sexy romance, unexpect twists and an engaging plot (with the exception of the cliffhanger, of course!). I was thrilled to learn this series follows the characters in this book and look forward to what Ms. Fay has in store for Mace, Cora and Knox!

 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

 

 
 
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Source: romancingthedarkside.com/2014/03/review-a-wicked-hunger-by-kiersten-fay.html
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review 2014-03-23 17:41
Review: Wounded by Jasinda Wilder
Wounded - Jasinda Wilder

Wounded by Jasinda Wilder 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Published by Author on December 16, 2012 
Format: eBook 
Pages: 124 
Source: Purchased 
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Two beautifully broken characters I couldn’t get enough of!

 

WOUNDED is an unexpected emotional story that left me a total mess. It takes place in Iraq during Desert Storm and introduces us to two very different characters, Rania and Hunter. After her family is killed and her younger brother enlists in the Iraqi Army, Rania has resorted to prostitution in order to survive in a country devastated by war. Hunter is and American soldier on his last tour when his team is caught in a bloody battle and he is wounded. A witness to the carnage, Raina puts all her prejudices aside and saves the wounded Hunter. With no way to communicate with each other, these two souls are bound together by their scars, finding a safe haven among all the tragedy around them.

 

War is never a good thing and Ms. Wilder’s depiction is intense, she doesn’t sugar coat anything which makes for a “not for the fain of heart” story. Rania and Hunter come from two very different worlds but relate to each other despite the language barrier between them. The comfort and peace they find in each other gives them hope. Rania has lost herself in an alter ego named Sabah in order to bed her clients, but in Hunter she sees a good man who is kind, patient and has been the only man that treats her as a human being and not an object. I was surprised by how Hunter never judged Rania for being a prostitute and how he protected her, he never sought to take advantage of her like some men would given the circumstances. He’s a stand up guy who I couldn’t help but falling for, Hunter is the best of both worlds, he’s an alpha when he needs to be and there’s also a tender side to him.

 

While Rania isn’t your typical strong, kick ass heroine, she definitely is in my book! Her story tugged on my heart strings and the perseverance she has combined with her strength, make her one of the strongest protagonists I’ve read in a while. Their romance developed over time and with sex out of the equation, you really get to see Rania and Hunter learn to trust one another and establish a solid foundation. That’s not to say there isn’t any smexiness between Rania and Hunter, there are plenty of those moments and I thought the author handled their loves scenes beautifully.

 

WOUNDED is unlike any book I’ve ever read and touched on some dark topics, but I found myself captive to Ms. Wilder’s exceptional writing. The dual POV of the main characters was a little hard for me to get used to in the first few chapters but it was well executed. The ending felt a bit rushed and the HEA was too perfect for me, but I wanted a HEA for this couple so bad after everything they experienced that I didn’t really mind. If I could sum up this book with a song it would have to be Rihanna’s We Found Love, the lyrics “we found love in a hopeless place” resonate with Rania and Hunter’s love story flawlessly! Jasinda Wilder delivers a heart wrenching, passionate love story that stems from loss and blooms with hope.

 
Source: romancingthedarkside.com/2014/03/review-wounded-by-jasinda-wilder.html
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