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review 2014-01-08 17:52
4.5 moons - "Born in Blood" by Alexandra Ivy
Born in Blood - Alexandra Ivy

I finished this book a while ago, but I was having issues on typing up reviews until now.  Even bloggers get writer’s block…especially when your oldest daughter is home from school due to Winter Break.  (Thank goodness for school back in session…LOL)

I knew I had to read this book the minute it was introduced on my FB Newsfeed one day.  The cover sold me and then the synopsis of it…and of course because Alexandra Ivy is one Author that can drag a reader into the story.  I literally was in the zone, while reading this book that I had no idea what was happening around me.  My husband and kids were fending for themselves, while I read Born in Blood.

Alexandra Ivy introduces you into a world, where we have the normal humans and then we have the Sentinels that have abilities that make them freaks.  (at least that is what the normal humans call them)  The Sentinels are frowned upon because the humans believe they will use their powers to gain more power over them. She introduces us to one of the humans, Sergeant Duncan O’Conner, who now has to work with one of the Sentinels.  Callie Brown is there to help solve the case with Duncan…but of course every human on the crime scene is weary about her being there.  Her abilities are able to see what happened to the person and figure out if they can find the killer.  Callie ends up getting more than she bargained for and her Guardian, Fane, is there by her side making sure nothing happens to her.  He’s over protective though.

Duncan is the extreme Alpha type guy and he has a secret in the story that Alexandra brings forward towards the middle/end of the story.  Oh boy…I definitely knew he was special.  =)  He got on my nerves at times because he was a little over-bearing and very open to what he wanted to do with Callie…but he still had his mixed feelings for Sentinels.  He did win me over, when it came to his devotion of Callie at the end of the book.

I loved Callie because she definitely was one determined female character.  She put Duncan in his place at times and she even put her Guardian, Fane in his place.  Fane did get out of control with being protective, but I can definitely see why he was reluctant on letting her loose on her own and with Duncan.  Callie plays a major role in why the title of the book is Born in Blood.  You will have to read the book to find out why.  Definitely, loved the bad guys in the story and how Alexandra made me hate them.  (Yeah…you’ll see why it’s a love/hate with them)  =(  Poor Callie when she found out the truth, who was behind the murders of the girls!

Alexandra did a fabulous job with the first book and introducing what it is all about and giving us other characters to look forward to.  I enjoyed the first book in the new series from Alexandra Ivy and look forward to the next book.  I hope it is Fane’s book.  I really want to know why he is just all about work and not about having fun.

I give this book 4.5 moons and highly recommend it to paranormal romance readers out there.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: booklovinmamas.com/2014/01/07/arc-review-born-in-blood-by-alexandra-ivy
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review 2013-08-15 00:00
Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans Series #1)
Royal Street - Suzanne Johnson Royal Street is a very refreshing and enjoyable urban fantasy read. I was captivated by the sights and scenery of New Orleans, and the honest and enlightening perspective of the city during and after the Hurricane Katrina devastation. We did get refugees (both human and animal) from New Orleans around that time in the Austin, and also the poisoned air drifted our way, causing a lot of allergy and respiratory issues. Seeing the aftermath from a more distant perspective was painful enough. I can't imagine having experienced it firsthand. Ms. Johnson allowed me to do this in reading this book. New Orleans has such a personality, that it continually establishes itself as a important character in her own right in books. This reader is not jaded at meeting this beautiful ancient dame yet again.Drusilla Jaco doesn't cede all the attention to New Orleans. She establishes herself as a likable character whose story you want to learn. She's neither too strong, nor too weak. Her strengths and weaknesses balance themselves out, making her a character I want to accompany on an adventure. Drusilla is a wizard, which is fun. Usually the tendency is to make a female UF protagonist a witch, which I feel can be a bit sexist. It could also be that I am not a big fan of witch storylines and witchcraft. I can and do like the idea of wizards a little more, and why can't a woman be a wizard? In this case, she is not just a wizard, but one with a special heritage which comes into play. That was fun to see Drusilla, or DJ, as she is called, come into herself and her genetic inheritance. As far as other characters, I definitely liked Alex and Jake. Boy howdy, I do not care for love triangles, but this one feels credible. Both guys have a lot to offer, and you do feel torn. I have made up my mind who I want Drusilla to end up with, but we'll see what the series has to say about that. Either way, so long as it doesn't turn into bed-switching (which has become almost an UF staple lately), I'm okay with going along for the ride. Now that Jean Lafitte, he's a character. I find him sexy, but it's in a "I'm so wrong to think he's sexy" kind of way. I mean, he's ruthless and amoral, and he is physically abusive. I'm not feeling that at all. At the same time, he is a cutthroat pirate, so I can't really ascribe 21st century values to him, can I? Yeah, I'm feeling conflicted. At any rate, he's an interesting character. I can't really tell you about one of my favorite characters, who is in fact an inanimate object that DJ calls Charlie. Let me just say that Lord of the Rings fans will find it very cool indeed!As far as the urban fantasy action, this book is pretty good on that score although it could have used more showing and more description. I did feel that the final confrontation wasn't as exciting and as well-executed as I would have liked. Admittedly, I am a stickler for well-written action scenes, so I tend to grade harder in that area. I did like that Drusilla does get to save the day. It was important for her to be able to do so, even though she did get a bit of help along the way.Royal Street is a great start to a series that has me excited to read more. I liked the concept and the characters are appealing and have me interested in reading more, including the Grande Dame of New Orleans. Urban fantasy readers looking for a book that would appeal to both male and female readers should find something to like in this book. I know I did!
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review 2013-08-09 00:00
Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans Series #3)
Elysian Fields - Suzanne Johnson I'm so conflicted.. ARGH. Love her writing.. DID NOT like the story. Review to come shortly.
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review 2013-08-07 00:00
Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans Series #3)
Elysian Fields - Suzanne Johnson Find more reviews at The Demon Librarian. Elysian Fields ForeverBook three in the Sentinels of New Orleans series is by far the most blood-soaked story thus far, so naturally it would be my favourite, right? Featuring an axe-wielding serial killer, no less. One whose crimes are getting disconcertingly closer to DJ's neck of the woods. Coincidence? Yeah, she wishes. And so once again our favourite female wizard is in the centre of a shitstorm of epic proportions, and if only that were the worst of her problems!Oh, I loved this one. Here is a book that's not only a satisfying read in its own right, but also plants seed after seed of future intrigue as Johnson introduces her Long Game. And I have to say, judging by this book, I simply cannot wait to see where she's planning to take us next!As well as dealing with the Axeman of New Orleans in his undead but frighteningly corporeal form, DJ has some very interesting personal issues to address in Elysian Fields. Some good, some not so good, and some that she's just been plain avoiding for far too long. There was also a lot more emphasis made here on the elves this time around. They've been somewhat in the background up until now, wanting little to do with the rest of supernatural kind, but when they step out of the shadows they sure do it in style! And with some humongous repercussions for DJ, I might add. Not happy with her bond with Charlie, the elven staff, they make their feelings known in true elven tradition: trickery, sneak tactics, and mind games.Dealing with the elves proves a challenge for DJ. I've mentioned before that she's quite forthright - no wallflower is our Dru - but this poses a problem among the elves who, as a race with a very healthy superiority complex, see her as little more than a mongrel mutt. While not the most violent of the races as a general rule, that doesn't mean their methods of getting their way are a walk in the park. Mental torture being just as effective as the physical kind. Yes, our girl is put though the wringer in this one alright. She may never be quite the same again...As well as all that, there's another gigantic development. I wish I could tell you what it was, seriously I do. It's a plot twist worthy of the only best UF writers. Not necessarily something you wanted to happen ( like, not at all), and yet you'll be d y i n g to see how it all pans out. You've been warned!On a slightly more frivolous note, this pesky serial killer malarky doesn't stop DJ from finding time for some romance in Elysian Fields. Nuh, uh. And what a fine hunk of man she picks for her playmate! I bet you want to know who it is, don't you? Hee hee! I'm not telling, but I'm happy. Take from that what you will :)To sum up, this was yet another great read in a series shaping up to be one of the high flyers of its genre. Absorbing from page one, I couldn't have asked for more.5 Stars ★★★★★ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.You might also like to read my reviews for the first two books in the series below:
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review 2013-05-10 00:00
Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans Series #1)
Royal Street - Suzanne Johnson For a book tour. Review to come.
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