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review 2018-11-13 10:27
Jetzt werde ich doch noch sentimental
Chicagoland Vampires: Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht - Marcel Aubron-Bülles,Chloe Neill

Ich habe ernstlich überlegt, mich zum Abschluss der „Chicagoland Vampires“-Reihe mit einem T-Shirt zu belohnen. Auf ihrer Website hat Chloe Neill einen Shop eingerichtet, in dem Merch aller Couleur angeboten wird. Leider ist nichts, aber auch gar nichts dabei, was mir gefällt. Nicht einmal Catchers Spruch-T-Shirts überzeugen mich. Schade. Ich hätte all die Jahre der Treue gern ausgezeichnet. Dann werde ich das Finale wohl still für mich feiern. Aber bis dahin ist es sowieso noch ein bisschen hin, denn erst einmal steht jetzt die Rezension zum vorletzten Band „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ an.

 

Haus Cadogan versetzte dem Zirkel einen schweren Schlag. Ethan und Merit vereitelten die Pläne der kriminellen Organisation, doch ihr Oberhaupt Adrien Reed wird nicht eher ruhen, bis er ganz Chicago unter seine Kontrolle gebracht und Rache an den Vampiren geübt hat, die sich ihm entgegenstellten. Als das Paar die Leiche eines Gestaltwandlers nahe Wrigley Field entdeckt, der von einem unbekannten Vampir ermordet wurde, ahnen sie, dass Reed seine Finger im Spiel hat. Neben dem Getöteten sind seltsame Symbole an eine Wand gezeichnet. Es scheint sich um eine alchemistische Gleichung zu handeln, aber ihre Bedeutung bleibt rätselhaft, obwohl Ethan, Merit, Mallory und Catcher alles daransetzen, sie zu entschlüsseln. Bald tauchen die Symbole überall in Chicago auf. Würde Reed tatsächlich einen Krieg unter den Übernatürlichen Chicagos riskieren, um zu bekommen, was er will? Würde er magische Energien entfesseln, die er unmöglich beherrschen kann?

 

Meine Güte, jetzt werde ich auf meine alten Tage wohl doch noch sentimental. Wer hätte das gedacht? Ich mochte „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ viel mehr, als ich erwartet hatte. Tatsächlich war ich überrascht, wie gut mir dieser zwölfte Band gefiel. Ich wollte ihn gar nicht mehr aus der Hand legen und war wirklich gefesselt. Emotional erinnerte er mich sehr an die frühen Bände der „Chicagoland Vampires“, was die Augenblicke melancholischer Wehmut natürlich verstärkte. Jetzt ist es bald vorbei. Schnüff. Ja, ich gebe zu, trotz aller Kritik an Chloe Neill und der Entwicklung, die die Reihe genommen hat, muss ich mir ein metaphorisches Tränchen verdrücken. Eine Ära endet (demnächst). Ich weiß noch, wie ich mir mit dem ersten Band „Frisch gebissen“ die Nacht um die Ohren geschlagen habe. Ach was war es schön. Gut, hier soll es aber nicht um Nostalgie gehen, sondern um „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“. Ich denke, ich mochte das Buch deshalb so sehr, weil alle liebgewonnenen Figuren endlich wieder aktiv zusammenarbeiten und am selben Strang ziehen. Nach den dramatischen, einschneidenden Erlebnissen der vergangenen Bände sind sie endlich wieder ein Team, besonders Merit, Ethan, Mallory und Catcher. Es war toll, sie gemeinsam gegen einen Feind antreten zu sehen. Merit erhält trotzdem eine Sonderrolle, denn sie wird brutal mit ihrer jüngsten Vergangenheit konfrontiert – ein cleverer Schachzug, der die übergreifende Handlung rund erscheinen lässt, obwohl ich bezweifle, dass dieser von Beginn an geplant war. Langfristige Abläufe sind meiner Ansicht nach nicht Chloe Neills Stärke; ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass sie eine Idee dieser Größenordnung geduldig mit sich herumtrug, ohne unmissverständliche Andeutungen fallen zu lassen. Dazu fehlt ihr die nötige Subtilität. Deshalb bin ich sicher, dass Annabelle, eine neue Figur, die sie in „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ vorstellt, eine Rolle in der Familienplanung von Ethan und Merit spielen wird. Sie ist eine schwangere Nekromantin. Schwanger. Nekromantin. Das schreit ja geradezu nach einem Zusammenhang mit der Prophezeiung, laut der „Methan“ als erstes Vampirpärchen der Historie ein Kind bekommen werden. Wozu sonst sollte Neill so spät die Besetzung erweitern? Erstmal hilft Annabelle unserem Powerpaar bei den Ermittlungen zu den alchemistischen Symbolen, die überall in Chicago auftauchen. Die Idee, Alchemie in das magische Potpourri der Reihe aufzunehmen, verdient Applaus, doch leider involvierte Neill mir zu wenig Details. Die Alchemie ist eine komplizierte und umständliche Kunst. Sie erklärt nicht, wieso sich überhaupt ein_e Hexe_r auf diese Richtung spezialisieren sollte. Welche Vorteile bietet sie gegenüber anderen Magieformen? Die Verbindung der Symbole mit dem Gangsterboss Adrien Reed ist kein Geheimnis, die Herausforderung besteht darin, herauszufinden, was er plant. Ich fand es schade, dass Neill in „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ ausschließlich Reed fokussierte, statt den Zirkel als kriminelle Organisation richtig in die Handlung einzuarbeiten. Dadurch erschien das Ganze als 1-Mann-Unternehmen und erinnerte kaum noch an die Mafia. Adieu, organisiertes Verbrechen. Dennoch ist es mir hundert Mal lieber, dass sie sich auf die Handlungsaspekte konzentriert, die ihr liegen, statt irgendwas zu versuchen und dann zu scheitern. Letztendlich war es mir auch egal, wer nun als Bösewicht herhalten muss – die Hauptsache war, dass ich Freude mit diesem Band hatte.

 

Vielleicht sehe ich „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ durch die rosa Rückblicksbrille. Mir ist bewusst, dass ich ein bisschen nostalgisch bin, weil sich „Chicagoland Vampires“ dem Ende nähert. Mag sein, dass das mein Urteilsvermögen beeinflusst. Aber sind wir ehrlich: ist das wichtig? Spielt es eine Rolle, warum ich Spaß mit der Lektüre des zwölften Bandes hatte? Ich denke nicht. „Wie ein Biss in dunkler Nacht“ ist reine Unterhaltungsliteratur und diesen Job hat das Buch hervorragend erfüllt. Ich habe mich nicht einmal besonders an den schmalzigen Liebesschwüren zwischen Ethan und Merit gestört. Klar, das ist alles unfassbar kitschig, doch ich konnte diesen Part problemlos ignorieren. Etwas Glück wünsche ich den beiden ja auch. Deshalb freue ich mich wirklich auf das Finale „Ein Biss von dir“, für das ich mich emotional wohl lieber wappne. Sonst wird aus dem metaphorischen Tränchen am Ende noch ein echtes.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/chloe-neill-wie-ein-biss-in-dunkler-nacht
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review 2018-11-12 17:55
WELCOME TO THE SHOW edited by Doug Murano
Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue - Somer Canon,Rachel Autumn Deering,Brian Keene,Jeff Strand,Matt Hayward,Glenn Rolfe,Patrick Lacey,Matt Serafini,Adam Cesare,Jonathan Janz,Kelli Owen,Doug Murano,Mary SanGiovanni,Robert Ford,Bryan Smith,Booth Tarkington,John Skipp,Alan M. Clark

 

WELCOME TO THE SHOW is a themed anthology with all of the stories revolving around, (or involving in some way), a rock n' roll club named The Shantyman. That's it! There's no hard thread connecting all the tales other than the club itself. That makes WELCOME TO THE SHOW different because there's no one "bad guy" to blame things on. In this case, the "bad guy" is anyone or anything the writer wanted them to be. In this regard, I think the authors involved had a lot more leeway as far as the direction each story would take and I think that resulted in an above average anthology as far as the quality AND the variety of the stories within.

 

I can't get into all of them here, because I don't want this review to be as long as the book itself, but the tales that stood out the most to me were:

 

WHAT SORT OF RUBE by Alan M. Clark was a perfect start to this book, providing a bit of history and setting the tone. (I've never read any of Clark's work before, but he's on my radar now.)

 

NIGHT AND DAY AND IN BETWEEN by Jonathan Janz. This story went in a totally different direction than what I had expected. Loved it!

 

TRUE STARMEN by Max Booth. I'm not sure that it was supposed to, but this story cracked me the hell me up! It's the first time THE SHANTYMAN hosted pod-casters instead of a band, and the results just made me laugh.

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT by Kelli Owen. The 27 Club-you know, those singers and musicians that never made it past that age? I thought this anthology would be a shoe-in for stories about that club, but this was the only one. I was glad because it made this tale stand out even more.

 

PARODY by Jeff Strand. Zany Chester and his plans to be the next Weird Al fizzle out before they even got started. (It's birdies, not bodies!) Chester had to go to a few back up plans, actually, and none of them were pretty.

 

DARK STAGE by Matt Hayward. This tale spoke to me in a personal way which made it that much more horrifying at the end.

 

A TONGUE LIKE FIRE by Rachel Autumn Deering. The end was NOT what I was expecting at the beginning. Usually I can see that coming..in this case I saw something coming, but not what I got. Well done!

 

Brian Keene's tale RUNNING FREE made me laugh at the premise before it got all serious. (A man trying to run himself to death by heart attack, thereby evading death from the cancer already running through his body. Come on, that's kind of funny! [All right, I know I'm messed up.]) Anyway, this story didn't go the way I thought it would and I loved how it tied into previous tales in this book.

 

WE SING IN DARKNESS by Mary SanGiovanni. This story had everything that I've come to expect from Mary's work. A terrifying future where music is banned is only the beginning.

 

I enjoyed this collection and even though it was a little uneven throughout, the variety and quality more than made up for that. I liked that everyone didn't have quite the same view was to what was going on at The Shantyman because that allowed for more creativity in the tales. Variety is the spice of life and all that, you know?

 

I read a lot of collections and anthologies over the course of a year and there is no doubt in my mind that WELCOME TO THE SHOW will be among the best I've read this year. For this reason, I highly recommend it!

 

You can get your copy here: WELCOME TO THE SHOW

 

*11.12.18 We are currently reading this book, along with most of the authors in the Horror Aficionados Group at Goodreads. Feel free to join us, read along, and ask questions of the writers, if you like! (Our read continues until the end of this month.) Here's a link: WELCOME TO THE SHOW at Horror Aficionados

 

**I bought this book with my hard earned cash and these opinions are my own.**

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review 2018-11-09 10:50
Early Review! Gifted (The Dark Forgotten #4.5) Sharon Ashwood!

 

Who says the holiday season is just for humans?

 

For all the holly-jolly times, family gatherings are complex no matter who—or what—you are. When you’re hunting for the latest “it” toy to stuff a stocking, it doesn’t matter if you’re alive or Undead, fanged or furry—you’re just as desperate to be the cool dad. And then there are the family grumps who never send cards, the ones who eat all the good candy, and those who drool and dig up the neighbor’s yard.


No, the Yuletide Season isn’t for the faint of heart—and sometimes it’s downright demonic—but holiday miracles make it all worthwhile. Chance encounters and unexpected forgiveness remind us that joy doesn’t come in a gift-wrapped box.

This novella from the Dark Forgotten world catches up with favorite characters for a fresh take on the holidays.

 


No matter who – or what – you are, this Dark Forgotten holiday special is heartwarming and thrilling! As the strong, vivid characters prepare for the holidays while dealing with a demonic threat. Lots of holiday cheer, and sweet romance entertains readers while spine chilling suspense keeps readers on the edge of their seat. The idea of something good coming out something demonic inspires readers as a variety of characters discover holiday miracles make everything worthwhile even having to banish a sparkly demonic threat and battling holiday crowds. Readers can’t help but enjoy this fresh perspective of fanged and furry, magical and innocent characters take on the holidays while also getting to catch up on the lives of all the Dark Forgotten characters.

 

 

 

 

Author's Book Page - https://www.rowanartistry.com/book/gifted-the-dark-forgotten/

 

 

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42623015-gifted

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/gifted-the-dark-forgotten-by-sharon-ashwood

 

 


Gifted is #4.5 in The Dark Forgotten series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/46164-the-dark-forgotten

 

Author - https://www.rowanartistry.com/series/the-dark-forgotten

 

Amazon - Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FF5QSJL?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

.5 Fragile Magic
1 Ravenous
2 Scorched
3 Unchained
4 Frostbound
4.5 Gifted

 

 


Gifted will be AVAILABLE in ebook on November 11, 2018.

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Dark-Forgotten-Sharon-Ashwood-ebook/dp/B07K5DYCBK

 

 

 

Rowan & Ash Artistry is home to my artistic pursuits. The name comes from Celtic and Norse folklore. Rowan has protective powers and grants true vision. Ash is the mighty tree that links the worlds. Together they invoke strength, discernment, and love of harmony and balance.

 

I live in the Pacific Northwest in a house crammed with books, musical instruments, and half-finished sewing projects. I have an honor’s degree in English literature but work as a resource manager (aka fun with spreadsheets). I am owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness, who is happy to express his critical opinion with judiciously applied hairballs.

 

As Sharon Ashwood, I’ve written several urban fantasy romance and paranormal romance series. I won the 2011 RITA® award for paranormal romance (Unchained) and was nominated again for Possessed by a Wolf in 2016 and Enchanted Warrior in 2017. In addition, I won Wisconsin’s 2011 Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest (Unchained) and the 2010 Desert Rose Golden Quill Contest (Ravenous).

 

Emma Jane Holloway pursues fantasy, history, and steampunk adventures. The Baskerville Affair is just the beginning.

 

 

 

 


Website - http://www.rowanartistry.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1880316.Sharon_Ashwood

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sharon-ashwood

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/RowanAshArt

 

Tumbler - http://rowanashart.tumblr.com/

 

Facebook (Sharon Ashwood) - https://www.facebook.com/authorsharonashwood/

 

Facebook (Emma Jane Holloway) - https://www.facebook.com/EmmaJaneHollowayAuthor/

 

Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/rowanashart/

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/rowanashart/

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-11-05 15:50
TEETH by Kelli Owen
Teeth - Kelli Owen

 

Lamians. That's what vampires are called now. They have rights just like regular people under the Stoker Treaty, so you'd better get used to it. This is part of the premise of Kelli Owen's TEETH, and it sucked me right in! (See what I did there? Perhaps I should move on...)

 

As we already know, just because laws are there doesn't mean they'll be followed. We only have to look at the civil rights movement to see that. Once coming of age is reached and the new, Lamian teeth come out, they're as difficult to hide as skin color. Unlike skin color though, those new teeth signify a lot of differences-we are NOT all the same. Lamians have special powers-they may be able to read our thoughts for one, and who's comfortable with that? TEETH does a terrific job of addressing the types of sociopolitical issues of today under the guise of vampirism.

 

Set in a small town, bigotry, ignorance and prejudice play a large role here. Lamians are hated as well as admired. They are ousted from popular social circles and in others they may be worshipped. A young woman just getting her teeth and worrying about being expelled from her social clique at school has feelings just as valid as the young man who wants to pay the dentist for implants because he needs to be accepted into a Lamian group. Looking at issues from all sides, Owen does a great job of slipping in current political commentary and I enjoyed that. Oh, and she also slips in a serial killer, but I'll leave you to discover that on your own!

 

Another aspect of this story that I enjoyed was the Lamplight Foundation. This is a Lamian organization designed to help Lamians learn more about their history, their future, their abilities and many other things. I found myself wanting to know more about them, how they came about and especially more about the leader of their local branch, Maximillian. Perhaps we will get that in a future book? I certainly hope so.

 

Just when I think I'm sick to death of vampires, an author comes along and puts their own spin on the old myths. So... relax-there's no sparkling here. There's no whiny regrets here as there is with Lestat and Louis, either. What we DO have is a clever way to address fear, bigotry and prejudice, and how they are used in our current political climate. And that way is all dressed up and disguised in the bloody gore of torn out throats and other body parts. Come on, how much fun is that? It's a LOT of fun! Trust me on this.

 

Recommended! You can get your copy here: TEETH

 

*I was given an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2018-11-05 11:00
Release Week Review! Gabriel (Stone Warriros #3 / Vampires in America #14.5) D.B. Reynolds!

 

 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until. . . .


Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood.

 

Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.

 

Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both.

 

Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years.

 


A fierce warrior, Gabriel Halldor is trapped in stone and lying in darkness for thousands of years. Raised to the life of a warrior. Hana Himura is sent to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer. They can only be saved from slavery by the most powerful vampire on earth. This powerful and gripping romance pulls readers in and refuses to let go as Gabriel, Hana and Raphael take on the evil sorcerer who turned Nick’s men to stone with a curse.

The story is brings the two series, Vampires in America and Stone Warriors together and as usual with this author, readers are compelled to the pages as they hold on to their seats in anticipation of what thrilling event will take place next. The characters are bold, vivid and the stuff fantasies are made of, Gabriel and Hana have strong, electrical chemistry and passion burns hot throughout the story as they give into the desire that’s been simmering between them for years. The readers easily connect with these characters ensuring that they want to know every last detail of their story while the fast page and smooth flowing plot keeps them glued to the pages with lots of exhilarating action, intriguing suspense and witty dialogue that adds depth to the characters and adds a sense of realism to the story. Nick and Raphael add even more enjoyment to the story with their hot as sin selves and their antagonistic attitude toward each other that causes some very heated discussions while planning on how to keep Hana and Gabriel safe. There is not one moment of boredom to be found in this explosive story that includes some spectacular battles and sizzling romance.

 

 

Author's book page - https://www.dbreynolds.com/stone-warriors/the-stone-warriors-gabriel/

 

 


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34229759-gabriel

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-stone-warriors-gabriel-by-d-b-reynolds

 

 


Gabriel is the 3rd book in the Stone Warriors series

 

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until...

 

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/179243-stone-warriors

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JHNRY39?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

includes


1 Damian
2 Kato
3 Gabriel

 

 

 

Gabriel's book crosses with the Vampire in America Series as #14.5!

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/46926-vampires-in-america

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C9HR21Z?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

 


Gabriel is AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon - https://amzn.to/2ymGfKh

 

Amazon-CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07J4GLPHC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539071931&sr=8-1&keywords=gabriel+db+reynolds

 

Amazon-UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07J4GLPHC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539072043&sr=1-1&keywords=gabriel+db+reynolds

 

Amazon-AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07J4GLPHC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539072114&sr=1-1&keywords=gabriel+db+reynolds

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-stone-warriors-gabriel

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stone-warriors-d-b-reynolds/1129710120?ean=2940161743911

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/D_B_Reynolds_The_Stone_Warriors_Gabriel?id=j59xDwAAQBAJ

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-stone-warriors-gabriel/id1439037338?mt=11

 

 

D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of several Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy stories, including the very popular Vampires in America. An Emmy-nominated television sound editor, she lives in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she's not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else's. Visit her blog at www.dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, free stories, and more.


Website - http://www.dbreynolds.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2898479.D_B_Reynolds

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/profile/d-b-reynolds?list=about

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/D.-B.-Reynolds/e/B002BMGC1G

 

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