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review 2017-11-13 15:32
So this is the end...
Blade Bound: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel (Chicagoland Vampires Series) - Chloe Neill

The final novel in the series, it's Merit and Ethan's wedding and the politics are complicated and things don't always go to plan. Evil doesn't wait for people to finish parties.

 

Interesting and fun characters and I'm sorry to see them go but can see where it was a logical end to the arc and the story.

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review 2017-10-20 17:34
Non-Standard Fantasy: “The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie
The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie

I "discovered" Abercrombie in 2012 when I was actually looking for some fantasy novels that "weren't Dragonlance-level shit". Back in 2012 I started off by reading “The Heroes” first. Only in 2013 I got to reading the First Law from the beginning.

 

Abercrombie does not sugar-coat his narrative. That’s for sure. That’s the first indication you’re not reading your running-of-the-mill fantasy:  it’s disturbing because it skews closer to real life than we are used to or comfortable with fantasy-wise. Protagonists fail, start things but don’t finish them, have their plans changed in mid-stride and generally push through as if they were making it up as the narrative progresses. While reading “The Blade Itself” I kept expecting conventional fantasy storytelling to assert itself and bring the characters back around to the “right” path, despite evidence to the contrary. I’m not that well versed in fantasy lore, but I think this first novel in Abercrombie’s fantasy milieu sets up a precedent for an ending that just isn’t what you expect, but I still kept waiting for that tide to turn back and give me a the usual happy ending cropping up in a lot of fantasy nowadays.  What I found most unsettling is that there IS a happy ending – it’s just the last person in the entire book you’d expect gets everything he wants. It was one of those endings, and one of those books, that sits with you for a very long time.

 

 

If you're into SF of the Grimdark variety, read on.

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review 2017-10-08 14:03
Blade: A Bayou Heat Novella - Alexandra Ivy

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

I enjoyed reading this new installment in the Bayou Heat series.

This book offers an interesting perspective into the world of the Pantera. Blade is one of the shifters that has been kept captive, tortured, tested, prodded and who knows what else by Benson Enterprises. I found it very refreshing to see the perspective of the males kept captive there, to explore the damage that was done to the males as well. Granted, I'm late in reading the series and I haven't read the first installments yet, so I'm not sure if this is something that was explored in earlier books. I liked Blade. I liked that he wanted to track Valli down and take care of her, when he really didn't have to. they were both victims of mad people, and no one would have blamed him if he had chosen to go on living his life away from everyone and everything. I thought his choice showed how much of a good person Blade is, how brave, loyal and honorable he is.

Valli is just as brave as Blade is, albeit a bit too naive at times. I was a bit sad for her, because it was easy to see how her childhood affected her, and influenced her ability to defend herself or to sense when people want to harm her. Even so, I liked her. I liked how she tried to understand what had happened. She's a perfect match to Blade, if you ask me.

The story was really fast-paced, almost a little too fast-paced if that makes sense. I definitely did not see the ending coming, because I wasn't able to figure out who the bad guy was. I am curious to see what will happen in the future with everyone that worked at or for the Benson clinic, as well as the future of Pantera. All in all, a pretty good book, perfect for Paranormal Romance lovers.

Source: rubys-books.blogspot.com
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review 2017-10-04 10:00
Haunted Blade (Colbana Files # 6) by J.C. Daniels Review
Haunted Blade (Colbana Files Book 6) - J... Haunted Blade (Colbana Files Book 6) - J.C. Daniels

 

 

Haunted, Hunted…and harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

As the body count racks up, there’s an imbalance of power, particularly among the vampire population, and Kit must yet again deal with ugly memories as one of the monsters who tried to break her is set free to deal with the imbalance of power. Yet while a power struggle rages in East Orlando, there’s another, more subtle battle taking place and Kit feels like the center of it all.

Arrogant? Maybe. But the dead bodies don’t bear the mark of her grandmother’s pet killer by sheer coincidence…and she doubts her nemesis being released is either.

 

 

 

Kit Colbana’s back and she has another killer (or is it two?) on her hands which means she’s up to her eyeballs in thrilling suspense and drama.

 

The twists keep coming and I get a quite the adrenaline rush when I become immersed in Kit’s life, it’s full of adventure, action, drama, suspense and romance. The series is full of interesting characters and lots of magic, some good and some bad with Kit having to deal with it all while handling her personal angst and drama, which draws readers in and refuses to let go.

 

Between her love with life with the sexy cat and her evil family, Kit’s life is quite exciting, but when you add in her job and The Assembly, you get lots of twists and excitements and this time is no different, the vampires are mixing things up and what’s more, her nemesis being released just may be her last straw. The story is fast paced with the action and drama being a roller coaster ride of thrills throughout the book, which keeps the reader on the edge and the suspense has readers biting their nails wondering if Kit’s going to come out on top. Her magic is adding a few surprises to Kit’s arsenal and the repertoire between Kit, her companions and her enemies are full of snark and attitude. 

 

Kit may have lots of enemies but she also seems to be gaining allies which hints there is much more to come in Kit’s life, especially since some of those allies have her questioning their motives and wondering just what they are up to. I can’t wait to find out what happens next, especially as it seems the big bad grandmother is going wreck even more havoc in Kit’s life.

 

4 Stars

 

Haunted Blade is the 6th book in:

Colbana Files

 

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review 2017-08-18 22:27
Mercy Blade / Faith Hunter
Mercy Blade - Faith Hunter

Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and revived the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies: vampires.

As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire. When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding werewolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo's 'Mercy Blade,' a sacred position charged with killing vampires who have gone insane.

What Jane doesn't know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans--or, more troubling, why he's now returned. It's definitely not to make Jane's life easier...

 

I enjoyed this installment of Jane Yellowrock in spite of myself!  It’s only book three, and already Hunter has introduced werewolves to the mix.  Not that I mind them too much, just that I like vampires so much better.  Jane runs into them by accident—or was it an accident?  Can she know how much vampire master Leo is manipulating her life?

 

One of the reasons that I like Jane so much is that she bestows nicknames on the people around her.  That’s one of my bad habits—giving names to those people who I see frequently, but don’t really know.  I guess I’m glad to know that other people do the same thing.

 

If one thing troubles me, it’s that Jane is such a doormat when it comes to the men in her life.  However, she is so ultra-competent in her professional life that she would be positively Mary-Sue-ish if she didn’t have a major flaw, and this is it.  And really, who hasn’t been torn from time to time, wondering if you’ve chosen the right guy?  Jane has the added complication of Beast to deal with—trying to please two strong female personalities is a tough job for one guy.  She may need two or three!

 

A fun series and I will definitely continue on.

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