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review 2017-07-19 20:46
Review: The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Promise - Gena Showalter

Cameo, the keeper of Misery, remembers forgetting someone. A dark man who made her... happy?! She thinks it could be Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual, but her demon has blocked it from her memories. She has found her way to Lazarus's realm using the Paring Rod in hopes of finding out the truth. 

 

Lazarus is stuck in a land of the dead, but he is not dead; sort of. His thoughts revolve around vengeance: to kill his father, Hera, and the harpy who banished him to this realm. He found his "one true mate" in Cameo, and he is obsessed with finding her after she left his side never to return. He is also slowly dying from crystallized veins, something that occurs once the male of his species finds their “true mate.” Now he’s torn between his need for vengeance and desire for Cameo, which is killing him.

 

Due to the fact that The Darkest Promise follows a couple story arcs that began a few books ago, I don’t recommend anyone new to the Lords of the Underworld series start here. It is probably the best of the most recent books, as it mostly stays focused on the romantic storyline and only one overarching plot line, keeping the book moving without creating a lot of unnecessary confusion. I am especially thankful that the book didn’t spend time on the Gilly/William issues.

 

Cameo and Lazarus are good together and “meant to be.” I enjoyed their back and forth, and the fact that both wanted to protect the other more than life itself was rewarding. Many times, I got the mushy, squishy heart feeling because of an action or words thought/spoken. Both Cameo and Lazarus have personal issues they must hurdle in order to get to their HEA. Calling this “Cameo’s book” would be unfair, as it is equal parts Lararus’s story. 

 

Outside of the primary romance, the book addressed more in the on-going war between Hades and Lucifer. I honestly can’t recall how this story started, and I still wonder what happened in the “real world” with the rise of the Titans. I know the Lords took down the leadership, but aren’t there temples or something out there? I don’t know how the Sent Ones (from the spin off series) and all the conflicting mythologies tie in together, but I just go with the flow of the story.

 

Overall, I’m glad I read Cameo’s book, but honestly, the series is kind of going past me. I found it hard to get into The Darkest Promise primarily because I don’t really remember where there series is heading. (NOTE: there is a "timeline" at the end of the book; a listing of the key events of each book. I discovered about 50% through The Darkest Promise. It was cryptic but useful in recalling past events.) The mythology is branching out rapidly with a haphazard feel to the direction. The overall cohesiveness and connectedness of the series has been lost, leaving me apathetic towards the outcome. Diehard fans of the series will undoubtably enjoy Cameo and Lazarus’s tale, but it was just okay for me.

 

My Rating:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2017-07-03 00:14
Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter

This was an incredibly fun and action packed book. Even though the title is Alice in Zombieland, it’s not really a retelling of Alice in Wonderland. There are some nods to it but nothing huge.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed this. It had just enough romance and action. The supporting characters were great as well. Cole is a hottie. I wasn’t expecting to be swooning over a guy in this book but I was. I also loved Kat. I loved how loyal she was.

 

I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series.

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text 2017-06-29 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 448 pages.
A Mad Zombie Party - Gena Showalter

What am I reading????

 

there will be so, so much snark, even if I DNF.

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text 2017-06-29 06:24
Reading progress update: I've read 225 out of 404 pages.
Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter
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review 2017-06-26 13:42
Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter
The Darkest Promise - Gena Showalter

I loved this. The Lord's of the Underworld is within my top five favorite paranormal romance series. This series definitely has dark undertones. What I like the best is that you could take out all the smutty sex and still have a great story, that cant be said about too many paranormal romance series.

 

In this we have Cameo kepper of the demon misery and Lazarus. They are a great fit for one another, especially considering her voice does not effect him as it does others. For most the moment they hear her speak they experience an uncontrollable feeling of misery causing some to resort to even suicide. Their story takes them on a journey of vengeance. Along the way they have many hurdles to cross.

 

I love Showalter's writing. She can really bring a scene to life. Her characters are badass and have some wicked cool powers, but also aread very blemished. I love how I laugh when  reading these. Now I just need to find something to fill my time until the next installment releases.  

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