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review 2018-06-19 10:00
Release Day Review! Vampire’s Faith (Dark Protectors #8) Rebecca Zanetti!
Vampire's Faith - Rebecca Zanetti

 

 

The Dark Protectors are Back!

 

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

 

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.
 
“Hot and fast from beginning to end.”
—Kate Douglas on Fated
  
“Sizzling sex scenes and a memorable cast.”
—Publishers Weekly on Claimed
  
“A fast-paced, excitement-filled explosion of action… Zanetti keeps getting better.”
—RT Book Reviews on Marked, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

 


Hot Diggity Vampire! The Dark Protectors are back and their fiery new book, Vampire’s Faith, rocked my world and introduced to me more yummy protectors.

Ronan and Faith are two very strong and captivating characters that burn with electrifying chemistry that easily draw readers in and ensures that they never want to leave. I felt connected to these two characters as they worked out their very turbulent romance that is full of emotion, snarky dialogue and full steam ahead passion as they came together and clashed in all time “War of the Roses” type battlefield romance.

 

This fast paced plot kept me on a roller coaster ride of explosive action, thrilling suspense, and of course the very rocky romance. The bad guys have new allies and they are definitely up to as much as evil as they can do while the Seven are the newest good guys that are all about stopping that evil in any way possible, which might not sit well with the rest of the realm, so there is never a dull moment to be found during all of the life and death exploits that take place. In another twist, Garrett and Logan find themselves caught up in the Seven’s secret plans to fulfill a prophecy which adds even more thrills and suspense to the story.

 

Rebecca Zanetti never fails to provide me with vivid, exciting and fascinating world full of fantastic characters that I can’t help but love so her worlds are some of my favorite ones to visit so it shouldn’t come to a surprise when I tell you that she has added a whole new dimension to the Dark Protectors world with this new twist in the series and I can’t wait to get to know the rest of these dark and sexy new warriors better.

 


Vampire’s Faith


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37703013-vampire-s-faith

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/vampire-s-faith-rebecca-zanetti/book,13971958

 


The 8th book in the Dark Protectors series


https://www.goodreads.com/series/63691-dark-protectors

 

https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/dark-protectors/

 

which includes


Fated #1
Claimed #2
Tempted #2.5
Hunted #3
Consumed #4
Provoked #5
Twisted #5.5
Shadowed #6
Tamed #6.5
Marked #7
Talen #7.5

 

The Realm Enforcers series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/142331-realm-enforcers

 

https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/realm-enforcers/

 


which includes

 

Wicked Ride #1
Wicked Edge #2
Wicked Burn #3
Wicked Kiss #4
Wicked Bite #5


& the Dark Protectors – Reese Family

 

https://rebeccazanetti.com/book_series/dark-protectors-reese-family/

 

 

which includes:


Teased #1
Tricked #2
Tangled #3

 

 

Vampire’s Faith is available in print or ebook at:

 

Kensington - http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36378

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/ASIN/B078LJZ6YF/romwitabit01-20/


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vampires-faith-rebecca-zanetti/1127723103?ean=9781516107452

 

iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/vampires-faith/id1329275840?mt=11


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vampire-s-faith


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rebecca_Zanetti_Vampire_s_Faith?id=gVJEDwAAQBAJ


eBooks - https://www.ebooks.com/95930874/vampire-s-faith/zanetti-rebecca/

 

 

can be found at:

 

Website - http://rebeccazanetti.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4149342.Rebecca_Zanetti

 

Bookbub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-zanetti


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaZanetti.books/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/RebeccaZanetti

 

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

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/rebecca-zanetti/author,2550206

 

 

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review 2018-06-19 10:00
Review! Finding Hawk (Branches of Emrys #3)Brandy L. Rivers!
Finding Hawk - Brandy L. Rivers

 

 

Armed with her father’s journal and his hawk pendant, Jacinda journeyed to Wanatoga to follow the clues to stop the evil hunting her bloodline. Before arriving at the reservation, she lands herself in a new batch of trouble.

 

On watch for proof of a plot to abduct and murder Others, Chatan spots a striking redhead he’s immediately drawn to. As he watches, Josephine’s goons capture and before he can make a move, she escapes and runs.

 

Luckily, she doesn’t run far, goes straight to the nearest Motel, that happens to be owned by his aunt. Without revealing his own secrets, he convinces her staying is the safest option and he’ll help her find what she’s looking for.

 

Jacinda’s escape only frustrates Josephine who hasn’t given up on capturing the powerful caster who got away.

 

The elders look for a way to stop the murders. An old story ties Jacinda and Chatan together while her search nears the end.

 


Wow! I just discovered that more Others exist in a place of magic, the Wanatoga reservation where Jacinda meets Chatan and takes us all on a dangerous and exciting journey as they find romance and go up against a formidable foe.

 

While all the new characters and previous characters are strong, compelling and easily draw you into their world, Jacinda and Chatan are the hero and heroine in Finding Hawk which is the third book in the Branches of Emrys series and they charismatic and courageous and their story is so very exciting. Their romance is sweet but full of issues that stem from emotional turbulence and an evil foe that has colored Jacinda’s past making her reluctant to let anyone in her life much less someone that feels so connected to. The chemistry between Jacinda and Chatan is undeniable and the attraction burns hot from every page but this relationship is one that keeps readers in suspense throughout the story.

 

The fast paced and undeniably thrilling story practically vibrates energy from every page as it keeps readers glued to the pages not only because of Jacinda and Chatan’s budding romance but Jacinda’s journey to defeat one foe has brought her to the attention of one an enemy that Chatan and his family has been trying to put an end to, so there are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. And that’s not to mention all the intriguing magical events that help Jacinda discover more about her destiny and the fight ahead of her.

 

Okay, I have to tell you that this part of Chatan and Jacinda’s story ends with quite a spectacular battle and a nightmare but their complete story doesn’t end here so now I am on my way to read the next part of their story, Chasing Dove…I am so excited.

 


Finding Hawk

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38531990-finding-hawk

 

 

 

is the 3rd book in the Branches of Emrys series

 

Series page - http://brandylrivers.com/branches-of-emrys/

 

 

& is part of the Others World

 

Others of Edenton - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-edenton/

 

Others of Seattle - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-seattle/

 

Reading Order for all 3 - http://brandylrivers.com/reading-order-for-others-of-edenton-and-others-of-seattle/

 

 


Finding Hawk is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - http://mybook.to/FindingHawk

 

GPlay - http://bit.ly/GoogleFindingHawk

 

iBooks - http://bit.ly/FindingHawk

 

B&N - http://bit.ly/BNFindingHawk

 

Kobo - http://bit.ly/KoboFindinghawk

 


Brandy L. Rivers can be found at:

 

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

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

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

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/brandy-l-rivers/author,3507281

 

 

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review 2018-06-18 12:32
Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Stray Magic - Kelly Meding

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I absolutely loved this book! Having never read this author, I decided to take a chance on this book because I thought that the description sounded promising. Once I started reading this book, I found it to be incredibly hard to set aside. I found myself trying to squeeze in just a bit more of this book during every spare moment I could find and I probably didn't do a few things that needed to be done so that I could read instead. I am so glad that I decided to pick up this book.

Shiloh works as a Marshall in the Paranormal Investigators Unit. She is usually the second in command for her unit but when they are called on a case and her boss is nowhere to be found, she takes the lead. I should probably also mention that Shiloh is half djinn and the rest of her unit consists of a half vampire, an incubus, and a skinwalker so there are plenty of paranormal beings rounding out this story. Their unit is called to a trailer park where residents are being held by a group of vampires. This starts an investigation into a much bigger mystery involving missing vampires, werewolves, and a whole lot of danger.

I loved the characters in this book. I think the fact that Shiloh is half djinn was a big plus for me since it is rather original. Despite the fact that Shiloh has a few special abilities, I found her easy to relate to. She was willing to make personal sacrifices when it was the right thing to do and proved to be incredibly smart. Tennyson, a master vampire, was one of my favorite characters in this book. I loved the way that he worked to protect the vampires in his line. He acts selflessly several times during the course of the story and I thought that he was the perfect partner for Shiloh. 

I found the story to be very exciting. Once I figured out a few things about the world this book was set in, I was hooked. There was a lot of action in the story and I found myself worrying about the safety of the characters more than a few times. The descriptions in the story were incredibly well done and I almost felt like I was there during some of the more intense scenes. I really liked that this book kept the focus on the mystery and that the mystery was pretty complex. There is just a bit of romance but it is really a very small part of the story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of urban fiction. I found this book to be a highly entertaining start to a very promising series featuring a great group of characters. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Harper Voyager via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
Loved this book! I was hooked from the start and found myself a little more invested in the story with every page. The characters were great and the story never let up.

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review 2018-06-16 17:58
Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Stray Magic - Kelly Meding

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

Shiloh is a U.S. Marshall in the Paranormal Investigation Unit. Her have to be available at all hours job makes relationships difficult, to say the least. However, her current boyfriend Vincent has her wondering if maybe more could be on the horizon, until a Vampire decides to take over a trailer park.
It is all on Shiloh as her boss goes missing, black magic is creeping around, and enemies and allies get switched around. 
 
First in a new Urban Fantasy series, Stray Magic doesn't mess around in dropping you into the world, so much so, I felt a bit lost and overwhelmed in the beginning. This is the first in the series but I couldn't help feeling I was missing some background in regards to character relationships. There are some info dumps for the world building but with references to super computers and advanced technology alongside a video rental store and flip phones, it was hard to set the story in a time and place. The acknowledgment of some supernatural and paranormal beings, being known to the world, is just that, a brief acknowledgement. I would have liked a more thorough explanation of the world; this feeling was tied into feeling like this wasn't the start of the series. 
 
Told in first person from our heroine Shiloh's point-of-view, she is our leader through the story. She is half djinn half human with abilities to grant three wishes and has Quarrel pheromones that are hard for her to control. She is tough, snarky, and fun to follow along with but it was hard to feel her emotional connection to the other characters, thus, making secondary characters feel vaguer. 
 
This story is basically Shiloh trying to solve a mystery with supernatural beings and seemingly involved in, not a love triangle, but love quad. Shiloh has her boyfriend Vincent, who, she keeps saying, she wants more with, the vampire Tennyson who she spends the most time with and while it seems there may be more on his side, there are leanings from her, and her co-worker and ex, Jaxon. What we get from her thoughts about Jaxon are mostly, her observations about how hot he looks, how pretty his eyes are, and remembering how much she liked him in the bedroom; it doesn't feel deep. There seems to be or was a deeper relationship between them but we never see it and I never felt it. 
 
The mystery/thriller angle of investigating who is behind the necromancy and black magic was fun to follow along with but we barely got to know the villain and the wrap-up of that part was rushed. There are some shocking twists along the way but some felt unsupported making the plot threads feel wild and loosely thrown about. 
 
Shiloh was a solid character but emotional connections to secondary characters helping us get to know them and create a setting and world was lacking. There was an outline of the supernatural world but random components (Shiloh's quarrel pheromones, Crux sexual transport) were thrown out there and never really integrated with the story and characters. There are loose ends at the end of the story with part of the mystery not solved and the quad love angle getting a twist. If looking for a female lead urban fantasy with supernatural beings running amok, this would fit the bill, just be prepared for this to feel more like a dry first reading and hope for emotional connections/understandings/payoffs to come in the second.

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review 2018-06-15 15:54
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World / Haruki Murakami
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Alfred Birnbaum,Haruki Murakami

In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan’s most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.

 

I’m not sure what to say about this book, beside the fact that it is not really my cuppa tea. Not that I disliked it, I often found it amusing and I easily read to the end, no arm twisting necessary. But it certainly wouldn’t encourage me to pick up more of this author’s works.

It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of things, the chapters alternating between two narrators. Both story lines felt a bit odd to me, despite my love of fantasy fiction. But it was interesting in its nonconformity to traditional fantasy plots. Neither narrator is really very heroic, none of the women are portrayed as serious love interests, the reasons for the adventures are largely undefined, plus there is very little wrap-up at book’s end.

Interestingly, none the characters have names—they are referred to by title (the old man, the chubby girl, the librarian, etc.). Which I guess makes sense, as I assume that they are all parts of the same brain! At least it seemed to me that the point of the book was to explore the idea of the unconscious and how it interacts with the conscious mind.

Pluses? Unicorns! Even if they were kind of sad and decrepit unicorns, they were still unicorns. And who doesn’t love enemies like the INKlings who worship a large fish with violent tendencies? Also, the narrator’s fondness for the librarian. Good taste that.

Book number 287 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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