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review 2018-11-16 11:00
Review Tour with Excerpt & 2 Reviews! Jinn & Nitara (Djinn Rebellion # 1 & 2) Jessica Cage!

 

 

Title: Jinn
Author: Jessica Cage
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Kiff Shaik
Editor: There For You Editing Services
Publisher: Caged Fantasies Publications
Publication Date: June 15th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

 

 

 


Magical creatures rule the lands, and the strongest are about to be challenged.

 

For centuries, Jinn has watched from afar as dragons, fairies, vampires, and witches, fought to claim a part of the world as their own. Afraid that he would join with an opposing force, no one disputed his neutral stance.

 

An old friend presents Jinn with an offer he can’t refuse. The love he thought he’d lost forever is still alive, and he has the map to her location.

 

Mike wants his people freed from the slums and Jinn has the power to make that happen. In return for his aid, Mike will lead the quest into the darkest corner of the earth to find her.

 

With a new player on the field, everyone is on edge and for good reason. Jinn will go to hell and back for the woman he loves, and he’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way.

 



The strongest about to be challenged in this rousing and magical new series. The story is full of wonderfully strong, bold characters that make readers sit up and take notice and each of them have their own quirks in this story which makes them quite entertaining. The first book’s main hero is Jinn who has been cursed and has interest in pick a side in the battles and wars being fought between the all the magical creatures who now rule the land until an old friend presents him with an offer he can’t refuse. This fast paced plot keeps reader glued to the pages as Jinn rounds up some friends to save his wife whom he thought was dead but there is a new player on the field and it won’t be easy. Surprising twists and lots of thrilling action ensure that there is never a dull moment and the author has brought the story to vivid life which it makes it easy for the readers to become completely caught up in the story. Although this does mean the story does end of a bit of a cliffhanger, the ending is quite climatic and is a rather unexpected twist that ensures readers will want to find out what happens in the next book,. This post-apocalyptic world is intriguing with some unique and creative elements that make for a very entertaining read that readers will have a hard time putting down once they begin.

 

 


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40196968-jinn

 

 

 

Title: Nitara
Author: Jessica Cage
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Kiff Shaik
Editor: There For You Editing Services
Publisher: Caged Fantasies Publications
Publication Date: August 17th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


He risked it all to save her from the clutches of evil.


She crushed his heart and walked away.

 

Nitara has spent her life waiting for Jinn to return to her, but when he finally does, it's far too late. Daegal, the evil warlock who cursed the pair and turned them to djinn, has been defeated, but the effects of his dirty work are far from gone.

Now she has to return to a place that holds her heart hostage. Things aren't what they seem. Her time away has weakened her position and now she is faced with a choice: fight or flee. However, fleeing just isn't an option.

 

Tyrellis is the unrightful ruler of Reverie, land of the vampires, and because of Daegal, he now possesses control over Nitara. As long as she is by his side, his rule will last unchallenged. While she is away his enemies act to stand against him.

 

Will Nitara save Tyrellis from the vampires who seek to dethrone him or will she let him fall in hopes of her gaining own freedom? Will Jinn forgive her for breaking his heart?

 

Find out what happens next in the second installment of the Djinn Rebellion Series from USA Today Bestselling Author, Jessica Cage!

 

 



 

All the wonderfully, strong and bold characters from the previous book is back along with some new ones and they have not pulled any punches as they discover that they have to embark on another rescue mission only there is a bit of problem…they have to convince Jinn to help. This emotionally gripping story is about Nitara whom the gang rescued from Daegal in the first book and who crushed Jinn’s heart, is in the clutches of the King of Reverie, the land of vampires. Readers can’t help but get caught up in all the intrigue, twists and thrills that take place throughout the story as everyone realizes that not everything is as it seems. The fast paced plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat as multiple plots takes place which guarantees that readers won’t find a dull moment, especially as enemies come from unexpected directions. The dialogue is witty and adds to the entertainment of this story immensely as all of the characters are once again fighting together. To add sweetness to the story, several of the characters are involved in romances or trying to at least and there is also some red hot passion to heat up the pages. But the relationship between Nitara and Jinn will tug at heart strings as Jinn tries not to let his broken heart get in the way of their mission. Once again the author has brought her story to vivid life that sparks the imagination and draws readers in and enthralls until the very end.

 

 

 


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Jinn and Nitara are books # 1 & 2 in the Djinn Rebellion series!

 

 

 


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The city of Vilar was one of the most beautiful that existed. Surrounded by lands devastated by war, it retained a beauty that seemed alien. The fairies used their magic to retain the life of their home through the war. None of the toxic flames ever made it through their shields. Gone were the iron structures made by men, the buildings that scraped the sky had been torn down. Every building grew from the ground, having its own pulse as life still coursed through limbs of trees and magically reinforced vines that were woven together to craft structures of strength.

 

It wasn't just the buildings, or the few skyscrapers that stood tall and proud; it was the minor things, the plants and flowers lining every path. It was the wildlife that roamed the streets and lived in perfect harmony with the fairies. This was what the world imagined it would be like after the humans lost control. Only, Vilar was an anomaly in the new world order. A family of langur monkeys swung above him as his bike rolled along that pathway, the engine disturbing the tranquil atmosphere as he passed.

 

“Are you sure you want to go there?” Praia asked, joining him after he’d parked his bike. They walked down the street headed to Vilar, the epicenter of the fairies’ territory. Jinn had asked her to meet him so he could give her an update on everything that was happening. She knew it meant he needed to vent before doing something really stupid. Never one to say no to the man who conjured her steaks, she agreed. “Nothing good can come of this.”

 

“If they have the information I need, then yeah, I’m sure.” As usual, every person they passed by looked at them with questioning gazes. It was no secret that Praia was friends with Jinn, but it wasn’t often that they were seen together in public. Hell, it wasn’t often that Praia was seen amongst the fairies at all, and Jinn … well, he was nothing more than an apparition.

 

“What exactly are you willing to give them in return? These aren’t the same fairies you may remember, they’ve changed. You know that. Anything you have to request from them, they are going to want a trade, they’re going to want to bargain with you. You gotta think about that, Jinn.” The short fae struggled to keep up with his long strides, but succeeded in not falling behind.

 

“Yes, I’m well aware. I also know that they lied to me. In exchange for my help they were supposed to provide validation of what happened to Nitara. They were the ones who told me she had passed.” He marched forward as he spoke, his temper rising. “They were the ones who fed me false information! All these years, she has been out there and I haven’t been looking for her. She is trapped in a cage somewhere and I just allowed it! I held up my end of the bargain, it's time that they did.”

 

“I’m just saying, you may want to rethink things, sleep on it for a bit.” Praia skid to a halt as Jinn turned on her. They stood, statues on display for the fairies to gawk at.

 

“Look, Praia, I didn’t tell you about this so that you would feel a need to come with me. I understand if you don’t want to do this, but I need you to understand that I have to go in there. You can’t expect me to turn away from this. All this time, I thought she was gone, I thought she was dead. Now I find out that it was a lie.

Hell, I don’t even know if this photo is real.” He took the picture from his pocket, and held it up. “I need to do this. I have to find out, regardless of what fucked up fox trap I may be walking into right now. I have to know the truth.”

 

“Nitara, she meant that much to you?” Yeah, she knew about Nitara, but Jinn had never spoken to her in depth about his love for the woman, or how much he would put on the line to save her. Jinn would walk through fire for his wife, and for the first time he was really allowing the world to see what his love for her meant.

 

He turned back toward the path that led to the city’s center, pulled his hair up into a loose bun, and took a deep breath. How could he put it to words so the fae, who was still in many senses a young girl, could understand how he felt? His gaze swept over his shoulder to the short woman who waited for his explanation, the thoughts came as best he could phrase them. “She meant more to me than the earth, the sky, and the endless universe beyond. She was my world, my air, so much so that my lungs refused to expand without her. Every fiber of my being is hers to command. If there is any chance that I get to have that back, that I get to love her and feel her life beside me, fueling my own, there is no way that I’m going to let that go.”

 

“Wow, Jinn. I had no idea.” She smiled at him, tears on the brink of her eyes. “Well hell, I hope someone cares about me as much as you do for her. You know that I’m by your side.”

 

“As long as I keep you fed with steak.” He smiled and winked at his friend. He knew that she would support him, no matter how insane the cause. She always had.

 

“See, we have an understanding!” Her laughter trailed behind her as she hurried to keep up with him.

 

 




Award winning and USA Today Bestselling author, Jessica Cage was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Writing has always been a passion for her. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it's the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often "There is no money in writing." So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.



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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/

 

 

 

 

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Gifted is #4.5 in The Dark Forgotten series

 

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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.

 

 

 

 


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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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