The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Book Review

 


The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendBook Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Book Series: N/A

Released: 1/19/16 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Pages:394  Price:$16.99 by Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory.

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

My Review:

This was such a charming little read.  I wish life had not gotten in the way and I could have read it without interruption.  I picked this book up at BEA last May although it was already on my radar.  We had it at the library where I work and I was already planning on reading it.  When I had the opportunity to meet the author and get a personalized copy I simply could not pass it up.  I’m so glad I did because this book has earned a permanent spot on my shelves.

This book is set in Iowa, and if a blog post I read about it is correct the town that the town it is based upon is two towns over from where I live!  I have to say for someone who had never been to Iowa before writing this book she captured small town Iowa pretty damn accurately.  I could totally picture this story playing out upon the streets of that small town.  Ms. Bivald also did an excellent job of recreating characters you might find in a small Iowa town.  Oh sure, there were some missing, but overall well done.

Much of this story is a fun fluffy tale about a woman from afar coming to a strange town and falling in love.  Another side, however, is a peek into the reality of a small dying Iowa town.  I am sorry to say that she also portrayed this side of Iowa pretty accurately as well.  The author also delved into topics like homosexuality and racism which should challenge some readers like it challenged the citizens of Broken Wheel, and I for one think that’s a good thing.

Then there are the books.  It was such a delight to see the literary world become almost a supporting character in this story.  And to be portrayed so accurately.  After all is not the truest purpose of a book none other than to bring people together like it did for the people of Broken Wheel?

Great read that I look forward to recommending to many of my patrons.

My Rating:5 Stars

Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


Born of Legend (The League, #9)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: The League #9

Released: 6/21/16 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 726 Price:$28.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

It is in the darkest hours of a universe’s past that their legends are born and their heroes rise…

No one knows exactly how much heart they have until their mettle is put to the hazard and they reach the lowest point of hell. There, they have only two choices. Lie down and die. Or find the strength to push themselves to their feet and fight back with everything they have.

Dagger is the alias that is used by Ushara’s husband, and the father of the twins, who is on the run for his life. This is his story and shows how he became a member of the Tavali and what happens to them after Born of Betrayal ends.

My Review:

Ms. Kenyon has done it again.  She has taken a long-standing villain, turning him into a hero, and made us fall in love with him all the while breaking our hearts over the life he has led.  If you are a fan of her Dark-Hunter series this is very similar to what she did with Acheron and Styxx.  Thank you, Ms. Kenyon, thank you for encouraging us to think about the people that we think of as evil or the enemy and realize that it is always a matter of perspective.  That they are often victims too.

This is a long book that covers a pretty long time frame, five years I believe, it also covers much of the same time period and events that have been focused on in previous books.  I know some might find this annoying, they want a fresh plot, I get that, but personally I enjoyed the rehashing.  Not only to it refresh my memory it also gives us that different perspective and lets us fully grasp what happen.  It gives us a bigger picture of the action that took place.  I appreciate that as a reader it truly lets me crawl inside this universe and experience it fully.

I loved this book, probably because I come from my own dysfunctional family I could easily identify with Dagger’s feeling of abandonment and isolation and resentment.  His anger and need for vengeance too.  It also made my heart soar to see him find a family that loved and appreciated him.  For me, it had been long enough from the earlier books that I didn’t remember all the crap Dagger did to his brothers so I found myself not feeling any resentment toward the character like I did with Styxx.  It was easy for me to warm up to him.  I loved Ushara and Val too.  I couldn’t imagine a better family for Dagger to end up with.

The next book is Bastien’s and from the reviews, I see there are quite a few disappointed readers on Goodreads.  I’m thinking the fault they are finding might not be such a big deal for me but it still gives me pause.  I am going to put a book or two between this and the next one.  Give myself a bit of time to forget the plot in this one so I don’t get annoyed by recovering so much of the same plot in that one.  This one however, was a great read and if you have ever felt like an outcast in your own family then you will appreciate Dagger’s story.

My Rating:5 Stars

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Book Series: Charley Davidson #11

Released: 1/24/17 by St Martin’s Press

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

My Review:

Wow.  Just wow.  I continue to be blown away by this series and see no sign of getting tired of it yet!  I love Charley, Reyes, and the whole gang and plan to follow their antics to the very end.  An ending that I hope is many, many books off yet. Oh sure, there were a couple of books that felt off in the series but man,  I have to say Ms. Jones has most definitely found her groove again.

The latest release in the Charley Davidson series was the perfect blend of humor, action, drama, steam, and touching moments that I can find little fault with the book.  The only thing that truly bothered me was the freaking cliffhanger at the end and the inevitable wait the comes with being current on a beloved series.  I mean common, this ending was even more brutal than most as it set us up to deal with….oh wait.  That might lead to spoilers, so I guess you will just have to read this book to find out why I am frustrated.  Don’t worry it will be worth it!

We had some serious movement in Charley’s how-to-be-a-god lessons in this book and we are finally getting a true idea of just how powerful she and Reyes are.  There was also some resolution on plot threads from former books and of course some new drama to keep things interesting.  We are learning more about the dynamics of the group that surrounds Charley and Reyes and the role they all may play when it comes to Beep.

What can I say this series and author continues to work for me and I love reading the adventures of these characters.  This is becoming quite the rich world and I love it when an author creates someplace for me to get lost in.  I might just have to re-read this series before the next release as I think it would be interesting to go back and see what clues I might have missed.  Looking forward to book 12!  I can hardly wait!

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Lucifer by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

 


Lucifer (Vampires in America, #11)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Vampires in America #11

Released: 11/18/16 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 298  Price: $7.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source:I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

Book Synopsis:

Montreal, Quebec . . . A charming city on the St. Lawrence River, historic, sophisticated, but beneath it all lies an extensive underground where treacherous vampires are plotting to seize the country.

Lucifer Scuderi is a vampire—handsome and charismatic, a powerful hunter of unusual skill—who arrives in Montreal to take on the most important hunt of his life. Someone has kidnapped the mate of Canada’s ruling vampire lord, and it’s up to Lucifer to find him before his death sets off a crisis that could engulf the entire continent.

Eleanor Morel lost everything—including the love of her life—when she became a vampire. But now, twenty years later, she’s a trusted bodyguard to the Canadian lord, Sophia, and the only person Sophia can count on to lead the search for her endangered mate. But what Eleanor doesn’t know is that the special hunter she’ll be working with is none other than her long-lost love. And he’s demanding answers.

Lucifer’s love for Eleanor burns as hot as his anger towards her for leaving him. But they’ll have to find a way to set history aside and work together if they’re going to unravel the twisted betrayal that threatens not only Sophia and her mate, but the whole continent. Because the European vampires are on the move. And if Canada falls, the rest of North America could follow . . .

My Review:

Book number eleven in this series I adore brings us back to Canada to deal with Lord Sophia’s missing mate.  He has been kidnapped by the European vampires who are becoming ever more bold in their attempt to claim this continent for their own.  While I love this author and series I have to say this book wasn’t my favorite in the series.  I would have to say it fits in with other books I didn’t care for in the series, books 3-5.  Still committed to this world just didn’t care for Sophia’s drama I guess…

So what went wrong for me. The book had a different feel to it as we gear up to travel to Europe and take the war to those vamps on their home turf.  I did like Lucifer and Eleanor but struggled to build a connection with them.  I also didn’t care for the flashbacks.  I know they were necessary to build the history between these two, but I’m usually not a fan of them when they are used in any book/series I’m reading.  I just don’t care for the jumping back and forth in time.  A few are okay but this story had quite a few flashbacks in the first 50 pages and it didn’t agree with me.  As we move into the current action they decrease and I was finally able to get into the story.

Most of this book I wanted to follow two threads; how were they going to rescue the mate and how were they going to work it out for these two lost loves to stay together.  I’m not going to spoil anything but it did work out nicely and I appropriated how things played out.  Having just read Aden’s story I did enjoy revisiting this character, even if he didn’t get a lot of page time.

If you are a fan of the series I would NOT miss this book.  Don’t skip it.  If you’ve not tried this world yet start back at book one and enjoy the ride.  I’m glad I read this one, even if it wasn’t my favorite.  Looking forward to the next.  I’m curious to see how the series shifts as we journey to Europe and kick some ass over there.  Its time to take this war to them instead of waiting for the attack at home.  Should be good!

My Rating:3 Stars

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

Book Review

 


How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Naked Werewolf #1

Released: 2/22/11 by Pocket Books

Pages: 371 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .

My Review:

This book has been sitting on my to read shelf since 2012, it was the fourth oldest book on my shelf over on Goodreads.  I have finally read it and how it moved up in my reading schedule is about how I thought it would happen.  I found book two at a library book sale and decided to go ahead and buy book one and start this trilogy.  It was just as good a read as I thought it would be and worth the wait.

I love Molly Harper, hardly ever get approved for her ARCS, but that’s okay as I know I will read them eventually.  It has been a while since I read a title in the Half-Moon Hollow series but I always keep an eye out for one of her titles.  This series has nothing to do with her vamp world but it holds within its pages everything I love about a Harper book.  Humor, wacky situations, strong female lead, great friendships, and a little mystery to set all these elements to motion with.  If you want a guaranteed good read I highly suggest giving one of Ms. Harper’s books a try, you won’t be disappointed.

This book had a fun start with the lead character Mo moving as far away from her parents as she could and remain in the United States.  Of course this took her to Alaska where she quickly learns she isn’t the kookiest character in town.  Playing on the men to woman ratio stereotype Mo soon has some of the locals vying for her attention.  Well, all except for one that is.  Of course our hero Cooper is the odd man out as he gives Mo nothing but a hard time, until they jump in the sack about half way through the book.

The story follows a fairly typical romantic comedy arc as these two work to end up together and figure out what is going on in their community.  I was surprised at how this book tended to have a bit more serious tone to it and for a bit I wondered if it was really going to work out between Mo and Cooper.

This book was great, just what I was in the mood for and I am excited to dive into book two, already having ordered the last…  I’m going to take a quick break though as I did score a review book I’m excited about too and its release date is coming up. If you are looking for something fun, a little quirky, and a sweet romance to boot then I suggest giving this book a try.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Aden by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

 


Aden (Vampires in America, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Vampires in America #7

Released: 11/26/13 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 258 Price$6.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own an e-copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

She was seeking revenge. What she found was a vampire who swept her into the darkest depths of passion.

Chicago, Illinois… the windy city. Home to football greats, dinosaurs named Sue, and, when the sun goes down… powerful vampires battling for the right to rule the city and beyond.

Born into slavery, Aden is one of the most powerful vampires in North America, waging war on others of his kind in a struggle to become the next Lord of the Midwest. But in the midst of the deadliest fight of his long life, the ghosts of his past have come back to haunt him. Slavery still exists, and Aden is hellbent on destroying it and the vampires who profit from it.

Sidonie Reid is an investigative reporter in pursuit of the biggest story of her career, until that story costs the life of a friend and Sid realizes she has to do much more than write about it. Intent on bringing down the vampires and their slave network, Sid gains entry to the highest levels of vampire society, where she finds herself confronting the raw sexuality that is Aden.

Caught up in a dark passion that neither can resist, Aden and Sidonie join forces, determined to defeat the old regime and everything it stands for. The dangers are beyond calculation, but the ultimate reward is worth the risk. If they survive…

My Review:

Not having any review books and still suffering from a slight reading slump I decided to go back to some favorite authors to read something I knew I would enjoy.  This is one of my favorites and the only book I had yet to read in this exciting series so I decided it was time to catch up.  Good call.

This series has its ninth title coming out soon, fingers crossed for a review copy, and so far it seems to only get stronger with each new release.  This one is a few books back and I have to confess not my absolute favorite in the series, but still you just can’t go wrong and any detracting factors as so minor.  Simply I didn’t enjoy Aden and Sid’s story as much as some of the others, still a great action packed read though.

This book brings us to Chicago as the Midwest territory east of the Mississippi gets a new lord, a totally drool worthy alpha from Morocco named Aden.  Having a husband of Turkish decent I did enjoy the Middle Eastern twist.  I also appreciated the Chicago setting for this story as it is a city I’m quite familiar with.  I also liked how the author delved into the topic of modern slavery in this country.  Sure vampires aren’t really the cause but it is still relevent and happens more often than people realize in this country.  Kudos to the author for shedding light on the subject and hopefully it can help create more dialog about the problem.

The coming together of the two love interests in this book is fairly typical for the series, this one attempting to take a bit more exotic turn by delving into a little BDSM.  Have to say this fell a little flat for me, not that I’m a real fan of bdsm anyway, but the author didn’t take it much beyond a little spanking and tying up.  We take a look at Aden’s toy collection but it all stays put away.  The sex in these books is plenty steamy on its own there really wasn’t a need to tease all the readers with this toe-dip into the romance genre.  Really my only issue I had and it wasn’t really even a problem, simply an observation.

This is a strong series, with strong female leads paired up with yummy alpha males. If you haven’t given it a try yet I don’t know why the hell not.  I am so looking forward to this author’s next book and those beyond as she takes up Europe.  Can’t wait!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Legal Wolf’s Mate by Eve Langlais

Book Review

 


Legal Wolf's MateBook Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Novella

Book Series: None listed

Released: 10/4/16 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 104 Price: $2.99 eBook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

Book Synopsis:

Part of the “Growl” anthology (Also available as a single)

In Legal Wolf’s Mate, taking on a pro bono murder case isn’t a problem for a lawyer who enjoys a challenge. Discovering that his new client is his mate? A tad more complicated. Gavin has no intention of settling down, especially not with a woman accused of murder, but once he sets eyes on Megan, his fate is sealed.

My Review:

This book started off quite well, it hooked me fast and I thought I would zip right through this 100 page novella.  Then about half-way through there is a major plot twist that just left me unimpressed.  It is like the two halves of the book were written by two different people.  I was felt lost and wanted to return to the characters I fell for in the beginning.  It was almost as if the characters had personality transplants…  It isn’t that I disliked their personalities in either half, but the total shift in tone just threw me for a loop and I struggled to finish this book.

The chemistry between the love interests was strong in the first half, but in the second half felt a tad strained.  I also did not care for her family who I found a bit annoying. One supporting character I did love was the feline shifter friend.  He was a hoot and I would totally be on board for reading his story someday.

It wasn’t a bad book, just didn’t completely work for me.  The only reason I finished it was that it was so short, if it had been longer I would have probably put it down after the plot twist.  If you like steamy shifter paranormal romance and want something that has a plot twist to it then this is a great one for you to try.  I did enjoy the first half quite a bit so I am going to try one of this author’s titles to see if that one is more my style.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren

Book Review

 


Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyles, #2)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Gargoyles #2

Released: 8/26/2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages: 336  Price: $7.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audio book from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A prominent art restorer, Felicity is more than game to help a friend track down an obscure statue in Montreal. But when “Fil” finds it, she’s taken by surprise at how drawn she is to this statue. Attracted to it in a way a girl shouldn’t lust for a stone gargoyle, she revists it at night, longing to feel its embrace. Little does Fil know, her desire for this stone cold beast is about to heat up a notch.

Locked in stone for centuries, Spar has slept, waiting for when a human would need him. When he is awoken, Spar is taken aback to find that a human female needs his help. A very sexy woman who’s about to be the victim of a cultist attack. Saving and leaving her should be no problem. But as more questions arise, Spar knows that he cannot rest until Fil is safe in his arms

My Review:

This one started out alright but then quickly lost my focus.  Could be the recent trauma in my life or it could be that I’m just not into this series.  I struggled to finish this book and in the end I can’t remember much of what happened as I focused more on the chores I was working on than the plot of the book.  I think this might be where I leave this world and look for one that works better for me.

Like I said I barely remember what happen and did not connect with either of the lead characters in this title.  The domineering over-protective alpha male got on my nerves and the whole drama about I’m falling for him but we can never be together and I’m going to mourn his absence forever really got on my nerves.  I think it is time to try another genre until I can get my head out of this funk.  Romance is just a bit too much for my current patients level.  Perhaps a good sci-fi or adventure fantasy will pick my mood up.  My current mood is just too dark and the happily ever after crap isn’t working for me.  Maybe a good dystopian.

Anyway, I did finish the book though so I didn’t dislike it enough to DNF it was simply poor timing I think.  I did like how the heroine was a bit darker in this story but that’s about it.  The narrator was also a bit too much for me to handle and when she attempted to do an American accent for Chicago that made me want to facepalm I knew if I continued this series I would be reading it instead of listening.

So please excuse my poor attitude, it really wasn’t an awful book just not what I was in the mood for.  I simply don’t care to find out what happens next though so I won’t be continuing this series.  I do plan to check out other books by Ms. Warren as I do think she is a good author.

My Rating: 2 Stars

ARC Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24)Book Genre:
Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Argeneau #24

Released: 9/20/16 by Avon

Pages: 384  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.

Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival…a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.

Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night…

My Review:

While I adore this series, there will always be books I LOVE and few I dislike (like one so far) and some I feel ambivalent about.  This is one of the latter.  It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy reading this piece of the Argeneau world it just wasn’t my favorite.  Still devoured it in a day, doesn’t that make you feel like a total bad-ass, but I just couldn’t connect with Tomasso and Abigail. Sorry.  Still glad I read it and will be picking up my own copy to keep once it hits the shelves. To complete my collection!

So what was up with this book?  What didn’t work for me.  I’m thinking it might be a case of I should have read something else between the last vampire book and this vampire book.  The two series I read were vastly different from one another.  One dark and heavy and this one light and fun.  Both are styles of stories I enjoy but I might have enjoyed this one better if I had read a sci-fi in between.  Live and learn, I guess.  The insta-romance really stuck out to me and while I accept it in this premise I wish their coming together had a little more foreplay.  The first half of the book just didn’t gel with me but the second half picked up quite a bit and I loved the ending.  I really think it was just I didn’t care for Tomasso and Abigail because once the other characters joined the story I became more invested.

This one takes place over the same time-frame as the last two books and we are still dealing with this mystery doctor that is kidnapping Immortals.  We learn quite a bit more about his plans and even get to meet him at the end of this book.  I am intrigued about this story line and hope we get to the meat of this plot in the next book.  We also have a new human, Jet, added to the world and who will probably be one of Marguerite’s new match-making victims soon. I missed her in this book and look forward to her return.

Bottom line I’m glad I read this book.  Was it my favorite in the series, no.  Still enjoyable and if you are a fan of the series I would not skip it as you will miss a vital piece of the puzzle with this kidnapping plot.  If you are new to this world, please, give it a try! This series is a lot of fun and quick reads that will definitely keep you entertained.  I would start at the beginning though and with this being book 24 you will have lots of enjoyable reading hours ahead of you as you follow the sometimes outrageous plots and the more suspenseful ones that make up the Argeneau series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Book Review

 


archangelsconsortBook Genre:Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Guild Hunters #3

Released: 1/25/2011 by Berkley Sensations

Pages:324  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

My Review:

I had been zipping right along in this series and then about half-way through this one I started struggling.  I’m not sure what it was, because I still enjoy the characters and want to know what happens next, but I just wasn’t excited about it.  I think it might have something to do with some personal drama that I am working through.  I haven’t felt like doing much of anything.  So I am going to take a break from this series for a few books and come back to it when my head is in a better place.

I did enjoy this one though.  It was interesting to watch both Elena and Raphael deal with parental issues in this book.  One has mommy issues the other daddy.  Personally I think neither parent are real winners but for now I like Raphael’s mother more than Elena’s father.  I still want Raphael to smite him something awful, he so has it coming.  I’m unsure what to think of the mother.  I want to cling to the hope that she is redeemable but I don’t think we will learn of her fate for several books.  As to Elena’s father and step-family…  I actually liked the step-mother and believe that Elena will find comradery in her younger sister.  Her dad is just going to be an ass, not much anyone can do about him beyond hitting him with angel fire.

It is still entertaining to watch Elena adjust to this new life and I truly think these two were meant for each other.  They make each other stronger and Raphael is really starting to grow on me.  There is so many little plot threads that I want to explore and know the outcome for right now dammit.  I want to spend more time with the guild hunters, get to the bottom of Elena’s family issues.  I want to know more about the characters in Raphael’s seven.  Just so much to love and explore in this world that it pains me to set it aside for now.  But I am… My mood is just not in the right place to truly enjoy this series so I am going to save it.  Rest assured though I will be back for more.

My Rating: 3 Stars