Black Wings by Christina Henry

Book Review

 


Black Wings (Black Wings, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Black Wings #1

Released: 11/30/2010 by Ace

Pages: 295 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy’s position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell…

My Review:

I’m not going to lie, this book was a bit of a disappointment for me.  I so wanted to find a new series set in Chicago with a kick-ass heroine and had hoped that this series would fit the bill.  Sadly it did not.  It started off good but about halfway through it started falling out of favor with me.  Let’s explore why.

To begin with, I don’t think there was enough character or world building or perhaps I just didn’t care for how it was delivered.  I struggled to connect with the lead character or her potential romantic interest.  The character that worked best for me was the popcorn-loving gargoyle and we didn’t see nearly enough of him in the second half of the book.

Then there were the rules of this world.  Way too many of them and the lead character is constantly breaking them without even knowing what they are.  Now I know she is as new to her father’s society but common every single thing she does.  It got tiresome.  I also did not care for most of the characters we came across in her father’s world and wanted her to tell them off and kick them out of her life.  This book could have been so much more interesting if the plot centered more around her job than her being sucked into this new society.  It just felt flat after she met him.

After finishing this book I did go and read the short stories (.6, 1.5, & 1.6) found on the author’s website.  .6 was alright but didn’t really contribute much in the terms of character development or world building, feel free to skip it. 1.5 I DNF if that tells you anything and 1.6 was actually pretty good.  1.6 is what saved this series and is keeping me around for at least one more book.  A character introduced at the end of this book plays a major part in that story and gives me hope that if he has more page time the series could take a turn for the better.

So, I will be sticking around for one more book but if things don’t vastly improve I’m going to move on to greener reading pastures.

My Rating:2 Stars

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Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Book Review

 


Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Guild Hunters #2

Released: 2/2/10 by Berkley Sensation

Pages: 323  Price: $7.99 Ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

My Review:

This series is starting to grow on me.  It truly does remind me of the Chicagoland Vampire series but it also reminds me a tad of the Anita Blake series(well this book at least…).  The later of the two is probably the reason this book will receive the same rating as the last book.  I really don’t like zombies. Fortunately they were such a small part of the plot in this book that it didn’t cost it yet another star.

What I did enjoy about how this world continues to flesh itself out is that we got to learn a lot more about Angels and their culture in book two.  I so appreciated how Elena struggled with her transformation.  Being an angel did not come easy for her, she needed to learn the ropes and was able to find her way without compromising her humanity as well.  I also liked the changes I am seeing in Raphael as well.  I like how he is evolving, as he calls it.  I think Elena is going to shake up this society of angels in a good way.  By the looks of things they so need it.

We spent this entire book in the angel world so the conflict between Elena and her father stayed on the back-burner even though I so what to see the smack-down between these two,  I hope Raphael hits him with angel fire.  We did learn more or most of the tragedy from Elena’s past and while I saw some of it coming I think how Elena lost her mother is not what I was expecting.  We also learned about Raphael’s own troubled parental past and I think his mother will eventually be making an appearance in this series.

The chemistry between Elena and Raphael continues to grow and I like this paring.  I think Raphael’s seven will eventually too.  They are an interesting bunch and I look forward to getting to know them in future books.  It looks like some of them have their own stories in upcoming titles.

Yep, this one is so growing on me.  I want to dive right into the next title as these two return to New York but first I need to read a review ARC.  Soon, soon I will find out what happens next!

My Rating:

Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Book Review

 


Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Guild Hunter #1

Released: 3/3/09 by Berkley Sensation 

Pages: 339  Price$7.99 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

My Review:

I switched to this book upon the recommendation of friends when the book I was currently reading just wasn’t working for me.  I plan to return to that title someday but was in the mood for something grittier, more serious, and by an author I hadn’t tried yet.  So this one, which is ironically on tomorrows Top Ten Tuesday list for being on my to-read shelf for far too long…, was one of the ones I put up for suggestion to pick my next read on my social media accounts.  I’m glad it won!

While I enjoyed this one I’m not sure I’m quite there yet for the series,  the author has won me over, though, as her writing was excellent.  It wasn’t until the last three of four chapters that I decided to give this book that fourth star.  Up until the end I was still trying to decide if I liked this world or not.  The book was good and like I said the writing, character development and world building top-notch, but… I didn’t care for the Angels or vampires very much.  I kinda though they were assholes and I like my paranormal characters to be the good-guys.  Oh sure there can be evil ones among them but on the whole all of these Angels were a bunch of power crazed pricks.  For the first half of the book I kept waiting for Elena’s love interest to show up because I thought surly it couldn’t be Raphael or I hoped it wasn’t.

I’m still not sold on the Angels as a whole but I Raphael’s little band of seven is starting to grow on me.  I also want to know what happens with Elena and her family.  I want to know more about her past and see her put her jackass of a father in his place.  That is going to be beautiful to watch.  This world reminded me a bit of the Chicagoland Vampire series, another one that took me several books to truly be sold on.  I’m hoping that this one ends up being as beloved as that one.  It is always nice to find a new world to explore and fingers crossed this one is one I can become lost in for quite some time.   Off to start book #2.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Guarding Angel by S.L. Saboviec

Guarding Angel

Linked to Goodreads page.

Book #1 of the Fallen Redemption series: Release Date 5/14/14, 320 pages

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating-she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.
When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen’s former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen’s and Enael’s lives.
Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world–and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?

My Review:

Like many book review blogs I am inundated with requests to review books; indie authors and small publishing houses both send requests for bloggers to review their books.  My policy is that I look at each request and decide if the book interests me and if I have time to read and review it in the near future.  When Ms. Saboviec contacted me with a request I was instantly attracted to the book she offered for review and accepted.

So what motivated me to pick Guarding Angel?  I have to confess the concept of a paranormal romance centering around reincarnation is what pulled me in.  I am a believer in reincarnation and wanted to see how the author worked it into her story.  Angel stories also tend to be one of my favorite branches of paranormal genre, right behind vampires and before werewolves…yes I rank them.  So the desire to work more indie authors into my reading rotation and a story that caught my attention it was the right time to give Guarding Angel a shot.  If only I wasn’t in such a personal reading slump…

Okay, honesty time let’s get the tough stuff out of the way first. It took me nine days to read this book, and I just couldn’t get excited about it.  I did like it, but I thought I would like it better when I agreed to review it.   The book was a little slow in the beginning, but it did pick up about half way through and I finished the last 120 pages in one day.  I think I might have liked the story better if it was set in the modern era or the angel’s charges were in today’s society. I’ve mentioned before that I am not a huge fan of historical reads and this is one case where it didn’t add to the story for me.  The author did a fine job staying true to the time periods and I only found one instance where I know something was not historically accurate (baling of hay did not begin until the mid 1800’s about 100 years after one of the background character’s is moving bales of hay).

I also had a tough time connecting with the two main characters and did not care for their first set of charges at all.  I though Enael was a bit too timid and naive and Kaspen was all over the place.  Both characters grew and developed throughout the story, but only Enael was able to grow on me and I ended up respecting her by the end.  Kaspen never was able to win me over unfortunately.    Their romance was very innocent for much of the book, but did develop a bit of heat near the end, but even that remained off page.  For those looking for a less graphic read in the sex area this might be a book you would like to check into.  There are some sexual situations, but they not anything that would turn off the average reader in my opinion.

So what did work for me?  What kept me reading past my 50-100 page dnf cut off.  Like I said I enjoyed the story, and perhaps it would have worked better for me at a different time, when I am not in the middle of a reading slump.   I did love the reincarnation element that the author based her story around.  Much of it was pretty in line with much of the non-fiction reading I’ve done on the subject.  It was interesting to see this concept was blended with a more traditional view of heaven/hell and angels/demons.  I tend to have a more secular belief on the concept of reincarnation, but for story’s sake this one worked well.   I also appreciated the growth Enael experienced throughout the story.  In the beginning I wasn’t real sure I could be in her head for 300 some pages, but she surprised me and in the end I did like her.    Much of the story is broken into three time periods for three different set of charges for the two main characters.  I struggled with the first setting, but the second and third were quite interesting.  I almost wish we could have spent more time exploring hell in the book, some of my favorite scenes took place there.  I don’t necessarily think that all of the creatures there are as evil as they are classified as just as I don’t think all the angels inhabiting heaven are as pure as they are assumed to be.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of historical paranormal romance.   I am at a loss of other authors to compare this one to, she has a pretty distinctive voice and style compared to others that I’ve read.  It was a good first book that finished strong and I expect will continue to gain strength in the next story as the plot develops.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Click here for the Cover Reveal for Reaping Angel, book #2 in the Fallen Redemption series!

 

 

Cover Reveal: Reaping Angel by S.L. Saboviec

Welcome, everyone, to the cover reveal for S. L. Saboviec’s Reaping Angel, Book #2 in the “Fallen Redemption” adult paranormal series.

The first book, Guarding Angel, was released in May 2014. Both covers were done by the super-fabulous Regina Wamba, of MaeIDesign.com, who’s done covers for Random House, Penguin Books, and multiple New York Times best-selling authors.

But a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s the blurb and cover for Guarding Angel, Fallen Redemption #1:

Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating–she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.

When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen’s former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen’s and Enael’s lives.

Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world–and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?

But you’re not here for the first book, you’re here for the second book. So without further ado, here it is:

After the battle at the Bastille, the Council of Seraphim offers reluctant demons Enael and Kaspen a chance to return to Heaven—but only after they’ve completed sufficient penance. Ready to move past the ugly chapter in their lives, they settle into their assignments.

Until Enael’s former lover, Voctic, a powerful demon, interferes.

Voctic seduces and demeans, taunts and entices Enael, stirring centuries-old longing in her while infuriating Kaspen. Caught up in the demands of their duties, Kaspen and Enael drift apart until she finds herself isolated.

Fed up with Voctic’s harassment, Enael prepares to fight back. When he targets the new human she’s responsible for protecting, she creates her own plan. His self-proclaimed “gala of the century” will be the perfect cover for her revenge. But will a hasty decision cost her Kaspen—or even her spot in Heaven?

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About the Author

Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

She contributes to Operation Awesome, including hosting a twice-monthly flash fiction contest. She tweets both more than she should and probably not enough @Saboviec. Her fiction is being included in the Realmwalker Publishing Group upcoming anthology The Legacy. You can find out more about her at http://www.saboviec.com.

Angel Lover by Tricia Skinner

Angel Lover (Angel Assassins #2)

Cover links to Goodreads

Book #2 in the Angel Assassins series:Release 6/30/15

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

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

There’s no danger greater than falling for your enemy…

The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven’s tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.

Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades–enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.

For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn’t just seduction. It’s destruction.

 

My Review:

I must confess that I have been avoiding this review for most of two days.  Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but I’m not sure what I feel about it.  Perhaps I just need to sit my ass down in front of this laptop and work through my thoughts about the book.  My reading time was really broken up for most of the reading of this story. Between work and chores that needed to be done while dodging rain showers I ended up struggling to follow what was happening in the beginning of this story. It also didn’t help that I read the other books out of order, so I was left off after the novella Angel Bait and needed a bit to work out what all had happen and when.  So for other potential readers of this series I suggest starting with Angel Bait and reading in order.  It will make everything easier to keep straight.

This is still a kick-ass series and world that I plan to stick with til the bitter end.  I so have to see the Directorate get their asses handed to them by the Bound Ones.  Their day of reckoning for all the bull shit they have forced upon the other paranormal species in this world is something I need to witness.  We spent more time learning about the Renegades in this book. I’m under the impression they aren’t any better than the Directorate, just as arrogant only with black wings instead of white.  I kind of wished the Bound ones would put up their hands and tell each group to solve their own damn problems, but they are better individuals than I and hold more honor than the whole flock of Angels in heaven that I’ve seen.

Angel Lover is Kas and Mariel’s book.  Kas was a lot of fun to read about.  I loved the tech/geeky side that isn’t typical for a romance hero.  Mariel took a bit to win me over.  I didn’t trust her for the first half of the book, like Kas I wasn’t sure about this outcast angel’s intentions or loyalties.    She stepped up though when things counted and I eventually grew to respect her and approve of her pairing with Kas.  The book left off a bit unfinished in regards to their pairing though.  I felt as if there should be more. More assurance that they had a future, that they would be safe from the Directorate, and where they both stood with the Bound Ones.

Speaking of the Bound Ones… I missed them for most of the book. I missed their comrade and the fun dialog between the brothers.  I understand how it didn’t work for them to be there for much of the plot, but still I missed them.  I was thrilled when they showed up near the end.  There was some explanation to what happen to Tanis in this story, and we got to see just how important he is to the Nephilim.  We also got to meet one of the Nephilim’s sires in this book.  It was interesting to watch the interaction between the two of them.  I think it gave a deeper understanding to just what a crappy hand these boys have been handed.

I’m glad I read this one and am still a fan of the series.  It ranks right up there with other greats in the paranormal genre; J.R. Ward (with less swearing),  Jeaniene Frost, Chloe Neill, D.B. Reynolds.  I look forward to the next book and hope it picks up right where this one lets off cause I want to know what happens with Kas and Mariel!  Great read.

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

ARC Locked in Stone by Tory Michaels

Locked in Stone (Hearts of Stone #1)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #1 in the Hearts of Stone series, publish 2/23/15

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

Book Synopsis:

Her enemy is her only hope…

Rose Johnson’s adoptive mother was murdered, and Rose is next. She may be the last gargoyle in the world—the last being who stands between this world and the evils of Otherworld. In order to keep her existence a continued secret, Rose needs to find the stone that holds her adoptive mother’s soul. Which means enlisting the help of her enemies the Sentinels…

Sentinel Cal Levesque never forgave himself for failing Rose’s family years ago. Seeing Rose alive is shock enough, until the stunningly beautiful gargoyle attacks him upon sight. As they strike an uneasy peace—and unexpected and escalating attraction—Cal knows he’ll have to tell Rose who really betrayed her family. And with Rose’s life in greater danger than ever, Cal has a chance to make up for the past…as long he doesn’t fall in love.

My Review:

I had never heard of this author before, but decided to request her title as I have been looking for new areas of the paranormal genre to explore.  I love my vamps and shifters, but think it is time to mix things up a bit and see what other creatures the genre has to offer.  This one sounded promising so I asked to try it.  I am so thankful that the publisher said yes because what a great new world and author I’ve discovered!

When I first find a new author that I enjoy I head over to check them out over at Goodreads; compare books, see what else they have written, etc.  I was delighted to find that of the books we have in common we tend to have similar tastes, always a good sign.  In my opinion the best writers are also avid readers and by the looks of it Ms. Michaels is definitely a reader.  I could feel the influence of some of the authors we have in common and am sure there are others that I haven’t gotten around to discovering.  All of this adds up to a great new world that Ms. Michaels has created that feels familiar and comfortable to lovers of paranormal, but is completely original and oh so complex.  This new series has plenty of secrets waiting to be brought to light and I look forward to seeing where the story takes us next.

I would call the book a paranormal romance, a clean romance though, which is nice from time to time.  We spent more time on the plot then in the sheets.  So someone who wants to read a romance without all the hard-core sex then I would suggest giving this world a try.  This also meant that the romance between the two leads had time to develop at a more natural pace, not the insta-love that so many complain about.  Lovers of urban fantasy might also want to check this book out because it also could easily fit into that genre as well, maybe even more than the romance world.

The characters were great,  the lead female was tough and not one to sit on the sidelines in a fight.  She also had a vulnerable side that was easy to appreciate and realistic for the events in the book.  She came with some flaws that needed to be overcome, past prejudices that she needed to get over and let go in order to move on.  The hero was fun, especially for this type of story.  He wasn’t the typical alpha male you often find in this genre.  He was much more realistic and down to earth, not always sure of the right thing to do, but still had the self-sacrificing quality that is typical for characters in a book like this.  We didn’t spend a lot of time with the supporting cast, but I think there is some juicy stories there waiting to be shared.  I want to know more about the other gargoyle and Mr. Ray, and there was all this talk about Lucifer even though he never made an appearance.

Lots of action, complex world, good plot and fun characters who could ask for more.  I look forward to reading the next book in this new series and plan to check out her other series that is already out.  I would recommend this book for fans of: Sherrilyn Kenyon, D.B. Reynolds, Chloe Neill, Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs.

 My Rating: 4 Stars

Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner – 5 Stars

Angel Bait (The Angel Assassins)Book .5 in the Angel Assassins series, re-release date 10/31/14

I received a copy of this for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

He’s not that kind of angel.

Jarrid is a “Bound One”: half angel, half human, trained from childhood to enforce Heaven’s laws on earth. An assassin with no remorse. And no choice. When he discovers an ancient ritual called Ascension, which might give him a shot at freedom, he can’t resist his lifelong dream. He only needs to find one last Renegade angel and take him down…using a certain woman to flush the angel out of hiding.

She’s not what he’s expecting.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an outlaw angel wants her dead, much less why, but she does know one thing: the enigmatic Jarrid, with his penetrating silver eyes and his worship-worthy body, is her ticket to the city’s supernatural underworld, where she might finally be able to locate her mother’s killer. For that kind of information, she’s willing to risk everything…

They can’t be together — but can’t keep apart…

Blindsided by Ionie’s beauty and tenacity, Jarrid finds the millennia-old glacier around his heart melting. But when he’s faced with a choice, will he sacrifice Ionie for freedom from his brutal servitude—or agree to be bound for eternity, to protect the life of the woman he’s falling in love with?

From novelist Tricia Skinner comes a story that will have fans of action-packed love stories applauding. Seamlessly combining elements of paranormal romance and gritty urban fantasy, the Angel Assassins series is a heart-pounding spin on angel mythology.

 

My Review:

After reading this book, the next one, Angel Kin (that I read for review previously) make much more sense. So for all of you that are new to this series, start with this book.  This one reads much more like a first in series then a prequel,  it does a better job of setting up the world and introducing The Bound Ones and I now want to go back and read the next book because I think I will appreciate  it more. Both books though are equally great and perfect for fans of J.R. Ward, Kim Harrison, Alexandra Ivy or Chloe Neill fans.

What did I enjoy about this book, lets see…pretty much everything.  The action was paced well, the chemistry between the love interests and between the brothers was especially well done.   I still loved the camaraderie between the guys in this story, perhaps even more because we got a chance to know them better.  You really feel like they are a united front and have been for some time, for the Bound Ones that is.  There is this great history between the characters that I can’t wait to delve into.  The romance was perfect, just enough steam to keep you interested, but they didn’t spend all their time between the sheets.  The world is also pretty rich and complex with lots of rules that are explained better if you start with this story.  There are more than just Angels in this world and while most of the other species take the back burner it was interesting to see how they were mixed in. I feel it led to some authenticity, cause if you are going to have Angels and Vamps why not other groups as well.   The best friend character was fun…well up until the end (no spoilers), and I really liked her.  The dogs were great too.   I really appreciated the female lead in this story though.  She was smart, brave and had a great personality.  She didn’t cave and I feel had a realistic reaction to the events that unfolded.  She was strong, but not a wonder woman, she reacted like many of us would or would hope to.

So was there anything I didn’t like.  The only thing I had a problem with, and it may be more due to the review copy I was reading then the finial copy, but sometimes it was tough to figure out when we changed heads.  You are going along and then BAM you are a different character with no warning.  A little more space or something like this,* * *, to let the reader know the scene had changed would have made my reading a little smoother.  Like I said that could be mainly due to the reader’s copy I received and may have changed for publication.

Overall I think I liked this book better than the next one so I gotta give it five stars.  This is a great introduction to a kick-ass world with some great new good-guys to fall for and some seriously messed up jerks in control that need to be taken down a notch.  Who hasn’t felt suppressed from time to time by society, classmates, or co-workers.  Most everyone has faced a bully at some point in their lives and these brothers certainly have, they make you want to root for them to find happiness, love and kick some Angel ass as they finally stand up for what is right and demand to be treated with respect.   I love how this world is set up and can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

 

Cover Reveal of Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner

Loved Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner, it was one of the best ARC reads I have reviewed since starting this blog. So when Rabid Reads contacted me asking if I would like to be part of the cover reveal of her re-release of her first book, Angel Bait, I thought heck yeah! They provided me with the great info about the book below that I didn’t want to mess up, so I decided to just go with what they provided(looks so nice). I do have a review that I will be sharing in another post, so keep an eye out for that. And now for all the fun stuff. Enjoy!


 

Today is the big day! The prequel installment in Tricia Skinner’s ANGEL ASSASSINS series is being re-released into the wild, and will be available on Kindle at the discounted price of $0.99 for a limited time (exclusive to Amazon for 90 days). Please note that if you own the old ebook, you can upgrade for free!

And now, without further ado, feast your eyes on ANGEL BAIT:

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He’s not that kind of angel.

Jarrid is a “Bound One”: half angel, half human, trained from childhood to enforce Heaven’s laws on earth. An assassin with no remorse. And no choice. When he discovers an ancient ritual called Ascension, which might give him a shot at freedom, he can’t resist his lifelong dream. He only needs to find one last Renegade angel and take him down…using a certain woman to flush the angel out of hiding.

She’s not what he’s expecting.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an outlaw angel wants her dead, much less why, but she does know one thing: the enigmatic Jarrid, with his penetrating silver eyes and his worship-worthy body, is her ticket to the city’s supernatural underworld, where she might finally be able to locate her mother’s killer. For that kind of information, she’s willing to risk everything…

They can’t be together — but can’t keep apart…

Blindsided by Ionie’s beauty and tenacity, Jarrid finds the millennia-old glacier around his heart melting. But when he’s faced with a choice, will he sacrifice Ionie for freedom from his brutal servitude—or agree to be bound for eternity, to protect the life of the woman he’s falling in love with?

From novelist Tricia Skinner comes a story that will have fans of action-packed love stories applauding. Seamlessly combining elements of paranormal romance and gritty urban fantasy, the Angel Assassins series is a heart-pounding spin on angel mythology.

 

Angel Assassins Series
Angel Bait Angel Kin Angel Lover
Fall 2014

 

Author Bio

Tricia SkinnerI’m Tricia Skinner and I write Romantic Urban Fantasy. I’m a former journalist who discovered my inspiration to write fiction as an escape from “real life.” My reading tastes are all over the place, but I’m mainly drawn to fantasy (and its subgenres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a newbie “green” practitioner, strength training fan, and a technology geek. I’m a mother and a wife. My family includes two Great Danes. I’m also a gamer. I enjoy interacting with my fellow geeks and helping other writers. I’m represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary. *Photo by Kauwuane Burton.

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ARC The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost – 3 Stars

The Beautiful Ashes

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Book one in the Broken Destiny series, release date 8/26/14

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

Book Synopsis:

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series and when I saw this one come up for review over at Net Galley I had to request it.   Let me just say up front, I did enjoy the book, my review might not sound like it, but I DID like it and will be continuing the series.  This is a new series, a new world, and fans looking for something like Cat and Bone’s series may be disappointed as this book feels as if it is from a totally different author at times.  Personally I feel it shows strength of an author to be able to change her style of writing while still delivering an entertaining read.

Alright I get it, so why only three stars?  Well this is a new series and I felt like there were some growing pains as Frost works things out.  While reading this book I had no idea what level of audience it was aimed at.  I thought it was going to be an Adult Fiction story, like the author shares on her website.  However much of the book felt like it was Young Adult or this New Adult instead.  It just didn’t feel like an Adult Novel.

Another problem I faced was the lack of chemistry between Ivy and Adrian.  There was this love you, hate you, love you, want to jump your bones, can’t get away from you fast enough mess, but little building of the bond between the two.  I hope this changes in future books.  I liked both Adrian and Ivy, but just didn’t like them as a couple.  Maybe it was the lacking of a major steamy scene, lots of teasing, but no real action.  The heat wasn’t there.  This is part of what lead to the feel of it being a book aimed at a younger audience.  This is a point where I missed the chemistry between Cat and Bones.

So what did you like? I liked the set up of the world, just thought some of the characters need a little work.  I loved this idea of a battle of Good vs. Evil where you are not really sure which side is which.  I loved the twisted biblical history that sheds a new light on the roles of different figures in history and traditional roles of angels and demons.   I also liked how Frost wasn’t afraid to go really dark in this story at times, and did so without going too graphic.  I appreciated how it affected and changed Ivy,  her responses to this new world felt authentic.  There was some lighter, or clever, moments thrown in too.  Much of the smart-ass humor was missing from this story that was present in Frost’s other series, but she managed to throw some in.  I also liked Ivy’s integrity.  We may question what side of the good/evil coin other characters fall on, but Ivy is firmly on the good side.  She is tough and I expect good things to come from following her story.

So if you decided to give this new series a go, put all your past perceptions of Ms. Frost’s works behind you.  This is a new and different story that had tons of potential.  I look forward to seeing where Frost takes us.