ARC Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #10

Released: 3/7/17 by Ace Books

Pages: 352 Price: $27.00 Hardcover

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:

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

My Review:

I must confess I did not care much for the last book in this series, nor did I the last release in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega…  So while I knew I wanted to read the next book, after all, many of the books in these two series I have adored, I was a little hesitant when I dove into this one worried that I would not enjoy it as I had earlier books.

That is why I am thrilled to report back that this current release delivered big time for me!  I LOVED this book!  It might be the pain meds talking or the fact that I am trapped at home recovering from major surgery but this book was exactly what I needed right now.  An action-packed roller-coaster ride full of danger, drama, and justice.  There was little missing from this book and I had such fun as I watched my favorite little coyote work her magic on a whole new continent.

This book is set up a little different from previous books but the author gives us plenty of warning and help to figure things out as the story jumps not only back and forth between Mercy and Adam but in the timeline as well.  Personally, I don’t think it would have been that hard to follow without the notations at the beginning of each chapter but it was nice to have the reminder of what sequence the following action fell in.

After all the drama with the Fae it is the Vampire’s turn to create havoc for the supernatural creatures of the world and of course, Mercy and Adam’s pack seems to have a big old bullseye painted on their back.  Perhaps they were cursed at some point in time to receive all the attention from other species looking to control the world.  I loved this peek into the complex vampire social structure with all the polite power plays.  I also enjoyed seeing Mercy mess up all their well-laid plans.

This was a phenomenal addition to this series and it left me wanting more.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!

My Rating:5 Stars

Killing Rocks by D.D. Barant

Book Review

 


Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #3

Released: 12/28/2010 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages: 308 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

Book Synopsis:

FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she’s been called to duty hinges on the capture of serial killer Aristotle Stoker—and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher’s help…

Jace’s goal seems simple enough—to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she’s abducted…and she isn’t even sure who the real enemy is. Now Jace has to wonder if she’s the predator or the prey in a very dangerous game that could change not only her fate, but the world’s…Meanwhile, a serial killer is still on the loose. And time has already run out…

My Review:

Let me be blunt.  I didn’t care for this book that much and it has made me a little hesitant to continue on with the remaining three books.  I enjoyed the first two and still like most of the characters but this book was just off.  I struggled to become invested in the plot and kept waiting for it to simply be over.  I got down to the last 50 pages and almost walked away because I simply didn’t care.  I stuck with it and in the end, I’m glad I did, but man, this was a chore to read at times.

Now let me tell you why.  The flashbacks and side stories were the big issues for me.  I’m okay with one or two flashbacks but a reading pet-peeve of mine is when they continue through the entire book and this one did.  Also, most of the characters I cared about were absent for much of the book.  Instead, we get Jace paired up with this other woman from yet another world and I really never did care for her much so it didn’t bother me much when she simply disappeared without any resolution because I had been wanting her to disappear for most of the book.

I still enjoyed Jace as a character but this book was all over the place and felt a little like it was searching for a plot.  That the whole point of the book was to fill in back-story for the main character.  All of those details should have been spread over multiple book to lessen the info-dump feel that it ended up giving this one.

Sigh… simply put this book didn’t work for me as a reader and while I might have said good-bye to this world and moved on with my life normally I already own the remaining three books in the series and feel like I should really see this one out.  I truly hope the series gets better, closer to what attracted me to in book one.  I do think I will be taking a break, however,  perhaps if I put a couple of book by other authors between this one and the next I will be able to approach it with an open mind.  Fingers-crossed.

My Rating:2 Stars

Death Blows by D.D Barant

Book Review

 


Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files, #2)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #2

Released: 3/30/10 by St.Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages:  332 Price:$7.99 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America—and her boss is a vampire.

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn’t supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”…

Death Blows is a fast-paced, exciting follow-up to Dying Bites—DD Barant and The Bloodhound Files just keep getting better, and Jace Valchek’s world keeps getting stranger …

My Review:

Decided to continue this series now that I managed to get my hands on all the remaining books.  Of course, I had to go back and relisten to the first book for a refresher to this world.  Have to say it is a little weird to switch from listening to the audiobook to then read the next book.  It was almost as if I could hear a faint impression of the narrator’s voice for some of the characters as I read.  Hopefully that fades as I progress into the next book as most of the time I prefer my own interpretation of character’s personalities as I read.

I did enjoy book two, probably not as much as the first one but enough to want to dive into the third book as soon as I’m done with my review.  I am kind of digging this idea of parallel existences and how the main character struggles with the difference between the two realities.  After all it is easy to relate as a reader when you are constantly entering stories that are similar yet just a bit different from your own.

The plot of this book was centered around graphic novels or comic a culture that is pretty complex to fan and awfully confusing to those who are not into the genre.  While I respect the work I’m not a huge fan myself.  Still, I found it interesting peek into this subculture that I know little about.  Setting that aside this is still a great who-done-it detective story as Jace races around to figure out and catch the bad guy.

The same main supporting characters from the first book are back and I have to say I really like Charlie.  I am also a fan of Dr. Pete and was so disappointed in regards to what happen to him in this book.   Hope everything eventually works out with him.  We also have a fun new character come into Jace’s life that looks to be a new housemate.  I don’t want to spoil it but what an interesting twist on the were genre.

The book also manages to get some political/social commentary in without being too heavy-handed, which I always appreciate.   Overall a fun read and an interesting twist on the urban fantasy/paranormal genre.  Looking forward to the next book!

My Rating:4 Stars

ARC The Turn by Kim Harrison

Book Review

 


The Turn (The Hollows #0.1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: The Hollows #0.1

Released: 2/7/17 by Gallery Books

Pages: 407  Price: $26.99 Hardcover

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:

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

My Review:

If you are a fan of the now finished Hollows series then you will not want to pass this one up!  Especially, if like me, you always wondered how all the turn that outed all the paranormal species happen.  This prequel will deliver that answer and more as we are taken back to the 60’s and find out how the world almost lost its humans.

I loved this book, a chance to visit this world once again and maybe see some familiar faces was such a treat.  Took me a bit to actually figure out how each new character would eventually fit into the world as I would come to know it but I caught on soon enough.  The story was a bit slow in the first half but by the second half the action had picked up to a pace that felt true to this series.

The characters were a great mix and while many were missing, not having been born, their absence was barely felt with all the new people to take their place.  Trisk was great, a strong female lead that did this series proud.  Kal, on the other hand, was a complete and utter ass.  In fact, my only disappointment with this entire book was that he got off far top easily for his crimes.  Personally, I think being drug off to hell would be the only fitting reward for his actions but then he would not be there to set up events for the future series.  Still, totally unfair he deserved worse….the spoiled brat.  I also feel bad for Trisk’s future but if I look at it logically she did some pretty questionable actions as well.

This book was not what I was expecting when I learned there would be a prequel to The Hollows series.  I was expecting a short little novella with a fun tale that would make me nostalgic for a series now finished.  What we got was a full-length adventure introducing a whole set of new characters and bringing back a few of our favorites.  This book has depth and substance and delivers so much more than just a tale about where The Hollows’ world all went wrong.  This book also takes a look and raises some interesting questions about human genetic modification of crops and viruses along with government control and coverup.  Just when does the end no longer justify the means?

So again, if you love The Hollows pick this book up and enjoy the ride.  If you have no previous history with this world or its characters I say give it a go too.  Ms. Harrison is an excellent author that delivers an excellent read.

My Rating: 4 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 Phantom Kiss by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, #12.5)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction

Book Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12.5

Released: 1/17/17 by Berkley

Pages: 83 Price: $1.99 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:

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

My Review:

I like many fans of Chloe Neill are both sad and excited about the upcoming release that will close this long run series.  Soon it will be time to say goodbye to Merit and Ethan and let them move on to their H.E.A. They deserve the peace and quiet but I sure will miss reading about their adventures.

I didn’t realize Ms. Neill was working on a novella between the last release and the last release so this was a pleasant surprise and a fun read.  We start out with some wedding drama and I loved that first scene where Merit kicked ass, kinda…  You will see what I mean when you read it and for the awesome price of $1.99 (according to the book info page over at Net Galley) I hope you do go out and pick this one up.

I’m actually surprised that this book is coming out in January as the plot seems more fitting to Halloween.  A good old fashion ghost story seems like a better fit for that time of year.

We have the return of many of the series familiar faces as well as a fairly recent addition in the last book.  Bottom line this was a great read, a quick read and those of you who have stayed current with the series will not want to miss this novella.  It will deliver everything you love about the series.

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Urban Fantasy

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

September 13: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre

Well yuck. How is one supposed to pick all time favorites… It isn’t so much that it will be difficult to limit to ten it is that our tastes change all the time.  When I was young I LOVED Stephen King, now I think he is an ass and I don’t enjoy his books.  Even younger you would find me reading anything about horses I could get my hands on. More recently I enjoyed YA fiction and now you have to force me to crack open one of those titles.  We change, our tastes change with our moods therefore picking favorites is only going to be a small snapshot of what I enjoy currently in my life.  So I’m going to need some more perimeters.

  • Only one book from any author.
  • No picking an entire series, must be my favorite book in that series at this moment.
  • Only titles that received five stars
  • Must pick one genre: Urban Fantasy

 

Ten books I love in the urban fantasy genre.

  1. The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10) I know, I know this was the last book published (recently) how can it be your absolute favorite. I might not be but I do love this series.  Ms. Jones is probably my second favorite author after Kenyon and this book was one of the best I read this year.  The series felt like it was taking a turn for a couple of books but this one brought the series back to feeling like it did in the beginning.  If you’ve given up on the series I highly suggest giving this book a try to see if you can’t fall in love again.
  2. Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #3) This is one author where I’m kicking myself for the self-imposed rules listed above.  It has been a while since I read this series and there are so many books to pick from.  This is Zarek’s story though and it is where we get a first taste for the torment that Kenyon puts her hero’s through.  This was the first one in this series that I absolutely loved.
  3. Blood Assassin (The Sentinels, #2) This is fairly young series but I am so in love with it.  Been a while since reading and if it wasn’t for my reviews I wouldn’t have documented evidence that this one was my favorite.  So I’ll take myself at my work and pick this one from Ms. Ivy, who also has a paranormal urban fantasy series that was enjoyable, but this one is better.
  4. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Took me four books to become sold on this world.  Once I was this book then promptly ripped my heart out and stomped it into the dirt.  Made me a loyal fan and I am so sad the last book comes out this year.
  5. Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6)  I feel like this is an underappreciated urban fantasy author.  Her world building and characters are top-notch though and this one was the first five-star review she earned from me. Go give this world a try!
  6. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Okay this one was tough to add to the list.  I am not a fan of how this series ended.  So much that I broke up with the author and vow never to read another of her books.  Up until about book ten though I loved this series.  This book is the one where Eric lost his memory and it remains one of my favorites.
  7. Once Burned (Night Prince, #1) Love this author and her different series.  She in best known for her Night Huntress world which is amazing, but I kind of like this one better.  This is the spin-off series featuring the big bad-ass Vlad.  So yummy.
  8. Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) I had a tough time remembering  which of these books were my favorite.  This is Zadist’s story and I think it was the first one I really loved.  I know I like other characters more than him, but this was an amazing book.
  9. Vincent (Vampires in America, #8) Another lesser known urban fantasy writer that I discovered since blogging.  Her world is great full of tough alpha males and the woman who drive them crazy. It is a complex world though that keeps getting better.  I do believe Vincent is my favorite so far but that might be tied with Christian’s story.  I have a tough time deciding…
  10. Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) This is the spin-off series from the Mercy Thompson world and it is another instance where I enjoy the spin-off more than the original, although both are great!

Alright there you have my favorite urban fantasy books of the moment.  Have a different author or series that I should try next?  Share in the comments!

 

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