Showing posts with label Fallen Angels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fallen Angels. Show all posts

Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: Angel Lover

Angel Lover by Tricia Skinner (ARC Review)
Angel Assassins Book 2
Published June 30, 2015 by Entangled: Select Underworld
4.5 Broken Wings!

"The sign of a great series is when you find yourself loving each book that much more than the last. This installment is my new fave of the series."

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.  (Goodreads)



Review -

Ever since the beginning of the series its been in the back of readers' minds; Did any of the Bound Ones fathers' survive? Are there any other angels, besides the Renegades, who would like to see the Directorate take a nasty fall? Those questions are finally answered in Angel Lover. And the father and son interaction is not something fans want to miss, and will love as long as they don't expect a heartfelt reunion.

Kasdeja has always seen his talent of reading minds to be just short of nothing. Especially when compared to that of his brothers; mind control, ultrasonic soundwaves, forcefields. Though he does see his value within the team for technological savvy, others see him as the weakest link and plan on taking that to their advantage. They dangle several carrots in front his nose to sway him in crossing over the other side. The one carrot that is the most enticing is the wingless angel that continues pulling at his heartstrings. The question there is, whose side is she really on? Will what they offer Kas be enough for him to betray the only family he has ever known?

Mariel is plagued by the loss of her team. Making the ultimate sacrifice in order to make sure their killers pay and their souls can be lain to rest, she immerses within the enemies camp. When asked by the Renegades to bring Kasdeja into their fold by any means necessary she has to ask herself just how far she's willing to go, and if she even has a choice in the matter. But the more time she spends with her charge, the more she begins to question the motive behind both sets of her bosses actions, and the more she feels guilty for betraying Kas. And when she learns the truth behind all of the lies, there may be Hell to pay within the ranks of Heaven.

Seems as though another of the Bound has found a woman that is strong, smart, independent and far from being a damsel in distress.

Angel Lover is a definite must read. While it can be read as a stand alone, I would NOT recommend doing so. Readers picking up this series for the first time should begin with book 0.5, you will not be lost and will be able to enjoy the read it will be so much more rewarding when read in order. Set within the heart of my hometown Detroit brings this series close to home with all the detailed descriptions of landscapes many wouldn't even know about. Full of action, intrigue, loyalty and betrayal, Angel Assassins is a series that can enjoyed by Urban Fantasy lovers of any gender.   

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Deceptions Review

Deceptions by Sean Hayden
DemonKin Book 2
Re-Published October 21, 2014 by Untold Press
4.5 Demonic Fangs

"When finally meeting your proverbial parent, the last thing you expect to hear is, 'Would you do me a favor and kill yourself now?'"

Synopsis -

The great State of California has elected themselves a new governor…and he’s a vampire! Many hope it will bring some peace between the humans and vampires. Many don’t, which could be the reason someone is trying to kill him. Knowing they can’t protect him from supernatural terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security turns to the only people who can, the FBI. More importantly, their only vampire agent. Ashlyn may be Governor Greer’s only hope, but can she keep him alive without starting a war of her own? When the lines begin to blur and it becomes difficult to separate her enemies from her allies, Ashlyn may end up doing just that. (Goodreads)






Review -

Seeing as how the great citizens did vote Arnold Schwarqenager for governor of their lovely state, it really isn't that far a stretch to believe they would also elect a vampire. Though electing the terminator was a lot less detrimental to their health than Governor Greer, a very ancient vampire. And while the humans may have been eager to have him in a ruling position over them, the vampires may not share those feelings. A fact made clear after several attempts on his life. Since human guards and agents alike seem to have quite a it of a hard time staying alive while attempting to protect him, who better to call in than the one agent they have that seems practically indestructible? Problem with that is by the end of things, Ashlyn may be more than ready to either let the would-be assassins have at him, or just do the job herself.

Ashlyn's life has been in a huge upheaval ever since losing her aunt. Not only has she been forced out into a world she knows virtually nothing about, but she is still struggling to find exactly what she is. She seems to stand out in a whole new vampire classification all on her own and been named the Verminator, as she is a predator of predators. Not sure how she truly feels about being an FBI agent she continues on as one since she really doesn't know anything else, nor anyone, besides Marcel; who insists Ashlyn learn vampire etiquette before she gets herself killed from sheer ignorance of their world. Having already lost one partner, Ashlyn is bound and determined not to lose another. But with this assignment that is a task that seems like mission impossible.

Ashlyn also meets a couple her relatives, one in which shows her a glimpse into the past and introduces her, so to speak, to dear old dad. Not sure if what she has seen is reality, Ashlyn is more than happy to live in the land of denial. Until she another rather unfriendly character that calls her 'cousin', and there are quite a few resemblances that she cannot overlook.

Fast paced action from beginning to end, and a surprising conclusion that will have readers eyes bucking out of their heads. Usually in most mysteries, the reader comes to the conclusion long before the hero/heroine, not the case here. The realization hits right at the same moment it does for Ashlyn. Full of violence, mayhem, more than a little comic relief and a tear jerking end, all true vampire lovers will gladly sink their fangs into this one and latch on until they have drained every last word dry. Deceptions and the Demonkin series as a whole is a true must read.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Angel Bait Review

Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner
Angel Assassins Book 0.5
Re-Published October 31, 2014 by Rowan Publishing
5 Celestial Stars!

"Skinner has given new meaning to the phrase 'The Sins of the father shall be paid through the son.'"

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. (Goodreads)


Review:

Being re-published on Halloween, what better way to unwind after peeling kids out of costumes, washing off layers of face-paint and dealing with kids bouncing off the walls with sugar highs than curling up with a fun, short, bloody supernatural read that puts a whole new twist in the Fallen Angel genre?

Many who have read Angle Kin without having had the benefit of reading Angel Bait may have wondered who the mysterious Ionie was, and just how she became an honorary member of the team, or more appropriately, what. Turns out her ties run deeper than her relationship with Jarid.

Referred to by the Others as a Scribe, reporter Ionie Gifford has always been bound and determined to find her mother's killer.  So when she finds one of the infamous Bound standing in her boss' office needing her help she believes its the answer to her prayers, and strikes a deal in her favor. But she is far from naive and is also determined to discover the real reason Angels, half or not, would need to seek her out of all people. When she learns the truth it may shatter more than her heart.

After being saved from an imminent death, Jarrid and his brothers learn the hard way at a very tender young age, they were saved only to serve. Years of servitude, belittlement, disrespect and punishment, has lead to the teams utter hatred of Angel kind. When Jarid learns a piece of information that could lead to The Bound's freedom he sets up what he feels is a concrete plan. What he hadn't planned on was falling in love with the bait.

In exquisite detail Tricia Skinner shows the city of Detroit in a whole new light. One in which the murder count is still high but far beyond just random. Angel Bait sheds more light on the history of the Bound Ones, their punishment and the Directorate that sees them as nothing more than abominations that should not be allowed to live. I highly recommend this book to both lovers of Urban Fantasy and Fallen Angels, but only to those who are not the faint of heart. More than a little bit of blood, violence, loyalty and love, Angel Bait is one of those prequels that should not be skipped. 

Cover Reveal: Angel Bait


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:

Angel-Bait-800 Cover reveal and Promotional
Author's Website | Amazon | GoodReads
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 BaitAngel Kin
Angel Lover
Fall 2014

Author Bio

Tricia Skinner
*Photo by Kauwuane Burton.

I’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. 

TriciaSkinner.com | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon | Google+ | Pinterest | Blog

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Hand of Miriam Review

Hand of Miriam by Eva Gordon (ARC Review)
Self-Published December 6, 2013
A Bayla and the Golem Novel Book 1
4.5 Steaming Stars

"Goggles, Dirigibles and Vampires oh my! Eva Gordon creates a vivid world that Steampunk Lovers are sure to enjoy."

Synopsis -

On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago.

The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her?

Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel.

Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil. (Goodreads)


Review -

Walk into the world of Victorian London where ships sail through the sky and goggles, corsets and stop watches are part of the everyday attire. Gordon truly knows her steam and the legends behind the creatures that go bump in the night. Though this novel is a rather lengthy one, each page is well worth the read. Hand of Miriam is a tale full of magic, mayhem, love, loyalty, betrayal and plenty of blood thirsty fiends.

This review is to be published on BTSeMag. The link will be posted here at a later date.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Angel Kin Review

Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner (ARC Review)
Angel Assassins Book 1
Published April 28, 2014 by Entangle Edge
4.5 Fangs

"Sometimes even Angels' find themselves questioning Heaven's dictates, and must take matters into their own hands."

Synopsis -

While channeling Robin Hood's "steal from the rich and give to the poor" attitude at a local politician's house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn't deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn't an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.

When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: "You're next."

It's a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he's falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.  (Goodreads)

Review - 

Finally, an Urban Fantasy centered in the D!  Lets face it, what better place to be centered around Paranormal Activity than Detroit city.  Where the crime rate is so high that even the Mayor of the city is a widely known criminal, so having seething creatures around should come as no surprise.

Angel Kin is the first of a potentially amazing Urban Fantasy series', Angel Assassins. Involving Fallen Angels, and the dictate where Heaven decreed that all of their children, Nephilm, and wives be decimated. Only four children were allowed to survive, The Bound Ones, after the pleading of one warrior angel, Tanis.  So it should come to no surprise to Heaven when another faction us formed, The Renegades.   A group of Fallen Angels Hel bent on seeing Heaven taken down.  After the brutal war that took the lives of their families,  rage is the only emotion they truly feel, and what they raised Abel on, the Nephilm who got away. The question remains,  is he the only one?

Angel Kin is centered around two Nephilm brothers, Cain and Abel, by being named such one could say they were doomed from the start.  After being secreted away by the Renegades at a very young age,  brought up on nothing more than rage and brutality,  Abel has thought of nothing more than revenge against the brother whom he believes abandoned he and their family to perish.  Planning on not only destroying his name but taking his life as well, it seems pure dumb luck when an eye witness identifies Cain as the killer, being identical twins comes in handy with his plots and schemes.

Cain is taken aback when an eye witness seeks The Bound Ones aid in protection from a killer whom she seen not just kill a man, but force him to kill himself, fingers him as the killer.  Indicating the impossible, the brother he thought he had lost centuries ago was still alive.  But that hope turns into something else once his suspicions are confirmed with a note carved into the dead body, "You're next".

Skinner has created a world where the Gangsters are truly out for blood since they are Vampires, and where Heaven has turned their Half-Breeds into deadly Assassins.  Where people will have even more reason to fear walking the streets of Detroit alone at night.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Darkly Sweet Great Deal!


Currently on sale for $1.99, The Hunted One by Meg Collett is a recently released paranormal action/romance novel that redefines and raises the bar in the fallen angel genre. Here is a short description of what people are calling the most unique angel novel they’ve read: 

Archangel Michaela, Heaven’s General, learns that one simple mistake can have a thousand consequences. Framed for crimes she didn’t commit against Heaven, Michaela much prove her innocence with the help of a human ally and Gabriel, a fellow Archangel who’s friendship with Michaela is deepening into something unexpected on Earth. But the line between right and wrong is ever shifting, and Michaela, disgraced and wingless, discovers a group of holy angels have their own plan for Heaven, and it is one that may prove to be the End of the Days. 

This book is for readers who love a strong heroine and who enjoy darker fantasy, paranormal action/romance books. This is the first book in a series. Second book to be released in March of 2014. 



Friday, November 22, 2013

A Vampire's Christmas Carol

A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden
Self-Published November 11, 2013
5 BLOODY FANGS!!!

"Move over Ebeneezer, Vampire Ben's story will be told in a whole new light."


Synopsis -.

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

’Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…
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Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

Approximately 23,000 words (Goodreads)


Review -

I don't think there are enough toes and/or fingers in the world to count off just how many times A Christmas Carol has been retold, or rewritten.  In many cases leaving the reader/movie watcher left wondering, why?  Except for very few occasions, in which I can happily say, this is definitely one that makes one look at the tale in a whole new light!

Many, especially those who read this blog, see the traditional tale as a boring waste of time, like a record that been stuck on repeat for far too long.  Eden puts a spin on it to make paranormal readers everywhere fall in love with this retold classic.  What better way to tell the tale than with a Demon from Christmas Past, an Angel from Christmas Present and a Shifter from Christmas yet to come?  All to save the truly tortured soul of a Vampire, Ben.  This story is beyond excellent, and told in such a way that readers will feel as though they are watching the events unfold right before their very eyes.   And though it is a short Novella readers will feel for all of these characters, especially Ben and his fate.

This gripping story is full of action, compassion, love, humor and not one dull moment.  The play on names is excellent as well; Ben as apposed to Ebeneezer Scrooge, William Marley as apposed to Jacob Marley.  So if you are bored to death looking at all the Christmas shows that are coming on T.V., pick up this A Vampire's Christmas Carol, it just may do the trick of putting you in that Christmas spirit.


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