Showing posts with label Sherrilyn Kenyon. Show all posts
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Books With Fangs: August, 2015

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Were-Hunter Book 9 / Dark Hunter Book 24
August 4, 2015

Synopsis -

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames. (Goodreads)


Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Kate Daniels Book 8
August 4, 2015

Synopsis -

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece… (Goodreads)


Edge of Darkness by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne & Lori Herter
Dark Saga 26.5, Wings In The Night: Reborn 1.5
August 4, 2015

Synopsis -

Take an all-new excursion in the world of the Carpathians from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan—joined here by Maggie Shayne and Lori Herter, two other masters of vampire romance in an original anthology that takes dark fantasy to rapturous new heights.

Dark Crime by Christine Feehan
Blaze knows who killed her father and she has merciless plans for payback. Until a phone call from a seductive stranger pleads with her to wait. Retribution is in his blood, too. Now, he and Blaze will be united in the blood of the guilty. Tonight, vengeance is theirs.

Dead by Twilight by Maggie Shayne
Bloodsuckers may be an accepted minority but one of them is getting away with murder. Until a female vamp teams with a mortal detective to end the killing spree. Now the night belongs to them—and so does every pleasure and danger lurking in the shadows.

Cimarron Spirit by Lori Herter
While excavating an Anasazi ruin, archeologist Annie Carmichael uncovers the resting place of a centuries-old vampire who finds in Annie the liberating mate he has longed for. But how much is Annie expected—or willing—to surrender for the man she now desires? (Goodreads)


Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians 6
August 25, 2015

Synopsis -

The Immortal Guardians protect the innocent in secret. Sometimes the secret gets out...

U.S. law enforcement agent Heather Lane can read minds. But not the future. The dream of battle and blood that recurs every night must be a fluke, some obscure terror from her own mind. What its significance might be, she can’t guess: an attack from seven psychotic vampires at once, only separated from nightmare by an eighth very different immortal. A handsome, brave man fighting at her side, a man she misses when she wakes.

Then the dream comes true. Heather is flung into a war between predators and protectors of humanity, the man from her dreams beside her again. Except now that she’s awake, she isn’t sure she can trust Ethan, or the shadow organization he represents. The U.S. military doesn’t trust either of them. But against an onslaught of evil like the one that’s coming, it will take everything they have just to survive... (Goodreads)


On The Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall & Hanna Jayne
The Sentinels 2.5, Immortal Guardians 5.5, Underworld Detection Agency 6.5
August 25, 2015

Synopsis -

Four of today’s most intriguing paranormal authors entice readers deep into the shadows, where vampires, immortals, and other supernatural creatures heat up the night...

ON THE HUNT by Alexandra Ivy
Mika Tanner has loved Bailey Morrell, a beautiful Healer, since childhood. But his duty as a Sentinel, a supernatural guardian of an ancient race, clashed with her rebellious spirit. Now a dangerous new anarchist group not only threatens life as they know it—but any chance of their being together again...

SCORPIUS RISING by Rebecca Zanetti
While searching for a meteorite, Nora Mendina is arrested by her sheriff ex-husband—who's only gotten hotter than the Nevada desert since she last saw him. When the meteorite breaks open, the few survivors gain extraordinary powers, unleashing a crazed super genius killer. Can Nora and her ex stop the murders…while igniting a new love affair?

PHANTOM EMBRACE by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, yet he's never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.

STAKE OUT by Hannah Jayne
Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate—just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who’s responsible…before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple. (Goodreads)


Night's Surrender by Amanda Ashley
Children of the Night 7
August 25, 2015

Synopsis -

“A master of her craft.” —Maggie Shayne“Amanda Ashley is a master storyteller.”
—Christine Feehan

RT BOOK REVIEWS Career Achievement winner in Paranormal Romance! 

Aspiring actress Abbey Marie Cordova knows more than most people do about vampires—she was born among them, the only human child in a centuries-old family of the undead, and determined to stay that way. But a chance encounter with dark, mysterious Niccola Desanto rocks her to the core. Nick is a vampire, and he’s the only man who has ever made her feel so beautiful, so cherished, and so passionately desired … 
Nick has spent hundreds of years on his own, and the decadent pleasures of the world have lost their appeal. Rumor has it the vampire who made him has regained her humanity—the temptation to find her and demand to know the secret is overwhelming. But one glance at innocently alluring Abbey changes everything. Drawn to her with dangerous, consuming passion, Nick will need more than a lifetime to love her…
More Children of the Night (Goodreads)




Friday, May 23, 2014

Illusion Review

Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Chronicles of Nick Book 5
Published April 1, 2014 by St. Martins Griffin
5 DEMONIC FANGS!!!!


"While some try to run away their past, Nick is in a perpetual race to change his future."

Synopsis - 

Be careful what you wish for…

You just might get it.

Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.

But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe… Even the son of a hated demon.

Most of all, he sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.

Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.  (Goodreads)


Review -

One of the best books in the series', Illusion is the first in the Chronicles of Nick series that will bring a tear or two to readers eyes.  The heartfelt scene between Nick and his Dad is one that will leave an impression in readers minds for years to come.  The name is also the most apt, as Nick finds himself in a world that he thinks is nothing more than a dream, though the reality of his situation is much worst.  When Kody and Caleb cast a binding spell on Nick's Malachi powers, they didn't take into consideration just how vulnerable they were leaving him.

Ambrose has been on a desperate quest to change his future, helping his past self along the way, desperate to do whatever it takes to change his fate and that of the worlds'.  Only this time, he won't be able to help at all.  Nick has been thrown into a whole other dimension; one where different decisions have been made changing the lives of everyone he knows and loves, including Ash, Kyrian, Tabitha and Simi.  One where Caleb is still his best-friend, but not a demon.  Where Bubba is only known as Michael, but, he never stopped playing pro football and his wife is Cherise, and yes, he is Nick's Dad, making Nick one-hundred percent normal, and human.  Something he has been wishing for from the very beginning, but like the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for cause you just may get it.  Because the body that he's in now is making it a whole lot harder to fight off all of the demons, witches, ghosts, including his own evil army, that are all out for his blood, with not a single power to his name.  Not to mention the body he's stuck in is scrawnier, shorter and has probably never been in a real fight.  And while he desperately fights for his life in a body not his own, his true body is left vulnerable with the Nick of this dimension trapped inside screaming like a little girl and if he doesn't get to it in time, it will be a permanent lights out.

Illusion is a fast paced novel that should definitely not be read as a stand alone, and is a must-read for fans, especially those also following the Dark Hunter series.  Just be sure to read Styxx first, as you will appreciate it all the more.  Never a dull moment, and in the end readers just may learn to appreciate what they have in life, the good with the bad, because things can almost always get worst.  As always, Kenyon delivers a page-turner readers will not be able to put down until the very end.  Some questions will be answered and many more will be raised, and Nick brings in a couple more into the fold, always believing people, be they demon or anything else, deserve a second chance.  One can only hope that character flaw of his does not bring about his doom. 


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Styxx Review

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark Hunters Book 22
Published September 3, 2014 by St. Martin's Press
5 BLOODY FANGS!!!


"Sometimes we can be so caught up in our own misery that we can no longer determine the truth from lies."


Synopsis -

Just when you thought doomsday was over...

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now. She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her.

But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.

Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it's your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul?  (Goodreads)


Review

Please do not do this novel as an injustice by reading it as a stand alone.  If you are reading the both the Dark Hunter series and Chronicles of Nick, this should be read before Illusion, as it gives away some secrets to Styxx life.  Not only can this be seen as the Acheron novel in Styxxs' viewpoint, but it is also the truth behind all of the lies Acheron was, the story of what really happened between these two brothers whom were doomed to a life of tragedy before they even took their first breath.

Fans of the Dark Hunter series, me included, have probably always hated Styxx.  Seeing him as the arrogant, selfish, s.o.b. Prince who cared for nothing or anyone other than himself.  The good son that was doted on, loved and adored by all, who had to want for n, othing, the brother that was allowed to be a boy.  We were all so dreadfully wrong.  Styxx not only suffered as much as Acheron, but more-so, because the Destiny that he should had was stripped from him when Ash was placed inside of his womb.  Leaving him with only half of his powers, the half that caused him pain with no way to alleviate it.  And while Acheron's suffering ended after twenty one years, Styxx had to endure an additional eleven thousand years of misery.  Readers will learn that not only did Styxx love his brother, he loved him so much, that even though he was suffering through his own Hel, he wanted nothing more than to free his brother of his, even at the cost of his own life.  So much so that the only object in his possession that he ever held value to was a wooden horse; a horse that belonged to Acheron whom he promised he would hold on to and take care of, which he did for eleven thousand years.
  
A new light is cast upon Ryssa as well; the supposedly loving sister whose journals told the original story of Acheron.  The only person in the Aricles family to show Ash any type of love or compassion, or so it seemed.  Had it not been for her, two brothers' who loved one another more than anything else until the day they were cruelly ripped apart, would have found there way back to each other if her fueling the hatred within Acheron.  A hatred placed there by Ryssa, the sister he held dear, and Estes, the uncle who turned his childhood to something even worst than a living Hel.  

Bet'anya, the Egyptian Goddess of Wrath, Misery and the Hunt, was reborn after unleashing a fury so strong it made Apolymi look like a Saint when tricked into killing the only man she gave her heart to.  But there's was a love so strong that her Warrior swore to her before battle, a battle to defend her honor, that should he parish, his soul would not rest until it found its way back to her.  Though when they do find one another again, they may be forced to repeat their own history.

Readers who needed one box of tissues when reading Acheron, prepare to need two while reading Styxx.  Never has there been a character more noble, loving, selfless than he.  Forced to endure unspeakable horrors at the hands of the very people who were supposed to love him in total silence.  A silence he perfected so well that from the outside everyone thought him to be the privileged Prince that he should have been.  Styxx is a must read if there ever was one.  A story that will pull at the heart-strings of even the most cold-blooded of people.  Even Savitar shed a tear when he learned the real truth of events.  And it is by no means lacking in action.
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