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Review: Azagoth by Larissa Ione

Posted March 16, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Azagoth by Larissa IoneReviewer: Casee
Azagoth by Larissa Ione
Series: Demonica #13

Publication Date: June 4th 2014
Pages: 158
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three-half-stars

Even in the fathomless depths of the underworld and the bleak chambers of a damaged heart, the bonds of love can heal...or destroy. He holds the ability to annihilate souls in the palm of his hand. He commands the respect of the most dangerous of demons and the most powerful of angels. He can seduce and dominate any female he wants with a mere look. But for all Azagoth's power, he's bound by shackles of his own making, and only an angel with a secret holds the key to his release. She's an angel with the extraordinary ability to travel through time and space. An angel with a tormented past she can't escape. And when Lilliana is sent to Azagoth's underworld realm, she finds that her past isn't all she can't escape. For the irresistibly sexy fallen angel known as Azagoth is also known as the Grim Reaper, and when he claims a soul, it's forever...

Azgoth is Larissa Ione’s novella that was published in 1001 Dark Nights, Bundle 2. I usually don’t read novellas because they are just too short and I don’t believe the author has enough pages to develop a story, let alone a character. Supposedly this one clocked in longer than your usual novella and I really like the Demonica series so I gave it a shot. I was right. There just aren’t enough pages.

Azagoth is literally the Grim Reaper. Once an angel with emphatic abilities, he couldn’t take the emotion of every person he came into contact with. As his power grew, so did his abilities and he didn’t even have to come into contact with anyone. So he Fell. Very, very far. As the Grim Reaper, he decides where the souls go in Hell. He also has sex with a lot of angels and it’s not until you learn his back story that you realize why.

After awhile, Azagoth decides he’s done serving as Heaven’s stud and he wants an angel mate instead. Obviously the angels can’t make him do much of anything, but they want to make him happy. So they find a disgraced angel for him. Not a Fallen Angel, but an angel that is in big trouble. Lilliana is given a choice to mate Azagoth or get her powers taken away. Her powers are what got her in trouble in the first place, but she still doesn’t want to lose them.

Azagoth can tell she’s going to be trouble the moment he lays eyes on her. He likes it. She doesn’t. She already has a plan to escape without losing her power. This is one of the times more explanation would have been nice. As a time traveling angel, I understood what she needed and how she was going to escape, but how was she going to escape punishment? You learn later in the book, but it’s only explained in half of a page.

I enjoyed parts of this book and parts I didn’t. I just can’t get behind novellas.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars


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#DFRAT Excerpt: Eternal Damnation from Apocalypse by Larissa Ione

Posted June 26, 2012 by Holly in Features | 0 Comments

They’re here.

They ride.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell’s minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride . . .

THE LORDS OF DELIVERANCE COMPENDIUM

New York Times bestselling author Larissa Ione brings readers behind the scenes with this definitive guide to her latest imaginative, epic series featuring the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. With character descriptions, key player background information, a handy glossary of terms and special abilities, a Q&A inspired by reader questions, and an all-new, exclusive short story, this is a must-read for every Larissa Ione fan. As an added bonus, this compendium includes an extended sneak peek at the next book in the Lords of Deliverance series, Lethal Rider.

Excerpt from ETERNAL DAMNATION
A short story from the Lords of Deliverance Compendium by Larissa Ione


Someone was watching him.
Yenrieth grinned as he eased toward the shore, moving slowly to give whoever was watching a satisfactory show. Verrine would cluck her tongue at him and tell him he was too vain for his own good.
That was probably true.
He looked around for his fellow angel, wondering where she was. They’d been given the most tedious duty, and for two years they’d spent their nights patrolling the nearby forests for hellrats.
Hellrats.
The assignment was supposed to be some sort of training to teach them to develop their skills with holy fire. Hunting hellrats was fledgling work, and Yenrieth had progressed beyond that a decade ago. Unfortunately, his superiors didn’t agree.
He strode up onto the bank and donned the plain white robe that was standard issue for all novice angels. As he slipped into his calfskin boots, a rustling from the forest caught his attention. He waited for a sense of evil to alert him about the nature of whatever was skittering through the underbrush, but nothing struck him as odd.
But then, sensing evil was Yenrieth’s weakness, even though he didn’t admit that to anyone. His skills with holy fire couldn’t be topped, so did it matter if he was a few seconds slow when it came to identifying evil?
A gray blur flickered in his peripheral vision, and he whirled, catching sight of the spiny hellrat as it tried to dart to the pool for a drink. In an instant Yenrieth summoned a hot stream of holy fire and turned the demon rodent into a pile of ashes.
“Impressive.”
Yenrieth whirled, his hand burning in preparation to throw another blast of fire at whoever had snuck up on him. Instead, when he saw the black-haired, violet-eyed female standing at the edge of the water, her curvy body wrapped in a sheer purple sheathe, his palm cooled and his body heated.

He reached out with his angelic senses for an evil vibration, but he didn’t get anything. She must be human.
“Who are you?”
Her gaze dropped, taking a long, slow ride over his body before she met his eyes again. “I’m Lilith.”



This book is available from Forever. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

Posted August 24, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Casee‘s review of Sin Undone (Demonica series, Book 5) by Larissa Ione.

HER TOUCH IS DEADLY


As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.


HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED


Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.


Sin is one of those heroines that makes you wonder…how can she even be a heroine? She used to be an assassin. Now she’s the leader of an assassin’s den. She created disease that is killing wargs. A disease that has no cure. Sin isn’t very likable. At most you can feel pity for her because she’s been through so much. I have to hand it to Larissa. By the end of this book, Sin became my favorite heroine of this series.

Con is a dhampire which is a half warg-half vampire. I think that’s why he’s a dhampire. That was all a bit confusing to me. Anywho, Con loves to hate Sin. He loves to do her, too. He hates that he wants her because there are no redeeming qualities that he can see. She’s a stone cold killer as far as Con is concerned. When Eiolden tells Con and Sin that the two of them are the key to creating the antibodies for the antidote, Con can’t say no. He’s heroic like that.

To do what her brother wants her to do forces her to leave her assassin den. By doing so, she is fair game to her assassins. Whoever kills her gets to take over the den. It doesn’t take them long to start coming after her and pretty soon she and Con are running for their lives. Sin’s feelings for Con are mixed. As a Seminus demon, she wants him all the time. She chalks that up to wanting sex because that’s the kind of demon she is, but eventually admits that she actually likes him. What she doesn’t like is his obvious disdain for her.

After being forced into close contact with Sin, Con can tell that there really is a big ‘ol softie underneath the hard exterior. Okay, not really. What he can see is that Sin holds everything in. Something primitive in Con rejects that and he does everything he can to make Sin let go. Just let it allllll go. When he does, well, that’s my favorite scene in the book. It’s powerful stuff, yo. Emotional as anything I’ve read in recent memory.

When Sin decides to do something, she doesn’t do it halfway. That’s one of the things I loved about her. Once she actually let go and admitted that she had feelings, she didn’t try to hide them. She would try to hide them from Con, but she could admit to herself how she felt where before she couldn’t even do that. Con really couldn’t understand where his feelings for Sin were coming from. Since she was a Seminus demon, he knows she needs sex and needs it often. What’s confusing him is that the thought of her having sex with anyone but him all but throws him into a jealous rage, something he has never felt before.

Sin Undone really takes the reader farther into the world and the politics involved. In the Demonica world, the paranormal beings are just like human beings. They have the same biases, the same feelings of being better than others.

What really made this book amazing were the sacrifices that both Con and Sin made for each other. That’s how you really know that these two were really meant to be.

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Grand Central Publishing. You can buy it here.

The series:

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Review: Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione

Posted April 22, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 10 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Forbidden Temptations…

Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter—and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she’s been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality . . . as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn’t all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she’s finally met the one man she cannot resist.

Fatal Desires…

Wraith is a Seminus demon with a death wish. But when an old enemy poisons him, he must find Serena and persuade her to give him the only known antidote in the universe—her charm. Yet, as she begins to surrender to his seductions, and Wraith senses the cure is within his grasp, he realizes a horrible truth: he’s falling for the woman whose life he must take in order to save his own.

I’ve been intrigued by the Demonica series since I read Pleasure Unbound. Each book has gotten better and given the reader a deeper look into Underground General and the demons that run it. I think that Passion Unleashed is the best book in the series. Partly b/c of Wraith, but also b/c of the progression of the overall story-arc.

Wraith is part human/vampire/demon. He doesn’t care if he lives or dies. He doesn’t care about anything, but his two brothers. And even that bond is tested when it comes to Wraith. After he was injected with a poison in which there is no antidote, Eidolon and Shade tell Wraith that he has to live or the hospital that they built with their blood (literally) will collapse around their ears. Already, Wraith’s sickness is wreaking havoc in UG. His only chance is to go after Serena Kelley, a charmed human. If he can take her virginity, he gets her charm which would cause him to stop dying.

Wraith has a big problem with that from the beginning; starting with the fact that Serena is human. Wraith never has sex with humans, but it seems like he has no choice. What he thinks will be easy, he soon finds is anything but. For the first time in his life, he is feeling something that he hasn’t felt before. Protectiveness, possession, and even love. He can’t take Serena’s charm b/c to do so would bring back the disease that was killing her before she was given the charm. For the first time in his life, Wraith is putting another person’s needs above his own.

Serena has no idea that the man she knows as Josh is a vampire/demon. Thinking that he was sent by the Aegis to recover an artifact, Serena has a hard time concentrating on what needs to be done. In the past it has been relatively easy for Serena to remain celibate. Now, for the first time in her life, she actually wishes she was someone else, someone that wasn’t “charmed”.

The more time they spend together, the more Wraith is certain that he can’t condemn Serena to death. That’s before he learns information from his brothers that rocks his world. Plus, he also has to stop Armageddon.

The fact that Wraith’s mate was a human woman made this book all the better b/c of his aversion to them. I loved how protective he was of her. The irony was that Serena made Wraith’s human side come out.

So Larissa, when is the next book?

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Grand Central. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Posted March 23, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance


Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn’t resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he’d seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts—or succumb to a madman’s evil plans.


While reading this book, I had to put aside my personal feelings on slutty heroes. As a Seminus demon, Shade has an insatiable need for sex and one person can’t satisfy him. If he senses that a woman wants him, he’s bound (literally) to give her what she wants. That’s exactly what happened when he first saw Runa at a local coffee shop. Their “relationship” was going along quite nicely until Runa walked in on Shade doing a vampire and a demon…at the same time. Devastated (as a human, Runa obviously can’t comprehend), she runs from his apartment out into the night…only to get bitten by a werewolf.

Yes, kiddies, Runa is now a werewolf. A pissed off werewolf at that. She blames Shade for every bad thing that’s happened to her since that night and she can’t wait to have her revenge. So when they wake up next to each other, both abducted, she has to put her revenge plotting on hold and help Shade figure out how to get them out of there.

Before they can do that, they’re tricked by the evil villain into bonding with each other. That’s bad enough in and of itself. When you add to the fact that Shade was cursed by a pissed off warlock many years ago, well, that’s a recipe for disaster. According to the curse, when he falls in love, he’ll just fade away to nothing. While Shade would love to break the curse, he was never worried about it. Then he met Runa. Now he’s bonded to her.

If that’s not enough for a demon to process, Shade also has to deal with his psychotic brother who has come back from the dead. Roag was already going a little psycho before he supposedly died in a fire, now he’s just bat-shit crazy. He wants to kill Shade, kidnap Wraith and force Eidolon to transplant all Wraith’s organs into himself. That way he can stay with his mate. After that’s done, he’ll kill Eidolon.

This book started fast and didn’t slow down. I really enjoyed how Larissa continued to build the Demonica world. I just find the idea of a demon hospital fascinating. Having demon doctors and paramedics is just really interesting reading. I do wonder what would happen if a human heroine ever came along. In the first book, the heroine was a slayer. In this book, Runa is a human-turned-werewolf. So I’m interested in seeing how Larissa would write a human-turned-nothing into this book.

I’m glad we don’t have much of a wait for Wraith’s book. I can’t wait to see what he has to go through to get his hea.

4 out of 5.

This book is available from Grand Central. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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