Tag: Paranormal

Throwback Thursday Review: Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

Posted August 16, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 9 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Dark Slayer by Christine FeehanDark Slayer (Dark, #17) by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series #17
Also in this series: Dark Nights (Dark #6.5, #9.5), Dark Wolf (Dark, #25), Dark Promises (Dark, #29), Dark Carousel (Dark, #30), Dark Legacy (Dark, #31)
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 416
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four-stars

A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer—a woman—who travels with a wolf pack and any among the vampires who meets her is slain. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the vampires.

Ivory Malinov is that woman, betrayed by her own people, by her family, by everyone she held dear and she hunts during the night with only her pack to sustain her sanity. She has not spoken to or been with any other person for a hundred years other than to feed from or slay. She stumbles across a body on her way back to her lair and discovers—her lifemate.

He is Razvan, branded a hated criminal, detested, feared and loathed by all Carpathians—he is also a dragonseeker of one of the greatest lineages of all Carpathians. Held captive nearly his entire life by his grandfather, the Carpathians bitterest enemy, he is seeking the dawn to end his terrible existence.

This is a story of two people, horribly betrayed, wounded in spirit, fighters to the death, who must struggle to unite against a common enemy.

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy!

This review was originally posted on August 17, 2009

As I mention anytime I review a book in this series, Dark Prince was the first paranormal I ever read. Even with the monotony over the last few years, I still won’t stop reading this series. I think that Dark Slayer is a big turn for the series. CF finally closed a story arc that has been a long time in coming and has started a new one (which has been briefly touched upon). My hope is that it brings new life into the series.

Ivory Malinov has long been thought dead. Betrayed by the prince’s son (Mikhail’s brother), Ivory was cut up into little pieces and left for the wolves to feed on. Yes, I realize this is disgusting and it made me cringe a little each time Ivory thought/talked about it. Using her Carpathian ability to talk to the wolves, she convinced them to bury the pieces of her with a promise that she would take care of their pack “for all time”. [A little side note: That phrase is WAY overused. It really gets old.] So Ivory has to stay in the soil for centuries so she can put the pieces back together. When she rises, her only mission is to hunt the vampire. She has gotten so good at killing the vampire that they refer to her as the Dark Slayer.

When she is heading back to her lair, she sees a Carpathian lying in the snow. She instantly knows that he is her lifemate and she is compelled to get him to safety. The last thing Razvan wants is to be saved. He has finally escaped the mage, Xavier, and there is nothing more he wants than to die. In earlier books, I would compare Razvan to The Ghost in Nalini‘s Psy/Changeling series. You never quite knew if he was good or bad. Right when you think he was good, he did something bad. It was very confusing. So obviously we now know that Razvan is good. Not only that, but he has been horribly abused and used for centuries.

While Ivory and Razvan silently agree not to complete the ritual that would make them lifemates, they decide that they will bring Xavier down together. Razvan is hesitant at first b/c Xavier has been able to possess him at will and Razvan doesn’t want to hurt Ivory. She convinces him that he is stronger than he has ever been and he can beat Xavier.

So the story arc of Xavier comes to an end in this book, which was nice. The problem with the infant mortality rate is also addressed further. I think that will be prominent in the books to come. What is obvious is that Ivory’s brothers (all vampires) have banded together to bring down Mikhail. Since vampires are usually solitary creatures, it should make for an interesting arc.

This is one of the better books of the series. I went back and re-read some and there are only a select few heroines I like. Ivory is definitely one of them.

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Berkley.

Dark Series

four-stars


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Throwback Thursday Review: Dark Warrior Unleashed by Alexis Morgan

Posted August 9, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Dark Warrior Unleashed by Alexis MorganReviewer: Casee
Dark Warrior Unleashed (Talions, #1) by Alexis Morgan
Series: Talions #1
Published by Pocket Star
Publication Date: July 29, 2008
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 334
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three-half-stars

The rough and rugged Talions, sexy warriors who stop at nothing to deliver justice, star in this steamy new paranormal series from Alexis Morgan.

He's on a mission to annihilate the enemy.

A Talion enforcer, Ranulf Thorsen has served his people for a thousand years, delivering the eye-for-an-eye justice by which his kinsmen live. Weary of the centuries-long fight, the fierce warrior with icy blue eyes has secluded himself on a mountain far from the chaos of the modern world below. Now he's been summoned to face the most dangerous battle of his life -- and the fate of his people is on the line. But when he meets the beautiful woman he has sworn to defend...

Ranulf and his bitter rival, fellow Talion Sandor Kearn, must find the rogue Kyth who set a violent fire in a nightclub. The near-deadly blaze's unlikely heroine, Kerry Logan, is also a Kyth, possessing the ancient Nordic people's unique ability to manipulate human energy. She just doesn't know it yet. ...who will protect his heart?

Kerry finds more than comfort in her warrior's embrace, and Ranulf hungers to both defend and claim the petite powerhouse for his own. But with time ticking away and their lives on the line, will Kerry believe the wild tale he's telling her, and master her powers...before it's too late?

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy!

This review was originally posted on August 13, 2008.

I am a long time fan of Alexis Morgan’s Paladin series. I’ve read the series from the beginning and really enjoyed Morgan’s world building as well as her character development. While I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it. I think it has great potential, but there was something missing for me. I think it was that I didn’t really connect with the characters. They were just meh.

Kerry Logan has no idea how her life is going to change when she saves a club full of people from dying by fire. She’s clueless to the fact that she, and she alone, saved the lives of people that would have been otherwise dead. She does know that she will be targeted by the arsonist and doesn’t look forward to the news of her heroism getting out.

Ranulf Thorsen has been called upon by the leader of the Kyth to bring the arsonist, who is also Kyth, to justice. The Kyth are a race that feed off the energy of other people. Energy to them is like food to a normal person. They need it to survive. They don’t have to kill people to get energy, though there are those like Braden (the arsonist) who do exactly that. The energy that comes with fear and terror is dark and addictive. Ranulf strips the traitors of their energy and it has taken its toll on him over the years.

I found the idea behind the Kyth and the elite Talion warriors interesting. Needing energy to survive is fascinating when you (or I?) think about it. Kerry is a special Kyth, though. She has the ability to heal. Hence all the people that survived the club fire. Also, only someone with her abilities can lead the Kyth and they’re going to need her to step up.

The whole thing was just a little too pat for me. Kerry has no idea any paranormal elements exist, yet by the end of the book she is gung-ho to lead a race of people that she really knows nothing about. So while I think the series has potential to be as good as her Paladin series, this book isn’t as strong as it could be considering it’s the first in a new series.

Grade: 3.75 out of 5

Talions

three-half-stars


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Throwback Thursday Review: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Posted August 2, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie MoningReviewer: Rowena
Spell of the Highlander (Highlanders #7) by Karen Marie Moning
Series: Highlanders series #7
Also in this series: An English Bride In Scotland, An English Bride In Scotland (Highlanders, #1), The Highlander Takes a Bride, Falling for the Highlander, An English Bride In Scotland (Highlanders, #1), Surrender to the Highlander, The Highlander's Promise (Highlanders Series #6)
Published by Random House Publishing Group, Dell
Publication Date: August 28th 2007
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 394
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five-stars

It's taken him eleven centuries to find the right woman. He's not about to lose her now.

Jessi St. James has GOT to get a life. Too many hours studying ancient artifacts has given the archaeology student a bad case of sex on the brain. So she figures she must be dreaming when she spies a gorgeous half-naked man staring out at her from inside the glass of an ancient mirror. But when a split-second decision saves her from a terrifying attempt on her life, Jessi suddenly finds herself confronting six and a half feet of smoldering INSATIABLE alpha male.

Heir to the arcane magic of his Druid ancestors, Cian MacKeltar was trapped inside the Dark Glass eleven centuries ago. And when the Dark Glass is stolen, an ancient enemy will stop at nothing to reclaim it. For Jessi, the sex god in the mirror is not only tantalisingly real, he's offering his protection—from exactly what, Jessi doesn't know. And all he wants in exchange is the exquisite pleasure of sharing her bed....

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy!

Rowena: Holy cow, this reviews brings back memories of how freaking obsessed Holly and I used to be over these sexy Highlanders. Oh, Cian and his mirror, LOL!

This review was originally posted on August 1, 2007.

I’m in a slump, y’all.

Nothing that I’ve picked up has been able to catch and keep my attention for longer than fifteen minutes and it really sucks but, I did pick this book up last week and was sifting through it, hoping that this book would bring me out of my reading funk.

A Karen Marie Moning is a good choice to kick off a reading slump because I was instantly wrapped right up in Cian and Jessi’s world. I was loving the whole mirror business and the whole paranormal aspect of the story, the magic, the good versus evil business and really, the biggest thing for me was the Dageus MacKeltar business.

I was all over that mug in this book, again.

This whole book was really good for me, from the total alphaness of Cian and his “voice” that works on EVERYONE but Jessi, I loved the whole getting to Scotland thing and just the bond that formed between Cian and Jessi. This book seriously had it all, sexy heroes, steamy plotline and out of this world characters that just heated up page after delicious page.

The scene where Dageus takes off with the mirror and Cian is ripping into him because he left Jessi vulnerable and just that whole scene was one great big AWWWWWW scene for me because you could see just how stubborn Cian was and you could tell how much Jessi had come to mean to him and it was just a fantabulous scene.

This whole book was one great big roller coaster for me, it had it’s high moments where I was rootin’ Jessi and Cian on and it had it’s moments where I wanted to kick someone because the evil dudes were just so evil but I love the world that KMM has created with the MacKeltar men and I just love the way KMM tells her stories, with lots of feeling, character development and just every damn thing about everything.

By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Cian and Jessi and I was just so hot damn happy they got their happy ending and I was hella loving all the Dageus and Drustan in this book too, gosh I love those twins. And that ending is something else, man I just effing love stuff like this.

This book gets a great big A for me because it was the hot damn bomb diggity with a cherry on top! Read it if you haven’t but first read the others, I skipped all the other books because this one was calling me…

Grade: 5 out of 5

Highlanders

five-stars


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Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Posted July 25, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: Ocean Light by Nalini SinghReviewer: Rowena
Ocean Light (Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 403
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three-half-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love...

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling...

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine...

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy...

Ocean Light is the second book in the Psy-Changelings Trinity series and it follows the leader of the Human Alliance, Bowen Knight, as he finds himself falling in love with Black Sea cook, Kaia Luna.

Bo was gunned down at the end of Silver Silence and I thought for sure he was a goner but I was wrong because he survived, thanks to the science and smarts of Dr. Ashaya and Amara Aleine and Dr. Atalina Kahananui. He’s got a lot of rehabbing to do and that’s pretty much all of the first half of this book. Sure, while he’s rehabbing, he’s falling in love with Black Sea’s cook, Kaia Luna. Bo has a lot on his plate and doesn’t have time for a romance but that doesn’t stop him.

Kaia Luna hates humans. She is not a fan of the head of the Human Alliance either. She holds him and the rest of his kind responsible for all of the bad things that have happened in her life. The death of her parents, the disappearance of her best friend, all of the bad things in the world so it only makes sense for her to fall in love with the head human of the world, right? Haha.

Much of this book takes place underwater in the thick of the Black Sea while Bo is recuperating from his injuries. He’s trying to piece together what he’s missed since he got shot and he’s spending a lot of time with the cook, Kaia. He’s drawn to her and her to him and their attraction is mutual. They don’t understand it but unlike Kaia, Bo doesn’t question it. He goes with it. Having your life almost cut extremely short makes you take stock of what’s important and what’s not. Kaia is important and he’s not running from it.

Kaia is hoping and praying that her best friend returns home safely but she has a bad feeling about Hugo’s disappearance and she’s deathly afraid that he’s going to come back in a body bag. She’s scared that the humans who are kidnapping Black Sea changelings has Hugo and it’s going to be all bad. She’s got proof that it was the humans behind all of the bad stuff going down with Black Sea and that proof condemns the Human Alliance…and Bo. The more she gets to know the leader of the Human Alliance, the more she starts to doubt everything that Hugo said about the humans.

There’s a lot going in this book and because of that, you’d think that the book would have moved at a faster pace than it did but I thought the beginning of the book dragged a bit. It felt like so much was happening and nothing was happening at the same time, if that makes any sense. I did come to enjoy both Bo and Kaia and their romance but it took a little bit for me to warm up.

My favorite thing about this book was hearing little tidbits from our old Psy-Changelings friends and seeing them come through. From Mercy to Hawke to Kaleb, I loved seeing them again and I loved seeing them come together to fight the bad guys. I’m curious about the other Black Sea changelings even though I got super annoyed with how secretive they are about what they are. I mean, I’m sure they all have their reasons but as a reader, I didn’t connect with that. The beginning may have dragged but once the story picked up, it really picked up. I enjoyed the second half of the book far more than the first half and because of that, I’m giving the book a 4 instead of something lower.

I’m looking forward to more from the Black Sea folks but I’m also looking forward to seeing how the main plots from the series plays out.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Psy-Changeling Trinity

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale

Posted July 19, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: A Wolf Apart by Maria ValeReviewer: Tracy
A Wolf Apart (The Legend of All Wolves #2) by Maria Vale
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #2
Also in this series: The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #1)
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Point-of-View: First
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
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four-stars

Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying...

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he's forced to endure. He's Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained...

She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding. "Thea Villalobos," she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back. Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.

Elijah is a man who turns into a wolf.  Actually, he was born a wolf and can turn into a man.  He is also a lawyer and works in New York City for the good of the Pack.  He spends too much time in his skin and it’s starting to mess with his head.  He wants so badly to return to his home more than just once a month, but the Alpha of his Pack tells him that they need him where he is.  His frustration grows until he meets Thea Villalobos.

Thea is a search and rescuer but needs help with a legal issue she’s having with her neighbor.  Through a friend of a friend Thea ends up in Elijah’s office and immediately he is smitten.  He tries his normal seduction routine with her but she wants nothing to do with his bullshit.  After many screw ups with Thea Elijah finally realizes that he just needs to be himself.  He’s been playing a part for so long, however, that he’s not sure how be himself.  He does know that he’s falling for Thea but he can never tell her what he is and she would never be accepted by the Pack.  How can he be happy with living a half-life?

The second book in the Legend of All Wolves series was a good one.  My heart went out to Elijah and all the bullshit he had to put up with by living in the city.  He truly just wanted to be in his home and yet wasn’t allowed.  It ended up working out well because he got to meet Thea but I felt so bad for him!

Thea was a lovely person – and just simple.  Not simple-minded, she was just not someone who had any use for bullshit.  She lived in a one room cabin with just one of everything.  One towel, one fork, one bowl, etc.  She didn’t need anything extra – no TV or radio – she had books.  I loved her no-nonsense attitude as it served her well working with Elijah.  The pair were so good together and I loved the ease they had with each other.

I can’t tell you too much about the book without ruining things but suffice it to say that it was good.  I have to admit that the ancient language that Vale uses at the beginning of the book got a bit old, but it ended up being ok.  She actually uses it throughout the book, but I was only annoyed by it in the beginning as it made it had to follow things at first.  Overall, however, I’d say it was definitely an enjoyable read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Legend of All Wolves

four-stars


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