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Guest Review: Scions: Resurrection by Patrice Michelle

Posted January 17, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Melissa‘s guest review of Scions: Resurrection by Patrice Michelle. The first book in her Scions trilogy.


When Ariel Swanson wrote a novel about vampires, she hoped it would exorcise her fear of the creatures that had, not so long ago, terrorized the human population.

Instead, it brought her to their attention.

And to the attention of Jachin Black-a man banished from the Saguinas, a vampire pack, and forced to hunt among the despised humans. For he clung to the prophecy given years ago, of a better way for his kind to live-a prophecy Ariel unknowingly used as the basis of her novel.

Ariel hates and fears vampires. Jachin despises humanity. But the prophecy-and passion-binds them in ways they could never have imagined. Ways that may heal past, and change the future….

A little romance, government conspiracy, vampires, werewolves, and tons of action.

The part that caught most of my attention is that the government created vampires to fight biological warfare. Can we say bad idea? USMC wife here, yeah, I could totally see some dumb-ass government official doing that.

Anyway. Jachin, is banished from his vampire pack, the Sanguinas. He wronged the head vampire, Braeden…girl trouble. So for the last 10 years he has been a paid assassin. The Sanguinas are not surviving, human blood has become toxic to them. By banishing Jachin, they believed they were giving him a death sentence. Jachin, tired of surviving on his own and wanting to see his race survive, figures the cute little author, Ariel, will be his ticket back into the pack.

Jachin is doing his best to ignore his attraction to Ariel, she is meant for Braeden. But there is nothing like a (or multiple) life or death situation to light the sparks. The Sanquinas want her bad to fulfill the prophecy, so all the bad guys are after her. Ariel is terrified of vampires, they murdered her whole family. But fights the whole way, not only for her life, she fights the growing attraction to Jachin. The plot, very simple, easy to follow…Boy abducts girl, they fall in love, live happily ever after. The prophecy, still unfulfilled, is suppose to unite humans, vamps and weres. Hmm, interesting thought, considering humans made vampires to do their dirty work, and vampires made werewolves to hunt for fun??!! Even though I wasn’t all that impressed with the book, I am interested in book two, to see how we all live in harmony.

I can’t exactly say what I didn’t like about the book. Maybe it was just a little to far out there for my historical preference.

3.0 out of 5

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

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Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Posted July 6, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 7 Comments

Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

Nara wants surprises in her life. She wants the unknown – or so she thinks. When Nara – who dreams of her immediate future every night – loses the ability to see what is to happen the next day of her life she decides that maybe seeing the future isn’t as bad as she thought. She now doesn’t know the answers of the tests she’s about to take – she doesn’t know where the ball will be kicked when she plays goalie in soccer – she just doesn’t know and it throws her for a gigantic loop.

The new guy at school, Ethan, is a nice distraction though. Nara makes an effort to befriend the boy but when he reveals that he now has Nara’s dreams she’s a bit freaked out. How did he get them and how will she get them back? Ethan and Nara, however, discover that the dream issue is the least of their worries. You see, when Nara called in the bomb threat to the police she changed fate. Ethan and Nara discover that the people that would have been harmed in the bombing are now getting hurt in different ways. Against Ethan’s wishes Nara is trying to help those and change fate yet again but there’s someone or something out there that doesn’t like it and is trying to stop Nara from making a difference.

PT Michelle has written a wonderful book that I definitely recommend reading.

The whole situation with Ethan and Nara was so intriguing and I wanted more by the end of the book – warning: there is a cliff-hanger so we don’t have everything concluded at the end of the book. The dreaming aspect of the story, as well as the “powers” that Ethan had (which you’ll just have to read about for yourself) really drew me into the story and didn’t let go.

I loved that this book had romance in it as well. It was very tame in the actual sex department, as I think YA’s should be (call me a prude, go ahead. Lol) but the connection that was formed between Nara and Ethan was so strong I felt it deep down as I was reading. Michelle really knows how to put emotion into her characters (as she’s proven in past adult books when writing as Patrice Michelle) and I just love that she didn’t skimp on that in this book even though it’s YA.

Even with the romance in the book I feel I have to tell you that this is definitely a darker book. I can’t read books that are too dark but this one really walks the edge of light and dark. I think that’s one of the reasons that I liked it so well – it would take me into the darkness but not so much that it squicked me out. There’s blood, there’s mystery and thar be monsters but in the end…goodness reigns. Just good stuff.

This is the first book in the Brightest Kind of Darkness series and I can tell you that I will definitely be reading future books.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted June 1, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 12 Comments

Hola! I’m feeling a bit tropical today. We’ve been having yet another DIK Hero Draft this past week and my mind is on men. Mostly my hubby….but hey, a girl can have some fun, right? lol FYI I picked up Jack Travis from Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas and Callahan O’Shea from Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins. Love them both! They are firmly secured in my hut and so far only Jack is allowed 1 visitor: Kati…cuz she’s just too nice to deny! 🙂

Also, the DIK blog has Patrice Michelle, Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black, Toni Blake and Katie Allen as guest bloggers this week so don’t forget to stop by and say hi!

Thank you all again for your wonderful words the other day when I was ranting about mean kids. Luckily those kids weren’t there the next night (there’s a different schedule every day) and no one was subjected to evil words. I can’t wait to see what happens this Tuesday…if anything. I hope nothing does, but you never know.

My hubby went out this past Monday for pool equipment and came back with Rock Band (thanks to my daughter playing non stop at Holly’s house). I managed to pound some heads the other night…I um, mean, I uh, played the drums for a while to get my aggressions out and that was great. I’m realizing my hand/eye coordination leaves something to be desired, but it’s damned good fun!

So…what did I read this week?

I started off my week with Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas. A very good book. I very much liked Delicious so was curious to see what came next. This is the story of a couple who marry quite quickly, even though they met as children, but then get their marriage annuled 1 year later. She hies off to everywhere she can go beside England. When the story begins she’s in India and her ex-husband has been sent to collect her because her father is ill. The rekindling of their relationship during their journey to England along with the war that they get stuck in just made for some great reading. Sherry Thomas just has a way with words, let me tell ya. 4.5 out of 5

Next up was Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This was the book I read for my re-read challenge. You can read my review here.

Next was and ARC of Bound By Your Touch by Meredith Duran. Wow. I read this for The Book Binge so you’ll have to wait for my formal review but, wow. (book is due to release June 30)

My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for this week was Too Much Temptaion by Lori Foster. Gorgeous man, overweight but still beautiful woman who start what is supposed to be just a sexual relationship after the break up of his engagement…that’s he’s not broken up about at all. The couple finds that there’s more to their relationship besides sex. 3.75 out of 5

Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian was my next read. I’ve so been looking forward to this installment in the series. I just have loved Andreas Reichen in the previous books. This one fell a little short for me in the end though. I think I’m going to post a review so I’ll give more of my thoughts later this week.

Last on the list was Wait til Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley. I read this for The Book Binge and will let you know when my review is posted.

Did you read anything good this week?

Happy Reading!

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Review: Scions: Revelation

Posted November 25, 2008 by Tracy in Reviews | 6 Comments

Author: Patrice Michelle
Series: Book Three in the Scions Trilogy
Book 1: Scions: Resurrection
Book 2: Scions: Insurrection
You could read book 3 as a stand alone but it would definitely make more sense if you read book 1 & 2 first.
(This book to be released December 1)

They thought they understood the prophecy.
They were wrong.

Caine Grennard was a werewolf, living among humans and lacking purpose–until the night he met a woman with an exotic, irresistible scent. A woman who might be his deadliest enemy.

When her aunt is kidnapped, Emma Gray swears to do anything to get the older woman back. Even if it means trusting the mysterious–and sexy–stranger named Caine.

But more is at stake than one woman’s life: Emma’s past holds the last key to unlocking a prophecy Caine’s clan is depending on. The fate of both their clans rests on them trusting the impossible, electric connection between them, even in the heart of betrayal…

Ok, fair warning: there will be spoilers in this review. Not many, but some.
I’ll tell you right off, I liked this book. Yes, I’m a sucker for paranormals that feature were creatures but this was good whether you are a huge fan or not. The third book in the Scions trilogy brings us back into the story of the prophecy that started in book 1.

Caine meets Emma and is completely entranced by her. Emma feels the same way about Caine. Caine is a Lupreda, a werewolf. Emma, it turns out, is a Velius – a panther, but she’s never had any idea. These two are more or less enemies. Not a good match. The problem is, they can’t seem to stay away from each other.

When Emma’s aunt is kidnapped at first she thinks that it’s Caine that has done the kidnapping. She finds out otherwise…but just in time for someone to kidnap her as well. The story unfolds and we discover that Emma’s aunt really isn’t her aunt and had taken her when she was little to protect her from the warring parts of the Velius. She had remained hidden until she had stopped taking her “vitamin” which was actually a pill that helped hide her scent. Now that the Velius have taken Emma they expect many things from her, including procreating. Problem…Emma wants no one but Caine.

Many people get involved with the problem of the evil side of the Velius….the Sanguinas (the vampires), the Lupreda (the werewolves) and the good side of the Velius. They all work together, which they had not ever done before, to bring about a solid resolution to the problem and a fulfillment to the prophecy.

I thought that the book, with all of its twists and turns, had a great interweaving of both the suspense plot and the romance – this goes for all 3 books in the trilogy. Caine and Emma were wonderful together despite their cat/wolf issues and I very much enjoyed reading their story.

There were more than a few other secondary characters that were in the book that I would love to read about someday: Hawkeye, Roman, Laird, Mira, Talek. Even though the trilogy is finished maybe we’ll get to read their stories some day.

Score: 4 out of 5

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted November 25, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 7 Comments

Thank you all for your kind comments on my last post – I must say I love all of my blogging friends.  They’re always there with a kind word and thought when it is needed.  You guys are the best! It’s been a heck of a day but we’ve all gotten through it so far and can only go one day at a time.

Other than that the week was pretty good. The girls got their school pictures back which are adorable (and you know damn well that I’ll post them eventually cuz I’m just that kind of mom! lol) and they got their report cards as well. My youngest is doing extremely well in 1st grade and the teacher says she’s very motivated to learn – I love to hear that!! My oldest actually had a pretty good report card despite her current problems. The teacher said that she’s a great participant in class and asks a lot of questions and that she’s seen much improvement in the past month. That is so good to hear – obviously the tutoring is paying off! Yay!

So let’s get to the books:

Electra Galaxy’s Mr. Interstellar Fellar by Candace Samswas a pretty good book. It had it’s issues but it was mostly good (Kind of like in The Princess Bride when Westley was mostly dead). If you want more info you can see my review a couple of posts back.

Then it was on to Scions: Revelation by Patrice Michelle. This is a Harlequin Nocturne that will be released on Dec. 1. My review is scheduled for tomorrow so hop on by and check it out.

Next up was The Duke and I by Julia Quinn. The Bridgerton series was recommended to me over a year ago and I just never got around to reading it – like so many others that I’ve been told to read. Let me just say I loved this book. I thought Daphne was just wonderful and Simon, oh how my heart ached for him as a man but also for his horridly emotionally abusive childhood. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

After that I read Undead and Unworthy by Mary Janice Davidson. Although the writing was great I have to say I didn’t like this book as much as I’ve liked the others in this series. It just seemed to have a darker element in it that just didn’t appeal to me, especially at the end. And the character Nick was just so incredibly annoying I wanted to crawl through the pages and kill him myself. Bastard! Anyway, liked the book, but not as much as the others.

Birthright by Mari Freeman was my next read. This was a great book. I was immediately pulled into the story of Keena and her birthright as a witch and Priestess of the Wild. I thought Mari’s descriptions of WildLand as well as the different paranormal characters were fascinating. It was just a great fantasy as well as a wonderful romance – which at one point I cried about. It’s not easy to make me cry in a story! lol Very good book – I recommend it. Oh, and Mari received the Gold Star Award from Just Erotic Romance Reviews for this book. Congrats Mari!!

Last up were 2 short stories: The first was Tree of Buried Secrets by Cassie Exline. This was an odd story. It started when the author was 18 but then quickly went to when she was 70 or so. There was a secret that she had kept since she was 18 from her family and the story was the reminiscing about the secret as well as the secret itself. It wasn’t a bad story at all, just oddly written IMO.

The second short was Diamond Wolf by Kat Haeske. This is an m/m story about a Lupine and a Vampire becoming mates. Pretty good. My review will be up on The Book Binge sometime this week I think.
That was all for this week folks. Happy Reading to you.

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