woensdag 28 december 2011

Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Every Other Day

Title : Every other day
Release date : December 27, 2011
Publisher : Egmont
Genre : Young Adult / Paranormal

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . .She's something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fabulous paranormal young adult novel; this book had me from the start.

Kali is one hell of a butt-kicking young woman, for the last five years she is human one day and supernatural the next. The urge to hunt evil is strong when she is not human, so the moment she sees a death mark on the back of one of her fellow students, she has to step in and save this girl even if that means putting her own life on the line.

During the whole book we are side by side with Kali when she slowly discovers the truth about her own past and the origins of her supernatural talents. Because of her condition Kali doesn’t have friends, but that won’t stop Skylar, the weird psychic girl and Bethany, the young woman she saved to help her on her journey.

Skylar had me laughing quite often in this book, she has a great personality and her comments were hilarious. The sacrifice she made really got to me and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

This novel is well written with great characters, fabulous storyline and interesting creatures. I enjoyed this book so much, that I’m really curious about her other books, so I’m definitely going to check out her other series/books.

Sallie Lundy-Frommer - Yesterday's Daughter

Title : Yesterday’s Daughter
Release date : January 24th, 2011
Publisher : CreateSpace
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child.

A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life.

Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Yesterday’s Daughter by Sallie Lundy-Frommer is a fabulous paranormal romance novel; I have to say that this book was a real surprise. She created a world where I as reader would love to be a part of.

Grace Stone is a young woman who was found as a small girl with no memories of her family, so she grew up in foster homes. She discovered at an early age that she was different from other girl’s her age, so at age seventeen she got out on her own and made her own living and put herself to college. She thinks she is a vampire, because she is sensitive to sunlight and she has a craving for blood. Her life is about to change when she meets Malachi.

Malachi is one of the guardians of the vampire population and has been searching for Grace, his long lost life mate. Everyone thought she was killed as a child, but Malachi never believed that and spend his life searching. Now he finally found her and the only thing for him to do is tell her about her past and her true destiny among their people. But first they have to fight against the Harvesters, who set their eyes on Grace.

This novel is well written and had many things that I loved to find in a good read. This story was filled with betrayal, secrets, lost love and great companionship. Ms. Lundy-Frommer is a new author for me, but I’m definitely going to put her on my list for the future. The way she builds this world and created these fabulous characters is amazing.

Amy Blankenship & R.K. Melton - Moon Dance

Title : Moon Dance
Series : Blood Bound #1
Release date : July 5th, 2010
Publisher : Create Space
Genre : Paranormal Romance

Two shifters families has been friends for a long time, until Malachi finds out that his business partner and friend Nathaniel killed his mate 30 years ago and not his vampire friend Kane, who he bound to the ground. Malachi is determined to set Kane free and he knows he has to fight Nathaniel to the death. But only the blood of a true mate can set Kane free from his earth prison. Then this young girl stumbles into the fight between the two shifters and a little of her blood seeps into the soil and awakens Kane. Kane doesn’t know about Nathaniel betrayal and Malachi’s plan to set him free and he is determined to let both families pay for his imprison.

Ten years later Kane is back in the City where he will set his plans in motion to get his revenge on the children of Malachi and Nathaniel. Dead bodies are turning up at the two shifters nightclubs and they are blaming each other.

Moon Dance by Amy Blankenship & R.K. Melton is the first novel in the Blood Bound Series and I liked it. Although I have to say that I found it very confusing sometimes that this story is written from so many point of views. Normally you’ll see only the hero and heroine’s point of view, but in this book the entire family and of course Kane are having their turns too.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, the story has everything that I like to read, passion, jealousy, danger, love and determination. The family bond between the siblings from both families is strong and so recognizable.

In this novel the real hero and heroine are Devon, one of Malachi’s sons and Envy, a human bartender. Envy walks into the jaguar’s nightclub with one thing on her mind, revenge. She just discovered that her boyfriend is there with two other girls, so she dumps him and have fun in the club too. She is immediately drawn to gorgeous Devon, whose part owner of the club.

The chemistry between them is tremendous and Devon finds himself thinking of her as his mate and after one hell of a night together, that is exactly what he has done, claimed his mate. Now he has to explain everything to her and hopefully she will accept him the way he is.

Beside the confusion of all the different point of views, there was another small thing that I had a hard time to believe. This whole book, beside the first chapter about the two fathers, take place in only 48 hours. To me that is way too fast to trust and accept this mating-shifter thing, but for some reason it fit into the series.

I know I have to get and read the following novels too, because I really want to know what will happen next with the other siblings and of course Kane; although he starts as a bad guy, there is hope for him, because he true mate is out there.

Jessica Andersen - Twin Targets

Title : Twin Targets
Release date : May 13, 2008
Publisher : Harlequin
Genre : Contemporary romance / Suspense

FBI agent John Sharpe was closing in on a criminal he'd made his life's mission to put away for life. So rescuing Sydney Westlake from the churning ocean was a distraction he couldn't afford. But then he learned the beautiful scientist had escaped his target's clutches and could hold the key to closing his case, so John wasn't letting her out of his sight.

Sydney claimed she was more than willing to help, especially if it meant securing her twin sister's safety, but danger threatened every move she and John made together. Would the same hold true once their barely contained attraction was finally released?

Twin Targets by Jessica Andersen is a great contemporary romance novel; it’s full of action, betrayal and sister love.

Sydney Westlake is trying to find a cure for her twin sister Celeste’s disease and has accepted a job at the facility of Tiberius. But what she doesn’t know that Tiberius wants her to develop a virus that would undermine DNA fingerprinting. She knows she has to escape Tiberius and make sure that all her work is save till she finds help.

John “Iceman” Sharpe is an FBI agent and has been hunting Tiberius and his men for quite some time. When he runs into Sydney and hears where she came from and what her offer is, he isn’t quite sure what to think of this situation, but he needs all the help to stop Tiberius from selling bio weapons.

The romance between Sydney and John starts real fast after they meet, but I have to say it fits into the story, but everything about this book is fast and full of action. The trust issues that John has with women are understandable if you know about his past, but he should have known better with Sydney.

This novel was well written and very entertaining. Even though it was a simple romance I found myself turning pages to find out what would be next.

Johanna Lindsey - Until Forever

Title : Until Forever
Release date : June 1, 1995
Publisher : Avon
Genre : Historical Romance

From the shadows of the past.
Prim and beautiful professor Roseleen White clutches her new prized profession - a thousand-year-old Scandinavian sword. And suddenly, a dream stands before her: a magnificent Viking warrior sworn to satisfy Roseleen′s every desire.

Until forever.
Accursed for untold centuries, mighty Thorn is now enslaved to a woman. Yet it is Roseleen who is the true prisoner, held willing captive by a handsome barbarian who sweeps her back to the ancient past on a journey of sensual discovery. But only by banishing him from her life forever can Roseleen free Thorn from immortality′s chains - forcing her to make a devastating choice that will either imperil their future or preserve a love more powerful than time

Until Forever by Johanna Lindsey is a simple historical romance, although historical isn’t really the right word. Yes, the main characters do travel back in time, but mostly they spend time in the modern days.

Roseleen White is a history professor, who collect ancient weapons and she just got her hands on an ancient Viking sword known as “Blood drinker’s curse”. But Rose isn’t aware of its power and she accidentally summons its original owner.

Thorn Blooddrinker isn’t too happy when he is summoned, because women in the past weren’t exactly kind and only use him to gain more power. But Roseleen isn’t interested in this power, neither is she interested in sharing his bed.

It was funny to read about Roseleen summoning Thorn; it seems he was always occupied with other things in his realm, so his demands to send him back because he has better things to do were hilarious. Thorn reaction to the modern world, cars and all the kitchen appliances is also funny to read.

The ending was a little basic to me; I would have loved to see it a little different. But overall this novel was well written with a great love story.

donderdag 15 december 2011

Amanda J. Green - Caressed by Moonlight

Title : Caressed by Moonlight
Series : Rulers of Darkness #1
Release date : February 10, 2011 (first published November 29, 2010)
Genre : Historical Paranormal Romance

Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire, would bind them for all eternity, but treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene is the first novel in the Rulers of Darkness Series and a fabulous book to read. The author contacted me and asked me if I was interested in reviewing this book and after reading the book description I couldn’t say no, especially if you love paranormal and historical romance.

Victoria Kingston is a young woman who just lost her parents soon after each other. She has to sell her home to pay off her father’s debts and has to move in with her strange aunt. Her aunt gives her one month to find a suitable husband or lose her position as guardian of her younger sister.

With the help of her best friend Lana she puts together a list of suitable husbands, but when she meets Prince Dorian Vlakhos all the other men fades away. Dorian is a vampire who doesn’t take no as an answer and he wants Victoria in his bed. But from the first moment they meet, she steals his heart and slowly discovers she might be his soul mate.

You would expect Dorian to be a dominate rake, but nothing is as it seems, he’s definitely dominate but also an ancient vampire king who left his clan behind to lure out this enemy. Victoria is the perfect woman for him; she is smart, caring and definitely strong enough to deal with his past and the fact that he is immortal.

Miss Greene has written a fabulous novel and mixed two great genres into one story. It was great to see the slowly growing romance between Dorian and Victoria and I found myself turning page after page to see what happened next.

There are some secondary characters that I would love to see in their own book and I really keep my fingers crossed that they will.

I truly recommend this book to every historical paranormal romance lover out there; you won’t be disappointed with this novel.
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