Review: The Accidental Kiss

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The Accidental Kiss

Author: Nicole Simone
Series: The Kiss series, #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Nicole Simone
Publication Date: August 12th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 279
Source: InkSlinger PR
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Synopsis (Goodreads):

They were like fire and ice.

But he was everything she didn’t know she needed.

Marked by tragedy, Sky Noel leaves Los Angeles with her mom to start anew in Castor, a small town in Louisiana. It was supposed to be Sky’s chance to have a normal life but she soon finds out normal isn’t written in her DNA.

When a mysterious boy named Daemon shakes up Sky’s fragile hold on reality, she is thrust into a world where zombies and voodoo not only exist in the pages of a novel. They are hidden in the darkest corners where danger lurks and death awaits. With a price on her head, Sky has to put her trust in the boy with the ocean blue eyes but is Daemon everything she was warned against and more?

Tricked into selling his soul, Daemon lives out his existence at the mercy of the voodoo priest. That is until one fateful night when his path is forever changed.

Desperate to atone for his sins, Daemon brings it upon himself to protect Sky at any cost. However, a secret hidden in his past could rip away the very person who makes him feel human again.

 

Opening Lines

The stark white hallways smelled like cleaning fluid as I navigated my way through the throngs of students. I glanced down at the piece of white paper with the number 301 written on it and looked back up. Down right panic coursed through my veins when I realized the lockers didn’t have numbers on them; only weird symbols that looked as if they belonged in a geometry book. I was totally screwed. ”

Excerpt From: Nicole Simone. “The Accidental Kiss.” iBooks.

The Good

…she soon finds out normal isn’t written in her DNA.”

Oh Sky, I kind of giggled at how far from normal her life really is! The second I saw the cover for The Accidental Kiss I just knew I had to read it. I mean have you seen that cover? Go ahead; scroll back up at look at it. Hot right?! I love the pose of the characters, and the smoking background and skulls are a perfect touch for this paranormal book. I honestly had my fingers tripled crossed hoping I would make it onto the tour, and it was my Waiting on Wednesday pick on my other blog. This book sounded amazing and I knew there would be a lot of people signing up. Thank you InkSlinger PR!!

I devoured this book as soon as I received the ARC, I read it so fast that a couple of days later I had to re-read it. I did some research and found out that Nicole has been working on this story for 5 years, this just goes to prove that handwork really pays off! I loved this book so much. I don’t read a lot of Paranormal books because I’m a picky individual but this one is making it onto my paranormal favourites list! The world building was executed perfectly, which is something a lot of authors struggle with in the fantasy and paranormal genre. There is a unique and interesting combination of zombies (omg, yes) and magic/voodoo that really works out well in this story.

Now let’s talk about the characters, they are just PERFECT! Sky is an all around great character, she can handle her own and does a really good job at adapting to her new lifestyle, plus I loved her attitude. Now Daemon…can I have him? Please?! If I was to ever come across a real life Daemon I would jump him in a heartbeat! The chemistry between them is great, and the sexual tension. OMG! I had the biggest grin on my face while reading certain parts of this! And the little one liners Daemon would give had me laughing so hard. Daemon and Sky were seriously a perfect combination that really complemented each other. The only thing I didn’t like, and it’s really minor, was the ending! For me it came too soon and now I’m impatiently waiting for book two! I’ll be stalking Nicole’s Goodreads page & Website to try until I find a release date :).

Lasting Impression

Overall, The Accidental Kiss did not disappoint me! I cannot wait to continue with this series, seriously I just can’t wait. I also plan on reading more by Nicole Simone, I really love her writing style. I’ll be re-reading this again later this month, yes I loved it THAT much!

4.5 stars

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About the Author

Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, pen’s character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey.

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Blog Barrage – Tempted by a Rogue Prince

Tempted by a Rogue Prince, the third book in New York Times best seller Felicity Heaton’s hot new paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website.

Tempted by a Rogue Prince and the Eternal Mates series is set in the same world as the Vampire Erotic Theatre series, so if you’re a fan of that series, you will love Eternal Mates. Throughout this series, you’ll have a chance to catch up with the cast of the Vampire Erotic Theatre series and learn more about their world. In Claimed by a Demon King, you’ll get to visit the theatre, and some of the favourite characters in the Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

Here’s more about Tempted by a Rogue Prince, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.


 

Tempted by a Rogue Prince

Author: Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates, #3
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: August 9th, 2014
Format: ebook, paperback
Source: Felicity Heaton
Purchase:

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An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

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Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince

Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King

Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince

Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php


Excerpt 

They entered a cavernous hall lit by torches mounted on the great gleaming obsidian pillars supporting the vaulted ceiling. Ahead of Vail, at the end of a long wide aisle, stood a black throne on a raised stone platform.

On that throne sat a huge demon male, his grey horns curling from beneath his jagged green helm, their painted white tips bright in the low light. They were extended, curling around themselves and flaring forwards into dangerous points, a sign of the anger that flowed from him.

His broad bare chest bore the scars of war, both recent and centuries past, and a thick braid of black hair lay down one side of it, curling over his shoulder from under his green helm. As Vail approached, his dark eyebrows drew down, narrowing his green eyes and lending a grim edge to his expression.

“King Bruan, we have brought the elf prisoner as instructed.” The biggest male pushed Vail forwards with such force he almost lost his balance again and he had to fight to stop himself from turning on the inferior wretch.

He kept his focus locked on the male several metres in front of him. King Bruan.

The demon king shifted in his seat, his left arm remaining dangling over the edge of his obsidian throne.

In it was a green and black thick metal torc.

The male had lost a loved one?

Vail knew of the demon tradition of wearing a torc to signify the loss of a mate.

King Bruan lifted it, drawing Vail’s gaze up with it, and stared at it with a faraway look in his eyes.

“My brother wore this,” he murmured in the demon tongue, his deep voice rumbling through the room. “He lost his female centuries ago, and honoured her for all that time, upholding his vow to make the Fifth Realm the most powerful all Hell had seen.”

The immense male rose fluidly to his booted feet and glared at Vail, pinning him with green eyes blazing with fury and pain.

“Frayne would have succeeded in carrying out that vow had it not been for your prince and his part in the war.” The demon king lifted the torc and tightened his grip on it, his knuckles burning with the force. “Now this is all I have of him. This…”

He tossed the twisted curved piece of metal at Vail. It clattered across the stone flags, the sound loud and jarring in the cavernous room, and stopped a few inches short of his bare feet.

“And the oath I swore to my warriors when their king fell.” The male prowled down the steps towards Vail, his powerful body shifting with each step, making Vail aware of the vast difference in their strength. In his current condition, he was no match for this king of demons.

Bruan stopped in front of Vail, grasped his metal collar, catching his neck with his claws at the same time, and hauled him off his feet by it, bringing Vail’s face closer to his. The sweet scent of mead rolled off his breath.

“I will avenge him,” Bruan snarled down at him, flashing emerging fangs. “You will tell me all you know of the locations of the elf army along their borders.”

Vail held his gaze as calmly as he could manage when what he really wanted to do was claw the demon’s eyes out and then dig a hole in his chest to extract his black, still-beating heart. A heart he would crush before his eyes so he could see the fear and the light of life drain out of them.

“I know nothing of troop movements,” Vail stated, sure that the king wouldn’t believe him even though he was speaking the truth.

Demons were thick-headed. He had learned that the moment he and his brother had set foot in Hell to build their new kingdom. Vail had wanted to take three legions of their army to teach the First and Second Realms of the demons to respect the elves. Loren had suggested a more diplomatic approach of venturing into those kingdoms and speaking directly with their kings. It had almost got him killed. His older brother had always been painfully obstinate and irritatingly diplomatic, wanting to see the good in everyone, even those who held only darkness in their hearts.

Like him.

Vail closed his eyes.

Loren.

He didn’t understand why his brother fought so hard for him. Could Loren love him still, after everything he had done to his kingdom and his people?

His strength faltered, his fight leaving him for a heartbeat of time before he dragged himself back to his present location and away from the past and his brother.

Bruan was studying his face with a shrewd eye, one that Vail didn’t like and that set him on edge. He had underestimated the intelligence of this particular demon and had to tread carefully if he was to convince the male he was of no use to him.

The demon king lowered him to his feet but retained his hold on Vail’s collar. “You are not a soldier?”

Vail shook his head. The king eyed him closely, looking him over from head to toe and back again.

“I admit you are scrawny and weak, but you do not look like a civilian. There is a little too much pride in those eyes and a little too much courage.” The demon released his collar and stepped back, as if needing to view all of him in one go in order to make a decision about his profession and whether he believed him. He eventually shook his head. “You fought well against my men. You are a soldier.”

“I am no soldier, although I have done my share of fighting and killing as one of them. I left that life behind long ago. If you see pride and courage, it is born of that period of my life and nothing else. I have wandered the earth since leaving my homeland and have not set foot in it in many centuries.” Vail straightened his spine, standing as tall as he could manage while the demons behind him held his neck and waist under their control. “I have no allegiance to the elves or Prince Loren.”

“An elf with no allegiance to his kind, who has done his share of killing…” The king moved a step closer again, a glimmer in his eyes that Vail recognised. Madness. The loss of his brother had driven him mad, crazed by a need for vengeance. The male narrowed his green eyes on him and smirked. “I thought you a soldier we could question for intelligence on the prince and perhaps the Third King.”

Bruan moved so quickly Vail wouldn’t have had a chance to shift backwards to evade him even if he hadn’t been held by two guards. He grabbed Vail’s jaw, his fingers pressing into the left side while his thumb dug into the right, and shoved his head back. He stared down into Vail’s eyes, his smile growing.

“Forgive me… your highness… I did not recognise you at first.”

Vail tensed and barely bit back the growl that curled up his throat. He hadn’t expected the demon to know him. He had never seen this male in his life, had never ventured this deep into the interior of the Fifth Realm, and the male was young. It wasn’t possible that they had met.

The king’s smile held. “You are thinking in there… calculating… you do not hide it well, Mad Elf Prince. You wonder how I know you.”

Vail did growl now. The demon didn’t flinch.

Vail knew of his nickname, of the things whispered about him in all the realms, the horror stories people told of him and the threats they used on their offspring. Go to bed or the mad elf prince will come for you. He knew of what they called him and he despised them all for it.

If he were mad, it was not by choice, and it was not something he wanted. He wanted… something far beyond his reach. He wanted the impossible, and that made him weak. Vulnerable. Forgiveness would never be his, and neither would salvation, but no matter how many times he had tried to purge the tiny fragment of light that remained in his soul, the small seed of hope, it had refused to die.

“You see… I got a good look at the man who helped King Thorne kill my brother,” Bruan said over Vail’s rumbling growl. “I was fighting Prince Loren at the time the Third King took Frayne’s head… and you look too much like him to be anyone else. So your charade ends here, and I have devised a new plan. I will ransom you to your brother in exchange for the assistance of the elves in my new war.”

Vail laughed at him, wiping the smile off his ugly face and replacing it with confusion. “My brother will not pay for my return… he despises me. Did you not know that I have been at war with him since long before you were born? The prince you desire to gain assistance from would sooner see me dead than align his army with yours.”

Bruan’s expression turned flat and unreadable, his green eyes impassive and giving nothing away.

“It is not so.” The demon king bent and picked up the discarded green and black metal torc, rolling it over in his hands. “I have heard your brother is searching for you. Do you not know your brother hunts for you even now?”

“To kill me.”

Bruan laughed, the booming sound echoing around the hall. “Foolish male. If I have learned anything about the older brothers of this realm, it is that they would never kill a younger sibling, one which they would have sworn to protect from the day of their birth. If your brother hunts you, then it is for no other purpose than reuniting with you.”

Vail shook his head.

“You forget, we are not born of this realm.” He narrowed his eyes on the demon king and smiled, gathering every ounce of his anger and pain into a tempest within him, one that the demon would see in his gaze. One that would tell this fool that his plot would end in ruin.

Vail would never play the role assigned to him. His brother would never set foot in this kingdom and he would somehow make sure of it. He would keep his brother safe, even if he had to take his own life to achieve it. Loren would feel the connection between them die. He would know what had happened to him and he would not be fooled by this mad demon king.

“Loren would see me dead, and the feeling is mutual,” Vail spat at the male and snarled, flashing the tips of his fangs as his ears grew more pointed, a physical sign of the aggression surging through him, the darkness that coaxed him into goading the demon into killing him. He would ensure his brother’s safety and deliver himself into death’s embrace. “I would see my brother dead before he could raise a hand to harm me. I would act to defend myself and then what alliance would you have? If you even so much as send word to my brother of my location… if you interfere in our war… in my fight… I will kill every single warrior in this castle and then I will kill you.”

King Bruan growled at him, his powerful body rippling as his eyes blazed green fire and his enormous black dragon-like wings burst from his bare back.

“You dare to order me? You dare to threaten me?” The huge demon male grasped Vail’s collar and dragged him off his feet, leaving them dangling above the dark flagstones. He was growing, his muscles expanding as his true form emerged, turning his visage dark and demonic. “A male such as you needs to be taught humility with an iron fist. You will learn to hold your forked tongue. You will learn your place. I will have submission beaten into you and then we shall speak again.”

Darkness welled up inside Vail, thick and inky, violent like a tempest swirling through his blood and igniting his fury. He snarled at the demon king, the thought of being taken back to the torture chamber shoving him over the edge into the abyss.

The beast within him rose to the fore, baring his fangs at the male who dared to threaten him, who sought to control him just as Kordula had done—with pain and punishment, stripping him of his pride and his strength. He would not let this male do such a thing to him. He would not submit to anyone.

Never again.

Vail roared and fought to lift his arms, his broken nails becoming claws as his muscles strained against the bonds that held him. The demon king dropped him and shifted back a step, signalling to the guards at the same time. One struck him across the side of his head but it didn’t stop him. He arched backwards, using every drop of his strength on the cuffs, and unleashed a victorious snarl as the chain snapped free.

He turned hard, throwing one guard off balance, sending him toppling to the ground, and lashed out at the second one. The larger male struck him again, the blow coming faster than he could evade while the magic in his restraints dampened his powers.

Vail growled, baring his bloodied fangs, clasped his hands together and swung them up in a brutal diagonal arc. They smashed into the side of the male’s face and he staggered sideways, towards the other demon now back on his feet.

He prepared himself to attack him.

Pain splintered across his knees, the force and speed of the thick pole slamming into them shattering his kneecaps and fracturing the joints of his femurs. An inferno blazed up his bones and he cried out his agony as he dropped to his knees on the flagstones. He bent over, his face buried in his cuffed hands as he fought the pain, struggling to catch his breath as it overwhelmed him, threatening to shut his body down and send him tumbling into unconsciousness. He had to remain awake.

He had to fight.

Not only for his sake, but for his brother’s.

He needed to kill the demon king.

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Felicity is hosting a Facebook release party for Tempted by a Rogue Prince on August 17th; so join her then for amazing giveaways, Q&A, teasers and more. Click here for all the details.

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Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

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Review | Aspen

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Aspen

Author: Rebekah Crane
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: In This Together Media
Publication Date: June 5th, 2014
Format: ebook
Source: Jen Halligan PR
Purchase: Amazon

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One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn’t want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.

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First Impression

This will be my first Rebekah Crane book, I didn’t get the chance to read Playing Nice so I’m excited to read this. Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor…that is a mouth full of a name! This sounds like something that could be made into a TV series or movie. However, the synopsis is really intriguing but I worry this might be a complex story to follow.

Opening Lines

“Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor, get your gimpy butt down here,” Ninny yells from the bottom of the staircase.”

The Good

Rebekah Crane has created a unique and simple story. I enjoyed the fact that the plot wasn’t too complex and I didn’t struggling to understand everything that was taking place. Every character played their part and there wasn’t a single moment that I felt a character was being used as a filler while reading Aspen. I have to say that Aspen was one of my favourite characters, what I can say? I love when characters are sassy! And Aspen is Sassy with a capital S! I have to say my favourite thing about this whole novel was how real it felt! Rebekah Crane has a way of writing and makes you feel like your witnessing the trauma first hand!

The Bad

  • Nothing I would consider bad.

The In-Between

  • Developments/Flashbacks – There were some flashbacks that I felt could have used more visual details for the readers. Also, there were developments between characters (trying not to give anything away!) that were not included in the story, it was obvious they took place but there wasn’t enough details for readers to get the full picture.

Lasting Impression

Overall, Aspen is a beautifully written and unique book with key concepts of self discovery. I’m now a fan of Rebekah Crane and can’t wait to read another one of her novels!

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4 Stars


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One (1) winner will receive a signed copy of Aspen, an ebook of Playing Nice, and a $10 Amazon gift card (US only).

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Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

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Review | Stained (Stained, #1)

Stained

Author: Ella James
Series: Stained, #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Barkley’s Books
Publication Date: August 16th, 2012
Format: ebook
Source: Mark My Words Book Publicity
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie – Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

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** I received a copy of Stained from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review.**

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First Impression

You can never be too sure of what to expect when you start a new book. Although I read the synopsis, I found it very vague and still didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Was I walking into an Angels vs. Demons version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or is this the Angel and Demon version of Twilight?

Opening Lines

The monster clawed the dark sky, hissing and spitting and belching ash. Its fat orange talons twisted the little house until it cracked, until the walls caved and the roof collapsed.”

The Good

  • Descriptive & Action – I enjoyed Ella’s descriptions. It was easy for me to visualize what was taking place throughout the whole novel. Just take the quote above as an example! As for the action, the fighting scenes between Samzaya and Cayne and other Nephilims were well written. There was a decent balance between the action scenes and the rest of the story.
  • Romance – Romance? What romance? No I’m kidding there was some. Thank you for not making it an insta-love driven book! At the beginning she points out he’s hot and how nervous she gets around him but Julia gradually deals with her feelings towards Cayne. And while Cayne tries to fight his feeling for Julia he finally gives in…towards the END of the book…hmph.
  • The EndingCLIFFHANGER!!! Yep, she gave us a cliffhanger as an ending, which I think was a great way to tie up a first book in a series. The cliffhanger that was given was perfect, if she chose anything else it wouldn’t have flowed well.
  • References – I know I said it in my first impressions that I wasn’t sure it I would be getting the Angel vs. Demons version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Twilight, but this book ACTUALLY made a reference to both!! I actually giggled over this for probably 2 minutes.

Are you the reason that I haven’t had a breakdown—because you hypnotized me?”
“I can’t do it with you.”
“Oh, and I believe that, Edward.”
“Edward?”
Twilight!” He didn’t seem to recognize it. “You’ve never heard of Twilight?”
“No.”
Amazing. “Well whatever. I still don’t believe you.”

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Julia saw a flash of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and laughed, half ecstatic, half terrified. “You can’t be serious.”

The Bad

  • The Beginning – The first part of Chapter 1 was solid! I can’t say the same for the second part of Chapter 1, I felt like there was too much information that Ella James just crammed into the first 3 chapters. I was extremely confused with the description of her ‘Sight’ and felt like it could have been explained and portrayed better.

The In-Between

  • POV – Once I got about 10 chapters in I kept hoping it would switch to Cayne’s perspective, but it didn’t. After awhile I was getting tired of Julia’s perspective, not that I found her annoying but Stained had the perfect set up to have a duel POV. Also, some of the details that were given made more sense to come from Cayne. I had to wait until Chapter 27 to finally get his POV and that bothered me. Also, I felt that the chapter that brought in Nathan was random! I sat there thinking, “Who the heck is this guy!” I ended up rereading the chapter prior thinking I missed something.
  • Editing – I know every book has them, but this book had some serious grammatical and formatting errors. Not bad enough to the point that you can’t read the book, but bad enough that you constantly notice them.
  • History Lesson 101 – Similar to the beginning I had no clear understanding of Julia’s ‘Sight’ or the whole Nephilim thing. I felt like I needed a crash course history lesson to bring me up to par since no real background was given.

Lasting Impression

Overall, Stained was an interesting book. It had its flaws but those won’t deter rate me from reading the rest of the series! So if you’re looking for a YA – Fantasy with a little bit of romance I would recommend giving Stained a read!

*All quotes came from Ella James. “Stained.” iBooks.*

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3.5 Stars

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Review: Sex & the Single Vamp

Sex & the Single Vamp

Author: Robin Covington
Series: N/A
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: March 24th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 200
Source: ibooks
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still-beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.


Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.


Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?

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I came across this on my ibooks, and for the life of me couldn’t understand or remember how it got there. So I went onto Goodreads and read the synopsis ding, ding, ding! I finally remembered that at one point I requested this book on Netgalley but got declined, so I must have went and bought it on ibooks when it came out.

Now don’t let the title fool you, because it fooled me. I almost didn’t read this because I assumed what it would mainly focus on; sex. I thought “Well, here’s another book that will lack plot and mainly focus on sex”. Boy was I ever wrong! This book actually had a strong plot and entertaining characters. I enjoyed this quick read more than I thought I would, and yes it had like 2? Maybe 3 steamy sex scenes.

Now I’m upset that this is not a series!! Because now I want a Andy and Maya story! Plus, I wouldn’t mind reading about Antonio, OH! And Detective Ramirez. Robin, you can’t do this! You can’t write a great stand alone with amazing characters that need their own books! It’s just cruel!!

Overall, Sex and the Single Vamp had great world building, funny and stubborn characters and a plot that I found to be absolutely solid!

I give this 4 steamy butterflies!

4 Stars

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Blog Tour: The Bellum Prophecy

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The Bellum Prophecy

Author: L. Marie Horton
Series: The Vella Series
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: December 12th, 2013
Format: ebook
Pages: 336
Source: IFB
Purchase: Amazon
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Two Wars, One Destiny. Seventeen-year-old Edyn Vella always knew that her strange dreams of the future made her unique, but she never knew what they meant. However, when she fails to stop her aunt’s murder by an ominous vampiric creature, Edyn learns that her prophetic visions aren’t the only superhuman ability she possesses.

Following her late aunt’s clues, Edyn finds herself in New York City attempting to save her last surviving relative, the powerful and reclusive billionaire, Ethan Roux. Edyn not only discovers Ethan isn’t exactly human, but that she is at the center of an ancient prophecy and could determine the outcome of an impending war.

As Ethan’s Omega, his only human descendant, she’s thrust into an enigmatic world full of new supernatural creatures where both good and evil vampires and warlocks have waged a centuries-long battle for the fate of humanity. Just as her relationship with the mysterious and handsome Brendan begins to blossom, Edyn’s complicated new life quickly spirals out of control when ancient evil becomes determined on making her one of them. Edyn must discover her inner strength while making the choice between a long life without love and a potentially short life full of it.

The Bellum Prophecy is a dark, suspenseful new novel that explores the loss of innocence while coming of age in the midst of a battle between good and evil. Combining the best elements of vampire legend, the supernatural, and even magic, L. Marie Horton uses exciting action and a cutting-edge story to craft a refreshing new take on young adult fiction.

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Can we just talk about the cover? Or rather, can we all just stare at it? When I first saw the cover I was immediately drawn in. The coloring and contrast are perfect, and those eyes!! Wow.

Something about this book was a little Harry Potter meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer to me, well obviously more on the Buffy side. After I finished reading The Bellum Prophecy, I sat there and wondered what it would be like if this was made into a show.

So what did I like? Everything! I liked L. Marie Horton’s use of description for all the action that took place. But most importantly I love Edyn. She’s such a strong independent character. Is there anything I didn’t like? Minor things, the book started off slow and it took me a couple of pages to really get into this book. Another thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the vampire-human relationship between Edyn and Brendan. I don’t want to say it felt forced but it didn’t seem like it flowed naturally to me.

This was an intriguing book that I’m 100% sure will lead into an intense and captivating series. I can’t wait to read the next book!

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4 Stars

 

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“The pain in my chest became intense as my heart felt like it was being ripped apart. The tears were coming so fast that they blinded me. The pit in my stomach was overwhelming as blood and death surrounded me. I couldn’t breathe.”

 

“I will have my vengeance.”


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L. Marie Horton is an attorney practicing law in Fresno, California. After completing her degrees, she gave the left side of her brain a rest and became devoted to writing fiction. L. Marie is also a photographer, avid speed-reader, and an obsessive fan of movie soundtracks. She has a supportive husband and two fur children, Scottie a.k.a. Daba D and Gunnar a.k.a. da Gun Gun’s.

L. Marie writes YA paranormal romance and fantasy fiction focusing on strong characters trying to overcome extraordinary obstacles in their life. Writing is an extreme passion of hers and she relishes in sharing that passion with her readers.

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