Review: Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

Title: Dark Wolf
Series: Dark Saga
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Berkley
Published: January 7th 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

Review:

I am a big fan of Christine Feehan and I loved this series. As always, the book is written pretty well and as she has immersed us in the world of the Carpathians for over 20 books already, the storytelling is flawless.

Although I must say that the storyline is a little predictable. There are not a lot of surprises anymore since they got rid of the big problem (can’t give spoilers if you haven’t read these books yet). But what did surprise me was Dimitri. He is a alpha male (as they all are), but he seems to be very in tune with his feminine side for lack of better words. Where the others seemed to have trouble letting go of their old world standards, he was very modern in thinking and behaviour. And also very understanding to Skyler. In that aspect, I enjoyed the story very much.

But I do think miss Feehan should stir things up a bit if she wants to keep us interested and on our feet. But it still has the potential I always loved and liked about the Carpathian World. I would still recommend.

Rating:

3 star

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Review: The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp by Michael Siemsen

Title: The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp
Author: Michael Siemsen
Published: November 12th 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

In this prequel to the highly acclaimed novel A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon’s story), by Michael Siemsen, the bestselling author turns back the clock – from post-WWI California to late 1950’s New York City.

Samuel Beauchamp has been dead for twenty-seven years, but that hasn’t stopped him from living…

For reasons unbeknownst to him, Samuel’s essence remained after his body was killed, and he discovers that the living emit an irresistible force, drawing him inside where he has the power to take over.

After surviving the great depression in the body of a young hobo, Samuel spends years studying the history of his condition, moving from body to body when necessary, and finally settling in New York City in the late 1950’s. Following a few years of relative serenity, his beautiful and brash girlfriend disappears, and his search for her uncovers answers to questions he never asked.

Review:

I have a confession to make. I love series. I adore good, well written series. And ever since I have read about A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon’s Story), I could not wait to read it. Sadly for me I also read it was a series.
I had a premonition I would like this series. I mean a good demon story is hard to come by!! Don’t you think?

Anyway, when I won this book I just could not wait and I leapt to read it as fast as I could. I was not disappointed. Basically it is the origin story to A Warm Place to Call Home.

What I loved about the story is that it was not only well written, but also very well thought out. I could actually see the things happening as they were being told. But it only made me wonder is it really demonic? But that is not really an issue when you read this book. I think it’s part of the brilliance Michael Siemsen created.

The question is, what would you do, if you were faced with such a choice? First not knowing and then knowing? Is it survival or parasitic?

Rating:

4 star

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Review: Zombies: They’re Not All Brain-Eaters by Alex Witney

Title: Zombies: They’re Not All Brain-Eaters
Author: Alex Witney
Published: June 21st 2013

Blurb on Goodreads:

A Comedy Sci-Fi Like No Other! Where Zombies are your friends and only occasionally eat brains.

In a future where zombies are equals, Roy Tubbs and his recently deceased zombie friend Kurt ‘Mac’ MacReady are fed up with their dead end jobs as an accountant and lifeguard respectively.

Drunkenly deciding to use their savings and Mac’s recent insurance claim they go on a once in a life time road trip. Though not all goes as planned as they delve into the fragile, flaky world of zombie politics. With kidnappings, strange abominations and an ill-fated opportunity to save every zombie on earth.

Review:

In the racial tag game, it’s the turn of the zombies. Scientists created an antidote for death. Everybody that can come back is coming back thanks to this. And yeah, not everybody is eating brains – personally this was confusing for me. I mean what kind of self respecting zombie are you? *wink wink*

Roy is tired of his job and his recently zombified friend feels the same way. They decide on a road trip and then the things that happens between friends whose life have changed a little too much happen.

It was nice to read a different kind of zombie story, but it was also a little … strange. Not the bad kind of strange, but it’s like I could not really pinpoint what the real story was supposed to be. There was a lot happening, so it wasn’t boring, but I think that everybody would get a different viewpoint reading this book. Which is not a bad thing.

Rating:

3 star

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Review: Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

Title: Unfinished Business An Angela Panther Novel
Author: Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Published: March 25th 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

In UNFINISHED BUSINESS AN ANGELA PANTHER NOVEL, #1 AMAZON bestselling author Carolyn Ridder Aspenson introduces her now trademark blend of witty dialog and hilarious banter in the first book of her hilarious and heartwarming paranormal chick lit, cozy mystery, Angela Panther series.

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home—crazy or not—Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence.

It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

Review:

This was a great book to read. Even though it starts with the death of Angela’s mother, the author managed to make this a very funny story. Her mom was very head-strong and interfering, like only a mother can.

Angela needs to deal with a lot and at times she thinks she’s going crazy. This is a real nice story and even if you don’t have to deal with ghosts trying to infiltrating your life, you will relate to Angela and her nutty mother.

Rating:

3 star

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Review: New Beginnings by Brandy L. Rivers

Title: New Beginnings
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Published: January 17th 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

Jess knew her life would never move forward if she remained a part of Gregory’s pack. Some Alpha’s just don’t know how to take care of their wolves. She had managed Gregory’s bar for years but she knew he would never sell it to her.

After one giant mistake, he went from bad to worse. As a psychic, she knew it was a downward spiral.

Taking her future in her own hands, she contacts the Alpha in Edenton. He is happy to sell the empty bar no one has the time, nor desire to renovate, much less run.

Their attraction is unexpected and the last thing either want, but they find the only thing they need in each other.

There is just one problem. Slater’s second in command is plotting against him. Liam will use anything to take over as Alpha.

Plenty of werewolves, an old vampire flame, plus a paranoid second, and don’t forget the psychic with a whole lot of attitude.

Review:

When Jess decides to take charge of her life, she did not expect more change then she bargained for. Although she’s psychic, she gets more on her plate then she can literally see.

I really liked this story. I had already read the first book in the series when I stumbled upon this prequel. It was just as good as the first one and I only wish I had found this one before reading the first.

Jess is very likable and a strong heroine.  She does not back out of a fight and stands up for what she believes in, even if it will bring her trouble.

It’s a nice short read and great to wind down after a long day of working.

Rating:

3 star

 

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Review: The Drayton Chronicles by Tony Bertauski

Title: The Drayton Chronicles
Author: Tony Bertauski
Published: March 10, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

The evolution of a vampire.

The Drayton Chronicles is a collection of novellas.

DRAYTON, THE TAKER
Blake Barnes commits suicide by freezing on Mt. Hood. As his life fades, he assumes Death has come to him in the form of a young man. In his last moments, he asks Death to find his family, to tell them he’s sorry. Drayton honors this last request as he absorbs Blake Barnes’ waning essence. He travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to find his family. But saying sorry is not always as easy as the words imply. Drayton seeks to unravel the mess Blake Barnes has left behind and the predator he’s unleashed on his family.

BEARING THE CROSS
Drayton finds Andrew Drummond dying on the roadside. He absorbs the last of his life, but not before Andrew demands vengeance. In those last moments, Drayton understands what Andrew desires. He sees all of his hardships, the crosses he has been forced bear. Drayton will find the source of his suffering. He will show his transgressor Andrew’s pain. He will show him the depth and taste of true suffering.

SWIFT IS THE CURRENT
Drayton spares the life of elderly Ms. Ruth Current. She was supposed to die, but her life is unresolved. Drayton intends to put to rest the blight she and her grandchildren have set loose upon the world.

YELLOW
Father Gordon suffers a life-ending heart attack during mass, but not before he looks into Drayton’s eyes. In them, he sees his own sins and asks for forgiveness. Drayton grants him the opportunity for redemption. But asking for forgiveness is the first step in a very difficult journey.

NUMBERS
Dr. James Gallagher has a good life until a new patient hands him a card scrawled with the number 5. His new patient tells him that he will die of a stroke in five days. Dr. Gallagher doesn’t take him seriously since this new patient claims to be thousands of years old. He considers committing him to a psychiatric ward until he begins to have visions. 

He sees how Drayton has become what he is today.

Review:

This was a awesome collection of stories. I enjoyed every single one of them. I for one don’t think Drayton is a vampire. He might be the origin story, but no vampire.
Drayton is a centuries old man? Kid? Person? Thing? That’s not clear, because he himself does not know what he really is. He’s so old he just remembers snippets of his life in the beginning. The rest he just pieces together.  And although Drayton (or his story) makes you wonder what he is and he’s totally honest with his “bad” beginnings, he’s totally likeable. Did he evolve? Or did he just get tired of it all? Get to know him, believe me, it’s worth it.  And even though it’s a collection of stories, it does not take away from the whole.

Rating:
4 star

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Review: Templand by Jill Elaine Hughes

Title: Templand (TEMPLAND Series)
Author: Jill Elaine Hughes
Published: December 24, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:

The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie’s journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on “just a summer job” to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather. 

In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job—which she finally gets, along with her man. TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and mystery novel all rolled into one.

Review:

Melanie is witty and honest. I really liked this story and the main character. She was honest about how she got there and what she did. And it was not one of those stories that glorifies the American dream. Yes, I know, the successtories are out there, but it was refreshing to read about someone who struggles and who did not get where she was by stupid choices. By all means Melanie was a hard working, highly educated person. She was someone who adhered to the notion that to get a good job you need to study and work hard, not give up and be true to your morals and beliefs.
Her story also tells about how someone can give up those morals and beliefs, just because everything keeps dragging you down. I am glad Melanie didn’t, but it was more thanks to her beau. Nice story. Even though it was about the bad and the ugly, it is not depressing.

Rating:
3 star

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