Review: Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead Book 1) by Nicky Peacock

I love Urban Fantasy, so when I saw zombies in the blurb of Bad Blood, I was sold!



Title: Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead Book 1)

Author: Nicky Peacock

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Evernight Teen via NetGalley

Release date: September 2014






“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”


A 500 year bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Bitter enemies, Britannia and Nicholas must work together to save un-infected humans, delivering them to a stronghold in Scotland.


Unable to drink the zombie blood, vampires need humans to stay alive. But will they tell the survivors who they are, and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the safe hold?


Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.



Bad Blood started off with Britannia stalking her prey…a fellow vampire. I loved the action and drama and was immediately sucked into the story. Britannia had a tragic start to her life as a vampire, and I immediately found myself sympathizing with her.


Nicholas came off as an ass for his treatment of Britannia, but as the story unfolded, I began to understand him more and more. He honestly seemed to have feelings for his protégée Britannia. Unfortunately, he’d been a vampire a very long time, which translated to him being a very manipulative b*stard. By the end of the book, I found him a bit enduring. Which left his actions…or lack of actions…half way through the last fight scene a little confused. Why did he just leave?


The villain was just brilliant. What’s better than a friend-turned-enemy who knows your every move?! Part of Britannia and Nicholas didn’t really believe he couldn’t be saved until it was almost too late. The action and fight scenes kept me glued to the pages. The interactions between the characters added another dimension to the book. Since the story was told from Britannia’s view, the majority of the humans were portrayed as sheep, until she began to get to know them more. For the first time since she’d been turned into a vampire, she began to let other people in her life…and she wasn’t sure she liked it.


I was surprised at how quickly the world change at the zombie apocalypse. While the plot to Bad Blood was interesting, the zombies in the book were nothing special. I think I was expecting more visceral emotions and gore…more horror or something. The characters were vampires, so they didn’t really have a mortal fear of them, and the zombies became really nothing more than fodder for them to kill. The only downside to the book was it ended way too quick! While the book gave us a whole story arc, it seemed more like an episode than a full length novel. I found myself fascinated by Bad Blood and would love to eventually continue this series if the price lowers to match its novella size.


Review: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1) by Zoraida Cordova

I love the image on the cover, but what sold me was the blurb. I really liked the possibility of a dark Wonderland mixed with magic! How cool, right?!



Title: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1)

Author: Zoraida Cordova

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley

Release date: September 2016







Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.


Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.


The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…



The beginning of the book began a little slow. I had a hard time connecting with Alex, but once they traveled to the land in-between, the story really began to take off! Think a wicked version of The Wizard of Oz mixed with Alice in Wonderland. *Score!*


I adored the world building and the unique characters that populated this fantasy world—all except for Alex. Unfortunately, she seemed very selfish at times, and I just couldn’t sympathies with her.


The romance portion of the book started off shaky, then quickly fell apart. The love triangle felt forced. Not only did it come out of nowhere, it just didn’t ring true. It’s a shame, because the romance could’ve really made the story so much stronger.


So, while I enjoyed Zoraida Cordova’s vivid imagination, the characters ultimately didn’t work for me, which is a shame, since the book could’ve been awesome. Very disappointing.



Stacking The Shelves [61]


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


What I purchased last week:


All of these books were $0.99 or except for The Jewel and Freedom’s Landing which were $1.99.
Here are some books that I picked up that are still free:

I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?




I received my author copies of Druid Temptation. Whoohoo! I think they turned out beautiful. To celebrate, I’m offering a giveaway on GoodReads.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Druid Temptation by Stacey Brutger

Druid Temptation

by Stacey Brutger

Giveaway ends October 17, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.


Enter Giveaway


If you’re not convinced, here is a short excerpt for you to enjoy:

Diana stood staring at the door, or more precisely, the large, muscular hand blocking her only means of escape. The smell of male curled around her. She inhaled deeply, already able to recognize Gabriel’s masculine scent, and her treacherous heart fluttered at the thought of turning around and facing him.


While she’d been putting Emilie to bed, she decided she’d imagined their attraction, blown it out of proportion, what with the excitement of the hunt and the threat of Williams looming over her.


But, no.


It hadn’t been exaggerated in the least.


If anything, the infuriating man was even more attractive, drat him.


Her hand dropped to her waist, her fingers twitching for the comfort of her knife. She was exhausted from the late night and the stress of using her gift.


It caused her to make mistakes.


Mistakes a man like Mendenhall pounced on.


“Let’s move to the study and make ourselves more comfortable while we talk.”


Diana no longer cared if it was obvious she was hiding something. Once she reached her cottage, it would take her less than a minute to gather her meager belongings and disappear.


She should just leave, but an irresistible curiosity to discover more about the big man at her back had her hesitating. It had been months since she’d had a normal conversation with anyone.


She’d been on the verge of foolishly talking herself into staying when she felt the bow and quiver being lifted from her shoulder.


Instinct took over.


Diana whirled and charged, ready to take back her possessions.


Only to end up colliding with his chest.


His very large, very muscular chest.


His clothes were of fine quality, but the day’s events left him rumpled, his shirt limp and practically molded to his body, instead of starched and pristine white.


Her ire and thoughts of retrieving her bow were suddenly forgotten as her fingers curled against the urge to touch and explore all that tempting flesh.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Diana and Gabriel! If you want to find out more, you can purchase your own copy on Amazon!


Stacking The Shelves [60]


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


What I purchased last week:

All of these books were on sale for $0.99 or $1.99. *Happy Dance*


I also picked up a few print books. This series looks fantastic, doesn’t it?! *fingers-crossed*:


Here are some books that I picked up that are still free:

I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?