Category: Romance

Review: Shades of Memory (The Diamond City Magic Novel)

I’m a huge fan of Diana Pharaoh Francis, so when I saw the next book in The Diamond City Magic series was released, I quickly snatched it up! Who doesn’t love magic and mayhem, right?!

Title: Shades of Memory (The Diamond City Magic Novel) : Book 4

Author: Diana Pharaoh Francis

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books via NetGalley

Release date: November 2017

Pages:272

ASIN : B075FYM4CV

Rating: 

DESCRIPTION:

Riley’s lost the last damned thing she’s willing to lose. She’s declaring war and prisoners are optional.

After escaping the FBI, Riley and her family have become fugitives, and not just from the law. Every bad guy on the planet wants a piece of Riley. Gregg has been kidnapped. Worse than that, Price’s newly discovered magic is dangerously out of control, and her own is trying to kill her. She has little time to worry about any of that before all hell breaks loose in Diamond City, and she finds herself smack dab in the crossfire.

With the clock ticking down, Riley gathers her friends and family to execute a Hail Mary plan that will pit them against seven of the most dangerous thugs in Diamond City, a serial killer, Riley’s psychopath father, and a mysterious billionaire with plans of his own. If she succeeds, she makes herself an even bigger target. If she fails, everybody she cares about dies.

But the shadows hold danger even Riley will never see coming . . . .

 

REVIEW:

I’m a huge fan of The Diamond City Magic Novels. I love dark urban fantasy books, and this series is one of the best. Diana Pharaoh Francis writing is right on point and highly entertaining. What I enjoy most about these books is the unpredictability of the story line. Riley is snarky, smart and doesn’t take sh*t from anyone, not to mention she has a unique magical talent that can be nearly unstoppable…when it’s working. What makes her a complete package is her vulnerability and her compassion for others. The supporting cast of characters are fantastic, their foibles highly entertaining, the tension between them adding another dimension to the story.

I had a little trouble getting into this book, the first chapter didn’t capture me immediately, but I’m glad I kept reading. The rest of the book well made up for it…until I reached the harsh cliffhanger ending. The story just stopped in the middle of the action—I wasn’t ready for the book to be over yet! Despite the rocky beginning and abrupt ending, I enjoyed getting to know Riley, Price and their group of friends again in their latest adventure. I can’t wait for the next book. These novels are a part of a series and cannot be read as a stand alone. 

 

Previous books in the series:

 

New Release - Academy of Assassins

Academy of Assassins

 

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new urban fantasy series: 

Academy of Assassins – An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

 

I think the cover artist, Amanda Kelsey, did a fantastic job, don’t you?

 

Here is a little blurb for you: 

 

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

 

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground. 

 

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

 

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

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I’m really excited to see what everyone thinks of Morgan and her crew of assassins! 

Since it’s Halloween, I couldn’t resist including an excerpt where Morgan and her men clear out a warehouse infested with gremlins!

 

Excerpt: 

A shadow flew overhead. When Morgan tipped her head back, she saw a dozen creatures no more than two feet high leap the fifteen feet across the aisle. She threw a blade, managed to hit one, but her weapon bounced harmlessly off its hard, reptilian hide. They scampered up the shelving and disappeared into the boxes as her blade clanked harmlessly to the ground.

 

There appeared to be three different varieties. The majority of them were varying shades of green, covered with warts and black, oily spots. Those were the males. The younger ones were a light tan, slightly smaller, but no less deadly. A couple had bright yellow bellies, but no less hideous. They were the females. Their eyes were pure red, their black pupils narrow slits. Some had distinctive stripes, while others were marked with scars, whether from battle or decoration, she wasn’t sure.

 

One evil little critter, slightly bigger than the rest, glared down at her from his crouched position, his scars prominent on his body, a bold slash gouging deep ruts across his face. He was the commander, battle-hardened and vindictive about having his space invaded. His large ears were thin and leathery, swiveling to catch even the slightest sound, the left one kinked where it had nearly been torn off. His claw-tipped hands were wrapped around the metal grates of the shelving, his arms almost as long as his entire body, which made climbing and running on all fours easier.

 

This one appeared to be covered with some kind of goo that dripped down the shelves. The ammonia smell was nearly enough to knock her out. Tuffs of scraggly hair struck up from the top of his head. He sneered, revealing dozens and dozens of bloody, razor-sharp teeth.

 

He lifted his hand and gave her the finger, then quickly ducked behind the boxes with his mates.

 

Both sides of the shelving erupted in giggles.

 

“We’re sitting ducks down here. We need to head up.” She peered at Draven, and he backed up a step, as if reading something in her expression. Morgan smiled grimly. “How do you feel about being bait?”

 

He grimaced, then glanced up at the top of the shelving thirty feet in the air. “Better than I feel about being an acrobat. You’re faster than I am, more flexible.”

 

Morgan sheathed her weapon. When she went to retrieve the one that had fallen, he grabbed her arm. “No undue risks. Don’t let them draw you away. Yell if you get into trouble.”

 

“Understood. Go. I’ll let them follow you, then climb.”

 

Ryder hesitated a moment longer, clearly not wanting to leave her alone, then huffed out a resigned sigh. “Kincade is going to kill me.”

 

With that cryptic remark, he turned on his heel and ran down the aisle, whistling a jaunty tune. While a few remained behind to watch her, the majority clearly saw her as no threat, and clambered across the boxes in pursuit.

 

Not wasting a second, Morgan leapt up, grabbed the edge of the third shelf and began to climb. Angry chittering erupted above her, and she spotted four gremlins arguing, appearing distress when she didn’t collapse on the floor, weeping in terror at the sight of them.

 

When they fell silent, the hair on the back of her neck stood on end. She leaned back to get a good look at them, unnerved to find the four of them staring down at her with yellowish eyes and malicious smiles that didn’t bode well.

 

Two clambered down, one lashing out at Morgan’s hands and arms, aiming his claws for her face, while the other one dove for her legs. She swung at the one trying to gouge out her eyeballs, but it scampered out of arm’s reach. The second one latched onto her legs like a deranged monkey, using his teeth and claws to gnaw at her leathers like she was his own personal chew toy.

 

“Son of a bitch.” Pain shot up her leg as he began to shake his head, his teeth sawing back and forth, and she wondered if the little beast was trying to tear out a hunk of her flesh or rip her leg off altogether.

 

Not to be outdone, the first gremlin lunged for her face. Morgan swatted the claws away, and nearly lost her balance in the process.

 

All the while, the two remaining on top ripped open the boxes and began lobbing metal spoons at her, one going so far as to bean her on the head when she didn’t dodge fast enough.

 

“Enough.”

 

She never realized something so small could bedevil her so much.

 

She reached out, ignoring the claws digging into the fleshy part of her hand, snagged the toothpick-like leg of the nearest gremlin and flung the creature as far as she could. The gremlin gave a scream of anger as he flew through the air before splatting across the floor, leaving a black smear behind him, his little body ending up a twisted mess.

 

Then, to her consternation, he lumbered to his feet and limped off, dragging his damaged leg behind him, leaving a trail of dark ooze.

 

The monster on her leg gave a scream of rage and renewed his attack.

 

“Get.” She brought up her leg and slammed the creature into one of the metal posts. “Off.”

 

Slam.

 

“Me!”

 

The critter clanged against the metal like a gong, then dropped like a rock to the ground, landing with a surprisingly solid thud for something so small. He turned and hissed at her with evil eyes, quickly dragging himself under the shelving, and Morgan couldn’t help but shiver at the malice.

 

And received another bash across the back of her head, reminding her she still wasn’t alone. As she reached the top, one leaned over and screamed, the high-pitched sound threatening to make her ears bleed.

 

Not to be outdone, Morgan screamed back at him in frustration.

 

The gremlin was so startled, his mouth snapped shut, and he staggered back, hastily covering his ears.

 

Of course.

 

Their large ears meant they were sensitive to even the slightest noise.

 

Morgan snatched at the next spoon aimed for her head and beat it against the metal. The creatures cowered, grabbed their ears, twisting away to escape. In seconds, they turned tail and ran.

 

Morgan breathed a sigh of relief and dropped the spoon.

 

If there had been more of them, they would’ve overwhelmed her, using their sharp teeth and claws and whittled her flesh down to bones in a matter of minutes.

 

A deep foreboding tore through her chest, until she thought her heart was being ripped out. “Draven.”

 

 

Academy of Assassins

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting the Assassins. To find out what happens next, be sure to visit Amazon.com:


 

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!


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Good News...

It’s been forever since I’ve posted on my blog…my bad! But the good news—I’ve been busy. Academy of Assassins has officially been sent off to the editor. I should get the first round of edits back next week. Whoohoo!

 

The book ended up nearly twice as long as I originally planned, but I think you’ll really enjoy Morgan and her protectors. Think Gargoyles, Hellhounds, Wraiths, Titans, Gremlins and so much more. :) Here is a sneak peek of the blurb…

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

 

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters how to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as his own personal hunting ground.

 

Three witches have died in circumstances disturbingly similar to her own disappearance over a decade ago…one Morgan barely survived. As she delves deeper into the investigation, she runs afoul of the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly charming team members. They make her forget her duty, make her wish for something other than the bleak future of violence and death most lone hunters face.

 

As Morgan closes in on the killer, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid romantic entanglements with the security team—who drive her to distraction with their overprotectiveness—while keeping the infection of dark magic in her blood contained. To survive, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

Review: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Book 6) by Aileen Erin

I began the Alpha Girl Series with the first book a few years ago. Once I start a book, I hate not finishing it. With Becoming Alpha, I remember nearly putting the book down. Gasp! Thankfully, I persisted, and this series has become one of my favorites!

 

 

Title: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Book 6)

Author: Aileen Erin

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC via NetGalley

Release date: March 2017

Pages: 240

ASIN: B0167DZKVM

Rating:   

 

DESCRIPTION:
Meredith Molloney never thought she’d find a mate, let alone someone like Donovan Murry—one of the most powerful Alpha werewolves alive. Now that she’s no longer cursed and the evil Luciana Alvarez has been taken care of, she thinks life will finally settle down. Boy, she has never been so wrong.

In the middle of the night, Donovan gets a call telling him that his pack has gone to pieces. The news that his second in command has been found brutally murdered has Donovan packing his bags for Ireland, but the last thing Meredith wants to do is go with him. Cosette just warned her that the Irish pack isn’t so happy about Donovan’s choice in mates.

But Meredith’s never let a few angry wolves stop her, and she’s not about to start now. She’s faced down much worse the past few months. But when she gets there, she finds that it’s not just an angry pack that stands in the way between her and her Full Moon Ceremony with Donovan.

Meredith is thrust into a deadly game of pack politics, one a fey beast has happily joined. When the magic and dust settle, she knows she’ll either have everything that she wants or lose it all.

 

REVIEW:
I’m a huge fan of the Alpha Girl Series, but I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the series now that it has moved away from the main couple that we’ve come to love. I shouldn’t have worried. Like the last two books, Aileen Erin managed to pull it off!

Meredith and Donovan are a great couple! I love the way the author wove Meredith’s troubled past throughout the series. Her character growth made me instantly empathize with her—she doesn’t know the meaning of defeat! She was the perfect mate for Donovan. I love the mystery of Donovan. Unfortunately, I expected to learn more about him, but he came off as more of a secondary character. *pouts* He was supposed to be the most dominate alpha werewolf ever, but Meredith showed him up in every scene. While I understand this was her story, it was his as well, and his lack of alphaness was a little disappointing. Thankfully, Aileen Erin managed to expertly combine action and fantastic characters with an unforgettable love story to redeem the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and gobbled it down in one sitting. The story might have developed a little slow, but I found the ending was well worth the wait! If you enjoy the Alpha Girl Series, you won’t want to miss this edition. I can’t wait for the next book, where we move back to the main couple…releasing next year! *whimpers*

 

Previous books in the series:

 

Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3) by Lola Dodge

I binge read the first two books in this series, so when book three became available, I snatched it up. I love the possibilities in these stories…who doesn’t want to have super powers!

 

 

Title: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3)

Author: Lola Dodge

Genre: YA Science Fiction Romance via NetGalley

Publisher: Self-published

Release date: September 2016

Pages: 388

ASIN: B015GI4B46

Rating: 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

 

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

 

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

 

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA.

 

 

REVIEW:
I read this book three weeks ago, but the thought of writing a review has left me conflicted. Quanta and Altair were great characters…in the last book. Unfortunately, I don’t think they needed a second book. More than half the story dealt with Quanta and Altair struggling to understand and control her powers. The same issue was repeated over and over and felt redundant. Added to the fact that they solved the problem in one page made me feel the book was a bit superfluous. Worse, the solution wasn’t something that they figured out or solved on their own, it just fell into their lap. Very disappointing. I think it tainted my view of the whole book.

 

Don’t get me wrong—the writing was great. I loved getting to know more about the Ravens and exploring everyone’s unique abilities. I even loved their missions and the new characters introduced in this story. I highly enjoyed the action scenes, so much so, that I wished there were more of them.

 

So, I’m not sure if I just hit a reading slump with this book or if I didn’t just *love* it as much as the first two books in the series. I wanted something new and shiny to fawn over, and it never really happened. If you enjoy this series, by all means, read Quanta Reset. If you’re not hooked on The Shadow Ravens Series, I would suggest you skip this book.

 

 

Previous books in the series: