Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.
After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. What she doesn’t know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.
Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…
Blurb from Goodreads.
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
(Blurb from Goodreads)
This book didn’t do it for me. Too bad since I actually bought the paperback. I mean, it was definitely good, the writing was good, the story was good. But I just felt like it was a little predictable and lacked the excitement I was looking for.
Just like the blurb states, Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce. In fact, he’s a bit mean to her. The first time she lays eyes on him he gives her the finger. I just feel like this is already overdone in young adult books. For instance, in Twilight, and Hush, Hush, the main male lead characters act the same way – mean. They are clearly attracted to the leading lady, but want to avoid her because of their supernatural being. I just feel like it’s already been done before.
Luce is also in a boarding school because the police think she is responsible for a classmates death. If I was in her same situation I think I’d be scarred and think about it all the time. I’d feel horrible. But I just didn’t see Luce have a reasonable reaction.
Maybe I was just disappointed because of all the hype surrounding this book. It was definitely a good read, but I won’t be continuing the series.
My Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.
Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.
(Blurb from Goodreads)
I have a soft spot for any story with fantasy so when Ms. Cradit asked me to review her book I said yes, and was excited to. I was enthralled with the story from page one.
The point of view does shift to a few different characters, and I do normally prefer reading from one character’s point of view so a bit of a mystery remains. But that’s just a matter of preference and I still did really enjoy the book.
I like how Nicholas, who’s a man’s man, is taken aback when Mercy appears and can’t seem to say no to helping her. I also enjoyed when the secondary characters came into play. They made the story that much more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for a new paranormal/fantasy read, give The Illusions of Eventide a try. You won’t be disappointed.
My Rating: 4 stars
Katie has been through Hell—literally—and discovered that it wasn’t as bad as she thought it would be. In fact, she kind of enjoyed it. She got to be with Josh, found out about her past, and discovered who she wanted to be as a person. Katie didn’t care that her actions went against social norms. She was happy.
But things are changing—again. Wes has come back into her life, and that can only mean trouble. His presence threatens to unravel her new-found happiness. She can’t allow that. She won’t let him back in. Yet, Katie can’t push him away.
Thrown back into a state of confusion and uncertainty, Katie is once again forced to pick sides, and in the process, she may lose herself.
Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.
You can learn more about Pembroke Sinclair by visiting her at http://pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com/
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IN SEARCH OF THE MEANING OF DEATH, SHE’LL FIND THE MEANING OF LIFE.
The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. Butsuicide? It makes no sense.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.
As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.
What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.
To believe the impossible.
(Blurb from Goodreads)
Death Wish is book 1 in the Ceruleans Series, and what a great start it was! Ms. Tayte does a fantastic job with her debut novel. You immediately get lost in the story. The characters have depth, and nothing is predictable. How refreshing for a book! I hate when I can figure out the whole story of a novel without even trying, but that wasn’t the case at all in this book. In fact, I still don’t quite understand everything that’s going on, lol, but that’s okay. I’m assuming it will get cleared up as the story progresses.
I think after reading a ton of books, especially young adult paranormal romance ones, I feel as though, how could this author make it different, make it more interesting and not the exact same thing, same scenario as sooo many other YA books out there. But somehow, Ms. Tayte does make her story unique and unlike all the rest, and thank goodness for that.
One of my favorite parts was when Scarlett starts mentioning all the Guinness World Record statistics off to Luke. It made me laugh. Plus, my husband has a Guinness World Record too, so I’m probably a little biased. 😉 It was a funny part though.
So if you’re looking to get lost in a great book this summer, check out Death Wish by Megan Tayte.
My Rating: 4 stars
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