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.
WITH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS
~ Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
- Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)
- Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter…
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:
- Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)
- Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.
He chooses the latter…
It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he’s always ignored.
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Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.
Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.
When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?
(Blurb from Goodreads)
The best thing about reading a book, is when it’s not like anything you’ve read before. There have been times when I feel like I’m reading the same story over and over again in different books. This is not the case, and how refreshing that is.
The Garnet Dagger has everything you want in a fantasy story; elves, witches, magic blades, and an epic quest. And I loved the fact that although it was fantasy, I felt like it could have been historical with the way the setting was described. I felt like I could have been there myself.
Like the summary states (so I’m not giving anything away) I like how Brock is in the ultimate dilemma of killing Celeste to fulfill the prophecy and save his own life, or not killing her and forfeiting his life. It definitely makes the book that much better having such a conflict in it.
So if you’re looking for your next fantasy read, give The Garnet Dagger a try.
My Rating: 4 stars
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***I was given this book free by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Title: Up From the Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Published: 2014 by Avon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
This is the last book in one of my favorite series, and that’s okay with me.
This series started out amazing. I absolutely LOVED the first three books. But then things, well, they were still pretty great, but it just wasn’t the same. You know how the excitement of first love fades? Well, I felt something like that.
So the fact that this was the last book in the series is okay with me. I think it’s time. Now, don’t get me wrong, this was still a great book. I’m just glad that Ms. Frost is ending on a great note. So basically, if you’re already reading this series, definitely read this and finish the series!
And if you haven’t read this series yet, give the first one a try, it’s so fangtastic. 😉
My Rating: 4 Stars
***My husband purchased this book for me.***
Title: The Species Within
Author: Kimberley Clark
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Urban Fantasy
This book is intended for ages 18 plus.
Kira, a huntress plagued by dreams of fire and pain has worked
tirelessly to rid her city of the scourge that has nearly destroyed
it…nostvores, mythlend creatures with dark and vast appetites for
blood and sex. She does this not only because they had killed so many
people in her life, but also because she has an edge that no other
human had…she has their abilities. The problem was, these abilities
were killing her and she feared time was no longer on her side.
So the moment she found out that Darius, a nostvore leader was
threatening to awaken an indestructible species to help him enslave
all humans and mythlends, and that she may be the key to his plan, she
knew her only choice was to risk her life with the little time that
she had left and join her enemy to find out why, and to make sure his
If that wasn’t dangerous enough, the more time she spends with the
Vanatre nostvore Emmerich, and the mooran Kuron, who she brings with
her for protection, the less she wants to kill them. Instead, she
feels an unexplainable attraction towards them both, and she fears
surrendering to such desire with either is a deadly game to play, for
she would not only be risking her life, but quite possibly her heart.
(Blurb from the author.)
Ms. Clark approached me many months ago for a review, and life got busy, so I apologize for taking so long getting to it.
This book started off fantastic. In fact, it reminded me of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series (which I love!) As you saw from the blurb, Kira is a huntress, who kills the nostvores (aka vampires). This isn’t so hard for her because she shares a lot of the same abilities.
Kira’s a hard ass, she is a supreme fighter, and at one point she was tortured. Most people would cave; she didn’t. Like I said, this girl is tough stuff!
I really loved loved loved the beginning of this book, but then it went from awesome to good. Kira has an attraction to a certain vampire, but she has a real tough time accepting it. It’s just so back and forth (for her) that it just drove me nuts.
Another thing, that I kind of got bored with, was there was a point of view from the ‘bad guy’ Darius. I don’t know, I think it would have been more suspenseful if his point of view was left out all together. I’m kind of impartial to singular point of views in stories though, so that’s my personal opinion.
All in all, Ms. Clark is a very talented writer. And if you like paranormal romance I would give hers a try.
My Rating: 3 stars
***I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.***