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Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter

Royal House of Shadows
Book 1

Summary

“Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out….

Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.

In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm. But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai’s memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.”

-From Back Cover

Review

Alright, so I’m reading the entire series because I read the last book and want to see what happened in the rest of the books, but so far I’m not terribly impressed.

First off, each book is written by a different author, so each book has a slightly different writing style. While this doesn’t bother me usually when they are part of a genre like the Nocture series from Harlequin, when it is part of a sub-series, like this is, it just gets a little annoying.

This series does follow the traditional smut kind of books. No real character development. Just a lot of guy wanting woman, woman wanting guy, passionate looks, then lots and lots of sex. It honestly gets monotonous after a while.

For a traditional romance series kind of book, it fits the bill perfectly and I know a lot of people would like it because it is a quick fix, but personally, I don’t like that so much.

If you’re looking for a supernatural romance with quite a lot of smut, then this is a great book for you, but if you’re looking for more, then I’d give this a miss.

I would flag this book kind of as red, or highly mature, because there was a section about rape in the book. Nothing happened, but a LOT of people hate such topics being put into books as it makes them uncomfortable so I am warning you now, stuff nearly does happen.

Overall, it’s a classic romance book. Honestly, nothing too special in my opinion.

But, others may feel differently, so if this is your kind of book, let me know what you thought about it and how it holds up against other books.

Enjoy!

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Um…What?

So, apparently EL James is releasing a 4th 50 Shades of Grey book called Grey: Fifty Shades As Told By Christian.

TOMORROW!

Click here to read the announcement.

Um. What?

There are more?!

Is this really what society likes to read?

Don’t get me wrong. I read the books, or skimmed them more like, flying through one of those large books in a few hours. ‘Cus I mean mannnnn, that writing was super bad. I cringe…CRINGE! And there are going to be more books? Or at least one more?

I don’t want to know what goes on in Mr. Grey’s head! He’s screwed up and people like him probably should be in jail for Domestic Violence! Um, excuse me?

No, just no. -.-

 

 

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Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Summary

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

-From Nalini Singh’s Website

Review

So this is the 7th book in the series and oh my god I’m still so in love with it. The character development so is there and there are so many characters that you just can never get bored. With 7 books you would think that the series would get old, but since there are so many characters and some books concentrate on other characters, you just can’t stop reading. I mean, I just found this list of Guild Hunter characters and to say I’m impressed is an understatement.

This one was about Ash and Janvier, who you hadn’t really met before now. They had appeared in passing, well Ash had, but otherwise you didn’t really know who the two of them were, so you got this whole other side going on. I really liked this book too because you got to see another side of Naasir, who is the feline like vampire, who I always thought was cool (the next book coming out is, Archangel’s Enigma, is about him). Ash, Janvier and Naasir were like a team so you started to see the other side of some of the characters, especially when they went to all hang out at the small party in the book.

It was definitely a lighter book that the other ones and there was less sex and more just dancing around each other, which was definitely different, but in a good way. I figured that the reason for this was that the main characters name was Ashwini and it was dedicated to one of her real life friends who goes by that name (or so I assume as she is Nalini’s assistant) so of course that can sometimes be kinda awkward to write. But, not every romance book in a romance series has to have a lot of steamy moments. It honestly gets boring, very fast. Well, some people really like it because that’s what they read the book for, but as a reader and a blogger, I look for more in a book, and series, so I was happy that this changed it up a little bit.

I mean, I could gush for hours and hours about this book and series because I’ve read each book in the series about 3-4 times, with Archangel’s Blade being read like 6 times. It’s sad, but I just can’t get enough of it. It’s such a good series to read because since there are so many locations visited, so many characters, and so much going on, each time you read it you can find something new and exciting in the book that you might not have noticed the last…erm…4 times you read it.

Also the cover of this book was so different.The colors from the rich orange and the warmth radiated from that color, to the dark and cold area where Janvier resided to show his life style kinda: the heat of the female and the coolness of the cold and calculated vampire who is a killer. And I mean how can you not love a badass woman with a badass men behind her. Hot hot hot xD

But please, READ THIS SERIES! Like you don’t understand. I. Am. Obsessed.

Okay, well you might understand it. But like, please. Read it.

And enjoy it. And contact me and talk to me about this book, because….I need someone who understands my love.

Anyone? Please?

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Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh

Royal House of Shadows
Book 4

Summary

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember.

Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.

-From Amazon.com

Review

Yes, I did once again screw up a reading order. I feel like this has become a habit for me, not paying attention to the number that is in very small print somewhere on the cover of the book or inside the cover. But, thankfully it still kinda made sense without it.

So I thought it was really an interesting story and an idea of how it was written with the creatures and the lore that they used behind it. Now of course, since I didn’t start with book once, because I’m so stupid, some things didn’t really add up, as to why certain people were there, how Liliana got to where she was going, and such things like that, but if I read the full series (which I will as I’m waiting for book 1 to come in), then the answers will be given and I’ll be able to repost this review with more information! xD

While the book was a classical Harlequin bodice ripper kind of book, compared to Nalini Singh’s other writing, this didn’t stand up at all. Her Guild Hunter series was way better because there was more character development, the writing was more descriptive, and it was just overall a more enjoyable read. I understand why it was like that, because Harlequin novels are for people who want a quick fix of romance and simple writing is what they want, while her series has so much more going on. So it made sense, but compared to her other writing, it didn’t stand up that much.

The character development also wasn’t as much as in her other books. The main male in the book, Micah, was so terrifying but suddenly had this interest in Liliana and fell for her so far, such as it is in Harlequin novels. But compared to her Guild Hunter books, where a romance takes time and there is always an edge of danger, it was quite different.

The cover of the book did draw me in. I mean, of course there was a shirtless male which was a nice bonus, but the coloring was interesting: a vibrant purple.

The sex in the book wasn’t too graphic overall, the use of language light and less crass the others, but of course, once again, it’s for 18 and older definitely.

Overall it was an enjoyable read, and I do recommend it, though I need to read the rest of the series now and figure out what was going on to answer a few questions I did have.

Happy reading!

 

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Night Prince Series (Vlad and Leila) by Jeaniene Frost

So I never would have really picked up this book but I saw it on some random stand and of course the attractive guy on the cover pulled me in and I just had to get it, and it was also cheap. But, the book I got turned out to be a later one in the series, so of course I had to get the first book and then read the entire series.

I’ll definitely give the series credit, while it wasn’t as good as the Guild Hunters Series it was pretty decent and I’ll give it that. The female protagonist wasn’t terribly wimpy but she did have her feminine moments which was fine with me. I mean, she was dating Vlad the Impaler .

There was character development as you saw Leila change as she was introduced to the supernatural world but you also saw the effect that she had on her lover, Vlad. He slowly started to get soft and as the story progressed he changed, though I’m not saying how, you gotta read to find out (mwahaha). But the changes weren’t for the worst and the story still kept its pace. This is a small series but it is part of a larger series known as Night Huntress Universe (click here to see reading order and books.) But I hadn’t read any of the books in the suggested reading order and I didn’t have any difficulties, though I will be trying to read the other books in the series as it looks quite interesting.

The book, as it is by definition, is considered more erotica than romance, so the sex did have moments of being slightly graphic so I recommend this book for 18 and older. There were a few times where crude language was used to describe body parts and I don’t really like that as much though it wasn’t used too much so it didn’t detract from the overall book.

One thing which I honestly didn’t like about the book was that it was written in first person. I don’t know what it is about it, but I really dislike reading books in first person. Third person just seems to show so much more and while it is a little less personal as you don’t get to necessarily hear thoughts, you get to see so much more going on. Now, some people like first person because it is easier to get into one of the characters head, but my mind is very overactive so I have no issue slipping into characters heads and seeing things from their perspectives. I find it harder to do so when in first person because you are channeled in one direction while in third person you are open to go any direction that you choose to. But that is just my personal opinion and even though I’m not one for first person, I still did enjoy this read.

Yes, there was violence in this book as they are vampires and his name is Vlad the Impaler but it wasn’t as gruesome, in my opinion, as the Guild Hunter Series, thought there were a few moments where what was implied wasn’t that nice. I will also say that there was talk of rape a few times in the book but nothing serious. Just putting it there as I know for some if that is a theme in the book, people highly dislike it. I’m not one for those kinds of themes either, but I’ll just say that it wasn’t what you thought it was. And I’ll leave it at that.

Also, the man on the cover of the books is supposed to be Vlad. I’m sorry, but I pictured Vlad so differently and while the cover did draw me in, I was going for a more elegant vampire, though, it still worked.

Overall I did enjoy the book and read the 3 books in just over 3 days. Yes, I know I have no life. I do recommend that you read it and let me know what you think, but yes, this is for mature audiences.

Enjoy and happy reading!

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Book Art

A little something to jump start the weekend, looking at books in different ways.

So interesting, yet somewhat unsettling.

Scroll down for the English translation.

HERE.

What do you think?

 

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Don’t Know What To Read?

Stuck for suggestions for a something to read? Going stir crazy with winter? MLCWO to the rescue.

How about checking out the new book of short stories by Kelly Link? The stories described as eery, gothic, surreal are something that might hit the spot on a cold winters day. HERE Read more about Kelly HERE.

However, if you are stuck and can’t get to the library The Guardian has got a free read available on their website. Despite the fact it appears for children the story has an interesting take and it is free. Free. HERE.

Enjoy!

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