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Review of Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose

January 20, 2018

One of the things I love most about blogging and writing book reviews is I get to [digitally] meet new people -- fellow bloggers, other bookworms, and of course, authors. At this point, I'm still not used to the fact that authors personally reach out to me to get their work read and reviewed. It's such a humbling and flattering experience and one that I will never take for granted. 

With that said, we are here for the review of Releasing the Demon, book one of The Order of the Senary by author L.D. Rose. She reached out to me a couple of weeks ago, asking me to read and write an honest review of Black Bullet, which is the second instalment in the same series. I, however, ended up falling in love with the first book and decided to share my thoughts on this paranormal romance novel. 

So let's jump to it.

Title: Releasing the Demons (The Order of the Senary #1)
Author: L.D. Rose
Publication Date: August 19th, 2015
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Copy Given by Author
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26063603-releasing-the-demons

SYNOPSIS:

Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet.

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all-he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.

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CHARACTER BACKGROUND: 

Blaze Knight is a good man with questionable methods. He's been "gifted" with a power that made him a target for years and even tortured for months, at one point. Ever since then, he's been hell-bent on ridding the world of vampires as much as he can, even if he loses himself in the process. That is until a brave detective brought him to his knees, literally, and his infrared world just got a whole lot brighter. 

Valerie Madeiros is a brave, motivated, and honourable woman. Despite his lack of supernatural powers, she still aims to fight and kill vampires and to protect the human race as much as she can. Anyone who destroys bloodsuckers is on her side, as far as she's concerned. But when she discovers that her mysterious vigilante is more complicated than she thought, her brain and heart are thrown for a loop. 

REVIEW: 

Releasing the Demons is set at a time when the world is overpowered by vampires. Basically, the only thing keeping people safe is shutting themselves in when the sun sets, and not inviting bloodsuckers in your home. A reasonable strategy, but not good enough. That is where our protagonists come in. 

Valerie works for the NYPD -- yes, the police force still exists and they are, as far as I can tell, on the good side. During the day, she's busting her ass off figuring out where the vamp dens are and reading up on her favourite vigilante, and at night, she tries to rid the city of as many monsters as possible. On the other hand, Blaze and his brothers hunt all over New York City to eliminate as many vampires as possible. With their abilities, strength, and dedication, killing a hundred of the beasts is the norm. But then an old foe of theirs, namely Blaze, made itself known again by killing people so freakin' brutally and sending our hulk friend a message. 

This is where it gets really interesting for me. I've never been one to shy away from violence and gore, so I was elated because the author didn't hold anything back when she wrote graphic scenes. Yeah, I guess that's one thing you guys need to know: If you're squeamish, this book might not be for you. Anyway, L.D. Rose managed to balance the bloodiness by only adding gruesome scenes when they're essential to the story. 

The writing style as a whole really appealed to me. There's a good amount of humour without going over-the-top, and the action scenes are intense but not overplayed. The romance between Blaze and Valerie isn't sickeningly sweet too, which is fantastic because again, there are bigger issues to focus on. I also like that the author created a strong female character who is willing to put her life on the line and fight monsters even though she only has her gun, guts, and determination. However, despite the lack of super strength or super speed, and with her newfound beau being a hybrid and all, she's not at all interested in being a vampire herself! No offense Bella Swan. She's good with what she's got and she manages just fine as a human. 

Now the chemistry between Blaze and Valerie was slow burning. There was no love at first sight. No I-just-knew-he-was-the-one-when-I-first-laid-eyes-on-him crap. And I loved that! There was a sense of realism. I would be remiss if I don't mention though that the love scene was intense AF. It's short but oh so sweet. Doesn't take away from the heaviness of the story at all. 

The plot of Releasing the Demons is actually quite interesting. I mean, what would happen to the world if supernatural beings do take over? How would we survive? How would the economy function? What will the government do? Those are some of the questions raised by this novel. Now, to be honest, the author didn't divulge much into the technicalities of things -- like what's happening to the rest of the world apart from New York, and how do people make a living -- and I would love for her to hint on that on future instalments. But that's not what the story is about, I think. At least not at this point. I believe, however, that as the series goes farther along, it would be interesting to see more realistic elements come into play. Again, like the government making themselves known, maybe seeing some regular people trying to fight back, something along those lines. 

SUMMARY: 

Overall, Releasing the Demons is a well-written book that seems to be a solid foundation for an excellent series. I look forward to reading more of the authors work and I do recommend this to bookworms who like a little action and fantasy alongside their romance. 

RATING: 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Free Amazon Books Week 2: 5 Paranormal / Sci-Fi Book Collections

January 20, 2018

The Death Series (Books 1-3): New Adult Dark Paranormal/Sci-fi Romance

Author: Tamara Rose Blodgett

Amazon Rating: 4.3 out of 5




For fans of The Hunger Games and Xmen , who also enjoy original storylines!

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Terrible Love, comes sci-fi meets dark paranormal romance, in a chilling collection of humans who possess extraordinary powers, and the government's covert efforts of exploitation and control. 

Death Praise:

"....I have read all six books and can't wait for this final one to come out. Usually I don't read books about teens. However these are so much more and for all age groups. Some characters reminding me of my own children and grandchildren. These books take paranormal to a new level. Read all of them. Love this author..." - Nancy

"....I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, so much so I have preordered the next book in the death series due out in September. Thanks to the author for entertaining me..."- Jack Dodd

"....This entire series is awesome. I'm glad I gave this series a shot... It has been truly amazing to follow the characters through this series. I have experienced happiness, shock, anger, & sadness. It is a beautiful thing when a story can pull such emotion from the reader..." - TaraAnnG

Death Whispers

Almost fifteen-year-old Caleb Hart is a Cadaver-Manipulator in the year 2025. When teens receive a government-sanctioned pharmaceutical cocktail during school, paranormal abilities begin manifesting... making the teens more powerful than the adults.

After Caleb discovers he has the rare, Affinity for the Dead, he must do whatever it takes to hide it from a super-secret government agency whose goal is exploitation.

Caleb seeks refuge in his new girlfriend, Jade, until he realizes that she needs as much protection from her family, as he does from the government.

Suddenly, Caleb finds that hiding his ability while protecting Jade and his friends is a full time job; can he escape the government, protect Jade and lose the bullies that are making him miserable?

Death Speaks

Caleb's in high school now and thinks the chaos of last year is behind him. Unfortunately, a serial killer is on the loose and children are his victims. Caleb agrees to help the police apprehend the murderer...until the killer takes notice of Caleb and his paranormal friends.

Carson and Brett remain the bullies they always were and their posse continues to grow. How long can the two groups stay out of each others' way before there's a firestorm of retribution...

The Government Graysheets continue to keep tabs on Caleb's every move while Jade's family threatens their relationship. Can they still be together even when events threaten to tear them apart?

Death Inception: 

Kyle Ulysses Hart and his team of scientists mapped the human genome in the year 2010. As Brain Impulse Technology came online... so did the long arm of the United States government. A covert, military-driven regime was born with genetic manipulation the key to future widespread control.

When pharmaceutical laboratories, funded by the Graysheets, discover a way to unlock paranormal potential through compulsive inoculation, their exploitative dream is realized.

Clyde and Caleb's lives are predestined to intertwine as they cross paths, his history becoming Caleb's future.

A lone teenager named Jeffrey Parker, falls prey when he manifests the rare, Affinity for the Dead.The Graysheets abandon all pretense of stewardship, ripping him from his family for their nefarious purposes.

Can Jeffrey remain who he was destined to be in an environment exclusively built for mass control?

The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless

Author: Robert J. Crane

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5




This is a collection of the first three titles in The Girl in the Box Series, which are about a teenage girl who develops powers far beyond those of a normal human, and her battles against those who would use her against her will. 

Books included: 

1. Alone
2. Untouched
3. Soulless

Alone 

Sienna Nealon was a 17 year-old girl who had been held prisoner in her own house by her mother for twelve years. Then one day her mother vanished, and Sienna woke up to find two strange men in her home. On the run, unsure of who to turn to and discovering she possesses mysterious powers, Sienna finds herself pursued by a shadowy agency known as the Directorate and hunted by a vicious, bloodthirsty psychopath named Wolfe, each of which is determined to capture her for their own purposes...

Untouched

Still haunted by her last encounter with Wolfe and searching for her mother, Sienna Nealon must put aside her personal struggles when a new threat emerges – Aleksandr Gavrikov, a metahuman so powerful, he could destroy entire cities – and he's focused on bringing the Directorate to its knees.

Soulless

After six months of intense training with the Directorate, Sienna Nealon finds herself on her first assignment - tracking a dangerous meta across the upper midwest. With Scott Byerly and Kat Forrest at her side, she'll face new enemies and receive help from unlikely allies as she stumbles across the truth behind the shadowy organization known only as Omega.

The Planet Urth Series 3-Book Boxed Set

Author: Jennifer Martucci and Christopher Martucci

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5




Planet Urth (Book 1)

The world has changed. It’s dangerous, deadly. Inhuman creatures rule the planet. Animals have mutated. The land is hostile. But it’s all I’ve ever known. Hunger. Fear. Panic. Those emotions are my reality. They are my every day. I am Avery, and I am seventeen. My father died a year ago. Since then I’ve been responsible for my eight-year-old sister, June. 

I worry we are the only humans left. 

Humans have been hunted for centuries, to the brink of extinction. I must fight each day to protect my sister. It is the reason I wake, the reason I breathe. But how long can I go on fighting? How long will it be before they find us? 

More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few humans survived and remained unaffected. Most changed dramatically and evolved into something else entirely. 

Irrevocable alterations caused by chemical warfare have created a new species. North America is in ruins and has been overtaken. Humanity has fallen at the hands of mutants known as Urthmen. 
Seventeen year-old Avery is alive and unchanged. But she has not been immune to the harshness of the new world. She has lived on the run for much of her life, in terror. 

After losing her father, Avery is the sole guardian of her eight-year-old sister, June. Avery is now charged with June’s safety as well as her own, a nearly impossible task. 

Forced to hide deep in the forest and away from the cities overrun by Urthmen, Avery and her sister are constantly hunted. Danger awaits them at every turn. They fear they are the only human beings left, that they are the last of their kind. 

But are they truly alone? 

Planet Urth: The Savage Lands (Book 2) 

After fleeing the only refuge she’s known for much of her life, Avery, along with her sister June and new friends, Will, Oliver and Riley forge through the forest to uncharted territory in search of a better life, in search of other survivors. But Avery soon learns that life beyond the woods is far worse than she ever imagined. She finds that safety does not exist for human beings in a world run by Urthmen. 

Hope seems futile. 

But Avery refuses to surrender hope and chooses, instead, to push forward and move her group into the heart of danger, to seek out more humans. 
Will she and the others survive their journey into the savage lands of Planet Urth? 

Planet Urth: The Underground City (Book 3) 

We can’t stay out here in the open any longer. We killed the king’s son. It’s only a matter of time before his people find us, before they slaughter us all. We need to leave now. We need to make it to the underground city. 

Avery, June and their friends are being hunted. They need to find fuel so that they can travel across the country to the underground city, to a place where humans live safely, free from the terrors above ground. But once they make it there, will it be the idyllic paradise they imagine it to be or will it be worse than the current nightmare in which they live?

The Ravagers Box Set: Episodes 1-3 

Author: Alex Albrinck

Amazon Rating: 4.3 out of 5




In the distant future, humanity staggers as wave after wave of population decimating catastrophes push humanity near its extinction point.

A gift from the past provides them a way forward, and soon the human race is exploding its numbers, recreating civilization, generating art and commerce, and expanding its technological capabilities. The growing human civilization also bring back the concepts of war; East and West wage an eternal detente, neither side willing to attack, neither willing to announce peace.

In the midst of resounding success, a dark force conspires against humanity: the unleashing of a shockingly deadly, destructive weapon that will leave humanity on the brink of extinction once more.

Five people must deal with the launch of this weapon, work to survive, atone for their role in its creation, and try to discover and thwart the plans of those who launched it. 

Before it's too late. Before everything is gone.

The Aliomenti Saga Box Set (Books 1-3)

Author: Alex Albrinck

Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5




A sprawling tale blending science fiction, high technology, and fantasy, The Aliomenti Saga traces the rise and proliferation of a secret group of supernaturally gifted men and women through the life of their most dynamic member, Will Stark.

A Question of Will (Book 1)

Will Stark is a phenomenally successful businessman, happily married, with a young son he adores. When he arrives home on his 35th birthday, he finds the guards to his gated community murdered, his home ablaze with his family inside, and his life nearly ended by those responsible. Will is immersed in the culture of the Alliance, a splinter group of the Aliomenti. He'll learn their secrets... and more about himself and his destiny than he ever imagined possible.

Preserving Hope (Book 2)

Will meets a young girl named Elizabeth Lowell, resident of a hidden village, daughter of the leader of that village, and one forced against her will to bear the burden of learning the secrets the villagers seek to learn. Elizabeth has secrets of her own, though, and Will must ensure that the revelation of those secrets doesn't result in the girl's death... as it did for her mother.

Ascent Of The Aliomenti (Book 3)

Drawing upon his business and life experiences, Will transforms the Aliomenti into a global financial powerhouse awash in technological advances that would astound their human peers. But when power and wealth turn to paranoia, Will must decide if the group can be saved--or if the actions of the Leader of the Aliomenti mean a permanent separation is inevitable.


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Free Amazon Books Week 1: 5 Paranormal Book Collections

January 12, 2018

Seven Against the Dark: Seven Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Series Starters

Authors: Annie Bellet,‎ Deanna Chase,‎ Kate Danley, ‎Colleen Gleason,‎ Helen Harper,‎ Christine Pope,‎ Anthea Sharp

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars




Seven books! Each an introduction to a bestselling urban fantasy or paranormal romance series. All from USA Today bestselling and international bestselling authors who are consistently on the bestseller charts.

BLOODFIRE by Helen Harper

Mackenzie Smith has always known she was different.

Growing up as the only human in a pack of rural shapeshifters will do that to you, but then couple it with some mean fighting skills and a fiery temper and you end up with a woman that few will dare to cross.

DARKANGEL by Christine Pope

Finding the man of your dreams can be a real nightmare....

As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

FEYLAND: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp

What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

HAUNTED ON BOURBON STREET by Deanna Chase

Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower.

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. 

JUSTICE CALLING by Annie Bellet

Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. 

Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe. 

As long as she doesn’t use her magic. 

MAGGIE FOR HIRE by Kate Danley

"If urban fantasy could be bottled, then this story is a shot-glass full of awesomesauce." - Dark Side of the Covers Reviews

When monsters appear in Los Angeles, Maggie MacKay is on the job. No one is better at hauling the creepy crawlies back where they belong. No one, that is, except her dad, who disappeared in the middle of an assignment.

Now an elf named Killian has shown up with a gig. Seems Maggie’s uncle teamed up with the forces of darkness to turn Earth into a vampire convenience store, serving bottomless refills on humans.

The only hope for survival lies in tracking down two magical objects and a secret that vanished with Maggie’s dad.

THE REST FALLS AWAY by Colleen Gleason

“Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!”— J.R. Ward

“Colleen Gleason’s irresistible…series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Gleason’s publishing debut turns vampire stories—and romances—on their ear.”—Detroit Free Press

Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

Crimson Fire 

Author: W.J. May,‎ Chrissy Peebles

Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



From bestselling authors W.J. May and Chrissy Peebles - each story is a different genre of fantasy, paranormal and romance – all from different series!

***These stories are the beginning of each author's series. All your questions won't be answered without purchasing the next book in that author's series. Some stories are full length while others are novellas***

If you love free fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and free paranormal, then give this book a try!

Fans of Amanda Hocking, Richelle Mead, Stephenie Meyer, Bella Forrest, and L.J. Smith will love this young adult paranormal romance first-in-a-series by W.J. May & Chrissy Peebles. 

The Paranormal 13 (13 free books featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, psychics, Loki, time travel and more!): Now with a bonus 14th novel!

Author: K.A. Poe,‎ Christine Pope,‎ Cate Dean,‎ Nadia Scrieva,‎ Nicole R Taylor,‎ Stacy Claflin,‎ Kristy Tate,‎ Dima Zales,‎ C.J. Archer,‎ Kyoko M.

Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



13 full length paranormal and urban fantasy novels featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, psychics, Loki, time travel and more!

1.3 MILLION words! 3,500 PAGES!
  • Darkangel by Christine Pope
  • Twin Souls by K.A. Poe
  • The Girl by Lola St Vil
  • More Than a Feeling by Cate Dean
  • Drowning Mermaids by Nadia Scrieva
  • Wolves by C. Gockel
  • The Witch Hunter by Nicole R Taylor
  • Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent by Kristy Tate
  • Nolander by Becca Mills
  • The Medium by C.J. Archer
  • Dream Student by J.J. DiBendetto
  • Deception by Stacy Claflin
  • The Black Parade by Kyoko M.
  • The Thought Readers by Dima Zales

Each of these novels are FULL LENGTH BOOKS and are the first in each one's respective seri

Heroes of Medieval Wales: Daughter of Time/Cold My Heart/The Good Knight/The Last Pendragon: Four First-in-Series Romances

Author: Sarah Woodbury

Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Time travel, mystery, magic ... journey to a time of knights and castles with these four historical romances, each the first installment in series of adventure and romance set in medieval Wales!

Daughter of Time (novel): Time travel to medieval Wales ... A medieval man with an uncertain destiny and a modern woman with a troubled past. Only by working together can Llywelyn and Meg navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales-and create their own history that defies the laws of time.

Cold My Heart (novella): Myrddin and Nell, two of the king's companions, have a secret that neither has ever been able to face: each has seen that on a cold and snowy day in December, Saxon soldiers sent by Modred will ambush and kill King Arthur. Together, they must decide what they are willing to do, and to sacrifice, to avert that fate.

The Good Knight (novel): Intrigue and rivalry among princes casts a shadow on the court of the king of north Wales. When a royal groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride's brother tasks Gareth and Gwen, his two best detectives, with bringing the killer to justice.

The Last Pendragon (novella): Rhiann knows that demons walk the night. She has been taught to fear them. But from the moment Cade is dragged before her father's throne, beaten and having lost all of his men to her father's treachery, he stirs something inside her that she has never felt before. When Cade is revealed to be not only Arthur's heir but touched by the sidhe, Rhiann must choose between the life she left behind and the one before her--and how much she is willing to risk to follow her heart.

Four and a Half Shades of Fantasy Anthology: 4 Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Books; including vampire, werwolves, witches, tattoos, supernatural powers and more

Author: W.J. May

Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



4 (and a half) thrilling fantasy/romance genres in one!

From bestselling author W.J. May - each shade is a different genre of the fantasy, paranormal and romance – all from different series! There are four (and a half - because two paranormal genres are similar)

*UPDATE* full version of Courage Runs Red now included! 5 first-in-a-series now included! 

Rae of Hope – The Chronicles of Kerrigan

How hard do you have to shake the family tree to find the truth about the past? 

Fifteen year-old Rae Kerrigan never really knew her family's history. Her mother and father died when she was young and it is only when she accepts a scholarship to the prestigious Guilder Boarding School in England that a mysterious family secret is revealed. 

Will the sins of the father be the sins of the daughter? 

As Rae struggles with new friends, a new school and a star-struck forbidden love, she must also face the ultimate challenge: receive a tattoo on her sixteenth birthday with specific powers that may bind her to an unspeakable darkness. It's up to Rae to undo the dark evil in her family's past and have a ray of hope for her future.

Seventh Mark Part 1 – The Hidden Secrets Saga

Like most teenagers, Rouge is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to be. With little knowledge about her past, she has questions but has never tried to find the answers. Everything changes when she befriends a strangely intoxicating family. Siblings Grace and Michael, appear to have secrets which seem connected to Rouge. Her hunch is confirmed when a horrible incident occurs at an outdoor party. Rouge may be the only one who can find the answer. 

An ancient journal, a Sioghra necklace and a special mark force life-altering decisions for a girl who grew up unprepared to fight for her life or others. 

All secrets have a cost and Rouge’s determination to find the truth can only lead to trouble…or something even more sinister...werewolves.

Shadow of Doubt – Part 1

What happens when you fall for the one you are forbidden to love? 

Erebus is a bit of a lost soul. He's a guy so he should be out to have fun but unlike the rest of his kind, he is solemn and withdrawn. That is, until he meets Aurora, a law student at Cornell University. His entire world is shaken. Feelings he's never had and urges he’s never understood take over. These strange longings drive him to question everything about himself. 

When a jealous ex stalks back into his life, he must decide if he is willing to risk everything to be with Aurora. His desire for her could destroy her, or worse, erase his own existence forever. 

Radium Halos – The Senseless Chronicles

Everyone needs to be a hero at one point in their life.

The small town of Elliot Lake will never be the same again.

Caught in a sudden thunderstorm, Zoe, a high school senior from Elliot Lake, and five of her friends take shelter in an abandoned uranium mine. Over the next few days, Zoe’s hearing sharpens drastically, beyond what any normal human being can detect. She tells her friends, only to learn that four others have an increased sense as well. Only Kieran, the new boy from Scotland, wasn’t affected. 

Their senses develop into stronger, supernatural powers. Fashioning themselves into superheroes, the group tries to stop the strange occurrences happening in their little town. Muggings, break-ins, disappearances, and murder begin to hit too close to home. It leads the team to think someone knows about their secret – someone who wants them all dead. 

An incredulous group of heroes. A traitor in their midst. Some dreams are written in blood.

Courage Runs Red – The Blood Red Series

What if courage was your only option?

When a raging blood feud between vampires spills into her home, Kallie gets caught in the middle. Torn between love and family loyalty she must find the courage to fight, even if it means risking her own life in the process.


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Review of Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

January 09, 2018

Vi Keeland, for me, is one of those authors who I know is famous and has already published a lot of books but I have yet to read her work. I bought three of her novels (Egomaniac, Playboy Pilot, and Beautiful Mistake) sometime last year and they have been patiently sitting quietly in my phone's reading app. 

However, with the new year, a surge of energy came to me that made me want to catch up on my reading that I missed out on in 2017. I decided to start off with good ol' contemporary romance, and as I was scrolling through my digital library, I came across my small collection of Vi Keeland's work. Hot man on the cover? Hell, yes. 

Basically, I had no expectations when I swiped my ebook copy of Beautiful Mistake open, but a few pages in and I knew Vi Keeland would forever be one of my favourite authors. 

Title: Beautiful Mistake
Author: Vi Keeland
Publication Date: July 17th, 2017
Published by: EverAfter Romance
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Bought
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36107506-beautiful-mistake



SYNOPSIS:

A sexy new standalone from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Vi Keeland

The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend--smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he'd done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I'd just told off wasn't the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

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REVIEW: 

Confession: I pictured Theo James as Caine and it worked for me.

As I said, I had no expectations when I started reading Beautiful Mistake. But only after a few pages, when Rachel and Caine crossed paths, I was instantly hooked. I'm a sucker for witty banter and the way Vi Keeland wrote the exchange between the two, I was a goner. I couldn't keep the goofy grin off of my face because the dialogue and even Rachel's internal monologue was hilarious. 

I'm not going to lie -- I didn't know what the story was about because I didn't even bother to read the book's blurb until after I was done. But honestly, I never would've guessed that it would go the way it did, based on the book's synopsis alone.

Honestly, the synopsis doesn't give much away about the plot, aside from our female protagonist is the Teaching Assistant of our male lead. Spoiler alert: the storyline is so much more complicated than that. 

I did not expect the author to go the route that she did. I mean, I had my suspicions that Caine and Rachel share a deeper connection than that of a romantic nature, but it still blew me away when the dots have been connected. 

I love that the author gives us glimpses into different timelines that give the story more depth. We get to see our characters in a different setting, at different moments in their lives. We get to see them vulnerable and in a generally bad place, but despite all that, they managed to become who they are at the present time. 

I know what I'm saying doesn't make much sense, but needless to say, the plot twist was so good that I don't want to spoil it for anyone. 

We've already established that I'm in love with Vi Keeland's writing style. Now, we have to talk about Rachel and Caine. The chemistry and sexual tension between them was so palpable, it's frustrating. Like, get to it already! And boy when they finally caved in, oh my goodness. The author has a gift of making you laugh one second and turning you on the next. Caine is such a strong and intense character that you know when he gives his full attention to you, you'd melt into a big, horny puddle. But more than being completely sexy, he also carries a lot of guilt and regret which stops him from being truly happy. He tends to consider himself responsible for a lot of things and people, and when things go bad, he instantly blames himself. 

It's not uncommon for male leads in novels to be dark and broken, but Caine stands out in a way because he doesn't want whatever messed up past he has to consume him and in turn hurt Rachel. Same goes with Rachel who has been through a lot at such a young age and yet she flourished because she wants to help and be an inspiration to others. The two leads complement each other a lot and seeing how they went from Teaching Assistant and Professor to lovers is exciting.

SUMMARY: 

Beautiful Mistake is wonderfully written. I loved the arc of the story and how it all came back full circle. This novel offers hope and wisdom while showering us with sexy innuendos and humorous conversations. 

There's no doubt that I would read more of Vi Keeland's work, and I have no doubt in my mind that I would love those as well. I strongly recommend that you add Beautiful Mistake to your reading list.

RATING: 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.


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Movie Review of To The Bone (2017)

January 01, 2018


To the Bone (2017), A Double-edged Sword
“Don’t fade away.” Let’s put the controversial movie under the spotlight. 

Directed by Marti Noxon
Cast: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes


I’m going to be honest here. The main reason why I watched this movie was because of this scene.

John Wick sidelines as a doctor, apparently. Because, hell yes. Photo from joblo.com

That’s right. Keanu Reeves. As long as he’s got the John Wick hair going on, I’d probably buy anything he sells me. Anyway, it didn’t take long until I started to see how the movie mirrored the 13 Reasons Why dilemma; the movie was said to be “glorifying” the disease. Before I begin my rant about this particular issue, let’s get on with the review. 

When I pressed play… 

It seemed like a typical Netflix production. Awesome lighting, pretty characters. We find the anorexic Ellen (Lily Collins) winning a “who gets kicked out of rehab first” bet. It was petty, I admit, but I remind myself the protagonist was a college dropout. She wears eyeliner, dark clothing, and has an annoying stepmom who, despite helping Ellen, didn’t shy away from expressing ignorant comments regarding her disorder. 

After that, I get to the part I was waiting for: stepmother booked a check-up with the rather famous Dr William “Dr Becks” Beckham (Reeves). The audience is quick to find out that his treatment is untraditional, although still bound by medical disciplines. He’s a legit doctor here, but a really, really cool one. 

“Fuck fault,” the doctor says during family group therapy -- and then and there, you know it’s going to be an interesting ride. But then again, the story does not revolve around the charming doctor. We go back to Ellen, who eventually, albeit reluctantly, agrees to join the inpatient program to recover. You can tell she already wants to leave, but she eventually finds herself bonding with all the residents in Threshold, but of course, it doesn’t take long until a trigger pushes her off the track to recovery and back into the landslide of her disorder.

MOVIE BUFF REVIEW: 5 STARS

The story is predictable, but the way it was written and how each character was portrayed hit the right spots. This movie wasn't created to impress, it was crafted by the people behind it to tell a story about hope. To be fair, I did get why critics were saying it was a “trigger” to anorexic patients and the like. Take the first act as an example; we get a peek into Ellen’s life. She was damaged ala Girl, Interrupted. In my books, that made her mildly cool. It didn’t help that Lily Collins was a beautiful woman; despite the attempt to make her all skin and bones, you can already imagine tweens and teens wanting to be her despite the alarming sickness she was depicting. I, for one, enjoyed seeing her pretty face (albeit worrying about her weight and well-being) look so bored and uninterested in the world around her. She was just misunderstood, and that’s what most people feel, regardless of age and health. Life was harsh, hard and confusing, and it was easy to see that Ellen knew that.

However, what I appreciated in this movie was its persistence to send a message. It wasn’t just that people with eating disorders needed more understanding and patience from the people around them, or that there’s always a reason to hope, but it was actually the single line uttered by Ellen’s biological mother during the failed group therapy session in the movie. 

We need to show it’s there, no matter how sucky it may be.  Picture from Buzzfeed.com

“The art has to exist!” 

This movie encapsulated those words well. Everything in this world could be a double-edged sword. But with the right guidance, this can be a movie that can shed light on people suffering from eating disorders. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for some, but as the movie presented its message, you have to take the “Charcoal of Courage” and hope for the best. It’s not easy, but you will make it through. 

It was heartwarming to know that the story, was indeed, semi-autobiographical. Noxton only had the same amount of courage to traverse this sensitive issue because it meant something to her. She wanted to share her story because she was a survivor. And honestly, there isn’t quite anything like the telling of a tale of a strong woman. 

The film is, in all sense, sincere. For instance, even if Ellen was a snappy, irate protagonist, you would find yourself listening to her reasons, trying to understand her inability to just “choose to be better”. Also, take for instance the two male leads in the show: one being her doctor, and the other, her optimistic housemate/love interest. They were such huge contrasts to Ellen’s absentee father, who literally had zero screen time. Doctor Becks and Luke (Alex Sharp) continuously reached out to her (don’t miss out on the amazing field trip scene), wanting nothing more but for Ellen to see that her life was worth living. However, their efforts were not the solution to this story because the only person who can save Ellen was herself. She had to be her own hero. 

CRITIQUE REVIEW: 4 stars

On the flip side, the movie could, however, come across as yet another representation of white privilege. Perhaps, one of the reasons why others found offence in the movie, was that here was another white girl who had all the access to mental care and rehab, yet she didn’t want to get better, and the movie was rubbing it to their faces. 

Still, it’s important to say that there was a turning point in the movie where Ellen herself made peace with her seemingly tactless stepmother. When she realized that it was her stepmother who had been actively trying to make her healthier, it made me think whether this was the director’s way of telling the world that she had forgiven her detractors, the ignorant masses who continue to judge or express their “concerns” in ways only they knew how. At the end of the day, some battles just can’t be won. 

One of the highlights of the show was Ellen’s relationship with her younger sister Kelly, played by Liana Liberato. For the record, Kelly’s characterization was superb. Whenever they were on the same screen together, you could see how healthy she was compared to Ellen. Still, their chemistry was spot on.  What made the sisterhood worthy of praise was that despite their close relationship (they laugh at the stepmother’s antics, agree that family group therapy sucked) was when Kelly, who seemed like a really cool and easy-going sister, struggled with her tears when confronted about the effect of Ellen’s disorder to her life. It was such a short scene, but I think it was one of the best parts of the movie. 

My only concern was the last act. This was during Ellen’s relapse, triggered by a love confession. Her instinct was to bolt, and she does, rather swiftly. She returns home to her mother and her mom’s wife (yes, another stepmom), and the movie gives you a rather unconventional scene. First, the mother says she “accepts” that Ellen chooses death (as she doesn’t want to get better), and then they share a very strange feeding/bonding moment that is better watched in the movie than read in a book. Then, it was followed by a dream sequence that felt too fairytale-ish. 

I almost wanted the movie to be longer just so we can see Ellen get better, as her character development’s turn for the better felt rushed. My doubts regarding Ellen’s character have to be appeased by the last scene of the movie: she’s wearing white, fresh-faced, and smiling genuinely for the first time. 

Yes, it’s a happy ending. :) Photo by looper.com

Watch it or Ditch it? 


Definitely, watch it! But not when you’re planning to get frisky afterwards — unless you’re still thinking of the sexy Doc Becks, that is. By all means, proceed… 

OVERALL RATING:



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jacal Ste. Worme is a writer by day and an even crazier writer by night. Still working on her first official novel, you can read her countless mumbo-jumbo in various websites from fanfiction.net, Wattpad, and Ao3. You can follow her on Tumblr or Twitter. 



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