BLOG TOUR: Frost, by Kaitlyn Davis (Midnight Ice #1)

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Good morning, peeps! Welcome to the blog tour for Frost, by Kaitlyn Davis! This is the first book in the Midnight Ice series which is a spin off series for the Midnight Fire series =D

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Frost

by Kaitlyn Davis

Midnight Ice #1

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Release date: January 26th, 2017

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Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…

Life’s tough for a vampire thief on the run—just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may or may not have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she’s been trying to outrun? Well, it’s about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can’t escape her own destiny.

A brand new spinoff to Midnight Fire, a bestselling series with over 200,000 copies sold and over 5000 5-star reviews on Goodreads! Fans will enjoy special appearances from Kira, Luke and Tristan while falling in love with the new characters and new adventure of Midnight Ice.

*Please note, you do not need to read the books of Midnight Fire to enjoy Frost (Midnight Ice Book 1). They are two standalone series with character crossovers.

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*read more for a guest post with the author that told us 5 reasons why she writes YA, an excerpt, spotlights for the three main characters of the book, purchase links and a giveaway!*

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Mini Reviews: M/M books #2

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Hii and welcome to another chunk of mini reviews! If you missed the first one, never fear – it’s here!

I was hoping I could deliver you all the reviews I own you, but oh well. The year ended on me. #what #pandalogic Soo, I’ll just make the mini reviews a deal for books I’ve read on my own and weren’t unforgettable =)

This idea is a combination of inspirations from Cait, of The Paper Fury, and from Lindsey, of @thepagemistress

As always, feedback is welcome and needed, but in this section especially, TELL ME WHAT AM I DOING, PLEASE?! I await your instructions on the comments section, haha!

In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:

  • Amber Kell – Attracting Anthony (Moon Pack #1)
  • Cardeno C. – Jumping In (ALPHAS #6)
  • Liv Rider – Dragon Sun
  • Tavia Lark – Werewolf Happy Hour (The Raven Park Wolves #1)
  • Tavia Lark – A Game of Cat and Wolf (The Raven Park Wolves #2)
  • Tavia Lark – Never Been Bitten (Vampire Delivery Service #1)
  • Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann – The Baby Pact (The Baby Pact Trilogy #1)
  • Wolf Specter – Omega’s Touch (Anima Sanator #1)

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BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Dark Incidence, by A.G. Liam

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Hi, there! Welcome to the second blog tour of the day 😀 I promise this is my last news post for today, haha! 🙂 Along with YA Bound Book Tours, I present you the book tour for Dark Incidence, by A. G. Liam!

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Dark Incidence

by A.G. Liam

Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: March 18th, 2014

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Dani is determined to change. Trodden down by her abusive stepdad, neglectful mother, and nonexistent social life, Dani decides to leave it all behind—she flees into the night and finds herself in a dark, and strangely wondrous, new world, a world unknown to most humans.

However, destiny is an unpredictable force. Through a peculiar turn of events, she unknowingly gets entangled in a brutal war waging between two factions of vampires.

The Ruemisuds are a technologically advanced, elite vampire society that wants absolute control. They will stop at nothing to get it, including experimenting on unsuspecting humans and decimating the Rhowels, a clandestine, rebel clan of vampires. But the Rhowels possess a key to survival that the Ruemisuds desperately want, which they will protect until the bitter end.

Dani’s riveting journey has just begun in this beautiful tale of love, hate, betrayal, and, above all, survival. The war is escalating quickly and Dani is determined to survive. Who will help her? Who will win the war?

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purchase links

Dark Incidence is available on both paperback and ebook formats! But just listen: the ebook is ON SALE for only $0.99!!!

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the author

AG LiamA.G. grew up in a gloomy and quaint suburb near London, England, and now lives in sunny southern California with her husband and her son. She has been an avid horror and paranormal fan since she can remember, reading Goosebumps when she was a child, to watching Twilight Zone as a teenager with her grandpa.
She earned her B.A. in psychology, but decided to follow her passion of storytelling instead. Dark Incidence is her first full length novel, a unique vampire science fiction told through the eyes of two siblings. A.G. also has directed numerous shorts and written children’s books.

Her favorite pastime is watching paranormal and horror movies, painting landscapes and seascapes, and reading fiction novels. She can never turn down an invite to eat something home cooked.

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There will be two lucky winners in this giveaway!

  • One lucky INTERNATIONAL winner will take home a $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • Another lucky US RESIDENT winner will take home a signed hardcopy of Dark Incidence + magnet and bookmark!

No matter which prize you have your eyes on, the link for the giveaway is this one: GIVEAWAY!

Good luck to us all, haha! 😀

That’s it, thanks for reading! And thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for my spot on this lovely tour!

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BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: Legends, by Destiny Blake (New World Order-Vampire #1)

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Hi, there! Welcome to the second book blitz of the day – one more to go! Also hosted by YA Bound Book Tours, I bring you the first book in the New World Order-Vampire series, by Destiny Blake: Legends!

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Legends

by Destiny Blake

Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: April 26th, 2016

summary

Vampire Legend Sinclair has a premonition. He dreams of a grand battle between humans and an elite class, demigods in a contemporary world. Privileged and arrogant, these “Entitled Ones” plan to hoard natural resources to ensure global longevity for their families and friends. Everyone else is disposable.

As the war of wars is set to unfold, Legend anticipates an uncertain future. He plots against rulers and nations, but soon devises a way to protect average citizens from the forthcoming agenda of destruction.

Siring numerous children, Legend leaves his North Carolina home only to return for his daughter and sons in the predawn hours of their eighteenth birthdays. They attend Summer Assembly, a training ritual that will prepare them for the whispering promise of a coming age destined to change the course of history.

Meanwhile, a select few hold fast to yesterday’s corrupt propaganda, an outline for disaster. With an evil plan for global evacuation and the extinction of all common men, the Entitled Ones organize their enforcement of a wicked initiative. But in their defeat, the Legend family will triumphantly rise as true wonders of the reformed world.

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Honestly, this series sounds awesome! I love a good paranormal romance, especially if they have beautiful covers ❤

purchase links

You can already pre-order Legends in ebook format only 🙂

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And, of course, we have an excerpt!

About that time, a hissing noise filled the room. Everyone looked up and their gasps resounded. They were on their feet in record time as spiraling smoke twisted out of the vents and the room temperature hit hell-hot in a matter of seconds.

“Open this door!” Captive jiggled the knob. “Legend! Are you out there?”

Tole slammed his body against their only means of escape. “Let us out of here!”

They all joined him. Fists pounded in repetition. Everyone pleaded for help.

Gideon rushed to the eye-level window on the far wall. Jamming his fists against the panels, he cried out in agony as he glanced up at the billowing smoke above them. “Fire.”

“Aren’t you the smart one?” Umbrage ran his palms across the walls. “Hurry. See if we can find something to trigger a secret passageway.”

“You’ve watched too many movies,” Captive said.

As Gideon and Umbrage tried to find a way out, the air thickened with chemical-like vapors. They coughed, gagged, and suffered as they choked on fumes. Orange and red flames surrounded them. The blaze burned hotter.

 “Keep your heads down! It’s another test!” Captive yelled.

In the middle of a coughing fit, Sin screamed, “Then we’re seconds away from failing!”

“Toughen up, sister. Even Legend’s games eventually find an end.” Captive stared into the fire and caught Gideon’s gaze. Perhaps it was then when Captive realized what Gideon had long since accepted.

The past few days had been necessary. They were vampires, damned to an eternal existence on earth but without a soul, their fate was sealed by fire. What they’d seen and heard, that was what awaited them if they didn’t follow Legend and save mankind. By saving the world, they spared themselves as well.

Everything their dad—Legend Sinclair—had shown them was foretelling in a sense, a grand exhibit of what they would endure if they didn’t survive. It served as inspiration, motivation to stay alive.

“Help!”  Tole hammered his fists against the door again. Like the others, he had revealed his greatest fear during Summer Assembly. Legend understood what specific triggers pushed each of them into panic mode.

Now, Tole faced his greatest demon—fire.

“Don’t do this!” He gasped, his voice wracked with fear. “I’ll do anything! Just let me out!” He collided with the door once more, but that door didn’t budge.

Gideon hurried to Sin, offering her limited protection, but comfort nonetheless. Diven and Umbrage reassured Tole while Griffin, Captive, and Saber promised to kill Legend given the opportunity. The more they threatened harm to the one who had turned them, the more swirling smoke filled the confined area.

“We were supposed to be stronger as a group,” Griffin said, coughing between syllables.

That much had been drilled in their heads and yet their current circumstances almost suggested the opposite. No one would gain the upper hand here.

Their hellish experience lasted several minutes, but it seemed like hours, maybe even days. There was no escape. They had one choice, an alternative that should’ve resounded as a simple unanimous decision. Instead, only five Legends emerged from the fire ready to dance with the fates and embrace their legacy with complete surrender.

The others were left behind.

the author

An avid reader and full-time writer, Destiny Blake enjoys YA paranormal, commercial and literary fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and unique fantasy novels. After 15 years of writing for the market, Destiny decided it was time to write what she liked to read. The end goal was to pen stories that readers would love and her grandchildren would later cherish as well.

The author invites all readers to follow her on Twitter and to stay in touch by writing: destinyblakeauthor [ @ ] gmail.com. To help Destiny celebrate the debuts of Legends and Gatekeepers, readers can send their copy and pasted proof of purchase to her email. Include a snail mail address to receive a promotional product. Please include “Legends & Gatekeepers Proof of Purchase” in the subject line. Offer ends on April 15th, 2016. Void where prohibited by law.

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One lucky winner will take home a $25 Amazon Gift Card 😀

To join me on this chance, just click here and good luck: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thanks for reading! 😀 I’m so excited about this book!

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BOOK BLITZ + GIVEAWAY: Sinners in the Dark, from Inger Iversen (Running in the Dark #2)

Hello, there! Welcome to the third book blitz of the day, this time on Xpresso Book Tours account! This post’s star has one of the most beautiful covers EVER! Of course I’m talking about the second book of Running in the Dark series, from Inger Iversen: Sinners in the Dark! 😀

Sinners in the Dark
Inger Iversen
(Running in the Dark #2)
Publication date: March 25th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Summary

War is coming between vampires and humans, and the Vampire Nation will stop at nothing to eliminate their enemies. Former assassin, Echo sees the Nation for what it is – a corrupt organization with its sights set on destroying the Sect, a group formed to eradicate all things vampire. Now Echo is a Ghost, a traitor of the Vampire Nation, determined to build a new life with the Sect. But choices he’s made in the past might cost him the one person who could truly redeem his soul.

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I love vampire books and beautiful covers jugde me, so I simply had to spotlight this beauty here ❤ Sinners in the Dark is currently available only in digital formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

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Sinners in the Dark is the sequel to Running in the Dark, that you can check on Amazon bellow 😀

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And guess what? This is the kind of book that has lots of nice features ❤ Let’s begin with a nice excerpt, shall we? ;D

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Chapter 1

Present Day

Give as Good as You Get

Via crept slowly along the back wall of the seedy motel, keeping her body out of the light. Quietly, she tucked her lucky silver cross in her shirt and reached to her side to pull her queb, a weapon made from wood, from her belt. With her other hand, she palmed her gun and released it from her side. She studied the two hoodlums with intense disdain as they eyed the mom and pop diner. Via knew the owners, and ate there often back when she was a dollar away from being homeless.

Gang vampires were a tricky bunch. They often traveled in groups, and more times than not, had two or more lookouts. Via glanced around the back alley in search of anything amiss, but was greeted with nothing. Turning back to the group assembling before her, she noted their clothing; the red and gold shirts of the vamp-bangers told Via two things. First, they were not generals in the gang, but mere henchmen. And second, they were stupid as fuck, as this was their rival’s territory. She’d had many encounters with both gangs, on account of them liking to kidnap and rape women; enjoying their screams as she gutted them like a fish with her queb.

The sound of glass shattering pulled her out of her thoughts. Now would be the time Via should pull her cell from her pocket and dial up her dhampir partner, Echo. Her stomach roiled at the thought, and though Austin believed it a good idea to partner a human with a trusted dhampir, Via wasn’t feeling the love. Using the excuse of having her hands full, she didn’t make the call and inched closer to the opening leading out to the main street. She darted across the street and damn near ninja dove into the window. Once she cleared the glass and debris, she smoothly rolled under the nearest table for cover.

Via was no fool, with vamps’ excellent hearing and sniffers, they’d easily discover her in the café, but she was banking on one thing to help her out. She took a quick peek at the bottom of her queb for reassurance. The stake-like rod was thick as a baton, the tip sharp as a razor’s edge, and it gave a faint glow from the rune placed on it by an enchantress. This particular rune obliterated Via’s human scent. A handy tool when hiding from vamps.

Like with any mission, sanctioned or unsanctioned, Via had a plan: attack, kill, and repeat, until all vamps were dead. Ordinarily, Echo had point and took out the lookouts. His superior vision and hearing had often given him and Via an advantage, but since he wasn’t with her, it’d be like old times.

Vamp number one, who she’d decided to call Lefty, since he was missing his right eye, slid to a halt in front of the broken window. Ambient light from the streetlights filtered into the small café, creating shadows across Lefty’s perplexed face. Via inched her gun up—loaded with silver nitrate bullets—and readied her queb just as the pale faced vamp turned. The first shot rang out like an explosion in the night. Seared flesh, blood, and pieces of Lefty’s remaining eye showered around Via.

Standing to take care of the second vamp sliding around the corner, she lost her balance in the blood and fell to the floor. In a second, she made the choice to drop the queb, and aim the weapon. To her surprise, instead of one vampire, there were now three. These were more than some run-of-the-mill gangbangers, breaking and entering. The one she’d aptly named Blue, for his intense electric blue eyes, held a few boxes in his hand, and not one of them had made their way to the cash register, or the wall safe.

Blue’s eyes widened at the sight of her. “Hey, baby.” His voice held a sickening slimy quality. He handed the boxes to Tyson, who she’d named Mike Tyson since they both had those stupid matching face tattoos. “Did you come to play?” Licking his lips, his eyes did a perusal of her body, taking time to linger on her breasts.

Slowly, Via stood and placed her empty hand on her hip while keeping her gun aimed. “Stop, in the name of the law.” None of the vamps spoke. The silence filled the room and Via tensed. Okay, so these guys didn’t like her joke.

The three vamps, Blue, Tyson and Shit Eater—no explanation for nickname needed—stared at her longer, before there was a blur of movement, and one of the three stooges knocked the gun from her hands. Next came a gut-crushing blow to her stomach. Bile rose in her throat as she hit the ground.

If Via lived to tell this story, she would say that in seconds she was up again ready and raring to take on the vamps—which would be a lie. Those who had called her hardheaded would be happy to know that too was a lie because as her skull hit the floor with a deafening crack. Via’s body refused to listen to her command to get the fuck up. Even with skill such as Via’s, taking on three vamps in the middle of the night, with no damned back up, was something akin to suicide.

A trilling start, right? *–* And just you wait until you read the interview that Inger, the author, did with Echo, ex-assassin for the Vampire Nation and true king of the Russian vampires 😀 Let’s see what he has to say about the vampire world??

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Inger Iversen: Thank you for being here with us today. Let’s jump right into this interview and start with explaining to the readers the difference between a blood born vampire, a made vampire and a dhampir.

Echo: As you know, most humans are misguided in their theories about my world. Most humans assume a vampire female is incapable of giving birth, however; that is not wholly true. A blood born vampire is born from a demon and is able to reproduce. However, turned vampires are unable to reproduce, as their wombs are barren and the undead cannot nurture life inside of their body. A male dhampir can reproduce with any fertile female.

II: Wow, that’s fascinating. So would it be safe for me to assume there’s an underworld out there most know nothing about?

Echo: Yes, and in more ways than one. Our world is kept secret from humans at the request of government officials. They do not want you to know that there are creatures of the night.

II: Okay, well I think some humans know that the government hides information from us. What about things like the cure for cancer and other deadly diseases?

Echo: Let me put it like this. My dhampir blood isn’t nearly as potent as the blood of a blood born vampire, and yet, I can heal broken bones, cure poisons, remedy genetic diseases and much more human and lore illness. Just imagine what the blood of a blood born vampire can do.

II: Amazing. I hope one day we are able to use vampire blood to help those in need. For my last question, I would like to ask you something personal. When you find your brother, what do you plan to do to him? As you told Via in Sinners in the Dark, please give detail.

Echo: Ha! Shall I spoil the end of a series for the readers? No, I won’t, but I will tell you this. When I capture my brother, his death will be so bloody and gruesome that readers will not sleep for many nights for fear of the monster I am.

II: Chilling, but Vasily deserves nothing but death for all the trouble he has wrought. Echo, thank you for sitting down with us today. Your time is most appreciated.

 Echo: No problem. Via made me come.

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Thanks to Echo and Via, then, haha! And to Inger, that was nice enough to do the interview for us 😀

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And there is one more nice thing that Inger Iversen did for us (you know, besides writing an awesome vampire book series and interviewing Echo, haha!): she put together a playlist at Spotfy! Isn’t this great?!

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(just click the songs title to listen to them on Spotfy)

Bellow, you can read more about this lovely author 🙂

Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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And now, the giveaway lol

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  • One lucky winner will get an $25 Amazon Gift Card!

To enter and join me, just click the Rafflecopter link bellow!

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That’s it, thank you for reading! I’m sorry, it’s another long post, but I simply love when authors take the time to do so many nice things for us readers ❤ So thank you once again, Inger, for the trouble of providing so many nice materials for our blitz posts, and to Xpresso Book Tours that included me on this one ❤

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#DustOffYourBookShelves: The Queen of the Damned, from Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles #3)

Good night! Thursday is #DustOffYourBookshelf day over my blog and I officially give up on trying to post it on the mornings, haha! This is a meme hosted by my dear friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries. Make sure to check her blog if you haven’t ❤

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Da Rulez:

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

My chosen book

This time I thought of Queen of the Damned, from Anne Rice. I’ve read Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat in a roll, but it took me some time to be able to buy Queen of the Damned. When I got it, my hype with Anne Rice had descended to a human non-fangirl level and it has been sitting on my shelf for over 6 years now…

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Goodreads’ blurb:

Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.

Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it’s unwise to rile her now that she’s had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well.

Now it is condemned to wait the good will of my book jar-box or a book club reading, oops!

That’s it, thanks for reading!

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Daughters of Darkness, from L. J. Smith (Night World #2)

Hi, there! Ooh, it’s so late, but I don’t care, I delayed this review for too much time now 😦 Hope you had an amazing Sunday!

Today I’ll review the second book from the Night World series, Daughters of Darkness, from L. J. Smith ❤ Spoiler alert: it’s a big five stars book!

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The Story

Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade know that they are taking a path of no return when they flee their home. The three sisters are well aware of all the risks and sacrifices involved, but anything in the human world is better than to live in an eternal bubble without any real living.

What they didn’t expect was to have a nosy neighbor.

Mary-Lynnette is a loner, a creature of the night. The stars are her best friends, along with her brother Mark. Or so she thought, until meeting her three new and inhumanly beautiful neighbors. The girls seem to be nice enough despite all oddities surrounding their family, but can Mary-Lynnette handle with their older brother…?

Ash knew he was doomed in the moment he laid eyes on Mary-Lynnette. Once, he had heard from a cousin how he would fall hard for his soul mate, but never believed in such crap. He was a man in a mission and Mary-Lynnette couldn’t be related to his difficulties in taking his sisters back home.

Or could she?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

OMG, WHY DID I TAKE SO DAMN LONG TO READ THIS SERIES?! IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES! (Just don’t tell this to television guys, they will screw this up, haha!). I loved everything aspect of this book and can’t wait to finish Spellbinder, the next book 🙂 Ash was perfection since Secret Vampire, but in this one is where I fell hard for him… *sighs in pure love* I’ll try to do a good job here, but it is so damn difficult when all I feel like doing is fangirling non-stop about Ash, haha!

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The narrative was my favorite one: third person with alternating points of view. I wish there were more parts under Ash’s POV, but I understand that not knowing much about him it’s part of his charm. Putting more parts under his view would have bared him too much for the reader and all, haha! But one can dream, right? 😉

The plot wasn’t overly complicated and quite predictable, but there is a little twist in the end that caught me off guard and this was awesome ❤ I don’t really mind simple plots as long as they are well executed and hold my attention while I read. I can even know how it all will end, but I always get curious to see how the outcome shall arrive, haha! My point? There is no lost trip for me, haha!

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The characters are the high point in this book. Rowan, Kestrel and Jade are unique and each represent a type of person: Rowan is gentle and naïve despite being the oldest; Kestrel is ruthless and savage; and Jade is dreamy and brave. They complement each other in such a perfect way! Mark was also a pleasant enough character and I really liked Jeremy despite everything. And, of course, there is their older brother Ash, but never fear, I’ll get to him. I really liked Mary-Lynnette. She was such a strong heroine for a Young Adult book but without losing her teenager spirit. I could have never made her final decision on the end of the book and I will admire her for this till the world ends.

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Now, let’s go to Ash. Oh, Ash. He is the lost cousin of Damon Salvatore, I assure you. The difference between them is that Damon is actually a pretty nice guy trying to fool people into believing that he is a demon and Ash is actually a demon trying to fool people into believing that he is a pretty nice guy, haha! 😉 Mary-Lynnette described him as a royal cat with ever-changing eye colors and this is the most accurate description ever. Ash has his own pace for everything (cof except when it comes to Mary-Lynnette cof) and never has a permanent eye color – not even in his full vampire form. The strange thing about him is that he is both intelligent and not stubborn at all. He sees something that he is doing wrong and he promptly fixes it instead of insisting that he is right. Not many males have this blessed ability, haha!

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I really think that L. J. Smith rocked in the Night World series so far and dare to say that those books are a must-read if you love Y&A, romance, Vampires, Witches, Werewolves and really cool humans, haha!

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That’s it! Thanks for reading this review and I hope to finish Spellbinder soon, haha! Have you read the Night World series?

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Secret Vampire, from L. J. Smith (Night World #1)

Good night and hello again! I’m sorry for the weird timing of my posts lately, it’s just that I’m at my uncle’s place and I don’t have my own computer, haha! I had left some programed posts, but apparently, not enough, oops! Now I’m depending of the good will of my relatives to have a computer – so far, my older cousin and my dad, for that matter. This post is being written from my dad’s laptop, thanks, dad!

Anyway, I’m here to talk about Secret Vampire, the first book in the Night World series, by L. J. Smith! Let’s go 😀

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The Story

Poppy was a regular sixteen-year-old girl that found out about a pancreas cancer on her first day of vacation from high school. As the disease was in a terminal instance, there was nothing that the medicals or anybody could do for Poppy.

Anybody human, that is.

James, Poppy’s childhood best friend, is a vampire. He can save her and make all the pain go away. But can Poppy accept him for who he truly is and leave the world that she has always known behind?

Can Poppy survive the Night World?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I had the mass-market paperback edition with the three first books in one for a while now, but only this year I brought myself to read it. And you know what? THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! I’ve read it on Christmas, literally. I began it on the morning of December 25th and finished it at night, haha! But I don’t know why I was hesitant to read it, as I love The Vampire Diaries books and Night World follows a very similar style of writing and interpersonal relationships between characters. Mysteries of life, right? Haha! Five stars with pride!

As I’ve read The Vampire Diaries in high school (a re-read is in order in 2016), and on a translated version into my native language, I didn’t remember how fluid and nice was Smith’s narrative. It was a good surprise, as my Night World collection is in English. Smith did the narrative in my favorite way: third person with alternating points of view between Poppy, James and Phil, Poppy’s twin brother. AWESOME. BRILLIANT. I LOVED IT.

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Ahem. Ok, I’m under control again.

The plot wasn’t simple, but not that complex either. There were some mysteries, some uncertainties and twists, it was cool. The end was predictable, but in a good way, in my opinion. I hate books with unhappy endings, judge me, haha! This childhood friendship that grows into something more plus the supernatural element worked very well for me and if you like those two elements combined in a romance, just read Secret Vampire ❤

The characters were a blast. But who is surprised, as this is the same mind that brought us this:

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(if you are new here, just to clarify: I obssess over three general things in life: books, Ava March and Damon Salvatore, LOL)

But back to character’s analysis. I loved Poppy! I usually hate female heroines from young adult books, but she surprised me due to the reality of her situation: a) she dealt in a very realistic way with her cancer discovery even before she learned about James condition; b) she didn’t suffer of instantaneous love, James grew up with her, so their connection made sense and it was very cute; c) she was a strong woman with the worries of a teenager, so she had her moments of bravery and then broke down because of silly things. I could see my 16 year old self in Poppy and that was very nice, haha!

Now, the boys. OH, THE BOYS. I love Smith’s boys, haha! I fell in love with James and his je ne se qua air in scene one and he only made me love him more in the end, haha! He and Poppy had the best dialogues ever, I laughed hard in several parts. They just had this connection, I guess. I also liked Phil, Poppy’s brother. He could be a little dense at times, but sounded so cool and beautiful, haha! I wouldn’t mind dating him at all. And there is Ash. I wanted to hit him with a hard rock while I kissed him. Does this even makes sense? Hahaha!

Ash’s personality reminded me a lot of Damon’s, only that he fools people into believing that he is actually nice, while Damon takes the other way around. I can’t wait to see more of Ash and his schemes on Daughters of Darkness, the second book in the Night World series and my current read. Well, one of my current reads, haha!

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Bonus point: besides the boys, that are hotness all over in the book, I thought that Smith’s way of portraying cancer was awesome. Even with the supernatural element on it, the theme is not spoken of lightly, as a mere excuse for the vampire romance. I loved it 🙂

5star

That’s it, thanks for reading! I loved reading and reviewing this book, haha! Have you already read Night World?

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Stripped with the Vampire, from Jax Garren (Austin Immortals #1)

Hello, there! A wonderful Thursday to everyone! I’m particularly happy, as I get to stay home for the first time in the week, haha! And it’s review time here on the blog! Stripped with the Vampire, from Jax Garren, it’s the first book in the Austin Immortals series and our book of the day, received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the publisher!

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from my Instagram 🙂

The Story

Vince Pagano loves his job. Despite all bad things people usually say when you reveal that you are a stripper, Vince regrets nothing, as he wins a good deal at his club, has time for his hobby (blacksmithing, in the case) and hot dates. The only shadow in his mind is his ex, Charlie.

Five years ago, Charlie broke up with Vince after discovering Vince’s real job and, as much as he would like, Vince knows he’s not over Charlie yet. And being forced to seek shelter with the man after running from were-rats in the middle of the night is not helping matters in the slightest. How can Vince get over his ex if the man is just the same as he was back then, for good and bad?

Charlie, in the other hand, regrets how things turned up for them despite being the one that broke things up. Being a vampire, Charlie felt how empty his life used to be before Vince entered it and missed the young man. But could he give them a second change knowing that it would never be forever, even if Vince wanted so?

More important: can Vince and Charlie solve out the differences in their relationship in the middle of the vampire apocalypse?

 

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

THIS BOOK OMG THIS BOOK OMG!

I was hooked since I’ve read the blurb available at NetGalley, but unfortunately took me some months to get to actually reading it and OH MY GOD, this was one of the best vampire books that I read! Jax Garren is brilliant in her writing, characters building, scenarios description, connecting loose ends… BEST. BOOK. EVER. I read it in two days and a half because life insisted in getting into the way, but it’s a book that you can finish in a sitting, just because YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO DROP IT! Vince and Charlie are definitely one of my favorite couples in the world and I can’t wait to read more books by Jax! FIVE STARS, PEOPLE!

Okay, let’s get serious and professional now.

The narrative was in third person with alternating points of view between Vince and Charlie. This is my favorite type and Garren did a wonderful job building Austin Immortals’ world in both perspectives. The reader knows the difference between Vince and Charlie’s thoughts: where Vince has a goofy sense of humor and is very optimistic and easy-going, Charlie has a sophisticated sense of humor, is very pessimist and shy. All those characteristics are subtly present on the way Garren writes their points of view.

The plot was good. It’s not complicated or have any big twists, but the reader can’t be sure of any pairings, including the main one and takes a while for us to be sure of who is the real villain. That’s pretty amusing and I liked who it was – I won’t say due to spoilers, but they are a great team, haha!

I was impressed with the personal growth that Garren makes her characters go though. I honestly didn’t have a bit of faith in Charlie and he is the person that grows the most through the book. What is really nice to see is that he becomes someone better for the sake of Vince, because Vince gives him strength to defy his fears. Besides being overly cute, this is awesome. Cash also grows up through his friends, for their sake, but he is badass since the beginning, so I think he, like Christina Aguilera, just keeps getting’ better, haha!

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“Some days I’m a super bitch, up to my old tricks, but it won’t last forever / Next day I’m your super girl, out to save the world, and it keeps geetin’ better”

Ahem.

Rhi, Vince’s best friend, also evolves so much from the beginning. She faces indescribable horrors in the book and she manages to keep it light as much as she cans, Rhi is just wow. But I have to admit that my favorite female character was Winnie. She doesn’t show around much, but she is badass in a quiet style, like “I’m just going to take your head off now, excuse me” kind of way. And she has the best reactions in a strip club, along with Modron and Emma, haha! BEST. SCENE. EVER. I have to share a small piece this with you guys:

The pants came off, ripped from the Velcro at the sides, and the crowd went nuts. Now it was bad. The red crap of underwear barely contained him [Vince]. No, it wasn’t bad – it was obscene. And everyone loved it. Charlie licked his lips as the need to cover his ex up made him clutch the table in fear he’d go do something about it.

Emma leaned over, laughing as she cheered. “Please tell me that ain’t a sock.”

“No comment.”

“Shi-i-it.” She leaned over to Winnie. “Charlie says his ex, unlike yours, is not faking that rocket.”

“Good…lord.”

“I said, ‘No comment.’” Charlie gritted out.

“Your tone is telling.”

(Stripped with the Vampire, p. 159)

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The vampires of this book were also highly interesting, as they led a completely regular life without being able to walk in the sun and Charlie hid many things from Vince while they were in a relationship, so we get to discover everything along Vince. Other thing that I liked is how Garren illustrates her vampires’ dealings with eternity, how they see their own immortality. It was different without too many revolutions. I liked it, haha!

Bonus point: the sex scenes. I liked all the sex scenes in this book because none gone to waist. All the times they appeared, they were meaningful, both characters wanted badly to be together and it was anything but vulgar. Just the way I like them to be ❤

Bonus point pt. 2: this cover. Let’s take a moment just to appreciate all the hotness here witnessed.

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also from my Instagram 😉

Overall, I’d highly recommend this book if you, like me, is into vampires, gay romances, light books and really hot guys. Definitely one of the best books that I’ve read this year!

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading and thanks again to NetGalley and the publisher for sending this my way! ❤

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