Title: Entwined (Darkest London #3.5)
Author: Kristen Callihan
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance Historical
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
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Title: Red Moon
Authors: Benjamin Percy
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars
Publisher: Grand Central an imprint of Hachett Books
Published Date: May 12th, 2013
~Book Synopsis ~
Award -winning author Benjamin Percy presents an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West. They live among us.
They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin
~Karen’s Review ~
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy is not your typical paranormal thriller, it is also a social commentary on what freedoms and social mores we are willing to sacrifice in order for us to remain safe; to logically discriminate for what we perceive as evil. The evil in Red Moon is a group of people who are infected with a blood born virus that causes them to become werewolves. You know the type; snarling, baying at the full moon type of werewolves. The book follows the commentary of three unique individuals whose lives also intersect within the story.
The first character we encounter is Patrick, a high school kid on his way to live with his mother. He is aboard a plane when a werewolf terrorist slaughters all the passengers. Patrick only stays alive by playing dead; laying still, while being covered by a dead body. This is a thriller with similarities to September 11th, where the terrorist in the form of disenfranchised werewolves have attacked several people in flight planes. Some crashed and some landed, but out of all the planes the only survivor is Patrick.
Next is Claire, a girl living in Wisconsin with her parents. Claire and her family happen to be infected with the virus, so they are all werewolves. But to Claire, her family are everyday normal people, and life was normal; that is, until men in black show up, and her parents are killed, leaving Claire on the run.
Miriam is another interesting character we get to learn about. She too is a werewolf, but she lives in isolation in Oregon. She also happens to be Claire’s paternal aunt. She has some unwanted visitors she can’t seem to get rid of and a murky past.
The governor of Oregon, Chase Williams, is also a voice in the world that Percy has built. He is the power of the normal people, the ones that see the viral caring Lupines as nothing more than dogs that should be bagged, tagged and separated from the human population. Because to them the virus removed all rights from the infected, as they are no longer human; so why should our laws and rules apply to them.
The werewolves live amongst the general population, but they also have a Lupine Republic that is occupied by the United States. The main reason it is occupied is that the Republic is rich with uranium, and dollar signs have a lot to do with the occupation. The ones who live amongst the general population do so on the QT and discrimination abounds.
What Percy has done is used modern day circumstances and put a paranormal spin to them. I am old enough to remember when AIDS first hit the news and the hysteria that resulted. We have all lived through and are still suffering from terrorism on our own soil. Percy has used our modern events to propel his story. This is a very well written book, and if you are looking for something out of the norm of typical paranormal, I suggest you give it a try.
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~About the Author ~
Live by the Code.
Die by the Code.
Official Synopsis: “In the magical world of the Order, Warriors fight for justice, freedom, and peace. Becoming a Warrior is an honor given to few, and twelve-year-olds Zackery Solts and Kate Black will do anything to have a place among the elite. Zack and Kate must compete against eighteen others and pass three deadly tests of courage and skill. Above all, they must be strong because while the dangers of the tests are unknown, one thing is clear: not everyone will survive.”
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer series, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH’S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. The sequel, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in late 2013. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. He enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.
AUTHOR Kenya Wright
RATING 3/5 Stars
Publication Date: December 2, 2012
A domina’s only purpose in life was to birth vampire children for the Quiet King. Any human woman with the domina gene spent their lives in the castle under strict rules and the guards’ watchful eyes. Brie has been a domina for two years. After witnessing the slaughter of babies, she plans to escape and seeks help from Samuel, a vampire known for aiding many out of slavery.
However, Samuel has only one policy. He won’t help dominas escape the king. The penalty is too high and their blood triggers powers in him that he doesn’t want released. So Brie is forced to lie about being a domina and Samuel is lured in by her blood. Something emerges within them that they can’t deny, overwhelming their every cell and igniting an all-consuming hunger that neither can flee.
Review by Lover Karen
Escape by Kenya Wright is a sizzling spin in the paranormal vampire genre. This vampire erotic tale takes place on a planet with two moons where vampires rule their territories and barter for blood and concubine with the human population. The premise of the novella is that one of the bartered concubine (they are called domina) named Brie wants her freedom back. She doesn’t want to breed any children with the king. She fears bearing him male children. who under the king’s command, are killed if they are born with a specific birth mark. This birthmark identifies the male child as a prince. Prince males are feared by the Quiet King, as the vampire king is known, for he is deaf, mute and blind. Brie wants to escape to return to her husband and two daughters. Brie is an unusual human female with red hair, something which marks her as different.
She escapes the capital city with the help of a pathfinder vampire named Samuel. He is not too happy to discover that Brie is a domina, which puts a price on his group’s head for helping her. The attraction between Samuel and Brie is sizzling right from the start and sparks fly the longer they travel together.
I think that Wright starts off with good world building, because her world is totally hers; she doesn’t have to follow what is in the collective mythos of vampires. I found her character development lacking, as Brie professes to love her husband, but is too quick to jump into Samuel’s arms. She doubts her husband too quickly. Wright does a good job at setting up why Brie sacrificed herself to the Kings breeding program; but her backbone isn’t in place when it comes to Samuel. I would have enjoyed a heroine that was more feisty. As for Samuel he is just too self serving. Yes, he wants between Brie’s legs; but let me like the guy a little. Harping on the husband’s choices and planting seeds of doubt was not how to do it.
AUTHOR Kenya Wright
RATING 3/5 Stars
Publication Date: February 6, 2013
Brie and Samuel travel to the human town of Freemont and learn that Brie is being hunted. Brie is more than a domina. But what is she? And why is she being hunted as if she is the solution to a puzzle that the Quiet King has never been able to solve?
Samuel and Brie are forced to align with another, one that holds many answers and incites even more questions. Their journey drags them back to Capitol City and among the night life where sex and secrets mingle together within the light of the two moons. All this time Brie thought she’d escaped and gotten away free from vampires. But can she run away anymore or was she captured the whole time?
Review by Lover Rosette
Author: Kenya Wright
Rating: 3/5 Star
I was given the opportunity to read the unique story of Samuel and Brie in Captive. I did read the novella, Escape, prior to reading this book.
It was difficult at first to capture the world that the author was trying to build, but as the story moved forward, the world building was actually quite interesting. The idea of dominas having to serve a Vampire King and produce a multitude of children in order to maintain and defend a kingdom was very clever. And the fact that these children turn into full adults after four years was a concept which was also quite different. The plot, however, seemed to wax and wane throughout the story. And although there were wonderfully exciting parts, it seemed disconnected and just didn’t flow as well as I would have liked it. There were parts of the story that I had difficulty believing.
Even with that said, I did enjoy certain characters, especially Uncle Ian. The concept of his curse and what left him down in the sewer of the city was quite fascinating to me, and I think it would be quite interesting to hear his story. In fact, his background story is what really drew me in. I loved that he was manipulative but caring, yet self-serving as well. He needed his curse broken and he found a way to do this, all the while he was still protective of his nephew and his Queen. He also happened to be quite the ladies’ man as well.
Kenya Wright always knew she would be famous since the ripe old age of six when she sang the Michael Jackson thriller song in her bathroom mirror. She has tried her hand at many things from enlisting in the Navy for six years as a Persian-Farsi linguist to being a nude model at an art university.
However, writing has been the only constant love in her life. Will she succeed? Of course.
For she has been coined The Urban Fantasy Queen, the Super Iconic Writer of this Age, The Lyrical Genius of Our Generation. Granted, these are all terms coined by her, within the private walls of her bathroom as she still sings the Michael Jackson thriller song.
Kenya Wright currently resides in Miami with her three amazing, overactive children, a supportive, gorgeous husband, and three cool black cats that refuse to stop sleeping on Kenya’s head at night.
Love is something everyone longs for at the deepest level—but for some, love is a curse. This is most certainly true for Asher Lake, the Keeper of an unknown group of people called ani-shifts. Ani-shifts, those with the ability to shift into animal forms, compose a secretive body of individuals known simply as the Union.
A wolf in shifter form, Asher lives with a curse placed upon him and his predecessors by the elusive Raven—a dark entity whose identity remains a mystery. According to the ancient archives, the Raven’s curse is conditional and set in motion by one fatal decision: if a Keeper ever allows himself to fall in love he will die.
Choosing to live in isolation within the walls of Lake Manor, a private estate concealed by the dense woods of Brokenridge, Asher has vowed never to love or to fall in love with anyone believing it to be the only way to survive. However, after ten years of neglecting his people and the protégés left in his care, along with the impending threats of an uprising, Asher learns the only way to break the Raven’s curse on future Keepers, thereby preventing them from suffering the same fate, is to accept his.
This becomes his strongest challenge of all when he encounters Elle Ison, the woman of his dreams. Does Elle hold the key? Can she help him change his fate?
There’s more than corn in Indiana; there’re animal shifters too according to the Call of the Raven, the paranormal book by Shawn Reilly. Our blog was contacted by Ms. Reilly’s editor, and she asked us if we would be interested in reviewing her client’s book. I read the synopsis on Goodreads and decided to give the book awhirl. But I forewarned both author and editor how filled my book dance card was, and they agreed to my time frame. So here I am reviewing Call of the Raven.
The prologue of the book pulled me right into the story. Within a few paragraphs Ms. Reilly had introduced the major characters and set the story extremely effectively, which can be hard to do with a paranormal tale as they work inside their own world structure. This type of structure tends to be more complex than mundane society and has its own set of rules.
The premise of the story centers on Asher Lake, Keeper of the (animal shifters) ani-shifters. He is the leader of all the animal shifters of the Union, a worldwide society of shifters. His position is cursed and doomed, and he doesn’t want or care to have it. He is supposed to watch over the protégé, young ani-shifters and future destined leaders of the union. They all live together at the Manor, a large, old stone house in southern Indiana– think X-Men without the warm and fuzzes. His older, adopted sibling, Grant, was the previous Keeper, but he died leaving a flock of younger kids to tend. Asher has no intentions of taking care of anyone but himself. Since Grant’s death, ten years prior, Asher had ignored the other kids in the house and his role as Keeper. The curse is a simple one– you fall in love and you are called by the raven to your death. Asher, at the time of Grant’s death, was the oldest of the protégé, but he was only seventeen at the time. His solution to the curse and his own untimely death, stop loving everyone and care about nothing. He may have been able to ignore his responsibilities but that doesn’t mean that they will or can be ignored forever.
As the story progressed, so does Reilly’s solid world building. She laid a good foundation for her premise of animal shifters, their social structure, and the bad guys. You can’t have a good paranormal read without a villain or two. Since the book is a planned five-book series, there is a major story arch, and there are plenty of strings left hanging at the end of this book. This didn’t bother me as I understood that these were not stand-alone books from the beginning.
I came to care a great deal about the characters in the book. As mentioned before, Asher is one of the main characters, and he is joined by Ari, Nixon, Kennedy, the rat twins (I identify them as this because Asher refuses to connect with anyone even by using their proper names) are the additional occupants of the manor i.e., protégé.
Two of the most compelling characters, Elle and Mary, are met halfway through the book. These two females play a pivotal role in the story arch. They are two extremely complex and broken characters, in fact most of Reilly’s characters are fighting their own inner demons. The book is written as an ensemble of characters, which are all multifaceted and well defined. These are characters I haven’t met previously in a paranormal book, as there is no knight-in-shining-armor hero, as these people despite being paranormal beings have major character flaws. The characters are original and fresh–even the ones who are asses. There is grittiness to Reilly’s characters that you don’t find very often in paranormal books; these are people who have real-life struggles and real-life worries.
As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to know more about the world which Reilly is building. I am actually chomping at the bit to read the second book in the series. This is a strong debut novel and I am excited to see where Ms. Reilly takes her series. I for one will be on board for the adventure.
P.S. One of the characters is a book lover—anyone who writes book love into any book is one to watch.
“Apparently the author had ended things on a dark note and critics didn’t understand the author’s reasoning. Nevertheless, she had waited a year for the book to appear on the bookstore shelves and she still longed to read it.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When it seemed like I was only an F away from flunking out of the sixth grade, a retired school teacher took me under her wing. After some tutoring and testing, she informed my parents that the reason I was having trouble in school wasn’t because I was dumb but instead dyslexic.
When my stepfather heard this, he decided to take me to a used bookstore with the belief that the best way to improve my reading skills was to read. Some of the books were hard to get through at first, but with his encouragement I refused to give up. We made many trips to that bookstore, and I especially loved the science fiction and fantasy sections.
Then one day, after complaining about the ending of a particular book, he told me that if I didn’t like the books that I had been reading, then to write one myself—so I did. My first attempt resulted in a horribly written western when I was fourteen, staring a cocky gun slinging cowboy by the name Curt Calhoun. Curt along with his seven brothers, who all shared C names in common, may never have seen the pages of a book, but that was the day I started writing, and never stopped.
I have over fifty books on my computer which I’ve written in various genres, all of which are waiting to come to life. Even though my ability to write has improved over the years, I am humble enough to admit that I cannot venture on this journey alone, and I am grateful for a very capable and talented editor. I see myself more as a storyteller than an author.
Sincerely yours, Shawn Reilly
Shawn Reilly lives in Mt. Comfort Indiana with her husband, and three daughters. Call of the Raven is her debut novel. She is currently working on the second novel in the Union series. She writes in various genres, which include paranormal romance/urban legend, science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, suspense, and dramedy.
Author information taken from Goodreads