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Rosemary and Rue

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Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not normally a fan of books that delve into the world of the fae, just because of how overdone it's all becoming. But, I was really surprised with this book. The way it's written reminded me of early Laurell K. Hamilton, or Jim Butcher. It's a gritty crime novel set in the world of faerie.

October "Toby" Daye is a PI in the world of fae, who finds herself cursed into a fish for fourteen years. When the curse breaks, she takes herself from the world of faerie. But the death of a close friend pulls her back in suddenly, probably sooner than she could handle. Now Toby is racing to find the killer before more people die... including herself.

Will Toby be able to integrate herself back into the world of faerie? Will her friends and family forgive her for alienating herself? And will she be able to stop the killer before it's too late?

This book was a real surprise. Toby is a smart ass detective chan…

Death of the Mad Hatter

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Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Death of the Mad Hatter is a retelling per se of the story of Alice in Wonderland. But it's also not.

The Red Queen has killed her king, and banished the only person who knows the truth to the "Otherworld," aka our world. Alice, who has been to Wonderland many times, has befriended the Mad Hatter, and agrees to help him with his plans. But with some prophecies that are made, the Queen becomes paranoid that her Reign will soon come to an end.

The Queen sends Alice to the Otherworld to find the one person who could possibly fit the prophecy, Ryley, the nephew of the former King. But Alice finds herself inexplicably drawn to Ryley, and he to her. Will she be able to hold out against the Queen's demands? Or will threats on her life prove to be too much for her to bear? Will the prophecies hold true, and "the girl with a boy's name (or was it a boy with a girl's name?)" end the Queen&…

Dark Light of Day

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Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The apocalypse is over... the demons won.

Welcome to a world ruled by demons. The non-magical people, called Hyrkes, worship them and give offerings, as one would to a god, while the magical people, or the Host, keep them in check, and enforce their own laws on them.

Noon Onyx was raised with her twin brother as Hyrkes, because they were born with a deep secret. Noon was born with waning, or death magic, and Night, her brother, was born with waxing, or life magic. This is completely unheard of, as all men with magic are born with waning, and all women with magic are born with waxing.

Noon's mother enrolls her in St. Luck's law academy, and her time is coming to declare her magic. All magic-wielders must declare their magic by Bryde's Day of their twenty-first year, or they will be killed. Noon is still hiding as a Hyrke at St. Luck's when Ari Carmine figures out her secret. Ari is a gorgeous Maegester in training…

Mad Hatter Release Party

So, I'm beta reading a book called Death of the Mad Hatter. And the author, because she's super awesome, is doing a release party/giveaway on Facebook. So, you should totally go check it out! :D Review of the book is coming soon! :)

~♥~
Lady D

Fallen Tears

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Fallen Tears by Sarah J. Pepper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book as a giveaway from the author with Goodreads. I liked the blurb, and liked the premise of the book. I was so not disappointed.

Miriam is an Angel of Death. She gives mortals the Kiss of Death, and takes their souls to the gates so they can move onto the next life. When she is tricked into taking a soul before its time, she becomes a Fallen, stripped of her wings, and cast down to earth.

Now living on Earth as a Fallen, Miri is forced to consume human souls to survive. She lives an existence she hates. Until she meets Lincoln. Lincoln could be Miri's way out of her hateful existence. But will her Fallen mentor Atossa let her?

As Miri hunts Lincoln, she starts to fall for him, and wonders if she can do the deed that will allow her to move on to a new existence. Will Atossa declare war on Miri and Lincoln? Will Miri be able to kill the man she's falling in love with?

I loved this book. While it does have some …

Darkness Becomes Her

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Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. Maybe just another Post-Apocalyptic YA Romance novel. What I actually found was an action-packed New Adult Fantasy/Romance. This book is awesome! I was unable to put it down.

Ari was abandoned by her mom when she was four years old. Now that she's seventeen, she's tracked her mom to an insane asylum outside of New 2, the city that used to be New Orleans, before the hurricanes flattened it. Now it's owned by nine wealthy families called the Novem.

But there's more to Ari's story than what meets the eye. As soon as she leaves the asylum, someone tries to kill her. Ari decides to go into New 2 to see what's going on, and to find out the truth about her past. She finds help from a rag-tag group of outcasts, and the very sexy Sebastian.

But will the truth about Ari's past be more than she can handle?

This book is awesome, as I said before. It ta…

Kiss of Steel

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Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first delve into the world of Steampunk, and to be honest, I've always avoided steampunk books and movies because I had no interest in it. But now? I'm wondering why the heck I waited so long!

This book was awesome! It has action, steamy romance, and to my great surprise, vampires! Honoria "Honor" Todd finds herself in the Rookeries of London, hiding from her past, and the man who seeks her for his own sadistic means. Before long, she is brought before Blade, the Rookery leader, and the man known as "The Devil of Whitechapel."

Honor needs protection, and is willing to do almost anything to protect her family. But will her uptight upbringing allow her to bend before this man who asks more than she is willing to give?

When murders start happening in Whitechapel, Honor seeks Blade out to compromise, since she will do anything to keep her young brother and sister safe. But will Blade's price b…

Fair Game

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Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the best in the series yet! Anna and Charles are called to Boston to help with a serial killer case, and Anna isn't sure that this is what Charles needs. Charles has been struggling with his personal demons, and pulling away from Anna.

When it's discovered that Fey is the problem, Anna and Charles aren't sure that they can handle the consequences on their own. Will they be able to find the latest missing victim before the killer kills her? And will Charles be able to overcome his demons before they drive a permanent rift between him and his mate?

This book is by far the best in the series. The thriller aspect of the book keeps you guessing, while you're aching for Anna and Charles and the pain that they're dealing with. No one said mating with an Omega would be easy, but Charles and Anna will figure it out eventually.

At the end of this book, there's a twist that I was totally not expecting. I can…

Endless Knight

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Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Arcana Chronicles. In it, we find Evie and Jack fighting through the post-apocalypse, with help from the other Tarot.

But the calls from Death are getting stronger, and Evie fears when they'll finally meet. Matty keeps showing her more of the other Empresses, and through those glimpses, she's also learning more about Death. When they meet, will Evie be able to escape him?

This book is way better than the first. The action is heavier, you meet new Tarot, and Evie and Jack's relationship amps up. Also, this book is where we meet Death.

This book was full of so many twists and turns though, that I'm not sure what I can really say without giving spoilers. Pick up the first book, pick up this book, and I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

~♥~
Lady D

The Witch's Daughter

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The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book, I can honestly say, is not what I expected. I was expecting a paranormal book, when what I got was a semi-historical romance with bits of magic.

Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith is turned into a witch out of necessity after her mother turns to witchcraft to save her daughter's life. When her mother is taken and murdered as a witch, Elizabeth must turn to Gideon to help her.

But Gideon is not all he seems to be. Elizabeth soon learns that there's more to being a witch than just magic, and she runs from the darkness that Gideon represents. But Gideon is not willing to give up on his new student so easily. He follows Elizabeth over the years, in each of her lives. Will she ever be able to be rid of him?

The book wasn't bad, overall. I really liked the glimpses into Elizabeth's different lives, since I love historical romances. But I just wasn't a fan with the way witches were portrayed in this book.…

Shadow's Claim

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Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Princess Bettina is a half sorceress, and a half demon. When she is ruthlessly attacked by vrekners, her guardians decide that she needs a permanent protector in the form of a mate. The decide to hold an all-out cage tournament with the winner gaining the amulet that summons Bettina. They also win the crown of the realm.

Trehan Daciano is a vampire assassin who is the keeper of the secret of his realm. Any time someone breaks the rules of Dacia, he is sent to dispatch them. When he follows his pray to one of the demon realms, he is not prepared to meet his fated Bride.

Trehan knows that he must kill his quarry, or he'll be forced to give up his home. But his Bride calls to him, and he enters the tournament, risking his life to have her as his. Will he be able to win the battle, and her heart?

This is a stand alone novel set in the world of the Immortals After Dark series. Kresley Cole is a master of romance and passion, as…

Second Grave on the Left

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Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charley Davidson is an investigator who happens to have the talent of seeing ghosts... but only because she's the Grim Reaper. She and her co-worker Cookie set out on an investigation to find a missing woman who's old high school classmates start turning up dead.

Meanwhile, Reyes is haunting Charley. He's left his corporeal body and is haunting her, each time getting pulled away by the demons who are torturing him. Those Demons want Charley, because she would be their gateway to Heaven. Not to mention he still makes Charley burn for him.

Can Charley find Reyes before he ends up a demon snack? And will she and Cookie be able to find this woman before she ends up the next victim?

If you're a fan of a sassy heroine, pick this series up! Charley is full of snark and wit, and I just love her! And Reyes, oh, don't get me started. He is a world of yum! This series is hilarious, and if you haven't starte…

Magic Rises

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Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the latest of the Kate Daniels installment by Ilona Andrews. When two girls from the pack start to go loup, and none of the miracle medicine the Europeans make can be found, Kate and Curran despair... until miraculously, a European pack asks Kate and Curran to come mediate on a dispute. The payment? The medicine that they need. Kate and Curran know it's a trap, but they have little choice.

In Europe, things are definitely not going swimmingly in any aspect. Kate and Curran's mating is on the rocks, and who shows up but Hugh, Roland's Warlord. Can Kate figure out what Hugh wants before she and Curran end up calling it quits? Will they get the medicine the two girls need?

I love the Kate Daniels series. Kate is a kick ass heroine who wields a sword, and doesn't let anyone get in her way. Curran is her Alpha male, and the sparks they make from not only their passion, but also their bickering is perfect.

There wer…

A Game of Thrones

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A game of thrones is a book based on the lives of several people through the events of one kingdom. Bran Stark, Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Eddard Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen. The book is called Game of Thrones due to a battle for the throne of the land in the past, and the battle that will be in the near future.

The Starks have a saying, "Winter is Coming," because in this land, while this current summer has lasted years, normally summers are short, and winters are brutally long. Winter is coming for all those in this land, and they'd better be ready.

Game of Thrones is an interesting book. If you're not used to jumping POV's, this book might not be for you. All of the people I mentioned above each get their own chapters in the book, and it switches POV from chapter to chapter. For example, one chapter will be Catelyn's, and the next will be Jon's POV. Having read a d…

The Innocent Mage

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The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first of a duology by Karen Miller. This book starts the story of Asher, an Olken, who lives in the small fishing village of Westwailing. He has a large family though, and wants to have his own fishing boat for him and his father. So, he decides to set out for the city of Dorana, the city of the Doranen, a magical race. Asher leaves word with a friend, and flees in the middle of the night.

In Dorana, he manages to make his way into the royal household as a friend and assistant to Gar, the non-magical prince of the land. His close friend, Matt, the stable master, and Dathne, a local bookstore owner, are there to guide and help him in his transition. But they're not all that they seem.

All the while, evil lurks on the doorstep of the peaceful country of Lur, since the Doranen made this their home years ago to flee Morg, an evil magic user. Asher and Gar both seem to center in helping fight off this evil, but neith…

Black Rose

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Black Rose by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Black Rose is the second book in Ms. Roberts' In the Garden Trilogy. While Stella and Logan still feature in this book, as do Hayley and Harper, this book is focused on Roz.

Roz is the mistress of Harper House. She is also one who seems to have the ghostly attention of Amelia, which as we'll learn in this book isn't without reason.

Roz recently came out of a bad relationship, and really isn't looking for anything with anyone... until Dr. Mitchell Carnegie comes along. They start out as just friends, but when that sizzle starts, neither of them can resist it.

But with Amelia in the background, and Roz's past to contend with, will Roz and Mitch find their happy ending?

Black Rose is my second favorite book of the trilogy. My favorite is the final book, Red Lily, but this one is a very close second. Roz is a very strong character, and even though she's in her late forties, she's still totally young at heart.

It&…

Blue Dahlia

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Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stella Rothchild moved to Tennessee after losing her husband in a plane crash. She and her two boys, Gavin and Luke, are looking to start fresh in a new place.

What Stella didn't count on are the amazing friends she'll meet in Rosalind (Roz) Harper, Hayley Phillips, and her unborn child, David Wentworth, and Harper Ashby, Roz's son. She also didn't count on meeting Logan Kitridge.

Stella's new job as Roz's nursery manager is working great, even though she and Logan, Roz's landscape designer seem to be bumping heads at every turn. But all of a sudden, things start to heat up between her and Logan, and those feelings stir something malevolent within Harper House, the manor that Roz lives in, and that Stella moved into as part of her employment agreement.

Will this malevolent presence keep two people apart? Guess you'll just have to read it and find out!

Blue Dahlia is book one of Ms. Roberts' In the G…

Archangel's Kiss

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Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Guild Hunters series. Elena Devereaux awoke from what should've been death for her as an angel. Now she's coping with this, and learning how to be an angel from her lover, and one of the most powerful Archangels, Raphael. But, when the most ancient of all the Archangels, Lijuan takes an interest in Elena, things take a turn for the deadly side. Combine that with threats on her life from another Archangel as well as a mysterious person, and Elena has a lot on her plate. Will she be able to survive Lijuan's curiosity? Will she and Raphael be able to figure out who's behind the threats on her life?

This book started slow for me. Elena is learning about angels, and how to be one in a place called the refuge. She and Raphael are also learning how to be a couple. While there are some interesting characters that we get closer looks at, all in all, the first part of this book for me was …

UTC Gena Showalter Challenge Update #4

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Heh. I'm sure I'll work on this challenge at some point.

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass



~♥~
Lady D

UTC Update # 4

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How're your lists coming?

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5. You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)



~♥~
Lady D

Poison Princess

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Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been a big lover of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series for years. So, when I heard that her publisher offered a free 17 chapter view of her YA novel, Poison Princess, I jumped all over the chance to check it out. I totally wasn't disappointed. I ended up buying the full-length novel that same day.

If you're looking for a typical happy-go-lucky YA novel, this very much is NOT it. Kresley Cole takes this book to some dark places, just like she takes her IAD heroines through. This book is YA, so there is no sex, but there are some very steamy scenes between the two main characters.

Evangeline Green is a typical rich southern cheerleader. Blonde, football boyfriend, loving mother, huge mansion. But there's something different about Evie. She has visions, horrifying visions of an apocalyptic nature. Having just come back from a summer in a children's mental hospital in Atlanta, Evie is doing everyt…

Torment

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Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Lauren Kate's Fallen series. This book takes up immediately after the last book ends, with Luce and Daniel fleeing from Sword & Cross reform school. Daniel has teemed up with Cam to take on this new threat to Luce, and has let Luce in on close to nothing of his plans. He also takes her to a new school, one where the children of angels and humans, called Nephilim, also attend.

Luce is there without Daniel, however, and that seems to sting a bit. In this book, Luce and Daniel have some problems, which was weird compared to last book. And in truth, I wasn't a fan of the way that there were times, when they have this multiple-lives spanning love, that they use the term "break up" a few times. I'm not sure that that would/could happen. But it seems that it might.

Luce also begins to learn about her past lives in this book through the shadows that we saw in the last book. This was a totally i…

UTC Gena Showalter Challenge Udate #3

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Heh. I'm sure I'll work on this challenge at some point. So far this year, I've been doing a lot of re-reading.

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass



~♥~
Lady D

UTC Update #3

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Well, I've knocked a couple books off my list! Just chugging along. How're your lists coming?

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5.You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)



~♥~
Lady D

Pleasure of a Dark Prince

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lucia the Archer is a valkyrie who suffered great pain in her past, and because of it, the goddess Skathi gave her the ability to be the best archer in the world, as long as she stays chaste.

Garreth MacRieve is a Lykae who has been looking for his mate for centuries, and one day, while he's playing rugby with some demons, he manages to scent her.

Now, Garreth is chasing his reluctant valkyrie all over the world, hoping to convince her that she's his mate, and she will want to stay that way. But what Garreth doesn't know is that Lucia is seeking something called a dieumort. Something that will allow her to face her past and kill a god. Will Garreth and Lucia be able to get over her vows to Skathi? Will Lucia be able to face her past and allow herself a future with her fearsome Lykae?

Pleasure of a Dark Prince is a great book in the IAD (Immortals After Dark) series by Kresley Cole. You get to see some of your…

Twice Tempted

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Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vlad's distance is worrying Leila. She thinks that she muted abilities, having been all but non-existent since he coated her in his aura are the cause. When Vlad thinks he's showing her that he's not feeling distant, Leila misinterprets and decides to leave him. But when attempts on her life bring Vlad back into the picture, will she be able to ignore her previous feelings for him? Or will they be able to work things out? And if they do, will Vlad and Leila be able to find who's behind the attempts on her life before the person succeeds?

This book is the sequel to Once Burned, and I have to say, I LOVE it! Where I love Cat and Bones from Ms. Frost's Night Huntress series, Vlad and Leila make me hot! Vlad is the Prince of Darkness in all ways, and he has truly met his match with Leila.

While the plot of the book centers around not only Vlad and Leila's relationship but the attempts on her life as well, both w…

One Foot in the Grave

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One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four years ago, Cat abandoned her lover Bones, as well as her former life to join a secret branch of the U.S. government that was formed to hunt vampires. She did it thinking it was the only way she'd be able to save Bones from the men that were threatening her.

Now, however, she's facing Bones' sire Ian, as well as a contract on her life, when Bones suddenly reappears in her life. She is overjoyed to see him, but she knows it still won't work. Or will it?

In the second book to the Night Huntress series, we get a lot more Cat and Bones action, more fighting, and some awesome new characters, in Don, Juan, Tate, Denise, and Annette. We also get to see more into the vampire world with glimpses of Ian, Spade, and Mencheres.

I love this book, and honestly, I think it's my favorite of the whole series. It's the only copy I have of the series that's literally falling apart with how many times I've …

Halfway to the Grave

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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meet Cat, the half-vampire wonder. She is human, with vampire traits, and she came about from the union of a young vampire, and a human.

Meet Bones, vampire hitman, and the bane of Cat's existence... until she realizes that not all vampires are bad.

I first read this book back in 2008, and I fell in love with the series. Cat is smart-mouthed, violent, brave, courageous, and wonderful. Her undead lover Bones is, at least in my head, kind of like Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, meets Angel.

When Cat and Bones first meet, they hate each other. Bones gets Cat to join forces with him as he goes about hunting vampires. It's perfect, since she can act as bait since the vampires he hunts are interested in young, attractive women. Cat still thinks of Bones as an evil vampire, but agrees to go along with his plan since she really doesn't have a choice.

But as they spend time together, Cat comes to some scary realizat…

Guilty Pleasures

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Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is the first of the Anita Blake vampire hunter series. It was also, many years ago, my introduction to the world of paranormal fiction/romance. Since then, I've kind of become addicted.

Anita Blake is an animator. That is, she raises zombies for a living. She also moonlights as a vampire hunter, and is on call for the St. Louis Police Department's Regional Preternatural Investigation Team... or RPIT (pronounced Rip-it).

When vampires, who are legal U.S. citizens in LKH's world, start getting murdered, Anita is called to the case by not only the police, but also by Nikolaos, the Master Vampire of the city.

Anita has a serious prejudice against vampires, and at the start of this series, it really shows. She cannot stand vampires. She only agrees to work for them under duress, and only finally solves the crime for them under duress. Not once does she do anything for them willingly.

In this book, we also…

UTC Challenge Update #1/2

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Just like with my Gena Showalter Challenge, my Immortals Reading Challenge also isn't going that great. But, I still have plenty of time to catch up! :)

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5.You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)

Anyone reading anything fun right now?

~♥~
Lady D

UTC Gena Showalter Update #1/2

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Well, so far, my Gena Showalter Challenge is starting out not so great. But! I have all year to catch up! :D

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass

How are your reading challenges going?

~♥~
Lady D

First Grave on the Right

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First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up with high expectations. I'd read a review of it somewhere, and it was a shining one, and let me tell you, this book deserves praise!

Charlotte "Charley" Davidson is a private investigator that helps her uncle Bob, a police officer with the Albuquerque Police Department, solve crimes. But, Charley isn't just a normal PI, oh no. She's also a grim reaper.... THE Grim Reaper. So, needless to say, she sees dead people.

I love Charley. She's a smart-mouthed bad ass chick that makes me want to be her. Prime example? She named her breasts "Danger" and "Will Robinson." I love it! She knows she's sexy, but she doesn't let that effect her too much. She does, however use it to her advantage when she needs to. She can hold her own in a fight, she owns her own business, and she's totally independent. Who wouldn't want to be her? Well, except for the w…

Unholy Ghosts

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Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was awesome! I love the premise, the world, and the characters!

Chess Putnam is a Church member. She is a Debunker, which means that she goes around trying to prove hauntings as false. See, in this world, there is no religion, only truth. And the Church are the ones who battled the ghosts away at the Haunting years ago. So now they are the supreme rule, and their members are held with respect and awe. When Chess can't disprove a haunting, she banishes the ghost to the City, the underground place where all spirits dwell.

But when she's pulled into a case by her drug lord (she's a secret addict), she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Bump wants her to get rid of ghosts at an airfield. And then a competing drug lord named Slobag, doesn't want her to get rid of the ghosts. While she's working this case, she's also working on a case for the Church. But both cases start having eerie instances…

DNF List Cont'd

Another book to add to the DNF list... I was really excited to finally get this book, and to start reading it. I kept up with it through half of the book. Yeah, not going to be able to finish it...

1. Two for the Dough- Janet Evanovich
2. Dead Zone- Stephen King
3. Insomnia- Stephen King
4. Witch- Marie Brennan
5. Memoirs of Cleopatra- Margaret George
6. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
7. Go Ask Alice- Anonymous
8. Diary of Anne Frank- Anne Frank
9. Band of Brothers- Stephen E. Ambrose
10. Dragon Wytch- Yasmine Galenorn
11. Forbidden Magic- Cheyenne McCray
12. The Scot, The Witch, and the Wardrobe- Annette Blair
13. A Girl's Guide to Vampires- Katie MacAlister
14. Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen- Anne Chambers
15. Boudicca: Warrior Queen- Alan Gold
16. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe- Fannie Flagg
17. The Freedom Writers Diary- Erin Gruwell
18. Valley of Silence- Nora Roberts
19. One Bite with a Stranger- Christine Warren
20. In Her Shoes- Jennifer Weiner
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Alpha

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Alpha by Rachel Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the final book in Rachel Vincent's Werecat's series. And to be honest, even though I've had some troubles with the books over the course of the series, I obviously liked it enough to read them all, and to my surprise, I want to read them again! I want to experience the whole story again! And that to me, is one part of a great series.

So this book starts off almost exactly where the last ends. Malone is vying for council seat, and trying to oust Faythe's father. Faythe's attentions are now split between Jace and Marc, and Marc has made it very clear that Faythe needs to choose one or the other.

Now, in my last review, for Shift, I talked about the dynamic of this love triangle a little bit, and how it felt to me as a reader. I have to say, for some reason, even though it totally bothered me in the last book, in this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering who the hell Faythe is going to choose.

Now, …

Steel's Edge

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Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final (for now) book in the Edge series. And in my opinion, it was one of the best!

This book is Richard Mar and Charlotte de Ney al-te Ran's book. Richard is an assassin and a slave-hunter that the slaves call The Hunter, since he hunts them down and kills them in mass numbers. Charlotte was known as The Healer in the circles of the college she trained at, and in the blueblood circles of the Weird.

But when Charlotte's husband abandons her after finding out she's infertile, she uses her magic to harm instead of heal, and chooses to flee into the Edge, where Richard collapses at her doorstep. But after healing him, slavers show up in her life, and her new life in the Edge literally goes up in flames. Charlotte decides to go with Richard to help rid the world of slavers, and hopefully end the evil of the slave trade in the Weird.

But Charlotte is fighting a losing battle with her magic. If she uses it for…