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Mon, 06-18-2012 - 12:33am

Please post all your read-a-thon reviews here until we get our read-a-thon reviews folders. Remember to number them starting with #1.

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Fri, 08-17-2012 - 10:56pm

#31 - NIght's Cold Kiss by Tracey O'Hara

This is the first book of O'Hara's Dark Brethern series.  I like it - it's a vampire series with shifters as secondary characters.  It's interesting and modern which I like!  Below is Amazon's description.

 

 

The tension between the Aeternus, an ancient vampiric people, and humanity has been mounting for over a century. But when rogue vampires begin to drain humans in order to achieve an illegal blood-high, all bets are off.

After the death of her parents, Antoinette Petrescu devoted her life to becoming one of the top Venators, the elite hunters who destroy the rogue Necrodreniacs. Her kill count is legendary and her skills superb.

But now the serial killer who killed her parents has returned. And to stop him Antoinette must join forces not only with the Aeternus, but also their most legendary killer. One that is both dangerously attractive, and involved in buried secrets of her past. More dangerous still, a dark attraction grows between them--one that could doom both races.

 
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Sun, 08-19-2012 - 4:12pm

#32 - Hunter's Rise by Shiloh Walker

This is the last book in the Hunter's series by Walker.  I'm so sad.  I hate it when authors end their series but I guess I can see how it must get boring for them after a number of years.  Anyway, this last book was just as great as all the rest of them in the series.  It's about paranormals keeping each other in check to so to speak.  Hunters are the law over other paranormals - vampires, witches, weres, etc.  And there's always a great love story involved!  Below is Amazon's description.

His past is a mystery, even to him--a werewolf with memories so lost in a fog that even the Hunter's healers cannot help him. Two hundred years ago,Torontoawakened on an unfamiliar street, naked and alone. Dogged by the unanswered questions of his enigmatic existence, he fears he will never find the missing pieces of the puzzle that is his life. The vampire Sylvia is no Hunter. She's a take-no-prisoner mercenary that just barely skates this side of what the Hunters consider acceptable. She has no use for them, their laws, their rules. All she wants is to hunt her quarry, and make a lot of money. Her newest prey is a killer as devious as he is slippery. But her newest complication is of a more intimate sort: A blonde, blue-eyed werewolf who interferes with her plans in so many exquisite ways.

 
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Mon, 08-20-2012 - 7:21pm

11- The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

This is my second book by this author.  This was a wonderful story.  Really enjoyed the characters and the setting.  Klassen is one of my new favorite historical fiction writers.

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Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret.

Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans.

The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?
 
 

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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 1:01pm

#33 - Wrath by Laurann Dohner

This book is one of Dohner's New Species series.  It's an interesting premise.  Humans mixed with canine, feline or primate DNA and grown in labs.  They are interesting stories but not too deep.  They're mosting about the love story.  Easy reads.  Below is Amazon's description.

Wrath volunteers to live and work outside Homeland, where he’ll once again be confined in a small space with other males. He was subjected to horrific abuse and conditioning and forced to view endless sex tapes of human females while chained to Mercile’s perverted machines. Wrath knows he’s too dangerous and emotionally damaged to ever be with a female.Lauren has just been detained by three big, buff, well-armed men—New Species. One of them really catches her eye. He’s tall, sexy and…her new roommate, apparently. Something is holding him back.Lauren has to make him unleash his desire and Wrath has to get past his fear if the couple wants any chance at a future together.

 

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Wed, 08-22-2012 - 3:42pm

#34 - Hunted By Others by Jess Haines

This is the first book in the H&W Investigations series.  I didn't have high hopes for it as there's not any romance in it but it was quite entertaining and surprising!  I'm definitely getting the next book in the series.  The "Others" are non-humans - vampires, weres, witches, etc. who all came out around 9/11 and it's about a gal who runs a PI company who is human but gets cases involving Others.  Extremely interesting!  Below is Amazon's description of this book.

Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend - a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing - and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil - whether she likes it or not...
 
 
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Thu, 08-23-2012 - 8:12pm

#35 - Dying Bites by D D Barant

This is a new series to me, called The Bloodhound Files, about an FBI profiler who gets sent to an alternate world where it's made up of vampires and lycanthropes with only 1% of the population being human.  It's a fantastic premise and extremely interesting first book!  I'm in the process of reading the second book now!  Below is Amazon's description.

Her job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s brave new world—one in which only one percent of the population is human—is that a woman’s work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day…

Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she’s the best there in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves. David’s world—one that also includes lycanthropes and golems—is one with little knowledge of mental illness. An insane serial killer is a threat the NSA has no experience with. But Jace does. Stranded in a reality where Bela Lugosi is a bigger box office draw than Bruce Willis and every full moon is Mardi Gras, Jace must now hunt down a fellow human before he brings the entire planet to the brink of madness. Or she may never see her own world again…

 

 

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 3:30pm

#36 - Death Blows by DD Barant

This is a book in the Bloodhound Files series by Barant.  Great series!  Alternate universe where humans are only 1% of the population and the Bloodhound is a human FBI profiler in a world of vampires and lycanthropes and golems.  Below is Amazon's description of this book.

 

FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America—and her boss is a vampire.

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn’t supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”…

 
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 3:01pm

#37 - Taken By Others by Jess Haines

Great series, H&W Investigations and great book!  Human PI mixed up with Weres and Vampires.  The usual paranormal stuff but written well!  Below is Amazon's description.

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest's most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she's dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia - for very different reasons. Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce's interest is a lot more personal. That's not sitting well with Shia's werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she's discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties - and even her desires.
 
 

 

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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 9:47pm

#38 - Softly At Sunrise by Maya Banks

This is a KGI novel and I just love this series.  It's about a huge family of men who are in special ops and the women they love.  It's sappy and full of macho men but I do love the stories!  Below is Amazon's description of this story.

Rachel Kelly has traveled a long, hard road in her journey back to her husband, Ethan, and the Kelly family. Now, as she and Ethan are poised to move into their new home, safe behind the walls of the Kelly compound, Rachel wonders if she’ll finally be free of the ghosts that have haunted her for so long and if she’ll step into the sun after a past steeped in darkness.

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Wed, 08-29-2012 - 2:44pm

12- Out of Time by Monique Martin

In this book a modern day professor and his assistant time travel back to the Roaring Twenties.   It was interesting to read about the time period from a different angle.   A good adventure story.  There are 2 more books in this series.

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Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

Simon and Elizabeth's developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city's speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.

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