Monday, May 25, 2015

"Darkness Splintered" by Keri Arthur



DARKNESS SPLINTERED BY KERI ARTHUR

SERIES: Dark Angels #6
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
SOURCE: Review copy received from the publisher

SUMMARY
Risa has angered several powerful people, and now she's feeling the pressure from all sides. In particular, she's come under the eagle-eyed scrutiny of the vampire council—some of whom consider her a monster who should be destroyed. But then they decide to offer her a secret, bloody bargain: to save her own life she must help them defeat Hunter, the lethal head of the council... As the search for the keys to hell heats up, Risa realizes that she has no choice. For the sake of the people she loves, she must find the keys—and get rid of Hunter—before the next gate is opened and brings the world closer to all hell breaking loose...

MY REVIEW

It's been almost two years since I read a Dark Angel novel and yet, it was like I never really left Risa. Indeed, I surprised myself with the knowledge I still had of the complex, fascinating world Keri Arthur had created, but I also had to scold myself for wasting precious time! That is so not going to happen with the final instalment.

This book is proof of why urban fantasy is such a powerful genre, and why I've always been terribly fascinated by it. "Darkness Splintered" is an action-packed novel rich of suspense, twists and turns everywhere and odd, scary creatures ready to make your nightmares even worse. Of course, there's romance as well, and the fun, flirting lines are more than enjoyable. But there's also drama—which should never be underestimated in this kind of reads—and, although I would have never thought getting emotional over a certain character possible, it was a bit of an agony... And pure agony would be if I had to wait for the final instalment, but I got that already so all is good. Or so I keep telling myself before the last, apocalyptic encounter with Hunter...

I still can't believe the time I wasted, but I have every intention of reading the big finale quite soon. Readers who have reached this instalment know where the impatience comes from, and those who haven't started the series yet should join the adventurous journey right away!

RATING: 4/5

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Blitz: Fated by Joanne Kershaw!

Today I'm happy to be part of Fated Book Blitz, organized by Dark World Books!
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FATED
(Vanguard Legacy #3)

Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace.
The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?
FATED EXCERPT
USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT JOANNE KERSHAW

I thought that, with this being book three, it might be a good idea to introduce you a little to Elora’s new world and the new cast of characters in her life. The main events of Fated take place almost a year after the conclusion of Reflected, and a lot has changed for Elora. Now an active Vanguard, she is finally living an ‘ordinary’ life—you know, aside from the mind-reading and exceptional speed, strength and senses!  Enjoy!

My back slammed into the red brick wall, and a hot breath rushed out of me. Gasping, my eyes flickered shut for a second before I felt myself rise again. Cold, hard hands gripped my neck and lifted me until my face was level with a pair of menacing, soulless black eyes. I didn’t wriggle or squirm, not that I didn’t want to, but the hold the vampire had on my neck was choking the life out of me. Pushing out with my mind, I tried to find my back-up. Where on the Spirits was the rest of my quad? 
My quad, however, seemed oddly absent, and I felt my heart beat grow a little more frantic—and probably more delicious-sounding considering my current company. Desperate now, I swung my legs up hard and punched my feet into the centre of the vampire’s chest. A dead thud reverberated through me. He snarled derisively while I pushed against him, trying to force him to release his grip on my throat. One shove, another. The third time, I summoned all of the Vanguard strength I had in me. 
I caught the smug creature off-guard—my short stature often led my enemies into a false sense of security. His grasp loosened for a fraction of a second and I twisted away, both of us falling in a tangled heap on the floor while I gasped for breath. I scrambled away, the dirt from the alley pushing up under my fingernails as I skittered backwards. The vampire moved fast, and I was unable to put any real distance between us before his shadow loomed above me. 
I cast my eyes towards the shadow, trying to anticipate the creature’s next move. It was not the vampire but my quadmate and commander, Marcus. He held his finger to his lips and I listened inside instead.
The rest of the quad are behind you, Elora,” came Marcus’ calm, calculating voice. “We need to draw him that way if we’re going to take him alive.” This steady-in-the-face-of-danger attitude was something I had come to expect of Marcus during the last few months, and so I nodded, the panic fading as quickly as it had come.
Marcus slipped back behind a portion of the wall and continued his commands, relying on me to pass them around the quad. This was what I did, after all—human telephone. A sudden lump rose into my throat as the phrase fluttered through my brain, my assigned Vanguard Superior had coined it and he had died a little over six months ago whilst trying to protect me. He was an honourable man. I had trusted him and he had believed in me. It still hurt that he was gone. I had little time to think about it, though; the vampire had hold of my ankle and was slowly lifting me up. The tendons in my ankle popped, straining against my weight. My short, auburn hair slipped from its ponytail as I was lifted completely off the ground.
“They sent a little girl for me?” laughed a dry voice. We had reached the obligatory ‘just before you die’ gloating, and I steeled myself for the usual barrage of taunts and mockery. “Did they really think you would be able to take me down?” the vampire continued. I squirmed a little, making it look good. I knew the others were about to make their move and I was waiting as patiently as I could. “Little girl, I am Ramos. I have been alive probably ten times your lifespan! How dare you think you can kill me?” It was clear that Ramos needed this to be a two-way affair, so I joined in—if only to shut him up.
“Maybe I just look good for my age?” I coughed. It turned out it was difficult to speak when suspended upside down.
Marcus whispered to me that it was probably best not to antagonise the monster any more, but it was a little late for that.
“Good for your . . . ha!” Ramos mocked. “The lack of marks on your uniform show me just how little you are, girl.” The silver flecks on my sleeve were on the sparse side—but I was still new, really, so twelve was pretty good. With a sudden surge, the vampire wrenched me up and around, spinning me so that he once again gripped my neck rather than my ankle. Then he whispered darkly, “I think I will drink you slowly, painfully. Punishment for your arrogance.”
Now would be a great time to perform your daring rescue!” I urged my quadmates silently. I saw them about the same time as Ramos heard them. They slipped in from three sides and completely surrounded him, like moths to a flame. His grip tightened on my neck for a moment and then he lowered me. Turning slowly, he looked to each of my team in turn. He was no doubt realising that I was the very junior of juniors when it came to Vanguards, and that my quad most definitely were not. 
Marcus had his arms folded loosely across his chest. His forearms glistened in the faint orange glow from the distant streetlights. He had many more kills and captures to his name and he was not alone. Simon had an equally glittering past. Finally, Maria, who had been here only six months longer than I, certainly had her fair share.
“Well, well! I see this has become more of a banquet than a snack!” Ramos ran his tongue slowly over his teeth as if to prove his point. All at once, I lashed out with my foot, striking him in the back of the head and nudging him forward. Simon and Maria each grabbed an arm, and Marcus pushed his iron stake firmly through Ramos’ heart. He gasped a chalky breath before disintegrating gently into a fine grey powder. He really never saw it coming, how would he when the signal was invisible?

Other books in the series
Foretold (Vanguard Legacy #1)
Reflected (Vanguard Legacy #2)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again. Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (#56)


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm.
Wanna play along? Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two sentences from somewhere on that page, being careful NOT to include spoilers (you don't wanna ruin the book for others!). Also, remember to include title & author as well so, if readers like your teaser, they can add the book to their TBR lists!

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This week's teaser: THE TRAINING by Tara Sue Me

He leaned close and whispered in my ear, "When I get you home, I'll show you exactly what I've got. The question is, do you want me to show you hard and fast or soft and slow?"

~Page 141

What do you think?
Leave a comment with a link to your TT so I can stop by and be teased by them all! ;)

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Hate F*@k: Part Three" by Ainsley Booth



HATE F*@K: PART THREE BY AINSLEY BOOTH

SERIES: The Horus Group #3
PUBLISHER: Ainsley Booth
GENRE: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
SOURCE: Review copy received via NetGalley

SUMMARY
Hailey: In the blink of an eye, everything changed, and I can’t pretend I don’t need Cole anymore. He’s my heart and soul, but he’s shut me out, and I’m scared.
Cole: Keeping Hailey at arms’ length used to be an annoying challenge. Now it’s a matter of life and death. I want vengeance. And then I want Hailey to be mine, forever.
Final part of the three book Hate F*@k serial. NOT A STANDALONE STORY.

MY REVIEW

This third and final part of the Hate F*@k serial may not have gotten me particularly thrilled, but I can't say I'm unhappy either. Hailey and Cole's interaction is better, their moments aren't just a series of sex encounters, and we even get to know a bit more about Cole. Still not enough for me, but at least it helped me not being so indifferent to him and I could see his relationship with Hailey under a different light. It's true that—like with the last instalment—the cliffhanger finds a quick resolution, but this time the events leading to it are relevant to a bigger picture. I liked that, and I appreciated a twist I didn't see coming.

Overall, I'm not a fan of it, but I enjoyed this serial even though it had its ups and downs. If you're going to try it, I would really suggest you to have the three parts at hand and read them altogether.

RATING: 3/5

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#3)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: STALKER by Clarissa Wild
Expected publication: June 16th, 2015

Fuck me once, I'll fuck you twice … then I'll bury you.

No prison can keep me from seeking revenge. Especially when it comes to her.
She, the woman who put me in jail.
I swore that I’d come for her, to claim what belongs to me: Her life.
I’m not a good man. On the contrary, I love to be bad. It’s in my veins. Just like it’s in my veins to ruin her.
She’s an actress, pretending to be a saint, but we both know that isn’t true. One way or another, she’ll pay for what she did.
I will hunt for her. Make her fear me. Make her body mine.
Bad deeds never go unpunished … And I always go out with a bang.

WARNING: This book is a DARK ROMANCE STANDALONE - it has a non-conventional ending. This isn't rainbow sprinkles & unicorn fluff. It's a dark, thrilling journey of two people clashing over love, lust, and hatred. Heed the warning. Contains graphic violence, alcohol, drugs & other disturbing content. 
No Cliffhanger. Stand Alone.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)
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