Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sleep Stalkers by Jackie O'Dierno

Sleep Stalkers



Synopsis:

A new plague is ravaging the country, but the infected are not so much sick as they are homicidal. Demons have begun escaping their prison and found a way into our world through the slumbering minds of humans. 

Dee works alone and has ever since her father was killed. She is one of the strongest of her kind, set apart from the rest by a secret that haunts her every waking moment. Yet, her solitary existence is suddenly shattered when a dark force gathers in the streets of Cleveland.

Rather unexpectedly, Dee finds herself paired with two others of her kind, each struggling with the paths set before them. Dave, a father who has lost his child, and Luke, the one person who may be able to save her soul. Together they help her delve into the very core of evil that plagues the country and, through bloodshed and heart break, realize just far they’ll have to go to save that which they love the most.





My review:
There are no words for me to describe this book. I more amaze than I planned on being. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, because Sleep Stalkers deserves it. I do have to say this cover does not do the the book justice, I was to purchase this book by cover alone I would probably second guess myself.

Freaky, creepy are two words that actually come to my mind when I read this book. Sleep Stalkers had me from the go and kept me reading and wanting more from each page. I have to say the demons in this book are far more scarier than zombies would be.

Sleep Stalkers is not your average book about demons, this book is about how demons pretty much take over the humans. The world is pretty much the same, but people regular people are turning on each other. Then you have your minions who kill these demons some for revenge and some for money. 
The story starts off with Luke, and him killing a demon. Then he meets Dave who feels as though he is suppose to be with Luke so them two buddy up. And they hunt demons also. Dave has a tragic story that deals with the demons, and so does Luke. Slowly they make their way to Cleveland, why they have no clue they just need to go there. When they make it to Cleveland they actually meet Dee who the other minions call her Xena because she has a way with fighting, and saving butts. Luke and Dee ended up falling in love together and have purpose on how to rid the world of the demons. The world needs hope, and love something the demons despise. 

I honestly believe you will enjoy this book, especially if you like thrillers. This book had me on the edge of my seat on every page turned.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Sands of Time by Dianna Hardy (The Witching Pen Novellas #2)

The Sands Of Time (The Witching Pen Novellas, #2)






Synopsis:
(Book Two of The Witching Pen Novellas)

Seven days ago, Elizabeth May tried to commit suicide. She was found by Paul, her husband, who took her under his wing and back to their home. But the attempted suicide is not Elizabeth's main problem -- Elizabeth can't remember who she is, or a single thing about her life beyond the past week. 

Plagued by nightmares about a familiar black panther, and a terrifying snow leopard, she is convinced that the dreams are trying to show her something important, and is determined to regain her memories, one way or another. 

Meanwhile, Pueblo -- the demon blood-bonded to the witch, Amy -- is going insane trying to find her. Amy disappeared one week ago, and it seems not even their bond is strong enough to penetrate whatever magic hides her. 

As Pueblo enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to piece together parts of her forgotten life. But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is ... for good.




My Review:
I got this book from the author herself to give back an honest review.

Wow, just wow is all I can say. The Sands of Time had me from the get go. After reading book one I wanted more and I am so glad I got it. I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars because to me it deserves it.

I truly enjoyed reading the first book in this series, but I do have to say The Sands of Time was just amazing, the plot, the characters, the sex scenes everything just came together and made this story just perfect. Now I can not wait to read book 3, because where this one left off I do wonder what is now going to happen between Gwain and Mary. And the suspense on why Mary is accused of those crimes.

Summary of The Sands of Time, Elisabeth has lost her memory, now you may ask who is Elisabeth I actually said the same thing myself, but she will be reveled later on in the book. She is plagued by nightmares, and in those nightmares she dreams of a panther and a snow leopard. The Panther wants to keep her safe and she feels the snow leopard wants to kill her.
Pablo who is a demon and blood-bonded with Amy has been searching for her since she disappeared, it is though Amy has vanished from the Earth no one is able to locate her. Pablo is going insane almost. 
So with the help of Elena, Karl, Gwain, Mary and a new character they are on the search to find Amy. In the Sands of Time you find a little bit more about Mary who is Elena's friend and works with her in her store. If you truly enjoy reading about witches, demons, angels, and the paranormal I highly suggest you give this novella a try I almost promise you will not be disappointed.

Skeleton Key By Jeff LaFerney

Skeleton Key

Synopsis:
After a tragic train wreck, Depot co-owner, Adrian Payne disappears. Seven years later, Clay Thomas meets Payne's beautiful wife and determines to help her by using his mind powers to solve the mystery of Payne's disappearance. With the help of Clay's son, Tanner, the local chief of police, and Adrian Payne's ghost, Clay discovers the body, catapulting the investigators into a mystery-a mystery with more questions than answers. If there was foul play, why do the coroner and Adrian's ghost disagree? If there wasn't foul play, why do all the suspects appear to be guilty? A twisted plot, full of surprises and interesting characters is the result. Lessons of faith, friendship, personal growth, and peace give meaning to a one-of-a-kind mystery.


My Review:
I was given this book from the author to give an honest review.

I truly enjoyed reading the Skeleton Key, it was a mystery type book with mind reading, ghosts, telekinesis, and hypnosis all pulled into one, with a little bit of romance added to the mix.

Skeleton Key is about a man and his son. Clay and Tanner. Clay has lost his wife in which she was murdered and he has not really gotten over her death. Tanner is a college student who is a very likable character and plays college basketball. They both have powers which they seem to have a new power in this book. Clay is called upon by a friend to help another friend with the mysterious disappearance of her husband 7 years ago, not only to help her but to help himself to get over the death of his wife. Clay learns to love again and to trust others. Clay, Tanner, and Chief Hopper all work together to solve this murder and it has twist and turns and leave you wondering who dun-it.

My favotie part in this whole book and it kept me laughing was when Jeff LaFerney decided to write in a midget or a little person as they like to be called. When Erika gave the description of Jasper (little person) kicking his self in the head I was actually imagining it happening. I could do nothing but laugh, Jasper's temper and him riding his little bike kept bringing on a fit of giggles with me.

Skeleton Key has you from the first page, and will have you until the end. With this suspense-murder mystery on top of it being faith-based you are in for a ride.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Witching Pen (Novellas #1) by Dianna Hardy



The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen Novellas, #1)



Blurp:
(Book One of The Witching Pen Novellas) 

It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass...

Suddenly, it's not just her powers or her heart that's at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart...





My Review:
This is a novella just so you know, but you will get a whole story out of it that it hardly seems like you are reading novella.




I was given this book by the author to give an honest review.
I was really impressed with this novella. Most novellas that I have read have been short and hardly any point to the story. But with this one you get romance, witches, demons, angels and a wonderful storyline that makes everything flow together.
The Witching Pen is about a young woman named Elena who is a powerful thirteenth generation witch. It is in her blood. Her best friend Karl has been in love with her since he has known her and he knows the magic she holds. All of her life she has been told if she gives away a special part of her she will lose her magic, unknown to her there is more that story. When she finds a pen that is magically she wonders where it comes from and when she starts having dreams of a demon, there are things that have been hidden from her. When something tragic happens to Karl, she finds a way to fix what she has done. I don't want to give much away, so I will say this you will truly enjoy this book it was a great quick read and I can not wait to read book two.

Wilted by Dianna Hardy

Wilted (A Witching Pen Novellas Prequel)



Synopsis:


A short story prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas.
(This story takes place ten years before the events of The Witching Pen Novellas.)

Fifteen-year-old Elena hides her magical abilities from everyone, except her best friend, Karl. Inseparable since they were very young, they've always shared everything together, including the darkest parts of their lives.

Elena's beginning to realise that her feelings for Karl are growing into something more. But her mother's about to drop a bombshell on her – one that will change the course of her life, and heart, forever.

PUBLISHERS NOTES:

This UK-based story is suitable for YA readers, but it should be noted that The Witching Pen Novellas series is aimed at adult readers.
For fans of the series, this story includes two parts of Elena's past that were made reference to in The Witching Pen: 1) The moment that Karl turns up on Elena's doorstep having been beaten and 'jumped on' by his father and 2) "The Sex Talk" between Elena and her mother.


My Review:
This story takes place ten years before the novella The Witching Pen which is also by the same author.

Wilted is a short lovely short that is around 54 pages. It is a prequel I guess you would call it. Here is my review.

This was a great 30 minute short read for me. Wilted pretty much gives you some inside information about Karl and Elena and what she is told by her mother. Which if you read the novella The Witching Pen you get told in that one what happens if Elena has sex. 

You don't have to read this book first before The Witching Pen, but Wilted is a wonderful little story about the two main characters that are in the other book. 

This book is a little insight on Karl and Elena's relationship, and back when they were teenagers. You can just read the story and see that they love each other. 

Definition of a Novella

I wanted to let you all know what a Novella means just in case you did not know. I just learned really what a novella meant, because I was buying or downloading books for free and they seem to be super short. 50 pages or 35 pages, and it made me a bit upset because I thought I was not getting the whole book. So when I went back to look at what the description said I noticed the novella around the title, so I went and Google the definition and here it is:

short novel: a fictional prose work that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel.



Monday, June 25, 2012

My review for City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare



City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)


Synopsis:

Donna McCormick is a smart, pretty college student whose twenty-first birthday is a week away. Unfortunately, so is her murder - unless the mysterious man from the darkness can reach her first. 

Donna is pursued in her dreams by a man who claims to be her Eternal Partner. During her waking hours, she’s cornered by another who claims to be the same. There’s only one problem: neither is entirely honest. 

Or, for that matter, entirely human.

Eight years earlier, Donna’s life was dealt a terrible blow with the untimely death of a little brother who was left in her care. Ever since, Donna has yearned to get a normal life back – and despite her best friend Mo’s efforts to the contrary, Donna has almost managed it…at least until the Underworld cracks wide open, scattering chaos and spilling out every shifty force under the moon. Most of them want Donna dead, but some will stop at nothing to keep her alive. 

Too bad she doesn’t know which is which. 

With death following Donna like a shadow, she turns to her best friend for help. But instead of help, Mo offers only more mystery. And she knows more about the Underworld than she's willing to admit.

Now, Donna must choose: Cling to the mortal world where she feels safe, or embrace the Underworld where her dreams – and nightmares – come true.

One thing’s for sure - doing either one might get her killed in both



My review:
I gave this book 5 stars though I was going to give it 4 1/2 at first. It took me a while to actually get into the book. It was just very slow starting. But once I got into it I was wanting to see what would happen next.

I do believe there maybe a 5th novel coming out hopefully since the ending has me wondering oh lordly what is going on now. How are The Clave, Clary, Jace and everyone else going to deal with this.

City of Fallen Angels  is part of the series The Mortal Instruments, this is book 4 in that series.
In the previous books, Clary was just finding out she is a shadowhunter, she falls in love with Jace who they all thought was her brother. Come to find out he was not. Clary and the other shadowhunters, Isabella, Alec, Simon who is human but was turned. All fought together in a huge war agaisnt Clary's father who she never knew Valentine. Pretty much the good side won the battle.

Now in City of Fallen Angels, everything seems fine but then Jace starts dreaming horrible dreams and starts keeping a distance from Clary who he is dating. Clary's mother is getting ready to marry Luke who is a downworlder and her mother is shadow-hunter. While all this is going on, people are on the hunt for Simon since he is a day walker. He has the mark of Cain that was put on him by Clary in the previous book. Simon has is own relationship issues going on, and Maia has someone who has came back in her life that she was not expecting.  Everything is put together in a chain of events that you may see coming or you may not. A demon is wanting to bring someone back to make the stakes equal. I would suggest you read the other books first so you can know who the characters are, so you are not easily confused.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Final Hour of the Hunter Book 3 By Bonnie Bernard

Final Hour of the Hunter




Synopsis:
It’s been two glorious years since the Underworld unleashed its nightmares on Donna Deangelo. Happily married, raising a beautiful daughter, and enjoying time with her best friend Mo, Donna is finally living the life she’s always dreamed of - free from soul-stealing, kidnapping, and murder. That all changes when Donna, on her way to the store for ground beef and spaghetti noodles, crashes her Mustang straight into the Underworld’s most dangerous and vengeful deity. And far from desiring an apology, this merciless goddess expects blood. Now dinner’s on the back burner, the planet’s on a collision course with Chaos, and the only way out is down.




My review on the book.


I got this book for free from the author herself, to give an honest review. 

Final Hour of the Hunter is at the moment I am asumming to be the last in this trilogy. I do hope the author makes another book that has the characters that have grown up and the old characters that have now important jobs. 

This book once again had me from the first page. After I read the second book I was so ready to get into this book. Final Hour of the Hunter takes place 2 years after the second book, Lucinda is still growing up faster than normal children because she has inherited her father's dark gift of being a vampire. Donna is enjoying her life now since there is nothing bad going on. Cassie, and Howie are together. Everything is good until, one day Donna drives out to get dinner from the store and she crashes into something. She gets out to inspect, and there is nothing there, but when she gets back into her car a woman is in the back with her hellhounds. Her name is Ursula she is now the next problem for Donna and her family and friends to deal with. Just when everything was going great. Mortals or humans can not see Ursula. From the time she meets Ursula everything starts going down hill, her friends start disappearing, the human world has gone crazy and has the disease. No one is safe to trust. I was sad that there was an ending to this book lol, everything was flowing so perfectly. If you are looking to read about more kicking butt, and the paranormal then please give this a read! I know you will not be disappointed. 

Out of this whole book I have to say my favorite little part or saying was this paragraph. 
"Howie clenched the latest cigarette between his teeth and turned to face Ian. "Stupid human, do you see the sign in the door that reads Howie's Gun Shop?"
Ian nodded begrudgingly.
"Three guesses who I am."
"A Crazy mother f----?"
All I could do was laugh and laugh. If you have not read the other two books I suggest you do it. Howie is trip all on his own. And is a great character that Bonnie wrote. I truly enjoyed reading about the children growing up and seeing the marriage of an immortal and a vampire, and getting little surprises along the way

Dawn of The Hunter Book 2 By Bonnie Bernard


Dawn of the Hunter



Synopsis:


It’s been two glorious years since the Underworld unleashed its nightmares on Donna Deangelo. Happily married, raising a beautiful daughter, and enjoying time with her best friend Mo, Donna is finally living the life she’s always dreamed of - free from soul-stealing, kidnapping, and murder. That all changes when Donna, on her way to the store for ground beef and spaghetti noodles, crashes her Mustang straight into the Underworld’s most dangerous and vengeful deity. And far from desiring an apology, this merciless goddess expects blood. Now dinner’s on the back burner, the planet’s on a collision course with Chaos, and the only way out is down.




My Review:

I was given this book from the author for an honest review.

The second book in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy was a book I could not put down. Bonnie has done it again with another amazing book. Dawn of the Hunter was just as intense as the first one.

As soon as you go to the first page you are already hooked, Dawn of the Hunter takes place a few months after the first book. Donna and Hunter's daughter Lucinda is born, a new character gets introduced,and another character gets some book time and Donna fights for her daughters soul. I can say I was surprised about Howie and Cassie actually getting together. 

The relationship between Howie the weapons dealer and Donna is quite funny, because if though Howie is this demon well half demon I should say he puts on this front. And you can tell Donna cares for him in a friend type way, because she sticks up for him and even listens to him call her a stupid human. Hunter in this book makes me a little upset at him, because he thinks Donna can not take care of herself, and is overly-protective. But at the end he comes to terms that Donna can take care of her self, and her family. She is not a weakling. At the end of the book I am excited to see about Howie and how he will react to what happened. 
I can not wait to read book three in this trilogy. Bonnie is an amazing author

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Midnight Hunter Book 1 By Bonnie Bernard







Midnight Hunter





Synopsis:
Donna McCormick is a smart, pretty college student whose twenty-first birthday is a week away. Unfortunately, so is her murder - unless the mysterious man from the darkness can reach her first. 

Donna is pursued in her dreams by a man who claims to be her Eternal Partner. During her waking hours, she’s cornered by another who claims to be the same. There’s only one problem: neither is entirely honest. 
Or, for that matter, entirely human.
Eight years earlier, Donna’s life was dealt a terrible blow with the untimely death of a little brother who was left in her care. Ever since, Donna has yearned to get a normal life back – and despite her best friend Mo’s efforts to the contrary, Donna has almost managed it…at least until the Underworld cracks wide open, scattering chaos and spilling out every shifty force under the moon. Most of them want Donna dead, but some will stop at nothing to keep her alive. 
Too bad she doesn’t know which is which. 
With death following Donna like a shadow, she turns to her best friend for help. But instead of help, Mo offers only more mystery. And she knows more about the Underworld than she's willing to admit.
Now, Donna must choose: Cling to the mortal world where she feels safe, or embrace the Underworld where her dreams – and nightmares – come true.
One thing’s for sure - doing either one might get her killed in both





My review:


I was given this book from the author herself to give an honest review! I honestly loved, this book. 

Mo kept me laughing from the beginning with everything that came out of her mouth. Vampires, and minions, and underworld things are all in this book.

I truly enjoyed reading about each character in their own little way. Though Hunter made me a little upset at times only because of the way he acts. When I Bonnie threw in the unexpected I was like WHAT oh wow. Can not wait to read in book 2 how this is going to turn out. I do have to say Mo is one of my favorite characters in this book because she speaks her mind and she doesn't care who it offends or what is said. She dresses in her own way and doesn't care about other's opinions. Now being pregnant myself I crave a lot of what Mo craves lol. And with the reference of chocolate chip cookies crumbled up underneath a banana, and I believe drizzled with chocolate syrup. Oh my that just sounded delicious. Thank you Bonnie for that hunger moment for me. :D

Midnight Hunter is about a young woman name Donna who is in danger. She dreams of a man who wants her dead. Now she is thrust into an unknown world to her since she has no recollection of her previous lives. She is learning all sorts of things of what is going on around her. She meets a man name Hunter who wants to protect her, and in the midst of it all not what he seems. If you enjoy action, some suspense, the paranormal then this is the book for you. I honestly bet you will not be disappointed I know I sure was not.