Category Archives: Urban Fantasy

Book Review – Empathy (Emotional Chains Book 1) by Carolyn Wren

Empathy

 

Book Description:

What if you could sense the emotions of everyone around you?  What if you fell in love with someone you’d never even met?

Oliver Lord belongs to one of three special families, empaths who feel emotions as a physical sense.  Quiet and reserved, and accustomed to keeping his abilities hidden, Oliver is drawn inexorably to a woman he’s never met.  The woman who made his brother’s last year of life so happy.

When Zoe Daniels, talented sculptor, loses her fiancé before their wedding, she can’t imagine finding love again, until she meets Jasper’s unknown brother, a man so different, yet so achingly familiar to the man she adored. What is Oliver’s secret, and why is he so determined to keep her at arm’s length?

A violent kidnapping and murder forces the empaths from the shadows to seek justice for one of their own.  Oliver turns to Zoe, needing her comfort and love. Can she accept him for who he is?

Oliver and two powerful empathic friends need to track down the kidnappers before they strike again, but how do you solve a murder, when your only clue is emotion?

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Book Review

Oliver Lord watched his brother walk away from him, knowing he would never see him again.  His brother Jasper was fated to die like his father. He just wanted to live the last year of his life happy and with the woman Zoe who he was in love with.   Oliver and his brother Jasper were empaths they could feel emotions as a physical sense. After his brother’s death Oliver would take glimpses into Zoe’s mind. If he looked deep enough he could find the essence of his brother.

Zoe lost her fiancé, she did not think she could ever find love again. Especially not in the woods were her and Jasper would love to spend time.

Oliver did not expect to be caught by Zoe watching him and Zoe did not expect the man she caught to have the same eyes as her fiancé.  They were instantly drawn to each other. Is it because of Jasper or something else?

An empath was kidnapped, Oliver being an empath felt him die.   Oliver turned to Zoe for comfort while searching for the kidnappers before they struck again.   Would she accept him?

The book was well written, an easy flow. The characters were entertaining and believable. It wasn’t action packed but it did not need to be because it definitely had me wanting more.  When there was action it definitely was explosive.  The romance that was between Oliver and Zoe was just as explosive.  Warning there is a cliff hanger, I am not one to be crazy about these however the book was very enjoyable that I would definitely pick up book two to find out what happens.

Tori

 

 

 

 

 

 

YA Spring Fling Give Away: Fantasy & Urban Fantasy

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From March 20th to April 3rd, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books involved in the giveaway.

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The Scourge by A.G. Henley

 Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she’s always known this day would come–the day she faces the Scourge alone.

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The Universe Unbound Trilogy by Augusta Blythe

In WINTERBORNE, best friends Loie and Mia discover a world they never knew existed. In RAVENSTOKE, they learn to navigate their new paths. In THE YAWNING VOID, the stakes are raised even higher with innocent lives hanging in the balance and the girls in danger of losing everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Dragon Blood 1: Pliethin by Avril Sabine

Amber’s life is dramatically changed when she’s forced to move to a small Queensland town. Dragons are no longer myths.  She’s caught up in their world of clans, ancient traditions and dangerous enemies.

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About Avril

 

The Witching Elm by CN Crawford

A young sorcerer named Toby escapes from a civil war in Maremount, an alternate version of Boston created after the Salem Witch Trials. In the form of a crow, he flies to a creaky old school in the center of downtown Boston. Along with his new friend Fiona, they discover magical secrets about the school as the civil war creeps from Maremount into Boston.

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Bone Dry by Cady Vance

Sixteen-year-old Holly Bennett is a comic book nerd, a con artist…and a shaman. But when her cons lead to the death and disappearance of those around her, Holly races against the clock to save her mother’s life, her town, and everything she’s ever known.

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About Cady

 

Rosamund’s Heart by Cate Dean

When Rosamond convinces her friend Dan to explore a haunted castle, she expects them to find only a ghost or two. Instead they discover the missing prince, and stumble into the middle of a violent, desperate bid for the throne.

In order to save the injured Prince Jaren, and the boy she has loved since they first met, Rosamond must reach beyond her own violent past to find her courage.

And by choosing the path of courage, she may end up losing her heart.

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About Cate

 

The Edge of the Woods by Ceinwen Langley

 A village surrounded by dangerous woods filled with fireflies and, so it’s said, creatures. A girl trying to fight unfair laws to win a decent life for herself and her mother. A boy watching her from behind the trees.

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About Ceinwen

 

Hegira by Ela Lond

 Amanda believed she was alone in the world and afraid of never being able to escape her uncle’s greedy clutches.. But then three men burst into the house, interrupting the wedding, and take her away. The intruders call themselves Elementals.

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About Ela

 

Sacrificed: The Last Oracle by Emily Wibberley

Fifteen-year-old Clio should have never been the Oracle. That power is passed from mother to eldest daughter, and Clio is the youngest of four sisters. But when her entire family is murdered by the king’s adviser, Clio is left all alone and heir to a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand…

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About Emily

 

Gifted by H.S. Stone

 In a kingdom where the Gifteds are forced to fight to the death, Voima is fortunate that she is just a Regular. However, her brother, Vendd, isn’t so lucky. After he is captured, Voima, an outmatched Regular girl, must defeat the kingdom’s most dangerous Gifteds in order to save her brother from certain death.

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About H.S

 

Bound in Blue: Book One of the Sword Elements by Heather Hamilton-Senter

Rhi’s ability to see magic as color places her at the center of a conflict between the ancient gods of Avalon. She must master this strange power and remake Excalibur – the Sword of Elements—but if she succeeds, Rhi will become more dangerous than any god. And gods don’t like being challenged.

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About Heather

 

Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins

Laney Harris thinks there might be monsters in Fairy, Texas. She’s right.

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About Margo

 

Hell is Coming (Watcher’s Series Book One) by NP Martin

 A dark urban fantasy novel for lovers of strong female protagonists, loads of action and just a pinch of romance.

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About NP

 

Of Introductions and Abductions: Monkey Queen Book One by Robert Dahlen

 When Beth McGill, college student and geek girl, discovers that all around her is not what it seems, her life will be changed forever. She’ll meet and team up with Michiko, the wisecracking teen hero known as the Monkey Queen, to rescue a mutual friend. It’ll be a weekend they’ll never forget…if they survive to see Monday morning.

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About Robert

 

White Hart by Sarah Dalton

 Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.

The realm needs magic again, and the the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.

In Mae’s town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she’s glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she’d have to follow.

Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She’s out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way.

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About Sarah

 

Arcane by Sever Bronny

An Amazon bestseller in coming of age fantasy, Arcane is about three friends who endure a harrowing ordeal while apprenticing under a legendary warlock.

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About Sever

 

Pegasi and Prefects (Scholars and Sorcery #1) by Eleanor Beresford

 Charley’s final year at boarding school is complicated by an unwanted Games Captainship, a runaway pegasus, and falling in love with another girl. What is a reluctant Senior Prefect to do?

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About Eleanor

 

Waterborn and Waterdreamer by Kimberley James

 Charms fade… “You don’t have to choose. You can be both. The girl with the charm, the girl without. They both suit you.”

Caris Harper lives a charmed life. Literally.

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About Kimberley

 

Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young

 Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. All she wants is to escape life’s realities for the summer and hang out with her best friend Aaron. But her grandmother has other plans: Sadie will get a job. Sadie will do volunteer work. Sadie will make new friends – friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything…friends that aren’t Aaron.

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About Cheyanne

 

Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech

 I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what I am. All I know is that I’m being hunted, and this world is not my own.

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About Selina

 

Visions by Kimberley Readnour

Heather Reiner isn’t your typical teenager. With abilities reaching far beyond the norm, she’s just beginning to discover her possibilities. Join Heather and discover her mystical encounters.

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About Kimberley

 

Q & A with the organiser – Sarah Dalton

 How can readers enter the YA Spring Fling giveaway?

 Head over to my website Sarahdaltonbooks.com and find the page for the YA Spring Fling (handy hint, it’s HERE). Once you’re there you can browse through the books on offer, or check out more information about the participating authors.

You should see plenty of links prompting you to enter the giveaway. Simply fill out the Google document telling us which books you’d like to win, the format you prefer, and whether you would also like to win paperbacks and swag. It’s that simple. Pick the books you want and sign off.

 

How will I know I’ve won?

 There are so many books on offer that I’d be surprised if you didn’t win something! So you will be hearing from us. J

After April 3rd, I will collate all the entries and pass them on to the participating authors. They will then choose the winners at random and Email the winners to let them know the good news.

Will my Email or personal details be used outside the giveaway?

 Absolutely not. We’re all against spam and promise not to use your Email for anything other than contacting you as a winner. If you joined up to the YA Spring Fling mailing list you will receive one Email telling you the giveaway is open, and another warning you it is about to close. That’s it!

Is the giveaway open internationally?

 Yes! But there are some paperbacks on offer that are region specific. Not all of our authors are sending paperbacks and swag internationally, purely because it costs us so much money and we ain’t made of it. 😉

We will ask for your country of residence in the Google document. That’s so we can work out the winners for region specific paperbacks more easily. Everything else is open internationally.

 

I have a question, who can I contact?

 Me! Send me a message on Facebook. My Email might be clogged by answering author queries, so Facebook might be the easiest method.

 

Who can I tell about the giveaway? And what can I do to help spread the word?

 You can tell everyone and anyone who might like YA books. If you’d like to spread the word it would be awesome if you could follow or like some of the authors and share their posts about the giveaway. You can find a full list of the participating authors and their social media links here.

 

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Book Excerpt and Give Away: Darkness Calling by Laurie Olerich

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DARKNESS CALLING (Primani #5)

by Laurie Olerich

Dark Urban Fantasy Romance

Published on March 5th, 2015

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Finally freed from a century in purgatory, former-wild child Aisling just wants to raise her son and live as a normal human again. Her taste of freedom is cut short the moment her past comes to claim her. There’s one reason she was exiled, and his name is Cain. With him, there was only darkness, and the angels help her, she liked it that way. Now he’s back, and his commands are simple. Stay away from Sean or else. But when he threatens to take her son, she turns to the one man who can save them both. Sean.
Sean is sick and tired of his baby mama’s hateful attitude. Her mood swings give him whiplash, and he’s seriously thinking of strangling her. But when a brutal old enemy shows up to destroy everyone Sean loves, he discovers Aisling is hiding more than her feelings for him.
Joining forces to protect their son, Sean and Aisling set out on a journey that leads them from the city streets of Manhattan to the elegant hotels of Vienna to the final terrifying showdown in the bowels of Rome.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurie Olerich is the author of the urban fantasy romance series Primani. She loves to create guilty pleasures full of exciting locations, roller coaster action, strong, quirky heroines, and steaming hot heroes who’ll raise the temperature in any room you’re in! Paranormal romance? Check! Urban fantasy? Check! Romantic suspense? Check! Her Primani series combines the best of the three. When not plotting, writing, or fantasizing about her next hero, she’s planning parties, traveling the world, and spending lazy nights with her son, her Dal pals, and friends. Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Germany. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian duo, Domino and Rambo. Before throwing caution to the wind and diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to a career spent around men with guns and cool toys…this explains her obsession with both!
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Excerpt:

“Do it,” he whispered, eyes snapping open, mouth curled on one side. “Go on. Pull the trigger.”

His voice sent shivers racing across her skin, her heart pounding in her chest. Her hand shook. The muzzle tapped his skin once, twice, and a third time.

Yes. Do it. Just squeeze the trigger, and be done with it. Give him the justice he deserves. He used her. He betrayed her. He was a demon. Her plan was solid; her entrance professional. She was a killer. She was a professional. She made one mistake.

She looked into his eyes.

His eyes gleamed with that eerie golden light, drawing her in, stripping her bare. He breathed easily even as her heart galloped in her chest and sweat ran from her palms. In one swift motion, he caught her gun hand. With eyes never leaving her face, he got to his feet. Grinding her knuckles together, he pushed the gun downward until her arm was wrenched behind her back. Nudging her thigh with his, he walked her backwards until he crowded her against the wall. The steel of the pistol bit deep into the small of her back, but she’d rip her arm off before crying out. He had taken too much already.

He was so close she felt the heat of his skin, the hum of his power, and the bulge of his erection. He smiled at the exact moment she realized he was hard for her. The voice in her head screamed in terror even as liquid pooled between her legs.

“You should’ve pulled the trigger,” he murmured as his mouth caught hers.

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Book Review: Burned by Karen Moning

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Book Description:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed.

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Book Review:

I’ve been a long time reader of Karen Moning, all the way back to her highlander books. In my opinion, Iced was her finest work to date and one of my favorite books. I felt a great anticipation for Burned, which grew steadily in the two year wait. After all, if she could write Iced in a year, Burned had to be the end all be all of urban fantasy if it took her twice as long. Now, I’m feeling a bit singed myself.

Before I get into why I was disappointed, I still have to give Burned its due. The writing, the choice of words and the care put into every sentence, still sets Moning apart from the crowd. She’s a truly gifted wordsmith and this book was no different. My beef is with the plot. It wasn’t the concrete goal and conflict I’d come to expect from her. It almost seemed more of an after thought.

Another issue I had and this stems from my own personal tastes is, having so many point of views. When I read, I don’t like to get a taste of this and that, I want a main character I can feast upon. And the fact that the main point of view wasn’t Dani, like I’d been anticipating, didn’t help the matter. Yes, we do get some, but not nearly what I’d expected after coming off of Iced.

So how do I justify my four star rating? Because Moning, even at her worst, is much better than most.

4 Stars

Madeline

 

Blog Tour: Demon Fare by Cory Dale

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The Spawnstertown Chronicles

Book One

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Karen Duvall

Date of Publication: 12/20/2014

ISBN: 13: 978-0692342633

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Number of pages: 324

Word Count: 86,000

Cover Artist: Karen Duvall

 

Book Description:

 In an alternate history New York City—one hundred and fifty years after an earthquake from hell nearly destroyed the planet—the twenty-first century clings to an industrial age. Steam engines rule, and demon-powered technology is the up and coming thing. Henry Paine, a half-demon taxi driver, is the go-to guy for just the right demon to possess your machine and automate any mechanical gizmo with or without an engine. The creatures are tame as pets. Or at least they have been… until now.

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Book Blitz: Cherry Blossom, (Vampire Cherry Book Two), by Sotia Lazu

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Vampire Cherry

Book II

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Genre: Erotic Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Acelette Press

Date of Publication: 18 December 2014

ISBN: 978-0692291986

ASIN: B00OS4WZ7U

Number of pages: 228

Word Count: 59,120

Cover Artist: Sotia Lazu

Book Description:

With her murderous maker still on the run, Cherry has enough on her mind even before her newly turned boyfriend, Alex, demands they meet each other’s parents. Constantine, her ex and now member of the vampire council, is suspiciously quick to allow this breach of vampire law. It soon becomes clear there’s a lot Cherry doesn’t know about her family’s past.

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Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

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Book Description

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

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Book Review: Burn For Me: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews

 

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Book Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire . . .

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

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Book Review: Jinxed by Donna Augustine

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Book Description

Karma, it’s what they call me and the very essence of who I am. When I died young, I was recruited by the agency that keeps the Universe running smoothly. As someone with a human past, most of my coworkers consider me inferior.

But not everyone. Something evil has been stalking me for centuries. It’s been biding its time, waiting for the moment when it will strike and it needs me to to do it.

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