Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah HarknessSeries: All Souls Trilogy
on 2012-07-10
Pages: 592
AmazonB&NNarrator: Jennifer Ikeda
In Discovery of Witches introduces reluctant witch Diana Bishop, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and the battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different—and vastly more dangerous—journey.
three-half-stars

This book is like a buffet, a lot of different morsels are offered up at the same time and for me, it got a tad overwhelming. It’s just too much stuff going on and I needed it to be a little less congested. We start off with Diana and Matthew time traveling to the 1500s to find a suitable witch to help Diana learn how to use her powers and to try to locate the Ashmole 782.

We are quickly introduced to Matthew’s old crew. Obviously Matthew was well connected in his past as several historical figures like Queen Elizabeth 1 are weaved into the tale. But Elizabethan era wasn’t an easy time period for the normally independent Diana, who struggled to dress, talk and act in an appropriate manner. Also, Matthew was a controlling jerk at times and I didn’t quite get why because even though they went back in time, he still was present day Matthew, just in another place. I guess the author really wanted to drive home that Matthew was IN CHARGE as men were in charge in the 1500s.

I wanted more romance and focus on Diana and Matthew’s relationship than I got in this book 2. We also got bogged down with wild goose chase of someone to train Diana in the use of her witch powers. Towards the end, we got more Matthew and Diana and less of the others. Matthew also became more of the book 1 Matthew and they finally connected again.

The author is very well versed in her history but I think its overpowering the main story and making the book drag. I hope book 3 is a lot faster in its pace and more focused on Diana and Matthew as a couple.

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley Cole

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley ColeSeries: Immortals After Dark #14
on 2014-08-05
Pages: 432
AmazonB&NNarrator: Robert Petkoff
In this highly anticipated fifteenth novel in the Immortals After Dark series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole spins a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him—or vanquish him forever.Eternal ObsessionAs a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.Endless YearningLanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?
four-stars

This one is not among my top 5 in this series. It was good but I have had way better in this series.
Thronos and Melanthe were introduced in book 6, Kiss of a Demon King, I had wondered about this two.

Thronos and Lanthe were childhood best friends. The Vrekener prince and the sorceri were not supposed to hang out, but Thronos would sneak to Lanthe as often as he could. When the Vrekeners slaughtered the Sorceri, Lanthe couldn’t forgive Thronos, and so even though she knew he was her fated one, she ran from Thronos.

Of course when Nix started maneuvering everyone to that jail were Declan and the Order imprisoned the Lore creatures, Nix directed Thronos there so he could find Lanthe.

Then the next 8 hours of the book was full of bickering and it just got of my nerves after all. It wasn’t even good banter. It lasted way to long so by the time they got lovey dovey, it was anti-climatic for me. I didn’t like Lanthe as much as I liked Sabine. But I liked Thronos and I felt that he had genuine beef with Lanthe’s looseness. I supported his gripes and I felt him. If the author took off just a little of the animosity and mistrust, this reunion of childhood friends would have been sweeter.

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley ColeSeries: Immortals After Dark #13
on 2013-07-02
Pages: 358
AmazonB&NNarrator: Robert Petkoff
 A BEAST IN TORMENT: Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A BEAUTY IN CHAINS: Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a wicked immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A FULL MOON ON THE RISE: With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe…from himself?
four-half-stars

Ulieam “William” MacRieve had been trying to outrun painful events in his past that cost him his parents. Along with his twin Munro, Will had finally began muddling his way through until he scents his mate Chloe. Chloe Todd is the daughter of General Webb, the most hated enemy of the Lore, as the general leads THE ORDER. Webb had totrured William, and now fate has dealt him this rough hand.

It’s hard explaining further without giving away part of the plait. But I enjoy this series and how Nix continues to maneuver or manipulate everyone like pieces on her personal chess board. I also liked how both characters had to work to develop trust even though the attraction was definitely there in spades. I am amazed at how Kresley Cole continues to keep the story fresh even though the timeline coincidences with other HEAs in this series. I have found that lykae and demons are my favorite heroes in this series, with Lothaire being the exception as his book blew me away. I can’t wait for Dark Skye.

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)  by Deborah HarknessSeries: All Souls Trilogy #1
on 2011-02-08
Pages: 592
AmazonB&NNarrator: Jennifer Ikeda
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
four-stars

Scholar Diana Bishop was working in the Library stacks when she unknowingly called forth a magical manuscript, the Ashmore 782, which purports to detail the origin of supernatural creatures. This manuscript had been hidden by magic and the various supernatural creatures, vampires, witches, demons and even some humans were interested in this book because the knowledge could aid in eradicating the various species.

Scholar Matthew Clairmont has been searching for the manuscript for over a century and his search has led him to Diana. What amazes Matthew is that Diana is a witch, but she refuses to acknowledge her powers and insists to live as a human. As Matthew begins to spend time around Diana, they get to know each other. Now Matthew is torn between his desire for the book, his new desire for the woman and his need to protect her from the other supernaturals hunting her for access to the Ashmore 782.

In their world, Supes don’t mix, so a witch and vampire can’t be together. However, that knowledge doesn’t stop Diana and Matthew from falling in love with each other. Now Diana cannot deny her legacy as a Bishop witch, not if she wishes to stay alive and not if she wishes to protect Matthew and their family. How far will the other witches and demons go in order to get their hands on the ancient manuscript?

I enjoyed this book but it was LONG. It also kept alternative from 1st POV to 3rd person POV, and it was a tad weird. There was a lot going on, and a lot of secrets being revealed on the back end.It felt like two books because the first half of the book had excellent world building, character building and then the second half went into more of NYA love story thing. I like Jeann’s review on Happy Indulgence, that compared the 2nd half to Twilight Breaking Dawn because that’s exactly what I thought too. It would have been better to break the books up.

I liked it, but I am hesitant to jump into book 2 right now. I will read it next book shortly.

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11) by Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11)  by Kresley Coleon February 15th 2011)
Pages: 512 Pages
AmazonNarrator: Robert Petkoff
HE VOWED HE’D COME FOR HER . . .

Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives.

SHE AWAITS HIS RETURN . . .

When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals—unaware that he belongs to their world.

TO SATE A DESIRE MORE POWERFUL THAN DEATH . . .


Yet every reincarnation comes with a price, for Aidan is doomed to die when he remembers his past. To save herself from Declan’s torments, will Regin rekindle memories of the passion they once shared—even if it means once again losing the only man she could ever love?
four-stars

This was Regin’s HEA and it is set during the same time with Lucia’s book and Carrow’s Book.

Regin was engaged to Aidan the Fierce before he was murdered. He kept coming back reborn again and dying when he remembered Regin and their love. Regin gets captured by Magistrate Declan Chase, the same guy who was working for the Order and she realizes Declan is Aidan’s new reincarnation.

While she falls for her lover, she is also aghast at the havoc he is wrecking on all those she loves. She has the power to destroy him, by helping him to remember her and their love. But she is so tired of losing Aidan time and time again.

This book was really a big emotional rollercoster and it was a lot of pain for the main characters. I really liked Declan but not like I liked Garreth and the men before. I didn’t enjoy this one as much because it lacked some of the funnier moments but it did have sweet ones too.

I am amazed at how Cole keeps simultaneous stories going on at the same time but they are all their own journeys to HEA. Bravo!

*sighing* Lothaire, that sneaky leech is up next. I am still mad at what he did to Carrow, and the lies he told young Thad. I hope he is redeemed in his book.

Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, #10) by Kresley Cole

Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, #10) by Kresley ColeSeries: Immortals After Dark, #10
on August 24th 2010
Pages: 430 pages
AmazonNarrator: Robert Petkoff
A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN'T RESIST . . .
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .
In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
five-stars

This series has become a Top 5 series for me. WOW. I would have never believed it as i could barely finish the first couple of books in this series.

Thank you Robert Petkoff for nailing the narration and keeping me listening even when I have other things to do.

In this series, we meet demon Malkom Slaine who has been dealt a pretty crappy hand by life. He doesn’t know his father and his mother was whore who sold to to be a blood whore to vampires when he was a little boy. He has been used and abused all his life until he met his best friend Kallen, the King. Kallen gave Malkom a sense of belonging and a mission until they were betrayed and taken by vampires. Malkolm swore revenge on all those who held him captive and those betrayed him.

Carrow Graie, a witch, was sent to retrieve Malkolm by the human Order that kidnapped her, in exchange for his adoptee Ruby. Carrow has also had a crappy family life as she never really mattered to her parents. they treated her like she was invisible so now she has been living a life starved for love. When these two came in contact, Malkolm’s heart started beating–she was his mate. Carrow knew Malkolm would help her, but could she betray him and return him into captivity? Would Malkolm forgive her betrayal?

this was like a beauty and the beast story because Malkolm started off as a beast…a sweet, but angry and protective beast. I find the stories where Kresley Cole gives us lykae and demons are just the best. They are sweet, funny, sad, high in action and just weaved together well.

Malkolm has been added to my list of favorite Heroes and has Carrow. They made a really sweet pair. I can’t wait to read the next one in this series

Review: Kinked (Elder Races, Book 6) by Thea Harrison

Review: Kinked (Elder Races, Book 6) by Thea HarrisonSeries: Elder Races #6
on November 5th, 2013
Pages: 294 Pages
Amazon
Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.
four-half-stars

I loved this one. I had been so hesistant since Aryal had been a grumpy ass harpie! But Thea Harrison made her interesting to read along with Quentin Caeravorn.

Ever since Dragos held the games where the sentinels were chosen, Aryal has had in for Quentin. She just knew it in her bones that he was sketchy. She tried and tried to find concrete evidence of his crimes, but couldn’t find proof of Quentin’s offenses. That anger and frustration led Aryal and Quentin to constantly fight, both verbally and physically. After a fight which had the potential to harm Liam, Dragos’ son, Dragon banished Aryal and Quentin for 2 weeks to a month.
He sent them on a mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur to find and help the remaining Elves that survived the war against Garvarel.
Being forced to work together made them confront their attraction to each other. They pushed each other to the limit and it was because they had the same kind of inner drive. Once that aggression was channeled properly, some serious fireworks exploded between the Aryal & Quentin. They made a great team both in and out of bed.

When the witch who was scavenging the Elven land broke Aryal’s wings, Quentin and Aryal and the elves banded together to fight of the Witch and the shadow wolves. This final stand cemented their bond and trust, allowing Quentin & Aryal to claim each other as mates.

this one was definitely tied with Tiago & Ninianne’s book as my favorite. A lot of action and great plot. Thea Harrison wrote such an entertaining story. I found myself laughing a lot in this book. My interest in this series has been rejuvenated.

Review: Embrace The Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, Book 2) by Alexandra Ivy

Review: Embrace The Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, Book 2) by Alexandra IvySeries: Guardians of Eternity, #2
on November 1, 2007
Pages: 334 pages
IS HE HER MORTAL ENEMY

Lady Shay is the last of her kind. Half human, half Shalott, her blood is a precious aphrodisiac to vampires, who consider it more precious than gold. Though Shalotts are renowned assassins, a curse held over Shay lands her on the slave auction block, where her fate is uncertain-

OR THE MAN WHO WILL RISK IT ALL

Viper, the beguiling chief of a deadly vampire clan, can't explain his longing to possess the beautiful Shalott who once saved his life, but now he is free to do anything he wants with her. Strangely, while he desires both Shay-s blood and body, he wants her to surrender willingly.

TO SAVE HER LIFE?

A hidden evil has been stalking Shay since she left the slave market with Viper. It is an evil that endangers the very existence of Viper's kind, and there's no reason he should court such danger just to protect a Shalott. But the love he feels for Shay is enough to make him willing to go to hell and back if it means spending an eternity with her in his arms
four-stars

The second book in the Guardians of Eternity featured a much more interesting hero and heroine. No offense to Dante and Abby, but Viper and Shay’s chemistry was instantaneous. They were introduced in the first when they helped Dante and Abby defeat the coven of witches trying to destroy vampire and dominate mankind. Even then, they had an attraction that made them scene stealers.

Viper is a clan chief and Shay was a slave, who bartered at an auction house by the evil troll whom she was bound to thanks to a witch’s curse. Shay was a popular slave because she was half-human, half-shallot, a type of demon whose blood had healing properties. Imagine Shay’s surprise when Viper shows up to the auction house and purchases her from her master. After 70 years of bondage, Shay is full of angry and fear as she is subject to any sort of treatment at the hands of her masters. She is tired of existing for the pleasure of others. So when Viper gets her, she is looking for a way to escape.
Viper, never one to act as one would expect, doesn’t lock her up on a dungeon. Instead, he gives her a huge room, feeds her and gives her space. The fear of not knowing Viper’s expectations makes Shay more terrified. Plus her body was reacting to Viper and she did not want to start longing for things she knew she could never have.

Then an unknown force began hunting Shay, draw out the protective instincts in Viper. Who was after “his” shallot and why?

This series features all kinds of supernatural creatures, imps, trolls, gargoyles, even a water sprite. Still, the main focus was on the couple. I appreciate the plot not being overly intricate and overly dramatic. It was simple and straightforward, so it was easy to get into the story and relax for the ride. My story contained a number of typos, but I don’t mind because it didn’t hinder my enjoyment or understanding of the story. In addition, my summaries always seem to have a typo or two, so who am I to judge?

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