Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Review: Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

Title: Blood Brothers
Series: Sign of Seven
Author: Nora Roberts
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 27, 2007
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515143804
ISBN-13: 9780515143805

In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse.

Twenty-one years later, Cal Hawkins and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times - every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town's folklore. Quinn is a well known scholar of local legends, and despite Cal's protests, insists on delving in the mystery. But when the first signs of evil appear months early, it's not only the town Cal tries to protect, but also his heart.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Review: Falling Awake by Jayne Ann Krentz

Title: Falling Awake
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: October 25, 2005
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515139599
ISBN-13: 9780515139594

Passion, murder, and the mysteries of the unconscious are coiled tighter than a double helix in this romantic thriller from bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz. Two highly trained loners -- Isabel Wright, a dream analyst, and Ellis Cutler, a top government agent -- meet professionally and anonymously. Isabel has a talent for analyzing even the most obscure symbols in dreams, though it seems to turn her social life into a wasteland. Cutler is one of Isabel's two anonymous clients, and his Level Five lucid dreams secretly capture her imagination. Then a mysterious death brings them face to face.

Isabel and Ellis team up to investigate the murder of Isabel's boss, Dr. Belvedere, and they soon begin a passionate affair. But when the clues begin to point to Isabel's other anonymous client, the already thin line between dreaming and reality becomes perilously blurred.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Review: Dream Chaser by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Dream Chaser
Series: Dark-Hunters, Dream-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: February 5, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312938829
ISBN-13: 9780312938826

Hades doesn’t often give second chances...

Xypher has one month on Earth to redeem himself through one good deed or be condemned to eternal torture in Tartarus. But redemption means little to a demigod who only wants vengeance on the one who caused his downfall.

Until one day in a cemetery...

Simone Dubois is a medical examiner with a real knack for the job. Those who are wrongfully killed appear to her and help her find the evidence the police need to convict their killers. But when a man appears and tells her that she’s more than just a psychic, she’s convinced he’s insane.

Now the fate of the world hangs in her hands...

It was bad enough when just the dead relied on her. Now’s there’s the seductive Dream-Hunter Xypher who needs Simone’s help in opening a portal to the Atlantean hell realm to fight insatiable demons. The future of mankind is at stake—and so is her life. The only question now is: Who is the bigger threat: the demons out to kill her, or the man who has left her forever changed?

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Review: Upon The Midnight Clear by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Upon The Midnight Clear
Series: Dark-Hunters, Dream-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: October 30, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312947054
ISBN-13: 9780312947057

Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O’Conner.

At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return...until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world—or anyone who’s a part of it.

When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows he’s seen her his dreams.

Born on Olympus as a goddess, Leta knows nothing of the human world. But a ruthless enemy has driven her from the world of dreams and into the home of the only man who can help her: Aidan. Her immortal powers are derived from human emotions—and his anger is just the fuel she needs to defend herself...

One cold winter’s night will change their lives forever...

Trapped together in a brutal winter storm, Aidan and Leta must turn to the only power capable of saving them—or destroying them both: trust.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Review: Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Devil May Cry
Series: Dark-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: April 1, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312946864
ISBN-13: 9780312946869

For millennia, the ex-god turned Dark-Hunter Sin has sought to regain his powers and take revenge on Artemis. But now he has bigger fish—or in this case, demons—to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are stirring, and they are hungry for human flesh. Their goal: To destroy mankind. Sin is the only one who can stop them…if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first.

Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who only knows betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is: Will she keep it…or feed it to those who want him dead?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Review: Love at First Bite (anthology) by Sherrilyn kenyon, L.A. Banks, Susan Squires, Ronda Thompson

Title: Love at First Bite
Series: Dark-Hunters, Wild Wulfs of London, Companion, Vampire Huntress Legend
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon, L.A. Banks, Susan Squires, Ronda Thompson
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: October 3, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312349297
ISBN-13: 9780312349295

Until Death Do Us Part by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Over five hundred years ago, Esperetta’s soul was bound to her husband’s by dark magic, and when Velkan became a Dark-Hunter, to her horror, she became immortal as well. Now, they must come together to fight an old enemy…and the passion that threatens to consume them once more.

Ride the Night Wind by L.A. Banks
Dark dreams haunt Jose Ciponte, dreams of a woman so beautiful he aches for her-and a deadly enemy who stalks them in the night. And now those dreams have become a reality…

The Gift by Susan Squires
All Major Davis Ware wants to do is propose to the beautiful Emma Fairchild. Instead, he is called back into battle, and a desperate fate. And Emma will venture into hell itself to save him.

The Forgotten One by Ronda Thompson
Lady Anne Baldwin longs to break free from her proper bonds. When she meets the mysterious Merrick, whose eyes glow like a wolf’s, she may have found more than she bargained for.

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Review: The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: The Dream Hunter
Series: Dark-Hunters, Dream-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: February 6, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312938810
ISBN-13: 9780312938819

In the ethereal world of dreams, there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them...

Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he’s in the dreams of others. For thousands of years, he’s drifted through the human unconscious, searching for sensation. Now he’s finally found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness.

Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her deathbed promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove once and for all that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she’s seen many times.... in her dreams.

What she doesn’t know is that Arik holds more than the ancient secrets that can help her find the mythical isle of Atlantis. He has made a pact with the god Hades: In exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara’s soul.

With a secret society out to ruin her expedition, and mysterious accidents that keep threatening her life, Megeara refuses to quit. She knows she’s getting closer to Atlantis and as she does, she stumbles onto the truth of what Arik really is.

For Arik his quest is no longer simple. No human can know of a Dream-Hunter’s existence. His dream of being mortal has quickly turned into his own nightmare and the only way to save himself will be to sacrifice the very thing he wanted to be human for. The only question is, will he?

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Review: Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Dark Side of the Moon
Series: Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: November 28, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312934343
ISBN-13: 9780312934347

Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up ... for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

And if that isn't bad enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she's allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. her first thought: seek professional help.

But as Susan's drawn into Ravyn's dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize that there's a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it's no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it's a matter of saving their very lives and souls.

Ravyn's life was shattered over four hundred years ago, when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence. He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he's forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another woman with the secret that could destroy him.

In the world of the Dark-Hunters, life is always dangerous. But never more so than now, when a very human woman can shatter their entire world with just one story. The only question is ... will she?

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