Review: The Aftermath by Jen Alexander

, by Kt Clapsadl

The Aftermath by Jen Alexander

Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else.

A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger

or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.

In her world, those sorts of things don't exist.

Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge sometimes with devastating consequences all just to live another day.

With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.

If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival and a life beyond the only world Claudia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.

This was a different sort of book, and by that I mean, it stands out in the sometimes crowed dystopian YA genre. On one hand, there were the thriller and gamer aspects and on the other hand you have the heavy dystopian/post apocalyptic feel. It really made for an interesting read, not quite like anything else I've read, and trust me, when something stands apart like that, it's something worth some attention. Sure, the beginning was rather confusing, and answers were a bit slow coming at first, but it never reached the point of frustration. In fact, I think the opening confusion better allowed me to connect with Claudia directly early on as it felt like we were experiencing that same confusion together, ramping up my enjoyment even more.

That being said, while I was sucked in at first into Claudia's plight, so much of the book is about the game and the different aspects behind it along with the real world as well in the mix. The control vs non control was such a large part, that I think it eclipsed the character development just a bit. I mean compared to the world behind the story and the game itself, the characters almost seemed a bit secondary. So while I absolutely loved that really strong world building that kept me very sucked in, I would have preferred to have just a bit more depth to the characters so I could have grown more attached to them. That being said, I think with the next installment, this will become a non-issue as by the time I finish the investment of a second installment, I'm sure those characters will be fully cemented.

I'm not a gamer, but this book almost made me want to be. The twists and turns kept me more than hooked throughout and it wasn't easy to put this one down. THE AFTERMATH is perfect for anyone who loves dystopian YA but is looking for something a bit different than anything else they've read. And if you're a gamer to boot, then this one will be golden for you.

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Kirsten Reviews: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

, by Kt Clapsadl

Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
InCryptid #3

When Alex Price agreed to go to Ohio to oversee a basilisk breeding program and assist in the recovery of his psychic cousin, he didn't expect people to start dropping dead. But bodies are cropping up at the zoo where he works, and his girlfriend—Shelby Tanner, an Australian zoologist with a fondness for big cats—is starting to get suspicious.

Worse yet, the bodies have all been turned partially to stone...

The third book in the InCryptid series takes us to a new location and a new member of the family, as Alex tries to balance life, work, and the strong desire not to become a piece of garden statuary. Old friends and new are on the scene, and danger lurks around every corner.

Of course, so do the talking mice.

Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire is the third installment in her InCryptid series, this time focusing on Alex Price instead of Verity, and if you like reptiles, this one is for you.

Alex, one of the human members of the Price clan is working as a visiting herpetologist at the Columbus Zoo with Dee, his assistant, who happens to be a gorgon. This is both a job and a cover, as he is, like the rest of his family, always working to safeguard humans from cryptids, (non-humans from what most people would term mythology), and protecting cryptids from humanity. At the moment, this includes overseeing a basilisk breeding program, which chiefly involves a lot of patience. In addition, Alex works with lindworms, gorgons, wadjets, and other creatures, some of which slither, and others that walk on two legs and can ‘mostly’ pass for human if they feel like it.

Shelby, the Australian visiting zoologist, and big cat specialist is Alex’s ‘sort of girlfriend,’ in that he keeps canceling dates with her in order to go out into the swamps and research cryptids. There are some obvious Crocodile Dundee jokes that might be made about the character, and McGuire makes them all so the reader doesn’t have to (“Australia. The only continent designed with a difficulty rating of “ha ha fuck you no,”) but Shelby is far from being one-dimensional or a caricature, and has quite a lot going that will have an effect on Alex and his family.

In the meantime, Shelby and Alex have just gotten some time alone together when they quite literally stumble over somebody who’s been petrified. There’s only so many ways to explain people turning to stone without the boundaries of Alex’s personal life and profession getting blurred. Unfortunately, as the petrifications continue, he’s running out of other options.

Part of the appeal of this series is the extensive detail given to the various cryptids, and the result of this means the Price family feel like any other group of professionals, albeit ones that might perform a field autopsy for ‘spare parts.’ There’s a great deal of information on gorgons and several other cryptids in this book, as well some charming appearances by the Aeslin mice:


In short, this book is enjoyable and fast-paced read, and while the obstacles are largely resolved, there’s certainly a surplus of material and potential problems for Alex and his family to face in future books.
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Early Review: Night's Honor by Thea Harrison

, by Kt Clapsadl

Night's Honor by Thea Harrison
Elder Races #7

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison's latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….

Night's Honor was a slower read than I prefer. It just didn't seem to move anywhere fast and the big bag threat frankly didn't seem that bad at all. It was more of being told that he was so horrible rather than actually feeling that danger which kept me a bit apart from the story and made it difficult to identify with Tess's plight.

I'm a very character and romance driven reader. You can have a slower book and I'll still be completely satisfied as long as the characters are strong and the romance is there. Unfortunately it just wasn't there for me. It seemed to be another case of needing to show rather than tell just like the threat from the big bag. I just want feeling the attraction or connection between them at all. It just felt forced despite taking most the book for any forward momentum.

Overall this was just a mediocre read for me. Considering how much I love this series and look forward to each new installment, I really feel let down. I realize I've said that several times throughout this review but there's no better way to explain my feelings about this book. I have a feeling other readers  who are not so replace driven may wind up liking this book a lot more than I did. That being said, I am excited for the next book as based on the ending events of this one, the couple in that book, while still not wtf, have an explosive relationship and I always love to see that kind of romantic tension. So here's to hoping this series and I get our "mojo" back next time around.

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So I Married a Werewolf Tour

, by Kt Clapsadl

Thank you so much for having me on your lovely blog! I’m happy to be here, especially on such a special day. What’s special about today, you ask?

It’s my birthday! Eeek!

I’m turning 30 for the fourth time! Isn’t that GREAT! I’d originally written a different post for today, but it didn’t feel right. It felt…impersonal. I should be doing something special on this special day!

Here we go!

Five things I’m thankful for

1. Readers like you!

2. Air in my lungs

3. Roof over my head

4. Love in my heart

5. Smile on my lips

(Personal side note: When I pray, I give thanks for those things. I’ll do it today too. Just for you.)

Five things on my bucket list

1. Skydive

2. Watch an iceberg break off the Humboldt Glacier

3. Travel to every state in the US (I’m at 46!)

4. Sail over the spot where the Titanic sank

5. Publish 100 works

Top five favorite movies

1. V for Vendetta

2. Inception

3. Pride & Prejudice

4. Bright Star

5. Notting Hill

Top five favorite books

1. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

2. Darkness by John Saul

3. Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux

4. Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

5. Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Five things you’d never see/hear me do

1. Sing karaoke sober or alone

2. Drink tequila

3. Buy shoes over purses

4. Eat shrimp

5. Take for granted what a wonderful job I have! I get to make stuff up and meet wonderful people like you! I can’t think of anything better!

Thank you so much for spending a few minutes of your day with me! And thank you to A Book Obsession for hosting me today. Hope you all have a fabulous day! (I plan to!) I’m off to celebrate!

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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.

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Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He’s been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he’s over his playboy ways. But Carter’s already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin’ T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that.

All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It’s too bad size 12 and plain isn’t his type. At all.

The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish...and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated?

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Early Review: Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

, by Kt Clapsadl

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
The Worldwalker Trilogy #1

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Oh my goodness, I loved this book! Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. It's been a while since I've had a series starting book suck me in like this, so I couldn't be happier. I'm a big fan of alternate reality books, and when you add in the magic elements this book was just simply perfect. There was a whole lot going on, but the author did a fantastic job of blending everything together and explaining things in enough detail without going overboard into the info dump territory, leaving me completely sucked into the story.

I absolutely adored Lily. Sure she did grate just a bit on my nerves at the start due to how clueless she was, but that doesn't last long at all. She's thrown into one heck of a mess and it changes her right off. In fact, you almost wouldn't guess that she's the same girl as the one that started the series. While I won't talk specifics because the entire book builds upon itself, so I don't want to spoil anything,  I will say that it really was amazing just how much she grew throughout one book. It didn't matter what was thrown in her path, she pushed through and I loved her for it. There were several other characters that I adored as well, but again to keep from spoiling anything, suffice it to say, the cast of characters are stellar in this one.

My only complaint about TRIAL BY FIRE was that it ended. Well and that the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger. Well cliffhanger isn't quite the right word, more of a massive game changer. I simply cannot wait to get my hands on the next book, it cannot get here fast enough! If you are looking for a fantastic read with a cast of amazing characters, an interesting world, and a plot that sucks you right, look no further than TRIAL BY FIRE. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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Early Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

, by Kt Clapsadl

Visions by Kelley Armstrong
Cainsville #2

As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown.

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

I was completely ensnared by the first book in this series, so I was really excited for this installment. It had a slow build, and sure the lack of answers was a bit frustrating, but as I said, I was ensnared, particularly by the characters. I could deal with little to no answers as I loved the characters so much. So, that being said, despite that fierce love of the characters, namely Oliva and Gabriel, I was hoping for a bit more in the answers department this time around. Unfortunately that just didn't seem to pan out the way I would have hoped as while there were answers they only led to more questions and everything was presented in a vague and foreshadowing sense. Even when Oliva figured things out, she would still hide those thoughts from the reader, only adding to my frustration. I realize this could just be a stylistic issue as this is a bit outside of my genre preference, but it still made for a slower read for me. Typically I devour Kelley's books in one single setting, but with VISIONS, I found myself continually distracted by other things. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good book, and the characters and everything is written very well, I'm just not one for being left in the dark so much.

Despite my frustrations with all of the unanswered questions, I found it very easy to slip right into the characters lives. Oliva is so strong and yet more than a little stubborn, which I love her for. It's very clear she's through with letting others control her and all I can say is good for her. Gabriel on the other hand, boy is he a tough nut! He's so damaged and closed off, but in this installment we started to see that shell cracked. I'm still holding out hope for a romantic interest there, but I have a feeling that's still going to take some time as Oliva has to handle him with "kid gloves" in order to accomplish anything personal at all. And of course there's the matter of her current love interest standing in the way, but I have a feeling he's just a companion for now. Nothing against him as he seems to be exactly what she needs right now, but I don't see him lasting with her long term, but again that's just me.

I really hate rating and reviewing VISIONS as only a 3 star after my resounding enjoyment of the first installment, but it really time keeping me hooked. Again this may be a stylistic preference, but readers who prefer more answers rather than portents and hints leaving them largely in the dark may find the same frustrations that I did. I will still be continuing on with this series as I want to see where the characters end of next, but it's probably not going to top my most anticipated list.

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Early Review: Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne

, by Kt Clapsadl

Under the Final Moon by Hannah Jayne
Underworld Detection Agency #6

It's not the end of the world--until it is. Sophie Lawson may be a mere human with no special abilities except a strong immunity to magic. But the havoc she's wreaked on the supernaturals who come up against the Underworld Detection Agency have earned her plenty of enemies. Still, a girl can't freak out every time a horribly barbecued corpse is found with her business card in its hand. Or see a sudden glut of earthquakes, wildfires and three-headed dogs as just another day in California. But Alex Grace, her favorite fallen angel, is concerned--or saying he is to see more of her. Getting Sophie to see all the signs of the Apocalypse is an interesting way to heat things up. Or maybe what's making everyone hot under the collar is the fact that all Hell is about to break loose. . .

Series ending books are tough nuts for me as more often than not they leave me feeling disappointed, especially in the longer running series like this one. There's all this build up over several books and then for the ending to not live up to that build? It's frustrating, and that's the perfect description for UNDER THE FINAL MOON. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this was a terrible book, it's just definitely not what I was hoping for. In fact, it almost feels as if there were originally supposed to be more books, but things got cut short and everything had to be jammed into this installment. Granted, I'm just speculating on that here, and I could even be wrong that this is Sophie's last book, but all signs point to that, which is a shame. 

The biggest thing that bothered me about this book was that everything was so very rushed and there was no real resolution. Well, let me rephrase that, there was plenty of resolution, but it was in word only. Things would be happening throughout the book, and then all of a sudden bam! it's resolved leaving me turning back the pages to see what I missed. It almost like there was parts missing between the events and the resolution, and that just didn't work for me. Between the issues with her parentage, her being the Vessel, the love triangle, and several plot holes throughout, I was left scratching my head for most of this book. Then once all of the resolutions came through and felt hollow, I was left more than a bit disappointed. Perhaps this will appeal to die hard fans of the series more than it did me, but after reading all six books, and enjoying some more than others, to end with this one was unfortunately just a let down.

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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Kirsten Reviews: Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre

, by Kt Clapsadl

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre
Apparatus Infernum #2

As powerful magic comes creeping back, dangerous days are dawning…...

Criminal Investigation Division inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko were lucky to make it out of their last mission alive. Since then, strange troubles have plagued the city of steam and shadows, apparently as a result of magic released during the CID inspectors’ desperate interruption of an ancient ritual. The fabric of the world has been unsettled, and the Council has assigned Mikani and Ritsuko to investigate.

They soon discover that matters are worse than they imagined. Machines have developed minds of their own, cragger pirates are raiding the seas with relentless aggression, and mad elementals are running amok. As the chaos builds to a crescendo, Mikani and Ritsuko must fight a war on two fronts—and this time, they may not be able to turn the deadly tide….

Silver Mirrors, by A.A. Aguirre, the second novel in the Apparatus Infernum series continues the adventures of Inspectors Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko, members of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the purpose of which is protecting the public from those magical beings that occasionally threaten the mundane world and its inhabitants. Of course, like any organization, they are in need of more personnel and funding, but at least Mikani and Ritsuko survived their last mission.

However, instead of enjoying a much-deserved vacation, they are soon given another assignment, as the resulting release of magic from the ancient ritual the Inspectors interrupted has been causing problems in the city. In fact, it’s worse than it appears, and the very foundation of the world have been shaken. It’s up to Mikani and Ritsuko to find out what’s behind it, and try to stop it from getting worse. Their initial investigation suggests that all of the trouble originate on the Winter Isle, and so that’s where they head, but as they learn more, they find even more questions and strange events. Machines are acting on their own, there are pirates staging even more raids than normal, and even the elements are not behaving as they should. Suffice to say, Mikani and Ritsuko have their work cut out for them.

As this is the second book in the series, there is more focus on developing the backstory of the main characters, as further developing their relationship with each other. In addition, the steampunk setting receives a great amount of attention, and this fleshing out of setting and protagonists makes the story and world feel richly inhabited, and the series one that promise to expand in interesting ways in future books.
(Received a copy from the publisher)


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Blood Games Tour

, by Kt Clapsadl

I'm so happy to be once again hosting a spot on one of Chloe Neill's blog tours! This series is one of my all time favorites!

Here's an excerpt from my review of Blood Games:
"There's something to be said about a series that you know with each new installment will be a guaranteed great read. I don't even have to read the blurb to know that the upcoming book will have to be on my shelf. The books are just that good. It's like coming home to old friends and I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves an action packed and emotional read that's guaranteed to please." Read More...
*Do you have a set number of books in mind for this series and any hints you can give us for what's in store next?

There will be 13 Chicagoland Vampires novels, and at least one more novella (which comes out in February 2015). I can't give you any specific hints, but there are very big things in store for Ethan and Merit, including a visitor from Ethan's past.

*Just for fun. If you were stranded somewhere but had electricity, what three things other than basic survival supplies, would you have to have?

A copy of OUTLANDER, my husband, and Diet Coke.

*What is the craziest or at least most interesting thing you have ever done?

Hmm. That's a tough one, as I lead a busy, but pretty predictable, life. I once worked on a presidential campaign. Does that count? :D

*Just for fun. If you were stranded somewhere but had electricity, what three things other than basic survival supplies, would you have to have? (Whoops duplicate question, so it's your lucky day and you get 3 more things!)

This one's the same as Number 2! But if I get three more things, a copy of NAKED IN DEATH, and my dogs. :)
Blood Games
Chicagoland Vampires #10

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet….

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

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Thursday, July 31 – Professional Fangirls | Reading & Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal & Romance | Cere’s Book World
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Monday, August 4 – Tru Bookie’s Review
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Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
-An engraved Cadogan House medal necklace
-A Kindle Paperwhite
-A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires Audiobook CDs (graciously provided by Tantor Audio)
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Early Review: Blood Games by Chloe Neill

, by Kt Clapsadl

Blood Games by Chloe Neill
Chicagoland Vampires #10

While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet….

A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

As I've said in previous reviews, one of the best things about this series is that there always is the "current" focus of the book, typically a crime or other catastrophe that needs solved, and there also is the over-arching storyline as well. This time around that over-arch took more of the forefront, which I really enjoyed as the political issues have been brewing for some time now. Those issues with the GP finally hit the boiling point, and boy did that result in a one heck of an interesting read. I can honestly say that I wasn't expecting things to turn out the way that they did, and boy will that ending be a massive shakeup for the future. Yet again, I've finished a new installment only desperate to get my hands on the next. 

Warning, mini rant coming... Every time I think Ethan Sullivan has finally grown up when it comes to his and Merit's relationship, I'm proven wrong. I get that he has flaws despite being a vampire, he really is "only human" when it comes to that sort of thing, but at this point I'm just tired of it. He knows that Merit is it for him, and yet when something new comes up that isn't easy to deal with, he pushes her away. Well at least he tried to. Merit's done with allowing him to do that, and there were several times throughout the book where I applauded her. She's really come a long way since the first book in terms of coping with things, now it's just time to get his head out of his petunia. Oh and on another side note that ties into this, I find it incredibly amusing that Merit is utterly terrified of the idea of Ethan proposing someday. She's said on numerous occasions about eternity and all that, so why does marriage scare her so much. Just gives me a chuckle each time to see her panic. 

There's something to be said about a series that you know with each new installment will be a guaranteed great read. I don't even have to read the blurb to know that the upcoming book will have to be on my shelf. The books are just that good. It's like coming home to old friends and I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves an action packed and emotional read that's guaranteed to please.

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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Previous Books:
     1. Some Girls Bite
     2. Friday Night Bites
     3. Twice Bitten
     4. Hard Bitten
     5. Drink Deep
     6. Biting Cold
     7. House Rules
     8. Biting Bad
     9. Wild Things
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