Enter the Very Dark

The Dark Lands Book Cover The Dark Lands
AngelBound #5
Christina Bauer
Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Monster House books
(30 Oct. 2018)

Nineteen-year-old Myla Lewis is loving life–she’s now a wife, mother, and Queen of the Thrax. Oh yeah, and being a super-powerful demigoddess who moves souls into Heaven or Hell doesn’t suck, either. In fact, everything is pretty much awesome. Until something craptastic happens.

Her honorary older brother Walker enters the Dark Lands, home to the rule-loving ghouls, and vanishes without a trace..

Now it’s up to Myla to solve the mystery of Walker’s disappearance. Of course, Myla likes interacting with ghouls about as much as elective dental surgery. To make matters harder, everyone thinks that Walker is simply taking a well-deserved vacation. But Myla and her Angelbound love, Lincoln, both suspect that the ghoul Oligarchy took Walker in order to somehow release Lucifer, the ex-King of the Angels and an all around nut job who really needs to stay locked up..

Long story short, Myla and Lincoln have just two days to rescue their good friend and stop Lucifer from taking over the after-realms. Even for them, this may be a too-tall order, especially when Myla’s own father allows his past friendship with Lucifer to threaten Walker’s future.

Perfect for readers who love angels, devils, and demons but want a fresh take on their related fairy tales, myths, and legends. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and urban/contemporary fantasy.

Well who would want to live on anywhere but Earth after reading the descriptions of Purgatory, Antrum and the Dark Lands in these novels? Light in short supply, lots of grey clouds and rain, and no flowers to speak of? And worm farms? Actually, the latter is not so bad as we have a worm farm in our charity garden – but it is very small and the worms live in a hut like a hive with lots of trays, making compost and fertiliser from our kitchen waste.

So some imaginative worlds here with the 4 realms – and even earth is not so good, as you know that migraine you’ve had for years? Seems it might just be a demon living on your neck.

I went back to the beginning here and read the current 5 novels in order, as starting from novel 5 it is often difficult to pick up the story – and loved them.

I’m always a sucker for stories with some angels, demons, and kick-ass heroines, and this Myla beats all of them hands-down as she has a semi-independent tail with an arrow on its end that can think for itself and helps her fight! I want one… It waves and high fives and all sorts of stuff, all on its own without Myla controlling it. So cool…

I enjoyed the writing style and found the books easy to read. With a fun style  and sense of humour, and mostly grammatically correct – a few small errors that an editor should have picked up. Well suited to the age range, but still good for older adults – if you like this type of writing – which I do as a fan of Eve Langlais and Robyn Peterman who also write about Hell, Demons, Angels and feisty heroines.

I’m now waiting for books 6 and 7 to come out – and intend to read the spin-off series about the children. Maxon sounds like a fun baby to have and he should join in nursery classes with Astrid’s son (Fashionably Dead Down Under series by Robyn Peterman) as they would be a match for each other in precociousness and trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes..

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press. .

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby..

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Just what is due?

Devil's Due Book Cover Devil's Due
Luther Cross #1
Percival Constantine
fantasy, paranormal, humour, crime
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
31 May 2017

Luther Cross here. Dangerously handsome, effortlessly stylish half-demon, at your service. As I have inherited certain...abilities with my odd genetics, I’ve put them to use as Chicago’s foremost paranormal investigator.

My current case? Well, I have to admit, it feels a little personal. I’m helping a mysterious girl who’s turned up on my doorstep, pregnant through mystic means. I can’t help but think of my own mother…and if I don’t help her, she’ll face the same fate.

Turns out, someone is trying to create an army of half-demons. While it might be a pleasant change to hang out with my own kind, I know most half-demons don’t have my sense of morality. If I don’t stop this evil plan, the armistice between Heaven and Hell will be broken and all of the Earth will pay… It will be the beginning of the end.

Well, a PI with a difference… especially as he is half-demon and his lover is a vampire… who knew? And yes, Holy Water, blessed by a priest does harm demons and nasties..

My first introduction to this series and I started with the first book and found it a fun read with some nice snark and a different type of PI considering I have just read Mary Wiles #1 where we have an angel doing a similar job.

I like the style and pace of this this writer and found him clear and good at ensuring we knew enough back story without over-whelming us so we understood what was going on. Loved the idea of there being roof-top bars that we humans don’t get entry to. Unless…

And nice for it to set in Chicago for a change. I’ve always heard rumours that Chicago is a dangerous place to visit. And with all these paranormals living there, I now know why!

 

 

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Mary is an Angel – of some sort

Marked by Hell Book Cover Marked by Hell
Mary Wiles Chronicles #1
Erin Bedford
paranormal, mythology, crime
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(14 May 2017)

The road to heaven is paved with Mary Wiles' victims.

Los Angeles isn’t just a playground for those searching for a new start. It’s a darker and more dangerous place than they’ll ever know. But Mary’s not fooled.

With her hands full trying to play human while looking for a way back to heaven, Mary doesn’t have time to polish her halo let alone solve a murder case. But when she finds out demons are responsible, Mary just can’t help herself.

When Mary makes a mistake causing her best friend to be taken, she will have to make a choice: sacrifice an innocent for the chance to get her revenge or lose everything she has worked for. Mary starts to realize there is no clear path back to heaven without becoming tainted herself.

So Mary is really Muriel – an Angel – well actually an Archangel:

Muriel means “Perfume of God.” This is a female archangel who brings peace and harmony to one’s life. She is responsible for carrying around the message of peace and harmony to people on the Earth.

Her angelic responsibilities also include tending the plants and animals on this Earth.

Depicted with a crown made of flowers, it is known that when she is in your presence, you will smell the scent of your favorite flower. When this happens, it will confirm that Archangel Muriel is somewhere near you. [https://www.guardian-angel-reading.com/blog-of-the-angels/archangel-muriel/]

But now she is on Earth after her wings have been removed by demons, she is not quite as peaceful as before – at least when it comes to fighting demons.

She is also not quite au fait with human behaviour and norms and speech. Which gives a lighter touch to this novel which could otherwise be rather dark as is it mostly about the fights she gets into when dealing with possessed humans.

Erin writes a good story and this is a good series of novels about Muriel and how she adapts to her new life and new companions.

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SHADES OF FAE BOX SET

Shades of Fae
Box Set
Multi author
paranormal, mythology, romance
Carter and Bailey Publishing
Kindle

Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We know only three things about the Fae: they don't lie, they cheat. What they aren't given, they take. And if they can't rule ... they conquer.

Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York city, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection ...

Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful Fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings danger.

This is a limited edition box set of 23 full length novels only available to followers of CK Dawn.

Wicked paranormal reading with a Fae orientation but…

Reviews of #1-6

  •  Remnants of Ash by CK Dawn

4 stars

Here mortals meet the Fae with an Apocalypse coming along. And shock horror, it turns out that the 4 Fae nobles are the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse them selves and thus bringers of evil whether they belong to the Light or Dark Fae Courts. Their aim – the Fall of Humanity.

But 1 Horseman turns on his own. An unusual but good re-telling of how the Apocalypse comes about. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment. 

  • The Shaded Veil by Shawnee Small

Another 4 star. A story about how to bumble your way into the world of the Fae – and to find out that your lazy worker is really a Fae prince in disguise. Oops!

Fun and flirty.

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Untimely Murder by  Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt

So once upon a time Briar rose fell asleep and was awoken by true love’s kisses after her Prince battles his way through roses to her. 

Or alternatively, he inherits a castle and finds a ghost inhabiting a tower. And it has nothing at all to do with a wicked step-mother, but there is a Evil Fairy – male by the way – involved.

Another 4 star.

  • A Fey’s Wolf by Elle Boon

Only a 2 star for this one.

I got bored half-way through and abandoned it. Clearly a lot of back story – was this part of a series? I fund it too confusing and for me, the story didn’t stand alone.

  • Of Water and Blood by Pauline Creedon

Another 4 star story.

Normally I  don’t like heroines who are only 17 years old, but this one was very mature for her age. But, her ‘friend’ and accomplice was very immature and didn’t appeal as a hero. Still, a good story-line.

  • Fatal illusion by Tamari Etherton

Another 4 star!

So someone is tricking the Fae and putting them in lockets and then taking them to the human world. And rori is right in the middle of it – along with her brother and an Elven Prince.

I liked Rori. she is my kind of heroine. But she still has a lot of growing up to do….

  • lFAE101 by Cyndia Faria
  • A Kiss of shadow by Isadora Brown
  • Resisiting Moonlight by Amy L gal
  • Awaken by charlene A Wilson
  • Destiny’s Fae by katalina leon
  • Beauty sleep by J A Armitage
  • The Winter Sun by Megan J Parker and Nathan Squires
  • The triad’s Evolution by Lynda Kaye Frazier
  • Second to none by Kim Carmicahael’
  • the curse of the Fallen by Coleen Haleson
  • Forsaken by Danielle Rose
  • The Last ringmaster by Lynda Haviland
  • Hunted by Dyan Chick
  • The Brothers Djinn by Cate Rowan
  • A Capital Abduction by JB Michaels
  • Desolation by RS Broadhead
  • Marked Paradox by Jen L Grey and Heather Renee

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When the nobility is dark

The Demon Duke Book Cover The Demon Duke
Put Up Your Dukes #1
Margaret Locke
Regency romance
Locked on Love Publishing
May 20, 2017
304

Behind every good man is a great secret. Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family's estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, it falls on Damon to take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom, and to introduce his sisters to London Society-his worst nightmare come to life. He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. The beautiful debutante stirs him body and soul with her deep chocolate eyes and hesitant smiles. Until she stumbles across his dark secret. Bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to take on the London Season to find herself a husband, but she has other ideas. Such as writing a novel of her own. But she has no idea how to deal with the Duke of Malford. Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?

A very different Regency romance in that it highlights the problems of ignorance, and the effect it had on people in this time. A time when ‘tics’ were believed to be either voluntary or a sign of possession by a demon! A time when the ‘less than perfect’ were locked away from society, and often placed in Lunatic Asylums.

Facial tics in children of course, are not necessarily a sign of Tourettes, although they are often associated with this.  Though the swearing is not always a symptom. They tend to begin in childhood and as the child grows can become less severe. stress, fatigue or excitement can aggravate these symptoms and the child/adult may be able to learn to control them through relaxation techniques and – now – medications and psychotherapy.

Apart from the social commentary, it is a Regency romance in the (more) traditional form, with a semi-reluctant bride-to-be, and a husband chosen through some misadventure, yet they are in love with each other anyway.

Nice writing and a good twist and a decent length of story.

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