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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What happens when a Hitman gets Married?

Hitman's Wedding Book Cover Hitman's Wedding
Bad Boy Inc #4
Eve Langlais
action and adventure, thriller, suspense, romance
Eve Langlais
(24 Aug. 2018)

The employees of Bad Boy Inc. are gathering for a celebration. The bride sported the latest in bullet proof corsets. The groom wore a gun. The guests came armed for action. But the cake blew up before they could eat it. As for the honeymoon, it’s going to be a mad chase across the globe dodging bullets and bombs to find the culprit who wants them all dead. Once upon a time, Darren fell for a woman while in the world’s most romantic city. In full view of the Eiffel tower he had his heart torn from his chest and stomped on. Time for revenge. Francesca played Darren for a fool, but he won’t let it happen again. Now that he’s found her, she’s going to pay for her actions. Problem is she’s getting under his skin. Rubbing against his skin. Making him remember those Paris days and hotter nights. Before he can decide if he’s crazy enough to fall in love with her again, everything explodes after the wedding.

Now this is a complex storyline.

There are plots within plots.

Who is leaking information? What do they want? What is the endgame? Why is BBI targeted?

And then along comes Fran – the model – and deceit.

An enjoyable action packed thriller – think James Bond with James being Jemima. Yes, a female assassin saves the day – again – and again.

This is an interesting series with absolutely no fantasy or super-naturals involved. Just heroes and heroines with somewhat dodgy attributes and jobs!

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Make those skills work for you

HOT PURSUIT. Book Cover HOT PURSUIT.
REBECCA. FREEBORN
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, mystery
Pantera Press
(28 Mar. 2018)

A missing rockstar, a suspected murderer on the run, and a chase through some of the world’s most romantic destinations

Sarah Burrowes is left with a shattered heart and a huge mortgage after the love of her life abruptly runs out on her.

An aspiring journalist, Sarah spends her days slaving away at a gossip magazine—far from her dream job.

Heartbroken and fed up, Sarah decides to take her career by the reins and lands herself the assignment of a lifetime in Europe. But there’s a catch—her boss pairs her with gorgeous but egocentric photographer, Nick, who just happens to be her ex’s best friend.

But when Sarah’s assignment takes a darker turn, she discovers there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is she ready to risk everything to get the scoop?

A kick-ass heroine here in a really nicely written fun story. So our heroine is exiting – still – a bad relationship with a not so good guy, when she finds herself travelling for her work – being a journalist.

Except that her boss doesn’t really think she is suited to the job as her previous career experience (despite her degree) had been in beauty therapy ie hair-dressing, and that was her current writing slot at the mag.

She gets sent abroad to investigate with a really hot camera man and things take the usual course. But are complicated by the rock star she manages to befriend and various shady activities. Nothing goes right, but works out well in the end.

Based in Australia, it makes a nice change of dialect for me, and brings back memories of my visit there too.

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Heroines and Hellions Box Set: some new reviews

Fairy Wings Book Cover Fairy Wings
Heroines and Hellions
Louisa Klein
urban fantasy
Carter & Bradley Publishing
(2 Jan. 2018)

NO DAMSELS ALLOWED!

22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.

Do you like your leading ladies to save the day...or raze it?

No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!

If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you're ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!

Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS

Be aware before you start reading that a number of the authors claim that the book was published too early and that a: the story included was not the one promised; or b:it is not finished. the do offer the opportunity to sign up for ending or correct story.

  1. Chains of Iron and Silver

by Margo Bond Collins and Erin Hayes

2 of my favourite fantasy authors creat a story where 2 monster hunters, cursed by a demon (family history), meet up to rescue a Fairy Rince captured by werewolves. ow was he? and the werewolf hunter has a pet werewolf? really? clearly a story yet to be told. So there is lots of killing of werewolves by our hunters. fun anf feisty heroins. 4 stars.

see Mistletoe and Mischief and Sin and Silver for more about these 2 hellions. I’m going to read them…

2. On a Red Horse

Monica Corwin

The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse – shock horror – are female! and living as humans…

  • and they are intimate with the Norse gods and the  Greek gods and…

– and guess what? they run a coffee shop Duh?

An interesting take on the topic and fun read.

3. Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak

A steampunk novel. I rather like this concept where it is set in the Victorian era, but not, with all the usual paranormal characters/creatures – and a Secret Police wearing Red Capes (not so secret then..). there are several wolf packs living in London but they are not very civilised – only one pack has anyone who can read and write. And the female pack runs a brothel.

So the questions behind this story is why are the packs working together? and what are they doing with all the different scientists they keep kidnapping?

4. No-Body’s Here: Bec Mc Master

5. Demon’s are a Girl’s Best Friend: Heather Marie Adkins

Rather a fun idea – you accidentally are a demon and accidentally have a child and then hide by pretending to human with an obsession with cross-stitch? And don’t tell your daughter what is coming for her? The small fact that her dad was a King in the demon world and that she might have to take his place if he dies?

Oops if you are her daughter. Another nicely written story and I love the cross-stitching mother.

6. Xin: Jade Kerrion

7. Secrets of the King: Gina Watson

8. Frigid: Rene Folsom

9. Dark Crown: Melle Amande

10. Underground Magic: D.D.Meirs

Well this was different, our heroine fights dirty in cages – lots of martial arts here and nasty – very nasty creatures to be fought.

11. Elements: Michelle Hercules

I didn’t like this one quite as much as most of the others. Lots of gods and goddesses and Gaia involved.

12. The Guardians: Elise Marion

Another girl who is half-demon and destined to fight and save the world.

A familiar tale but nicely written and set in New Orleans one of the favourite places for these dark and steamy novels..

13. A Touch of Death: Carly Fall

14. Marked in Shadow’s Keep

15. Jace’s Destiny: Ashley C. Harris

16. Dead Certain: Kim Cleary

17. City Stalker: Maria Monroe

18. Djinn Rising: Christine Walker

19. Fairy wings: Louisa Klein

And London is not what you thought when there is a wizard in charge of hunting down artefacts for the British museum and statues come to life after closing time.

A new author for me, writing a prequel to a series I’ve not encountered. But a nice, somewhat clipped way of writing and a heroine unsure of her powers – but not in this story at least, destined as the world’s saviour for a change.

Love the Mary Poppins bag – just what I want when I travel, o hold luggage and as many pairs of shoes as I want, and all in a bag that weighs next to nothing.

20. Trick of Shadows: Alex Owens

21. Takin’ it Back: Ash krafton

22. Ink: SJ Davis

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Small but deadly

Pint Sized Protector
Bad Boy Inc #2
Eve Langlais
romantic suspense, contemporary
Eve Langlais
(10 Oct. 2017)

Now there is one thing I learnt in Judo when I was younger that being pint -sized myself gave you several advantages when fighting tall and bulky males.

1. They underestimated you. And

2. You could get under their guard and throw them down before they knew it, as your centre of gravity was underneath theirs.

So being pint sized, if you are feisty, is often a good thing.

So enjoyed this feisty kickass pint-sized female story as it had resonations…

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