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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Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre

Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre
paranormal romance, fae, witches and wizards, sirens
Dec 2017
Kindle

Enter the labyrinth of Legends and Lore and meet a host of notorious beings that will change the way you view the mythological world.

You know the names but you don’t know the incredible stories behind them. Minotaurs, descendants of monsters, demi-gods, and fantastic creatures, are just a few of the characters contained within these pages.

There are 21 short stories – some very short and others longer – in this box set.

I shall review in sets of 7 and give an average of stars per set.

  1. Two if by Sea

Ines Johnson

A novella about Vivi from her previous Nia Rivers series, who is a river magical creature, with a shoe fetish (she explains this as being because all she ever saw were people’s feet and the shoes they wore from her river bed).

So Vivi, who had been given a pair of enchanted shoes in the previous books so she could walk (she was crippled), goes in search of some up-dated shoes from the same designer. The new ones were coming out in his shop in Rome, only the ley line she travelled on dumped in in the Athenian sea at the feet of Poseidon. He introduces her to modern life and its small issues like cars and roads and hotels….

A good novella with a charming Vivi. 4 stars.

2. Well Loved

Emma Nichols

So here there are some twins with the smaller, and weaker twin being a girl.  She is very sick, probably dying and modern medecine can do little for her. Her father and brother are determined to find a way she can be healed and so research lores and legends finding Brigid, the Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint in Ireland with a reputation for miracles.  Note: Holy Wells feature in this story.

3 stars.

3. Stealing Persephone: Isadora Brown

A story about Dream Walking that I couldn’t be bothered to finish. 2 stars

4. Mercury Rising: Rebekkah Lewis

Hybris is the goddess of Hubris and having a tempestuous love affair with Hermes – who is sad for the wood nymph that Apollo has stolen from the satyr Melancron, and is keeping chained up in his temple until she ‘admits’ to being in love with him. if ever…

A rather slow short story. 3 stars.

5. Hearts and Arrows: Natasha Larry

There is Venus, Cupid and Arrows plus Sirens and their daughters in this story. Do remember that Gods feed on the love of their worshippers – no love = no God and no Power. Hence Cupid is now living in a run-down trailer.

Not exciting. 3 stars.

6. How to Defeat a Demi-God: Nicole Zoltack

When a vampire-hunter goes to Italy for a change of scene and to hunt for serial killer, he doesn’t expect to find Medusa working out her revenge for a love gone bad.

Okay. 3 stars.

7. Cassie’s Curse: Liz Gavin

In Cassie’s family the women are descendants of the Delphic Oracle and obtain their gift of prophecy from Apollo – by being his worshipper – and lover. What happens when you reject Apollo?

Okay. 3 stars.

8.Goddess of Time: Monica Corwin

Morgana and Arthur and some enchanted islands. Didn’t enchant me. 2 stars.

9. Ovid’s Folly: Todd Skaggs

Medusa again but not an intentional serial killer. A modified curse but in some ways worse.

Quite enjoyable. 4 stars.

10. Hellbent: Tina Glasneck

11. Secret husband: Normandie Alleman

12. Water Warrior: Pauline Creedon

13. Gods and Monster’s: Jill Cooper

14. The Yaga Legacy: Debbie Cassidy

15. The Medusa Consiracy: Jackson Dean Chase

16. Hearth, Home and Havoc: RJ Blain

17. Tears of Stone: Raine English

18. In the Essence of Blood: Melle Amade

19. Aterion: Katalina Leon

20. The Fight of the Sorceress: Leona Bushman

21. Gods and Nymphs: Shannon Eckrich & Rebecca Hamilton

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Not So Easy

Earth Witches aren’t easy Book Cover Earth Witches aren’t easy
Earth Witche
Heather Long
occult, paranormal, fantasy, witches
Kindle

He’s supposed to be dead, but he's killing again...

Nearly a decade ago, hedge witch Chance Monroe’s life irrevocably changed. She survived the attack of a serial killer. His death should have set her free.

When her ex-lover shows up on her porch, Chance isn’t ready to hear Randall Oakes is still alive and less prepared for the sea of emotion swamping her. One man wants her dead and the other just wants her. When the FBI offers protective custody, Chance refuses. Connected to the earth, Chance must rely on her supernatural senses and her wits to survive this game of cat and mouse.

In the farm rich countryside of her native Northern Virginia, Chance confronts her troubled past, a supernatural adversary and a sizzling passion that’s lain dormant for years….

This time, she will teach her hunter a lesson: earth witches aren’t easy targets…

When I got given this free book, I read the title and thought it must be a paranormal, fantasy romance.

What I actually got was very different.

I got  a serial killer suspense/thriller with the FBI and a witch who is ‘tied’ to, and responsible for, maintaining the health of a particular patch of land. So harvet ans seed sowing blessings, ensuring that pesky elves and fairies and other magical creatures don’t upset the earth and those who ‘garden’ it are part of her job – for which she gets paid. And an earth witch can trace the history of the land through communing with it. Murder, war and so on leave scars in the land’s memory that she can access.

When Chance was at college studying Forensic Psychology she was attacked by a serial killer, but was saved from death by her attacker being interrupted and her being rushed to hospital very quickly.

Now the serial killer is back and targeting his only survivor and the FBI want to use her talents to catch him.

Heather Long  is a well established paranormal author with many published novels and it shows in her writing. The book is well proofed, the style is fluent and she tells a story that not only crosses genres but is one that you really don’t want to stop reading.

I went and bought the next book in the series immediately!

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What is it that is needed?

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter : Need Book Cover The Unlikeable Demon Hunter : Need
Nava Katz #3
Deborah Wilde
paranormal, demons and devils, urban fantasy
Te Da Media
(14 Aug. 2017)

Less Hopelessly Devoted, more Worse Things I Could Do.

Nava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin's refusal to believe there's corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head... Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

Still, she's got work to do:
Brotherhood: unmask.
Demons: slaughter.
Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.

Nava rides again to the rescue! Her twin finally finds a way to help. There is fighting. There are demons and devils and magic and…

All good fun with a feisty heroine to imitate? Role model?

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FBI go Paranormal

Agent of Enchantment Book Cover Agent of Enchantment
Dark Fae FBI#1
CN Crawford & Alex Rivers
paranormal, mystery, thriller, YA
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(10 April 2017)

The fae live among us. And one of them is a serial killer. I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack-the-Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong. This killer is fae, and he’s as elusive as smoke on the wind. But I’m an FBI profiler, and it’s my job to track him down. It doesn’t matter that one of the main suspects--a lethally alluring fae--is trying to seduce me… or kill me, I’m not sure which. I won’t be stopped, not even when panic roils through the streets of London, or when the police start to suspect me. As I close in on the killer, I follow him to a magical shadow realm that’s like nothing I ever expected, where I’m hunted like prey. Fine. Bring it on. I’m an FBI Agent. And it turns out I have magical powers of my own.

I got bored by this overly complicated novel -and it lacked a compelling story-telling. Didn’t manage to complete.

 

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