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The wedding with demons

Big fat demon slayer wedding Book Cover Big fat demon slayer wedding
Accidental Demon Slayer series - #5.
Angie Fox
paranormal ghost romance
Moose Island Books
(9 Nov. 2013)

Lizzie Brown is about to have the destination wedding of her dreams. But as this former preschool teacher knows, being a demon slayer makes everything more complicated. The vengeful Earl of Hell is on her tail. And now it seems one of the guests at the eccentric, seaside mansion is possessed and trying to kill her. Maybe she should just elope.

The groom, studly shape-shifting griffin Dimitri Kallinikos, vows to protect her at all costs. Yet even he is acting suspiciously. And minions of the devil are popping up everywhere. As the wedding draws closer, Lizzie has to learn who is behind the attacks—and fast—or risk losing everyone she loves.

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Now this story had lots of humour to attract the reader. Another wedding and as you can guess from the title some mayhem ensues due to the paranormal aspects.

This book is part of the Accidental Demon Slayer series – #5.

Our heroine, Lizzie, has a the most wonderful grannie – she is leader of a witch coven (24 witches) that ride motorbikes! Harleys to be precise. They are wild and untamed; they drink too much and party too hard and generally live up to the reputation of motorbike gangs except for the witch aspect.

Our heroine has a very straightlaced Southern mother from Society, with the relatives to match, and a very handsome Greek fiancé, Dimitri, who is not really quite what might expect either – he is a shape-shifting griffin.

The mother is far from happy that her daughter has taken up with her Grannie and learnt to be a witch and a demon slayer with potions, spells and weapons too – except she wasn’t really yet aware of what, and who, that meant. From being a nice ‘Lady’ with Southern manners and charm, but nonetheless she was going to give her a true Southern wedding in a mansion with flowers and folderols and all. The mansion is not quite what was expected and what happened at the wedding with 24 biker witches who hadn’t learnt Southern manners. And Lizzie has a dog with a pet dragon (!) PS Lizzie has now got purple hair that her mother does not approve of – but I do – I have purple hair – sometimes striped as it is at the moment with pink in 2 tones, and as it was last month with added orange. But I decided that was one colour too far.
Things don’t go as planned and fun and mayhem is had by all and the reader is astonished at just what can happen in this (haunted) mansion when you add demon slaying witches to the mix.





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The Aliens are here

Passion Awakened
#1 The Hush
Katherine Diane
Paranormal Demons & Devils Romance, Paranormal Vampire Romance, Fantasy Romance
Independently published
(4 May 2020)

A vampire warrior. A shrink. This could get uncomfortable.Kyr, leader of the Vampire Defense Agency’s elite ground team, doesn’t have a choice in the matter. Either he participates in this bullshit psych eval, or his team gets suspended.But this isn’t about Kyr’s mental health. This is an investigation. Because the director wants to know why the Hush hasn’t been joining the company singalong lately. The reason? A traitor at the VDA is betraying vampire females into the hands of a demon lord.Yeah. Kyr doesn’t trust anyone, not even—especially not—the gorgeous agent assigned to evaluate him. The only thing more difficult than dodging her questions?Denying the intense (and inconvenient) attraction sizzling between them…

So, this a vampire novel, but vampires are actually aliens. We discover that they travelled to earth – through a portal – around 2 thousand years ago from their planet, which had been made uninhabitable by the war against demons.

Now, headed up by their Queen, they were well settled but hidden in the human population. Still at war with demons however, who had followed them to earth and still popped up through portals. They also still popped up on their original planet and certain trained agents were sent there to eradicate them. Which was not a nice gig.

When a human mated with a vampire, the vampire side sometimes didn’t come out and they remained human. However, when it did, they became vampires and needed to be carefully looked after until they were adjusted to their new life.

So that’s the background to this story.

The actual story was a vampire romance with the usual issues for a romance – with a cliff hanger.

There were still a few typographical and grammatical errors in the ARC but not bad enough to spoil the writing.

It was a competent book but not exciting unless this genre is really your ‘thing’.

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Aliens!

Passion Awakened Book Cover Passion Awakened
The Hush Book 1)
Katherine Diane
paranormal romance, vampires
Independently published
(4 May 2020)

Kyr, leader of the Vampire Defense Agency's elite ground team, doesn't have a choice in the matter. Either he participates in this bullshit psych eval, or his team gets suspended.
But this isn't about Kyr's mental health. This is an investigation. Because the director wants to know why the Hush hasn't been joining the company singalong lately. The reason? A traitor at the VDA is betraying vampire females into the hands of a demon lord.
Yeah. Kyr doesn't trust anyone, not even--especially not--the gorgeous agent assigned to evaluate him. The only thing more difficult than dodging her questions?
Denying the intense (and inconvenient) attraction sizzling between them...

So this a vampire novel, but vampires are actually aliens. We discover that they travelled to earth – through a portal – around 2 thousand years ago from their planet, which had been made uninhabitable by the war against demons.

Now, headed up by their Queen, they were well settled but hidden in the human population. Still at war with demons however, who had followed them to earth and still popped up through portals. They also still popped up on their original planet and certain trained agents were sent there to eradicate them. Which was not a nice gig.

When a human mated with a vampire, the  vampire side sometimes didn’t come out and they remained human. However, when it did, they became vampires and needed to be carefully looked after until they were adjusted to heir new life.

So that’s the background to this story.

The actual story was a vampire romance with the usual issues for a romance – with a cliff hanger.

There were still a few typographical and grammatical errors in the ARC but not bad enough to spoil the writing.

It was a competent book but not exciting unless this genre is really your ‘thing’.

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They all can’t fit in – normality

Magic Misfit: A Reverse Harem Academy Romance Book Cover Magic Misfit: A Reverse Harem Academy Romance
(Raven Academy Book 1)
A. Caprice
paranormal romance, young adult
kindle

The Raven Academy could save my life… if it doesn’t kill me first.

 

Waitressing might pay my bills, but it’s my cage fighting at night that really cranks my gears. Until some weird hidden power helped me win a fight. Now no one wants to step in the ring with me.

And my life is going from weird to worse. The same night a werewolf tried to tear out my throat, a guy shows up telling me magic exists AND goes on to prove it. And, oh yeah, my life is in danger now that my abilities have started to show.

Apparently the answer is for me to follow this hottie professor to some Raven Academy and learn magic. School was never my jam, but at least this one comes with a hot demon who’s helping me train and a sexy fellow student who seems to be interested in more than just study hall. Throw in Professor Sexy Pants tutoring me privately to improve my magic, and it’s every girl’s dream.

Until I find out I’m part of some save-the-world prophecy, and the fate of all supernatural creatures rests on my shoulders. Great.

If my sexy consorts and I can’t pummel my magic into shape soon, we’re all doomed…

Magic Misfit is the first book in the Raven Academy series, a reverse harem romance with a university-age heroine having all the fun. Get this book if you like kick-ass heroines, steamy heroes, and smexy scenes so hot they’ll steam up your e-reader,. All characters are 18+.

This is a fun young adult book with a reverse harem theme as she just can’t decide on which of the males ‘courting’ her, she wants. So difficult to decide I guess… although at least the Professor tries not to get involved with her – serious offence to fraternise sexually with a student you are teaching – and in some unis, any students even when you are not teaching them. You get thrown out.

Add in a sort of school – well they call it a university – but more like a college without degrees but thematic in types of magic, where most people attend at 17 years – normal for the USA, and she is older, and…

So there are the bitchy girls, the in-crowd, the young guys who are top of the ‘leader’ board with competition for their attention and jealousy – you get the idea.

I really like the idea that someone thinks it makes him look like a Professor because he wears a ‘vest’. I assume one like the one below or with buttons. Personally, having worked in a number of British universities and having known Canadian, American, Spanish and other nationalities of Professors well, I have never ever met a Professor wearing one….

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Do I want to read more of these – it being book 1 of a series? No, but not quite my scene even if fun and should appeal to those who like this trope variant.

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A World of slavery and …

House of Earth and Fire Book Cover House of Earth and Fire
Crescent City
Sarah J. Maas
fantasy, romance. sci-fi
Bloomsbury Publishing (3 Mar. 2020)
Pub Date 3 Mar 2020

Perfect for fans of Jessica Jones and True Blood, this is a blockbuster modern fantasy set in a divided world where one woman must uncover the truth to seek her revenge.

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion - also known as Crescent City - has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce's world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city's most notorious nightclubs - but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can't forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir ...
With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom - and the power of love.

 

I was given an extract of this book through NetGalley – now I don’t usually bother with extracts, but this one looked intriguing. And it was.
I’ve never read Sarah Maas before, and this is apparently her first venture into writing for an adult rather than YA audience. And for me it worked. I have read some comments where people who have read her YA books thought that this one had faults – yes of course we had Alpha aholes and a kick ass heroine. After all, this is the trope in which this book was written. Nice to see also that the angels weren’t all bright and light and good – plenty of grey and nasties.
I thought it was good universe building – yes we had the MidGard planet and a continent called the Pangera (see Pangea – the real land mass on Earth) and other references to these universes/worlds built in other books in this genre – but still the mix of technology and magic in this one was different.
And I so far haven’t come across a universe where there are angel slaves. Which I thought was a nice touch and permitted new storylines to emerge.
For me, this was a good read – it could have stopped at many points and been a much shorter book and left stuff for the next – but instead Mass carried on with a new twist and more highs and lows. The twists and hidden secrets kept coming right until the end – hints of these secrets only realisable after the action – which is good writing and means good plotting took place.
I liked the extract enough to buy the full book which means I wanted to find out more in the story… so a good read for me. I hope to read the next one in the series and that it is as long and complex in plotting as this one.

I was given an extract of this book through NetGalley – now I don’t usually
bother with extracts, but this one looked intriguing. And it was.

I’ve never read Sarah Maas before, and this is apparently her first venture
into writing for an adult rather than YA audience. And for me it worked. I have
read some comments where people who have read her YA books thought that this
one had faults – yes of course we had Alpha aholes and a kick ass heroine.
After all, this is the trope in which this book was written. Nice to see also that the angels weren’t all bright and light and good – plenty of grey and nasties.

I thought it was good universe building – yes we had the MidGard planet and a continent called the Pangera (see Pangea – the real land mass on Earth) and other references to these universes/worlds built in other books in this genre – but still the mix of technology and magic in this one was different.

And I so far haven’t come across a universe where there are angel slaves.
Which I thought was a nice touch and permitted new storylines to emerge.

For me, this was a good read – it could have stopped at many points and been a much shorter book and left stuff for the next – but instead Maas carried on with a new twist and more highs and lows. The twists and hidden secrets kept coming right until the end – hints of these secrets only realisable after the action – which is good writing and means good plotting took place.

I liked the extract enough to buy the full book which means I wanted to find
out more in the story… so a good read for me. I hope to read the next one in
the series and that it is as long and complex in plotting as this one.

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