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Henry VII

HenryVIITitle:Henry VII

Author: Sean Cunningham

Genre:History non-fiction

Published:April 12th 2007 by Routledge

Plot:This biography illuminates the life of Henry VII himself, how he ran his government, how his authority was maintained, and the nature of the country over which he ruled since he first claimed the throne in 1485.

Sean Cunningham explores how Henry’s reign was vitally important in stabilizing the English monarchy and providing the sound financial and institutional basis for later developments in government, and tackles key questions in the debate:

Was Henry VII a conventional late medieval nobleman?
How did his upbringing affect his later kingship?
What was the nature of Henry’s marriage to Elizabeth of York?
How and why did he become the main rival to Richard III following the disappearance of Edward V and his brother in July 1483?

Up until now the details of Henry as a person and as a king, his court and household, his subjects, and his country have remained little known. This book fills that gap, bringing to the forefront the life and times of the very first Tudor king.

Review: Most probably one of the worst historical non-fiction pieces I have ever read. There was little in any analysis, we didn’t really gain a view on Cunningham’s own opinion. If we did his voice was weak and drowned out by the factual statistics he bombarded us with.

It didn’t entertain me or engage me and I found it a drag to read. I do enjoy reading non-fiction historical novels and this book for me held some insightful facts at times that really made me think, WOW, I didn’t know that.

Then we’d drop into relaying everything that happened under Henry VII. If you want an interesting analysis of his life and an independent thinker who chooses to express their opinion, Cunningham is not one.

The wording at times may be simplistic and easy to read, but the pace at which the events drag is tedious. We have a very quick run down of Henry’s reign throughout the first section of the book and then we drop into separate factors. Once you surpass the quick overview of his reign, that was where I hit problems. Nothing was engaging!

I feel this book lacked the engagement and analysis I truly desired. I wanted to really understand the workings of Henry VII and his relationships. This book promised a lot and delivered little!

I do not recommend this book to anybody unless they desire a run down of everything Henry did in his reign, which you can get in a simplistic history textbook. This book does not offer an experience, it offers hours of boredom!


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GlitchTitle: Glitch

Author: Heather Anasasiu

Series: Glitch #1

Genre: Young-Adult, Dystopia, Romance, Futuristic, Science-fiction

Expected Release Date: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin’s Press

Plot: In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

Review: I thought this book was very unique!

The idea of lacking emotions was a concept I struggled to understand and fully comprehend to how it could work in this situation of a society, never mind a love triangle. However, once I began reading the book, the story begins to unravel and the situation becomes clear of how emotions can develop and the innocence behind it is really profound!

My main issue with the emotion came when I realised the novel was from a first person narrative. I didn’t understand how a lack of emotion could be interpreted through a first person narrative, but surprisingly for the moments where emotion is not present or at the back of Zoe’s mind, it works effectively with the clean cut, and factual statistics of the surrounding area.

The novel takes a real look into society and its hierarchy and how we realistically can move to this direction. I felt the novel distinctly set up a history that could provide the resulting society and its functioning. The idea of a V-chip to control the people and how their history has been manipulated is much more believable than certain dystopia novels and although the idea does border on science-fiction it works effectively to balance the two.

The characters: Zoe. Zoe is the girl we follow through the novel and we’re fully centred into her mind. I liked how we managed to uncover more than Zoe did about herself. Despite being in first person narrative, it works and it added to the excitement that Anasasiu created. I’ll admit I’ve yet to read a first person narrative where we’ve known more than the main character in the sense that Glitch allows us. Zoe is a character we watch mature and grow into her own self and kick-ass heroine by the end! She stands for what is right and what she believes, something at times we fear she may allowed to be trampled down by the bossy boys who surround her. However she pulls herself back from teetering on the edge where at times she’s in fear of being swallowed up by the commandeering presence of other characters.

The boys. They were interesting enigmas on their own and each offered very different traits that gave a good contrast. I felt despite the society they were from, we could still place them within our society as everyday people we know and this allowed the book to drop again to a realistic level. They added to the excitement and twist and certainly added an ever present friction and tension in the books that built the anticipation. However, having said that Max is a character I found I could not like in any way, shape or form (literally!). I tried to like him and he even seemed like he would hold redeeming qualities, but by the end of the story all hope was lost on his character.

The love triangle is something I think some people may feel like its been overdone before. To me, the love triangle was not what I expected and it’s made clear once you get into the space of the characters and understand the way they work, it becomes much more clear why the love triangle is required in this situation. I immediately sided with one of the boys, which cleared up any conflicting emotions one can sometimes feel with a love triangle.

I have to admit this story made me a little weepy in places because the turbulent emotions Anasasiu takes us through are certainly extremes and they had me clutching the edge of my seat and reaching for a tissue over the situations Zoe managed to get herself into. This book manages to play on all the emotions and never allows you to fall into a sense of comfort. There are twists and turns at every corner! Predictable this book is not!

The only other dystopia novel I’ve read is ‘The Hunger Games’ and this was nothing alike! However I enjoyed this book with equal vigour and devoured it eagerly. I will very much be looking forward to buying a copy to install on my book shelf! So while I urge you to flock and pick up this book, stick with the book because certain parts are better than others!


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Filed under 2012 Publication, 4 Books, Dystopia, E-book, Futuristic, Heather Anastasiu, Romance, Science-Fiction, St. Martin's Press, Young Adult

The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

The Twisted Tale of Stormy GaleTitle: The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

Author: Christine Bell

Series: Stormy Gale #1

Genre: Steampunk, Historical-Fiction, Adult, Romance

Published: April 2011 by Carina Press

Plot: I’m a time pirate—born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be.
That’s why it’s vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it. The notorious Duke of Leister definitely qualifies as the wrong hands. An amateur scientist of the slightly mad variety, he’s bound to figure out how to use the TTM sooner rather than later.
I knew this wouldn’t be easy. But I wasn’t counting on him being as sexy as hell. Or winding up chained to his bed…

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this short story.

First we’ll start with the two problems I had.

One was the length, I felt it was too short to really get into the story and enjoy the creative characters and depth that was just on the verge of being accomplished, but was then brushed over too quickly for my liking. I feel this book would have been utterly mind-blowing if the author had just taken the time to describe the situation a little more and elongate the ending. Normally some books over-do the ending by dragging it out, but this was not enough for me to wrap everything up so quickly in a short, quick, couple of pages. This just didn’t work for me.

Secondly, the background detail to the time and characters for this story to be ‘Steampunk’ or even historical fiction was sorely lacking. This frustrated me because I wanted to know where Stormy came from, not just London and a street urchin. I wanted the full gory past with all the horrors and hardship. I wanted to feel like I’d been transported to 1836 to witness the time and feeling. It just lacked in that department a lot for me. I still got the idea of time and setting, but I felt like the author teased us with the idea and failed to offer all that she had promised.

Despite this, the book filled in on the romance, which is surprisingly different to what I expected. From reading the blurb it appears to be a ‘kinky’ kind of book, but in fact, it’s nothing of the sort. If you’re looking for kink, don’t delude yourself by reading this in hopes of finding it. However, if you’re looking for a touching romance with ups and downs of the human mind conflicting.

I came to adore the ‘Loony Duke’ because he’s not all that he appears to be. I only wish we’d had more time to get to know him. His character entirely not what I expected and he had a very emotional and touching side to him that I grew to adore and cherish. He was smart and witty, and certainly not one to be trifled with. I’m excited to hear that he will be present in the sequel to this novel.

Overall I felt this book had a lot to offer in the context of escaping an hour or two in reading. It lacked in certain departments, but I can only hope the sequel will follow through on even more excitement!


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Avenger’s Angel

Avenger's AngelTitle: Avenger’s Angel

Author: Heather Killough-Walden

Series: The Lost Angels #1

Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Angels, Adult

Released: 2011 by Headline

Plot: After an eternity spent walking the earth in search of their lost soul mates, four archangels are about to learn that finding their archesses is only the first harrowing step to claiming their souls. When Uriel, the Angel of Vengence, catches sight of Eleanore Granger he is stunned. He and his brothers have searched for centuries for the elusive archesses made for them by the Old Man and, recognizing Ellie as his, Uriel, immediately wages a war of seduction to capture her heart. Beautiful Ellie has spent her life on the run, hiding inexplicable powers others would kill to possess. She cannot deny her attraction to the extraordinarily handsome man with piercing green eyes but can she trust him? As passion consumes Uriel and Ellie, outside forces just as powerful as the archangels themselves array against them. If they are to realized the love that is their destiny, Uriel and Ellie must fight to the death against those who would tear them apart …

Review: Personally, I found rating this book difficult. Parts of it were brilliant and other parts I felt lacked the intensity and excitement it promised.

Ellie was a character I didn’t really connect with, which was probably the main problem of the book for me. Her character was very absorbed with helping other people and as much as this is an admirable trait, I felt it was overly emphasised. Not until the end did she seem to centre herself on the person who was the ‘other-half’ of her soul, Uriel. She placed all the characters in danger and herself too much, by healing people in the middle of the street. This was the main confusion point for me, since she always talked about staying away from the centre of attention and worrying over these matters, it seemed irresponsible and a contradiction to her character to throw herself into that turmoil. However, by the end she’d reached a reasonably, redeemable level with me because of her participation and defiance she showed as a strong character. Despite her being a strong female lead, she swooned too much for me over the ‘hot’ angels in the story and allowed herself to be side-tracked from her strong female lead. In parts she showed great potential at being a feisty heroine when she used her own powers to battle, but then she flopped with her swooning between Uriel and Samael, when the end seemed rather inevitable.

Uriel was a character I liked a lot by the end. At the start he seemed rather to up-front and arrogant, by the end he’d fallen to a reasonable level of arrogance balanced with redemption over actually thinking before he acted. This was something all the characters except Samael failed to achieve, thinking. Uriel had a very dominant personality that I loved, and it added to the intensity in the centre of the novel that really increased the romance.

A redeeming quality for me about the novel was although the romance was a leading plot line, it didn’t centre on being overly explicit or fluffy with the romance. It was balanced well with the action and sub-plot lines. The internal dialogue and conflict did play a large part of the novel, which could have probably been reduced in areas, however it added to the feel of getting into the characters heads and understanding their predicaments.

Despite the problems I found with the book, I fell in love with Samael’s character. However he is poised as the ‘villain’ of the story, along with several others and this made me feel rather uncomfortable that he grew so much upon me. I’m not entirely sure if this is intentional on the author’s part or merely an error on her part. I’m assuming it was intentionally and I hope to see further plot development on his character because despite the other novels, which I assume will show the tales of the other three brothers, Samael has a story to tell that I will be excited to read.

The book certainly had a religious context that surrounded it, but it wasn’t explicitly emphasising religion, rather the history and beliefs of angels and God’s decisions and angels he’s made. It made for an interesting read because I thoroughly enjoy different interpretations of angels and archangels.

The book certainly made me turn the pages, and I think the book finished in a respectable place that prevented it from being overly long. Overall a read that I enjoyed and would recommend to fans of the angel genre.


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The Hunger Games

The Hunger GamesTitle: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Series: Hunger Games #1

Genre: Dystopia, Young-Adult, Romance

Released: October 31st 2008 (Scholastic Inc.)

Plot: Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

Review: WOW.

This book has left me stunned for words. It sounds simplistic and sometimes even predictable from the blurb but is nothing of the kind. It’s intense and the tension is incredibly unbearable. I found myself flipping page after page just to get to the next and discover what would happen.
The relationship that developed between Peeta and Katniss is exciting and you’re really placed into the mind of Katniss and the feelings she’s experiencing.

A good book to me is one that you retain lasting emotions and makes an impact on you, even just for a short amount of time. For me, this book was more than just a good book, it was amazing! It has had a profound effect on me and dystopia novels really make you look at the world we live in. I generally refrain from reading dystopia novels because of the intensity they bring and the everlasting effect they leave, but I couldn’t avoid this book.

It may seem predictable in the sense that it’s from a first person perspective and Katniss should survive, but there are so many twists, turns and unpredictable routes that leave you on an edge at every step.
For the first part of the story, the pace is rather slow and sedate with the tension ever mounting. This is our chance to connect with the characters and establish a relationship. Suzanne Collins does this really well making the characters likeable and realistic so you can relate. The first person perspective aids this and when you witness everything through the eyes of Katniss, if leaves you incredibly torn.

Several chapters into the second part and this is when I could not put the book down. To put it down was a physical pain to not know what would happen next. This was the type of book I happily stayed up all night reading to reach the end, which it has been a while since a book has made me do that.
The final part makes you think the conclusion is nigh, but the tension is ever present. The story was so exciting it gave me a real adrenaline rush when the pace picked up and things began to get wild.
I had mixed expectations when going into reading this book, one friend had raved about the fantastic plot line and excitement, while another told me it was too predictable. I found my vision clouded with a slightly critical eye, but once I past the first part, I could no longer view the book harshly. For me, when my opinion was changed around from expecting the expected to find something unexpected, this left me speechless. I admit parts are as predicted and everything isn’t perfect, but the book is well rounded and a good piece of literature.

A review for this book is hard to put into words with the feelings it has left behind. A novel I would recommend to every person out there. Not only are the plot, characters and dynamics of the story thrilling, the book is well written and the evolution from todays society is clear to see!

I think the heroine is believable and I cannot imagine the horrors and everlasting effects this kind of trauma would leave. For me, I read lots of romance mixed with different genres, but it was oddly refreshing to see it take a back seat to the plot of the story and Katniss’s role in the games. This story contains real, deep political issues that Katniss as a persona and Peeta both challenge in simple and obvious ways and it’s highly effective.

This books raises the question of our own humanity and how far will we let reality stretch. Definitely a book not to assume the worst of before reading.


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Purity in Death


Title: Purity in Death

Author: J.D. Robb

Series: In Death#15

Genre: Crime, Romance, Adult

Publication: January 6th 2005 by Piatkus Books

Plot: Louie Cogburn has spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. Finally, when someone knocks on his door, Louie picks up a baseball bat and starts swinging … The first cop on the scene fires twice and Louie dies instantly. Detective Eve Dallas over the investigation, but there’s nothing to explain the man’s sudden rage or death. The only clue is a bizarre message left on his computer screen: Absolute Purity Achieved. And when a second man dies under nearly identical circumstances, Dallas starts to think the impossible—that this might be a computer virus able to spread from machine to man …

Review: I enjoyed this book immensely, but that is in large due to my general love of the series, which is an extremely unique one.

We see Eve grow as a person when she has to deal with her personal relationships more than ever.  Those relationship dynamics were by far the most we’ve seen Eve express herself emotionally towards friends, when Peabody, Mavis and McNab all become central focus. The strength of their relationships are all tested. With Mavis we find a certain humour that lightens the book, whilst McNab and Peabody remind us of the dangers of the job and make our heart beat a little faster.

However, on the downside to this, I felt like Robb tried to put too much emotional stress on Eve all at once, when the incidents were minor details in certain instances and then major problems in another. I felt that testing both her friendship with Peabody and McNab was overdone, and rather it should have just been one or the other that Eve had the emotional trauma over. Using both lessened the impact of the event and reduced the emotional attachment for me.

Trueheart reappears in this novel again, and I adore his character. Unfortunately, we hardly see the poor guy, despite him taking a major role in the case at the start of the story, he then vanishes for at least the central part before reappearing right at the end. When Eve is meant to be concerned for him and his trauma, there is no incident where she speaks to him or even checks on him. I found this to be the only real ‘plot hole’ when he vanishes for most of the book. It seemed to me that he was meant to have a story within this novel, and then Robb forgot about him for the central part and stashed him into the end to sort things out. His character witness a real emotional trauma and although he isn’t a main secondary character, he was important in this particular novel, and that frustrated me greatly when he disappeared.

Despite all of this, there were many good points about the book. We saw the development of Eve’s position in the police force and the discussion of her gaining bars once again. This leaves us ever excited to see when she’ll finally be awarded the certainly deserved bars. The relationship with Roarke manages to develop into a more solid relationship after the confrontation of morals and right and wrong.

Finally this instalment draws in many of the much loved characters from the past that have had little action until now. We see Baxter, Jamie, Trueheart and Tibble all playing much larger roles along with McNab and Peabody having a central stage for development in their relationship. This made it rather cute and fluffy for a crime novel, but the brutality and terror still remained to remind us of Robb’s uncanny ability in portraying the true horrors of murder.

Overall an enjoyable read, with only a few minor discrepancies.


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Night Play

Night PlayTitle: Night Play

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: Dark-Hunters #5

Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Adult, Were-shifters

Publication: August 3rd 2004, St. Martin’s press

Plot: Bride McTierney has just been dumped via FedEx. There’s not much that could ease such a broken heart until Vane Kattalakis wanders into her shop and her life. Their whirlwind affair feels too good to be true. Deadly and tortured, Vane isn’t what he seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride’s case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn’t looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered—something no self-respecting wolf can accept … But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.

Review: This was by far my favourite of the series so far!

Vane has an emotional side to him that allowed me to make an instant connection, which was amplified by out past introduction of him from ‘Night Embrace’. His character had yearned after Bride then and here we meet him 8 months on from then, now emotionally traumatised and a little broken. He’s a tough, sexy man who’s truthful and naive in human ways. This makes for a light-hearted humour at his expense as well as interesting plot twists to how he behaves as a human to ‘woo’ Bride.

Bride for me was an interesting character because she wasn’t your average skinny woman that exists in a large amount of paranormal books. She was a real women, who was independent, successful and looking for a husband to marry and have children with. She’s an ordinary character that made her easy to relate to. Her problems with weight were a genuine issue that many women suffer with or the feelings of being uncomfortable with ones body allowed me to relate to her. Vane allowed her to become comfortable and feel beautiful in her skin, and this was a major reason I enjoyed the book so much because the promotion of feeling comfortable in your human skin brought the paranormal to a realistic level that we could dream about. Despite paranormal being there to make us desire the fantasy, this brought a realistic touch that only enhanced the read.

The mixture of old and new characters offset the story for an interesting pace, which ranged between speedy and slow, but there was never a dull moment. The old characters allowed us to reflect on their progression, whilst the new characters only bolstered the past of the old, and brought in future glimpses of tales to be told.

This story has an exciting mixture of lovin’, romance and dirty-fighting. It was an all around, very enjoyable read that would certainly thrill me to read again. The characters were ones that you can attach to well and the story had a great balance of realism and fantasy that made it perfect for me!


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Naked in Death

Naked in DeathTitle: Naked in Death

Author: J.D Robb

Series: In Death #1

Genre: Crime, Romance, Adult, Futuristic

Published: Piatkus Books 2007 (1st Published July 1995)

Plot: The first book of the In Death series, featuring New York City homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion. When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society.
Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome . . . and the leading suspect in the investigation.

Review: This book has an interesting mixture of crime, romance and passion to make it an all around fantastic read. The main feature is the crime and the mystery behind the ‘whodunit’ scenario. It leaves one guessing all the way until the end who might have been the murderer and then flings out a totally unexpected criminal.

The romance for myself only adds to the experience of the read because it’s the background story to building the character profile. It allows the connection between reader and character to be made and increases the excitement. Not only does the main character have to tackle the problem of murder and deal with the fallout from the crime, but she has to balance it with a man who’s a suspect and coming after her for more than just a chat.

The idea of Roarke being a suspect only further entangles the precarious emotions of Eve who is an incredibly likeable, strong heroine. She’s confused and distraught over potentially falling for her leading suspect, but then the problem appears when she’s faced with the facts and her gut instinct. Roarke is definitely the suave, man-of-your-dreams with the money, power and looks, you want him chasing you instead of Eve and it certainly becomes a page turner to find the murderer and the resulting implications for the romance. Roarke may be arrogant and over-bearing at times, but this only makes for an interesting mix with the strong-willed Eve.

Robb certainly doesn’t surpass the gore and violence of a real crime thriller, despite having the romance, this book pertains all the grit of a really exciting crime book and loses nothing for gaining a love plot.

The introduction to the series starts with a real adrenaline rush and without a doubt, leaves you desperate for more of Eve’s action, her romance and more murder!

However if you’re looking for a straight crime without interference of romance, this book would not be one I’d recommend. Only if you like to mix the genres and enjoy some nice romance, with a suave, confident man then this book is for you.

This book tops an all time favourite for me and I could read it over and over again!


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Recent Releases in the Paranormal-Romance

Lover RebornTitle: Lover Reborn

Author: J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #10

Published: March 27th 2012 by NAL

Plot: Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment is a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance- and is unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, desolate netherworld—he turns to the angel to save his former mate, only to despair at the path he himself must take to set her free. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vies for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with… but can’t seem to turn away from.

Wicked as They ComeTitle: Wicked as They Come

Author: Deliah S. Dawson

Series: Blud #1

Published: March 27th 2012 by Pocket Books

Format: Paperback

Plot: Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)
Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.
When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?

Dire NeedsTitle: Dire Needs

Author: Stephanie Tyler

Series: Eternal Wolf Clan #1

Published: March 6th 2012 by Signet

Format: Paperback

Plot: The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…
Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.
Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.
But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all–trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan.

Bear Meets GirlTitle: Bear Meets Girl

Author: Shelly Laurenston

Series: Pride #7

Published: March 27th 2012 by Brava

Format: Paperback

Plot: He’s big, burly, and way smarter than your average shapeshifting bear. He’s also about to get trapped by own his game. . .

Lou Crushek is a reasonable, mellow, easygoing kind of guy. But once someone starts killing the scumbags he works so hard to bust, that really gets under his fur. Especially when that someone is a curvy she-tiger with a skill set that’s turning Crush’s lone-bear world upside down–and bringing his passion out of hibernation. . .

As a member of an elite feline protection unit, Marcella Malone has no problem body-dropping anyone who hunts her kind. But Crush is proving one major pain in her gorgeous tail. The only reason she’s joined forces with him is to track down the wealthy human who’s got her entire species in his ruthless sights. It sure isn’t because Crush’s stubborn and contrary attitude is rubbing Cella in all the right ways. . .

The Isis CollarTitle: The Isis Collar

Author: Cat Adams

Series: Blood Singer #4

Published: March 13th 2012 by Tor

Format: E-book

Plot: Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.
Warned of a magical “bomb” at a local elementary school, Celia forces an evacuation. Oddly, the explosion seems to have no effect, puzzling both Celia and the FBI. Two weeks later, a strangely persistent bruise on Celia’s leg turns out to be the first sign of a magical zombie plague.
Finding the source of the plague isn’t Celia’s only concern. Her alcoholic mother has broken out of prison on the Sirens’ island; her little sister’s ghost has possessed a young girl; and one of Celia’s boyfriends, a powerful mage, has disappeared.

Hide & SeekTitle: Hide & Seek

Author: Aimee Laine

Series: Games of Zeus #1

Published: March 1st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing

Format: Paperback

Plot: Lie, cheat or steal, no one can catch Tripp Fox. Except one woman.
Lexi Shepherd’s knack for finding whatever is asked of her isn’t sheer luck. It’s a gift from the Greek god Zeus.
That Lexi doesn’t use her ability to search for “Mr. Right” comes from one of many personal rules she has set for herself. Number one is not to let fate dictate her future.
Falling in love with Tripp breaks all the others.
Despite her principles, Lexi’s unable to stay away from the bad boy, and she finds herself toeing the grey line of the law for him.
Zeus, though, didn’t give Lexi and Tripp their talents to make their relationship a simple, easy alliance. He designed it to be exactly the opposite. Impossible. Always.
With their separation, Lexi expects Tripp to forfeit love in favor of destiny. He, on the other hand, intends to beat Zeus at his own game. With a plan in place, Tripp challenges Lexi to take the one action no one else can.
Find him.
The question isn’t can she … but will she?

NightbornTitle: Nightborn

Author: Lynn Viehl

Series: Lord of Darkyn

Published: March 6th 2012 by Signet Select

Format: Paperback

Plot: The High Lord of the Immortal Darkyn has sent his most trusted warrior, Korvel, to retrieve a coveted scroll that’s rumored to contain maps to Templar treasures and the secrets to eternal life. Uniting with Korvel to recover the dangerous artifact is Simone Derien, the daughter of the scroll’s guardian, and a woman with many deadly secrets…

Assassins in LoveTitle: Assassins in Love

Author: Kris DeLake

Series: Assassins Guild #1

Published: March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Cassablanca

Format: Paperback

Plot: Agent: Misha
Profile: Highly trained in every method the assassins guild has to offer. Always goes by the book.
Agent: Rikki
Profile: Rogue assassin who kills only to rid the world of hardened criminals. Hates organizations. Always does it her way.
Love becomes a matter of life and death
Misha’s mission is to get Rikki to join the guild or give up her guns. He completely underestimated the effect she would have on him…and what heat and chaos they could bring to each other…

Temptation RisingTitle: Temptation Rising

Author: A.C. Arthur

Series: The Shadow Shifters #1

Published: March 27th 2012 by St. Martin’s Press

Format: Paperback

Plot: They live in the shadows—part man, part animal—hiding their true nature while defending the human race from the most savage of their kind…
Washington D.C. police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night, two years ago, when a huge cat-like creature saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget the ferocious strength of the beast’s fangs and claws—or the raw animal hunger in its eyes. Until she meets Roman Reynolds…
Powerful, passionate, and impossible to resist, they are the Shadow Shifters…
Muscular, magnetic, and all man, Roman is a high-powered attorney with a predatory smile and seductive charm. He is also a criminal suspect with suspicious connections to the Amazon jungle. But when Kalina discovers that Roman is linked to a secret race of shapeshifting jaguars—who hunt down maneaters—she is forced to put her trust in a man who unleashes her wildest fantasies and fears. A fierce creature of the night whose nature is to protect his female at any cost…

TigerTitle: Tiger

Author: Laurann Dohner

Series: New Species #7

Published: April 10th 2012 by Ellora’s Cave

Format: E-book

Plot: Zandy’s had too much to drink and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She knows she’s going to die. When her eyes open again, a beautiful man-creature is holding her in his arms. He is just too tempting to resist—her fallen angel. She wraps herself around his body, determined to have him. Reality crashes in when he turns out to be flesh and blood. She’s just molested a New Species.
Tiger’s shock quickly turns to intense passion when the small human female kisses him. She’s trying to get his clothes off and wants to share sex with him but she’s lying across the hood of his Jeep and he’s engaged in a task force operation.
Tiger has made it clear that he will never take a mate. There’s only one small problem—they can’t keep their hands off each other. The taste and feel of her just leaves Tiger wanting more.

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