Liberated (Fractured #3) by Elle Charles

Book Description:

Published: August 14, 2015

Format: E-Book

After escaping the life that was determined to never let her go, and leaving behind the man that coaxed her from the darkness, Kara is back to living a solitary life. Hiding away, once again, she is living in isolation, forging an existence from the torn shreds left behind. Desperately wanting everything that has been stolen from her, but too frightened to take the risk, she has convinced herself that her choices are the right ones. Her absolution to stay hidden is robust, until familiar faces resurface, bringing with them heart breaking truths that she cannot ignore. Facing up to the consequence of her choices and the decisions she has made, running is no longer an option.

Facing up to reality will prove to be the hardest thing she ever does.

Ghosts from the past will return, undisclosed secrets will be revealed and lifelong dreams shall finally be fulfilled.

Warning:

Please note, this novel contains serious adult content and descriptive sexual scenes. 

Review –

I don’t know why, but I felt let down by this book, the final installment of the Fractured series. To me, it was too long, dragging out parts that could have been dealt with more succinctly.

The author did a very good job of tying up all the loose ends and getting rid of all of the demons that had plagued Kara and Sloan from the very beginning.

 

I felt like shaking Kara at times for the stupid things she did. Sloan had the patience of Job. 

I did like ending with the epilogue from Sloane’s point of view.  I like Sloan enormously and was very satisfied with tbe way the story ended. I will think of them enjoying their future together free from fear at long last. 

Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan-The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison

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Book Description

February 22, 2011

“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”—Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

New York Times bestselling urban fantasy superstar Kim Harrison is back with Pale Demon—her ninth electrifying adventure featuring contemporary witch Rachel Morgan. This time Rachel’s leaving the Hollows, on a cross-country road trip with a pixy, an elf, and a vampire, as she races to clear her blackened name at a California witches’ convention in order to avoid an eternity of torment at the claws of a soul-devouring demon. Pale Demon is Kim Harrison at her gothic best—combining mystery, action, intrigue, paranormal romance, and breathtaking dark fantasy in a delicious witches’ brew that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Stephenie Meyer, and Jim Butcher simply will not be able to resist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review –

I was looking for book 12 in The Hollow Series when I ran across this one, which is number 9 and believe it or not I hadn’t read it.  I don’t know how it slipped by me but I checked it out at the local library and quickly devoured it.

I love the character of Rachel Morgan.  She can be tough when she needs to be but also she always seems a bit off-balance all the time.

I always hope that she a Trent will be paired up because Rachel deserves a love life if anyone does, but so far the author hasn’t come through for me.

In this installment Rachel and Trent, plus Ivy and Jenks travel across country by car which took two or three days and the tension between them became comical at times and at other times I held my breath thinking Trent might make a move on Rachel, but it didn’t happen,

I am now ready for book 12 and will still keep my fingers crossed by a love life for Rachel.

 

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City of Fallen Angels( Mortal Instruments, Book 4)by Cassandra Clare

Book Description

Publication Date: April 5, 2011 | Series: Mortal Instruments (Book 4)
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.But nothing comes without a price.Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Review –

Loved it and now have to wait for the last in the series City of Lost Souls.  Can’t wait.

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Book Description

 Publication Date:April 14, 2009| Age Level: 14 and up
 
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Review –

When I read on another blog that this book was being made into a movie to be released next year I had to read it and I loved it.  It’s a young adult, urban fantasy novel set in New York but also has characters know as  Shadowhunters, who are dedicated to ridding the world of demons, a bad guy named Valentine and an impossible unrequited love.  Will make a great movie.

A Perfect Blood(The Hollows, Book 10) by Kim Harrison

Book Description

Publication Date: February 21, 2012 | Series: The Hollows (Book 10)

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the Hollows with the electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed Pale Demon!

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

Review –
I’ve read all the books in The Hollows series and this ranks as one of the best for a number of reasons.  First, I found it very hard to put down, second, Rachel’s character, though obnoxious in the beginning  grows to maturity by the end(leading up to something special in the next installment, I hope.) and third Kim Harrison’s book are always entertaining and each plot gets better and better.  If you are looking for a new series to start, I HIGHLY recommend you start The Hollows.

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

Book Description

Publication Date: February 5, 2002

CLOSER… They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

AND CLOSER… At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease.

AND CLOSER… But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined…

Review –

Gruesome,riveting,suspenseful,eerie,terrifying,chilling and horrifying.  Those are just a few of the words that come to mind while I listened to this book.  It was over 14 hours long and  if I hadn’t had to pry myself away to cook and clean I would have listened to it in one sitting. I gave it a 5 star rating on GoodReads and I rarely do that but this one deserved it or higher.  I thought I had read most of the author’s works but this one slipped by until I saw it on sale on Audible and I got it.  So glad I it. If you’re a Dean Koontz fan and haven’t read this one-go buy it right now and do not, I repeat, do not read it in the dark.  *****

 

The Hollow by Nora Roberts

From Booklist

Every seven years for seven days the citizens of Hawkins Hollow go crazy. It all began 21 years earlier when three friends—Fox O’Dell, Caleb Hawkins, and Gage Turner—spilled their own blood on the Pagan Stone and released the demon once known as Lazarus Twisse. Ever since then, the three have worked together to limit the damage Twisse causes during his week long reign of terror. Recently, three women—Layla Darnell, Quinn, and Cybil Kinski—have joined their battle against Twisse, but it is going to take everything the six have if they are ever going to eliminate once and for all the evil that threatens Hawkins Hollow. After introducing her new paranormal-tinged series with Blood Brothers (2007)—the story of Cal and Quinn—Roberts cleverly continues her deliciously chilling Sign of Seven trilogy with a riveting story that focuses on Fox and Layla, both of whose gift for reading other people’s minds plays a key role in the six’s demon-defeating plans. –John Charles
 
 
Review –
 
You can’t beat a Nora Roberts story  on a hot afternoon and it’s even better when you listen to it, like a television mini-series without pictures.  I’ve already started listening to the third and final installment  The Pagan Stone, and I’m not sure how this will all end but I hope all the characters come out alive.
 

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

From Publishers Weekly

After three boys accidentally awaken an ancient evil near their small Maryland town, the tight-knit community finds itself lost to a Stephen King–style plague of madness and destruction for a week every seven years. Twenty-one years later, those three boys, now grown, are hoping to find a way to stop the evil before its third return, which may mean the end of the town; they don’t know much about the anomalies, but they do know that [e]very time it gets stronger. This time, the town is graced by author Quinn Black, eager to document the paranormal mystery. When two more women arrive—one an associate of Quinn’s, the other led to town by strange visions—the circle of six decide to face the oncoming apocalypse together. Hyperprolific bestseller Roberts frontloads her story with drama and endearing characters (especially in Quinn and bowling alley owner Caleb Hawkins), but an abundance of exposition and domestic concerns (protagonists decorate a house, trade banter and pair off predictably) slow the plot significantly. Though future volumes are sure to pick up, this trilogy kickoff suffers from a dearth of twists and little payoff; fans of the brisk, colorful Roberts style will enjoy the ride, though probably not as much as they’d expect. (Dec.)
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Review –
 
This is Book One of the Sign of Seven Triology and I loved it.
It’s  not your normal Nora Roberts romance but an engaging story of three boyhood friends who stumble into a mystery centuries old and is filled with supernatual elements. 
I’m looking forward to reading (listening to) the next two books in this series.
 
You just can’t go wrong with a NORA ROBERTS book.
 
 
 

For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

From Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Harrison’s fifth demon-kicking extravaganza to feature Rachel Morgan, the first in hardcover (after 2006’s A Fistful of Charms), the Cincinnati-based bounty hunter and spell caster still possesses “the focus,” a 5,000-year-old demon-crafted Were artifact. With the help of her pixie partner Jenks and Detective Glenn, Rachel must deal with demons, the elf Trent Kalamack and master vampire Piscary, who along with angry Weres, struggle for possession of the artifact. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and Rachel’s alpha werewolf pal, David Hue, becomes the prime suspect of the FIB (aka the human-run Federal Inderland Bureau). Action-packed and full of Rachel’s persistent erotic ruminations, this titillating tale includes a shocking finale that will leave fans panting for the next installment in the Hollows series.
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Review-
For a white magic witch Rachel is sure getting a smutty soul( by doing demon magic, which is black magic).  It always starts out so innocently like “Well, just one demon curse won’t hurt me.” but they do because the blackness that comes from them darkens the soul and one day you have to pay for all that blackness.
As always, I loved this book and have already started the next one.  Can’t wait.