Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones

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Published: December 14, 2010

Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they did – sort of. The pixie’s are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn’t have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him…until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when they very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what’s at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined.

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The Pixie King is Zara’s father and is captured along with some of his followers while Zara and her friends decide what to do.  Astley,(a good pixie-if there is such a thing) tells Zara that she is meant to be his queen.  Just another day in the life of an average teenager. Yeah. Loved it regardless and look forward to the next installment.

 

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Need (Need #1) by Carrie Jones

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Published: December 8, 2009

Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has readers rapidly turning the pages.

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If you didn’t know anything about phobias you will by the time you finish reading the first installment of the Need Series by Carrie Jones. Zara, the main character, goes around counting  and collecting phobias when she nervous or goes through a rough patch in her life.  She has to move from Charleston,SC to Maine to live with her grandmother, start a new school and make friends. Not as easy as it sounds if the town you now live in is the hotbed for pixies and a war is brewing. There is romance,mystery,werewolves and other were animals and a surprise around every corner. It is a fast read and I gave it five stars *****.

 

Here are a few phobias: (just to name a few)

 

 

I’m Dreaming of an Undead Christmas (Half Moon Hollow #2.6) by Molly Harper

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Audible.com Release Date: December 5, 2013

It’s Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi’s first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It’s taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi’s safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow. And then there’s the small matter of the handsome, frustrating vampire who keeps appearing in Gigi’s peripheral vision, then disappearing before she can talk to him. Can the Scanlon sisters negotiate romantic problems, vampire politics, and Christmas cookie disasters and enjoy a relatively normal holiday?

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This was offered as a free audiobook or else I wouldn’t  have read/listened to it. 

It was just okay. I enjoyed other books in the series much more.

 

 

Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor

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 Publication Date:April 29, 2011
 
Detective Lara Mendes’s hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There’s only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.

John Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they’re up.

What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs.
And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.

But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there’s another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn’t crazy…

 
Review –
This would have been a good urban fantasy/crime drama but was ruined (for me, at least) by the abrupt cliffhanger ending.  Sorry I read it.
 

Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham

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Series: The Bone Island Trilogy | Publication Date: June 29, 2010
There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence.Katie O’Hara is one who can.As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie mustuncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder?

Worse—the body count’s rising on the Island of Bones, andthe dead seem to be reenacting some macabre tableaux from history. The danger is increasing by the moment—especially as Katie finds herself irresistibly drawn to David, who may be responsible for more than just one killing….

 
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Okay, I found another series involving Vampires but this one is not your everyday run of the mill  Vampire story-you see the Vampire is a WOMAN, WIFE, MOTHER and PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR.  Fantastic, fast , fun read.  Can’t wait to get my teeth into the others(no pun intended – okay, maybe a little)
 

The Hunt by Heather Killough-Walden

 

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Byron Caige has been a prisoner for the last fifty years of his supernaturally long life. Just when he gives up hope of ever knowing the taste of freedom again, he is unwittingly rescued by the very same woman who only wants to see him dead. Katherine Dare – Kat – is smart, fast, strong and beautiful – but unfortunately she’s a Hunter, and she’s convinced that Byron murdered her father twenty years ago.

She’s also Byron’s dormant.

As supernatural war breaks out amongst the otherworldly of Earth and threatens the existence of entire races, Kat is faced with a terrible decision. Should she give up her cause and believe Caige when he professes his innocence? Or should she fight him and possibly avenge her father’s taken life – even while she forfeits her own?

The Hunt is the fourth book in Heather Killough-Walden’s New York Times bestselling Big Bad Wolf series.

 
 
Review –
 I really loved this series and hate that, for now at least, this is the last one.
Hurry, hurry Heather and write the next one.
 
 
 

 

The Spell by Heather Killough-Walden

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(The Spell is the New York Times bestselling third book in the Big Bad Wolf series.)

Dannai, who is also known as the Healer, has begun dreaming of werewolves. She’d always been able to hide the fact that she was a dormant, using her magic to shield the sweet, promising scent from the alphas she’s been forced to work around. But now that they’ve invaded her dreams, her world has really been turned upside down. For, though every dormant dreams of her intended mate – Dannai is dreaming of two wolves, not one. And neither one of them is good news. One is a notorious killer. The other is Lucas Caige.

Lucas Caige is a man with a haunting past. A warlock took his brother from him fifty years ago and he’s spent his life outrunning that dark magic. But fate has a way of throwing sand in your gears – and just when Caige thought he could forever leave behind the magic that brought pain to his life, his path crosses that of the Healer. Dannai unwittingly casts her spell over him the moment he lays eyes on her. She’s stunning, she’s kind, and everything about her wreaks havoc on his senses.

She’s also magic incarnate.

But if Dannai thinks that’s going to stop him from doing everything in his power to make her his mate, the little witch has another thing coming.

 
 
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I love this series.  The characters  are described so well they come alive on the page and the interactions between  the “good guys”and  the “bad guys” is tense and volatile.  Love it.

 

The Strip (Big Bad Wolf Series #2) by Heather Killough-Walden

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The emerald-eyed Malcolm Cole is a cursed werewolf, an alpha in the most powerful sense who has given up hope for any kind of happiness or peace in his life.

Until he catches wind of Claire.

Claire St.James, who goes by Charlie among friends, is an amazing young woman with an incredibly special gift. Cole recognizes this at once and swears on the spot to claim Charlie as his mate.

Of course, he isn’t the only one with such plans. Pretty, red-headed Charlie is too precious to let go of without a fight, and one of the most powerful alpha werewolves in the world has already staked a claim, whether Charlie – and Cole – like it or not.

 
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This is #2 in the Big Bad Wolf Series and I can tell that this is going to be another of my favorite series. Even though new characters are introduced, the previous characters merge perfectly into the story line with no detraction from the main story.

There is graphic violence so the reader should beware.

 

Bitten(Women of the Otherworld, Book One) by Kelly Armstrong

 

 

 

From Publishers Weekly

 

It’s not easy to find a fresh angle for the werewolf theme, but this debut novel from a Canadian writer proves that solid storytelling and confident craftsmanship can rejuvenate one of the hoariest of all horror clich‚s. Elena Michaels is a self-described “mutt,” a werewolf who left her secretive pack in upstate New York for a life among humans. In the year since she relocated to Toronto, she’s embarked on a career as a journalist and begun a pleasingly mundane relationship with a decent man. All this is jeopardized when she agrees to help her old packmates hunt some troublesome mutts who are converting common criminals to werewolves and leaving a trail of conspicuous carnage. Reunited with her former lycanthrope lover and forced into brutally predatory confrontations, Elena finds the call of the wild subtly reasserting itself. Armstrong prepares readers for her tale’s twists with several key revisions of werewolf lore the werewolf taint is mostly hereditary, and werewolves can be killed as easily as any human or wolf. Her true achievement, though, is her depiction of werewolf nature in believably human context. Elena’s feral sensibility, like her psychological vulnerabilities, seems a natural outgrowth of her abusive childhood, and her relationship with the pack is that of any prodigal child to a close-knit family. The sensuality of Elena’s transformations and the viciousness of her kills mesh perfectly with her tough personality. Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice’s sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story. Agent, Helen Heller. (Oct. 1)Forecast: The sensual, non-genre jacket design will help to signal that this novel will also appeal to mainstream tastes. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

 

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This is the second time I’ve read this book and it was better than I remembered.   There is a complex relationship between the main characters that make for great realness.  I don’t know why I never followed up on Book Two but I’m going to remedy that very soon.

 

 

 

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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Pearce mixes werewolves and classic fairy tales to create a lushly romantic story of two sisters who hunt the Fenris, werewolves who roam in search of adolescent girls to eat. Along with her younger sister, Rosie, Scarlett March was orphaned and nearly killed at age 11 by a Fenris who destroyed her grandmother and left her missing an eye. Eight years later, the sisters have become fierce hunters, avenging their grandmother and protecting unknowing young women with the help of their neighbor, a young woodsman named Silas, who wields a mean axe. Silas loves Rosie, but hesitates to come between the sisters’ strong bond. Scarlett and Rosie alternate narrating chapters, giving the reader a clear view of their inner conflicts. Despite plenty of gore and werewolf transformations, it’s the compelling love stories that drive the tale—the sisters’ affection for each other, the first breathless flush of infatuation between Rosie and Silas, and Scarlett’s love of the hunt. Readers of Stephenie Meyer, Donna Jo Napoli, and Shannon Hale will enjoy the excitement, romance, supernatural elements, and fairy tale references. Grades 8-12. –Debbie Carton –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
 
  
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I must say that I didn’t care for this book in the beginning but the more I got into it the better it became and by the end it had me in tears.
This is another book based very loosley on the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood  and if I haven’t lost count I think it’s the third one I’ve read.  It’s amazing the imagination of author to come up with some many versions of one little children’s story.  My hat is off to them.