Working her way towards the city of Arlh, Kaydana noted the lack of wildlife and the eerie presence she felt along the way, a presence that even her Staff of Ishlun reacted to. Losing the map to the young strapping man she had spent the night with was a problem, one that she needed to overcome to reach her target. Hearing voices in the ancient language of the Arlh, she thought that Makreth must have gotten her before she did—he, or some unknown competitor in the search for Arlh. (more…)
No one ever likes to have their job phased out from under them, but when you’re the Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, it’s just plain unfair. To make matters worse, Charon, the God of the Underworld is trying to steal her powers for his own. What’s a goddess to do in these dire circumstances? Enter Caligo, Cimmerian warrior to the extreme. Will they be able to defeat the forces of evil on their own or is all lost?
The world is a harsh place for the young, the homeless, and the poor. Young Cedric MacKinnon was soon to learn that it was even harsher than his current life. A talented guitarist with dreams of fame and glory, he was forced to prostitute himself on London streets to get the basic necessities of life. But after a diagnosis of AIDS, it looked as though even life was to be denied him. A miracle seemed to occur when he was noticed and taken in by a wealthy patron, Raj. (more…)
Sophie Garou is about to find out how the other half lives. The Houston pack has finally gotten wind of her presence in Austin and they aren’t happy. Their request? She must grovel at their feet or be hunted. As if Sophie would grovel – that would be hell on her designer jeans!
Nick Gautier believes he is nothing more than a normal (but terribly poor), geeky teenager trying to fit into his posh high school—a difficult feat while sporting hand-me-down threads. All that changes when he’s saved from supposed friends who’ve decided he’s more useful for handgun target practice. Nick’s hero winds up dragging the street-smart teen into the world of the Dark-Hunters, revealing the truth that reality is just a ruse to let humans sleep at night. (more…)
The Druids had once been called upon by the Celts to help them in holding off a Roman invasion, but the magic used changed the Highlander men forever. Calling upon their ancient gods — gods so evil they had been imprisoned forever to help the men fight to save their lands — they bound the gods to the strongest of the warriors in each clan. They held off the invasion, but the gods were now a part of the men, bound to them, making them immortal but with the power to pass the god from generation to generation.
Kelsey Morningstone is still struggling to overcome the guilt she feels for failing a patient. Her mother, a renowned psycho-therapist, has publicly humiliated her on national television and she is grateful for the offer of a job at a private clinic which comes with an amazing salary and lots of luxuries. In fact, her new job seems too good to be true. You know what they say about things seeming too good to be true………
The ways of gods and goddesses are mysterious, and all too often humans become pawns in their plans. The modern world has little time for the gods/goddesses and great skepticism for the whole notion, and so the gods/goddesses of our forefathers fade away from memory and their powers fade with them. Not all, however, are resigned to such a fate, and one, Hecate (the triple goddess and considered mother of all witches), formulates a grab for power that will impact a family for generations (both living and dead).
Starcrossed is an excellent fantasy and love story all rolled into one. Helen is not your ordinary teenage girl. She is quiet and tries not to draw attention to herself. If she thinks people are paying too much attention to her, she gets a stomach ache. Her dad, Jerry, raised Helen by himself after her mother left when she was very little. Strange things happen around Helen a lot and even more so after a new family moves to town. (more…)
Lokan Krayl is back — kind of. Stuck in another dimension with his newly returned body, he doesn’t have much choice but to trust the strange man who reaches out to him – a man who claims he has a guide who can lead Lokan out of the Underworld. Trust doesn’t come easily to Lokan. After all, his own father skinned him alive. If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?
The final battle for the fate of Southmarch—and quite possibly, all of Eion—has been set into motion. Everything that our heroes have been working towards, and everything the other side has been fighting against, is about to find its final conclusion. However, there’s one last kink in the plan: something yet unknown is awakening beneath Southmarch, something that neither side had expected or planned on, and it will change the very fate of everyone involved.
Having survived the big showdown against Shadow forces at the end of book one, Shadow Chase, the engrossing second installment in the Shadowchaser series, finds Chaser Kira Solomon struggling with the decision to cut off ties to her human friends Zoo and Wynne in an effort to protect them. (more…)
The repercussions of the battle in the Otherworld still surround Zoey and Stark, as well as their friends in the Nerd Herd. Zoey’s friends are ready to return to Tulsa and to deal with Neferet and her plans now that the Council once again exonerated the woman once favored by Nyx, but with Stark only newly awake and still weak from his brush with death, they watched as the others headed home. (more…)
Still not knowing the full consequences for the events they were subject to while in the Otherworld, while on the Isle of Skye Zoey and Stark find a connection that they had never had before and take their relationship to the next level. The draw to stay upon the island with Queen Sqiach and her warrior consort is tempting, but deadly events they know Neferet is behind bring them back home to the House of Night, Tulsa.
Blue Heaven was such a fun story to read. Jadette Paige introduces readers to a world where gods are reincarnated as human godchildren, one is the ruler at Heaven’s Seat, and the current godchild is…I can’t name him for he has promised his monks and Abbott never to speak his name for it would inspire fear and devastation. A mercenary, Stryver, has been granted his freedom if he finishes this one task: rescuing the godchild and taking him back to his master. (more…)
I feel a little sad writing this, but I did not enjoy P. C. Cast’s latest Goddess Summoning book. I was alright with the last few books, but the first by far were the best in the series. My favorites were Goddess of Spring, Warrior Rising and Goddess of the Sea. Lately, I feel as if Cast has been drawing away from the roots of her early writing and trying to get in to a new audience/target/genre? The same is happening with her Young Adult House of Night series as well. (more…)
Weary of life in Hell, the Devil asks God for a second chance. But before he can gain entry into Heaven and freedom from his banishment to hell, he first has to earn it. The two make a deal that he may return to Heaven if Christa, chosen by God, falls in love with him and tells him so of her own free will, knowing that he is in fact the Devil. Can the Devil learn how to love and be loved by an average, mortal woman, and in the process find redemption in the City of Angels, or will his pride get in his way once again?
The Goddess Girls is an excellent children’s series. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially someone looking for a good chapter book series for girls ages 8-12. I enjoyed them as an adult, though more as a quick thirty-minute read. The authors do a fantastic job of mixing Greek myths with issues young girls face on a daily basis.
Artemis the Brave is the fourth book in the series. Artemis, one of my favorite Greek mythological figures, is portrayed as a tomboy, she is friends with a lot of people, and never ever has a crush on a boy. She also is very brave, though sometimes that is a front. (more…)
The fourth book in the “Ra’s Chosen” series, Embrace the Hunger delivers another sweet and sultry story of an immortal warrior of the Egyptian sun-god, Ra. Specially blessed so that they can fight the undead enemies of the god, the warriors have some vampiric traits of their own: bloodlust, notably, as well as the ability to bond with and “turn” their predestined mates.
Akori, one of these handsome, chiseled warriors, has watched as three of his fellow warriors found their mates. Not a man to be tied down to any one woman, Akori has sworn off embracing his own mate when he finds her… until he does.
Umbrosus is bored with the Arcane Institue. He wants so much more out of life than an education and a decent job. He wants power…money…eternity. And he won’t stop until he’s become a god. Along with his odd collection of unusual (and often reluctant) friends, he set out to do just that: find a way to become immortal.
In his own way, Umbrosus is a charming and entertaining character. He’s also a bit of an egotist and a raving jerk at times. However, it is his unpredictability that makes him so fascinating and enjoyable. While I can’t say that he changes all that much from the beginning of the story until it ends, he does grow and learn a lot during his travels. He files it all away for future reference and goes on being himself…much to the dismay of his companions, I think.
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