My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A quick paranormal read… great characters, interesting setting and details. I was a little irritated by the way the main character Elle, went along with being man-handled by her so called friend… It felt a little too out of character and flimsy. But overall, I was ecstatic to see one of the main tenants of paranormal mythology so morphed into something quite new and original.
Nice way to spend a relaxing spring day outside reading!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a steamy little novella that wasted no time getting to the goods, so to speak. Underlying all that was a decent plot and great characters that were fleshed out as much as they could be in the shorter novella format. Several inventive scenes skirted the lines of taboo, making the novella more memorable in my opinion.
Interesting enough that I’ll certainly go on to look for the next novella in the series.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was clearly a sleeper– I picked it up on a whim, half expecting to feel “meh” about it after I read it. Boy, was I wrong.
I loved the star-cross lover angle, the historical details, the way the whole motley lot of them congregated in one place to teach the magic to one so untrained. And the genetics/ science aspect was an interesting detail for the author to add as well.
When done, I felt sad that it was over, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Fans of H.P. Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series should really like this series as well!
Have I said before how much I love this time of year?
Mmmm. Fall. Halloween. English Toffee lattes and Sweet potato pies.
And of course, for all the wonderful chances to get FREE books and swag through the seasonal Blog hops! I’m participating in one such Halloween hop that has soooo many participating Authors and sites that my head is spinning and I’m giddy with the excitement of it all.
In case you don’t understand how a “hop” works, just click the banner above and find yourself with gads of other sites to “hop” on over to. Each site is giving something away, whether free books or cool swag, so definitely check out the other sites and see what you can win!
Now, for my Giveaway:
I’m offering up a paperback copy of Kill Me for your reading pleasure, an ebook copy of Kill Me, and a cool little mini-poster that features the Kill Me cover art (autographed too!)
After waiting several weeks (and chanting in the moonlight, and chasing a rabbit so I could pet it’s foot) Amazon has finally lowered the price of KILL ME to $0.00 – so it’s finally FREE! I have no idea how long the mighty ‘Zon will keep it free, so I’d suggest you hop on over there and snag a copy pronto. (Ebook is free. Not the paperback)
For those of you without an eReader, or who just prefer a physical copy in your hot little hands, I’m also running a paperback giveaway over on GoodReads, so there’s still hope for you yet!
Vampire Bette wants to find a human with untapped talents that she can mold and control. Using a haunted violin, she lures Claire in with her lilting song and bewitching smile. In that moment, Claire’s life is unraveled and she finds herself with more than strange dreams and overdue bills to worry about. Much more.
Unfortunately for Claire, life isn’t all song lyrics and seduction. Tied to darkness by blood and power, Claire must harness her abilities if she has any hope of returning home to her daughter and regaining her former life.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m a huge fan of HP Mallory’s. Not only does she invent such quirky characters, but she has a way of making me divide my loyalties when it comes to who the main character, Jolie, should end up with (in my opinion.) And her creative plot lines are so much fun to immerse myself in and drown out the daily sorking-stiff boredom.
That said, I found this latest installment in the series a bit of a departure from the “norm” of things. I don’t want to give away any of the plotting, but I’ll just say that this book is more focused on Jolie (independent of the whole Rand/ Sinjin thing) and that took some getting used to. Like I said earlier, I am soooo on the fence about which guy is the *right* one for her that I crave move screen time with each of them.
Something Witchy also reveals a few big surprises that will forever alter Jolie’s path, so if you haven’t picked up your copy of this novel yet hurry up and do so! I’ve been waiting for the release for months just so I could discuss!
Something Witchy This Way Comes is being released today in ebook format! Hop on over an pick up your copy now
I just got some exciting news… our novel Kill Me was featured as a Golden Review book over on Indie Author Anonymous!
It’s cool enough that the good folks over there chose to feature Kill Me, but to aslo recognize that it has great ratings so far is even better! (*Golden Review books have to have at a minimum 10 reviews on Amazon, and have an average of 4 stars or better on the 5 star scale.)
This from their post…
**Every GOLDEN REVIEW book has at LEAST 10 reviews; averaging a four star rating.**
“When I started reading Kill me, the first in a trilogy by new author Alex Owens I expected the usual – Vampires, Intrigue, Drama and a little bit of Spice. What I did not expect was the hilarious writing! A few pages into the book and it is crystal clear that Owen’s strong suit is her ability to hit the funny bone every few sentences. ”
Read more over on IndieAuthorAnonymous now!
Kill Me (book one in the paranormal / UF BLOOD CHORD series) is now available for those of you out there that have Sony ereaders! I did notice, however, that no only is the author bio incorrect, but it appears to have someone else’s bio pasted in place of the correct one. Sigh.
At least it’s active now, though!
So I finally figured out how to link to Kill Me on iBooks, thanks to a wonderful reader. So here it is! Go wild
To me, the series is getting better and better with each book. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve become so invested in Samantha and her life that I’m addicted? Whatever the reason, this book hit home especially hard for me (as a Mother myself).
Torn between the lesser evil of two unthinkable choices, Samantha has a very short amount of time to come to a decision, and then an even shorter period to reverse the consequences of her decision. While looking for answers she ends up on the radar of a big-bad Vamp and may have the decision taken out of her hands entirely.
The tension in this book is way up there and made for another excellent read. I only wish I’d seen a little more of Fang– I don’t quite know what to make of him yet, and Mr. Furry irritates me for some reason. So despite my lack of the full picture I find myself squarely in Team Fang land. Anxious for the next book in the series!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book, Bait, starts off with an interesting premise: What does one need to lure out targeted vampires? Why, lovely young Bait of course.
In some ways, it does follow the typical vampire romance sub-genre lines. There’s a girl, and a brooding Vampire (with a conscious) and the two go through a bunch of stuff to get their happily-ever-after. But that’s where the genre specific similarities end.
The premise and all it’s supporting cast are fresh and inventive. The writing is done well and the characters have flaws, as it needs to be. And to make things even more interesting, the line between right and wrong is grayed out by hidden agendas and furthered by the hunt for the previously mentioned Vampire by an elite team of For-Hire Hunters. But who hired them? And why?
For a fresh take on the vampire romance genre, check out Bait. It even appears that more books are on the way, making it a series. I’m interested to see where the story goes on from here!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having read this series out of order (book three first, followed by one and two) it took me a minute to get my bearings when I started reading it. That said, even with my mild confusion about how the previous book ended, I was sucked in faster than a penny into a vacuum cleaner.
Jolie is back at the beginning of her story, back in her little fortune telling shop where Book One picked up, ignorant and unaware of the magical things that walk amongst us. And like the start of the series, everything hinges on the magical thing that walks through her lil’ shop door. Unlike the first time, that Magic Man is not Rand.
Now, I hesitate to divulge too much of the plot because it certainly was a twist on things and I don’t want to spoil all the fun for readers. In the grand scheme of things, I do believe I’ve fallen into team Sinjin territory over the course of the series so far — and Mallory must have read my mind. Yum.
That being said, reading The Witch Is Back was a bit like having trippy deja vu (or however you spell that). Some bits felt familiar like an old comfy sweater, while others felt odd in that alternate-universe kind of way. For example, Jolie’s BFF (Christa? I’m horrible with names)seemed a lot more randy and foul-mouthed than I remember her. Jolie is more naive than I recall. Sinjin is still Sinjin though, so there’s that.
I did have a few nitpicks with the whole time-travelling concept and “rules” which mainly revolve around this book’s resolution, but I can’t hardly spell them out for fear of spoiling all the fun for anyone reading this.
Overall, I still adore this series and it’s characters. In fact, I also have the ARC for Book 5 and devoured that one right after this book. So that should tell you something!
** I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley for review purposes.**
- Jolie Wilkin’s Series (Books 1-3) by HP Mallory – Quickie Book Reviews (quirkygurl.com)
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – Book Review (quirkygurl.com)