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Thursday Tags – Creatures of the Night

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This tag was created by the wonderful BookTuber Kat from Katytastic. Since it is so close to Halloween I thought it would be a good thing to do. It pretty much highlights books with all kinds of spooky and supernatural creatures! Check out Kat’s original video here. Lets get started shall we?

 

1. Vampires

I am going to go with a double one for this because I have read a lot of vampire books. For the YA answer I am choosing Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I think we all know how I feel about Adrian. Then for an adult romance books I am picking A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley. Oh Dominic, I want you.

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2. Werewolves

Do I read werewolf books? I feel like I have but I cannot really think of any at all. Cause of that, I will be going with New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.

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3. Zombie

I hate zombies. I bloody hate them. I think they are the most boring thing ever, so there are really no books were zombies are a huge feature other than what people are kind of running away from. So, for this section I will be going with  The Passage by Justin Cronin. They are not really zombies, more of a failed human testing thing taking over the world, but thats the closest thing I got.

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4. Ghost

A topic I haven’t read much from because I feel like it has huge potential to be horrible, but I guess I should let that go and pick up more paranormal. I pick Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar.

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5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

.For this I am going to highlight Magnus from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. He is an awesome Warlock.

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6. Fae/Fairy

I need to read more in this topic. I want to. I am reading a book at the moment where the main character is fae but I don’t like it so much so I am not going to pick it. Instead I am going to pick a book where the fae are kind of a secondary character, and go with Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Fae are supposed to be scary and evil in my opinion. Their world is on another level to ours so of course they wouldn’t treat things the same.

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7. Demon

I am going to do something a little different from what I have seen before and pick Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey. I suggest reading past this book because the second one was better, but this world is filled with all kinds lore. Our main character is a hell spawn and then we also have the sexy sexy ghoul Stafan.

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8. Angel

This is another topic that I haven’t really read much of so I only have one choice to go with and that is Fallen by Lauren Kate. Daniel is boring but Arriane was awesome.

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9. Alien

I haven’t read more than one book with this topic but it doesn’t matter cause this book would win no matter anyway. I pick The Host by Stephenie Meyer. This is one of my all time favourites. I think I need to read it again soon actually.

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10. Super-powered Human

So many choices I had for this, fantasy is my thing. After much umming and ahhhing I have chosen to go with The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee. I chose this one because it gives you different perspectives and different powers. It was also awesome :)

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And that ends the tag. I am not going to tag anyone but if you choose to do it please link me so I can see everyones answer to the questions.

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Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Autumn Bones

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Title: Autumn Bones [Agent of Hel 2]

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Length: 368

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel.

Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it’s a big one.

He’s descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn’t return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they’ll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It’s Daisy’s job to stop it, and she’s going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything……

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this in 2013. My hopes were answered. Things improved in this book which like the first one I read as part of my Romance reading group Vaginal Fantasy.

Yes the book still has many of the things that I did not like in the first one. The beginning is still messy, there is a lot of repetition, and it does stray sometimes when it comes to narration. However this time there is so much more! For one there is romance in this book. Daisy has way too many people in love with her for my liking, however I stay in the hope that she will end up with Stefan. Sinclair is ever so very very boring. Hot but boring. Daisy needs someone deeper, even if Sinclair comes from a crazy witch family which pop up in this book.

There is more action in this book than in the last one and I think this is one of the things that made this book better than the first. For starters the book begins with an orgy, then there is preparation and introduction of all the witches in the community for the big mystical show down that is going to take place because of Sinclair’s family. Though sex slave mermaid was very interesting murderous spirit for a foe works better. This also means that we get some lovely moments with Stefan and Daisy as he trains her for the battle. We also get Jen’s sister going all vampire kick arse and becoming a strong character which you like rather than one that is just pathetic. So plot wise, yes very exciting thank you for making me very keen for the third book which I think is supposed to come out sometime in October of this year.

We get some other new characters in this book as well of course. One of them being Lee who gets added to the “I Love Daisy” fan club. I hate him. He gets cut too many chances. At one point hes like “lets do this!” and everyone is like “no thats not smart at all or safe. Dont do it, dont come.” Yet is comes and does it and very nearly stuffs everything up yet everyone praises him for it after. I would have been so angry. But then on the other hand we also get introduced to a hell spawn male lawyer that has something to do with people selling off their land. We don’t to know much about this character at all but his presence opens up many exciting things for the next book both plot wise and Daisy character development wise.

So yes. I liked this one better than the last, and don’t want to wait till October to read the next one! Give it to me now please. I have big hopes of it going better and better now since it got better from the last one. Give this book a read.

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Book Review – Dark Currents

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Title: Dark Currents [Agent of Hel 1]

Author: Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Length: 356

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book I started reading as part of my romance book club Vaginal Fantasy, and I feel it was a good book that I enjoyed but it did have a number of things in it that annoyed me. Though, for a romance group I don’t think there was really any romance in this book.

It took me longer to get into this book than it normally would to get into a book I rank 3 star. This I chalk up to how the beginning of the book was written. To me it was really messy, and that’s not including the spelling and grammatical mistakes that I notice throughout the book. I’m hoping and pray that they were just in the digital copy I had and that they didn’t make it into the hard copy, for some reason I can forgive it almost in a digital but never in a hard copy. The main character narration seemed to go off randomly to different places and details in the story telling were left out but I could not tell if this was done intentionally or not because it was written just to messily. Things were also repeated too much. Repetition can get on my nerves quickly.

The plot of the story was nice though I worked out some details a bit too early/easily for my liking. The second they kept going on about how the cards were being very literal and a card with a mermaid popped up you just had to know that everything was going to revolve around a mermaid. I did like though the twist they did with the mermaid. I would not have thought of them as using the pore thing as sex slave, and in a really sad and disturbing way I liked it because it wasn’t something I would have thought of right away. I just felt so damn sorry for that mermaid. She didn’t even really understand anything that was being said around her!

Then there were plot points that I didn’t really understand or think were very thought through. Like the theory the cops were working with when it came to thinking that parents had something to do with their son’s death. That one didn’t work in my head.

There was also times when things were said that I wondered why it was said or thought no one would ever say. Like:

“Kind of like my father slipped into my mother.”

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“In the days that followed, things happened.”

That last one almost blew my mind. I just though well no shit, I even made a note of it in my kindle. The character Al was a hard point for me also. At one point things he started saying were just way too frustrating for me. At no point in time no matter the influence would anyone speak that way unless they were under some strange mind control thing and people were making them say it. That being said though there were good writing ideas that kind of made up for stuff like that. At one point Daisey refers to a kid as ‘the booger-eating kid.’ I don’t know why exactly but I thought small things like that were a nice touch.

But I really liked the amount of lore that was in this book, it didn’t just stick to the normal vampires or werewolves. The fact that she seemed to have actually researched the creatures she was writing about was like icing on the cake for me.

Now onto the charcters. For the most part I really enjoyed most of them, I thought they were solid enough even though some of them lacked much depth, but you do meet quite a few so I let that go and decided that I had gotten enough.

Daisy I liked well enough, I actually felt a little sorry for her. The amount of things that she has to be careful about doing or watch out for are huge, its no wonder that her life would be so boring if you took out her duties to Hel. Its those duties that kept her interesting to me. As for her and her tail tucking, ew much. At one point she hints at being able to pleasure herself with it, too much information much! Also, for someone who says she is as good at tucking as a drag queen that bloody tail moved around pretty much all the time. I have no idea how she kept it hidden despite mostly wearing skirts or dresses.

Cody was a bit too boring for me, he would be big brother stern but loveable in his own dull kinda way, not a love interest. Also, his hotness was mentioned way too much. I didn’t mind this so much though when it came to Stafan I was more than happy to listen. Sexy sexy ghoul. I wish she would hurry up and end up with him, though I think he deserves better.

I loved Lurine, I think she is if not my favourite character she is in the top 3. Though, the fact that Daisey says she wants to have sex with her in her true form when she basically helped raise her as a child and that Lurine plays with this fact really disturbs me. Other than that I liked their relationship.

“Belphego, lesser demon and occasional incubus” was brought up every time she thought/talked about her dad. Drove me nuts. I likes Jen, and though I was sad when her sister Bethony went back to her vampire drug ways I liked it because that was a more believable ending. Not all things end happy. Casimir I felt was was a bit of a  Lafayette from True Blood rip off.

Well I spose I should stop yacking now hadn’t I? So in conclusion it was enjoyable despite things that annoyed me and I look forward to the next. I hope it improves.