Sixpence & Whiskey by Heather R. Blair

Title: Sixpence & Whiskey
Author: Heather R. Blair
Series:
Toil & Trouble – #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 5, 2016
Pages:
173
Synopsis:

29231530By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…

It’s not easy being a witch. Especially when you’re the youngest and least talented of four sisters. But Persephone Gosse manages the same way she manages her Duluth bar, Toil & Trouble.

With hard work, a smart mouth—and a lot of whiskey.

Seph likes her quiet life…as quiet as it can be when the king of the bears wants her as his queen, a werewolf (or three) wants her dead, and her cold-as-ice ex, Jack Frost, wants…

Well, she hasn’t quite figured that out yet.

But with a bounty on her head and time running out on a half-forgotten prophecy, Seph better get a clue before this witch’s brew blows up in her face.

This book is the first of a 3-book serial.

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Reviewer: Kat

Sixpence & Whiskey is something new from Heather R. Blair. By something new, I mean really new, definitely a different dynamic than her previous titles.

Sixpence & Whiskey is the first of a series of three, centered on the life of Persephone “Seph” Gosse who sees herself as an ordinary witch and wants nothing more than to just live a quite life (as quiet as it can be in her world) running her bar in Duluth called Toil & Trouble, but everything and everyone around her is hellbent on making her life the opposite of ordinary where she cross paths with all different FTCs around her with malign intent–in other words, kill her, or in the king of the bears’ case, marry her. Her world is rocked even further when her ex-lover, Jack Frost, shows up with intentions that is unknown to her…

First of all, I loved this book which is not at all surprising. I’m hooked on this author and her books like a druggie hooked on heroin or something! I made the mistake of reading this book before I went sleep which resulted in me not actually sleeping and just kept reading until I reached the last page. So that should tell you something.

This author has a way of keeping a reader hooked, especially if you’re an Urban Fantasy fan. As I understand it, this was her first Urban Fantasy (she usually writes PNR) but wow, she did a great job on it, it was off-the-charts-amazeballs!

This was an exciting story all throughout but not to the point that you’ll feel burned out in the middle of it all. Seph is a quirky and fun witch that you can’t help but love, and each character you meet in this book is well-developed and more than a little interesting (which is an understatement, I can’t get enough of them).

I HIGHLY recommend this to all fans of this author, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this one! But if you haven’t read any of her stuff and happened to be a fan of Urban Fantasy, I think you should read this–you have to!

This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

** There is currently a special pre-order sale for this book of $0.99 on Amazon! 

About this author

Heather R. Blair wrote her first book in the first grade and hasn’t stopped since. Back then it all about horses, now it’s pretty much the dark, sexy and shivery.

She lives in the frozen north of Minnesota, near that big gorgeous lake called Superior and enjoys hiking when the snow melts. She also does murals, rides herd on four monsters (otherwise known as children, ages 7-17), is slightly obsessed with Martin Freeman, British television and things that go bump in the night.

She loves reading (duh!) and interacting with other bibliophiles and authors.

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Tooth and Claw by Lisa Emme

Title: Tooth and Claw
Author:
Lisa Emme
Series:
The Harry Russo Diaries – #2
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 05, 2016
Pages:
248
Synopsis:

26846386Q: When is a witch, not a witch?
A: When she’s a necromancer.

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo has had to adjust to some major changes in her life. Her computer is haunted, she accidentally acquired a vampire servant and she’s attracted to the most aggravating alpha male on the planet. Her friend betrayed her, a lunatic tried to sacrifice her to raise a god and she accidentally ‘outed’ herself to the Magister, the most powerful vampire in town. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, she’s just discovered that her father is a vampire and her dhamphiric powers are emerging prematurely. Poor Harry doesn’t know what weird ability could pop up next.

When werewolves start to go missing, and two young men die suspiciously, not to mention horrifically, Harry believes it’s all connected. It could be a hunch, or it could be the big, grey wolf that stepped out of her dreams to haunt her waking moments; either way, Harry knows that she needs to help solve the mystery. Now if she could just convince the sexy police detective, Cian Nash, to take her seriously.

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Rating: Star-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-Full
Reviewer: Veronica

I read the first Harry Russo book and loved it. So when the author, Lisa Emme, asked me if I wanted an ARC, I almost jumped through my computer screen to yell, “Yes! Give it to me now!” I think I was more polite in my response to her, though. 😉

In this book, Harry is learning how to control her powers and some parts are damn amusing. Seriously, I was giggling like a crazy women and my husband would just raise an eyebrow at me like I was crazy. And no, I won’t tell you which ones because that would ruin the enjoyment!

Poor Harry also had to keep with her agreement for dinner dates ones a week for nine weeks with the scary magistrate. Although she didn’t keep the truck he gave her. Score one for independent Harry. 😉

Nash, what can I say about Nash? He’s an alpha through and through, thinks he knows best although Harry doesn’t let that stop her, and goes out of his way to comfort Harry when she needs it. There were several sigh-worthy moments from Nash, and a few smack-him-upside the heads ones as well, exactly what I want from the hero. Don’t want him boring!

The story and the overall flow was great. Not once did I want to put the book down or get bored. Actually, I told my family that they couldn’t talk to my until I was done. Too bad they ignored me. The ending as left me begging for more. I can’t wait to read the next book. How long until it comes out?

This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Lisa Emme is a Canadian who proudly ends her ABC’s with ‘zed’. A self-professed book-a-holic, she has spent the last few years trying to stem her book hoarding tendencies by writing her own stories and by avoiding the bargain table at the bookstore like the plague.

A bit of a thrill seeker, Lisa has tried such death defying activities as bungy jumping off a bridge and rappelling down the side of a 17 storey building. She’s also single-handedly raising a teenager.

Lisa has worked as a veterinary assistant, playground instructor, bank teller, store clerk, waitress, telephone solicitor, research writer for an environmental think tank, computer programmer, and systems analyst. Her passion however, is writing. What else is she going to do during the long, cold prairie winter?

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Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme

Title: Dead and Kicking 
Author: 
Lisa Emme
Series: 
The Harry Russo Diaries – #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: October 2, 2015
Pages:
202
Synopsis:

26125138What’s a girl to do when her date is D.O.A?

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo is just your ordinary twenty-something, with one exception – she’s a witch with an out of the ordinary gift. When her blind date goes sideways and she ends up face to face with a dead body, her life starts to go sideways too.

Harry soon finds herself right in the middle of the mayhem, dealing with Cian Nash, a homicide detective that is as aggravating as he is sexy; the biggest, baddest vampire in town; and a parcel of pesky zombies that keep popping up everywhere. It’s all connected to her date’s unfortunate demise, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

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Rating: Star-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-Empty
Reviewer: Veronica

I started this book last night and figured I’d read a chapter or two then watch an episode of Supernatural…. I did not watch Supernatural. And those of you who know me, know that I adore Jensen Ackles. So for me to give up staring at my favourite actor to read a book means something.

Harry, the female lead, amused me, although a few times I wanted to smack her upside the head for ignoring some obvious things. I loved that she was loyal and did the right thing even when it landed her into trouble. She didn’t cower away from it. Plus, she wasn’t a bitch! Some people feel that making a woman strong means she has to be a bitch. Ugh.

And Nash… well hello. Now there’s someone I want to wake up next to. While he was overbearing, he was still surprisingly sweet. And Harry, well, she didn’t put up with his shit.

The world building was decent. It slowly unwrapped without overwhelming or giving major info dumps. I want to learn more about Isaac, the vampire, as well as the Magistrate. Now there was one scary dude.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, I loved the characters, and I can’t wait to read more.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Lisa Emme is a Canadian who proudly ends her ABC’s with ‘zed’. A self-professed book-a-holic, she has spent the last few years trying to stem her book hoarding tendencies by writing her own stories and by avoiding the bargain table at the bookstore like the plague.

A bit of a thrill seeker, Lisa has tried such death defying activities as bungy jumping off a bridge and rappelling down the side of a 17 storey building. She’s also single-handedly raising a teenager.

Lisa has worked as a veterinary assistant, playground instructor, bank teller, store clerk, waitress, telephone solicitor, research writer for an environmental think tank, computer programmer, and systems analyst. Her passion however, is writing. What else is she going to do during the long, cold prairie winter?

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City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta


Title: 
City of Fae
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series: 

Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Release date: May 7, 2015
Pages:
337
Synopsis:

25016477From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.

Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina.

There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison.

Three are dead.

One remains…

And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.

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Rating: Star-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-FullStar-Empty
Reviewer: Kat

Cub reporter Alina is on the way home from after being fired, she comes across a battered-looking fae lying on the ground and when she recognized him as the rockstar fae, Sovereign, she suddenly had the idea that she might just salvage her career by making a story out of this encounter… and when the Fae Authority steps in, things get more interesting. But something bigger is about to break and it was up to Alina and Sovereign to save London.

Another splendid novel from Pippa DaCosta! Action, suspense and forbidden love. Everything you need and love in a NA/YA fantasy novel can be found right here. As usual for this particular author, she weaves a bunch of way too awesome characters together with marvelous worldbuilding and a brilliant plot!

I can’t wait for the sequel!

This ARC was provided by the publisher, Bloomsbury Spark, via NetGalley.

About this author

Born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa’s— “Wait a second. Let’s cut to the chase. I write kick-ass urban fantasy & sci-fi novels with conflicted characters, breathless action, and no-holds-barred dialogue. My books may not leave you feeling all fluffy and warm inside, but they will excite you. There will be plot-twists, angst, probably a few dead bodies, and very likely your favorite character will turn out to be the bad guy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…” 

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The Veil (Series) by Pippa DaCosta

Title: Wings of Hope
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series:
The Veil – #0.5
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Release date: October 11, 2014
Synopsis:

26130893“I am his muse. But not for long…”

When Mammon, the Prince of Greed, ‘acquires’ a half-blood slave known as ‘Muse’ for three nights, and bespells her with tales of a world where people live like kings and queens among towers of steel and glass, the seed of hope takes root in Muse’s soul. But hope, for a half-human half-demon creature like her, is a dangerous thing. Especially when that tentative hope springs from the honeyed words of a Prince of Hell.

What is Mammon’s price for freedom?

Meanwhile Da’mean, her ruthless owner, would rather see her dead, than free. She belongs to him. She is his muse. And no beast will take her from him.

The world of the elemental demons is harsh and violent. Muse’s kin are merciless, blood-hungry beasts, but little do they know, Muse has something far more dangerous coiled inside her, desperate for a taste of freedom.

Her humanity.

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Reviewer: Kat

What a sensational read!

Muse is the halfblood slave of a demon named Da’mean. The Prince of Greed, Mammon ‘loans’ her from Da’mean for three nights. During those three nights, the Prince tells of her of a different world where she can be free and as an abused slave, Muse cannot resist.

This story is set in the netherworld or more popularly known as Hell. The worldbuilding of the netherworld is phenomenal. I can just see the netherworld right before my eyes as I read along.

This novella is merely 50 pages or so but it packs quite the punch. This will leave you panting to read more about Muse. Trust me. This author weaves such an amazing world of demons. It’s dark and gritty and it’s everything I want in a Dark Fantasy read.

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Title: Beyond the Veil
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series:
The Veil – #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: January 1, 2014
Synopsis:

26130854

“They say I’m half a demon, but I like to think of myself as half human, especially as the demons want me dead.”

Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.

When a half-demon assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high and the cost could tear her apart.

Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell, an assassin with ulterior motives and her bloodthirsty demon-kin, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core; the demon inside her, in order to survive.

If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise hell.

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Reviewer: Kat

Fast-paced urban fantasy read that will no doubt keep you on your toes!

For 5 years, Muse tried to live as human but her past won’t let her. After all, she is also part demon. One day a stranger comes into her blacksmith shop who’s in need of her services and instead threatens her; she turns aggressive in defense and turns him away. Not long after the stranger left, her shop is destroyed forcing her to seek help and refuge with an ex-flame who also happens to be one of the 7 Princes of Hell–Mammon–also known as Akil in human form. But other demonic creatures come after and it’s clear that someone wanted her head on a silver platter. Who is trying to kill her? Muse is dumbfounded. The stranger who is revealed as Stefan? Her full demon brother? Akil?

Pippa DaCosta’s writing style is very smooth, making it easy for a reader to completely dive into the story. The plot is a little suspense driven, never a dull moment and I really loved that this book kept me second guessing. I never knew what to expect in the next page. The characters are so very complex! They’re the kind of characters you have a love-hate relationship with, especially Akil!


Title: Devil May Care
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series:
The Veil – #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: May 13, 2014
Synopsis:

26130914

“He should be dead. I thought I’d killed him. I was wrong.”

Three dead enforcers in three weeks, their bodies butchered. Muse has seen it before, and when she reads the metal memories in the murder weapon, she sees it all again. Her owner, Damien, is back, and he wants what is rightfully his.

Muse escaped him and the netherworld, once before. This time, she’s stronger, smarter. This time she knows she has the fires of hell at her fingertips, but so does Damien, and he’s not the only one. Akil is weak. No longer a Prince of Hell, he needs Muse’s limitless power to regain his title. How fortuitous then, that Akil’s fate is tied to the one man she cares the most for.

As Muse, Stefan, and Akil battle their own demons, not all will come away victorious. Some choices can never be forgiven. Some lies are never forgotten. Some wounds will never heal.

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Reviewer: Kat

Six months after Akil and Stephen disappeared into the veil, Muse goes by the name Charlie, working as an Enforcer for the Institute. Three other Enforcers were murdered with their bodies brutalized and when she caught a glimpse of who it was, she was terrified. Muse thought she’d killed Damien–her owner before Akil saved her. He was alive and he’s back to take back what once was his. She thought she can just easily kill him again but Damien is different this name, more powerful that ever before and he did something to her that only the Princes of Hell knew how to undo.

Pippa DaCosta stepped up her game in this 2nd installment of The Veil Series. From the very first page, she had me hooked into Muse’s world. Here, we learn a little more about the characters, making them more solid that they are almost tangible. Full of cleverly weaved plot twists and turns! The world building of the netherworld was so incredible that I can see the place so clearly in my mind, as if I had been there already.

There’s more that I want to say but I don’t want to risk any spoilers. I love love love it and it is way better than what I had anticipated. And of course, unsurprisingly I still am rooting for Akil/Mammon.

This is fast becoming one of my favorite series! I highly recommend it to all fantasy fans!

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Title: Darkest Before Dawn
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series:
The Veil – #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: October 15, 2014
Synopsis:

26130928“It’s too late to save myself, but I’ll save her, even if it kills me.”

When Akil leaves a nine year old half-blood girl on Muse’s doorstep, it’s not long before the demons come hunting, but this time Muse isn’t the target. The Institute, Muse’s immortal brother, and the Princes of Hell, all want a piece of the little half-blood. What’s so special about Dawn, and why has Akil conveniently disappeared just as Muse needs answers?

To save the half-blood girl, Muse must first save herself, but is it already too late? Muse’s humanity is failing. Her demon hungers. The darkness coiled around her heart lures her toward madness. And all that stands between Muse and her demon’s lust for destruction, is the hope that some half-bloods do get happy endings.

The veil weakens. Titles will fall. A new prince rises. And if Muse can’t stop them, the demons will have their day.

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Reviewer: Kat

I am chaos eternal. I desire everything this world and the next offers. I am greed. I hunger. Oh, how I hunger… I want the pathetic mortals of this world to bow before me. I want all that they own, all they desire, every marvelous creation of theirs, but there is only one thing in this world that I need, and that, Muse, is you.

THIS SERIES JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!

The story picks up where a beat up Akil left a girl named Dawn who also is a half-blood on Muse’s doorstep. At first Muse was weary, suspicious but it wasn’t long before she grew protective of her, swearing to protect the girl from the horrors she herself had experienced. It was difficult, because everyone wants Dawn – Valenti, the Institute, and the other Princes of Hell. Meanwhile, Muse is changing. Her demon is fiercer and hungrier than ever before, and she feared that she’d totally lose her humanity.

What can I say about this series that I haven’t before? It is incredible, action-packed, a little mystery thrown in, even a little tragedy, and full of highly remarkable characters. I knew that Pippa DaCosta wouldn’t disappoint. This is, by far, my favorite book in the series.

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Title: Drowning in the Dark
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series:
The Veil – #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: February 27, 2015
Synopsis:

26130934“I wasn’t demon enough to defeat my brother before. Things have changed.”

As the veil begins to fall, and the demons bleed through onto the streets of Boston, Muse knows the battle is lost before it’s even begun.

To make matters worse, Adam and the Institute have captured Akil at a time when the city has never needed him more. Muse believes Akil’s incarceration is a ruse, because if he truly is at the mercy of the Institute, she must choose which side she’ll fight for. Human or demon?

The princes are coming. Valenti, Muse’s immortal half-brother, leads the charge. The Institute is not ready, the people of Boston are not prepared, but one man is. Stefan knows what it will take to beat back the netherworld. Will his demon allow him the freedom to right his wrongs?

Muse’s loyalty will be tested. To save those she loves, she must give up that which she cherishes most. Her humanity.

The Mother of Destruction is about to go nuclear.

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Reviewer: Kat

Pippa DaCosta once again dazzles me with the latest installment of The Veil, Drowning in the Dark. I had the privilege to be given an ARC. Plus there is a prologue told in Akil’s POV, available on the author’s website: I Watch.

The Institute captures Akil. Ryker’s changed and it’s not a good thing. Muse barely holds onto her humanity. Stefan is back. The veil falls. Valenti has halfbloods at his beck and call. The Princes of Hell come. In other words… Chaos is here, but this is just the beginning.

Let me start with OH MY GOD! This series is gonna be the death of me. So many twists and turns I seriously didn’t count on. You can’t not invest emotions in this book if you are a fan. The story is so full of tension, you can seriously feel it around you. The action scenes left me breathless. The status of Muse’s relationships with Akil and Stefan left me befuddled (‘course I’m still rooting for my Akil). There are also revelations in the book that had me saying ‘OH MY GOD! Really?!’. Damn.

This book left me mesmerized…

And anxiously awaiting the very last installment of the series, which is sad and exciting at the same time. It all ends in book 5, Ties That Bind, which comes in Spring.

Urban fantasy lovers, if you haven’t checked out this series yet… WHY NOT?

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Title: Ties That Bind
Author: 
Pippa DaCosta
Series:
The Veil – #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 20, 2015
Synopsis:

26130952“I am fire. I am destruction. I will be their nightmare.”

The veil fell. Demons are here. Muse knows she can stop the slaughter, but to do so, she must return to the battle-scarred streets of Boston and face the cold, hard, truth. Her old life is ashes. Her love, turned to dust. But all is not lost; a spark of hope remains. A spark from which an inferno can blaze.

To stop the demons claiming Earth as their own, Muse must unite those capable of repairing the veil. The Dark Court, led by her Prince of Lust father, seek to recruit her to their cause. They want the veil destroyed for good; for chaos to reign for eternity. She will need to manoeuvre around their deadly intentions, and enlist the King of Hell’s help, before it’s too late.

For Muse to succeed, she must survive her father, save her soul, resurrect her love, forgive her enemies, and betray a trust. She must be everything she can be—demon and human. She must be their nightmare.

***

In this, the fifth and final Veil Series book, we return to where it all began. To the netherworld, where once a wretched half-blood girl surprised the Prince of Greed. To a world where ‘hope’ is fantasy, and ‘love’ a disease.

Muse is ready to take the fight to the demons. Are you?

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Reviewer: Kat

Indeed. I cannot believe that this series is over! Ties That Bind is the conclusion to this series, one of the best series I have ever read and definitely, one of my all-time favorites. I was not ready for it to be over but I had to succumb to its call the minute it was on my Kindle.

** This review may or may not contain spoilers **

First of all, thank you to Pippa for providing me with an ARC.

The Princes of Hell need Muse to kill the King of Hell, so the veil can be destroyed for good, for chaos to reign forever; he is the only one who can close the veil, but that is only possible with the Queen of Hell is by his side. Muse also needs him to bring back Akil.

Let me be honest. I am having a hard time writing a review right now. I don’t think I’ll ever bring this book or the rest of the series some justice. I’m out of poetic words to bring praise to this series.

Like I said above, I wasn’t ready for this series to be over. I want more Muse, definitely more Akil, and fine, more Stefan, and even Ryder! I think that this is an explosively perfect ending to a series; everything I ever dreamed it would be. More twists, more turns, and definitely surprises! This author got me good. I’m a big Akil fan and if you’ve read this book, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I was never a Stefan fan at the start, but damn me if I didn’t love him by the time I reached the end. I didn’t even want to like him (because I’m loyal to Akil /wink/), but he was too charming and lovely and well-developed that I couldn’t help but give in.

Muse is a big part of me now. I believe that she is a character that is to be celebrated. From Wings of Hope to Ties That Bind, her development is incredible and definitely unforgettable. In this last installment, she has embraced her demon and knows now her place in this world, and still continues to fight for her freedom, to live a normal life in Boston.

I hope everyone who reads my review decides to pick up this series and stick with it from to start to finish. I swear it is worth every cent and every time spent! I promise that even if you are not an urban fantasy fan to start with, you will enjoy it!

About this author

Born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa’s— “Wait a second. Let’s cut to the chase. I write kick-ass urban fantasy & sci-fi novels with conflicted characters, breathless action, and no-holds-barred dialogue. My books may not leave you feeling all fluffy and warm inside, but they will excite you. There will be plot-twists, angst, probably a few dead bodies, and very likely your favorite character will turn out to be the bad guy. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…” 

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The Reaping by Katharine Sadler

Title: The Reaping 
Author: 
Katharine Sadler
Series:
The Reapers – #1
Genre:
Urban Fantasy 
Release date: May 27, 2014
Pages: 
234
Synopsis:

24595419Kelsey Fitzhugh finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: ordinary.

In a town where no one knows about her ability to see and talk to the dead, she is free to be anonymous and live how she chooses.

For the first time, she has friends, a great job, and the attention of the most gorgeous man she’s ever met.

Then, her boss dies and decides he’s not content with being a ghost. He wants to take up permanent residence in Kelsey’s body and have a second chance at life. To achieve his goal, he’s going to do everything in his power to destroy the normality she’s built for herself and make her miserable.

Kelsey is going to have to figure out how to fight back or lose everything she’s worked so hard to obtain.

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Reviewer: Veronica

There was a lot in this book that I enjoyed and some aspects that I didn’t. I’m a paranormal girl, so I loved the ghosts and how they were incorporated into the world. I wasn’t overly fond of the main character, Kelsey. Occasionally I wanted to smack her. Perhaps it’s because I’m used to more aggressive heroines. She wasn’t poorly written, by any means, and for the most part, I really felt for her. I wanted to see her grow a spine and tell a few people off. I’m very curious to see how things go now that she’s been introduced into this world, one she didn’t know existed. I have high hopes for this series, and I’m off to read the next one.

About this author

Katharine Sadler lives with her husband in North Carolina. She’s been writing since she was ten and has wanted to be a writer even longer. When she’s not writing or otherwise gainfully occupied, she reads like it’s an addiction, exercises, skis whenever she gets the chance, and adds more books to her Amazon wish list.

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The Hunter And The Witch by Rachel Chanticleer

Title: The Hunter And The Witch
Author: 
Rachel Chanticleer
Series:
 Crescent City Arcana – #0.5
Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 28, 2015
Pages:
24
Synopsis:

25257460A lethal stranger hunted Bethany Hayes down and nearly killed her. But without uttering a single word, he spared her life and vanished, turning her world upside down. Left with newfound abilities and visions of her attacker, Beth tried to make the most of this second chance.

Lucius Sempronius Asper learned to kill in the amphitheaters of ancient Rome. Enslaved and bound by the dark magic of a powerful witch, he spent centuries eradicating innocent witches at her command. Though made immortal by her enchantment, he was as good as dead inside.

All Lucius knew, what he thought he’d become, changed with Bethany. His one impulsive act of salvation linked them in ways they never could have imagined.

Will Beth be strong enough to free him, or will the hunter become the hunted?

This short story chronicles how Beth and Lucius learned of the existence of magic, and of each other.

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Reviewer: Kat

Wow, this short story packs quite a punch! I want to make it clear that although Rachel Chanticleer is my writing buddy, prior to the release of The Hunter and The Witch, I have not yet read any of her projects so rest assured that I am not being biased in my review.

I was blown away, totally exceeded my expectations. There is beauty in the way she writes; a phenomenal set of characters, great imagery presented, and an engaging plot even if it is a little short! It is a prequel for a potential series called Crescent City Arcana and it is very exciting to find out that we get to see more of Beth and Lucius in the future!

About this author
Rachel Chanticleer is a romance writer who sees beauty in darkness, and can find a love story where you’d least expect it. Her writing often features worlds where the paranormal hides just out of view—until it’s time to turn the lives of her characters upside down. Rachel lives in a former steel town along the East Coast’s revitalized Rust Belt.

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