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Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire 5)

Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire 5) by J.R. Rain

 

Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now in VAMPIRE DAWN, Samantha Moon tackles her most frightening case yet. Someone is leaving victims drained of blood, and all signs point to the killer not being a vampire. Meanwhile, Sam can’t help but notice the changes coming over her son…fantastical changes that will leave her searching desperately for answers.

As Sam tracks down a ruthless killer, and as her own humanity slips further and further away, an ancient relic holds a secret that will rock her world…and open up a whole new one.

 

 

Finally, I found a Samantha Moon novel liked unconditionally. Vampire Moon (Vampire for Hire 5) is the novel I hoped to read when I first read Moon Dance.Although I missed Christmas Moon, I think I was better for that missing knowledge because it had me paying closer detail to the action and actions of the characters.

I like this outing by J.R. Rain because this time around it was so much about her being a vampire as much as it was about her using her vampirism to enhance her being a private detective. Yes, she discovered new things in her life but they weren’t centered on her but around her.

Anthony is definitely going to be about to carry a future series. He has so much future potential that I can’t begin to fathom the direction of this character. I’m glad to see that she starting to realize that she needs to “come out” to her kids. When she does, I think Anthony will stay with his mom and Tammy will leave for her dads.

Another character that I helped to make this novel more interesting is the growing relationship with Detective Hanner. They are both women with similar home stories but where Haner’s became tragic it looks that Samantha’s will be the complete inverse. I speculate that this divide will increase in them until they are enemies. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see.

Whatever I missed in Christmas Moon isn’t a glaring omission from this story but it will be the next story I read. It will help sate my thirst until the sixth Vampire of Hire novel comes out.
I give Vampire Dawn (Vampire for Hire 5) 4 out 5.

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Across the Creek

Across the Creek by Jeremy Asher

 

Life only gives you one first kiss.

And when Jesse Malone kissed Sarah Ramsey, he thought his life would change, but not in the way that it did. An unlikely childhood romance between a poor boy and a wealthy girl began the day Jesse decided to do the impossible and cross the creek. A love was born, one that would become their shelter, protecting them from the storms of their lives, until the day Jesse witnessed his mother’s murder, forcing him to leave his childhood home…and first love.

Ten years later, life has finally gotten better for Jesse. He has a loving family, a charming pet shop to run, and one semester left before graduating with a degree in architecture. Everything is great, until the day fate intervenes and his long-lost love walks into his shop and back into his life.

Sarah, engaged to a budding attorney, is struggling to keep everything together. Her father, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is running out of time. Sarah races to build their dream business while planning her wedding in time for her father to walk her down the aisle.

Their brief encounter starts a series of events that neither Jesse nor Sarah expects. After a decade of running, Jesse is now forced to face the demons from his past, while Sarah has to choose between her handsome attorney and her first love.

Just when they think love has given them a second chance, Jesse is faced with an impossible decision, one that will change their lives forever.

 

 

Across the Creek is an amazing novel that makes you relate to the characters from the very first chapter. They are characters that you want to get to know. They are people that I would want to be friends with.

These are well crafted characters that Jeremy Asher has created. They are good nature people moving through life doing the best that they can, given their situations. Jesse Malone is a well-meaning guy that finds his simple life complicated with the reintroduction of the only girl that he has loved, coming back into his life. He’s a protagonist that is relatable from the first few pages from his perspective.

This is the first time that I found and read a novel so close to its release, only two weeks ago. It, Released on 15 June 2012, has me anticipating the next book. There isn’t even a release date for the next novel.

Although the ending is atypical of most books I found in completely realistic. It definitely ends on a cliffhanger that is going to get more interesting in the next book, Beneath the Willow. In five to ten years someone will definitely read this and see the potential, for a movie franchise, just from this book alone.

 

 

I give Across the Creek 5 out 5.

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The Prodigal Hour: a Time Travel Novel

The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel by Will Entrekin

 

 

On October 31, 2001, six weeks after escaping the World Trade Center attacks, Chance Sowin moves back home, hoping for familiarity and security. Instead, he interrupts a burglary as his father, Dennis, is shot and killed.

What begins as a homicide investigation escalates when the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrrives. Where he hoped for solutions, Chance finds only more questions: who killed his father, and why? Was his father—a physicist at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study—working on dangerous research? Why did Dennis build a secret laboratory in his basement?

Chance might not know the answers, but Cassie Lackesis, Dennis’ research assistant, thinks she does. She isn’t certain that Dennis discovered a way to time travel, but she knows who told her: Chance.

Together with Cassie, Chance will go on a journey across time and space that will challenge his every notion of ideas like “right” and “good.” One young man’s desire to make a difference will become, instead, a race against time as he tries to prevent forces he could never understand from not just destroying the universe but rendering it nonexistent.

When every action has a reaction, every force its counter, Chance will find that the truest measure of his character is not what he wants but what he will do when the prodigal hour returns.

 

 

For as long as I discovered the writings of Michael Crichton, Timeline has been my favorite Time Traveling novel. I have found one that has finally dethroned it. The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel deals with quantum physics on level that I barely grasp. For the most part I don’t even know if the theoretical science is sound but it’s compelling and logical, to my mind.

It follows my logic and understanding of time travel which made it instantly relatable. I like how Entrekin inserted his characters into many significant points in history. I think what happen when Chance and Cassie visited Christ; is my favorite part of this book.

But the crown jewel of this novel is the reactive consequences of temporal manipulation. Everyone has discusses visiting Christ, stopping Hitler and WTC but using alternate realities, colliding and collapsing universes, Will Entrekin crafts a fictional novel, that answers those questions. I think it will become a classic.

Although it ends a little more somber than I would like, I understand and applaud its conclusion. There has to be consequences for partaking in time traveling. Even now as I write this I have smile on my face because it was that interesting.

Having been a fan of time travel since I first saw ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ as a kid, The Prodigal Hour should be made into a movie; as long as they stay faithful to the book. Timeline, as previous mention, is a perfect example of how Hollywood crapped an excellent novel.

 

 

I give The Prodigal Hour: A Time Travel Novel 5 out 5.

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Finding Kate Huntley

Finding Kate Huntley by Theresa Ragan

During a vacation in the Caribbean, fifteen-year old Kate Huntley’s father, a prominent U.S. scientist, is murdered before her eyes. For the next ten years Kate grows up alone in Haiti, one of the most dangerous and poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t think of her father. Kate pushes herself to become stronger, mentally and physically. Every day is a struggle for survival. And yet she lives for only one reason…revenge.

While looking for a drug lord via satellite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, Jack Coffey, rookie FBI agent, spots Kate Huntley. Jack is sent by the agency to find Ms. Huntley and bring her back to the States. They have many unanswered questions about her father’s death. A professional and responsible man, Jack is confused by Kate’s lack of cooperation. He wants to help her return to the States where he believes she’ll be safe, but she treats him like the enemy and refuses to go. Everything about her is a contradiction. She looks fragile and innocent, but every time he turns around she’s putting another thug in his place. In the beginning Jack wonders if Kate’s distrust of his superiors is warranted or just simple paranoia. In the end, Jack realizes nothing is as it seems.

Theresa Ragan is quickly becoming my female Michael Crichton… favorite author. From the moment I discovered Abducted, I read the majority of her books. The one thing they all have in common is that they don’t disappoint.

I thought Finding Kate Huntley would be another great read. It was, even to the end. The characters didn’t end where I thought they would when reading the first few chapters and it made the book that more enjoyable. The characters had plausible story arc that didn’t betray what made them and the novel an entertaining read.

If you’re not familiar with Theresa Ragan, or T.R. Ragan, she writes under both you should. Her plots are vivid and not overly complicated. For the most part they keep me reading until the end. I rarely want to put down one of her books wants I start reading.

I give Finding Kate Huntley 5 out 5.

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UnEnchanted (An Unfortunated Fairy Tale)

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) by Chanda Hahn

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2) is another interesting take on the Grimm legacy. It’s something that I have been interested since the premiere of NBC’s Grimm during the 2011-2012 Television Season. Before the show I was never much of a fan of the Grimm fairy tales, but that show made me a fan.

The book was introduced to me by my favorite daily email from Pixel of Ink. The moment I read that it was about the Grimm curse I knew I wanted to read it. It didn’t disappoint. Wilhelmina Grime is an interesting character just like Grace Murphy. I find her instantly compelling and riveted to the book. Just like the character Jared I want to protect her, hoping with every character she will be safe.

Toward the end of the book, I was lost in the tale. Most times I’m analyzing the story as I’m reading. This time I was along for the ride. I was never a fairy tale reader so I’m woefully ignorant to which tales she is fighting to complete. The only one that I readily knew she was facing was Red Riding Hood.

Even before I finished the book, I downloaded to my Kindle a couple of books that had the Grimm tales in them. Something I should have done long ago, but neglected too. I think with a series so new I don’t know if research the Grimm tales will help or hurt my experience with the books.

The next book in the series by Chanda Hahn is entitled Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2). From the description Mina Grime looks to tackle the Snow White tale, which in recent months has gain in popularity for some reason.

I give UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) 4 out 5.

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Easy

Easy by Tammara Webber

 

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem–their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees–hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

 

There was a definite disconnect with me and Easy. Amazon had 177 five ratings. I had nowhere near the reaction of these reviews. And definitely could be that my head just wasn’t in the mind set for this book. The writing was excellent. It was the subject of the book is where it lost me.

I think I will revisit this book later. After finishing the first two books in the Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover the subject of this book may have been too much of a drastic change.
I had such an adverse effect from this book that it was off putting. Even as I continued to read I was seething from one incident in the beginning.

They say 3 out 4 women have been sexually assaulted. Murder is the first, second, third thing on my mind. I have a little sister; I just want to protect her. After the party I saw Jacqueline as my little sister. I wanted to protect her. Because of that fact I think I maybe harshly judging this book.

From the moment Jacqueline refused to call the cops, I lost sympathy for the character. I know it’s harsh but I would be just as harsh and disappointed, in my sister, as I am in the character, for stay silent. When she found her empowerment at the end, I still couldn’t recover from the disappointment I still felt because she was silent, in the beginning.

I not saying it was her fault; she didn’t deserved what happened to her. But I feel silence is never the answer to RAPE. Then there is Lucas/Logan; he was too lenient on Buck. I would have pounded Buck within an inch of his life. He is at the top of list for the worst type of human scum I can think of. The bottom of my shoe deserves to be smeared with his blood

 

I give Easy 2 out 5.

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Point of Retreat (Slammed Series 2)

Point of Retreat (Slammed Series #2) by Colleen Hoover


Point of Retreat is the second novel in the SLAMMED SERIES.
Layken and Will’s relationship persevered through hardships, heartache and a cruel twist of fate, further solidifying the fact that they belong together. What they don’t expect is that the things that brought them together may ultimately be the very things that tear them apart.
 
Layken is left questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built.
 
Will is left questioning how to prove his love for a girl who can’t seem to stop “carving pumpkins.”
 
Once they find answers, the couple faces an even greater challenge. One that could change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone who depend on them.



Point of Retreat (Slammed Series #2) is definitely my favorite of the two. I don’t think any more books could top this one in the series. I love this book of so many reasons.
 
It inspired me to write a poem entitled Butterfly. It gave me a new quote:

The points are not the point; the point is poetry.
— Allan Wolf, former slammaster, Asheville, NC

I definitely think having read Slammed, I understood the characters more than if I hadn’t. Whereas the first book was from Lake’s point of view, this one’s from Will’s.

Kiersten, also another interesting name, is a new edition, in this book, along with the cast of characters returning, but an integral character, who is also my favorite. Just like everyone in the book, I would want her as my “new” best friend. The character is instantly like and endearing in my eyes. I couldn’t help but look her.

Once I started I didn’t want to put it down. I think this book may be the highlight of my reading this year. I’m just so sorry that it came when it did. I found a lot of amazing but in the first half of this year, I hope to continue to find more amazing but I know my luck has to run out soon.

As soon as I finished the first one I wanted to start this one. I think knowing these characters had me more invested in the drama. If you haven’t read it you should add this to your 2012 to read list.

I give Point of Retreat (Slammed Series #2) 5 out 5.

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