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Demons of Oblivion Soundtrack, A Guest Post and A Freebie from Skyla Dawn Cameron

The Demons of Oblivion Soundtrack


Like a lot of writers, music plays a huge part in my overall process. If I haven’t settled on theme songs for the book and main characters, I don’t know the story well enough to write it. As the book progresses, scenes end up with their own theme songs as well. Here are the highlights from the first four books (with a few hints about the fifth).

Bloodlines
If you're in her way, it sucks to be you.
 

After three hundred years of unlife, narcissistic vampire Zara Lain has seemingly done it all, and she's now making a living as a successful thief-turned-assassin. Her newest assignment seems simple enough: kill the aging leader of the O'Connor coven and his only heir, and she'll have another ten million in the bank.

But in the dangerous world of the supernatural, few things are ever “simple.”
 

When a massive assault decimates the continent's population of powerful witches and warlocks, and its orchestrator has vampires being hunted down and captured, Zara realizes the tables have turned and now she'll be playing the hero. Forced to join with a smart-mouthed fellow vampire, a demonologist who's also a fan of hers, a recently widowed—and frequently brooding—warlock, and her best friend's mom, Zara's grudgingly willing to do what she can to save the day.

If only people would stop ruining all her outfits...
 

Exclusive to Kindle until January 2014  (Free from October 28 – November 1)
 

Includes bonus short story “Thrall”, narrated by warlock Nate O’Connor.

Warning: contains heavy doses of snark, a sexually confident heroine who likes killing people and has no secret heart of gold, lots of explosions, and very naughty language.
Also, some terrible stuff happens to expensive formal wear. I’m sorry. I’m really, really sorry.


Zara Lain in Bloodlines appeared in my head in 2004, talking in full surround sound, and I wrote a lot of her early scenes to this song.
Another very Zara song from that book. (“I've done things I never thought I'd do//Sure it helps to lose myself in you”)
I do think of this as Zara’s overall theme—it captures her past, her present, her insecurities and her strength. (I can’t even pick specific lyrics—the whole thing sums up Zara from her awakening to her present self.)
I listen to a lot of “trailer” type music when I write—Immediate Music/Globus, E.S. Posthumus, Two Steps from Hell, etc—and this is the one song I associate the most with Zara and Bloodlines.
If I had to pick a song for Zara and her lover Nate...I actually listened to a lot when I originally wrote their scenes in 2004. (“love has made me a fool//it set me on fire and watched as I floundered”—it’s all Zara, a determined bachelorette, realizing she’s way over her head and this is likely a mistake)
Now that I’m older and have seen Zara/Nate’s relationship mature, this is the theme I’d lean toward. I wouldn’t say either of them particularly come across as scared of anything, but the sense of doing something you know could ultimately lead to your downfall—in this case love—fits them well.
I already have a bazillion songs for this book but I wrote a short set during it from Nate’s point of view (“Thrall”, it’s available with Bloodlines) and this was very much his theme.

Hunter

Predators beware.
 

Sometimes natural predators need to be kept in check, and for that, there's Ryann David. Orphaned as an infant and raised by an exiled branch of the church to become a warrior for God, she and her fellow members of Venatores Daemonum have trained all their lives with only one purpose: destroy all demons in the mortal realm.

But when Ryann and her team are sent to hunt down a vampire who has killed one of their own, a new world of danger, betrayal, and conspiracy greets her. Allied with an irreverent psychic detective and the very monsters she was raised to kill, Ryann will risk everything—her life, her faith, and her heart—in pursuit of the truth as the black and white existence she knew turns a murky shade of gray.
 

Now on Kindle, AllRomanceeBooks, and Smashwords. Other sites coming soon. http://skyladawncameron.com/novels/hunter

Includes bonus short story “Malice”, narrated by Zara Lain.

Warning: This book contains a demon-hunting nun. No, really. And she doesn't swear. At all. This might be quite traumatizing to you after reading Bloodlines. Reader discretion is advised.


Ignoring the junk Latin lyrics for a moment, this is the song I most associate with Ryann, the demon-hunting nun from Hunter. The slow build, the almost plaintive quality to it: I picture Ryann drawing her katana, light glimmering on its edge, a silver cross at her throat, the determined look in her eyes as she goes to battle.
Although lyrically it doesn’t immediately conjure up Ryann, the sense of not entirely knowing where you belong or where to call home is very much her.
This was always my Ryann/Ellie theme. Their relationship has a slower build and an odd dance: she’s basically spent her entire life as a nun and he’s firmly in the secular world. Both doubt their right for one another, pining from afar.
This is Ellie’s theme. He’s a very troubled psychic, someone who can see through the eyes of victims of violent crimes as well as killers. He drinks a lot to be able to cope otherwise he runs the risk of paralyzing seizures and severe mental trauma. So he tends toward very relaxing music and this always makes me think of him.

Lineage

Family reunions suck.

What’s a woman to do when her dad’s the antichrist, her grandma’s the devil, the end of the world is at her doorstep, and she’s out to avenge the murders of her husband and kids?

Kill everything in her way.

Quarter-demon Peri Takata exists with but one goal in mind: annihilate everyone responsible for the death of her family. Then—her need for vengeance quelled—she plans to take her own life.

Her mission brings her to vampire Zara Lain, the only known survivor of the event that destroyed Peri’s family five years ago. Hunting down a secret society of those who don’t want to be found has its challenges, however, especially when forces are working to keep the antichrist’s daughter very much alive. The apocalypse is closing in and Peri may be playing a role in it whether she wants to or not.
 

And when a heart long-thought dead begins to beat again with love for another, she’s not so sure about anything anymore.

Details: Now on Kindle, AllRomanceeBooks, and Smashwords. Other sites coming soon. http://www.skyladawncameron.com/novels/lineage

Includes bonus short story “Sunrise”, narrated by warlock Nate O’Connor.

Warning: You’re still here? After the narcissistic assassin in Bloodlines and the demon-hunting nun in Hunter? Well, now you get a sociopathic, quarter-demon mercenary. There’s lots more violence and naughty language in this one. You're welcome.



This has been Peri’s theme for as long as I can remember. It’s dark. It’s violent. It’s about being used as a pawn by others and realizing, well, that you stand alone. (“Make me believe that this place isn't plagued by the poison in me//Help me decide if my fire will burn out before you can breathe”)
Peri’s Japanese. That said, she generally hates J-pop...unless she’s being particularly violent. All of the fight scenes in Lineage were written to J-pop. I have no idea why, she apparently likes the contrast.
It’s back to Utada for my Peri/Nic theme. Although it’s too sappy and Peri would never admit it, yes, absolutely, this was their theme while writing.
An epilogue song, and one that encapsulates Peri by the end of the book, IMO.

Exhumed

Some people just won't stay buried...

Zara Lain, narcissistic vampire and assassin, cleaned up after a crazy warlock tried to build a vampire army, made some cash when the North American covens were left in shambles, got away when framed for the murder of a Demon Hunter, and dealt with some idiots who tried to jumpstart Armageddon. None of that could prepare her, however, for the moment when her lover of the undead persuasion awakens...

And promptly tries to kill her.

She’s raised a handful of orphaned baby vampires during the past six years and she knows the score: if they don’t get sane again, they have to be staked. And even if she can fix her would-be boyfriend, he’s not the only formerly deceased one in town who wants to kill her. Old enemies are back to put a cramp in her love life, ruin a good pair of heels, and just maybe end the world.

An apocalypse is nigh...and it gets a lot worse than having nothing to wear to the occasion.

Details: Now on Kindle, AllRomanceeBooks, and Smashwords. Other sites coming soon. http://www.skyladawncameron.com/novels/exhumed

Warning: This book may cause you emotional turmoil and feelings of great pain. I'd apologize but it would be a lie; I feed on your tears. Keep 'em coming.


Exhumed is a very angsty book. It has lots of angsty songs. This is one of many of them. (“You caused my heart to bleed and//You still owe me a reason”)
See? Angst. (“Nothing is taking me down//Except you, my love...”)
This gets a bit literal in Exhumed as Zara...kind of sets a house on fire. Much of the book deals with betrayal, or perceived betrayal and this song could’ve been written for it.
(“I don't think I can save myself//I'm drowning here”)
Basically the entire final climax of the book had this song playing in the background for me.

Oblivion

This book is still in progress so I’m still putting together the soundtrack, but here’s a taste...
I’d lean toward this as the overall theme song for the series (which, if I’m able to keep writing them, I see as going past five books—there’s a lot more to tell). I’ll let readers guess what character goes with “soldier/civilian/martyr/victim/prophet/liar/honest/leader/paraih/victor/messiah” part. ;-)
The book alternates between taking place in our world and a hell dimension, and I’ve been using this one for scenes in that other dimension.

I already know the epilogue of this book and this is the theme for it. (And that’s all I’ll say about that because SPOILERS.)

Award-winning author Skyla Dawn Cameron has been writing approximately forever. 
 
Her early storytelling days were spent acting out strange horror/fairy tales with the help of her many dolls, and little has changed except that she now keeps those stories on paper. She signed her first book contract at age twenty-one for River, a unique werewolf tale, which was released to critical and reader praise alike and won her the 2007 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy. She now has multiple series on the go to keep her busy, which is great for her attention deficit disorder.

Skyla is a fifth generation crazy cat lady who lives in southern Ontario, where she dabbles in art, is an avid gamer, and watches Buffy reruns. If she ever becomes a grownup, she wants to run her own pub, as well as become world dictator.

You can visit her on her website . When she’s not writing or being glared at by cats, she’s probably on Twitter. You should ping @skyladawn and tell her to get back to work.


Thank you for stopping by, Skyla!
Peeps, don't forget that Bloodlines is FREE until Nov 1st, so go and grab it!
UPDATE: I've just finished this book, and it's AWESOME. 


Paranormal YA Review: Rory by Ciye Cho

Rory by Ciye Cho (The Ghosts of Palladino #1)


review request from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Far beyond heaven, earth and hell is a city known as Palladino, a place ruled by ghosts and filled with demons, magic, and all sorts of darkly beautiful things. A city where no one can ever escape.

Eighteen-year-old Rory is a cake decorator who makes stunning confections. But no amount of frosting or miracles can save her when a demon kidnaps her—and carries her to Palladino. Here, Rory ends up in a deadly charm school where young women are forced to become companions for the Ghost Lords. And for her to survive, Rory must become everything that she isn’t: graceful, elegant... and perfect.

But nothing is what it seems in Palladino. Not the magic. Not the ghosts. And definitely not Martin Marius, the bizarre Ghost Lord-slash-inventor who is drawn to Rory. For amid a thousand machines and a hundred cats, Martin holds a secret that could change everything. A secret that could either free Rory... or destroy her.

Amazon kindle US($0.99)/UK(£0.77)

8/10

* * *
This was a slightly bizarre, unusual and charming book which made me think of Alice in Wonderland.

The Postman Knock #51

Hi, everyone!
I was so  busy this week I haven't been able to finish any of my books, but I've got some interesting new ones :)

BOUGHT:

Both were 77p each on Amazon UK and have been on my wishlist for ages!

NETGALLEY:

Bionic time travel? Yes, please!

This is it for me, ladies and fellas. Be good and have a great weekend! 
Tchau!

Steampunk Romance Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster (London Steampunk #3)


Egalley thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis from Goodreads
Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother's disappearance. And get out.

In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn't count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.

He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

9/10

* * *
I absolutely loved this one, peeps! It was everything I adore in a steampunk romance: excitement, passion, desperation, strong characters, fighting, gadgetry and mysterious masked vigilantes. It was simply delicious!

Post Apocalyptic Fiction Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak (The Harvesting)


review request from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Though Layla reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that's upon them. But that is not the only problem. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

"To label this a zombie book would be a false pretense . . . this is so much more than that. What you start out with and what you end up with are very different, and those twists and turns in the middle will make your heart beat faster over and over again."-- Colossal Pop

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US($3.99)/UK(£2.64) | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond 

8/10

* * *
This was such an easy read, I went through it within few hours. 

A bit awkward, a bit detached like someone describes it as an outsider, but it's fast and it's crazy and it's very interesting.

Historical Fiction Early Review: Daughter of The God-King by Anne Cleeland

Daughter of The God-King by Anne Cleeland (Regency #2)


Egalley thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark

Synopsis from Goodreads
Hattie Blackhouse is the only child of famous Egyptologists, and when they go missing, she travels to their latest excavation in ancient Thebes only to discover that she is attracting interest from the French, the British, and the Egyptians, who believe her the reincarnation of a long-dead princess.

In the second book in the Regency series, the heroine finds herself in the crosshairs of factions who are vying to support or thwart Napoleon’s latest attempt at world domination—and she unknowingly holds the key.

Release Date: November 5th 2013.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

8.5/10

* * *
I'm honestly loving this series. First Tainted Angel and now this wonderful book! I swear, despite somewhat dry, slightly detached way of telling the story, Anne Cleeland creates such sharp characters, I can't stay away from their adventures.

The Postman Knock #50

Ola, everyone!
I didn't know if I could make Sunday post this week because our generator died 3 days ago, and we were forced to set the solar power system sooner rather than later. 
And it wasn't working no matter how many times we checked all the manuals.
Thankfully our friends whom I usually meet on Friday at the yoga class agreed to come to our quinta (farm) and have a quick look on Saturday, and lo and behold the glitch was fixed and we are running on solar power right now! :)

It was also a busy reading week for me.

I READ:

All of these were review copies, as I am determined to clear out my review requests so I  can finally start reading my own copies. THE HARVESTING was pretty cool zombie/vampire flick, RORY reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, it was pretty magical. DELIA'S SHADOW was seriously chilling crime fiction. All three - four star reads.
MY LADY QUICKSILVER, THE BURNING SKY and THE SPIRIT KEEPER were all five star reads. Serious awesomeness here, me dears!

FOR REVIEW:

Thank you, Patrice! Really looking forward to this book. So far this is an excellent series.

This is it for me, peeps!
I'm all achy as hell after a day of work, yoga last night and going out. We are veritable social butterflies these days :)
Full moon tonight, and it's so bright outside we don't need torches to walk around the land.
Absolutely gorgeous.
Happy Sunday and hugs,
Tchau!




Contemporary Romance Review: Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

Friends Without Benefits: An Unrequited Romance by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #2)


review request from the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
Friends Without Benefits can be read as a standalone, is a full length 120k word novel, and is book#2 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

Amazon kindle US/UK(£2.56) 

8.5/10

* * *
There are three things you should know about Penny Reid: her wit is razor sharp, her characters are odd and charming, and at last, her romances are tender and sincere to the point of leaving you teary-eyed.

Steampunk Young Adult Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (Stoker & Holmes #1)


Egalley thanks to Chronicle Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK 

8/10

* * *
This is a pretty fun combination of famous bloodlines, which reminded me ironically of Starsky & Hutch

Dystopian Early Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1)


Egalley thanks to Orbit

Synopsis from Goodreads
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

Release date: October 29th 2013.
 
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

8/10

* * *
 Parasite is a very interesting book in its own right, but let's face it: it's not Newsflesh trilogy. I'm a huge fan of the latter, and I think it's one of the best post-apocalyptic dystopian works I've ever read, so the comparison to it doesn't do this novel any justice.

The Postman Knock #49

Hi everyone!
How is it going?
What a busy week we had! Lots of work has been done and I even managed to go to yoga class on Friday first time in a year and a half, which was very relaxing.
I've also started a blog diary on our adventure. It's only temporary until I build a proper one. I've chosen free Wordpress one and so far I'm not impressed with the lack of customization.

READ:


Actually really enjoyed all of these, all of them were solid 4 star reads!

FOR REVIEW:

Thanks to Skyla and Melissa! I've had it on my wishlist for absolute ages.

BOUGHT:

And I can't wait to start this one! :)

This is it for me. Hugs and hope you have a lovely weekend!
Tchau!


Erotic Romance Early Review: The Wrong Billionaire's Bed by Jessica Clare

The Wrong Billionaire's Bed by Jessica Clare (Billionaire Boys Club #3)


Egalley thanks to Berkley

Synopsis from Goodreads
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success--at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They're just not always as successful when it comes to love...

Audrey Petty's always been the responsible one. The good twin.  Successful, dependable, and trustworthy--that's Audrey. She'd be the perfect girlfriend for her childhood crush, billionaire Cade Archer...except that she's pretty sure she's not even on his radar. But when fate (and her chaotic twin) come together, Audrey finds out that she'll be spending the next month with Cade at his remote cabin retreat. It's a dream come true...

Until she meets her worst nightmare.

Billionaire playboy Reese Durham is used to seducing women to get what he wants. But when stiff, too-proper Audrey bursts into the private mountain lodge and scares his companion out the door, it's time for a little revenge. It's clear that Audrey's in love with his buddy, Cade...and it's clear to Reese that blackmailing Audrey with this information can get her to agree to just about anything. Like furtive kisses in the dark, or a secret rendezvous in the woods. Audrey may think she knows what she wants, but Reese is determined to show her what she needs.

And as Reese discovers the volatile minx behind the buttoned-up exterior, he starts to think maybe she's just what he needs, too.

Release date: October 15th 2013.
Amazon kindle US(£2.99)/UK(£1.99)

7/10

* * *
Alright, peeps. I've read the previous two books in this series on a whim and really enjoyed both. They are light, sexy, and the men and women in both are quite feisty and entertaining.

It might be just me,  but I couldn't connect with Reese and Audrey. I didn't feel like there was enough emotional struggle and conflict, and I also didn't like how quickly Audrey's resentment of Reese turned into a full on love.

Historical Fiction Early Review: Banquet of Lies by Mchelle Diener

Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener


Egalley thanks to Gallery Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
A Secret Treaty and a Secret Life

LONDON, 1812: Giselle Barrington is living a double life, juggling the duties of chef with those of spy catcher. She must identify her father’s savage killer before the shadowy man finds her and uncovers the explosive political document her father entrusted to her safekeeping.

Posing as a French cook in the home of Lord Aldridge, Giselle is surrounded by unlikely allies and vicious enemies. In the streets where she once walked freely among polite society, she now hides in plain sight, learning the hard lessons of class distinction and negotiating the delicate balance between servant and master.

Lord Aldridge’s insatiable curiosity about his mysterious new chef blurs the line between civic duty and outright desire. Carefully watching Giselle’s every move, he undertakes a mission to figure out who she really is—and, in the process, plunges her straight into the heart of danger when her only hope for survival is to remain invisible.

Release date: October 22nd 2013.
 
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK

9/10

* * *
Oh gods, I can't tell you how much I love this author! Every book is like pure gooey chocolaty indulgence!

Banquet of Lies is all about delicious food and strong women. In fact, you can always bet that Michelle Diener will write about a score of strong, admirable, brave women in her historical fiction. This is just how she rolls, ladies and gents.

Fantasy Review: Ward Against Darkness by Melanie Card

Ward Against Darkness by Melanie Card (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer #2)


Egalley thanks to Entangled Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads
The last thing Ward de'Ath wants is more trouble. On the run from both the law and the criminal underworld, Ward and Celia flee Brawenal City only to stumble into the mansion of a powerful evil necromancer. And when Ward discovers the man possesses a dangerous grimoire, his duty leaves him no choice. He can't allow the necromancer to keep the grimoire. But the mansion is filled with monsters--human and undead--and Ward has no way of telling who's friend or foe. The only person he can trust is Celia who dominates more of his thoughts and feelings everyday. But there are still laws in the way of anything but friendship. She's still dead and he's still alive . . . for now.
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US($4.99)/UK(£3.40)

8.5/10

* * *
I remember really enjoying the first book in this smashing fantasy series, and after a long wait I've been able to read the second one!

The Postman Knock #48

Ola from Portugal, everyone!
How have you been?
 I've got very little time, we are crazily busy with things, but I just wanted to pop in quickly and say hello :)
Contrary to my fears I am able to read and review books as they come although I read slower than I used to, so all is well, however I still have no time to look at other people's blogs. 
I hope next week I'll be able to start a separate blog on Wordpress about our adventures in Portugal so I'll post a link for anyone who is interested in following.
Huge hugs to everyone!
xxx
 Here is what I have for review:

Thanks to the publishers through Netgalley!

A dieselpunk romance thanks to the author! I am intrigued.

This is it, lots of love, tchau x

P.S. Monday is mine and hubby's wedding anniversary (8 years) so we'll do something nice and I hope to post some pics. :)

Contemporary Romance Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid + Giveaway!

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance by Penny Reid (Knitting in The City #1)


bought

Synopsis from Goodreads
There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Amazon  US | Amazon kindle US($0.99)/UK(£0.77)

9.5/10

* * *
Look at the rating, my dear readers, and ask yourself how often do I rate anything beyond 8.5/10? The answer is: not very often. This book is worth it 10 times over.

Urban Fantasy Review: Charming by Elliott James

Charming by Elliott James (Pax Arcana #1)


Egalley thanks to Orbit

Synopsis from Goodreads
John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings — an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chainmail and crossbows to kevlar and shotguns, he was one of the best. That is — until he became the abomination the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, he tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. One that shouldn't change just because a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar... Right?

Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US | The Book Depository US/UK

7/10

* * *
Charming would have been a much better book if it hasn't been trying so hard.

It was like having to listen to Atticus without Oberon and their wicked sense of humour. It just wasn't working for me. Add to Charming's transgressions quite a lot of info dumps, and it took me over a month just to finish it.

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In case of zombie apocalypse

Hey, guys! I feel like I should say this just in case :)
If you'd like to sponsor a fellow book addict who sometimes can't sleep at night worrying that she won't have enough books to read if internet goes down in the event of zombie apocalypse (I'm convinced it's one of the top five ways to go for human race) you can donate through Paypal to olivesandacorns at gmail dot com or buy a book through any of the links provided with my reviews which will send me a small percentage from the sale. All proceeds will go towards my enormous TBR. I will also shelter you on the remote farm in Portugal when zombie apocalypse starts provided you survive getting there. There will be books, yay?
Thank you! Love you all

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