Sep 162014
 

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy 3) It’s finally here!  The final instalment of the All Souls Trilogy!

I thought I was prepared for everything coming together but oh my, I didn’t know the half of it!  The blood rage becoming more real and more defined was worrying, especially where the twins were involved.  From almost the start I was in tears  and as the book progressed, other things made me emotional. The surprise from the past – YES!  I admit I cried with joy ;)

The Book of Life is written as beautifully and as cleanly as the first two books.  Sometimes the pace was slow but it’s something I have come to expect and there was always something interesting going on so it didn’t feel like wasted time.  Diana, oh I just love her and everything she does and, without giving away spoilers – Ashmole 792 – WOW, I expected something spectacular but I didn’t see that twist coming.

If I have one problem it is that the De Clairmonts are seen as so powerful but they don’t seem to actually do anything.  Eventually however they hatch a plan – and once they do you kind of see why they took a while to get to it!

Matthew is much better being back in the 21st Century and away from the time when women should be seen and not heard.  He seemed much more together and aware of his tendency to overprotect and try to reduce it.  Diana always gave as good as she got, mind you, which is one of the things I love about her.

The birth scene was just perfect – everything I had hoped for, with humour as well.  Poor Gallowglass!

I’m really sad the series has come to an end but I can’t wait to see what Deborah Harkness will bring us next.

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  • Author: Deborah Harkness
  • Series: All Souls Trilogy (3)
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jul 172012
 

Lethal Rider: Number 3 in series (Lords of Deliverance) Obeying the orders of her Aegi colleagues and deliberately getting pregnant by Thanatos (Death), seemed like a good plan at the time but now with only a month to go until the birth, Regan is having major doubts.  Not least of which is her fear of the baby’s father and his anger at her betrayal.  With the seals of Limos and Ares safe, Thanatos is the last chance for the denizens of hell to usher in the Apocalypse with the horsemen on their side.  With both good and evil fighting over Regan’s baby, she doesn’t know who to trust and she makes the mistake of thinking Thanatos won’t want his say.

Grete’s Review

I honestly didn’t know how this book was going to go, or even whether it would work.  Both Regan and Thanatos are closed off, prickly, haunted, and based on the events in Immortal Rider, couldn’t be more wrong for each other.  This is where Larissa Ione’s brilliant writing and devious mind comes into play.  She not only makes it work but it’s wonderful and believable and you can’t help falling in love with them.  The way they are together can be so funny as neither know how they are supposed to be with each other, despite their ages.

Larissa really ramped up the tension in this story, with so many things falling apart because of Pestilence and the ruling bodies of hell.  Right from the start it takes off in a breathless race, things happening left, right and centre with threads right from the first book coming in to play.  It’s an emotional roller-coaster as well, my heart was in my mouth so much of the time and even had me exclaiming out loud at certain parts, tears in my eyes at others.

We get pretty much a full cast of characters from both series at one time or another and I feel this was a pivotal story.  Maybe not for the last of this series, but definitely for the universe as a whole.  I absolutely could not put it down, read it in one day and by the end I was in tears of both sorrow and joy.  It had one hell of an impact on me, so much so, I am going to read it again straight away and waiting for the next one is going to be agony!

The best literary emotional roller coaster of my life and I can’t praise it enough!

Tracey’s Review

Wow this was amazing! Definitely the best one yet, even better than the Demonica books in my opinion and if you see my reviews for them that is saying something. There were so many twists and turns, we were blind-sided at every opportunity I did not see them coming. I agree with Grete about this being a pivotal book, do not read this until you have read the previous ones. Having every  character from the previous books featured at some point was great,  it’s always good to find out what previous characters are up to as long as they don’t detract from our main protagonists, which of course they didn’t.

The writing and characterisation was vivid and as always with the authors work I get sucked straight into the world, almost smelling as well as seeing it. As always the sex was hot – and in the warm weather we were having right now my temperature was through the roof!

I could not turn the pages fast enough but had to tear myself away from it because I didn’t want it to be over too quickly. I merely prolonged the inevitable by a couple of hours though and now I am desperate for the next one.

If I could, I would have rated it 6 stars, but unfortunately 5 is the highest we go!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Larissa Ione
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Jul 162012
 

Immortal Rider: Number 2 in series (Lords of Deliverance) The second book in the Lords of Deliverance series kicks off straight after the events in Eternal Rider.  With Arik as the focal character, it doesn’t take long to fall in love with him, after only having seen him as a side character previously.  He is strong, honourable and downright sexy.  Limos is a complex woman, not just because she is one of the four horsemen, but because she was raised separately from her brothers in Sheoul (Hell) by their mother Lillith.  It wasn’t until she escaped and found her brothers that she realised the lies she had been raised with.  Her brothers taught her how to love and be loved but there was one major drawback from her former life.  She is betrothed to Satan and no man can touch her intimately without being injured by a set of interesting and very scary chastity jewellery. If her seal breaks, she becomes Famine as well as triggering the demonic apocalypse.  With a simple kiss, and the other side plotting against them, life drastically changes for both Arik and Limos, and only time will tell if it will be their downfall or their deliverance.

I’m continually amazed by how emotionally engaging I find Larissa Ione’s work.  Right from page one of each book I read, I’m drawn in and engrossed until the end.  The ‘good’ guys might not necessarily be completely scrupulous but they are trying their best to prevent the end of days happening.  The bad guys, well… they are so well written that you actively hate them.  The only exception is Pestilence/Reseph.  After the heart wrenching opening in the first book, you still feel sorrow for him, at what he has become and part of that is seeing how he used to be through the eyes and hearts of his siblings.

The pace is well measured and the action is explosive, bloody and vicious; no long drawn out battles here.  The romance is as complicated as the main characters, painful, often very sweet, and extremely hot and it all adds to the tension inherent in this story. There are several cameos from characters from The Demonica series and it’s always good to see them when they appear.

The plot for the next book is also started in this one, with Thanatos and Regan.  Ione has a wonderful talent for starting or maintaining other plot threads within the main story without it being confusing, it just makes you hungry for more.  The next book is Lethal Rider and I absolutely cannot wait to read it!

Paranormal romance truly at its best.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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May 252012
 

Sin shouldn’t exist, she is the only known female Seminus demon ever born. She is also a master assassin and is determined to remain in charge of her own destiny – no one will ever again own her. A failed kill using her “gift” sets in motion a deadly plague with no cure, causing panic and violence among the werewolf community.

Con is a Dhampire – half werewolf, half vampire. The Warg council want to hold Sin to account for starting the plague which is threatening their species with extinction. Con has been asked to bring her in – but they shared a brief moment of passion and blood in the past and he wants more. Con cannot do it and they go on the run together while trying to help her brothers find a cure. Con soon finds out things are not that simple, everyone wants Sin dead and it seems if he is in the firing line then no one has any qualms about taking him out too.

This is the final book in the series and it did not disappoint. Every page was action packed and I had no idea what was coming next. As always with this series there were so many other things going on, not just the relationship between Sin and Con. There was a worry that with one of the main plot lines wound up in the previous book, that this one could have been a bit flat without that thread running through. Thankfully this was not the case as the story had been set up nicely in Ecstasy Unveiled, and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.

While this series has come to an end, another one is just beginning and we were given an inkling of who is involved towards the end of this book. I cannot wait to read the Lords of Deliverance series and am really excited that it is set in the same world. Hopefully that means we will get snapshots of our favourite characters!!

I am running out of things to say in these reviews that is not repetitious but really this entire series has been one great book after another. I would recommend anyone to read them and having read them all in a week I can safely say they are impossible to put down!


This concludes Larissa Ione week and our reviews of her amazing Demonica series.  As you can probably tell, we liked them… a LOT, and we hope you will too!

 

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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May 242012
 

Lore has been chained to an assassin master and forced to carry out whatever kills were asked of him, including assassinating his new found brothers (fortunately he failed that one!) He is given one last kill to carry out which will finally free both him and his sister from the contract. He will stop at nothing to complete this kill because if he fails, his sister’s life will be the price.

Idess is an angel in waiting, sworn to protect the very same human Lore needs to kill. To fail means losing the opportunity to ascend to heaven, something Idess has waited for, for over 2000 years. Failure is not an option for either of them.

Lore and Idess meet as he is trying to kill her human and both are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their mission. Things become more complicated for Idess when she is given someone else to protect as well and has to spend her time ensuring neither of her charges gets killed!

It soon becomes clear there is more to this than a simple contract, someone is messing with the lives of Idess and Lore, someone who seems determined to prevent her ascension as an angel. To further complicate things an old enemy of the brothers appears again, bent on destroying the brothers once and for all and causing rifts never before seen between them. No one is sure who is being manipulated and what the ultimate aim is, but Lore and Idess are right at the centre.

Another fantastic book in this series and I think this is actually the best one yet. I was not sure if I would enjoy it as much because having only met Lore briefly in the previous book, I had not had time to become attached to him as a central character. How wrong could I be! I absolutely loved this one and by half way through I felt as if I had known Lore from the beginning of the series.

This book seemed much more action packed than the previous ones and had so much going on with the characters which was great. There was of course the main story focusing on the two central characters with lots of sex and great interactions but the underlying stories were just as important. The final few chapters were heart stopping as the showdown approached and it was very well written. The next book has been set up nicely by the events in this one and I am looking forward to seeing more from Sin.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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May 222012
 

Runa experienced almost unbelievable passion with a sexy stranger but when she discovered his betrayal, fury pushed it to the back of her mind. Her anger was further fuelled by what happened as she left his home. She wants to make him pay and searches for him only to find herself in one of the worst places imaginable.

Shade is a Seminus demon with a love curse hanging over his head which could lead to his eternal torment. When he wakes up in a dungeon belonging to the ghouls who have been stealing body parts, he finds Runa chained up next to him. She affects him more than ever, but something seems different about her, changed from the timid woman he slept with nearly a year ago. When their captor tricks them into bonding as life-mates he knows he must keep her at a distance to prevent the love curse activating. His body seems to have different ideas however, and he finds himself fighting to stay one step ahead of the madman who captured them as well as his own feelings.

If possible I felt this book was even better than the first and did not see coming what we discovered in the first few chapters. The lives of the demons we met in the first book are thrown into turmoil by this discovery and it sets the plot-line up very nicely. The story was fast moving, action packed and full of sex (lots and lots of sex!!!) – well what do you expect with Incubus demons? It was equally full of twists and turns and I liked how Larissa Ione tied in things from the first book that at the time did not register as major events.

As well as the story involving Shade and Runa we get to find out more about Wraith and I am really looking forward to reading his book. We also catch up with Kynan and learn a lot more about Gem. There was so much happening in this book and just when you think you can relax, something else comes to light. I started this book in the afternoon and by 9 pm I had finished, I could not put it down. Bring on the next one!!!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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May 212012
 

A demon slayer lands in a hospital run by demons and finds herself face to face with the most desirable male she has ever known. The head doctor Eidolon causes her to burn with desire like she has never before experienced. She is a member of the Aegis, a group sworn to destroy all demons and rid the world of their evil. Why then does she find herself torn between betraying the “family” who took her in or betraying the one man who saved her life and awakens feelings she never knew existed.

Demons and other creatures of the night have been turning up with organs missing many removed while they were still alive. Eidolon is furious one of their sworn enemy has been bought to their secret hospital especially as she could be involved in these attacks on his people. As a doctor he has to do everything he can to save her. When his brothers want to take her away and torture her to find out about the enemy he finds himself unable to let them do so. He is nearing his time of maturity where he needs a mate or could turn into the very monster he despises – are the feelings awakened by Tayla simply a result of this, or could it be he has found the one person who can save him?

Neither trusts the other; Tayla insists the Aegis are not behind these attacks, Eidolon insists they are and together they must fight to find the truth before the monsters inside both of them threaten to tear their lives apart.

Wow oh wow, I loved this book! I have not felt this excited about reading a new series since I was introduced to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I loved everything about it, the characters were strong, it is always good when we get to see women kick ass, and I particularly loved the fact that the incubus sex demon powers were not as powerful as he thought when it came to Tayla.

I was sucked into the story and the world right from the beginning when a demon on the verge of death was being worked on in the ER just as in any regular hospital. The imagery created by the Larissa Ione was very vivid and I could almost smell the stench emanating from the demon when he finally died. From vegetarian fluffy demons to full blown soul-shredders the world really comes alive and you can almost imagine these demons living amongst us.

There is a sub plot which will move through the rest of the books in the series but there is no doubt this was a story about a slayer and a demon and their battles with themselves and each other.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series – I guess nothing will get done in my house for the next week!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Larissa Ione
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Jan 202012
 

2011 was an awesome year for finding new authors I’d never read before. Larissa Ione is the latest in a great list and is now firmly one of my favourites.

I loved the premise of the Lords of Deliverance series; Four siblings, born of a demon and an angel, almost brought the ancient world to ruin and as punishment, were cursed to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Technically it’s three horsemen and one horsewoman which was actually another facet I loved.  The end of days will come but how soon depends on if the seals they were cursed with are broken.  They fight on the side of good as long as their seals remain intact but should the unthinkable occur, they turn evil and will side with the bad guys, unleashing the full terrible force of their natures.

As this was the first book by Larissa Ione I’d read, I didn’t realise this series is actually a companion set from her main one called The Demonica.  This also explains why I felt some names or characters were important and should have some deeper meaning for me.  It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of Eternal Rider though and just made me want to catch up on the other series.

I loved the way Ione smacks you right in the face with one of the Horsemen’s seals breaking, just as you started liking him.  It was just enough that you hope the remaining three and their uneasy allies can find a way to restore him before he destroys everything.

This book is Ares/War’s story and I absolutely loved it.  Ares is a complex character with layers to his personality and can be quite a scary individual.  Even as Ares, he is drawn to battle and tries to keep to himself as his mere presence can cause fights to break out.  A lonely immortal existence but one he accepts for his part in the ancient war that nearly brought the world to its knees.

Cara is a human that I could identify with instantly, having a love of animals that borders on the paranormal.  On the verge of bankruptcy and mourning the death of her father, she still can’t turn away an injured dog that was run over.  She has the ability to heal animals and was her calling in her father’s vet practice, but lost all confidence in herself.  Discovering the dog had been shot catapults her into a confusing world where nothing is as she thought it was, least of all that the dog was actually a Hellhound and now bonded to her.

Both characters brought something different to the book and made it whole, even with the large supporting cast.  I loved their interplay and interactions, often making me laugh as Cara is feisty and definitely a modern woman.  It was a pleasure seeing them grow in personality, both individually and as a couple.  They complement each other perfectly and also made for some very hot scenes.  You may need a fan if you are a blusher!

The pace of the story was fast, often with no let up and the action scenes were exciting and well written.  I was so engaged, I couldn’t put the book down and by the end I felt breathless.  The teaser for book two at the end had me reaching for it and am very thankful I had it waiting!

A really interesting and exciting take on the Four Horsemen mythos and a series I can’t wait to read the rest of!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Oct 182011
 

I’d heard of Lilith Saintcrow but not had the opportunity to read any of her work until now.  Having just finished the first book in the Dante Valentine series I wish I had started much earlier!  Saintcrow has created a wonderful character in Danny (Dante), a woman who stands out from the crowd with plenty of layers to her personality.  She is both powerful and kick ass but also tempered by vulnerability on a fundamental level.  The hints of trauma in her past are well created, and I found her easy to believe in.

Japhrimel on the other hand is an interesting enigma; his inability to understand human nature made him seem almost naive at times and yet powerful at others.  As his interactions and emotions evolved where Danny was concerned he became much more likeable, but still retained his sense of ‘otherness’.

Having Dante as a Necromancer for hire isn’t a unique premise in the market these days, but the slant that Lilith injects into to the story is.  Of course, the devil turning up on Dante’s doorstep to hire her is a bit of an eye opener!

The magic system the author created is incredibly intricate but easy to understand.  It is based in mythology, history and current practices and beliefs, then woven together to form different branches of skills.  The Necromance ability of Dante’s is fascinating and I really enjoyed this aspect of the overall read.

I also liked the futuristic setting that was used, I thought it was unique and a good way of explaining a lot of things that had happened in the world without having to play with current events.  I honestly thought it would be a paranormal romance and was pleasantly surprised that sex and romance were not at the forefront at all, and what there was of it was very well written, leaving it to the reader’s imagination rather than spelling it out blatantly.  I’m not sure if it should be classed as Sci-fi, Urban Fantasy or a hybrid of both.  Either way, it’s good!

I thought the pace was really well judged, with action scenes which were exciting and tense.  I was so caught up in the story and the characters, the ending just about broke my heart!  I don’t know how this book can be topped by the next but I can’t wait to find out!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Lilith Saintcrow
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