A very Kindle Christmas

So some lovely family and friends sent me Amazon gift vouchers for Christmas.  I decided to use them on some kindle books I had been wanting to read.  Combined with the 12 days of Kindle promotion, I’ve managed to get a lot more than I thought!

If anyone is interested, here is what I purchased 🙂

Lara Adrian

I’d read the first two books in her Midnight Breed series and had been wanting to get the rest.  The whole series was available for Kindle at £1.49 each (or less) so it was a very happy buy!

Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)
Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2)
Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4)
Veil of Midnight (Midnight Breed #5)
Ashes of Midnight (Midnight Breed #6)
Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed #7)
Taken by Midnight (Midnight Breed #8)
Deeper than Midnight (Midnight Breed #9)
A Taste of Midnight (Midnight Breed #9.5)

Karen Chance

I love the Cassie Palmer series but hadn’t bought the new one yet.  I wanted to do a re-read before I read Hunt the Moon but I’d borrowed book four from a friend so when I saw books 1-4 in a bundle for the price of 1 paperback – Yes please!  Of course I had to buy the new one too.

Cassie Palmer Series 1-4 (Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night & Curse the Dawn)
Hunt the Moon (Cassie Palmer #5)

Lauren Dane

An author I’ve not experienced yet but came highly recommended, so I decided to start with these books.

Giving Chase (The Chase Brothers #1)
Undercover (Federation Chronicles #1)

Keta Diablo

An author I find very entertaining on Twitter writing in a very adult genre.  I really wanted to give one of her books a try in 2012 and settled on this one.

Crossroads (Crossroads #1)

Larissa Ione

This author was a new discovery for me in 2011 with her brilliant Lords of Deliverance series.  I had been sent books three and four in the Demonica series and wanted to start at the beginning so these were an easy choice!

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)
Desire Unchained (Demonica #2)
Eternity Embraced (Demonica #3.5)

Heather Killough-Walden

I absolutely loved Avenger’s Angel so wanted to read the prequel novella and then discovered the author had written other books.  Another bundle deal that was just too hard to resist 🙂

Always Angel (Lost Angels #0.5)
The Big Bad Wolf Compilation (The Heat, The Strip, The Spell, The Hunt)

Deirdre Martin

An author that has been on my wishlist for a while, I love Rachel Gibson’s Ice Hockey books and Deirdre Martin was recommended in the same vein.

Body Check (New York Blades #1)

J. A. Saare

This was an impulse buy due to Laura at Book Chick City.  Yes, I am blaming you 😉

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between (Rhiannon’s Law #1)

Lilith Saintcrow

I’m still working my way through the Dante Valentine Omnibus and finding it so tense I have to take breaks between books.  It’s also very hard not to skip ahead to see if everything turns out okay.  I’d been wanting to read the Jill Kismet series too so this was a great chance to make a start on that.

Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1)

Gena Showalter

I still have most of the Lords of the Underworld series to read but loving it so far, so when this came up on Amazon’s 12 days of Kindle sale I was powerless to resist.

Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1)

Cathy Woodman

It might be a bit odd to have a chick lit book on this list considering everything else I’d bought but I’m nothing if not eclectic in my reading tastes!  I’d bought a two book paperback bundle of what I thought was books one and two in the Otter House Vets series but it turned out to be one and four!  The third book is set in the same village but not the same characters so I just bought book two and will get the third one at some point.  A very entertaining series and I am a sucker for vet books 🙂

Must Be Love (Otter House Vets #2)

And there we have it!  I have quite a bit of reading to do… Great start for the New Year!

On that note I shall wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope 2012 is a great one for you all!

Working for the Devil

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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