Bad Moon Rising

I don’t know how Sherrilyn Kenyon does it, but I’m so glad she does.  Bad Moon Rising is the 18th book in the Dark-Hunter series and it’s showing no sign of stopping yet.  You fear with such a long running series that it will start tailing off, the author starts to get bored or runs out of steam and continues for the sake of it, but there is just no sign at all of that happening here.  You feel the love and care she writes with, her characters larger than life but so real and that shines through in every book.  It raises them from a good read to an amazing one.

Bad Moon Rising has everything you want in a Dark-Hunter book and then some.  It’s Fang’s Story beginning with his history, something you know a little of from his brother Vane’s book (Night Play),  through to where Fang is in his apparent coma and then it all takes off.  You get to see some old friends again which is always great and another thing I love about the Dark-Hunter books and how they often blend in together, seeing another story from a different angle.  New enemies, betrayal and revenge feature heavily as always and fast paced action across it all.  But the thing we all want and need the most, is present in abundance.  Love.

I have to say (and try not to spoil anything), the ending is a shocker and I think it was really brave of Sherrilyn to do what she did there and I admire her for it.  I don’t mind admitting I cried, as I imagine others will too.

I really can’t wait for the next one!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Dark Hunter Companion

The Dark-Hunter Companion is written in the style of a handbook for a newly created Dark-Hunter.   This book gives all the information you could need to survive, understand the whims of the gods, who to tread lightly around and most importantly how to kill soul-sucking Daimons.

As a long time fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series, I found this book very useful.  It gives you insights into pretty much every character you’ve come across, even in passing and is a great resource to look up something when you get a little confused as to who is linked with whom.  I loved the tone in which it was written, the sometimes acidly sarcastic comments about particular people made me laugh and were very much in keeping with the flavour of the series.  Nor is it just restricted to Dark-Hunter information but Dream-Hunters and Were-Hunters also, with more information about how the Pyramid of Protection fits together.   The variety of powers are fully explained as are all the gods and where they fall in their Pantheons.  I quite honestly find Sherrilyn Kenyon’s creation of her Atlantean Mythos, Pantheon, etc quite staggering and her obvious love of it all shines through as always.  If you have read and enjoyed even a few of her books in this series, this is an absolute must read.  Plus you get a new short story and some deleted scenes just to put the icing on the cake… or the cover on the book…

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon & Alethea Kontis
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Book Bonanza!

It’s been a very booky couple of weeks here.  They are a bit like buses…. none for ages then several come along at once!

A charity shop run, a car boot sale, a neighbour passing me some she’d finished with, and the rare event of finding a couple of books I wanted in WH Smiths made me a happy bookworm.  Then my lovely husband Tony bought me a few I really wanted from Waterstones!

Anyway, here are the latest aquisitions :

The Strength of the Pack – Jorrie Spencer
Pack Challenge – Shelly Laurenston
The Wolf’s Heart – Jenna Leigh
Gallows View/A Dedicated Man – Peter Robinson
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death – M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet – M.C. Beaton
Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener – M.C. Beaton
Carnival of Souls (Buffy) – Nancy Holder
Feotal Attraction/Girl’s Night Out – Kathy Lette
Mad Cows – Kathy Lette
Altar Ego – Kathy Lette
Deadly Desire – Keri Arthur
Chasing the Shadows – Keri Arthur
A Madness of Angels – Kate Griffin
Orcs : Bad Blood 1 – Stan Nicholls
Memory Zero – Keri Arthur
Dark Hunter Companion – Sherrilyn Kenyon with Alethea Kontis

Should keep me out of mischief for oooh a couple of days 😉

Dream Warrior

Being the son of the gods Warcraft and Hate meant life was not an easy one for Cratus.  After refusing to take an innocent life, Zeus, father of the Gods tortured him and sent him into exile.  He vows never to trust anyone again.  Offered the chance to regain the power that that was taken from him and gain vengeance, he sides with those that would see humanity destroyed and the world in ruins.  Can the Oneroi Delphine succeed in bringing him back, convince him that the world is worth saving or if she fails, kill him.

I was excited to find Dream Warrior had been released and I was really looking forwards to reading it.  It was a bit disappointing when I found I was having a hard time getting in to it, usually I can’t put them down.  I think the pace of the first section was a little off, it seemed a bit rushed and didn’t build as much empathy with the main character as normal.  Having said that, once Delphine came into play, I was hooked and the rest of the book flew past.  The pace of the rest of the book was excellent and packed full of action, passion and the appearance of some old and dear friends.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
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Acheron

Occasionally you come across a series that you completely fall in love with and the Dark-Hunter books were such a series for me. I hadn’t really read much in the romance genre, preferring to stick to Fantasy, Sci-fi and Chick Lit. I was stuck for something to read and happened to pick up a book by Sherrilyn Kenyon in a charity shop and since the back blurb intrigued me, I decided to give it a go. I was hooked from then on. It was gutsy, romantic, sexy, funny and the action scenes were all you could want. It was incredibly well written and the story just flowed smoothly, right to the last page and I was actually sad it had ended. When I found there was a whole series of them, I was overjoyed! I’d class them as Supernatural Romance rather than plain romance as they feature werewolves, vampires and hot, sexy gods. What was not to love? Though each book in the series focused on different characters and their lives, the link between them all was Acheron. An enigma you never learnt too much about but couldn’t help loving anyway. You know he’d been incredibly hurt and alone for a dozen lifetimes but not by who, how or where. The sacrifices he made for those he loved were beyond anything you could imagine. As I read each book, I wanted to know more about this intriguing character but because of his nature and the storyline, I feared that the only time you would find out would be at the very end of the series.

Finally his story has been written and I couldn’t put it down. Rather than it being told as a memory, you are taken through his life and the things that he endured that made him the man he is today. You understand so much more about him and the choices and sacrifices he had to make. It was brilliantly written and when his history is done and it switches to the modern Ash that we know and love, you can’t help empathising with him and fearing that this time he will come completely undone and have no way back. The character of Tory ties in with several others as has happened a lot in the other books, a facet of Kenyon’s world that I love and I wonder how on earth she manages to keep them all straight. You can’t help but love Tory, her determination and fierce loyalty are ultimately the things that Ash is drawn to and feel there would be no one more perfect for him, if they can endure the obstacles that are put in their path.

As I said before, I couldn’t put this book down and it was a fantastic book of the history of the Dark-Hunters and their lives. I loved it and am extremely happy that my fears were unfounded and this is not the end of the series. I can’t wait for the next book!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
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