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    Review: LOVE ME TO DEATH

    Love Me to DeathLOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke will be released in the U.S. on October 28, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Select, the print edition is 350 pages.

    LOVE ME TO DEATH is the first book in Marissa Clarke’s Underveil series.

    Description…

    Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

    Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster.

    Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

    * * *

    Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.

    As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them–an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong.

    Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans.

    With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Action-packed and sexy as hell, Marissa Clarke’s LOVE ME TO DEATH is a fantastic and utterly delectable start to this new series. Fascinating lore and intriguing characters that leave the door wide open for many exciting stories to come, two protagonists whose chemistry sizzles, whose personalities clash, and whose love story is swoon-worthy, a host of abilities that keep things interesting, and some truly great writing to keep readers hooked, this first peek at Clarke’s Underveil is incredibly entertaining, completely captivating and a welcome addition to the genre.

    The story instantly grabs, bringing readers right into the action when Elena Arcos is first introduced and immediately and reluctantly thrust into a world she never even knew existed. A world of slayers, time-folders, sorcerers, vampires, elves, shifters, seers and more. A world in turmoil. A danger-filled world where she is being hunted. A world where a prophecy is said to determine her fate.

    A world where the slayer sent to end her existence, who is supposed to be her sworn enemy, is the one whose touch ignites her like no other has before.

    Marissa Clarke created a story that has just the right amounts of heat mixed into an alluring and action-filled plot. It’s a story that will keep readers engaged instead of simply skipping ahead to those steamy scenes that define paranormal romance. Nikolai and Elena’s love story is tumultuous, dangerous, fiery hot and romantic. Their enemies are deadly. The road to happily ever after is filled with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

    Told from both characters’ points of view, readers will get a broader view of the world, get to see just how Elena and Niki really feel about each other, get to see what each thinks the other feels, get to really know and love both of them, and get to know things – and characters – that wouldn’t be possible were this told from a single POV.

    While the focus is on Elena and Nikolai and the challenges they face, the author introduces a number of appealing characters whose stories promise to be as interesting, exciting and thoroughly entertaining as theirs – a charismatic, wickedly sexy, millennia-old vampire; a gorgeous, wealthy and nearly indestructible time-folder; a cursed but powerful seer and sorceress; and a beautiful and totally hot slayer who knows how to appreciate male eye-candy no matter their species.

    Enticing and electrifying from start to finish, there is nothing not to love about LOVE ME TO DEATH.

    The Rating

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    My Reading Pile #184

    MyReadingPileIt was a fairly quiet but totally awesome week at the mailbox this week. I am awaiting one book which should be arriving soon, but I received a book I didn’t expect this week.

    MRP 184

    I received an ARC of TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. I am madly in love with this series and I am dying to find out what happens in this third installment… which I hope isn’t the last… but which I refuse to read the description of to find out.

    I have no idea what to expect and I don’t want to know – I want to totally be surprised – but I can’t wait to start reading this, just as soon as I get caught up with all the reads I need to finish by October 7th.

    I didn’t stalk Edelweiss or NetGalley this week, but I did receive one eARC this week, courtesy of the author, and it is…

    Love Me to Death

    LOVE ME TO DEATH (Underveil #1) by Marissa Clarke

    I love Marissa Clarke’s/Mary Lindsey’s writing and I was so excited to receive an eARC of this first book in her adult PNR series. It releases on October 28th, and I refuse to wait to add it to the pile. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {September 21, 2014 – September 27, 2014}


    Adrenaline Crush

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    First up on the pile is ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I received an ARC of this for review, courtesy of the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), a short while back and I was so excited as this book sounds awesome. I love a love story and I love that the main character is someone who was a “risk taker.”

    I am curious to see how she copes with the accident that shattered her ankle, I’m anxious to find out if she’ll be able to return to the life she had beforehand, and I’m even more curious to find out which boy she chooses.

    ADRENALINE CRUSH releases on Tuesday, but it’s a fairly short and seemingly super quick read, and I expect that I’ll be able to read it in one sitting today and have my review posted on RYAR on Tuesday.

    The Description…

    When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

    Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.


    Love Me to Death

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    Next up on the pile is LOVE ME TO DEATH by Marissa Clarke. I received an eARC this week from the author and I may have already started reading it. I have been in a total PNR mood lately and I’m so glad to have this book to read.

    I love the author’s writing and I am so curious as to how she approaches adult PNR. I am also excited to get to know Elena and Nikolai. I may have peeked at a smokin’ hot passage, and already read the first chapter or two, but I can’t wait to pick this back up again (hopefully) later tonight so that I can devour the rest of the story.

    If all goes as planned I’ll be finished with this early in the week and will be posting my review next week here at Fiktshun.

    The Description…

    Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

    Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster.

    Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

    * * *

    Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.

    As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them–an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong.

    Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans.

    With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I am dying to read COMPULSION by Martina Boone. I’ve read the description, interviewed the author and learned all sorts of stuff about this book, read a few blog posts to learn even more, and now I can’t wait to read it. But as I don’t have a copy and its release date isn’t until the end of October, it’s just going to have to remain a wish.


    Those Left Behind

    I read ROOMS and MADE FOR YOU – both books from the pile last week and I’ve already posted my review for ROOMS for my blog tour stop this past Friday. My review for MADE FOR YOU will be posting either Monday or Tuesday on RYAR. I’d hoped to post it before I left on my mini-vacay but I ran out of time. But it will be up this week.

    I also wrote and posted my reviews for GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil, BLIND by Rachel DeWoskin and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien over at RYAR this past week. So I’m definitely getting those reviews written. I just wish I could read a little bit faster. I’m also hoping that I can write a few reviews for books I should have already reviewed, like for STAY WITH ME and WILD.

    And hopefully I’ll have my review written for THE GIFTED DEAD here at Fiktshun later this week, if not by its release date on Tuesday. We shall see.

    It was a rather challenging and exhausting boat trip. I thought I’d be filled with all sorts of energy when I came back and had planned on posting this on Saturday. But I was totally wiped out and I still am so it’s going up just a bit later than planned.

    I also didn’t get much reading done while I was away. Though it was awesome sitting with my Kindle and a cup of coffee and watching the sun come up over the water.

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    Hopefully I’ll be fully recovered and back to reading and reviewing this week. I’m just glad I have a few less tour posts so that I can spend more time reading this week.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    Once again I didn’t request any titles from NetGalley, though the second book in Kami Garcia’s The Legion series is tempting as heck. But as it releases on the 30th of September and I have a bunch of books to read before then, I’ll just have to wait for my Kindle copy to download on release date.

    And although I didn’t request any review eARCs, there are a few of interest. And so…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    UNMARKED (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sep 30 2014)

    THERE WILL BE LIES by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jan 6 2015)

    BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jun 2 2015)

    BEASTKEEPER by Cat Hellisen (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feb 3 2015)

    TEMPLE BOYS by Jamie Buxton (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Feb 10 2015)

    PEACE AND CONFLICT by Irene Sabatini (Little, Brown Book Group UK, Nov 6 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    REBEL WING by Tracy Banghart (Alloy Entertainment, July 29 2014)

    BEAU, LEE, THE BOMB & ME by Mary McKinley (Kensington Books, Oct 28 2014)

    THE BOOK OF IVY by Amy Engel (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Nov 4 2014)


    It was a crazy week this past week. I was prepping for my vacation and spent a bunch of time in the evenings trying to get caught up on my reading, get six or seven posts scheduled on this blog and a few others posted at RYAR, pack and mentally ready myself for the trip across the water on a larger boat.

    But I got most of everything read and reviewed before I left and hope to finish writing reviews for the couple of books I hadn’t reviewed. And I’m also hoping that this week will be a bit calmer and I can get back into this reading and reviewing groove I was in before I went away.

    I have decided that next week’s MRP post here at Fiktshun will be the last on this blog. It will be the end of September and my 185th pile. But if I receive any books for review or grab any eARCs, I will be sharing those books received and current reads over at Reading YA Rocks starting in October. So if you’d like to continue to see what I received and am reading, feel free to follow along over there.

    Anyway… I’m off to read ADRENALINE CRUSH right now… or maybe organize my book tower. But I hope you had an amazing reading week last week, that the books you received lived up to the hype you created for them, and that you have a few new books to add to your pile this week. As ever…

    Happy reading!

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