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    Review: Darkness Before Dawn

    Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Darkness Before Dawn is the first book in a new trilogy of the same name by the authors.

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    Goodreads description:

    This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

    Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….

    Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

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    When vampires and humans went to war there would only be one victor. The vampires. A treaty was enacted to keep the peace. And as long as the voluntary blood donations continued, the humans within the walled cities would remain safe. Protected.

    But with the passage of time, many people forgot their promises and refused to give their blood freely. And as the human population began to dwindle, food supplies became limited and many vampires were left starving.

    Attacks on the cities increased. Safety could no longer be guaranteed. And the ruling vampires were more concerned with keeping themselves fed than the safety of their captives or the hunger of the lesser vampires.

    As delegate, it was Dawn Montgomery’s responsibility to find a middle ground. To keep Lord Valentine happy and to keep the citizens of Denver safe. But as the youngest person to ever accept the role, her lack of experience made others question her ability. And her hatred of vampires hardly made her a neutral party.

    With tensions escalating, outcry against her growing, an increased demand for blood donations, and vicious attacks on the rise, Dawn wasn’t sure she could keep the peace, let alone survive. And with everyone she loved already taken from her and with nothing left to lose, she wasn’t so sure she cared.

    Until the day she met Victor. A boy who changed everything. A savior. A hero. A mystery…. A vampire.

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    Darkness Before Dawn is a dark, gritty and entertaining dystopian vampire story set in a future where vampires rule, keeping humans isolated and locked down in cities for their protection and to keep control. Where the only thing keeping them safe from the hungry vampires outside the city walls is their willingness to donate blood to the ruling vampire lord.

    And in this world, still ravaged by the war that was waged and lost, the human population is decreasing. And with a limited supply of blood, the starving vampires outside those walls are getting more desperate and keeping them out is becoming more challenging than ever.

    As more and more vampires breach the city’s defenses, humans have even more reason to fear the night.

    With a ruthless vampire lord demanding too much from the humans in his territory, a struggle for control within the vampire hierarchy, an even deadlier threat to both vampires and humans emerging, a heroine who is trying to keep the peace treaty intact and an unlikely hero rising amidst the chaos, Darkness Before Dawn offers readers a suspenseful, exciting and at times nail-biting story with a cliffhanger ending that will leave them anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series.

    In Darkness Before Dawn the authors combined a dystopian world with the paranormal to create a story with an edge that sets itself apart from many of the stories in this genre. The vampires are reminiscent of the cold-hearted, blood-thirsty vampires depicted in horror stories versus love stories, with the exception of a few whose natures appear slightly more humane and one, in particular, who appears almost human.

    The story has a nice, even pace that picks up at its end along with the action and suspense. But at times there were some issues with the flow. Much of the story moved along easily and flowed naturally, with writing that was engaging, wonderfully descriptive and often beautiful, but there were moments when there was an awkwardness to the writing and where the characters didn’t behave as expected. Even with these bumps, however, the interesting characters and intriguing world are more than enough to keep readers connected to the story.

    A first book in this new series, Darkness Before Dawn gives readers a little bit of everything. A dark, dystopian future, humanity on the verge of extinction, numerous deadly enemies, unrest among the humans and among the vampires, secrets, lies and betrayals, a love triangle, an ill-fated love story and a cliffhanger ending. Add in action, mystery and tension and this is one story that will captivate fans of the genre.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Loved it!

    On a personal note:

    What drew me to this story was the premise. I loved the idea of a world where vampires ruled. Where they weren’t about living in harmony with humans. Where humans were simply their blood supply.

    I loved the world the authors created. It was dark. It was violent. It was most definitely grim, practically hopeless and extremely isolated. I was easily and immediately transported into the world and I could imagine its crumbling buildings, its fearful citizens, it’s daring and rebellious residents who were just itching for a taste of freedom.

    And I absolutely adored Victor. He was my favorite character in this book. He was charming. He was brave. He was incredibly fast and strong and smart. And he was a hero. A virtual knight in shining armor at times.

    While I wasn’t initially a Dawn fan, she did grow on me. And her character did grow over the course of the story, which I always love to see. She was incredibly sympathetic for all she had lost. But for someone who was brave much of the time, she seemed to be a bit of a pushover at others.

    There were a few twists and turns, one pretty big one, though I wasn’t caught by surprise when it came to light. But it was still an awesome change in direction nonetheless and one that totally made the ending incredibly exciting.

    I definitely want to know more about the world outside of Denver. I want to know more about the night train. I want to know more about what it means to be a delegate. I want to know more about the lesser vampires and just how things got as bad as they did. I want to know more about the vampires in charge.

    And I want to know what happens next for Dawn and Victor. As that was one giant cliffhanger the authors left me with.

    What pulled me out of the story at various times during the read was some of the writing and character development. I thought much of the writing was absolutely beautiful. There were gorgeously written and incredibly meaningful passages. But they often sat side-by-side with some that were more awkwardly written with unusual ways of describing things.

    At times I felt very connected to the writing and the story and at other times I didn’t. Perhaps it’s because there were two writers involved and their styles didn’t quite blend as smoothly as I might have liked in order to keep me connected. Or perhaps it was simply that I was able to connect to one writer’s style versus another.

    I was also somewhat surprised by the change in direction with Michael’s character. The picture painted of him was that for years he was the best friend and practically perfect. And all of a sudden he becomes pushy, argumentative, demanding and selfish. With no real explanation given and no lead up to the change.

    There were a couple instances where Dawn’s actions and reactions felt out of character, too. Even though she’d been through a lot, she was still brave, she still fought for what she thought was right and she took on the responsibility of being a delegate after the deaths of her parents. And yet she allowed herself to be persuaded against her better judgment to attend a party in a dangerous area and go for a wall walk and risk leaving the city because her friends wanted to.

    But neither were enough to make me want to set this book aside. I did devour it in one sitting. I found myself always wanting to know more. And I couldn’t help but be most curious about Victor and his past.

    While this wasn’t a brand new idea, the authors did make it their own. I found the world to be intriguing and by the end of the story incredibly exciting. I found characters to love, hate or be exceedingly frustrated with, all of whom I think played an important role and contributed to making this story pretty great.

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    I actually had quite a few favorite passages. Some were sort of beautiful, some were thoughtful, and some left me a little breathless. But I thought I’d include the one that just made me smile.

    “I like you, Dawn. I’ve seen a lot of humans, from far away and up close. I’ve never met one like you. I think you’re the closest thing to a sunrise I’ll ever see.”

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    This review is from an ARC I received through a trade with another blogger.

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    After Dark Review: HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE

    Previously published on Fiktshun After Dark…

    Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)
    Author: Jeaniene Frost
    Published: October 30, 2007
    Publisher: Avon
    (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    On Goodreads…

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

    In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

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    HOW IT RATES…

    THE LONG…

    Halfway to the Grave is the first book in author Jeanine Frost’s Night Huntress Series about a half-vampire named Catherine Crawfield a.k.a. Cat Raven who is on a mission to rid Licking Falls, Ohio of every single vampire she can.

    She baits them, lures them with the promise of sex, and stakes them. Disposing of the bodies may take a bit more work, but she’s managed on her own all these years.

    As a half-vampire she has more strength, better eyesight and better hearing than most humans. And since she is such a rarity – she has a pulse – the vamps don’t see her coming.

    Except Bones. A bounty hunter, who wasn’t so enamored by her that he’d let his guard down so easily. And when he overpowers her, she is more than surprised.

    Sure that her life will be over before sunrise, she is shocked when he offers her a deal – train with him and help him hunt vampires…or die. And while death may seem like a better option than working side-by-side with her enemy, she chooses life.

    And so begins this amazing partnership between the two that is as dangerous and violent and action-packed as it is sizzling and strung so tightly with sexual tension that it’s ready to snap.

    Deadly encounters, bloody battles, sexual innuendo and one hell of a hot and steamy sex scene that leaves nothing to the imagination and a few others that do, make this story incredibly hard to put down.

    And with two absolutely perfectly matched characters in Cat and Bones that fill the rest of the book with their deliciously addictive chemistry, their sarcastic banter and their utter ruthlessness when facing down their enemies, this is one hell of a wicked and unbelievably amazing start to this series.

    So, what more can I possibly say about Halfway to the Grave?

    Soooo addictive. What pile of sand did I have my head buried in to not have heard about Cat and Bones before last week? Clearly a pretty deep one. With six novels in this series already published and a few more on the way, I don’t know how I will be able to stop myself from continuing to read on.

    They are an absolutely perfect pair. Their relationship is what makes this story great. They’re both strong characters. They both have minds of their own. And they’re both capable of existing without one another. But they’re so much better together.

    Without Bones, Cat isn’t very likable. It’s not until they meet and he begins to chip away at that fierce exterior to show just how vulnerable she can be that she becomes appealing as a main character. She even starts to show a very funny and sarcastic side which is what made me love her by the end of this book.

    So, I didn’t immediately connect to the story. Not until Bones came into the picture, anyway – which was actually fairly close to the beginning. As soon as he did and that relationship started to develop, the story came to life for me, the pace picked up and I was hooked.

    As a newer reader of this type of paranormal fiction, I didn’t expect to be as connected to the characters as I was or find nearly as much excitement or violence as there was. And I didn’t expect either the sarcasm or the humor. It was dry. It was witty. It was clever. It was dirty. And I did laugh. Out loud. Often.

    But, I gotta say that it was the sexual tension that kept me glued to this story, all the while biting my lip as I read through those pages. I love sexual chemistry. And Cat and Bones definitely had the very best kind. While those sex scenes were pretty hot, they did not do justice to the chemistry between the two.

    And those Bones one-liners were some of the best I’ve read.

    I think I’ve developed a mad crush on Bones. One that rivals my crush on Eric the Northman. Yeah, it’s that bad.

    I am seriously glad I didn’t discover this series immediately after the first book was released. Because the way things ended and that last line would have freaking killed me if I had to wait until book two.

    As it is, I’ve been forced to archive it to keep myself from reading it immediately.

    …AND SHORT OF IT

    Seriously Awesome. If you think that kick-ass heroines and bad-ass, motorcycle riding vampires with wicked tongues are awesome, then yeah, this is. And if the thrill of the hunt and the heat of battle get your heart racing, then you won’t be disappointed. Not in the least.

    Deliciously sexy. If chiseled vampires, with intensely glowing, green eyes who aren’t afraid to say what they want and take what they need – but only when given the green light – are sexy to you, then you’ll find this unbelievably sexy. And if you need there to be a chemical reaction to give things sex appeal, then consider this appealing. Very appealing.

    Wickedly entertaining. If beheading an evil vampire makes you smile instead of scream, then you’ll be entertained from start to finish. And if you’d enjoy that same bad-ass vampire using his tongue for more than talk, you will be wickedly, wickedly entertained.

    MY FAVORITE BITES…

    He gave me a grin that was filled with more innuendo than an hour’s worth of conversation.

    “In this case, it’s a stake. You could always feel around for something more, though. See what comes up.”

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    “You didn’t actually mean all of those things, did you?” My mind rebelled at the thought, but there was a rapidly beating pulse in my body that treacherously hoped for the opposite.

    He laughed again, low and throaty. His brow arched in sinful promise, his eyes bled back to pure green, and his mouth slid farther down my stomach.

    “Oh, Kitten, I meant every word.”

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    “And you wonder why I love you. When you boil it all down, you’re paying me to shag you, for as soon as I stop, I owe you twenty percent of every contract I take. Blimey, Kitten, you’ve turned me back into a whore.”

    “That’s…that’s not…Dammit, you know what I meant!”

     

     

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    Book Watch: Balthazar

    Balthazar by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Balthazar is a spinoff book in the Evernight series.

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    There was no question that I’d be spotlighting Balthazar this week. Although I have an ARC I received through a trade and could potentially read it before release, Balthazar is still the book releasing the week of March 6th that I’m most anxious for.

    I was devastated when I learned the Evernight series was coming to an end. So devastated, in fact, that Afterlife met the same fate as nearly all series ending books do for me – it remains unread. I actually read the first fifty or so pages, had to set it aside for review books but never found the strength to pick it back up.

    But now that there’s this other book in the series, even though it is a spinoff, I am absolutely over the moon. Not only does its existence mean that will I be able to read Afterlife, but I love Balthazar and can’t wait to learn more about him.

    According to the description Balthazar may find love, which makes me so unbelievably happy. He was one of my favorite characters and while I never wanted anything to happen between him and Bianca, I couldn’t be happier that he won’t be alone.

    This spinoff sounds absolutely thrilling – a love story, a girl with psychic powers and a battle with an evil vampire – and if it truly is a story of “forbidden love and dark suspense” then there is no way I won’t fall in love with this book.

    And while there are all sorts of amazing books releasing the week of the 6th, I definitely think Balthazar is the perfect book to watch this week.

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    Places to Stalk

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s fanpage on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Haunted by memories from his first days as a vampire, Balthazar has spent hundreds of years alone—without allies, without love. When he emerges from his isolation to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, Balthazar has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Having learned of Skye’s powers and the remarkable effect her blood has on vampires, he plans to use her for his own evil purposes. As they stand together to fight the evil vampire, Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by Skye…just as Redgrave realizes that he can destroy Balthazar once and for all by taking her for his own.

    In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    There are four other amazing and much anticipated books releasing on March 6th:

    Soul Bound: A Blood Coven Novel by Mari Mancusi

    Illuminate: A Gilded Wings Novel by Aimee Agresti

    Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

    Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

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    Review: Drink Slay Love

    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst was released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire… fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil… until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

    Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist), and they’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King’s feast — as the entrees.

    The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she’s definitely dead if she lets down her family. What’s a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

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    Every vampire knows that unicorns don’t exist. Zombies, sure. Unicorns, no way. So when Pearl Sange claims that she was staked by a unicorn, no one will believe her. And if she hadn’t been so sure about what had happened to her in the parking lot of the Dairy Hut, she might have thought she was crazy, too.

    As luck would have it, on her very next trip to the Dairy Hut, her favorite place to enjoy a late night snack named Brad, she’s grabbed by two wannabe vampire hunters who force her into a cage so that she can “watch” the sunrise.

    Much to her surprise – and that of her bumbling captors – she doesn’t burst into flames. Proving to her that her encounter with the unicorn was real and that it changed her somehow.

    But while being able to walk in the daylight seems like a gift at first, it’s really much more of a curse. Instead of spending time with her boyfriend and possible future mate, Jadrien, and getting ready to meet the Vampire King of New England, Pearl is forced to enroll in high school. And spend time with humans.

    How she’s supposed to make friends with her food supply is beyond her. But her parents need to prepare a feast fit for a king, literally, and so she has to figure out a way. Because, like all vampires, the King is not the forgiving type. And if he isn’t satisfied with his feast, Pearl and her Family will be ended. Probably not quickly. Definitely not painlessly.

    If only this new ability of hers didn’t come with a few unwanted side-effects like sympathy, caring and concern. As a soulless predator, she, for one, does not like where this is headed.

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    Drink, Slay, Love is a wickedly entertaining story that will keep readers grinning, shaking their heads in disbelief and cheering for Pearl as she transforms from a bite-’em-and-leave-’em vampire to a day-walker with a conscience.

    From the very first introduction to this book – its title – the author reveals her sense of humor and it carries right on through to the end. The dialogue is witty and sarcastic, the premise is outrageous and fun, and the story is action-packed, incredibly captivating – seductive even – and surprisingly clever.

    By having the main character, Pearl, react in much the same way as anyone would to such a far-fetched situation like getting staked by a unicorn, allows readers to temporarily suspend disbelief and connect with the character and story, no matter how unusual the premise.

    Drink, Slay, Love combines the silly with the serious and the light with the dark. It mixes in humor and clever banter with action, excitement and danger.

    Toss in a vampire who’s losing her edge, a mean girl who gets more than what should be coming to her, a sexy, bite-worthy boy with stalker tendencies, a perky good-hearted girl with a secret, a flirtatious bad-boy with a big mouth, a couple of well-meaning blundering idiots who are a cross between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Hamlet and the Frog brothers from The Lost Boys, over a hundred hungry vampires just waiting to make you their next meal and a handful of were-unicorns – yes were-unicorns – and you’ve got a fast-paced and riveting paranormal story that is unputdownable.

    In Drink, Slay, Love the vampires are cold, cruel and calculating hunters. And the author uses sarcasm as if it were an art form. This book is a must read for fans of a vampire story that doesn’t take itself too seriously, who prefer their vamps without any humanity, and who want something other than the love story to be the focus.

    Reviewer gives this book

    On a personal note:

    I have to say that I thought this story was pretty amazing, which was a bit of a surprise. A good surprise… a great surprise, actually. I was slightly worried that the cover, title and description love I had would be all this book had going for it. And I’m so glad that wasn’t the case.

    I didn’t find that instant love connection with Pearl. She was just way too much the inhuman vampire at first. And the Family was just so odd and different in their actions and their responses that I started to wonder whether this would be one of those stories I loved or one of those ones I just wanted to.

    But as the story progressed and Pearl began to show some signs of humanity, I really grew to love her as a main character. For a vampire turned day-walker, she was still seriously bad-a**, she didn’t immediately jump on the “humans for the win” bandwagon and she still retained much of who she was personality-wise.

    And once Pearl recovered from the staking, I connected with the story and found that I couldn’t put it down if I tried. I lost an entire Sunday curled up with this book because I didn’t want to set it aside until I reached the end.

    There are quite a few things the author did that made this book even more my kind of story, but many I can’t reveal without spoiling the plot. I loved how she gave readers little hints at things that weren’t quite right with some of the characters, but didn’t reveal too much so that it made it too easy to figure out. I certainly didn’t get all of my guesses right.

    And the one-liners kept me smiling, and even laughing, throughout the entire book. First was the line about the sparkly vamps. Yes, she went there! Then the line about the lackeys had me practically rolling on the floor laughing.

    I also loved all the vampire politics she added into this story, which did give it dimension. And I thought that the way she slowly introduced the King throughout the story was brilliant. But, as good looking as that King was, that is one vamp I would never want to cross paths with in this lifetime or any other.

    Since we’re talking about handsome boys, the two main boys in this story were equally gorgeous and about as different as night and day. But it didn’t feel as if they were written that way just so that Pearl’s love interests would be polar opposites. Evan was definitely yummy, but so was Jadrien. And no, it wasn’t a love triangle. Not really.

    The vampire cousins were seriously creepy, but so was Bethany to me. Someone just can’t be that perky without hiding something majorly wrong.

    I’m not sure if this is a standalone novel or part of a series, but I would love it to be. I think there is a lot more story to be told about Pearl, the King, Evan, Jadrien and Pearl’s mother and father. I may be keeping my fingers crossed for a long time hoping to have answers about a possible second book in the series.

    This was definitely worth the wait get a copy to read and review. I only wish I had time to read it again!

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    I had a few favorite quotes and passages, but this one line gave me an attack of the giggles that made me put down the book for awhile until they stopped.

    The walls stank of centuries-old dust–or maybe that was the stench of the guests.

    To read an excerpt of the first chapter from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    This review is based on a finished copy I received courtesy of the author and publisher, Simon & Schuster, in exchange for my honest review.

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    Book Watch: Last Breath

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order in all formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL, a division of Penguin Group, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Last Breath is the 11th book in The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

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    There were just three books releasing the week of November 1st that I had to choose from for the spotlight post this week. While it wasn’t easy, I decided that I just had to pick Last Breath, the next book in The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, as the book to watch this week.

    I saw the cover when it was first revealed in the author’s newsletter and I loved the white. But it was the book’s title that got me really, really nervous about what was going to happen in this eleventh installment in the series. The words “last breath” don’t instill confidence in me that everyone is going to make it out of this book alive, undead or otherwise intact.

    While I have fallen a bit behind on this series, I’ve still to finish Ghost Town and Bite Club, I am no less excited for this book than I would have been if I’d read them all. This series has been such a fun, nail biting and incredibly entertaining one to read and is always full of surprises. And with every upcoming release date I look forward to each new book with its beautiful covers.

    I am determined to catch up soon, because this next book has a new character who Claire is pretty sure isn’t human and he may not even be a vampire. I’m so curious as to what new type of paranormal being just might be introduced into the series this far along. And the fact that his name is Magnus already makes him interesting.

    A Claire with too much time on her hands, missing vampires and a mysterious new character in town, makes this yet another intriguing must read in this always enjoyable series.

    A long look inside Last Breath is available on the book’s website, HERE.

    Goodreads description:

    With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town—a mysterious individual named Magnus.

    After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire—or something else entirely?

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    Two other books releasing on November 1st to note are Crossed, the sequel to Matched, by Ally Condie and Dark Eden by Patrick Carman.

    As I haven’t read Matched, although it’s on my TBR and my eReader and I have Crossed on pre-order at Amazon, Last Breath has a slight edge.

    And as I’m reading Dark Eden and plan to have my review up later this week, I thought a Book Watch post would be overkill.

    So, are you a Morganville Vampires fan? And are you as excited as I am for this next book in the series to be released next month?

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    Cover Reveal: Enemy Within

    Enemy Within by Angeline Kace

    The second book in the Vampire Born Trilogy

    Coming in 2012

    My Thoughts

    I am super excited to be one of the blogs participating in the cover reveal for Enemy Within today. Keeping this under wraps for over a month has been killing me.

    I love how both covers work so perfectly together – see them side-by-side below – with elements in each cover that tie them together even though the color and feel is very, very different.

    I love the blues in this cover just as much as the reds in the first one. They really bring out the color of Brooke’s eyes. And I like how the author used the mirror to reflect the enemy within, although I wonder just how much of an enemy is hiding within as there isn’t that air of malevolence that she had on the cover of Descended by Blood.

    I guess I’ll just have to wait, and suffer, until Enemy Within is released to find out.

    I think both books will look great together on the bookshelf as they aren’t warring with each other with contrasting styles and fonts. The cover for Descended by Blood is dark and intense and Enemy Within, with its rich blues, is actually rather pretty, but they work together beautifully.

    About the Book * SPOILER-Y FOR BOOK 1*

    Half-vampire, Brooke Keller, rid the world of her worst enemy, only to find out the world’s most powerful vampire wants her dead. And this time, she’s not only fighting vampires, but a deadly disease that threatens to take her best friend’s life.

    Torn between Jaren and Mirko, Brooke struggles to convince her best friend to change over, keep her monster at bay, and learns her enemies are deeper within than she could have ever imagined.

    Will love be enough to quell the darkness?

    Does good really conquer evil?

    About the Author

    Angeline is a Scorpio living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and two dogs. She loathed dogs and their “stick to me everywhere” hair until she fell for a pit bull.

    She works full time at CPA firm and is going to school to get her Accounting degree. While she’s slaving away, trying to figure out why accounts aren’t balancing, she’s dreaming about books.

    She started reading seriously- staying up all night to finish a book and buying every new release she could afford- after finishing Twilight. Say what you want about the series, but it got a lot of people reading, so it’s brought more to this world than just sparkly vampires.  She loves all things paranormal, but her favorites are vampires, werewolves, and zombies. In that order.

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    Author Interview + Giveaway: Angeline Kace

    Today as part of the Descended by Blood tour, Angeline Kace, author of the newly released Descended by Blood, has stopped by to answer a few…or more…questions. And as I am a huge fan of all things vampire, it was great to come up with just a few fun vampire-related questions to ask the author that she could really sink her teeth into. (Pun definitely intended.)

    For today’s tour stop, there is also a giveaway, which is way, way, down there, below the interview. But you won’t want to miss what this author has to say.

    Q. According to your bio you work full-time and go to school. How do you manage to find the time to sit down to write one book let alone a planned trilogy?

    It has been very difficult for me. I go to work, go to school, come home, and either have homework to do or try to get in a bit of writing before bed. Sometimes, the homework gets pushed aside for the writing, and then I have to get up at three in the morning to get it done. I have become a pro at doing the most minimal work possible to still get an A. And my weekends pretty much consist of writing marathons. But I love to write, and it’s something I’m passionate about, so I’ll always find time to do it.

    Q. It also mentioned that a certain series about Sparkly Vamps got you to start reading. I have to admit that was the series that got me into young adult. What was it about that series that got you excited about reading? And did you choose a “Team”?

    My idea of reading before I read Twilight was to read enough of a book to sort of know what I was talking about on book reports. Terrible. I know. But when I read Twilight, my mind opened up, and I craved the next chapter, the next page, the next line. I couldn’t get enough. When I read Eclipse, I stayed up all night reading it, hopped in the shower, went to work then school, and came home to read more.

    So, when I finished Breaking Dawn, I NEEDED more. More vampires. More words. I read over 100 books that first year. I have a problem with balancing things in moderation, and reading became a HUGE addiction to me! It was nuts. When I wasn’t at work, school, or sleeping, I was reading. It was a drug for me.

    Of course I chose a team. Team Edward all the way. New Moon was very hard for me because I couldn’t wait for him to come back. I guess you could say I was very emotionally invested in those books. lol

    Q. Was reading this series the reason you wanted to become a writer or had you always wanted to write? Did this series just give you the push to start? Did it influence your decision to write paranormal young adult books?

    It’s weird because I have always had this idea in the back of my mind that I would someday write a book. I never really thought about it, though, and just figured it would be a book about my life that would be written someday, but I never really did any writing. I used to write poetry in junior high. I thought it was pretty good, too. I was all emo and emotional, and that was when I had my first love, so it was prime for poetry, I guess.

    But what really got me writing was a comment that Stephanie Meyer made on her blog. She said that she writes because she gets that same high you get when you read a good book. What!? You tell an addict that there’s a new brand in town and they jump all over it! So, I did. And I started to write a story from a dream that I had one night. I also started to research how I would get the book published so others could read it. When I read how incredibly difficult it was to get an agent, let alone a deal with a publisher, I put the book aside, thinking it was a dream I’d never achieve.

    I’ve read a lot more adult paranormal than I have young adult, but I chose this genre because I was new at this and really didn’t feel comfortable writing those steamy scenes most adult readers have come to expect with the genre. Plus, I wanted to appeal to more readers, and hopefully help young adults catch the reading bug a bit earlier in life. Books are magical, and I wish I’d found that magic earlier in life.

    Q. In your book, Descended by Blood, which I can’t wait to read, there are two very yummy boys – Jaren and Mirko. For those of us who haven’t yet met them, can you tell us a little bit more about them? And as their creator, did you choose a “Team”? (You don’t have to answer who, just whether or not you did.) [Note: I’ve since met both boys and read Descended by Blood]

    Jaren is your All-American sweetheart. He’s the star lacrosse player and has the physique to prove it. He’s more subtle in his advances, but when he really cares for a girl, he’s willing to go all out on the romantic stuff.

    Mirko is a troublemaker. All the way. He likes to make other people squirm. And he’s cocky as any hot, 300 year old vampire could be. He’s definitely cruder than Jaren is. He has dark hair and dark eyes with sharp features.

    Jaren is more of a hand holding type guy, and Mirko is the type who will show his appreciation by telling you that you have a nice butt.

    Ugh! It’s hard for me to say whose team I’m on. When I’m in one guy’s head, I’m so team him. But then when I’m in the other guy’s head, I’m all team him. They’re so different from each other that Jaren meets that part of me that wants roses and love notes, while Mirko’s the boy you can’t help but want to tame.

    Q. Do you see yourself continuing to write in this genre beyond the trilogy or would you consider writing contemporary young adult fiction or other genre? Or is there just something about the world’s you can create in a paranormal story that appeals to you?

    I’m pretty much a paranormal gal through and through. I love it! There’s just something that excites me about throwing in a touch of vamp or wolf that I can’t get away from.

    Q. Many authors, especially those who write in the paranormal genre, in addition to writing books for young adults also write books aimed at an adult audience. I know it’s still early in your writing career, but is this something you’d consider doing or are you strictly YA?

    I have another series planned for young adults after The Vampire Born Trilogy. I already have the cover for the first book in that series (I did mention I have a problem with moderation, right? Well, book covers is one of those areas I go a little crazy on).

    I also have an idea for a young adult series that is post-apocalyptic or dystopian. I don’t have it fully fleshed out yet, so I’m not sure where it lies, but I know it will be a blast to write. I’m also going to add here that I have a pet peeve about people calling post-apocalyptic stories dystopian. There is a difference. Post-apocalyptic is when the world as civilization has known it ends, and they’re scrambling to put it back together. Dystopian is when the society is ALREADY established. *end rant*

    But back to your question, I will end up writing adult eventually. I’m just having too much fun with YA right now. 😉

    Q. You also mentioned a love for vampires, werewolves and zombies. Well, vampires can have that whole gorgeous undead, immortal thing going for them. Werewolves are often portrayed as fiery tempered, passionate and unpredictable. But what, might I ask, do you find appealing about the zombie? Is it the eau du decay? The thirst for brains?

    I like my vampires and werewolves to be swoon-worthy. So, when I want something a bit more on the scary side of paranormal, zombies fill that hole. Zombies don’t really appeal to me as love interests, but as an interesting prop to creating an intense world and villain in a story.

    Q. Have you thought beyond the trilogy to what you might want to write about next? Are zombies on the menu?

    Hahah! No, zombies are not on the menu. I did mention the series I already have the cover for, and that’s the one that’s next. I can’t really say much about it because it is something that is original in the genre (which is freaking HARD to do), and I’d like to keep it that way 😉 But I will say, it pretty much rocks!

    Q. As a new author, what would you say is your favorite way of communicating with other authors, bloggers and readers? Facebook? Twitter? On your blog? How important do you find it to be connected with contemporaries, reviewers, readers and fans?

    Hmm, each media platform has its purpose. But I would have to say that Twitter is my favorite! The reach you have to connect with people is simply incredible. And without it, I would have a difficult time finding an audience.

    Q. How much time each day do you spend writing? How much time would you like to spend?

    My time each day spent on writing really varies. On days when I have work and school, I may not get any writing done. On the weekends, I could go through a 12 hour marathon of writing.

    I really would like to be able to write every day, all day.

    Q. I know that writing can become all-consuming. Do you find that your characters and your story invade your non-writing time?

    Yes! My characters are with me aaaallll the time! I keep an app on my phone to record ideas and conversations when they strike. Some of the best lines and scenes have come to me when I’m driving. Something about my mind going into that state between conscious and unconscious (because really, sometimes you get from point A to point B without thinking about it!) causes my characters and stories to come alive in a way that’s harder to reach at other times. I have recordings saved for scenes in book 2 and book 3.

    There are also times at work when a conversation will happen in my head and I have to quickly write it in a doc so I don’t lose it. Then, there are times when I’m in the shower and a twist to a story will come to me, as well as the characters’ reactions, so I have to hurry and wash the conditioner out of my hair and run to the phone recorder!

    The Fun Stuff

    Q. Which do you prefer – vampires as monsters or vampires as swoon-worthy love interests?

    Totally vampires as swoon-worthy love interests. I don’t want a vampire that I fear to be around, I want one that makes me wish I was a part of that world!

    Q. What do you believe – werewolves can be tamed or a werewolf’s nature is just too unpredictable to make them the ideal love interest?

    If the werewolves are too beastly to be tamed, that would take all the fun out if it, right? I mean, every gal wants to tame her fellow; beast, or high school crush 😉

    Q. Which are your favorites – vampires as daywalkers or vampires confined to the night?

    Hmm, this one is a tough one for me. I’ve read many books where I have liked both, and then many books that I thought it was done poorly. I guess I’d have to say daywalkers, since that’s the setup in Descended by Blood (Hey, I’m writing about my ideal world, right?). 😉

    Q. Your vampire beverage of choice – synthetic, blood-bank, animal, or straight from the vein?

    Hahaha! Awesome! I would have to say straight from the vein. I like my meat to be pretty raw, and feel that if you make a steak right, you don’t need any steak sauce. So, I guess I’m already a little partial to the bloody juices (that sounds kinda gross now that I think about it).

    Q. How many is too many – Vampires in a coven? Wolves in a pack? Zombies in an apocalypse?

    Definitely zombies in an apocalypse. The scariest zombie movie I have seen is Quarantine. That’s what I imagine it would be like, and I would soo never want to have to deal with that in real life.

    If it did really happen, I would be very dependent on my hubs to get me through it. He is the closest thing to a real-life vampire that I have even known. His hearing and eye sight are above normal. He heals like a superhero, his bones are harder than normal, and his instincts are beyond what any normal human being should be born with. You know those people in those zombie movies that are just so hard core, you know they are going to get the group of idiots to safety? Well, hubs is THAT dude. But hotter! 😉

    Thank you so much for hosting me, Rachel! This interview has been too much fun. And that along with my problem of lack of moderation have probably created a beast of an interview you will be pulling your hair out to modify (Sorry. I love you. Please ask me back.).

    ***

    You are always welcome back – or if you’d like to send Mirko over for an interview, I’m sure I could think up a few questions to ask him.

    And thank you so much for including me as one of the stops on your tour. It was just so much fun coming up with all those questions to ask. I am excited to see what’s up next on tour and plan on visiting each of the participating blogs.

    Coming up next…

    Monday, September 05, 2011 ~ Book Passion for Life, Interview, Paperback-US & eBook-Int
    Tuesday, September 06, 2011 ~ Two Chicks on Books, Guest post with Skin

    If you’d like to visit a couple of the earlier stops…

    Thursday, September 01, 2011 ~ A Cupcake and a Latte, Guest post with Skin
    Friday, September 02, 2011 ~ The Bookish Brunette, Guest post with Paperback

    Click on the tour badge above to visit the book’s website to see all the stops on tour.

    ** If you’d like to purchase a copy, Descended by Blood can be found…

    Amazon (eBook)

    Amazon (paperback)

    Barnes & Noble (paperback)

    Book Depository (paperback)

    ** And if you’d like to check out my review, click here.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A Kindle or Nook eReader Skin, an eBook of Descended by Blood, one signed bookmark and one nail polish

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is US ONLY.

    4. Swag pack will be sent directly from the author.

    5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 5th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on September 6th. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone to entered. I will be running the names through Random this morning and I’ll announce the winner shortly. Stay tuned…

    And the winner is…Zareen. Congratulations Zareen! I’ll be contacting you for your details to forward on to the author. You will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

    Thanks so much for everyone who entered. And for those who didn’t win, the tour goes on all month, be sure to visit some of the other stops, like Two Chicks On Books, who have the same swag pack for giveaway and a whole lot of other fun stuff about the author!

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