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PJV Quickie: I’m pretty sure Molly Harper is my spirit animal. Seriously, I want to be her when I grow up. Or at least be as funny as she is. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire has us back in Half-Moon Hollow and I am absolutely thrilled to be back!
Gladiola “Gigi” Scanlon is Iris Scanlon’s younger sister from The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires. She’s home from college and has a summer job working for the Vampire Council doing computer programming. Gigi lives with Iris and Iris’ husband, Cal, who are both vampires. Actually, most of the friends in their circle are vampires. But Iris wants Gigi to live a normal human life…one that doesn’t include dating a vampire. Problem is, the one guy she can’t get off her mind happens to be a mysterious hot blonde vampire with whom she shared a searing kiss while she was home for Christmas break. When he shows up again on her first night on the job and tries to attack her, she doesn’t know what to think.
Nikolai “Nik” Dragomirov is an old friend of Cal’s, as in, they go back a loooooong time, and is in Half-Moon Hollow doing some work for the Council and Cal. He’s surprised when Gigi identifies him as the vampire who attacked her outside of her job and also the vampire that kissed her over Christmas break, because he has no memory of either event. While he’s working for the Council, he’s seeing a lot of Gigi, and he likes her. So why does he keep attacking her? And why can’t he remember doing it?
Molly Harper writes such entertaining books; she hooked me at Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs and I’ve been a fan ever since. In the Half-Moon Hollow series, we’ve got a different group as the main focus but all the characters from her Nice Girls series are here, and it’s always fun to see how they’re doing.
I had a lot of fun reading The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire; the characters are hilarious and the snark runs high. Sometimes when I’m reading a book, I’ll think “hurry up and get back to the good parts”, but that didn’t happen here: the story transitions smoothly from Gigi’s job, to her home life, to investigating why Nik is having blackouts. I enjoyed hanging out with Gigi’s co-workers and the characters from previous books, as well as reading alone-time with Nik and Gigi. Seriously, there was no lag time here. I would not recommend reading The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire anywhere where you need to be quiet, you’re going to laugh out loud more than once. The next book, The Single Undead Moms Club, out in October, and I can’t wait!
If you like your paranormal romance sexy and funny, I highly recommend Molly Harper’s books. If you’re already a fan, don’t miss this one.
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PJV Quickie: If you’ve been looking for that ‘Next Great Series’ and you want shapeshifters and vampires and a kick-ass heroine, look no further: J. C. Daniels’ Colbana Files is just what the book-doctor ordered, and Edged Blade is a fabulous installment to this ongoing series.
Kit Colbana is a half-human, half-aneira (kind of Amazonian) private investigator (and occasionally assassin-for-hire). Her BFF Justin (a witch) has come to her with concerns about missing witches. As their investigation intensifies, they realize it’s not just witches but other non-humans as well. Of course the mystery is bigger than they thought, and while Kit is willing to risk it all to save her friends, Damon is less enthusiastic about risking losing her again. To solve this case, she’s going to work with the vampires, and then things get even more complicated when one of missing is Damon’s ex-girlfriend, who disappeared while she was on her way to see Damon…
For those who don’t know, J. C. Daniels is actually Shiloh Walker. I did not know that when I picked up Book 1, Blade Song. I started reading J. C. Daniels’ Colbana Files in December 2014 (I’m late to the party, I know!), and I fell in love with this series. Other reviewers have noted a similarity to Kate Daniels, and while there are some similarities, the Colbana Files stand on their own merit. I devoured the first three books, back-to-back, in less than a week. And after the ending in Book 3, I had to get my hands on book 4, had to. I was not disappointed. There is a big underlying story arc is happening over a few books, so while there is a conclusion to the main part of the story, Kit’s still working on a much bigger end-game. So Edged Blade kind of felt like a ‘bridge’ book, but with essential plot, if that makes sense. The last page left me re-reading the last line, thinking “oh snap!”
J. C. Daniels writes great action, but she really writes the emotions of her characters really well, and that’s what keeps bringing me back. Kit’s still damaged from previous books, and parts of Edged Blade are painful to read, but there’s a hope, and a refusal to give up, that I really love about these books. The romance is not the main focus of this series, but it is an important part of Kit’s character growth; not that she needs a man to love her, but that because of her respect for him, she sees the good things in herself that he sees (if that makes sense). Note: if you’re in this series for the romance, you won’t be disappointed. Just sayin’…
I also love that Kit is loyal to her friends, and they are loyal to her. Her witchy bff Justin, and Damon’s nephew Doyle are two of my favorite characters and I’m hoping that as the series progresses we’ll be seeing much, much more from them.
I really think that fans of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, or Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series will enjoy J. C. Daniels’ Colbana Files. If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, I would not recommend starting with Edged Blade – start from Book 1, Blade Song, because this series is that good.
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PJV Quickie: Conversion is probably one of the strangest books I’ve read in a while: there was quite a bit of WTF happening, yet I couldn’t stop reading.
Review: I was a fan of Ms. Stephens’ Thoughtless series, so when I saw she had written a vampire series I was very interested. I knew going into it that it would be different, but what I got was totally unexpected:
The two main characters, Emma and Teren, have a meet-cute and the attraction is instant. They quickly get into a relationship but Teren seems to be taking it slowly… until he accidentally pricks her lip while they’re kissing. She takes the news that he’s “sort of” a vampire pretty well. I enjoyed the twist on traditional vampire lore. Then it gets weird. They visit his family and secrets are revealed; things are not as happy-go-lucky as Teren has led her to believe. Emma must make some pretty momentous decisions, and she doesn’t have a big window of time to make them in. Then it gets weirder. I’m not going into spoilers, but it felt like I was reading a category romance with a paranormal twist. Just as I’m thinking I know what’s going to happen, a villain pops up out of nowhere with a weak premise.
There were some funny bits, but even so the story itself kind of dragged in spots; it definitely could have been shortened and the plot would not have suffered. Throw in a self-centered best friend, a horribly scarred sister, and a really sweet ending, and you end up with a book that left me wondering what the heck I just read… and looking up the next book. I have issues, I know.
Recommendations: If you’re looking for a vampire tale that’s a little different and not too dark, you might enjoy Conversion. It’s lighter than traditional vampire lore, not dark and broody, and the hero is pretty likable.
(I know it’s not the weekend but since I was in Houston over the holiday weekend
you’re getting Romance on a Tuesday!)
PJV Quickie: The Fiery Heart is a Must-Not-Miss for fans of this series! This is easily my favorite book in the series to date; I might even be enjoying Adrian and Sydney more than Rose and Dimitri!!
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist working with the Moroi (vampires), trying to keep the sister of the current queen safe and hidden from other Moroi who want to kill her. She’s hiding in Palm Springs, and Sydney’s younger sister has come to “apprentice” – she’s young and new and very, very by-the-book, which means Sydney is making a lot of excuses to find time to sneak away and meet with Adrian (vampire/alchemist relationships are forbidden), assist the Moroi as part of her alchemist duties, work on her spells (also taboo for the alchemists), and continue her promise to try to help rogue alchemist Marcus Finch.
Adrian is battling his own demons – does he do what he needs to do to keep himself sane and his demons at rest, or sacrifice his sanity for the knowledge he can give the Moroi? He is trying to help Sydney as much as he can, but it doesn’t feel like enough. How long can they keep their relationship a secret? And how long can he continue to work with the Moroi before his “setbacks” become too much for Sydney to handle?
I have to be honest – while I loved the book, I hate the cover. Adrian looks like he’s aged 2o years and Sydney’s over-processed hair made me cringe. Cover aside though – OMG I couldn’t put The Fiery Heart down!
Sydney and Adrian have both grown and evolved into really special characters. Sydney is struggling to do what she thinks is right even though it goes against everything she’s been indoctrinated by the Alchemists to believe – to the extent that she’s actively working against them. She’s got a lot on her plate in The Fiery Heart, and when family drama is thrown into the mix she still manages to keep her cool and keep her eye on the prize.
The Fiery Heart is told in both Sydney and Adrian’s point of view and I loved it. Adrian is such an awesome hero – he’s struggling to be a better person and the things he does for Sydney are pretty significant. I have loved him throughout this series and he just keeps getting better. Based on the way The Fiery Heart ended, and the blurb for the next book, Silver Shadows, I think Adrian is going to have a tough road ahead of him. Judging by his actions in The Fiery Heart though, I know he can overcome whatever is thrown in his path.
The multiple storylines for The Fiery Heart make for a really, really good read, but Sydney and Adrian’s romance takes it up a notch to great. And the ending – THE ENDING!!!! I hate cliffies and I NEED to know what happens next!!! Oh, Ms. Mead, how you play with my emotions… The Fiery Heart had me completely involved and immersed in the story.
Recommendations: I would not recommend The Fiery Heart as a stand-alone. I think you can start with the first book in the series, although I enthusiastically recommend starting with the Vampire Academy series and then the Bloodlines series – trust me, you won’t be sorry.
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PJV Quickie: Stephanie O’ Hanlon has beautifully written Out Of My Grave where prose are concerned. But the story itself had a lot of pacing issues and there wasn’t much character development.
Out of My Grave is a historical paranormal romance that features a vampire/human love story. I am a big fan of vampire novels and I think Stephanie put a nice spin on the vampire genre with setting it in England in the 1800’s. She was also able to create her own distinct type of vampire which is a quality I always look for in vampire novels. I don’t want to read about the same type of vampire, time and time again. These vampires prefer certain types of blood based on the lives the human led, which I found really interesting. As well as how draining a vampire completely, turns them into a sort of zombie making them compelled to want the flesh of the vampire that drained them.
Stephanie is an amazing writer and describes everything in great detail. Some of her sentences were just beautiful. She spends a lot of time depicting Annalee’s, the main character, dresses and the parties she attends that it began to take away from the story. There was more telling than showing in Out Of My Grave. This to me was what caused my main downside to the novel, the pacing.
Out Of My Grave was extremely slow. For the first half of the book you aren’t even fully introduced to the vampire aspect of the story. I was rather bored for the beginning of the book and then the book took a complete turn and went straight into fast paced vampire story, it gave me a mental whip lash. For the most part the vampire aspects took a backseat to the historical romance.
Character wise I just wasn’t a fan of the female protagonist Annalee, she was very whiny and too emotional for my tastes. She had her moments of strength but they never really shined through long enough to like her. At times she was just too snobby and always the damsel in distress even after becoming a vampire. Though she had several monstrous moments. I really liked Vincent though. I found myself rooting for him. He was a gentleman who had his darker more possessive side which came off sort of sweetly.
Overall, I really liked Stephanie O’Hanlon’s writing but the story fell short for me. If I had the chance to pick up another book by her I would probably read a Historical Romance by her but not a paranormal one.
PJV Quickie: Daylighters is the last book in the extremely popular Morganville Vampire series, and as a long-time fan I have to say I’m going to miss Claire and the gang. Daylighters delivers on the action, suspense, and playful dialogue that we’ve come to expect from this series; I’m sad to say goodbye.
In this 15th and final book in the Morganville series, Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have been dragged back to Morganville and it’s not a happy reunion. Things have changed while they were gone, some things have been for the better, but most things have definitely not. The Daylighters have control of Morganville and all the vampires have been captured and hearded into a holding area away from the town. Fallon, the zealot founder of the Daylighters, has invalidated Michael and Eve’s marriage and expect Claire, Eve, and Shane to assimilate nicely into the ‘new, improved Morganville’.
Of course, they can’t just turn their back on their vampire friends and loved ones – especially Michael, Myrnin, Amelie, and Oliver – but the Daylighters have no intention of letting the vampires go. When they find out what Fallon has planned for the vamps, they know they have to save them and have no time to lose…
I have mixed feelings about the conclusion to this amazing series:
I loved the action and twists that kept the story moving. We got to see all of our old friends (some only for a scene or two), even taking a side-trip to Blacke. Myrnin is still my favorite character, although I really liked Jesse (Lady Grey) too; she shared a powerful scene with Claire that was an eerie premonition of things to come. And Shane, poor Shane, he’s always getting into trouble he didn’t sign up for. I’m not going into more except to say that the dog bite from the last book has unexpected developments that keep him away from Claire. Their love really does conquer all. Eve and Michael are still fighting for their right to love each other, and Claire is still throwing herself in harm’s way to save the vampires. As I was reading Daylighters, I would sit in my reading chair and lose track of time, which is an awesome way to spend an evening after a rough day.
BUT, I took off one star because some of the scenarios were resolved in a manner that seemed a little too convenient, and I’m honestly not sure how I feel about Michael’s fate. I thought the ending was a bit sappy, but am ultimately happy with how things ended. There is a scene between Myrnin and Claire that was just perfect (my love for Myrnin apparently knows no bounds).
I would not recommend Daylighters if you have not read at least a few of the previous books in the series – Claire’s actions and attempts to save the vampires won’t make much sense. If you have read the previous books in the series, Daylighters is a satisfying ending to a fabulous series: it’s a solid ending that leaves just enough of their future to your imagination. I predict a barrage of “after Daylighters” fanfic in the future.
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