Monday, December 31, 2012

Review: "Kiss of the Betrayer" (A Bringer and the Bane Novel, Book #2) by Boone Brux (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)



Book Description:

For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.

Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she's brought into the Bringers' fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.

In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.

Book Details:

Kiss of the Betrayer
Bringer and the Bane Book Two
Boone Brux

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

ISBN: Print: 1620610353

E-book - 978-1620610350

Number of pages: 400

Word Count: 100,000

Amazon Buy Link: Kiss of the Betrayer (A Bringer and the Bane Novel)

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Saph's Review:

Being that "Kiss of the Betrayer" is Book #2 in this series, I highly recommend you read Book #1, "Shield of Fire" first.  There is a lot of back story concerning Luc, Jade, Ravyn, and Rhys, as well as Vile and Icarus, that is very important to know before heading down this leg of the journey.

"Kiss of the Betrayer" focuses on Luc and Jade but we also have a lot of involvement from Ravyn, Rhys, Vile, and Icarus, among others.

Luc has a huge secret....a secret that has continued to scar him emotionally for many years; he caused the death of woman he loved.  We discover just exactly what happened and why she lost her life, but the twist the author included is brilliant.  He has lived a life of carefree bachelorhood committing to no one; his lifestyle the result of the grief he's held pent up for over a decade.

Jade also has a huge secret....and while it involves the vengeful murder of Luc, it isn't what you think.  She's harboring a secret that could put her in league with the Bane.  After becoming involved with Ravyn (non-sexually) in Book 1, and getting to know Rhys and Luc, Jade isn't quite sure she's up to the task of murdering Luc.  When his secret is revealed, Jade's has no choice but to reveal itself, too.

Will the secrets they keep and a past that they share keep Jade and Luc on the good side of evil or will everything they have be destroyed?

I kept my plot description short for a reason.....there are just too many things that could be given away.  I don't want to spoil this novel for anyone.

Speaking of plot - Ms. Brux does a fantastic job of weaving the multiple story lines (yet all together connected at some point) and keeping everything and everyone properly focused.  The twists, turns, and revelations are well written and not completely obvious as to what their respective outcomes may be.  The scenes are well described without being overly drawn out and we get the right amount of information needed at that time.

The characters, as in the first book, are well developed - some for the first time in this book, and others are a continuation from Book 1.  We finally get to see inside Jade and Luc's heads and discover what seems to be plaguing them both.  The emotional levels are written in such a way that you are able to feel what the characters feel, for me at least but I'm really receptive to that type of writing.  My husband keeps telling me I'm overly emotional...which, I suppose, I am.

Luc is the handsome, noble, caring hero - even going so far as to provide a woman of the night some money without the exchange of sexual favors so that she could make sure her children are properly fed.  He's a womanizer but we don't see too much of that as it's mostly just alluded to.  He's also very strong and protective.

Jade is very much the independent heroine.  She's lived a lonely life and has managed to stay strong and survive.  Her independent nature, and the past that they share, makes it very hard for Jade to accept any type of help from Luc.  When she's suddenly thrust into the war brewing between the Bringers and the Bane, she discovers that she's going to need all of the help she can get.

This is a very exciting series that keeps you engaged, albeit sometimes on the edge of your seat!!

Saph's Rating:


About the Author:

As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone's writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it's not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and every even is fodder for one of Boone's novels.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Book Spotlight (Review Coming Soon): "Kiss of the Betrayer" (A Bringer and the Bane Novel, Book #2) by Boone Brux (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Book Description:

For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.

Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she's brought into the Bringers' fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.

In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.

Book Details:

Kiss of the Betrayer
Bringer and the Bane Book Two
Boone Brux

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

ISBN: Print: 1620610353

E-book - 978-1620610350

Number of pages: 400

Word Count: 100,000

Amazon Buy Link: Kiss of the Betrayer (A Bringer and the Bane Novel)

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About the Author:


As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone's writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it's not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and every even is fodder for one of Boone's novels.


www.boonebrux.com


www.twitter.com/boonebrux


www.facebook.com/BooneBruxAuthor


www.goodreads.com/boonebrux


http://www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/2012/12/now-on-tour-kiss-of-betrayer-by-boone.html


***Due to unforseen issues with my internet service, I am just posting the promotion for "Kiss of the Betrayer."  I will post the review at a later date.  I apologize for the inconvenience and delay.***

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: "Shield of Fire" (A Bringer and the Bane Novel, Book #1) by Boone Brux (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)



Synopsis Via Goodreads.com:

Protecting humans is the Bringers' duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.
In one night, Ravyn's life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she's known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.
When Rhys realizes the woman he's rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he's unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.
As the Demon King's desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers--and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 608 KB
Print Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (December 6, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B006J2PU80
Buy Link: Shield of Fire (A Bringer and the Bane Novel)

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  The Author via Tour Company

Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1937044335
ISBN-13: 978-1937044336
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Buy Link:
Shield of Fire (Bringer and the Bane, Book 1)

Saph's Review:

Ravyn is a young woman in her early teens that has been forced to live in old abbey since being left there.  The Sisters claim that the gifts that Rayvn possesses are actually a curse and she grows up believing this.  That is, she believes it until she has to defend herself against the creepy Brother Powell.  Thinking she killed him, she flees into the outside world; a world very foreign to her, so she won't have to face the wrath and punishment of the Sisters.  After she steps over the line between sacred land and the mundane, she's attacked by the Demon King's second-in-command, Icarus. 

Rhys Blackwell had an intuition crop up as he passed by the old abbey, which draws him to the area.  When he feels the prickles on his skin, he looks up to see Icarus, demon henchman, clenching a young woman in his talons; a woman shooting flames that only the Bringers can do.  Is this why he was drawn to this area?  Did the abbey harbor another Bringer?  And why is Icarus, the Demon King's second, trying to carry her away?

What ensues is a tale of nobility, protection, revelation, and, of course, the head demon who wants to control the world.

Having been raised in an abbey her entire life, Ravyn knows nothing about her heritage, including who her parents were, or why she can summon fire.  When the noble warrior with dark hair saves her from imminent death in the clutches of a demon, the questions she harbors move closer to the surface.  Rhys realizes that Ravyn is not a normal human but isn't sure her lack of knowledge is truly that or if she's hiding secrets.  Ultimately, they pair up to help prevent the destruction headed by the Demon Bane as Vile, the Demon King, attempts to infiltrate the Shadow World and bring forth their Army of Souls.

"Shield of Fire" is also contains romantic elements.  As Ryhs and Ravyn are driven to stop the Demon Bane, they find themselves drawn to one another.  Her naivety is lost (almost too quickly) as Rayvn clings to her "shield" Rhys.  Rhys bounces back and forth between what his duty is - to protect Rayvn - and what his heart and body desires - Rayvn.  These scenes have some intense sexual moments but the author included a great sense of intimacy and emotional connection. 

All of the secondary characters have...well...Character.  There seems to more to many of them than meets they eye, including some of the evil characters.  

I wasn't actually sure I was going to like the book.  I had a hard time getting into it at first and I'm not sure why exactly.  After Rhys rescued Rayvn and they moved onto the inn, I found myself a little more interested in the story.  The book only gets better as you move through it.  I really enjoyed this novel once I got past whatever issues I had at the beginning.

Please Note:  This Novel Contains Adult Scenes! 

I will be reviewing the next book in the series, "Kiss of the Betrayer," tomorrow.

Saph's Rating:


About the Author:

As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone's writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it's not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and every even is fodder for one of Boone's novels.





Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: "Hex Hall" (Hex Hall, Book #1) by Rachel Hawkins


Synopsis Via Back Cover:  

ON HER 12TH BIRTHDAY, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch.  Three bumpy years later, after a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she's exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day, Sophie has quite a scorecard:  three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus.  Then when a mysterious predator begins attacking students, and Sophie's only friend is the number-one suspect, a horrifying plot begins to surface.  Soon, Sophie is preparing for the biggest threat of all:  an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Book Details:

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (February 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1423121392
ISBN-13: 978-1423121398
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
Buy Link:
Hex Hall Book One

Review Copy Courtesy Of:
My Bookshelf

Kindle File Size: 350 KB
Print Length: 337 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 28, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B003ODIRMI
Buy Link: Hex Hall Book One

Saph's Review:

Sophia (Sophie) is the worst witch ever and when her love-potion-gone-wrong destroys prom-night, her long absent father has her sent to Hecate Hall (aka - Hex Hall).  She's not there very long when a multitude of things happen.  After Sophie declines the invitation to join a coven with three other supermodel-type witches, she becomes their number enemy.  Sophie falls head-over-heels for the resident bad boy warlock.
She discovers who her father really is and, although it's news to her, it would appear that she's the only one left in the dark.  Not knowing this information causes Sophie to inadvertently insult a teacher, resulting in a semester of "cataloging the cellar's contents" as punishment, with said bad boy warlock.  When the supermodel-type witches start being attached one-by-one in Hex Hall, all fingers are being pointed at Sophie's roommate, Jenna, the only vampire at Hex Hall.  Knowing this isn't the case, Sophie tries to figure out what is happening.  

When a ghost in a green dress suddenly appears in Sophie's life and become corporeal, she thinks she's finally found someone that will help her rein in her powers, control them, and teach her about the magic that everyone in her family has tried so hard to suppress. 

"Hex Hall" is a fantastic young adult book packed with action, adventure, and paranormal creatures of all types.

Our protagonist, worst witch ever, Sophie, is a typical 16 year old.  Her mouth shoots off so much snark that I swear the author modeled her after me when I was 16.  Humor abounds as Sophie tries to figure out everything that's going on at Hex Hall.  She also invites trouble to her doorstep, unintentionally for the most part.  There are so many things that are revealed to her, in a lot of cases they happen to be a little to late, that it's a wonder she trusts or believes in anyone or anything ever again.  And the dishy warlock?.....wait til you read about him and who/what he really is.

Archer Cross is Hex Hall's resident warlock.  Previously betrothed to one of the previous coven members (she was killed before Sophie arrived to campus) Holly, he is now attached to current coven member Elodie.   He and Sophie end up in the cellar together for the semester as punishment for events that occur against one of the teachers.  Sophie and Archer find themselves drawn to one another but....What Sophie doesn't know about Archer could kill her.

The twists and turns woven through the pages will keep you laughing at the antics and surprised at the things revealed.  It's a nice, refreshing walk into the world of paranormal.  The characters and plot are very well developed. We get enough back story and descriptions to not be lacking nor overwhelmed with insignificant details.  The emotions conveyed by each character were believable and were written in a way that could  easily be felt by the reader.  I absolutely loved this novel!

Saph's Rating:


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Astor & Blue Guest Post and Special Announcement


Please welcome Tony Viardo, the CEO of the publisher, Astor + Blue Editions, to Sapphyria's Book Reviews today.  There is a special announcement located at the bottom of his guest post so read on.....

Digital Publishing: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?

So how many articles have we read about E-books and Digital Publishing this year? For anyone who generally follows the book world (rabid booklover, book-blogger, industry pro or casual reader), we’re literally inundated with the amazing numbers—“E-book sales up 125% (again) over the 175% they were up from last year’s 225% increase!”—and equally amazing technological announcements—“Next Fall, the new ZimWittyZoomDitty tablet not only updates your Facebook and Goodreads friends whenever you snort in disgust … it cooks dinner for you at the same time!”

This leads many to take at least casual stock of what’s going on/going to happen to the “Publishing World” as we know it.  And if your friends are like my friends (hardcore print book consumers), that stock is usually pretty morbid (sharp Greenwich Village angst not included): “Print books are doomed, so are brick-and-mortar stores.  Goodbye literary quality. Oh and some pajama-wearing techie living in a basement with a laptop is going to be the new Sulzburger; we’ll all have to bow down!”

If you (or that good friend of yours) fall into the mortified category, my take (for what it’s worth) may come as positive news:  E-books are not, and will not be, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas; in this case, the “Print World’s” bacon. Now, as the owner of a “Digital First” publishing house (Astor + Blue Editions, www.astorandblue.com) my opinions may easily be written off as self-serving and invalid.  But bear with me for a minute… these are fact-based observations and I might just make sense (Someone tell my mom and dad).

As someone who earns a living from publishing, I have to follow numbers and industry trends as closely as possible.  And while some see doom and gloom for Print, I see exciting developments for both Print and E-book formats.  What do the numbers show?  Digital book revenue is skyrocketing, print revenue is declining.  Natural conclusion?  E-books are killing print books. But not so fast.  Historically, Print revenue has always seemed to be declining (even before E-books were invented), but that doesn’t mean the book market is dying or shrinking.

We have to remember that in fact the book market is growing. Readership always grows because population always grows.  Every year, new readers enter the vast pool of the club that is “adult readership,” (despite Dancing with the Stars). And every year more readers are being born and theoretically being inspired by Ms. Crabtree’s elementary reading class.  **So why the decline?  Readership grows gradually, but the sheer number of books and book vendors grow exponentially, showing an investment loss almost every year. (Basic statistics: the widening universe makes it look like a shrinking pie when it isn’t).

So what does this mean?  If you look at the numbers (historically), revenue for print books may have declined, yes, but not more than “normal,” and not significantly more than it did when there were no E-books around. (This is arguable of course, but the long term numbers do not show a precipitous drop-off). The yearly revenue decline, if there is one, can just as easily be written off to economic conditions as to E-book competition.  Bottom line:  Any drop in print revenue that may be caused by E-books are not significantly sharp enough to declare that E-books are destroying print book sales.  (Hence no Grinch).

What may be happening, and what I believe is happening is that a whole new market for E-books is developing, while the print book market growth, like Publishing as a whole, is still growing at a historically gradual pace. (Boringly flat).  Come up with your pet anecdote here, but I believe that more new readers are entering the market (who otherwise wouldn’t have) because of E-readers; existing readers are consuming more books (both print and e-book) than they did before; and while it would seem that a certain print title is losing a sale whenever readers buy it in E-book format, this is offset, at least somewhat, by the fact that more print titles are being bought (that otherwise wouldn’t) because of the extra marketing buzz and added awareness produced by the E-book’s cyber presence.  All of it evens out in the end, and I believe, ultimately fosters growth industry-wide.

So take heart Print fans, E-books are not the dark villain you think they are.  And here, I should correct my earlier analogy—that E-books are not the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  They may actually be the Grinch…in as much as, at the end of the story, the pear-shaped green guy ended up not only giving all the presents back to the singing Who-villers, he created a flash mob and started a big party as well.

Special Announcement:


Astor +Blue Editions has put its entire first season’s list of e-book titles on a holiday promotional sale for $0.99 or $1.99. Just clink on the link to the catalog - http://astorandblue.com/catalog/
The sale will continue through January 7, 2013.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Review: "Bloodlines" (Bloodlines, Book #1) by Richelle Mead


Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires.  Alchemists protect vampire secrets--and human lives.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway.  But what unfolds is far worse.  Jill Dragonmir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragonmir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding.  To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places; a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California.  The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires.  And now she has to live with one.
The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds.  Now that they're in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.  (Synopsis Via Paperback Cover).

Book Details:

Reading level: Ages 12 and up

Paperback: 421 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (May 29, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1595144730
ISBN-13: 978-1595144737
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
Buy Link: Bloodlines

Kindle File Size: 594 KB
Print Length: 421 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (August 23, 2011)
Sold by: Penguin Publishing
ASIN: B004XFZ9CC
Buy Link: Bloodlines

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Own Bookshelf

Saph's Review:

"Bloodlines" is the highly anticipated first book in the new Bloodlines spin-off series from Richelle Mead's highly successful Vampire Academy Series.  I've read all 6 books of the Vampire Academy series, however, it was prior to the start up of my book blogs and Goodreads account.  Just know that all 6 installments are 5's in my book.  The action, adventure, and twists-and-turns keep you completely engaged.

This is also true for "Bloodlines."  Sydney is still trying to redeem herself after being accused of assisting vampires and turning her back on the Alchemists.  So when she's pulled into a meeting with her father and other members of the Alchemists, she confused to find that they want to put her back into the vampire pit; this time as a guardian for Moroi Queen Lissa Dragonmir's sister, Jill.  While Sydney's younger, inexperienced sister, Zoe, was specifically requested by the Alchemist liason in Palm Springs, Sydney ultimate got her way....even when put face-to-face with Keith; a inconvenient, hostile blast from her past, and the one who wanted Zoe and not Sydney.

After Sydney and Keith's arrival in Palm Springs, they head to the home of an older Moroi, Clarence,  to get acquainted with him, as he agreed to provide a feeder to the Moroi being sent there, and pick up Jill and her guarding, Eddie.  Surprising to Sydney, there are others in the home that she's had contact with before.  After arrangements have been made, plans discussed, and strategies laid out, Jill, Eddie, Sydney, & Keith head to the Prep school that "siblings" Jill, Eddie, and Sydney, have been enrolled in.

While this installment doesn't really deal too much with the "mortal danger" that Jill is in, the group isn't exempt from problems.  Jill, being Moroi, has dangerous issues with the sun and when Sydney contacts Keith for a note excusing Jill from being outside, he shirks his duty and refuses to help (which is the whole reason everyone in the group has been dispatched to California-the help and protect Jill).  Jill also has a human male that is interested in her, a jealous classmate causing trouble, and depression because she's lonely.  When she meets Clarence's son, Lee, Jill finally finds something to look forward to and they begin dating and hanging out together whenever they can.  There is someone murdering young women in the area, which also complicates matters.  The attacker is a vampire who finishes the killings by slicing the throat of his victims.  And someone in the area is using metallic inks to tattoo kids in the Prep School - just like the ink on Sydney's face.

This is just a sneak peak at the goings on in Palm Springs.  There are multiple story lines in "Bloodlines."  Some are obvious and others sneak up on you.  As much as I thought I would miss Rose as the lead character (she is the lead in the Vampire Academy series), I love Sydney in this new, main role.  She is fierce, if not a bit misguided by her upbringing in the world of Alchemists.  Her loyalties are tested and she's put in some highly uncomfortable situations but does well in handling them.Sydney is constantly reminded by the Alchemists that vampires and dhampirs are unnatural and unholy.  Yet, she manages to find an unlikely ally in the irresponsible, chain smoking Adrian, who actually complements her well.  He becomes her unsung hero and that alone, would keep me reading the series.  But there's just so much more to the story.  The depth and breadth of the plot keeps you hungry for more.

In order to fully understand the characters and the background history, I will strongly advise reading the 6 Vampire Academy novels prior to picking up Bloodlines.  You won't be disappointed!

Saph's Rating:


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Revew: "Foretold" (A Demon Trapper's novel, #4) by Jana Oliver

Foretold (The Demon Trappers, #4)

IT'S ALL OR NOTHING
IN THE FINAL BATTLE FOR HUMANITY
AND BECK'S HEART....

Now that Riley's managed to fend off Armaggedon, everything has changed....

Well, most things.  Lucifer's ex-right-hand man, Sartael, has proven to be more resilient then anyone thought and is about to confront the Prince of Hell once and for all, forcing Atlanta into the path of a looming storm.  Even worse, Beck is back to treating Riley like a little girl again, as if their epic kiss never happened.  While she'd love to just tell him off and move on, Riley has vowed to take care of Beck the way he's taken care of her since her father died.  When she's drafted to help him care for his dying mother in South Georgia, that vow is put to the test.  Before long, they stumble too close to a dark and murderous secret from Beck's past, the one he fears could drive her away forever.  As old enemies settle scores, Riley may be Beck's only hope for redemption...and survival. (Synopsis Courtesy of the Back Cover).

Book Details:

Reading level: Ages 12 and up

Kindle File Size: 544 KB
Print Length: 365 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 11, 2012)
Sold by: Macmillan
ASIN: B008BU71B2

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 11, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1250021847
ISBN-13: 978-1250021847
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  My Own Bookshelf

Saph's Review:

Links to Reviews for Books 1-3:





Welcome to the rollercoaster ride with Riley, Beck, and the rest of the gang as we conclude with the epic final installment of Jana Oliver's, The Demon Trappers series, "Foretold." As such, it will be difficult to review without giving much away. I will do my best to keep this spoiler-free, but be warned!

I absolutely love Riley and Beck. The many levels of their relationship just continue to intensify throughout the series. Riley and Beck are also very strong survivors. Both have lost so much, in different ways, and yet they are fiercely engaged in keeping themselves, Atlanta, and each other, in check as best they can.

Riley has definitely been put through the ringer in this series. Heaven and Hell still own her, as the marks on her hands prove. One hand bears the brand of Heaven and the other hand bears the mark of Hell. What is it going to take to keep her soul out of Hell, where it clearly doesn't belong?

Beck has been living with his past haunting him and a reporter threatening to expose it to the world. He won't confide in Riley, so as not to chase her away. Then the time comes to travel to his hometown to take care of Sadie, his dying mother, as well as face the people who know him the best....Or do they?

We spend a good deal of time in Beck's hometown but we learn a lot while we're there. We see relationships strained, tested, and destroyed. Lies and deceit are revealed and some blood is shed. And of course, the demons. Beck and Riley can't get away from them, even outside of Atlanta. Some of them aren't the spawns of Hell, either.

Back in Atlanta, things are really heating up. Sartael is about to break free of his prison, and confront Lucifer, in hopes of taking over as ruler in Hell. Will anyone be able to stop the war that is threatening to destroy everyone?

Riley continues to prove her strength, ability, and worth to the trappers of Atlanta. She's a very strong heroine in book 4 just as in the previous 3 books. Beck discovers that surviving without Riley would be impossible. The chemistry they share is phenomenal and very evident from Book 1.

As I've said before - Ms. Oliver's writing style is unique and fresh. Her ability to write with passion and such in-depth detail makes reading her tales very enjoyable. The consistency in the plot is there, the characters are well developed,.... and the storyline??? Fabulous!!! Everything came full circle and I got to read the ending I craved right from the start of the series.

The final book in the series is just as strong, if not stronger, that the previous 3. What wasn't wrapped up in "Forgiven," Book 3, was neatly wrapped with a ribbon and bow in "Foretold." I am sad that this is the end of the series, since it's so spectacular, but I wouldn't have wanted to keep dragging things out to the point that I wouldn't want to read it anymore.

Thank you Jana Oliver, for writing a series that will stay with me forever!!

Saph's Rating:


Friday, December 21, 2012

VBT: Spotlight, Excerpt, Giveaway - "A Witch's Tale" by Maralee Lowder (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)



When hard-bittern reporter Mac McCormick is sent to Port Bellmont to report on the chilling death of the popular Reverend Elkins who has been found ritually sacrificed in a field just outside the town, he encounters an enraged crowd baying for the blood of a coven of witches whom it believes responsible for the crime.


However, when Mac subsequently meets the youngest of the witches, the beautiful flame-haired Cassie Adams, he immediately starts to doubt the crowd’s interpretation of events - or has he just fallen under her cunning spell?


A Witch's Tale
by Maralee Lowder



ISBN-13: 978-1481023979
ISBN-10: 1481023977

Publisher: Taylor Street Books


Kindle Buy Link: A Witch's Tale

Chapter 1 Excerpt A Witch’s Tale

“Hey! Watch it, you moron!” Mac widened his stance, planting his feet more firmly on the pavement. This mob scene should not have come as a surprise to a reporter with Mac’s experience. Nothing like a good burning at the stake to bring out the crowds, he reflected, sizing up the gathering mob.

Jockeying for a more advantageous position, he cast a searching glance over the rapidly growing mass of humanity.

At least a couple hundred people, both reporters and locals, had converged before the front steps of the tiny courthouse.

The sidewalk had long since reached critical mass, forcing citizens and the media alike out onto the street, until it had become necessary to divert traffic around the growing crowd.

Though he’d used the term ‘witch hunt’ often enough in the past, Mac had never expected to actually witness one.

And yet, here he was, smack-dab in the middle of a scene that belonged more in the seventeenth century than the twentieth.

Unconsciously licking his lips, he thought of the story he would file, one that had drawn him to this small town on California’s north coast. It was a story which possessed all the elements of a paranormal mystery, complete with a coven of lovely young witches. Before he was through with it, every man, woman and child in the USA would be afraid to sleep at night, sure that, left unguarded, their souls would be ripped from their unsuspecting bodies by evil witches.

About the Author:

Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one. Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense. 

Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife" coming soon 

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