Katiebird reviews Shadowhunters

One of my all time favorite YA series ever is now a TV series on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). It’s called ShadowhuntersIt has vampires, warlocks, werewolves, demons, and angels; and hot guys of course!

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New Covers for SHADOW’S CLAIM and LOTHAIRE by Kresley Cole!

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Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, has been revamping the covers of the phenomenally popular Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. Here are the latest two… Continue reading

Stacking The Shelves (11/2)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I received several cool goodies while our blogiversary was happening 🙂

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Katiebird Reviews the Steam Punk Genre, Part 1

I want to share with you my love of the paranormal genre called Steam Punk. It’s been a personal favorite of mine, and I have recently read a few book series that fit into this niche.

Because I am going to review the book series instead of individual books, I decided to break this post into two parts.

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First, let’s define what I mean by “steam punk”.

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Stacking The Shelves- 7/27

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Katiebird Reviews: Aris Returns by Devin Morgan

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**I was given an ARC of this book by Net Galley to read for review. That did not influence my review in any way.**

The synopsis:

Psychologist Sarah Hagan thought she had her life under control. She pulled herself together after a painful (and unexpected) divorce. She’s currently dating a successful but neglectful attorney—a relationship that is adequate, if not totally satisfying. She has a few good friends, lives in a beautiful condo in the heart of Chicago, and loves her work as a therapist. From the outside, it looks like her life is almost perfect. it only takes one patient — a handsome younger man named Carlos who is on parole for car theft — to put her well-ordered life into a tailspin. As she regresses him with hypnotherapy, she discovers an unusual presence. Is this some elaborate alter ego that Carlos has created or is something much stranger going on? In Sarah’s attempt to help Carlos deal with his issues of anger and a troubled past, she is captivated by the persona she uncovers through hypnosis Aris. Aris reveals that he is a vampire whose story begins in the time of Alexander the Great. His retelling of his lives, involvement and apparent demise in the court of Henry VIII keep her spellbound and hungry for more. On top of grappling with a phantom vampire, Sarah begins to have the most disturbing (and sensual) dreams. They awake the emotion, passion and vulnerability that she thought she had buried for good. The dreams both terrify and excite her as she struggles to make sense out of her world turned upside down. Sarah genuinely cares about Carlos as a patient and wants to help him find his way to a better life, but he has brought chaos, confusion and danger into her neatly buttoned-up reality. And if that’s not enough to deal with, she is inexplicably drawn to Aris in a way she can’t begin to rationalize. Can Sarah possibly love this vampire ghost or will he destroy everything she treasures?

I would like to say that this book is about vampires, and it is, but that’s not what compelled me to keep reading. I love vampire stories, but they are a dime a dozen now. For me to read one and love it takes a lot. Devin Morgan does an amazing job of telling the story of Aris Returns in the most unusual way. I loved the uniqueness of the way she tells this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat reading.

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Samantha Young, The Warriors of Ankh series

Samantha Young, is one cool author.

Don’t be alarmed, but I’m going to step out of my comfort zone, and share with you some books I’ve been reading outside of Fan Fiction, if that’s OK.

 On Dublin Street

I think I can speak for some of us here at Bookish Temptations that we adore Samantha Young. Her book On Dublin Street made it on to our top ten lists for 2012. Check it out here. We read A LOT so that is definitely saying something. *cheeky smile* Her character Braden Carmichael, well he’s just… OMG Scottish hot.

Barry Sloane...Mmmm.

Barry Sloane…Mmmm. My Braden Carmichael.

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Review: The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter

 Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own-steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter-the love neither had thought possible…

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Review: The Darkest Secret by Gena Showalter

 Keeper of the demon of Secrets, Amun can manipulate the darkest thoughts of anyone nearby. But when new demons possess him, the immortal warrior must be chained and isolated to protect those he loves. Death is his only hope of release—until he meets Haidee, a fellow prisoner whose beauty and hidden vulnerability draw him into a reckless test of his loyalty…. Haidee is an infamous demon assassin, raised to despise Amun’s kind. Yet how can she hate the man whose touch sets her aflame? But to save him, she must give herself body and soul…and face the wrath of a powerful adversary sworn to destroy her.

From what we had seen of Amun in the books leading up to The Darkest Lie, I can’t say that I was overly intrigued by his character. He lurked around the edges until his trip into Hell with Aeron and William, where things got very interesting…and torturous…for dear Amun.  Thankfully, I had started the series later and didn’t have to wait to find out what happened to him in his book, The Darkest Secret.

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Review: The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter

 Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie—until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn’t remember the beautiful female, much less wedding—or bedding—her. But he wants to…almost as much as he wants her.

But Scarlet is keeper of Nightmares, too dangerous to roam free. A future with her might mean ultimate ruin. Especially as Gideon’s enemies draw closer—and the truth threatens to destroy all he’s come to love…

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