Katiebird Reviews The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

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The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

Both Tamie and Gel have given their praises on this amazing book this week. I just wanted to throw my hat into the ring as well…

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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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Katiebird reviews the Forever Mores series by Scarlett Dawn

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The Forever More series by Scarlett Dawn
King Hallwhere the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
 
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
 
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution. 

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The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

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King Tomb — Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

Think Harry Potter meets The Mortal Instruments, but definitely New Adult. All of the main characters are seriously cool, and become thick as thieves. Serious heartbreak and a cliffhanger at the end of the first book. Check out my original post on the first book here.

I recently read the other books in this series and absolutely loved them!! Without giving too much away, I want to share what I loved about each book.

 

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Katiebird reviews The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

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The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

“The Prince” can be read as a standalone but readers of The Gabriel Series may be curious about the connection between The Professor’s world and the dark, secret underworld of “The Prince.”

Fans of the Gabriel series will love this book for a number of reasons. It should be no surprise that everyone here at Bookish Temptations are big fans, so I was thrilled to get back to reading about one of our favorite couples…

 

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Katiebird reviews Her Favorite book series of 2014

As we get closer to the end of the year, I like to take the time to look back at all of the amazing books I’ve read, in preparation for our Best of the Year lists. We take those lists seriously here at BT, by the way. 🙂

Three of my favorite book series came to an end this year, and I don’t want to miss out on sharing my thoughts on the final books and the series themselves. If you’ve read my profile at the bottom of my posts, you probably noticed that I am the resident paranormal romance girl here, both YA and New Adult. This is definitely my favorite genre, so it should come as no surprise that I love these books!

 

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Katiebird Reviews: The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Steam Punk is a paranormal genre that I’ve enjoyed reading for a long time. This is the second part to a post I started last week.

You can check out my first post here, where I reviewed the two series, The Chronicles of Light and Shadow by Liesel Schwarz and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

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In this post I want to talk about the amazing and hilarious book series The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger.

“I suspect that might be the difference between a drinker and alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.” Gail Carriger

Well, bottom’s up then! One should never “drink” alone, right?

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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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Book Boyfriend I’d Most Like To…(the paranormal guys)

Normally on Sunday mornings I post a topic from 18 and Over, but sadly the host has decided to put that feature on hiatus for a while.

So for now on Sunday’s I’ll share some of my favorite book boyfriends in a different way…this week…the paranormals…

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Susi Reviews: How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn

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Summary

Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever–she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.

But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become domme to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and earn to be vulnerable.

My Review

I would like to start by stating that I usually do not read paranormal books. However, during my very short summer break, I decided it was time to read other genres. Lucky for me, I received a copy of Mina Vaughn’s début novel, How to Discipline Your Vampire. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the title. Was it going to be funny or strictly paranormal erotica? I decided to read it right away. Well, I read it, enjoyed it, recommend it, and here is my review.

This is the story of a substitute teacher named Cerise who enjoys the BDSM lifestyle. You would think she is the “sub” right? Well, she is the domme in this story. In fact, she is a very strict domme. She has quite a personality too. Her strict nature, lack of patience and exceptionally high standards in her choice of men make her a difficult woman to please. I can’t say I liked Cerise from the start but, as I read more and more of the book, I learned to enjoy her humor and sarcasm. I also began to understand her complex personality and her demanding needs.

Cerise meets William. I really loved William from the very start. William is definitely different from the other men she has been with. William is well, totally swoon-worthy. Not only is he handsome, he is imaginative, plans extraordinary role play scenes, cooks, composes music, is artistic, kind, and loving. He sounds too good to be true right? You will have to read the book to see what I mean. Together their sexual chemistry is explosive. They are two characters well designed for each other.

Their role play scenes are steamy yet not over the top. I especially love how William pays attention to all of the details that make Cerise’s fantasies a reality. As the two enjoy their steamy and sexy encounters, William and Cerise deal with their past in their own ways. The glimpse into their past helps to clarify their present dilemmas.

Be prepared to laugh. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this story. The humor paired with the right amount of kink makes for an entertaining and well written story.

Keep in mind, William and Cerise may be different but they develop a relationship and feelings for each other. William gives Cerise everything she needs. Well…. almost. Cerise gives William the companionship he desires. Feelings lead to love. And…… well, I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Go buy the book.

I am glad I took a chance on other genres. I recommend this book, It is an entertaining story which I know you will love just as much as I did.

I am looking forward to reading more of Mina Vaughn’s writing in the future.

I gave this book 4 stars!

Here is an excerpt!  Enjoy!

Then, I saw him.

An absolutely beautiful specimen was making his way towards my little table.

I sipped the soda again, careful to not smudge my lipstick.  Typically, Dommes were easy to find at mixers—the redder the lipstick, the stricter the rules.  Mine was crimson on the border of downright arterial.  I had hoped that my selection would weed out the weaklings in the pack.  I touched it up just in case it had faded and bent down to put the compact back into my bag.  By the time I leaned back up, he was in front of me.

“Hello,” he said sheepishly, eyes downcast.

This was a good sign. Subs ought to act their place at events like this—unlike that last jackass.  Please, please be up to my challenge.

“Sit,” I said to him, gesturing. His posture was erect, but guarded. This man was very stylish—a corduroy blazer over a graphic tee, paired with perfectly fitted dark jeans. Urban, hip. Thank God no leather—I didn’t care how long I’d been involved in this sort of thing, I would never get into leather.  Unless it was required for a scene…then it would be acceptable.  He folded his hands neatly in his lap, and began the conversation in a surprisingly self-deprecating manner.

“I have something,” he said, eyes still downcast, “I should tell you before we begin.”

I leaned forward, ready to berate him for speaking out of turn, and not letting me begin our conversation. The nerve of these guys.

Then again, this was speed dating and I didn’t want to waste time with a lecture, so I allowed him to begin.

“I’ve never been kept by a Domme. I have been advised to tell you in advance a few of my qualities that have been turn-offs. Firstly, I can tolerate any kind of pain.”

Odd, but not a deal-breaker. I did the “go on” gesture, rolling my pointer finger.

“I flinch at nothing, nor do I bruise or redden. Many women have found this off-putting, if you like that sort of thing.”

“Um, I’m a substitute teacher. I dish out pain all day. I’m not that kind of Domme,” I explained to him, trying to put him somewhat at ease. His posture relaxed somewhat.

I probably shouldn’t have disclosed my occupation to this guy, but what was he going to do?  Show up at every secondary school in the Seacoast region wearing assless chaps?

“I also have very cold hands,” he said, trying to hold back his smirk. “It’s been problematic in nearly every encounter I have had. Here, feel.” I reached out my hands and touched his.

Freezer burn.

I recoiled slightly, but caught myself and steadied my hand.  I said nothing. His eyes remained downcast.

He was stunningly handsome, I appraised, examining his face. Strong jaw, straight nose, blue-black tousled hair, and lips full enough to almost be considered feminine.

Almost.

“I don’t mind cold hands. I’m from Nevada– I love to feel the cold compared to the heat I grew up in. It’s refreshing,” I said. Oh boy, here comes the hurt, I told myself as I handed him my list of needs and wants. “I do, however, have a very long list of requirements, and I’m afraid I’ve scared everyone off, too. I’m just as used to rejection as you seem to be,” I laughed. Half the local community thought it was great that I was a strong woman who won’t settle for anything less than what I want, and the other half thought I was an insane bitch. “In fact, they call me the deal breaker.” He smirked again, a small dimple forming in his chin.

He was wickedly handsome.  If the room was less well-lit, I’d be tonguing his earlobe right now.

“Alright,” he said, glancing at the dossier. “Hit me.” He laughed at his choice of words for the situation. I did, too.

I shifted into uber-Domme mode and breathed in deep, ready for my long-winded explanation.

Last chance, Cerise.

“The requests I make of my subs are simple. Show up at my house Monday through Thursday at 2:00 pm sharp. On Monday through Wednesday, I will give you role play prompts.  You must come up with the details, props, and costumes. You will email me details about the scenarios while I’m on my lunch break so I can arrive home in character. When I get home at three, you will be in costume and in character. Whatever outfit you may have for me will be hanging in my bathroom. We will perform the scene from three o’ clock until whenever I feel it’s over. You will then eat dinner with me and return home. On Thursdays, you will create an original scenario.  You have free reign on those days, but please be creative. I may not be a Dominatrix in the traditional whips and chains sense, but I want your full subservience when you are with me. You will have three-day weekends to yourself.” My voice was strict like a smack on the wrist with a wooden ruler. I hoped he understood that just because he was creating one scene per week, he was not in charge of where it went. I knew my methods were unconventional, but hey, whatever gets you off, right?

He listened intently, head cocked to the side, eyes still not leaving the table.

“Is that all?” he asked.

I gasped to myself. A taker? Usually guys weren’t down with the hours AND the financial demands of coming up with new costumes and props four days a week. Then again, judging by this guy’s clothes, he could afford it. Don’t think I didn’t notice the curvy R’s on his Rock and Republic jeans. That cut retailed at $259 at Nordstrom.

And yes, in addition to being a Domme, I was a serious denim whore.

“No, that’s not all,” I said, worried that this will be the deal breaker. “You must come up with our first scenario right now. Don’t let me down.” I expected him to either tell me to fuck off, or to walk away in a daze after spending several minutes blathering his way through a half-assed attempt to come up with something that may excite me.

Of course, when hearing I was a teacher, nearly every potential sub told me the scenario where he was failing my class and wanted extra credit.

And would do “aaaanything” for it.

So, the men who usually made it to this round never made it out. Unoriginal pricks.

“I think I have one you’ll like, if I may,” he said politely.

I must be dreaming. “Proceed,” I said, both anticipating and dreading what was going to come out of his lips next. Please don’t be a student scene…

“I’m a vampire who has endured decades of loneliness. All I want is a woman who I can worship—who will look past all my flaws. I need a fearless Dominatrix who will punish me for all my past misdeeds.”

This guy was either insane, or a fucking genius.

And to be perfectly honest, I didn’t care.

About the Author

Kink with a wink! Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of silly smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin up girl makeup she can find. Mina’s debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled How to Discipline Your Vampire is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, coming out August 19, 2013 from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star.

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Katiebird reviews: The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

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The Immortal Rules (Book #1)

Book summary:

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying foragain.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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