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 Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

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In her award-winning novel, Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller.

Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to ‘slam a ride’ through the minds of others.

But he uses his gift only reluctantly ― until he is contacted by an ex-lover who begs him to find her step-son, last seen months earlier in the company of two sisters.

And so Gabriel visits Monk House, a place where time seems to stand still, and where the rooms are dominated by the coded symbol of a cross and circle.

As winter closes in, Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful and mysterious Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he knows that one of them is a killer.

If you are looking for something different to read for Halloween, I would totally recommend this book. It was so refreshing to read a story told from a guy’s point of view. This is NOT horror by any means, but it is creepy and dark.

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Katiebird Reviews: Spellbound by Sylvia Day with a Giveaway

It’s not a secret that Bookish Temptations loves Sylvia Day, so when I was given the opportunity to read her paranormal book Spellbound, I was thrilled and jumped at the chance to be a part of the Book blog tour.
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Spellbound by Sylvia Day Blog Tour 2/3-2/16 
Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day comes a story of the ultimate seduction. . . .

Max Westin. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. He was a primitive creature. Just like her.

He held her hand a little too long, his gaze, under thick lashes, clearly stating his intention to have her. To tame her. . . .

“Victoria.”

Her name, just one word, but spoken with such possession she could almost feel the collar around her neck.

“It’s in your nature,” he murmured. “The desire to be taken.”

In this game of cat and mouse, everything is an illusion, but the passion is as real as it gets. . . .

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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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Katiebird Reviews: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss cover 

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants–what she must do–is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her–and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right. 

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought–even if it means breaking her heart all over again

Lately I have been very lucky with my recent reads in the paranormal genre. It’s my favorite, but that doesn’t mean that some books don’t fall short sometimes. The cover of this book and the premise got my attention. I am sure someone I trust recommended it to me, but it’s been on my reading list for so long, I don’t remember. Thank you who ever you are…

It was such an interesting and unique story that I read it very quickly, and it surprised me. I hope that others out there will take a chance on it, and enjoy it as much as I did.

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Katiebird reviews: Wicked Sense (The Singularity series, #1) by Fabio Bueno

Wicked Sense (The Singularity Series, #1) by Fabio Bueno

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Book Synopsis:

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.

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18 and Over Book Blogger Follow: Witches, Ghosts, and Goblins…O my

18 and Over Book Blogger Follow

It’s almost time for Halloween, so today’s question should be no surprise…

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Review: The Last Keeper by Michelle Birbeck

Fifteen hundred years ago, Serenity Cardea took the life of the only vampire she ever regretted killing—Henry, her sister’s husband. With her sister brutally murdered, Serenity had little choice but to grant Henry the only request he had: death. Centuries later, Serenity is no closer to discovering who betrayed them or instigated the massacre of her brothers and sisters.

The vampires want dominance—over their food, the other races . . . the world. To get it, they’ve systematically hunted down and slaughtered the only ones standing in their way. The Keepers.

As a Keeper, Serenity is tasked with protecting the delicate balance between the creatures of the world: Vampire, Witch, Were, and Human. Her kind exists to ensure that no single race sways the balance, dooming the world to destruction.

They’re on the brink of extinction, with no sign of return. Now only two remain, and Serenity’s last brother is facing death, leaving her standing alone against a never-ending tide of vampires, all wanting one thing: power.

Then she meets Ray Synclair, a history professor in training with a passion for centuries past, and the harsh reality of her limited time comes crashing down on her. He is her weakness. His mortality is the countdown on Serenity’s life, and with each passing second, it comes closer to the end, for both of them.

She must uncover the secrets of her people’s past and find out who betrayed them—and who is still doing so—before it’s too late.

Serenity’s days are numbered, and Ray will be drawn into a world of myth and legend, where just being alive is enough to get him hunted down.

Because the only way to kill a Keeper is to kill their partner . . .

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Happy Halloween from Bookish Temptations

In case you’re one of those people (like me) who are staying home tonight and you need a good read here are some of my favorite adult fantasy/paranormal books.

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deb Harkness

2. Faefever (The Fever series) by Karen Marie Moning

3. A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry series) by Laurell K. Hamilton

4. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J.R. Ward

5. Pleasure Unbound (Demonica series) by Larissa Ione

Happy Halloween and happy reading.

Tamie Xo

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

From the Publisher-

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

 

Here’s what I think…

Let me start by telling you straight up that I loved this book from beginning to end. Loved it. I can’t  wait for the sequel. 2012 can’t get here fast enuff for me. This is a love, adventure, history and more story with vampires, witches and daemons in today’s world.  The very 1st thing I want to applaud is the dust cover because for me it’s important. It’s what draws my attention to a book when I’m scoping out new reads in a bookstore, online, or in a library, and to be honest sometimes I think publishers don’t pay enuff attention to it. I like this one. A lot. I like the colors and the symbols, and the text they used. This cover made me interested in what was inside. There’s even a picture on the spine.  So kudo’s to the designer TAL GORETSKY  for this one.

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