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Night Owls (Night Owls Novel) by Lauren M Roy
Night Owls (Night Owls Novel)

Michelle Olson, March 3, 2014

Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle
*eARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

--Actual rating 3.5 Skulls

Night Owls takes place in a semi-closed society. Our heroine, Val, a bookstore owner who used to be a Hunter (and is a vampire), tries to exist quietly with her Renfield Chaz and a group of unlikely allies, a couple of succubi, 2 ex Brotherhood members, and a human until a group of vicious, bloodthirsty Jackals come to town and the entire gang must go on the offensive.

The book was well written, it had delightful characters, interesting world building, fun dialogue, and some cool twists. Did I love it? No. Was it worth the read. Certainly.

Miss Roy deserves kudos for coming into a genre so steeped in material that it is hard to find something unique with exactly that, some new material. She also takes us back to the old days of Urban Fantasy where there really was no romance. It was all about the world, the characters and the story arc.

Even though I personally didn't love it, it was very enjoyable and looks to be an exciting start to a great new urban fantasy series. I'll definitely tune in for book #2.
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Wakeworld (Book of the Between) by Kerry Schafer

Michelle Olson, February 25, 2014

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

I said in my review of Between, book #1 of the series, that this was an Urban Fantasy unlike anything I had experienced before, and one that I wanted to get lost in again. When I got word that Wakeworld was available, I was excited to dive in.

Wakeworld picks up right where Between left off, but I think if you were coming into this book as a first time reader you could catch on easily enough...

Kerry broadened the scope of The Between series by introducing yet another dimension, some supe groups we hadn't encountered yet, and a really nasty new antagonist. She also brought in another hero, and his story allowed Vivian's story to evolve some more as well.

Between felt very much like your favorite childhood fairytales turned on their head. Wakeworld felt less like that, but did stick to embracing the higher fantasy elements that I loved from book #1, and even took those to another level with the introduction of the new creatures, the continuing evolution of Vivian's dragon side, and more.

Like the first of the series, the book doesn't start out like a bullet, it ramps up nicely and once it hits the plateau, all bets are off and it's an edge of your seat thrill ride until the end, whereupon you'll be wishing for the next immediately.

The characters and world building of THE BETWEEN are fabulous, and the second book of the series made each stronger. Readers that enjoy their Urban Fantasy with some dragons and high fantasy elements, as well as a slightly ethereal edge will likely find Between and Wakewold enjoyable, especially if you're not looking for instant HEA's for your protagonists. :)
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The Spider (Elemental Assassin Books) by Jennifer Estep
The Spider (Elemental Assassin Books)

Michelle Olson, January 11, 2014

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

This series is Urban Fantastic at it's very best! A world not unlike our own is explored, but the addition of magic and supernatural creatures adds to the fun. This is a series well worth reading from the beginning, but this - the 10th book - is a prequel of sorts, so in many ways, a good place for new readers to start.

Although the story begins in the present, the author has cleverly allowed the lead character Gin to take a trip down memory lane and what an intriguing journey it is. Gin is an assassin who is known as The Spider. She is very unusual, as she can control not one element, but two - Stone and Ice. Trained by the notorious Tin Man, she has learned to be careful about the hits that she takes on, but she wasn't always as honed in her abilities and in this book we get to peek at her past exploits and realize just how far Gin's journey has taken her.

The Tin Man had given Gin an assignment, but something just didn't quite make sense. If the information they'd been given was correct, why did it seem as if something or someone was off? The younger Gin is more trusting and possibly a lot more naive, but her deadly skills are never in doubt. Gin's target seems to be a straight forard one, but she makes a costly mistake, and it's one that she could live to regret. Heartbreak and death can sometimes be linked!

Love this tough heroine that Ms. Estep writes about, but in this book we get to see a different side of her, which just opened her up even more.

Loving that some of the regular characters in the series popped up as it added to the fun, and it's really nice to get inside Gin's head and see through her complicated layers.

The ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series is never afraid to tackle revenge, and Gin never shies away from it either.
If you are looking for a heroine whom is never afraid to be brutal, then you will lap up these books! A world of magic that is seldom black or white, and full of action and danger. There's humor in these books as well, but most of all, the author always gives her readers a fabulous story. Go get yours!!
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Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
Wild Justice

Michelle Olson, December 31, 2013

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:

Wild Justice was an incredible conclusion to a wonderful crime drama series, and worth the wait (even though it sucked to have to...). :)

Our heroine, Nadia Stafford, is a former police officer turned assassin. She also owns and runs a wilderness lodge in Canada. She is independent, tough as nails, and a little quirky. Her moral code is a little different than most assassins, wherein... she has one. She generally only takes jobs that border on vigilantism, righting a wrong where justice wasn't served as it should have been. Her past built her that way, and instead of turning inward, she uses her dark sides to 'help others, while using her double life to live the way she's always wanted.

Wild Justice starts out with a bang. There is a job that goes awry, and it messes with Nadia's head a bit. After this, Kelley fully immerses us in a whirlwind of revelation, mystery, character growth, action, drama, emotion and heat. We learn that things we suspected in previous books about Nadia's past are correct (and even worse than we had imagined), we learn more about the mysterious Jack, the clandestine society that has been courting Nadia is revealed and its true colors are shown, the persons responsible for Nadia's tragic past are heavily involved in the storyline and make for some gripping page time, Jack and Nadia finally stop dancing around the inevitable, and it's all tied up nicely with a bunch of action, drama, and intrigue.

I was very pleased with the conclusion of the series. It felt 'real' to me, and was true to the characters - nothing seemed forced or hurried. Kudos to Kelley for giving us NADIA STAFFORD fans what we had been waiting and hoping for. Still (and probably forever) a Kelley Armstrong fangirl!
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Born in Blood (Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy
Born in Blood (Sentinels)

Michelle Olson, December 21, 2013

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

--Actual rating 4 1/2 Skulls

Born in Blood was an awesome start to what is looking to be an amazing new series by the ever talented Alexandra Ivy!

This first installment delivers some fabulous characters, an interesting new world, danger, action, intrigue, and just enough romance to keep you flipping pages with rapt interest.

Premise: High-bloods, those with preternatural abilities, are known about, but not overtly accepted. In order to minimize the hostility from the norms, the gifted generally hang out in Valhalla (a parallel dimension). There are times, however, when the 2 worlds must collide, as is the case when our hero Duncan and heroine Callie come together to investigate a string of murders with seemingly supernatural causes.

Born in Blood was dark yet witty, mysterious yet solidly built.. basically the perfect balance between urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

I've been an Alexandra Ivy fangirl for QUITE awhile, and am absolutely loving this peek into the new corner of her imagination. I can't wait for more!
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