Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tour Stop and QnA : FAITH HUNTER!!!




Blurb:
Shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock is the best in the business when it comes to slaying vampires. But her latest fanged foe may be above her pay grade…

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it’s definitely personal.

Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she’ll have to put everything on the line, and hope it’s enough. Things are about to get real hard in the Big Easy.

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465962


  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


  • Publication date: 4/7/2015


  • Series: Jane Yellowrock Series, #9

  • Format: Mass Market Paperback, eBook


  • Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22584974-dark-heir

  • About Faith Hunter:
    New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes fantasy in several subgenres: the urban fantasy Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker; the post-apocalyptic Rogue Mage series and RPG, featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage; and the upcoming SoulWood trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram, a woman who can siphon off the magic of others and is drawn into solving paranormal crimes. Faith writes mystery and thrillers under the name Gwen Hunter. When she isn’t writing, Faith likes to make jewelry, run whitewater rivers (Class II and III), and RV with her hubby and their rescued dogs.
    Faith is online - 
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/234115.Faith_Hunter

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    Thanks to Faith Hunter for answering my questions!!

    1. Thinking about when you started writing the Jane Yellowrock series, was it harder to start the series or harder to finish the series?
    The series has several more books to go. But I admit that ending it is going to be hard. I have a lot of plot points in the air, juggling them. Getting them all into the proper order so I can tie them all together will be difficult. And painful. And I fear bloody… 
    2. I've always been curious about the cover model. Is she strictly a model or someone you know?
    There are two models, one on the books published by Penguin/ROC, and one on the covers I do, and who also appears at DragonCon with me. Amy CorreaBell (https://www.facebook.com/AmyCorreaBell) is the ROC model and my model choses to be Anonymous. :)
    3. You are notorious for having a diversified cast which is something I value and look for elsewhere but can't find. Did it come naturally you? It feels like it did.
    I actually planned for Jane Yellowrock to travel and solve paranormal crimes all over the South, which would have meant new and limited characters with every book. Then she met Leo and … stuff happened and Jane stayed in New Orleans. I never planned it at all. I am usually a control freak with my characters, but Jane has had a mind of her own from the get-go. And Beast? Don’t get me started. She is totally uncontrolled. A mind of her own and in charge of her own destiny. And maybe Jane’s destiny too.
    4. This isn't a question, but I just want to express gratitude. This series has been so completely amazing that I can't even begin guess how it will end or how you are setting up your new series for greatness. Thanks so much.
    Thank you for that! SoulWood is going to be a trilogy, and I love the characters and the plot and everything about it! 

    Dark Heir by Faith Hunter

    Jane Yellowrock, Book 9

    Can Faith Hunter ever do wrong? No.

    The Son of Darkness is loose and leaving bodies behind him. Not only does he injure our Jane but it has lasting effects that need to be dealt with in a multitude of ways.

    I've always felt that Jane was, more and more, turning into a girl, with each passing book. And now that Jane has Bruiser, it's evident and so freaking cute. With the Son of Darkness leaving bodies everywhere, the humans are in a uproar when a disconcerting number of humans ends up dead at the hands of what they think is just a normal vampire. When Jane views the carnage, Leo's and the priestesses requests may not be honored. She's, as usual, put between a rock and hard place and she always finds a way to get herself out of it.

    Do I ever do a traditional book review? No. Here we go.

    Molly makes a return and her return is as you may think. We don't know what's going on with her death magics when she shows up but man does she have a few 'moments' when a certain artifact is in her presence. It got the point where it made me incredibly nervous that she could jeopardize the missions with her 'needs' in regards to the artifact.

    Jane dies.

    Don't fret! Jane has died quite a lot but this ... Had me nervous. Super nervous. You will love every stinking bit of it.

    I love how Jane's mind works and how she thinks things through even though there really is no time to do so.

    The Younger brothers are .................................................. still awesome. I can't. I just can't explain the cuteness of this little family that Jane has with them. It seriously is heart warming every time I see them all together.

    Overall, this book really is action packed. As usual, there's a lot of thinking to be done. Something that happened in earlier books are a factor in this one. You must pay attention to every thing you may think is even a small detail ... Even a really important realization about Skinwalkers.

    Edmund Hartley. Oh I'm SO looking forward to more of him in the future.

    By the way ... I keep telling yall ... Do NOT sleep on Brute. DO NOT! He will save us all one day.

    Jane gets stronger, smarter, and more loving with every book. This series continues to be amazing and Faith Hunter is my goddess.'


    5 Stars
    IR Everwhere

    Sunday, March 22, 2015

    Omega by SM Reine


    War of the Alphas, Book 1

    First, let's put this out there. Our heroine is black. Light skinned, but black. This cover makes it difficult to tell what race the heroine is. I requested it on netgalley because it seemed as though she could have been at least biracial. During my reading, there was a point in the book where she referred to herself as looking like a black orphan annie during a pageant. So definitely a black chick. *fist pump*

    Now that that's out of the way ...

    Deirdre Tombs is a shifter but ... she doesn't know what kind. A huge event called Genesis took place 10 years before. Everyone died. Those who came back, came back as some kind of supernatural. Lots of different kinds of supernaturals were born and then there were the kind like Deirdre who basically can't shift ... Omega. Although, most others who can't shift, know what they are. Deirdre has no clue. On her way home one night, she runs into a moon-sick alpha werewolf who tries to compel her to kill ... Just randomly kill people. She doesn't, because she doesn't have that little switch in her brain that has to obey what an alpha says.

    That draws the attention of the alpha who runs everything, Riely Grisham (probably spelling her name wrong). Anyway, Riely needs Deirdre to infiltrate Stark's (the crazy alpha) pack of misfits. She does, with the help of a guy named Gage, who is like a son to Riely. They get hold of Stark, by way of Niamh, who is a Swanmay (swan shifter ... she also cant shift). They get inside the organization and that's where things get really interesting.

    Every second you're reading, you're on the edge of your seat. Character development is amazing however descriptions could use a lot of work. I was nearly at the end of the book before I found out that Deirdre was black. Before then, she was described as about 125 pounds and wearing her hair in a ponytail, also not too tall and not too short. Most everyone in the book was described with the same lack of care. Maybe it was a conscious decision on the part of the author so that the book wouldn't be seen as Interracial ... which it is.

    I'm thinking I want to contact the author and ask her about that.

    I think you'll fall in love with Gage the way I did and the idea of Gage and Deirdre together. Gage is a shifter that basically goes berserk. When he changes into his animal, he loses it and will just kill whoever is standing around. There comes a point where he realizes that he's so sick of it and just wants his life to end. You find yourself really hurting for him and hoping Deirdre can do something for him, that maybe she's special and has some power to calm people down. *sigh* I won't say more about that.

    Anyway, outside of that, I thought everything was well written, the action was great and everyone had distinct personalities. I loved the plotting and lack of information given because it really made you pay attention to everything. I'm SO looking forward to the rest of the series to come. I may check out SM Reine's other series' if I can find out how diverse they are.

    I will say ... There was a part in the book around 64% where Deirdre had to fight Stark. I found myself almost crying because this man, and the men watching, were taking pride in this man beating up this woman. I don't cry. I'm just not a cryer and I generally don't complain about that kind of thing but it really hurt me. I have to say I didn't like that at all. I would have been okay with her actually being able to get in some swings but this was relentless abuse to teach her a lesson. I want to give this book 5 stars, but I'm actually taking away a full star because of that scene alone. However, it's essential, I think, to Stark's character development, but I would have preferred it didn't happen to the degree it did.



    4 Stars (should be 5 but I just can't)
    IR: Deirdre (Black)

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston


    Book 1

    Shelly Laurenston has come back with a new book about her infamous Crows. Some time ago, I read a book called Hunting Season which focused on the Crows and the heroine, Denise, who was said to be somewhere along the lines of black or maybe south american. I also read wolf and cat shifting books of hers that were IR and fun reads. This one is along the same lines.

    Kera Watson is a former Marine who is said to be something like black and Filipino. With the Crows, the goddess Skuld, basically gets them at the point of death and asks them to choose between regular death or coming back more powerful than before but a Crow for Skuld. They'll still look normal, but they get something enhanced and they also get cool Crow wings.

    Anyway, the main issue that I always had with her books is that they read a little like Fan Fiction. I would know. My friend and I used to be the IR Fan Fic queens back in the day. Although our stuff was a bit more detailed, this is definitely Fan Fiction. There are so many characters introduced and not many details about them are given. Personalities are interchangeable across the board and some of the men are just plain silly. I don't know how many times I slapped my forehead when the big scary man, Vig, acted like a love sick puppy.

    Over the course of the book, Kera was coming to terms with her new life. She didn't know how to relax and had too much love for her dog. I love dogs but she, and the rest of the Crows, work my nerves about the dog. However, I will say, the dog was enhanced as well and I enjoyed it. Anyway, some magical things are being stolen and the Crows are being blamed for it. All things point to a possible Goddess being brought into the mortal world and she will be a big deal in the installments to come. Although this reads like Fan Fic, it's just so much fun. The story is light, the sex is gratuitous and I skip it, but I like the group. Something about it pulls you in if you can get past the lack of detail and character building.

    Looking forward to book 2.

    Let me also say that the cover model is FINE but not a good representation of Vig.


    3 Stars
    IR: Kera (Dark Skinned)

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs


    Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    I quietly read the entire series last year. I didn't review it. I wasn't convinced yet that Patricia Briggs could craft a heroine that I liked. I've been steady into the Mercy Thompson series but never felt like I could ride with her. She always needed to be saved. So I found that this series, Alpha and Omega, was set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series and it featured a big beautiful Native American as the hero. While the hero, Charles, always delivered, I was still left feeling as though I needed more from Anna.

    Anna's birthday is coming up and Charles has decided to buy her a horse. They're heavy into riding. They go visit a horse ranch where an 80 year old human friend of Charles' is dying from cancer. Charles being the stone faced emotional man that he is, hasn't been to see his friend since he was deemed 'old' by human standards. You know, when you're a near immortal werewolf, human years don't compute. Anyway, Joseph is the son of Hosteen, the alpha werewolf of that area.

    Coincidentally, when Anna and Charles arrive, some things happen. Kage is the son of Joseph. He's married to a woman named Chelsea, who somehow decided she wanted to kill her children that day. Thankfully, she didn't, she decided to try and kill herself instead. But Charles and Anna have to figure out what happened. That's when Leslie comes into the picture.

    This series isn't super big on diversity. Yes, we have lots of Native American characters, but anything else? Not much ... Leslie is a black FBI agent who helped them out in a previous book. She was called again to help here since she joined them on their previous super natural mission. But unfortunately, she's not very useful in this one. We also meet two CANTRIP agents, one who is half fae but knows nothing about his fae heritage.

    The thing I found most interesting was the fae power. The fae in question created dolls of children out of sticks. The stick doll would be given something of the child's, along with hair, and the fae could animate it to be the child it's taking the place of. Meanwhile, the real child is in suspended animation somewhere. Their mission is not only buy Anna a horse, but to say goodbye to Joseph, get rid of the fae that's stealing children to make dolls out of, and make sure a newly turned wolf isn't going off her rocker, ALL WHILE Anna tried to convince Charles that they should have a child.

    I'm going to give this one 3 stars because I love the creativity of Patricia Briggs in crafting the fae creatures that Charles and Anna deal with. I absolutely love that part. I even went so far, while reading this book, as to say 'oh, that's interesting,' in a non-sarcastic way. That's the number one reason why I have kept up with anything Patricia Briggs. She puts a lot more into her secondary characters, tertiary characters, and opposition, than I feel she does with her main character. Even though I know Anna and I know Mercy, I don't like them. Well ... Mercy is okay after the last book, but I still don't have this sense of affection for Anna.

    When Anna shows up, I immediately feel like she's there to talk someone out of a bad situation or show up when things get really hairy to drop the final blow that will end it all. And that's usually her getting lucky. Also ... There's a lot of horse talk. I love horses but don't know any of the terminology or anything about breeding or the breed name. I just know if it's big and pretty or not. So all the complicated horse talk went right over my head. Just a warning.


    3 Stars
    Decent Diversity

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Deadeye by William C. Dietz


    The Mutant Files, Book 1

    Deadeye takes place in the future where a biological war took place in the past and changed the face of the world. B Nosilla is an airborne pathogen that makes you sick, and if it doesn't kill you, mutates you. Detective Cassandra Lee lives in a world where Freaks are brushed aside to certain areas of the state with substandard living conditions while the Norms are living life how they want, assuming they don't contract B Nosilla. The trip is that you can be a mutant but not be a carrier of B Nosilla. Others aren't so lucky so all mutants are pushed out.

    There is an underlying story going on in Deadeye. The underlying story is that Lee is working on solving her father's murder. Her father, like Lee, was an officer, but was killed by a cop-killer called the Bonebreaker. 

     Now. Cassandra Lee is what people call Deadeye. When she shoots, she always hits her mark. In one sequence, she actually killed 9 people to try and save her partner at the time, Conti.

    Anyway, Lee is asked to find a woman named Amanda Scree (or Screed. Can't remember). She is the daughter of Bishop Scree, who runs a church of purity. As Lee is put on the job, Chief McGinty things it would be a good idea to partner her with someone from a mutant police department. Here we meet Deputy Omo.

    Ras Omo is a mutant, latin, and from The Republic of Texas. He ends up being the perfect partner for Lee when everything else fails. He's bullet proof. Not really. But it's a nice thought considering her previous partners were killed.

    Omo and Lee are sent to find Amanda Scree in Freak territory. They end up diving deep into trafficking operations of drugs and normal women.

    What did I think? I had a really hard time getting into it. I thought the world building was decent but the character development just wasn't there. In fact, I felt as though Lee and Omo's personalities were exactly the same. I felt every police chiefs personalities were exactly the same and I felt every bad guys personalities were exactly the same. I had a lot of 'head to desk' moments. The main one being when Lee and Omo had sex ............................................

    If B. Nosilla is airborne, how did they have sex with no consequences to Lee? Maybe Omo, though a mutant, isn't a carrier ...? That's the only thing I can think of. Still, the lead-in was just terrible. Their was no romance to this story at all. I'm always fine with that, but how do you go from no romance and no sexual tension to having sex in the blink of an eye. Why did this happen? This story was fine with out it, it wasn't even needed, it was just forced upon the reader. Their loving each other wasn't even believable because it felt like they were just doing something or feeling some way to pass the time.

    I thought the Bonebreaker was just horrible.

    By the way. The entire time, The narrating voice in my head sounded like an old 1950's detective movie. The book even had that feel.

    So yea the Bonebreaker was horrible. He had the opportunity to kill both Lee and Omo but decided he wasn't read yet so he'd save their asses now and kill Lee later when he felt like it.

    I can't even say that I liked the escape or the ending because so much was just blah.
    Too many POV changes.
    You can just tell this book was written by a man.
    The only likable character was killed early on.
    Too many plotholes in the main part of the book ... The mutagen pathogen,

    Now I have to figure out if I'll continue reading the series. Yes, the lead is a Black woman. Her love interest is a Latino mutant. The cast is pretty diverse. But mannnnnnnn, it feels like a pain to read because things are just so ... easy. No. Not easy ... But just not great. I think I just had too high hopes for it and was really let down.

    Keep reading or not? Ok yes, I'll keep reading, just because I want to find out if Cassandra will contract B. Nosilla or not. That's the only reason.


    2 1/2 Stars

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    A Taste for Poison by Aleksandr Voinov

    Memory of Scorpions, Book 3

    This author never ceases to amaze me. If you think shizz hit the fan in book 2 then you're in for A LOT of it in book 3. It picks up right after an assasination attempt and now the king is suspicious of everyone. "Only Death can defeat him," was said in book 2 and in book 3, we meet Death. I think you kind of figure who it will be all along. When the big reveal took place, I wasn't surprised by who it was, I was surprised that WE got to find out who it was so soon. I thought it would be an identity hidden for quite a while because you know in most books, they wait til the last few chapters to tell you about it. Not here. You have to hold on for the ride.

    Don't dispair, readers! Not long after his identity is revealed (to us), the king finds out and looses his shizz. The king ends up being so far gone that Kendras has to turn his back, choose a new side, and get out of dodge.

    Book 3 unravels the mystery of who tried to kill the thing ... And I mean fully. You think you have it, but then something else happens and then SOMETHING ELSE happens and you find out another person may have been in on it. There was just so much shizz going down in this one. So much that I didn't expect half of it.

    There is a traitor in the Scorpions and although Kendras has an idea, he's not completely sure and we won't be finding out either.

    Kendras got smart. He would always say that he isn't one for strategy, but he was using his brain big time in this one. Big props to him because I wasn't sure how much longer he could go on living the way he does without having to plan out anything.

    Allies are needed and Kendras makes one that helps his cause in a big way. After finding out some vital information about his destiny, at the end of the book, Amrash suggests that Kendras goes to Jaishan to learn about himself and his people so the Scorpions are setting sail that direction.

    I don't know how many more Voinov has in store for us but I just can't wait!

    ... Things to take note of ...
    * This is M/M as with the first two.
    * You will fall in love with Runner all over again. That Scorpion never fails.
    * The action isn't heavy in this one but the plot was a bit thicker.
    * You will be SO satisfied with absolutely everything.
    * I'm going out on a limb by saying that this over may feature Graukar. But if memory serves me correctly, Graukar is a Westlander. They come across as Irish. I think this model looks like a light skinned black man. But this is speculation and my opinion. I may ask the author later and update. (Update from the author: Westlanders are a mix of Aztec and Native American)



    5 Stars!
    GIVE ME MORE!
    IR all over the place

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    Broken Shadows by AJ Larrieu

    Shadowminds, Book 3

    Mina is ... Was ... A Shadowmind. Shadowminds are people with some kind of telepathic or telekenetic ability. Their are more types but those are the main two. Anyhow, Mina is attacked in her passed and her powers left her. Afterwards, she moved to California and that's where the story begins.

    Mina is attacked once more and it triggers a new powerful ability, to ground a shadowmind. Grounding is basically sucking the 'shadow' out of someone and into herself. It's very X-Men Rogue-ish. It leads to her not being able to touch anyone until she can learn to control it. That's where Simon comes in. Simon is her new boss and begins to help her learn how to control it and dissipate the energy. While Simon is basically helping Mina learn about her new powers, Jackson, her potential love interest, wants to keep her powers under wraps because they can prove to be pretty valuable.

    Anyway, things start going sideways when Jackson, Mina, and the crew find out that their are shadowminds taking some soft of enhancing drug that make their abilities that much stronger. And if they don't take it, they end up dead. While hot on the trail of this, Mina brings herself into the mix to help find out what's going on and to find a missing person Jackson's friend has been looking for.

    When the ish starts hitting the fan, and you find out who the culprit is, you'll simply go, 'oh okay,' because you saw it coming. Well. I'm lying. Their are so many potential bad guys in this one that you'll just say 'oh okay, it was him,' and then something else happens and you say, 'oh okay ... I got it now.'

    It took a bit for me to get into it, but once I did, I was there.

    The main issue I had with the book was the imagery. I never got a good feel of what anyone looked like. I knew exactly what the apartment looked like, the bar, the cabin, the boat, but not the people. All I knew about Mina is that she was black with short curly hair. I wasn't sure how short, I wasn't sure how black she was until we learn she's actually biracial that is a bit too dark to be considered biracial. I can't tell you what Jackson looked like other than he was hot wit ha nice body. I think an eye and hair color and tattoos were mentioned but that was it. Malik was described decently. Sebastian had a major stand-out feature so you'll kind of make it up in your head once you find that out.

    This is book one and it looks as though their are 2 more books, could be more. The covers are not as diverse as this but I'm hoping the books will be as this one was. I think I'll continue with the series. It's fresh, could use a little work, but I like it and can't wait to read books 1 and 2.



    3 1/2 Stars
    Diversity: Mina (Biracial), Malik (AA)