Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Liesmith by Alis Franklin

Book 1 of the Wyrd

Sigmund Sussman is a human lie detector who works in IT at a major company in Australia. His father also works for that company but a bit higher up. Anyway, he ends up meeting a new guy named Lain who he strikes up an unlikely friendship with. I say 'unlikely' because it seemed as though Sigmund had no intention of even looking in the guys direction to even speak to him.

This is where it takes a bit of a turn. Sigmund is overweight, has acne, wears glasses, the whole nine yards. He's not an attractive guy. Because of his looks and his nerdiness, he never even thought the opposite sex would pay attention to him, let alone the same sex. So when it came to his attention that Lain might like him, his mind was blown. This is something that I hope people don't overlook. When I got this book from netgalley, I noticed it said it was a Gay/Lesbian Sci Fi Fantasy. I honestly don't feel like Sigmund and Lain being gay had anything to do with the book other than the obvious, that they're two guys.

Anyway, this book is full of Norse Mythology. Loki, Sigyn and many others are mentioned that I never even heard of. My knowledge of Norse is limited to Loki, and that's only very minute surface details. Prepare yourself for a lot of words you won't recognize and a lot of story telling. This isn't a bad thing. It was just new for me and took me a while to get used to.

The book has a slow burn to the action but once you're hit with it, the entire scope changes. It goes from a light cheeky romance between a guy who never considered himself gay, and a guy who sees more than he's letting on in the other guy, to this whole new world that changes in an instant to a place called Hel. The battles end up being very big battles and thank goodness this doesn't end on a Cliffhanger. I'm wondering what the author has in store for the future because I'm definitely interested. Major world events have been a bit twisted to fit the setting for the book but it's easy to dive into.

++ A quick note to say that this was an ARC and there were a lot of things I didn't mention in regards to formatting since it probably wasn't meticulously gone through yet.



3 1/2 Stars
Sigmund (Black Latino), Wayne (Black Female)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Promise I'm Still Alive

I'm alive. I have a ton of books I need to review, plus I need to post a review for the latest Jane Yellowrock, finish the second Sanctum book, and finish a really cool book I found out netgalley. As soon as my school work load slows down (and I finish reading Jane Yellowrock for the 2nd time), I shall return.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock


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The Girl (The Sanctum Trilogy, Book I)
Madhuri Blaylock

ISBN: 9780991203406
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 408
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: November 2013

Plot Summary:

The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.



All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

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THE REVIEW

First off, this is YA, which isn't my forte but this one is an exception. I actually liked it.

Wyatt and Ryker are Class A Warriors for The Sanctum, a group devoted to basically killing anything Magical. The boys, I like to think, are more like twins than best friends. They can basically finish each others sentences and predict what the other will do before they do it. Their aren't many bromances, on page, that work. This one works. It's the ONLY bromance I've read that I felt was genuine, well thought out, and believable. Honestly, the bromance alone would have kept my nose in this book.

Anywho, Wyatt and Ryker need to find a Magical. A hybrid. A girl who is basically pretty bad ass and will bring about a huge change in The Sanctum.

Dev is the hybrid. She's a tall, uber beautiful, dark skinned killing machine. Half angel and half demon hybrid and the Sanctum leader, Breslin, wants her dead. Our boys, Wyatt and Ryker, find her in a glamoured quadrant and Wyatt becomes stuck. He can't carry out orders to kill her. Instead, he finds a way to watch over her while deciphering his own feelings. Luckily, he isn't he only one stuck. Dev is struck by him as well. They both fall in love at first sight. Over the course of this novel, we meet Jools, who is Wyatt's sister and Ryker's soon-to-be significant other. That's another relationship I can't wait to dig into. Darby presents herself early. A southern belle vampire who loves Wyatt and Ryker. Later, we find out just how deep the love runs when Ryker nearly has a breakdown over her. That scene was positively captivating. Bravo Blaylock. That scene is probably my number one favorite.

I won't give anything else away in regards to the plot so I'll just go in with my feelings on everything.


  • The writing was great. Everyone and everything was perfectly described without going overboard. I hate spending pages and pages on one room of a house when they're only walking through it.
  • I felt some things were repeated so much that I got sick of hearing about it. Everyone kept bringing up how hot Dev was, that was number 1. Number 2 was probably that Dev was a killing machine. Number 3 was continuing to remind us that Wyatt and Ryker are Class A Warriors for The Sanctum. Those 3 things, you WILL keep reading as if I'd forgotten who these people were.
  • The bromance was beautiful. Ryker and Wyatt have a friendship like no other I've read ... Ever.
  • Around the time Dev came in the picture, and Wyatt started realizing he was unable to be without her, I really started to dislike him. He had a one track mind after then. He let Dev talk to his mom like she was shit. His mother allowed it. But when Ryker said one wrong thing she didnt like, she decided to chastise him. I rolled my eyes so hard and said "really, ma? You too?"
  • With all the emphasis placed on how great a fighter Dev was, I didn't see it. She was built up to be the worst thing on the planet but still took too many punches in my opinion.
  • I wish their would have been more action. The end was great. It was grand but could have been even more grand. It was kind of a fight in a nutshell. 2nd favorite scene occurred when Wyatt whistled and Ryker took off. Those two just make my heart flutter.
  • The relationship that Ryker and Jools has is genuine. I love it. They're actually kind of cute together and Ryker knows how to handle her attitude and all her annoyances. 
  • For the next book, I'm hoping for more from the vampires. They were brought in late in the game but didn't really contribute much.
  • I won't talk about Wyatt's stupidity at the end. He got what he needed. Lol.
  • Overall, by about the halfway mark, I was hooked. I'm fully ready to get into book 2. It took me a bit to get into, but once I was there, I was invested in everyone, even if I hated them. That is a very good thing.


3 1/2 Stars
IR Everywhere
Ryker (Black) Wyatt (White) Dev (Black) Jools (White) Darby (White)
If I were casting this ... Ryker = Shemar Moore (but darker), Wyatt = Chris Evans, Dev = Chantelle ANTM 21,  Jools = Elisha Cuthbert, Darby = Hayden Panettiere

Friday, August 8, 2014

Destiny's Gate - Giveaway


It's that time again.

Any YA fans out there? Looking for something multicultural that features a Scottish heroine and First Nations (Native American) BFF?

Enter to win book 2 of the Paige Maddison YA series, Destiny's Gate!

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In Destiny’s Gate, (FriesenPress, September 5, 2014, Paperback $USD17.99, Kindle $2.99) the second book in the Paige Maddison young adult series, teen Paige Maddison awakens to realize she’s just had her first premonition. An overwhelming sense of dread fills her senses and she realizes that the summer’s “fun” is about to begin. Soon another premonition follows. Then she hears a woman’s voice faintly speaking, warning her that she is in danger. Paige now knows she’s in trouble but she doesn’t know why. Worse yet, Paige doesn’t know what to do in the face of the impending danger.

But she has one thing going for her. Paige learns that she is a sensitive or intuitive: She belongs to a unique group of people who have a special gift that enables them to understand and communicate with the supernatural world. It is a perception, an intuition, of that world and often times spirits from the Other Side offer pertinent warning or advice to help them along their best path in life.


Yet Paige wonders if she is the target of something in the supernatural world that intends her harm and whether the spirits from the Other Side will come to defend her when she really needs them most.


Her friend Peggy confirms Paige’s worst fears. “Paige,” she says, “you are in grave danger. There is something walking the grounds of the O’Brien Estate that is looking for you.”


As Paige confronts these troubling thoughts, she meets Allan Brewer. Handsome and gentlemanly and sporting a strange tattoo, Allan is a mystery to Paige. Is he a good man or does he belong to the forces of darkness? An ally or a foe?


Paige comes of age as she learns that bad things can happen to anyone, anywhere. We all have the ability to fight against evil and triumph over it. It comes from the pureness of hearts and genuine love for others. When you put the well–being of a friend or family member before your own, that is the purest form of love and self-sacrifice: Unconditional love.


But will that understanding be enough to save Paige from the evil that lurks around her? What must Paige do to meet the challenge from the dark side? And will she prevail?


Cheryl Kaye Tardif, International Bestselling Author says: Destiny’s Gate is beautifully written, inspiring and moving. A truly unique ghostly suspense for teens. Destiny's Gate promises to be more suspenseful and scarier than Wake Me Up Inside, the first offering in the Y/A series.


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Don't fret thinking only one or two winners will be chosen. The authors, Lee Bice-Matheson and J.R. Matheson, are giving away 2 paperbacks AND 5 ebooks! Bring your friends over and have them enter. You can't afford to let this opportunity slip past you!

BEFORE YOU ENTER!!
Click the book cover and check out the blurb.

Entry Form:
1. Who is Paige Maddison shaken from the haunting of?
2. Where does Paige Maddison live?
3. Your name and email address:

Deadline: Friday August 22, 2014 5pm

That's it! Copy and answer these 3 questions into your reply down below and you're entered! Good luck!

Also, if you want to try for a chance to win book 1 ... http://leebicematheson.ca/?p=2033

More info about the authors and contact info after the cut.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Paranormal Action Without Sex?

After I ranted I decided to hit up twitter and ask those authors that I just die for. I started with the two most obvious, Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock) and CE Murphy (Negotiator and Walker Papers). I wanted to know how they continue to make it without adding sex seeing as how so many are starting from that point. I think CE Murphy had the most interesting answer out of the two, but let's start with Faith.


Jane FINALLY gets lucky? OMG! This is crazy. If you've been following this series like I have, you know that this never happens so I welcome this with open arms. Not to mention ... I really don't think it will make me cringe. I also doubt it will be detailed. *fist pump*


Joanne isn't the sort to share intimate details. Is that the secret? Sure, we want to think about the character only when we read a book but someone wrote those words. Are these authors really just writing it because they want it there or is it absolutely necessary to character development? It's a whole nother way to look at it that I never thought about it before. Interesting.

I think there's only one other author that I haven't asked but I'll be getting to that and following up on that later.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Indie Recon Live!

First, let me say THANK YOU to those that made the Jen Greyson Alterations giveaway so awesome. It was the best giveaway turnout I've had at UPBookBlog. I'm also super grateful that the giveaway was for an author and series that I really believe in and love.

But now ... Indie Recon Live has both books in the Alterations series up for multiple nominations. Give Jen a huge nod and go over there and vote! You can vote every single day. I plan to. Will you?

Most Breathtaking Kiss
Mmm... You know the one, that first one between Evy and Constantine!
http://indiereconlive.com/contests/483-2/breathtaking-kiss


Best First Line:
Lightning Rider
Shadow Boxer
http://indiereconlive.com/contests/483-2/best-first-line


Best NA Author:
Yours truly :)
http://indiereconlive.com/?contestants=lightning-rider


Best NA Book:
Lightning Rider
Shadow Boxer
http://indiereconlive.com/contests/483-2/best-na-book-2014


Best Book Boyfriend:
Constantine from Lightning Rider and Shadow Boxer
http://indiereconlive.com/contests/483-2/best-book-boyfriend


Best Kickbutt Main Character:
(duh!) Evy from Lightning Rider and Shadow Boxer
http://indiereconlive.com/contests/483-2/best-kickbutt-main-character


Round one voting ends 8/15 and then round 2 will begin. Vote folks!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Discouraging Words

I'm starting to feel completely discouraged.

It seems as though interracial or african american paranormal works don't survive unless theirs a certain amount of sex in the book.

Sex sells. We all know that.

I just want to know ... Why are there no more Jane Yellowrocks or Joanne Walkers or Mercy Thompsons? How are the authors of these amazing series' making it without sex? And why is it that everyone else seems to be ditching an actual story in order to throw a couple of sex scenes in it OR write a story around how they want the relationship to work? What is happening? My frustration is through the roof.

And it's so prevalent, in my opinion, in interracial paranormals. Go through amazon.com and just look at the titles. Some of them are so discouraging to me. Then look at the reviews and they're even more discouraging. As soon as I see a review with HOT or STEAMY in the subject line, I know what's going on here.

I'm so freaking frustrated right now.

I might as well start reading YA.

But I hate YA.

I have no desire to read about high school kids with high school problems.

I keep getting suggestions for Christian novels.

I love me some Jesus but I want to read about vampires ripping necks out instead.

I seriously don't know what to do. I only have 2 authors left that I can really hang on.

And don't get me wrong. I'm not against sex. I'm just against it being the selling point of the book I'm interested in. If it's a selling point, I'm out. I'm tired of buying books and skipping a third of it just so I don't have to read about how big his cock is or how wet her pussy is. I'm sick of it.

So right now I have nothing to read.

All these books on my Kindle and I have nothing to read.

I have my own book ideas that I want to start on but I'm 100% certain it won't sell because their won't be any sex scenes in it or the romance is minimal. Even more discouraging.

Someone said if you haven't yet found the book you want to read, write it. But if I write it, who else is going to read it with me? No one.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Shaman Rises by CE Murphy

Walker Papers, Book 9, Final

I found it interesting that at the end of it all ... After everything she'd gone through ... At the very end, she took it back to the basics and became just a Shaman. At the end of the series the shaman rose.

I bled through this entire series over the course of maybe two weeks.

I need to point out that the lead, Joanne is 6 feet tall, 165lbs, and has short spiky black hair. Don't let that cover fool you.

I'd been suggested this series a million times.

I didn't really pay attention to it because I thought Joanne Walker was too plain. Finally, at last, I realized there was a Jane Yellowrock / Joanne Walker crossover so I decided to give this a try.

I don't even really know how to begin other than by saying that I'm completely worn. Have you ever fully immersed yourself in something so much that you fake yourself into feeling as tired as they are, sad, happy and everything in between? Shaman Rises is the final book in the Walker Papers series and it is the best written, ended, and wrapped series I've read. I was about to say since the Vampire Huntress series but no ... That didn't wrap up nicely. It led to another series that the late great LA Banks didn't have the chance to finish.

I'm not about to give you spoilers or a real summary. I will just say that I hadn't read a series, until this one, where I felt like the heroine was really tested. It's not my favorite series. It's too wordy for my A.D.D. But at the same time, I haven't read a series that literally picked me up and tossed me into the leads body. That's what this felt like to me. I'd become so emotionally invested in this person that when I was reading I felt I was living her life. Joanne's life. I felt EVERYTHING. I experienced EVERYTHING.

Basically ... Joanne had a Shamanic awakening many years later than when she was supposed to have it. Over the course of the series, and roughly 16 months book time, she came into full shamanic AND mage powers. These were things she was supposed to be learning from birth, but because of that thing called life, her training was derailed. By the time we get to the last of the series, she'd been going non stop for roughly two weeks on no sleep and no food. Joanne was running on fumes. It's just simply unbelievable ... She was carrying so much baggage all the time that by the end of the series, there was just a huge weight that had been lifted off of her shoulders. I was actually proud of her, happy for her, and hoping like hell she could get some rest.

She got phenomenal powers. She flew a freaking car! She bent light around her to make herself invisible. She shielded multiple people at a time like it was nothing. But the thing that was great about all this was she wasn't SUPPOSED to be able to do any of that. People around her would tell her she shouldn't have been able to do that. But because she had no training and no one to tell her what she could and could not do, she did it all anyway. And it was badass.

At the end, when she and her crew basically saved the world, and her powers were at full mast, she brought people together to basically heal Seattle. Shamans are healers. Joanne had to walk a line between Shaman and Warrior before figuring out how to do them together. But at the end of it all, when she could finally get some peace, healing is what she wanted to do.

This series is amazing. It's wordy. It's not a bad thing because you literally go into every single thought process she has and when. Not to mention, in this book, when the 'bodies' shifted and you got a peak into someone elses head, I thought that was awesome. Anyway ... It started off slowly for me. The whole series i mean. But it really picked up speed. You'll fall in love with Gary from the beginning, get googly eyed when you meet Coyote in human form, and you'll smile every time Joanne and Morrison are in the room together. There's just so much good with the series and the last book that I can't stop reeling from it. I stayed up all freaking night reading this last one and don't regret the lack of sleep.

I'm done. I loved it.

BTW, I wonder if I could stalk CE Murphy into doing a spinoff about Suzanne. Hmm ...



5 Stars
IR: Joanne (NA/Irish), Coyote (NA), Melinda (Lat)
Also ... Don't forget ... CE Murphy is the author of the Negotiator Trilogy that features a black heroine. Don't let the book covers fool you.