Friday, November 28, 2014

Louisiana Fever, (Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery #5)

By +D.J. Donaldson
A Mystery & Suspense Novel
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**

Rated it

Blurb:  During an Ebola-like viral outbreak in New Orleans identical to the one chronicled in the best-seller The Hot Zone, Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard and criminal psychologist Kit Franklyn find that the lethal epidemic is not the only killer stalking the Big Easy.  When Kit Franklyn receives a mysterious invitation to Grandma O's famous Cajun restaurant along with one long-stemmed yellow rose, she can't resist the urge to discover the identity of her suitor.  At the restaurant, she approaches a table where an older gentleman is waiting with another rose.  He stands, speaks her name, and keels over dead.  Who is this stranger?  And why do her parents seem to be holding something back when she tells them the story?  Broussard's autopsy of the dead man uncovers the presence of a deadly virus that causes its victims to bleed to death in a matter of days- a virus for which there is no known cure.  While conducting an investigation into the dead man's identity, Kit and her longtime boyfriend, Teddy LaBiche, disappear.

Another corpse shows up in the early stages of the same disease as the first victim, but with ligature marks around his neck and bearing a clue to Kit and Teddy's whereabouts.  Broussard's race to save Kit and Teddy and stop the spread of the virus results in a chilling confrontation with a brilliant, extremely violent psychopath deep in the Louisiana bayou, revealing the lengths to which a family will go to keep its dark secrets.

Review:  This story follows a medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his colleague, and friend,  Kit Franklyn, a criminal psychologist in New Orleans.  After a man collapses and dies right in front of Kit in a restaurant after arranging to meet her there, the mystery begins.  Not only is Kit baffled about who he is and why he wanted to meet her, Andy's autopsy on the man reveals strange findings that don't fit.  During Kit's investigation to find out who this man was and where he came from, she is lead to the docks and questioning the shipyard workers in hopes they know him.  Along for the ride, Teddy, Kit's boyfriend, accompanies her to head the investigation.  

While they are still trying to figure what the "John Doe" died from, another body comes in with the same findings.  During the autopsy an assistant cuts herself and is exposed to the corpse's bodily fluids.  Kit goes missing, and Andy is none the wiser of the true nature of these deaths.  The story only continues to get more complicated and bizarre and will blow your mind!

As a first time reader of this author and also this series, I felt pretty in tune with the characters, even though I did not know their beginnings/background.  As I was introduced to Kit, she lives in a mansion rent free for three years thanks to a friend of a friend who's going to be out of the country for that period.  Along with her dog, Lucky, they are anxiously awaiting her boyfriend, Teddy.  Teddy seems like a pretty decent guy.  Teddy seems to truly care for Kit, and they have a wonderful relationship.  The only part I had a negative reaction to is when Kit fed her dog Lucky grapes.......the veterinary technician in me winced hard!

The supporting characters in the book were very colorful and even lovable at times.  Grandma O and her grandson, Bubba, the owner of Grandma O's restaurant, were so sweet and caring, especially toward Kit and Andy, and it was pretty endearing.  Also the fact that Grandma O has visions is an awesome twist!  Go Grandma!!  Nick Lawson, crime reporter for the Times-Picayune, came off sleezy at first but then redeems himself in the end of the book with his heroics, so I wouldn't walk the other way when I saw him coming anymore.  :)  Natalie and Guy, the medical examiner's assistants contribute a lot to the storyline, but I didn't get much personal background on them to be able to love or hate them.  They were just there, did their job and were ok.  Of course, I sympathized with them when tragedy struck, so I guess that says something.  

The simple fact that this book followed a medical examiner, so most of the time they were in a hospital setting, was pretty fascinating and intriguing.  I was able to follow the autopsy with the medical examiner and listen to his inner thoughts when trying to figure out what was going on, and that came across very realistic with regard to the knowledge and workings of a real medical examiner.  The build up of trying to find Kit and Teddy and to put the pieces together with the deaths was excruciatingly painful at times!  Sometimes, I did feel like there was too much detail which, in turn, made it feel like the climax took longer, but as I neared the end, I realized if it hadn't been written like that, it wouldn't have felt realistic anymore.  I really enjoyed the story and it's characters!  I think this guy should write CSI episodes 'cause he seems more knowledgeable than the people that write for that show now!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Organ Reapers

Book review on Organ Reapers by +Shay West
An Urban Fantasy Novel
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**

Rated it

Blurb:   Detective Elliott "Eli" Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city.

No evidence, no eyewitnessess...only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.

When Eli and Ava stumble upon evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them.  In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.

But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.

Review:  This interesting book is about two sets of partners, on two different planets, but both face  life altering decisions that intermingle with one another.  The story follows Tani and Keena from another planet far, far away, and Detective Elliott Robinson and Detective Ava Aguilar from planet Earth.  Tani and Keena are "Harvesters", and this duty is a highly regarded station on their world. Their job is to travel through the "Gateway" to earth and retrieve organs from a human in order for a person on their world to survive.  And of course Detectives Eli and Ava are working the "Butchers" case, the murdered victims with missing organs.  That is the short version of what the book is about!

The characters in the book are very easily sympathized with, despite the fact that their beliefs seem ass backwards and bat shit crazy!  Tani and Kenna grew up believing that Master Kelhar, the priest of the monastary, has been gifted visions by their "God", which is how the harvesting began.  It seems that on this other planet, ignorance is prevalent, and a con-artist can get away with murder, by simply leading the idiots to believe "God" told him to.  So one day Kenna reveals to Tani that she can not bring herself to take another life.  She feels that it is wrong, even though it does save a life on her world.  Tani agrees with her, but is more unwilling than Keena to do something about it at first.  Since Harvesters are high stations, their families reap the benefits as well, and indulge in the finer things in life, which was far from their poor status in society previously.  Keena is scared to death that the monastary will kick her family out if she defects, well duh!  Ya think!!  Now, I never said these two kids were the brightest!  When Tani and Keena get on the same page and run together, where is the first place you think they go?  Once guess is all you need...
They ran to their family's home, and of course they are gone already and the house is being watched.  Even though they know that the monastery will be tracking them to their families, they are determined to find them and let them know why they ran.  The fact that these two simpletons even questioned the all and powerful monastery's beliefs and actions about harvesting is the only reason I allowed myself empathy for them, and continued curiosity for the rest of their story.  

On earth, Eli is the lonely alcoholic divorcee detective that is working the case.  His Captain, Dean Platt, partners him with a female knock out by the name of Ava Aguilar.  The two are absolutely stumped with the "Butcher" case, because none of the witnesses actually see or hear anyone, except for a brief flash of light right before discovering the bodies.  As the body count rises, the tension between the partners grows, as well as Eli's attraction towards Ava. I would have appreciated some naked slap and tickle scenes with Eli and Ava, but...

When the next victim's cell phone reveals a selfie that caught the killer's image behind her, the detectives seek the help from the FBI.  The FBI's recognition search discovers the same man in a surveillance photo in another country, where the same type of murder took place.  This new discovery only opens more questions for the partners, and leads them to wild and crazy accusations.

The moral of the story is, never give ONE person that much power over the people!  The story was good, but not gripping.  At times I found myself rolling my eyes, and wanting parts to be done, because they just seem to drag on with mundane tasks and chatter.  When I got down to the nitty gritty at the end of the story, I was expecting something spectacular and outlandish for the big reveal that the story led up to, but was slightly disappointed when it fell short.  Only slightly because I should have seen it coming, especially the way the characters Tani and Keena were written, with them being so naive, ignorant, and simple, etc... 

The story had so much potential as far as Master Kelhar was concerned, and also about the "Gateway" machine that allowed them to transport to earth, but instead I was left with many unanswered questions.  So I give a letter grade of A for storyline but a C for follow-thru, and that is how I came to a 3 Fang Rating.  Since this story voids sexual content, and actual detailed descriptions of the murders, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.  

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Created Darkly, (Kris Chase Book 1)

Book review on Created Darkly, (Kris Chase Book 1) by +Gena D. Lutz
**Book provided by author for an honest review**
A Paranormal Romance Novel

Rated it

Blurb:   Necromancer Kris Chase's purpose is simple.  Blindly raise the dead for the primary elite, self necro-governed group, The Center.  The problem is, she couldn't care less about what the Center expects from her.  Instead, she is more content with snuffing out the life-force from every vile creature she can get her hands on; the same monsters her brethren indiscriminately create...for the right price.

Until the life of someone dear to her is threatened.

With the stakes raised insurmountably, she finds herself bound by desperation to create the very darkness she always fought against being consumed by, going against everything she has ever believed in.

Review:  Let me break it down for you in a more entertaining way...  So Kris is the main character of the book, and she is a necromancer, which is a person who can see ghosts and raise the dead in the form of a vampire.  Yes!  She can create vampires!!  However, Kris has a rebellious streak in her that prevents her from doing her formal duty, and instead she hunts and kills said vampires.  Kris's vampire hunting/killing extra curricular activities are being kept a secret from her dear, so called innocent, younger sister, Torra.  Kris was forced into early motherhood with raising her younger sibling after their mother abandoned them.  Then, one day, Kris receives a visit from Rush Davis, a council member for "The Center," notifying her of Torra's abduction from "The Center's" parking garage.  

Oh my gosh, where do I start!  So, Kris has been killing the vampires that she has been led to by the ghosts of the people that the vampire killed.  She seems to have a strong need to help ghosts however she can, which leads us to her best friend, Jude.  He is a ghost who refused to "go to the light" and to tell her how he died.  Jude is content with living with Kris and helping her with her mercenary lifestyle.  Kris is also uneducated thanks to mother and the Center about her powers, how they are to be used and about the history of her own family and the Center's.  So, she is sporting the Clueless badge with Alicia Silverstone.
Rush is a necromancer like Kris, but unlike Kris, he and his family for generations have served the Center and are a very wealthy family of high standing.  He has also been periodically calling Kris to try and get her to come and join the Center, but with her stubborn streak, the attempts smack him in the face.  Rush has only been reaching out to Kris in his weird way to keep close to her because he has a major boner for her! Torra is, as far as Kris is concerned, unaware of all this necromancer business and has just graduated High School and is getting prepared to go off to college when she is kidnapped.

The kidnapping takes place in the Center's parking garage where a note was left by the kidnapper, addressed to Kris.  In the note, she was left strict instructions to leave the Center out of this and that he will contact her by phone with the next instructions.  So in Die Hard with a Vengeance fashion, as Simon leads John McClain through riddled tasks, Kris blindly goes where Wolf, the kidnapper, tells her to.  By her side to assist are Jude and, unknowingly, Rush.  Rush had decided on his own to watch over Kris, his woman, to make sure no harm comes to her.  Even though Kris is very anti-Center, she can't deny the attraction she has to Rush, and in the mist of solving the riddle, we watch the bond form and the sparks fly between these two knuckle heads and even partake of some bow chicka wow wow in between.  

As this unlikely trio pushes forward in a rush to find Torra and discover who is behind the kidnapping and why, Kris uncovers some serious family secrets that blow her mind!  It seems that no one in this family is honest or trustworthy of each other, and instead of comprehension occurring, only more questions and confusion come to plague Kris.  This story was filled with so many intriguing characters that Kris obtains knowledge from and even, dare I say, becomes friends with, that she was just about forced to take off her blinders and see people for who they really were and not what she perceived them to be.  I found it really sad also that Kris did not know her own heritage.  She had to find out about her own abilities and descendants from strangers!  She had no clue what she was capable of doing!  How embarrassing, right?  And the fact that Rush, and everybody else for that matter, gave her massive shit for it was unbelievable!  But, then again, I guess we all do that on a daily basis, like assuming the cashier at Wal-Mart knows how to ring up a coupon or that a librarian knows how to find a book!

In the final chapter of the book, I was glued to the virtual pages on my Kindle!  The story had taken me from point A to B in such an incredibly creative, intriguing way, I never thought for one second I could guess how this story would end!  I can't wait to read the next book to find out how everyone falls into their places, especially with Rafe and Torra, wink wink, not telling you about Rafe.  He's a story of his own that you will have to read for yourself!

Created Darkly (Kris Chase)

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Chasing Magic

Book review on Chasing Magic by +Gena D. Lutz
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**
A Paranormal Fantasy Novel

Rated it

Blurb:   Anika Webb is an extremely talented witch with certain goals in mind; pass the final hex-trial at Mystic Manor, and spend the rest of her free time tussling beneath the sheets with her hunky-warlock lover, Drake.

But with all good intentions, evil will fatefully intercede.

After a jealous foe unleashes a hailstorm of mischief onto an unsuspecting small-town, Anika finds herself battling a volatile spell; where all bets are off, and magic will fly.

Review:  This is a cute, quick read about a witch in training named Anika.  She lives in Mystic Manor with the High Priestess Skye, along with her fellow sister-witches.  As Anika prepares for her final trial to become a full fledged witch, she is visited by her ex-best friend, and sister-witch Tamra.  Tamra is extremely jealous of Anika for various reason, which is what drove them apart.  Tamra quickly and without remorse sabotages Anika's spell, and allows it to break free from the salt circle that has kept it safely confined, to reek havoc on the town of Rock-Cliff, Massachusetts.

The supporting characters in this entertaining story are Faing, Anika's pet dragon, whom by the way can shape shift to any size he pleases, and Drake, a warlock whom is a warrior for the good fight with The Warden Brotherhood, who also is Anika's hottie boyfriend, and the High Priestess' son.  With her warrior and dragon by her side, Anika tracks the trouble-making magic in hopes to neutralize it before it reaches the population and hurt someone.

I really enjoyed reading how the trio, (Anika, Faing, and Drake), interacted with one another as they followed the yellow brick road to trouble.  The three were so funny, loving, and strong together, that I felt an immediate bond with them.  At each encounter with the magic, it also seems they make new friends, and a potential enemy, that end up helping them get closer to their task.  These new characters give the story so much more depth, and I'm happy to report that yes, the magic doesn't just create mayhem, it creates a new friend for Faing, and Anika.

As we wind down to the end of the story, and we find out how this all plays out when the High Priestess finds out what has happen, we are left with some unresolved issues.  So, I certainly hope their is another book in the works for this series, because YES, it is series worthy, plus I need to find out what happens with Ginger, and Cerin damn it!  I highly recommend this book, and I will keep you informed as I am about a new release! 

Chasing Magic: (Paranormal Romance/Fantasy Novella)

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Asylum, (Ghost Echoes #1)

Book review on Asylum, (Ghost Echoes #1) by +Dana Wright
**Book provided by author for an honest review**

Rated it

Blurb:   The voices of the past are alive behind the iron gates of Bremore Asylum.  Can Rachel and Matt deduce its secrets before it's too late?

When Rachel agrees to take the job investigating the disappearance of a fellow ghost hunter at Bremore Asylum, she is totally unprepared for the sexy and stubborn psychic debunker Matt Rutledge to be part of the package.  Can these two opposing forces find the answers behind the asylum's crumbling walls before they become the newest victims to the asylum's grim history?

Review:  Rachel Winestock is a psychic, a gift that has been passed down from generation to generation from her mother's side of the family.  Nana, aka Gretchen Krause, is Rachel's only living relative left, and she is living at the Glendale Retirement Home where she is being mistreated, according to the evidence of bruises on her arms.  Rachel is desperate to move her to a safer and nicer place and accepts a job from Harold Danvers, the proud new owner of Bremore Asylum.  When Nana finds out about Rachel's new job, she warns her to stay away!  Nana then decides to share her horrible past about her time spent at the asylum when she was young.  The story and the snooping Rachel did while Nana was sleeping reveal awful, heinous behavior from the staff to the patients.  Rachel is determined more than ever now to go there and try and help the lost spirits that may be trapped there.

When Rachel arrives to meet Mr. Danvers, she is not alone.  Also attending the meeting is Matt Rutledge, the host of the popular cable show "Debunk This."  The man oozes arrogance and has spent his whole career mocking psychic investigators as frauds.  Great, she hated the man from episode 1, but when she see's him live and in-color, he is knock out sexy as all hell!   Rachel, "If only he didn't make her want to kiss him at the same time as she wanted to punch him in the face.".   Houston, I think we have a problem.  And the other person attending is Trevor James, Danvers assistant.

Danvers explains to them about how another ghost hunter, Misty Duncan, disappeared after doing an investigation at the asylum three years prior.  Danvers wanted Matt to find out what could have happened to Misty and for Rachel to reach out to the dead and see if Misty was there and to report if any other paranormal activity was happening.  He was sending Trevor with them because he was with Misty on her investigation and was the last one to see her alive.  Maybe Trevor would be able to guide them to the last known location within the very large asylum.

After the trio arrive at the asylum, Matt and Rachel chit chat about their initial feelings about the whole investigation and Trevor's part in it.  They both feel like something is off with Trevor by his attitude and demeanor, so they make a pact that they will have each others backs.  In order for Rachel to go to the past so to speak, to communicate with the dead, she needs an anchor.  She usually has her partner Jeannie with her, but she was severely injured on their last assignment and is still recovering.  Rachel is taking a huge leap of faith that Matt will honor their pact, considering he is a skeptic to say the least.

I found the history and background with Nana and Rachel to be quite interesting, in that they both had the gift, but Rachel's mother didn't appear to.  Nana was put in the asylum by her mother for being able to see shadows.  Rachel was going to be committed by her own mother as well for the same reason until Nana stepped in and took Rachel into her home.  Then you have the relationship between non-believer and psychic.  One would have never thought that these two would ever be the center of a love story, but the way the story unfolds gives it such simplicity that how could they not?  I truly enjoyed the ghost hunting aspect of the story and the fact that Rachel uncovers new abilities she didn't even know she possessed!  These new discoveries took the story up a notch along with the nail-biting excitement!  I look forward to reading the next installment of Ghost Echoes :)

Asylum: Ghost Echoes Book 1

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Book review on Closure by +Angela Ford
**Book provided by the author for an honest review**
A Romantic Suspense Novel

Rated it

Blurb:  Exciting new romantic suspense from debut author, Angela Ford.  An elite FBI task force tracks online predators while they hunt their prey.  A series of murders in Presario Heights has forced Special Agent Jessica Resario to follow her gut instinct to save the next victim.  Supervisory Special Agent Tom Erickson removes her from the case.  The only place to escape the danger is her family beach home.  She hadn't been there since her parents were murdered.  The level of intensity climbs higher with her discovery of postcards marked "I Crave You".  Old ghosts, secrets, imminent threats and an inevitable attraction to Tom send her on an emotional roller coaster.  If that wasn't enough, she opens the door to a man she thought was dead.  Tom is stabbed and his case files go missing...high emotions put Jess at the killer's mercy.

Review:  This book has action, drama, and suspense, it's madness!!  I should totally be a book promoter....oh wait, I am!  Haha...
The story involves an FBI special units team, named "Internet Security Task Force" or ISTF for short.  The man in charge of this special unit is Tom Erickson, and his team members are Jessica Resario, Mike Turner, Gina Edwards and Eric Matthews.  Their sole purpose is to seek and destroy internet predators.  Plus, Tom and Jessica have the hots for each other but refuse to act on their feelings, even though like, the whole office knows they have the hots for each other.  Nothing like a good pedophile hunt to start a relationship, right!

Their latest case has them chasing a serial killer.  He has currently killed three young teenage girls, and is on the hunt for his next victim.  Tom and his team are desperately trying to get one step ahead of this guy before he kills again.  Jess likes to run on her "instincts" rather than protocol, has a "feeling" of where the scum will hit next and jumps the fence to rush and intersect his next target.  Doing so brings her face to face with the psycho, and she barely gets away with her life!   After phoning in to Tom and her identity being revealed to the killer, he orders her to go to a safe location and stay there until it is safe for her to return. 

The next step for the team is to try and lure the killer out into a trap, so Tom arranges for Eric and Gina to go undercover.  Eric will play the "dad," Harry Rothburn Jr., a rich, well known son of a business dude, and Gina will be his daughter, Melissa Rothburn.  Gina will infiltrate the private high school as a senior student, get cozy with the "in crowd," and arrange a party at her place when daddy is away.  While the team is hard at work, Jess returns to the family summer home in Vineyard Haven, a small beach community on the east coast.  And it just so happens to be where her parents were murdered right after she left for college.  This being the first time Jess has been back there since the murders, she is unprepared for the emotions just being there will bring.  While Jess is there, she uncovers who her father worked for and what he did, a potential lead on who may have killed them, and she has to maybe, just maybe, allow herself to ponder and reflect on her true feelings for Tom.  I mean, come on!  Why would working on hunting down sick psychos put a damper on your love life!  

The story line was very good.  It reminded me of that television show Criminal Minds.  I totally love that show, and it was like reading an episode! With that being said....the romance part of the story line was a total disconnect for me.  Don't get me wrong, I love my romance novels, but with the main story of hunting a serial killer and the drama of that, I feel like the romance took a back seat and didn't have the opportunity to bloom and flourish throughout the book.  I can't wait to read Forbidden which continues to follow Jessica's story.  My hope is the love/work relationship have more of a better flow to it.


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crime Seen, (A Psychic Eye Mystery #5)

Audiobook review on Crime Seen, (A Psychic Eye Mystery #5) by +Victoria Laurie
Narrated by Elizabeth Michaels

Rated it

Blurb:  Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, is having a hard time getting over a gunshot wound from her last case-especially because she didn't see the shots coming.  Out of work and second-guessing her abilities, she tries to get back in the saddle by helping her boyfriend Dutch with some of his FBI cases.  And soon enough, her intuition returns-with a vengeance.

Review:  Abby's story picks up three months after her terrifying ordeal in Colorado.  The last case blindsided her when her "guides" didn't warn her about about the impending horrific outcome she was about to face.  Healing was a process she never thought would include psychological well-being as well.  After three months of living it up with Dutch, her caretaker and lover, she avoids calls like the plague!  She finally accepts a call from a long time client and private investigator, only after Dutch refuses to lie to Candace about Abby not "being available."

As it turns out,  Candace wanted to talk to Abby about sub-leasing her office space because Abby didn't appear to be returning to work any time soon.  Boy, was Abby relieved!  She wasn't sure if her "intuition" was working or not and was scared to find out just yet.  Candace's timing couldn't have been more perfect!  To try and jump start Abby off the couch and back into the saddle, Dutch asks Abby if she is up for helping him on three cold cases he has been working on, as he has come to a dead end on all three.  Well, hell ya, Abby jumps on it 'cause Dutch has never asked her for help before!  Just when Abby has agreed to help, Milo, Dutch's ex-partner, comes by to discuss a parole hearing in which they will be testifying.  Curiosity pulling Abby towards them, the men tell their story to her.  Milo's old partner before Dutch was murdered 9 years earlier.  Lutz, the man imprisoned for the crime, had confessed to the murder and had made a plea deal that made him eligible for parole early.

In typical Abby fashion, when she goes to look through the case files Dutch has asked her help on, she is drawn to the ONE that is on Lutz, and not the ones from Dutch.  Abby, "But that was the one screaming at me!".  Uh huh, sure Abby...

Abby gets herself in the middle of a pretty scary situation when she gets involved in the Lutz case which isn't even suppose to be a "case," and she drags Candace into it!  Thank god Candace is a kick-ass, in-shape force to be reckoned with,who also carries a gun!  Of course, Abby is keeping all this detective work on the Lutz case from Dutch and Milo, but watching her lie, very badly at that, about what  she's doing and where she is all the time to Dutch is hilarious!  Abby is such a bad liar, and everyone knows it, but she does it anyway which makes it even funnier!  The fact that Dutch is putting up with her shenanigans is pretty surprising, but also knowing how Abby is, he should be terrified.

I totally related to Abby and empathized with her on the cat situation at Dutch's and her not wanting to return back to work.  Dutch has a cat name Virgil, and apparently he does not like Abby and Eggy taking up residence in his turf.  So to demonstrate how he feels, he proceeds to do bad things to poor Abby, and Dutch doesn't seem to believe Abby, and even finds it humorous.  Then to make matters worse, even though she feels physically capable of returning back to work, mentally she is a big ball of scared nerves.  I just felt so badly for her, and wanted to give her a great big hug!

 The new work relationship that was introduced with Candace was pretty awesome!  They worked well together, almost like Abby and Theresa had before Theresa moved to California.  I hope we continue to see more of Candace working with Abby because I absolutely loved them as partners!  You will not believe, or maybe you will, the trouble Abby winds up in this time, and it will keep you on your toes 'til the end.

Narrator Review:  Elizabeth Michaels continues to do a great job reading Abby's story.  As each book goes by, she seems very in-tune with the characters and never misses a beat with the right punctuations.  Keep up the good work!

Crime Seen (Psychic Eye Mystery, #5)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sigil Fire

Book review on Sigil Fire, (Sigil Fire #1) by +Erzabet Bishop
Urban Fantasy f/f Novella
**Book provided by author for an honest review**

Rated it

Blurb:   Sonia is a succubus with one goal:  stay off Hell's radar.  But when succubi start to die, including her sometimes lover, Jeannie, she's drawn into battle between good and evil.

Fae is a blood witch turned vampire, running a tattoo parlor and trading her craft for blood.  She notices that something isn't right on the streets of her city.  The denizens of Hell are restless.  With the aid of her nest mate Perry and his partner Charley, she races against time before the next victim falls.  

The killer has a target in his sights, and Sonia might not live to see the dawn.

Review:  This book is about a world where vampires, succubi, werewolves, and witches exist amongst humans unbeknownst.  There is a serial killer out there that has targeted succubi, and Detectives Perry and his partner Charley are hard at work trying to solve the puzzle to this mystery.  Perry, a vampire, and Charley a succubi are just baffled at what kind of creature has the ability to kill succubi.  

Fae, a blood witch turned vampire, is having nightmares of a red haired woman being stalked and killed by an unknown evil entity.  She tries to catch up and help her but always gets to red too late.  Perry seeks the help from Fae on the case, since she has powers beyond his, and eventually puts two and two together, that her dream is related to the serial murders.

Sonia, a succubi older than time itself, is working as a fetish model and is totally clueless that the murders are directly related to her!  As her fellow succubi and also friends are being murdered, she is sent to Fae by a mutual friend to acquire a sigil, which is a protection spell in the form of a tattooed symbol.  When the two women meet for the first time, the pieces start to all come together, and an unusual bond is formed immediately.  Together, they face the biggest battle of their lives and pray to the Goddess that they survive!

As we are taken through the character development and forming connections, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of skill put into this story.  I absolutely loved the world that was created, as well as the characters involved.  Unraveling the back story to the main characters was pretty fucking genius!  There was such jaw dropping detail to the story that connected multiple people in such a creative way.  I was totally into the story and sad to find it to be so short, but then again, it is a novella.  The story has definitely peaked my interest by A LOT, and I am craving for more!  I can't wait to dig in to the next installment!!

Sigil Fire

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