Sunday, January 27, 2013

"A Shade of Vampire" Excerpt

Everybody loves vampires, Right? Here is another great book to add to your ever growing vampire collection. "A Shade of Vampire" was released December 14, 2012, make sure to add it to your to the top of your to read list today!


Now, If you're not excited enough about this book yet, take a look at this excerpt from the book:

Excerpt from A Shade of Vampire

I’d been walking along the sea shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over from head to foot, taking in his appearance. I held my breath. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and his dark hair. I next noted how he was easily more than half a foot taller than I was. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago. I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
Big mistake.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment. “Like what you see?”
I frowned, annoyed by his audacity. “A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?”
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine. “Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, overwhelmed by how close he was. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not. He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. The motion alone made every single internal alarm I had go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response. “Sofia Claremont.”
He traced his thumb over my jaw line. “Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took everything in at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand beneath my feet, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry on my lips and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Redemption

Summary from Goodreads:
The final test is here. The war is no longer a worry of tomorrow, but a reality of today. Turning back is no longer an option. Maybe it never was. It is time for Alexa Montgomery to look fate in the eyes. Death waits there for certain. The only question is... for who?

Redemption keeps you on the end of your seat for the entire journey of the book. Once again, Alexa is forced to make soul crushing decisions that will lead to the epic finale, the battle to kill the king. With the entire supernatural world now knowing that Nelly is half searcher and half Lamia, not only do they have to deal with the king and his warriors, but he has managed to turn many of their allies against them. With people being killed at every turn of this book, Alexa, Nelly, and Kayden are forced to decide how far they are willing to go to save their kind, and if there is anything they wouldn't risk. This book is not for the weak of heart. Ms. Gordon had made some difficult choices in her epic finale. The ending is fitting and as it should be, even though it is heart shattering for those who have followed this series from book one. 

-"Redemption" (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 4) by H.D. Gordon 
Published: December 21, 2012

If you're interested, check out my reviews of the previous three books in the Alexa Montgomery Saga.
Review: "Blood Warrior" Review: "Half Black Soul" Review: "The Rise"

 Buy the entire saga!
Book 1: Blood Warrior
Book 2: Half Black Soul
Book 3: The Rise
Book 4: Redemption

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Kiss of the Butterfly

Summary from Goodreads:
"The smell of blood is in the air, I sense it even now. People thirst for it; the entire country is mad with desire for it. And now we are going to war with our brothers because they look like us, and because we can smell our blood coursing through their veins...” A mysterious letter starts a university student on a journey into the war-torn lands of rapidly disintegrating Yugoslavia. Naively trusting his enigmatic professor, the student unwittingly descends into a dystopian crucible of decay, destruction, passion, death, romance, lust, immorality, genocide, and forbidden knowledge promising immortality. As the journey grows ever more perilous, he realizes he must confront an ancient evil that has been once again loosed upon the earth: from medieval Bosnia to enlightenment-era Vienna, from the bright beaches of modern-day Southern California to the exotically dark cityscapes of Budapest and Belgrade, and horrors of Bosnia.

Vampires have formed an integral part of Balkan folklore for over a thousand years. "Kiss" represents a radical departure from popular vampire legend, based as it is on genuine Balkan folklore from as far back as the 14th century, not on pop culture or fantasy. "Kiss of the Butterfly" offers up the real, horrible creatures that existed long before Dracula and places them within a modern spectrum.

Meticulously researched, “Kiss of the Butterfly” weaves together intricate threads from the 15th, 18th and 20th centuries to create a rich phantasmagorical tapestry of allegory and reality. It is about divided loyalties, friendship and betrayal, virtue and innocence lost, obsession and devotion, desire and denial, the thirst for life and hunger for death, rebirth and salvation. “Kiss” blends history and the terrors of the Balkans as it explores dark corners of the soul.

“Kiss of the Butterfly” is based on true historical events. In the year of his death, 1476, the Prince of Wallachia -- Vlad III (Dracula) -- committed atrocities under the cloak of medieval Bosnia’s forested mountains, culminating in a bloody massacre in the mining town of Srebrenica. A little over 500 years later, in July 1995, history repeated itself when troops commanded by General Ratko Mladic entered Srebrenica and slaughtered nearly 8,000 people, making it the worst massacre Europe had seen since the Second World War. For most people, the two events seemed unconnected…

I really enjoyed reading this book and learning pieces of history as I read along. As the story was being set up, it was slow going, mainly because the language was a bit more formal than I am used to reading and a lot of information was being explained.  But, as soon as Steven gets overseas and really starts his research, he is met with brick wall after brick wall. The story starts to take off as we are shown two different time periods. We see through Steven's eyes as he tries to uncover the truth behind the vampire myths. And we also see through the eyes of 11 vampires who have been kept in an underground chamber for over 200 years.

This story reveals interesting pieces of history while setting up for an exciting ending. I enjoyed trying to figure out who was trying to stop Steven's research as he travels all over the country in hopes of understanding the myths of vampires.  As soon as I thought I had it all figured out, something would happen to throw everything into chaos again. This story is full of betrayal, revelations, and loss in a great story that author James Lyon has created.

-"Kiss of the Butterfly" by James Lyon
Published July 22, 2012

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The following article talks about a Vampire threat that terrorizes a Serbian villiage and they mention the book and quote the author, James Lyon. 
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Review: The Rise

Summary from Goodreads:
The supernatural world in which Alexa Montgomery has found herself is on the brink of war. She is charged with the task of raising an army, defeating an evil dictator, and struggling to contain the bloodthirsty monster that lives within her.

These are things Alexa can handle, but when the person she loves most in the world takes a turn for the worst, Alexa's loyalty and determination will be tested in the most horrifying of ways. Will she be able to rise to the challenge, or will her love for her sister kill her once and for all?

"The Rise", book three of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, has definitely been the most heart wrenching of all the books in the Alexa Montgomery saga thus far. Alexa has to make some terribly tough decisions and has her heart broken more times that you can count in this one book. Her dedication and devotion to her sister, Nelly, is tested farther than can even be imagined and she makes some new allies in the mean time. Loyalties are tested all around and characters true natures are revealed. This book will constantly surprise you and will leave you reeling, unable to believe that certain things just happened. The book ends with a king who is hell bent on destroying anything that Alexa and Nelly hold dear.   
-"The Rise" (The Alexa Montgomery Saga Book 3) by H.D. Gordon
Published September 25, 2012 as an ebook

If you're interested, check out my reviews of the previous two books in the Alexa Montgomery Saga.

Review: "Blood Warrior"
Review: "Half Black Soul"

 Buy the entire saga!
Book 1: Blood Warrior
Book 2: Half Black Soul
Book 3: The Rise
Book 4: Redemption