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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Debut Paranormal Romance Challenge 2010




Hi, my name is Jen and I'm a Reading Challenge Addict. (That one's for you Jenners). Okay so I promise this is the last challenge I post for 2010. The Debut Paranormal Romance Challenge 2010 is being hosted by Angela over at Dark Faerie Tales. She's also hosting the Debut Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2010. For more info on that particular challenge, please click here. Without further ado, here are the challenge details:

I’m really excited to be hosting my second reading challenge.  I hope you guys will participate.  Here are the general rules:

  • Timeline: January 2010 to December 2010
  • Goal: To read 10 debut paranormal romance novels in 2010
  • The reading challenge is open to everyone.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate.
  • If you don’t have a blog – you can leave a comment with your book selection in this post.
  • If you don’t have a blog and would like to write a review – you are welcome to do a guest review on my blog.
  • You can join at anytime to participate in this challenge.
  • If you are going to participate in this challenge, please post about it on your blog and add a link back to this post.
  • You can grab the challenge button on my sidebar to use on your blog.
  • eBooks, Audio, and already read all count.
  • The 2010 Debut Selection List will be continuously updated.
  • Please sign-up using Mr. Linky – be sure to use the direct link to your post so that people will be able to find this challenge.
2010 Debut Selection List
  1. When Blood Calls
  2. Afterlight: The Dark Ink Chronicles
  3. Shadow of the Vampire
  4. Eternal Hunger
  5. Tsunami Blue
  6. Ruthless
  7. Blood on Silk
  8. Masked by Moonlight
  9. Assassin’s Honor
  10. The Wish List
  11. Bond With Me
  12. Enemy Lover
  13. Siren’s Call
  14. Sins of the Heart
  15. Seducing the Succubus
  16. Dark Embers
  17. Paramourtal

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Review: A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix


Title:  A Rush of Wings
Author:  Adrian Phoenix
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Publication Date:  January 8, 2008
Series Info:  Book 1 in The Maker's Song series
Cover Artist:  Craig White
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  Bite Club book club pick for January. Purchased with my own chump change.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

HIS NAME IS DANTE.

Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot called Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination.

HIS PAST IS A MYSTERY.

F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orleans, Club Hell, and Dante. But the dangerously attractive musician not only resists her investigation, he claims to be "nightkind": in other words, a vampire. Digging into his past for answers reveals little. A juvenile record a mile long. No social security number. No known birth date. In and out of foster homes for most of his life before being taken in by a man named Lucien DeNoir, who appears to guard mysteries of his own.

HIS FUTURE IS CHAOS.

What Heather does know about Dante is that something links him to the killer -- and she's pretty sure that link makes him the CCK's next target. Heather must unravel the truth about this sensual, complicated, vulnerable young man -- who, she begins to believe, may indeed be a vampire -- in order to finally bring a killer to justice. But Dante's past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it is revealed not even Heather will be able to protect him from his destiny...

Review:
I’d read several reviews around the blogiverse praising Ms. Phoenix’ debut novel so I added her book to my TBR pile. Bite Club (a really fun book club run by Vamp Chix) picked A Rush of Wings as their January selection which was great because otherwise the book might have sat in my TBR pile longer than it deserved to.

Let me start by saying that Adrian Phoenix totally grabbed me by the face and didn’t let go until she was done telling her story. I can honestly say that I felt like I had stepped off one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Between the atmospheric Goth club, the hottest sex scenes put on paper, the CSI-esque/Law & Order-ish storyline and a male lead who’s so ridiculously hot he makes my teeth sweat, it’s safe to say I went through some sensory overload but, in a really, really good way.

I read this book back in January and I can still recall most of the scenes pretty vividly. A Rush of Wings contains a wide range of highly entertaining and/or disturbing characters that play well, and in some cases, not so well with one another. I enjoyed Adrian’s take on vampire lore, her world building and the way she can write a story that builds so much tension that my shoulders started hiking up to meet my ears. The only thing that I think might throw some people off is the switch in POVs from chapter to chapter and the various plots that intertwine together throughout the story. For me they were minor blips on the radar and once I got the hang of it, it was full steam ahead.

If you’re looking for a sexy, suspenseful, edge of your seat read then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book ASAP!

Favorite Scenes/Lines:
The sweet, cloying odor of blood and honeysuckle hung in the rain-misted courtyard like rancid smoke.  A nude figure was curled against the courtyard's ivy-draped stone wall, his bound hands tucked beneath his face like those of a sleeping child, a stark counterpoint to his swollen and battered face.  A dark mesh shirt was twisted around his throat and night-blackened blood pooled around his body.  Gleamed upon skin and stone.

And on the wall above scrawled in blood-
WAKE UP

Series Info:
A Rush of Wings
In the Blood
Beneath the Skin
Etched in Bone
On Midnight Wings
Pale Blue Flames (Release Date TBA)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Debut Urban Fantasy Challenge 2010


I know, I know...I'm a total glutton for punishment.  No normal human being should sign up for as many challenges as I have but, normal isn't my gig.  Besides, it's urban fantasy.  I can't say no to anything having to do with urban fantasy, so I signed up.  The Debut Urban Fantasy Challenge 2010 is being hosted by Angela over at Dark Faerie Tales.  I've been following Angela for the last couple of months.  Aside from her great reviews and news coverage, I love her Artist Alley and Video Game reviews.  So here are the details for the challenge in her own words:

I’m really excited to be hosting my first ever reading challenge. I hope you guys will participate. Here are the general rules:
  • Timeline: January 2010 to December 2010
  • Goal: To read 15 debut urban fantasy novels in 2010
  • The reading challenge is open to everyone.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate.
  • If you don’t have a blog – you can leave a comment with your book selection in this post.
  • If you don’t have a blog and would like to write a review – you are welcome to do a guest review on my blog.
  • You can join at anytime to participate in this challenge.
  • If you are going to participate in this challenge, please post about it on your blog and add a link back to this post.
  • You can grab the challenge button on my sidebar to use on your blog.
  • eBooks, Audio, and already read all count.
  • The 2010 Debut Selection List will be continuously updated.
  • Please sign-up using Mr. Linky – be sure to use the direct link to your post so that people will be able to find this challenge.

2010 Debut Selection List
  1. Spider’s Bite
  2. Night Tides
  3. Shadow Blade
  4. Don’t Kill The Messenger
  5. Mind Games
  6. Shade Fright
  7. Embers
  8. Shadow Marked
  9. Hunted By The Others
  10. Touched By An Alien
  11. Blood Law
  12. Dark Oracle
  13. Red Hot Fury
  14. Black Blade Blues
  15. Feed
  16. Master of None
  17. Frost Moon
  18. A Devil In The Details
  19. Grave Witch
  20. Death Most Definite
  21. Shadow Bound
  22. Dust
  23. Queen of Shadows
  24. Right-Hand Magic
  25. Afterlife by Merrie Destefano

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