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Unafraid by Cat Miller

Published September 28, 2012 by Ema Volf

I am a huge fan of the Forbidden Bond Series, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting this release! I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed! This novella is the perfect prequel to Unbound and Unforgiven! It tells the story of Dani’s parents, Tessa and Griffin.

What I loved most about this story is the fact that we got to see a side of a few of the characters that we have never seen before in Unbound and Unafraid. It’s refreshing to get to know them a little better and see the other sides to their personalities. For me, it explained more of the other two books and really tied them all together. It helped me understand why they are the way they are and why they act the way they act.

I really loved this book. As usual, Cat created a fascinating world with fascinating characters, and showed me their past in a way that made me fall in love with them all over again.

Spellbound by Samantha Combs

Published August 3, 2012 by Ema Volf

I finished Spellbound by Samantha Combs a while ago, but I’ve been so distracted lately. It’s past time for me to post this, and I apologize.

Right off the bat, we’re introduced to Logan. Logan is in high school and happened to meet Serena and her sisters by being late one morning. Serena and her sisters are new and moved in across the street from him.

It wasn’t too long before Logan notices something is different and special about Serena. Besides being completely and adorably infatuated with her, I mean.

Their romance blossomed almost immediately, as many high school relationships do. The author really captured pace and heat of high school romances, but also left you with the belief that it really might be a bit more than that even, which is a very rare thing for me to find.

The world the author creates is fascinating and colorful. I was never bored and constantly curious. This is actually a hard review for me to write, because I’m having a hard time even figuring out what to say about it that could do it any justice at all, no matter how much times passes. It’s a book you really must read. You will definitely not be disappointed.

Unforgiven by Cat Miller

Published July 30, 2012 by Ema Volf

Unforgiven has released a day early! Buy it here!

I was fortunate enough to have been gifted an ARC copy if Unforgiven by Cat Miller for review! Unforgiven is the second book in the Forbidden Bond series. I had read Unbound, the first book in the series, and LOVED it, so needless to say, I was extremely flattered to be given the opportunity!

Unforgiven starts where Unbound left off. Dani (Soleil) and Chase are at their bonding ceremony, when Dani is abducted by Darren, who still believes that Dani is his mate. In Unbound, he had given her his blood so she would live after The Rogue had almost completely drained her, changing her into a full vampire. This event created a blood bond that was, unfortunately for Darren, one-sided. The Rogue, as we also learned in Unbound, has been kidnapping young vampires and draining them to steal their abilities in his quest for power.

In this book, we get to see much more of Brandi than we were able to see in the last one. Just before Dani’s bonding ceremony, she had decided that she wants to stop blending into the shadows and start standing out in her vampire society, so she gave herself a makeover. Much of this book is watching Brandi as she tries to find out who she is and what she wants to be. We also find that Brandi has a surprising new power that she’s trying to learn how to control.

In addition to the characters we saw in Unbound, we also get to meet a few fascinating new ones! This includes two new swoon-worthy men who are competing for Brandi’s attentions. Greyson, the typical warrior hero and Derek. You thought Cayden was your favorite bad boy? Just wait until you meet Derek.

We also get to watch Derek as he tries to decide whether Brandi is enough of a reason to leave his bad boy lifestyle behind him. Can someone who has forever hidden in the shadows survive in the light? Can Brandi forgive Derek’s past transgressions? What will happen to his mother, who Derek believes is being held captive as a guarantee of Derek’s complete subservience? Who are really the traitors to the vampire nation. And who is aiding The Rogue financially and slipping him information? For that matter, who is The Rogue exactly? Are you sure?

I enjoyed the fact that Cat gave us several instances where she went back and gave us a completely different side of the story from a completely different character. When I started to feel comfortable with one character, Cat immediately whisked me away to another before I got bored. When I was comfortable with one situation, Cat shook it up a bit for me. There were enough twists and turns to keep me on edge, but not so many to leave me utterly confused.

I also enjoyed the fact that there was very little “fluff” in the book to distract me. Everything that happened, happened for a reason. There wasn’t any filler in an attempt to make the book longer.

As she did with Unbound, Cat gave us amazing and colorful characters. Our “leading ladies” are women that we can look up to and respect, even though they make some major mistakes. They show us that it’s okay to mess up and it’s just part of life. I thoroughly enjoy stories with lessons. It makes me extremely happy to see that this series has several that can be applied in everyday life.

Also, as Cat did with Unbound, she gave me, the reader, a book with a story that I would like to live in for a while. It was very hard for me to put this book down, and the only reason I did, was because I was in dire need of sleep after this book kept me up until 4am.

Forever by Gillian Joy

Published June 30, 2012 by Ema Volf

I really loved Guardian by Gillian Joy, so when I found out that its next part, Forever, had been released, I was beyond ecstatic! It got bumped up on my reading list because it was just screaming at me!

We catch up with Hannah in Australia. She’s figuring out the whole single parent thing without the help of Sam, who had been her help since her husband died. Sam had decided to go join the vampire custos with Jesse.

Hannah was approached by the fairy prince, who had fallen in love with a human. Fairy-human relationships are against fairy law and his mother was extremely upset about it. Hannah decides to try to help him work the situation out. It was a complicated and heart-wrenching situation for her and everyone involved.

She also has to figure out why the mermaids keep trying to get her to go swimming with them. The idea terrified her, especially with the nightmares she’d been having that always ended in her drowning. She eventually caves, and goes with them to find a most surprising visitor!

I loved the overall story. Like Guardian, it was fantastic and pulled me right in. The characters were colorful and the places we got to see were described so beautifully that I almost felt like I was there.

I found Hannah a bit more annoying than usual, though. For the most part, she was stubborn to the point of obnoxiousness, and I really wanted to reach through the pages and smack her around a bit. I’m not entirely sure it was a bad thing, though, seeing as how just about every other character in the book wanted to do the same. So if that was the goal … Mission: Accomplished.

We did get to see a pieces of where she wants to go with the situation of the vampire who killed her mother, but it was mainly a few conversations here and there. This is the situation I really am intrigued to watch the resolution. This situation alone is enough to keep me on pins and needles for the next book!

This is going to be fun!

Published June 29, 2012 by Ema Volf

Day 1 of being Cat Miller’s Minion/Admin is over! And I have many more days to go! 😀 And I have to say I’m enjoying myself! I love that woman and I’m happy to help wherever I can! ♥ I’m helping her out with her Facebook page and blog. I’m hoping to get her readers more involved. 🙂

I have added a few more books needing review! And I’m so excited to start! It’s time for me to get back on it! My goal is to have these done by the end of next week. Usually it takes a couple days for me to finish one.

  1. Forever by Gillian Joy
  2. Spellbound by Samantha Combs
  3. Everspell by Samantha Combs
  4. Sleep Stalkers by Jackie ODierno

I had a MAJOR problem with The Rapture of Avery Maye, and it will require another really big edit. I don’t want to get into too much detail, but a character is having to be unwritten. I’m sorry it’s taking so long, but sometimes these things happen. I’ll try to keep you updated.

Blood Thirst by LA Freed

Published June 21, 2012 by Ema Volf

I just finished Blood Thirst by LA Freed, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Angela was heading to her car when she was attacked by a vampire named Matthew. She managed to bite him in defense and swallowed some of his blood, but as a human, she was no match for him. She was knocked unconscious and thrown into a river. She managed to escape her sunken car and went back to  her hotel. Near death and almost bloodless, she was visited by a vampire named Elijah, who offered to change her into a full vampire. If he didn’t, she would die. After much deliberation, she went to find him, and not a moment too soon.

There are countless coming-of-age human stories. This is somewhat of a coming-of-age vampire story. We follow Angela through her change from mortal to immortal, mistakes and lessons included. LA Freed really pulls you into the story to the point where, at times, you feel like you’re going through it yourself.

Much of this story is definitely not what it seems, not even Matthew and Elijah. Just when I thought I had things figured out, I was proven to have figured out absolutely nothing. It was unusual and welcome. With the countless vampire stories that have popped up recently, I’m happy to say that this is definitely not your average vampire story. It was positively captivating.

Final Hour of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard

Published June 19, 2012 by Ema Volf

Today I finished Final Hour of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard. This is the third book of The Midnight Hunter Trilogy. Like the first two, I was drawn in almost immediately.

We start out with Donna living a somewhat normal existence for the next two years after the battle from the last book. However, it was pretty short-lived from where we pick up the story. One day, on the way to the grocery store, she accidentally runs over/through Ursula, the goddess of chaos. Naturally, the goddess was a bit ticked off, and left Donna with a threat to end her world as she knows it. In typical Donna fashion, she avoids telling her husband, Hunter, about it. She simply wanted the peace she had been enjoying for the last couple of years to stick around a while longer.

Soon, we meet up with Cassie, the Prophecy Holder. She has continued with her job of translating the Underworld Prophecy that had been left by the gods. We soon learn that she is pregnant with Howie’s twins, which makes them a vampire/demon/human hybrid. Similarly to Donna’s daughter Lucinda, we later learn that these twins have their own place in the prophecy.

Before long, the goddess of chaos begins to fulfill her promise, with the help of The Trickster, and people close to Donna start to go missing. Donna, Hunter, and their vampire/demon/human family set out to defeat the goddess, and bring their loved ones back. Naturally, they run across several obstacles along the way, including a few that really just had me stunned into speechlessness, which is an incredibly rare occurrence for me.

As I said in both of my previous reviews for Bonnie Bernard, she knows her characters. She paints amazingly colorful and entertaining characters that really make this book (and the entire series) stand out. This is definitely something that consistently stands out for her, and something I admire about her.

This story is incredibly fast-paced and draws you in from the beginning. It seems something was always happening. Although, Howie is certainly not one to allow room for any boredom. 😉

One of the things I loved most about this series as a whole was the reminder that even though things are frequently labelled good or bad, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are. It was more true to life. In most stories, vampires and demons are bad. In those same stories gods/goddesses and humans are good. In this story, the author made sure to clarify that things aren’t quite so black and white. There’s always a lot of grey area. One of my favorite parts of this story was near the end when a father told his daughter (leaving names out to avoid spoilers) that she would find the man she’d be with and have a child with, and he’d be evil. Seeing this male character through much of the book, I couldn’t help but laugh to myself and think, “Well, he’s not evil per se … He’s more … chaotic neutral.” I love that the author made sure that her characters were more colorful and complicated than simply good or evil. It definitely makes the read more intriguing.