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October 31, 2011

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October 30, 2011

Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz

read excerpt here
Series: Blue Bloods
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
After their beautiful yet brief bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force are forced to separate. To fulfill the Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler travels to Alexandria to search for Catherine of Siena and the Gate of Promise. But Schuyler quickly discovers that everything she believed about the Gate to be wrong. Meanwhile, Jack makes the difficult decision to return to New York to face his twin and former bondmate, Mimi. But instead of a bitter reunion, he is faced with a choice for which there is no good option.

Mimi, with a most unexpected travel companion in Oliver Hazard-Perry, jets off to Egypt, too, to search for Kingsley Martin, her long lost love. With all roads leading to Hell, Mimi learns that not all love stories have happy endings. But she'll have to put her own feelings aside if she's going to save her crumbling Coven.

The latest book in the Blue Bloods series, Lost in Time is a menagerie of action and adventure. Aptly named I myself felt a little lost in the story literally. It appears as if the time period would jump from one to the next without much preamble so at one point I was thinking if Kingsley had a doppelganger somewhere or if he could be at two places at the same time.

Going back to the story, Lost in Time is still female-centric as we follow the misadventures and heartaches of Sky, Mimi and Allegra. Sky if now married to Jack and spent their honeymoon looking for Catherine of Sienna. Mimi, heartbroken from Jack's rejection in favor of Sky and smarting from Kingsley's departure set off on a mission to retrieve the Silver Blood Martin Kingsley from Hell with the help of her now human conduit Oliver Hazard-Perry. And Allegra, we become privy to her romance and relationships with Benedix Chase and Charles Force.

What I liked about this is there's no idle time. De la Cruz went to the heart of the matter and just gave us the delicious parts. In every chapter someone is in the middle of either a mad chase, an emotional upheaval or literally in Hell striking deals with demons. Who would've thought that Hell looks a lot like New York! We even got front row seat tickets to a showdown between the Angels of Death and Destruction, Azrael and Abaddon, Mimi and Jack. What's puzzling is at the end we see them swearing fealty to Lucifer. Makes me wonder what the time stamp is when they rendered the services of their swords to the Angel of Light.

Now I don't understand why we have to wait for two years for the next book to come out. I know de la Cruz's were series, Wolf Pact, starring Bliss Llewelyn is coming out next year but that's a totally different series. Why can't Blue Bloods and Wolf Pact coexist?! On the bright side, this gives me an excuse to check out her other new series for mature audiences, Witches of East End.




Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz

details here

Series: Blue Bloods 5.5
Format: Hardcover

Release Date: December 28, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon

The Blue Bloods have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shape-shift, and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even those immortal vampires, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, part of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, author Melissa de la Cruz offers three tantalizing stories that delve deep into the love lives of the all-powerful vamps (and their Red Blood friends) from New York's Upper East Side. Might a witchy new girl help cure Oliver's broken heart? How did Allegra fall in love with a human? Will Schuyler and Jack finally be bonded?

Romantic and sensual, Bloody Valentine reveals the undying love, the hope and devastation, and the lust and longing that have defined the Blue Bloods throughout history. Prepare to be swept off your feet.
I read Bloody Valentine after Blue Bloods and that was a big error on my part because there were countless spoilers and I was just starting to read the series.
So this novella is a compilation of three short stories that intends to fill out some of the holes that was left out in the novels.

The first one is about Oliver Hazard-Perry post Schuyler. We see him very heartbroken and at the brink of a very dark road. Then he met this witch named Freya who, with a little bit of magic, helped him bounce back from that situation. Incidentally, Freya is one of de la Cruz's characters in her adult series, Witches of East End, so I think I will grab that book later.

Next one is Allegra Van Alen and Bendix Chase, Chuyler's father, love story and how it all started in Endicott. We get to see Allegra and her twin Charles before Blue Bloods. Allegra is like Schuyler in the sense that when she found the man she's supposed to be with

And last but not the least is Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force's bonding. But before all that there were some major trouble that ensued that almost put a dampen to their impending "nuptials". Venators abducted Oliver and tricked Schuyler into having Jack wear this ring which is like an amulet that would prevent him from unleashing Abaddon. They however under estimated the lovers and soon enough Drusilla's plans were foiled and Jack and Schuyler's union pushed through in front of people that support their relationship. Sadly this is also the prelude to them parting ways because each has their own journey and mission to complete.



October 29, 2011

Olympian Rule a Talk Supe Special


In anticipation for our November Guest Blog

Henry Cavill's Facebook Fan Page

and the upcoming movie
Immortals


starring man candy
Henry Cavill


we hereby declare November as
Olympian Rule

The Greeks have always been a big influence in the modern world,
you can feel their touch in literature, philosophy, architecture and the arts.
So this is Talk Supe's way of saying
Thank You!
for the legacy you left us
by featuring Greek influenced movies, books and anything that caught our
fancy at one point.

Here's what we have so far, stories that has some Greek elements on them

Morrigan's Cross by Nora Robers

read an excerpt here
Series: Circle Trilogy 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 29, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon

Number-one New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts delivers an extraordinary new trilogy--an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for the fate of humanity...

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea...

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family's embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world--and those beyond it...

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan's charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one he's lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit--and his heart--have become.
Hoyt Mac Cionaoith is a sorcerer from the 12th century Ireland. He witnessed Cian turned from human to a vampyre by Lilith.

By the goddess Morrigan's blessing, Hoyt is now on a mission to stop Lilith and her legion of undead. He travels forward in time and got reacquainted with Cian in 21st century New York. After much deliberation, Cian is now part of the circle of 6, Morrigan's army, that will squash Lilith's plan for world dominion on Samhain.

Soon enough the army is complete and their first encounter with Lilith was bloody. But even with Morrigan's backing, can the circle accomplish what they set out to do?


Nora Roberts is probably an author you wouldn't expect to read in our blog. I personally haven't read any of her novels until this one. But running a blog can open your mind to a lot of possibilities and who ever said that adventures should be limited to physical adventures?

I was a blank slate when I started this book. All I know is that Roberts will be exploring Celtic myth and the setting is in Ireland with a touch of time travel and that was something I got excited about. A new spin on something old. The vampires in this series are old school: nocturnal, scary, can glamour and shape shift, terrifyingly beautiful, very ruthless predators and most definitely formidable villains. Very reminiscent of Dracula if you ask me.

Now I know that Nora Roberts is a romance author so I was really expecting to swoon over the cheesy but intense romance. I'm not sure about her other novels but on this book, that part was a little flat. Although I like that Glenna was very confident about herself and went after the very conservative Hoyt. But unfortunately I wasn't swept away by the chase.

The characters' profiles are interesting but it wasn't supported that much by their back stories aside from the leads. Book one focused a lot on Hoyt and Glenna and a bit about Cian but I wanted to read more about the other circle members, Queen Moira, Larkin who is a shifter, and Blair a demon hunter who is a descendant of Hoyt and Cian's sister. And of course contrast it with Lilith and her minions.

So will I read books 2 and 3? I will because book 1 gave me enough juice to prod me further and finish the trilogy. We'll meet more characters and I'm hoping that the Tuatha De will make an appearance plus I'm interested about Morrigan and Lilith so hopefully I get to read more about them in the succeeding books.

My favorite quotes:
"Do you miss the sun?" Hoyt wondered. "Walking in it, feeling it on your face?"
"They've found it gives you cancer of the skin." Cian
"But her strengths lie in her bow and in her mind." Larkin in defense of Moira
"Great, she can think a vamp to death. Let me know how that works out." Blair

October 27, 2011

Book Giveaway: Blood and Guitars by Heather Jensen


Now it's time to share some love with you guys!
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Guest Blogger: Heather Jensen


Our featured guest blogger for this week is

Heather Jensen


author of
Blood and Guitars

I’m honored to be posting on Talk Supe today. I feel right at home in a blog full of all things paranormal. I can’t say exactly when my writing addiction began but I know by the age of twelve I was constantly writing down stories. My best friend can attest to this, and I apologize to her regularly for having to read them all. A trip to historic Europe inspired my first novel, which I began writing as a teenager and self-published at the age of twenty. I’ve always been a big fan of fantasy but I didn’t find my niche until I discovered the world of paranormal fantasy. I actually had the idea for my latest novel, Blood And Guitars, twelve years ago while I was in high school. I was really inspired by the work of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. In a twist of fate there was a post about her work on the site just this week. Her vampire novels were thrilling and made me see vampires in a brand new light (or would that be dark?) Amelia was a young writer and made me realize that if she could do it, so could I. I consider myself one of her biggest fans. Seriously. My only child is named Zane. It’s cool to be named after a snake, right? (TS: Yup Zane is a pretty cool name!)

In Blood And Guitars I combined two things I’m very passionate about: vampires and music. I’ve been playing drums for almost fifteen years and guitar for about ten and I did an apprenticeship in a recording studio after college. My passion for music naturally leaked into my writing a long time ago. I’m a fan of all types of music but there are a few specific bands whose songs fill up my writing playlist. Catalyst, the fictional band in the Blood And Guitars series, was inspired by bands such as The All American Rejects, Secondhand Serenade, 30 Seconds To Mars, Dashboard Confessional, and Jimmy Eat World just to name a few. If I could pick an actor to play Trey, the band’s lead singer/rhythm guitarist, in a movie it would probably be Chace Crawford. If Trey could jump off my pages and come to life, he’d look a lot like Chace. Trey is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing. One thing I love about him is that he’s very down-to-earth and levelheaded, despite the fame and fortune the band’s success has brought him. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is fiercely loyal to those he cares about, making it hard not to love him. 

My inspiration for Aurora is a little different. I saw a picture on the internet years ago of a drawing of a young vampire woman with jet black hair and soulful, poison-green eyes. The image is still burned into my mind, although I’ve never been able to find it again. Luckily, I have another image of a woman who looks just like her. Aurora is a bit of a walking contradiction in the fact that she’s a beautiful, exceptionally powerful young vampire, but she feels very isolated and alone at times. Even her name means Goddess of the dawn, which is ironic for a vampire who has more control over her moon-given abilities at night and would rather sleep the daylight hours away. When I began writing the book, I had just started dabbling in oil painting, something I still enjoy when I find the time. Making Aurora an artist gives her that creative outlet that acts like therapy when she’s feeling out of place in a world filled with humans. She finds solace when she’s at her art studio, The Waking Moon. Aurora tends to be a perfectionist, meaning she has a good head for business, but she secretly craves the freedom and spontaneity that she finds in Trey.

My writing process has changed a lot over the years. Before I had my son I never went to bed on this side of midnight, but since then I’ve had to adapt my writing schedule to accommodate everything that comes with being a stay-at-home mom. These days I mostly write while he’s at school. When I start writing a story I make a general outline first. I still have the original outline and character bios for Blood And Guitars that I scribbled down in my 5-Star notebook in class when I was sixteen. Once I get to know my characters I find that they are quite capable of navigating the story in their own way, opening up paths that I could never have anticipated.

I’m currently working on the second book in the Blood And Guitars trilogy, tentatively titled Immortals and Melodies, and plan to release it in print and e-book next summer. (TS: Yay!)

I have a website/blog dedicated to my writing at www.heatherjensen.info . I love doing research for my stories, which leads to hours spent Googling things online. As a result, I have pictures of places and things from Blood And Guitars on the site. You’ll also find other fun things like Catalyst lyrics, Character bios, and more.
      
Thanks to Braine and Cimmaron for having me on Talk Supe today! I hope you’ll all enter to win a Blood And Guitars e-book in the giveaway.


Get your copy of Blood And Guitars at the following sites:
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            Blood And Guitars Twitter hashtag: #bandg
            Blood And Guitars Official Book Trailer: 

Blood and Guitars by Heather Jensen

Series: Blood and Guitars 1
Format: ARC from the author
Release Date: June 17, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon

When Aurora meets Trey, a famous singer and musician, she’s only hoping to get her fill of human blood for the week. The last thing Aurora expects is for Trey to make her feel alive for the first time since she was, well, alive. It begins with a casual painting lesson at her art studio, The Waking Moon, and quickly turns into a forbidden romance. Aurora is forced to hide her true identity from Trey, while keeping her relationship with the human a secret from other vampires in her Brood. Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.

A couple of weeks ago Heather Jensen stumbled upon our blog and requested that we give her book a try. We are truly flattered that she thought of us and it was a good deal because we didn't get the short end of the stick. Honestly I was a bit hesitant to read it because I want to steer clear from the Bellas and Luces that keeps on popping up in these YA novels. Seriously people, there's nothing cute about UNempowered girls and women. So I was very happy that Blood and Guitars wasn't like that, in fact Heather Jensen's novel was a super easy read and the heroine, Aurora was normal. I finished it on one afternoon.

The book opens with a meeting about trouble in the vampire world and although the initial mood is dark and foreboding, as the story moves forward it becomes light and airy. It focuses on Aurora's break from vampire politics, as she calls it, and Trey initially provided the much needed distraction and he reminds her of how exuberant life is when you live it outside the shadows.

The fact that Aurora is a vampire seems trivial because the story didn't revolve around her nocturnal practices rather it was all about Aurora and Trey and how they fell inlove. I find Aurora and Trey's courtship very cute and old fashioned, he would woo her with his song writing and she'd impress him with her skill in painting. They shared each other's world and there is an easy camaraderie between the two of them. It's a good break from the hot and heavy and although their relationship is unconventional and forbidden, the mood of their relationship is breezy and right.

The first half of the book was mostly told in Trey's POV, here Jensen paints Trey's world to us and gives us a clear picture of his character. I understand that this part is important to stress the contrast between the lead characters but after establishing a certain feel on Trey's world I felt that it became static and I was sort of hoping for something extraordinary.  

Or maybe on this part the band's relationship with Wes, the band manager, could've been further highlighted. I don't want to give away too much but Wes has a hand on how the story ends. Unfortunately he was more like a passing character and his significance in the scheme of things was underplayed. So when tragedy struck, I found it difficult to sympathize with the characters because I didn't really feel Wes in the story too much.

Another thing that bothered me a little were the shifts in POV especially towards the end because the story is written on the first point of view, alternating between Aurora and Trey. A title in every chapter would've helped because there were several instances where I have to backtrack a bit and figure out who's thoughts and version of the story I was reading. But this nuance wouldn't distract you from the story, it's just my OCD kicking in.

In summary, I like the love story, it's like spring/summer and Trey is such a wonderful hero. He's not a jerk, he knows how to treat women right, down to earth and even his band, Catalyst is like that. You'd want them around as your friends and they are far from the usual sex-drugs-and-rock 'n roll kind of thing. Aurora's character too has some interesting layers, being a predator it is expected that she'll be an Alpha and would protect what's hers but at the same time she's soft and feminine with Trey. She has a lot of restraint especially on using her super telepathic powers on him.

So I urge you to pick up a copy or join our book giveaway later. It's nice to steer clear from the Bellas, Edwards and Luces once in a while. Try something light, sweet and happy for a change, I promise it can do wonders for you.


Stay tuned for Heather Jensen's guest blog and our book giveaway.
In the meantime, enjoy Blood and Guitar's book trailer.


October 25, 2011

The Shapeshifters by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

read an excerpt here
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 12, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon

Hawksong
Danica Shardae, an avian shapeshifter, will do anything in her power to stop the war that has raged between her people and the serpiente—even pretend to be in love with Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, and accept him as her pair bond. But will Zane strike as swiftly and lethally as the cobra that is his second form?

Snakecharm
A surprising union has brought peace to the avians and serpiente. Soon a child will be born to carry on their royal lines. But Syfka, an ancient falcon, is claiming that one of her people is hidden in the avian and serpiente land. Is Syfka’s lost falcon just a ruse to stir up controversy among them?

Falcondance
Nicias is a falcon, the son of two exiles from Ahnmik, and images of this distant island have always haunted his dreams. When his visions become more like reality, his parents send him back to the homeland—and a royal falcon—they’ve tried their best to forget.

Wolfcry
Oliza Shardae Cobriana is heir to Wyvern’s Court, home of the avians and serpiente, whose war with each other ended just before Oliza was born. But hatred is slow to die, and Oliza’s serpiente suitor is found beaten in avian land. How can she be expected to lead a unified society if her people still cannot live peacefully together?

Wyvernhail
Hai, daughter of a falcon mother and a deceased cobra father, is considered a mongrel by most, an ally by some, and a friend by few. When Hai’s cousin abdicates the throne of Wyvern’s Court, Hai has visions of destruction. Now she will do anything to protect her new home—even if it means betraying the very people who need her most.

THIS IS NOT FOR ME

Like Den of Shadows, The Shapeshifters is a digest of AAR's Were series. However we are not talking about the staple wolves and all that. In AAR's world, her shifters are avians (hawks, falcons, ravens), serpents (cobra, boas) and tigers.

This has at least a thousand pages with 5 summarized stories. It's edited smartly and the essence of the stories were not compromised. At first I was intimidated by such a thick book but once I started I realized that I couldn't put it down. The Shapeshifters is more of a science-fiction/fantasy read than paranormal. But it's still dark and gritty told with amazing clarity

Basically this is a story about war, love, loyalty, fealty and betrayal. The book opens with Hawksong and we're in the middle of a long war between the Hawks and the Cobras. So much has been lost for reasons nobody remembers anymore until a truce has been offered. The only way to unite warring factions is through an old fashioned alliance via marriage. The Hawk Queen Danica Shardae is to be married to the Cobra King Zane Cobriana. Soon assassinations followed but Danica and Zane's good intent prevailed and those trials made them realize that their union is more than a political alliance but a marriage of the heart.

In Snakecharm, Danica and Zane realizes that maybe some of their goals have been too idealistic. Yes the war has ceased for now but years of hatred and animosity is still skimming the surface of their kingdoms. Danica is now with child and though part human, their shifter side is still a dominant gene in their make up. Not everyone is keen on having a ruler who is not of pure blood. Plus which form will their child take, that of a Hawk or a Cobra? Will their people accept the heir that they will leave to lead them?Will the peace end on their reign or will it continue for generations? On top of that, the fearsome Empire of the Falcons are in their midst, searching for the lost bretheren.

Wyvern
Falcondance is a couple of years after Snakecharm set in Danica and Zane's Wyvern Court. Told in the voice of Nicias, a falcon aristocrat whose parents were exiled. His magic is now calling to him which forced him to visit the Falcon Empire. This story is a bit of a drag, it feels monotonous as Nicias tries to understand his roots but everyone has their own agenda. He's between a tug of war and he can't decide which call to heed to.

Come Wolfcry, Oliza (Danica and Zane's daughter) is caught in a crossroads. First one of her suitors is attacked then she gets abducted. Which only proves how far the Wyvern court is from healing thousands of years of war between the avian and serpiente. On top of that, other kingdoms are meddling with their affairs because Oliza having both hawk and sperpent magic is a threat. As a result, Oliza abdicated from the throne and named her cousin and aunt as her successors. AND she chose a lady wolf as her mate.

And it all ends in Wyvernhail, where loyalties are tested and life changing choices are made.
The story has an exotic feel to it, the names of the characters are so unique it defines their personalities. The setting is medieval in the sense that there are warring kingdoms and empires, alliances, old fashioned swords and arrows and military strategies. I love the pace and the conflicts of each story is so complex you're kept guessing who the villain is.

However, the story lost me at mid point. For some reason I wasn't able to connect with the rest of the stories anymore. It became too technical for me to grasp, the complicated jargons especially the focus on the dances mentioned were way over my head. I understand that the novels are shortened to fit the concept but probably it wasn't a very good idea to have done that.

Another thing that was a little off for me were the characters' love matches. It wouldn't have mattered if they were plain people but since their animal sides are dominant and their bloodline is apparent on both their human and animal forms. For instance, Oliza is a Wyvern (hawk and serpent) who chose a female wolf as her mate, ok that's safe but how about a cross breed of a hawk and a falcon or raven? A falcon and a viper? An avian and a wolf? I mean the genetic implications are mind boggling!

In my opinion, in stories like this one the difference all lie in the details. It's very tricky to create a universe and make it as vivid and real in the pages. There were a lot of things in the series that are Atwater-Rhodes' own, things that you will only read from her and not anywhere else. The magic became alchemy for me, that's how complicated the story became from Falcondance til the end.
Oh well, maybe it's just me and my limited imagination.


October 23, 2011

Loved It: Envy by J.R. Ward


Series: The Fallen Angels 3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. And a man and a woman treading the lines of danger, desire and deliverance/ As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas DelVecchio Jr grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father. Hired to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in Veck is both professional and arousingly personal. But Veck and Sophia have a common interest. He's Jim Herron, a mysterious stranger enlisted to save the soul of a killer's latest victim, one precariously hovering between heaven and hell. Before Herron's job is done, Veck and Sophia will be inexorably drawn into a battle of good against evil, where the risk is nothing less than total damnation.
Fallen Angels Sunday presents


October 19, 2011

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

read an excerpt here
Series: Paranormalcy 2
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be...kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.
Evie thought she got away from IPCA once and for all. She's going through the motions of being a normal teenager, surviving gym class and planning for college. She got her sights on Georgetown so it's imperative that she get straight A's. Her relationship with Lend is going perfectly. The perfect life with a perfect boyfriend.

Until Raquel paid her a visit and asked her help for some minor IPCA business. She was reluctant at first but Evie misses her life as an IPCA agent so she accepted Raquel's invite. This caused problems with Lend and definitely put her life in danger more than once.

But Evie's little gig in IPCA is far from over. She gets another visit from her ex, the fae Reth, and he reveals heartbreaking information about Evie and her . Evie never felt so dejected plus there's a fae out to get her. How she wished she listened to Lend and left IPCA forever.

I've read mixed reviews about this Paranormalcy sequel and what resounded the most was that Supernaturally was deemed slow compared to it's prequel. I do not complety agree with that, first of all I can't put the book down and managed to finish it in one sitting. I guess the reason why some readers made the comparison is because Evie is more normal than paranormal.

The book shows us the inner conflict that Evie has for herself. She didn't agree with a lot of things that IPCA did to paranormal beings so she left but at the same time she misses the adrenaline rush and the sense of purpose she had when she was still an agent. She also misses her friends and people who basically raised her. But on the other hand, she wants to give being normal a try and though she's still living with supernatural beings, there's a big difference between a member and a moderator.

I like Spernaturally and the series for that matter. It's light and funny and far from the usual dark and depressing YA stories. I just wish that White could've dedicated a chapter about Evie post damning her father. I think that's another reason why fans were disgruntled because White sort of skipped Evie's introspection and immediately jumped to Jack and the fae.

Anyway the Paranormaly series' tempo is upbeat and certainly fresh. It has a unique sense of humor and I like Evie's adventures and White's monsters. The third and last book of the series, Endlessly, will be released sometime next year.


October 18, 2011

Highland Fever over Karen Marie Moning


I discovered Karen Marie Moning by accident in one of my book haunts. I had a chick lit phase going and thought that I should try something new. I saw the cover of Shadowfever and decided to give the series a go. Best decision ever!

What happened next was one of the best two weeks of my reading life. I can't put the darn books down! I was so into Mac and Barrons but mostly I found V'lane sexy and beyond interesting. The chemistry between these three were so palpable at times it feels like the pages of the books are breathing with sex, passion and mystery.

I love Mac, I love how she transitioned from this blonde happy-go-lucky southern belle to this dark haired Unseelie killing machine. She wanted not just vengeance but everything to do with her sister Alina's death. And I felt her guilt and frustration. I felt her attraction to Barrons and really found her interactions with V'lane hilarious. Stripping in a museum and having spontaneous orgasms? Wow! I've never read anything like this.    

I've read countless stories about fairies but nothing like FAERY. V'lane is this stone faced, cold hearted guy who can give Mac all the riches in the universe but doesn't feel an ounce of human emotion but just mimics it! He is sexy as hell but his eyes are as cold as dry ice. A perfect combination of hot and cold. The Fae history and the power that they wield reeled me in and the way Moning just put us in suspense about the King, Queen and the Concubine got me speculating nonstop.

And och! Jericho Barrons! Heaven help me but why create such an impossible man to find or even conjure in real life?! He is the reason why KMM's page is currently under supervision because fans are just so passionate about him. No mortal man can ever come close to the idea of Barrons but there is much about the man that remains unknown. I was elated when KMM announced her movie deal and writing more Fever books.


So of course with this tremendous find, I hounded Cimmaron to pick up the series as well. At first I felt anxious that she wouldn't like it but I'm glad that it went the other way. Thus this blog and everything else Became.

Now Cimmaron took it further, she went back and gave the Highlander Series a go. If you've been following our blog for quite some time, you might have read about Cimmaron gushing about these Scottish warriors. So hoping to get me infatuated with these Highlanders, she lent me the first seven books.

Overall I found the series funny and I was happy to pick up new terms like toop, tupping and doona ken. These men are magnificent creatures and how cool is it that they are like Barrons? Tall, dark and definitely handsome, pure undiluted testosterone. Even the side stories are funny, it's your typical romantic comedy in paper. I also loved that Aoibheal, pre-comatose, was a permanent fixture in all the books. It made me understand why the King fell in love with her and caused all that shiznit to go down in Fever.

My favorite are Hawk and Grimm's stories. It was non stop LOL alternated by delicious shivers running up and down my spine the entire time I was reading it. All the stories are old school historical romance that I'd lose sleep over when I was in my teens. The characters are engaging and the scenarios are so ridiculous that I can't help but wish I'd fall in a cave and wake a slumbering Highlander.

The Highlander series is a hodgepodge of everything you want in a romance novel. It has all the right ingredients that would make you want to plan a trip to Scotland and start wearing a lot of plaid and wish a guy who's six and a half feet tall would come and claim you as theirs.

It's obvious that I'm rambling and that's because I can't get enough of Karen and her world. I wish she writes a Fae series after Fever and I'm praying that the movie adaptation will be as kick ass as the novels.


October 16, 2011

Memnoch the Devil

Fallen Angels Sunday
presents


The Vampire Lestat is at it again, prowling the streets for interesting crime mongers and this time he picked mob boss Roger. Soon after Roger's demise, he started haunting Lestat and requested that the vampire look after his daughter Dora, a TV Evangelist.

At the same time Lestat feels that someone or something is following him. Soon enough, his stalker introduced himself: The Devil, Satan, Lucifer or Memnoch, a former Arcangel who fell from God's graces after he mated with a human woman and eventually became the human race's champion. Memnoch then takes Lestat in a little trip and let him witness his version of events.

This is the 5th novel in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. It is the author's and my favorite amongst all the Chronicles. Needless to say that this was very provocative, controversial and some devout catholics might even deem it blasphemous.

If you're familiar with Anne Rice and her atheist days, most of her old works were written during the dark days of her soul and Memonoch the Devil is part of her numerous obras including The Mayfair Witches. I feel like I've stepped into Anne Rice's spiritual journal and read her doubts about the Catholic faith.

Memnoch is Lucifer and as per this tale he is Man's champion. He fell not because he was jealous of Man but because he loved Man and our ability to love and be passionate. He challenged, opposed and ultimately angered God that he was banished from Heaven.

Rice sort of presented the idea of the Divine as someone who is manipulative. An omnipotent being who want his creation to follow him through fear and awe by performing miracles and preaching. Memnoch wanted Man to discover and experience God's love through his creation, in our own way, and not because an organized religion said so. It also presented the idea of fate versus free will. He even alleged that Judas Escariot became a vampire!

I've been raised by Catholic nuns and priests and religion has been a centripetal force in my growth and development and this book made me curious, scared and blasphemous. It drew me to ask questions and step away from beliefs that I've abided by in so long because Anne Rice asked some of the questions that I actually thought of but was too sissy to say out loud.

In the end Lestat found out that Memnoch and God were sort of in cohorts and manipulated him. They used him and his connection to Dora to influence people because at the end of the day these two factions are still at war over our souls. What's even more provocative is the idea of Hell and Satan, it's something to scare us and choose God because Heaven forbid, who would want to suffer for eternity right? And that Memnoch's goal is to steer everyone from being damned so that he can go home and take his place next to his fellow angels.

I urge you to pick up this series and you can stop at Memnoch the Devil. There is a reason why most vampire lovers call and hail Anne Rice as the Queen of Vampires and that is because her stories transcend the pages of the books. Lestat and friends are one of those characters whose stories are so spectacular and personalities so big they end up lingering in your minds long after you've put down the book. The Vampire Chronicles is one of the best Vampire Series ever written and the fact that these stories are still evolving it only proves that soon enough, the Chronicles will be joining the ranks of Stoker and Shelley.


October 13, 2011

Writer Wrangler: Allison Cassatta & Book Giveaway


It's another episode of Writer Wrangler here in Talk Supe and today
Allison Cassata of Evernight: Romance in the world of Darkness
is here to take us behind-the-scenes of her romantica anthology.


What made you decide to make an anthology instead of a full length novel?
I had the idea of Angel With Devil Wings in mind and had most of it written, but I didn’t see it being a full length novel, mainly because I am currently working on the second novel in my series, The Immortals Saga, and I knew it would take too long to try to write that story as a novel. Honestly, the anthology idea hit me and within fifteen minutes, I’d emailed the acquisitions editor for XoXo and pitched the idea to her. She loved it and told me to go with it.
Can you tell us more about the the selection process for the stories to be published?
Through Facebook, I’ve met a ton of really good story tellers and I thought if I gave them an opportunity to be published, then a lot of them would really stand up and shine. My friends didn’t let me down at all. Some of them took a good bit of prodding. I had a lot of “but I’m not good enough” responses, but in the end, they really came through. Basically, the way it worked, I threw the idea out there, told them the requirements and said, “Now… go write!” I had a lot of good stories and a lot that had the potential to be great.
What inspired you to write about Fallen Angels?
The fallen angels have always fascinated me. The nephilim and the story of Lilith and the book of Enoch, all very interesting and I’m not even Christian. Their history is so complex and I thought, let’s put a paranormal, romantic spin on it and see what happens. AWDW happened, and no, the story isn’t complete. Be on the lookout for Evernight Vol 2, coming sometime next year. Dani and Gabriel’s story will continue!

Allison Cassatta
Angel with Devil Wings is not sexy but erotic, do you consider yourself an erotica writer?
Actually, no. I normally don’t do erotica. Yes, most of my stories have sex in them… okay, all of them have some degree of sex in them, but they are all classic romances. I wanted to put together an Anthology that was more erotica than romance because fans kept pushing me to write more sex. So, this was my way of giving them what they asked for, while still trying to keep a hint of romanticism in there.
Are your other works as provocative as the short story?
Honestly, I don’t think so. I think the only one that comes close, at this point, is Sins of the Heart. The next one coming out in Jan/Feb 2012 from Dreamspinner probably has about the same amount of heat to it titled Kissing is Easy...
In Evernight, though the stories are short it doesn't lack in steam, was this a requirement in your anthology?
These were the requirements: Relationships must be heterosexual in nature. Though bi-sexuality is allowed, the HEA (happily ever after) couple must be hetero. This is going to be an erotic anthology with a dark/gothic them. The main character/characters must go through some tragedy or strife, must overcome something in order for them to have their HEA. Submissions should be no longer than 6k words and must be no shorter than 4,500 words.

When we read to submissions, we chose the ones that best fit those requirement.
 Can you tell us more about The Witch's Familiar and Immortal?
The Witch’s Familiar is a sweet little lesbian romance about a young woman who comes from a long line of witches and she’d recently lost her mother and grandmother due to illness. But, because of their beliefs, the women refused to see doctors. Well, during her time of morning, she turns to her best friend who is… well, BLAH… and yeah, I’m not giving anymore away, but it’s an adorable story and the women have to overcome a lot to have their HEA.
Immortal was my first full-length novel. It’s about a girl from a small, southern town who falls for a vampire and finds herself running for her life, and the life of their child. There are a ton of unexpected twists and turns and some really heinous bad guys, but it turned out to be a fun romantic thriller. The second book is in the works. I expect to have it finished in the next month or so.
Where can we follow your work?
http://www.allisoncassatta.com/ or Facebook or Google+ or Goodreads… I try to be all over the place! 
Any other upcoming projects?
XoXo is releasing another M/M romance called, From Ashes to Flame in November. It’s another one with Guardian Angels. And Dreamspinner Press is releasing Kissing is Easy… at the beginning of 2012. It’s about two guys who have been friends all their lives. One is realizing he’s in love with the other one, though he didn’t know his friend had been gay the entire time. As I said before, the second Immortal book is coming and it will be called Dhamphir, as well as volume 2 of Evernight. That will be released sometime next year as well.


Time for the giveaway!

Allison has been generous and offered to give away a digital copy of Evernight.
In return she just has a tiny request and that is if you can post
a review for the book in Goodreads.

This is how you join:
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Leave a comment and include your email address so we can notify you

The giveaway runs from October 13 and closes on October 16 at 5pm EST.
We'll announce the winner of on October 17, Monday

Thanks everyone and spread the word!
We're looking forward to you joining our Supe circle.

Evernight


Allison Cassatta's official site
In the next twelve stories, you will read about vampires and werewolves, angels and demons, and monsters of all kinds overcoming some of the most difficult hurdles simply to find their one true love, to find their happiness
A couple of weeks ago we published our review for one of the stories in this anthology, Tears of a Mermaid by Aaron Speca and Patricia Laffoon, an adult retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. Now to give you a better picture of this digest, I decided to give it a go and share my insights with you.

Essentially there are twelve romantica (romance+erotica) tales about werewolves, witches, vampires, mermaids and other preternatural creatures gracing the pages of Allison Cassatta's project. If you're looking for a quick read or something to fill in those minutes in a long commute or a short bedtime story then this might be ideal for you.

I like the concept of a digest, it gives us value for our time and money. A fellow blogger once referred to books as the cheapest vacation available and a collection of short stories has the potential to be a good book cruise. I also like the fact that this anthology was written by noveau writers and some of the stories are really good. The ideas behind the plots are unique and interesting (. Allison Cassatta made a very good platform for people who write on their leisure and getting published might be just what they need to keep those creative juices flowing. Who knows, some of them may be the next NYT bestselling author. So on this regard, I applaud you Ms. Cassatta for giving your fellow writers a chance.

However I find that this is more of a hit or miss thing. But then again I'm not really a fan of erotica. I like a good and steamy love story but like what I've mentioned in one of my blog posts, the dirty parts can make or break the tale, it's all about the choice and combination of words even if it's erotica. Dirty can still be classy and gritty, it doesn't have to be back alley slimey. To be more accurate, I feel that the only time the P***y word is justified to use to call the female body part is if (1) it's a rape scene, (2) people are throwing insults, (3) when you're watching porn and/or reading smut. I strongly feel that it's not appropriate to use the word to tell the story between two people in love in the throes of passion. Allison, in my humble opinion I think you should've just schucked The Vampire's Mate, it's the rotten apple in the bunch.

As for the other romantica stories, they did the stories right, pushing the boundaries and giving the readers a different spin on the usual. Romantica encourages us to explore our limits and discover for ourselves if we're ready to move away from our comfort zone. It echoes our darkest fantasies that we dare not share with other people even our lovers. Some of the short stories in Evernight screamed those musing at the top of their lungs!

So if you like romantica then Evernight is right up your alley and by all means, go and get it from Amazon or XoXo Publishing! I guarantee that you'll like it and probably contradict every point I've made in this blog.


List of Short Stories in Evernight 

Angel with Devil Wings - Allison Cassatta

Moonlit Hearts - Donya Lynne

The Vampire’s Mate - T.A. Gray

Eternally - Amber Summers

Not Even in Death - Angela Kerns

The Ritual - Sherrie Henry

Wulf’s Curse - Tracey Steinbach

Another Time, Another Era of Darkness - Audrina Leone & Nikki Blake

New Beginnings - Lee Leskova & N. Bance

Tears of the Mermaid - Aaron Speca & Patricia Laffoon

Hunted - Johanna Rae

Desire of the Damned - L.S. Beck