June 27, 2013

Loved It: Prince of Power by Elisabeth Staab

Series: Chronicles of Yavn 2
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
This Fight Is Personal...

Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king's beautiful sister, Tyra...and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes...

Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined...

As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that's decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other...

I've read King of Darkness a while back and I must say that I instantly fell in love with Elisabeth Staab's characters, world and writing voice. The story as a whole is easy to get into, uncomplicated but  not without substance, sexy and very entertaining. Some readers have compared Chronicles of Yavn to that other popular modern vampire series set in Caldwell, New York and I have to agree that to a certain extent, Chronicles of Yavn (Yet Another Vampire Novel... yes, that's what Yavn stands for) is reminiscent of them gorgeous warriors BUT as you move forward with the story, you'll realize that though EStaab's world is familiar, it's far from ordinary. 

PRINCE OF POWER is the second novel in the series and the story revolves mainly on Tyra Yavn Morgan, warrior princess and sister to the vampire race's current king, Thad Yavn, and Anton, a wizard and the vampire race's arch nemesis. Forbidden love is the main theme of the story among others, and reading these two navigate through this muddled, impossible romance is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Tyra and Anton's story worked really well for me because EStaab didn't force their pairing, Thad and the other characters voiced out some of my concerns about Anton like; can they trust Anton not to sell them out as he's a wizard and his kind has been hunting and killing vampires for as long as they can remember?; Are his intentions really pure or is he there to spy on them, looking for vulnerabilities so his kind can have the upper hand?; to mention a few. As a reader, I'm a little wary of the guy but it's hard not to be won over by the wizard.
Maybe one day your kind here will come to trust me.
Anton gradually proved himself and his trustworthiness. His character development is a little painful to witness because he truly is an outsider even amongst his kind especially now that he's involved with Tyra. That face-off with his father, Master Wizard and his number one critic and antagonist is cathartic and heartbreaking, I have to give him props for having balls of steel and sticking to what he thinks is right! The only thing that I have to say about Anton is his slightly annoying hero-complex, I guess he's trying to over compensate the fact that he's a wizard among vampires, still it's so easy to love the guy. He's straightforward with his intentions and is far from calculating, a marvel considering what he is. As for Tyra, she kicks serious ass! She's brawny but soft, tough and a little vulnerable. I guess I just have a weakness for tough-as-nails women.

PRINCE OF POWER and the entire series will appeal to paranormal romance fans. EStaab's plot is layered and though there are lead characters in every novel, the side stories and secondary characters are just as interesting to follow. Chronicles of Yavn has humanized super characters who are well defined. The heroes have their own sorrows but it's not as emotionally dark as their other counterparts so it remains light, entertaining, action-packed and have I said sexy? The world building is excellent, pervasive and believable despite its paranormal aspect primarily because the conflict, though supernatural in nature, is relatable and basic. So if you love PNR/UF, add King of Darkness and PRINCE OF POWER to your TBR and must-read lists, you won't regret it.

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Many thanks to the Talk Supe gang for having me on their blog today, and from me and the Yavn family, happy anniversary! Wishing you many more happy endings in your future, and a lot more happy blogging. J -- Elisabeth

Fiction/Non fiction everybody should take the time to read.

A fiction book I think everyone should read is Sati by Christopher Pike, about a man who picks up a hitchhiker who says she’s God. It was one of the first “adult” books I read waaay back in high school and it had an impact that stuck with me my entire life. It’s hilarious and a little bit fucked-up but it definitely makes you think about the way you look at the world. 

A nonfiction book I think everyone should read is After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back by Nancy Venable Raine. For anybody who knows someone who has survived sexual assault, this book explains the physical and emotional trauma in what I think is a very realistic and tangible way. And for someone who has survived rape themselves, it’s a story that can make the experience less isolating. It also discusses the steps this author took to heal, which can be terribly helpful. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that the chances are excellent that in our lifetime a good many of us will fall into one of those two categories. 

Last book you've read & what did you think about it.
I just finished two: Left on St-truth-be-well by Amy Lane, and Hopeless by Colleen Hoover which Both were awesome but about as different as two books could be. Left on St-truth-be-well is a lighthearted m/m novella about a trip to Florida gone awry, and it was very loosely based on a trip a few of us authors took to a conference. I was lucky enough to be given an ARC but I think it will be out in July. Hopeless was a really well-done, reeeally dark story that I needed Kleenex and a whole lot of standup comedy after finishing. It was a worthwhile read, but I’d suggest those with childhood trauma proceed carefully. 

Fellow author you were so excited to meet in RT.
I was so excited to meet a lot of authors at RT! Meeting Tiffany Reisz was a huge thrill thrill, I fucking loved The Siren and the rest of the books in the Original Sinners series. Total girl-crush on that lady. I also really enjoyed meeting NA author Nyrae Dawn with whom I’ve since become very good friends. Among other things, we share a mutual love of the Spartacus series. 

Are you a purse, shoe, accessory or make-up addict?
Yes. ;) Mostly shoes and makeup. When I find a purse I love, I’m very loyal. I’ve had my favorite Coach bag so long that I recently had to replace the zipper (I like to test the laws of physics when it comes to stuffing things into my purse. The zipper finally gave in). With shoes I like to share the love. There’s an entire section of my closet devoted to my shoes.

Beauty product you swear by.
Help Me by Philosophy which is a gentle nonprescription retinol that helps with fine lines and acne, and BareMinerals ready foundation which will spackle over damn near anything. Love that stuff.

Fill in the blanks: 
I want Pana Hema Taylor to massage my calves. (that was hard! I have a lot of wishes)

Complete the sentence: 
People would be very surprised to find out that I don’t eat sugar. Or if they haven’t read my books, I think people are shocked when they hear me swear. I think it’s the glasses. I seem like some sort of sweet librarian. Then I open my mouth and the F-bomb falls out. A lot. ;)

Favorite comfort food. 
Oatmeal. Which sounds very much like an old lady snack, but I smother it in chopped apples, nuts, chocolate (unsweetened), coconut, cinnamon… By the time I get done it’s more like an unbaked cookie, minus the sugar. Okay fine, so it’s still an old lady snack. I also love Chinese takeout. There.

The happiest place on Earth for you.
In a comfy chair, reading a good book. J

Next appearance/gig/signing.
Next big thing I will be at is the Baltimore Book Festival in Maryland on September 28th and 29th. I’ll also be at the Liberty States con in New Jersey in March and I’ll be at RT2014. I try to keep my travel schedule updated at

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She lives in the Washington DC area with her family and one big scaredy cat, where she loves to spend time with good friends, go dancing, collect wacky coffee mugs from which to drink her favorite beverage, and sing off-key in her kitchen (when she isn't making characters fall in love, that is).

Stalk her!

Elisabeth is giving away digital copies of any 
Chronicles of Yavn 
(King of Darkness or Prince of Power, winner's choice)
ebook from Amazon plus a set of swag which includes
a postcard, bookmarks, a King of Darkness trading card and a Prince of Power temporary tattoo to FOUR lucky Supies!

Contest open internationally, ends July 11.

Good luck!


  1. Bones, sexy, funny and love the accent.

  2. I don't have one I love them all. I do have a soft spot for the broody, domineering ones though must be something about that caveman attitude lol

  3. Rage from the BDB. Big,blonde with turquoise eyes...grrrrr

  4. Zsadist...hands down! Thx for the giveaway op!! :)

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I would have to say Zsadist also.

  6. Zsadist is my fav vampire lover! Love the tortured hero :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Crystal Guidroz


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