Undead On Arrival By L.A. Banks

undeadonarrivalAt the end of Bite the Bullet, the second book in the Crimson Moon series, we left Hunter fighting the demon virus. Other than Hunter, all other carriers of the virus have been eliminated or so we believe.
Four weeks have passed since the shadow wolves and werewolves joined forces to defeat the Vampires at the UCE (United Council of Entities) gathering. And for the first time in very long memory, all factions including the Fae, the Dragons, etc, were shown just what the Vampires have been up to and how that will affect each of their own groups.
The alliance between the werewolves and shadow wolves is uneasy and thing aren’t made any easier when the Alpha’s of both have their sights firmly set on the same woman, Sasha. Hunter is taking double doses of the anti virus medication Sasha took to try and control the virus but it just doesn’t seem to work. Both Hunter and Sasha are beginning to question their relationship and Sasha is also living with the fear that she might have to put Max down.

A dead body is found in an alley and suddenly Sasha has to face the fact that she might have left it to late to destroy Hunter and that innocents will die because of her. Add to the mix the return of the werewolf Alpha Shogun and you know things are going to get dicey. Sasha has chemistry with Shogun but she clings to the hope that she can save Max through Shogun.

Another dead body is found and time is running out as the supernatural authorities close in on Hunter. With the vampires hell-bent on creating a situation where the council will have no choice but to execute Max, Sasha now needs her cool logic more than ever. Factions of the council such as the Fae no longer have the opportunity to be neutral and have to make a decision which side they will support.

Seriously this is the best series I have started for a long time. I was captured from the first words in Bad Blood and I found myself through out the day at work wondering what was going to happen next. The way Ms Banks writes left me hanging on the edge of my seat countless times. The way the action keeps coming and the twists when you least expect them keep you coming back for more. Ms Banks CAN I PLEASE HAVE SOME MORE?

Yes You Can! cursedtodeathNext in the series is Cursed to Death coming out September 29, 2009

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Bite the Bullet by L.A. Banks

bitethebulletWell if I thought that Bad Blood was great, my socks were knocked off with Bite the Bullet.

Bite the Bullet is book two in the Crimson Moon Novels by L.A. Banks. This book has everything from action to passion and even the dreaded politics that even in books we can’t seem to get away from. Sasha, the main heroine continues to grow. She is facing her first full moon heat now that she no longer takes the medication to suppress the wolf and that is playing havoc with her logic. While trying to deal with this, the politics of being not just the mate of the American Alpha but the pack enforcer, the other shadows seem to be trying to bring down the pack from the inside. L A Banks continues to create a brand new dynamic where what we think isn’t necessarily what it seems. Sasha’s background as a solider makes her logical and prepared. The one thing that I enjoy is that her military background doesn’t make her a zombie. Sasha does not follow blindly what she is told but chooses to think things through and come up with her own conclusions. She challenges what is happening and believes that everything isn’t as straight forward as she is being told.

The growth in Sasha and Max’s relationship is realistic and they both have to learn to bend. Both have spent their lives alone because of what they were born to be and are used to being alone and thinking that way so the journey they follow to meld together is intense and compelling. The only question I have it the back of my mind is, how was Sasha ever nominated to be a beta (second tier) wolf in the military? Either Rod Butler, her prior pack alpha was, not only physically stronger but genius level intelligent it which case thank god he’s dead or perhaps with Sasha no longer suppressing her shadow she is maturing. I just can’t see that she would ever have been second tier.

Onto Undead on Arrival

Bad Blood – L A Banks (1st in the Crimson Moon Series)

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Firstly I can’t believe I missed this little gem. My books of choice are usually paranormal, suspense, military or urban fantasy. To find this book (ok Rayna pointed it my way) covers the entire above well, I just had to dive right in.

Thank goodness I did. My attention was caught right from the dedication. This book combines all the elements mentioned before seamlessly. The story starts to build from the beginning and I didn’t find any place that lacks in intensity or suffers from over writing.

I love the Native American folklore added in places and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. The characters are well developed and you could see the relationship building. Unlike a lot of novels out there, you can see that the relationship between Sasha and Max is a work in progress. Both of them want something they have never experienced before and you can see them both working through this on their own. There are adjustments that you know both characters are going to have to make to be able to get to the point where they both want to be. Suddenly two people, who have spent their lives almost shunned by all around them, now have found some one who understands and can empathise.

I liked that Sasha is a strong alpha heroine. This is one girl who doesn’t sit back and wait for some one to rescue her. She willing, able and prepared to turn the tables and do the rescuing. She thinks logically and follows thought processes to conclusions while still being able to see possible other processes that might work better.

Usually when I read a book which is “set” in the modern world, I have a hard time believing that these things can go on around us and the “dumb” humans need to be protected. The way that Ms Banks writes her world is by far the best I’ve come across dealing with this and you know what? It makes me wonder if there really are things like this out there that our governments are not telling us about.

I can’t wait to find out more about where Sasha and Max are heading as well as more about the various other groups mentioned in this book such as the shamans, fae, vampires and even the different types of wolves mentioned in this book. I hoping that the dragons will begin to have a bigger part at they are my all time favorites.

The Next book in this series is Bite the Bullet.

Atlantis Unmasked – Alyssa Day

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At the end of Atlantis Unleashed we were left with Grace, one of the leaders of the human rebellion, dashing her best friend Michelle to the hospital after an attack on their headquarters by the vamp’s and shape shifters. Along for the ride to protect them is Alexios, one of the seven.

Grace is a descendent of Diana Goddess of the hunt and as such her arrows never miss. Grace took up her bow after the death of her brother ten years ago at the hand of the vampires. They are attacked by more vamps on the way to the hospital and its touch and go whether Michelle will survive. Grace falls apart in Alexios arms and they share a kiss from which Alexios flees.

After surviving two years of unspeakable torture at the hands of the vampire goddess, scarred Atlantean warrior Alexios wants only one thing: to crush his enemies. And this next mission—to snatch the Vampire’s Bane from the hands of his deadliest foe—promises to do just that…if he can only survive.

Sometime later, Grace is at her training base in St. Augustine and goes for a swim on her brother’s birthday to remember him. On leaving the water she is confronted by Prince Rhys from the High Seelie court and he asks her to arrange a meeting with Alexios because the Fae wish to present a gift to the son of Prince Conlan and Riley. Prince Rhys also lets it be known that Vonos the Primator vampire leader in DC possesses the Vampire’s Bane and it is believed to be in his home that is right near the Grace’s training base.

Now the Fae are notorious for never giving a gift without strings attached (does anyone hear the phrase Beware of Greeks bearing gifts lol) as well as from staying aloof from all that happens in the world so you begin to wonder just what is going on. At the same time this is happening, Alexios is meeting with a longtime friend and ally Lucas from the Yellowstone pack of shape shifters where they are attacked by shape shifters not of Lucas pack. Once the attacking shifters have all been killed, Alexios spirits back to Atlantis to be a part of the joy of the birth of Prince Conlan’s son. While there, he is requested to go to Grace and help her train the next batch of recruits.

On arrival, Alexios feels the pull of Grace and tries to avoid her. When Grace finally corners Alexios and the truth comes out about his past and hers, they both realize that there is much to overcome.

As always I loved this book. Each time I settle down to read about one of the warriors, I know I’m going to want more. Each book is different from the one before but we still have visits from the characters that come before. This book I see as a transitional one. Ms Day is giving us more information about the human rebel forces and you can start a bigger picture of everyone involved. I like how Ms Day is expanding the world she has created. I want to learn more about the shape shifters and the fae. I live in hope that we might even see dragons in these books. I cant wait for Atlantis Redeemed.

Deborah Cooke and the Pyr

For millennia, the shape-shifting dragon warriors known as the Pyr have lived peacefully as commanders of the four elements and guardians of the earth’s treasures. But now the final reckoning between the Pyr, who count humans among the earth’s treasures, and the Slayers, who would eradicate both humans and the Pyr who protect them, is about to begin…

kissoffire When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of the tarot—but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind—or about to lose her heart…

Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr and a self-reliant loner. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost to himself. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed—and Quinn realizes he must risk everything—even Sara’s love—to fulfill their entwined destinies…
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Scientist Alexandra Madison was on the verge of unveiling an invention that would change the world—then her partner was murdered, their lab burned and their prototype destroyed. When recurring dragon-haunted nightmares threaten to land her in a psychiatric hospital, Alex knows she has to escape to rebuild her prototype in time. But first she must return to her ruined lab…

Handsome, daring, and impulsive, Donovan Shea is more than willing to do his part in the Pyr/Slayer war and save The Madison Project. Assigned to kidnap Alex, Donovan is shocked when her presence ignites the firestorm. He has no desire for a destined mate, but when Alex is attacked by a Slayer, Donovan finds himself meeting fire with fire in her defense. Won over by Alex’s intelligence and determination, Donovan fights to rebuild her invention in a race against time. By the time the Slayers close in on their prey, Donovan knows he’ll surrender his life to protect Alex, –but will have to lose his heart to possess her…

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Haunted by dreams of a lover who takes the form of a mythical dragon, Eileen Grosvenor searches for the truth. She never expects to find a real dragon shape shifter, let alone one who who awakens her passion and ignites memories of her own forgotten past.

Erik Sorensson is focused on leading the Pyr to triumph against the Slayers at all costs, even the sacrifice of his own life. When an ancient relic that can turn the tide of the battle reveals itself again, Erik knows he has to retrieve it from Eileen’s possession. But he’s shocked by an incredible firestorm when he tries to claim the relic — a firestorm that forces him to confront the truth about Eileen’s identity. Her presence touches him in unexpected ways, reminding him of mistakes he’s determined to not make again, and Erik is forced to make a choice…duty or love.

Only by unlocking the secrets of the past can Erik and Eileen fulfill the final prophecy of the Pyr – but can they face their deepest fears and claim their destined love in time to defeat the Slayers?
Next book to be released is Winter’s Kiss. This Delaney’s story. It comes out November 3, 2009. Check out the cover.winterkiss

Author Link Deborah Cooke

Anne Rice's Twisted Fairy Tale of Sleeping Beauty

About a year ago my neighbors daughter brought me a book she said I had to read or she would stalk me until I did. When I actually got around to them I realized I didn’t know the author. Hmm who was A.N. Roquelaure? I had no clue. God Save Google. So when I got the internet working for me it floored me who it was. Anne Rice. “Well darn”, I thought. I really was not into her series of vampires anymore. I really liked her up till The Tale of the Body Thief. I just couldn’t get in to them anymore, plus I was a little young from what I was reading.
Any who. I started reading these books and in a week or so, I was drooling from senses overload. My eyes were red and swollen from reading in bad light, my head hurt and my body was screaming for sleep and rest. I started to mumble to myself when I remember the scene and finally being finished with all three books. I was haggard and unkempt walking across the street in the middle of June in sweat pants and a tank top that said bad I am sure.

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