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No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld #7) by Kelley Armstrong

No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7)

No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld #7)

rating: 5/5
It’s the most anticipated reality television event of the season: three spiritualists gathered together in one house to raise the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. For celebrity medium Jaime Vegas, it’s her best shot at the celebrity holy grail: a TV show of her own. Because, unlike her colleagues, who are more style than substance, Jaime is the real thing. Reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists, Jaime suppresses her talents, as she has always done. But something is lurking in the gardens behind the house: trapped spirits without a voice. For the first time, Jaime understands what it menas to be haunted. When events culminate in a psychic showdown, she must use her darkest power to defeat a shocking enemy– one whose force comes from the last realm she expected.
My review:
I’ve been waiting for Jamie’s story ever since Industrial Magic. It’s hard for me to say why exactly, but I’m pretty sure that it has something to do with the embarrassing crush she has on werewolf alpha, Jeremy. I mean, you expect crushes from young, inexperienced heroines, but Jamie is 44 years-old. She is sexy and she is secure in her own skin… except when it comes to Jeremy. In his presence, she turns into an adorable fool, and it is completely impossible for me not to root for her. So finally, after four years of carrying a huge torch for the man, Jamie is finally getting some alone time with Jeremy. He’s coming to visit her on the set of the supernatural tv special she is working on. Jamie is holed up in a house with two other “psychics” to try to figure out the mysteries of Marilyn Monroe’s death. Of course, the other two aren’t necromancers, like Jamie, so they don’t feel the strange pull coming from the garden. As Jamie opens her senses, she realizes that she has stumbled into something truly terrible… that the garden is filled with the tattered spirits of child ghosts. So she and Jeremy team up to investigate who killed the kids what dark magic has weakened their spirits. Joining the two is half-demon Hope. (She was first introduced in a short story, called “Chaotic” in the anthology Dates From Hell. She’s sort-of a love interest for the werewolf Karl we met in Bitten. It’s easy to pick up the essentials of their relationship in the course of this book, but I can imagine that without the short story, you might feel like you’re missing something.) Hope uses her contacts as a tabloid journalist to help them get a pulse on the local magical community. And her participation sets her up as the narrator for the coming book. 

The murder storyline was very dark. But different, because the real villains here were plain old human monsters and their victims, the most fragile of us all. I don’t think I’ve wanted to see folks die in the this series more than I wanted to see this group bite the dust. 

But let’s get back to Jamie and Jeremy. I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin waiting for the big payoff between the two of them. And when it finally happened, I wanted more! I know Kelley Armstrong isn’t an erotica author, but I could have enjoyed a few in-depth pages of smexy description, if you know what I mean. The tension has been building for ages between these two! I wasn’t terribly thrilled with how they left things, though I understand it. I just hope to see more of them in the future.

-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime


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Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Vince Lombardi


Waiting On Wednesday: The Shadowhunters’ Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Waiting on Wednesday. This is aweekly event hosted by Crystal Walker, Ana Carter, Shannon Medeiros, Cassandra Livingston, Chennel Lee, and Sophia Carter that spotlites upcoming new releases that we’re highly anticipating.
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
The Shadowhunters' Codex
The Shadowhunters’ Codex
by Cassandra Clare and  Joshua Lewis
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Simon and Schuster
The Clave is pleased to announce the newest edition of the Nephilim’s oldest and most famous training manual: the Shadowhunter’s Codex. Since the thirteenth century, the Codex has been the young Shadowhunter’s best friend. When you’re being swarmed by demons it can be easy to forget the finer points of obscure demon languages or the fastest way to stop an attack of Raum demons. With the Codex by your side, you never have to worry.Now in its twenty-seventh edition, the Codex covers it all: the history and the laws of our world; how to identify, interact with, and if necessary, kill that world’s many colorful denizens; which end of the stele is the end you write with. No more will your attempt to fight off rogue vampires and warlocks be slowed by the need to answer endless questions from your new recruits: What is a Pyxis? Why don’t we use guns? If I can’t see a warlock’s mark, is there a polite way to ask him where it is? Where do we get all our holy water? Geography, History, Magic, and Zoology textbook all rolled into one, the Codex is here to help new Shadowhunters navigate the beautiful, often brutal world that we inhabit.Do not let it be said that the Clave is outdated or, as the younger Shadowhunters say, “uncool”: this new edition of the Codex will be available not only in the usual magically-sealed demonskin binding, but also in a smart, modern edition using all of today’s most exciting printing techniques, including such new features as a sturdy clothbound cover, a protective dust jacket, and information about title, author, publisher, and so on conveniently available right on the cover. You’ll be pleased to know that it fits neatly into most satchels, and unlike previous editions, it rarely sets off alarm wards.

The old woodcuts and engravings have been replaced as well: instead, you’ll find lavish modern illustrations by some of the brightest luminaries of the fantastic. Creatures, weapons, people, and places have been carefully and accurately rendered by the likes of Rebecca Guay, Charles Vess, Jim Nelson, Theo Black, Elisabeth Alba, and Cassandra Jean. Chapters are beautifully introduced by the drawings of Michael Kaluta, and along with our condensation of the classic 2,450-page tome, A History of the Nephilim, you will find a selection of the best of the lovely illustrations of that volume by John Dollar.


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The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1) by Rachel Morgan

Paperback, 285 pages

Published October 27th 2012 by Rachel Morgan

ISBN: 0987029088 ISBN13: 9780987029089

Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1)


Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

[This novel was originally published in four separate parts: Guardian, Labyrinth, Traitor and Masquerade. It includes bonus scenes at the end that were not published in the individual parts.]


** A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review**

First, I want to say that I love, love LOVE, the cover!

The story took place in the human realm and in Creepy Hollow. The descriptions of the settings and action scenes were more than I could have hoped for, they were so detailed. The way the author described Creepy Hollow, all of beautiful colors,
the tall trees, nature, and paranormal creatures, was very realistic, like Creepy Hollow actually existed. I was super impressed.

The main character is Violet [but goes by the name Vi] She’s 17-year-old, whose independent, intelligent, and hardworking. She was in her fifth year in training to become a guardian; she learns to protect humans from the paranormal creatures. It was important to her to graduate at the top of her class, as her mother had done before her. Another significant character is Ryn, who was Vi’s competition. Ryan was confident, he knew he was attractive. And then we have Nate, the human boy, who was able to see past Violet’s faerie charm while she was battling a creature; protecting him. They end up falling for each other.

The Faerie Guardian is a fast-paced, and action-packed story! It was really captivating story, it really pulls the reader in! I definitely could not stop reading! There were many features that made this story enjoyable. I liked the setting of Creepy Hollow, how the author presented this new world and especially the characters in the story, learning about the many different types of paranormal creatures for example, Faeries, Pixies, Sprites,… etc. I just had to find out what was happening next. I definitely recommend it. Can’t wait to read more, from this author.

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime


Teaser Tuesday (#18)

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Ana Carter, and Cassandra Livingston, atSo Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)


““She saved my life…and I’ve ruined hers.

They sat in silence for a full minute, the air between them growing heavy, as if they both wanted to speak, and yet had nothing to say. They were strangers, after all, on a brief and bizarre journey that had just reached a fork in the road, each of them now needing to find seperate paths.””


 ” “They sat in silence for a full minute, the air between them growing heavy, as if they both wanted to speak, and yet had nothing to say. They were strangers, after all, on a brief and bizarre journey that had just reached a fork in the road, each of them now needing to find separate paths.”


“It had been protocol that required the provost to know as little as possible about all of his clients.  He had decided long ago that the Consortium had no ethical responsibility to judge them.

Provide the service.

Trust the client.

Ask no questions.

Like the directors of most companies, the provost simply offered services with the assumption that those services would be implemented within the framework of the law.


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Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6) by Kelley Armstrong

Broken (Women of the Otherworld, # 6)

Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6)

Rating: 5/5 stars
In this thrilling new novel from the author of Industrial Magic, a pregnant werewolf may have unwittingly unleashed Jack the Ripper on the twenty-first century — and become his next target…Ever since she discovered she’s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she’s never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who’s given birth. But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper. As a distraction, the job seems simple enough — only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London’s underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers — unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs.Now Elena must find a way to seal the portal before the unwelcome visitors get what they’re looking for — which, for some unknown reason, is Elena…
My thoughts:
OMG! I just can’t believe how freaking amazing this book was. I loved every page of it! It just kept getting better and better. Definitely the best book in the series so far. Much better than the rest, actually. I was expecting an amazing read but never one such as this one, with drama, adventure, suspense, and so much more. The best Urban fantasy book I have read in a while.I have been hooked with this series since book 1 and have not been able to stop reading it since then; one book right after the other, but I never was so thrilled with one of them as I am with this one right now. My favorite supernatural species in this series:the wolves, and this book is all about them, so what can I say? A damn terrific read! I’m not gonna write what the book is about as you can all read that in the book summary, I’m just gonna say what I think about it instead. So let me tell you that if you’re a fan of Shape shifters and enjoy reading Urban Fantasy, this is the read you have been looking for. I just got to the point where I become extremely obsessed with a series. It has been so long since I added a book to my “obsessions” shelf that I can’t even remember which series was the last one to get in it. But I’m happy to let you all know that here is another series that deserves a place in that shelf with others like: The fever series, Guild hunters series, Dark hunters, Night huntress,BDB, LOTU, IAD, Demonica, Midnight Breed and Psy changeling. 
Right now I don’t think it is better than any of them but it’s really getting there, definitely has the potential for it. I still believe this series can do much better. Can’t wait to finally get to book 7! Starting it right away. I have so much to do right now with work and study and this series is the only thing I can think about. Boy I’m gonna have a big problem if I can’t stop reading it. I just hope after book 7 this obsession slows down a bit.
-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

Haunted (Women of the Otherworld #5) by Kelley Armstrong

Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)
Haunted (Women of the Otherworld #5)
by Kelley Armstrong 
Rating: 5/5

Eve Levine — half-demon, black witch and devoted mother — has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can’t be killed again — which comes in handy when you’ve made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn’t too bad — all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter, Savannah, and she’ll be happy.But fate — or more exactly, the Fates — have other plans. Eve owes them a favor, and they’ve just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy — previous hunters have been driven insane in the process. As if that’s not problem enough, the only way to stop her is with an angel’s sword. And Eve is no angel. . . .

My Review:
So she did it again. 
After reading the second volume in the Otherworld-series, Stolen, I admired how Kelley Armstrong opened up her werewolf-world to a whole bunch of other supernatural beings and created completely new possible stories; I thought it couldn’t get any better when it comes to worldbuilding. 
Well, I was wrong. (Never underestimate a great author!) With Haunted, she even opens up the Otherworld to afterlife-stories, and again the addition is great. With some genuine ancient lore woven in (Fates, Persephone/ Demeter), she created even another layer to an already enthralling world. 
Very, very well done! Eve is the narrator of Haunted, and I admire how KA narrates stories in other voices than just that of one heroine: You can tell Elena from Paige from Eve without any difficulties. 
Personally, I like Eve a little more than Paige; I like how she walks the line between light and shadow, and her romantic relationship has another flavor than that of Elena-Clay and Paige-Lucas: It is more mature, and it is great to see how she grows with and into it. 

Good solid story, well plotted, nice climax, entertaining and well written as usual. 

Also some great new protagonists I hope to hear more of: I like Trsiel quite a lot and hope to read more about him, Jaime again (she will get her stories in volumes to come), and there is this guard on the ship (if you read the scene you’ll know what I mean) that got me thinking about some minor prot from one of the former volumes, and when I was through with the scene, my eyes where as big as dishes: Could that be…?! Is that possible…???!!! Please?? PLEASE????? *panting* 

After Bitten and Industrial Magic, the next favorite in the Otherworld-series. Well, Bitten is the best, Elena’s my favorite, and since Broken, the next volume, is also about her and smiling at me from my Kindle, I am sure you understand I can’t be bothered with any more reviewing, 

I suggest you read the other volumes first; this one’s a standalone, but you will get much more out of it when you know the whole story and get the cross-references. 
Highly, highly recommended. 

-Kathy @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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