Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Banshee’s Embrace, Victoria Richards

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The Plot:

Half banshee Jacqueline Huston is confused. With the Brotherhood of Merlyn looking for her, the specter of Death wanting her soul, and having to live with the knowledge that her wizard boyfriend’s son killed her husband, sometimes life feels a little chaotic. Then the Brotherhood kidnaps the love of her life, Toby Williams, in an attempt to convince her to join their crusade for power over other supernatural beings.

In this book, Jacqueline comes to grips with her enormous powers–capable of reaping any soul, a temptation she must avoid at all costs. But will she be able to control her immense powers, or will she use them and risk losing everything in order to save the one she loves?

 

My Review

After reading the plot, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to start this one.

I wasn’t disappointed. The Banshee’s Embrace is a brilliant book with a really original plot. I like the characters, especially Toby and Matilda; they bring a real warmth and humor to the book.

Richards manages to build suspense beautifully, and her writing has a good pace. Action-packed, engaging dialogue and loads of twists in the plot, this book is so easy to read, a real pleasure. Also nice is the romance between Jacqueline and Toby, not too racy, but enough spice to add another angle into the plot.

My only criticism would be that the book ends far too quickly; it can be easily read in a few hours. And there is such a lot of information to take in that it becomes a little hard to process, well for me anyway.

However, I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and this has put Victoria Richards firmly on my radar! I will certainly be looking for her other work in the future.

 

My Star Rating: 3.5/5

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A Shade of Vampire 6: A Gate of Night, Bella Forrest

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The Plot:

Derek and Sofia are finally enjoying a well-deserved break. Staying at a resort with good food, sun and sea, Sofia is thrilled to witness Derek’s re-introduction to the human world.

They would almost be mistaken for a normal young couple, if it were not for the red-eyed monster lurking in the shadows and watching their every move, waiting for his signal to pounce…

 

My Review

I couldn’t wait to start reading this book. After the previous 5 books, I was looking forward to seeing Derek and Sofia finding peace and settling into a ‘normal’ lifestyle as Derek is now human. Oh dear….I couldn’t have been more wrong. This saga gets more and more dramatic with every book!

It’s kind of hard to write a review without spoiling the story for those who have not read it, but you can expect the usual amount of twists and turns for A Shade of Vampire, and once again, we get to find out more about certain characters.

The writing is of the excellent standard we have now come to expect from Forrest, my only disappointment is that it looks like Derek and Sofia will have even more to overcome in the next book, instead of a happy conclusion I was expecting. The plus side to this is that I can look forward to another instalment of the brilliant A Shade of Vampire.

 

My star Rating: 4.5/5

A Shade of Vampire 5: A Blaze of Sun, Bella Forrest

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The plot:

“Of course you know who I am. I’m a daughter of the darkness just as surely as you are his son…”

Ever since his brief encounter with Emilia at The Shade, Derek’s thoughts and dreams have been haunted with images of the mysterious, beautiful brunette. Plagued with guilt, he struggles to understand why he is so drawn to this dark stranger from his past.

When Emilia suddenly appears again on the island, Derek is both terrified and intrigued. But this time, he is determined to involve Sofia and discover who this woman is.

If only Derek and Sofia knew, Emilia is a mystery that should be left undiscovered…

 

My Review

So, back to The Shade once again for another roller coaster ride. We were left at the end of book 4 with a sense of deep foreboding (well I was anyway), for our little Derek and Sofia, and it turns out with good reason!

Without giving the plot away, it turns out Emilia was once a close friend of Derek but has since turned to the dark side in desperation to gain Derek’s love.

Most of A Blaze of Sun sees Derek and Sofia separated, as Derek is taken to The Blood Keep, the home of the ‘the Original’. Sofia, meanwhile, is left to struggle to retain control of the Shade whilst having to deal with Ingrid’s hate.

Again in this book we learn more about the characters past, such as Anna and Kyle, which to me, is the key of any great saga. Forrest knows exactly when to give more background on certain characters, making you want to read on and on.

A Blaze of Sun ends a bit like book 4, again, I feel apprehensive for the young couple, but just can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Another excellent novel from Forrest, I genuinely think her writing gets better and better. Will definitely be reading her other work after this.

 

My Star Rating: 4.5/5