Review: Chosen By Blood by Virna DePaul

Chosen By Blood
(Para-Ops #1)
By: Virna DePaul
Publisher: Berkley
Published: July 7, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: I really enjoyed it
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Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.

 
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Review: Conversion by S.C. Stephens

Conversion
(Conversion #1)
By: S.C. Stephens
Publisher: Self-published
Published: Sept. 12, 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: I love it!
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Emma is content. She’s got a promising career in front of her, great friends, and a pretty amazing family. But her love life has been a little lacking lately. That’s when fate steps in, and she crashes into a tall, dark and handsome man—Teren Adams.

He’s single, successful, an extraordinary gentleman, but he’s also secretive. And some of his secrets are more unusual than most people’s. For instance, he’s a “little bit” vampire. He has fangs, incredible hearing, unbelievable speed, and, on occasion, he enjoys drinking a steaming cup of blood. But he’s also very much alive. He has a heartbeat, loves steak as well as cappuccinos, and has no problems walking around during the day.

Since Teren acts human the majority of the time, the pros far outweigh the cons in Emma’s book. But when it becomes apparent that Teren’s condition is much more serious than he first lets on, and that being in a relationship with him requires more sacrifices than most would be willing to make, will Emma stay? Is love enough to compensate for a life that will never be anywhere near normal? But then again…what’s normal anyway?

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Review: Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Tris & Izzie
By: Mette Ivie Harrison
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011
Genre: YA
Rating: I didn’t like it.
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A modern retelling of the German fairy tale “Tristan and Isolde,” Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until — she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.

 

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Review: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

Lord of Rage
(Royal House of Shadows #2)
By: Jill Monroe
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: Sept 20,2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: I really liked it.
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Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage…in a dark bear of a man.The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice—risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending.

 

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Review: Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Quest
(The Tiger Series #2)
By: Colleen Houck
Published: June 7, 2o11
Publisher: Splinter
Genre: YA
Source: Library
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 457
Rating: I really liked it
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Kelsey Hayes is no ordinary college freshman. In fact, the eighteen-year-old girl has just returned from India, where she risked her life—and her heart—to rescue a handsome Indian prince from a terrible curse. Back home in Oregon, Kelsey is determined to move on, despite the lingering feelings she has for the man she left behind. She meets Li, a completely average guy who offers the promise of an ordinary, curse-free life. But just when Kelsey is ready to move on, Ren reenters her life, on a quest to reclaim her heart. Danger threatens their newly rekindled love and to save him, Kelsey must journey with someone else—a man who wants her for himself. The saga begun in Tiger’s Curse continues in Tiger’s Quest, as Kelsey finds herself in an epic battle between good and evil. From the shores of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of India, the mountains of Nepal and Tibet, and the mystical realm of Shangri-la, this suspenseful tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption is not to be missed.

 

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Review: Blood by K.J. Wignall

Blood
(Mercian Trilogy #1)
By: K.J. Wignall
Published: Sept. 27, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: I liked it!
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“I do not remember being bitten. I wish I did, for then I would know the creature who did this to me and I would have a purpose, to track him down and repay him for the poisoned gift he gave me.” Back in the 13th Century, Will was destined to be Earl of Mercia. He never lived to inherit his title, struck down by a strange illness and buried beneath the city walls. But Will was not dead, and only now, seven lonely centuries later, does he begin to understand that there was a reason for all of this, that he has a destiny. To find it though, he will need help, and as ever, he will need blood.

 

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Review: Divine By Mistake by P.C. Cast

Divine By Mistake
(Parthalon #1)
By: P.C. Cast
Publisher: Luna
Published: Aug. 1, 2009
Genre: Mythology Romance
Rating: I love it! I have read it 6 times so far.
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The only excitement Shannon Parker expects while on summer vacation is a little shopping. But when an antique vase calls to her, she finds herself transported to Partholon, where she’s treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess…Somehow Shannon has stepped into another’s role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while there’s an upside—what woman doesn’t like lots of pampering?—it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and threats against her new people. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she’s her double.

Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind

 

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Review: Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy

Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore
By: Stella Duffy
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Rating: I liked it.
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Daughter of an actress and a bear keeper for the Hippodrome of Constantinople, Theodora was trained as a dancer, singer, and actress who performed on the stage and in the bedrooms of anyone who could afford her, from the time she was a child. Her skills as a comedic orator endeared her to both rich and poor, noble and common, so much so that she was exhausted by the time she was 16 years old. An invitation to be the mistress of the new governor of Apollonia in Libya came as a welcome surprise and an opportunity to create a new, more socially acceptable life for herself. But when Theodora finds herself cast off in a few short years, she must make her way back to her beloved Constantinople.

 

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Review: Rogue by Rachel Vincent by Rachel Vincent

Rogue
(Shifters #2)
By: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira
Published: April 1. 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: I really liked it.
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Okay, so cats don t always land on their feet.
I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I’ve made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I m working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.

But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet–two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear.

 
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Review: Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Changing the Game
(Play By Play #2)
By: Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Published: Aug. 2, 2011
Genre: Erotic Romance
Rating: I freaking LOVED it! I have already read it twice.
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Win at any cost. That’s always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number one client- baseball pro Gavin Riley- Liz realizes that she’ll have to work extra innings to regain his trust. It might not be too much of a stretch. She’s had a thing for this player’s moves since she first laid eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad. And Gavin’s more than ready- especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz’s way to see just how far she’s willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of all.

 
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