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BLOOD VICE

 

The Book

 

Blood Vice by Angela Roquet
Book 1 in the Blood Vice series
Read by Hollie Jackson
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Blood Vice:

Detective Jenna Skye bombs her first week on the St. Louis County Police Department’s Vice Squad when she’s bitten by a vampire in a supernatural brothel. Her day only gets worse from there. She wakes up in the morgue and discovers that her partner is dead. Before the sun rises, she realizes she is too. Jenna vows to continue their investigation until justice is served, but a werewolf squatter, an unexpected visit from her estranged sister, and a nosy FBI agent stand in her way. Not to mention her fresh aversion to sunlight and a thirst for something a little stiffer than revenge.

Source: Info in the About Blood Vice was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35022378-blood-vice on 02/01/2018.

 

Books in the Blood Vice series:
Book 1: BLOOD VICE   Book 2: BLOOD AND THUNDER   Book 3: BLOOD IN THE WATER   Book 4: BLOOD DOLLSBook 5: THICKER THAN BLOOD   Book 6: BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS

 

Review

 

My Thoughts:

I bought this book because I became a fan of this author’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. I wanted to see if this author’s awesomeness would carry over to her other books. And I’m glad I checked out her other books because Angela Roquet‘s wonderful story telling quality does carry over to her other books! Unfortunately, so did the TSTL (too stupid to live) element. It has reared up it’s ugly head again. And that is why, even though this book is good, I do not think that I would be buying/reading another book in this series again. I just couldn’t tolerate the TSTL!

The plot… like the Pocket Full Of Posies, of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, was pretty simplistic. Or rather, it ranges from simple to non-existent. However with Lana Harvey I could excuse it by saying that it was never a crime fiction or thriller to begin with. That series was more of the “fantasy” bit rather than the urban, in the urban fantasy category. Blood Vice though is suppose to be a police/crime sort of thing. I kinda expected the plot to be a little thicker. Guess I was expecting too much.

This would be my second book series listening to Hollie Jackson and I’m happy to say that I still like her narration. I still agree with her interpretation. And would happily buy her books again!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 2
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (5 hours and 40 minutes listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

The Author

 

About Angela Roquet:

USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She’s a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone, she’s a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She’s a member of SFWA and HWA, as well as the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, her epic book critique group, where she’s known as Death. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela’s Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, & iBooks. You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

 

The Narrator

 

About Hollie Jackson:

With over 200 audiobooks narrated and produced, Hollie Jackson has worked with both indie and USA Today bestselling authors across a wide range of genres. Hollie’s voice brings characters of all types to vibrant, compelling life, allowing the listener to sit back and enjoy the story.

Growing up in a military family, Hollie found herself lost in the world of poetry and prose, and truly enjoys sharing that joy with others through spoken and written word. As an author, she understands the importance of drawing the reader into the world of the story. As a voracious reader, she enjoys an eclectic range of genre and carries that over into the studio: from contemporary romance to paranormal thrillers, historical fiction to epic fantasy, from erotica to tamer New Adult/Young Adult titles.

Everyone has a story to tell, and Hollie loves to bring those stories to life, one word at a time.

The information about Hollie Jackson was taken from https://tantor.com/narrator/hollie-jackson.html on 25/12/2017.

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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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THE HARVESTING by Melanie Karsak

 

THE HARVESTING by Melanie Karsak

The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
Book 1 of The Harvesting series
Read by Kristin James
Genre: urban fantasy | zombie apocalyptic
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About The Harvesting:

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Layla Petrovich has spent her whole life running away from her hometown of Hamletville. Raised by the town’s medium, and dubbed the “weird” girl for her fascination with swords, the last thing Layla wants is to go home.

But when she receives a desperate call to return just as a mysterious outbreak sweeps the country, Layla’s instincts urge her to go. Good thing, because the dead are rising.

Layla, however, isn’t entirely on her own. With her psychic powers growing, surely everything will turn out okay, right?

Not so fast. Just when Layla believes she might survive the apocalypse, a sinister and ancient force rises from the shadows to finish mankind for good.

Because the truth is, we were never alone in this world.

Source: Info in the About The Harvesting was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31675361-the-harvesting on 05/02/2017.

 

THE HARVESTING by Melanie Karsak audiobook

My Thoughts:

Zombie apocalypse. The theme been around the block a few times. Despite being in a congested genre this book managed to be an enjoyable read.

The first thing that attracted me to this book is the kick-ass cover. However it seems too dark though that the beautiful details are lost in the darkness. That is s shame! But, it still did it’s job as a marketing tool… it attracted a reader. It lured me in.

This book is a slow start for me. But once it got going, it picked up the pace. So worth it , plodding through, the first volley.

The best thing about this book though is the world building. It stays with you long after you have read the book. That, to me is a great kudos!

I have a tiny, tiny issue with the “details” though. For a knowable kick-ass heroine, Layla never cleaned her sword! I mean we all know that if you slice something with a knife in the kitchen, the knife always retain a little bit of a debris from whatever it is you are slicing. But the narrative never mentioned her cleaning her weapons. Once, it mentioned that Jamie cleaned her knife for her before handing it back to her but Layla never did. However I like to keep my fantasy, so I did what any prudent fantasy reader does, I added it to the story in my head whether or not it is in book. It just makes the character of Layla a bit more real to me.

This is the first time that I have listened to a Kristin James audiobook. And it was interesting. I like her reading style even though I disagree with a point or two with her interpretation. Lovely narration!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Other Books In The The Harvesting series:
Book 1.5: MIDWAY   Book 2: THE SHADOW ASPECT   Book 2.5: WITCH WOOD   Book 3: THE TORN WORLD

 

The Author
Melanie Karsak author pic

Melanie Karsak is the author of The Airship Racing Chronicles, The Harvesting Series, and The Celtic Blood Series. A steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

 

The Narrator
Kirstin James

Kristin James aka Candace Pauline Camp was born on May 23, 1949 in Amarillo, Texas, U.S.A.. The youngest of three children born into a newspaper family — her mother, Lula Mae (Irons) Camp, had been a reporter and her father, Grady Camp, was the business manager of the Amarillo, Texas, newspaper — some of Candace’s earliest memories are of making up stories which she played out on the floor of their den with whatever objects were handy. She cannot remember a time when she was not interested in creating stories. She began writing down her stories when she was about 10, and from then on writing was her favorite form of relaxation. Explains Candace: “I was always very shy and did not talk much. However, in written form, I could express all my thoughts and feelings.”

Writing remained only a hobby, though, as Candace attended college at the University of Texas at Austin and West Texas State University, then became a secondary teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She later moved to North Carolina, where she worked in the trust department of a bank. It was there that she discovered the romance novel in modern form and started to write her first romance. She also began law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and while she was there, she finished her first novel, entitled Bonds of Love, that was published by Jove Publishing in 1978, under the pseudonym Lisa Gregory. Candace credits the rigorous training of law school with teaching her the discipline necessary to finish a book. She gave up the practice of law to devote her time to writing. Two pseudonyms later (Kristin James and Sharon Stephens), Candace writes under her own name Candace Camp — and still loves creating stories.

Candace is married since 1980 with Pete Hopcus, and they had a daughter Anastasia Hopcus in 1982, who had started on her own career path in the field of acting and now also writes young adult novels.

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

05/02/2017 Posted by | 4 cherries, Cherry's reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: DEFINITELY DEAD

Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Read by Johanna Parker
Book 6 of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Format: audiobook
Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Definitely Dead:

Since Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has so few living relatives, she hates to lose one – even her cousin Hadley, undead consort of the vampire Queen of New Orleans. Hadley’s left everything she has to Sookie, but claiming that inheritance has a high risk factor. Some people don’t want her looking too deeply into Hadley’s past, or Hadley’s possessions. And they’re prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. Whoever it is, they’re definitely dangerous – and Sookie’s life is defintiely on the line…

Source: Info in the About Definitely Dead was taken from the back cover of the paperback edition (ISBN 978-0-441-01491-0).

My Thoughts:

Okey, book 6… said most of what I can say in previous reviews already. So what is different this time around? In this book we see a lot of John Quinn. Ultra alpha. Mysterious to the hilt. And angsty hero. Meet Mr. WereTiger! By the end of this book, I want to read more of this series just to read more about Quinn! … Sookie… is still the same stupid protagonist. Having said that, I have to say that she wasn’t as stupid in this book as she used to be thus far in this series. In fact, she seems to have developed a little bit more brains! Well, well, well, there seems to be hope yet for this series!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4
World Building = 5
Character Development = 3
Plot = 3.5
Pace = N/A
Story Itself = 4
Ending = 4
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Sookie Stackhouse series:

19/12/2011 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Charlaine Harris, Cherry's reviews, John Quinn, review, Sookie Stackhouse series, TrueBlood, urban fantasy, vampire, weretiger | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: BREAKING DAWN

Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)
From the Twilight series books written by Stephanie Meyer

About Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1):

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, commonly referred to as Breaking Dawn, is a 2011/2012 two-part romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The two parts form the fourth and final installment in the The Twilight Saga series. Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt serve as executive producers for the film, along with the author of the series, Stephenie Meyer; the screenplay was written by Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the first three entries. All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprise their roles.

Part 1, rated PG-13, was released on November 18, 2011,and Part 2 will be released on November 16, 2012. In totals as of November 21st, the movie has grossed $291,022,261 worldwide.

Source: Info in the About Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) was taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twilight_Saga:_Breaking_Dawn on 22/11/2011.

My Thoughts:

I like the cinematography. The combination of 3D animated effects with live actors was professionally done and looks really good on the screen. I also like the way the love triangle between Edward, Jacob and Bella has seems to have matured. Being an urban fantasy geek, I love the world building in the story! What I found disappointing was Kristin’s acting. Her “happy scenes”, “sad scenes” and “shocked” moments all looked the same. She might be beautiful but she blatantly can’t act. She is saved from total disaster by the apparently talented make-up astist and creative props team who made her look thin and sickly when she is suppose to. But I couldn’t see much acting going on there. That brought the entertainment value of this movie for me down a couple of notches. I like Bella but Kristin ruined her character. I sincerely hope it gets better in the second installment.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) Tralier:

17/12/2011 Posted by | Cherry's reviews, movie review, review, Twilight, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Review: DEAD AS A DOORNAIL

Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris
Read by Johanna Parker
Book 5 of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Format: audiobook

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Dead As A Doornail:

Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She’s great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit as complicated as ever, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy.

Problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life, but things just seem to happen to her and her friends.

Now her brother Jason’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. She could deal with that, but her normal sisterly concern turns to cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local were population… not just because Jason’s at risk, but because his new were-brethren suspect he may be the shooter.

Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks – unless the killer decides to find her first.

Source: Info in the About Dead As A Doornail was taken from the back cover of the paperback.

My Thoughts:

Dead As A Doornail is just another installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series with not much of a distinctive feature to make it stand out in the series. Most of the things I could say for this book I have already said in previous books. This book pretty much reads like its just another chapter of the Sookie Stackhouse story. But this series gets addictive as you read along. Or in this case, listen along. But it seems that Sookie is getting dumber by the minute. It’s irritating! However, this book (I think), has the best ending of all the books in this series thus far. I like surprises! Plus the plot is not as weak as the previous books were, i.e., Book 1. I like the over-arc-ing of the two main plot lines. This is also the book which brought to us Charles Twining. In my head Johnny Depp makes a good Charles.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 3
World Building = 5
Character Development = 3
Plot = 3.5
Pace = N/A
Story Itself = 4
Ending = 4
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Sookie Stackhouse series:

27/11/2011 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Charlaine Harris, Cherry's reviews, review, Sookie Stackhouse series, TrueBlood, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Review: DEAD TO THE WORLD

Dead To The World by Charlaine Harris
Read by Johanna Parker
Book 4 of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Format: audiobook

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Dead To The World:

When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn’t just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn’t a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It’s Eric the vampire–but now he’s a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.

Source: Info in the About Dead To The World was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/140077.Dead_to_the_World on 12/09/2011.

My Thoughts:

In Dead Until Dark (Book 1), the main story arc is the Sookie and Bill romance plus psychokiller. While in Living Dead In Dallas‘ (Book 2) main plots were the maenad fight and the Fellowship Of The Sun kidnapping. Club Dead (Book 3) is mostly about Bill’s disappearance and the introduction of more about the weres/shifters . In this book (Book 4), it’s the witch war and Jason and Debbie Pelt’s disappearing act. Two things stands out from these four books’ plots: 1.) Sookie is really unlucky lately and 2.) Bon Temps, for a small town, seems to be having a lot of supernatural happenings all of a sudden… Do you think Ms. Harris would ever address these issues in subsequent books?… you know, include some sort of an explaination in the plot or something…

This is also the book which solidified the love triangle between Sookie, Bill and Eric. Dead Until Dark was Sookie and Bill, while this book is Sookie and Eric. For that intrigue alone this book is worth reading! Of course Sookie is still too stupid to live, but the intrigue of the romance between Sookie and Eric is powerful enough for a reader to overcome that irritation. I think this book has got the most interesting story arc yet of the Sookie Stackhouse series!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4
World Building = 5
Character Development = 3
Plot = 4
Pace = N/A
Story Itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In This Series:

13/11/2011 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Charlaine Harris, Cherry's reviews, review, Sookie Stackhouse series, TrueBlood, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Review: CLUB DEAD

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Read by Johanna Parker
Book 3 of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Format: audiobook

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Club Dead:

Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill’s sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own …

Source: Info in the About Club Dead was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/140082.Club_Dead on 12/09/2011.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this audiobook after I watched True Blood Season 3. As opposed to me reading the books before I watched Seasons 1 & 2. I can tell you that Season 3 has deviated a lot from the book. I also started getting confused between scenes from the show and scenes from the book! But one thing remains the same, the Stackhouses, they are still as stupid as ever. For some reason I could tolerate their stupidity a bit better with the show than with the book… Or it could be that their TSTL (too stupid to live) schtik is not as glaringly obvious in the show as oppose to the books…

The world building is marvellous as per usual, but I did not like the ending too much. It ended the main plot in the story but left too much hanging. I know, I know, marketing ploy… but I find it just a little annoying with this book. However, this is also the book which introduced us to Alcide Herveaux! Though Alcide in the book is not as hot as Joe Manganiello. So that’s a score in favour of the show! On top of that, we see a little bit more Sookie-Eric interaction which shows us an Eric who is an anti-hero we could love. This notches up the intrigue of the love triangle between Sookie, Eric, and Bill which I believe will keep fans hooked.

Overall, this book is not too bad, however I am just not very tolerant of Sookie’s TSTL act so I’d give this book a 3 out of 5.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4
World Building = 5
Character Development = 3
Plot = 3.5
Pace = N/A
Story Itself = 4
Ending = 3
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Books In This Series:

27/10/2011 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Charlaine Harris, Cherry's reviews, review, Sookie Stackhouse series, TrueBlood, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

BREAKING DAWN Trailer

Can’t wait for Breaking Dawn! November come around already!

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Release Date: 18 November 2011

22/10/2011 Posted by | movie trailer, Twilight, vampire | , , | 4 Comments

Review: LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS

Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Read by Johanna Parker
Book 2 of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Format: audiobook

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Living Dead In Dallas:

Waiting tables, sweeping floors, reading minds and solving mysteries for the undead. It’s all in a day’s work for Sookie…

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked – and poisoned – late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor.

Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don’t do anything, well, vampiric while she’s there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…

Source: Info in the About Living Dead In Dallas was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/110494.Living_Dead_in_Dallas on 11/07/2011.

My Thoughts:

What do I like most about this book? I have to say, it’s the world building. The author has a masterful flair when painting the world of Sookie Stackhouse for the reader. It’s so believable that it is soooo easy to suspend disbelief… it’s so easy, that it’s effortless! I would give the world building a 5 out of 5.

Now, the pace… it is quite difficult to rate the pace when it comes to audiobooks because a listener can only go so fast as the reader in the audiobook. A listener simply can’t go faster than the reader. So if the tape or CD says 10 hours worth of listening, then that is a 10-hour-paced book. Thus I say that rating the pace of a book in audio format is not applicable (N/A).

I know that Sookie, the main protaognist, can be annoyingly stupid at times from book 1. But I didn’t know that it’s going to be a persistent characteristic which is going to carry into book 2 and possibly the entire series. And that is my biggest pet peeve with this series thus far. Now, if you are a more forgiving reader than me, then you might just be able to overlook this, and if you do, I promise you you’d have a wonderful reading time! (Or listening time, as the case may be.) Because really, this book is a good read!! Now I can understand why this series has a lot of following. By the time I finished the audiobook, I wanted another one, despite promising that I would never ever buy another Sookie Stackhouse book ever again at the start of this audiobook. Gotta give the story telling quality a lot of kudos for being able to convince me to change my mind at the end of the book. And of course, I simply cannot review this book without mentioning Eric Northman in a momentous costume… because this is the book which gave us Eric Northman in purple spandex! This image here is HBO’s version of it.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 4
Plot = 3.5
Pace = N/A
Story Itself = 4.5
Ending = 4
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In This Series:

01/09/2011 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Charlaine Harris, Cherry's reviews, review, Sookie Stackhouse series, TrueBlood, urban fantasy, vampire | , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

I SO WANT TO READ THIS: DHAMPIR

Dhampir by Barb & JC Hendee
Book 1 of the Noble Dead Series 1

About Dhampir:

She hunts the realms most dangerous game.
Her fees are exorbitant.
She’s worth every coin she recieves.
Or is she?

Magiere has earned a reputation as the most formidable vampire slayer in the land. Villagers far and wide welcome her with both awe and disdain, grateful to her for ridding their towns of the undead menace, but finding themselves made poorer for their salvation. Magiere has always known she’s dealing with simple folk who only wish to have their superstitions silenced, and she’s never seen anything wrong with exploiting them for profit.

Now, tired of the game, Magiere and her partner, the half-elf Leesil, are ready to hang up their weapons and settle down in a place they can finally call home. But their new found peace will not last. For Magiere has come to the attention of a trio of powerful and dangerous vampires who recognize her true identity — even if she does not — and who fear the birthright that flows through her veins. And they will stop at nothing to keep Magiere from fulfilling her destiny.

Source: Info in the About Dhampir was taken from the author’s website at http://www.nobledead.com on 23/04/2011.

Thief Of Lives by Barb & JC Hendee
Book 2 of the Noble Dead Series 1

About Thief Of Lives:

On the heels of DHAMPIR, Barb and J.C. Hendee’s acclaimed Fantasy debut, comes THIEF OF LIVES, the new novel featuring Magiere and Leesil, Slayers of the Undead….

Magiere the dhampir thinks that her nights of hunting vampires are over. After settling down in her newly adopted village of Miiska – now vampire-free, thanks to her and her half-elf partner, Leesil – she looks forward to quiet days tending to her tavern.

But far away in the capital city of Bela, a prominent councilman’s daughter has been found dead on her own doorstep… and all signs point to a vampire. Knowing that the battered and burned village of Miiska could use an infusion of cash, Bela’s town council offers a generous bounty to the dhampir if she will slay their vampire. Magiere resists, wanting nothing more than to forget her past and ignore her half-vampire nature. Only Leesil can persuade Magiere to follow her destiny – before more innocent lives are claimed by darkness.

Source: Info in the About Thief Of Lives was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/413896.Thief_of_Lives on 24/04/2011.

Sister Of The Dead by Barb & JC Hendee
Book 3 of the Noble Dead Series 1

About Sister Of The Dead:

The Noble Dead saga continues as Magiere and Leesil, the slayers of the undead for DHAMPIR and THIEF OF LIVES, embark on a quest to uncover the secrets of their mysterious origins – and those responsible for orchestrating the events that brought them together…. Magiere is a dhampir – half human, half vampire – sired for the purpose of slaying the undead. Outside the village of Chemestúk, where she was born and raised, stands her father’s keep. Within its walls, she hopes to discover the secrets of her past and figure out why a vampire would wish to breed a creature capable of slaughtering his own kind…. But there are those who don’t want Magiere to learn the truth—and when her half-elf partner, Leesil, makes a startling discovery in the keep, he can understand why. Before Leesil can reveal the truth to Magiere, they must vanquish a creature of unimaginable and unlimited power who has damned a small village of people with a horrifying curse…

Source: Info in the About Sister Of The Dead was taken from GetGlue at http://getglue.com/books/sister_of_dead/barb_hendee on 24/04/2011.

Traitor To The Blood by Barb & JC Hendee
Book 4 of the Noble Dead Series 1

About Traitor To The Blood:

Born a half-breed to an elven mother and human father, Leesil was raised in the Warlands as assassin, spy, and slave for Lord Darmouth, ruler of an independent province. But Leesil’s mother trained him well, and he used his skills to escape, leaving his parents to suffer Darmouth’s wrath for all such traitors and their kin. Now with newfound purpose in the company of his beloved Magiere, Leesil returns to confront the sins of his past and uncover his parents’ fate.” Unable to turn him from this dangerous course, Magiere follows Leesil into the darkness of his past in the Warlands. Knowing what may happen should Darmouth learn of Leesil’s return, she is prepared to slaughter any who try to take him from her. But Magiere’s own past may well pose a more deadly threat. Two creatures of unfathomable power continue to stalk her – one who believes she’s the key to his salvation, and one who seeks to destroy her…and all those she loves.

Source: Info in the About Traitor To The Blood was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/591821.Traitor_to_the_Blood on 24/04/2011.

Rebel Fay by Barb & JC Hendee
Book 5 of the Noble Dead Series 1

About Rebel Fay:

Desperate to free his mother from a caste of ruthless elven assassins, Leesil pushes on through the mountains at the height of a harsh winter. Obsession blinds him to reason, and he and his companions — his beloved Magiere, the sage Wynn, and their canine protector, Chap — find their lives at stake under the hardships of the wilderness. Should they survive, they still face the perils of the Elven Territories, a culture of tranquil beauty, savage customs, and deep-rooted hatred and fear of all humankind.
Magiere was created with strange powers by a shadowy, long-forgotten enemy of many names — an enemy whom Leesil was trained from childhood to kill. Unbeknownst to them, Chap brought them together at the command of his kin, the Fay, to forge an alliance that might have the power to stand against the forces of dark magics.
In the place of his birth, Chap must guard his companions from enemies and allies alike, though he is not always certain which is which. And as they uncover the truth, they discover just how close the enemy has always been….

Source: Info in the About Rebel Fay was taken from the authors’ website at http://www.nobledead.com on 24/04/2011.

Child Of A Dead God by Barb & JC Hendee
Book 6 of the Noble Dead Series 1

About Child Of A Dead God:

For many months, Magiere and Leesil have searched for a forgotten artifact, even though its purpose has been shrouded in mystery. All Magiere knows is that she must keep the orb from falling into the hands of a murdering Noble Dead: her half brother, Welstiel. And now dreams of a castle locked in ice lead her south, on a journey that has become nothing less than an obsession…

Accompanying Magiere and Leesil are the sage Wynn; their canine protector, Chap; and two elven assassins-turned-guardians who must fight their distrust of this sister of the dead. For forces more powerful than they — some may even say fate — are rallying around Magiere, arming her for the conflict to come, because finding the orb may be just the beginning of the challenges that await her.

Source: Info in the About Child Of A Dead God was taken from the authors’ website at http://www.nobledead.com on 24/04/2011.

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