I got it today. Yes, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that I got my copy of Magic Bleeds today. I waited by the door for the UPS guy from 3:30 until he arrived around 6:30. Boy was I Jonesen. I’ve read it and OH MY GOD! I loved it. I squealed.
Ilona and Gordon: Thank you for writing such a great series!
Barnes and Noble: Thanks for shipping out the book early cause I wouldn’t have lasted one more day with out it. (Don’t worry. I ordered a copy from Amazon to come at the proper time. Purchasing this book early does not hurt their ratings.)
Dear Mr. UPS Guy,
I’ve been very patient. I know I haven’t called you, but will you please deliver my copy of Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews today. I can’t focus. I keep visiting your site, but it says the next time shipping information will be posted is when it is delivered. I really need my book. So please, for today, will you pretend I’m your only customer?
A Slavering Book Addict
Buy it Sept. 28, 2010! Read an excerpt!
At the crossroads of death and desire, a woman tastes a pleasure no mortal is meant to survive . . .
In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand–and control–a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse.
As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself–until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire. — Lara Adrian’s website
Favorite Lines: “I clung to my shield–made of trust issues that should keep us divided and that fear in me that was unsure which part of me spawned this deep yearning–but my grip weakened more each day.” (p. 38)
Persephone Alcmedi is a solitary witch who has been nominated to compete in Eximium, a competition for the position of High Priestess. Seph doesn’t want to be High Priestess, but also doesn’t want a new another inept witch selected for the Cleveland coven. Reluctantly she agrees to participate in the competition that turns deadly.
Hallowed Circle is book two in the Circle series; it begins shortly after Vicious Circle ends. If your haven’t read book one don’t attempt Hallowed Circle.
I love the family Ms. Robertson created in book one and carried over into Hallowed Circle. The family consists of Seph, her Nana and foster child Beverley. One of the reasons I enjoy the family (which I’d love to read more of) is it’s realistic. Families are not the same as they were in the 50’s and it’s great to see it reflected in the book.
The writing is vivid. Reading the book is like watching a movie with twists and unexpected turns during the Eximium. The tension surrounding the master vampire-wizard Menessos rises as the book progresses until I wanted much more of Menessos. Ms. Robertson knows how to string her readers along with well-developed plots. Menessos will be back in the next book in the series Fatal Circle. It is slated to be released at the end of June 2010.
I really wasn’t interested in the romance aspect of the book. I’m prejudiced against her love interest Johnny. He pulled a stunt in the previous book that turned me against him. He will have to work his ass off to redeem himself in my eyes and even then I’ll be waiting for him to betray her.
Favorite Lines: “At first, she thought it was a doll stuffed inside the machine, curled in the fetal position. But she was not to be that lucky tonight. Blood pounded in her ears. Closer inspection showed the desiccated corpse of a child, dry as a milkweed husk.” (p. 13)
Detroit is a city filled with unemployed people filled with despair. Phantoms are all over the city and a serial arsonist threatens to wake a danger that could turn Detroit into ashes.
Anya Kalinczyk is a fire investigator and a psychic medium called a Lantern who assists a team of ghost hunters eliminate dangerous spirits. Gifted with a protective fire elemental familiar as a child, she will need all the help she can get to protect her city from the supernatural terror about to consume Detroit.
Embers is an urban fantasy novel written in third person. The heroine, Anya Kalinczyk is a lonely but strong woman. She does not always make the best choices which is shown by her possible love interests. She knows what is good for her, but her need to connect with humanity steers her in a direction that could change her life.
I love the image of her familiar, Sparky the salamander. There’s one scene in which he is playing with a Gloworm that portrays him as an endearing character. It’s nice to see he is more than a big, bad, spirit destroying creature.
Embers is not a light or fluffy story. It shows the dirt that has to be scraped away before anything or anyone can find the beauty of redemption.
Laura Bickle, author of the Embers series, also writes urban fantasy under the name Alayna Williams. The next book in the Ember series, Sparks, will be released at the end of August 2010 according to the Barnes and Noble website.
I’m feening for Ilona Andrews’ Magic Bleeds in the worst way. I’m restless and nothing is soothing me. I need a fix. I’ve reread all of the Kate Daniels books and Andrea’s short story. I’ve read the preview chapters posted at the couple’s website. Nothing is helping. What book are you craving? How long till you can satiate your need?