An Update from Luna Lovebooks

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Greetings fellow fae and blog friends! Kat posted awhile ago about what she was up to and I decided that it would be a good idea to update you on my plans as well! There have been a lot of changes recently for many of the 1B2 members, both good and bad. My wings wilted a little but they are getting stronger each day!

Review Schedule!
Like Kat, I too have been working on getting my review TBR list organized and shortened to make room for more requests. I am trying to alternate between the hard copies and the e-books that have been patiently waiting for my attention. Here are the next ten that I have planned to read. If you are an author and do not see your work listed, please know that I am diligently working on getting to your tale and will read and post a review as soon as I am able.

Carnifex – D.P. Prior
Lost in Wonderland  – Nicky Peacock
Stork – Wendy Delsol
The Ghost Writer – Damon Norko
Hunting Prince Dracula -Kerri Maniscalco
War of the Staffs – Steve Stevenson
Garden of Her Heart – Shanna Hatfield
Rising Tide  – Lynn Steigleder
An Unsettled Past – C.L. Brees
Eden’s Wake – Lynn Steigleder

 

10765906Read-Along News
Unfortunately I will not be joining in on the current read along. I have too many plates spinning and even though both series are on my personal wish list, my personal TBR pile is starting to look like a certain famous tower and I don’t think my magic will keep it from toppling over. I opted to read a few of those in my spare time instead and get my new faerie dwelling finished (I’ve been here almost two months after all).

But you should definitely check out both series! Whether you join in the read along or not if you love urban fantasy you’ll enjoy these books!

Double-Triple Fae – Urban Fantasy 
August 4 – August 10 – The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams8200504
August 11 – August 17 – The Shattered Dark by Sandy Williams
August 18 – August 24 – The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams
August 25 – August 31 – A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
September 1 – September 7 – A Sliver of Shadow by Allison Pang
September 8 – September 13 – A Trace of Moonlight by Allison Pang

 

Writing News!!!
Like Kat, I also have the writing bug. And also like Kat I have not been able to keep up with it for quite awhile. I have always been more of a pantser when it comes to writing. angelFor those of you not familiar with the term it means I just fly by the seat of my pants and don’t really plan or outline. I plan to use my time to get more organized before I write. I have several half finished and/or barely started projects that need more structure before I can even put pen to paper again. I have three main projects that I really want to focus on, one of them being a fallen angel story. I hope I can get organized and share with you!

PS: This image is one that inspired my fallen angel story. Doesn’t he look like he has a story to tell?

 

So aside from working my mundane job as well as my faerie one, I have lots of exciting changes going on! I want to give a huge shoutout to our followers and fellow readers and authors! We wouldn’t be doing this without you! So keep reading and commenting!

With love and light,

Luna Lovebooks

The Fallen: Book of Jakiele by D.B. Moran

Angels. Demons. Forbidden love with mortals.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

27804890Title: The Fallen: Book of Jakiele
Author: D.B. Moran
Series: Stand Alone
Publish Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionThere’s a battle brewing on Earth, and it has been for centuries, between the loyal angels to God and the Fallen who took the side of Lucifer after the Great War in Heaven. Thankfully, Earth is watched over by the Archangels and by the lower level angels who have been ordered to take human form to keep a watchful eye on Mankind for God. Jakiele is one such supernatural being.

But the war that started in Heaven is far from over as the Fallen will do whatever it takes to once again gain dominion over the Earth and determine man’s fate. Zadikiele is the one demon they can count on to follow orders without question and see their evil goals to fruition. Zadikiele has no fear and will use or kill anyone who gets in his way and is ruthless enough to take on any angel foolish enough to stand against him.

Jakiele is forced into the fray when the woman he is forbidden to love becomes accidentally entangled in the Fallen’s malevolent plans. Zadikiele has every intention of using her to his advantage to accomplish the Fallen’s goals and then dispose of her. And so begins Jakiele’s race across time and space to not only save her, but mankind as well even if it means he has to give up his own immortal soul.

 


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

This book is an interesting read to say the least. With the prologue being about the fall of Satan and his followers I expected there to be more demon and angel action. But the story read more like a military romance (ie. secret service falls in love with a top scientist) with a few other worldly elements like fallen angels, angels, and vampires thrown in.

Characters like Jakiele and Kataliana are great for the romance. They have that steamy forbidden insta-attraction that actually annoys me but it works in this case. I also find Ana and Caleb to be a charming side romance. My favorite character was Dariah the demon. I almost felt sorry for him in places of the book.

badge3v4There were some weirdly worded sentences and some misplaced words throughout the novel. Some places it was way too verbose. Overall I have to give this novel 3 wings. It just didn’t capture my imagination the way I thought it would.

Other recommendations…

Check out the following fallen angel stories as well:

Covet by J.R. Ward,  Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Silver Bullet by Josie Jaffrey

Josie Jaffrey has done it again!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

35658853Title: The Silver Bullet 
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Series: Solis Invicti Book 04
Publish Date: August 5, 2017
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by author

Publisher’s DescriptionThe truth is out, and Emmy is faced with a choice she dreads: surrender her mortality, or allow her frailty to threaten the nascent society the Silver are building. With exile the only reasonable alternative, she struggles with feelings she can’t define and a duty she’s reluctant to accept.

While the Silver city hangs in the balance, Emmy must remake herself to redeem it and save her friends. Her reinvention forces her to choose sides, threaten alliances and risk becoming like those she fears: inhuman.

The Silver Bullet is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Ms. Jaffrey has done it again! The Silver Bullet is full of action, betrayal, and just the right amount of steamy.

The action picks up right where Bound in Silver left off. It doesn’t let up from there. In all actuality if life hadn’t have gotten in the way I probably could have finished it in a day. I didn’t want to put it down! There are a few slower parts but they blend in well and never last long.

I do not want to give too much away, so all I will say on the betrayal front is this: I never saw it coming! Jaffery has a way of making me want to throw her books across the room (trust me this is a good thing). I was so surprised and hurt right along with Emmy that it felt like a personal betrayal. On a side note, I think I may be safer getting these books in paperback before re-reading them all. 😉

I love the love between Sol and Emmy! He truly loves her and wants her to choose even if it means losing her. It is refreshing from the “I’m gonna make you mine” attitude in many romance novels. True to life Emmy realizes that she has loved Sol all along. The tid bit where Drew pinned Emmy while training her felt true to life as well. It would be slightly awkward given their history.

The ending holds possibilities for more to the series or even the potential for spin off series. Either way it was an explosive ending to an amazing series!

badge5v5I will shout my love for this series from the rooftops! I give this book 5 cures!

 

 

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Here are some more post-apocalypse reads to check out: Blackwing by Ed McDonald, Pandemic by A.G. Riddle, The Bone Gatherer by Jennifer Adele

Tarnished Prophecy by Ann Gimpel

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

35027345Title: Tarnished Prophecy
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Dance Book 03
Publish Date: April 27, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by the publisher via Netgalley

Publisher’s Description: Germany, 1940

Magic runs strong in Ilona, a gypsy seer. Powerful ability isn’t valued in Romani women, so she focuses her fortunetelling on inconsequential details. Nothing that could come back to haunt her caravan if a prediction went bad. Rounded up and dumped in Dachau prison camp, she has plenty of time to rue her decision to downplay her ability. If she’d taken the time to scry her own future, she’d still be free.

A wolf shifter, Jamal made the mistake of wedding a Romani woman centuries ago. His arrogance caused both death and heartache, and he’s been alone ever since. The recent threat of vampires joining the Third Reich has provided ample reason for shifters and Rom to lay their ancient enmity aside and work together, but their détente is fragile.

Jamal and a group of shifters come across Ilona after her escape from Dachau. Vulnerable, terrified, she’s fully prepared to fight. Her courage and mettle touch places in him he’d thought were dead, but she’s Romani. His last relationship ended so badly, the last thing he needs is to fall for another gypsy woman. He wrestles his tumbling emotions into submission, but when she trains her enigmatic, gray gaze on him, his resolve first weakens and then vanishes entirely.

 


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Here we are back in WWII Germany with a whole new Rom/Shifter love story with some of our old favorites sprinkled in. I must say that I was still wishing for more Romani/shifter versus the Nazis and less vampire hunter Romani/shifters. But I enjoyed the story.

I was glad that Tairin’s father, Jamal, finally got his happy ending after the heartbreak in Tarnished Beginnings. Ilona is a strong woman and I love the fact that these novels are filled with men who love strong, independent women. I mean let’s face it, Ilona uses her brain and magic to  break out of a work camp and more (I’d list all of her bad-assery but I don’t want to spoil the read)! I still like the lore as well. I was kind of disappointed that they made Anubis a bad guy. I would have liked to have the first shifter in future stories.

Over all this is a quick read with a few steamy love scenes and some interesting battles. I give it 4 wing beats. badge4v5

 

 

Other recommendations…

Try these other great shifter romance reads: Taken by the Shark by Jane Rowe, The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston, Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Kat Mandu’s New Groove

Hello blog friends! You might have noticed it’s been rather quiet on the site lately. My fellow reviewers and I have had some ups and downs and well, occasionally life gets in the way of doing things you really love. So to be honest, a couple of us are behind on ALL THE THINGS. But eventually, we’ll get back to a groove again.

But because you haven’t heard from me lately, I’d like to update you on what I’m up to these days. Plus what you can expect from me in the next several months.

Review Schedule!
I’ve been frantically trying to get through my long queue of requests from authors whose books I’ve accepted. Here’s a list of ten coming your way – and if you’re an author waiting on a review from me, I promise I’ll get to it soon.

Novus – Crystal Marcos
The Dragon’s Playlist – Laura Bickle
Superheroes in Prose, V2 – Sevan Paris
Southern Bound – Stuart Jaffe
Starlight – William Stacey
The Last Dinner Party – Carly M Duncan
Doc Graystone: Masks of Mayhem – Nicholas Olivo
Their Solitary Way – JN Chaney
Demon Princess – Kassandra Lynn
Rebels & Fools – David Michael Williams

Upcoming Read-Along!!
Staring August fourth, you can join me and other readers in a read-along of two awesome urban fantasy trilogies. Check out the dates, books, and events below!

Double-Triple Fae

The Shadow Reader trilogy by Sandy Williams

The Shadow Reader – August 4- August 10
The Shattered Dark – August 11 – 17
The Sharpest Blade – August 18 – 24

The Abby Sinclair trilogy by Allison Pang

August 25 -August 31 A Brush of Darkness
September 1 – September 7 A Sliver of Shadow
September 8 – September 13 A Trace of Moonlight

 

 

 

 

 

Writing News!!!
Writing is another one of the things I haven’t kept up with lately. I hit a bad slump in my personal life in the last month and haven’t really had the motivation to work on my pain YA project. It’s a good news, bad news moment because I’ve had the inspiration to write a couple short stories in the meantime. You can find one of them – Trouble – on WattPad! I’m excited to introduce you to some of the first characters I’ve ever worked with. And if you like urban fantasy with touches of romance and humor, these stories might be for you. Trouble is currently halfway done – and I’ve got plans to bring two more novellas into the mx once it is.

Please feel free to let me know what you think! You can find it here!

In other writing news, I’ve got two other projects I work on.

For one, I’m a D&D dungeon master (Dungeons and Dragons for those of you unfamiliar with the term) and I’ve got a nice, magical (and maniacal) murder mystery that needs a lot of tedious planning and mapping. It’s a lot of work – but it’s also a lot of fun! Are you a D&D player? Tell me some of your experiences. I love hearing fun roleplay stories.

I’m also teaming up with my little brother and together we’re stepping out onto the machinima scene. Machinima is the method of making animated film using software similar to that designed for making video and computer games. For those of you who are gamers and might enjoy this type of filming, here’s a great example of machinima: Rooster Teeth’s Red vs Blue, a web-series based on the Halo games with a comical twist.

Granted, these guys rule the roost, so there’s no way our project will be that awesome. But it’ll be fun to make our own scripts and play around the cinematic effects. I’ll keep you updated on our progress (and give you a link to our YouTube channel) but in the meantime, enjoy a Red vs Blue clip (I’m a huge fan, in case you couldn’t tell).

So as you can see, I’m up to a lot lately. And I’m also working two jobs. But I wanted you guys to know I’m still here, so thanks to those of you who still read and/or follow the blog. I’m grateful for your support! Stay tuned for more upcoming reviews, writing posts, and other book stuff! Read on fellow readers, read on!

Kat Mandu