Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer

“Into the darkness, we bring light.”

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Dark Light of DayTitleDark Light of Day
AuthorJill Archer
SeriesNoon Onyx, Book 01
Publish Date: September 25, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Artist: David Palumbo
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Publisher’s DescriptionArmageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, the world from slipping back into chaos.

Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of and some will consider her an abomination.

Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: The world and magic system Archer has created is fascinating. Most people would expect the Angels to win; but, in Archer’s post-Armageddon world, it is the Demons who won. While this may hold no appeal to some people, I found it a bold move. The ending was explosive! I devoured the last 70 pages of the book!

Dislikes: While the world is a unique creation, the beginning of the book is a huge info dump. Instead of gradually introducing readers to the races of people and the history of the world, readers get all that information in a few pages. I also had a problem with Noon herself. Though she is twenty-one, I often felt that she acted like a child. She goes back and forth between being timid and being a strong independent woman for most of the book. It isn’t until the last few chapters that she accepts who she is.

badge3v4Despite the information dump and the wishy-washy main character I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will read the next book in the series. I give this three stars.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Demon Plagues (Plague Wars, #5) by David VanDyke, Daughter of the Sword (Fated Blades, #1) by Steve Bein, or Dark Angel: A Gothic Fairy Tale by T.J. Bennett.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Nell’s Gossip and Sunday Book Hunt 10.23

Welcome to One Book Two. I love gossip and what gossip is any better than book or author gossip? Normally, I’m not one to repeat rumors, so be sure you listen close the first time.Nervous_Nellie_100

This Week’s Gossip:

26402927Harmony Black series has announced #3.  Did I get your attention?  Harmony Black’s series written by Craig Schaefer is planning a release on March 28, 2017.  The tentative title will be Glass Predator and the possible #4 title will be Cold Spectrum.  This is a major win for my Waiting on Wednesday pile, let me tell you.  Here’s reviews of Harmony Black and Red Knight Falling.

Another piece of hot news from Craig Schaefer-dom as well and James A. Hunter-world is the release of a Daniel Faust AND Yancy Lazarus short story in Full Metal Magic.  PLUS shorts from other authors I love to read.

The next little tidbit I have is a new series by Thea Harrison.  Familiar with that name? She writes the Elder Races series.  Dragons, Harpy, Griffin, Vampire – all these creatures have a story and believe me – Thea writes one hell of a story.  The new series is going to be called Moonshadow and I’m looking forward to a new series from this author.  Release date December 13, 2016.bound

New cover release from Benedict JackaAlex Verus #8 – Bound with release date of April 4, 2017.  See 1B2’s reviews of Veiled  and Burned.

Let’s see, what else did I learn this week?  OMG, I can’t believe I nearly forgot!  Did you hear that Stephen Blackmoore released the cover for Eric Carter #3!  It’s so exciting!!  I read on Mr. Blackmoore’s blog awhile ago that he trashed the whole book #3 and started over because he didn’t like the way it turned out.  So instead of just going with it, he took a step back and re-wrote the whole thing!  The new #3 hungry-ghostsbook will be released February 17, 2017 and it will be called Hungry Ghosts.  That’s really not a surprise if you follow Stephen Blackmoore, but the next juicy bit is the fact that he knows the title for book #4, Fire Season – release date 2018, #5, Ghost Money – release date 2019, AND #6, Bottle Demon – release date 2020!  Woot!!

1B2’s review of Dead Things, Eric Carter #1 and Broken Souls, Eric Carter #2.




now on to the part you really came here for:

cast-in-bloodBOOK HUNT!

Title: Cast in Blood
Author: Christine Sutton, Lisa Lane, Jaime Johnesee, Leigh M. Lane
DescriptionAn unknown force threatens Heaven and Hell, along with every soul on Earth. Three unlikely heroes join together to restore universal balance. Will their shared adversary initiate an Apocalypse before they’re able to uncover the truth, or will they rise to a calling that has, from the beginning of time, been Cast in Blood?

Free on Kindle | Free on Nook

Yes, well, I found another good book for the “hunt” this week.  Check this out…

blood-huntedTitle:  Blood Hunted – Heir Hunters#1
AuthorK.E. O’Connor
Description:  Her supernatural ability could be the death of her…

Macie is grieving the loss of her father and facing a deadly challenge; a powerful vampire has died and she has to host her.

Blood Hunted is book 1 in the Heir Hunters series, featuring Macie Thackery, Sarah Greenburg, a powerful witch and Damien Rule, Macie’s usually trusty vampire sidekick.

Macie needs to step up to the challenge of hosting this dangerous vampire. Will she survive this case and successfully keep Heir Hunters running?

If you love urban fantasy, a hint of romance, and fast-paced supernatural action and mystery, then you’ll love Blood Hunted.

Free on Kindle | Free on Nook

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

The blogger behind one of my favorite book blogs, the Vampire Book Club, is coming out with an urban fantasy book in April. It appears to be a debut book and sounds really good!  The release is a few months off, but I’m putting it on my watch list for sure.😉

borrowed-soulsTitleBorowed Souls
AuthorChelsea Mueller
Series: Soul Charmer, Book 01
Publish Date: April 4, 2017, Talos Press
Genre: Urban fantasy

Publisher’s DescriptionCallie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

authorchelseamueller_square_smallAbout the Author

Chelsea Mueller writes gritty fantasy and YA novels packed with lots of action and a steady undercurrent of sexual tension.

She spends too much time at the gym practicing MMA skills, but makes up for it by counseling other authors on writing dynamic and realistic fight scenes.

When not crafting tales full of ass-kicking and kissing, she runs the totally fun blog Vampire Book Club, dishes on the latest book and TV hotties for Heroes & Heartbreakers, and hangs out with her awesome husband and two giant dogs. She loves bad cover songs, dramatic movies and TV vampires.

She lives in Texas and has been known to say y’all.


As part of the cover reveal, Chelsea is giving away an awesome set of prizes:

  • The Veil by Chloe Neill SIGNED!
  • Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
  • Hounded by Kevin Hearne
  • 1 custom “Soul Magic” candle (it smells of forest, storms, and cinnamon)

Hop on over to her blog post about the Borrowed Souls cover and enter via the Rafflecopter widget.

I’m looking forward to this new book, Chelsea.  Kudos to you!



Night of the Living Dead Vol. 1: Sins of the Father

A new graphic novel takes us back to one of the original zombie movies, reimagined for a new audience.

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night-of-the-living-deadTitle: Night of the Living Dead, Vol 1: The Sins of the Father
AuthorJean-Luc Istin ; Illustrations by Elia Bonetti
SeriesLa nuit des morts-vivants #1
Publish Date: September 7, 2016, Firefly Books
Genre: Graphic Novel Horror
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionIt’s Halloween. Lizbeth leaves her husband and two children to accompany her brother Leland, the favorite son, to visit the grave of their adoptive parents. But no sooner do they arrive at the cemetery than they are attacked by a group of living dead! After a terrifying chase, Lizbeth and Leland find refuge in a squalid hotel that will prove to be the only defense against a horde of zombies hungry for fresh meat. They are safe, for now. But the real danger is right outside the hotel walls and the invasion is widespread. Several cities are already devastated.

The survivors discover that the hotel manager is holed up in his room, ready to shoot the first person (or thing) that comes too close. As night begins to fall, they discover another problem. There is no electricity. Lizbeth has no choice. She decides that someone has to turn on the emergency power system. But she will have to pass through an area infested with zombies. Will Lizbeth survive? Will she be reunited with her husband and children?

The cult film Night of the Living Dead created the modern zombie myth. “Night of the Living Dead Volume 1: Sins of the Father” is the first of three volumes that retell the classic story for modern readers and fans of graphic novels. Istin’s tight text and Bonetti’s skilled art bring the terror and horrid fear to life and the convey the psychology of the characters. Together they resurrect the zombie story for a new generation.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Percy_Procrastinator_100Percy Procrastinator says…

What I didn’t like: I’m coming at this graphic novel with no knowledge of the original film.  It’s possible that the writer assumed knowledge of that work.  That would make more sense because several things stuck out and didn’t work for me.

I find it tough when characters survive things like a helicopter crash.  I also didn’t like it that two characters didn’t realize something was happening when the artwork on the pages make it seem as if the zombies have already started, yet they still go on their retreat?    They do try and give explanations to why they haven’t realized what happened but they fall flat to me and don’t work.

I admit that, since this is a hard cover book, I was expecting something more like a comic book trade or compendium, where several issues are combined into one longer story.  However, this is more like a single issue, making the story very short.

What I like: That said, what it does have, it does well.  Two people stranded and having to fight past the hordes of zombies.  The parent trying to keep his kids safe.  And the general mayhem caused by zombies.  We get enough of the background to frame it before focusing on the events at hand.

badge3v4There is not one big thing that is disappointing about this book.  What I found was a lot of little things that added up, such that there isn’t any big pull to get me back for the next volume.  It was a fun, quick read but needed a bit more depth or maybe even distance from the original source material so that it stands up against the zombie stories we have today. I give this a three.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Night of the Living Dead was one of the first horror movies my mother ever gave me. So when this graphic novel came through our inbox, I jumped at the chance to review it! I was pleased to see beautiful illustrations that also have a touch of horror. I was also thrilled that it somewhat resembles Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

badge2v4But, I was disappointed in the flow of the story. It was often jerky and switched rapidly from present times to the repressed memories of Lizbeth. It ended so abruptly that readers just barely touch the surface of the sins of Lizbeth’s father. Granted, more will be revealed in the following books, but it was missing something.

I would have liked to rate this a little higher but since the story was lacking, I give it 2 blood spurts.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Walking Dead (graphic novels) by Robert Kirkman, World War Z by Max Brooks, or The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

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Feature Follow 10.21


The Feature and Follow, hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read, is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow’s goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other – even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on! Come join us.

This Week’s Question

What are the most important qualities of a book boyfriend?

Fickle_Fiona_100Fickle Fiona says…

A guy that sticks up for the underdog, makes a character that feels neglected/like an outsider feel special. Especially if he has a good sense of humour, too. Having their own quirks are always a plus.  Also, someone that the nerd girl can make open up and either be himself or learn to be silly and have fun being a goofball and not so serious all the time.

For girls, they have to be feisty and sarcastic and have good comebacks to those who annoy/bother them.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

The characters I usually crush on are those men who love their women so deeply it’s almost painful. Love them because of, and in spite of, who they are.  Love them through all their crazy emotions, bad ideas, and ridiculous situations they get into. Who are in awe of their woman’s talents and capabilities and also accept their foibles. Love their woman for exactly who they are and are willing to stand beside them as partners, no matter what comes. What woman wouldn’t fall in love with that?😉

Jamie Fraser of Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander, Tybalt of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, and Clay Danvers of Kelly Armstrong‘s  Otherworld series come to mind as examples of this kind of character.

I’m very lucky to have the real-world version of that in Jon.😉

Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

My favorite qualities in a book boyfriend?  Whoo…. that’s a tough question because the qualities that are appealing in a book are not the necessarily the same qualities that are appealing in real life.

In a book, I enjoy reading about the alpha lead.  I like the protective qualities, the romantic, the thinker/strategist and snarky sarcasm.  I enjoy the old fashioned gentleman, though I’ve never encountered one in real life.  I might change my mind if I ever meet one, though.  Who knows?

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says… 

 My book boyfriend qualities: I like boys that start out a bit less than confident and then build it up when it matters most. I like them FUNNY – they’d better know how to make me laugh. Like in real life, I’d also want my guy to be nerdy – a video gamer or superhero lover, maybe even good with computers. Plus, he’d better be adventurous and creative, whether that be when he’s trying to figure out how to defeat the bad guy, survive high school, or even make me swoon.

Luna Lovebooks says…  Luna_Lovebooks_100

It depends on my mood but I am not going to lie, the bad boy with a heart of gold or the class clown usually sets my wings all a flutter. A tall, dark, scruffy, and handsome who can make me laugh and be tender when I’m feeling down but also kick ass if the situation calls for it. Some examples, you say? Daemon Black from the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout and  Will from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Four from The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth , just to name a few.

Percy_Procrastinator_100Percy Procrastinator says…

Without getting too political, I will say that how books were marketed to me as a kid, and how I responded to them, is probably very different than for women.  Sadly, there were very few “real” women in the books I read as a kid, even into my 20s.

Having said that, I wanted to be the hero, the wizard, the Jedi, or the investigator.  The main characters were usually smart and had adventures and that sounded fun!

Talking about this with Jennifer, I think I was more visual with this.  Dana Scully, therefore, was my TV crush.  Smart, skeptical, and sexy!  (Just like Jennifer!)

Vagabond Vahn says… Vagabond_Vahn100

If I’m your target audience for some romance, for the love of any and every thing you hold dear – skip the love triangles.  They’re everywhere, they’re frustrating, and they exhaust my desire to continue the story.  The stereotype that men can’t communicate their feelings is dominant in our entertainment, leading to misunderstandings, but we can – I promise!  When it come to romance I say what I mean, I mean what I say, and there’s not usually anything that needs reading into.  It’s few and far between to encounter this in protagonists involved in some romance without the other person trying to read into things that aren’t there (and introducing misunderstandings as a result), and a welcome relief when I come across it.

Trust and communication, being able to rely on someone to have your back in addition to the lovey-dovey bits, is incredibly attractive.  Most of the novels we review on this site involve adventure and danger.  The damsel in distress motif is played out – lets have some badass characters who have each other’s backs, and communicate well.  You don’t have to be physically weak or inept to be vulnerable, just because the story requires vulnerability.  You can be strong, you can kick butt, and by sharing a personal weakness become vulnerable for the scene.  Strength of character is sexy.  I’d like to see that more.

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