Monthly Archives: February 2016

God Killer by eden Hudson

This is the final battle for Halo; the Fallen Angels vs. the Whitneys.  Tough, Colt, Tiffiny, Desty, and Tempe are put to the ultimate test.  Can they save themselves, Halo, and the world?

God KillerTitle:  God Killer
Author:  eden Hudson
Series: Redneck Apocalypse Book 03
Publish Date:  February 29, 2016
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionThe disturbing final chapter in the award-winning Redneck Apocalypse series.

The last battle for Earth is here.

Rivers of blood are going to flow.

Anyone who doesn’t die in the first hemorrhage is going to wish they had.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

“Fight and die or live and cry.” –eden Hudson

God Killer is the last installment in the Redneck Apocalypse series by eden Hudson. I chose Hudson’s previous books to win the 2015 Standout Award; they are just that amazing. As a conclusion, God Killer doesn’t disappoint, but it does surprise.

Winning back Halo and the world is something of a Pyrrhic victory; so many people die.  But everyone is fighting, sacrificing themselves for what they feel is right regardless of how little they feel they have to offer.  Everyone wants a chance at a better future; if not for themselves, then for those who come after.

Given that this series is about very broken people in impossibly dark and tortured situations, I was not expecting the final book to be filled with hope and redemption. But it is, and it’s not out of place at all.  In fact, it is kind of a nice surprise.

badge5v4I don’t feel I can say much more without giving away the good stuff.  I can’t recommend this series enough. If you like Supernatural, Jessica Jones, or other dark heroes, this is the series to check out.

Our reviews in this series…

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Void City series by J.F. Lewis, the Cursed series by Amy Braun, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones TV series on Netflix.

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Ten Reasons You Read Your Fave Genre?

submitted by Parajunkee

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First of all, urban fantasy is my fave genre.

  1. Adventure – safest way to have an adventure
  2. Romance – fall in love for the first time over and over again
  3. Meet up with monsters w/o soiling myself
  4. Wade through death and destruction w/o soiling myself
  5. Sometimes animals talk and that would rock
  6. Good guys always win
  7. Live the life of a heroine for just a few hours
  8. Learn new and creative ways to use swear words
  9. Able to use a sword with ease
  10. Have super abilities

Nell’s Opinion & Book Hunt

Do men read more than women?  Does it matter?  Nah, I don’t care which gender reads more as long as I get to read my books, but I did find it interesting.

Some research I’ve read leads me to the conclusion that Men Don’t Read.  Research also has led me to the fact that it appears that male readers feel slighted because publishers tend to market towards women more than men, because, apparently, men don’t read.  I guess that is backed up by studies that show women read 4-1 over men.  Weird.

While I do believe romance fiction is fairly popular, I also believe if you were to take that genre out of the mix, I agree that women would out pace men in the race to the books.  Why?  Well, I don’t know.  It’s not because one gender is more creative than the other.  It’s not because one gender is more wise, has better skill or more insight than another, although I’d like to claim females do, but I can’t.  It’s also not because women are more emotional, because men are emotional too.  Like I said, I don’t know.

Does it have to do with gender roles in history? Hmmm….. don’t know.  Does it have to do with stations in society?  Wealth vs. poverty?  Hmmm….nope, still don’t know.  Does it have to do with power?  Knowledge is power – that’s a good argument.

Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter.  I read female authors and male authors and I really don’t choose one over the other.  If the story is good, I’m all over it.  How else am I going to live a thousand lives in just this one?

Information from:  The Guardian, Huffington Post, Warren Adler, author, SlateSteven J. Tepper, Princeton University,

Book Hunt:

25479150Title:  Mythean Arcana Boxed Set 1-4
Author:  Lindsey Hall
Free on Kindle

Description:  Book 1: Braving Fate
Bookish academic Diana Laughton has been having terrible dreams. Dreams of battle, dreams of blood… dreams so vivid she’s living them day and night. When demons invade her quiet life and she flees to Scotland, she wonders if she’s going mad. Or if perhaps she’s remembering a past life she had no idea existed…
Mythean Guardian Cadan Trinovante loved and betrayed Britain’s warrior queen Boudica two millennia ago. Now he’s tasked with protecting mortals whose lives affect the fate of humanity. His latest assignment is Boudica herself, reincarnated as a woman with no idea of her past or her fated future.
Thrown together in a shadowy world that exists alongside our own, Diana and Cadan must fight not only the demonic forces that want Diana dead, but a past and a passion that have lasted centuries. Their desire could be deadly. But as evil from the underworld unites against them, their only hope could be each other.

Book 2: Soulceress
Three hundred years ago, Warren sold his soul in exchange for the safety of his people. He lives immortal and inhuman, a life in the shadows, hiding his secrets. Until now, when he finally has the chance to reclaim his soul after three centuries of suffering…
Esha is a soulceress, an immortal who drains the magical powers of others. Shunned by everyone she meets, she’s a rogue mercenary who hunts evil for a living. The only man she cannot harm is Warren, whose secrets intrigue her and whose body sparks her desire…
Esha is the only person who can help Warren reclaim his soul. But what begins as a simple quest soon becomes a deadly battle, one in which choices will be made and secrets revealed that could tear them apart. As Esha and Warren uncover their passion, they must defeat the evil forces unleashed against them before time runs out…

Book 3: Rogue Soul
Andrasta, Celtic goddess of victory, has fled the cold, sterile wasteland of Otherworld for the steamy South American jungle. It’s only a matter of time before the vengeful gods catch and punish her – unless she can convince the man she betrayed two thousand years ago to help…
Born in Otherworld to the life of a god, Camulos went rogue centuries ago. He’s living on the banks of the Amazon, boxing in bare-knuckled fights. The gods believe he’s dead–until Ana finds him. Ana, the woman who gave him nothing but trouble, and the woman he could never forget…
Thrown together, Ana and Cam must evade the wrath of the gods and a return to the living death of Otherworld. But as they flee through the jungle – and as their passion ignites – they find themselves at the heart of an ancient secret. One that could kill them both and extinguish their souls forever…

Book 4: Stolen Fate
Fiona is an Acquirer, an immortal who uses magic to hunt for ancient artifacts. Ever since she failed to live up to her fate and find the Book of Worlds,, she’s been slowly losing her mind as her subconscious keeps trying to accomplish her fated task. When she’s presented with one last chance to find the Book and save her sanity, she’ll stop at nothing to accomplish her goal.
For more than one hundred years, Ian has been locked in a nightmarish prison. An accomplished thief, he was thrown into hell for failing to maintain the secrecy of his magical race. When Fiona presents him with an opportunity for escape, he’ll do anything it takes to ensure that it’s permanent, even if it means betraying the woman he’s grown to care for.
As Fiona and Ian get closer to finding the book, they learn that there’s more at stake than they ever imagined – like the fate of the world. When their task threatens to tear them apart, they’ll have to make the ultimate decision: life, or love?

Escaping Camp Ravensbrook by R.T. Johnson

Katrina, an orphaned witch, her Jewish friend Alice, and a Nazi guard Peter all make the best out of being stuck in the women’s camp Ravensbrook. This historical fiction stand alone is a quick read for anyone who likes their history with a little magic.

Escaping Camp RavensbrookTitle:  Escaping Camp Ravensbrook
Author:  R.T. Johnson
Publish Date:  October 16, 2015
Genre:  MG Historical Fantasy
SourceWordslinger

Publisher’s Description: Katrina is a girl who is caught and captured and is sent to Camp Ravensbrook after her parents die. She’s treated terrible there, but Katrina has a secret. She has witchcraft powers she uses for good, but Katrina wants to find a way out of there. When she meets Peter, she realizes that he’s the right man for her. But she’s worried about the fact that he might not accept her witchcraft powers. Will they be able to make it out in one piece despite the horrors of a war going on? Or will they be sentenced to this camp forever?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

This is without a doubt an adorable story (I hope that is ok to say about a book that is set in a prison camp). Katrina and her Aunt are witches and members of the Resistance that have been sent to the all women and children camp of Ravensbrook. The reason it is adorable is because sixteen year old Katrina does her best to keep her spirits uplifted amid the horrors of being in a place where she is forced to work or be shot. She uses her magic to aide her in her camp chores, to stop guards from raping young girls, whipping the women, heals a sick boy and his mother, and saves the life of her friend Alice. Her friendship and the love her and Peter share are what help her survive. I think this is important for children or adolescents to learn. While this book gets that lesson to us in an unconventional way, it still reaches its readers.

badge4v4Now for a few things that bothered me as a reviewer. While this book reads and looks as if it is for children, there are rape scenes and a few of the minor characters talk about rape in a non-chalant way. No great detail is given but this reviewer feels that if this is a book for middle grade readers that that particular horror of prison camps should be left out. I also wish there was more information about the real camp Ravensbrück for readers to learn more.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, and a non-fiction just for the studious types: Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm.

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

I’m only going to give this book a 3 because I have read much of Isabel Allende’s work and she can do much better.

Japanese LoverTitle:  The Japanese Lover
Author:  Isabel Allende
Publish Date:  November 3, 2015
Genre:  Fiction
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionIn 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.

Decades later, Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to come to terms with her own troubled past, meets the elderly woman and her grandson, Seth, at San Francisco’s charmingly eccentric Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

The audio version of this book was okay, but I think there was something missing. It felt as though the chapter breaks or perhaps the text in a print version would have lent itself to the back and forth of the time frame of the story a bit better than what I listened to. The story of Alma and how she came to be at the Lark House was posed as a mystery with some sort of a “reveal” being built up to. I didn’t feel the author did that particularly well.

I did enjoy a different perspective of the Jewish and the Japanese experience during WWII and the struggles each of the characters went through in order to survive and be true to themselves. I really felt that Alma was a three-dimensional character that I would have liked to have known and I totally want to grow old at a place like Lark House. Having Alma admit that she wasn’t strong enough to leave her privileged life in order to follow her heart and be with her Japanese love was just good writing.

badge3v4There was so much build up to the caregiver, Irina’s, background, that I felt disappointed with how quickly she was able to open up and accept Seth as her future husband. I also felt there wasn’t enough build up to the current relationship with Alma and her Japanese Lover even though that’s the title of the book. It fell a little flat and I wasn’t as emotionally drawn-in as I would have liked.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

…you might try House of Spirit by Isabel Allende, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, or The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.