Guest Review of The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

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Title: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
Author: Kim Harrison
Published: January 25, 2005 (1st edition Mass Market Paperback), October 13, 2009 (ebook)
Series:  The Hollows #2
Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Source:  Purchased

It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.

She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.

Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play—and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.
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The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

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Title:  The Vault of Dreamers
Author:  Caragh M. O’Brien
Published:  September 16, 2014
Genre:  YA Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there. Continue reading

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title:  Sinner
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Published:  July 1, 2014
Series:  Wolves of Mercy Falls #4
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret—his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved? Continue reading

Guest Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

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Title:  The Beautiful Ashes
Author:  Jeaniene Frost
Published:  August 26, 2014
Series:  Broken Destiny trilogy #1
Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook
Source:  Purchased

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

The Beautiful Ashes is the first in the Broken Destiny trilogy and Jeaniene Frost’s first New Adult novel. I have been a long-time reader of the Night Huntress series and all the spin offs that came from it, so when I heard Ms. Frost was starting a new series I had to give it a try.

My first impression was that I really enjoyed the story. This book has all the wonderful characters and world-building that any fan has come to expect. It’s a great take on the good vs. evil ultimate fight. Both Ivy and Adrian were well-written, and the reader can really relate to them and understand their choices.

Ivy is on the hunt to find her missing sister and ends up discovering that all the visions she’s seen her entire life are not only real, but put her and her loved ones in danger.

Adrian is as mysterious as he is stubborn, and I wanted to shout at the book every time he refused to give Ivy any information. As frustrating as that was while reading, getting the information in the smaller tidbits was much more interesting and the ending was satisfactory for the first of three.

The chemistry between Adrian and Ivy is sizzling and gets you rooting for them right from the first meeting. Fans of the the Night Huntress series will love this book as this world is just as intriguing as the others, but if you’re expecting the kind of steamy scenes you get with Cat and Bones, you will be disappointed.  Anyone looking for a  angels and demons, good vs. evil story with well rounded characters, a good story and a great budding romance should pick up this book.

I really enjoyed the introduction to this story and very much look forward to the next installment! My ranking of The Beautiful Ashes: four out of five stars!

4 Stars

 


Jess KJessica is a married mother of two children and a yellow lab. She spends every spare moment she can reading any paranormal or historical romance or urban fantasy she can get her hands on. In real life she tests weather apps for mobile devices and daydreams of being a writer herself one day.

 

Reached by Ally Condie

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Title:  Reached
Author:  Ally Condie
Published:  November 13, 2012
Series:  Matched trilogy #3
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose. Continue reading

The System by Gemma Malley

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Title:  The System
Author:  Gemma Malley
Published:  April 10, 2014
Series:  The Killables series #3
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

To survive you need people watching you, following your every move. That’s the only currency now: being interesting, being liked … And, of course, you have to update every fifteen minutes. It means everyone knows where you are, what you’re doing; it means that there are no secrets…

Everybody watches everyone else; nothing is hidden. And for those who fail to ‘update’ every fifteen minutes, the consequences are deadly. Evie and Raffy may have escaped the City but they still fear for their lives. Now the only person who can help them is Frankie, a total stranger, the most popular girl in the world, watched every second by millions of people. But Frankie has other ideas…

And all the time, Lucas is waiting desperately for word from Evie, word that she is coming back to him. Continue reading

The One by Kiera Cass

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Title:  The One
Author:  Kiera Cass
Published:  May 6, 2014
Series:  The Selection #3
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen–and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.

America is all in; she wants to win The Selection and win prince Maxon’s heart. But now that she’s chosen, she isn’t the only one in consideration anymore, and the King is doing everything he can to try to interfere with Maxon’s decisions. Meanwhile, attacks from the southern rebels grow more and more frequent.

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The Burn by Annie Oldham

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Title:  The Burn
Author:  Annie Oldham
Published:  September 27, 2011
Series:  The Burn series #1
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That’s what Terra’s father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.

She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares. Continue reading

Once by Anna Carey

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Once by Anna CareyTitle:  Once
Author:  Anna Carey
Published:  July 3, 2012
Series:  Eve #2
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She’s living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America. Continue reading

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiTitle:  Under the Never Sky
Author:  Veronica Rossi
Published:  January 3, 2012
Series:  Under the Never Sky #1
Genre:  Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. Continue reading