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Help Wanted: Are you interested in Reviewing for Dark Faerie Tales?

August 1st, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Help Wanted Tags: Help Wanted

Do you enjoy talking about books? Do you love reading books? Do you secretly obsess about anything to do with books? If you answered yes to any of these questions you just might be who we need! Dark Faerie Tales is looking for some great new reviewers to join our team!!! A couple of our wonderful team members are no longer going to be able to review for us anymore so we need to replace them. Our blog has been established for quite some time now and lucky for us we get tons of books for review. We review middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult books in all genres! Our TBR pile is constantly growing and we would love it if you would help us out.

I have personally been a part of this blog for 1 ½ years and I love it. I have made many wonderful friends and discovered tons of great books. It has been a great experience and I would highly recommend all book lovers apply for the position!!! If you are interested just fill out the application below! (I do want to add that nothing comes free, so if you want to get the books you do have to write the reviews for them!)

Requirements:

  • A lover of paranormal fiction: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult
  • Not currently running your own book review site
  • Able to compose a well written review
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  • You must be able to meet a deadline

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  • FREE books including ARCS
  • Potential for more collaboration on Dark Faerie Tales in the future
  • Your own section added to the Dark Faerie Tales About Page

If chosen as a book reviewer, you will receive ARCs/books to read.  In return, you’ll provide a review to be posted on this site.  Additional details will be discussed if you are selected.

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Review: Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

August 1st, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Jennifer Ashley, Paranormal Romance, Review, Shifters Unbound Series, Wild Wolf

Wild WolfTitle: Wild Wolf

Author: Jennifer Ashley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Shifters Unbound (Book #6)

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Format: Paperback, 294 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425266044 (Berkely/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425266045 (Berkely/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…

Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward Shiftertown stability—choosing a new mate. After losing his mate and son long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. And even if he was inclined to bind himself again, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned wolves.

But Graham is up against a new enemy, one who could spell danger and death to all of Shiftertown. Graham must now defend his leadership and save Misty, the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.

Quick & Dirty: Extremely sexy story filled with action and great characters.  I wouldn’t say it was the most memorable story but it was certainly enjoyable!

Opening Sentence: Graham McNeil slammed his massive fist into the jaw of the attacking wolf just as his cell phone rang.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Graham McNeil is the leader of his pack and recently they had to relocate to a new Shiftertown. His wolves haven’t taken the adjustment as well as he would have hoped and Graham will do anything to help stabilize things, even take a new mate. He has only mated once and things ended tragically, so Graham has treaded carefully when it comes to giving away his heart. For the last eight months he has been dating a human girl named Misty, which is fine for now but his pack expects him to mate with one of their own. But when Misty is kidnapped by a group looking for revenge, Graham will stop at nothing to save her. Soon he is pitted against an extremely dangerous enemy that could destroy not only him, but all of his kind.

Misty was a great heroine that I had fun getting to know. She was witty, smart and resourceful. I love it when a girl can hold her own against the villains and doesn’t have to rely on the male character to always save her. Misty doesn’t need a man to take care of her but she doesn’t refuse help if it’s offered either, which I really liked. I also liked that she wasn’t afraid of a challenge, she faced her problems head on and running away was never an option. She was a strong female character that was really easy to like and connect with.

Graham was a very sexy man that could be extremely frustrating, but somehow that just made him sexier. Being the leader of his pack is really stressful and you can tell that he was created for the job. He knows how to take charge and he’s not afraid of a fight. But he is also compassionate and cares about his pack. He is pretty hot-headed at times and loses his temper quite often, but he also knows when he needs to apologize, which is a really important trait a good leader needs. He was a great love interest that was easy to drool over!

I loved watching the relationship between Misty and Graham develop. They had red hot chemistry and lots of delicious sexual tension running between them. But they also really balanced each other out. Misty wouldn’t take Graham’s crap and she wasn’t afraid to stand up to him. But she also loved him for who he was and didn’t want him to change. I thought that they were adorable together and it was fun to read their story.

Wild Wolf was a very steamy paranormal romance that I flew right through. I don’t usually read adult books because I am more of a YA/NA fan, but when I got asked to read and review this I thought I would give it a try. I’m glad I did, it was a fun read that kept me entertained for a few hours. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t a very memorable story and I’ll probably never read it again but I still enjoyed it. I loved that the characters were more mature and acted like adults. It was refreshing to be inside an older characters head for once. This is the sixth book in this series and I have not read the rest of the previous books, but this stood alone just fine. There were a few of the characters mannerisms and some of the things they talked about that did confuse me at times, but overall, I felt that this was just fine as a standalone. Overall, I think this was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone that likes a fast paced, sexy paranormal romance story.

Notable Scene:

She lifted the spoon to her mouth. Graham’s gaze fixed on her even tighter. Misty moved her tongue out and licked up a dollop from her spoon.

A growl sounded in Graham’s throat, one so soft Misty knew only she could hear it. She took another lick of cream from the spoon. Graham sat so still he might have been carved into the chair, but his chest rose and fell sharply.

His face held the hardness of a man who’d survived on his strength alone for a long time, but Misty had always seen something in him besides the hardness. The tiny lines that feathered from the corners of his eyes, for example. He got them from laughing—Graham was a man not afraid to laugh. He could roar with it. Scars crisscrossed his cheekbones, and his nose had been broken, several times, he’d told her. His face was sunburned from their adventure today, but even that was healing, his skin settling into its usual liquid tan.

The sun-bronzing made his eyes stand out even more, the gray turning to silver as he watched her lick another bit of ice cream. She moved her tongue around the mound on the spoon and drew it back between her lips . . .

Graham snarled. With one flick of his big hand, he sent the ice cream bowl flying across the table to shatter on the floor.

Shifters Unbound  Series:

0.5 Shifter Made

1. Pride Mates

2. Primal Bonds

2.5 Bodyguard

3. Wild Cat

3.5 Hard Mated

4. Mate Claimed

4.5 Perfect Mate

4.6 Lone Wolf

5. Tiger Magic

5.5 Feral Heat

6. Wild Wolf

6.5 Bear Attraction (February 17, 2015)

7. Mate Bond (April 7, 2015)

FTC Advisory:  Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Wild Wolf.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

July 31st, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Angela under Review Tags: Alexandra Ivy, Born in Blood, Paranormal Romance, Review, The Sentinels

Born in BloodTitle: Born in Blood

Author: Alexandra Ivy

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Sentinels (Book #1)

Publication Date: December 31, 2013

Format: Paperback, 373 Pages

ISBN-10: 1420125141 (Zebra/Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-1420125146 (Zebra/Kensington)

Reviewed by: Candy

Synopsis:

In a stunning new paranormal romance series—even edgier than her bestselling Guardians of Eternity books—New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels—humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain…

Born In Blood

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.

Quick & Dirty: Duncan and Callie are in a fight for their lives and the fate of all mankind whether it be high-blood or human. They must work together to stop a horrible necromancer from raising the dead and ruining the newly awakened feelings they share for each other.

Opening Sentence: Valhalla had always been shrouded in mystery.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I loved this book. At first I wasn’t sure if I would or not but it was really good. It was nice seeing the story through both Callie, a high-bloods’, point of view and also from Duncan’s point of view, who is “human”. Through their shared narrative we got to see the prejudices on both sides of the Dome known as Valhalla where the high-bloods live. For those who have never read any of Alexandra Ivy’s Sentinel series, high-bloods are those people who posses super abilities, such as being a witch or a psychic. The part I liked about this book was that there were no werewolves or vampires. Instead the author kept it to just abilities that a regular human could possibly have if we used more of our brains. This was different from most supernatural stories.

Callie and Duncan’s story was wonderful but it did not take away from the murder case they were trying to solve. Callie, a high-blood, is called in whenever someone is killed in a manner that is thought to be done supernaturally. She is called in because she is a necromancer or diviner depending on which side of the dome you asked. As such this means that after a person dies she can go into their last moments and see how they died and any other info that may be important. despite  prejudice against high-bloods she is still willing to help solve crimes among the humans. Callie is so tough, sweet, and innocent in many ways. Then we have Duncan O’Connor. He is a sergeant in the Kansas City police department and has had feelings for Callie for a long time, but she never seemed to like him back. He is the bad boy type even though he is a cop. When we are first introduced to him he is headed to the scene of the crime completely drunk. Also when it comes to Callie he is like a barbarian who wants his woman and will hurt anyone who hurts her. I loved to watch as their romance grows. Unfortunately the necromancer who has killed our murder victim wants Callie as part of his evil plan.

I was so interested in this story and did not want to put it down. I couldn’t wait until the end to see if Duncan and Callie stayed together even though they were from different worlds. I also wanted to see whether the bad guy succeeded or if they could stop him in time. This was a wonderful book and I recommend it to those who like supernatural but would like to try something different than vampires and werewolves.

Notable Scene:

“Who found the Body?”

“A silent alarm was tripped.”

“Cause of death?”

“She’s missing her heart.”

The Sentinels:

1. Born in Blood

2. Blood Assassin (January 6, 2015)

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FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Born in Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

July 31st, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kristie under Review Tags: Fantasy, Leigh Bardugo, Review, Siege and Storm, The Grisha Trilogy, Young Adult

Siege and StormTitle: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Grisha (Book #2)

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0805094601 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0805094602 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Quick & Dirty: Hauntingly dark story, with a fast paced beginning and end, but the middle lags behind as the characters prepare for war.

Opening Sentence: Two weeks we’d been in Cofton, and I was still getting lost.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Siege and Storm is the second novel in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. The story starts off not too long after Alina and Mal have escaped the Darkling. They are trying to make a life for themselves in another country, hiding the fact that Alina is the Sun Summoner. Their life together is cute quite short when they are discovered and hauled back to Ravka by the Darkling and his terrible minions. The Darkling has a plan before taking over Ravka, his first step toward ruling the world, and that is to find another amplifier for Alina. This amplifier will allow the Darkling to use Alina’s power so that he can rule both light and dark.

The first part of Siege and Storm is pretty action packed. Alina or Mal’s life is on the line about every other paragraph. A new love interest for Alina is introduced in Sturmhond. He is witty, clever and of course not exactly as he seems. After a crazy set of events, Alina and Mal manage to escape from the Darkling but quickly find themselves back in Ravka where Alina decides to lead the charge to fight the Darkling.

The middle of Siege and Storm moves fairly slowly as Alina prepares for war. You do get to learn more about some of the added characters here which help fill the pages. Alina is also on the search for something to enable her fight against the Darkling. When the final “battle” happens it comes quick and fast, almost leaving you breathless. At the end of this novel, I felt a bit sad and depressed. It really makes me worry about the final book and how Alina’s story will end.

Alina is still the strong heroine that she was in Shadow and Bone. She is having to make some really tough decisions. Although, I am getting really frustrated with Alina and Mal’s relationship. I really like Mal because he’s the love she grew up with but they just won’t fight for each other. Sturmhond is an excellent replacement for Mal but he is still too untrustworthy to fall for I think. There is something intriguing and dark about the Darkling and you hope he has something to redeem in order to have Alina but I just don’t see that happening either.

Siege and Storm is told entirely from Alina’s first person perspective. While Alina may be able to summon light, the story is hauntingly dark. The people of Ravka have begun calling her a Saint and worshiping her as such but in this world all Saints’ have died terrible deaths. Alina even begins to have some behavioral changes, which could be blamed on several different things that have happened to her. A few times she is quick to anger and almost kills someone.

Overall, Siege and Storm does suffer a bit from middle book syndrome but in the end I really did enjoy the tale inside. I really liked the new characters introduced in Sturmhond, Tamar and Tolya. My heart still lies with the mopey Mal even though I’m intrigued by both Sturmhond and the Darkling. I absolutely want to know how this series will end.

Notable Scene:

“Come back to me,” He said softly. He drew me toward him, but as his lips brushed mine, something flickered in the corner of my eye.

The Darkling was standing behind Mal. I stiffened.

Mal pulled back. “What?” He said.

“Nothing. I just…” I trailed off. I didn’t know what to say.

The Darkling was still there. “Tell him you see me when he takes you in his arms,” he said.

The Grisha Trilogy:

1. Shadow and Bone

2. Siege and Storm

3. Ruin and Rising

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FTC Advisory: Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan provided me with a copy of Seige and Storm. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Early Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

July 30th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Beware the Wild, Gothic Fantasy, Natalie C. Parker, Review, Young Adult

Beware the WildTitleBeware the Wild

AuthorNatalie C. Parker

Genre: YA Gothic Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062241524 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062241528 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in this debut novel, sure to appeal to fans of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series.The swamp in Sterling’s small Louisiana town proves to have a power over its inhabitants when her brother disappears and no one but Sterling even remembers that he existed. Now Sterling, with the help of brooding loner Heath, who’s had his own creepy experience with the swamp, must fight back and reclaim what—and who—the swamp has taken.Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss.

Quick & Dirty: Beware the Wild was a richly imaginative story set in a swamp. The character development was strong and I enjoyed the originality of the plotline.

Opening Sentence: It’s no secret, ours is the meanest swamp in Louisiana.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

In Beware the Wild Sterling’s brother, Phin, runs into the swamp after a fight. This is not your average swamp, however. It has all the dangers of a normal one — alligators, dangerous bugs, deep muggy waters, the possibility of being lost — along with the extra perk of magic, and a dangerous force connected to it is calling the shots. When suddenly everyone seems to be convinced that Lenora May, a girl Sterling hasn’t seen before in her life, is her sister, Sterling is determined to get back Phin.

The main character, Sterling, has some issues with trust. That’s just to be expected considering her father beat his family when consumed in his alcoholic rages. But her brother has always been there for her. He’s helped her through the darkest times. So when he disappears, she is extremely motivated to get him back. Her love for Phin carries her through the book and I especially love the way that she’d have flashbacks to certain memories that really got across their bond. I also loved how she learned strength from her problems and developed across the span of the pages. Her view on Phin made me despise Lenora May, at first, but as Sterling warmed to her so did I. It becomes clear how much she hated taking Phin’s spot, but how much she is relishing leading a normal life after being trapped in the swamp for generations. Sterling’s struggle in trying not to let her focus waiver in getting back Phin is admirable and sweet. I felt for Sterling and connected especially with her, Phin, and Lenora May.

Unfortunately the same connection did not last through to Sterling’s love interest, Heath. Supposedly Heath and Sterling have history back in the years before. However, it did not shine through in any flashbacks or other ways as it did for Phin. I really wish that it had because for Phin it helped me connect — even without actually getting to see the character much in the novel. And for Heath I could have used the extra connection. As it was, Heath just irritated me. He is accepted by Sterling as an ally way to quickly and their relationship feels very rushed. I wish I could have had some more cutesy fluff conversation rather than all deep ones before their eventual getting together. Actually, I shouldn’t say eventual, because it did not take very long.

Lastly, I should discuss the setting. The whole idea of the swamp is very unique and cool. I wish the authors writing style was slightly more creepy and original like the setting so the two could match better, but it wasn’t much of a problem. The magical aspects of said swamp are fun and intriguing. I especially liked how Sterling’s bracelet helped to protect her and how the bracelet has it’s own little backstory that is revealed at the end.

Altogether, I enjoyed Beware the Wild. It was interesting enough to draw me in and keep me invested. Even though there was some slight confusion and a few noticeable plot holes, in the end they were overridden by the plot and setting. The writing style was simple but I had no problems with it, the swamp was mysterious and eerie… The one thing I didn’t appreciate was the love interest. Heath flat out made me annoyed. The pacing was good although I might have added some less deep, more fluffy conversations to add light moments to a mostly dark story. Sterling was relatable. To conclude, Beware the Wild was pleasing and rich. There are things I could have changed that knocked two stars off, but for anyone who enjoys a mysterious, eerie tone in a book will not be dissapointed.

Notable Scene:

“What are you waiting for?” she asks again. Her irritation is split evenly between me and the girl I’ve never seen before in my life.

“What?” I ask.

“Sterling.” Mama points her spoon in warning. “Don’t start tonight. You and your sister, pull that cotton from your ears, for Pete’s sake, and come in for dinner.”

“My what?” I ask, but she’s already gone. The screen door slaps three times behind her.

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FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Beware the Wild. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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