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Review: Misbehaving by Abbi Glines

July 20th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Abbi Glines, Contemporary, Misbehaving, New Adult, Review, Sea Breeze Series

MisbehavingTitle: Misbehaving

Author: Abbi Glines

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Sea Breeze (Book#6)

Publication Date: December 17, 2013

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1481406736 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1481406734 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Bridget


An unexpected affair leads to mind-blowing harmony in this Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan. But as the new duo enjoys some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that even though Jax is the musician in the family, he’s not the only brother who can rock someone’s world.

Quick & Dirty: Sexy new adult story that is full of humor, drama, and passion. This is my favorite Abbi Glines book I have read so far, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a hot fun read!

Opening Sentence: I should’ve known better.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Jess knows how to have fun and growing up in a small town you come up with lots of interesting ways to entertain yourselves. She has dated the wrong guy for most of her life, and one night she finally gets fed up with him cheating on her again. So she decides that she is going to take a baseball bat to his precious truck. She had an escape plan but things go south fast and she finds herself running from her crazy ex. Then all the sudden her knight in shining armor shows up in a Porsche to save her. Jess knows that girls like her never end up with the rich boys that live on the island and that falling for one just gets you a broken heart. At first Jess is just looking for a good time when she meets Jason. But he treats her like a women is meant to be treated, which is uncharted territory for Jess, and gets her in serious trouble of ending up very broken hearted.

Jason is vacationing in Sea Breeze Alabama to get away from his hectic life and controlling parents. His parents have his entire life planned out for him and up until this point in time he has let them, but he is getting tired of always being told what to do. He also has a super famous rockstar older brother and living in his shadow all these years has started to get old. So this was a much needed vacation where all Jason planned to do was relax and try to figure out his life, then he meets Jess. She is one of the prettiest girls he has ever met and her feisty attitude is hard to resist. There is no way a girl like her would fit in his Ivy League life, but Jason can’t help but be intrigued by this fun, beautiful girl. He knows that things can’t be serious between them, but there’s no harm in having a little fun.

Jess was just pure fun and being inside her head was interesting. She is a gorgeous girl that has let guys walk all over her for most of her life. Growing up she didn’t have a dad and her mom is a stripper. Because of how she was raised, she has never really had very much self confidence, especially when it came to people with money. She is not a refined girl and she has a reputation for having fun that she has rightfully earned. I liked that she was a wild girl that knew how to have fun, it made her an entertaining character. But there was more to Jess then meets the eye, she is also a very loyal, loving, and genuine person. She never tries to be someone she’s not and I liked that she is honest with herself and everyone around her. I made an instant connection with Jess and loved her through out the entire book.

Jason is an amazing guy that was very easy to fall for. He is kind, caring, and respectful which are all great qualities to have. He has lived most of his life in the shadow of his older brother and honestly he has taken advantage of it many times. But there comes a point in your life when you want something more and Jason has reached that point. When he first meets Jess he is instantly attracted to her, but she’s not really the type of girl he normally dates. They had this amazing chemistry and lots of hot sexual tension brewing between them right from the start. Their relationship was very hot and cold, but I loved watching them fall for each other. It was sweet and felt very realistic to me. Jason was a sexy male character that was easy to swoon over.

Misbehaving was funny, sexy, and emotional. This is by far my favorite Glines book I have read. I have read one other book in her Sea Breeze series, but after reading this one it makes me want to go and read all the stories I missed. From the very start I was drawn in by the likeable characters and fun plotline. As it progressed I started to really emotionally connect with story and I ended up loving every minute. Glines has a very smooth writing style and her stories just flow perfectly. Not only are they filled with humor that helps to lighten the tone, Glines also knows how to deliver some sexy moments that will leave you blushing! I loved all the secondary characters featured in the story and like I said before it made me want to go and read the previous books in the series so I could get to know all of them better. Each book in the series can easily stand on its own, but I think you would be more connected if you started at the beginning. Overall, I would highly recommend this story if you are a new adult contemporary fan that likes a funny read full of drama and sexy times.

Notable Scene:

When my feet hit the ground on the other side, I turned to see Jess standing by the pool, dipping her toes into the water, wearing a pair of hot-pink panties that did little for coverage and a matching bra. She lifted her eyes and shot me a teasing grin. “Come and get me,” she taunted before diving into the water.

Knowing those pink strips of satin that did so little to cover up her centerfold body were nice and wet was all the incentive I needed to strip. Glancing up at the house in front of us, I really hoped she was right and this place was actually a rental that was currently empty.

I dropped my jeans and shirt over the closest lounge chair before turning back to see Jess watching me. The tip of her tongue peeked out as she licked the water off her bottom lip.

Hell. This might be worth the possible trouble we could get into. I saw her shiver and decided it was probably best that I dove on in. I needed some cold water at the moment. When my head broke the surface, Jess was treading water and grinning. “I have to admit, I didn’t think you were gonna do it. I was afraid I might be swimming alone,” she said, then moved closer to me.

“I almost didn’t,” I told her honestly.

She tilted her head and a long lock of hair fell over her shoulder. “What changed your mind?”

I glanced down at the water. The pool lights illuminated her body. I could be a gentleman and lie, but I decided Jess wasn’t the kind of girl who wanted the proper response. She wanted the truth. “Those panties,” I replied.

Sea Breeze Series:

1. Breathe

2. Because of Low

3. While It Lasts

4. Just for Now

5. Sometimes It Lasts

6. Misbehaving

7. Bad for You

8. Hold on Tight

9. Until the End (October 14, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Misbehaving.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

July 19th, 2014 @ 1:00 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: High Fantasy, Mary E. Pearson, Review, The Kiss of Deception, The Remnant Chronicles, Young Adult

The Kiss of DeceptionTitle: The Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: The Remnant Chronicles (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 8, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 489 Pages

ISBN-10: 0805099239 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0805099232 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

Quick & Dirty: A breathtaking new series that will leave you speechless. This is hands down the best book I have read this year, and one of my all-time favorite high fantasy books ever.

Opening Sentence: Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Princess Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan is about to marry a man she has never met. Her whole life she knew that she would never be able to marry for love, but now that the day has finally come for her to give up all of her dreams of a happily-ever-after, she decides that maybe she deserves more. So instead of marrying the prince from a neighboring kingdom she runs away. She flees to a distant village with only her maidservant and together they start a new life.

Not long after arriving in her new home, two mysterious strangers arrive that catch Lia’s interest. Finally, Lia has a chance at true happiness and there is a possibility she may find it with one of these strangers, but little does she know that neither of the men are there by chance. One is the Prince she promised to marry and left at the altar, and the other is an assassin from a neighboring kingdom sent to kill her!

Lia is a very passionate person that was extremely easy to love. Her smart mouth and snarky attitude made me instantly connect with her. She is basically starting her life over, so you get to experience so many firsts with her throughout the story which helped me grow to like her even more. Obviously she doesn’t like to be told what to do and there are times when she is stubborn beyond belief, but she is also a very caring and loyal person. She was a heroine I could admire, but at the same time she is not perfect. Her flaws make her easier to relate to, and her strengths make her easy to respect. I can’t wait to get back inside her head and see where her story goes!

There are obviously two amazing guys in the story, so yes, there is a love triangle, but it is done perfectly. Each boy has strengths and weaknesses that made it really hard not to cheer for both of them. The other great thing is that for a large portion of the story you don’t know for sure which one is the prince and which one is the assassin!

First off we have, Raff, a dark haired hottie with piercing blue eyes. He is a very confidant person and at times he was a little moody. But as the story progressed he became a very approachable and loveable character. He has an extremely hot and cold relationship with Lia. She is a surprise to him in so many ways and it made it hard for him to resist her. They have amazing chemistry and are very compatible. I loved Raff pretty much instantly and I think that as of right now I am cheering for him, but there is still a long way to go so it may change because I really love the other guy as well.

Kaden is the opposite of Raff, he has blond hair and brown eyes. Also, he is very reserved and at times comes across as shy. He has impeccable manners and can be very charming when he wants to be. I felt that his relationship with Lia developed much more slowly but it was still very intense. He always treats Lia with respect and does everything in his power to try and protect her which I found very endearing. So as you can see both of these guys are amazing and while at the moment one has captured my heart a little more than the other, it could very easily change!

The Kiss of Deception left me speechless! Everything about this book was beyond amazing. It is by far the best book I have read this year and quite possibility one of the best I have ever read! It was full of adventure, romance, emotion, and suspense. I’m not going to lie, when I saw the cover reveal for this book months ago, I fell madly in love with it and then I read the blurb. I pretty much pre-ordered the book right away and I am so glad I did because the story is just as beautiful as its cover! One of my favorite things about it was that there were some awesome plot twists that took me completely by surprise. I read a lot of books, so it is really rare for an author to surprise me but I always love it when they do. Another thing I loved about this book was the entire cast of secondary characters. While I adored all three of the main characters, I am just as interested in finding out more about all the other people in Lia’s life. I think they are going to play a much bigger role in the books to come which I am very excited about. The writing was phenomenal and while at times it was a little slower paced, it really worked with the story. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and ended up finishing it far too soon. I’m not going to lie, the ending was complete torture, but instead of leaving me frustrated like most cliffhangers do it just made me that much more excited to read the next book. Everything about this amazing story blew me away and it will forever be one of my favorites. I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves high fantasy or is just looking for an exceptional young adult read!

Notable Scene:

I turned and met his gaze, feeling the danger of it, the heat, but not willing to look away. I waited for him to speak. He took another step closer, the space between us closing to a mere few feet. He lifted his hand toward me, and I took a shaky step back but saw he was only holding my cap. “You dropped this.”

He held it out, steady, waiting for me to take it, bits of crushed leaves still clinging to its gauzy lace.

“Thank you,” I whispered, and reached out to take it from him, my fingertips rushing his, but he held it tight. His skin seared against the cool of mine. I looked into his eyes, questioning his grip, and for the first time I saw a chink in his armor, his usual steely expression softened by a crease between his brows, a moment of indecision washing over his face, and then an ever so slight rise in his chest—a deeper breath, as if I’d caught him off guard.

“I have it,” I said. “You can let go.”

He released his grip, bid me a hasty good night, then abruptly turned and disappeared down the path.

The Remnant Chronicles:

1. The Kiss of Deception

2. The Heart of Betrayal (2015)

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

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Review: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

July 18th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Kristie under Review Tags: Blackwood, Gwenda Bond, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult

BlackwoodTitle: Blackwood

Author: Gwenda Bond

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

Format: Paperback, 330 Pages

ISBN-10: 190884406X (Strange Chemistry)

ISBN-13: 978-1908844064 (Strange Chemistry)

Reviewed by: Kristie


On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.

Quick & Dirty: Blackwood was really just an okay read for me, I had a hard time investing myself in the characters from this novel.

Opening Sentence: The first time Miranda Blackwood checked the back of her closet for a portal to another world she was eleven.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Blackwood was one of those novels, I’m not sure entirely why, that the cover just called out to me and because of that I really wanted to read this novel. I had high hopes for Blackwood but in the end it took me a while to finish this book. I just had a hard time getting into these characters so that really bogged down the read for me.

Miranda is a dreamer and often loses herself in her daydreams and TV shows. She often wishes that she were anywhere but on the island off the coast of Virginia where she grew up. The island just happens to be the same island, Roanoke, that many people disappeared from hundreds of years ago. During the tourist season, Miranda works behind the scenes on a play that tells the story of the disappearance. One night, her daydreaming catches up with Miranda when she sees a ship sailing from the audience towards the stage. She interrupts the play and generally makes an ass of herself but she doesn’t care. Miranda has always lived as a black sheep of the island because of her last name, Blackwood. Blackwoods have a tendency to be a strange folk and people generally make fun of them.

Miranda ponders if what she saw was real, while no one else seemed to see the big black ship overtaking the stage. As she gets home, the dogs in the neighborhood all go insane. Miranda finds it strange but has no idea why and ignores it. The next morning she wakes up to find out her dad never made it home. She doesn’t worry too much since he is the town drunk, he is more than likely sleeping it off at the police station. She goes to pick up her father when she discovers that many people from the town have disappeared overnight. She believes her father to be among them until she learns the tragic news that her father was actually murdered. Miranda is devastated but she doesn’t dwell on it too much because she wants to know if her fathers’ murder and the disappearances have anything in common.

Phillips is called home by his father, the Police Chief. Phillips left the island to get away from the voices in his head but because his father calls for his help and the fact that he sees Miranda on TV does he decide to finally come back. He finally got rid of the voices and he really didn’t want to go back but he also wants to know why 114 people disappeared. Phillips is drawn to Miranda and together they try to uncover the story of the Blackwood curse, Phillips voices and why everyone just reappears as suddenly as they disappeared. (*Off the topic rant* I really hated his name for some reason. If it was Phillip I probably wouldn’t have had a problem or if he was called by his last name I think I equally wouldn’t have had a problem, but add an ‘s’ to Phillip and I just kept screwing up his name everytime I read it. It just seemed like a really odd first name to me. Sorry to any actually (first name) Phillips out there.)

I love a good paranormal/fantasy story but I had a hard time just believing this one. The witchcraft/alchemy story was explained but I felt like there were just too many loopholes. And the potential for an insanely incestuous relationship really grossed me out. The writing was good and I really enjoyed the unique story that I haven’t really read. Blackwood did alternate between Miranda and Phillips POVs.

Overall, this was really just an okay read for me. I struggled at times with the characters and the massive amount of questions that kept coming up with the storyline while they received no answers as to what was going on. Read it if you like history and want to know what this author interprets as the reasoning for the Roanoke Island/Croatoan disappearances.

Notable Scene:

No Blondie, but she approved of the bands she knew. She hit shuffle mode and play and learned something else about Phillips. He kept the volume cranked way too loud. Jumping at the blare, she dropped the iPod on the vanity. Retrieving it, she looked up into the mirror, expecting to see nothing of note. Just her own tired face. Frazzled hair. Dark circles. Etcetera.

The strawberry-colored snake crawled along the top of her cheek toward her temple. Unmistakable. A birthmark, but not hers. Her father’s.

No one heard Miranda’s scream.


FTC Advisory: Strange Chemistry provided me with a copy of Blackwood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising by Sarah Cawkwell

July 18th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kelly under Review Tags: Fantasy, Heirs of the Demon King Series, Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising, Review, Sarah Cawkwell

Heirs of the Demon King UprisingTitleHeirs of the Demon King: Uprising

AuthorSarah Cawkwell

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Heirs of the Demon King (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 5, 2014

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-101781082243 (Rebellion/Abaddon)

ISBN-13: 978-1781082249 (Rebellion/Abaddon)

Reviewed by: Kelly


Epic fantasy meets alternate history in a sweeping saga that crosses the medieval world. Matthias Eynon must escape the clutches the Witchhunters and locate the masters of the four magic arts to overthrow the tyrannical Demon King, descendant of the twisted Richard III.

Mathias Eynon”s dreams were small. A dabbler in magic, and son of a magician, he expected to live in obscurity in his home in the Welsh hills, quietly conducting his experiments and hoping not to draw too much attention to himself.

But fate has other plans for him. It is the Year of Our Lord Fifteen-Ninety, and a revolution is quietly brewing, here and further abroad. Richard V has overstayed his rule, some say; others whisper that the whole line of Demon Kings must be burned out. Mathias, son of a man executed for the practice of magic, forbidden by the paranoid king is set to become a symbol, and a leader.

And to do that, he needs champions. A wise woman sends him to the corners of the known world to the frozen lands of the Danes, to the pirate-haunted ports of Spain, to the mountains of the German Empire, to the burning sands of the Holy Land to bring back masters of the four magic arts. With the best and brightest of Richard’s Witch Hunters on his heels, he sets out to gather his allies.

Quick & Dirty: Cawkwell generally succeeds in her ambitious effort to fuse the widespread existence of magic, demons from another realm, shape shifters and turbulent periods of English history into an overall entertaining tale. Though I was not a fan of the awkwardly delivered backstory and stereotyped characters, HotDK:Uprising reminded me of the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table stories. Not every fan of fantasy will appreciate this book, but those who enjoy the Arthurian-type legends will probably find something entertaining within its pages.

Opening Sentence: Everyone agreed afterwards that the execution had been one of the most entertaining in years.


The Review:

The slightest mention of the English monarchy typically leaves me bleary-eyed and irritated. Any story that relies on me understanding the differences between all those Richards and Henrys isn’t a story I’m going to enjoy. Cawkwell’s premise is interesting but the two (yes, two) prologues containing the backstory of the Plantagenet line was a big obstacle for me.

Yet the prologues – abruptly delivered in alternating third-person reports and first-person narrative – are extremely important to the story. I’m not sure why Cawkwell decided to deliver the backstory in prologues but the end result is the Cardinal Sin of Storytelling: Don’t tell your readers what is happening; show them.

Richard the Lionheart introduced magic to the nobility of England and eventually to the rest of Europe. The role of magic changed as his heirs came into power, spreading slowly among the common people and moving the country into peaceful prosperity. Until, that is, King Henry the Third decided the magic in England needed to be returned to the exclusive control of the nobility. Public executions of anyone found practicing magic became the Crown’s preferred deterrent while other punishments were allowed as each new heir came to detest magic more than the one before. Finally, the Inquisition was formed to ruthlessly eradicate magic in all forms regardless of who practiced it. This resulted in fierce battles for the English throne by those who both practiced magic and supported the magi, thus threatening to remove the descendants of the Plantagenet line from the throne for good.

One of these descendants, King Richard the Third, was so desperate at the thought of losing his family’s throne that he called upon a demon named Melusine. Melusine promised to not only destroy his enemy, but also insure England’s place at the top of the European power struggle by gifting Richard’s heirs with special abilities that made the Kings of the Platagenet line greater, stronger and mightier than those who came before. Richard the Third bargained away something far more precious to insure his descendants continued seat on the English throne long after his death, though. The price Melusine demanded was the ability to one day call upon a future King and claim his first-born son as her new vessel on Earth. Surprise, surprise – turns out Melusine didn’t include some pretty important pieces of information when she persuaded King Richard to enter into their pact. Taking control of her vessel doesn’t just mean taking over his body. She intends to take over the human realm too by flooding Earth with other demons from the Aetherworld.

As interesting as the idea is that the English Royal family has some demon blood flowing through their veins, I’m unsure I would’ve stuck with it had the story not moved away from the pound-my-head-against-a-wall history of the Plantagenet line.  It does, but Cawkwell unfortunately continues to “tell” the story through several one-dimensional characters. Mathias Enyon and his adopted father, Wyn, live in a far-flung Welsh settlement still untouched by the Inquisition. Mathias is the stereotypical reluctant hero. He’s a simple boy with simple desires. He doesn’t want to be a hero or involve himself with events outside his home. The only plan he has for the future involves marrying the blacksmith’s daughter, Tagan. Between the magic that allows Mathias to influence animals and Tagn’s ability to control fire, the couple is seemingly set to have a life of relative ease.  Wyn is the wizened mentor who’s run out of time to teach Mathias about strange people and events that threaten the world. Instead, he gives Mathias cryptic advice about finding three other magi in order to defeat Melusine. The Inquistion shows up and Wyn is killed a la Obi-Wan Kenobi-style, but not before sending Mathias and Tagan through a circle in the ground to one of the magi that’s supposed to help them.

Finding the other magi is a quest that should change how Mathias interacts with the world. Problem is, Mathias is primarily the same character at the end of the story as he was in the beginning. Yes, he suffers a loss but he’s still a meh character. I hoped there would be some insight into Mathias that would convince me to continue with the series. Yet even now, after re-reading portions for review, I can’t give you any more information about him. And it’s not that Cawkwell can’t write vibrant characters. There are a few great secondary characters throughout the story with intriguing sub-plots – just not enough to entice me to delve further into the series. Though I think Cawkwell has an overall great idea, the absence of a strong protagonist makes HotDK:U a story I won’t remember after closing the cover.

Notable Scene:

“It is clear to me, your majesty,” Josef said, his singsong voice grating on every nerve in Richard’s body. “She has given you her power and whispered her secrets into your ear, and now she wants what is hers!”

“No,” said Richard. “No. There must be some other way.”

“She is a demon, a creature of magic and deceit. You are bound to her as she is bound to you, you cannot escape such a thing.” Josef shrugged. “Unless the Inquisitors have wiped out all magic in the realm.”

The seer prodded experimentally at himself for a few seconds, then giggled to himself. “No, they haven’t!”

Richard got to his feet and moved to the window. “There must be some other way,” he repeated. “I need you to find me an answer.”

He glared at Josef. “I will not give her my son.”

“It seems to me,” said the seer, “that if you want to rid yourself of a magical threat, you get rid of all the magical…things.” He waved a hand, struggling to find the word he wanted to use.

Heirs of the Demon King:

1. Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising


FTC Advisory: Rebellion/Abbadon Books provided me with a copy of Heirs of the Demon King: Uprising. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: Blood and Magick by James R. Tuck

July 17th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Angela under Review Tags: Blood and Magick, Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter, James R. Tuck, Review, Urban Fantasy

Blood and MagickTitle: Blood and Magick

Author: James R. Tuck

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter (Book #3)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0758271492 (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-0758271495 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Candy


Taking out hellish creatures—not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything—except betrayal he never saw coming…

Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. Just another day at the office for your friendly neighborhood occult bounty hunter. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake—and his soul on the line…

Quick & Dirty: Deacon Chalk and his team must face a trio of witches who will hurt anyone who gets in the way of their plans and it is up to Deacon to stop them before they hurt too many people.

Opening Sentence: I should have known.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Deacon Chalk has fought the occult ever since his wife and kids were killed by a psycho trying to bring a demon into our world. Now to save were-dog triplets he must face off against a trio of witches who will destroy anyone who stands in the way of their plans. With the help of his friends Deacon takes on the witches multiple times, but does he succeed in stopping them before their demonic plans are complete?

I have to say this is not a book I would have picked up for myself, but I do have to say it was better than I expected. I enjoy books featuring the occult or anything supernatural, but I have never read one that featured a male lead character. This was the hard part for me. Especially, the parts of the book that were very detailed in their gruesomeness. Also, the parts where Deacon talks about how hot he thinks his one-eyed girlfriend looks. I personally have a hard time picturing that.

Once I got over this though the storyline was well written and I actually enjoyed it for the most part. One of the best parts was that even though this was not the first book in the series and I have never read any of the others I could understand what was going on. This made it so I could relate to the characters and could sympathize when things did not go the way they wanted them to. I wanted to see Deacon and his friends succeed and rescue the boys and the world from the evil the witches were trying to create. Another thing I liked was a reference to one of my favorite series. I love the Anita Blake series and in this book the author, James R. Tuck, mentions this series and acts like she is a real person that Deacon knows. I find that to be really cool.

I personally will probably never read another of these books because I prefer a female lead but I did like this book. I do recommend this to women who do not mind a male lead and definitely to men who love the supernatural and the occult. Also to anyone who does not mind a bit of gore. This book is not for those who have a weak stomach.

Notable Scene:

A wide smear of blood started on the wall next to the ladies’ room. It wiped along the glassed-in movie posters for six or seven feet before turning sharply up, climbing the wall, and spilling onto the ceiling tiles.

It looked like a psychotic Jackson Pollock mural.

Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter Series:

0.5 That Thing at the Zoo

1. Blood and Bullets

1.5 Spider’s Lullaby

2. Blood and Silver

3. Blood and Magick


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


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