Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend by Kate Maxwell (Katie MacAlister)

Format: Paperback

Series: Ben & Fran Book 1 & 2

Pages 355

Published: November 2nd 2012

This novel is made up of two smaller novels from her YA Vampire series. Got Fangs? & Circus of the Darned.

I used to think all I wanted was to have a normal life. You know, where I could be one of the crowd and blend in, so no one would know just how different I am. But now I’m stuck in the middle of Hungary with my mom, working for a traveling fair with my psychics, magicians, and other really weird people, and somehow, blending in with this crowd doesn’t look so good.



Fortunately, there’s Benedikt. Yeah, he may be a vampire, but he has a motorcycle, he likes the mysterious horse I suddenly acquired, and best of all, he doesn’t think I’m the least bit freaky. So I’m supposed to redeem his soul — if his kisses are anything to go by, my new life may not be quite as bad as I imagined.

I’ve given up all hope of having a normal life. As if things aren’t freaky enough traveling around Europe with a group of witches, mediums, and magicians who make up my home-away-from-home (aka the GothFaire), now I also have to cope with a mysterious man who wants to steal my horse, and a time-travel counselor who insists I’m Cleopatra reincarnated. 

I just want to go on a date with Benedikt, but when your boyfriend’s a vampire, nothing is easy. Not only is Ben keeping secrets from me, but somehow, I raised an entire battlefield of warring Viking ghosts– all of whom refuse to be sent back. 

And I thought all I had to worry about was what to wear on my date…

I’ve read a few books by Katie MacAlister before, and I loved her humorous tales of Vampires from the Dark one series. I have yet to read the Ben & Fran Adult novel yet and thought I would start with the YA novel.

From what I understand KMac wanted to create a YA Vampire series, but unfortunately was unable to continue this series therefore it does end abruptly, leaving you wander what happened next.

It is worth the end. The novels are set in Europe in a Fair, called GothFaire. Like a circus, but for the paranormal. I really wished that this existed. There were palm readers, witches, Elvis impersonators, empaths, etc. I don’t know of any other fair except maybe Goth Week in Whitby, which I also would love to attend.

Anyway, the novel is about Fran, a 16 year old who can feel what’s on a persons mind by touching them with her hands. When there’s a thief about Frans mother enlists her help to find out who is it.

With the arrival of a Tall Dark Vampire, Fran’s life gets turned upside when she is told she is his Beloved. A woman who is destined to save a Vampires soul, with one bite.

Rating

Definitley will be adding COAVG to my fav YA Vampire Novels.

Paranormal, Reviews

Book Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

Format: Audiobook

Series: Blood & Moonlight, Book 1 of 3

Pages: 244

First Published: October 6th 2015

When homicide detective Jane Hart’s first case is the victim of a vampire attack, Werewolf Aiden Locke does what he can to ensure she doesn’t remember it.

It soon becomes clear that Jane’s world and that of the paranormal are about to collide.

I have read several of Cynthia Eden’s books and they are amazing. She is so imaginative and this is a fabulous example of why I love this author.

Her heroine was incredibly likeable; a tough as nails cop who was Kick Ass!!

“Her scent wrapped around him—something soft. Feminine. Probably one of those lotions that human women were always using. He rather…liked her smell. What was it? He inhaled again.
Apples and…lavender. A nice blend.
Only…there was something more. A deeper, richer scent that was pulling at him. Drawing him closer to her.
Tempting.
“Are you sniffing me?”
He stopped.
“Because that is some weird serial killer shit if you’re doing that. Don’t make me go for my gun again.”

BITE THE DUST – CYNTHIA EDEN

Her werewolf Hero was demanding and strong, just how I like them.


Cannot wait for the next in the series

Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase (HOBS)

Format: Audiobook

Series: Jade Calhoun, #1

Pages: 262

First Published: 1 Jan 2011

Rating:

Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower!

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. 

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help to do it—and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

After reading some negative reviews about the authors writing style I wasn’t expecting much. I was hoping for a light-hearted cozy mystery.

I didn’t get that.

I got an interesting, spellbinding debut series, with heart, ghost and a very sexy romance.

I’m gonna start with the cover. I love cartoonist covers, especially when it comes to paranormal romance novels. I instantly loved this cover – the witch and those bats…

Next thing.. It’s set in New Orleans. Personally for me, just tell me that and I read anything set in the Bayou. I have always loved it as a setting since reading the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn McQueen (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

HOBs is set in the French Quarter.. this is the French Quarter.. Bourbon, Poor boys, beignets, jazz music and the saints..

The story starts with Jade moving in and being attracted to her landlord, to finding that her new apartment is haunted, by a perverted ghost, who haunts her dreams— start of the sexy dreams.

Jade’s ability as an empath allows her to feel others emotions. Deanna Chase incorporates the feelings very well. This sort of ability could have really confused the reader, but it was really concise and thought out.

The romance between Jade and Kane is delicious. Kane is quite protective and sure of his love for Jade, but Jade has been spurned by a lover before who knew her secret so she is understandably unsure. At one point in the novel Kane has his own secret and Jade reacts badly, but I liked that she had some flaws. She also had an amazing hobby, which to me gave the character real depth.

A Book I definitely went Bat shit crazy for, and I have purchased the rest of the series. Can’t wait to see where Jade’s adventures lead her…