The Awakening by Amanda Stevens Series: Graveyard Queen #6 Published by MIRA on March 28, 2017 Genres: Urban Fantasy Pages: 416 Source: Advance Reader Copy Buy at Amazon • Buy at Barnes & Noble • Goodreads Shush…lest she awaken… My name is Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I...Read More
The Sinner by Amanda Stevens Series: Graveyard Queen #5 Published by Harlequin, MIRA on September 27, 2016 Genres: Urban Fantasy Pages: 384 Source: Advance Reader Copy Buy at Amazon • Buy at Barnes & Noble • Goodreads I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place… I'm a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. I've come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I've been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger? Wow. This whole series is so amazing! And that last line? Whoa. You guys need to pick it up ASAP. It’s an Urban Fantasy, but with strong romantic elements, and I...Read More
The Visitor by Amanda Stevens Series: Graveyard Queen #4 Published by Harlequin, MIRA on March 29, 2016 Genres: Urban Fantasy Pages: 400 Source: Advance Reader Copy Buy at Amazon • Buy at Barnes & Noble • Goodreads My name is Amelia Gray. I'm the Graveyard Queen. Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead. Legend has it that Kroll Cemetery is a puzzle no one has ever been able to solve. For over half a century, the answer has remained hidden within the strange headstone inscriptions and intricate engravings. Because uncovering the mystery of that tiny, remote graveyard may come at a terrible price. Years after their mass death, Ezra Kroll's disciples lie unquiet, their tormented souls trapped within the walls of Kroll Cemetery, waiting to be released by someone strong and clever enough to solve the puzzle. For whatever reason, I'm being summoned to that graveyard by both the living and the dead. Every lead I follow, every clue I unravel brings me closer to an unlikely killer and to a destiny that will threaten my sanity and a future with my love, John Devlin. I have been waiting forEVER for this! Amelia Gray has been living her life by strict rules, the number one rule being, don’t let the dead know...Read More
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder Series: Healer #3 Published by Harlequin, MIRA on December 31st, 2013 Genres: YA Pages: 400 Source: NetGalley Buy at Amazon • Buy at Barnes & Noble • Goodreads Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision. The last time we interviewed Maria, she had just released the second Insider book, Outside In. It was a new creative outlet for the Young Adult author. Now we are back to the land of magicians, healers, and undeniably, another incredible love story with the third installment of the Healer series: Taste of Darkness. BH: Thank you again, Maria, for taking the time to answer a few questions for your fans. I know I truly appreciate you sharing your creativity and gift in writing the most amazing books. Sometimes we as readers do not realize the work that goes into a book that we read...Read More
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Five stars are like six-pack abs on a really tan, hunky guy not wearing much. They make us drool, we stroke them (the books, not the guys! - sometimes the guys...) and want to make sweet, sweet love to them. Five stars is the hottest, we mean, highest honor.
Four stars is a total hunkalicious of burning love, but maybe we didn't like his hair for some reason. We still think he's hot, and we're still going to recommend him, we mean, the book, to readers because it's a damn fine ass, we mean book.
Three stars = that awkward guy at the party. He's cute and you know he's cute, and if you look at him the right way, he even looks like Brad Pitt a little, but there are flaws. Surprisingly, he's good in bed (because you got drunk and shit happens).
Remember that - yeah we don't either.
One star is like expecting a somewhat attractive guy and being sent a Grumpy cat meme. We appreciate the effort, but no. This book was not for us. Grumpy cat might want to use it for litter though.