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Book Review – Snow the Vampire Slayer by Rebekah R. Ganiere

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Snow the Vampire Slayer

by Rebekah R.

Ganiere

Farielle #2

Publication Date: September 22, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Romance

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Synopsis:

Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing “mother” to her seven Vampire

Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she’s yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt

for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn’t called to be a

Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile,

awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he’s

forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink

from humans again. A simple enough task–until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs

ache to drain her.

That’s why when Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the

woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within

her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must

enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as

King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

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About the Author

Rebekah R. Ganiere

Rebekah is an award winning author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red

the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May. The second book

Snow the Vampire Slayer will be releasing in September 22, 2014. And her trilogy The

Society will be released Nov. 17th 2014 by Kensington’s Lyrical Press.

Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local

Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her

moderating on SavvyAuthors.com or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English

Bulldog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, and two tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

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Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing “mother” to her seven Vampire Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she’s yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn’t called to be a Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile, awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he’s forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink from humans again. A simple enough task–until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs ache to drain her.

When Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

Yes, this is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but absolutely not as you know it! I love reading re-imagined versions of fairy tales. And the idea behind this one, Vampires, Weres and Slayers, is a great one. This is actually book two in the Fairelle series. I haven’t read book one and this was still a great read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel lost at any point, also I felt as far as the story went I could leave it there if I wished. But, I can’t leave it there at all! I’m definitely intending on going back and reading the first book now.

Snow is pretty badass for a ‘proper lady’ Yes she definitely has her fair share of naivety about the world but she adapts pretty darn quickly and surprised me more than a few times with her quick thinking bravery. I’m guessing though, when you’re in a houseful of brothers who are slayers, you pick up a tip or two along the way! Her brothers are typical brothers in the way they can’t tidy up after themselves and they give Snow hell, but really that’s where the ‘typical’ ends. They are Vampire Slayers. That is who they are and what they do. Being a Slayer is so much a part of them that there is no way they see vampires in any other light. Slayers kill vampires otherwise the vampires will kill the Slayers.

This of course becomes quite the predicament when Snow bumps into a mysterious stranger, who turns out to be a mysterious vampire stranger. Sage is a Vampire Prince with a price on his head. He needs to focus on taking back his kingdom but he finds himself completely infatuated with Snow instead. Sage is probably one of the most restrained, well mannered vampires I have ever come across. So, it’s from here, from their first meeting in the forest, we watch Sage and Snow battle each other, the Slayers, the Vampires and seemingly the whole world whilst they begin a romance unlike any other.

By the time I was getting towards the end of the book I had literally NO idea how anything was going to get resolved. It all seemed completely hopeless. Of course there is a resolution and at first I really wasn’t sure how I felt about it… But I can honestly say by the end of the book I really do believe that there was no other way the story could’ve gone. In this instance, the ending worked perfectly for the characters and their journey. So yes, we get our HEA, with the added bonus of knowing that there is plenty more to come in this world. Plenty more adventures to be had and plenty more stories to be told.

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Book Review – The Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) By Deborah Harkness

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I just want to start this review off with a resounding WOW! This book has been sitting in my TBR folder for a while and I seriously feel like slapping myself for not getting to it sooner! I didn’t bother to check the size of this book when I downloaded it, but soon realized last week that I was going to be dedicating many late nights to finishing it. And it was SO worth it!

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

The story is set in a reality where there are humans, witches, vampires and daemons.  Humans don’t know the half of what is going on in their world (typical of us humans huh!) So, one of the things I loved about this book is how much information we were provided with for each ‘creature’. Slowly as the story continued more and more details were revealed so I felt as though I was really starting to understand what made the vampires/witches/daemons the way they were, why they acted the way they did and believed the things they did. I always felt that there was a reason for the characters following the paths they were following. From what I was learning about each character I could understand the choices they made / reactions they had. It didn’t ever feel like it had just been plunked together for the sake of a storyline, which can quite often happen in fantasy.

”Normal’ is a bedtime story – a fable – that humans tell themselves to feel better when faced with overwhelming evidence that most of what’s happening around them is not “normal” at all.’

This brings me to what I think makes this story stand out from other books of the same genre that I’ve read lately…. It is completely and utterly immersed in history, and to a lesser extent, science. It comes across as a very ‘smart’ book. So we get a very interesting mix of the whimsy and folk tales of fantasy, crossed with the cold hard DNA and theories of science and the hindsight and re-telling of history. This is all evident in our MC, Diana Bishop, who specializes in the history of alchemy. She spends a lot of her time reading old manuscripts in a library, trying to decode them. Not to mention she is from a long line of witches which are notorious from a well known era in history…And of course, she meets a 1500 year old Vampire by the name of Matthew Clairmont. So he himself is the epitome of history. Through his love of vintage wine, his re-telling of encounters with many well known historical figures, and many well know times and events, plus of course is own varied lives and lifestyles lived through the ages, we get to see the world as it develops. Like with the characters in this book, it’s the little things, the details that really bring this story to life, and the historical detail is phenomenal.

‘Nobody really wants to keep secrets, not even the dead. People leave clues everywhere, and if you pay attention, you can piece them together.’

This book had so many characters that I LOVED. Even some of the more minor characters were written in such a way that they were so real and engaging, that I couldn’t help but become a fan. Of course our main character Diana Bishop had everything I like to see in a MC, including the good bits and the frustrating bits. Sometimes I wanted to shake her for being so naive… but then, wouldn’t we all be in the situations she faces? The fact that she was such a Scholar and so book smart made sure that she wasn’t just the usual run of the mill heroine that you see, she had that little bit extra, yet still kept all the coolness that a leading lady should have. I loved that she could keep up intellectually with much older beings, that it wasn’t all ‘woe is me’ in her life.

‘She’s not the earrings and coloured hair type. She’s more the three-mile run followed by an hour on the river in a dangerously tiny boat type’

I also had a major soft spot for Ysabeau, (Matthew’s ‘mother’) the way she was written, and her development throughout the book actually has her almost at the top of my list of favourite characters.  She had such a huge part to play in the storyline and understanding of the vampires and their relationships with each other and other creatures. Sometimes I think that more minor characters don’t always get the attention they deserve, but Ysabeau definitely deserves a mention. She was absolutely a standout for me.

And I’ve saved the best for last; Matthew Clairmont has now been added to my book boyfriends list.  Every UF romance has to have a swoon-worthy leading male and this one is no exception. This is exactly how I love my main men, scary and mysterious at first, then lovable and irresistible by the end… oh and with a tad of torment and possessiveness of course! (I won’t go on and on, you need to have some mystery!)

Matthew Clairmont smiled. My heart stopped beating for a fraction of a second. This was not the small, polite smile with which I was now familiar. His lips curved toward his eyes, making his whole face sparkle. God, he was beautiful, I thought again, slightly dazzled.

Yep, that’ll do me. Tall, dark and handsome. If the recipe works, why change it!

I had very few gripes, the start maybe quarter of the book was SO loaded with detail that it was slow to get off the ground, I personally enjoyed the descriptions and information about every little thing but I know it’s not for everyone. By the time you’re reaching the second half of the book, the pace definitely increases. The only parts I sometimes had to stop, think and put more effort into was the Alchemy talk (which I’m pretty sure would go for many of you, unless you have a bit of understanding on the subject.) Sometimes I felt like maybe I hadn’t exactly grasped what was being said in those instances, so would always read back and make sure I did. I didn’t find this too frustrating but when you combine that and the fact it’s not a small book you really do need to be prepared to set aside some time to process it.

This book is the first in a trilogy, I don’t mind cliff-hangers (my BBH HATES them, but I promise Kristal, you will be fine with this one) but I have to say I really loved how in this book it tied up (for now) what you really needed to have tied up but left you with enough of a cliff-hanger that you know you want to read more. Also to be fair, with such a big book it would’ve been frustrating to not have some closure in a few areas. So, overall, I did really love this book. That’s probably the third time I’ve said that in this review! But I did. It was a lot more ‘work’ than other fantasy books I’ve read, a lot of detail to process, but in my opinion it was totally worth it. I really enjoyed nearly every aspect of the book. Mostly, I loved that even though it is, at its heart a romance, it’s not soppy, overwhelming, or boring. The romance is definitely there, but there’s enough going on that it balances out. There is really no question about it; I will definitely be reading the next 2 installments.

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Book Review – The Light Who Shines (Bluebell Kildare #1) by Lilo Abernathy

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I was on an Urban Fantasy kick when I one-clicked The Light Who Shines. I went into it thinking it would be standard UF. I was wrong. It did have vampires, a detective type heroine, a wolf and divine beings, but the world building was quite different to the usual. And that prologue!! Amazing.

When Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime it’s obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
Blue and her clever wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows, and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case is getting complicated. If that isn’t enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high and hate crimes are increasing. However, it’s her growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her magnetic Daylight Vampire boss, that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it seems someone else is conducting a search of their own. Who will find whom first?
Danger lurks in every corner and Blue needs all her focus in this increasingly dangerous game or she risks ending up the next victim.

Bluebell. What an awesome name. Blue, for short. It’s a shame that having twins put me off having any more kids for life because I could definitely see myself with a daughter named Blue! My husband, well…probably not so much though. Anyway, Blue was about as strong a heroine as they come. Her early life wasn’t at all easy but she managed to rise above and become an amazing young woman. I won’t give anything away, but the ending of this story was brutal, and the way she endured and made her choices was admirable.  

In this world gifted (Magical) beings had a lot of hate and prejudice directed their way. The writer incorporated this theme into the story-line extremely well. We have all seen it, the way hate groups seem to loathe the world and everyone in it, including themselves. In this particular story instead of directed at a certain race, religion, or sexual preference it was directed at the gifted. I enjoyed this a lot because it felt like a realistic view of how this type of world would be. Not all daisies and unicorns.

“The kids who are taught to hate early rarely have enough strength to break away from a culture of hatred.”

I found the writing to be quite formal in this story. I’m not sure if it’s because it WAS quite formal or if I’m just used to reading a more casual type of UF story.  For a lot of readers it will hardly be noticeable I’m sure, but it’s just something to be mindful of going into it.

I’m keen to see where Bluebells story goes next and I’m sure there’s a lot more story to be told. I’m also eager to learn more about this Illustrissima business and find out what the hell is going on with Varg the wolf! And give me more of Jack the vampire, Reow! C’mon Bluebell, get it girl! Don’t listen to his arguments! All in all, The Light Who Shines was an engaging and gripping read.

“I walk the path of light. I will not divert. You walk the path of darkness, so you will not understand.”