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I live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons. My family is very supportive of my writing. When I’m writing, they often bring me the take-out menu so that I can call and order them dinner. They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real. They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats. They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making. They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants. And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them. In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed. Please visit me at my website: www.amyabartol.com
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
on March 09, 2013 :
I can’t stress enough, how much I just love this series. It’s full of emotions, funny parts, and scary action too (not nightmare kind, just creepiness overall in parts)
I find Evie such a strong person. She fascinates me on how unconditional she loves. Also, at how fierce she is when she wants to protects those she loves. She will always put them first, its an amazing thing.
This book brings a whole new set of dangers for poor Evie. She sacrifices her own freedom to save Brownie and Russel from a very evil creature. She ends up having to make a deal, and make a magical contract with Bremmus, which is the worst. Having to give up seeing Reed to go with Bremmus (who is a faerie/vampire called the Gancanagh) who agreed to kill this other creature to save Russel and Brownie, it a magical binding one, she physically can’t see, talk to, or go to Reed. She sees him, she goes frozen, can’t talk, move or anything, if she tried to contact him, no form of doing so works, even through others, as it knows it’s through them she is trying to get a message to Reed. So its really bad. But the good part is Bremmus agreed to not bite her, or any others in the clan, and also not to try to change her into one of them. If one bit her, it breaks the contract. So it’s quite interesting at all the things that go on here for sure.
I don’t want to say too much more at what happens overall, there is a lot for sure. It sets up great for the next book for sure.
Below are a few teasers that I really liked, hope you do too.
I really liked this scene, it was pretty funny. When Evie gets a video message from Bremmus that they have her best friend Molly, and that she has been bit, she just emotionally is wrecked, and it’s when that happens this new ability comes out, as clones of her, in full emotional breakdown kindof. And the clones run into the others and they feel what she is feeling. So, it’s funny here when the reaction to them from Zee. I loved it.
A small sound from the wooden gate that connects our pagoda to the others registers in my mind right before Zephyr’s tall frame materializes just inches in front of me. He reaches out to me, grasping my upper arms and pulling me off of my feet to dangle before him. His brown wings are stretching out, blotting out everything behind him but the menacing looking hilt to a broad sword that is strapped to his back.
“You are alive,” he states between panting breaths as his eyes rove over every inch of me, assessing me and looking for anything out of place.
“Yeah,” I nod in a soft tone, smiling sheepishly while gazing into Zee’s ice-blue eyes. “You get my message?” I add, and then I bite my lower lip as his eyes narrow.
“Explain,” he barks, but Reed steps between us, pulling me gently from Zephyr’s grasp.
“Evie has a new ability that we didn’t expect. She can send out clones of herself,” Reed says, standing between Zephyr and me. “If your message was anything like mine, then…”
“Is that what you are calling it? A message? It felt more like emotional terrorism to me,” Zephyr replies, piercing me with his stare.
“Sorry, that’s what I was feeling when it happened,”
Here is another hilarious part, where Evie (full name is Genevieve) and one of the ‘fellas’ of Bremmus’s family asks a question of an item in all of her stuff they took to the castle and set up in a room, keep in mind , these are faeries who were turned into vampire type people, they still have their magic, and are from the Ireland area, so have the Irish accent, which at times is hard to read , got to read slower, to catch what they are saying. Anyway, this part was funny to me (and they are treating her well during her contract she made)
“Whah’s dis ting, Genevieve?” Eion asks, picking up a little troll with purple hair from a shelf.
“That’s a troll,” I mutter numbly.
“No, ’tis na,” he replies, sniffing it.
“Uh, yes it is,” I reply.
He raises his eyebrow at me and says, “Dis is na a troll. Trolls are huge and dey smell like arse and dey have razor-sharp teeth dat ’twill gut ye if ye get too close to dem. Dis is a little naked, plastic ting dat’s na da least bit scary.”
“Oh,” I reply, stumped.
I walk over to the bed and pick up my pillow. Bringing it to my nose I can just make out the smell of home that still lingers faintly on it. In an instant I begin sobbing and I don’t think that I’m ever going to stop.
“I’m sorry! ’Tis a troll, I swear ’tis a troll,” Eion says in a rush.
Yeah, the ‘fellas’ are funny at times, like that.
I will leave you with another touching scene, when Reed sneaks in to see Evie while in her contract with Bremmus, as I stated before, she goes immobile, can’t talk or move, only her eyes can move. It’s sad and touching:
Holding me in his arms, his exquisite body is spooning mine, as he inhales the scent of my hair. I want to lie here forever with him, just the two of us.
“I’m sorry that I was not there when everything was falling apart,” he whispers and I hear pain in his tone as he speaks of Valentine. “I was too late…I won’t be too late again,” he promises, like he is choking on the words. “Hold on to the string, love, until the current shifts and we can be together again.” His words, spoken so urgently, bring tears to my eyes again.
This series is one of the best I have read. Its got so much going on, but so well plotted out. I really have enjoyed this amazing world that Amy has created. She is truly gifted.
5 huge stars out of 5 for me. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Be sure to see my reviews on the other books in this series, including book 4, which is a book tour stop, with a dream cast. The 1st and 2nd also have some dream cast in it too. All at my blog, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. Here is direct link http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-tour-incendiary-premonition-4-by.html
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 12, 2013 :
I’ve decided this is my favorite angels book ever!!! Some series get boring and repetitive as they continue and some get gracefully wonderful as they continue- this series is the latter! The characters are evolving, there’s more characters coming into the game, and the awesome scenery is gorgeous!! And you know I kinda love love triangles, so let me just say- there’s not only one BUT TWO!! Different characters that come in are all full of romance!!
Finally, Evie gets back to Reed! And I stupidly fanatically love Bunz and Zephyr!! I know I’m supposed to be in full support of the main characters, but I’m still loving Russell, and B&Z have taken over my giggle worthy moments!! And all the crazy starts because everybody and their momma want Evie, they all think she will be their newest weapon of power! And Brennus has every intent of getting Evie back under his thumb! And then… What happens to Bonnie and Russell- see told you all the crazy hits the fan!
And theirs a whole new bad guy! And Reed makes me mad on this front. She is NOT always the fragile girl, so his actions made me a little nuts! And when things finally get hopefully, it’s just heartbreakingly sad! And…. I get an awesome kiss- but no spoilers
I do think that this one does have a more dark feel and there aren’t as many “happy, funny” moments but that doesn’t make it any less lovable! There’s so many points to talk about but I’m worried to give away too many spoilers! So.. I think you should just read this series! 5 DANGEROUSLY SOARING PAWS from me!!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 06, 2012 :
I LOVED IT!!!! IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IVE READ IN A LONG TIME. AMY BARTOL IS A VERY VERY GUD AUTHOR THE BOOK KEEPS U ON THE EDGE ALL THE WAY THROUGH, EVEN WHEN YOU THINK THAT U KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IT JUST GETS YOU AGAIN LOVE THANKS AMY!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)