Kelly Hashway is the author of the Touch of Death series through Spencer Hill Press. Her forthcoming titles include, Into the Fire (Month9Books, 2014), The Monster Within (Spencer Hill Press 2014), and Curse of the Granville Fortune (Month9Books, 2014). She also writes N.A. and Y.A. contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake.
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- Vampyre Kisses (book 1 in the Last Witch Series)
on Jan. 05, 2011
First of all, I'm a huge fan of vampires. I have been ever since I was young and watched old reruns of Dark Shadows. So as you can imagine, I've read a good amount of vampire books. VAMPYRE KISSES was immediately my kind of book. Kolodziej managed to take put a fresh spin on the world of vampires. Trent was an instant favorite of mine. He didn't feel like a typical vampire or any that I've met through the Twilight series, the House of Night series, or the vampire books L.J. Smith introduced to the world.
And vampires aren't the only ones to fall in love with. I felt like I was inside Faith's head in a way that made me cheer her on as she faced not only physical battles but also emotional ones. And speaking of physical battles, the fight scenes in this book are packed with tension.
If I had to pick one thing I disliked, I'd have to say it was the prologue. I'm not a fan of prologues in general. But I found the old-fashioned language difficult to read. I understand why it was used and it's completely justified, but personally, I didn't care for it. I was very happy when chapter one came and I got to see Faith's voice, which is much more my style.
The ultimate test for me is whether or not I think about a book when I'm not reading it. And with VAMPYRE KISSES I did. I found myself wondering what would happen to Faith and Trent and how things would unfold in this world of vampyres, witches, werewolves, slayers, and gods.
If you are a fan of vampires, you should check out VAMPYRE KISSES. It's worth you time.
- Werewolf Descent (book 2 in the Last Witch Series)
on July 15, 2011
Faith and Trent are back and there are more obstacles than ever testing their love in the second installment of The Last Witch series. I fell in love with the characters in Vampyre Kisses and I enjoyed how Kolodziej put a different spin on vampires. I was really looking forward to reading Werewolf Descent and it didn't disappoint. I was drawn in from the very first page and read the book in almost one sitting. Kolodziej has some tricks up her sleeve in this one, and she kept me guessing all the way through. Continuing with her trend of putting new spins on the world of vampires and werewolves, Kolodziej introduces us to a psychic vampire and an alchemist. The new characters keep the story fresh and engaging while of course causing more conflict for Faith and her vampire boyfriend, Trent.
I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of werewolves, but I was drawn into the story of the werewolf murders and especially the history behind it, which becomes key to the story line. I found myself cheering on the creatures that I usually dislike in other books. But while the werewolf prince becomes a key player in this story, he also creates some trouble for Faith. In fact, Faith becomes the object of desire of many of the characters in this book, showing how truly one-of-a-kind she is.
One caution I do have to make is that this book gets steamy. Faith and Trent's relationship is in full-swing and we see it all. I would hesitate to recommend it to younger readers who like to read up, but for the intended audience, it's full of romance and passion.
Another great thing about this book is that even though it is the second in the series, it stands on its own. This book is a winner. I think Kolodziej topped herself this time.
I'm giving it 4.5 stars!
- My Sweet Regina
on Oct. 30, 2013
I loved that A Whisper to a Scream was in Adam's POV because, well, he's a killer yet Hammond made me care about him. That's tough to do. My Sweet Regina is from the viewpoint of one of Adam's victims, and wow. Just wow. Hammond can write tortured souls like none other. I was pulled in from the first sentence and needed to take a deep breath when I finished the story. Great emotion, great torment, and a great read.