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  • Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny Book 1) on April 24, 2011

    GENRE: Paranormal Romance THEME: Sorcerers, Vampires, Witches, and Werewolves RECEIVED: Copy from Author BLOG: DATE POSTED ON BLOG: April 4th REVIEW: More and more I’ve been meeting new authors that have such great work, I was grateful to be asked to read and review Destiny Divided by Leia Shaw. I’ve read a lot of PNR’s and so many vampire books in my time you would think I’d get tired of reading the same thing over and over again. But Leia Shaw adds her own touch to a very exciting new Paranormal Romance, with her twist of witches and sorcerers. This series started out with a bang and a very promising start, Who wouldn’t love a story with kick butt fight scenes, some smoking hot sorcerers, powerful witches and a lead female character who isn’t your average bad girl. Nope she’s got an attitude that would make a burly biker man cry. Sage has had it rough, in and out of homes all her life, never being able to feel that connection and love from anyone. She always felt like she needed to run, fight, and steal to get through life. She lives in a basement and the only way she can earn enough money to get by is to steal from people, mostly when she’s at school. And at school, I mean Sage is sneaking in the classes, not only to get some goodies but also to learn. Little does she know she caught the attention of a young Professor. Arrogant and snooty, James is a man with power and secrets and he finds Sage to be everything he’s been looking for. Not only because of the attraction but because she possess unbelievable power. James offers to help Sage with her power since he possesses a lot himself. This is where the story really starts to pick up. Sage is an extremely tough girl, she doesn’t like being helped or told what to do and with James being a “do as I say” guy they seriously have a lot of issues to deal with. I felt that both Sage and James really needed to cool down their attitudes a lot; I just wanted to yell, “Calm down! Which made me realize how into this book I was, and loved it! I was pulling for these two to overcome the many challenges that they had ahead and figure out that they both needed to say how they felt about each other. There was one part in the book that confused me a bit. Where it felt like a whole scene was missing. I went back a noticed that I wasn’t skipping anything but that the issue wasn’t addressed, but we still get a bit of information on what happened as I read on. I’m very interested to see what happens next, since the ending gives a hint that we get to learn more about some secondary characters that I’m dying to know more about. Overall I was addicted to this book and couldn’t put it down, I felt myself smirking at many scenes because the sarcasm is just seeping out of each page with brilliance. I love a story with great sarcasm and bickering, makes me smile each time. I highly recommended Destiny Divided! RECOMMENDATION: This is an Adult Novel with Sexual Content and Adult situation, with a bit of violence. Recommended to fans of Christine Feehan and Kresley Cole.
  • Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1) on June 14, 2011

    GENRE: Paranormal Romance THEME: Vampires/Magic RECEIVED: Received for Review from Author BLOG: REVIEW: Anathema had a very original plot using the typical vampire paranormal romance, but Tucker was able to create a very unique plot that really intrigued me. The story is full of deception and adventure, the lead character being pushed and pulled in every direction and as the reader you’re along for a very adventurous ride. Evangeline is a young girl who has a very trustful mind, but all the while lives a very lonely life until she meets Sophie. From there her life changed dramatically after meeting Sophie’s acquaintances that are very mysterious and usually friendly. While living with them Evangeline begins dreaming every night of a world similar to her own… but there something different…something more terrifying about it. She soon becomes enthralled in this new world after meeting a group of people who take her in and befriend her, one of which is named Caden. A man whom Evangeline cant stop thinking about. Little does she know that both her world and the world she’s dreaming of have one very dangerous thing in common, vampires. I really enjoyed the plot to Anathema; though the beginning pace was a bit slow for me. Once the story developed a little more I was sucked into Tuckers writing and her characters were fun, exciting and enthralling, I just couldn’t get enough. The story takes you back and forth between each world without it being confusing, the characters were all well developed and I have to add there are some really awesome animals in the book. My favorite being a dog called Max who is Evangeline’s protector and friend and is a lot more than what he seems. The romance wasn’t an in your face typical romance, it was paced well with bumps in the road that made it realistic and fun. I enjoyed Evangeline as the lead, she was thrown into a situation that was difficult and she handled it like any real person would: she was scared, distrustful when she knew something wasn’t right and always questioning, making for a smart lead character. Overall this was a great first book in the Casual Enchantment Series, the ending really leaves you wishing that the next were in your hands. I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, but I was actually happy with what Tucker did and thought it was a perfect fit to get me ready for the second installment. If your looking for a paranormal romance, with adventure, plot twist, and a great big cast of fun characters then this is the book for you! RECOMMENDATION: This is adult book but is suitable for many ages; fans of the adventures in Rachel Caine and Nalini Singh’s writing will love K.A. Tuckers Anathema.