Kelly Rubidoux


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  • Flash Gold on April 27, 2011

    Originally reviewed at Reading the Paranormal - This is a short and sweet little steampunk novella that has enough going for it to be a expanded or extended into a full length novel. I loved Kali's prickly can-do attitude. She's used to taking care of herself and she does just that. Cedar intrigued me. I'd love to hear his backstory and see more of what made him into the man he turned into. As short as this story is, it easily drew me into Kali's life and the hardships she faces. Sure, I'm a sucker for steampunk and all the fun gadgets that go with it, but this was just fun to read. I would totally be game for more stories set in this world. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
  • Familiar on June 19, 2011

    This was a quick little read but it was cute and it features one of my favorite themes - the idea that family doesn't necessarily have to be the people you're born to but rather the people who are there for you in your time of need. Brenda was a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a witch in training. She fights against her mom's good advice. She blows off the things she should be focusing on. She only goes to pick out her familiar to get her mom off her back. Like I said, typical. Owen, on the other hand, is decidedly untypical. He's all alone and he's looking for a way back into his pack. He's done what he has to do to stay safe and being mystically bound to Brenda throws him for a loop. For a short story it doesn't feel like we've been slighted on character development. I really wouldn't mind more set in this world. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
  • Lucifera's Pet on Aug. 14, 2011

    Originally reviewed at Reading the Paranormal - Dude. Duuuuude. This book was AWESOME! It was the bloodiest, most vicious love story I've ever read. Let me tell you, Mickey is no cuddly bunny of a werewolf. He's a flat out KILLEH! He revels in blood and destruction. He loves getting his hands in the viscera of his enemies. I'd wager that getting into the guts of his allies wouldn't turn him off either. I honestly wouldn't have thought that I'd like a guy who gets off on ripping his prey in two, but I did. I liked him! Also, I orignally wrote "I wouldn't have thought I'd lick a guy who gets off on ripping his prey in two". Which is also true, as it turns out. A large portion of the story cuts between Lucifera's mortal life and rebirth as a vampire and Mickey's life and change to a werewolf. These events take place some 1600+ years apart and yet the two plot lines weave together wonderfully and give us the chance to see these two vicious killers before they were shaped by their bloodlust. Then, we get to watch as Lucifera and Mickey meet and form a partnership and defy all the rules that say that a vampire and a werewolf are mortal enemies. Awesome! No, this isn't your typical love story, but M.T. Murphy made it work. Watching Lucifera fall for her wolf - although she'll maintain it's just for his blood - and Mickey's loyalty toward his vampire mistress was highlighted by their brutality. Let me just say that they aren't just rough on their prey, either. But it worked! It worked, it worked, it worked! One of the things that really impressed me was the fearlessness of the author. He doesn't shy away from making our main characters do downright awful stuff. Did you read that part about ripping people in two? I wasn't speaking metaphorically. It happens. More than once. Yet it never made me loathe the characters. They're both products of their urges. They both enjoy being what they are. Did I mention that it worked? It does! I can appreciate that this book will be a one that not everyone can stomach. Like I said, it's brutal at parts. But it's wonderfully different from most of what's out there. If you're willing to give it a try, you might be surprised at how two wildly vicious individuals can find love despite all the obstacles thrown in their way.