Valerie McQueen

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  • Final Hour of the Hunter Book Three in The Midnight Hunter Trilogy on June 25, 2012

    My review of Final Hour of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard 5*****stars This book was provided free by the author in exchange for honest literary review! So for the virginal human Donna, the last two years have been more than peaceful since distroying those pesky Underworld characters. Lucinda is now well over two and doing well. Everything is finally going Donna's way and she and her soulmate are going to live happily ever after right? WRONG AGAIN!!!! Unfortunately those pesky Underworld creatures aren't going to be defeated that easy. First there's a strange woman with white hair and a pair of hellhounds chasing her around, and no other mortal can see her but Donna. Then there's a purple eyed bird..... yeah you get my picture. This time it's all on Donna to solve the riddles and save us. Ok I rarely rant and rave about a novel but I am going all out here. This series improved by leaps and bounds with each novel....and the first one was good. The plot is action packed without being hard to follow. Theres comedy, romance, peril, heartbreak, and kick buttowski all in one. The characters are likeable. For me, i love the fact Donna acts human. She's not portrayed as a perfect goddess type on legs...she's just an average young lady who's randomly awkward, clumsy, and slow to catch on which makes her very loveable and relatable. This goes on my must read ASAP list for anyone who hasn't .....you by far won't be disappointed!!!!!!
  • Before the Moonrise on July 13, 2012

    My review of Before the Moonrise by Dawn Gray Rating 5***** This book was provided by the author in exchange for honest literary review. Meet Lily, a divorced mother of three writer who hides from people rather than venture out to restart he life. She suffers from terible nerve disorder which basically shuts her body down. Her whole world revolves around writing and her children. Kylie is Lily's gregarious best friend. She tries het best to save Lily from her depression, and proposes a two week vacation for the two. Imagine her surprise as Lily accepts! As the two arrive in New Orleans, they are drawn into a world that only exists in the shadows hidden from the untrained eye! Almost immediately the two are drawn to a wierd combination of men who seem to be dream quality. As the romance escalate so does the drama. See Lily's beau Jared has a big canine secret ....oh and she's being chased by crazy vampires who want her for themselves. Whats a girl to do??? Excellent story by Dawn Gray. Loads if action, great use of scenic imagery that puts the reader right in New Orleans with the characters. When the book started off and i read New Orleans I was a bit scared because supes there are usually the ball field of Anne Rice ....but Dawn made this her own! Nit a wanna be vampstory, but one told in her own voice her own way!!!!!! Excellent read, you wont put it down
  • Yesterday's Daughter on July 18, 2012
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    Grace can't tolerate the sun. Even the slightest exposure leaves her with first degree burns on her skin. Next, her diet is way abnormal -- she prefers bagged blood to human food. Lastly, she lives in isolation in fear that if any of her secrets are ever found out she will be locked away in a mental asylum forever. Malachi has searched the earth for decades for his lifemate. Sapphira is still alive, he feels it in his bones. Finally, he finds her in New York....her sent is everywhere in the small apartment. However, when he reveals himself to her, he realizes she has no memory of him or what she even is. Grace is really Sapphira and somehow he has to convince her that she is a vampire, she's meant to be a leader for her people, and she is meant to be his. While they learn each other and unlock mysteries of the past they have to learn how to lead their nation to victory over the others who seek to end the vampire race. This is one of those sit down to read a couple chapters and i finish the book.... it's that good. While we lear Grace is truly powerful, she is also just like an other young woman. She is unsure and sometimes awkward. She seeks acceptance almost shyly. She never gets a huge ego even when her powers emerge. Sapphira remains the true role model always loving caring and just. This is a beautiful story packed with lots of action. Very well written read!!!
  • Yesterday's Daughter on July 18, 2012

    Grace can't tolerate the sun. Even the slightest exposure leaves her with first degree burns on her skin. Next, her diet is way abnormal -- she prefers bagged blood to human food. Lastly, she lives in isolation in fear that if any of her secrets are ever found out she will be locked away in a mental asylum forever. Malachi has searched the earth for decades for his lifemate. Sapphira is still alive, he feels it in his bones. Finally, he finds her in New York....her sent is everywhere in the small apartment. However, when he reveals himself to her, he realizes she has no memory of him or what she even is. Grace is really Sapphira and somehow he has to convince her that she is a vampire, she's meant to be a leader for her people, and she is meant to be his. While they learn each other and unlock mysteries of the past they have to learn how to lead their nation to victory over the others who seek to end the vampire race. This is one of those sit down to read a couple chapters and i finish the book.... it's that good. While we lear Grace is truly powerful, she is also just like an other young woman. She is unsure and sometimes awkward. She seeks acceptance almost shyly. She never gets a huge ego even when her powers emerge. Sapphira remains the true role model always loving caring and just. This is a beautiful story packed with lots of action. Very well written read!!!
  • Five on Aug. 26, 2012

    My Review of Five by Christie Rich Rating 4**** This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review. Rayla had just done the impossible! Not only did she graduate from high school and get accepted into college; she is going AWAY TO COLLEGE!!!! Despite the incessant nagging of a slave driving aunt she was sent away to, she is finally free to start her own life. No more babysitting or answering to her aunts back and call. Rayla has been Aunt Grace's maid ever since her mom vanished years ago. What makes it even better is that her best friend Cassie gets to go with and is her dormmate. Life at college is not what it turns out to be. Darkness, which has always terrified Rayla, surrounds her at every turn. Also, apparently she is destined to be chased by some not so nice but very steamy Fae Lords wherever she goes. Finding out what they want from her could end up killing her..... This book is a great new series. Plot is original and keeps you wanting more. I enjoyed watching Rayla get more powerful and confident as the story unravelled. She's definitely not a helpless character looking for someone else to save her. At the end I was really mad! I just didnt want it to be over yet because I have so many more questions. Good thing I have book 2! Great read!
  • Dark Matter on Aug. 26, 2012

    My review of Dark Matter by Christie Rich RATING 5***** This book was provided free from the author in exchange for honest literary review. Ok so Rayla has managed to get herself taken. Instead of one fairy Lord calling for hervand her powers, there are five. Zach and Luke have disappeared on her trying to retrieve her family off of an island in the mortal realm. Her best friend Cassie seems to have taken to life in the fairy realm with a new passion. She has fallen head over heels for the Lord of the fire realm. To beat it all it turns out she just may be Elemental like Rayla. The fire realm may just be in the hands of a new lord, a deliciously yummy and dangerous Heath. Heath is the one who swears he doesn't want Rayla. He's infuriating, wise-cracking, and down right rude. Heath is also calling to Rayla in a dangerous way. Now not only does Rayla have the bonding choice to make she also has to find a way to stop a seriously power hungry delusional princess and a crazy man fueling a secret Order. Book one was very good, but this one was OMG over the top crazy!!! I read the entire thing in one sitting and went on to book 3!!!! Rayla draws you into her journey she's so adorable. Her inner strength is growing in this book and shining through in a crazy way. Kudos to to author for placing the reader right in the middle of all the action! I loved it can you tell yet? I do have to say I was definitely team Zach at the beginning because I seriously love Styx, but now I feel a warmness coming for the new man in the equation.....go grab this one for sure, a must have!!!!