Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

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What it’s about:

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila ha

s put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

What I thought:

“Let’s get my part of this over with,” Vlad said shortly. “And if the name ‘Buffy’ comes out of my mouth, it will be the last word you ever hear.”

Ok so I’m going to start by saying that the reason I loved this book so much was more about Ian than Vlad and Leila. He completely stole the show for me! I was laughing every second and with all the

little teasers Frost added to introduce his book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Having said that, I actually did enjoy the Vlad and Leila story. I liked seeing a more ruthless side to Leila and really enjoyed the violence in this book. (Wait! Does that make me sound like a psychopath? :P) I can’t say I feel the passion between Vlad and Leila but I still love their connection. There is something really amazing about the way Vlad sees Leila that makes you realise he’s not the big bad he pretends to be. I also found myself wanting to reread the series as I was reading this book so I definitely think I missed the characters. 🙂

The one thing that I was a bit disappointed about with this book was the ending. Frost said this is the last book in the series yet I felt like there was still a few things left unfinished. What’s going to happen with Gretchen? What are they going to do with Mircea? I’m hoping Vlad and Leila will pop up in Ian’s books so that we see some more of their story.

Right now I’m just counting down the days till I can read Ian’s story!

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Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson #11) by Darynda Jones

Well damn! That was epic!

My entire life can be summed up in one sentence: “Well, that didn’t go as planned”

29939313Every time I read a book in this series I wonder where this story is going to go and get excited to find out how Charley will save the day… and what stupid thing she’ll do. Once again Jones managed to suck me in and make me so desperate to be a smart-ass, stubborn, furniture-naming supernatural chick married to the son of satan.

I fell in love with Osh in this book, he was so funny and cute and I’m really hoping we get a spin-off series with Beep so we can see how everything ends. I truly think Jones is the only one who can make you love a soul-sucking demon and the son of satan.

All the characters were great as usual and the story line played out well. Charley is hired to solve a mystery we have been dying to figure out and I liked that Jones brought it all back to the beginning. I was a tad disappointed with the Amber mystery, but still enjoyed the story overall.

This installment in the series answers and lot of questions about Charley and Reyes (and gives us even more to think about). It gives you more insight into how they both ended up in their current situations. We meet the horrid people who took Reyes and find out why it all happened and how he ended up with Earl Walker.

I loved that Jones didn’t fix everything, that there were some moments that were sad and that Charley didn’t break all the rules. I was so worried the story would end up with Charley doing something stupid, but I think the events played out nicely. Yet, once again I find myself wondering how on Earth this story will end and get excited just thinking about reading more. I can’t believe the way she ended it. I found I wanted to cry a bit and REALLYneed the next book so I can see what’s going to happen.

The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh

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The world:

Nalini Singh has created a fantastic, unique world with a mix of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you get introduced to a world that is populated by three races – the Psy, a powerful race of humans who have incredible powers of the mind, the Changelings, shapeshifters, and then just the plain old humans. These three races live together, but at the same time very much apart. The Psy, in an effort to eradicate an unavoidable predisposition to violence, have embraced Silence, a protocol that removes all emotions. But, emotions are part of human nature and the Psy race soon discovers that Silence is going to fall. The series begins with one Psy, Sascha Duncan on her way to “rehabilitation”— the complete psychic removal of everything she ever was. But when Sascha meets leopard changeling Lucas Hunter everything changes, and the world of the Psy and Changelings begin to collide.

What I thought:

My overall rating:  4 Stars

I picked up the first book in this series and proceeded to read each and every one, one after the other. I completely immersed myself in this world for a couple of weeks and enjoyed having some many books to read all at once. Each book in the series focuses on one couple. Not all of them are Psy/Changeling mixes and I think that gives the series more depth, however I do confess that I was a little disappointed by some of the matches, just because you kind of hope for the power of an interrace mix. But overall I give the series a solid 4 stars. I really LOVED some of the books (most of them actually), while some of them fell a little flat, but the world is so phenomenal that you get caught up in the amazingness of the stories. I really found myself wanting to be a part of this world and could definitely enjoy my own dominant changeling 😉

I liked that the books switched between different POVs, however I didn’t get a little frustrated at times. Just when the main story was getting to a good part, she would jump to a completely separate characters POV and at times I felt like some of the info was unnecessary. I will give Singh props for her ability to build suspense and sexual tension though.

The books all had great love stories and really got my blood pumping. I fell in love with almost all the male leads and could not wait to read about the side characters after each book. I really liked that even the “submissive” characters had backbone, and loved the brilliantly thought out structure of both the PsyNet and Changeling society. I would definitely recommend this series to all paranormal romance lovers and can honestly say that this is a totally unique look at shifters for those who love that genre too.

Reading order:

  • Slave to Sensation (The Psy-Changelings, Book 1)
  • Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Book 2)
  • Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changelings, Book 3)
  • Mine to Possess (Psy-Changelings, Book 4)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)
  • Branded by Fire (Psy-Changelings, Book 6)
  • Blaze of Memory (Psy-Changelings, Book 7)
  • Bonds of Justice (Psy/Changeling, Book 8)
  • Play of Passion (Psy/Changeling, Book 9)
  • Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling, Book 10)
  • Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, Book 11)
  • Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changeling, Book 12)
  • Shield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling, Book 13)
  • Shards of Hope (Psy/Changeling, Book 14)