(BookR) Skinshaper Rend the Dark, Novella 2 by Mark Gelineau, Joe King

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Pages: 104

Cover: ★★★★

Book:★★★

Publishing Date:  March 15, 2016


 

Excerpt:

Prologue

The cage swung back and forth in the icy wind above the deserted town. It dangled from a length of frost-covered chain, high above the buildings of the camp. Inside the iron bars, a woman held herself still.

The sound came from far away, from inside the dark entrance of the mine. Her eyes narrowed and she held her breath, desperate to hear the sound once more. For a long moment, all that filled the air was the mournful howl of icy wind.

Then she heard it again.

Pounding feet.

She twisted in the narrow iron cage. Hope and horror warred within her as she held her breath and watched.

A figure broke free from the darkness of the mine and into the cold light of morning. He ran with a frantic intensity, arms and legs pumping. He shot across the bare white snow and into town. She watched with desperate, yearning hope as he ran through empty streets.

And then a chorus of gibbering shrieks sounded from the depths of the mine.

Hope shriveled and died inside her.

The man looked back and stumbled in the snow, falling forward onto his face. He scrambled to his feet, his face a mask of desperate terror.

From the mine, three twisted, broken shapes emerged.

They were fast, cavorting across the snow and ice with horrible, misshapen limbs. Too many legs and joints bending the wrong way. Arms with feet at the ends instead of hands. Madness made flesh.

The man pushed harder, his arms and legs flailing, but the creatures chased with impossible speed. The snow did not slow them. The ice did not cause them to slip or skitter out of control. They were made for the hunt and they descended upon him like wolves on a deer.

She shut her eyes as they dragged the screaming man back into the mine.

Then all was silent.

The woman didn’t cry. She just sat still and waited for her turn to die.


 

My Review:

It is really hard to leave a good review for these novella’s without giving everything away!

The characters are well rounded, the plot twists are wild, the monsters
are grotesque. Everything they produce is beautifully written, 
 formulated to draw you in and keep you coming back while keeping the 
story short enough to read in one setting. I would definitely recommend 
reading the first novella in the series before this one, otherwise some of 
the details you read about won't be as meaningful.

 

 

About the Authors:

Mark and Joe have been writing and telling stories the last 25 years. They share a love for the classic fantasy tales of their childhood. Their Echoes of the Ascended series brings those old epic characters and worlds to new life.
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(BookR) Written in Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★¾

Publishing Date: 03/04/14

My Review:

 Meg Corbyn is on the run from a compound where she has been kept since she was a small girl. The first place that offers her a job is that of a human liasion at the courtyard ( what I would refer to as a reservation of “Others”, or the more civilized of the creatures who really run the show.) It was fast paced and thrilling, leaving you wondering when or if she was going to be found. My favorite character is Simon, The werewolf leader of the Lakeside courtyard. He makes the fangirl in me drool.   Anne Bishop really did a great job of reimagining the world as I think it truly would be if supernatural creatures really were the first beings to inhabit North America or as she calls it ‘Thaisia’. If you are a fan of Kim Harrison or Patricia Briggs I think you will really enjoy this book.

 

Reviews by others:

“A stunningly original yarn, deeply imagined, beautifully articulated and set forth in clean, limpid, sensual prose.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An amazing novel.”—
Fresh Fiction

Written in Red isn’t just the best urban fantasy of the year, it may be one of the best ever.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

“A gripping novel from start until finish…In the end, Ms. Bishop leaves readers wanting more.”—
Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

“Fast-paced action, well defined characters and an imaginative storyline make for a fine paranormal read.”—
Monsters and Critics

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Description:

No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

 

About the Author:

Anne Bishop (excerpt taken from her website http://www.annebishop.com/a.bio.html)

Once upon a time…

Have you heard this story before?

You have.

All right, then.

Oh, you want another story.

 

Once upon a time, there was a girl who liked to write stories. So she did. And she had fun.

Then, one day, a thought got stuck in her head that if she couldn’t write a really greatstory, there wasn’t much point in writing stories at all. So she stopped writing.

She was young and didn’t know any better.

The girl went out into the world to make a living and do some growing up. And this was fine and necessary.

Then, one day, several years later, a story poked its little head up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”

It was a little story, and it looked rather forlorn, so the girl shaped it with words as best she could so that it could go out into the world.

The story, who was very happy about this, went back to the creative reservoir to pack its bags for its adventure into the world and told all its friends about the girl.

Not long after that, another story poked its little head up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”

So the girl shaped it with words as best she could. And the story was very happy. So were the other stories that came after that one.

They were little stories. They were very polite.

During the years when the girl was shaping these stories, she began reading books and magazines about writing (and, later on, about organization and time management). As she worked and read, she became more skillful and could shape bigger stories.

Then came the day when something tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned around, it wasn’t a polite little story, looking forlorn and saying, “Hello?” It was a novel that kissed her hand, smiled at her, and said, “Hello. We’re going to be very good friends for quite some time.”

So that is the story of how the girl ended up sharing her living space with, among other things, an overabundance of paperwork and a great many characters.

You want mundane data too? In that case…

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Marked in Flesh, the fourth book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music. Since you’re reading this, there’s no point in telling you to visit her website atwww.annebishop.com.

(BookR) Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

 

Pages: 368

Cover: ★★★★

Book: ★★★¾

Publishing Date: 05/02/15

(Click here to read the review for book one in the series→ Storm Siren ←)

My review:

 Nymia has begun her journey to save her trainer Eogan from Draewulf and has snuck onto the Bron airship to do so. One of the things that I struggled with in this book was Nymia’s seeming helplessness throughout the beginning and middle portions of the book. Myles, her former nemesis has decided to become her unwilling accomplice and help her get some kind of power back.  I sensed leaps and bounds in growth by the writer and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

Spoiler Alert

I am a huge fan of Eogan and was heartbroken when Mrs. Weber made it seem as if he was a lost cause. I was so happy to see he made it in the end!!!!

 

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>>Read an Excerpt or Buy the book here<<

Description:

“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”

 

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.

 

Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.

 

As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.

 

(excerpt from and cover from Amazon.com)

About the Author

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Visit Mary online at maryweber.com Twitter: @mchristineweber Facebook: marychristineweber