Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Penumbra

Title: Penumbra
Series: Spook Squad 3
Author: Keri Arthur
Release Date: October 28th 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, BN


Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.
Sam Ryan is part of the Special Investigations Unit aka the Spook Squad. As I mentioned in my review for book two of the series, Sam is growing tired of her partner's bs, but this time around she has finally had enough. Being stuck with a desk job rather than out on the streets solving crimes with her partner has made her finally want a transfer. Her boss decides to put her on a different case without Gabriel and if she still feels like she wants a transfer or different partner she can have it afterwards.

The case is guarding Dan Wetherton, a minister for the government. As always, Sam seems to get in heaps of trouble while out on the streets. It seems to follow her at every turn, which always makes me wonder how she's going to figure out and resolve the mess she is in. This of course leads to an action packed novel that keeps you on your toes. Gabriel, the partner that wants to keep Sam safe, is in Penumbra and I have mixed feelings about his character. I like him because he's smart, strong and sexy, but at the same time his character falls a bit flat at times for me.

Penumbra is book 3 in the series and appears to be the last book in the series. That being said, the story did not wrap up, it feels like there should be another book in the series to completely wrap up all the loose ends. I'm not sure what happened, and I'm in no way saying I didn't enjoy this series, it just doesn't feel complete. I see quite a few parallels between this series an KArthur's Riley Jenson Guardian series, and since I know this one is a reprint, I am thinking this helped her create that series. Each has their pros, and I would suggest both depending on what you prefer. I would recommend the Spook Squad series if you're looking for a Urban Fantasy with not much romance tossed in. If you are looking for a Paranormal Romance I'd suggest KArthur's Riley Jenson series instead.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [83]

Club Shadowlands - Cherise Sinclair

All Lined Up - Cora Carmack
Sudden Backtrack - Kim Harrison
First Rapture - Alexandra Ivy
Wreck Me - Jessica Sorensen

Once She Was Tempted - Anne Barton
If You Stay - Courtney Cole
How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days - Laura Lee Guhrke

Geek Bearing Gifts - Milly Taiden

Demons in My Driveway - R.L. Naquin

Undone - Maya Banks

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WoW [127] - Archangel's Shadows

Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Release Date: October 28th 2014

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
Why I am waiting:
I'm currently working my way through this series via audiobooks and loving it. Can't wait to catch up to this one.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Releases 10/21/2014

Demons in My Driveway - R.L. Naquin
Zoey Donovan Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she's being drop kicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.

The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.

On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around one with very different ideas on how to run things is proving difficult. For their own safety, they're stuck inside Zoey's home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world again would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Hot Blooded

Title: Hot Blooded
Author: Amanda Carlson
Release Date: April 23rd 2013
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Buy: Amazon, BN

It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain.

Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps.

Because she's the only female werewolf in comes with its own set of rules...and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day's work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday [82]

Colters' Wife - Maya Banks
Demon's Fury - Jocelynn Drake

Alpha Billionaire - Helen Cooper
Hell's Belle - Karen Greco
The Stolen - Bishop O'Connell

Understood - Maya Banks
Undenied - Maya Banks
Learning the Ropes - T. J. Kline
Anything But Sweet - Candis Terry

Rock Courtship - Nalini Singh

Who Needs Enemies - Keri Arthur

The Hot Zone - Richard Preston [because you know, ebola]