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What I’ve Been Reading: Witches, Vampires and Even Some Humans

I’ve got three more books here. Maybe you’ll find something you can add to that dreaded TBR list. We’ve got witches and warlocks and vampires, and even human teens if paranormal isn’t your thing all the time. Sometimes it’s nice to take a breather from the supernatural.

Enchantment by Nikki Jefford (Spellbound #3) enchantment

A fun filled conclusion to the Spellbound trilogy. Check out my reviews of Entangled and Duplicity.
If you like witches, give this trilogy a go. It’s entertaining and well-written.

The plot veered off in a totally different direction to what I’d predicted. That was a nice surprise. The descriptions of Barcelona were spot on. I was brought right back to the gorgeous city I was lucky enough to visit last summer.
These books have become more New Adult than YA as the series progressed, something I appreciated as the characters are growing up. I’m sad to say goodbye to Gray and the rest of the gang.
An entertaining, magic infused trilogy.

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.

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butterfaceButterface by Gwen Hayes

I adore this author’s style. I loved Totally Tubular (still probably my favourite read of 2013) and So Over You was just as witty.

Reading the blurb for Butterface made me both smile and cringe. Dogfight is one of my favourite films thanks to the characters and the 60s music and themes. I will always remember the scene in the bathroom of the restaurant/club when Lili Taylor realises why River Phoenix brought her to the party, and I was waiting anxiously for that horrible moment to happen to Beth.

I felt for Beth even before I started reading. In such a short space of time, I fell very much in like with both Beth and Lucky. They’re just kids, trying to make their way in a world that can often be cruel.
I liked the message at the heart of this story. Accept yourself, believe in yourself and your worth, work on your self-confidence and live.

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.

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What Kills Me by Wynne Channing what kills me

A fast and enjoyable read.
I should be sick and tired of vampire stories at this stage (I read so many of them) but What Kills Me had a refreshing take. First of all, it starts out in Rome, the main character is Canadian, and how she becomes a vampire is unique. Zee’s voice was full of excitement, while Lucas is calm, steadfast and a little cranky – they balance each other out wonderfully.

This is an action packed yet charming paranormal coming-of-age story. I hope to hear more about Zee and Lucas in the future.
And the cover takes my breath away!

Check it out on Goodreads and Amazon.

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Has anyone read these? If you haven’t checked out Nikki‘s books, I’d urge you to pick up the first book in the Spellbound series. She really is one of the best writers of paranormal fiction around. I’m looking forward to diving into her Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter books.

And for anyone who has never seen the movie Dogfight, I recommend it, especially for all you River Phoenix lovers out there. Here’s the trailer.

Book Review: Kindred by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (Goes Beyond A Simple Vampire Story)

Having read Michelle’s first book in the Night School series earlier this year, I was looking forward to catching up with vampire slayer, Dasheen Bellamy (nickname, Angel), and the Night School at Ame Academy in Kindred.

A Kindred official cover- Gold Eyes copy

Last time around, I wanted to find out more about Elin, Ismet and Bella Donna (half human/half vampire, Jinn and natural born vampire, respectively). I was happy to discover more about these ladies in Kindred. The end of the last novella saw Angel meet Rafael, literally the boy from her dreams, and we were left wondering what exactly their connection was. Yay for us girls, Rafael is back and ready to work with Angel.

Almost immediately, we learn that a big, bad fight is coming. Angel is still reeling from learning about the supernatural world and her central role as a Vampire Hunter. She has a unique ability for a Hunter; her blood kills vampires. She’s also dealing with a younger brother who’s mid transition, and she makes it her mission to save him from becoming a monster.

Of Angel’s three supernatural friends, Elin was my favourite. Her fashion sense – toga style dresses teamed with combat boots, marks her out as one cool chick. I enjoyed reading about her Bulgarian background. I was also quite jealous of her ability to eat as much as she likes and never gain weight! Her line, “The whole Edward and Bella scenario doesn’t work right now” had me smiling. Then we have Bella Donna who is superficial, cold and difficult to relate to, and Ismet, the wisest of the three, always analysing and planning. Each of these powerful woman works alongside Angel to save Jordan and protect the humans from supernatural attacks.

When I started to learn about Rafael’s and Angel’s past, I had the same initial ick reaction as when I read about Jacob and Renesmee in the Twilight books. But I got over it.🙂 Going back into Dasheen’s/Angel’s earlier life intrigued me, but I can’t say much about it without giving away her story. I did have to pay keen attention to follow the different supernatural and preternatural races, but learning about the various lineages was interesting.

The phantom little girl with worms for a face has to get a mention. She freaked me out in the first book, and she still scares me. Kindred is a short and sweet read. Bring on book three I say. One element I would have liked to see more of was action in the form of a battle. A lot of Kindred delved into the past rather than moving forward, so I hope to see more action in the next instalment.

The first novella was simply a vampire story. Kindred goes beyond that. There are layers of mythology beneath the surface and a greater fantasy aspect here with godlike beings and all types of otherworldly creatures.

Quote that made me laugh:
I moved to him and said, “Jordan, Jordan.” Those surrounding him hissed, but after one look at Rafael who must have had on his evil Thunder face, they scampered away.

A quick and fun read that left me anticipating part three. I also enjoyed the blog style of this book. ****

Check it out on Amazon or add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

Has this piqued your interest? What was the last vampire book you read?

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