Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog Tour: The Benighted

This tour is over a month away–April 30th–(nearly two months) but I'm really excited to read this book. The cover isn't giving away anything, but the definition of benighted certainly implies the author has some creativity. 
1. In a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual or moral ignorance, typically owing to a lack of opportunity. 
2. Overtaken by darkness.
The King was dead. His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir to the throne. But instead of becoming Queen, she was imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder. 

Confined to darkness, Skylar's captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a domain that has advanced in both technology and warfare. It's only when she refuses that the prison uses other means of persuasion. Though unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can't suppress her memories. She's forced to face again both her brother's death and her father's emotional decline, though even the darkness can't hide the deceptive hands that have tormented them all. Advisor turned adversary, Cross Lutherus has brought the ancient bloodline to its knees, and Skylar is the only Mandolyn left to feel his wrath. 
With two kingdoms on the brink of war, and the end of her life drawing near, Skylar's only hope is in the person who haunts her the most – Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. His presence surrounds her when the darkness screams louder than the prisoners, when Death smiles a faceless grin in between the cracks of the stone. And it's his strength she embraces just as the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison's walls to terrorize the benighted realm and all its souls. 
The mystery was never how Harlin escaped. It is how he will return.
Usually the downfall of ARC novels, for me, is the writing quality. I have high standards for language and style, so I hope this novel won't disappoint me too bad. 
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Succubus Dreams

“What hope is there?" I asked. "If even angels fall, what hope is there for the rest of us?” 
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #3) by Richelle Mead might be the best installment in this series (granted I haven't finished all the books but right now I'm 40% done with book number four). 
First, Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men, can't have sex with her gorgeous bestselling author boyfriend Seth Mortensen--in case she inadvertently kills him. Second, Georgina's under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block. Third, someone's manipulating her dreams, draining her energy and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused--especially as the situation with Seth reaches a crisis point. Georgina needs to rein in her out-of-control love life and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again...
First I would just like to say that THIS is the only book (in the Georgina Kincaid series) to make me feel any emotion besides mild enjoyment. SPOILER ALERT (Sorry this occurring so early in the review but when you read the book you'll understand why)

I was so pissed when Maddie slept with Seth. I was all like:


Like I seriously couldn't handle it LOL. I had to put down my Kindle and walk away. And then when the angel, Yasmine--who was in love with a nephilim Vincent, killed Joel--a really snotty angel, I almost fell off the couch. 
I was really torn up over Yasmine falling from grace. It's actually pretty embarrassing to feel so emotional about -literally- fictional characters but hey, what can I say I was really into it LOL.

The story line about Nyx was kind of interesting but not as good as the subplots. I'm really interested to see if Nyx's vision of Georgina with a baby and a husband is true. Oh, and I'm really not upset over Georgina getting with Dante. 
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