Monthly Archives: February 2012

Review: Tempt


Tempt
Tempt by Claire Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

There’s a monster running around Dublin, and it’s up to Ava to catch it. The pressure’s on, and she’s becoming as cynical as Peter. But when a demon marks her friend, and a possible threat from England spells war, Ava’s left with a huge choice to make. The lives of one or many.
With a little help, Ava has the chance to win all of her battles… if the darkness doesn’t take her over first.

What Do I Think?

I enjoyed this book just as much as I liked the other 2 books in the series, the action packed plot and the revelations and twists and turns all through the story made for an exciting read, I imagine that the next instalment will be just as good if not better as Claire Farrell develops her main cast of characters more.

Ava is a forceful heroine while she isn’t perfect; she does hold a darkness inside one that desires to break free.

For those who liked the first two books, this book follows on perfectly where the second finished, Eddie uncovers a bit more about himself and we start to see a more of the other characters develop; Esther, Gabe, and of course Peter.

These stories are building into what could become a long and interesting series from a very accomplished weaver of stories.
Get the books and have an enjoyable weekend transported to world and place far away from everyday troubles and woes.

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A Review of Taunt (Ava Delaney #2) by John Hugh Glen


Taunt
Taunt by Claire Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

All Ava wants to do is forget about the vampires, but they won’t leave her alone. Between her failing business, angry landlord, disloyal friends, and vampire stalkers, life is starting to feel pretty stressful. When Ava finally deals with her biggest problem, she is caught up in the chain of events it triggers and taken along a path she can’t escape from.
Ava has to figure out what exactly is her biggest threat: the humans, the vampires, the Council—or her true heritage.

What Do I Think?
This is the sequel to “Thirst (Ava Delaney #1)” Ava is struggling to come to terms with her new life, she has gone from being a near loner to someone who is surrounded by people.
Aware she is becoming more than a vampire or day walker she is unwilling to let her friends know exactly what powers she is developing.

I must say I enjoyed this high-speed story, it is woven by this story-weaver in such a way that you follow its plots, twists and turns effortlessly, and Claire’s creative talent is manifestly magic itself.
This story carries on from where “Thirst (Ava Delaney #1)” left us with all the characters where they should be.

Another winning story from one of my favourite story-weavers, I am already reading book 3 and look forward to more stories from Claire Farrell.

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Review: King’s Man


King's Man
King’s Man by Angus Donald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

The third crusade is over Richard the Lionheart is bound for England. But with all the princes of Europe united against him . . . can the greatest warrior in Christendom make it safely home?
The lion is chained Captured. Bound. Imprisoned. King Richard’s slim hope of salvation rests on one man – a former outlaw, a vengeful earl, a man who scoffs at holy mother church:
Robin Hood For king and country robin and his loyal lieutenant Alan Dale will risk all – from blood-soaked battlefields to deadly assassins – to see the Lionheart restored to his rightful throne.

What Do I Think?

All I need to do now is read the first book in the series and I will know everything?
This story-weaver is fast becoming one of my all time favourites, what is more important I think I have found the successor to Bernard Cornwell’s crown as master story-weaver.

With this the third book in the Outlaw Chronicles, Angus Donald throws you headlong into his medieval world using the formidable account of Alan Dale to escort you through a kingdom of injustice, ardent sex, bloodthirsty battles fought by factual heroes legends and, murderous outlaws.

A true adventure story from a master story-weaver, it took me a couple of days to read this book its a real page turner and the way in which Angus Donald portrays Robin Hood is nothing short of genius he has made him what I always believed a real Robin Hood would have been; a merciless, hard-hearted SOB who will do almost anything for his King. We in reality shouldn’t like him; however his steadfastness and love for each one inside his gang leaves you feeling nothing but admiration for him and his followers from start to end.
I am looking forward to the next book hopefully one in which we see and hear more from Alan Dale’s memories.

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A Review of Thirst


Thirst Thirst by Claire Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

10 FEBRUARY 2012

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

Ava Delaney calls herself a hybrid – a living, breathing human who happens to have vampire poison running through her veins. The only thing greater than her thirst for human blood is her capacity for guilt. She does her best to avoid the human world, for everyone’s sake.
When Ava accidentally enslaves a human while saving him from a vampire, she realises she has to look for help setting him free. Despite her misgivings, she expands her world but finds herself dragged into a possible vampire civil war. With the help of some new friends with ambiguous loyalties, she tries to find a way to keep her human, and herself, alive.
At approx. 45,000 words, Thirst is the first in a series of paranormal novellas.

What Do I Think?

A Great story from a great story-weaver and it was a free download from Amazon.co.uk (get it now free) what more could you want?

I finished reading this within hours of starting it, as you all know I am a fan of vampire and fantasy novels and this was unerringly what I have been looking for. The whole story had reminiscences of Blade and True Blood (Sookie Stackhouse) except it was not the same a kind of marriage between the two but somehow enhanced.

The plot keeps you enthralled and in suspense, at first I was doubtful because it was a free download plus I have never heard of Claire Farrell however the synopsis made it look interesting and what was the harm it was free, you see this is one of the reasons I like the Kindle you can get samples, free downloads and then if you like what you read you can easily download more it’s so easy.
Anyway with this story I found that I truly couldn’t put it down, I truly enjoyed the story line and the mystery surrounding the central characters, I have already downloaded the others to see where the author takes us next and at £1.92 and £1.91 you can’t really go wrong by doing so.

If you enjoy “The Vampire Diaries” by L. J. Smith, “Twilight”, by Stephanie Meyer and “The Sookie Stackhouse Stories” by Charlaine Harris then you should enjoy these well woven stories by Claire Farrell.

What more can I say in Claire Farrell we have discovered a new weaver of the fantasy/paranormal story, she has developed or is developing many characters in this book I will only mention the main cast so as not to spoil thing for you.

There is of course Ava Delaney who has vampire poison running through her veins, has a thirst for blood so she endeavours to absent herself from the world and spend as little time with humans and super naturals as is possible, I like her attitude.

Carl is just a run of the mill human he was yanked literally into his position as a result of a slip-up Ava made, I can’t in truth say much about him seen has is personality isn’t really shown till the end.

Peter exterminates supernatural beings and he sort of helps Ava and Carl with their predicament His character is very bewildering.

Eddie is enigmatic chap and he’s not even really human he helps them except also requires stuff in return, he becomes irate without difficulty if truth be told I am not fond of him, but I suspect we will almost certainly will be seeing more of him in the series.

In conclusion this book is a skilfully woven story it’s an easy short read to tempt you into the world created by Claire Farrell and I have a feeling that this world is going to become very popular and don’t forget you can get this book for free if you download it from Amazon for your kindle.

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