Only a villain can save the day.
During his thousand year banishment in the Nethers, Balthazar thought of nothing but taking over the Crossroads from Death.
On the day he puts his plans into action, Balthazar finds the Crossroads on lockdown. Death has been stabbed by Brianne’s Bitterness, a blade that slowly leaches him of his powers. In order to challenge Death for his seat and prevent utter chaos, Balthazar is forced into a mission to find the Redeemer, the only being capable of pulling out the blade from Death’s chest. The only person who can identify the Redeemer is a human girl in the Crossroads whose soul is still attached to her body.
Meeting Arianne Wilson pushes Balthazar’s patience to the limit. In a deal he makes with Death, he must protect Arianne during their journey through the Underverse using all the resources available to him. He soon realizes the one he needs to protect is himself. For as much harm as it inflicts on Balthazar's body, trekking through the Underverse with Arianne is proving more dangerous for his heart and soul. Can the villain remain a villain when love gets in the way?
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Bad boy, meet bad girl.
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen year old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long… And old demons die hard.
With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.
Bad boy Dante is now a Liberator, previously working for lord of the Underworld, burdened with the task of collecting, now girlfriend, Charlie's soul. Instead, Dante fell in love, and now he'll do anything to keep her safe. He has just been given his first assignment as a newly fledged angel, liberating Aspen's soul. Leaving Charlie is torturous, but it's her soul that the Underworld are after, and Dante has it in possession. Leaving Charlie may just keep her safe, but it seems not from brothers Salem and Easton, the brothers that have moved next door.
As Dante arrives to liberate Aspen, he's immediately on the attack when an attempt is made on his life, and Dante Walker never walks away from a fight. As his road rage attacker flees, his only clue to his identity is a strange tattoo on his assailants arm. Clearly liberating Aspen isn't as easy as he thought. Seventeen year old Aspen is a party girl with issues. Dante's mission is to help Aspen onto the path to redemption, to secure her soul. Aspen has it all, wealth, beauty and attitude, but behind her green eyes... She's empty. She binge drinks to lose herself, allowing everyone to have a piece of her, her friend Lincoln the only one that seems to care about the cold and distant girl.
But while the cat's away... It seems Charlie finds herself being influenced by the new neighbours. Charlie is distant, morphing into someone else entirely. It seems the girl that is destined to change the world through her humanity and charity, is now only interested in partying, drinking and putting herself in danger. Dante can feel that Charlie is playing with fire, but the sooner he can change Aspen's life, the sooner he leaves Detroit and home to Charlie.
All Aspen needs is someone to guide her, to show her that she truly is cared for, but how can Dante liberate a girl who lives the only lifestyle that he's ever known? It seems Aspen's life begun spiralling out of control after meeting new friends Cage and Lyra. He can see the way they study her, feeding her alcohol and aiding her lifestyle. When Aspen surprises Dante with a package on the doorstep, Charlie, he didn't expect the accessories to tag along, best friend Annabelle, her new neighbours and a surprise guest that no one could have envisioned.
It seems that both Charlie and Aspen are a target for the Sirens, soulless beings recruited by the Underworld and identifiable by a ritual tattoo. As Dante learns that both girls lives entwine, and Aspen being paramount to Charlie's existence, he has no option than to accept the aid of his fellow Liberator's, including Kraven and train for the fight of his life. But when Aspen doesn't shrink away from fighting alongside the trained Angels, holding her own, Dante wonders who this girl really is.
Charlie and Aspen are part of a plan, far greater than any of the Liberators and Collectors realise, with two ancient scrolls, one belonging to heaven, one belonging to hell, sealing their fate. But will Dante be able to protect both his assignment, and the girl who has stolen his heart?
Dante Walker is one of the hottest male young adult characters, but in The Liberator, he finally meets his match in Aspen. Aspen isn't a love interest, there is no love triangle, which fans will be thankful for. She's a troubled soul who has allowed herself to become influenced by anyone who crosses her path, in the hopes that they'll stay with her. She's feisty with an attitude that will send most young men running, and isn't the least bit impressed by Dante's killer looks and bad boy smile. She couldn't care less. She just needs a friend, someone who won't ask for anything in return. Aspen has nothing left to give.
Charlie felt like an afterthought in The Liberator. She goes through her own journey while Dante is away, all too similar to Aspen. The distance puts a strain on Charlie and Dante's relationship, but their reunion at the hands of Aspen, is all the sweeter. I loved Annabelle and her attitude towards Kraven, who is clearly rattled by her presence. My only complaint is when Dante ventures into cool mode, which almost comes across as the opposite. He is effortlessly cool, only when he isn't trying to be. It's a bit too sleazy.
The Liberator was actually pretty good. I loved Aspen, she wasn't at all what I had expected. The final few chapters have alluded to an epic finale and I'll be either go hard, or go home... And I can't wait.
(Dante Walker: Book Two)
Written By Victoria Scott
Published 27 / 08 / 2013
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the
impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her.
Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole
world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With
All Katy can do is survive.
enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all,
there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the
group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more
disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
they can face anything. But the most dangerous foe has been there all
along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down,
which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be
Bethany's rescue and Blake's betrayal have left Katy at the mercy of Daedalus. Trapped and utterly alone, she's been transported to a secure government facility in Navada, where she is expected to cooperate, branding her a risk to national security. Katy is a hybrid, a result of being healed by an alien life form, simply known as the Luxen, and now has unimaginable power, strength and speed. Daedalus are taking precautions to ensure hybrids are controlled, tainted and tortured. Katy's only hope is that boyfriend, and Luxen Daemon, steers clear of the facility.
It's been thirty one hours and forty one minutes since Kat was captured, and Daemon has been counting every moment. His friends and family have detained him in a secure location within the Luxen community, knowing he wants nothing more than to find his Kitten. He refuses to sit idly by while Kat is likely being tortured. Seeing how the facility has drained Beth of life, he needs to free Kat... And fast. He no longer has the support of the Luxen community, their disgust at his willingness to risk his race, for that of a human girl. He'll burn the world down to save her.
Daedalus are claiming that the Luxen have it wrong. They are humanitarians, developing a potent serum designed to illness and terminal diseases within the human race, and the hybrid and Luxan genes are invaluable in the process. Katy is put through a series of exams to test her stability, but nothing could have prepared her for facing off against other hybrids, a potential fight to the death. Kat refuses to fight back, she won't allow Daedalus to steal her humanity, especially with thoughts of Bethany and Dawson fresh in her mind. But when Blake is brought in to push Katy to her limits... She may not be able to hold back any longer.
Daemon wants to be captured, figuring it's the only way he can be taken to Kat. A visit to club owner Luc finds Daemon with an unlikely mutual benefit, Luc wants the potent serum being tested at Daedalus, in exchange for aiding in Kat's release. Luc has an inside contact, and Daemon has no choice other than to trust him and after Blake's betrayal, that is no easy feat.
There are forty five thousand Luxen here on Earth, the Daedalus estimate that nine thousand of those want human kind enslaved, and need to be dealt with. The government facility are building an army, one the world has never seen before, and hybrids and submissive Luxen alike are an integral part of the fight. The statistics are astounding, will Kat entertain the idea that the world is in jeopardy, believing those that are keeping her captive? When Daemon arrives, the two know they need to fight for their survival and escape the claws of their captors. When they discover a group of unrestrained and deadly Origins, it seems the Daedalus truly are on the brink of preparing for war.
But they never expected one of their own to be working against them, and not all of them will survive. The Vegas Strip will alight the world.
Origin was explosive, from beginning to end. Told in dual points of view, from the detained Kat, to Daemon, who is looking to free her. The government has devised a plan to create a perfect race, free of illness and disease, called Origins. They are being harnessed as a supernatural army, to wipe out those who want to see the humans enslaved.
The Lux series is brilliant, and Origin is no different. Loveable characters, and Jennifer L Armentrout has created a world where readers will no doubt find themselves lost between the pages and fully immersed. The cheeky reference to the character's from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins was very cute indeed.
(Lux: Book Four)
Written By Jennifer L Armentrout
Published 27 / 08 / 2013
Dark. Night. Death.
Rowan has been trying to avoid for the many years since she was first
turned. Her choice: to sleep away the darkness; it beats having to deal
with the craziness of life. Or rather, death. However soon after
awakening, she stumbles upon a lone figure whose presence is shrouded
She assists him in his search for answers making it
even more difficult for Rowan to forget her past. She realizes she
can’t hide forever as she is literally being sucked back into her
chaotic world: a world where both fallen angels and vampires exist,
manifested on earth as lapsus and lamia.
Not particularly … Friendly with one another.
struggles to resist her hunger as a demon vampire while dealing with
unwanted desires for a fallen angel from the past: a relationship that
could only spell trouble. Not to mention the unresolved feelings she
still has for a loved one from long ago.
While all of this is
happening, they must all seek the hidden evil that hunts them, for
there’s an ancient fighting to wake up and destroy everything Rowan
It's been four years since Rowan left Fallon, dubbed the City of Fallen Angels due to the Lapsus that swarm the city, leaving Remy behind. Unable to come to terms with bringing death to his doorstep, the Lapsus not satisfied until the entire Lamia race has been wiped from existence. Rowan is a Lamia, a vampire or child of the night. Having been turned four years ago by the prestigious vampire Kaji. She's awoken from a self imposed slumber to quench her need to feed, only to find human Sam in a darkened alley, a warm corpse under the powerful lure of magic.
Rowan has no other choice, to leave Sam dying a slow death, or turn him. Sam can't remember the moments leading to his demise, or the supernatural force his body was so desperately trying to battle. Rowan is now responsible for Sam, as Kaji was once for her but left her to fend for herself. There is only one place she can take Sam to seek refuge, to the boy who once vowed to protect her, Remy, a Lapsus who's family have helped the Lamia for centuries.
But it seems there is a greater force at play. Ancient Lapsus Merrick, who had been snared and trapped, is now stirring, with the help of his fellow fallen angels who are following the ancient's orders. No doubt involving Sam. When a knock on the door announces the arrival of Dahlia, Sam's foster sister, the pieces seem to fall into place. Dahlia is a half breed, seemingly, the only one of her kind with a mixture of Lapsus and Lamia blood, making Dahlia a rare commodity, and Merrick's estranged daughter. Her potent blood part of the puzzle to facilitate Merrick's release. But Merrick isn't working alone.
Dahlia's half sister is forging the steps to ensure Merrick will rise again. Absorbing the ancient's power, she is unstoppable, and has Rowan in her sights. With power on her side, Rowan is no match for the all consuming magic and finds herself at the crossroads once again, her humanity draining from her body, struggling to fight another day. Only the return of Rowan's creator can save her existence, but will he reach her in time?
I love Rowan's character. She's a tough vampire, who battles each day with retaining her humanity. She's strong, sassy and her only weakness is the two men in her life, her creator Kaji and the magical Remy. She struggles with allowing herself to be happy, knowing that Remy harbors feelings that she feels she can't reciprocate, believing that he deserves a chance at a normal life, a life that Rowan could never provide. The reader will find themselves immersed in their banter and sexual tension.
Beautifully written with poetic passages, reminiscent of Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me series. Absolutely loved it and can only hope that Christina creates a Rowan spin off series, the feisty vampire deserves her own spotlight.
(Blood Crave: Book Two)
Written By Christina Channelle
Published 26 / 04 / 2013
(Blood Crave: Book Two)
Written By Christina Channelle
Published 26 / 04 / 2013
To celebrate supernatural month, I asked friend, indie author and all round cool chick Christina Channelle, to describe why she daydreams about paranormal beings that young adult enthusiasts can't seem to get enough of.
Please welcome, Christina Channelle.
Vampires. Fallen angels. Witches. Familiars. Grim Reapers.
What makes me want to write about these supernatural beings?
I had always had an interest in the supernatural, whether reading books, or watching shows like Buffy and Dark Angel. There, I could be transported to a place outside of my mundane reality of being a kid. I wondered what it’d be like to create my own characters, fill my own world with beings that are out of this world. Vampires have always been a popular phenomenon and as a teenager, I had this desire to write my own vampire book.
That was how Dahlia came about. Originally the story was about a girl whose mother recently re-married and she had to re-locate to a new place. She never knew much about her birth father and as the story unfolds, she finds out about her vampire bloodline. Now, this was something I came up with when I was about fifteen, maybe sixteen. Years later, I returned to the story and finally completed what I had started. But I wanted more. I didn’t want this story to be simply about vampires.
So I changed it.
And by changing this once vampire story, it opened me up to new supernatural beings and new storylines in what is now the Blood Crave Series. Now, I’m still in the process of finishing up the series, introducing new characters, re-living some old ones. It’s a bittersweet book, as most of my stories tend to be.
With that thought in mind, I introduce you to Mia. At least, that’s what she’s called. Her story will be told in October in my upcoming novella, Reap. She’s a girl who isn’t quite complete, waking up to an unfamiliar place with no voice and no memory, with only strangers to help her along the way.
If I remember correctly, I was sitting on the train, on my way to work, when the idea of Mia came to be. I was listening to music, most likely haunting in melody, when these thoughts suddenly came to mind. I immediately started taking notes on my phone, typing away. Some were sporadic and unfinished. They were just thoughts that I had to get down before they completely disappeared from my head.
The place where I tend to get the majority of my ideas for my stories, however, is that point in time … just as I’m about to fall asleep. Then I have to switch on the light and immediately jot down my thoughts before finally passing out.
I don’t dream. Well, I dream, everybody dreams, but I don’t recall any of them. So I tend to daydream a lot. I enjoy it quite a bit, actually. And it’s in that moment, as I daydream, when my characters spring to life and a new story is created.
Dahlia, Book One in the Blood Crave series is available now from
Rowan, Book Two in the Blood Crave series is available from Amazon
Reap and Sage, Book Three in the Blood Crave series coming soon!
When Taylor meets
Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him.
No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice.
Something about him scares her.
all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds
herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous
Taylor isn't superstitious by nature, but still feels the need to search the grounds at The University of Trinton for an elusive four leaved clover. Until Gabriel steals one from under her, literally. A ritual of finding the clover, a supposed sign from her late mother, and being a freshman. In her first week of collage, Taylor needs all the luck fate is willing to send her way. For Taylor and best friend Sam, they intend to share the full collage experience.
Taylor has a vivid reoccurring nightmare, a black snake with piercing red eyes, sinking it's teeth into her flesh. She wakes to cold sweats and blood curdling screams, seeing the snake's razor sharp fangs, dripping gruesome black blood. It isn't until she stumbles across Gabriel, that she remembered the two beings from her nightmare. One ethereal, the other dark and forbidding. Strangely, Gabriel could be the ethereal being... During the dream in which she was tortured.
Gabriel isn't your average collage student, he's on a mission. He's been given the task of finding The One and bringing her to the Council. Gabriel could win the war for his people and change the course of history... Forever. Gabriel arrived at the University three months before Taylor was expected, to prepare for her arrival. Gabriel is an angel, sent to retrieve Taylor and plans to charm her into falling for him, making his task all the more simple. Her aura is a beacon not normally seen in humans, and in a war where angels use light to gain strength, Taylor has it in abundance. But Gabriel isn't the only one searching for Taylor.
Christopher is a demon. At only nineteen, he's leading the mission to find Taylor, having rising up the ranks of the demon army at alarming speed. Chris planned to slowly ease himself into Taylor's life, striking up a friendship and telling her about the danger that the angels pose, but now he's out of time. Gabriel has moved in on Taylor and Christopher fears that he may be able to bend her to his cause. Chris is instantly taken with Taylor's best friend Sam, the outgoing, but loyal party girl. He just may need to keep her on side, if he is to recruit Taylor to the demon cause.
Gabriel is hiding a secret. He never expected to fall for Taylor, having based their relationship on lies and deceit. Taylor has no other choice but to agree to the terms of the council and donate her life to the cause. But will she be able to live with the consequences?
Gabriel may never have the chance to find out.
Angel Evolution is David Estes first novel, and a unique take on the waging good verses evil. I've found quite a few young adult authors who venture into the concept of supernatural angels and demons, do so with a side of religion, or tend to stay within the general confines of demons being associated with evil, and celestial beings will save humanity. David has rewritten both supernatural stereotypes, and made it that of his own.
I didn't like Gabriel, whatsoever... And rightly so. At the introduction of Chris, I was hoping that he would sweep Taylor off her feet.
Regardless of the characters being slightly older than the typical young adult protagonists, Angel Evolution is more suited to the teen young adult reader, as the relationships between the characters don't stray into adult territory. I must add, it was a tad too young and clean for my own personal taste, but ideal for the younger reader.
(Evolution Trilogy: Book One)
Written By David Estes
Published 17 / 10 / 2011