The Fire of Dawn is the story of Leah Koopmans, an eighteen year old girl who finds out she is immortal.  She is very unique for her kind, as she was the first to be born and not made.  She is also very powerful.  After a tragic event, she meets others of her kind and is shown a whole new world.

This was a very captivating story that had me totally engrossed from the beginning.  I can honestly say there was not a single thing I didn’t like about this story.  The setting for the book takes place in several locations throughout Europe and I could vividly see every single place that Aku wrote about. I was really impressed with the author’s detail and descriptiveness in her writing.  

I found the characters to be quite intriguing, especially Leah herself.  Raised as human, she now has to live as an immortal.  In this story, immortals kill to feed and we watch Leah struggle to come to grips with what she must do to survive.  You can’t help but feel for her as she deals with her confusion and guilt.  Leah meets Max Machiavelli who becomes her mate.  He has been immortal for a very long time so he has long since made peace with what he must do to survive.  This causes enough contrast and conflict in their relationship to keep the reader interested.  The other character that I really connected with was Adam; he is human and a member of the Brotherhood, an organization that hunts the immortals.  He wants to find a way to make peace between the two groups.  He is so compassionate and good it was hard not to be drawn to him.

I believe young adults will really like this book. Although it does contain some sex, it is in no way graphic.  It is a story that will also appeal to adults who like the genre.  I was so impressed with Aku’s writing that I will definitely read her future books.

 

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It’s the last day of the summer holiday in The Hague when Leah Koopmans’s carefree life as a teen is brutally flipped upside down. Her pale skin turns a dazzling gold, her senses heighten, and her muscles possess an uncanny strength. But with these exhilarating new powers comes a thirst that can only be quenched by one thing: human blood

While her body craves for fresh victims and her heart drowns in guilt, she meets inhumanly handsome Max Machiavelli, who claims that Leah is an immortal like him. Infatuation ignites into blistering passion when Leah joins his coven in Amsterdam. But as the mysteries shrouding her sudden change to immortality unravel, she quickly learns that her aversion to taking life isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from this group of herculean strangers.

From the picturesque canals of Amsterdam to Corsica’s limestone cliffs and the untamed Siberian wilderness; from first loves to fierce battles, The Fire of Dawn is an extraordinary tale packed with romance, betrayal, and bloodsucking suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.

Bloodography is a crime drama centered on vampires.  I had mixed feelings about this book. The author’s interpretation of the vampire was different from most others I have read.  Aside from the fact they must consume blood and have an increased sex drive, most of them do not differ much from regular humans.

The main issue I had with the book was with the main characters.  I would have liked the author to give the characters a little more depth. Both of the main characters seemed extremely self-centered.  Jack came off as an incredibly rude lush and his ex-girlfriend, Terry, seemed really vain.  I found myself wondering throughout most of the book if these two would have any redeeming qualities at all.  There is another couple central to the story, Heather and Sam.  Heather is a reporter who learns about the vampire community and sets out to expose them for the sake of fortune and fame.  She meets Sam who is a vampire in a local Raleigh, NC coven.  After they meet they fall deeply in love, and Sam, against coven rules, decides to grant her the interview she wants.

The first part of the book failed to really grab my attention, but it did improve.  Terry and her daughters have been turned into vampires, and Terry finds herself arrested for several murders.  Terry turns to her ex-boyfriend, Jack, who is an attorney, for help.  The book started to pick up for me when the actual murder investigation and trial took place. My favorite part of the book was a really unexpected twist that totally took me by surprise.

All in all the writing in this book is not bad.  I do wish the author would have given us a little more detail about the character’s descriptions and backgrounds.  I would have liked a better mental image and knowledge about what made them tick, and then perhaps I would have felt more drawn to them.  Chapter 46 of the book felt really out of place to me. I felt like the author could have omitted it and the storyline itself wouldn’t have been affected; in fact, I think it would have read better. This novel may not be for everyone, but there is no denying that the story is really unique.

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From Amazon.com
Attorney Jack Frederick’s life couldn’t be better, until one day, his girlfriend of five years, Terry Trapp, decides their relationship is over. As a result, Jack, and his broken heart, relocate and withdraw from society. In the meantime, Terry and her daughters, after a night none of them can remember, awaken as vampires. Terry, now re-energized, decides she must do all she can to get Jack back.
A series of murders occurs around Raleigh, NC, culminating in Terry’s arrest as a serial killer. During this same time period, vampire hysteria surfaces when a local journalist, Heather Summers, publishes an article which purports to be an interview with a vampire. Backlash from the article creates unforeseen, negative consequences for Heather and her vampire-lover, Sam. As Terry and Heather’s lives spiral downward, they both look to Attorney Jack Fredericks to save them. Jack reluctantly becomes the unlikeliest defender of these two women vampires while jeopardizing his own safety and freedom.
Bloodography is a crime drama set against the backdrop of the possibility that vampires do exist, while adding the elements of online dating, courtroom drama, unrequited love, celebrity, and nuclear holocaust.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce our featured author V.V. Aku.

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Please welcome Kym Grosso, author of the fantastic debut novel Kade’s Dark Embrace. Kym has stopped by on her tour with Bewitching Book Tours to answer a few questions for us. Please give Kym a warm VRB welcome.

Without further ado, I give you KYM GROSSO!

 

Kade’s Dark Embrace is the debut novel in Kym Grosso’s Immortals of New Orleans series. This book has it all: vampires, werewolves, witches, and voodoo. Unlike many books in the genre, the paranormal world is public knowledge in Kade’s Dark Embrace. Sydney, a human detective, is forced to work with Kade, a powerful vampire, during the investigation of ritualistic murders. The author does a great job of balancing the criminal/suspense story and the romance building between Kade and Sydney. There were times when I wanted to shake Sydney for being so stubborn. Sydney’s character works in a male-dominated job where showing any fear or weakness means no longer being seen as an equal. Her reaction to Kade’s alpha male attitude is completely understandable, especially since he took control over everything with the case they were supposed to be working on as a team. He has the typical, centuries old, vampire attitude who expects everyone to obey him. The sexual tension between Sydney and Kade is scorching hot and when they do get together, they explode off the pages. Still, Sydney fights Kade at every turn, showing her independence even when it’s obviously not in her best interest to ignore his commands.

This story is filled with non-stop action, suspense, and steaming sex blended flawlessly with strong characters you will love. Kade’s Dark Embrace is a must read for anyone who enjoys series like Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake or Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen. I can’t wait to read what Grosso brings us in the next book which is due out this fall.

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After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective,  Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective.  As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings.  Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy.  If she makes it out alive, will  she give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade?

When I first looked at the title of this book I did not know what to think.  Once I started reading I was really surprised, and in a good way.  The minute I began reading, I couldn’t stop. Besides vampires, the author gives us other paranormal creatures such as werewolves and ghouls!

There was definitely an element of humor, and more than once I found myself laughing out loud.  Aside from humor, the storyline was interesting, with some romance and mystery which only drew me deeper into the tale.

The story centers around Audra . Using the stage name Claudia, she gets a job in a strip club to put herself through college. While working she meets the handsome, and mysterious Darren Von Eldon, who will become her maker.  Aside from the two main characters the author has created some other unique and amusing personalities.

The book’s ending left it wide open for a sequel.  In fact, the only thing that put me off about the book was the ending. I believe the author was going for a cliffhanger, but it came off as too abrupt.  With that being said, I am excited about what happens next.  I was so entertained by this first book I will absolutely read the next one!

 

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Her best friend is a werewolf. Her boyfriend is a ghoul. And she really, REALLY can’t stand her vampire husband.

Trying to juggle college tuition and rent, young Audra Perez seeks a fast fix to her financial woes by auditioning as a stripper for the Hoochie Coochie Club. What she didn’t expect was to actually be chosen. Barely a few months into her new job, she becomes acquainted with a mysterious, distinguished gentleman by the name of Darren Von Eldon, and they secretly begin dating against club rules. Then one passionate night at his beach house changes Audra’s life forever.

Now as a newly-awakened vampire, this only adds to her day-to-day mundane burdens. Refusing to drain humans, she hunts birds for nourishment, and finagles a way to avoid going to classes during the day. But bigger problems loom ahead. Radical cops that know about her kind roam the night, seeking to destroy any and all ‘monsters’, and her best friend’s family has a bone to pick with Audra’s. Headless bodies are turning up on vamp and were turf, each side blaming the other for the murders. It’s up to Audra and her friend Lu to figure out who’s doing the killings, and their search leads them beneath the city streets to encounter an abomination neither one of them will ever forget.

And the relationship issues? Well, it’s not easy dealing with a boyfriend and a vampire husband, so let’s not even go there…

Divinity is the second book in the Angels of the Night series and I was really looking forward to reading it since the first book, Discovery, left me wanting to know what happened with Darcy and Allison. Kennedy has continued the series in a spectacular fashion that will have everyone talking about this emotional roller coaster. I really liked the characters in the first book, but I fell in love with them in Divinity. Allison is stronger, more confident and knows better what she wants. Still a Free Mason, she has rules to follow, but she is finding her own two feet and not letting them dictate her life. When Allison finds Darcy, however, she is thrown for a loop and teeters on the edge of a broken heart, not knowing if Darcy will ever remember their past; if he does will he forgive her for what she’s done? Robert, Darcy’s remaining triplet brother, continues to be a character that I can’t figure out. He seems to truly care for Allison and in doing what’s right, but he is a dark vampire under Jonas’s thumb, so is he really what he seems? Along with all the characters returning from the first book, we also get introduced to some of the female vampires and get a great taste of their vicious nature.

If you were a fan of the first book in the Angels of the Night series you are sure to love the series even more after reading Divinity. Paula Kennedy has a way of describing the world in the story that brings it to life. Add in the unforgettable cast of characters and you have a book that you are hard pressed to put down and one you won’t forget long after the last page. This isn’t a book that you would be able to read without having read Discovery first.  As with the first book Discovery, I would recommend this for those over the age of 17.

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Together with her vampire boyfriend’s triplet, Robert, a dark vampire whose intentions are not entirely clear, and Thomas MacGregor, Allison’s faithful guardian friend, Allison Webber leaves her hometown to find Darcy Wallace and bring him home safely. An unexpected problem has surfaced, however, and a desperate plan is put in place. Allison must make the ultimate sacrifice to save Darcy but soon realizes this is only the beginning of her struggle. Her entire world is about to be shaken to the core by a coven of female vampires and Allison must put her faith, and her heart, in the hands of the one she fears most.

Here are the known upcoming releases by your favorite author’s for July 2012.
If we have missed a title, please leave comment with the title, release date, and author name.

Click on each book for more information and to purchase.

ANT: ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
A: ANGELS/GUARDIANS/GODS
AGT: AGENTS/SPY/SPECIAL OPS/FEDS
D: DRAGONS
DE: DEMONS
E: EROTICA
FE: FAE/FAERIES/ELVES
FY: FANTASY
GH: GHOSTS/SPIRITS
H: HISTORICAL
HL: HIGHLANDERS
HMR: HUMOR
MG: MAGIC
MY: MYSTERY
N: NOVELLA
OMN: OMNIBUS
PSY: PSYCHIC/ESP
RR: RE-RELEASE
SCI: SCI-FI
SH: SHIFTERS/WERE
UF: URBAN FANTASY 
 V: VAMPIRES
VK: VIKINGS
WH: WITCH/WARLOCK
WR: WARRIORS/BROTHERHOODS
YA: YOUNG ADULT
Z: ZOMBIES

 

July 1st and2nd
 Angel Betrayed: The Fallen #2
Cynthia Eden
A
Waterborne: Seaborne #3
Katherine Irons
UF
Sin’s Dark Caress: Dark Brethern #3
Tracey O’Hara
V, SH
The Unholy: Watchers #2
Joy Nash
DE
 Eternal: Holloway Pack #.5
J.A Belfield
Sh
 
 
 

 

July 3rd
 A Hunger So Wild: Renegade Angles #2
Sylvia Day
A,V
Samurai Game: Ghost Walkers #10
Christine Feehan
FY
Grave Memory: Alex Croft #3
Kalayna Price
WH,MG,GH,UF
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues: White Trash Zombies #2
Diana Rowland
Z,UF
 
Tin Swift: Age of Steam #2
Devon Monk
SCI
In A Witch’s Wardrobe: Witchcraft Mystery #4
Juliet Blackwell
WH,MY
 
Fire Kissed: Shadow #4
Erin Kellison
A,MG
Dark Companion
Marta Acosta
YA
 
Once: Eve #2
Anna Carey
YA,SCI
Just for Fins: Fins #3
Tera Lynn Childs
YA, FY
 
Waking Storms: Lost Voices #2
Sara Porter
YA, FY
 Dark Destiny: Dark Mirror #3
M.J. Putney
YA,SCI,H
Blood Before Sunrise: Shaede Assassin #3
Amanda Bonilla
UF
Night Seeker: Indigo Court #3
Yasmine Galenorn
UF, SH, FE, V
 
Alliance Forged: Light Blade #2
Kylie Griffin
DE, WR
 
Stalking the Others: H & W Investigations #4
Jess Haines
UF, V, SH
 Cryptic Trysts: Ancient Blood
Kate Hill
E, V
 Tainted Night, Tainted Blood: Kat Redding #2
E.S. Moore
UF, V
Goddess in the Middle: Forgotten Goddess #3
Stephanie Julian
E, SH
 God Save the Queen: Immortal Empire #1
Kate Locke
V, SCI, H
 
Liquid Lies: Elementals #1
Hanna Martine
MG
My Lady Mage: Warriors of the Mist #1
Alexis Morgan
FY, WR
 
 

 

July 5th
 FrostFire: Burn #2
Zoe Marriot
SH, DE
A Witch in Love: Winter Trilogy #2
Ruth Warburton
YA, WH
   

 

July 8th and 9th
 
Dead of Night: Youngbloods #2
Lynn Viehl
YA, V
 
Crux
Julie Reece
YA, UF
   

 

July 10th
 
Shadow of Night: All Souls Trilogy #2
Deborah Harkness
UF, WH, V
 Fury’s Fire: Siren’s Storm #2
Lisa Papademetriou
YA
West of Want: Hearts of the Anemoi #2
Laura Kaye
FY
Dark Water: Siren #3
Tricia Rayburn
Ya, FY

 

July 13th
Warrior’s Surrender: Warrior Hunger #3
Marisa Chenery
E, WR, N
Enchanting Absinthe: Sex with Strings #4
Shona Husk
E, V
   

 

July 16th-23rd
 
Rogue’s Pawn: Covenant of Thorns #1
Jeffe Kennedy
FE, MG
The Unquiet
Jeannine Garsee
YA, GH
 
Therian Priestess
Cyndi Freberg
E, FY
 
Sight Unseen 
Hunter Raines
E, GH

 

July 24th-26th
 
 Seduced by Blood: Sweetblood #4
Laurie London
V
 
Something Strange and Deadly
Susan Dennard
YA, H, Z
 
Endlessly: Paranormalcy #4
Kiersten White
YA, FE, V
 
Sentinels: Tiger Bound
Doranna Durgin
 
 
 Dragon Justice: Paranormal Scene Investigations #4
Laura Ann Gilman
UF, MG
 
The Covert Wolf: Draicon Werewolves
Bonnie Vanak
SH, AGT
 
Thirteen: Women of the Otherworld #13
Kelley Armstrong
UF, SH
 

 

July 31st
 
The Lady is a Vamp: Argeneau #17
Lynsay Sands
V
 
Kitty Steals the Show: Kitty Norville #10
Carrie Vaughn
UF, SH, V
 
 The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
Molly Harper
UF, V
 
The Witch is Back: Jolie Wilkins #4
H.P. Mallory
WH, V
 
Shadows Before the Sun: Charlie Madigan #4
Kelly Gay
UF
 
Gunmetal Magic: Kate Daniels #5.5
Ilona Andrews
UF, MG, SH
 
When Temptation Burns: Shadow Keepers #6
J.K. Beck
UF, AGT
 
Shadow Rising: Dark Dynasties #3
Kendra Leigh Castle
V, SH
 
Blood and Feathers
Lou Morgan
UF, A
 
Otherkin: Otherkin #1
Nina Berry
UF, SH
 
Destiny: Immortal #4
Gillian Shields
YA, GH
 
Darklands: Deadtown #4
Nancy Holzner
UF, Z
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