“Don’t go into the woods. You won’t come back. “ People in Arnn, New York, have lived with the legend all their lives. People who go into Witchwood Hollow don’t return, or at least they didn’t in the past. Honoria finds out exactly how and where the past and present collide in this super interesting story that takes place in three different time periods and outside of time as well.
The main portion of the book is set in 2001 a month after the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York. Honoria’s parents perished there, and she and her brother, along with their aunt and uncle, move to Arnn. The new town brings many changes for Honoria and her family. Honoria, grieving for her parents, is fascinated by the local legends of the witch with power.
Other parts of the book are like a historical novel.. Thankfully the chapters have date headings to help you keep the time periods straight as the story also takes place in 1670 and 1850. The book switches back and forth between the time periods as Witchwood Hollow’s legend unfolds and the people trapped there are revealed.
Jordan Elizabeth has undertaken a big project with the different time periods but for the most part handles it very well. I was a little confused at first but quickly caught on. Everything ties together well at the end although I found the ending to be a little odd and unexpected. Escape from Witchwood Hollow could be sad and gloomy but is mysterious instead. This stand alone story is classified as young adult but is diverse enough to appeal to older readers as well. I enjoyed it and recommend Escape from Witchwood Hollow with both thumbs up and a handy magical compass.
Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
Dreams is the second book on the Ravenswynd series. The story picks up where the first book left off. Elizabeth and Emrys are getting ready to enjoy their honeymoon, but with Rohan still lurking in the shadows the couple face a future of uncertainty.
In my review of the first book I wrote about the main characters. This novel brings familiar faces, and some new ones as well. Rohan is a character we met in the first novel, and he is a character you love to hate. He is absolutely despicable, and he makes the perfect villain. I really took a liking to Elizabeth’s assistant Kelsey as well. Her story is really touching, and I find myself rooting for her.
The first few chapters of the book moved a little slow for me. The character interaction between Elizabeth and Emrys just didn’t seem to capture me. However, Jones caught my attention when she once again brought the story with Rohan to the forefront. He will go to any lengths to gain the upper hand in his vendetta against Emrys. I can’t help but wonder what evil scheme he will put into play next, and that is what will keep me coming back for more.
Let me tell you a little-known secret. Being turned into a vampire doesn’t necessarily guarantee freedom from fear or danger. All of that silly happy-ever-after gibberish about immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. And furthermore, living forever in a state of bliss and contentedness is actually a blatant lie. I wish someone had told me.
Elizabeth Amarande Rose Bertrand’s first day as a vampire was definitely not what she’d expected, what with nearly losing her beloved twin sister. And after a short reprieve and a warm welcome to Ravenswynd, her new home in England, it gets even worse. Her immortal life takes on a whole new twist and she finds herself living in a perpetual state of fear. Faced with unsettling rumors and revelations, her dreams become real-life nightmares. Suddenly finding herself up to her neck in
a mind-bending abduction, Elizabeth believes that death itself would be better than being bound to someone she despises – bound by ancient law – for all eternity. The old saying is only too true:
There actually are fates worse than death – even when you’re a vampire. And once again…there will be blood.
Elizabeth and Melinda are identical twins attending their senior year of college. Elizabeth is the more reserved twin, but her life begins to change when her eyes meet those of a handsome stranger, and there is something about him that draws her in a way she has never experienced.
Elizabeth is beautiful, but in no way vain. She is intelligent, innocent, and a little naive. Prophecy brought Emrys in search of Elizabeth, and when he saw her he knew she was meant to be his. He is a traditional man who possess intelligence and charm. I liked Melinda and Elizabeth’s best friend Fiona as well. Melinda is like Elizabeth in many ways, except she is slightly more outspoken and experienced. Fiona is more like Elizabeth in her thoughtfulness.
Legend states there is a party every ten years is for a clan of vampires known as the Ravens. It is by invitation only, and they are given a chance to find a mate. Humans attend to possibly become donors, or vampires. Jones penned a wonderful paranormal romance that really caught my attention. Legends focused primarily on Elizabeth and Emrys, and I am interested to see where their journey takes them. I am also curious to see what will become of her twin!
I would consider this to be a new age novel. Although this genre is usually not my cup of tea I found this read quite enjoyable.
There’s a legend…about a party…hosted by vampires. An event so exclusive – the invitation is by word of mouth – with strict rules that must-be-followed. So what happens when your best friend is invited and practically begs you to go along with her?
You go, of course!
Lea thought she was destined for something greater than being a translator when she arrived in Seattle. She was supposed to be making waves as a scientist. It turns out she is destined for much more. Nieve is a warrior and the Royal Champion. She and another female are supposed to fulfill a prophecy that will save the Elonian world. Her only problem is convincing Lea she is the chosen one.
Lea is an extremely intelligent young woman, but she seems to lack confidence in herself. She certainly doesn’t believe she is warrior material. Nieve is a warrior; she has no time for relationships. Her biggest fear seems to be emotional attachment. The two women begin to forge a friendship and a bond, and through this you can see both of their characters grow.
Carmen Fox has penned a very interesting debut novel. Two worlds hang in the balance, Elonia and the human world are threatened by the Shades should the divide between the realms fall. This Urban fantasy has plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Flung from her mundane Seattle existence into a world of magic, scientist Lea struggles to make sense of a destiny she doesn’t want. The moment she finds comfort in the arms of a man who appreciates her inner nerd, a new magic sweeps the realms.
Nieve, Lea’s instructor, may be seasoned in the art of war, but she’s clueless when it comes to romance. To save her world, she allies herself with her enemy, a kindred warrior soul, who leaves no doubt he’s after more than her cooperation.
As each tick of the clock swallows another person’s memory, Lea and Nieve will do anything to hang on to theirs, but betrayal drives a wedge in their friendship. Can they reconcile and rally the troops before the magic wipes out their pasts?
Evelyn is a young woman who has spent most of her life in a boarding school. Her family is cold, unfeeling, and treat her as their dirty secret. The oppressive all girls’ boarding school is the only semblance she has of a real home. While counting down the time until the end of her senior year she hears of a music teacher that some of the girls are fawning over. He isn’t an attractive man, and it seems the only thing he has going for him is his slick accent. Despite this Evelyn gives into him, and quickly learns there is more to the man than she could have imagined.
Evelyn is a resourceful young woman. A fledgling vampire with no guidance she has to learn to survive on her own. Though she is the sort of person who is a loner by nature it is obvious that she is lonely, and starved for love. These aspects of her character are what forge a connection with the reader.
I thought Gardner gave the reader a story that was unique. Vampires in her story have slight variations of what is traditional. I’m not quite sure that I would call this novel young adult because it contains sex, and drug references; I would lean more toward calling it new age. These aren’t genres that I normally read, but I enjoyed Evelyn’s Journal. It had certain darkness to it, and the main characters had a maturity that was beyond their years. I thought it felt more real than the bubbly love story about two beautiful young people falling in love at first site. Gardner has piqued my curiosity; I would read more of her work.
It’s cold and dark and Evelyn is in the morgue. In a drawer. She doesn’t know how she got there, and Tammi, the morgue attendant who hustles her out into the night, doesn’t have time to answer questions.
Evelyn has been robbed of the gift of immortality her absent lover promised her, and plunged instead, alone, into the night-time world of the vampire. In her search for love and belonging Evelyn must contend with a series of lovers who have their own ideas about what being a vampire means, and who she should be.
When her vampire lover returns Evelyn soon finds that he is a psychopath, obsessed with her. His courtship includes torture and murder.
Evelyn finally finds love and belonging with the most unlikely hero; in the end love makes Evelyn (metaphorically) human, as it does all of us.
Tala Graystone is a very independent wolf. When her brother leaves town she is determined to stay in her hometown of Los Lobos and open her Bed & Breakfast. Yas Collins is returning to his roots, he left Los Lobos a long time ago. When he agrees to work as a handyman for Tala he may have found a She-Wolf that can convince him to stay for good.
I loved Tala’s character; you can’t go wrong with a strong and independent woman. Yas was never really taught about his inner wolf, and he feels he has no control over it. Tala seems determined to push his wolf to it’s limits, and teach him that it’s not a bad thing to let go.
Claiming the She-Wolf was so much fun to read I flew through it. The chemistry sizzles between Tala and Yaz, and they leave you begging for more. I liked watching the relationship grow from physical attraction to something more tangible. This is a series written by some of the talented authors at Decadent Publishing, with this one written by Louisa Bacio. Black Hills Wolves kept me thoroughly entertained, and I am ready for more!
When her older brother leaves the Black Hills to go to college, Tala Graystone stays behind, determined to restore their dilapidated home into a B&B for the pack. As more people return to the area, the need for temporary housing increases. Now, if only she can find someone to help with the heavy lifting.
Yas Collins fled Los Lobos as a child with his mother. As he struggles with his wolf and overpowering shifts, a desire for nature and the forest strikes hard. Black Hills, South Dakota, beckons him. With a background in construction, he easily finds work at Tala’s dilapidated B&B, but not everyone in town greets him with open arms.
As the remodel gets underway, Tala and Yas fight their growing attraction. Yas doesn’t trust his wolf urges around beautiful B&B owner. The she-wolf, however, has other plans.
Shifters have descended onto DeRoche Island in search of their missing pack mate. Cameron, the human who manages the art colony on the island is well aware of what happened to the missing shifter, and he is prepared to defend the colony from these shifters as well. That is until he sees Nadya, the one who has the power to change his perception of what shifters really are. Nadya realizes what Cameron means to her almost right away, but they are from two different worlds and it may not be possible to set their differences aside.
The chemistry between Cameron and Nadya is too hot to ignore! I love Cameron’s character. He is a human who is privy to the supernatural. He knows that his lack of abilities makes him vulnerable to them, and yet he doesn’t back down when it comes to protecting the place and the people he cherishes. Nadya shares many of Cameron’s qualities and really is a great match for him.
Having read the other books in the Chateau Seductions series I will say it is necessary to read them all too fully understand the story and know the other characters that play a role in Dark Stranger. Carlisle’s passionate story of forbidden love had me from the start. My only complaint is I wanted to read more Cameron and Nadya!
Wolf shifters come to Chateau seeking a missing pack member. During an altercation, Cameron Stevens, the manager of the art colony, is separated from the others. He ends up alone with Nadya, one of the female shifters.
Together, in the forests of DeRoche Island, they struggle against conflicting feelings. In addition to battling each other as well as their mistrust, they fight a powerful, inexplicable attraction to one another—one that leaves them irrevocably entwined.
They’re mates? Cameron can’t comprehend or accept such a thing is possible. They’re two different species and their worlds don’t mesh. He can’t fight the heated desire burning between them and her touch is impossible to resist. His heart and mind aren’t on the same page where she’s concerned. One thing is certain—Nadya is stamped on both.
Viktoria is a young lady who is different than other people. Perhaps you could say she has a sixth sense; so when she finds herself among vampires she is fascinated by them. She begins to immerse herself into their world knowing very well she may not come out alive.
Beauty of the Beast is unlike anything I have read in quite a while. First let me say that the book was originally written in Croatian, so there are some grammatical errors in the translation. What I liked about the book is that it is a horror novel. Although it isn’t a gruesome book, the brutality of the vampire is on full display. They are shown as beings that can be evil and manipulative. Faust also does not glorify immortality. It is rare in a vampire novel that we see the downside of living for an eternity. Vampirism is seen as more of a curse. The story wasn’t a particularly fast paced one, and there were times that I felt it lagged. On the other hand I was really fascinated by the psychology of the vampire especially when it came to Viktoria’s love/hate relationship with Damian.
If you are on the lookout for something different than the romanticized version of the vampire, and you are a lover of horror this may be the read for you.
Viktoria, a young and not particularly talented painter, comes across war vampires in the middle of war torn Croatia in 1992. She becomes obsessed with them but socializing with vampires is dangerous. One of them attacks her and infects her with what she believes is AIDS. To save herself she leaves with Damian, the oldest of the vampires, on an adventure that will prolong her life forever … or end it.
Slade and Jill’s wedding is fast approaching, and it should be a joyous time for the couple However, something is happening that could put the brakes on their happy ending.
I can’t get enough of Slade and Jill; they are incredible together. Needless to say I was happy to get more of their story. I was pleased to see all my favorite warriors back for this book as well as some fascinating new characters! Hunter is the new character I am speaking of; the sexy shifter from Lee County with the over the top personality.
Gabelman has done it again! The suspense in A Warrior Wedding kept me tied up in knots! I read the book cover to cover in one sitting, because I couldn’t tear myself away. I admire the strength of her characters, the storylines, and her books are just fun to read. Gabelman is on my list of authors that I refuse to miss. One of the most pleasant surprises in this book was the connection between the V.C. Warriors and the Lee County Wolves of Gabelman’s new series.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of discovering Teresa Gabelman and her sexy vampire warriors there is no time like the present!
After a devastating blow, the VC Warriors find themselves fighting, but not an enemy they can see. Their power and expertise alone cannot save the ones they love.
Breaking new and old laws, one Warrior is determined to save his mate no matter the consequences, but will his mate agree to be his downfall.
Caitlin Meyers is a photographer who is sent on an assignment in Durango, Colorado. Everything goes as expected until she starts photographing a house on Third Street, and she reopens an old mystery.
Caitlin’s passion is photography, and she has managed to make a good living of it. The young woman is fiercely independent and level headed. In a way it seemed she was independent to a fault, because she holds everyone at arm’s length.
It isn’t often that I come across a ghost story to review so I was really excited when the opportunity presented itself. Pickard’s Photoplasm is part ghost story, and part mystery. Caitlin discovers she photographed an apparition in Durango, and she can hardly believe it. When she realizes the ghost of the former Durango reverend followed her home she has no choice but to accept it. I liked the story as a whole, although sometimes it seemed to move a little slow. I thought it was a nice read for a lazy Saturday afternoon, and I would gladly read more of Pickard’s work.
A photojournalist on assignment for a major publication takes a picture of a stately Victorian home and captures the image of an attractive, turn-of-the-century young minister who begins to haunt every picture she takes anywhere in the world. Caitlin Meyers is drawn deeper into her nightmare and compelled, for her sanity, to unravel the mystery of why the apparition of the holy man is obsessed with following her. Her journey reveals a centuries-old murder mystery and the evil souls that will not rest until more lives are lost or the ghosts are finally put to rest.
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