Book Review: Once Bitten

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Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I really thought I was going to have to stop reading it simply because it felt like it was going to read like every other supernatural romance novel out there. Instead, it took an interesting turn, and the momentum started to build.

The characters were amazing. Well, the main ones were: Arys, Alexi, and Shaz. A couple of the background werewolves were very well-rounded, but other than Kale and Jez, most of the beings she worked with fell flat. Veryl really didn’t stand out, and Lilah had one cameo appearance. Even Raoul, who was supposed to be the suspect in the novel, didn’t stand out all that much to me. Other than him being a self-centered pig, he blended right in with the rest of the background characters for me.

But the overall story will bring you in. It starts out slow, but it builds and builds until it’s like a snowball rolling down the hill at you. You can’t help but get caught up in it.

What I can say is that if you can overlook some of the flatter characters in this novel, they do round out in the following novels of the series, which is a must read. I’m already up to Book 6!

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New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 - J. C. Cauthon #writingprompts #writing #inspirationDo you have days where you feel like your written words are blocked?

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Book Review: Darker Things

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Darker Things by Rob Cornell

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When Craig Lockman opens the door to come face to face with a daughter he did not even known he had, let’s just say his whole world turns upside-down. And not just because he suddenly realizes he has a daughter. That would do it for most people, but for Craig Lockman, within those few minutes of his daughter showing up, his protective identity is destroyed, he and his daughter are attacked by vampires sent by the man Lockman has been hiding from, and things just keep getting weirder.

Within the first few chapters of this novel, the main characters are attacked by vampires, shapeshifters, and a ghost. Before the end of the novel, we’ve also seen imps, werewolves, and serious magic.

This novel is probably one of the better fantasy/paranormal/supernatural novels I have seen written in a long time. The author did not just pull the usual collection of creatures into the mix; he dug deeper and found magical creatures and demons that most writers overlook.

And the characters and story line were just amazing. Every once in a while there would be a little twist and turn and it just made it so much better.

I would definitely recommend this novel to others to read. I want more!

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Book Review: Taken

Taken: The Alpha's Captive: A Book Review by Jessica Cauthon -- www.jccauthon.com #reading #books #bookreview

Taken by V.M. Black

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For the first part of a five part serial story, this is pretty good. Mechanically, it does what every serial story should do. It sets up the story, gets some action going, provides a good amount of drama, then leaves you sitting on a cliffhanger until the next section comes out in print. If you are a reader of patience, then serials are a wonderful thing.

Both of the mains characters, Levi and Harper, are really well-rounded individuals. The part I love the most is that Harper’s description is not the typical romance story girl that is described. She has a nose ring, tattoos, etc. Definitely a bad girl who has a bit of a past. Just the one description of the new tattoo over an old tattoo to cover the name of a boy who dumped her pretty much puts her into her full character. And Levi, well, Levi is the basic hunkish werewolf that is usually described in supernatural romance stories, because, well, aren’t all creatures that lope through the wild supposed to be large, muscular, and totally drool-worthy?

The only thing about this story as it stands with this one part is that I don’t understand the chosen title. Nowhere is it said that Levi is the pack alpha, and honestly, if he is, his pack is screwed. And Harper seems to be volunteering to go along with everything, so she is hardly a captive.

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Book Review: Rise of the Fallen

Rise of the Fallen by Donya Lynne

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a pleasant read, plot wise. I downloaded it to read because it was supposed to be a romance/paranormal novel, but I think it should have been an erotica novel. The sex scenes were very explicit, and were not really my cup of tea, so to speak.

But there was a decent story here. We have Micah, who is a centuries old vampire, and he’s been through hell, love-wise. His first mate died (don’t think the book ever said how) back when he was a young vampire, and someone he mated with recently left him because apparently the mating thing didn’t go both ways(yeh, didn’t understand that either), so he’s bereft. Along comes Sam, and tada! love at first sight, or bite.

The plot is decent, but there is a lot going on in the background that is never really explained. And there is a chapter between two male vampires that I found to be a bit unnecessary for this book. Questions about Traceon, Tristan, All the King’s Men. They just weren’t explained. Little tidbits of information were tossed in here and there, but nothing that really told you anything important.

If you need a quick read or just need to relax for a bit, I’d suggest reading this book, but don’t expect all your questions to be answered or to have closure when you reach the end.

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