The Prophecy: Book Three of the Sanctum Trilogy

 The Sanctum’s civil war draws to a close in this third and final book as Jools leads Sanctum and Magicals alike into battle with Carter Breslin’s armies. As the official head of the Academy, she needs to keep a cool head even while dealing with her own inner emotional turmoil that threatens to destroy her as the body count builds up. Meanwhile, Darby is dealing with the betrayal of Jedda, her true love, and Wyatt goes into denial about his and Dev’s chances of surviving this war, and his mother, Sam, continues her obsession with Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesdays: Dracula

As usual, I’m a little behind on my reading due to life and my job that actually pays the bills. I’ve counted them up, and I’m reading fifteen books currently, including my Swoonreads. I really wish that was an exaggeration. But in celebration of October, I’ve been reading Dracula for the first time. And while reading it, it is very hard for me to imagine that the Stoker vamps are at all related to Meyer’s sparkling lover boys. So here’s my teaser:

 

“There was no cry from the woman and the howling of the wolves was but sort. Before long they streamed away singly, licking their lips. I could not pity her, for I knew now what had become of her child, and she was better dead. (Stoker 48).

Southern Vampires, Kick-Ass Heroines, and Sadistic Families

 

After reading the first book in the Sanctum series, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect: war, crazies, supernaturals, and some kick-ass heroines. And the second book delivers. We get to see more of Jools, who quickly matures as the Clayworths and their Sanctum allies prepare for war against the Breslins. Her relationship with Ryker gets more developed, which I love. And we get to see more of Darby Winthrop, who is quickly becoming my favorite character with her Southernisms and attitude. And we meet Dev’s teacher for the first time, as well as learn about the Ramyan warriors, who trained her. One thing took me by surprise in the book: it seemed to me that there was significantly more sex and other risque scenes in the second than in the first. However, it does make sense. Darby was always quite a lascivious character, so if you see more of her, then there’s going to be some racy scenes. And since the majority of The Boy takes place a year after The Girl ended, it’s no surprise that as the characters got older, without breaking up, they wouldn’t be sticking to just kissing.

All complaints I have is for the small stuff, and kind of superficial. Aside from a couple of typos, and the use of “taught” when it should be “taut”, at one point in the book the phrase “could care less” was used. This is a personal pet peeve of mine, because even though people drop the last two letters of ‘couldn’t’ when talking, and they can get away with it, it bugs me to see it in books, because if you’re saying you could care less, you’re saying you care. After all, if it’s possible to go lower on the care spectrum, then you have to care a little. The phrase “couldn’t care less”, however…

But like I said, that’s just a personal pet peeve of mine, and luckily it was used only once I. I think The Boy is a great follow-up to the first one, and an enjoyable and satisfying read, which is pretty impressive, since it’s hard for me to like sequels as much as first book. (Seriously, I wasn’t even a fan of Catching Fire). I think Sanctum fans will love this book just as much as the first.

The Vampirates by Justin Somper

Most people have read books about vampires. And most people have read books about pirates. But there’s only one series about vampires who are pirates. Vampirates by Justin Somper is a series about two twins, Grace and Connor Tempest who sail away from the town they grew up in when their father died. But only a few miles off shore they get caught in a storm that tears apart their ship and separates them.

Connor Tempest finds himself on pirate ship where he becomes part of the crew, sailing under the pirate rebel, Captain Molucco Wrathe. He’s admired for his athletic ability and quickly becomes accepted by the crew.

But Grace finds herself on a ship where she is kept in the dark and secrets swarm around her. She finds herself sleeping an unusually large amount of time and is only visited by one person: Lorcan Furey, the boy who rescued her. But from her room she hears snatches of conversations about things that make no sense at all. But as her brother was gifted with athletic ability, Grace was gifted with intelligence and it doesn’t take long for her to piece together the truth: she’s on a ship full of civilized vampires, run by a mysterious captain who hides his face beneath a mask.

Somper makes a truly original story where pirates are friendly, and have a government of their own, and vampires live on a ship and feed on volunteers. The Tempest twins must battle a rebel uprising, secrets, petty rivals, and reunite with each other as they figure out the mystery of the vampirates and their father’s mysterious connection with them.

This story is perfect for anyone looking for an intriguing fantasy adventure, whether they like pirates, vampires, or both.

You can find the first book in the series here: http://www.indiebound.org/book/

Writing Challenge: Vampires

It’s not a bad story and the first half is pretty darn fun, in a YA-adult romance crossover kind of way. What really killed me was that it pulled a bait-and-switch on me. It promised and delivered me a strong heroine, and then took her away just as things got moving. Meena hangs back. Meena gets rescued. Meena’s heart breaks (a lot). Meena gets held hostage.- The Canary Review http://thecanaryreview.com/2012/12/08/book-review-cabot-insatiable/

This is a review from The Canary Review, one of my favorite places to turn to for good reads. I had already had Insatiable on my reading list because I love Meg Cabot but the review by the canaries made me bump the book up to number one. Knowing Meg Cabot, I thought it might have been an exaggeration, but they actually had it pretty dead-on. The first half was great, especially when they made fun of Twilight. And I could even forgive Meena when she fell in love with Lucien and got a little brainwashed by him because, hey, he’s a vampire, it’s sort of his thing. Also, hanging back in the middle of a vampire war, getting rescued, etc. etc. is also forgivable because she’s a soap opera writer, not a warrior. However, her calling Lucien in the middle of a battle just to hear his voice and whisper sweet nothings does take it a bit far, and she was naive with Dimitri. Meena, for the most part, was a strong character, but she did have some weird anomalies during the later part of the book. But I do a have some hope for the rest of the series- maybe working with (spoilers!) the Palantine Guard will toughen her up. (By the way, this is my guess, but knowing Cabot, Lucien isn’t who she’s going to get together with in the end.) I recommend reading the review by the canaries for a better idea of the book.

But as I was reading the review, and then the book, I was wondering if it is possible to write a good vampire romance- one that’s unmockable, and doesn’t have any of the cliches or usual objections of this particular storyline. So I’m issuing a challenge to all the writers out there to try and write a good vampire romance. Is it possible?

Here are some of the objections:

-age difference

– weak heroine

– sap

– love at first sight

– the fact that the love interest wants to kill the heroine

– sparkles