Sassy Southern Book Blog Review

(copied from Amazon.com Even Halos Can Be Crooked reviews page)
Customer Review

3.0 out of 5 stars and an oddly adorable Devil’s Spawn minion named Desmin, March 6, 2017
This review is from: Even Halos Can Be Crooked (Kindle Edition)
The premise of “Halos” fits right in with a traditional paranormal plotline. After a near-death accident (attempted murder), Autumn is returned to Earth from Limbo to help balance the scales in her soul, by finding and protecting the soul who was the actual target of the murder attempt. In the process she stumbles into a battle with sirens, demons, and devils for all the souls on Earth. With the help of some hot as heck angels, and an oddly adorable Devil’s Spawn minion named Desmin, she navigates her new reality while trying to follow the rules and yet still have a little fun.

Typically books of this nature, are serious and intense. This book tried to infuse a tremendous amount of humor, and tongue-in-cheek phrasing. The intent appears to be to take a deep and intense topic, and have a little fun with it. Unfortunately, I found it to be a little juvenile in the approach. Autumn is in her late 20’s to early 30’s, but when you read her words, she sounds more like a high school girl with all the naivety and hyper-exuberance a teenage girl might have. It made her character’s ability to succeed in this endeavor much less believable. Add in our adorable Desminn with his wit and teenage boy sounding humor, and it was just difficult to take them seriously. The saving grace here was the character of her guardian angel Castle. He tended to be the more serious of the group, allowing you to believe they COULD actually succeed.

Even though the blurb for this book said it was the first in a series, I wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger to be as big as it was. So much was left unresolved and unanswered. I would have expected some resolution to pieces of the story, while setting up for the next book in the series. You weren’t just left hanging, it was as if you were pushed off that proverbial cliff.

If you like your paranormal mysteries on the lighthearted side, then “Halos” is a good fit for you. If you prefer a more serious approach, then probably not.

Event: Guest Author Article on The Story Reading Ape March 22, 2017 1:00 am UTC

The Story Reading Ape website will be sharing a guest author article of mine where I’m interviewed by Desmin, the Devils Spawn Minion, from The Crooked Halo series. A direct link to the article will be provided after it has gone live on March 22, 2017 at 1:00 am UTC (London, UK time).

You can RSVP for the Event on The Crooked Halo Series Facebook page here:

The Crooked Halo Series Facebook RSVP Event for Guest Article

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Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – book review

Book review of Laurell K. Hamiltons first Anita Blake novel: Guilty Pleasures

I have been a long time fan of Laurell K. Hamilton. I discovered her first Anita Blake book , Guilty Pleasures, in 1994 and was hooked from page one. I posted an abstract on SvhOOng back in Janurary 2008 and want to share it with all of you. It sums up the novel better than I could do today.  Enjoy~

 Welcome to the new law – Vampires have been granted equal rights under the law in the United States of America. Most of the world thinks they are people too.Vampires just have pointy teeth, don’t need a steady supply of oxygen and  function with a permanent iron deficiency and therefore should have the same rights as everyone else. What those people don’t know, is that they are the monsters that walk among us.

As the regional vampire executioner, Anita Blake, bears the scars they inflicted on her and has seen their victims. She is an Animator which gives her a leg up on the big bad uglies so she helps out with the special police unit –  R.P.I.T – Regional Preternatural Investigative Team. R.P.I.T was created to take on the crimes that are determined to involve non-humans – whether they are the victims or the killers. Anita is called in when even the experts have no clue. They’ve learned that more people die when she is not brought in sooner. If she can keep the death toll down, then one more crime scene, one more nightmare is a price she is willing to pay.

book cover for Guilty Pleasures by LKH
Vampires have rights now. How's that working for us?

 Laurell K. Hamiltons, “Guilty Pleasures,” takes you into a dark world of lust, violence and the mystical with a wit that carries through the pages and leaves you wanting more. Anita’s complexity and spunky can-do attitude mixed in with a huge chunk of stubbornness gets her into more trouble than she can take on as she is unwillingly drawn into investigating a series of Vampire murders.

Someone is hunting down the most powerful Vampires in the city of St. Louis in a bid to take over the city and now the vampires have come to the one person they fear the most – the Executioner, Anita Blake, for help. Laurell K. Hamilton shares the world view through Anita’s eyes which is peppered with beauty and spoiled by the beasties that walk the night. If you are looking for the ultimate Science Fiction Paranormal novel that rises from a great recipe for fantastic reading – beauty, death, lust, blood, guts and gore topped off with mystery and hard hitting humor – snuggle up for the night, grab your favorite stuffed penguin and prepare to meet Anita.

Anita’s Tag line:  I don’t date vampires. I kill them.

I hope this review sends people to my Amazon.com link below and that you pick up this novel. It is a really good read. It knocks Twilight out of the park – sorry Twilight fans but its true –  Anita came first and kicks Bella’s butt on the morbid mopey self reflections but she does it with style and humor that very few can touch. And the love triangle – its amazing! How Anita resisted the oh so sexy Jean-Claude kept the pages turning as I waited for her to give in and allow some fang sinking to get it on.  The alternate historian take on the United States just makes any true sci-fi-fantasy-paranormal fan take notice with the major “what if?” proposed in such a way that draws you in.

So if you’re up for a great read  and don’t have a copy of the book, click on the image below to purchase Guilty Pleasures from Amazon.com

Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Katie MacAlister – book review

Book Review – Steamed: A Steampunk Romance by Katie MacAlister

Good Morning!

book cover for Katie MacAlister's new novel: Steamed - A Steampunk RomanceSo, nothing like getting started on my new blogs. I recently read a new book by Katie MacAlister, Steamed: a Steampunk Romance. This is a new adventure for Katie. I’ve read her Dragon and Vampire series and a couple of her avant garde standalones and find her humor worth the read. Not only that, she takes our everyday world and puts a unique spin on it. She is a true Paranormal Romance author.

I have to admit – I am very new to steampunk. I know its popularity  is picking up and kudos to Katie for jumping into that genre. So when I picked up this book I was slightly skeptical on whether or not it would hold my interest. The novel starts out with a quirky male character, Jack Fletcher, who through a couple of events that got blown out of proportion is a local hunky hero – despite Jack’s many efforts to explain how things really went down. Shortly after meeting Jack, we’re introduced to his sister and that’s where the adventure begins.

*pause* I have many friends who would cut off their ears or more likely my tongue should I divulge spoilers to something they haven’t read or seen yet and they most definitely plan to. So when I do these reviews, I’m going to blog on the content, enjoyability and style of writing but do my best not to ruin the story for you. Heck, its like reading the last page of a book beforehand. At that point, I usually don’t want to read the book. I won’t do that to you . *Okay, back to the book review*

Now the adventure has begun and we get to meet Octavia Pye, the Aerocorps captain on her maiden voyage. Octavia has more secrets than a Rubics cube puzzle. This sexy woman with fiery red hair has the unique position of power and she knows it. She’s in charge of a ragtag small crew that has their own quirks. The crew provides moments of mayhem and humor that move the story along.

When Jack and his sister are discovered as stowaway’s on Octavia’s ship, Octavia  finds herself challenged with many detours and keeping her secrets becomes almost an impossibility. Top that off with a rather rampant attraction to her male stowaway who happens to have a rather odd fascination with goggles and anything steampunk, her best laid plans are falling apart.

I hope you noted the romance part of the Paranormal Romance because this author has some very not ‘G’ rated scenes. Heck, they don’t even make the ‘R’ ratings at some points but  if your eyes and mind can handle the images don’t let these racy sex scenes hold you back from picking up this novel. One of the things I like about Katie MacAlister is that she has a unique sense of humor when it comes to her sex scenes that leave you with dueling emotions of blushing and wanting to laugh at the same time. Octavia and Jack do not leave us wanting for the raunchy humor.

The imagery Katie uses to describe this new world for us puts the reader right there on the ship. The boyish wonder that Jack exudes helps to make the unbelievable just a slightly bit believable. I enjoyed the way Katie weaved the romance in with the adventure and the sparks between these characters really do fly – all pun intended ;-).

I hope I’ve done Steamed justice and that a few of you out there will pick up this book and give it a try. I know I plan to come back and read more if Katie turns this new novel into a series. It’s not my normal cup of tea but  with the possibilities and adventure as well as the humor, its enough to bring me back for more.

Here is a link to the authors website: http://www.katiemacalister.com/bookssteam.php#steamed

Please check out her Aisling series, her Dark One series as well as her Silver Dragon series.  The demon talking dog , Jim , in the Aisling series provides laugh out loud reading moments. Happy reading all!

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