Book Review

by Kendra Leigh Castle

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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Castle rejuvenates the paranormal genre with her singular take on the vampire mythos. She skillfully combines multilayered characters with a plot that’s part thriller, part paranormal fantasy and all exciting fiction. And the hot and sensual love scenes don’t hurt, either! Even though this is book three in the Dark Dynasties series, new readers will be enthralled.

Ariane belongs to the Grigori, a secretive desert-dwelling sect of vampires. The Grigori are duty-bound to watch, but never interfere in, the affairs of others. When her only friend disappears, Ariane defies these rules and sets out to find him. Instead she finds an arrogant, self-serving shapeshifter who’s bad for her heart. Damien Tremaine has carried his roguish mortal ways into his immortal life, not caring for anything or anyone except for the next lucrative assignment the House of Shadows brings him. But this latest job is anything but routine as he comes up against a beautiful vampire who is looking for the same missing man. Reluctantly, Damien and Ariane agree to combine their search efforts. Trying to ignore the attraction they feel is the least of their worries, as their quest brings them up against an ancient malevolence that could not only end their lives, but the entire vampire existence as well. (FOREVER, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Debbie Haupt

Publisher: FOREVER

Published: August 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Shadow Rising

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:00pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Shadow Rising from NetGalley and settled in with my Cait Sith tanktop ready for Damien's book. I absolutely love Damien, and was a little worried that I had put too high of expectations on the release. I shouldn't have worried, because immediately upon finishing it, my exact words were: "Quite possibly the best book I've read all year & I've read some good ones! Simply amazing!!" :)

Ariane is a Grigori. A headstrong female among a clan of male dominant, secretive vampires known for watching and not interfering. She's not your average Grigori though. She's something of an outcast among her clan due to the nature of her turning (which she can't even remember) and the level of humanity she retained after she became a vampire. When her best (and possibly only) friend disappears from their desert home, she goes against orders of her clan Ancients and sets out to find him on her own.

Damien is a Cait Sith, one of the cat shifting clan of vampires, and also a Shadow - an assasin. He's hired by a Grigori to locate their missing Ancient and sets out as usual in his cool an detached way. When his search causes him to run into a woman with eyes like violets and hair like spun platinum, his world gets absolutely rocked. Where he had never let emotion interfere with a job in the many, MANY years he'd been around, all it takes is one glance from this Grigori to mess with his head.

Finding that they simply can't avoid eachother, and that things might go smoother if they just pooled their resources and worked together, they embark on their journey to find the missing Sammael, along with the help of the heads of the other dynasties who realized that "the enemy of my enemy could possibly be my friend"...

Side notes: Damien is the ULTIMATE alpha hero. He's snarky, sarcastic, stubborn, and sexy as sin - the quintessetial bad boy - and he sooo made me purr. LOL. I had been waiting for his book, but this exceeded even my expectations.

We get some great appearances from some of our other favorite vamps as well in this installment, and Vlad in this book just made me want his book even more!!

What more can I say... the book was an action-packed, thrilling, suspenseful, surprising journey in the beautifully complex world of the Dark Dynasties and I was completely enthralled. I cannot wait for the next book!

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Shadow Rising an easily earned 5 Skulls and would recommend it to EVERYONE! While it's not necessary to read the preceding books to enjoy this installment, I will warn you that the minute you finish Shadow Rising you'll want to read the others, so you might as well start with book #1 and just enjoy the ride. :)