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Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015


If this post ends abruptly its probably because I have fallen into a mince pie/Ferrero Rocher coma. I have eaten soo much this holiday that I going to have to spend the next month in the gym. Along with all the delicious xmasy treats I have also managed to read a few books - one of them was as sugary as some of the sweeties I have been munching on. So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015
If you read my WIR you might remember that I managed to sign myself up for a trial of Kindle Unlimited. I want to make sure I make the most of it so have been trawling through the fantasy and science fiction Kindle books. In my searches came across Heart of Fire by Kristen Painter. This is the story of Jessalyne who hires the dark elf Ertemis to escort her across the Kingdom. She is on her way to fulfill her destiny to train as the King's sorceress. What she doesn't realise is that Ertemis is one of the most deadliest soldiers in the Kingdom and on the run from the Legion. Can she trust the tall, dark and dangerous elf? You are going to have to read it to find out.

I have read Painter's House of Comarré series and was expecting Heart of Fire to be a bit grittier than it was. This book was soo sugary sweet it almost gave me cavities. This book is described on Goodreads as 'magic, murder and mayhem' but I don't think this was an apt description. Jessalyne was so innocent and naive that she was very one dimensional. Ertemis was slightly more believable but for someone on the run from the Legion with a big bounty on his head he never seemed to worry too much about getting caught. I thought it read a bit like Snow White without the dwarves or Cinderella without the evil stepsisters. I have to admit that I did a bit of flicking towards the end as it got a bit too dull for me. What I will say for this book is that I LOVE the cover. I think it is gorgeous.


Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015
My searching on Amazon also uncovered book 2 of the War of the Alphas series by SM Reine - Beta. I discovered this series back in March quite by accident and really enjoyed Omega (book 1). This instalment starts a few weeks after the dramatic, cliffhanger ending of Omega with Deirdre now the beta to the madman, would-be Alpha Everton Stark. Stark's new plan to become the alpha involves Deirdre stealing a deadly elven sword and Stark is more than prepared to kill anyone and everyone who gets in his way - even Deirdre or especially Deirdre once he learns she was sent in to infiltrate his organisation. Stark's rise to power does not come without a cost and it seems that Deirdre is the one to pay with her mind, body and soul.

Beta isn't an easy read. Deirdre is physically and mentally abused by Stark and you kind of wonder why she puts herself through it. The vengeance that Stark offers doesn't seem worth it. He continually physically abuses her to assert his dominance and has her addicted to lethe which is a drug which should help her discover her animal form - something that Deirdre is desperate to uncover. I keep hoping that Reine will give us even the tiniest hint that Stark isn't a complete psychopath but by the end of book 2 he is still acting the very same. I did enjoy the introduction of the elves but Reine seemed to drop in the middle worlds which I don't remember being mentioned in the previous book. Unlike the previous book I reviewed here there is lots of magic, murder and mayhem in Beta and Reine leaves us with another dramatic ending. I have already started book 3 Alpha so hope to tell you about that next time.


Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015
The final book I read was Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I got this book from NetGalley. I was all ready to write my review when I decided to double check the publication date and realised it isn't out until April so I can't tell you what I thought for a few months yet. Sorry! Now you will have to wait in anticipation.


Well that is it for me for 2015. Can you believe it? Time flies when you are reading good books. For those that celebrate I hope you had a very merry Christmas and to all of you, best wishes for 2016.






Heart of Fire: A Fantasy Romance
Kristen Painter; Kindle Edition edition, April 20, 2010
eBook, 290 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015
Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all...

Eager to find her place in the world and understand the frightening gifts she’s been born with, Jessalyne Brandborn leaves her sheltered life to become apprentice to the most powerful sorceress in Shaldar. She hires Ertemis, the deadliest man in the realm, to get there.

With the Legion’s bounty on his head, dark elf Ertemis is reluctant to escort Jessalyne but needs the money she offers – especially if he’s ever to find out who his father is. On the way, he discovers benefits to Jessalyne’s naiveté; she treats him like an equal, not an outlaw.

Swayed by Ertemis’ gruff charm, Jessalyne starts to trust him and her emotional walls begin to crumble.

Little do they know that within them lies the hope of the dying elven race, the renewal of Shaldar's beleaguered kingdom and an incredible chance at love. If they don't kill each other first.




Omega
War of the Alphas 2
Red Iris Books, April 22, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 243 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015
Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack—a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Alpha. And he plans to make her pack submit whether they want to or not. Stark can make every shapeshifter obey him by force of will alone.

Every shapeshifter except Deirdre.

The shifter who can’t shift is the only hope for Rylie to win the war against Stark. It will take everything Deirdre has to survive undercover in his den. But can an omega’s will be stronger than that of a charismatic, deadly Alpha like Everton Stark?




Every Heart a Doorway
Tor.com, April 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - December 27, 2015
Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she's back. The things she's experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West's care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy's arrival marks a change at the Home. There's a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it's up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015




This was my first week at my new job which meant I was able to return to my regular reading patterns as I was back to commuting...well most days. Over the course of the week I made a couple of book choices that weren't what I usually like to read. So what did I choose?


Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015I was enjoying some late summer sunshine last weekend and was looking for a book that wouldn't tax my brain too much. I came across Kristen Painter's The Vampire's Mail Order Bride. If you follow my WIR you will have guessed that I am a self confessed book cover snob and normally 'judge that book by the cover'. Based purely on the cover this is usually the type of book I skip by. However, I have read Painter's House of Comarré series and I assumed that while this sounded like one of those books I normally avoid I would give it a go as I knew the author. I wish I had listened to my instincts with this one.

In this first book of the Nocturne Falls series Delaney James is on the run after witnessing her mob boss kill someone. After an unlikely turn of events she finds herself pretending to be the mail order bride to a vampire in a Halloween themed town full of supernaturals. The vampire in question, Hugh, has been coerced by his grandmother to give Delaney a 1 month trial to see if she could be his one true love. Well it didn't take Hugh or Delaney that long to go all gooey inside like an extra large marshmallow. The main excitement of the whole story was a chapter that could have been called  'What happens when my mob boss comes into town'. The murdering boss sub-plot is wrapped up at barely half way through and there is another 100 + pages dedicated to Delaney and Hugh's misunderstandings. Not my favourite book ever but filled in a sunny afternoon.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015Book 2 of my week of unusual choices was a debut - The Girls Guide to the Apocalypse by Daphne Lamb. I got this book from NetGalley and based on the description I thought that this was going to be a light hearted, amusing read. Boy was I wrong. It started out quite amusing with the 30 something Verdell contemplating breaking up with her boyfriend in the staff canteen at her 'going nowhere' job. Everything changes when a series of events results in an apocalypse. Along with her boss, her possibly ex-boyfriend and a few others Verdell is forced into the brave new world (or not very brave in Verdell's case). Acid rain, cannibalism, no food or water does not keep Verdell from worrying where her lipstick went. After about the 3rd or 4th chapter I didn't think there could be anyone more unlikable than Verdell but, unfortunately, there was a whole book of them. I am pretty sure its not possible to have a more vacuous character and I found myself skim reading from about the 3/4 mark of the book. Lamb had written some truly funny lines but Verdell was neither convincing or likeable and I didn't feel like the book lived up to its name.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015
Another book calling to me from Amazon that I succumbed to was Temeraire by Naomi Novik. If you will remember from my WIR last week I had thoroughly enjoyed Novik's Uprooted and decided to give one of her other novels a go. The story is set in the early 1800's which finds the naval captain Will Laurence in possession of a very valuable unhatched dragon egg. His life will never been the same when the newborn dragon immediately bonds with him and catapults him from a naval captain on the rise to the seemingly lonely life in the Aerial Corps. Reticent at first Will soon learns that his dragon - Temeraire is more than just an extraordinary creature and becomes his best friend and companion. Both Will and Temeraire have their work cut out for them as they are both heading to boot camp before pitting their unique skills against none other than Napoleon, his war ships and his fleet of dragons. Will they survive and save all of England?

I am a bit of a sucker for historical fantasy although the Napoleonic Wars isn't my favourite period of history. The story flows really well and the war between the two naval fleets is an excellent backdrop to the rest of the story. Novik is a very descriptive writer but you don't feel like you are being overloaded with too much description as this is carefully balanced with character development. I did however, feel that this book was aimed at a slightly younger reader - mid to late teens? This could have been more down to this period of history was very conservative and Will was very influenced by class structure and political correctness while Temeraire was young and virtually innocent. These elements combined made it bit more of a 'staid' read than my other books this week.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015
UK Cover
Finally, I read Regneration which is the final of the (R)evolution series by Stephanie Saulter. This was a fantastic conclusion to the series but alas, it is not out in the US until next year and I don't want to ruin the surprise for you. I hope to write a full review closer to the US release date. Sorry!


That is it for me for this week. I hope you have had a better week than I choosing books. Fingers crossed that I have more interesting reads to tell you about next week but until then Happy Reading.








The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
Nocturne Falls 1
Kristen Painter, June 1, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 370 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…



The Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse
Booktrope Editions, August 11, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 218 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015
Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb. As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in traveling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive.



Her Majesty's Dragon / Temeraire (UK)

Temeraire 1
Del Rey, March 28, 2006
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.



And for those who can't wait...

Regeneration
(R)evolution 3
Jo Fletcher Books, August 6, 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - August 16, 2015
The gillungs - waterbreathing, genetically modified humans - are thriving. They've colonised riverbanks and ports long since abandoned to the rising seas and the demand for their high-efficiency technologies is growing fast.

But as demand grows, so do fears about their impact on both norm businesses and the natural environment.

Then, a biohazard scare at Sinkat, their colony on the Thames, fuels the opposition and threatens to derail the gillungs' progress. But was it an accident, or was it sabotage?

DCI Sharon Varsi has her suspicions, but her investigations are compromised by family ties. And now there is a new threat: Zavcka Klist is about to be released from prison - and she wants her company back.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014



Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014This was a really productive week for me on the reading front but more importantly on the book receiving front. I was mega lucky to get a whole delicious box of books from Qwill. Check it out! I was super douper excited as in the box was the ARC of Dawn's Early Light by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series and can hardly wait to dig into it. I was very noble and decided to let the hubinator read it first. How nice am I? I was also really lucky to receive King Maker which is the final book of the Vampire Empire series. I have been trying for about 2 years (poss 3) to find this book in the UK, well find it for a reasonable price and so I jumped at the chance when Qwill said she had it. I also have one of the Eddie Lacrosse books, the next two books in the Suzanne Johnson's Sentinels of New Orleans series and you can just barely see Fallout by James K Decker. Keep your eye out for what I think of these books in either full reviews on here in my Week in Review.
Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014
I did also read a book or two! I finished both Vn and iD which are the first two books of the The First Machine Dynasty series by Madeleine Ashby. I will be doing a full review of both of these books so I don't want to give to much away here. What I can say is that I love the covers. They are both eye catching and almost set the mood for the books themselves. I am only going to share the one cover with you so that I don't spoil you for the full review!

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014I did the happy dance when The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison popped onto my Kindle. I was really looking forward to this installment from The Hollows series as it seemed like quite a while since the last book was out. I like this series but was a tiny bit disappointed by this book. I thought it read like the final book of the series but when I looked on Harrison's website she said she is contracted for one more. I am not sure what plot they are going to squeeze out of Rachel and her quirky group of friends as almost everything seemed to get wrapped up. My favourite character, the fairy Jenks was much more in the background. There were relatively few exclamations like 'Tink's titties' for my liking. Both Jenks and Ivy appeared in every chapter but they shared much less of the 'limelight' than they did in other novels in this series. Nearly every secondary character was involved in some way in the plot which also lent itself to the 'final' book feeling. I am always a tad disappointed when an author continues a series when they have hit on a great exit novel. This aside I did like it and look forward to the actual final book.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 2, 2014The last book I want to tell you about is Last Blood by Kristen Painter which is the actual final book of the House of Comarre series. I really enjoyed this series at first. I thought that Chrysabelle was quite kick ass for a vampire blood donor and the cursed vampire Malkom reminded me of Angel (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). As the series progressed I lost interest in the characters and almost gave up at book 4. I was doing a little trawl of Amazon and discovered this final instalment on sale so thought I might as well get closure. All I can say is I wish this book had stayed locked in the forgotten part of my memory. I was quite bored and flicking pages towards the end. This series suffered from too many characters who all seemed to fight to be the reader's favourite and none of them succeeded...at least not with me. As a consequence they were rather one dimensional. If they were good they practically had a halo and if they were bad they cackled like a witch. All this did was make me lose interest as the characters were way to predictable which gives me a big case of the snores.

Well that is it for me. I am hoping to read a few of my 'Qwill goodies' next week so please check in and find out what I read and what I thought. Until then Happy Reading.


Cover Revealed - House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter


Kristen Painter recently shared (via her newsletter and Facebook) the cover for the first novel in her Crescent City urban fantasy series, House of the Rising Sun. The series is set in the same world as the House of Comarré series and picks up a few months after the events in Last Blood (House of Comarré 5). The cover art is by Mélanie Delon with the cover design by Lauren Panepinto of Orbit Books.

The cover is very different from the House of Comarré covers. What do you think?


House of the Rising Sun
Crescent City 1
Orbit, May 13, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Cover Revealed - House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia's been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It's time for revenge -- and to take up the mantle of the city's Guardian. 
Pre-Order


Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011

and the winners are....


Infidel (Bel Dame Apochrypha Volume 2) by Kameron Hurley

Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011

The Question:  What woman or women inspire you?

bmb80 who said...

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Infidel (which has been forever) since I wrapped up God’s War.

Love the question.

It takes a special woman to inspire others and what’s more special then a mother? She was the person who made me embrace odd things about myself that others (even grown ups) said was not normal—she called them my gifts.

She taught me to be inspired by the people who offer you something of value without asking for anything in return, such as the florist who felt that I, a total stranger, was in need of a simple hug and a rose because she thought I looked sad when I walked by her stand. She was right.

The nurse that prayed over my mother years ago when she was sick in the hospital and told me everything will be all right.

My sixth grade teacher who gave me hard time who I believed hated my guts but pushed me because she cared, and although I didn’t know it at the time, she’s one of the reasons I’m a writer today and changed my life forever.

This is living proof that those we consider ordinary are absolutely extraordinary.


Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011


Blood Rights (House of Comarré 1) by Kristen Painter

Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011

The Question:  Who is your favorite Urban Fantasy heroine or hero?

SeaLionMama who said...

My favorite heroine of all time is Cat (AKA Catherine, Kitten) from Jeanine Frost Night Huntress series. She is about as real as a half vampire can get. Not only is she relatable in regards to her insecurities, she kicks A$$! In every book Cat gets better and better as a person, but still has the inate ability to care about someone else other than herself. She would sacrifice herself and her feelings to make sure the people she loves (or actually anyone that is the underdog or needs help) are not harmed. Her love for humanity is what makes her the most deadly heroine in my eyes. She doesn’t forget what brought her to that point in her life and she takes what she has learned and grows from it… That makes a hero a hero…


Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011


Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) by Jo Anderton

Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011

The Question:  Science Fiction or Science Fantasy?

Sinnaye who said...

Science Fantasy for sure. I'm not too keen on the whole science fiction-idea, but the fantasy equivalent of it rather sparks my imterest.


Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011


Chosen By Blood (Para-Ops 1) by Virna DePaul

Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011

The Question:  What would you be doing if you worked for the Para-Ops team?

mommy0306 who said...

i'm good with computers, i could always be their tech support/research person. maybe a tech support that goes into the field on occasion for missions. :)


Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011


Sins of the Angels (The Grigori Legacy 1) by Linda Poitevin (2 copies)

Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011


The Question:  Angels or Fallen Angels? or ask Linda a question.

Sabrina who said...

Fallen angels! They keep things interesting :) I like imperfections in my characters.


and


Kristina who said...

I have to say im a fallen angels gal myself..something about them that makes me smile!


Winners x 6 - October 16, 2011


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, October 23, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011

Please welcome Kristen Painter to The Qwillery.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kristen:  I have to have a title. Books don't feel real to me unless I have one, so even though it might change, there has to be one in place before I can start writing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kristen:  Both, although I plot as little as possible because my books rarely want to follow the path I've chosen.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  I had an idea - a mysterious woman in a slinky white dress that dipped low enough to reveal a gold tattoo. My heroine, Chrysabelle, grew out of that idea and everything else followed.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world in the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  I researched a lot of things that got no more than a passing mention, but I felt like I needed to do it for my own sense of backstory. Things like the sounds a panther makes, the history of executioners in France, the treatment of gypsies in Europe, the physiology of blood, snakes. That kind of stuff.

TQ:  Describe Blood Rights (House of Comarré 1) in 140 characters or less.

Kristen:  Underworld meets Memoirs of a Geisha

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Blood Rights?

Kristen:  It's impossible to answer that question without giving spoilers, so I'll just say there are a few at the end of the book.

TQ:  In Blood Rights, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kristen:  None of them were really difficult. That book pretty much poured out of me.

TQ:  Do you and Chrysabelle have anything in common?

Kristen:  We're both blonde, but that's about it. Although I do love the idea of a gold tattoo.

TQ:  Do you have a favorite character in the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  When I'm writing them, they're my favorite. I can't pick one over another!

TQ:  How many books are planned for the House of Comarré series?

Kristen:  There will be five. And possibly, if my editor likes it, a spin off series.

TQ:  What's next?

Kristen:  What's next is book five, Last Blood. But what's physically next is I'm headed to NY Comic Con October 14th - 16th. I'll be on a panel with some amazing authors, so if anyone's going, stop by and say hi!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kristen:  Thanks for having me!


About the House of Comarré series

Blood Rights
House of Comarré 1
(Orbit, September 27, 2011)
Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.
Read The Qwillery's Review of Blood Rights here.

Flesh and Blood
House of Comarré 2
(Orbit, October 25, 2011)
Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.

The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle --- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.


Bad Blood
House of Comarré 3
(Orbit, November 22, 2011)
Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...

Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarré are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.

The clock is ticking . . .


About Kristen

Interview with Kristen Painter and Giveaway - October 4, 2011
When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to exorcise them onto paper and share them with the world. Blood Rights, the first book in her gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarré, is out this October from Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded with Jax Cassidy. A two-time Golden Heart finalist, she’s represented by The Knight Agency.

Kristen's Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Blood Rights (House of Comarré) from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite Urban Fantasy heroine or hero?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

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2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Release Day Review - Blood Rights by Kristen Painter - 5 Qwills

Blood Rights
Author:  Kristen Painter
Series:  House of Comarré
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Orbit (September 27, 2011)
Price: $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780316084772
Review Copy:  ARC from Publisher

Book cover and description:

Release Day Review - Blood Rights by Kristen Painter - 5 Qwills
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.


My thoughts:

Blood Rights is the first book in the House of Comarré series. The Comarré are bred to be the most pure blood sources for noble vampires. As such they are highly valued. Blood Rights centers on Chrysabelle and the events that occur after the murder of her blood rights owner, Lord Algernon. Chrysabelle flees to her aunt in Paradise City, New Florida. She’s put in touch with Mal, a vampire who is considered anathema by vampire society.

Blood Rights is a terrific book. I’ve read many stories where the supernatural exists alongside of an unknowing humankind. This is one of my favorites. The world building is just so good – the mysterious House of Comarré, the machinations of the noble vampires, the world of vampires and beings outside the mainstream. There were little things I really enjoyed as well. For example, the names of the five houses of noble vampires delighted me. Against the backdrop of this wonderfully created world is a truly absorbing mystery. Who killed Lord Algernon and why?

Kristen Painter has not only created a fantastic world but has filled it with well-crafted characters, both primary and secondary. Chrysabelle and Mal are great foils for each other. The tension between them is well set up. The characters are multidimensional, even the truly horrific villain. The pacing of the Blood Rights is spot-on from beginning to end.

Blood Rights is one of those books that is a sheer joy to read. It features exceptional world building, fascinating characters, and a captivating story. I'm thankful that the second book in the series is out in November and the third book in December.

I give Blood Rights 5 Qwills.

Release Day Review - Blood Rights by Kristen Painter - 5 Qwills

Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen Painter at BookExpo America in May. I also picked up an ARC of the first book in her upcoming dark Urban Fantasy series House of Comarré. Three books have been announced and they will be released in 3 consecutive months starting in October 2011. The covers are really exceptional.


Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011
Born into a life of secrets and service, Chrysabelle's body bears the telltale marks of a comarré -- a special race of humans bred to feed vampire nobility. When her patron is murdered, she becomes the prime suspect, which sends her running into the mortal world...and into the arms of Malkolm, an outcast vampire cursed to kill every being from whom he drinks.

Now, Chrysabelle and Malkolm must work together to stop a plot to merge the mortal and supernatural worlds. If they fail, a chaos unlike anything anyone has ever seen will threaten to reign.


Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011
With the ring of sorrows still missing, and the covenant between othernaturals and mortals broken, Chrysabelle and Malkolm's problems are just beginning. Chrysabelle still owes Malkolm for his help, but fulfilling that debt means returning to Corvinestri, the hidden vampire city neither of them is welcome in.

The discovery that Chrysabelle has a brother could mean reneging on her promise to Malkolm, something that might make him angry enough to loose the beast living inside him. And fulfilling her vow could prove devastating for Chrysabelle --- especially when you throw in power hungry witches, dead fringe vampires, and the Kubai Mata.


Kristen Painter - House of Comarré - Covers - June 8, 2011
Samhain approaches, bringing with it the final melding of the mortal and othernatural worlds. No one knows just how much power the night holds...

Violent murders occur in Paradise City as counterfeit comarré are systematically hunted. The police and the Kubai Mata have more than enough trouble to keep themselves occupied. As war erupts at home, Malkolm and Chrysabelle head to New Orleans to recover the Ring of Sorrows. Chrysabelle is forced to make a life and death decision and will realize that her relationship to Malkolm may have fatal consequences.

The clock is ticking . . .
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