Book Spotlight | Thirst: Blood of my Blood by R P Channing

Today I’m back with another fab book in the spotlight:

Book Title - Thirst Blood of my Blood

by R P Channing.

THE BOOK

Thirst by R P Channing Cover

~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

  1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)

Or

  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter…

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:

  1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)

Or

  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.

He chooses the latter…

It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he’s always ignored.

Until now.”

EXCERPT

The Puppy Eyes

My life was perfect.

I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were…okay, and my waist…well…also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.

But then there was Jack.

Jack was a problem.

He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?

I think not!

Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.

Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?

I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.

I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.

“Jaaaaaaack!”

Still no answer.

“Jack!”

Jack…materialized.

His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”

His puppy eyes became worse.

His skin was gray and, well, dead.

“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries…

The idea excited me somewhat.

“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”

“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”

“Yes, Miss Kira.”

The dead. There’s just no reasoning.

“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.

“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.

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Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Dark kiss

“One kiss can change everything . . .

Samantha’s never been special. She’s always the girl who blends into the background. Until a surprise kiss from unattainable crush Stephen. Now suddenly every guy in school is clamouring for her number.

But Samantha’s newfound popularity comes at a dangerously high price – a desperate need to devour human souls.

Enter Bishop – a street kid with secrets as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. He’s immune to her mesmerising new power – and her only hope of salvation. Together, giving into the darkness inside of them, is their strongest weapon to combat a terrifying demonic threat.

Once you’ve embraced the dark, can you ever go back again?”

MY REVIEW

I bought this book after reading some good reviews for it, it sounded like my kind of read so I was excited to get started.

The prologue hinted at some dark goings on and seeing as the main part of the story jumped straight into the action I was hooked very early on.  The overall feeling of darkness was later on lightened by a touch of romance and this contrast was what made it so enjoyable for me.

So, back to the story, after the kiss Samantha started to feel strange but naturally didn’t link the two together until she met Bishop…

There was an air of confusion surrounding her first meeting with Bishop.  I wanted to know what was going on just as much as Samantha did, as each piece of the puzzle was revealed I found myself sinking further and further into the storyline.  The two of them connected beautifully as characters and this connection lasted throughout the book.  When Kraven was introduced I quickly warmed to him, unusually for me I found that I liked him more than the main male character (Bishop) so when I picked up a hint of his stronger feelings towards Samantha I was excited and hope for more of this in the next book.

There were some intense scenes towards the end which made my heart beat faster, the author successfully added some very unexpected twists and this kept me on my toes (I just love surprises when I’m reading).

This was an addictive read, darkness and romance mingled together to create the perfect supernatural atmosphere.

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After Obsession – Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

After obsession

“Aimee and Alan have secrets.  They both have intriguing pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden.  But when their lives intersect in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out.  Strange things have been happening, and they both feel strongly that something, or someone, is haunting them.

But it’s actually another friend, Courtney, who’s truly in trouble.  In a desperate plea to find her missing father, she has invited a demon into her life – and into her body.  Aimee and Alan can only exorcise the ghost together.  And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just their friend, but everything around her…”

I remember reading a review for this book and thinking it sounded interesting so I added it to my wish list and bought it when I was on a book buying spree (I don’t manage too many of those lately but they’re always epic when I do :)).

To begin with I learned about Aimee and her abilities, I immediately got the feeling that she considered them a curse though and I guess part of me could understand why.  Her friend Courtney was going through a difficult time but I really liked her – her pen story actually made me choke on my drink! Unfortunately as the story progressed and darker things took over her fun personality changed, I wondered if she would ever go back to her old bubbly self.

Alan seemed like a tough character, he was very intriguing particularly when his Indian side shone through.  He was Courtney’s cousin and this inevitably led to him meeting Aimee.  This was where the romantic side of the story came in to play – they were clearly drawn to one another, even though Aimee already had a boyfriend, and I found their connection exciting to read especially seeing as the story was told from both of their perspectives.  Their blossoming relationship brought a touch of lightness to an otherwise dark book and that was something I appreciated.

There were some rather eerie moments which mainly centered around a river, this got my heart pounding and creeped me out a little bit but not so badly that I couldn’t sleep or anything (unlike some other books I’ve read).  The school setting gave it a young atmosphere and the fresh writing style was a pleasure to read.

This was an interesting book, very enjoyable and different.

After Obsession can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Tide – Daniela Sacerdoti

Tide

“Sarah Midnight is no ordinary teenager.  She is a demon hunter, caught up in one of the deadliest wars unknown to man.  Orphaned at the age of sixteen, Sarah learned the family trade of hunting without her parents to guide her but under the watchful eye of her ‘cousin’, who was revealed to be Sean Hannay, no relative at all, but a dear friend of the real Harry Midnight.

Now the fight continues.  Sarah and Sean may have defeated the Scottish Valaya, but the rest of the war still rages on, and Sarah, Sean, Nicholas and their companions must unearth the identity and location of the enemy – the leader of the demons – before the world plunges into the Time of Demons once more.  Their quest leads them to Sarah’s family home, the Midnight mansion in Islay, and there they discover horrible truths about the demon ruler, his plans, and Sarah’s own personal history.

Along the way, Sarah must battle not only the demons but her hurt towards Sean and her feelings for the enigmatic Nicholas, who has plans of his own.”

Firstly I’d like to thank Black & White Publishing for sending me this paperback to read and give an honest review, I had really been looking forward to reading this after enjoying the first book in the trilogy Dreams, my review of which can be found here.

The story began with an interesting prologue which revealed a piece of Sarah’s family history, this was something that featured heavily throughout the book and I was pleased to have some of my leftover questions from Dreams answered.  After the prologue it picked up where the cliffhanger ending from last time had left off – Sarah was still being watched and Sean seemed to be stuck in some kind of uncomfortable limbo, until a surprise visitor turned up and told him something he really didn’t want to hear.

There were times when Sarah seemed lost and slightly bewildered by the events of her life, but her strength from the previous book definitely grew as she learned more about her history and this was great to see.  I felt unsure about Nicholas before and his behaviour this time around troubled me once again, when the truth about him was revealed I can’t say that I was too surprised because I had figured it would be something along those lines.  His plans for Sarah’s future were dark and unpleasant but despite this I found myself feeling sorry for him, particularly as the story progressed and I felt like I got to know him better.

The whole book had a mysterious feel to it and the author held my interest throughout with the many twists and turns in the storyline.  With new monsters and demons to defeat Sarah faced much more tragedy and in the midst of all this action was a hint of romance that was incredibly complicated but added a warm touch to the story.

Once again I enjoyed reading the characters inner thoughts, it really gave a clearer insight into the workings of their minds – you always discover the truth with those few little words.  I also loved how the author had created an exciting power for each member of the group of friends so that when they were together they seemed so powerful.

The visit to Islay was my favourite part of the book because it was where the story intensified – fierce battles were fought and shocking secrets were discovered, all of this seemed to change the direction of Sarah’s thoughts and gave her even more strength.

The author’s descriptive writing made it easy to visualise everything and I would love to see these books come to life as a movie.  I finished with a smile on my face and I’m full of anticipation about the next book, I just can’t wait to find out what happens next!

This was an action-packed and imaginative page turner which had me hooked from start to finish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniela Sacerdoti is the bestselling author of Watch Over Me.  She was born and raised in Italy but has lived in Scotland for the past ten years.  Daniela holds a degree in Classics from the University of Turin and has taught Italian, Latin and Greek – her great-uncle was the renowned Italian writer Carlo Levi. She lives in Glasgow.

You can visit Daniela’s blog for more information or follow her on Twitter.

Tide was published by Black & White Publishing on 21 February 2013.  It can be purchased from The Book Depository, Amazon (Paperback or Kindle Edition) or from most good book retailers.

Halflings – Heather Burch

Halflings

“After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings.  Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls.

As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.”

I bought this eBook from Amazon after reading good reviews about it, it sounded like my kind of read and I hadn’t read an angel based story for a while so I was looking forward to starting.

It was action-packed from the start, Nikki appeared to be running for her life from a pack of wolf type creatures and to be honest none of it made a whole lot of sense but it intrigued me enough that I wanted to read on so that I could make sense of it.

Next the halflings were introduced and boy was there some tension between them!  I probably don’t need to explain this but, as the name suggests, they were half angel, half human.  My first impression of the boys were as follows: Raven was cool, confident yet rather arrogant, Mace was caring, focused but easily wound up and Vine seemed young, quiet and really excitable.  They were on some kind of mission that had something to do with Nikki but at this point (and through most of the book) it wasn’t clear exactly what the mission was.

Nikki was a likeable character, I really loved her courage as she faced what most people would cower away from.  She had never been interested in boys so she felt confused by her feelings of desire towards Mace.  When Raven began to get under her skin too she was even more puzzled and I could almost feel her emotion rolling off the pages.  I’m a big fan of fictional love triangles so this was perfect for me, especially as it included the classic good/sweet guy against the bad/hot guy scenario :).

As always I had a few favourite parts – the barn scene, a touching moment by the lake and the commotion at the art gallery were all things that stick in my mind as being a great part of the book.  I also enjoyed the humour, there wasn’t a lot of it but when it was there it was appropriate and funny.

I found it very difficult to make predictions with this book, I constantly found myself wondering where the story was heading and trying to figure out all the secrets but I just couldn’t manage it (this is a good thing in my opinion because it kept me on my toes).  There were a couple of very unexpected sad moments that had my eyes filling with tears, these twists made me even more keen to discover the truth.

The introduction of female halflings towards the end was very interesting as I felt sure that they would cause problems between Nikki and the male halflings – you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out if I was right!

Things turned strange towards the end and the mysterious Damon Vessler was the main reason for this, I had lots of theories about him and I can’t wait to read the next book to find out if any of them were accurate.

Packed with danger and exciting moments, this was a book that kept me turning page after page.  I was in a wonderful half-angel bubble whilst reading and I just didn’t want it to end.

To find out more about Heather Burch visit her website here.

Dreams – Daniela Sacerdoti

“Seventeen-year-old Sarah Midnight has never had a normal life.  To the outside world she is a typical teenager, but on the inside, Sarah holds an unimaginable secret.  Her parents are demon hunters, part of a web of Secret Families who have sworn to protect the world.  When they are mysteriously killed, Sarah’s world is shattered but she knows she must now take up their fight.

Unprepared for the task ahead, she finds herself thrust into a world of incredible danger, full of things she never even knew existed.  Including her enigmatic long-lost cousin who, out of the blue, turns up on her doorstep when she needs him most.  He claims to be there to help and protect her, but how will she know who to trust in this perilous new life?  And can she stay alive long enough to complete her parents’ quest when they have left her so defenseless? 

Sarah has to learn, and learn fast – the demons are all around her and death waits for no one…”

I bought this book after reading some good reviews for it, the blurb sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a go.

It took me a little while to follow what was going on as there was so much information to take in at the beginning, I soon fell into the storyline though particularly once I learned the reason for Sarah’s parents being killed – this was a turning point for me.

The whole idea is very imaginative and as I was reading I felt a sense of urgency and extreme danger. The demons were scary and I couldn’t imagine how Sarah would ever survive an attack from them.

Sarah had clearly had a difficult upbringing and reading about her obsessiveness with cleaning and tidying made my heart break for her, she seemed incredibly lost so when Harry came into her life it was nice to see someone caring for her.  Harry was a lovely character although I knew the secrets he was keeping from Sarah would cause problems, at one point I was yelling at the book because I just wanted him to tell her!

When the mysterious Leaf was introduced I came up with all sorts of ideas as to who he was, I got the feeling that he wasn’t trustworthy but some of his actions made me question those feelings so I still feel unsure about him.

Throughout the book the characters had inner thoughts and I loved this side of it because I’m a very nosy person and I always like to know what isn’t being said.

As the book progressed Sarah became much stronger and I enjoyed seeing this change in her, after a fantastic cliffhanger ending I look forward to seeing if her strength continues into the next book!

This was a dark and at times scary book which thoroughly intrigued me.

Dreams can be purchased from The Book Depository and Amazon.

To find out more about Daniela Sacerdoti visit her website here.

Immortal City – Scott Speer

“Jackson Godspeed is the hottest Angel in a city obsessed with Immortals.  Everyone loves him.

Everyone except Maddy Montgomery, that is.  She’s not interested in shallow celebrities…  Until Jackson takes refuge in the diner where Maddy works and an irresistible connection pulls them together.

But as Maddy is drawn into Jackson’s world, she’s exposed to more than the paparazzi.  A serial killer is murdering Angels.  Maddy and Jackson could lose each other for ever.”

I bought this book after reading a couple of good reviews for it, it sounded like my kind of read so I went ahead and got it.

I found the idea of celebrity guardian angels, who charged huge amounts of money for their life saving services, really interesting and different so I guess I was pretty much sold on this book straight away.  The storyline was just so intriguing, I wanted to keep reading to find out what certain mysterious events were all about and what they meant.

There were many unexpected surprises throughout the book and although my mind had come up with all sorts of theories I still managed to be shocked when the truth came out!

The feeling of darkness in the book was another thing that kept my interest, the danger that Jacks and Maddy faced was truly heart-pounding.  The premonitions panicked and confused me in equal measures and I found myself breathing a sigh of relief when I realised what was really going on.

Tense moments in the school and on the rooftop had me yelling ‘who is it’ at the book because I really couldn’t figure out who the killer could be, when I finally did discover who it was I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t worked it out.

The ending created many mixed emotions for me – you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out why!

This intriguing and exciting book completely captured my imagination and I can’t wait to find out what is in store next.

Immortal City can be purchased here with free worldwide delivery.