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

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~ 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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Heartblaze by Shay Roberts

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Publisher: Snowfire Press

Publication Date: 30 November 2015

In your past life you were a legendary figure in a passionate relationship with a vampire. Now your enemies from that past have found you, determined to make you pay a terrible price for a life you lived more than 200 years ago!

EMMA RUE is an eager college freshman. For reasons she cannot understand, she attacks her professor in front of her stunned classmates. Desperate for answers, Emma goes to a psychiatrist who uses hypnotic regression to explore her troubled childhood. But when the regression goes too far, back into her past life, a remarkable revelation emerges that shatters Emma’s world. Suddenly on the run from powerful forces, Emma seeks out a shadowy figure from her past life…

JULIAN ST. FLEUR, the 18th-century vampire who transformed Emma’s soul. The beautiful and enigmatic Julian holds the key to Emma’s past, but will he help her? Two hundred years of loneliness have twisted him into a wicked creature and his reunion with Emma is unlike anything she had ever imagined. As Julian draws Emma into his heinous world, her only salvation may be…

STEFAN HILDEBRAND, a werewolf with legendary combat skills who is posing as a fellow student. Stefan’s feelings for Emma are real, but his powerful masters have ordered him to kill her! As the mystery of Emma’s past unravels, Stefan must make a choice, sacrifice Emma or listen to his heart.

Who do you trust, Julian or Stefan? Or do you go your own way?

How will you survive in a paranormal world unlike anything you have ever imagined?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I’m a big fan of vampire-type books so as soon as I read the description of this, I just had to know more!

The pace was quick right from the start but for some reason I struggled to fall into the storyline. Some of the early scenes were difficult to make sense of but as I continued reading I began to understand. Perhaps if I re-read from the beginning I’d now be able to connect more easily.

Heartblaze was like a paranormal cocktail with vampires, werewolves, werebears, ghosts and witches all milling around, doing their thing. They weren’t the fluffy kind of paranormal either, they were rather scary and dangerous – definitely not someone you’d like to meet in a dark alley.

The whole storyline had an eerie feel to it which, I think, was enhanced by the combination of time zones – reading about Emma’s previous life made the situation in her newest life seem even more deadly!

By the time I got to the end I had all sorts of questions swirling around in my mind and I found myself coming up with my own theories as to what will happen next.

This was a dark and busy read that gave a paranormal spin on the idea of ‘soulmates’.

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Blog Tour Review And Giveaway | Sunkissed by Carys Jones

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Sunkissed by Carys Jones.

Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for sending me the eBook to read and share my thoughts.

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 15 January 2016

“Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn’s fiancé, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.

MY REVIEW

How far would you go to save the one you love? This was the question that entered my mind not long after I started Sunkissed. I also couldn’t help but notice the mysterious atmosphere, it felt dark without me being able to establish exactly why it felt that way.

Dawn and Thomas were a curious couple who became caught up in something sinister. I was particularly interested to see where it would lead them as they both seemed to have a very different view on the situation. I didn’t have to wait long to get my answer.

I loved it when the storyline jumped to the present day, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters had grown and changed over the years. What followed was my favourite part of the book, I guess because I could relate to the modern-day aspect more easily. During this time the author created a strong feeling of suspense with her words, I just knew something was about to happen. And happen it did!

It had quite a fast pace and as the story unfolded I found myself flying through the pages – I couldn’t put it down.

This was a mysterious, quick read that held my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

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GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a £10 Amazon giftcard in the tour giveaway click the following link:

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(Please note, Me, My Books and I will not be responsible for providing the prize)

BLOG TOUR

Fri 15th: Lynsey James | Lil Novelist
Sat 16th: Ali – The Dragon Slayer | Book Review Café
Sun 17th: Book Lover Worm Blog | Lilac Diaries
Mon 18th: Me, My Books and I | This Chick Reads
Tues 19th: Bookabie, Gina Dickerson
Wed 20th: Shaz’s Book Boudoir | Aggies Books
Thurs 21st: Sky’s Book Corner
Fri 22nd: Amanda Oughton

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The Temporal Stone – Suzy Turner

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“It’s been a couple of months since Emma and Lana entered the Praxos Academy and life has been hectic ever since. What with regular A level classes combined with learning all about the supernatural world, control classes, self defence and fight night, the girls are constantly busy.

But when their world seems to stop right in front of them, they and their fellow Watchers, have a huge mystery to solve. A mystery which will lead them on a long road trip across south west England where they will meet all kinds of strange creatures, some intent on causing harm and others desperate to put a stop to the problem.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I was excited to catch up with Emma and Lana in their new lives as Watchers so I couldn’t wait to get started.

It was action-packed right from the start, an academy trip to Somerset turned supernatural very quickly and I was captivated by the events that followed.  The whole storyline was so imaginative and I really enjoyed picturing everything like a movie in my mind.  Something else that was particularly enjoyable for me were all the familiar places that the characters visited – Salisbury, Winchester and the New Forest to name just a few.

I loved all the supernatural creatures that featured in this book, my favourite was Jimble the pixie troll because he was just so adorable! The author successfully brought the characters to life for me and made me care about what happened to them.  Following them all as they uncovered clues to help solve the mystery was lots of fun and I look forward to the next instalment.

This was another exciting adventure in The Morgan Sisters series.

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Vampire Diaries The Salvation: Unseen – L.J. Smith

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“They will never be safe…

Now that the lethal properties of Elena’s blood have been discovered, Stefan has been risking it all to destroy the almighty Old Ones.

But when Elena is almost killed in a car accident – one that was very clearly not an accident at all – she realises that the most deadly Old One is determined to take her down. 

And he just might be powerful enough to do it…”

Firstly I’d like to thank Hachette for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I have read and enjoyed all of the previous Vampire Diaries books (even when the ghostwriters took over) so I couldn’t wait to get started on this one.

This is a great series and I love everything about it – the vampires, the danger, the romance/love triangle etc.  In the last book I discovered that Elena was a Guardian and she also became connected/linked to Damon (thanks to the other Guardians), he then left because Elena chose Stefan!  But that isn’t the end of it…

This book picks up the story four years later and began with an email from Elena to Damon – she was warning him of an unknown danger that she felt was coming his way.  It was clear from the email that she missed him even though she was able to feel his emotions because of their newfound connection.  This connection between them was one of my favourite parts of the book because I loved seeing how each of them reacted to the others emotions.

A near fatal car accident involving Elena introduced Jack to the story and he intrigued me immensely, I came up with all sorts of ideas as to who he might be but it turned out that none of them were correct and the truth was even more exciting!

The characters have all grown so much throughout the series and they continued to do so in this book, I particularly enjoyed Bonnie’s witchy trip where she learned more about magic and how to use it.  There were all the usual elements of the story that I love so much (danger, fighting scenes, old vampires) with some added extras (strange new vampires, a couple of very unexpected deaths and a shocking twist at the end that I hadn’t seen coming).  I just couldn’t put the book down and ended up reading it in one day, I’m really looking forward to the next instalment!

This was another great read from this series, I was enclosed in a little Vampire Diaries bubble from start to finish.

Vampire Diaries The Salvation: Unseen was published by Hodder Children’s Books on 2 May 2013 and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

A Shade of Vampire – Bella Forrest

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“On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. 

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. 

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. 
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains. 

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince. 

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I love the dark, atmospheric cover and being a big fan of vampire books I was intrigued by the blurb – I just couldn’t wait to see where this version of vampires would take me.

The prologue was teasing, it vaguely hinted at something dark but didn’t quite give enough to answer the questions that had been raised in my mind.  This did, however, mean that I was more eager to get on to the main body of the story so that I could find out exactly what had happened.

To begin with Sofia was telling the story and it appeared that she had just had a falling out with her best friend Ben, I soon found out that her feelings for him ran deeper than I first thought and this made her emotions much more understandable.  What happened next was exciting and scary all at the same time, her abduction was the start of a dangerous adventure!

As Sofia’s nightmare continued I began to learn more about her captors but it wasn’t until the story switched to Derek’s perspective that I really got a good sense of who the vampires were.  I was fascinated by Derek, it was clear he was powerful but I definitely got a hint of a softer side to him.  At this point Sophia was a reluctant participant in anything relating to romance and I found it refreshing that she didn’t fall head over heels in love with the vampire within two seconds of meeting him.  Lucas was a brilliant bad guy, every book needs someone who the reader can love to hate and he fitted the bill perfectly, as for Ben I didn’t really have any strong feelings about him as a character because there wasn’t really time to get to know him – I hope to discover more about him in the next book.

I loved the whole idea of The Shade, it added a different twist and the descriptions of everything made it all so easy to visualise, the storyline gripped me and I found that I couldn’t predict where it was heading. The only bad thing was that it ended before I was ready!

The epilogue was so intriguing and left me wanting more, this was a quick, dark vampire story with a mysterious edge.  A must read for any vampire fiction fans!

EXCERPT

I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.

He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”

I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.

My gaze settled on his face.

I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.

I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.

Big mistake.

The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.

“Like what you see?”

“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.

He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.

“Don’t I have the right to be?”

He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.

“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.

My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.

I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.

He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.

This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.

“Sofia Claremont.”

As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.

“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”

I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.

My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

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Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter – Nikki Jefford

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“If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis before she has to finish the job…by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me an ARC to read and give an honest review.  This is the first book in her new series and after really enjoying Entangled (review here) by the same author, I couldn’t wait to get reading!  It has been labelled as being suitable for ages 18+ and I’m assuming this is because it’s quite a sexually charged story, particularly during the first half of the story.

The blurb indicated that this vampire story had a very different twist to others that I’ve read, I loved the idea that human blood could be a weapon against vampires.

It began with a brief introduction into Aurora’s school life, it didn’t seem like she was very happy and she continuously dreamt of going to college.  It wasn’t long before the action started with a car accident that was set to change Aurora forever, it was at this point that her life began to spiral out of control.  The moment she wrote her New Years resolutions I just knew she was going to go a little wild!

Aurora’s vampire hunter initiation was intense and really got my heart pounding, it seemed to change her – she became harder and more outspoken.  There were a few moments of laughter for me especially when Aurora got drunk for the first time and experienced her first kiss.

All of the characters were interesting, there were lots of hot males involved (they’re kind of essential in vampire books I think) and my favourite of these were Fane and Dante – Fane was dark and sexy, Dante was cute and cheeky, I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

There was a mysterious and dangerous feeling to the story, the writing style was good and flowed easily which meant that I was turning page after page to find out what would happen next.  I didn’t want the book to end so when it did (after just a few hours I might add) I was very disappointed, I can’t wait to see where the story takes me in the next instalment.

This was a fantastic read with the perfect mix of vampires, teenage angst, sex and danger.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter can be purchase from Amazon UK (for just 77p!) or Amazon US.

To find out more about Nikki Jefford visit her blog here.