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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Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Witch Finder

“London, 1880, and eighteen-year-old Luke Lexton is about to endure his initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum – the secretive brotherhood devoted to hunting witches, and the organisation that will help Luke take revenge on the witch who murdered his parents. His final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. 

Luke picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, a witch-girl living in rapidly fading grandeur on the west side of town. She’s the last bargaining chip in her family’s struggle to avoid bankruptcy and is about to be married off to the handsome, cruel, grotesquely rich Sebastian Knyvet – a powerful member of the Ealdwitan.

As Rosa and Luke get to know each other, Luke realises it will be impossible for him to kill Rosa, just as Rosa knows she will bring disgrace on her family if she does not marry Knyvet. But Knyvet is hiding dark secrets – including the key which will unlock the mystery of Luke’s murdered parents. Torn between appeasing their elders and their love for each other, Rosa and Luke must each make their choice between life and death.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I loved the Winter Trilogy by this author (my reviews here) so I was really excited to be starting on her new series.  It turned out to be very different from her previous books but it was just as captivating.

The beginning was fascinating as I found out how Luke became involved in witch hunting.  I also learned about Rosa and her life which wasn’t what I had been expecting at all.  The two of them faced many difficulties in their lives and following them as they tried to figure things out was a real treat. There were a couple of moments that I found difficult to read as an animal lover but it was something that I was able to see past.

The author created a wonderful, historical, atmosphere with her descriptive writing – there were times when I felt like I was right there in 1880 alongside Luke and Rosa.  I admit that it was obvious where the storyline was going but it didn’t matter to me because I enjoyed the journey anyway.

There was a little bit of everything in this book: romance, witchcraft, danger and history too.  The end left me wanting more so I can’t wait to see where Luke and Rosa find themselves next!

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Released 2 January 2014…

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Night Witches – L. J. Adlington

Night witches

“TWO NATIONS AT WAR. ONE GIRL CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain’s regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, where nature and God are celebrated and worshipped.

But Rain is struggling with another battle. She’s always had a sense that her nature is different from everyone else’s, and that a dormant power threatens to burst out of her.

When she encounters a young Scrutiner she falls in love with him, but is torn between what she has been taught is right, and what feels right. As her understanding of her latent power grows, the enemy threatens both her friends and her love. She can no longer ignore the power but she must choose how she uses it …
But what will she lose in the process?”

Firstly I’d like to thank Hachette for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I was so intrigued by the blurb, it sounded different to anything I’ve read before and I was very much looking forward to getting started.

The first few pages were exciting and grabbed my attention quickly.  There were mentions of ‘Aura’ which was something I didn’t understand at that point but as the story progressed all became clear. Rain’s world seemed rather strange to me but I must say that I really enjoyed learning all about the different nations and their customs.

Rain, her cousin Zoya and a group of other youngsters were called in to help in a war among the different nations and they found themselves in danger on more than one occasion, their bravery was inspiring and captivated me entirely. The whole teenage bomber-pilot thing was awesome and it was made even better by adding a touch of witchcraft to the equation, I just loved this combination.

The author successfully held my interest throughout with an intense atmosphere and a sprinkling of magic.  A touch of romance softened some of the intensity and in my opinion made this book nicely well-rounded.

This was an action-packed and fast-paced read that gripped me from start to finish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L. J. Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. She lives in the north of England with a cat the size of a small armchair. She loves climbing volcanoes, watching crime dramas and reading fairy-tales. She is very good at eating chocolate. Her novels for teenagers weave together past, present, future and fantasy. Her latest novel Night Witches is set on a war-torn world, with a darkly complex and powerful heroine.

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Night Witches is published by Hodder Children’s Books and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Duplicity – Nikki Jefford

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“If Graylee Perez thought sharing a body with her twin sister was bad, dealing with a duplicate of herself is two times worse. Gray the second doesn’t seem to get that Lee’s boyfriend, Raj, is off limits. Then there’s the problem of Adrian. He expects one of the Graylees to be his.

Nearly a year later, the council is on to them for past misdeeds; Lee, along with the rest of the coven, has lost control of her powers; and Gray is being stalked by what looks like the Grim Reaper. 

If the two Grays work together, they may stand a chance of setting things right and making it out alive.”

I was lucky enough to win this eBook from a giveaway on the author’s blog.  I had already read and enjoyed the first book Entangled (review here) so I couldn’t wait to carry on with the story.  It had been quite a while since I read the first book but the beginning of this one quickly refreshed my memory.

Something strange was happening to the witches and warlocks’ powers, each of them were affected in a different way and my favourite had to be what happened to Raj – it was definitely something that could prove to be quite problematic!

The whole double Graylee thing was a great twist to the storyline, I loved the way the author separated her name so it was easy to keep track of which girl was which.  I admit that I felt torn between the two of them, I just couldn’t decide which Graylee I favoured especially where Raj was concerned.  I did enjoy the tension that sparked whenever they were around each other though and this was something that kept me glued to my Kindle.

The author’s captivating writing style really brought the characters to life and enabled me to visualise everything clearly in my mind.  I thought Adrian was much more intriguing this time, I found myself hoping that he would get together with Gray and I think a part of me still has my fingers crossed for something along those lines in the next book!

Revenge was a big part of the book and there was one payback scene involving Gray, Adrian and Nolan (from book one) that I particularly enjoyed.  This all led to a surprising turn of events that makes me excited for the next book which I have added to my ever-growing wish list!

This was another great read from the Spellbound Trilogy, filled with more danger, more kissing and even more magic.

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The Dark Glamour – Gabriella Pierce

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Welcome to New York City, where the socialites are witches.

Jane Boyle thought she’d met the man of her dreams. But it’s hard to live happily ever after when you realise your new mother-in-law is literally a witch, determined to steal the magical powers you didn’t even know you had. When Jane discovers that the man she fell in love with is a mere pawn in her mother-in-laws cunning plan, she flees. Now Jane is alone and on the run, hiding out in Manhattan. But Jane can’t hide forever… 

One magical Park Avenue makeover later and Jane is ready to settle the score with her witch of a mother-in-law. In her new guise as Ella the Brazilian beauty, Jane meets the devilishly handsome André. The magical blood that teems through her veins draws her inexplicably towards this mysterious man. But is André all he seems? And can Jane make it into the witches’ den to overthrow the most evil of witches?”

I bought this for my Kindle after reading and enjoying the first book in the series 666 Park Avenue (review here).  After the crazy events at the end of the previous book I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for Jane this time!

At the beginning Jane was still in hiding, she didn’t really have much of a plan at this point and I was keen to find out what she would decide to do.  She needed to learn more about her magic and it was when she re-acquainted herself with her friend Dee that she finally saw a way out.  What they discovered was shocking (I actually gasped out loud) and she soon found herself in more dangerous and magically intriguing situations – I held my breath a lot whilst reading this book.

I had been hoping to see Harris again in this book and I’m pleased to say that he was included, unfortunately it wasn’t in the way that I’d hoped but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the next book 🙂  The mysterious and sexy André was a great addition to the story but he was also a difficult character to judge, my opinion of him changed throughout – I just couldn’t figure out what he was up to.

Once again there was lots of action and I was hooked by every twist and turn, I just couldn’t stop reading and finished the book in a day.  I was particularly captivated towards the end when a rush of revelations forced me to rethink many of my predictions!

This was another fantastic read from this series, I can’t wait for the next one!

The Dark Glamour is available to buy now from Amazon UK:

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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.