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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sheep Book Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark book 16)
By: Kresley Cole
Pages: 432
Paranormal Romance 

A foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother Thaddeus became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
Whether by bow or in bed, archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty mesmerizes him. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Many of the new Sheep readers may not know me. You may not know my love/obsession for Mrs. Kresley Cole. You may not know that I go to bed dreaming of about these characters. I imagine, with every single vampire fiber of my undead being, that they are real. Flesh and blood friends of mine from the Lore. THIS is my love for the IAD series. THIS is my love for the talented brain that sits inside Mrs. Coles wonderful head. Creepy? Yeah, ok. Do I care? Uhhhh, no. 

Sweet Ruin is another megahit from the master of all things PNR who's name, if you don't know by now, is Mrs. Cole. Rune is our smexy leading man this go around and I was so frelin worried how his journey would unfold. He's kinda sorta (sure is) a man whore. Just a tad. But underneath all that nymph sex party fun there has to be a heart of gold? Right? Or in this case black blood. You really want to hope so, because as a writer that's what my demigoddess Cole does. She makes you want to hope for a better future for her characters. You cheer with them, drink at demon bars with them, fight alongside Nix, bleed with them, and cry when they are emotionally or physically destroyed. It's a damn fun ride! 

Jo floats into the scene like a badass comic hero, kicking butts and forgetting names. She's all kinds of amazing chaotic glory to read about. I loved her. Her unstoppable strength, take no shit from a man and never give up f*** you attitude. If we could all strive to be more like Jo the world might just be a funner and more snarky amazing place! So when Jo and Rune meet up, it's explosive on the richter scale and wild. The passion dial is turned all the way up! But can this man-whore ever stop? 

Tons of glorious action take you on that wonderful magical hard-hitting ride that only Cole can create. There is no PNR writer like this lady. You can try and replicate her in 10Forward but it wont ever be the same damn thing. Qapla! Yes, I'm on her lady nuts and don't care a wink. 

Want to read the best PNR series in the history of...ever? You know you do. Get this one and then get all the rest! 

Getting 5 'Jo for the win!' Sheep

Book Review: Shadow's End: A Novel of the Elder (A Novel of the Elder Races Book 9) by Thea Harrison

Shadow's End: A Novel of the Elder (Book 9)  
By: Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance
Pages: 295
December 1, 2015

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

Find the whole series: amazon

One of the great things about Thea Harrison's books is that you can read them in any order you like. Sure, going in actual order would probably help but you don't need to. She writes each story with enough back history to get the new reader hooked, while not making it feel like a rerun for the longtime followers. I like this. I think most people might as well, this way you can jump right in and get down to the paranormal fun!

Shadows End spans over a couple hundred years which follows the timeline of two long-lost lovers. Talk about waiting for the man of your dreams? Beluviel and Graydon wait sooooo damn long just for small interactions spread out over the years. You find out why one sexy night ends up costing them dearly for many many moons. The buildup was incredible, though the story never hits a dragging moment. Nicely timed writing, with colorful characters keep the pace moving right along.

Tons of action, like most of the installments in this saga. Each new book takes you on an adventure. The worlds you get to visit
 as a reader are chalked full of vibrant almost lifelike descriptions. Plus, romance readers will NOT be disappointed one bit. The lust between these two gets smoking hot and muscled alpha heavy! 

I recommend this one to anyone who loves a romatic adventure and meeting many of the awesome characters throughout the paranormal lore!

Getting 4 and 1/2 Sheep


About the Author:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter. She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Book Review: Assassin's Creed: Underworld (Assassin's Creed #8) by Oliver Bowden

Assassin's Creed: Underworld (Assassin's Creed #8)
by Oliver Bowden

Paperback, 464 pages
December 1st 2015 by Ace

Brand new tie in book to the new Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

A disgraced Assassin. A deep-cover agent. A quest for redemption.

1862, and with London in the grip of the Industrial Revolution, the world's first underground railway is under construction. When a body is discovered at the dig, it sparks the beginning of the latest deadly chapter in the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and Templars.

Deep undercover is an Assassin with dark secrets and a mission to defeat the Templar stranglehold on the nation's capital.

Soon the Brotherhood will know him as Henry Green, mentor to Jacob and Evie Frye. For now, he is simply The Ghost.

Assassin's Creed: Underworld is the eighth gripping novel from Oliver Bowden set in the immersive world of Assassin's Creed.

Six years before the start of Assassin's Creed Syndicate we are introduced to Ethan Frye (Father to twins Jacob and Evie) and his student Jayadeep Mir who will later be given the moniker "The Ghost".

Underworld is broken into 3 parts, Parts 1 and 2 are the history and set up for Ethan and Jayadeep working together in an attempt to stop the Templars from gaining an artifact from the Frist Civilization.

Part 3 is focused on Jayadeep and the Frye twins, which is the main focus of the game Syndicate.

I had a bit of a struggle getting into this book, it was difficult to get a grasp an actual time line. It was hard to tell if it was a current part or a flash back, until you were about 4 or 5 paragraphs in. There were a few too many characters at times and that made it difficult to follow what was going on. For example, 3 Goons, Hardy and The Other Hardy.

There is one character in the book that I did like, Frederick Abberline, who starts off a Constable and the nickname "Fresh Face Freddie". He is that one cop that does everything thing by the rules, but as he gets more involved with the incidents going on in London he learns that the rules are not always right. Later on , Frederick becomes a valuable asset.

If you are a fan of the Assassin's Creed video game series I'd say check out this book and the others in the series.. If you are even curious about the games and don't want to pay the price of the game itself, check out the books.

3.5 Sheep


About the Author:
Anton Gill (aka Oliver Bowden) has been a full-time professional writer since 1984, and in the course of the last 27 years he has published 35 books. Gill was born in Ilford, Essex, the son of a German father and an English mother, and grew up in London. He is an acclaimed novelist and Renaissance historian currently living in Paris, France. Bowden has written novelizations of several of the Assassin's Creed console games.

Oliver Bowden is a pen-name (a pseudonym adopted by the author) in order to hide his true identity. However, his profession and location are accurate.
According to Bowden's interview with UbiWorkshop, he is an avid gamer and gains much of his inspiration for character development throughout the writing process from playing the Assassin's Creed series.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Comic Review: Harrow County #7 from Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook

Cover Artist: Tyler Crook
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: November 11, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
UPC:7 61568 26606 1 00711
“One of the best horror comics I’ve ever read. Super creepy!”—Josh Williamson (Birthright)

When your twin is the evil half of a dead witch that can control monsters and the undead, a joyful reunion just isn’t in the cards—which means there’s only one option for Emmy: war!

“Harrow County is a masterful creation that lingers in the small moments of terror in our daily lives.”—Bloody Disgusting

Creepy as always. We now see Emmy’s twin sister from the city, Kammi, with her servant wander through the woods and cemetery, searching for the haints and monsters hidden there. Seducing tem to her side. Meanwhile Emmy feels something in her gut that all is wrong. She does chores as she always has done, even though no one now comes for help, hoping the chores will soothe her. But she cannot ignore something is brewing. Something wrong.

Harrow County #7 uses its artwork and colors to draw the reader into feeling the uneasiness as Kammi stalks the unnatural things. The Southern gothic charm hides the rot and fear beneath. The comic series represents the South in a way those not from the area don’t know—weird and spooky, downright creepy.

5 Sheep

Pamela Kinney

Comic Review: Archie vs. Predator issue #4 (of 4) from Dark Horse Comics


Writer: Alex de Campi
Penciller: Fernando Ruiz
Inker: Rich Koslowski
Colorist: Jason Millet
Cover Artist: Andrew Pepoy
Genre: Science-Fiction, Humor
Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: July 22, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC:7 61568 27991 7 00411
“Look at these Archie vs. 
Predator comic covers and weep at their glory.”—io9

As casualties continue to mount, it’s up to Betty and Veronica to put aside their differences if the gang hopes to rid Riverdale of the Predator menace—but can the girls keep their claws out of each other long enough to keep the Predator’s claws out of everyone?!
This is the last issue of the 4 issue series. In this one, Veronica tells Betty her father built a panic room in the house and they will take the wounded Archie and themselves and get inside it, then blow up the house with the Predator in it. The panic room should keep them safe. After they got Archie in a hospital bed reminisce of the diagnostic bed in Star Trek and get Archie stabilized, both girls head out to take on the Predator. I won’t spoil it for you, but there is a surprise ending I never saw coming.
The colors are so Archie comics, with blood and alien monster thrown in. Honestly, this was a fun series to read and one of the best mashups ever. If you don’t want to watch your favorites from the Archie comics get it, then I would suggest not to read this. But if you enjoy the Predator movies and grew up on Archie, be set for fun and blood.

I give Archie vs. Predator issue #4 (of 4) 5 sheep

Pamela Kinney