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Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Chaos and Moonlight (Order of the Nines Book 1) by A.D. Marrow + GIVEAWAY

Chaos and Moonlight (Order of the Nines Book 1)
by A.D. Marrow
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
May 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-63370-053-6 (epub)
ISBN: 978-1-63370-054-3 (mobi)
ASIN: B00U9QUJ9W
Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 91,993
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde Media
The Nines, an elite group of vampires, was established to stand as protection for their race. Fractured by centuries of betrayal and loss, the group is now little more than myth, its remaining members scarred and shattered.

Taris, the oldest living vampire, is no stranger to loss and heartbreak. He is all that holds the Nines together as they struggle to save themselves from total extinction.

Enter the beautiful and brilliant Dr. Sarah Bridgeman, whose medical research has resulted in a breakthrough for both humans and vampires. Her work may be the salvation this weary band of guardians has been looking for.

Taris needs to reach Sarah and enlist her help—before those aligned against him can act. Can a vampire king convince a stunning young scientist to save a species that isn’t even supposed to exist?

For now, only one thing is certain: no science can explain the explosive chemistry between them.

Chaos and Moonlight is the first installment in the Order of the Nines series, and is A. D. Marrow’s debut novel.

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Urban Vamps!

This author put quite the twist in this novel for me! Vampires that don't fit the stereotypical definition of a vampire! Oh sure, they still need blood to feed and are formidable warriors but imagine they have most of the traits we humans have! Hmmmm.

At first I had to go back and verify that this was a vampire read but once the story evolved I find myself enthralled with the characters and plot. Rather like putting a species on the endangered list I found myself wrapped up in their plight and would have signed any petition to champion their cause of finding a cure for their decline in population!

Sure, you say....."I thought Vampires were rather indestructible".... "How could they be killed so easily?"... "I thought they couldn't go out in daylight or eat regular food."..."do they really procreate?"....Well, this author has done a great job of introducing us to the "urban" vampires! Throw in a few scenes with graphic sexuality and domination punishment and then you have something for everyone!

I, as a reader love, love vampires and all their "top of the food chain" traits but this breed of vampires may just be my favorite. Humanizing these supernatural characters with heartache and romance gave the reader a little more to tug on their heartstrings! Great descriptions of hopelessness, determination and sensuality gave great flavor to the read. Although a little confusing for me in the beginning I quickly oriented myself and found the book an easy page turner. (Not to mention the "hunky" male lead!)

Even with a couple cliffhangers at the end, I felt if as if this story would be great as a single versus a series. I could almost fill in my own blanks as to what would happen in the future of these characters. I did not feel cheated with the information but I would pick up the next in the series to see how the other characters of "the Nine" are faring.

I recommend picking up this book and enjoying this world of vampires with a few less "restrictions"!

I give this book 4 "survival" sheep!





JeanieG

Excerpt: 
"It was several minutes before Sarah realized she wasn’t dreaming. The tall guy in her room, the creepy guy on the stairs, all of it had been real. After about five miles of telling herself to wake up, then looking at the tall guy who was driving, then pinching herself, then telling herself to wake up again, then looking at the tall guy some more, reality and the promise of a full-fledged panic attack set in.

“I swear, if you let me go, I won’t tell anyone, okay?” Sarah finally found her voice. She had a moment where she thought that maybe this was a dream again, judging by the way the driver of the car looked. He was dark and mysterious, chiseled from head to toe—she should know, she all but crawled into him when they were running away from that other guy. She couldn’t make out much in the dark of the truck’s cab, but even in the faint light of the street lamps, something about this guy made her feel different. Maybe it was his voice—that deep, gravelly, slightly British voice. Maybe it was the smell that came off him, that man-mixed-with-leather-and-aftershave smell.

“Who are you?” Her damned voice box rebelled against her and her question came out in a whisper.

He was focused on the road, his eyes never leaving it as he maneuvered the giant diesel truck in and out of the one a.m. traffic. “I’ll explain everything when we get to where we are going. In the meantime, just sit back and try to relax, okay?”

“Relax? Okay, yeah. I was taken out of my bed in the middle of the night by some guy I don’t even know, and then I was chased up the stairwell by a Sherman tank of a drag queen, and you tell me to relax? Yeah right, pal! Listen, seriously, whatever ransom you’re asking for, I can pay it. Just bring me to an ATM, and you can have whatever you want, okay? Just let me go.”

“It’s not that simple, Dr. Bridgeman.”

“The hell it’s not. Look, just let me out, and anything you want, it’s yours. Cross my heart, I won’t tell a soul you took me.” She made a little crisscross motion over her heart.

“Like I said, Dr. Bridgeman, it’s not that simple. I don’t need your money. I need you to do a job for me. That Sherman tank drag queen apparently wants you to do the same job. I think, circumstances being what they are, you might want to consider working for me.”

“Work, my ass.” Sarah mumbled to herself. “Who the hell are you, anyway? And what job could I possibly do for you? I’m a medical researcher, you dickhead.”

He didn’t bother looking at her. He took in a deep breath and let out a long sigh.

“My name is Taris. I’m an eight-hundred-year-old vampire, and I need you to use your medical research to help me stop the slow yet brutal extinction of a race of people who really do exist but are made into horror movie villains and romance novel heroes.”

When he was met with silence, he glanced over to see her passed out cold in the seat.

“I knew it wouldn't work.”


About the Author:
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A.D. Marrow is a registered Sapiophile, a proud geek since before geek was chic, and believes that everyone deserves a happily ever after.

She lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her ridiculously hot and amazingly supportive husband, three kids that rock so hard there should be a national holiday for their awesomeness, two really stupid dogs and a plethora of Post-it notes with book ideas to last her until she’s 90.

Her childhood dream is realized in the fact that YOU have cause to read her bio. She hopes that one day, it lends her enough credibility to live out her second dream, which is to write an episode of Doctor Who.

Her personal mantra echoes that of Morticia Addams: “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”
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11 comments:

  1. Oooo I'm excited! I enjoy see new and diiferent takes on vampires.

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    1. I really found this take somewhat refreshing....hope you find it so.

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  2. That's pretty awesome she's one of our NC authors. Yay!

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    1. Not only that.....she's a Dr. Who fan! Moved up on my authors list for that one too!

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    2. We could have a hell of a NC author meet up. There are tons of great authors in NC

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  3. Oooh. I read your Bio! Dr Who, huh? So cool. Plus your book looks pretty neat. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. This looks great. I am adding to my list.

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  5. I look forward to reading this.

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  6. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  7. looks and sounds fantastic :) congrats on the new release!!

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