Thursday, 26 November 2015

Humans are the lessor species and now it's the

She wants security.  He wants freedom.  Together their love could destroy the world.

Ten years after the outbreak of the V2000 virus turns the majority of humans into a mutated Vampire sub-species, the last remaining true humans are the world's hottest commodity.  In this new world, it's The Society that rules.

Being the only female Vampire Lord in America isn't easy.  Being thrust into the role of CEO is even harder.  Danika Chekov refuses to let her father's legacy die.  She's resolved to keep everything under her tight control.  But after she's almost killed, she's forced to purchase a human guardian.

Mason s human, or so the Vampires think.  He's determined to protect his secret, but Lord Danika buys him before he can make his escape.  Their passion for each other threatens everything they want most.  And when Mason's true nature is exposed, the results could be devastating

I absolutely love books about vampires, especially modern books that have vampires living alongside humans.  So you would have thought that I would also love this book.  To be honest I am not sure how I feel about this book.  It had loads of potential but for me fell very short.

I personally did not think that the world building was complete.  We have three distinct types of vampire and the distinctions between them are not fully explained enough for my liking.  I can understand the uprising and the V2000 release but the vampire distinctions left me cold.

So in this new world, vampires were lording it over humans but whereas previously humans were able to live free lives; here they were slaves to the vampires.  Why I ask was this necessary?  Oh wait it was to make it so that vampires become the salvation of humankind.

Lord Danika (surely this should be Lady; but what the hay), seems to be a lady lost in a man’s world (so what’s new I hear you ask!) and as the youngest Lord she is trying too hard to fill her father’s shoes and for me with little success.  She was being pressured to find a mate (again so what is new!).

This novel fails on numerous counts, the lack of action between Lord Danika and her underlings and Lord Danika and her love interest.  Everything seems to be too cold and calculated.

For the majority of the book Lord Danika left me cold.  She spend too much time wishing she was her father’s son rather than getting on and dealing with the job in hand; ie being a big fearless leader: (or is it a case of the fact that she has to work twice as hard at everything in this modern world to equal one man?)  Bearing in mind the number of years you have been one earth you should know this is the case!  Wake up girl and smell the roses, oh sorry you can’t you are a vampire!

While this vampire is trying to rule her ‘nest’ there are humans who have not been captured and are doing anything they can to remain free.  One such human is Mason who becomes Danika’s love interest but the way the character is written you just know his is more!  (More I cannot say lest I spoil the plot for future readers.)

There were two big reveals in this book and only one of them caught me of guard.  The second reveal had left hints throughout the book so it was no big surprise.

As this is the first in a series one would expect to be grabbed in kicking and screaming wanting to read more, more, more.  Yet for this reader this novel was very lacking not least the weak vampire heroine (if one can even call her that).  This reader, for one, will not be continuing with this saga.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this 2 stars on Netgalley and 'It was OK' on Goodreads (2 stars) and Amazon (3 stars).

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

This flawed legal system always starts with a

Twelve years ago, teenager Molly Singer was tried ad convicted for murdering her parents.  She was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, torn away from her newborn daughter, and forsaken by those closest to her.  But now, a series of anonymous letters proclaim her innocence - and point a finger at a deadly conspiracy.

Attorney Dani Trumball specializes in defending the wrongfully imprisoned at the Help Innocent Prisoners Project.  But taking Molly's case means taking on a heard-hearted justice system that doesn't like do-overs ... and a merciless killer who will do anything to keep a secret history of dirty deals buried.  Only the truth will set Molly free and reunite her broken family.  And only Dani has any chance of finding it in a showdown that will push her legal talents - and her survival skills - to the very edge.

This started out very similar to another book that I have read for review.  However, as it progressed it was so much more complex and totally different to the story I thought it reminded me of.

I really enjoyed this novel and was fascinated as to how this would pan out.  As we are given all sides of the story we are well ahead of the solicitor in figuring out who did what, and way.  And this in no way detracts from the work of HIPP or the story itself and whether justice will ultimately prevail.

It must be good as I read this book in just one day.  I was riveted and kept turning the pages so I could find out what happened next.  I really want to follow this series and see how she develops her skills and to read about the story that was mentioned fleetingly at the end of this novel.  The writing enhanced the overall feel of this book; it is not too slow and not too fast paced so that the reader can assimilate all the information given; yet it is not too technical either.  In short it is uncluttered and engaging and does not let you go until the very end.

This is a judicial procedural novel that deals with a flawed legal system that allows innocent people to be incarcerated and the pains some lawyers will go to to rectify that situation.

The development of the characters was excellent.  They are developed and show what may really happens in small town America; and/or to someone you know; with all the associated feelings.  The characters are realistic and though provoking with lots of emotional baggage that makes them true to life.

This is my first novel by this author and it certainly will not be my last.  If you want a judicial procedural novel that fights an unjust system written by an author that knows that aforementioned system then this is one for you.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I really liked it' on Amazon (4 stars) and Goodreads (4 stars).

Where do you go if you are a witch in need?

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he's reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization.  The Witches Protection Program.

His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company's diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt's evil deeds.

Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, West must learn to believe in both witches and himself.

Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time.  Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternative reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City

This is a book about living up to expectations (of self, family and others) and deals with a son of a detective that doesn’t cut the grade yet ends up in a programme that in underground and finds his feet.

In this novel, set in modern day America there are good and bad witches.  The good witches are protected by a government organisation which also polices the bad witches.

This is a fairly short read as I managed to read this within 24 hours.  The story is original and witty (in a laugh out loud sense); and an interesting new take on witches and their associated powers.  The action was constant and the story line engaging with some ‘oooh what’s going to happen next’ seat of your pants action.  There is also a smudging of romance too (which no doubt will be further explored in a sequel novel, should there be one).  The final conclusion was satisfying and rounded out the story but then again left it open for a sequel (this reader lives in hope).

The characters are strong, yet flawed with elements that readers can identify with.  They are also varied, interesting, well rounded, and intriguing with elements that readers can easily spot eg; expounding one’s image of a typical desk cop in some and an active investigator in others.  Over the course of the novel you grow to love them and want to see their story even after the novel ends.

If you love witches that are historically based, but are able to see a joke then this book is for you.  Although this is my first read by this author it will not be my last and I will definitely be on the look-out for The Witches Protections Program book 2.

In short this is a MUST read.

Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this 5 stars on Netgalley, Amazon and Goodreads.