“Deathwish” by Rob Thurman
Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko are hired by the vampire Seamus to find out who has been following him until Seamus turns up dead (or un-undead). Worse still is the return of Cal’s nightmarish family, the Auphe. The last time Cal and Niko faced them, they were almost wiped out. Now, the Auphe want revenge. But first, they’ll destroy everything Cal holds dear…
I’m trying to write this review for a while, but it’s not easy. Why? Because I absolutely loved this book and I believe that five stars are not enough! I knew that I was going to love this book when I saw that it has POVs from both brothers! I was expecting to read Niko’s POV since I read the first book and I was not disappointed. Like the previous books, it’s dark, non-stop action and full of sarcasm and it kept my interest from the very first page until the last!
Once more, Cal and Niko have to deal with more than one threats but, of course, they have the help of friends and lovers. But this time the danger for their lives is bigger…
What I loved more in these books is that the author really knows what she’s doing. Cal and Niko are more than brothers because it’s not only the blood bound that connects them. Their terrible childhood in a house with a more than a bitch of a mother, made them realize that they are together against the world. It’s not good that a four years old little child takes an oath to protect a newborn baby. All children must have parents to protect them. So, it’s only logical that Cal and Niko have a very unique relationship.
Cal is definitely more mature and better at fighting. I enjoy his sarcasm and the way he is with his friends. I still have a problem with his decision for his love life. I just can’t understand how he can’t be with the woman he truly loves. I understand that as a man he needs to get laid but I don’t like that he’s not with George.
Niko, as I’ve said before, is my favorite. He is a disciplined person but with a great sense of humor. In this story he had a hard time because of the woman he loves. First she lies to him and then her daughter is trying to kill both him and his brother. Of course, he doesn’t react well to that. I understand why Niko puts Cal before everyone else but that is very hard for his other relationships.
But I have to words that made this book even better: Goodfellow and Salome! I loved that he was swearing in Greek (I am from Greece and I have to tell you that he knew what he was talking about!) and that now he has a mummified cat as a pet!!!
So, this is a great series and I want to read the next books also!
“Madhouse” by Rob Thurman
Half-human Cal Leandros and his brother, Niko, aren’t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City, where vampires, trolls, and other creepy crawlies are all over the place? But now there’s a new arrival in the Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like sheep, dead-set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder. And for Cal and Niko, this is one paycheck they’re going to have to earn.
And the great stories keep coming!! I am not surprised that I loved this story. Since I read the first book, I knew that this series was going to be a new favorite one! It’s dark urban fantasy and that means that except the adventure and the great sense of humor that every book has, there is also an internal battle of feelings for the main characters.
Cal and Niko are trying to find a mass murderer and at the same time to help their friend, Goodfellow. And in the midst of chaos, new people come to their lives and both brothers, especially Cal, change.
I want to tell that I agree with Cal decisions. I really do. But I won’t. I believe that he had good intentions but I don’t believe that he did good. Really Cal? You slept with two women because you believe that you can’t be with George? Nope. I am not good with that. But I must not be hard. In this story, Cal starts to change. He’s a better warrior and smarter.
Niko is always my favorite and I admire him for his strength because it doesn’t come easy for him and that is something I respect. He watches his brother to change and be better and he feels proud of him. We must not forget that their bond is more unique. They are not just brothers. Niko, for years, was for Cal a father, a mother, a brother and a best friend. He’s a great man and a powerful warrior.
Of course, I liked almost all the secondary characters in the book, but a special place in my heart holds, Goodfellow. I can’t imagine a book in the series without him! And I liked this book even more because we actually learn something interesting about his past!
So, as you can see I loved this book. Everything’s is perfect: world-building, plot and characters! If you are a fan of this genre you should give this series a try!
Hello to all of you!
If you follow my blog you know that I love reading more than anything. Surprise surprise. But I have to admit that sometimes even a bookaholic like me needs help finding new and interesting books to read. So, please, tell me your favorite series! I’m looking for: fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, young adult fantasy and contemporary romance.
Thank you all for your help!!!
“Moonshine” by Rob Thurman
After saving the world from his fiendish father’s side of the family, Cal Leandros and his stalwart half-brother Niko have settled down with new digs and a new gig-bodyguard and detective work. And in New York City, where preternatural beings stalk the streets just like normal folk, business is good. Their latest case has them going undercover for the Kin-the werewolf Mafia. A low-level Kin boss thinks a rival is setting him up for a fall, and wants proof. The place to start is the back room of Moonshine-a gambling club for non-humans. Cal thinks it’s a simple in-and-out job. But Cal is very, very wrong.
Cal and Niko are being set up themselves-and the people behind it have a bite much worse than their bark…
I knew that this series would be my new favorite urban fantasy since when I read the first book. The second one just proves me right! Dark, with non-stop action and sarcastic, this series is a lesson of how to write a great urban fantasy book!
Cal and Niko are trying to start over and with the help of Promise they are doing jobs as bodyguards / detectives for supernatural creatures. Of course, Robin Goodfellow is keeping them company and enjoying every minute of it! But then, their friend George’s been kidnapped and they have to deal with more monsters.
Cal has changed a lot. Yeah, he still has issues with himself but he’s trying a lot to accept the reality. I find him very responsible even is sometimes seems otherwise. I believe that with the right guidance he could do great things.
Niko is definitely my favorite! Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love Cal, but Niko holds my heart! I love his sense of humor, his calmness, the strong mind he has and the disciplined warrior he is. His love for his little brother is something that I admire very much and makes him even more perfect. He’s the kind of man who you can count on and the kind of brother who would go willingly to hell in order to save his brother.
What can I say for Goodfellow? He’s a wonder! I love him very much for different reasons. His sarcasm is a defense mechanism because he’s one of the loneliest characters I’ve ever read about. I am very happy for the fact that now he has new friends. He doesn’t mind the danger and he’s willing to help Cal and Niko with all his powers.
Promise and George are both very interesting characters, although we don’t know many things about them. I am more curious about Promise because I’ve read more about her and I am sure that we’ll learn more about George soon enough.
I really liked this book and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!
“Nightlife” by Rob Thurman
There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one … Well, half of one, anyway.
Welcome to New York City – a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.
His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares – and his entire otherworldly elf race are after Cal. His half brother, Niko, gave up college to keep them on the run for four years, but now the Grendel monsters are back. And Cal is about to learn why they want him. He is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life…
If I could choose a favorite genre of books to read then I would choose urban fantasy. This book is definitely the perfect example for my choice. It has it all. A dark and very interesting world-building, complicated characters that hold your attention from the first page until the last, non-stop action, humor and emotional moments.
Although this book came highly recommend by a dear friend, I still didn’t know if I should read it. Why? Because I’ve been disappointed by many urban fantasy books the last couple of years. Thankfully, my friend was right and I loved this book!
Cal and Niko, are brothers and best friends. They have only each other for too long and it’s difficult because they have to deal with too many supernatural creatures. Cal is only half human and half something dark and dangerous. Nevertheless, Niko is always there for him.
I loved the sarcastic Cal. He’s the younger brother and the funny one. He has only Niko to count on and that’s kind of sad. He feels guilty because he thinks that he’s a burden for his brother for his brother but this is so not true. He’s tired of moving all the time because of the Grendels and sometimes it was easy to see that he feels lonely.
Niko is the best brother anyone can dream. He would do anything for Cal. He’s very smart and a very good fighter and he uses both his skills to protect his brother. All his life is about keeping Cal safe but he doesn’t care because he loves him very much.
Of course, I couldn’t love less Robin Goodfellow because he’s so funny! Also, he’s a very lonely person and it was easy to see that he was glad to make two new friends. He helped the brothers in the most difficult situation in their lives so far and he did it without asking favors, so that definitely makes him a good guy!
The world-building was very good and I, especially, liked the fact that it was dark and with some interesting folklore details. I’ll definitely keep reading the series and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!
“The Bat” by Jo Nesbo
HARRY IS OUT OF HIS DEPTH.
Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.
HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO GET TOO INVOLVED.
When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.
HE MIGHT JUST BE THE NEXT VICTIM.
Well, I wanted to like this book very much. No, that’s not true. I wanted to love this book because I’ve heard many great things for this series. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t bad, but I couldn’t connect with the story. The writing style was pretty good but I found myself losing interest in the case too many times to count. The only parts I really like were the ones about Harry’s background.
In this story, Harry, a Norwegian detective sent to Australia to act as a liaison with the Sydney police in the investigation of the murder of a Norwegian minor celebrity. Soon, he found himself in the midst of a serial killer, aboriginal myths and vices.
Harry Hole is a very interesting character and the only reason I kept reading the book after the first hundred pages. He’s smart and good at his job but he’s a man driven by his vices and haunted by his past. He’s not an easy person and I don’t believe that I can say that I liked him or not.
And as for the plot… As I already said, I couldn’t connect with the story. Too many unnecessary details that made me bored. To be honest, I can’t be sure that I completely understand the whole story.
Nevertheless, because of Harry, I will give a try to the next book soon and maybe it would be more interesting to me.
“Promises in Death” by J.D. Robb
A Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she’s been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she’s taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn’t just “one of us.”
Dallas’s friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine’s squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve’s husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine’s life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.
The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine’s guns, badge, and a note from her killer: “You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I’ll be sending yours to somebody else.”
But Eve Dallas doesn’t take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that’s a promise.
I can’t help it! I love these books! After so many installments in this series, I still feel like reading the first book! What’s not to love? Great characters and amazing plot every time!
This story is very emotional. Eve has to solve a murder of a cop who is Morris’s girlfriend. It’s heart-breaking and Eve needs to find the truth because the master mind behind all of this is a person from her past.
It’s not a secret that Eve is one of my favorite female characters I’ve ever read and I am happy to see that she has a lot more to give. She’s as always smart and does everything in her power to do the right thing. Also, she’s funny too many times without even knowing it!
And Roarke… I will say it again and I don’t care if I repeating myself. He’s amazing! The perfect man for her. A true alpha male who knows what to do with a woman like Eve.
I enjoyed the story very much and all the secondary characters made this story even better. I like them all!
If you are a fan of this genre, you have to read this series!
“At Peace” by Kristen Ashley
Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that’s when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.
She wants to deny it, but Violet can’t beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi’s hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed.
Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she’s sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she’s ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn’t know the dark secrets in Joe’s past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they’ve drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe’s determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet’s heart.
Crushed by Joe’s betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet’s husband’s murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can’t fight Violet’s pull, she’s under his skin and filled him full to bursting.
Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?
I absolutely loved this book! The plot, the characters… everything! This book is definitely the proof when I’m saying that Kristen Ashley’s books are some of my comfort reads.
This is the story of Violet and Joe. She is a woman that lost her husband because of a madman obsessed with her. Now, with her two daughters, she’s trying to keep going but the danger is still there. Joe is Violet’s neighbor, a man of few words and a serious player. The moment they meet is the moment their lives changed.
I liked Violet a lot. She had a great loss but she survived. It’s not easy to be a widow with two teenage daughters but she’s a great mother. It’s easy to see that she doesn’t want to be lonely and she wants a man to feel secure with him. The family is very important to her and she won’t do anything if it’s bad for her daughters even is she’s unhappy.
Joe is beyond words! Badass, possessive, protective and hot! Also, although he doesn’t know it, he’s a great family man. He made some mistakes because his past was haunted him but then he did everything he could to make things good at the end.
I loved all the secondary characters and I was happy to see Feb and Colt again! I totally recommend it to all the fans of this genre!
“Seventh Grave and No Body” by Darynda Jones
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life. But all of that combined barely scratches the surface of her problems. Recent developments—and a few distressing prophesies—have forced her to become a responsible adult. Exactly the kind of adult she’s never aspired to be. To conquer such a monumental task, she’s decided to start small. Really small. She gets a pet. But how can she save the world against the forces of evil when she can’t even keep a goldfish alive?
A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.
I love this series so much! After so many books I thought that maybe I would get bored or something but I am glad that this is so not the case! For one more time Darynda Jones doesn’t disappoint!
Charley Davidson once more is dealing with supernatural enemies and she’s doing that being pregnant and without drinking coffee! Hellhounds wants to kill her, a mystery prophecy, a pregnancy that means a lot and the daddy of her unborn child and the man she loves is the son of Satan. And on top of that she has to solve cases. Yeah, her life is far from boring. Thankfully, she has many friends to help her!
I love Charley! She’s definitely one of my favorite heroines! She’s very funny, sassy, badass and very smart. She helps everyone in need even if she doesn’t like them. In this book, we realize that we don’t know not even the half of her true powers. And that’s another reason she’s awesome: she’s powerful but she doesn’t act like she’s something special.
Reyes is… Reyes! Hotter than hell and badass. He’s loyalty to Charley is amazing. He would do anything in his power to keep her safe. He has many secrets but I believe that it’s for the best.
The plot was amazing but I have to say that I wasn’t expecting the ending and I am sad. Nevertheless, it was great and every secondary character was amazing also!
I totally recommend the whole series to all the fans of urban fantasy genre! Can’t wait for the next one!