Thursday, May 26, 2011

KLB Virtual Journey - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between by JA Saare

I am, once again, THRILLED to be participating in another KLB Virtual Event!  Thanks to the ladies of KLB for allowing me to be a part of this Virtual Journey! 


One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy. She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now.
                                           
The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

I've been interested in reading this book since I started hearing great buzz about it months ago on Twitter.  However, anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a sucker for a hot blonde and anything that has to do with Sons of Anarchy.  So, when my buddy Bells put a picture of Charlie Hunnam (Jax from Sons of Anarchy) on her blog and said that's who she saw in her mind as Disco....wellll....you KNOW I had to MAKE.IT.MY.BUSINESS. to become acquainted with this man!

Disco lived up to his billing!  Hot, blonde, bad ass...everything I like in a hero!  He and Rhiannon don't click right away because she also lives up to her billing; she's quite the prickly pear, our heroine.  They have a slow burn type of relationship that builds up to some....well, I don't want to give too much away...but there's some hot steaminess, folks!  Both are flawed and we learn about the darkness in their respective backgrounds as the story unfolds.  I like the way they are able to help each other through the fallout of their tragic pasts.

The story begins in a strip club; my kinda story!!  If you like your urban fantasy gritty and raw, this is your type of story.  Bar fights, blood, knives, guns, vampires, necromancers, ghosts, demons...its got it all!  Plenty of action and a very strong, kick ass heroine.  Disco is the main man in this story but by no means is he the only man candy!  There are a few other intriguing characters to obsess over, as well, with just enough of their stories revealed to make you wish for more.  But even if the characters didn't leave you wanting for more; the ending surely will!  No spoilers but I did NOT see that ending coming!  I can't wait for the next book in the series!  I love the concept and can't wait to see how it plays out!

Would you like a chance to meet Rhiannon and Disco and find out why the ending left me with my mouth hanging open in shock?  Leave a comment on this review and I'll enter you in a drawing for a PDF copy of Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between!  It's the special edition re-release which includes an author's note, vignettes, and the first two chapters of the next book in the Rhiannon's Law series, The Renfield Syndrome. A winner will be chosen at random from comments posted before 11:59pm EST on 5/31/11.

Thanks for stopping by!  Thanks again to KLB for the opportunity to review this book!  Be sure to stop by all of the blogs on this virtual journey for additional reviews, interviews and chances to win.  Next up will be Tawania at Wicked Readings by Tawania.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

KLB Virtual Journey 10 Days 10 Blogs: Alien in the Family by Gini Koch

I had so much fun doing the KLB Virtual Journey for Eternal Rider that I talked my best friend into joining the newest journey!  I present a guest review of Alien in the Family by Gini Koch by Chena (aka Beans628 on Twitter) for the KLB Virtual Journey,
Alien in the Family
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance
Author: Gini Koch
Format: Paperback, 457 pages
Published: April 5th 2011 by DAW

Summary from BarnesandNoble.com

Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt and the Alpha Centaurian she loves, Jeff Martini, should be finalizing their wedding plans. But that was before she discovers Jeff is in line to become Emperor back on his home world. Kitty knows she is everything a royal family wouldn't approve of, and is bracing herself for the worst. As it turns out, the royal family is just the beginning. Especially when extraterrestrial Amazonian terrorists are determined to start and end Kitty and Jeff's nuptial festivities with a bang.

I saw Gini Koch’s name and raves for her Alien series all over Twitter for weeks before I decided to give them a try. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because this series is awesome – and keeps getting better! We rejoin Katherine “Kitty” Katt, Airborne leader extraordinaire as she’s planning her wedding to sexy alien, Jeff Martini. Of course, nothing thus far has gone smoothly for these two so why would their wedding be any different?! This time around, Kitty, Martini and the Scooby gang (as I affectionately like to call them) are embroiled in what has become their specialty: multi-faceted plots, all in play at the same time. They’ve got a menagerie of aliens set on crowning the king of their choosing, man-hating Amazons determined to brain all of the men in Kitty’s life and an evil, suddenly sentient being out to control all worlds. And if all of that wasn’t enough, the representatives from Alpha Centauri are en route to attend (or is it disrupt?) the nuptials.

This installment took a closer look at Kitty’s relationship with her BFF, James Reader. (Insert fan girl SQUEE here) I LOVE READER!! There were some tense moments in this book when it looked liked he wasn’t going to make it. I tell you now: if that had happened, I might not have read the series anymore. Reade is THAT amazing! He and Kitty bonded from the moment they met. The traffic-stopping ex-model has helped her navigate her new life amongst the Alpha Centaurians and keeping her sane in the process. Martini has always been jealous of their closeness and he’s awfully lucky Reader is gay. Because I’m not sure which one of them Kitty would have picked otherwise. Reader has a way of keeping the Kitty craziness in check while always having her back.


Koch also gives major face time to Kitty’s oldest BFF, Chuckie, in this book. I actually like Chuckie. He’s a former nerd, current C.I.A. badass and conspiracy theorist. Due to the unknown intentions of the soon-to-arrive aliens, Chuckie temporarily takes over the Alpha and Airborne units. His needling of the always jealous Martini is priceless. Chuckie is less persistent in his efforts to win Kitty back than he was in book two. Once he realizes that he will always be her friend and that she truly loves Martini, he backs off. I found him to be incredibly charming.

Koch deftly handles the addition of new characters and manages to weave them into the story without being too confusing. The newest Airborne team member, Tito Hernandez, doctor/MMA fighter adds not only skill but laughs as well. He is a quick thinker like most of the other humans on the team. There are also a number of aliens who join up with Airborne to fight the baddies, but they fit in seamlessly (even with Kitty’s nicknames…and their REAL names!).

One of the biggest developments in this book was the maturity and evolution of Kitty and Martini as a power couple. In the first two books, Martini’s jealousy overshadowed the entire relationship and Kitty’s uncertainty and paranoia didn’t help them. As they move closer to the wedding, they deal with all of their fears and questions just as like any other real-life couple. I enjoyed the two of them so much more when they dialed back their insecurities and ramped up their commitment to each other. The wedding, when it FINALLY happens, is both sweet and laugh out loud funny.

In addition to Koch’s kick ass characters and witty dialogue, I think she’s also may have written the best bachelorette party EVER. EVER! Of course, MY dream party would include Rick Springfield, but that’s just me (don’t judge me!)! And, ahem, she also includes a hot (I mean, smoking!) bathtub scene!!! I’m already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Alien Proliferation in December. I’ve got the A-C fever…and I don’t give a damn!!

Special thanks and shout out to the ladies of KLB Virtual Events for giving me the opportunity to participate in the AITF tour!