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Goddess of Night: Book Review

Goddess of Night (Amaranthine Book 9) by Joleene Naylor

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A war four-thousand years in the making.

In the mists of time, Lilith sealed her immortal lover away. Awakened, Samael has only one plan: revenge.

Linked to Samael and caught in the middle, Katelina watched as Lilith took both her best friend Sarah and a child vampire hostage. Now, it’s up to her and Jorick to get them back. Joined by a group more foe than friend, they search for the ancient vampiress, never dreaming the fight will come to them.

A horrific attack leaves Katelina’s hometown in ruins. Sightings say Sarah may have escaped, but with her mother in a coma, should Katelina go? Or should she stay? Will more destruction follow when Samael catches Lilith’s scent?

The final installment of the Amaranthine series raises the stakes. No longer the weak, terrified woman she was, Katelina will have to step up or lose everything she’s ever cared about.

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My Review: What an amazing end to the Amaranthine saga. I’m just blown away by what Joleene Naylor has done with this series. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – this vampire series does NOT sparkle. The Amaranthine series is definitely for grownups. Raw, sometimes violent, sexy, and filled with twists and turns, the series as a whole is absolutely incredible. Goddess of Night is certainly no exception.

In this book, our heroine Katelina proves she is no longer a frightened human who is being shoved kicking and screaming from one bad situation to the next. She has taken control of her destiny and her life. She plunges headfirst into an all-out war between ancient vampires of unimaginable powers. What I love about Katelina is that even though she has become a strong fighter and a fearsome immortal, she still carries with her some of her human vulnerabilities. When it comes to relationships, she still sometimes makes decisions based on emotion instead of logic. I love the fact that, despite her enormous evolution as a character throughout this series, she is still Katelina. Of course, I have my favorite secondary characters, but among those who really stood out to me in this book were Micah (love him in this book!), Oren, Torina, and Zander.

For those who are familiar with this series, there are some serious shockers in Goddess of Night. Lives are lost, while others are changed beyond recognition. A huge betrayal leaves Katelina reeling. I finished reading this book two days ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. I even dreamed about it last night! Needless to say, I am more in love with the Amaranthine world than ever. Please, if you haven’t read this series, do yourself a favor and get started right now.

My Rating: 5 stars!!!

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Book of the Day: Shades of Gray

Today’s Book of the Day is

Shades of Gray (Amaranthine Book1)

by Joleene Naylor

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When Patrick is murdered, Katelina is left with questions. Jorick, one of his so-called friends, has answers of the darkest kind: Patrick was involved with – and betrayed – a coven of vampires; vampires that may now be after Katelina.

The tale is fantastic, but the proof appears in a flash of fangs that Katelina and Jorick only just escape. Taken to a secret mansion, she discovers horror in its halls and learns the truth about her protector. Blood and destruction follow, and leave scars Katelina may never heal from.

The disturbing opener to the Amaranthine series pulls Katelina into darkness that tastes like fear and smells like blood, a world where night is eternal and vampires don’t sparkle.

Shades of Gray is currently free on Kindle and at other retailers. Grab your copy now: http://www.amazon.com/Shades-Gray-Amaranthine-Book-1-ebook/dp/B002RHP5D6/

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Clash of Legends: Book Review

Clash of Legends

(Amaranthine Book 7)

By Joleene Naylor

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The explosive seventh installment in the Amaranthine series brings blood, ruin, despair, and hope, for even in the darkest night there is still a moon.

After the battle in Indonesia. Katelina wakes in Samael’s domain. Though her memories are tattered, she knows someone is missing: Jorick.

Her vampire lover gathers an army to save her from the ancient, but his master Malick interferes. For five hundred years Malick has manipulated and ruined Jorick’s life. When he leaves Katelina broken and bleeding in the bowels of his oasis, it’s the final straw.

While Malick sets up his glorious war with a living legend, Jorick plans the ultimate taboo: to kill his master. He’s tried before and failed. Will this be different, or will he and Katelina be crushed in the carnage of a greater battle, between two whose blood goes back millennia?

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Review: Katelina, Jorick, and my other favorite vampires are back in what is probably the best book in the Amaranthine series. I know, I know. I say that about every book in this amazing series, but that’s because this series keeps getting better and better. Clash of Legends starts out strong with Katelina going from one dangerous situation to the next, and with a huge surprising twist early in the story. No, seriously! You really won’t expect this. Not in a million years.

Katelina is no longer the scared, confused young woman we met in the first book. She’s grown accustomed to this crazy world she’s a part of. While she doesn’t always agree with Jorick’s “adventures,” she’s not a passive participant. Katelina is independent and brave, and these qualities have earned the grudging respect of many. She’s even made a few of her own friends along the way.

Naylor kept me on my toes the entire book. The fast pace plot barreled toward an incredible ending. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it’s over! I can’t wait until the next book. I need more Amaranthine!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Children of Shadows: Book Review

Children of Shadows
Amaranthine: Book 6
By Joleene Naylor

The sixth installment of the Amaranthine series pulsates with the dark blood of vampire lore.

The Children of Shadows, a vampire cult not seen for hundreds of years, resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds. Led by a familiar face, the cult wreaks havoc while Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich’s stronghold. Ume, a mysterious vampiress, who claims to know Verchiel, offers the help of her secret organization. But how are she and Verchiel connected, and can they trust her?


As mysteries are solved, new ones appear. Why have the Children of Shadows returned, and is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look-alike? Jorick and Katelina will have to team up with past companions and new allies if they want to find out the truth.


Legends rise and secrets are revealed in a world where vampires walk, drenched in blood and shadows.

 
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My Review: War has come to the Amaranthine world, and Jorick and Katelina are caught up in the middle of it. A group claiming to be Children of Shadows is bombing vampire strongholds, while another secret organization claims to oppose them. After being held against their will in Munich, Jorick and Katelina escape only to find themselves plunged into intrigue and danger. They’re swept along from continent to continent, intent on getting to the bottom of who is leading the Children of Shadows. Is Malick the ring-leader, or is the newly awakened Samael the one who resurrected the evil group? And, most importantly, who keeps invading Katelina’s thoughts and dreams?

I know I keep saying each book is the best one yet, but that’s because each book gets better and better. Children of Shadows is a very strong sixth book in the series, a book that sets up the series for the most exciting plot-line yet. This book centers around Cyprus, Malick, and Samael–three dangerous vampires with their own unique goals. Cyprus is focused on revenge, while Malick craves turmoil and power. Samael’s ultimate goals are unknown to Jorick and Katelina, and this makes him the most dangerous adversary of all. While forces within Katelina drives her to greater strength and bravery, she is probably the most vulnerable she’s been throughout the series.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the underlying fear inspired by Samael who is always on the periphery of Katelina’s thoughts and fears. There are hints that Katelina isn’t quite the same since she consumed the ancient vampire’s blood at the end of book five, but even Jorick and Verchiel can’t quite figure out the ultimate effects.

In terms of character development, this book has a lot going on. Katelina’s relationship with the other characters evolves, particularly with Sadhira, Loren, Oren, Etsuko, and even Torina. Even the more prickly of her vampire companions (Micah) has grudging respect for her, as she’s proven herself in more ways than one. There’s a great scene with Loren and Micah where Katelina shows her devotion and love for the vampires who have been a part of her life.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just like I’ve enjoyed the entire series. The author’s talent in creating this detailed world and tying multiple characters and plot lines together is astounding. If you’re looking for a series to fall in love with, this is it. With six full-length books, several short story collections, and a blog dedicated to the series, being an Amaranthine fan is truly an experience. I can’t wait for book seven!

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Heart of the Raven: Book Review

Heart of the Raven
Amaranthine: Book Five
By Joleene Naylor
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A myth with the power to destroy the world…

Katelina has barely recovered from the chaos of Malick’s revolt, yet she and Jorick must go to Munich to testify before the True Council. All hopes of a vacation are dashed when they’re assigned an entourage that includes Verchiel, a vampire Katelina never wants to see again.

Her hatred is forgotten when Malick and his henchmen penetrate the stronghold in Munich. Jorick hijacks the trip and diverts them on a quest to reclaim the Heart of the Raven. Said to be the disembodied heart of Lilith, the relic may be more reality than myth, and if it falls into the wrong hands it could have disastrous consequences for the world. Can they reach its hiding place before Malick?

The fifth installment of the Amaranthine series sees Jorick and Katelina draw closer as they surround themselves with their own miniature army to outwit the machinations of the ancient master. Katelina grows stronger and learns to stand on her own because there’s no room for the fainthearted in a world where darkness is eternal and the night tastes like blood.

My Review: Joleene Naylor takes her vampires on the road in this exciting fifth book in the Amaranthine series. From the Citadel in Iowa to Munich and beyond, Katelina and Jorick are constantly on the move as they try to evade Malick’s minions while seeking the Heart of the Raven. In the book, we meet a new cast of characters as they travel the world, and revisit favorites (Verchiel–score!). I loved this book, particularly the ending because it’s completely unexpected and sets up the rest of the series for something spectacular. This book has some of the best fight scenes in the series and offers some of Verchiel’s best humorous moments. And, did I mention that Katelina’s bad ass side comes out to play and she kicks some serious butt? I don’t know where Naylor finds these amazing characters and plotlines, but her imagination is limitless. I’m astounded by this series as it keeps getting better and better.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Children of Shadows Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to be a part of the Children of Shadows Blog Tour. Children of Shadows is the sixth book in the Amaranthine series by Joleene Naylor, and if you’ve read any of my previous reviews, you’ll know I’m a huge fan. Today, we’ve got an excerpt from the book and an opportunity for you to enter a giveaway. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Let’s have a look at the blurb for Children of Shadows

The sixth installment of the Amaranthine series pulsates with the dark blood of vampire lore.

The Children of Shadows, a vampire cult not seen for hundreds of years, resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds. Led by a familiar face, the cult wreaks havoc while Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich. Ume, a mysterious vampiress, claims to know Verchiel and offers the help of her secret organization. But can they trust her?

As mysteries are solved, new ones appear. Why have the Children of Shadows returned, and is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look-alike?

Legends rise and secrets are revealed in a world where vampires walk, drenched in blood and shadows.


Excerpt from Children of Shadows:

It was nearly three when Jorick and Katelina went to the restaurant. Wolfe and Sadihra sat at a table in one of the smaller rooms. A handful of tables were scattered around them, but most were empty. Though Katelina couldn’t say why, she got the impression it was some kind of VIP room.

Sadihra greeted them, and Wolfe gave them stony nods. A waiter took their order; blood for the vampires and a pasta dish for Katelina. Once he’d gone, Wolfe turned to Jorick. “The Höher Rat spoke to the prisoners we brought with us.”

“And?” Jorick asked.

“Their evidence held true. They would give very little information about their so-called order, except to say its function is to destroy the Children of Shadows, which they claim is not defunct as we all believe, but instead has been secretly thriving.”

“The last of that cult died when I was still a fledgling,” Jorick said. “Malick helped hunt Memnon himself. I watched him burn, and I watched his followers burn.” He paused a moment then added with no emotion, “I helped to light the fires for some.”

Wolfe nodded. “I was there, too, if you’ll remember. They weren’t all they were rumored to be, just a squabbling bunch of immortals scrabbling for power.”

“There was a lot of that back then,” Jorick said.

“Yes, before the Kugsankal stamped out the last of it and organized the new system. With the recent upheavals, I worry those times may come again. If the group really has resurfaced then it’s no wonder. Malick may have set a dangerous precedent.”

The waiter interrupted with the food, and it was only after the glasses of blood were poured from a large crystal decanter that the conversation resumed.

“As I was saying, the research department found mention of The Black Vigil in a collection of letters from the ancient materials department. They were a group from Moldavia, led by a Dumitru, who organized them in the fourteenth century, initially to fight another ‘evil’ master. Eventually they evolved as enemies of The Children of Shadow, though it doesn’t say why. There was some hint that they had a change of leadership, but no specific name is given. They disappeared from records in the sixteenth century, presumably wiped out by the Children, and no one has seen or heard of them since.”

“I see.” Jorick sipped from his glass. “So they are both dead orders, so to speak.”

“Or un-dead,” Katelina muttered to herself.

“It doesn’t say exactly when they disappeared, does it?” Jorick asked thoughtfully. “If they were enemies of the Children of Shadows I feel we should’ve run across them.”

“The last mention is some time before Memnon was destroyed, so there’s a chance they were gone before we were involved. We were both young then.”

Jorick nodded. “Did they manage to trace either of the prisoners? Their masters, covens, and such?”

“No. They both swear allegience to a Fethillen. They claim she’s the leader of the Black Vigil, and at least six hundred years old, but there are no records of her. Of course, that doesn’t disprove her existence, since even The Sodalitas’ records are very incomplete. It isn’t easy to keep track of every vampire in the world.”

Katelina tested her dinner and found it tasty. “So what are they going to do with them?”

“Who?” Wolfe asked coldly.

“Ume and Qu-what’s-her-name.”

Wolfe looked uncomfortable. “They were initially charged with attacking Scharfrichter and Executioners, but since it was determined we weren’t on official business, and they didn’t actually attack us first—in fact it was your companion, Micah, I believe, who threw the first blow.” The sneer in his voice said Jorick was somehow to blame.

“He’s hardly my companion,” Jorick replied coldly. “Look to Oren.”

“And is not Oren one of yours?” Wolfe asked.

Sadihra cut in. “It doesn’t matter. What Wolfe was trying to say is that they are to be released.”

“And what of the Children of Shadows?” Jorick asked. “Are there any other rumors of their resurrection?”

Wolfe gulped the last of his blood and leaned back in the chair. “None.”

“Then who attacked us and killed everyone in the marina?” Katelina asked

Wolfe made a low noise. Katelina wasn’t sure what he was aggravated about in particular. Maybe everything. She knew she was.

Katelina wanted dessert, but Wolfe and Sadihra excused themselves. Sadihra said they would have to eat together again, “Should your stay become prolonged.” Katelina hoped it wouldn’t be necessary.

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Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by soybeans, corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She has been writing and drawing since she was a small child, with a particular leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It is this love of all that goes bump in the night that led her to write the Amaranthine series.

In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. Joleene maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their miniature zoo. However, unless she starts buying tickets she won’t win anything.

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Vampire Morsels: Book Review

Vampire Morsels: Short Story Collection
By Joleene Naylor
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Seventeen short stories from the world of Amaranthine; a universe of blood and darkness where vampires don’t sparkle and night is eternal. Includes:

Kateesha – When Kateesha and her partner are sent to apprehend a rogue coven, things go awry and carry terrible consequences.

Michael – Michael isn’t interested in finding a job, so his mother finds one for him. If only she’d known she was sending him to work for vampires.

Troy – Claudius is having a get together, and leaves Troy in charge of greeting the guests. But what happens when he finds himself stuck babysitting a pretty boy vampire?

Jesslynn – When Jesslynn’s baby gets sick, she sees only way to save him; by discovering whatever dark ritual keeps their neighbor, Jorick, healthy and eternally young. She gets more than she bargained for.

Also includes: Velnya, Sarah, Nirel, Kariss, Herrick, Elsa, Claudius, Bethina, Benjamin, Ashton, Arowenia, Alexander and Adam

Note: I won a copy of this book in a contest. This is my honest review.
My Review: Vampire Morsels is a collection of short stories based on the Amaranthine series. When I began reading, I honestly didn’t think I’d finish the book. I figured I’d need to read at least the first novel in the series before I could relate to the various characters in the short story collection. Needless to say, I was wrong. From the very first page, I was immediately drawn in to Joleene Naylor’s world. The characters were engaging, and each story tied into another in some way. We meet vengeful killers, philosophical vamps, young brides yearning for love, children, mothers, and innocent victims who can scarcely remember how they became vampires.
And the writing? Holy cow. This author can write. I’m a fan of Stephen King and Anne Rice. It takes a lot for a horror author to impress me. The reason I’m comparing this author with King and Rice is because she is every bit as good a writer as these two masters of the genre. Naylor’s vampires aren’t the lovestruck sparkly vamps that haunt high school hallways–these are complex characters with multifaceted personalities. Some are cruel and vicious, others are only doing what they need to do to survive.
I would highly recommend this book to vampire and horror lovers. I’m definitely sold on the Amaranthine world and can’t wait to take a bite out of Shades of Gray (Book one in the series).
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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