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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Cassie Alexander
Publisher & Pages: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks 2012, 341 pages
Blurb: Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…
Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…
Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words--Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.
Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…
Highlight: The gruesome wounds of the Supernatural are tended to at a Paranormal Hospital.
Caution: If you have a weak stomach, forgo the gory details.
Highlight: The world has been brought to life by the casualness and ignorance Edie portrays towards the Paranormal beings. So you learn as she does.
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: CJ Archer
Publisher & Pages: Self-published, 300 pages
Blurb: India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.
Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.
With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.
Highlight: The quality of writing is AMAZING!
Caution: The ending felt a little abrupt.
Highlight: This is such an amazing story with unique characters.
Caution: It finished too soon! I want more!
Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher & Pages: MIRA Books, 463 pages
Blurb: Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.
Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.
But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.
Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner... every touch... every kiss.
Highlight: It contains a world of various paranormal individuals. What more could you want, besides a more thrilling read?
Caution: The beginning is quite lifeless, but hang in there, it picks up after three chapters.
Highlight: The characters have potential to shine, but it seems someone forgot to turn on the lamp.
Caution: Many of the characters lack solid emotions and desires, which causes the characters to fade from existence.
Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publisher & Pages: HiJink Ink, 263 pages
My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker. When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. I'm on the FBI's wanted list. I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and I have no need for anyone else in my life. But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction. One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn't know a thing about the supernatural. One whose kisses set me on fire.
Highlight: The rapid change of scene mirrors the character being on the run.
Caution: Rylee runs around like a headless chicken.
Highlight: The action scenes replay for your enjoyment.
Caution: Repeated lines of the characters dry up faster than Rylee can run.