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Devotion

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Devotion (The Afflicted Saga: Tale of the Fallen Book I)
By Katika Schneider
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery

Demons were nothing but legends…

Or so the young General Nessix Teradhel had always believed. Abandoned by her god and caught in a political trap with her late father’s old comrade, Nessix had barely kept herself together even before these startling reports appeared.

But now Mathias Sagewind, the fabled White Paladin, has arrived on her quiet island nation of Elidae with confirmation of such terrors. Wielding the name of the Mother Goddess and divine strength not seen in years, he is Elidae’s best chance at victory. In the wake of a holy war, Nessix must learn to trust Mathias as he attempts to guide her from a troubled past and protect her from a tragic future.

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Katika Schneider

About the Author

A lover of literary adventure and notorious breaker of writing rules, Katika Schneider’s been an obsessive writer for most of her life. She started out writing for herself before surrendering to her characters’ demands, and began pursuing publication in 2014. She’s a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell.

Holding her degree in Animal Science, Kat planned on attending veterinary school until incisions started making her faint. Today, her non-writing hobbies include classical horsemanship, collecting garden gnomes, customizing toy horses, binge watching anime, and rolling around on the floor making stupid noises with her awesome dog. She lives with her husband and their abundant family of critters.

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Game
Changers of the Apocalypse
by
Mark Kirkbride
Genre:
Post-Apocalyptic Horror
 
It’s
always the end of the world when you break up with someone. This time
it really is… Everyone on the planet has mysteriously disappeared,
leaving exes Greg and Polly. They’ve survived the apocalypse, yet
shouldn’t have. Battling each other and a malevolent entity that
teases them with their fate, how long can they remain ahead? Even
more terrifying than everyone else on the planet disappearing is
what’s about to take their place…
Mark
Kirkbride lives in Shepperton, England. He is the author of two
novels, Game Changers of the Apocalypse and Satan’s Fan Club, both
published by Omnium Gatherum. His short stories can be found in Under
the Bed, Sci Phi Journal, Disclaimer Magazine and Flash Fiction
Magazine. His poetry has appeared in the Big Issue, the Morning Star,
the Mirror and Horror Writers Association chapbooks.
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Dark Paranormal Fantasy
Date Published: 4/28/17
Publisher: Story Bound Publishing
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Centuries ago ten powerful vampire gods first walked the earth; their blood thirst knew no boundaries. The destruction of mankind was inevitable. Recognizing their weakness, they selected twelve wise human beings to transform with their godly blood. These twelve, known as The Old Ones and The Council, govern The Ten. A blood lottery appeasing The Ten’s hunger was set forth into the human world and passed down every fifth generation, continuing into the present day.
All of Beth Ryan’s life a mysterious mist has watched over her; a mist she believed to be a vampire. On a cold winter night, Philippe Delon, a 700-year-old vampire walks into Beth’s life. She is drawn to him, certain he is the vampire behind the mist…but is he? 
Beth and Philippe cannot deny their love for each other, nor do they try to fight it. Within days of their encounter, Beth accepts Philippe’s invitation to move into his mansion. The mansion unlocks the door to the vampire world and exposes secrets from Beth’s past. Within its walls, she learns the true identity of the mist, her link to the blood lottery, and betrayal of her loved ones. Surrounded by lies, Beth stands before The Council begging for resolution.
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My Review
4 Stars

Beth Ryan has been looked over by a mist that sometimes appears to her in a man’s shape. She knows this is a vampire and dreams of them being together. Years later she has been dating her best friend for several years when he asks her to move in with him. She turns him down, discovers that Philippe Delon is a 700 year old vampire and assumes he is the one that has been watching over her all of these years. She dumps her boyfriend and leaves everything behind to move in with Philippe.

But then we learn about vampires and how they almost killed humanity and how The Council governs The Ten original vampires. It seems Philippe was not very honest with Beth and now she has to decide what she is going to do with this information. There is also another hot vampire that Beth is getting pretty entangled with and she is going to have to decide who she wants to be with.

I am torn on writing this review. I love the history and the background when it came to the vampire history. I enjoyed the new twist on how vampires are created and the rules that The Ten must follow. I even liked how Beth fit into this part of the story. The problem I had was with Beth.

I am not impressed with Beth and the logic, or shall I say lack of, behind her decisions. Essential she is stringing along her best friend for numerous years and dumps him for an imaginary/misty idea of a man. Then when she meets the vampire she just drops everything to go jump his bones. Then when another vampire comes along she is torn between jumping his bones or Philippe.

There are possibilities to this story if you can get past this part of it. I do have the next couple books to read so I hope it gets better from here.

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Dark Paranormal Fantasy
Date Published: 3/17/17
Publisher: Story Bound Publishing
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Five years crawled by at a painfully slow pace for young vampire, Beth; each year more agonizing than the next. The powerful unyielding spell which masked Amon’s whereabouts showed no signs of weakening.  Influenced by the binding ritual and Amon’s blood surging inside her, Beth will stop at nothing, and risk everything, to find him and turn the tables on Osiris, Isis, and Hathor.  In foggy streets of London, lives are threatened by a new breed of hunter, and nothing is what it seemed.  Beth once again finds herself surrounded by betrayal.  In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between Philippe and Amon – knowing that her decision will change one life forever. But whose?
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My Review

4 Stars

It is five years since Beth has been turned into a vampire and she desperately longs to be with Amon. But Amon has a masking spell on him and she can’t find him. So Beth has stayed with Philippe since he seems to want to make the marriage work. But then the spell is broken and Beth can find Amon and the gods that have caused her so much heartache and she has some serious revenge planned.

So things have gone as expected with Beth. She is heartbroken and can’t seem to live without Amon because of the binding. I can understand that plus the planning for revenge too. But once again she is still married to Philippe even after learning of his betrayal. It’s almost like she just can’t stand to be alone. Then when she catches him with another woman she has the audacity to be mad at him. Like she has room to talk.

Then when she finds Amon she is all over him and still stringing Philippe along. The love triangle is not the typical “who do I really want to be with” it’s more of the “I just have to be with you but can’t call it quits with him.”

But when they introduced the vampire hunters that is when the book picked up. I really like the last portion but was getting bored with the first. Now I’m curious to see where this is going from her plus I have the next book to read so I might as well find out how this ends.

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Dark Paranormal Fantasy
Date Published:  3/16/18
Publisher: Story Bound Publishing
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Brandon Cass is not your average teenager. He has a taste for blood—human blood. For sixteen years, he stumbled through life without a hitch until the enigmatic aroma of blood awakened something dark within him. Visions of a beautiful young woman with chocolate brown hair and ocean blue eyes haunt his mind, yet her identity is a puzzling mystery.
His hunger for blood strengthens, and the cravings become too powerful to control. No one is safe, not even his family. To safeguard all he once found dear, Brandon sets out on a quest for answers. In an unfamiliar city, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful young woman, confronts the dark force which controls him, and learns what he must endure to reclaim his soul.
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My Review
5 Stars

Brandon Cass is your typical teenager until one day when the smell of blood drives him bonkers. Sam takes his weird look as flirting and starts making out with him until he bites her. It seems that Brandon is a vampire and knew nothing about it. Now he is trying to find someone to help him figure out what is going on and how he can get back to his former teenage life.

I really enjoyed this book in the series. You have a new lead who has no idea what is going on and has to go on an adventure to figure it out. Thankfully his little sister, Lindsey and tutor, Rick are there to help him along. Of course there is a little romance with Hypatia supposedly waiting centuries to be reunited with Brandon. No comment.

There are a couple things that did catch and drag the story down a little but they really were not that major for me, especially compared to the other two books. The Vamprie Within could easily be read as a standalone story. Now I am curious about other books by Laura Daleo.

I received a complimentary copy of these books. I voluntarily chose to read and post honest reviews.

About the Author

 photo _DSC0499-webready_zpspmkx1yqp.jpgLaura Daleo was born and raised in San Diego, California where she majored in Fine Arts at Mesa College. She is best known for her love of animals and shares her home with three humorous Basset Hounds, Stuart, Morgan, and Dexter, her toughest critics. Laura has held positions in several industries, Restaurant, Telecom, Biotech, Research, and Retail. Throughout Laura’s professional career, she furthered her writing skills by taking courses and by joining writer’s critique groups and Writers Digest. She is now the owner of Story Bound Publishing, a fresh voice in the supernatural realm of ebooks and traditional print, committed to publishing unearthly tales of Aliens, Angels, Demons, Fairies, Ghosts, Shifters, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Zombies and all other creatures that go bump in the night.

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