Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Skin Deep" & "Lost Soul" Double Review


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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ABOUT THE NOVEL:

Title: SKIN DEEP
Series: The DARKWORLD Series
Volume: 1
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: 28 April 2013
Format: eBook
Format:Paperback
ISBN-10:  1484836707
Publisher: Infinite Ink
Pages: 390
Add in Goodreads: Skin Deep on GoodReads

EXCERPT:
"The cold cocking of guns set my body on fire.
It also did something worse. With mortal fear gripping me, my imminent Change wasn't taking second place anymore. My body churned the fear and my Panther grasped at the visceral power of the adrenalin in my veins.
I ran.
A gunshot echoed around the garden, the sound ping-ponging off the aging brick walls of the surrounding apartment buildings.
I gasped as a blast of searing pain slammed into me.
As a bullet buried itself deep within my shoulder."

DESCRIPTION:
Panther Shape-shifter Kailin Odel just wants to be normal. Leaving her clan, and her Alpha responsibilities, to live with her grandmother in Chicago had been the best thing for her. Only then did she discover her ability to track and kill the soul sucking undead creatures called Wraiths. Now she protected the humans, and had something to be proud of.
But, when she discovers the body of a murdered shape shifter, Kailin has to come to terms with the reality that her own kind are just as vulnerable as the humans.
The closer Kailin gets to the killer the more she has to face the intricacies of her people. When the time comes can she accept who and what her real purpose is?
*Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
This was a great read! From the beginning you really get a feel for the loss of family that Kailin is dealing with, on top of her Wraith hunting stresses.  She finds herself in the middle of a war when she is in the wrong place at the wrong time coming upon a body dump.  She then meets up with a group that might be her help in dark times.
This one keeps you turning the pages!!
ABOUT THE NOVEL:

Title: LOST SOUL
Series: The DARKWORLD Series
Volume: 2
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: Nov 2013
Format: eBook
Format:Paperback
ISBN-10:  TBA
Publisher: Infinite Ink
Pages: 390
Add in Goodreads: Lost Soul on Goodreads

EXCERPT:
"I was too light-headed to do anything but sink to the floor, my knees at last losing the fight to hold me up. The heavy-bottomed drinking glass slipped from my grasp falling straight to the wood floor, smashing into a million pieces. As the glass hit the ground water burst from it like a geyser, spraying droplets all over the kitchen. And all over me.

Good job, Odel. Now who's going to clean up this mess?

I lay where I fell, my face resting close to my poison-wreathed arm. I stared at it as it throbbed and pulsed, as if the poison had taken on a life of its own and was just waiting for the next moment to advance further into my flesh."

DESCRIPTION:
With her sister missing and her mother and Anjelo stuck in the Wraith World, Kai must find a way to save them all. But the Wraith poison has brought her to her knees and only Logan's fire can help ease her pain.

Uncertain who to rescue first, Kai's decision is made for her when she discovers her sister Greer is stuck in the Greylands and slowly going insane. Desperate to save her, Kai will go to incredible lengths to obtain a portal key to the land of the dead - and maybe, she’ll go one step too far.

From deathtalkers to demons, trackers to ghosts, Kai must fight against betrayal and evade the clutches of danger to set her sister free. Can she save Greer from a horrific death - and will she ever be able to forgive herself if she can’t?
*Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Book Two starts right where book one leaves off, and Kai is still trying to figure out how to save herself from the Wraith poisoning.  She is lucky that Logan's fire power can help her relieve the pain from the poisoning!  Not only that, she has to also deal with saving not only her mother, but her sister as well!  They are both stuck in alternate worlds and she has to decide who to rescue first!
This book does not disappoint on action!! From the beginning till the end I was reading as fast as I could to see what was happening next! 
She meets some new friends who have her back, and she builds on her relationship with Logan.  There are a couple of scenes that leave her toes curling! 
Absolutely recommend this book to others!  Go pick up a copy and get to reading!!

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