I just read: Crescent Moon | Phoebe Harkness 2 | James Fahy | 5/5

Blurb

What do you do when your world is turned upside down?

When you discover your father had a direct hand in the genocide of much of the world’s human population?

Phoebe Harkness’ life has changed forever. Thirty years after a cataclysmic world war that eviscerated one third of the human population, a new sub-species of vampire-like drones has set its teeth to the survivors of humanity.

They’re not the only ones: ‘Genetic Others’ such as vampires, werewolves and more roam the streets of New Oxford, trying – and sometimes failing – to live peacefully amongst humankind.

But that is all about to change.

A spate of serial killings have occurred, rocking the already fragile ecosystem of New Oxford.

Brutal murders and mutilation are now commonplace.

Phoebe must get to work. She is named as liaison between the Genetic Others and the Cabal, the ruling order of the walled city.

She must negotiate with the Tribals, a subset of werewolves cast aside by the cultural hegemony of the Cabal.

But before she can make any progress with the Tribal leader, Kane, she learns of more murders – and three missing students. And Kane’s daughter is among the missing…

One of the victims leaves a message in blood: ‘Crescent Moon’.

Now Phoebe must act urgently with the help of Kane and her former paramour, vampire Allesandro to track down the culprit of these horrific killings.

But who is conducting all of these strange happenings behind the scenes?

And what does it have to do with the Crescent Moon…?

Crescent Moon is the gripping second instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.

 

My Thoughts

Ooooooooh! Book two in the Phoebe Harkness series was so good!! Fantastic world-building, and I love all the characters. The plot continued to surprise me, gradually opening up to a bigger picture. I can’t wait for book three.  Tell me it’s coming soon?!

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I just read: Hell’s Teeth | Phoebe Harkness 1 | James Fahy | 5/5

Blurb

New Oxford.

A third of the human population has been lost.

The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.

In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.

But society had become fractured – humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.

The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.

Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to change…

When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.

And all that is left behind: her teeth.

Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someone’s prey herself…

But she is not alone – on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before it’s too late…

Hell’s Teeth is the gripping first instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.

 

My Thoughts

You guys! This book was SO good!! The opening chapter was brilliant – hooked me right in – and kept me that way right through.  I found it surprisingly refreshing to read a vampire story where romance wasn’t the central theme. Phoebe Harkness is witty, strong and extremely likeable. Fast moving plot,  and fantastic world-building.  Very impressed, I’m excited to read more from this author.

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Review: Vein of Love | Blackest Gold Series | R Scarlett | 3/5

There seems to have been a lot of hype on my social media about this series. And after all that hype,  I really wanted to love it. I heard it gets better, so I read book one and two, but unfortunately I’m still pretty meh about it.

Tensley was pretty hot,  but not enough to hook me and make me swoon,  and I didn’t really like Molly. I love a good on/off… Will they/won’t they… But I didn’t really like the way it was done here.  It felt a bit too repetitive.

It wasn’t a bad book,  it was a quick read and enjoyable… I guess it just didn’t sweep me off my feet, and I went into it with that expectation.

Author R Scarlett

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Review: A Shining in the Shadows | Beverley Lee | 5/5

Book two in the Gabriel Davenport series, and aAnother brilliant read from Beverley Lee. I thoroughly enjoyed following Gabe on this new journey in his life, seeing him grow and find his place. And,  you know… vampires! I love vampires!

Once again we are drawn into the ticking countdown of something epic – tension building,  twists turning,  sweeping us along the path towards the dramatic conclusion.  Great stuff!

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Review: The Making of Gabriel Davenport | Beverley Lee | 5/5

Wow,  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The rising tension was present from the start,  but it really kicked in at the midpoint and didn’t let up for a moment, right through to the climax (and a great ending that I didn’t see coming). I’m glad I hadn’t read the reviews first, because there was one thing that came as a total, brilliant surprise.

I’ve not read a horror book for a long time, but I’m diving straight into book two. And maybe now I’ll finally get around to the King and Koontz books in the tbr pile!

Author Beverley Lee

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Cover Reveal

It’s done! I’m so excited to reveal the cover that I have designed for Taste the Dark. I know it’s not exactly stereotypical for the paranormal romance genre, but that’s precisely what I wanted – to be different (and pretty!)  🙂

Of course, knowing me, I’ll probably change the blurb a thousand times before hitting the publish button!!

Hope you like it!

Vampire Makeover!

Aside from writing, my other passion is photography.

Photoshop is my happy place!

I gave this gorgeous guy a vampire makeover – Here’s the before and after. What do you think?

I could happily lose hours out of my day playing in photoshop like this! 🙂