Authors Showcase: Life is a Fantasy
April 18, 2013
The Book: Defy: Firstborn Trilogy Book One
The Author: Raine Thomas
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.
Review by Melissa: There is no measure for the amount of love I have for the Estilorians. This world is unique, exciting, and completely entertaining! I’ve been counting down the days for the release of Defy and my patience (okay the lack thereof) was totally worth it. I bought the book, settled down in a comfy position, and prepared myself to be wowed. And boy was I ever WOWED.
The story takes off right away bringing back characters that I adore from The Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and introducing a whole bunch of amazing new ones. I love that we get to experience several different stories at once and how everything comes together perfectly.
Tate is so much fun. She’s curious and she longs for adventure and to prove her own strength. She knows the rules, however she also knows how to bend them. Seemingly innocent fun turns into disaster. Now she’s far from home, alone, and injured. (Great job, Tate.) Then enters Zachariah (hello, hottie.) Only thing is, he’s more interested in getting away from Tate than rescuing her. (Well crap.) He’s been on his own for more than fifty years, so naturally being “stuck” with a 17 year old who calls him out on his lies (a part that I FREAKING LOVE!) is a little annoying for him. He doesn’t know what to make of Tate seeing as he’s never met another Estilorian like her. Their connection/relationship is definitely entertaining.
Okay who can tell me they don’t want this?
“He didn’t kiss her. No, that was far too sedate a term for it. He claimed her.”
I mean seriously, THAT IS SMOKIN’ HOT. I love it.
Raine Thomas is one of my favorite writers. She has a gift for bringing us into her world of endless possibilities. Her characters will become a part of you and you will dream of Becoming an Estilorian too.
The Book: Sweet Soldier: An Urban Fantasy Story
The Author: Misty Evans
The Story: Armageddon is coming and it’s up to me to stop the Four Horsemen and their heavenly army of angels. Unfortunately, one of the Horsemen happens to be my rock star boyfriend, Radison Beaumont. At least that’s what his ex-fiancée, Parker Burkett, claims.
Parker wants revenge on me for stealing Rad and she’s working with my arch enemy, Queen Maria, a succubus who wants me back in her court of supernaturals. The only way I can stop them and the coming biblical apocalypse is to recruit an army – an army led by the king of hell.
Lucifer’s not about to help without getting something in return, and following orders – even his – is not my style. I’m turning my inner demon loose on Parker, Maria, and the Horsemen – and saving the humans I love at the same time.
But what price will I pay for dealing with the devil? Going to the dark side has never been so sweet.
Review by Amy R: I love the Kali Sweet Series. Where else can you get a snarky, vengeance demon who loves humans and kicks ass? The third book in the series, Sweet Soldier is just as action packed as the first two. I always wonder how Misty is going to top the last book but she always does. In Sweet Soldier, it is up to Kali to stop the coming apocalypse. No pressure or anything, Kali!
Kali has a lot of men in her life that want to do her bidding. After reading the first two books, I have developed a crush on Damon, Kali’s boss, but not the hero in the book. Radison “Rad” Beaumont is the hero. He is the sexy, rocking Chaos Demon who falls short of my (and Kali’s) expectations sometimes but often there is so much going on in the books that no one has time to dwell on that. Then we have Alexandru, the Master Vamp whose blood Kali needs to stay strong. Dru would like nothing more than to take Kali to bed, and is a big source of the chaos that happens when Rad is around and sees Dru trying to lure Kali away. We also have Cole, her War demon bodyguard and close friend. Love that guy.
But, in Sweet Soldier, on top of all the men causing Kali unnecessary craziness in her life she has real issues to tend to, namely saving the world from the Apocalypse.Throw in the Pope, Lucifer, some torture and you have a pretty exciting story that doesn’t slow down until the end of the book. Something that makes these books great is that there is never just one obstacle Kali has to overcome – there are many. In Sweet Soldier Kali even makes a trip over to Vatican City! There are many surprises in this book and wish I could talk about them without spoiling the story!
Misty does a fantastic job with Sweet Soldier. She finds the perfect balance of action and romance. I love how Kali has grown so much over the past couple of books. If you love Urban Fantasy, I highly recommend you give Sweet Soldier a try. If you don’t normally love Urban Fantasy, I still say you should try Misty’s Kali Sweet series. I know you will love them.