Category Archives: Keri Arthur

Wishing Well Wednesday ~ You Spin Me Right ‘Round

Wishing Well Wednesday is a weekly feature showcasing the books we have on our wish lists and those we’re looking forward to being published.


“You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round…” ~ Dead or Alive

When an author spins off a series you love, the excitement to read that new series increases.


Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels #1) by Keri Arthur

Release Date: 7 September 2011

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.

Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.

And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.


*Book #2, Darkness Rising is due the following month on 25 October!

Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ There Be Dragons

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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


Destiny Kills (Myth & Magic #1) by Keri Arthur

Desire calls. Danger Lurks.
But…

When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.

Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels…


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “Some things I remembered.” {Destiny}
Closing Line: “That sounds like a damn fine plan,” I said, and kissed him. {Destiny}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

For me, the beginning of the story was the best part. Destiny wakes up on the beach next to a dead man with little to no memory of who she is or why she’s there.

Destiny does know that she must leave, but go where? Why? She’s not really sure. The rest of the story involves Destiny trying to regain her memory. Once she does, she remembers she’s a half-sea, half-air dragon who had been held prisoner in a testing facility and she must get to her father before he dies. Along the way, she meets Trae. I enjoyed the romance between the pair and their banter along their journey together.


Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Keri Arthur is not a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Trae had a tendency to repeat the phrase “Trust me” over and over again, which was a bit irritating.
I realized, while I enjoyed this book, I like Keri’s UF series (Riley Jenson) more than her PNR.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

Destiny and Trae are in the ocean at night; Trae says they should go inside.
{Destiny} “Or we could stay here, and talk about whatever pops up.”
{Trae} “Sweetheart, you may not feel the cold, but I’m fucking freezing.
Trust me, nothing worthwhile is going to pop up on a night like this.”

{Destiny} “Really? *looks down* That seems pretty worthwhile to me.”
{Trae w/a smile} “Trust me, it’s only a halfhearted effort.” Oooolala! 😉


“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for introducing me to Keri’s PNR series featuring dragons.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Review: Circle of Death by Keri Arthur

Circle of Death (Damask Circle, #2)Circle of Death (Damask Circle, #2)
by Keri Arthur

“In one, vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after her. And she has no idea why.
Doyle Fitzgerald has been sent to Melbourne, Australia to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a circle of witches capable of controlling the elements and a sorceress determined to take that power for herself. And he certainly isn’t expecting to play bodyguard to a woman who is more than she seems.When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby from the monsters that chase her, she has no choice but to place her safety in Doyle’s hand. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears to trust him because of the magic that lies in his soul.It quickly becomes evident that the reason behind the killings lies in Kirby’s past. But it is a past she has no wish to remember.

Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul.

Only her magic is capable of destroying the world.”

Details:
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by Piatkus Books
ISBN#: 9780749909178

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Despite a more complex plot and less wooden, more passionate and feisty characters than Circle of Fire and some improvements in the writing, Circle of Death still didn’t grab me.

I think the problem is a distinct lack of background and history of the Damask Circle and its employees. Only the heroine, the main protagonist, has enough back-story to fully understand where she’s coming from.

There’s very little interaction between the small cast of characters other than with the main couple (who were far more likeable than Jon and Maddie of the previous book) so there was nothing to be intrigued by or excited about. At least Circle of Fire had the violently prejudiced cop brother-in-law. There was no such equivalent here to peak my interest.

Even though I didn’t like the perhaps unintended sense of isolation (like the these handful of characters were the last people alive on earth) or the lack of depth and detail, I did enjoy Kirby’s magic -the ability to manipulate the elements and Doyle’s shapeshifting into a panther. The language used isn’t as corny and the book itself reads more like a paranormal romance with actual romance in it this time. I’ll definitely finish the trilogy but unfortunately it’s not a keeper.

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