While Mina and Mikhail are not my favorite couple of the Vampire Blood series, THE EMERALD LILY is nonetheless a passionate tale of romance with two strong-willed and lovable characters to root for. As the war between the evil vampire queen and those opposed to her comes to a climax around them, you can’t help but want the two of them to be able to find peace and love with each other.
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Novellas are the perfect medium for Christmas themed stories: perfect to read in one sitting under a blanket on a gray day. That said, I think I would have gladly read a full length novel about Ryan and Winter and their roller-coaster week before Christmas. BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS featured characters that got you invested quickly and kept you hooked until the end.
Once you get past the cover, Cross’ third installment in the Vampire Blood series, THE WHITE LILY is a sexy adventure with two protagonists you can’t help but root for.
BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS fits in a lot of YA paranormal romance cliches while somehow also managing to be very unique and totally creepy. The creative mythology really gives a lot of oomph to what could be a very flat and boring YA paranormal romance.
A villain becoming a hero and love interest in a later book doesn’t always work, but NEW MOON manages to make its hero likeable without wiping the slate clean. Sebastian has done some truly terrible things, but redemption, and maybe true love, is well within reach.
While I enjoyed THE RED LILY, it just didn’t quite live up to the first book in the series. Nikolai and Sienna are a wonderful couple and the chemistry between them is scorching, but the story just felt like it lacked a little something.
I know I don’t need to say that I love fairytale retellings, but there it is. I said it. And having read (and enjoyed) Cross’s work before, I was very curious about THE BLACK LILY and the direction she would go. It ended up being quite a fun read, with plot twists, steamy romance and a mystery to keep me entertained.
I love seeing different authors’ takes on fantasy creatures and DRAKON’S PROMISE shows us a world where half dragon half human shifters exist. Just hearing the little tastes of Darius’s past and how his powers work and why made me want to read more books about this world before we got to the actual plot of this book.
THE QUEEN’S DANCE is wonderfully funny and craftily written paranormal romance. I really enjoyed this book and the world building is fascinating. I loved how dragons live with humans as rock stars and and other highly visible occupations and their society with dragon queens and studs is pretty unique (and oh so very political).
CONSPIRACY BOY is not the most amazing, most original young adult paranormal novel you’ll ever read. However, if you don’t go in expecting the next big thing, you’re going to be extremely satisfied. It’s a fun, action-filled read. And while White doesn’t break any molds, she definitely makes things interesting.