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Realm Walker (Realm Walker #1) – Kathleen Collins

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Struck immediately by Realm Walker’s gorgeous cover, I mean was there anyone who didn’t love Trinity’s skintight leather catsuit in The Matrix, I knew that I had to read this book. From its kick-ass heroine of mysterious origins to her delicious vampire lover Realm Walker is no holds barred supernatural adventure from beginning to end, while seamlessly incorporating a teeth gritting-ly frustrating romance. Realm Walker is a chimera of all the best aspects of the paranormal genre. Kathleen Collins’ has skillfully reinvented the classic paranormal paradigm with the mysterious hard boiled investigator type with just enough femininity as to be a convincing romantic heroine and the autocratic yet emotionally vulnerable vampire who loves her in a dark world full of monsters and the result is a fresh and entertaining read.

As a Realm Walker for the Agency, Juliana Norris tracks deadly paranormal quarry using her unique ability to see magical signatures. She excels at her job, but her friends worry about her mysterious habit of dying in the line of duty without staying dead. That’s only the first of her secrets.

Most people don’t know Juliana became the mate of master vampire Thomas Kendrick before he abandoned her seven years ago. Most people don’t know the horrors she endured at the hands of the vampire he left in command. Most people don’t know her true parentage, or why a demon on a world-threatening rampage has taken a personal interest in her…

Oh Kathleen Collins, where have you been all my life?

As I read this supernatural based work that was part police procedural, part love story I was reminded of a certain series that featured a necromancer affectionately known as the Executioner. While I won’t make any further comparisons as that series broke my heart with the dark, dark places it went but Realm Walker made me dare to hope that the void it left could someday be filled. There were just enough similarities to other paranormal favorites of mine that I was immediately at ease in the world that this author has created yet Realm Walker definitely had its own unique identity. Needless to say I am anxiously awaiting the follow-up scheduled for March, Death’s Daughter…isn’t that just the best title?

To read a sample you can click this link http://kathleencollins.wordpress.com/realm-walker-excerpt/  but personally I wouldn’t bother just go and buy it instead.

AUTHOR: Kathleen Collins

RATING: 4 Stars

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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Healer – B.N. Toler

healerB.N. Toler has single-handedly restored my faith in the vampire story. While I expected to like Healer did I expect the Twilight does M. Night Shyamalanesque story I read? No, not even close. Aldo is a healer, a very dangerous thing to be in her world. Her talents are more psychically based than our traditional understanding of the word. Aldo can literally use her own life-force or preferably channels that of a host to heal someone who is not critically injured or terminally ill. When a young girl is hit by a truck in front of her, she reacts immediately, unwittingly revealing her true nature to forces she doesn’t know or understand. The driver of the truck is not what we expect either, he is another healer, the first that she has met outside of her family. The question is, is he one to be feared the way she has always been taught, or trusted?

There is balance in life most know nothing about. Some are put here to simply exist, while others have been placed here to ensure life. Healers such as Aldo Lawson understand the power of their gift, although at times, it seems more a curse. Upon meeting a handsome young healer named Thomas, Aldo’s life heads into a tailspin. With his arrival, Aldo’s aunt is forced to share a hard and scary truth—vampires exist. And not only do they exist, but they thirst for healer blood.

Despite this new and frightening information, Aldo longs for a normal senior year. So close to achieving her goal, her world turns upside down when her aunt is murdered and Thomas disappears. Riddled with questions, she sets out to find him.

Submerged in a world filled with sex and danger, Aldo hopes to find the vampires that will lead her to Thomas. When they find her first, she is forced to piece together truths, deal with her pain, and find that not everything is what it seems.

Following the accident Aldo is in equal parts horrified and fascinated by Thomas, the driver of the pickup truck. She, her twin brothers and her aunt Lucy have lived on the fringes of society most of her life on the run from what exactly she doesn’t know. The temptation of meeting Thomas and finding out more about their unique gift proves irresistible. Thomas is an enigma revealing enough about healers and the threats to them to captivate her completely but is it enough to save her from the threat that she has been sheltered from her entire life?

Healer was a satisfying read unfolding slowly and each time you think all has been revealed another layer would be uncovered. Part love story, part mystery, with a dash of horror thrown in Healer is an excellent addition to the genre and a exemplary beginning to a series.

AUTHOR: B.N. Toler

RATING: 4  Stars

GENRE: Paranormal Fiction

Note – Novel kindly provided by author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Human No Longer – Kathryn Meyer Griffith

HumanNoLonger_MED_zpsb2d65e70As a mother I do not doubt the belief that there is not many things more powerful than our love for our children. The question at the heart of Kathryn Meyer Griffith‘s novel Human No Longer is whether this love is strong enough to conquer the monstrous urges of the vampire.

Jenny and Jeff Sanders become victims of a bizarre crime; leaving Jeff dead and Jenny in a temporary coma. She returns to her children. With Jeff’s death she must move back to her childhood home, a haunted farmhouse, in Summer Haven, Florida, where once they destroyed a family of vampires.
Jenny has no appetite. She’s edgy. Her eyes hurt. She thinks it could be trauma or grief. Until one night she can’t resist the night woods or the overpowering urge to drink warm animals’ blood–and accepts the truth. Her attackers were vampires.
Now she’s becoming what she once reviled. She can’t abandon her children but must find a way to live in the human world. At night she hunts, in the day hides what she’s becoming and attempts to fit in.
Then townspeople begin dying. Like years before. With her blackouts, she fears she may be the killer, or is it her vampire attackers? For they’ve found her and demand she joins them–or her family will die. She resists until they kidnap her children. Then she has to find a way to outwit and ultimately destroy them.

Vampire bloodEven though the novel has elements of horror it is more of a thriller and these vampires are not your brooding, sexy, misunderstood ones that we have become accustomed to in the media. I enjoyed this story despite Jenny’s severe case of denial, perplexing considering her former dealings with undead creatures. Although this story can be read as a stand alone it is connected to Vampire Blood, which details Jenny’s first encounter with vampires and for those who like to read the whole story I would recommend it. For those who like a good old fashioned vampire story Human No Longer is the book for you.

AUTHOR: Kathryn Meyer Griffith

RATING: 3 1/2 Stars

GENRE: Horror Fiction

* Note – The reviewer was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.