Melinda Howard is the Demon Isle’s weird girl… the one that’s been holed up in the Howard Mansion for the last four years. Why? No one knows the truth except for her family… a long line of witches charged with protecting the Demon Isle, currently led by four hundred year old vampire, William Wakefield. Another reason Melinda doesn’t mind her self-inflicted imprisonment. She gets to spend more time with William, her crush for nearly all her life who’s too hot for words. And now, so are her dreams.
Dreams that have a tendency to come true. Although typically, they don’t include the handsome vampire she’s crushing on but rather horrifying visions of people about to die.
But she cannot stay under self-inflicted house arrest forever! And if her brothers or William get their choice in the matter, Melinda will be out of the house partying with her friends on the beach, giving her affections to a human, not a vampire, and getting into her role as a witch.
A role her eldest brother Charlie lives for, and a role her second brother Michael would rather live without. But when duty calls, usually from the local sheriff needing help with some tourist who’s gotten themselves into trouble, life, fun and choice get set aside and duty takes over.
Such is the case when the sheriff needs help solving a murder; one she fears is supernatural in nature. To assist her in the case, she calls upon the skills of Charlie, who’s a little more than just a Howard Witch, and Michael, an empath and death reader.
What Michael discovers from the reading however, could be more than any of them can deal with or accept. Worse yet, they fear what this discovery will do to Melinda, as it returns them all to the core of her self-imprisonment.
Back to the lives she could not save…
“Make Me a Real Girl”
Volume 1, I have read before. I tore through my stuff to see if I wrote anything about it, I did not. :( More and likely I read this waiting for the next Fated Saga Book to come out. I do have the tendency to get hooked on a series and the other things an Author writes doesn’t hold for me. This is where I can be labeled a “Snob”.
I was happy to pick this Box set up, and to get to know the Howards’ and William all over again.
Rachel’s writing is something I call my brain crack. In which my mind can slip from character to character easily.
So In volume 1 you get a nice set up of the characters, place, and the main plot line, with a great dose of mystery. If you have only Volume 1, do yourself a favor and get the others since volume 1 leaves you hanging!
“What Bites Me”
WOW! Fast Paced and Nail biting! So Much happens to the Howard Siblings in one day. I want to say more. Alas I fear It might spoil the ride. I will state this about Volume 2 it leaves you hanging also! Who knew three little dots could be so mean!
“Trick Me, Trick Me Not”
Can the Howards ever catch a break. Well if they did it would be slightly boring spot as the plot twists and thickens. New Supernaturals are introduced. At least when when Volume 3 leaves with yet another hanger, it answers a question. Granted I went “DUH!” when it happened.
My conclusion in this…… Witches Of The Demon Isle Box set Has kept me Highly entertained for a Day. I love these types of tiny books. Makes having a nice cup of coffee so enjoyable!
***WARNING*** THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Before you purchase this book, please be aware that Arianna Rose contains mature subject matter, violence, and material with religious reference that could be considered controversial. Moving from place to place is nothing new to Arianna Rose. Always finding herself on the wrong side of the tracks wherever she goes, she’s used to being an outcast, used to not fitting in. But nothing prepares her for what happens when she and her mother move to Herald Falls. Changes occur. Violence erupts. Arianna learns she’s not an ordinary teenage girl. She’s different… and deadly. Suddenly empowered with abilities she cannot harness, Arianna struggles to discover the meaning behind their abrupt appearance. And she’s not alone. Someone else seeks to understand her powers, and to destroy her.
Arianna Rose is another book I had picked up and read about 20% of it, then put it down. At the time it just was not what I was looking for. Seeing that I started it, I knew I should finish it. So Off I went. Just before I reach the last page, I had a thought that 129 pages would take me longer than I would like to admit. Than “Poof!” Part 1 of Arianna Rose was done with a Cliff Hanger!
So….. Howard scares the living daylights out of me. If you are faint of heart, cannot stomach the tiniest bit of violence in a book. Beware of Howard! His violent acts in this book made me weep and bile rise up in my throat. He is such a monster that I can’t wait to see him gone. Highly disappointed that it didn’t happen in part 1.
Though without Howard I would not be fully invested in Arianna. Mr. & Mrs. Martucci are a great writing Team. They have taken me from lets finish this and forget it, to OMGOODNESS I’m out of book credit to get the second!
Better Off Dead – An Urban Fantasy (Lily Harper Series Book 1)
Published Jan, 12, 2014
If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it.
Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be.
First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.)
Learning that Lily’s death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees,) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again.
But, as with most things involving the afterlife, beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there by Afterlife Enterprises during a Y2K computer glitch.
Second, there’s angel Bill. As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn’t enough, Lily’s guide to the Underground is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill, the antithesis of anything wholesome. With only Dante’s Inferno and Bill to help her in her quest, Lily’s future isn’t looking bright.
Finally, there’s the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black. As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn’t trust Tallis, but she also can’t deny her attraction to him.
Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what’s in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would’ve just been better off dead.
The start of this book just didn’t hold for me. I Read about 20 pages give or take and put it down to read something else. I have come to the conclusion it was me and not the book at all. Since I have several books that I have started and need to get back to.
I like the character Lily, she would be someone I would like to have around. She is sweet and smart. Plus the random shock value would be a great bonus for me.
After reading all of this book I have decided better for Lily to have this adventure than I. Between Bill and Tallis I might of ended up stuck in the shade. Both would be driving me nuts for completely different reasons. I will be honest while reading I would of paused and pretend Lily smack the hell out of one and throttle the other. Even with all that H.P. Mallory delivered me into a wonderful world I can’t wait to get back to.
Amazon Kindle And Nook ( At the time of this Post Better off Dead is Free on Both Sites)