Friday 20 April 2012

Book Chat: Insiders Guide & Other # 2

So this one is going to run a little different, because it’s all the novella’s that come with the Lords of the Underworld series

Prod dets
Into the Dark
Pub: 2010, HQN books
Author: Gena Showalter
Cat: insider guide (para-romance)
Format: paperback (mid); 394pp
Age Range: adults                                            
            The back says
Three otherworldly tales from the master of paranormal romance....
And a brand-new Lords of the Underworld bonus guide!

    A Lords of the Underworld prequel
Geryon is the guardian of hell, more monster than man. Cadence is the goddess of Oppression, more angel than woman. Together they will enter the flames to battle a dangerous horde of demon lords—and discover a passion unlike any other.

A tale of Atlantis
Zane, a fierce vampire warrior, has been enslaved by the Amazons. Nola, a lovely Amazon soldier, has been cursed with invisibility. Now, these two stubborn enemies must overcome the past that haunt them and embrace a love that can set them free...

A Lords of the Underworld Tale
Once, Atlas, the Titan god of Strength, was the Greek goddess Nike’s slave. Now, he is her master. And soon these sworn rivals destined to destroy each other will be forced to risk everything for a chance at love....

The darkest fire, The darkest Night, [tb], the darkest pleasure, the darkest prison, the darkest whisper, the darkest Angel, the darkest passion, the darkest lie, the darkest Secret, the darkest Surrender, the darkest Seduction,

# 0.5, the Darkest Fire
Amazon’s curse {novella I’m not going to talk about}
# 3.5, the Darkest Prison

   Bonus Guide
·         Twenty(ish) questions with Kresley Cole
·         Classified files: from the private records of Dean Stefano
·         Behind the scenes: creating the Lords of the Underworld
·         At home with the Lords of the Underworld
·         Round Table: the woman of the Underworld speak
·         Frequently asked questions
·         Sneak peek at The Darkest Passion
·         The sacred scrolls
·         Glossary of characters and terms

Let’s Chat
Okay, so mostly in this book I loved the novellas in this book. The whole reason that I bought it was because of the Amazon Curse, seeing as I read her Atlantis series first and fell in love, I needed to know this story or the series....well, it just wasn’t finished.
The added bonus was that the two Lords of the Underworld stories were great. I loved The Darkest Prison the most. It was so much about love that had turned itself into hate because of the circumstances it began with.
But Atlas is sweet and his struggles and then sacrifice is so moving it could bring you to tears. Add Nike a woman with self-image issues who loves a man of perfection....well, it’s a great, heart warming story.
The Darkest Fire, which is what I should have started this book on was sweet and loving and was about the box, which if you’re familiar with the series, you’d know it was created by the bones of Oppression.
But the story was more fascinating than anything else. Though tears sprung in your eyes at both characters and you were more than happy for them at the end, there tail isn’t really necessary for the series, just nice.

Next up is the insiders guide:
The interview with Kresley. Is honestly like all the others, but the rest of the shit is honestly...great. I don’t regret anything about this book and the money (it wasn’t really that much) that I spent.
The interviews are funny and full of the life of the characters, the information about each Lord and the Scrolls, are little things that we didn’t particularly need to know, but havening them is a bonus.
The short part of what the series started off to be was something that made me wonder what would have happened if it went that way, but I’m also sorta glad it didn’t.
And the glossary is at the end of each book, so that wasn’t really all that different.

            The More
 # 4.5 The Darkest Angel (found in Heart of Darkness)

An iron-willed demon assassin, the angel Lysander has never known lust—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure hearted Lysander into temptation....

I loved this story (it was also the reason that I bought this book). It was....tempting, I suppose.
I loved this book of Lysander and Bianka getting together I think that it was done so well with both their personalities at odds and yet fitting perfectly.
You can’t help but fall in love with both of them and wanting what the other wants. Or screaming at the stubborn Angel when he fucks up in a way that only love would forgive.

It takes us unto a bit of the life of the angel that so frequently visits the mansions and makes you want something with, just to make him liven up a little (but this is coming from a person who read this book long after the Darkest Whisper so things might be different when seeing it with fresh eyes)

Book 1; the Darkest Night
Maddox (keeper of Violence) & Ashlyn
His powers—Inhuman....
His Passion—beyond immortal....

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from a men rumoured to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments....and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love...

Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive—and unimaginably powerful...don’t miss this incredible new paranormal series.

{By the way, if you haven’t yet read this series, and was thinking about it. you should try this one first—hell, tell me what it’s like!}

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