Curiosity and The Sentient’s Oblation by Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Series: Gabrielle Book #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: February 27, 2017
About the Book:
The US government has initiated nuclear war against its own people. In the chaotic aftermath, survivors were told it was to eradicate the weak and the evil—to strengthen society. Phoenix never believed the excuses.
Painfully mutated after the fallout and having an insatiable thirst for human blood, she puts herself into exile. When a handsome stranger enters her life, his true identity and knowledge of classified secrets will open her eyes to what really happened. She must fight to save the human survivor’s, unite the mutated, and save the President’s life or (WHAT HAPPENS IF SHE FAILS?)
This is a vampire story like no other. Set in a time when the government is trying to make the world perfect with no crime and no rebellion, the after effects of this are disastrous to say the least. The people who survive have turned into vampires, craving blood and with increased strength but not the other abilities we have imagined. those who don’t turn, die due to poisoning.
This story tells us what it’s like to deal with the loss of family, of the ones we loved and of how life as a monster is. I wouldn’t exactly use the word monster, but as usual some vampires are good and some are bad. I guess at the end of the day it is just not possible to get rid of the bad or else the balance is lost.
The story revolves around Phoenix who survives the nuclear explosions and becomes a vampire. She is skilled at stealing things without getting caught and prefers to stay on her own. She ends up meeting Adam who seeks her out for help. His father was the president at the time of the nuclear explosions and before them. He was the public face of the entire thing even though behind the scenes he was against it. Adam runs away from home at a young age and later becomes famous as part of a rock band.
Phoenix and Adam together devise a plan to save his father and what ensues are interesting events. They make some acquaintances with humans who survived after convincing them that they are not going to hurt them. However Phoenix and Adam get captured by the government and thus the story unfolds.
The characters in this story are well thought out and have strong personalities. Each one has a part to play in this first part of the series even if it very small. The story is fast paced and gripping until the end which will leave the reader with a craving for more. The ending of the story is so well written that I am excitedly waiting for the next book in the series.
There is a splash of romance and some strong bonds of friendship that will make us stop and think. I strongly recommend this book for fans of urban fantasy and vampires and any kind of paranormal fiction.
Title: Cursed by Fire
Series: Blood & Magic #1
Author: Danielle Annett
Designer: Mae I Design
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 2015
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.
Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.
When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.
About the Author:
Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.
You can learn more about Danielle on her website found at http://www.danielleannett.blogspot.com or follow on on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanielleAnnett and on twitter @Danielle_Annett
“Mike you and I both know that that isn’t going to happen so why don’t you just tell me what fur ball they’re going to saddle me with.” I said as I collected my stack of papers and organized them into a semi-neat pile.
Mike noisily cleared his voice, “Uh hey Ari…”
“God I hope that whoever it is that he isn’t a complete moron. If I’m going to be stuck with a pack partner, the least they can do is send me someone competent.” Mike noisily cleared his throat again.
“What?” I asked, looking up from my desk.
I was greeted by a tall man standing just inside the office, casually leaning against the doorframe. He had tousled brown hair and steely grey colored eyes. High cheekbones and a strong jaw formed his masculine face and a hint of stubble dusted his jaw line, not enough to appear unkempt but just enough to give a roguish impression. Dressed in black jeans, a black T, and a black leather jacket, he oozed tall, dark and handsome with deadly intent.
“That would be this fur ball right here.” He said, an arrogant grin lifting the corner of his mouth. I let my head fall to the surface of my desk, then for good measure I gently knocked my forehead on its smooth surface, one, two, three times. Dammit I couldn’t believe I had just called him a freaking fur ball! I could feel my cheeks warm in embarrassment and did my best to hide it.
“You all done with the show?” He asked as I lifted my head from the desk. I glared at him for good measure and then allowed my head to connect with the desk’s surface once more before sitting up. rubbing the slight sting away “Yea, I’m done.” I told him. Well, at least this wouldn’t be as bad as I had thought. James was the only shifter that I actually personally knew and was one of the few individuals I considered a friend. I met James about six months ago at a shifter bar downtown, though at the time I didn’t actually know that it was a shifter bar.
A group of coyotes had decided I was easy prey and were giving me a pretty hard time. James had intervened before things got out of hand which basically meant that he stopped me from wiping the floor with their coyote asses and burning the entire building to ash. It was probably a good thing that he had stepped in but I remember being furious with him at the time, I had really wanted to give those bastards a piece of my mind and show them that I wasn’t just some naive little girl. That was back when I was still cocky over my abilities. Things had changed since then and the thought was sobering. Now being a pyrokinetic was something I had to hide and honestly, that just plain sucked.
“So, you’re my partner?”
James nodded, his face going serious, “Yea I’m you’re partner, ready to do something reckless?”
I smiled at that, James knew me all to well.
Grabbing my messenger bag I followed James out of the office, aware of Mike’s unapproving gaze on my every step.