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Review of Deception (Book 2 of The Demon Hunters) by A.S. Fenichel

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*Disclaimer – I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing

Date of Publication: July 7, 2015




When Demons threaten Regency London, only a Lady can stop them.


Lillian Dellacourt is beautiful, refined and absolutely lethal. She’s also the most feared and merciless demon hunter in The Company. She’s come a long way from the penniless seamstress’s daughter sold to the highest bidder, and it wasn’t by trusting a man, let alone an exiled Marquis with more on his mind than slaying the hellspawn . . .

For Dorian Lambert, Marquis de Montalembert, being sent to keep track of Lillian is no mean task. He’s wanted the fiery vixen since he first heard of her five years ago. But wooing the lady while fighting the demon uprising is no easy feat, especially when the lady’s tongue is as sharp as the Japanese sai blades she favors for eviscerating the spawn of hell.

These two will have to learn to trust each other fast, because the demon master is back, and he’s planning to turn Edinburgh into a living hell…


My Review:


Deception by A.S. Fenichel was an excellent novel. It was packed full of action, steamy romance, and of course, demons! I loved the characters every bit as much as I loved the plot. (This is the second of the series; however, it can be read as a standalone, which is how I read it.) I’m a sucker for a strong female character, and Lillian is a badass woman. The kind you definitely want to have with you if you’re in a fight with demons. I adored her from the very beginning, but I loved watching her grow even more. Dorian was a fantastic character as well. He’s secure enough in himself that he supports Lillian’s independence and her non-ladylike (for the time period) behavior. He’s the kind of man who’s happy to have a woman at his side that can kick demon butt with him, and he’s also a sweet man who cares deeply about those he loves. The other characters in the book were just as much fun to read as Lillian and Dorian. There was a lot of demon killing and plenty of suspense and action to keep me riveted. The mix of fantasy, romance, and history is a winning combination, and I highly recommend reading this book.



About the Author:


A.S. Fenichel

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in historical, paranormal, erotic and contemporary romance, A.S. is the author of The Demon Hunters series, the Psychic Mates series, and more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be brining you her brand of edgy romance for years to come.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden. Her babies are both rescues and include a demanding dog and a temperamental cat both of which bring constant joy and laughter.


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Pushing kids to read books they don’t like

As someone with a degree in English and four children, I wholeheartedly agree. Exploring classic literature is great, but it doesn’t interest everyone. If we want kids to enjoy reading, then we should help them find books that do interest them, regardless of the genre.


Today I ran across an article about how Shakespeare is required in school whether or not kids have any interest in it all.

Then I ran across a summer reading program where they are paying kids to read. Kids read the books, write a report and send it in, then receive a check for up to 40.00 for their efforts. They can repeat this as often as they want throughout the summer. The catch, they have to read books on the list offered by the site who is doing this.

Then I ran across a post on Facebook about eating what you’re told when you’re a kid.


All of it started to connect in my mind and it bothered me. By forcing kids to read the books we think are classics (who the hell decided they were classics in the first place?), by forcing them to read from a strict…

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Review of Embers at Galdrilene (Book One of Dragon’s Call) by A.D. Trosper

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Genre: Fantasy


After the War of Fire destroyed the city of Galdrilene and nearly all the dragons and their riders, Emallya puts all of her hopes for the future in a clutch of dragon’s eggs and the prospect of future riders. By the time the riders are called, the world has become a different place since the dragons disappeared. No longer is magic a wonderful, helpful thing; now, it is something to be feared. Magic users must turn themselves in to die for it because it is believed that magic drives one insane. When the riders are finally called to their duty, they must come to terms with the truth of the history of dragons and magic. Shadow Dragons once again are alive, and the Guardian dragon riders must plunge into a life they never dreamed existed if they are to protect the world.


Embers at Galdrilene by A.D. Trosper is a wonderful fantasy novel. A.D. has created a fantastic world full of dragons and magic, but what I loved best was that not only are her human characters realistic and relatable but the dragons are as well. Despite the incredible amount of characters, I never once had any trouble keeping them straight, including the dragons, because they each have their own distinct personality. Although there is an exciting overarching plot, which is only getting started in this book, the characters were what sucked me in and kept me anxiously turning the page to find out what would happen next. If you love dragons and fantasy, this book is a must read. If you aren’t a dragon or fantasy lover, then pick up this book, and you will be hooked! Embers at Galdrilene is the first of the Dragon’s Call books. Books two and three are also out (Tears of War and Ashes and Spirits).


About the author:


A.D. Trosper


A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon’s Call series. She also has a YA paranormal romance out under the title Bound by Time and has several more books in the works. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, and she is an active member of the SFWA.


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Review of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

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*Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book. It was not in exchange for a review.


Title: Sunbolt

Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles, Book One

Series Type: Serial Novella

Author: Intisar Khanani (

Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek (

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: June 17, 2013

Publisher: Purple Monkey Press

Price: US$1.99 (eBook), US$5.99 (paperback)




The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Archmage Wilhelm Blackflame.


When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.




Mgeni! Stay a moment; I have your future for you.”


I grin, turning towards the voice. Mama Ali sits beneath the cloth shade of her market stall, her husband’s catch heaped on the wooden counter before her: mounds of sardines, glinting silver bright in the sun. Today there’s also a single little octopus that must have gotten tangled in his nets, it’s fleshy body turned over to show the white of its tentacles.


With her wide smile and heavy girth, Mama Ali is a well-known fixture of the fish market, her laughter booming across the crowded aisles and her penchant for sharing people’s futures indulged in even by the locals. Her son, ten years old and shrewder than a hundred year-old owl, perches beside her, watching me.


“You can keep my future, Mama Ali,” I reply. “It will probably do you more good than me.”


My words draw laughter from the women at the surrounding stalls. The market stalls are packed tightly together, and every counter offers up the bounty of the sea, scenting the air with salt and sea. Above the stalls flap brightly-colored cloth shades, protecting both the women and the fish from the sun’s heat.


I hear someone ask what she missed, and a woman replies, calling me mgeni again. My smile slips a notch. I may have adopted the traditional, brightly colored long skirt and tunic of the local women, as well as the tightly wound head wrap, but my sand-gold skin and the slant of my eyes will always mark me as someone else. Mama Ali may use the term as an endearment, but the echoes I hear now brand me as an outsider.


Mama Ali holds out her hand imperiously, a queen demanding tribute from the riffraff that forms her court. “Come, my friend, keeper of secrets, let us see what we can.”


“What will you give me?” I ask, hoping ‘keeper of secrets’ is just a phrase she uses on potential customers. Regardless, I don’t have the coin to pay her, so I may as well be clear I won’t be giving anything.


“Give you? Your future, muddle-brain! And, because you are always admiring my wares, I will give it to you for free.”


“Oh, very well.” I acquiesce none too gracefully, offering Mama Ali my hand. Trying not to fidget, I wait, her palms clasped around my hand. I may be running a little late, but there’s no reason to think the meeting will have started on time. Besides, since I wasn’t invited in the first place, no one will miss me. “Don’t tell me I’m going to meet someone new, dark of skin and—”


“Short,” Mama Ali agrees.


I nearly choke. “Short?”


She drops her voice. “Well, if I want to be sure it happens, short is so much more likely than tall, isn’t it? At least,” she nods her head to suggest the market, not to mention the rest the island, “here.”


I laugh. I think this must be why Mama Ali and I get along so well. “Right. Short and dark.”


“No.” She pulls a frown. “For you, something different.”


I glance towards the sky, gauging the angle of the late morning sun. Magic is one thing, but divining the future? Not so much. “I really have to—”


“You are going somewhere,” Mama Ali intones, closing her eyes. I glance at her son in disbelief. Ali grins wide, his teeth showing pearly white against his earth-brown skin.


“I was before you stopped me,” I agree.


Mama Ali heaves a theatrical sigh, squeezing my hand rather painfully. “Somewhere important,” she clarifies. She tilts her head as if listening for something.   And Mama Ali hears a lot—she has her pulse on the happenings of Karolene. Maybe there is something she knows. Has she heard something about the League? Or the Ghost?


She drops my hand, sitting back with a gasp. “Run!”


My Review:

Sunbolt was a fantastic read with plenty of twists and secrets that made me excited to find out what would happen next. This is the first installment of The Sunbolt Chronicles, so it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger. Intisar Khanani has created a wonderful world full of humans, part humans, fantasy characters, and magic. Some of the fantasy characters I recognized, such as the fangs, which were essentially vampires, but others, like the breathers, were new to me, and I found them fascinating. Hitomi was a relatable character, but what I really liked about her was that she wasn’t perfect. She’d had a difficult life and had been forced to resort to stealing in order to survive, which I felt made her very realistic. The book ends with many secrets still unresolved, and I eagerly look forward to the next installment. I definitely recommend this book.


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Intisar Khanani


Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five.


Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed projects to address community health and infant mortality with the Cincinnati Health Department—which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.


Intisar’s latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles.








Twitter: @IntisarKhanani