Hello everyone and welcome to a very special Book Review Thursday. I wanted to come out of hiatus for a moment to bring you all an amazing surprise! I am joined by Oren, one of the most interesting, albeit misunderstood, characters from Joleene Naylor’s Amaranthine Series. He agreed to an interview, and I hope that you all are as excited as I am!
So Oren, if it’s okay with you, I’d like to get right to it. What have you been up to since we last saw you?
After the climatic events in Indonesia, Jorick has been understandably…insane. The interesting thing is that he’s not the only one, and there’s been a flurry of activity centered on retrieving his human. In fact, there was such an army that it made progress incredibly slow. It’s difficult moving more than four or five vampires at a time unless you have a van. And since we’re cut off from civilization, we don’t.
Since arriving in Indonesia, have you considered just cutting ties and heading back home? I mean, Jorick has asked a lot of you, do you think that he might be asking too much sometimes?
It’s nice that someone has noticed how demanding he is, but when it comes to fighting Malick we are in accord. It was Malick who controlled Senya and Bren, and so ultimately Malick that is to blame for…for what happened. Killing him is essentially finishing what I began by attacking the Citadel – it’s the completion of a war Jorick refused to participate in. Interesting that he suddenly thinks it’s his idea.
Once that’s finished, though, we are returning to the States, whether Jorick comes with us or not.
Let’s say once the war is over, the council says ‘Hey Oren, we’ve seen your drive and we want you to come work for us.’ Do you think you would ever be able to willingly work at the Citadel or anything like that?
An emphatic no. I can’t believe that Jorick would ever consent to work for the hypocrites. Malick may not be in charge anymore, but I doubt the new regime will be any better. If this war, or quest, if you prefer, has taught me anything it’s that the ancients are insane power-hungry children. Their wisdom is weak and their rule tyrannical. I would no more be a part of their monstrosity than I would become a vampire hunter.
Your after life has definitely been a roller coaster, wouldn’t you say? You went from losing your wife and children in one fell swoop (and I am very sorry for your loss), to traveling across the globe with your maker. What kind of affect do you feel that that’s had on you?
Erm…thank you for the…sympathies. If you don’t mind though we’ll…erm…move along. Globe hopping. It’s tiresome. I was never one for travel, and we were quite content to live most of our afterlives on the plantation in Virginia, until…Ahem. Of course I have traveled before. I had a few makeshift dens near Claudius’ hangouts so that we could keep an eye on him, but we didn’t travel like this. I’m looking forward to going home. Not that we have a den prepared. I suppose that’s something we’ll need to consider.
You have had a very “humans cause trouble” stance when it comes to Katelina. Would you say that you are starting to come around to her and her ability to hold her own, or do you still think that her remaining human is still a hindrance?
Ah yes. Jorick’s…human. My opinion of her is, unfortunately, tied into the reaction she causes in Jorick. Were she not associated with him, perhaps she would have been…fine as a human servant. Despite my reputation I don’t dislike humans on principle, provided they know their place. I had human servants for well over a hundred years. The problem with this particular human, as I said, is what she does to Jorick. He is over protective of her, constantly concerned for her welfare, and determined to leave her on a silk cushion – only then he won’t *leave* her – he drags her with us. If he wants her as an equal, fine, then make her an equal and stop all the aggravating fretting, and if he wants to play her knight in shining armor and protect her from the demons, then leave her home where she’s safe. He needs to make his mind up once and for all.
Once you have finally defeated Malick, do you think that you’ll return to the quiet life? Find a new home somewhere a settle down for a while?
Yes, that’s my plan. I imagine we’ll need to purchase a house legally, if we want the idiotic humans to leave us in peace. As for who will be settling down with me, I can’t say. I imagine my sister will, and Etsuko, but for the others; Micah, Loren, his new friend Ume…I assume they will go back to whatever they were doing before
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like you’ve been warming up to Etsuko. I know that more than a few readers are hoping for a blossoming romance between the two of you. Do you think that there potential for a relationship there, or do you want people to just leave it alone?
Erm…Ahem…Etsuko. Ah. Yes. Well. Etsuko is…She, erm. I-I don’t quite know how to handle her. I’m afraid I’m rather used to more…aggressive women, for lack of a better term. Etsuko is very…She’s…accommodating. Almost subservient. I expected such behavior when she was a human – as I said humans should know their place, and she did that adequately, but now that she’s immortal…On the other hand it’s refreshing to see someone with the proper deference to their master for a change. Yes. It is nice. As for romance I…Erm…Yes…Well…Romance…That’s…That’s another topic. Ahem.
It looks like we’re just about out of time. Is there anything that you would like to add before you go?
Thank you for having me. It’s nice to converse with someone who understands proper respect rather than pushing horrifying questions in their visitors’ face regarding their undergarments, or other such nonsense. I hope that readers who pick up the newest installment are able to enjoy it, despite our author’s limited capacity for telling an interesting story. Then again, I may be bitter towards her for her poor plot choices.
I hope that she forgives you for saying that. Thank you so much for joining us today, Oren. And thank you to Joleene for letting you come by. I’m looking forward to reading more about you and the others in the upcoming release of Clash of Legends, which will be out March 31st, 2015.
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I am in between reviews right now because I am currently reading a couple of really good books right now!
I will let you guys know that I did just finish beta reading “Unbound (Spellbrings Book 3)” by Tricia Drammeh and it is AWESOME!! When it is released, I will be bringing you a review for that.
Currently, I am reading “Tarnished (St. Croix Chronicles Book 1)” by Karina Cooper. It is a Steam-Punk/ Psuedo-Historical/ Dark Romance fiction that is actually much different than my normal read, but it is pretty good thus far.
Up next on my to-review list is “Alexander Death (Paranormals, Book 3) by J.L. Bryan. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I am absolutely enamored with the Paranormals series and I cannot wait to get started on this next amazing piece!!
I hope you guys stick around to check out these reviews!
*SPOILER WARNING!!* If you haven’t ready Jenny Pox yet, then you might want to skip this.
Tommy was nothing more than an orphaned boy forced through the foster care system, cursed with the ability to make people feel fear. After a life time of running cons and committing serious crimes with his power, Tommy landed himself in jail. After seeing a television show featuring Fallen Oaks’ own Ashleigh Goodling, Tommy realizes that she is his opposite so he sets out to find her. When he arrives in Fallen Oaks to join forces, he learns about what Jenny did, and decides to make her pay for murdering Ashleigh. When he reconnects with a childhood crush with the ability to listen to the dead, Tommy and Esmeralda set to bring Ashleigh back and bring Jenny down.
After the massacre, Jenny Morton and Seth Barrett are trying to find a sense of normalcy in the nearly empty town. Insecurities and family duties threaten to tear the couple apart. When Darcy Metcalf suddenly starts acting like Jenny’s friend, Jenny beings to wonder if she and Seth will truly be okay.
A serious epidemic sweeps through Fallen Oaks and Dr. Heather Reynard of Center for Disease Control, along with the National Guard are brought in to find the source of the devastation. With no leads and so many people either missing or unidentified, Heather is concerned about finding the source. After meeting Darcy Metcalf, Heather is persuaded to look deeper in to Jenny Morton. When the evidence begins to pile up, Heather has to decided what to do next.
Tommy Nightmare is a great sequel to Jenny Pox. It was very well developed and mostly a page turner. It lagged a bit for me in certain spots, but the over all story was fantastic. J.L. Bryan has truly built a world and a mythology here that is second to none. My one of my favorite New Adult series thus far. I definitely recommend it!
I am unfortunately having some technical difficulties, so there will not be a video today, but here is the review I was going to do!
(Joleene did give me a copy for free. I, of course, owe her an honest review)
For those of you that may not know, Vampire Morsels is a collection of short stories set in the Amaranthine Universe. Each story is told from the point of view of some of the lesser characters in the series. In my prior review, I had read up to ‘Kariss,’ which was free (at the time) on Smashwords. It was great to be able to pick up right where I had left off. What I found from having these lesser characters tell their stories really helped show the depth and thought that Joleene has put into this universe. It’s very evident that she wants you, the reader, to be just as big a part of her world. All of the characters were extremely well thought out and very three dimensional. I have spoken with other people that have gotten into the series and they said that they actually started with Vampire Morsels. So, if you’re not sure where to start, this may be the best place.
The Claim between Alisa and Bryce is as strong as ever. Their love and desire for each other is overwhelming. Of course, Bryce’s controlling and jealous behavior may put an end of all of that. Alisa tries to maintain her independence but with the bond of the Claiming Words, she’s finding it harder than she had anticipated.
Seemingly free from Re’Vel’s game, Rachel tries to return to normalcy. Her relationship with Jace seems better than ever. However, her pride and her fear for her brother’s safety leads Rachel down a dark path that will not only damage the bond she has with the Alexanders, but puts everyone-including Alisa- in real danger.
An evil blast from the past is trying to shake the Alexander family, and puts Rachel in his sights. When Alisa finds herself as the target of the demon’s game, Bryce will do whatever it takes to keep the woman he loves safe.
All I’ve been saying since I finished Firebound has been “holy crap.” I mean, seriously. The LONG anticipated sequel to Spellbound has been nothing short of amazing. More drama, more romance, and a deeper view of the characters, Firebound is everything I could have hoped for in this series and more. It seems that when the publisher didn’t move forward after TCW, it really was a blessing. Tricia’s passion and commitment to this series shines through on the pages and I feel as though a publisher would have really taken away from the overall story. These characters are deeper than ever, more human. The situations are reminiscent of Joss Whedon, taking a real scenario (moving too quickly with a boyfriend, cheating on your partner) and wrapping it in a monster covered coating.
I cannot wait for Unbound. I am absolutely dying. This series is a must read.
Before Jace came to Oaktree, Alisa was friendless and unpopular. After she saves him from a Hunter, everything changes. Jace and his family introduce her to the world of Spellbringers, and change the way she looks at everything, including herself. Of course, Jace’s older brother, Bryce, is very vocal with his opinions about letting a human in on their secret. When Bryce finally opens himself up to her, things change between them in many ways.
Rachel is every bit your average high school student. Popular, athletic, and has an amazing boyfriend. When Jace shows up on her radar, everything begins to change. He helps her unlock a part of herself she didn’t even know existed. When her dreams of Re’Vel, a powerful demon, start taking a turn for the worse, Rachel has to accept her gifts and look towards Jace and his family.
A dark family secret, danger, and magic, Rachel and Alisa have learn how to adjust to life with their new knowledge and be wary of The Claiming Words.
I can honestly say that this rewrite has turned what used to be The Claiming Words into a more driven and intense story that is now Spellbound. Tricia Drammeh has worked her bottom off to make this every bit the novel that she initially wanted. The care and concern for this story as a whole are evident with every turn of the page.
As someone that has read both The Claiming Words and Spellbound, I can tell you that the story is very different. If you think you shouldn’t read it because you already have read TCW then you’re sadly mistaken. This book is phenomenal and I would recommend it to just about any one.
Amazing job, Tricia!
Since I’ve started my new job, I’ve been a bit busier than I was expecting so I haven’t had a chance to finish reading Hidden. I’m sorry that I haven’t had a chance to complete the book, but I will get to it as soon as I can.
Currently, I am reading “Hidden” by M. Lathan. I started a new job, so I’m trying to get everything figured out as far as filming and everything. There might be some lower rated reviews coming out, but I’m still sticking with the higher reviews for the time being.
Check out this review for all of the mini series collections for the Amaranthine Series by Joleene Naylor!!!