Read-a-Thon: Anne Rice Edition!

Read-a-Thon: Anne Rice Edition!

First off, HAPPY NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY, Charmers!

 

tumblr_inline_oufho4JqUf1sppvj9_540.gif

 

It is our day! Our day to dive into our stacks of books! Our day to break out of our shell and get our book-loving-freaky selves! And why not celebrate by conducting a Read-a-thon? Not just any Read-a-thon, but one of YOUR own choosing with YOUR own rules.

Now I recently received a message not too long ago that I have the opportunity to read and review, RAMSES THE DAMNED: THE PASSION OF CLEOPATRA, the long-awaited sequel to The Mummy or Ramses The Damned By Anne Rice that is to release later this year! Her son, author Christopher Rice, joins her on this journey into picking up where we left Ramses back in 1989. Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors of all time and I’ve also enjoyed Christopher’s work too so you can only imagine my reaction to this once in a lifetime opportunity

….

tumblr_mrg9dkpxxL1sxi9qco1_500.gif

 

The last time I read “The Mummy” was after I picked up a copy from my local Half Price Books Store back in 2013. Since it’s been awhile, I’m in great need of a refresh. Therefore, I have constructed a plan….a plan so diabolical, I am surprised no one else has thought of it!

Ok, ok, I’m kidding about a diabolical plan. But I will be conducting a Read-a-Thon featuring one of the most notorious and well-known writers in the gothic horror genre next to H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. Anne Rice made her mark upon the literature world back in 1976 with a new take on the nature of the classic vampire monster.

30918637404_45f3559af5_z

She gave the vampire a “soul”, a lingering conscience causing them to long for their humanity. Her main character, Louis, provided a heart-to-heart conversation and lesson in “Interview With The Vampire” which left some readers and future authors aghast while inspired many to explore the life of a vampire and bring them back to the “light” so to speak.

This Read-a-Thon will span the next week or so for myself. You are free to join me at your descretion, of course. Apologies in advance for the odd language. I watched the movie adaption to “Interview” last night and my brain is still tuned into the story.

*Film side note, You can’t tell me anyone can top Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Bandaras, or even Christian Slater’s performance in this film! If they remake this film, I shudder to think who they’d choose to replace them.*

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

With this Read-a-Thon, I’m planning on reading the following Anne Rice Novels and will be providing reviews with them:

First

61AvhyXpp9L._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_

Goodreads Description

“Ramses the Great has reawakened in opulent Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. He becomes the close companion of a voluptuous heiress, Julie Stratford, but his cursed past again propels him toward disaster. He is tormented by searing memories of his last reawakening, at the behest of Cleopatra, his beloved queen of Egypt. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger.”

Second – ARC REVIEW COMING SOON

Cover_RamsesTheDamnedPassionCleo_Lrg.jpg

Goodreads Description

“Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality—and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.”

Third – Back to the Beginning

38144416.jpg

 

Goodreads Description

“Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.”

Fourth – Something Wicked This Way Comes

The-Witching-Hour_Anne-Rice

Goodreads Description

“On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking. And the witching hour begins…

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches – a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being.”

Fifth – Feeling a Bit…Hairy

thewolfgiftPB

Goodreads Description

“The place, the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.

A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer. . . an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . an idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence. . .The young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing who—what—he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf,” by authorities, the media and scientists (evidence of DNA threaten to reveal his dual existence). . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there are others like him who may be watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time and may possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge and throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man”

Are you a fan of Anne Rice’s novels?

Which one is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below!

I’ll be adding the books to my “Currently Reading” List on Goodreads. You can add me on there here if you’d like to join me on my journey!

Happy National Book Lover’s Day, Everyone! 

~C.C.

ARC Review: “To Trust a Wolf” By: Danielle Hardgrave

ARC Review: “To Trust a Wolf” By: Danielle Hardgrave

index

Title: To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances Book 1)
Author: Danielle Hardgrave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Caldwell Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2016

Amazon Description: “As an archivist in a small museum, the biggest thing Helen Jurist has to deal with each year is the Annual Donor Gala. When her museum becomes a flurry of activity, due to the nearby discovery of a large Viking hoard, Helen finds the additional responsibility more of a pain than an honour. She doesn’t know anything about Vikings, or what makes the hoard so unusual. She just wants to get through the gala without her boss catching the drapes on fire.

Nobody from the public is supposed to have access to the find, but try telling that to Rune Helsen. A handsome Dane with wolfish desires, he walks around like he owns the place. He’s Helen’s worst nightmare—if only her traitorous body wasn’t so attracted to him.

But Rune has a secret, one that brought him to see the artifacts for more than just scholarly interest. Unknown to Helen, there’s so much more at stake than just pulling off a successful evening. A whole world she never knew existed, a world of vampires and shifters, stands on the precipice—and there’s something in the Cutler Hoard that could burn it all down.”

This past week, I had the opportunity to review author Danielle Hardgrave’s new novella To Trust a Wolf. It surrounds museum archivist, Helen Jurist, as she is thrown into a world of vampires and werewolves who are harboring a secret about a Viking village whose artifacts contain an ancient mystery they sought to track down.

Lately, I’ve been strapped for a large amount of time, but I sped through this novella in a day and a half. It is quick, witty, and to the point without lingering on unimportant details. Helen works extremely hard considering her museum is having a hard time acquiring funds to continue running and obtaining different exhibits in order to attract the public. The Cutler Hoard is their golden ticket to gaining needed publicity and funds in order for the museum to keep running. Everything seemed normal until Helen is interrupted by on of the Cutler Hoard’s donors shows up for an unexpected tour of the exhibit. The donor, Rune Helsen, is mysterious and has his own agenda unbeknownst to Helen.

All in all, it’s a good start to the Unnatural Alliances series. I have not read many books containing anything based on Viking lore nor throwing vampires and shifters into the mix. If you enjoy paranormal romance, Vikings, and need a quick read-this is the book for you!

~

If you’d like to purchase your very own copy of this novella, you can purchase it HERE from Amazon!

~

About the Author

81IK23zFlpL._SY200_

Danielle Hardgrave has been active and successful in the freelance ghostwriting community since late 2015. With her passion for storytelling and tendency to daydream, it’s a surprise it’s taken her this long to turn that passion into a career. She was born and raised in Victoria, BC. When not writing, Danielle’s usually annoying her roommate or trying to figure out how to play tennis/box/longboard/whatever else she’s picked up that week.

Her business partner is a graphic designer and editor, and they decided to combine their skills to offer a new kind of brand that incorporates the business model of an online publishing company, but offers the personality and passion of real authors. 

~

My Rating: 8 Book Charms out of 10

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

 

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #3 Bitten By Kelley Armstrong

Charmed Book Haven Reviews #3 Bitten By Kelley Armstrong

91n4P8inMFLIf anyone is a fan of the Syfy original series “Bitten”, some of you may or may not know it is based on a book series entitled The Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong. This series surrounds the lives of a variety of different women with supernatural qualities. I had actually purchased a few of the books unknowingly out of order. I realized this as I sat down a few months ago to read Stolen (book number 2) and noticed my mistake.

A big pet peeve of mine is to read books, including the novellas, in the order they were intended. This past March, I happily stumbled upon a broken spine first edition of Bitten sitting on a shelf at my local library Spring sale. Ok, outwardly I immediately grabbed it off the shelf. Inwardly, though, I was jumping up and down with glee. I had been looking for this book for months for a great price and to find a first edition copy was even better.

laura-vandervoortThe book surrounds the life of a young Canadian journalist named Elena Michaels who has a dark secret. She lives in an apartment with her boyfriend Phillip Madden in Toronto, Canada. Elena goes out for a “run” of sorts in the middle of the night with her psychiatrist “cousin” Logan. We find out that Elena is truly a werewolf only not by blood case. Then out of nowhere, Elena receives a phone call from her former lover Clayton, which sends her back home to her “family estate” Stonehaven. 

We find from her pack leader, Jeremy, their need for her to track a mutt who is attempting to frame their family with the bodies of devoured townspeople. As the story continues, we go deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of secrets, betrayal, death, and werewolf politics.

I give this book 10 out of 10 Book Charms. It’s one of those stories you do not have not heard anywhere else. If you are in love with the show, you’ll fall even deeper with the books. What do you think of this series, television and book? Do you agree with the rating? Let me know in the comments.

If you want to read the books along with me, here are the books in order:

bitten2

If you have a book suggestions, let me know and you’ll receive a SHOUT OUT in the article!

Happy Reading!

~C.C.