Friday, February 7, 2014

Eighth Note (Fire Ballad #1) by Kimberly Stedronsky

Eighth Note (Fire Ballad #1) by Kimberly Stedronsky

Eva Reed saved the world. 

Actually, she saved two worlds, but who’s counting? 

Finding herself in the middle of present day suburbia, married and a mom at only twenty years old, she’s beyond bored. Even with her popular music blog and her handsome husband Will catering to her every impulse, she longs to use the incredible powers that she possesses.

But Earth is no place for magic.

When Cole Mathison arrives, asking for Eva’s help in solving the death of a famous pop star, she cannot resist the overwhelming pull to use her abilities again. 
Eva finds that there is more to the sinister murder than what the evidence shows. People who listen continue to die, and she must rely on her immortality to protect her from a frequency that is shattering minds and stopping hearts. 

There are forces at work that she could never have imagined...
And evil will be heard.

My review

Eighth Note is book 1 in the new Fire Ballad series by Kimberly Stedronsky. This book dives into the life of Eva Reed, whom we met in the Roam Series. Now, don’t get all squirrely on me now because I’m here to say that one doesn’t have to read the Roam Series (but you really should anyway because they’re the best books ever) in order to enjoy this new series because Ms. Stedronsky does a bang up job giving the best cliffs notes rundown from her 6 book Roam series in the first 5 pages of Eighth Note. And this isn’t the forced, “Well I guess I have to give my readers some backstory so here it is,” word-vomit-crap that’s thrown out there so us poor readers aren’t totally lost. Nope, her re-cap is seamless and makes total sense. 

Anyway, Eighth Note is a bit different from Roam as it slides a bit more into the horror genre then being a straight-up PNR. And when I say horror, I mean it’s creepy; think The Grudge style not Texas Chainsaw. This is the kind of horror that’s totally up my alley. In Eighth Note we are introduced to a world of binaural beats, sound waves, entrainment of brainwaves, frequency, possession, and the paranormal. Basically we learn how certain sounds, or frequencies, when overlapped, can influence the brain thus making us open and susceptible to some freaky shizzzz i.e., demonic possession and the like. Ummm yeah - creeeeepy.

It’s been a while since I’ve read any horror but I wasn’t really skeptical. I knew from reading Kimberly Stedronsky’s previous works that she was a super-de-duper talented author. And if all else failed and I didn’t like the story, then I knew I would have applauded her writing skills in the very least. Well, I won’t keep you in suspense and longer. After the first 10 pages I was hooked, and finished the book in 1 day! It was that awesome!!! I love Eva Reed even more now then I did in the Roam series. And I just adore Cole Mathison. Cole didn’t have a very huge part in the Roam series so it was nice to see his character really take shape and come to life. The banter between the two characters (Eva and Cole) had me laughing out loud so may times that I received the funny looks and curious glances from both kids and husband. The comic relief was a welcomed reprieve after reading some of the disturbing events that take place in the book. Yep, I was grateful for that. Otherwise I would have been sleeping with the lights on, and then, being too afraid to open my shower curtain the next morning.

Honestly I can’t say there was anything that I didn’t like about Eighth Note. The cover art is brilliant, the writing top notch, the premise unique, witty, and captivating. There was resolution in the end but enough of an opening to further continue the Fire Ballad series.

So if your a fan of movies like The Grudge, and Constantine. Love heroines that kick demon arse, spout out snarky retorts, and have a bit of fiery passion then you must read Eighth Note! I promise you will love it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Reading and Random: The Roam Series by Kimberly Stedronsky

Reading and Random: The Roam Series by Kimberly Stedronsky: The Roam Series by Kimberly Stedronsky This series was like an all consuming fire during the month of November. I couldn’t put...

The Roam Series by Kimberly Stedronsky

The Roam Series by Kimberly Stedronsky

This series was like an all consuming fire during the month of November. I couldn’t put it down! It was like heroine; not that I’ve ever tried heroine, but this is what I imagine the mental addiction would be like.?. Anyway, I think you get my point. It’s difficult to review an entire 6 book series. So forgive me if my ramblings and praise are a bit nebulous. With that said The Roam Series follows the lives of an ensemble cast with Roam Camden as the main protagonist. The reader will travel through time, dimensions, alternate universes, reincarnation and past lives. I was always taken aback when any of the characters would travel through time and upon arriving at their destination would say, “ Am I in the past, or is this a past life?” When you read this series statements like that will oddly make sense. But that gives you a taste of the cray-cray journey these books will takes you on. Also, I must confess that I literally cried and was so heart sick during so many gut wrenching moments. So mad props to Ms. Stedronsky for writing such a masterpiece that the characters literally came to life thus, turning me into a hot-mess of tears and snot. My poor husband had to endure my moments of anguish and despair; bless his heart. And oh my gosh, lest I forget, the creativity within this series is staggering! In fact, just stop reading this silly review right now and go buy the series already!

There really isn’t anything I could say that I didn’t like about The Roam Series. I suppose if I must get nit-picky then my biggest critique would be the cover art for all of the books. Cover art really does make a difference. I wager if the covers were a little more eye catching these books would receive and much broader audience.

So, if you love mystery, romance, thrillers, and sci-fi you will adore The Roam Series.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Reading and Random: The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1) by J.M. Grego...

Reading and Random: The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1) by J.M. Grego...:     The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1) by J.M. Gregoire   Deziree Davanzatti is a thief by trade and to ke...

The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1) by J.M. Gregoire - Blog Tour!



The Devil You Know (Demon Legacy #1)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reading and Random: The Devil You Know Blog Tour !!!

Reading and Random: The Devil You Know Blog Tour !!!: The Devil You Know
Demon Legacy Series Book One
By J.M. Gregoire
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  J.M. Gregoire B...

The Devil You Know Blog Tour !!!

The Devil You Know
Demon Legacy Series Book One
By J.M. Gregoire
Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  J.M. Gregoire Books
 Release Date:  July 30, 2013

Click here to add The Devil You Know to your Goodreads shelf!

Deziree Davanzatti is a thief by trade and to keep herself occupied between jobs, she owns and operates Onyx, a trendy nightclub for the supernatural citizens of New York City.
What else would a 400-something year old demon-human hybrid do with her spare time?
Following a drunken night of questionable decisions, the vampire Michael “Vegas” Tremayne leaves town with no explanation. Dez is left wondering if they made a mistake and if it cost her a price she wasn’t willing to pay – her best friend and confidant.
When he returns after two weeks of no contact, he comes bearing grave news that could potentially change the world forever….or end it all together. To make matters worse, they suspect that someone they know may be behind it all.
An extremely dangerous chain of events has been set in motion and it is up to Dez and Vegas, with the help of his brother Lucas, to find a way to stop it.
From the author of Burning, the short story prequel, comes The Devil You Know, the first full length novel in the Demon Legacy series by J.M. Gregoire.

J.M. Gregoire was born and raised in New Hampshire, USA and despite her abhorrence for any season that dares to drop to a temperature below seventy degrees, she still currently resides there with her two children and her two cats. Always a passionate reader, her love of urban fantasy books eventually morphed into a love of writing them. She is currently working on the Demon Legacy series and has an urban fantasy thriller project coming up that will be co-written with one of her best friends and favorite authors, Ginny Lurcock.

Please stop by August 9th to read my review and guest post from Author JM Gregoire! I am so Excited!