Showing posts with label Bound by Hades. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bound by Hades. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Marked by Hades Review

Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe (ARC Review)
Bound by Hades Book 2
Published April 14, 2014
4 Demonic Fangs

"Full of non-stop action, brutality and mayhem, but..."

Review - 

Kind of have mixed emotions about this one.  While it was a good read, having all of the qualities I look for in a great read; plot, violence, Dark Romance, deadly characters, brutality, fangs, blood.  What I didn't like, and pretty much left me extremely pissed off, was the outcome of the heroine, Yvonne/Dyre.

Imagine waking up with nothing, not the shirt on your back nor any clue as to who, or what, you are.  Only two things you know for certain, your name and the fact that if you so much as touch a living thing, from plant to human being, they turn to dust.  Which is truly an ingenious punishment for a former Demon who craves nothing more than touch.  A punishment delivered by none other than the Devil himself.  What Lucifer doesn't realize is how that punishment may effect him in the long run.

Justin has been bound and determined to never ever take a Mate, there just isn't one for him.  Sure, he is ecstatically happy that Theo found his Mate Sadie, after-all a Guardian, an immortal charged with sending Demons to the eternal flames of Hades, needs his/her Mate to come into their full powers, but he is just a Companion, what would he need one for.  Well, not only will his Ahava, mate, receive her mark, when he learns who she is he's in for a shock.  But when he learns what she is, and the part she played in the kidnapping that almost took not only his brother's life but his as well.  Just because she receives her mark, and he his, does not mean he has to go through with the mating.  A decision he will regret when she is taken away from him.

Everyone is in a desperate search to find the remaining Artifacts, the only known weapons able to cause harm to Lucifer.  Along the way they will learn that the Great One isn't the only one to send his creations on journeys to keep them motivated.  Full of love, lust, violence, mayhem, blood and brutality, and characters readers will both love and be able to connect with.  And a bittersweet happy almost ending leaving readers pissed off for the heroine, a dreadful reminder that not everyone gets a happy ending.

While this Marked by Hades can be read as a stand alone, as I did, readers may want to pick up book one first, Forged by Hades, to get a real feel of what is going on.  And to see Dyre as she was before.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Guest Blog by Author Reese Monroe

Is New Adult a Passing Fad?
Guest Post by Reese Monroe

I started writing back in 2008, and one of the first things I was told was. “Your characters are too old for Young Adult but too young for adult. Change it or you won’t get published.”

As a person new to the trade and no experience whatsoever in the rules of writing, I probably should have listened to those people advising me, right? While I respected them and often took their advice, this was one piece I couldn’t follow.

I had to go with my gut. I loved my characters too much to do otherwise. They weren’t dealing with the issues common found in high school, they were dealing with college, or life after high school in the work place, or life after a major change (usually some form of super natural power popping up LOL!)

But that’s what I loved writing about. Not that YA and Adult are bad, not at all, but New Adult (NA) was different from them, and there really wasn’t a place for it—yet. 

So, I just hunkered down and kept writing the stories in my heart. It wasn’t until 2011 (and novel #13) that I signed my first contract with a company as their first NA author.

It was an exciting time. And now, NA is really hot. I think NA was lying in wait for a long time, and when the readers really called out for it after getting a taste from self-publishing authors it became a big demand everywhere. 

I’m a contributing author on NA Alley Blog, and I love how NA is described there: “Bridging the gap between YA and Adult fiction.” To me, that’s very descriptive, because YA is more sweet and Adult can get very descriptive and hot, so bridging the gap with NA is a nice description. 

It’s a category within varying genres, so yeah, issues in NA can, and often do, vary by genre. But keep in mind that it’s about the time between adolescence and adulthood, so that’s a wide range of issues to touch on, right?  

I’m curious. What do you guys think of this New Adult category? Did it take you by surprise? Were you one of the many readers who’d been calling for it? Is it a passing fad? Here to stay?  

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