Eternal – C C Hunter

EternalTitle: Eternal
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark, #2
Author: C. C. Hunter
Published: St. Martin’s Griffin, October 2014
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com]

Just when Della feels like she’s starting to figure out her life, she finds herself reborn … and her new existence comes with a whole different rulebook.

Della’s secret powers always made her feel like an outsider in the human world. Now, just when she’s starting to feel like she belongs—at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers—her life is turned upside down all over again. Attacked by a deadly virus, she must make the difficult choice to be reborn. It’s her only chance at survival, but it comes with a price: It irreparably bonds her to Chase, a tall, dark and mesmerizing vampire who makes her laugh one minute and infuriates her the next.

Chase already knows too many of Della’s secrets, and being eternally bonded to him is the last thing she wants. Even worse, she doesn’t fully understand what their bond means. Is the attraction she’s started feeling for Chase real—or does fate have something else in store? And what does that mean for Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? Now Della’s battered heart is about to take another hit. While investigating her latest case, she discovers shocking evidence about her father’s dark past, making her question everything she believes to be true … and her place in the world she loves.

Eternal  is the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series.

Della continues to be my favorite character.  I like that she cares for her cabin mates, Miranda and Kylie.  She may not know how to hug another person without feeling awkward but she surely knows when to stop Miranda from doing stupid things like eating too much ice-cream!

From the synopsis, we know Della has two love interests.  While the story seems to favor one over another, I’m still not sure if both Steve and Chase are good enough for her.   The problem with these guys is that they have one thing in common – they like to omit sharing important details with Della, and then they blame her from not trusting them!  I may not know a lot about guys but I surely think Della deserves someone who is way better, don’t you think?

What I love about this installment is the part about the rescue mission.  Della is amazing here – she literally kicks ass – and I just hope she’ll be offered her dream job working with the authority soon.

A wonderful installment with action, suspense and unexpected revelation, Eternal  gave me the perfect excuse to stay up late and keep the fireplace roaring.  I just wished we’d learn more about Della’s father’s side of the family in the end, but given the ghastly circumstances, I bet we’ll find out more of the family secrets very soon.

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One Potion In The Grave – Heather Blake

One Potion in the GraveTitle: One Potion In The Grave
Series: A Magic Potion Mystery, #2
Author: Heather Blake
Published: Signet, October 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository]

From the author of the Wishcraft Mysteries

Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.…

When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.

But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…

I’ve enjoyed reading the Wishcraft Mysteries by Heather Blake.  When I saw the release of the  Magic Potion Mysteries  last year, I grabbed and devoured the first book A Potion To Die For in one setting.  I liked Carly as well as her family and friends, and when One Potion in the Grave was out last week, I bought a copy.  I’m happy to share that I like this one even more than  A Potion To Die For.

Carly was the owner of the Little Shop of Potions.  She’s a healer and she’d been using her gifts to help many people.  When her childhood friend Katie Sue Perrywinkle paid her a visit and later on found dead in the woods, Carly knew she must do something to find out why her friend was killed.  What she didn’t expect was the danger she’d be in when she started sleuthing around.  Could she uncover the truth?

I must say Carly wasn’t the smartest amateur sleuth that I’ve read but I liked how loyal she was to her family as well as her friends.  She loved coffee and anything chocolaty, and I liked that she’d get her mama some sweet pastries when she knew her mama was under stress.  It’s really fun to watch her interact with her aunts – her aunts could be extraordinary dramatic and hilarious – and I had a few good laughs when she talked with her friends, Ainsley and Caleb.

The Perrywinkles weren’t the cleverest bunch and the Calhouns?  They were calculating!  They wouldn’t mind using their money and connections to get what they wanted, and so you could imagine how frustrating Carly was when many of her potential leads turned out to be dead-ends.  There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and when the truth was revealed, I liked that it brought out more goods than bads – I just loved the people living in this place called Hitching Post!

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P.S. If you like stories set in a small town with people who are mostly friendly and a little quirky and wild, you’ll have an enjoyable time reading the Magic Potion Mysteries.  There is currently a book giveaway (US only) at Lori’s Reading Corner (end date: October 21).  So hop over now, and Good Luck!

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Unbreakable – C C Hunter

Unbreakable

Title: Unbreakable Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark, novella Author: C. C. Hunter Published: St. Martin's Griffin, September 2014 Source: received a copy from publisher Links: [goodreads][amazon.com] He isn’t everything he says he is.  He’s … [Continue reading]

Sisters’ Fate – Jessica Spotswood

Sisters' Fate

Title: Sisters' Fate Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3 Author: Jessica Spotswood Published: Putnam Juvenile, August 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][bookdepository.com] A fever ravages New London, but with the … [Continue reading]

Opposition – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition

Title: Opposition Series: Lux, #5 Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Published: Entangled Teen, August 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository] Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She … [Continue reading]

Some Enchanted Éclair – Bailey Cates

Some Enchanted Eclair

Title: Some Enchanted Éclair Series: A Magical Bakery Mystery, #4 Author: Bailey Cates Published: Signet, July 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository] FLOUR POWER When Hollywood invades Savannah’s … [Continue reading]