Monday, January 7, 2013

Lord of Shifters Tour and Review

Spider Wars:
What happens when a species is tired of being stomped on?

Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, sometimes boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachneshifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk to get him back?

Loramendi's Story:
Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it.

Dark Horse:
Amethea thought she was the last of her kind, a creature from mythical stories, from light, peace, and magic. But, Amethea isn't a myth, and she doesn't hold any peace in her heart. She watched as her family was murdered for the magic of their horns. She'd give anything to avenge their deaths. She just hasn't figured out how yet.

When she meets another, Cerus, everything changes. Together, they harness more power than Amethea ever dreamed. But is it enough to take down the Lords of Shifters?

We all have demons hidden deep in the crevices of history. Johnnie's have busted out, exposed for all to see. But he doesn't care that everyone knows. Just Jess. She's got a front row seat to the Johnnie's demon show, and Johnnie's about to find out that he hasn't met all of them yet.

Blood Pyre:
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My Review

I was given a copy of Lord of Shifters: Spider Wars to review through Reading Away The Days Blogs Tours. Honestly, I didn't expect to find anything likable about the book because I'm just not normally a sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal type of reader. Anything too out-there or corny tickles my gag reflex, and I was fairly sure a novel about spider wars was going to have me dry heaving over my waste paper basket. But I sure am glad that I decided to be broad-minded enough to jump into Spider Wars because it was page-turner! 

Jess is a gypsy, the only person in her family of immortals who has yet to sip the elixir of eternal life. A summer at her Nana's turns her life upside down when she gets tied up with a group of shifters who introduce her to addictive spider venom. Jess becomes hooked, as do two of her immortal Gypsy friends, one of whom she must save from the dangerous group of shifters that become giant spiders and devour mortal and immortals alike. Along the way, she learns that immortals and shifters are all around, blending in every day society, some even close to her. Jess will have to call on her friends and all her strength to rescue her beloved gypsy friend.

Yes, there are elements of Spider Wars that sound a little ridiculous- giant spiders, immortal gypsies, shape-shifters- but the story line really works thanks to the protagonist, Jess. Jess is grounded and tough, the kind of character who doesn't sit around deliberating on what to do and being angst-ridden. She's no stranger to throwing a punch or two. She's the kind of girl who says, "Look bitch..." I can't begin to tell you how much I like her! When things occur in the story that seem too fantastical, she's the first one to roll her eyes and note how cheesy it is. She crops her hair and dyes it purple, pierces her nipples and tongue, gets hooked on venom, is put in a sexy and very tribal trance, hooks up with two guys and never apologizes for her behavior. There's a recklessness about her drove me to gulp up paragraph after paragraph. Jess is like Clint Eastwood with a vagina. How could you not want to read about a protagonist like that?

If you like fantasy and sci-fi, this Lord of Shifters: the Spider Wars will blow you away. 

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