Blood and Loss (Cassandra Myles Witch Series Book 1)
So, not being a devoted paranormal romance reader and not being the type of person to give a poor rating to a book just because it's not within my normal list of genres I read, which would make the review totally unqualified and pointless, I rated it based solely on my enjoyment factor and not on any substantial experience within the genre.
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Being a bit of a prune, I could easily handle the tidbits of erotica that Graham threw at me, which was just that, erotica. The sex in the novel is tasteful and far from porn, making it easy to handle for me. Well written and easy to read without the overuse and out to lunch similes and metaphors, Blood and Loss is told in first person through the eyes and voice of our Heroine Cassandra Myles, a witch in training. Right at the beginning of the novel, Cassandra faces immense trouble that seems to follow her, placing her in the position of loving, or potentially loving, three men.
Right from the beginning, it was a lot of fun to read. The line I loved: "Yeah! Well, give me a few more days, maybe Stockholm syndrome will kick in.
Blood and Loss is the first of a series featuring Cassandra Myles, a young witch in training, but due to unforeseen circumstances she never makes the grade at the witch academy. After witnessing the brutal deaths of her parents at the hands of a teenage vampire this scene was very bloody and full of deep emotions , Cass succumbs to her loss and is even suspected by the police.
Being a witch, one would think Cass would be more savvy than most females, but it seems to hinder her and she falls int Blood and Loss is the first of a series featuring Cassandra Myles, a young witch in training, but due to unforeseen circumstances she never makes the grade at the witch academy. Being a witch, one would think Cass would be more savvy than most females, but it seems to hinder her and she falls into the same traps big time with an abusive overbearing bully of a man.
Not to worry as Cass falls under the spell of the gorgeous, well-muscled Quintus, a vampire of course. This entertaining tale has witches, vampires and Fae - what is it with Fae, they seem to sneak in when least expected, enough to satisfy any fan of Sookie Stackhouse.
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And the ending is something I dare any reader to figure out before it comes. I like the way Electa builds the story gradually with just the right pinch of supernatural blended with not-too steamy sex, violence, gore and plenty of humour - some of her lines had me downright bust out laughing. Although Blood and Loss kicks off with YA it settles quickly into more adult R-Rated and fits quite nicely next to any Sookie novel on the shelf.
A lot of what I like about Electa Graham's books can be found right from the get go in Blood and Loss. There is magic and there is danger in this world, but she does not overdo it - basically, anything she can assume her reader will intuit, she leaves out until needed. It allows her to focus on character and pace, both of which are consistent. The 'feel' of the relationships are right. You are meant to fill in the gaps as you go. Graham not only writes from the first person perspective, but there A lot of what I like about Electa Graham's books can be found right from the get go in Blood and Loss.
Graham not only writes from the first person perspective, but there is a fair bit of 'stream of consciousness' and 'internal monolog' going on.
It can be a little distracting to get into, but becomes an effective device as the story progresses. Cassandra's reactions and feelings, often sarcastic, reveal a lot more of her intentions and feelings than straight prose would, and Graham is able to weave her story around this method. Descriptions focus on what is happening in the now, and Cassandra? Graham does not simply want to take you from horror scene to sex scene and back, she wants to take you on a ride, and a fulfilling one at that, depending on what cup of tea you're looking for that day.
I really hate to use the term 'shades of grey' these days - especially when talking about adult-oriented fiction - but I want to use the term as it was originally intended. There are very few black and white characters here. For every strength a character possesses, there is a frailty, a weakness, something to overcome. That might put some readers off. But you cannot have white without black in an Electa Graham book, and that adds a layer to the characters that elevates it above some of the other books of its kind.
There are a lot of pros to this book, but it comes down to this for me - if you want an enjoyable read that in addition stirs the blood pun intended , Blood and Loss is worth your time. If I'm looking for cons, I hope that as Electa progresses in her writing, she is able to incorporate a proofreader, someone with a strong grammar sensibility who sees the things we authors do not when we read our own text, and that others may not be trained to see. But really, that's nitpicking, as it never took me out of the story, and I would hate to see something that would dull the often humorous and sarcastic internal monologues that goes on in her characters?
Thoughts are stray, thoughts are random, particularly the more adverse the situation. Wink Nudge Apr 05, Scott Kaelen rated it it was amazing. I just finished the Kindle edition of this book last night, and I have to say I very much enjoyed it.
First person isn't usually my cup of tea, but it worked well here. The character of Cassandra is complex, although I get the feeling that Electa Graham is ke I just finished the Kindle edition of this book last night, and I have to say I very much enjoyed it.
The character of Cassandra is complex, although I get the feeling that Electa Graham is keeping much of the hinted-at complexity to be revealed in more depth in later books in the series. For me, the story came in two distinct parts, the first being much shorter. I really enjoyed the first part, and I was intrigued to discover which direction the rest of the story was going to go.
For much of the second part, the story revolved around the titular character and three secondary characters; one of these was extremely interesting and very likeable; the second was at first annoying, but over time managed to win me over; the third, for me, was unlikeable and annoying from the offset, and my views on that character didn't change right up to finishing the book. Cassandra's earlier choices were understandable, and the bad ones she made were thankfully turned around either by her own will or by the intervention of a friend , but a couple of her later choices again, only from my perspective were questionable.
Especially later in the story, I found myself wanting to yell at her and tell her it was a bad idea to do what she was doing. However, this was rectified in the final chapter when a particular event made me grin and punch the air, thankful that a certain element had seemingly been removed from the board. I'm certainly looking forward to reading the second book in the series, and I hope to see the return of one character who I very much liked but who, in this book, I felt was under-utilised; again, I suspect the best is being kept back for later instalments.
I expect that by the end of the series at least one book will have received that golden number. A promising start to an intriguing series. Now, where's that second book? Disneyana Autographs Transportation Collectables Kitchenalia Advertising Collectables Collectible Card Games Keyrings 4. Militaria 3. Memorabilia 2. Animation Collectables 3. Animal Collectables 1. Weird Stuff 1. Breweriana 1. Household Collectables 1. Ethnographic Collectables 1. Men's Clothing Women's Clothing Women's Shoes Other Clothes Men's Accessories 2.
Women's Accessories 1. Music CDs Records Music Memorabilia Cassettes 3. Film Memorabilia There are some minor grammar error's but nothing that distracts to much from the story, and it does get a little wordy at times. If you are looking for hot steamy love scene's you won't find them in this book, although the "love" portrayed was sweet there just wasn't any sexy smexy to it, seemed like it might have been written for the YA crowd. When not spending her time with the maniac she likes to hang out with a vampire.
We all made decisions of a similar quality when we were young and innocent, what could possibly go wrong? Of course there's more witchery brewing just around the corner when hot vampire Quintus tells Cassandra he can help her with obtaining her witch's certificate. There's a chase, some supernatural changes, and even fae. Fae are like that, they love to get in on stories like this. Eventually Cassandra is asked to do something she almost can't do, nor wants to, but by this time everything hinges on her and her alone.
She has no choice but to try.
Blood and Loss (Cassandra Myles Witch Series)
Can she recover? What looks like a steamy two-way might become a steamy three-way our Cass does like a bit of variety , although to find out how steamy you'll have to read the book.
Blood and Loss opens with a YA feel, with happy young witches in training to become grumpier older ones, but the themes soon gravitate to a more mature audience. There's not too much jiggery-pokery going on where the supernatural is concerned, just enough to inform the reader and keep the story bubbling along. There is an undercurrent of humour throughout, with some snappy, sassy lines delivered.rotisseriemachadodeassis.com.br/includes/localizar/pytiz-como-rastrear-un.php
ASMSG Romance Erotica Ezine June 2014
I had bad breath, nest-like hair, and I smelled like a corpse. Good stuff! Electa Graham's paranormal fantasy is definitely for the adult reader, as it contains generous helpings of erotica along with witchy magic, vampires and more thrills than you could shake a stick or wand at. Although this is not my usual genre, I enjoyed the moral ambiguity of some of Ms Graham's characters - a refreshing chnage from the black and white stereotypes so often encountered.
The plot rattles along at a fair old lick and you will have to turn the pages quickly to keep up. Fortunately, there are at least two more books in this series, so buckle up! See all 13 reviews.