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Generation 18

by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read October 23, 2014

Original Release: September 22, 2004
Re-Release: September 30, 2014

Length: 368  pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 in the Spook Squad series)

COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
 
A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?

The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.

My Take:

MY GOSH! This is my favorite series, so far, that I’ve read from Keri Arthur. It is just really well done. It’s all about the story. There is zero romance, though it is hinted that it could be a possibility in the final book. There is just so much going on that I am sad that there are only 3 books in this series. I love Sam. She is incredible, she has her vulnerabilities, but she learns to act passed those insecurities. She is learning more and more about herself as this too short series comes to an end. This book introduces the Hopeworth entity, and really we only get a peak of the potential. We learn just so much about her world, and this entire story is some sordid link to her past that has everything and nothing to do with her. We see Sam start to blossom as a 30-year-old, pretty much beginning puberty. We see Gabriel fight his need to be her friend, partner, maybe something more. We see how important these two could be to one another, only to ignore that because of their pride. There is a lot of action in this, a bit of suspense and mystery. It just all comes together in a wonderful tale that is difficult to put down, and will leave you wanting more.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Memory Zero

by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read September 10, 2014

Original Release: June 15, 2004
Re-Release: August 26, 2014

Length: 352  pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 in the Spook Squad series)

MORTAL RECALL
 
For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire . . . and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is but what she is.

My Take:

Continuing with the trend of re-releasing her older novels, Ms Arthur is re-releasing her Spook Squad series. So far this book shows no ties to the Circle unlike the other series’ (below). I have to say right off the bat that I like this book a lot. There is no romance. None, there is potential for one, and that is implied, but this book is just a straight up urban fantasy, paranormal, crime book. It’s fantastic. You can really tell the growth of the Arthur, her writing is tighter, the story is crisp, it’s all together really well done.

Characters, oh fun characters. We have 3 main ones the 2 good guys and the one baddie. There are of course other characters but well…they are important too. Anyway, We have Sam who is a cop who has had a difficult life. No family, no memories of family, grew up in state care, or whatever their system is called and somehow managed to turn out ok, a little claustrophobic, but ok. She of course has secrets she doesn’t know, but she mostly acts on instinct and training. Then we’ve got Gabriel who is Assistant director for the SCI (I think that’s what it’s called I forget) anyway he works for the spook squad, he’s high up there too. These characters meet, they work together, discover the betrayal that Sam does not want to admit to, despite all evidence, and have lots of explosions. There’s a bomber, bombs everywhere. I will say the last big scene, not the end of the book but close, there is a scene that was just confusing. Maybe I read it wrong, but it just did not make sense, it didn’t really fall in place. So with the big mystery of what’s going on with Sam’s partner, there is another mystery involving Gabriel’s brother and who’s trying to kill him.

If you like Keri Arthur, you should pick up this book. If you didn’t like the other re-releases, pick up this book. It’s really well done. Loved it!

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Circle of Desire

by Keri Arthur
Kindle Edition – Read April 25, 2014

Original Release: July 31, 2003
Re-Release: April 1, 2014

Length: 352  pages

Official Description: (This is book #3 in the Damask Circle series)

A TEMPTING FATE
 
Two children have been found dead, their souls torn from their bodies. Two more are missing, and Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of them. A dedicated cop, Ethan has every intention not only of bringing her back alive but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings. And he will use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims—even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. But time is ticking. The victims rarely stay alive for more than seven days. Four of those days have already passed.
 
In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does. The last thing Kat needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. But the greatest threat to Kat may come not from the forces of darkness, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf . . . and the full moon is rising.

My Take:

This is book three in the Damask Circle trilogy, which follows a different group of Circle members and another coupling. Actually it appears that each book in this series could stand alone. Which means if you picked this book up before the other ones then you won’t be lost.

Any way, let’s get to the book. This is not my favorite book, it didn’t have that same feeling of danger, it didn’t have that same feeling of romance. It was kind of blah, mediocre, forced and not the best of Ms. Arthur’s works. We have Kat who is a witch shifter and Ethan who is a werewolf who loved a girl when he was 17, and since he can only love one person ever in his life he has given up on love and his identity as a werewolf. So the whole time we hear Ethan whining about being attracted to Kat, but he can’t love her. Of course the book consists of like 3 days, but ya know instalove. All he wants to do is use her for his time that he’s in heat. Which is always during the full moon. Kat is pretty cool, she is a witch with the kinetic abilities, can read the energy of the dead, and is a shifter. She shifts into a raven…which makes me wonder what a Werewolf/Raven mixed child would look like! Anyway, so instead of the main plot being the kidnapped and murdered children as a center of the story, we are revolving mostly around the love/lust/whiny/angst-driven Kat and Ethan. We don’t even get to see much of the cool granny, Gwen, who I’d imagine would still rock in battle. On a fun level, we do get a brief nod to Nikki and Michael, which was cool, and we still don’t know much about Seline, which is mentioned. I really need to go back and read some other series of Ms. Arthur’s to see if we find out more about her.

Honestly over all, this book is just blah, it doesn’t have that spark that is usually in these books, and everything just feels forced and unnatural.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Circle of Death

by Keri Arthur
Digital Edition – Read March 7, 2014

Original Release: June 5, 2002
Re-Release: February 25, 2014

Length: 352  pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 in the Damask Circle series)

In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.

An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.

My Take:

This is book two in the Damask Circle series, which follows a different group of Circle members and another coupling. Actually it appears that each book in this series could stand alone. Which means if you picked this book up before the other ones then you won’t be lost. This is in the whole Circle world, but I think pretty much all of Ms. Arthur’s series are in the Circle world, Ok I exaggerate, but it’s an intriguing world and there are many options for many different types of series. I really would like to know more about Seline, I don’t even know if there is a series already out there that features our mysterious witch, but I’d love to read it if it does. Ok, so she is only mentioned briefly, the blink and you’ll miss it type of mention.

Any way, let’s get to the book. I enjoyed this book, it’s starts out in the thick of things. In the thick of a bloody, disgusting, murder scene that our heroine walks in to. Our POV often switches between hero and heroine so we are never really surprised, but often really frustrated. Kirby is just not my favorite character. She has potential to be super freaking awesome, especially when you get down to the magic stuff. She is just so insecure that it takes so much away from the character. Doyle is pretty awesome, it’s nice to see a shifter in the spotlight instead of a vampire, but as awesome and sweet as he is, he is so wrapped up in the mate thing, it’s hard to really get into him. Does that sound right? Hmm. First off the book takes place over 2-3 days. Doyle and Kirby are making moon eyes at one other and imagining each other naked, but Kirby is too busy thinking, “Oh he’ll leave me here in Australia while he runs away to America….where he lives.” and Doyle is thinking, “She’s going to run away…again.” It’s a frustrating love connection. And in between all that we’ve got a homicidal maniac searching for Kirby and some other chick. Plus we’re learning all these secrets in Kirby’s past, that she doesn’t even remember. Over all the story is entertaining. I would love to know more about Kirby once she has confidence in herself, and not just the facade that she puts up. I think Doyle’s sweet, he seems like a swell guy who is in a different league as Kirby…but fate….what can you do?

If you enjoy Keri Arthur’s other work, then you’ll love this, just remember this is a re-release, so it’s not something new and fresh, it’s just all edited and mass-produced.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Circle of Fire

by Keri Arthur
Digital Edition – Read January 3, 2014

Original Release: August 20, 2001
Expected Re-Release: January 28, 2014

Length: 336  pages

Official Description: (This is book #1 in the Damask Circle series)

VISIONS OF TERROR

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible. Jon Barnett knows that what’s happening is far worse. Sent by a group of paranormal investigators known as the Damask Circle, Jon quickly becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the abilities she cannot control—abilities that have killed. But when a “ghost” brings a warning of danger and her nephew goes missing, Maddie not only has to leave her haven, she has to place her trust in a man who is neither ghost nor human. As the noose of sorcery tightens, the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time. But the greatest danger to Maddie and Jon could be the intense feelings they refuse to acknowledge but cannot ignore.

My Take:

Going in the same direction as the Nikki & Michael series, Bantum Dell is re-releasing an early series by Keri Arthur, the first being Circle of Fire. This one comes out in a few weeks and I actually found the book really entertaining. It is a light easy read with much of the same feel as Dancing With the Devil but with a much less gory or intense plot. We are also in the same universe with bits and pieces of Seline in the mix to kind of tie all the worlds of the Circle together. How should I describe this book? I’ll try not to veer too far off the path so I won’t reveal spoilers. Maddie is a scared young woman, in her mid to late 20s I think, maybe earlier 30s. She kind of feels a lot younger than that though, just the way she behaves and acts feels like an early 20s character. She has spent her life in fear of who she is and of her abilities because she can’t control them and she is dangerous. When her nephew goes missing she goes out to find him and then she runs into Jon who’s a member of the Circle and there is a lot of evasive stuff going on between the two of them, but the plot is around the missing kid, with a sub plot of Maddie discovering who she is and a sub..sub plot of romance. The story is very formulaic it fits right in with the tone of all the other Circle books, and is a bit predictable. However, it’s written well and if you go into it not expecting the world to rain down gold and glitter then you should enjoy this read. Yeah it’s 300+ pages but it goes by quick and, again, it’s a fun read.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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