Paranormal Romance

Influential Magic


Author: Deanna Chase
Book Length: 320 Pages
Published Date: March 3rd, 2013
How I Got My Copy: Purchased
Available From:
Barnes & Noble



Willow lives in New Orleans and is the owner of a store called The Fated Cupcake. She’s also a part-time vampire hunter, and chronically unable to remember to keep her cell phone charged. A recently turned vampire becomes a double-agent and turns over information to Willow’s vampire hunter boss. It seems there is someone interested in kidnapping Willow, who and why is unknown. What’s worse, Willow now has to partner with the double-agent, who just happens to be an ex-lover who dumped her just before he turned.




I love how the Fae are portrayed in the book. The author fleshed them out wonderfully well, all the little quirks and explanations about what will sap their powers, as well as what will boost them. So many authors make the mistake of making their main character all-powerful or perfect. Willow is shown to have both strengths and weaknesses, and it makes for a more realistic read. (And yes, I did just say ‘realistic’ about a fantasy novel!)

I also got easily and quickly attached to the characters. Willow’s best female friend and usual partner Phoebe quickly became a favorite. As did her childhood friend Talisen. There is a romance element all through out the book. Both Talisen and David, Willow’s ex-boyfriend vie for Willow. But there is also a huge amount of mystery and adventure. Some of the twists I expected, but quite a number of them were a complete surprise. I’ll be picking up the 2nd book in the series to find out if the rest is as interesting as this first book was. I would definitely recommend this book.


4 Stars.


Hell Hounds Are For Suckers

Author: Jessica McBrayer
Book Length: 57 pages
Published Date: December 15th, 2013
How I Got My Copy: Purchased
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It opens with Hannah walking in a graveyard on a cloudy night. She’s dwelling on how her love life sucks, and then thinks about how she was turned into a vampire and met her friends. She comes across a puppy that insists on following her home. Soon the puppy starts belching fire and she runs to her friends to find out what’s wrong with it. Apparently, she had been adopted by a hell hound.

When the hell hound’s demon master appears at her door and demands him back, she refuses and so does the puppy. At least at first.



Hannah talks and acts like a teenager even though she’s close to 200 years old. There are many mentions of marijuana throughout the book. It’s the 2nd in a series, and only 57 pages long. So it’s a quick read, and has some funny parts to it. Over-all it was cute, and made me curious about the other books in the series. If you’re looking for a fluffy and quick read, and enjoy vampires, djinn, and other fantasy creatures, this would be a good choice.


3 Stars.

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