Darkness Unchained (Sky Brooks #2) by McKenzie Hunter

Synopsis

Just try to survive. That had been Skylar’s goal since she discovered that she had died at birth and become a host to a very powerful spirit shade. She was a werewolf with the ability to manipulate magic, and that made Skylar an enigma that most viewed as either an asset or a danger. Being an anomaly in the otherworld was a hazard, and last year she had barely survived. After declining membership in the Midwest Pack, Skylar naively thought she could return to a normal life and fade into obscurity. She was wrong.  

After saving the life of a pack member who was brutally attacked, Skylar finds herself pulled back into the otherworld to help the Northern Seethe and Midwest Pack find the person responsible for the recent attacks on their people. The situation is further complicated when the Seethe hires Chris, a hunter and the pack’s Beta’s ex. With her connections and extensive knowledge of the otherworld she should have been a welcomed asset; but her turbulent history with the pack, complicated relationship with the Master of the Northern Seethe, and the lingering feelings between her and the Beta create conflict between the enemies-turned-allies. 

Once again, Skylar must negotiate the lies, secrets and strange politics that govern the otherworld while struggling not to draw attention to her abilities. It falls apart when she inadvertently changes a peculiar vampire and Chris discovers the link between Skylar and the culprit responsible for the attacks on the vampires and were-animals. 

Now Skylar wonders if she will be able to survive the otherworld this time. 

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Review

I was lucky enough to receive a copy from McKenzie Hunter in exchange for a honest review.

If you haven’t  read “Moon Tortured,” stop now.  “Darkness Unchained” is the SECOND in the Sky Brooks Series.  Trust me you will want to read “Moon Tortured”.

Welcome  back to the world of  Skylar Brooks.  We join sky not long after the events of “Moon Tortured ” she is slowly  settling into life on her own.Though she may have not choose to join the pack, she has tried to keep in contact. But some members  of the pack have a issue  with that.

When something  threatens  to kill off the pack they are left with no choose to form a unlikely  truce and work together before they are all killed.

Now like most sequels there is always  that worry  that the book will fall flat and not live up to your expectations. “Darkness Unchained” lived up to my expectations  and more.

Sky is no longer the naive victim of the paranormal world, that  we meet in “Moon Tortured”.  She is now developing  into a strong confident  character who is learning to expect who she really is.
 
This book brings a whole new level of intrigue to this series. I enjoyed the new elements that were brought into this story. From the introduction  of new characters  to gaining a greater understanding and knowlage of the characters we meet in “Moon Tortured ”.

I loved this book and can not wait to read the next book in the series.

Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Website http:// www.mckenziehunter.com

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Moon Tortured (Sky Brooks #1)by McKenzie Hunter

 Synopsis 

Skylar’s death came not at the end, after a long fulfilling existence, not in the middle, as a result of an untimely tragic event—but at the beginning, with her birth. 

As a final effort to save her dying unborn child, Skylar’s pregnant mother, a witch, sacrificed herself by invoking a powerful spirit shade to inhabit Skylar’s body, imbuing her with life. For twenty-three years, Skylar lived a life of oblivion, content with her simple job, loving adoptive mother and the monthly inconvenience of a full moon hangover after being sedated and caged when she changed into a wolf. It wasn’t exciting but it was her life until one night, she woke up in a strange room in the middle of rural Illinois—bruised and with jumbled memories of her mother’s death from a vampire attack. The Midwest pack comes to her rescue. Known for being more ruthless than altruistic she doesn’t know if she can trust them. 

But after an assassination attempt by a necromancer, an abduction attempt by a mercenary, and more aggressive and violent attacks by the vampires, she has no other choice but to accept their help. The Midwest pack quickly discover that Skylar is the host to a spirit shade, who gives her magical abilities, that make her as much of a danger as an asset and that she is the key to the vampires’ plan to perform a ritual that will give them unrestricted power. Tension rises as the pack become divided between those who think her life is worth protecting as a potential ally and those who believe she is too dangerous to live. In the end, Skylar finds herself fighting for her life—a life that may be tragically taken too soon.

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Review

Let me start by saying that I was lucky enough to receive a copy from McKenzie Hunter in exchange for a honest review.

I honestly think that this series could be the next big thing! As I read it I could see the potential for a movie or TV series.

Lets start at the beginning. Skylar is the anything but your typical leading lady. If anything is is a combination  of your favorite leading ladies.  Like anyone with a gift they don’t really want or understand, all she has ever wanted was to be a normal but fate had other plans. 

We are introduced  to Skylar  in the first line of the book. “This isn’t the first time I awoke in a strange place, naked and bloodstained.” Which pulls you straight  into her world.

Skylar has a semi-normal life with her adoptive mother until a horrendous vampire attack leaves her alone. When Skylar  wakes up, she finds herself in the hands of the Midwest Pack, who are determined to  protect her.

The Midwest pack seem to be very likeable and protective characters.   The pack consists of many were animals but  we are only really introduce  to a few key members. Sebastian the Alpha, Ethan the Beta, Josh a Warlock, Steven a Coyote, Winter a Snake and a guest Beta from another pack, Joan a panther. 

I am a sucker for books containing vampires and werewolves but McKenzie  intertwine them in a way that the book feels both familiar and brand new at the same time.

If you are a fan of the  paranormal  fiction then this is a book you need to get your hands on.

Rating ☆☆☆☆☆
Website http://www.mckenziehunter.com/

Fairy Tale Confessions

Authors: Tish Thawer, Sarah J. Pepper, Amy Daws, L.P. Dover, Elizabeth Montgomery, Shannon Morton, Brynn Myers, Wendy Owens, Cameo Renae, Kellie Sheridan, M. Clarke, Jessica Sorensen, 
Kristen Strassel, K.R. Wilburn

Release Date: October 1, 2015

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25875555-fairy-tale-confessions

Blurb:

Fourteen bestselling authors twist up your favorite tales. Will your favorite have a happily-ever-after?

Get ready to meet some sexy, not-so-valiant princes, punk-rock princesses, villains turned heroes, and truly vile monsters wreaking havoc within our favorite tales.

Read about Dancing Princesses getting their groove on in a disco club, a seriously sexy 

Rumpelstiltskin, and one alluring Puss-in-Boots, plus many, many more captivating  characters in these fourteen all new short-stories.

(This collection and its authors are being featured at RT 2016 at the Fairy Tale Costume party in Vegas, hosted by Sarah J. Pepper and Tish Thawer. Be sure to get your copy and stop by if you’re attending the event.)

Buy Links:

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Kobo: http://bit.ly/1fa3StC

What Others Are Saying:
“Some of them are a bit dark, some are slightly twisted, and some just take the story to a whole new magical level.. Each author has brought a different perspective to an old tale and it was very enjoyable.” ~ Goodreads Reviewers

“Fairy Tales that take a dark modern twist.” ~ Sassy Cats Book Review

Giveaway:
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Fairy tale confessions – Amy Daws and Kristen Strassel

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Kristen Strassel writes books about rock stars and vampires. After all, they tell you to write what you know. She is a passionate music fan who also loves football games and diner food. 

Kristen works as a makeup artist on film and TV shows when she’s not writing, and loves being behind the scenes. A former resident of Las Vegas, Kristen now lives in the Boston 

Website: www.kristenstrassel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KristenStrasselAuthor?fref=ts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kristen-Strassel/e/B00GFY14O6

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kristenstrassel

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7267647.Kristen_Strassel

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Amy Daws is a contemporary romance author who loved dipping her toe into the world of fantasy for this modern day Cinderella story. If you loved her contemporary style, check out her award-nominated adult romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series. It’s emotional, and self-deprecating, with lots of humor sprinkled in. For deals on Amy’s books, 

visit: http://www.amydawsauthor.com

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8193655.Amy_Daws

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Fairy tale confessions – Shannon Morton

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I’m a reader of fantasy turned writer who enjoys great characters and fascinating plot twists. When I’m not writing, I can be found teaching Pilates, being mommy to two fabulous kiddos, or just generally being a crazy sarcastic insomniac mess!!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6525664.Shannon_Morton

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shannon-Morton/e/B00A9O9UJY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/redheadsread

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shannonmortonwrites?fref=ts

Email: stellarshan@gmail.com

Fairy tale confessions – Sarah J. Pepper

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Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happy ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head atwww.sarahjpepper.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762464.Sarah_J_Pepper

Website: http://www.sarahjpepper.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-J-Pepper/e/B007YHT7XS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahjpepper

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Fairy tale confessions – Tish Thawer,

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Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.

She’s been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight. 

Webstie: www.TishThawer.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tishthawer

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tish-Thawer/e/B006QK1IMC

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5201320.Tish_Thawer

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tishthawer

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+TishThawer