Review: Anger Management by Rachel Caine

Anger Management (The Morganville Vampires, #10.5)Title: Anger Management
Author:  Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires
Format: ebook
Genre: Young Adult
Number of pages: Unbound

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The events of this story occur after BITE CLUB (Book 10 of the Morganville Vampires).

This is a free short story hosted on the authors website.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I was zapping on GoodReads and decided to check how many books from Rachel Caine ere still on my reading list when I discovered some short stories from The Morganville Vampires. I usually don’t really go out of my way to by and read them , but since this one was a freebie from the author I decided to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed.

 

From the title and the cover we can clearly see that tells Shane’s day. After the vampires discovered the Fight Club and Shane was accused of being part of the exposure, Amelie decided to put him on parole, of course with a lot of pleading from Claire. That entails Shane is supposed to see a shrink and this short story show us how the hour and the day afterwards takes place.

 

I liked this insight to all the anger and to see the reasons why Claire affects him so much, was very nice to see a different side of him and how much he’s trying to fit in for everyone’s sake.

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Books in this Series

#1 – Glass Houses

#2 – The Dead’s Girl Dance

#3 – Midnight Alley

#4 – Feast of Fools

#5 – Lord of Misrule

#6 – Carpe Corpus

#7 – Fade Out

#8 – Kiss of Death

#9 – Ghost Town

#10 – Bite Club

#10.5 – Anger Management

#11 – Last Breath

#12 – Black Dawn

#13 – Bitter Blood (Expected publication: November 6th 2012)

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Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)Title: Before I Wake
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210612
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 26th 2012
Number of pages: 346

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I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…
My Thoughts

 

This series is like a roller coaster and we never know if Kaylee is safe and what is coming after her, although is pretty safe to bet on Avery, but he get new tricks every book and is insane to wonder what is coming new.

 

So having started to read this series in January I didn’t had to wait very long for this book and I’m wondering how people managed, because I was so anxious to read about Kaylee new job in the afterlife, plus Tod is kinda amazing as a boyfriend, much better than Nash and he’s very helpful.

 

The book started after one month from the previous and now we can see how Kaylee is adjusting to lack of sleep and trying to make her body corporeal to go back to school. She’s having a hard time, but that’s nothing new and everybody is kinda worried about her new job, since is barely different from a banshee and of course dangerous.

 

Kaylee is now responsible to save the souls from people killed before their appear on the reapers list. Is kinda like the first book, when the rogue reaper killed young girls for a demon. Only difference now is that she answer to a boss and the necromancer tells her where to pick the stolen souls, but everything fall the ladder and Kaylee discovers that Avery can possess death people without needing the living and having a corporeal body, crazy right?

 

I loved this book and the steps where we learned more about her new job and how she acted help from other people this time was surprising. Tod was great and very romantic, can you believe he’s got an apartment just to have a place to take Kaylee? Nash started the book being his regular bastard but ended up being better, not great and don’t think I’ll ever really life him anymore. Kaylee’s father is learning to parent a teenager and now he’s life is really difficult, but he was loveable in this book.

 

The end was unexpected and OMG I can’t wait for the next book. Start counting for April to get here soon.

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Books in this Series

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul (Expected publication: April 1st 2013)

Quote

“It’s suspiciously quiet in here, and there’s a Tod shaped dent in the bean bag. For the sake of both my sanity and my temper, I’m going to pretend I can’t tell that you’re in his lap, so could you pretend that this is still my house and you are still my daughter, and I’m within my parental rights to kick your boyfriend out after 11:00 p.m.?”
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Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)Title: If I Die
Author:  Rachel Vincent 
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210329
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 27th 2011
Number of pages: 342

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The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

My Thoughts:

This book was like a emotion high and I even shed some tears near the end. So good. Is amazing how we get attached to the characters and now is like I know Kaylee for years. We can always tell how she’s going to react.

Now we know when Kaylee life expires and her mother reaper is back in town to finish the job, of course her father is doing almost everything possible, and some more than nightmarish crazy, to save her.

 

I think after everything that happened and her several trips to Netherworld this was not something expected. Sure Avary is always looking for her and trying to get her soul, but her final date with no excuses is a complete different thing.

 

She tries to hold them together and of course decides to solve a mystery on high school. Sounds regular for her, but is something really strange this time. A girl loses her baby and Kaylee almost screams for his soul. The girl has a boyfriend and he’s not the daddy, crazy huh? Kaylee decides to investigate and there’s nothing normal in the pregnancy.

 

I loved this roller-coaster. Was a really great book and the end made me cry, but a good cry. Not what I expected, but Kaylee acted and saved the day once again. Plus a different Tod in this book. I liked this new him, showing more attitude and feelings.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul

Quote:

“You just say the word, and I’ll make the rest of the world go away. I’ll take you someplace safe, where no one else can reach us.”

Review: Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent

Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)Title: Never to Sleep
Author:  Rachel Vincent 
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1426834144
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 1st 2012
Number of pages: 56

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Don’t Close Your Eyes.

Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin’s strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she’s put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream—and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep…forever.

Could this world be real? Or does insanity run in the family…?

My Thoughts:

This little novella was not something that caught my eye, but since is a fresh book from Rachel Vincent and is  part of Soul Screamers, I decided to give it a chance. Don’t get me wrong. I love this series, but Sophie is not a great person.

 

Her life was pretty perfect with a loving family and she had everything a girl could ask for, but she treated Kaylee so bad in all the books.

 

This novella is from Sophie POV and she gets a tastes of Kaylee world when in a panic moment she screams for her life, but she’s not alone and this new boy seams to have all kinds of secrets.

 

I liked the sort story and how Rachel managed to wrap everything in just this book, but still don’t like Sophie. She’s a bully and has issues that are not normal. For me she’s just pathetic and her life is very easy, with the dancing squad and everything she wanted. This visit in Netherworld was something she needed, life an eye opener. Maybe in the next book she gets a better attitude.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take

#2 – My Soul to Save

#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper

#4 – My Soul to Steal

#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake

#7 – With All My Soul

Quote:

“He was beyond gorgeous. But Eastlake High was full of pretty people who acted like total freaks. I blame the local water supply. Which was why I drank bottled water.”

Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

 
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)Title: My Soul to Steal
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210272
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: January 4th 2011
Number of pages: 343
Add it: Goodreads
 
 
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Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

My Thoughts:

This book was a really difficult one for me because I started hating Nash after what happened on My Soul to Keep and the way he used Kaylee was very wrong, plus now he wants forgiveness and try to make things go back to the very begin like nothing had happened, like he remember everything.

 

Another problem was Sabine. She’s Nash ex-girlfriend and not a normal human, but it took a very long time for Nash and Tod to really explain things, but Sabine was not a good girl and was hurting Kaylee since day one.

 

Everybody acted on this book like Kaylee was looking for trouble when we all now that trouble always find her no matter what, so she was only trying to understand things and save people once again. Of course since Sabine is the new and different, plus trying to steal Nash, let’s put the blame on her.

 

I liked the story, was very dark and the plot really involving, but still don’t like how Nash reacts sometimes and why people just don’t believe her. she’s always right.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take 

#2 – My Soul to Save

#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper

#4 – My Soul to Steal

#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake

#7 – With All My Soul

 

Quote:

“Whoever said it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved was full of crap.”

Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

Young Adult Review

imageTitle: My Soul to Keep
Author: Rachel Vincent
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 1st 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 296
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And so is someone else…

My Thoughts:

This book takes place one month after My Soul to Save and Kaylee is finally allowed to hang out with Nash after being grounded for Netherworld visits and not talking about her problems. So now all she wants is a normal life, but things get out of hand with Emma boyfriend and Kaylee smell Demon breath on him.
 
Knowing her you already figured that she started investigating and some bad truths came out plus Avari is back and the Netherworld is trying to kidnap teenagers from Kaylee high school during a ball. To close with an ribbon her dad has been kidnapped by Avari also along with Nash.
 
I loved this book and the plot was really genius but I hated Nash almost the entire book and he’s a key character for me, plus Kaylee kinda was left alone and having to deal with Nash issues and her dad was a bit to much.
 
But the story was great and the lest that I was expecting really. Can you imagine drugs on a banshee, plus the avari is back and it sounds like he’s going to be a issue for the future, but he’s good to be the bad guy.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5) reviewed here
#1 – My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) reviewed here
#2 – My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2) reviewed here
#3 – My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)
#3.5 – Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5)
#4 – My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)
#5- If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)
#5.5 – Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)
#6 – Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)
#7 – With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)

Guest Post with Rachel Caine

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For this past month I’ve read and reviewed all the books in Morganville Vampires series. This was my first time reading and I loved follow Claire as she fall in love and fighted the bad guys(not always vampires).
So I took I shot and decided to invite Mrs. Rachel Caine for a special guest post and amazingly she said yes.
I’m a very lucky lady. Lucky in many ways — I have a great family, wonderful friends, amazing colleagues, and possibly the best job in the world … writing full time.
Lately, I’ve been incredibly lucky in being able to do a lot of travel. Until 2008, my travel had been mostly limited to my “neighborhood” of the United States — Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana. I still had a day job through 2009, which allowed me to do some fantastic international travel to Germany and Spain, but those were definitely for that business, not for my writing. And having a day job restricted the amount of time I could spend traveling or attending conventions, I thought I probably wouldn’t get to do much more.
In 2008, my British publisher wanted me to go to England. So, greatly daring, I boarded a plane for a two-week tour. And it was the greatest time I’d ever had … I loved England, loved the people, loved the experience and all the new and different sights and sounds. When I returned, I told my husband, and he was a bit crushed that he hadn’t gone with me, but as he has a problem with flying I didn’t see how he’d ever be able to make it.
Enter 2009, and the sales of the Morganville novels had risen to the point where I couldn’t handle the deadlines and my day job any more — the frequent deadlines were causing me stress, and weren’t doing my day job performance any good, either. So I took a leap of faith and left the day job after 10 years, and committed myself to writing full time. Almost immediately, I found myself being invited to travel more — to conventions across the country, at first (California, Virginia, New York City, Colorado) and then something even more amazing happened: I got invited to San Diego Comic-Con, then New York Comic-Con. And my British publisher wanted me to come back for an even longer tour — and this time, I was determined to bring my husband. So we discovered that there were still transatlantic passenger ships, and hopped aboard for the journey … and my husband loved the month-long trip as much as I did. The whole experience was amazing and humbling.
Around the end of 2009, the Morganville Vampires series was sold in Australia, and my publisher there wanted me to come and do a tour, so in 2010 I headed Down Under for the first time … and again, loved every minute of it. I adored Australia, and visited so many lovely places there … truly a fantastic experience. My only regret? I wished I could have stayed longer (and that I could have found a cruise ship, so my husband could attend with me). I made a quick stop-over in New Zealand, too, which is gorgeous; I wish I could have stayed longer to explore!
imageThen I was invited by my Brazilian publisher, in 2010, to visit that lovely country for the Bienal do Livro, the Rio book festival … I spent a week in Rio signing books and meeting people at the festival, and it was an amazing experience, again. I learned a little Portuguese, too! And discovered a great love of Brazilian steaks, and coffee.
In 2010 I also got to attend a wonderful literary festival in Calgary, in Canada, as well as traveling from coast to coast in the US on book tours and to attend conventions. Pretty fantastic year, in every way.
2011 Is turning out to be even more of a travel adventure … because by the end of March, I’ll be heading out on a very long road that leads across the US to New York, on a ship to England, a tour all over the UK, then a 10-day tour in France, then off to Spain, Italy, and Germany for events before sailing back home. Also doing San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, and many other signing events throughout the year.
So, where would I like to go next? Well, I’m already getting lots of requests from Romania to visit, and maybe it’s time to do that in 2013. Time will tell! I’ve discovered a huge love of travel, and I think what is most amazing about taking these trips is that no matter where I go, we all speak the same language: we love books. We love stories. We need those things.
Even translated, it’s still a universal thing, the need to dream, the need to travel in our imaginations.
I’m just extremely lucky that I can do it for real, too.

I asked her about her writing progress and some special places you consider would be great settings on new books. These are her answers:

GREAT PLACES FOR SETTINGS:
Oh, so many places. I’d set a gritty drama in Rio, something with passion and fire and danger, that contrasts with the beautiful beaches and majestic mountains. It’s a place of great contrasts, and I’d love to write that in. In the UK, I love the north of England and Scotland, those are really great, dramatic settings. London’s always full of endless possibilities, too. Australia … I could definitely do something there, especially in the less well-settled areas. I was fascinated by the “road trains” — giant tractor trailers that drive through the Outback at tremendous speeds for days to move goods from one place another, through extremely harsh conditions. I would probably transfer that concept out of Australia and onto an alien planet!
MY WRITING PROCESS:
I literally write anywhere, all the time. Have laptop, headphones and power converter, will travel. I’ve written on planes, on ships, on trains, in hotel rooms, in coffee shops, in the waiting rooms at schools before lectures, in cars … and I have to, because with so much of my life involving travel now, I really have no choice. There’s no such thing as “office hours” when you’re on the road … it’s a rough and ready approach, but it works for me. (Though it means I often have to pass up that extra cool tour of the area that I’d love to take …)
I always go to the Bienal and is so fun to met the authors, I’m sure you don’t remember me Rachel but I was there in that huge line to meet you and to sigh my book. And you were so sweet. It was so packed and it’s kinda great that International authors are traveling more to distant countries. So thank you for visiting Brazil, hope you can came back.
I loved your passion for Brazil, especially for my Rio, it is amazing and would be great to have one of you books taking place in the Cidade Maravilhosa.
Loved to have you here on the blog, and cant wait for Claire next adventure to be released on May. I’ve already pre-ordered.