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Book Review – The Winter Sisters: A Novel, by Tim Westover

Right before Halloween, I picked a book up from Netgalley which I had hoped to have reviewed BY Halloween. Needless to say, that didn't happen. But I did finally finish The Winter Sisters: A Novel, by Tim Westover, and get it reviewed.

I was so excited about this novel, because as a weird southerner AND appreciator of superstition, folklore, herbalism, the supernatural, and history, it makes my heart happy to find books which appeal to many of my whims all at once.

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Book Review – Compelled By Fate, by Christa Paige

Edit: This post was originally published at The ReInVintaged Life, along with a sweet comment from author Christa: “I am so thrilled you enjoyed Vastian and Thalia’s love story. Thank you for reading it and sharing your thoughts!”

***I received an ARC (advance reader copy) of this book in exchange for my honest review***

Back in January, I reviewed Enduring Bond by Christa Paige, and it was the best vampire story I’ve read since reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series years ago. I loved Enduring Bond, and couldn’t wait till I got another opportunity to read about another Kan Asma couple. And now I have!

I enjoyed Compelled by Fate even more than Enduring Bond, and I gave this five out of five stars on GoodReads as well:

Compelled by FateCompelled by Fate by Christa Paige
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, my! Christa Paige continues to raise the bar with Compelled by Fate. I believe this is the second book in the Kan Asma Vampires series, and she’s got your alpha males right here! (Okay, only one alpha male is the true focus of this novel, but you’ll meet and/or get re-acquainted with several others!)

This is the story of Vastian, the fearless warrior prince, and his mate Nathalia. Bound by duty, they come together under the most tragic of circumstances and must overcome heartbreak, scandal, opposition, and a new and lethal danger from The Faction, a fringe society of disgruntled Kan Asma determined to put a stop to the ancient laws regarding Kan Asma traditions, no matter the cost.

Christa has once again crafted a world so fantastic, yet so believable. One of the things I particularly loved about this novel was the attention devoted to the rich traditions of the Kan Asma. You’ll feel like you’re one of them as they go through preparations for their ancient, time-honored rituals. And you’ll be pulled even further into the lives of this strong, proud vampire race.

As someone who has not read the first in the series, Mated In Treason, I feel that this novel stands strong as a stand-alone. So if you’re a reader who might be put off by the fact that it’s the second in a series, either read Mated In Treason NOW, or read this one first, like me. You won’t just be thrown into a story with no idea of what’s going on, because the author immerses you in the Kan Asma culture right away.

You won’t want to put this one down! I am ready for the next book already.

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If you love vampires and alpha males, I can’t recommend this book – or Christa Paige – enough!

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Book Review – Enduring Bond, by Christa Paige

(This post was originally published at The ReInVintaged Life.)

***Christa Paige is a new-to-me author, and I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review of this book.***

Love Vampires? Love Vampire Romance? Then this is the book for you! Enduring Bond is the first in the Allies of the Kan Asma Vampires series, and tells the story of Ashe and Mariyah.

Ashe is a proud alpha male vampire who was imprisoned by the nefarious Lifespan Institute for over thirty years and tortured in the name of science. Mariyah is a brilliant young scientist who took a lucrative job with the Lifespan Institute believing she would be working to eradicate terminal illnesses. Instead, she becomes trapped in her job in a horrific place run by a sadistic scientist who will stop at nothing to discover the secrets of the Kan Asma vampires’ longevity and exploit it.

From Christa Paige’s website:

“Mariyah’s life takes a deadly turn when her blood becomes the key to the Lifespan Institute’s fountain of youth. When she is left to bleed out in the cell of a vampire prisoner, the last thing she expects is to survive. A-Fourteen shows her mercy by not killing her…and Mariyah ends up giving him her heart. If she fails him, he will die, and his blood will be on her hands, staining her soul.

Now she needs to protect herself while trying to rescue the love of her life. When she forms an alliance with the Kan Asma refugees, she plays a dangerous game of double agent. She knows the risks, and she also knows time is running out.

Mariyah will do anything to save A-Fourteen and set him free…even if it means sacrificing herself to give him a chance to live.”

Right away, Ms. Paige pulls you in with her gifts of description, story-telling, and scene-setting. You’ll get the important backstories necessary to the development of these characters and this particular story. (This was very important to me, as I was unfamiliar with the Kan Asma vampires before this book.) You’ll walk the dank halls of the Lifespan Institute’s basement, hear the mournful wails of the tortured vampires, and feel the oppression of the lecherous mad scientist. And you’ll fall for hot, swoon-worthy Ashe, and beautiful, sensitive Mariyah, and root for them from the start.

Perhaps my favorite thing about this novel, and what sets it apart from so many others, is – without getting too spoiler-y, I hope – Mariah is not your typical damsel in distress. While in grave danger herself, it is she who orchestrates Ashe’s rescue.

I have been a fan of Paranormal Romance, especially featuring vampires, for far longer than they’ve been popping up on bestseller lists, and have read a LOT of vampire romance. With the mega-successes of the genre in the mid-aughts to early teens, the market became entirely too over-saturated. Since then it’s been really hard for me to find a well-written vampire romance that I really, truly enjoy. But not only did this novel deliver; I feel like Kan Asma vampires can be my new Black Dagger Brotherhood!

If you’ve missed the vampire romances that were around pre-Twilight/Vampire Diaries/Sookie Stackhouse, then you should definitely check Enduring Bond out.

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars at GoodReads

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