Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Lacing Shadows: Anthology

Title: Lacing Shadows: Anthology
Author: Tina Smith, Andrea Stanet, Laurie Treacy, Lee Ryder, Alexia Purdy
Release Date: September 1st
Lose yourself in the Shadows.

Five young women each encounter a different supernatural force: seductive werewolves, shadowy vampires, dangerous fae, mysterious ghosts, and nightmare creatures.

Lace yourself in scintillating tales of fated meetings, undying love, and eternal life...

Lacing Shadows features New Adult paranormal tales from five talented authors.

Spirit of the Wolf
Asia, a young college student, struggles between two seductive temptations—her boyfriend, Jesse, and a new friend, Nati. Meanwhile, hidden forces strive to draw out the wolf spirit inside her. Will she embrace her nature…or have it driven out against her will? In the end, the spirit of the wolf may be the only thing that can save her and those she holds dear.

Eternal Guard
Farren is desperate to escape her heart-wrenching grief, attempting to end her life when fate suddenly intervenes...
Rescued by Joe, she finds herself an unwilling pawn in a vampire tug-of-war over her life.
In a world where she can choose if her death will be final or eternal, why would she fight to live?

Into The Dark
College freshman Holly Barclay finds herself home alone on winter break with plans to do some soul-searching.
Being a Good Samaritan to a handsome wounded stranger, this human girl has not only endangered her heart but quite possibly her life.
The holidays suddenly got a lot more exciting.

The Unspoken Truth
Lena has always been aware of a world beyond our own. She is happily married and employed by the police to uncover the secrets of the dead, helping to solve cold cases. But when she meets Jessica Clayton, the abused wife of a rich industrialist who died in the 1800's, the parallels between them change her life completely. Is she ready to learn The Unspoken Truth?

Spinning Scars
Some believe in legends, Others don’t want them to exist….
Immortality can have its downfalls, especially when you’re a creature made of nightmares constantly on the run. Enrolling in college, Matthias meets Ruby. When he discovers who she really is they are both in mortal danger, but for reasons Matthias has all wrong.

Purchase Link: Amazon US

I am a little bit torn in reviewing this anthology. It is quite interesting and I enjoyed reading it but I am a big fan of HEA or at least I want the main characters to have a chance of ending up together. And that was not the case for all of the stories. Therefore I decided to review each story separately :)

Spirit of the Wolf 
This one was quite intriguing and I definitely enjoyed reading it. I was rooting for Asia and Jesse the whole time. Even though he is a little bit lost and rough from time to time, I think they would have been a great couple. On the other hand I also understand Asia's decision but I am not a big fan of f/f romance so I was a little bit disappointed with the ending but I think it will be great to see what will happen with Jesse in the future :)

Eternal Guard
To be honest, this was one of my favorite stories in the anthology, though I was a little bit disappointed with the ending. I felt like it ended somehow unfinished. As I already mentioned, I am a big fan of HEA and I really wanted for Farren and Joe to be together. I loved the suspense and the hot scenes. It was so easy and captivating to read but I would love if the story has a continuation :)

Into the Dark
I loved this story. It was so interesting and captivating to read. The only thing was that it read more like a YA story and I would have enjoyed it even more if it had some more hot scenes and actually something more than a kiss between the main characters. Apart from that I loved the fairy tale like world and I was fascinated with it :) Holly and Lacon were quite captivating characters and the unknown and the suspense in the story made intriguing. I only wish there was some more action between the sheets ;)

The Unspoken Truth
This story was quite interesting but somehow I couldn't relate that much to it. I felt lost at times and it was a little bit difficult to follow. It was still quite interesting and I enjoyed reading it as I wanted to find out what happened with the main characters but it definitely wasn't my favorite.

Spinning Scars
This story was quite unexpected. When I read the blurb I actually expected more horror like story. Well, that was not it and I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. It definitely had the fairy tale flavor but in addition there were also some quite hot scenes between Matthias and Ruby. It felt more like a fairy tale for grown ups and it was quite a nice and fun read. And of course it did have the HEA ending I love so much.

As a whole I did enjoy reading the anthology and it is a great read for that price. I would love to see some of the stories get a continuation or read more about the secondary characters. I so want to know what happens with Jesse, or Joe. Or how the relationship between Holly and Lacon progresses :) I would definitely enjoy reading those :)

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About the authors:

Andrea Stanet is a freelance writer from upstate New York, she has been published online and in print since the late 90s. In addition, Andrea works as a tutor and editor. She is currently submitting a middle-grade fantasy novel and a new-adult, urban fantasy novella for publication. Other recently published works include “Under the Mattress” in the anthology Urban Harvest: Tales of the Paranormal in New York City and “Lucid” in the anthology Stalkers.

Tina Smith is the author of the Wolf Sirens Series. From her home in Adelaide South Australia Tina inspires, entertains and examines life. Night is the time her creative juices flow. Under the light of the moon she is driven to write and connect with readers through her mad-capped imagination—you could say it's a calling...

Laurie Treacy is a fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary YA and NA romance writer. A graduate of Marist College, she lives in New York's picturesque Hudson Valley with her husband, three children, and various pets. When not book blogging, she’s a proud Whovian, loves reading, photography, frozen Goobers, and watching anime. A member of the SCBWI and RWA, Laurie has several short stories published in anthologies and is working on some novels.

Lee Ryder is a mother of 3 children and one angel. She currently lives in New England. She started writing small works at an early age and was featured in several local publications. She is an accomplished musician playing three different instruments and also studied vocal performance and dance. She studied theater in college and was featured in several plays. Lee believes in love at first sight and married her soul mate at age 19. She also has read reviewed and edited other published works.
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Alexia Purdy currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada- Sin City! She loves to spend every free moment writing, or playing with her four rambunctious kids. Writing has always been her dream and she has been writing ever since she can remember. She love's creating paranormal fantasy and poetry and loves to read and devour books daily. Alexia also enjoys watching movies, dancing, singing loudly in the car and Italian food.

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