Review: Blood Heavy – Ascension

Blood Heavy: AscensionBlood Heavy: Ascension by S.L.J. Shortt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Please note that my review of this book is subjective to my likes and dislikes.

Blood Heavy: Ascension continues the story from Blood Heavy. Shortt continues the adventure with his over the top paranormals, making it an entertaining read.


The characters you came to love from the first book are still there; the main characters of Jerry and Goose are exaggerated even more in this story (which makes it fun).

Joe still plays a role as well as Claire, Cassandra, and the rest of the vamps from the first book.

There is a high body count in this story, including the killing off of some characters that I thought were key. Additionally, you are are introduced to a new bad ass character with intentions on Jerry.


The pace of the story is rapid, complete with the humor and sarcasm you will have come to expect after the first book. Plus, You finally find out who the red headed woman at the end of the first book is.

Jerry and Goose have become hard core paranormal hunters, the problem is that they have come to the attention of the FBI. Jerry’s “protector” is still there and killing potential enemies and remains a major concern for Sophinia and the rest of the vamps trying to keep Jerry alive.

We still don’t have a clear idea of why his blood is so important, but Shortt started giving us a glimpse of the reason.

If you like paranormal it is worth a read.
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Review of Awakening the Nightmare

Awakening the Nightmare (Symmetria Series Book #1)Awakening the Nightmare by Lanie Malone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences



I really enjoyed reading this book, it had every form of preternatural you could imagine.

Who or what is Corinne (Cory) DeLacy? Thankfully the author doesn’t give everything way until the end of the book, suffice it to say from the beginning of the book you see her as an entrepeneur, and bad ass preternatual bounty hunter.

Enter bad guy vampire, Trevayne complete with his megalomania. Trevayne and his demon side-kick, Kalen – He wants to rule the world as top of the food chain.

Nick soldier vampire who is infatuated with, yet at the same time ready to fight Cory at every turn. He is tasked with protecting Elehna, heir to the vampire council – sought by Trevayne.

First, this story is NOT for kids. There are some highly erotic parts of the story. With that said, this is a fast pace romp through the preternatural world having everything from Demons and Vampires, to every other form of supernatural being you could imagine.

I couldn’t help thinging Angel, lol – that show had it all. Cory is an unknown type of preternatural, and stays that way until the end of the story. She opens her home to protect Elehna, and ends up meeting Nick and his team of vampire soldiers.

The story revolves around Cory and Nick as they must come to terms with each other, and protect Elehna from Trevayne.

The author has added twists to her own view of the preternatual world. They can teleport, speak mind to mind, can mind wipe humans, plus she introduced different types of were creatures (various cats forms).

The book is well worth a read if you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, or if you are simply a fan of this type of story.

As another reviewer said, you definitely shouldn’t judge this book by its cover.

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Blood Heavy

 Blood Heavy on Good Reads…

Please note that my review of this book is subjective to my likes and dislikes.

Heavy Blood was a good, entertaining read. If you like vampires then this book is for you. The author has taken a genre that is overwhelmed with new books and given it his own twist; Jerry’s unique blood and for me I like his depiction of Pureblood vampires.

The characters are developed fairly fast leaving a few gaps which can easily be overlooked; however, the characters of Jerry and Goose were a bit exaggerated – read for yourself and decide if you agree or not. The characters of Steve, Sarah and Joe were believable; with Joe it would have been nice to see a bit more backstory.

The pace of the story is rapid, with a bit of a lull two thirds of the way in, then picks up to the climax. The book has its share of humor and sarcasm mostly seen in the interplays between Jerry, Goose, Claire and Cassandra.

There is at least one thread for which I would have liked to seen resolution: the red head woman at the end…maybe we’ll learn more about her in his second book.