Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review of IDOLS & CONS by S.S. Michaels

IDOLS & CONS was written by S.S. Michaels and published by Omnium Gatherum Media in November 2011. It is available for purchase at  You can learn more about this author by visiting her blog at  

Jake is a fifteen year old drug addict who just happened to accidently witness a murder. Damien is the lead singer of a popular boy band who slips up and kills a groupie. Patrick is an artist who stumbles across the formula for achieving the fame that he has always dreamed of. What do these three have in common? They all want to taste of fame and fortune and could care less who they have to step on to get there, AND they are all the creations of S.S. Michaels from her debut novel, IDOLS & CONS.

A twisting, turning kaleidoscope of drugs, music, violence and good old fashioned back stabbing to make it all feel so right. Filled with some of the darkest goodies you can read in a book, Idols & Cons is NOT for the squeamish or fragile and it certainly isn’t your momma’s coffee table book. Michael’s manages to pull it all together with the perfect dose of humor to make fun of the boy bands that I love to hate.

This is not my normal read, but I highly recommend that you ALL step out of your comfort zone and get yourself a healthy dose of Idols & Cons. If Chuck Palahniuk, Quentin Tarantino & Dane Cook all had a threesome… well that would be real creepy, but their love child would be S.S. Michaels debut novel Idols & Cons. 5-spiders from me all day long!

CK Webb

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review of DARKER AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

Darker After Midnight was written by Lara Adrian and published by Delacorte Press in January, 2012. You may purchase this novel at and you may read more about Lara on her site at

Dragos has been building an empire of Hunters for an unknown threat he plans to unleash on the world. Lucan Thorne, the leader of the Order has been forced to move his brothers-at-arms and their families to a new location when Dragos threatens their safety by revealing them to the world. The Order and Dragos are all part of a group known as the Breed, a vampire race of Otherworlders. So far, they have lived in relatively quiet peacefulness, unknown to humans for hundreds of years. Dragos threatens to undo that obscurity and is growing ever bolder.

Sterling Chase is a member of The Order, and has been struggling with Bloodlust for some time. He has hidden it from his brothers until he can no longer stand it. He does the unthinkable, and turns himself in as Dragos brings the fight directly to the front door of the Order. Chase is now in human custody and suspected of being the shooter of a Senator’s friend. But could the shooter actually be Dragos and is he trying to place himself into a position in human government? A Breed male glad-handing top ranking Senators and even the Vice President can’t be a good thing.

And then there is Tavia, the beautiful assistant to the Senator, who seems to be in control of every situation. Chase runs into Tavia at the Senators residence and is identified by her as the shooter. Chase tries to warn her of the danger she and her boss are in, but will she listen? Chase seems to be a crazed out addict. Can he possibly convince her that he isn’t the one to be feared? Will the Order be able to stop Dragos or will this insanity put them all in grave danger?

Lara Adrian has written the Midnight Breed series in such a captivating fashion that you can’t stop with just one. You must continue until you have read every single book, wishing she could write faster because you can’t get enough of these Vamps and their Breedmates. Each book is focused primarily on one Warrior and his struggles. The overall story continues throughout the series until this action-packed, heart-pounding novel. The pages couldn’t turn fast enough for me. There are so many twists and turns and all-out shockers that I could not put this book down. This book is the best of the series to date… but I say that with each new book in the Midnight Breed series. You will find your favorite warrior if you read them all. Will Chase be yours?

Lara, I cannot wait for Mira’s story!! This just keeps getting better! Darker After Midnight gets 5 spiders with the knowledge that on a scale of 1 to 5 (as I am given) this book scores a 10!

SB Price