A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tori's Review: Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood

Paperback - 352 pages
Price: $6.99
ISBN 13: 978-0451226174
Released: February 3, 2009

Sharon's Website
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Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Dark Forgotten 
1. Ravenous
2. Scorched
3. Unchained (book review
4. Frostbound (book review

Vampires, Werewolves, and other creatures have emerged from the shadows. And some of them have sinister THINGS on their minds...

Holly Carver is a witch who sometimes relies on the help of Alessandro Caravelli for her family’s preternatural investigations business. Alessandro is the oldest and strongest vampire in Fairview—and he’s made no secret of his desire for Holly. But while she aches to succumb to his suggestive wiles, she knows it would be an invitation to trouble.

Then Alessandro’s queen, Omara, complicates matters when she turns up in Fairview to enlist his help. Sultry and manipulative, she is jealous of Alessandro’s feelings for Holly, and demands he use Holly to trap Geneva—the most evil demon of all.

My Rating:
This book has received the Faerie of Honor rating (what's this?)

My Opinion:
I love this book--in fact, I want to go back and re-read it ALREADY because I loved Holly and Alessandro so much!  It's taken me a few weeks to write this review because initially, I wasn't planning on doing so.  But then I realized, if I loved this book so much, why not spread the word?

So this is me spreading the word.  (And plus, I'm posting my review of Unchained up tomorrow, so you can get a double whammy of the Carver sisters this way.)

Holly is a witch who can hold her own.  Her character is so rich and appealing that I couldn't help but adore her from the start.  This is the second time it's happened, everyone.  I have a tendency, as I've stated before, of detesting the heroines in the first book of a new paranormal romance.  Sharon Ashwood has successfully done what only Larissa Ione has been able to do, and I think I love Ashwood for it.  I love Holly, that's for sure!

Alessandro is an Italian vampire.  I thought he was mysterious and oh-so sexy.  He was heroic, and I respected him for resisting his urges as much as he did.  It's always amazing when an author can capture the essence of the predator--ie: the vampire--in a paranormal book, while also managing to include some humor in the process.  Sharon succeeded with Alessandro.  I love him too!

The plot was rich and developed beautifully.  I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this, however, I don't want to discuss the plot too much... because I feel like I'm going to spoil it if I start talking now.  Let's just leave it at: it kept me glued from the first page all the way to the very last.

I'm still recovering from my reviewing slump, but Ravenous saved me from drowning from my reading slump.  It's refreshing knowing that this was Ashwood's debut book.  And, I can guarantee you that the series (or at least book 3) is even better.  Read it.  You won't regret it.  I promise!


  1. Love your new look blog hun! =)

    Oh wow, i haven't heard of book or author but this one sounds really good! so good im adding it right now to Goodreads so i dont forget!

    Great review, look forward to the review for the next book =)

  2. WOW! two faerie of honor ratings in one week! THis was a good review. You gave solid reasons for liking the book.Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

  3. Thanks! Ravenous was Sharon's debut, and it's an amazing debut. I wish the book could just keep going forever hah!

    Yeah, two FoH ratings. I was slacking with writing reviews though ;)

  4. I liked this book but I had a hard time with the resolution of Allesandro and Holly's getting to be together ..that haunted house was creepy though!

  5. It was kind of convenient, yeah. But it was perfect for a PNR, I think :)