Once again, I am pleased to welcome my good friend Cambria Hebert back to the blog. For those of you who have been here all along, you know that Cambria is a regular on my blog, no one else gets to appear here as often as she does. Cambria has come along way and really started to make a name for herself. Her lastest outing, Charmed, shows just how far she has come. This is her first New Adult novel and it is a winner. For those of you, that would be me, who are looking for a New Adult title that isn't all drama and emotion, this is the answer. I loved the humor and snark and the smexy in this one. It is an all around fun read, and I think it is Cambria's best book to date! Anyway, enough if me blathering.... I will get to the good stuff, Cambria's post and the giveaway! First thing first, though, let me introduce those of you who are new to the blog to my friend, Cambria:
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, The Death Escort Series and the soon to be released New Adult Take It Off Series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went ot college for a bachelor's degree, couldn't pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured, her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and fury), where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting: her blog, Facebook, twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest and Youtube.
And here is the guest of honor, please welcome Cambria once again:
5 things you should never say to a writer!
1. Who is your publisher?
Explanation: Does it really matter? If the book is good who cares? Good books can come from Indies, big publishers, small publishers
2. I wish I could work from home. That would be so easy.
Explanation: In reality working from presents its own challenges. I know that for me, I have a hard time sitting down and writing when the floor needs vacuumed, the dishes need done and the dogs are standing at the door to go outside (and then when they do they stand there and bark). Not to mention most of us have kids that always want something or never be quiet. And if the kids are in school you have to balance writing and marketing with volunteering at school, transporting them to and from, etc.
3. What’s your real job?
Explanation: Writing is a real job.
4. Will you write me into your book?
Explanation: If I did I would have to kill you. In the book! What were you thinking?
5. I don’t like to read.
Explanation: The minute those words come out of someone’s mouth I usually stop listening to you all together…. LA LA LA LA I can’t hear you!
So spill, have you ever said any of these things to a writer? What do you think would be something you should never say to a writer?
Thank you for having me here today!
A huge thank you to the lovely, talented Cambria for taking time out of her insanely busy schedule, and for the record, I haven't said any of those things to a writer! Believe it or not she has another book coming out soon called: Torched so be watching for all the details on Cambria's blog and Facebook page this Thursday! Cambria will be making yet another appearance during Something Wicked and probably before then as well! Now for the giveaway, your favorite part! Cambria is offering a signed copy of Charmed and Death Escots swag for U.S. entrants only. To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter after reading the Contest Policies. Good luck! Thanks Cambria! I loved Charmed!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
Charmed (Death Escorts #2) by Cambria Hebert
Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning? For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again. And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all. He was wrong.Life or Death?
Published July 22nd 2013 by Cambria Hebert
Four and a half stars: Supernatural meets sizzle in this spicy New Adult tale!
Frankie looks desperately at the clock, why wasn't it break time yet? Her body is screaming for a sugar fix! She is in her own personal Hell, which in this case happens to be the Alaska DMV. Her day is gets a whole lot worse when the next person strides up to counter. It is Charming, the same man who recently tried to kidnap and kill her best friend Piper. There is no way she is going to be polite and help him no matter how gorgeous he is and regardless of what her boss the broom rider says. Luckily, his request is something that she doesn't handle so she happily shoos him into a longer line. Yet, she can't help wondering what he is up to. After all, Charming is a Death Escort who kills for the Grim Reaper. Frankie is determined to figure out what he is up to. Can Frankie avoid Charming's charms and foil the Grim Reaper?
What I Liked:
- It is no secret that I am a fan of Cambria Hebert as I have read every book of hers. That being said, Charmed is her best outing to date. This book falls into the wildly popular New Adult category, and I am happy to report that it is something original. This is a fun new adult tale with paranormal flair and a sizzling hot romance. What could be better than new adult blended with the supernatural? It is the best of both genres. I would highly recommend checking this out especially if you are bored of the typical New Adult books that are flooding the market.
- I love that this is a companion book series. You don't need to read Recalled before picking up Charmed since they aren't sequels. Instead, Charmed brings back two characters who were secondary players in the first book. I am a big fan of the companion books because I love that I can jump in at any time without worrying about being lost. Of course, reading all the books does enhance your experience. For instance, I did not like Charming in Recalled. He plays the role of the villain, but this time around, I got to peel back his layers and learn what made him tick. It just goes to show that you can't and shouldn't judge someone until you really know them. I love that Charming made me change my mind about him, as Frankie did as well.
- Speaking of Frankie, if you enjoyed her in the first book, you will love her in Charmed. I love Frankie! Frankie is one of those girls whom you want as a best friend. She is funny, not overly concerned with appearances, sarcastic, messy and she has an enormous sweet tooth. This girl is addicted to sugar and devours it like there will be no more cupcakes tomorrow! I was craving cupcakes after reading this book! I adore Frankie's snarky commentary, especially when it comes to her job. She is one of those characters who will make you laugh. Charming is a solid counterpart to Frankie. He is complex and has a difficult past. I enjoyed learning more about him and especially liked that he was a boxer. It was easy to see why Frankie could overlook his dark side and fall in love with the good man he once was.
- The romance is spicy hot! I always enjoy romances that start out with the couple being at odds, even enemies, and that is the case with this romance. Frankie and Charming do not get along, and their first few encounters are full of antagonistic remarks and witty banner. Along the way, an attraction builds and then it explodes with a hot scene. I will tell you that the sex scenes in this one are just right, they don't go on and on for pages and pages with too much detail. They are steamy and passionate and to the point.
- I like that this is a paranormal series that is different. It features a big, bad guy known as G.R. or the Grim Reaper who bears a striking resemblance to Monty Burns from The Simpsons. G.R. employs Death Escorts to kill targets at his bidding. He keeps dead bodies hanging in his closets like suits! How creepy is that? Along with the Death Escorts, G.R. also has ghost escorts who assist the Death Escorts and keep an eye on things for G.R. Storm is one of these ghosts and he is a a lot of fun! Definitely get this book if you want a unique and entertaining New Adult book with sizzle and supernatural!
And The Not So Much:
- At the beginning of the book, Charming is given a Target to kill which seems to be an impossible task. For the first portion of the book, the focus is on Charming killing this rich girl. Then things heat up with the romance, and the original story line falls by the way side. Finally at the end, things get back on track and Charming moves toward completely his task. There is a big scene involving the Target and a twist that was a bit shocking, and then it just ends without much resolution. I wanted to know what happened with the Target after the fact?
- I loved the banter between Charming and Frankie at the beginning of the book, it was hilarious and so much fun. I was a bit disappointed that Frankie lost a bit of the snark toward the end. I would love for the tension and sarcasm to have built a little more before the two got all hot and heavy, I love antagonistic romances, and the more antagonism the better.
- I am still a bit confused over G.R. I want to know what makes him tick, what drives him to collect souls and bodies? What was up with eating the souls? Who is the mysterious female soul in his closet? I am guessing that more will be revealed next time out, but I am impatient!
- I was excited to see Piper return, and I was hoping that she would be in a good place. I was a bit sad to find that she was still hurting and alone. I am hoping that things will work out for her.
- This book utilizes dual narratives between Charming and Frankie. I am a huge fan of the switching point of views, but there were a few times where the change wasn't seamless and I thought that details were omitted. One big detail that was left out that bothered me was when Frankie, in an attempt to ruin Charming's chances of getting close to his target, reveals a big untruth about Charming to the Target. She later tells Charming what she told his intended victim. I actually went back and read to make sure I hadn't missed it, but found that this conversation with Frankie and the Target was not present. There is no dialogue between Frankie and the Target regarding Charming, I thought that this should have been included as it is a big important development.
Charmed is a solid entry into the smoking hot New Adult genre. I love that it blends the paranormal with a heated romance. It is the best of two genres. Frankie and Charming are two fun and memorable characters who drive the story. There is action, sizzling romance and the Grim Reaper in this one! If you are worn out of the same typical story lines in the New Adult genre and you want spice and supernatural, don't hesitate grab Charmed. You know you want that sexy cover on your shelf!
"Once my shift hell at work was over I drove straight to the closest gas station and filled my arms with enough sugary goodness to get me through the next week, or maybe just tonight, and dumped it all on the counter in front of the cashier who took in my haul with his usual disdain. I ignored him to grab some Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke and Yoo-hoo and added that to my pile."
"I wasn't fat, though by today's standards (which basically said you should look like a stick with a head), some people probably thought I was, but I didn't really care what those people thought. In my opinion, a woman should have a shape; she should be a body of swells and valleys. She should have something for a man to grab on to in bed----a solid form to hold on to in the night---not some twig that he couldn't' even find between the sheets."
"My thighs rubbed together when I walked and someone once compared my booty to an onion (he said it made a brother want to cry.)"
"Are you one of those freaks that counts every calorie they put in their mouth?" I asked as I dug out the giant coffee roll and took a huge bite."
"What if the day that comes before the fresh one is so full of clouds and they cast shadows that follow you al the way into the new day?" "Usually even on the cloudiest day, the sun will find a way to peek through at least once."
"What does one do when they find a body hanging in their closet? Scream? Run? Try it on?"
"But there were people out there who didn't care about hard work or integrity. There were people out there who wanted to take the shortcut to success and their shortcut involved knocking down the people in their way."
"I took the very girly cupcake, the pink plate, and the pink cup and went to sit at the empty pink table near the back. If a guy wasn't careful, he might find himself turning into a pansy in this place."
I purchased this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.