Shift – M.R. Merrick.
“Devastated by the loss of his mother, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else—a monster threatening to tear her apart.
As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world.”
As was the case with Merrick’s debut Exiled, the sequel, Shift is just as darkly exciting and magical with just a drop of romance (which *cough* I’m hoping for more of in book 3 by the way Matthew *cough*. Yes, yes I like me a side of romance with my paranormal). Unlike with a few other books that I’ve read, this certainly wasn’t snail paced. There’s a lot going on to constantly keep your eyes glued and your attention permanently focused on the story. As you turn the first page you’re thrown right in to the middle of a scene ****spoiler alert**** where Rayna is trying to fight against turning in to a werecat so from that moment on you’re immediately gripped, sucked in to the story, not wanting to stop reading until you’ve gotten to the very end (which, if you’re a human, becomes tricky when you have to stop to eat, pee and sleep. Damn not being a modern day sparkly vampire! :p ).
Merrick’s writing just gets better and better and even more un-put-downable as the story unfolds and we learn more and more about each character. I love books that have witty and sarcastic retorts and Shift has plenty of that, of which I think mostly take place between Chase and Rayna or Chase and Vincent and I have to admit, a couple of times, I kinda found myself wanting to bash Chase and Vincent’s heads together ha ha ha. Chase, Rayna and Willy’s characters progress even more in Shift as does Chase and Rayna’s relationship. Chase is battling with his new found powers, Rayna’s battling with her shifter self and poor old Willy…well let’s just say he goes through some major changes too which totally had me in shock and had my jaw dropping about 3 feet to the floor which brings me back around full circle to say there’s a lot of surprises in store for you when you read Shift, trust me. It’s demon-hunters, shapeshifters, witches, vamps and fairytales all covered in awesome sauce and wrapped in a little red bow. This is a series that all lovers of the paranormal genre should definitely have on their bookshelves/ e-readers.
I rate this book 5/5!
It is day 7 on the Shift blog tour and your next stop is here! Welcome! Fellow fans of the Protector series, I’m sure you guys were just as excited as we were when 1st Feb finally came around and that lovely, talented Mr. Merrick finally released the second instalment of the series, Shift. If you haven’t got around to buying it yet then let’s tempt you with a teaser…
My eyes tore open to the sound of screaming. The drywall rattled and Rayna’s voice raged through the wall. My pulse jumped as panic set in and I leapt from my bed moving straight for the door.
I ran through the archway, pants tangling on my legs as I tried to pull them up. Marcus, Willy, and Tiki were halfway down the hall, their faces owned by fear.
Marcus reached the door before me, turned the silver handle, and pushed through. The door creaked and the smell of blood, sweat, and something else seeped from the darkness. Marcus flicked on the light and I saw what I already feared.
Dun, dun, dun! Desperate to find out what happens next? Well, what are you waiting for? Below are the links to both Exiled (Book 1 in the Protector series) and Shift:
Shift – US http://www.amazon.com/Shift-The-Protector-ebook/dp/B0073APDSO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1327938703&sr=1-1
Shift – UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shift-Protector-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0073APDSO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1328194471&sr=1-1
We are also hosting a giveaway. We have 1 ebook copy of Shift to giveaway. All you have to do to enter is either leave a comment below this post (along with your email address so we have a way to contact you if you win) or tweet us @SLFictionLovers simply saying you’d like to win a copy of Shift (a witty reason why is optional :p ). The closing date will be 19th Feb and we will pick the winner at random.
Upon reading it, I’m all teary and appalled and angry about how her publishers have treated her. They may have pulled the strings in the beginning but in the end she was gutsy enough to finally do things her way and I applaud her for that. Now, for whatever reason, the publishers have employed a ghostwriter to continue with the series. TVD is L.J.’s creation and should be written the way she envisioned it. I, for one, will not be buying the rest of the series as I know that it just won’t be how the story’s meant to play out. It just won’t be the same and if they plan on attempting to write it in such a way that it ties in with the TV series well it won’t work! How could it? The first seven books of the series would have to be rewritten to fit in with that!
It was clear to see that she was gutted by the news. I wonder though, if the CEO (who wrote a letter to congratulate her on the success of Midnight, and having the series turned into a TV show, and to also inform her he was looking forward to reading The Hunters) wasn’t aware that she had been fired, could he maybe overrule it? Well, it’s a nice thought at least. I can dream huh?
It’s things like this that make me realise that this must be one of the reasons why some authors decide to go independent and I don’t blame them. I think I would too if there are publishers out there who are that corrupt.
Go to Bookalicious to read the interview.
Last season on TVD we found out that Stefan and Damon are vampires, Elena looks exactly like Katherine, who was Stefan and Damon’s lover in 1864.
I think we can all safely agree that this season of TVD has had a great deal of twists, turns and surprises along the way…first we had Caroline being turned by Katherine – oh yeah – she got out of the tomb! and from then on chaos unravelled for Elena, Stefan and Damon. The main plot line for this series has been based on ”The Originals” – Elijah and Klaus. We first meet Elijah when Elena gets kidnapped by two of Elijah’s henchmen – one of whom is Rose, who later has a fling with Damon! However, Elena gets saved and Elijah gets ”killed”.
There are also many romances that spark, such as Bonnie and Jeremy! and you could argue that there is something between Caroline and Tyler, who accidentally activates his werewolf side!
okay, i am going to go back to the main plot-line now as i don’t want to waffle on forever!
Once everything seemingly goes back to normal, Elijah comes back ”from the dead” – that’s when the Salvatore brothers learn that Klaus is coming after Elena and that it would be very hard to kill an original.Between this and when Klaus appears there is a lot of betrayal – for example, Isobel comes back and goes against her and Katherine’s deal in order to save her daughter, Elena. Also, Katherine supposedly teams up with Stefan, Damon and Elena but they don’t know that Elena has teamed up with Elijah to form a bargain – she would go through with the sacrifice while Elijah will target Klaus. Meanwhile the Salvatore’s and Bonnie find an alternate way to help Klaus – which is a great advantage, they learn that Bonnie is able to channel enough power to kill Klaus! Towards the finale Elijah, Stefan and Damon start co operating and begin to plan….
But then, something surprising happened – KLAUS IS REVEALED! but it’s not who you would expect, as Isobel distracted Alaric so one of Klaus’ witches can switch Alaric and Klaus’ bodies.So Alaric is Klaus…for the time being. Klaus chooses the slyest of settings to emerge, the school 60s night! So, as he comes after Elena, Bonnie decides to use her powers although she knows that if she kills Alaric’s body, Klaus will still survive but just pick another body to possess……..So, what to do?
finale time! – almost!
Elena asks Elijah about the sacrifice and finds out that Klaus needs a vampire, werewolf and the dopelganger…she also finds out that the ‘Sun and Moon’ curse is fake, and the real curse is that Klaus is half werewolf, and to activate his dormant werewolf side, the sacrifice needs to take place!
So, Elena decides to go through with the sacrifice – the Damon’s dismay….but Damon takes this a little too far and feeds Elena his blood – meaning that she will come back to life..but as a vampire! Elena is devastated and refuses to forgive him. Klaus chooses his werewolf and vampire and there are some surprising decisions that get changed, with consequences….Klaus’ first choice for a werewolf was Tyler – but as Damon tries to save him he.gets.bitten!
so the sacrifice takes place and some beloved characters die, gearing up for a major cliffhanger at the end of the series…….so i am not going to go in to the actual finale – as i believe i should add that when season 3 begins!
throughout this series there has been some outstanding acting – especially from Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham. I would like to congratulate the whole cast on this amazing series – looking forward to season 3!
if you are not usually a vampire/werewolf fan – i would give TVD a try as it is not like twilight – it is a lot more adult! and real!