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Ravenous [KINDLE] ✾ Ravenous By Sharon Ashwood – Thomashillier.co.uk One kiss is all it takes to lose your soul Holly Carver is a small time witch who busts ghosts for tuition money, but ends up wrangling a demon when a haunted house job goes bad Her Undead business as One kiss is all it takes to lose your soul Holly Carver is a small time witch who busts ghosts for tuition money, but ends up wrangling a demon when a haunted house job goes bad Her Undead business associate, Alessandro Caravelli, suspects the demon is somebody s not so secret weapon The supernatural community is at war, and Holly s unpredictable magic holds the key to hell s doorway Soon Holly is on everyone s must have list, and not in a good way Alessandro wants her for than magic A lover with six centuries of experience, the vampire is walking seduction, but he s also a predator Every moment he spends guarding Holly, every second he spends falling under her witch s spell, he becomes and of a threat himself As Holly s sharp tongued grandma warns her vampires are like a box of rich chocolate they seem so tempting, but over indulgence is a killer Second edition Previously published inby Signet Eclipse.


10 thoughts on “Ravenous

  1. Julie (jjmachshev) Julie (jjmachshev) says:

    Yay Another winner in the unknown author to me, anyway lottery I picked up Ravenous The Dark Forgotten on a whim and I m sure glad I did Sharon Ashwood managed to pique my interest with her tale of a modern day witch with dating issues Holly s the last of the Carver family, a registered witch, and sole proprietor of the Three Sisters Agency Specializing in the removal of hauntings, poltergeists, and unwanted imps Her occasional partner while working is a very sexy vampire, Aless Yay Another winner in the unknown author to me, anyway lottery I picked up Ravenous The Dark Forgotten on a whim and I m sure glad I did Sharon Ashwood managed to pique my interest with her tale of a modern day witch with dating issues Holly s the last of the Carver family, a registered witch, and sole proprietor of the Three Sisters Agency Specializing in the removal of hauntings, poltergeists, and unwanted imps Her occasional partner while working is a very sexy vampire, Alessandro She has a normal boyfriend an economics prof at the local college, and things between them are heating up Life s looking pretty good At least it wasuntil she got a call to cleanse one of the oldest and spookiest uninhabited witch homes in the cityand runs into what looks like the beginning of a paranormal war Now her life is filled with demons, vamps, weres, hell hounds, and other creatures who all seem to want something from hereither her powers or just a quick snack What did I like about this book I liked the world the author began to build She took lore, myth, and old wives tales and created something new and different I won t say exactly how it s different, but I will say that I don t see myself having trouble differentiating this book from the masses The imagination and skill in bringing those thoughts to lifejust grand I also enjoyed the plot Yes, there were times when I could guess the outcomebut there was always a twist so I was rightbut maybe not exactly in the way I thought I would be Make sense This tale also has a future I can see severalbooks in the offering and I m planning to pick up her next, Scorched The Dark Forgotten , in December 2009 From the teaser in the back of this one, it will continue the story of one of the very intriguing cast of secondary charactersand Ashwood has quite a few to choose from So if you re looking for something newish from the paranormal world and you like romance with a heavy dose of urban fantasy and you re interested in a new version of Helltry out Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood You just might have another book for your wishlist


  2. Kelly Kelly says:

    Ravenous is the epitome of a middle of the road book It s an entertaining read, but not one I d jump to recommend.Classified as paranormal romance, Ravenous follows the structure of that genre, but also includes plenty of urban fantasy elements and will probably appeal to readers on that side of the subgenre divide The central characters, Holly a witch and Alessandro a vampire , fall in love while trying to prevent a demon from wreaking havoc in their city Sharon Ashwood tells the story in Ravenous is the epitome of a middle of the road book It s an entertaining read, but not one I d jump to recommend.Classified as paranormal romance, Ravenous follows the structure of that genre, but also includes plenty of urban fantasy elements and will probably appeal to readers on that side of the subgenre divide The central characters, Holly a witch and Alessandro a vampire , fall in love while trying to prevent a demon from wreaking havoc in their city Sharon Ashwood tells the story in third person, with the point of view alternating between Holly, Alessandro, and occasional others.Ashwood s best touch is probably the witch houses In this universe, when a witch family lives in a house, the building absorbs a great deal of power and becomes partially sentient We see two examples in the novel one benevolent and one gone horribly wrong Another fun aspect is the snarky humor Eternal life didn t make a person anything besides old The real value lay in what you did with all that time As far as he could tell, most immortals wasted that opportunity on internal politics and fashion crimes.On the other hand, the characters could have usedfleshing out, as could the relationship between the leads Holly and Alessandro initially meet and establish a friendship offscreen, before Ravenous begins, so we don t get to see the formation of that bond Instead, most of the development is sexual One terrific exception is the scene where Holly calls Alessandro for comfort after dispatching a human sized mouse, and he comes to her rescue even though he thinks she means a garden variety rodent This is one moment when the emotional connection between the characters really comes through I d have loved to seemoments like that In addition, everything seems to fall into place a little too easily at the end.Also disappointing is view spoiler the revelation of the bad guy who orchestrated the demon summoning This character, who had previously appeared complex, reveals himself as a one note zealot willing to sacrifice anyone for his cause He s muchinteresting, though, as he first appears a well meaning but weak man who lets his fears get the better of him hide spoiler


  3. Saly Saly says:

    I really liked this for the interesting world, the romance I could leave or take mainly coz it was UF, h is dating someone else at the start, then making out with someone else the I love you at the end came out of the left field But I like the author s writing and the world I really liked this for the interesting world, the romance I could leave or take mainly coz it was UF, h is dating someone else at the start, then making out with someone else the I love you at the end came out of the left field But I like the author s writing and the world


  4. Jo Jo says:

    I picked up Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood because I liked the sound of the blurb I tried to ignore the front cover Seriously Who wears clothes like that, while delicately fingering the hilt of a blade The idea of a ghost busting witch seemed interesting and entertaining, and by midway through the first chapter, I was hooked My thoughts went something like this Chapter 1 This is great Holly is a really interesting character, strong but not aggressive, and it s such a novelty to see a vampir I picked up Ravenous by Sharon Ashwood because I liked the sound of the blurb I tried to ignore the front cover Seriously Who wears clothes like that, while delicately fingering the hilt of a blade The idea of a ghost busting witch seemed interesting and entertaining, and by midway through the first chapter, I was hooked My thoughts went something like this Chapter 1 This is great Holly is a really interesting character, strong but not aggressive, and it s such a novelty to see a vampire in the supporting role rather than in the spotlight, so to speak.Chapter 3 Pure awesome A witch fighting a house for possession of the souls of a group of frat boys, while a vampire played keep away with sentient black goo, leading to great sentences like Let the vampire play with the slime monster She had civilians to save.Chapter 4 A sudden jolt The point of view switches from Holly to Alessandro I can see why it was necessary, but it s a bit jarring Although that may just be because I ve been reading a lot of 1st person narrators lately.Chapter 7 Two chapters of Alessandro s POV He s interesting, but I wanted a witchy novel, not a vampy novel I don t care about the vampire court, I want to know what Holly s doing.Chapter 9 WTF What s with all the insane sexual tension Ooooh Oh Oh Right This is paranormal romance How the heck did I miss that At this point, I put the book down for a few days Paranormal romance really doesn t do it for me Especially with a vampire as one of the obviously going to make it couple I put it on the pile of books near my bed, and started thinking about what to read next.Only Only I kept thinking about it I kept thinking about Holly I kept thinking about the strange psychic injury she sustained as a child that stopped her from being able to cast capital M magic without being in excruciating agony I kept thinking about her magical house, and the giant mouse demon she fought I kept thinking about Well, the whole book.So I picked it back up, and devoured the rest of it in one sitting.The plot of Ravenous is fairly predictable, and none of the surprise twists surprised me at all The point of view continues to switch between Holly and Alessandro, which I found vaguely annoying, but very reasonable within the plot of the story they both had access to different information, and neither was very good at sharing Both Holly and Alessandro have a disturbing proclivity for running through intense sexual fantasies in their heads whenever they encounter each other Or anyone else of the opposite gender, for that matter.But the plot is entertaining, the world building is phenomenal, and Holly is a staggeringly awesome character And, as an added bonus, she doesn t look, dress or behave anything like the picture on the cover of the book I found myself skimming over the various sex scenes which were good with a frustrated, Get back to the story And that s got to be a good thing Right All the standard tropes are covered There s the sudden but inevitable betrayal , the vampire potentially saved by love , and the magic used withpower than she could possibly know But these were all woven together around a beautifully realised character, an interesting love interest, and a world full of magic and mystery.Ravenous isn t going to make you think It isn t going to open your eyes to any great truths But it is going to entertain If you re looking for a bit of light, magical, romance reading, then I definitely recommend this book


  5. Tez Tez says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sharon Ashwood gives good haunted house in her paranormal romance, Ravenous.Ghost busting grab student Holly Carver is a witch out to make tuition money, but the Flanders House is no easy job Six people have entered the building, but none have emerged yet So in goes Holly and her vampire partner Alessandro Caravelli to investigate Work of demons is definitely afoot, but that takes some kind of sorcery, so who s the mastermind The author s website proclaims this as urban fantasy romance Ah Sharon Ashwood gives good haunted house in her paranormal romance, Ravenous.Ghost busting grab student Holly Carver is a witch out to make tuition money, but the Flanders House is no easy job Six people have entered the building, but none have emerged yet So in goes Holly and her vampire partner Alessandro Caravelli to investigate Work of demons is definitely afoot, but that takes some kind of sorcery, so who s the mastermind The author s website proclaims this as urban fantasy romance Ahno I much agree with the publisher s label of paranormal romance The first three chapters are intriguing, and Flanders House makes for one hell of an interesting read But the rest of the novel doesn t live up to it, though there are worthy scenes here and there.The problem lies mainly with the characters Long haired, leather clad vampire Alessandro has superficial qualities if you go for that unoriginal type , but otherwise I can t really describe his character He doesn t come alive Same with Holly, bordering on being a Mary Sue three guys fancy her including her 1 tru wuv, so the others have to be evil, right for no particular reason I can see other than she s there And Holly has a lot of powerful magic, only it s crippled in the beginning But of course it s conveniently restored for her to defeat the baddies, but I would ve respected herif her powers had remained handicapped.A childhood accident led to Holly s magic being crippled, but for me her sister Ashe Carver deserves her own novel She has theinteresting story Ashe had magic, and then she lost it for good So how is she dealing with paranormal problems when she no longer has her powers The author has the potential to write some really interesting stuff But for now her characters need to step out from their prescribed cardboard cut outs and becomelike real people Ravenous should go down a treat for paranormal romance fans, but urban fantasy readers might be less than impressed


  6. Ithlilian Ithlilian says:

    I think fans of either genre will enjoy this book I m on the fence with my overall opinion of this book It started out fun and interesting Holly is cleaning the bad spirit out of an old house to pay for college It turns out the house is a bitmalevolent than she expected and our story goes from there The mystery is decent I wanted to know who was summoning demons, how and why they stole a book from the vampire queen, and what was killing college students I was also interested in our I think fans of either genre will enjoy this book I m on the fence with my overall opinion of this book It started out fun and interesting Holly is cleaning the bad spirit out of an old house to pay for college It turns out the house is a bitmalevolent than she expected and our story goes from there The mystery is decent I wanted to know who was summoning demons, how and why they stole a book from the vampire queen, and what was killing college students I was also interested in our main vamp character s Allesandro enemy vamp All of those things are pluses for the book, but there were a few minuses First, the characters Holly is neither likable nor unlikable She seems pretty normal, which is a plus for me in this world of too tough chicks Allesandro is a pretty old vampire that is formal around his queen, and carries himself well However, a few times he uses slang or makes reference to something an old school vamp probably wouldn t know about He is a modern vampire yet still speaks regally I couldn t wrap my head around that sometimes, the character seemed a bit inconsistent Then there is the vampire queen, Omara She isn t very bright She leaves her extremely valuable magic artifacts, the only source or her power, and the only reason she is queen, lying around for anyone to steal She falls for a bad boy and refuses to see reason, and also manages to get jealous of Holly and Allesandro She s a mess Not too impressive for a queen that is supposed to instill fear Another minus for me is the pace At times there is tons of action and demon slaying, and at times we are wandering from place to place with no real purpose All in all this book is a decent romance and a decent urban fantasy book In true romance style the next book centers around a different main character, Mac I didn t like the snippet in the back of the book, and I may not read it I do care about the Dark Forgotten beings left in The Castle Hell, but I m not sure if that is enough


  7. The Flooze The Flooze says:

    3.5ish Though it s classified as PNR, Ravenous reads like thrilling UF It has moments of wit and terror, enhanced by the growing connection between witchy heroine, Holly Carver, and her vampire partner, Alessandro Caravelli.Ashwood s characters are realistic, as is the dialogue The relationships flow easily, punctuated by moments of wry humor Holly, Alessandro, Mac, and others are flawed yet likable, doing the best they can in a dark situation Unlike a lot of PNR, the plot takes center st 3.5ish Though it s classified as PNR, Ravenous reads like thrilling UF It has moments of wit and terror, enhanced by the growing connection between witchy heroine, Holly Carver, and her vampire partner, Alessandro Caravelli.Ashwood s characters are realistic, as is the dialogue The relationships flow easily, punctuated by moments of wry humor Holly, Alessandro, Mac, and others are flawed yet likable, doing the best they can in a dark situation Unlike a lot of PNR, the plot takes center stage The developing love match just adds a welcome layer to a twisted tale of murdered co eds, vampiric power struggles, and summoned demons The author s world building is subtle but effective, accomplished through action and snippets of information These details lay a solid groundwork without being overwhelming Ashwood manages some surprises along the way, keeping the tension high and the general outcome unclear By the end of it all, I was satisfied with the way certain details were wrapped up, and also eager to know what lies ahead for the denizens of Fairview The only fault I found was the marked shift between the UF scenes and the internal monologues The writing style seemed to change as Ashwood delved into Holly and Alessandro s feelings However, this shift was most apparent toward the beginning By mid novel, the styles coalesced into something muchfluid.Overall, a successful introduction to a promising series I especially like that each book will focus on different members of a community, rather than utilizing the trope of a league, clan, band of brothers, etc In PNR, it s the subtleties that set a series apart, and Ashwood s world seems poised to stand out


  8. Lisa - (Aussie Girl) Lisa - (Aussie Girl) says:

    After languishing on my TBR for two years, I was pleasantly surprised with this first instalment of The Dark Forgotten Great world building, easy reading flowing style and likeable main characters, it s a pity this series didn t getattention.


  9. Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud says:

    I was a bit dubious to start this as there was some mixed reviews, but I m so glad I did, it was fast paced and magical and some nice dirty scenes, the only downside was it kept jumping from different character povs and u had to catch up with it, but otherwise on to the next book x


  10. Feminista Feminista says:

    I don t understand why it has been shelved as an urban fantasythan a paranormal The blurb says so too, that it is a paranormal romance


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