Monday, October 8, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Phantom Shadows by Dianne Duvall


The talented Dianne Duvall has just released book 3 in the Immortal Guardians series and damn if it isn't right there up on the pedestal with the first one! Here are my reviews of the first two, Darkness Dawns and Night Reigns. The third book, Phantom Shadows, is a phenominal book and I'm so up for celebrating it. First, here's my review, then please enjoy a giveaway followed by information on how to win big! Happy reading :-)

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Recap:

Melanie knows the Immortals better than they know themselves, because she’s been studying their very genes. She’s also interacted with the vampires and the rogue Immortal more than her other colleagues, so while they scare everyone else, she’s intrigued to say the least. Bastien is the bad guy, the outcast. He needs to be there for his vampire friends, but needs to stay away from those that could suffer from associating with him, like Melanie. She gets under his skin, practically reads his mind, and knows him like no other. He’s got to get away from her, but for some reason she doesn’t seem to be willing to let him go…

Title:  Phantom Shadows
Series:  Immortal Guardians
Book #: 3
Author:  Dianne Duvall
Approximate Book Length:  400 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book is a work of art. There’s so many amazing things that I loved about it that I don’t even know where to start! Let’s go simple and start with our stars. We meet Melanie briefly in book 2, but she really shines in this book. She’s strong and brave for a human, and she’s more than willing to stand up for who and what she believes in. Bastien is the villain from book 1, so naturally he’s not exactly voted most popular with the Network or the Immortals, but we get to know a side of him that no one else seems even interested in glimpsing. They’re compelling as individuals, but as a couple they’re even more so.

I think what might be the most amazing part is that the book in no way felt long or drawn out, yet SO MUCH is incorporated into it. We see Bastien and Melanie’s romance progress, we get a little insight into Richart, Etienne, and Lisette, revisit Ami a little, get more insight into Seth, and meet a new player Zach. That doesn’t even include the conflict! The big bad is perhaps darker in this one than in the last two. Then, right as we’re getting our pretty little bow at the end, a bomb of sorts is dropped. OMG. And she does all this without leaving the reader lost or confused or let down in any way, ever.

Dianne doesn’t usually end the books on a cliff hanger, though she will leave you with something that makes you want more, but this time she leaves you aching, screaming for the next installment! She’s an absolute artist. The mystery she builds is just masterful, both long term and short term. The fight scenes are perfect, because she includes you and keeps you riveted, but without bogging you down with excessive details. With these abilities, she’s woven a very powerful tale.

In Conclusion:

Phantom Shadows is every bit as good, if not better than its two predecessors. The comraderie between the various people, the character development, the unrelenting excitement of the plot make for a story that is so gripping that you just want to climb into it. It’s a masterpiece that I believe every paranormal romance fan should read, and I can’t get enough!

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About the Author
In addition to the three award winning books out for the Immortal Guardians series, Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. Rendezvous With Yesterday is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry. She edits films, constructs movie trailers and designs movie posters. Some of the film projects she has worked on have been Official Selections of the Cannes Independent Film Festival, the London Independent Film Festival, the Jamerican International Film and Music Festival, and others. She also participates in preproduction and production and has done so in varying capacities for several years. Some of the functions she has performed in the past are script editor, special effects make-up artist, shooting scheduler, special effects creator, casting coordinator, production assistant, movie extra and web site designer.

Find her here.


Phantom Shadows Now Available!

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire. . .

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different--and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question--he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him. . .


***Want a signed copy of one of the books in the Immortal Guardians series and some SWAG? Enter via the Rafflecopter below!***

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***But wait, there's more! Don’t miss Dianne's big kindle contest! In addition to the giveaway here at Buffy’s Ramblings, she's giving away THREE Kindles (or Kindle Gift Cards if you already have one) to celebrate the release of Phantom Shadows. See her website for details.***



16 comments:

  1. I adore Marcus. He's snarky and a smarty-pants. I fell in love with him in book 1. I look forward in reading Seth's story.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  2. I haven't read them yet. The characters sound interesting.

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  3. I love all the guys :)
    If I have to pick one, I would choose Roland just because he was the hero in the first book, that got me started on the series.

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  4. I pick Marcus, because of his attitude.

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  5. Haven't read them yet, so I'll have to start at the beginning.

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  6. Oh, i love them all, but Sarah from the first book was kickass. Not everyone is prepared to save a man on your own.
    Love the giveaway, =) keeping my fingers crosssed that this is international,

    best wishes, Linda

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  7. Fave is Roland! I love his overprotectiveness! Thanks for the chance to win! I love this series!

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  8. I haven't read them yet. Still looking forward to read this series :)

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  9. as long the guys are hot like on dianne duva;;'s covers book....i would read them...*lol*
    thx u buffy :)

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  10. I've read the first two books twice...best series ever.

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  11. I have not read this series yet! I love starting with the first book. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. I actually love both books and character's. But of the two Book 1 is slightly better. Love Roland and Sarah. I love the way Roland protects and cares for Sarah. Fantastic new Series!

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  13. Sounds Great ! Alison (alisongail99@aol.com)

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  14. i like Roland, because he protected with Sarah

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  15. i have not read yet, im looking forward to read this as long as the story about the paranormal romance and HEA and also the hunky hero on the cover. thanks for the chance :)

    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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