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Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Blood Challenge (World of the Lupi, #7) by Eileen Wilks

Title: Blood Challenge
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #7
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Paranormal romance, Urban fantasy
Dates read: 1st – 22nd January 2021
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Year: 2011
5th sentence, 74th page: I usually don’t, but patterning’s potentially a -“

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Synopsis

Lily Yu and Rule Turner’s engagement announcement is stirring up ugly passions in the Humans First camp. There’s hate mail. Death threats. Lily’s car is vandalized.

But professionally, things are running smoothly… until a lupus in Tennessee goes on a killing spree. Then Rule’s brother, Benedict, catches a lovely intruder – twice. The first time, she’s sneaking around the home of the leader of Humans First. The second time, she’s sneaking around Nokolai Clanhome.

It may not be possible to deal with the rapidly escalating situation the way Lily always has: through the law. Especially when she’s pulled off the case due to an alleged conflict of interest. Lily’s loyalties will be stretched to the breaking point when she discovers that the deaths in Tennessee were only the opening skirmish in an all-our war.

Thoughts

I had this on my TBR pile late last year. There is something about the World of the Lupi books that are brilliant, and always make me want to reach out for them. Plus, I read Human Error just before Christmas, which gave me that yearning yet again. It did take longer to get through than many of the other books of this size tend to do… but it was still thoroughly, beautifully enjoyable. I just tend to forget that these books are long, complex and filled with small writing.

The fact that Benedict gets a second chosen was kind of given away in Human Error, so that pleasant surprise was very quickly taken away from me. But, getting to know Arjenie a bit better as the insanity of this storyline unfolded was brilliant and fun. Particularly when the “getting to know” was taking place alongside all of the insanity of a very complex plot that just seems to keep getting more and more complex. It’s one of the reasons that I don’t just breeze through these books, but become completely absorbed in them. They’re beautifully, wonderfully intricate and, often, confusing!

The major conspiracies and backstory in this series has slowly been ramping up. And now, getting to the 7th book in the series, it is getting seriously, ridiculously intense. The characters are still brilliant, and the emotions that you feel alongside them are wonderful. But there is so much more going on with the battle that the lupi face now. It meant that once I got about a quarter of the way into this book, I was sunk. And couldn’t stop reaching for it, even when I needed to be productive.

I loved this book. And now I need to wait until I’ve finished a few books before sinking my teeth into Death Magic. Now that the plot is thickening with the characters and conspiracies throughout this story, I can’t wait to see what insane shenanigans are going to happen next. Plus, Cynna has had her baby, Benedict also has a chosen, and everyone is just thoroughly loveable and impossible to forget…

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Human Error by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Tied With a Bow

Title: Human Error
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #8.5
In: Tied with a Bow (Lora Leigh, Virginia Kantra, Eileen Wilks & Kimberly Frost)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Christmas, Paranormal romance
Dates read: 26th December 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Year: 2011
5th sentence, 74th page: That is not the same thing as can’t.

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Synopsis

Benedict is finally meeting the family of his life mate. All he wants is to make a good impression over Yule. But things most definitely don’t go as planned.

Thoughts

I’ve read this a touch early in my read through of the World of the Lupi series. But, considering I read this around Christmas, I am most definitely glad that I did start it kind of early. There was something about the idea of a Yule celebration, family and all sorts of typical mayhem breaking free that made me absolutely inhale this story. It was great, fun and had just the right amount of lust and sweetness to leave me feeling happy and content.

Reading this early means that it has been revealed a little earlier than I would like that Benedict finds himself a Life Mate. But, I love them both anyway, so I look forward to how this actually happens in either Blood Challenge or Death Magic. I know how nerve wracking it can be to bring someone home, hope that he’ll be accepted and wanted. The fact that the stakes are higher for these two, and Benedict is trying so damn hard to fit in… well, it made me love all of this all that much more.

The blend of Wicca, Christmas and Native American mythology was surprising. In the best way possible. I love when there is a blend of mythologies in a story that I didn’t quite expect but find that I seriously enjoy. This definitely did that for me. It also made me feel like picking up Blood Challenge as soon as feasible… although I swore I would try not to have a huge pile of unread books next to me at the turn of the year…

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Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks

Overview
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Title: Blood Magic
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #6
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Paranormal romance
Dates read: 25th November – 8th December 2019
Pace: Medium
Format: Novel
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: Cullen makes people mad all the time, but mad enough to stick a knife in him at his baby party…

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Synopsis

As they plan their wedding, Lily Yu and Rule Turner, a prince of the lup, are facing a great deal of tension from both their families. Not everyone can accept their mixed marriage: she’s Chinese; he’s a werewolf. Even Lily’s grandmother is acting strangely distant, though Lily and Rule are about to discover that her behavior has nothing to do with thier upcoming nuptials.

A powerful, undying nemesis has come to San Diego to exact vengeance on Lily’s family – and turn the city into a feeding ground. it’s up to Lily and Rule to stop her, in spite of ancient treaties and an inheritance passed down through the blood. Otherwise San Diego could go up in flames, and they won’t live to make it to the altar…

Thoughts

It’s been a while since I’ve visited the World of the Lupi. And, after reading this, I’m kind of wondering why it’s actually taken me this long. Now I can’t wait to get into Blood Challenge. Especially since we finally find out a little bit more about Lily’s heritage… after battling all of the demons in Rule’s world, it’s nice to battle those in Lily’s world.

I absolutely adore Lily’s grandmother. She is hilariously in control of her family, and a total enigma. Definitely the kind of character that I seriously enjoy. Finding out more about not only her past, but where she got some of her insane powers from was really fun. it gave her so much more depth. But then again, it’s always fun to find out a little bit more about the history of a favourite character. It was like reading two stories at once!

The sixth book in this series finally helps to answer a few questions. It ties up some loose ends in, in particularly Lily and her family’s history. But it also raises so many more mysteries! Which of course, makes me want to start Blood Challenge all that much more. However, I want to finish the currently reading books before the end of the year… not continue to add to the list.

As with all of the World of the Lupi books, this was a seriously awesome and intense story. The kind that I will love reading again and again. There is a reason that this is one of my top series… there is a bit of romance, a lot of action and a really strong, independent woman at the helm. All the ingredients for my favourite kind of story.

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Human Nature by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Human Nature

Title: Human Nature
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #5.5
In: Inked (Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn & Eileen Wilks)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: AnimagusParanormal romance
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Berkley Books
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: “Of course.”

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Synopsis

When the magically tattooed body of a man is found in a Northern California town, FBI Agent Lily Yu is drawn into the case. Trouble is, the victim wasn’t human – and the killer isn’t finished in USA Today bestselling author Eileen Wilks’s “Human Nature”.

Thoughts

This is story number 5.5 in the World of the Lupi series, but it takes place before the actions of novel 5 (Mortal Sins). That kind of threw me. I’m not sure why this is, but it didn’t take away from any of my enjoyment in the story. So it was still a thoroughly enjoyable way to procrastinate for the night.

I have a thing about tattoos. The fact that in Human Nature, one is used in the killing of one of the lupi was kind of sad, but still made it enjoyable. All throughout the World of the Lupi series to date, stereotypes and prejudice against others. This really came to the fore in this novella – although Lily has a murder to solve, the bigger issue she continuously comes across is the prejudice of the locals. Especially the local law enforcement. Actually, my biggest complaint about this story is that the poetic justice that I was hoping to see meted out didn’t occur. Maybe in one of the future novels in this series?

At the very end of this tale, a great point is made – Rule and his people may be different from humans. But they are still human, with all that that entails. And, ultimately, the murder is just another one driven by human nature and all the horrors that that entails.

<- Mortal SinsBlood Magic ->

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Mortal Sins by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Mortal SIns

Title: Mortal Sins
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: AnimagusParanormal romance
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Year: 2009
5th sentence, 74th page: But Georgetown University Hospital had a couple of rooms that were circled and heavily warded.

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Synopsis

Welcome to the “strange magic [and] fantastic realms” of Eileen Wilks’s world of the lupi, where some sins are so dark and unlikely, no one thought to forbid them…

FBI agent Lily Yu is in North Carolina with her lover and mate, Rule Turner, Lu Nuncio of the Nokolai werewolf clan. He is there to take custody of his son from the boy’s grandmother. It’s a purely personal trip until Rule, in wolf form, finds three bodies in a shallow grave. They carry the stench of death magic, which makes the murders a federal crime. Lily takes charge of the investgiation and soon realizes that nothing adds up – not the motives or the main suspect, who is behind bars when death strikes again.

But murder, however bizarre, is an everyday affair for Lily, who was a homicide cop before being recruited into the FBI’s Magical Crimes Division. A more personal shock arrives in the form of Rule’s son’s mother. Why would she now challenge Rule’s plan to bring his son to live among the Nokolai? But family matters must take a backseat when the violence escalates, and there’s no rhyme or reason for the next strike – by a killer who may not even be of this world…

Thoughts

This is one of those series that I pick up and put down, but I’m slowly working through. This week I decided that it was time to pick up Mortal Sins, the book I am currently up to. Now I’m wondering why I ever put the series aside in the first place (I’m just easily distracted I suppose). I love Lily and Rule’s pretty damn good too. The storyline always captivates my attention and takes me on a great journey that I don’t in slightest bit expect.

There were two main threads to this storyline. Firstly there is Lily’s race to save the people of Halo and figure what’s causing so many deaths. For me, this takes up the majority of the story. After all, you follow Lily around and that’s the main focus of her actions throughout. Homicides and crime stories are captivating enough, but tie in the use of death magic and superstition against lupi, and the storyline gets a lot more intense. The entire time I was reading this, I was holding my breath, waiting for he next person to go crazy…

The other storyline is that of Rule and his son. A simple issue of changing his custody turns into something a lot more intense when his son’s mother gets involved again. I was actually quite blown away by this twist and sat there a little overwhelmed when I first read it. Although it isn’t the primary storyline, it is definitely the more emotional and powerful one. Something that helped me to get completely wrapped up in and swept away by the storyline.

 <- Cyncerely YoursHuman Nature ->

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Cyncerely Yours by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Cyncerely Yours

Title: Cyncerely Yours
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #4.5
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: AnimagusParanormal romance
Pace: Fast
Format: Free online short story
Publisher: Eileen Wilks online
Year: 2008
5th sentence, 74th page: His face wasn’t.

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Synopsis

Cynna and Cullen’s wedding day is like everything in their relationship – not quite going according to plan.

Thoughts

I always love a good wedding story or scene. After all, there is so much potential for things to go wrong! Wilks’ use of Cynna and Cullen’s wedding as a source of new beginnings and endings was a really sweet notion too. The explanation of some of the practices that we tend to take for granted (a white wedding gown for example) helped to show that, although some of the characters aren’t Christian, the rituals and meanings hold a place within our lives. Even for those many people who get married these days, there are aspects of this ritual that have a purpose and a place beyond the religious connotations.

It wouldn’t be a World of the Lupi wedding if everything went smoothly though. And, staying with the tradition of beginnings and endings, Cynna’s past comes back to haunt her – literally. The true purpose of this, which is, of course revealed at the end of the short story, truly helps to close the door on an aspect of Cynna’s past. And it is this great symbolism that weaves through the whole story that makes it a literary wedding that I’m going to remember for a long time.

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Good Counsel by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Good Counsel

Title: Good Counsel
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #4.2
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: AnimagusParanormal romance
Pace: Fast
Format: Free Online Short Story
Publisher: Eileen Wilks Online
Year: 2008
5th sentence, 74th page: Sure.

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Synopsis

This snippet takes place after Night Season (World of the Lupi, #4) and just before the free short story, Cyncerely Yours (World of the Lupi, #4.5). It’s more of a scene than a complete story, but I thought readers who’ve enjoyed the series might enjoy listening in on Cullen’s counselling session with Father Michaels.

Thoughts

Although Cullen and Cynna agree to become married at the conclusion of Night Season, it is kind of hard to imagine that either one will truly carry through with it. That is until the short story, Good Counsel. It is in this six pages that Cullen truly shows his commitment (and love for) Cynna and the degree to which he’ll go to make her happy. Throughout his discussion with the Catholic priest, he is able to be clear sighted and honest – he doesn’t really want to get married, but it is important for her, so therefore he’ll do it. The idea of acceptance by one’s community and the importance of this in such a thing as a wedding is also beautifully and succinctly investigated.

I have had some slightly unpleasant experiences with the Christian faith and very early on decided that it wasn’t a religion for me. However, Cullen’s descriptions of the importance of it and the Abe’s easy acceptance of diversity and the unconventional relationship he is about to officiate goes a long way to restoring my faith in such an organisation. Although Cullen is himself not Christian, he is able to understand many of the principals and governing ideals, and the reasons why it is such a cornerstone in Cynna’s life. It is this easy acceptance on behalf of both Cullen and Abe that I most loved about this short story.

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Night Season by Eileen Wilks

Overview
Night Season

Title: Night Season
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #4
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: AnimagusParanormal romance
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Year: 2008
5th sentence, 74th page: Rule said Cullen had a habit of picking up strays.

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Synopsis

Pregnancy has turned FBI Agent Cynna Weaver’s whole life upside down. Lupus sorcerer Cullen Seabourne is thrilled to be a father, but what does Cynna know about kids? her mother was a drunk and her father abandoned his family. Or so she’s always believed…

As Cynna is trying to wrap her head around this problem, a new one pops up in the form of a delegation from another realm. They want to take Cynna and Cullen back with them – to meet her long-lost father and find a mysterious medallion. But when these two born cynics land in a world where magic is common-place and night never ends, their only way home lies in tracking down the missing medallion – one also sought by powerful beings who will do anything to claim it…

Thoughts

Blood Lines left off on a bit of a cliff-hanger for Cynna and Cullen. So, although Lily and Rule make an appearance in Night Season, it is nice to spend some more time with this incredibly unique couple. I also loved revisiting Kai and Nathan (albeit briefly) throughout this series. The novella Inhuman introduced these incredibly different characters, and vastly expanded the World of the Lupi universe. All in all, this story took a slightly different turn from the rest of the books, and it offered a refreshing outlook into a series that anyone would quickly become enthralled by.

I love the idea of a number of different realms, with different rules and levels of magic, and completely different natives. The anthropologist in me is fascinated by Wilks’ construction of so many different cultures and social realities. Edge, to me, highlights the fact that we all have prejudices, and they can be immensely derogatory to a group of individuals. I loved that even Cullen, who has been on the receiving end of such typecasting, feels for the humans who are in a similar position in Edge.

Cynna’s pregnancy is an important topic throughout Night Season. As someone who is terrified of getting pregnant accidentally, I can completely understand her fear and trepidation at this immense challenge that she is about to face. I always love when I can relate so completely to character’s – not that they are horrible mothers, but they are fearful. I have never met a woman who is willing to say that motherhood is an all-enjoyable experience. Everyone is fearful and worried about such a ginormous task, and I think that acknowledging this is so important for those of us who may be facing such a journey in their futures.

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The New Kid by Eileen Wilks

Overview
The New Kid

Title: The New Kid
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #0.1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: AnimagusParanormal romance
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Eileen Wilks Online
Year: 2013
5th sentence, 74th page: He was a heterosexual misfit.

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Synopsis

This short story takes places in Rule’s past, specifically January 10, 1976 during his Sophomore year of high school in a small town near Clanhome. It’s a fun look into a time when Rule wasn’t Lu Nuncio yet and was just learning how to integrate with humans.

Thoughts

Sixteen-year-old Rule is everything I imagined him to be and more in this great short story. Wilks leaves a comment at the top of the tale that suggests it be read after a few of the novels, get to know Rule before flashing back to his past. And honestly, it is a great suggestion. I have just read this short story after reading the first four books, and although it made his actions a little more predictable, it also made the story all the more enjoyable and the nuances of the characters a little more potent.

I love any story that investigates the cultural norms that we take for granted and turn them onto their head. The cliques that often categorise are of course prevalent in a story about a sixteen-year-old. But, it is the way in which Rule views them that provides a different kind of insight. His willingness to do what is right and break free of the clicks is also such an incredibly attractive quality. That, although from the novels, I already knew he possessed, made me fall for him a little more.

<- More Eileen WilksOnly Human ->

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Inhuman by Eileen Wilks

Overview

inhuman

Title: Inhuman
Author: Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #3.5
In: On the Prowl (Patricia Briggs)
Rating Out of 5:  (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Animagus, Paranormal romance
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher: Berkley
Year: 2007
5th sentence, 74th page: The need for his voice, his presence, washed over her, leaving her shaky inside as well as out.

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Synopsis

Certain people in Midland, Texas, are dying. All of them were Gifted, and all of them have been drained of their blood. Kai is a reluctant telepath with a skewed Gift—she sees thoughts instead of experiencing them. So, unlike other Midlanders, she can intuit that they have a “Guardian.” She also knows that the Guardian Nathan isn’t human. His true nature hasn’t been divined. Neither has hers. But when another one of the Gifted is found dead, Kai herself becomes a suspect. And only Nathan can save her.

Thoughts

The first few sentences left me incredibly attached to Kai, in a way that rarely happens in such a short period of time. Her supernatural abilities were also something that I had never imagined or heard of before, yet, they seem like an incredible ability to possess. Partner this intriguingly vulnerable character with Nathan, and a serial murderer, and this is one of my favourite short stories.

Kai’s eventual connection to the murderer was very surprising, but it was kind of sweet and indicated the depths of her care for others. This, and hints at her past accident, show the level of care that she show to other living beings, and that they all have the right to live. Although this very fact does eventually put her life in danger, something which helps to add flavour and fear to the blooming relationship between Kai and Nathan.

I’ve read this short story before, but reading it after finishing Blood Lines helped to place a lot more of the storyline within context. It also hinted at more connections in future storylines to the parallel reality / world of Faerie. Where Dis has been mentioned in past World of the Lupi stories, it isn’t until this novella that the connection to Faerie truly begins to have an influence on the overarching tale of the World of the Lupi.

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