Book Review Children of the Shadows by Joleene Naylor

I’m so excited to be part of Joleene Naylor’s blog tour for her newest book, 6th in the Amaranthine series, Children of the Shadows. As my friends, all of you know how much I love this series and this book was no different. I’d say it’s the best of all the books, but I say that about every single one. Then again, they are really, really excellent tales.

Summary:  The sixth installment of the Amaranthine series pulsates with the dark blood of vampire lore. The Children of Shadows, a vampire cult not seen for hundreds of years, resurfaces to wage war on the vampire guilds. Led by a familiar face, the cult wreaks havoc while Katelina and Jorick are trapped in Munich. Ume, a mysterious vampiress, claims to know Verchiel and offers the help of her secret organization. But can they trust her? As mysteries are solved, new ones appear. Why have the Children of Shadows returned, and is it really a former ally that leads them, or a look-alike? Legends rise and secrets are revealed in a world where vampires walk, drenched in blood and shadows.

Don’t tell Joleene, but I read the entire book in 3 days! I absolutely couldn’t stop reading it. That’s what a fantastic writer she is. It took her longer than that to write the story.

This book starts off with all our favorite characters, vampires and humans on vacation on an island, something that Katelina has wanted for a very long time; except she forgot that her boyfriend Jorick is a vampire and so are his friends. They do go to an island, but they can’t come out until dark. This pretty much sets the tone for what Katelina is going to run into throughout the book – more vampire escapades aplenty.

Jorick is a centuries old vampire, quite set in his ways and obstinate. What he wants, he gets and Katelina has learned to just go along with his plans. After all, she’s seen most of the world since she’s been with him, has fought in vampire wars, has been bitten by more than one vampire, and has also made friends with his kind. Don’t feel sorry for Katelina. In book after book, we see that she can take care of herself among Jorick’s circles.

Joleene has a way of building her characters so believably that you can’t help to have favorites and my favorite is Verchiel. He loves to drive everyone insane with his antics, yet when it comes down to it he’s a fierce fighter and wind walker. If you want to know what that is, you’ll have to read her books and trust me, you won’t be sorry if you do.

Meet Joleene Naylor, Author Extraordinaire

Joleene Naylor is the author of Amaranthine, a paranormal series where vampires live in the shadows and don’t sparkle. In her spare time she is a freelance artist, book cover designer and photographer. You can find information on all of her pursuits at her website

She also maintains blogs full of odd ramblings and hopes to win the lottery. Until she does, she and her husband live near Bolivar Missouri with their miniature zoo and a couch coated in cat fur.

Here are some links about Joleene and her works:

Joleene Naylor Amazon Page  (please like her page)

Jo’s wordpress blog Check this out. You’ll find teasers from the book and lots of extras

Jo’s Facebook page (please like this page too)

Jo’s Twitter page

Jo’s Facebook Profile

Jo’s Pinterest page

I’m not doing reviews on my blogs anymore. You may have noticed, but for my favorite authors I’ll advertise them anywhere and all the time.

Take a chance and read her books. You’ll be hooked too. I’ll warn you, they are for mature audiences but well worth your time.

Be sure to enter her contest. You might be the lucky winner.


By the way, Jo, I’ll only enter if Verchiel will deliver the ‘goods’ should I win.

I give this book 5 palm trees for its excellence in story telling:


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