Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dark Angel's Ward by Nia Shay

Two years ago, Jandra Maxwell walked away from the secret Fairlight Society and started a new life in a quiet Texas town. When her former Ward, the dark angel Zeph, seeks her out and begs for her help, Jandra faces an impossible choice. She knows he can only offer her heartache, but she can’t turn her back on the only man she’s ever loved.
Zeph teeters on the brink of madness, pummeled by emotions his angelic blood once rendered him incapable of feeling. Driven to protect Jandra from a threat he can only glimpse in nightmares, he refuses to leave her side. As they explore the mystery of his recurring dreams, they discover the Fairlight Society has been keeping a terrible secret – one they’ll kill to protect.
Fighting for her life isn’t so easy when Jandra’s also fighting her heart. Her her inexorable attraction to Zeph may save them...or may damn them both.

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Kathryn's Review
I think I am going to start this review by saying.... WHOA!!! Totally blown away!! Absolutely LOVED it!
I had no idea what was in store for me when I began reading Dark Angel's Ward... Meeting Jandra (cool name btw) and learning about her was fascinating... And to top it off... In walks sexy hot guy, Zepyh... OMG... The chemistry between these two is electric!!
But, not all is rosy and as we are brought on this tale with these two intriguing characters, we learn about nephillim, dark angels, and how they are controlled with a warden...
The concept Nia has given us is refreshing, unique, providing twists on old stories dealing with angels and their half breed children, nephillim... I didn't want to put this book down. I was captured from the first chapter and as each chapter came and went, I knew this was a book I was going to LOVE and add to my favorites list.. It is full of action, suspense, passion, romance, humor, loyalty, and bonded friendships that withstand through all these trials...
This is a great book... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you get it today and read it yourself!!  

Shelley's Review
I'm going to start this review by saying there was NOTHING I didn't like about this twisted little tale.
From our smart, super snarky and fearless heroine; her amazing, somewhat frightening and complicated love interest/assignment, Zeph; her dream stalker (you'll just have to read it!); her co-workers and friends, the Twins, to the secretive and manipulative Society, where she serves as a Ward.
Dark Angel's Ward is a fast paced thriller with non stop action, unpredictable twists and lots of romance...very complicated romance. It's hot and sexy...keeps you on the edge of your seat and always guessing and is full of dark humor- mostly courtesy of Jandra and the Twins. Throughout the story, Jandra isn't sure who to trust and as the reader, neither are we. This makes for a great game of cat and mouse, where you're not always sure who's the cat or the mouse. Add in the paranormal and you've got me hooked.
I loved Nia's writing style. It flowed beautifully and had me enchanted start to finish. I didn't want it end. I got a bit snarky myself whenever I was forced to put it down. The characters are engaging, fun and refreshing. It's not all fun and games, there are some terrifying and graphic scenes, but Nia- and Jandra handles them with style and grace. At times like the train wreck you can't help but peek at, she keeps you entranced and emotionally bound to the very end. And lucky me...the journey continues in Ugly Like Me. I'm already diving in to the sequel...I'm so glad I didn't have to wait long for more of these amazing characters. I was missing them as soon I read the final page.
This is a book I'll recommend again and again. I'm trying to keep this short and sweet. Ha ha, I know, but I could easily go on and on about Dark Angel's Ward...and Jandra and Zeph...and Brax...and...well, I think you get the idea. Race to your kindle, PC...whatever reading device you have, and get this little gem NOW.  

We BOTH give Dark Angel's Ward:


Want to know more about Jandra???
Well, here is your lucky day...

Hey everyone! Gather 'round and take a seat. We're chattin it up with Jandra Maxwell, one of the extraordinary characters from Dark Angel's Ward by Nia Shay. <WE LOVE HER!!!>
She's quickly become a new favorite fascinating, fearless female, and she's stopped by to indulge our curiosities and answer a few questions for us. So here's your chance to find out what makes Jandra tick. Her story is unique and all-consuming...we dare you to not to fall in love.
Let's get right to it...Jandra, thanks so much for joining us. It's so cool to have you here. *fangirl beaming smiles* <we've no shame>

1. Kathryn:  What is something you would like to do but feel you missed out on b/c of the life people chose for you?
J: The first words that spring to my mind are "be normal," but considering everything I've—shall we say, discovered—in the past few months, that's a bit of a laugh, isn't it? I know there's no going back now, so it doesn't really cross my mind all that often. I'm keeping my eyes firmly on the future these days. Not that the future makes much more sense than the past.
S: What is normal?
K: Certainly not you! Ha!
S: That was just mean *sticks her bottom lip out and pouts*

2. Kathryn:  Are you excited about the future now that so much has changed for you?
J: Not so much. "Determined" would be a better word. I honestly don't know what I'd be doing right now if I didn't have a bunch of evil bastards to track down.
K: Still there is more hope that you'll actually have a future. *we all nod in agreement*

3. Kathryn:  Would love to hear more about your relationship and thoughts about Zeph. How do you feel about you two being together? What aggravates you the most about him?
J: It's so good to have him back in my life. I never felt quite right without him. But to answer both parts of your question at once, it's kind of a weird mix of having a husband and raising a child at the same time (don't tell him I said that!)
K: We completely understand.
S: Our lips are sealed.

4. Shelley:  You have a fond affection for the twins, do you see them being part of your future missions?
J: We're keeping in touch of course, but they've moved to San Diego and enrolled at UCSD, so I don't know how much we'll be actually seeing each other for the next few years. Which is just fine with me, because I don't want them involved with any more of this Society crap than they already have been.
S: Gotta keep those girls save! We adore them!
K: You're so sappy.
S: *shrugs* Well we do!

5. Kathryn: What kind of things do you do for fun? Any hobbies? Something you would like to learn?
J: I read, of course—doesn't everyone who wants an escape from reality? I also love music, and now that I don't work way too much anymore, I've begun spending way too much time on the Internet instead. I've always wanted to be able to learn one of those quiet, occupy-your-hands type of hobbies, like knitting, but I'm not the type to sit still that long.
K: Totally trying to picture you sitting and knitting...
S: So not happening. *girls chuckle*

6. Kathryn:  Can you describe your feelings for Abraxas? Hate him or It's complicated?
J: Gawd, don't even get me started on that creep. If I ever see him again I'm gonna wring his freaking neck.
K: He sure is a creep.
S: A HAWT creep!
K: Geez! You're in rare form today.
* look apologetically at Jandra*

7. Shelley:  Is there anything about your powers that you enjoy?
J: Well, I guess it's good to that if anyone I love is ever dying right in front of me again, I might be able to save them. Not that that's stopped these wonky dreams I've been having lately, but that's a whole other story...
K: That is pretty cool, but it seems to take a lot out of you.
S: Stupid wonky dreams *Kathryn shakes head*

8. Shelley:Do you think you'll ever find out who your father is?
J: I'm kind of dreading that, actually, considering how my conception came to pass (which is something NO ONE should ever have to know the details of, by the way.) But we're hoping the angels are still alive, so it's a very real possibility.
*Kathryn and Shelley shudder and nod*

9. Kathryn: What do you plan to do on your downtime with Zeph?
S: Yes, yes, inquiring minds want to know...
J: Well, we settled down in Oklahoma City after I ran my little errand (haha) and right now we're both just trying to recover and rebuild our world view. It's not been easy, though. Zeph keeps suggesting that we move again, somewhere with "no memories" attached to it (which is rich, coming from him) but this place is just as good as anywhere else as far as I'm concerned. 
S: Man, I was hoping for some details.
K: Like Jandra's gonna share that with you.
S: Hey, we're tight! *Kathryn shakes head-AGAIN*

10. Shelley:  Is there is place you been in your dream state you'd like to visit in real life?
J: Dream talk = Brax talk = refer back to question 5.
K: Gotcha! 

11.Shelley:   Do you think your feelings for Brax are real? As real as your feelings for Zeph?
J: All right, let me set the record straight here. I do NOT have feelings for Demon Boy. It's a physical attraction, and an unwanted one at that. End of story.
*Kathryn raises one eyebrow at Shelley* : I told you not to ask her that!
S: Demon Boy *snorts*

Kathryn: And that's all the time we have.
Thank you, Jandra, for putting up with us. You can be sure we'll continue to follow you on your journey.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read our blog. We hope it's been as fun for you as it was for us.
Shelley: Bye! Happy reading! *everyone waves goodbye*


  1. OMG, I'm laughing and teary-eyed at the same time. Thank you both so much for the incredible reviews! And you did an awesome job handling Jandra's cranky ass :-) We must visit again sometime...Brax is demanding equal time and a chance to set the record straight ;-)

  2. Nia, we had so much fun! We just loved Jandra and the book is something special! And we'd love to chat with Brax, anytime...bring it on Demon Boy!!!


  3. Nia, this was a blast.. And having Jandra here on TSK TSK was incredibly fun!!!
    Totally agree with Shelley... "Bring it on Demon Boy.. "

    TSK TSK....

  4. OMG please don't encourage him...he lives in my head you know! When he gets riled up I have to listen to him LOL!

  5. LOL... Sorry Nia... But, we couldn't resist the challenge Brax threw at us... ;)

  6. LOL he insisted on the release date of 6/9 for Ugly because it amused him. And he says he'll see you when book two comes out 'cause it's ALL about him (which is news to me, but we shall see...)

  7. ROFL! *choking laughing over the date* Cannot. Wait! You can tell Brax to wanna hear more about him...don't doubt!