Selene

Selene Life isn t easy for a sexwitch Even your own body betrays you It s bad enough that Selene is part slave to Nikolai the Prime Power of Saint City but she s got her brother Danny and she s got her job

  • Title: Selene
  • Author: Lilith Saintcrow
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Life isn t easy for a sexwitch Even your own body betrays you It s bad enough that Selene is part slave to Nikolai, the Prime Power of Saint City, but she s got her brother Danny and she s got her job at the college In the postwar wreckage of an uncertain world, it s pretty much all she s ever allowed herself to want Then Danny ends up murdered, and Selene finds herselLife isn t easy for a sexwitch Even your own body betrays you It s bad enough that Selene is part slave to Nikolai, the Prime Power of Saint City, but she s got her brother Danny and she s got her job at the college In the postwar wreckage of an uncertain world, it s pretty much all she s ever allowed herself to want Then Danny ends up murdered, and Selene finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game Indentured to a bloodsucking Nichtvren and helpless, told to stop trying to uncover the identity of her brother s killer, Selene has nowhere to turn If she s a good girl, Nikolai will leave her a little bit of freedom He ll take care of her, and she ll be safe if she obeys But Selene hasn t survived this long by being obedient to her cursed powers, or to the men who buy her time Her brother was all she had, and now she s ready to borrow, beg, lie, steal or kill whatever it takes to avenge him And if Nikolai gets in the way, Selene will use every tool in her arsenal to make him regret it

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    1. Alright, I quite literally just finished the epilogue moments ago and I can only sayUgh.Selene made one stupid decision after the other. Terrible things happen and Selene followed them with wrong-headed, poorly-formed judgments that I feel even a child would know better than to make (SPOILER ALERT-- if you give a supposedly dead vampire blood, it comes back! I'm pretty sure most children know that. Selene? Not so much). Unexplained, confusing plot devices were never resolved (Danny's voice in he [...]

    2. Whine, bitch, moan, complain. Occasional sex. What does Nikolai see in Selene, anyway?I finished it. I still have the same opinion, after 19 chapters and an epilogue, as I did after the first five chapters. The first bit was published in the anthology Hotter Than Hell.Selene is an utterly ungrateful bitch who couldn't catch a clue during clue mating season if she stood in a field covered in clue musk. Nikolai healed her with his blood, right? So when he's injured, why doesn't she at least try to [...]

    3. Update 24 December 2014.Apparently Lilith Saintcrow has taken down the free copy of Selene online and instead published a paid version.I have taken an issue with this author. I very rarely, as in only once before, have taken an issue with an author. I usually take issue with their books and their contents. I don't appreciate that she has published this novel as a paid version when before she had stated it would be a free story. She pulled it without any warning whatsoever. This was her only free [...]

    4. This was a story about a Sex-Witch (Selene) who harnesses her powers using sex to perform magic. I actually did not like this concept and was unable to get into it.This book has a lot of inner monologue from Selene which I found really boring and irritating at times. I felt like skipping ahead a lottttt due to this.The story starts of a bit interesting then goes round and round and the ending is really anti-climatic (view spoiler)[The death of the villian Grigori wasn't as interesting as I had e [...]

    5. This review also posted at A Bookish Compulsion**This prequel offshoot to the Danny Valentine series following two of the side characters, Selene and Nikolai, was released as a serial on Ms. Saintcrow’s website in 2008; the website has since been rebooted and this content has yet to make a re-appearance.**Selene was an edgy ride right from the beginning. Even knowing the end result thanks to reading the Valentine series it still managed to be a thrill that rode the border between excitement an [...]

    6. So, I went and bought this and reread it.I still think it's worth a 4 stars, but I am slightly more disillusioned with the main character. Not only does she call for God and Jesus every page, but I couldn't wonder how she pretended she wanted to escape Nikolai but then, somehow couldn't -- until she could at the end. I can deal with some "denial" about how she doesn't get he loves her, but it reaches some silly levels as the novel goes along. It also makes Selene come across as stupid, which is [...]

    7. This review was cross-posted from my blog. To read the full post (and more!), click here.From what I can gather, Saintcrow released this story a while ago, but I hadn't discovered the wonder that is her writing at that point, so I missed it. I did catch it when she rereleased it as an online serial and I loved it. Reading in installments over a period of months is not my usual style. I tend to devour books whole in less than 12 hours. Waiting a week for the next chapter nearly killed me every ti [...]

    8. So witch with magik triggered by sex, fine, I like it. Se likes a vampire, even better. Apocalyptic, dystopic world, with paranormals and vampires running the shots, known in the world, love it.I liked Selene, I found the story compelling. After chapter 2 I couldn't stop until chapter 9. And that is a good pause. It's about the middle of the book, the story unties a little, and it really closes a chapter. You can stop, get some sleep, or just take a break from the computer. But as I said it is j [...]

    9. When I first started reading this, I noticed this in the copyright:“Brother’s Keeper” originally appeared in Hotter Than Hell (Harper, 2008)“Just Ask” originally appeared in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (Running Press Book Publishers, 2011)Because it wasn't clear in the table of contents or copyright, “Brother’s Keeper” is about the first 14% of this, and “Just Ask” is the last 8%. The middle is “Selene” but the three together make a complete story. And now that all of [...]

    10. I really, really liked this book. The main character was engaging, dramatic as was her plight. Her bond with her brother realistic, her issues with her Vampire Master and her own curse suitably claustrophobic.I loved how this writer is one of the few actually managing to create believably old and powerful characters. THAT is how a vampire elder acts. Quite a few Urban Fantasy writers need to learn from her.And, more than anything else, the ending was heart-achingly liberating. and this book is f [...]

    11. Welcome to Selene, a serialized Saint City novel by Lilith Saintcrow. New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.Selene is a novel posted in blog format. The short story Brother’s Keeper, in the anthology Hotter than Hell, is a prequel. Selene and Nikolai will be familiar to readers of the Dante Valentine series.i actually liked this, sure Alpha Male Arrogant Bastard, but i did kinda like it, maybe because i read it in small dosesi'll try to do a full reading some time fro [...]

    12. I'm a big fan of Lilith Saintcrow and I've read the Dante Valentine series, which is the world "Selene" is set in. However, Selene took way too long to get her act together, in my opinion. She spends two thirds of this book whining, and railing against her fate. Yes, she finally starts opening her brain to other interpretations of life, but she felt like a weak heroine, which is not what I'm used to from Saintcrow. It was only in the "epilogue" that Selene was a character that I wanted to know m [...]

    13. Set in the same world as the Dante Valentine series, this standalone novel was originally published as a serial novel on the author's Web site (lilithsaintcrow/journal/), but I believe it is no longer available for reading since the site's revamp. The story follows the adventures and romance of Selene, a psychic whose abilities are derived from sex, and her paramour, the city's vampire lord. These are two minor characters in the Valentine series, and I enjoyed reading about their history and how [...]

    14. OK. I only read ONE excerpt in a anthology. I already know she should probably trust Nicholai. NOTHING he says sounds incorrect, and its not his damn fault she was born a sex witch. He probably didn't ask to be a vampire either, but he isn't crying over spilt milk. What an angry, contrary cunt. In fact, I'm thinking she is lucky she is a sex witch, because otherwise she would be even more useless.

    15. Only time Iv realistically liked, and not just humoured Lilith Saintcrows over the top angst. If only it had a definitive ending (Not even going to go into the disappointment that was Just Ask haha). Very enjoyable read, Selene was an interesting character, wish she did more rather then have things happen and solved for her. But I suppose that could be said for any Saintcrow female lead.

    16. My favorite LSC story. I wish she'd do a full book on them. The first time I read it, it was so hawt, I could barely stand it, esp since I was reading it at work! Though Selene gets on my nerves with her running hither and thither, Nickolai is an antihero who can't be denied. I actually love hime more than Jafrimel, and that's saying something!

    17. Yes Selene is whiny, yes her inner voice sometimes sounds as neurotically rabid as Dante Valentines (another Saintcrow h from the same world), yes there are confusing unexplained plot elements (the medallion), but I still love Saintcrows world and writing. Dark.

    18. I usually refuse to read books on-line and wouldn't have ever thought of a serial if I hadn't read the rest of Lilith Saintcrow's books. It was good. Ok, it was addictive! Hopeful that it gets published in "real" book fashion at some point so I can add it to my collection

    19. I'm so glad that Ms. Saintcrow decided to publish this with both short stories included. I had read Selene as the free serial on her web page a few years ago but had never tracked down the epilogue "Just Ask". This ebook version now gives readers the entire story!

    20. Paranormal romance at its bestI loved the characters . I loved how they navigated through the morass of what is and what should be, and what is desired.

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