I is for Immortal!

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I is for Immortal!

Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series was my break-through series to Paranormal Romance.  As far as I’m concerned, I lucked out with my initiation there.  Her books are loaded with all races and variety within races of Immortals.  Her Valkyries, Weres, Demons, Vampires, Witches and even those skeevy Wendigos are all just abso-fab. 

My ultimate favorite character has been Nix-the-Ever-Knowing since the beginning and I will not consider this series complete unless she gets a story too.  Surely there is some worthy male out there who can match her?  Even her cray-cray is cute.  Her t-shirts just rock.

Nixie sightings in the Series

Lachlain: ‘And you must be the soothsayer – ‘
Nix: ‘I prefer predeterminationally abled, thank you.’ Her hand shot out, ripping a button from his shirt, so fast it was a blur. She’d taken the one closest to his heart, and for a moment her face turned very cold. She’d made a point – she could have gone for his heart.
Then she opened her hand and gasped in surprise. ‘A button!’ She smiled delightedly. ‘You can never have enough of these!’ 
Lachlain and Nix from A Hunger Like No Other

“I suppose that now you’ll want to sleep with me? Alas big guy I’m taken.’
‘No. you’re not,’ Regin said.
‘Am too,’ Nix said. ‘Mike Rowe, the star of Dirty Jobs, is soon to realize I’m his beloved.’ She sighed dreamily. ‘He even got his lawyers to contact me on the pretext of a’ she made air quotes ‘restraining order.”
  Regin and Nix from Dark Needs at a Night’s Edge

“You two. You can do a cleaning spell.”
One slurred, “But Nixie, I’m really pre-hung-over.”
Nix’s eyes went wide. “Do it, or the photos go live!”
The witch shook her fist to the sky, crying, “Damn you, Valkyrie! Damn you and your digital ways!” 
Nix from Kiss of a Demon King

“Have you ever fought an opponent you had no defense against? Like a fire breather or an acid spitter?”
“Once I faced a female with diamond skin,” Nix said breathlessly. “I was transfixed – even as she was choking the life out of me.”
“Really?”
“No, I saw that character on
X-Men. I just wanted to commiserate. Alas, I have no weaknesses.” Nix and Lucia from Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Nix to Declan:
Begin transcript—
Testing. Hello, hellooo, anybody out there? Check, check, one, two. Soft pee. Puh, puh. Resonance! Sooooooft pee. Alpha bravo disco tango duck.
This is Nïx! I’m the Ever-Knowing One, a goddess incandescent, incomparable, and irresistible. But enough about what you think of me. It’s a beautiful day in New Orleans. The wind is out of the east at a steady five knots and clouds look like rabbits … But enough about what you think of me!
Now, down to business—
Squirrel!
Where was I? [Long pause] Why am I in Regin’s car? Bertil, you crawl right back out of that bong this minute!
Oh, I remember! I am hereby laying down this track for Magister Declan Chase. If you are a mortal of the recorder peon class, know that Dekko and I go waaaaay back, and he’ll go berserk (snicker snicker) if he doesn’t receive this transmittal. …
Chase, riddle me this: what’s beautiful but monstrous, long of tooth but sharp of tooth and soft of mind, and can never ever tell a lie?
That’s right. The Enemy of Old can be very useful to you. So use him already.
P.S. Your middle name’s about to be spelled r-e-g-r-e-t.
And with that, I must bid you adieu. Don’t worry, we’ll catch up very soon. …
[Muffled] Who’s mummy’s wittle echolocator? That’s right—you are!
—End transcript” 
Nix from Dreams of a Dark Prince

When the collar dropped to the ground, Lothaire rolled his head on his neck. But instead of disappearing immediately, he traced to stand mere feet from Nïx.
A towering vampire with skin like marble and chillingly flawless features was staring down a petite Valkyrie with crazed eyes and a cryptic smile.
The tension between the two was palpable. Even on the verge of flipping the fuck out, Regin couldn’t look away.
“The Accession grinds on, does it not?” Lothaire said.
“Just like old times.” Nïx winked. “Alas, Dorada will come for you once she rises again.”
“I’ll be ready.” He narrowed his red eyes. “You’ve likely foreseen this moment. Tell me, are we to fight now? As in the past?”
“You defy foresight, Lothaire.”
“That’s only fair, Phenïx, since you’ve long defied insight.” Phenïx?
Nïx canted her head. “What does your Endgame tell you?”
“That white queen will never take black king.” He gave her a formal bow. “Until our next match.”
“There won’t be a next match, vampire.”
His brow creased into a frown, the Enemy of Old disappeared. 
Nix and Lothaire from Dreams of a Dark Prince

Yep, pretty snazzy isn’t she?  So talk to me about IAD.  Have you read them?  Got a favorite character or book?

What are your thoughts on Immortals? 

Notable I Words I Considered

Ice Cream – as in the proverbial pint of to drown ones sorrows or celebrate life
Igloo – a good place to make sure you cuddle often
Itchland – slang term from Scotland
Ian Flemming – so not a James Bond fan
Images – the pictures that stay in our mind
Irk – To make me very angry…I don’t like being irked
Ink – in the form of a tattoo, ink can be very nice

What’s your I word of the day?

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Sophia Rose
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Ooh Ink! I should have done that one. Good pick, Shari!

Sophia Rose
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Not a math fan either! I am so not hardwired for it. Fun facts!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Ink was the last thing I thought off as I was filling in the words. Getting ready to work on next week’s letters!

Sophia Rose
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Oh hey! Which letters are you going to grab so I can work on my next batch too? 😉

Sophia Rose
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Ooh Ink! I should have done that one. Good pick, Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Ink was the last thing I thought off as I was filling in the words. Getting ready to work on next week’s letters!

The_Book_Queen
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I so love Cole’s IAD series. I admit, like with many series, I have fallen behind with some of the latest ones, but I plan on rereading and then catching up soon! 🙂
Nix always has some of the best quotes in each book. 😀

Sophia Rose
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It’s hard to keep up with every series for sure. Nix is soooo quotable. I laugh out loud sometimes.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

This is one series I never get behind on. Cole and Showalter are what got me into reading PNR.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

This is one series I never get behind on. Cole and Showalter are what got me into reading PNR.

The_Book_Queen
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I so love Cole’s IAD series. I admit, like with many series, I have fallen behind with some of the latest ones, but I plan on rereading and then catching up soon! 🙂
Nix always has some of the best quotes in each book. 😀

Book Lovin' Mamas
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I LOVE IAD!! Nix has been a favorite of mine since she was introduced. I really hope she gets her own book too. I need to read the last two books soon to catch up. This is one of the series that got me hooked on PNR. IAD and BDB. =)

Sophia Rose
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I was totally hooked on PNR after reading these. I jumped on the Gena Showalter Lords of the Underworld after I started this series and haven’t looked back since. I was late to BDB, but I’m almost caught up.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I want Nix’s book! Now, now now! I am caught up on this series, Lords of the Underworld and hopefully BDB by the end of next week…The King book is huge!

Sophia Rose
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I wonder if we did a petition would it help get a Nix book. We could do Nix t-shirts. Haha!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I want Nix’s book! Now, now now! I am caught up on this series, Lords of the Underworld and hopefully BDB by the end of next week…The King book is huge!

Sharonda Lowman
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That crazy Nix! love that chick! awesome pick Shari 😀

But I love Lothaire too 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Wish I had thought of it…it was all Sophia’s idea…dang that woman needs to get in my head and rewire it. Love Nix…I loved Lothaire, but I wasn’t so into his story or his heroine.

Sophia Rose
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I wanted more from Lothaire’s story too. But something tells me ‘The Enemy of Old’ still has a role to play with all the stuff going on with the Ascension and those other enemies mentioned in Macrieve.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oh my gosh. They were your first? Yeah that’s an awesome intro to the para world. Love the series too 🙂 It was a few in for me. I started out with Charlaine Harris then Sherrilyn Kenyon and Laurell K Hamilton then on to Cole. Was a nice little ride 🙂

And Nix is a hoot! I always enjoy her crazy little bits. I don’t even know who to pick as a favorite. I think maybe Bowen. Or Garreth. Or nope I just want one of each please 🙂

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

My introduction into PNR was this series along with Lords of the Underworld. I am making my way slowly through Sherrilyn Kenyon…over 20 books…it might take me a decade to catch up. Couldn’t get into Charlaine Hrris and haven’t heard of Laurell K Hamilton…guess I need to look her up.

Sophia Rose
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Yay for the Lykae! They are pretty awesome characters. Garreth was my favorite of the werewolves.

Sophia Rose
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Nice job this week! I’ve picked up a few of the Earth Day specials too. I still have all of my $30 left for the month. I’ve been working hard through some review books and others on my shelf like a good little girl. Haha!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Sometimes I forget about the Earth Day special (like yesterday). I didn’t grab today’s. Will I ever read them…I don’t know when I will find the time. I just finished The King which was not on a time line…I do have to say though I skipped about half of the book dealing with Trez/Selena/iAm and Assail/Sola. Otherwise I would still be reading that Bible of a book.

Sophia Rose
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I’ve heard that The King is huge ginormous with lots of story threads. I still need to read Lover at Last, but haven’t had a chance to fit it in yet.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Lover at Last drove me bananas with all the off shoot stories. I wish I had done what I did with this one and bookmark the off shoots to read later and stuck with the main story.

Sophia Rose
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That’s an interesting idea. Do you think it would work? I mean if I just read the main story would I be okay or maybe just a couple of threads like Xcor too?

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Not sure about Lover At Last…I tend to forget these books in the year wait. But it is what I did for this one. I read Xcor/Layla’s parts because they do deal with what happens to the King. There was one other character I read but his also dealt with the King along with Saxtons. It was strictly Assail/Sola and Trez/Selena I ignored. I hear the Assail/Sola part was pretty boring, but Trez/Selena was pretty good. Not sure I want to spend the time to back track right now.

Sophia Rose
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Okay, not sure if I’d actually do it, but just curious if it could be done. And yeah, that year wait thing is murder.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Not sure about Lover At Last…I tend to forget these books in the year wait. But it is what I did for this one. I read Xcor/Layla’s parts because they do deal with what happens to the King. There was one other character I read but his also dealt with the King along with Saxtons. It was strictly Assail/Sola and Trez/Selena I ignored. I hear the Assail/Sola part was pretty boring, but Trez/Selena was pretty good. Not sure I want to spend the time to back track right now.

Sophia Rose
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Okay, not sure if I’d actually do it, but just curious if it could be done. And yeah, that year wait thing is murder.

Sophia Rose
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I’ve heard that The King is huge ginormous with lots of story threads. I still need to read Lover at Last, but haven’t had a chance to fit it in yet.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Lover at Last drove me bananas with all the off shoot stories. I wish I had done what I did with this one and bookmark the off shoots to read later and stuck with the main story.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oh my gosh. They were your first? Yeah that’s an awesome intro to the para world. Love the series too 🙂 It was a few in for me. I started out with Charlaine Harris then Sherrilyn Kenyon and Laurell K Hamilton then on to Cole. Was a nice little ride 🙂

And Nix is a hoot! I always enjoy her crazy little bits. I don’t even know who to pick as a favorite. I think maybe Bowen. Or Garreth. Or nope I just want one of each please 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yay for the Lykae! They are pretty awesome characters. Garreth was my favorite of the werewolves.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Nixxy you’re so sexy! I love this woman and wish I could find my snarky voice like hers…and I want her t-shirts…and hands off the men she likes…and and and ok, I won’t bore you with the rest.