Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Falling For Fire by Talia Jager

Falling For Fire 

Book: Falling For Fire
Author: Talia Jager
Publisher: Talia Jager
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult

Summary from Goodreads: 
The fae had an old law—Love is forbidden between faeries of different Seasons. After a chance encounter at a secret party, the Winter princess, Aurora, and the Summer prince, Sorin, soon find their love will not be denied.

My Review:
Falling For Fire in my opinion deserves far more than a five star rating. I absolutely LOVED reading it! The characters and the story just draws you in from the beginning. It is quite a bit of a roller coaster ride full of emotions. It is a fun book to read but I will warn you there are sad parts that will bring tears to your eyes. I felt so drawn into the story and thought how awesome it would be to have these characters as my friends and family.

Aurora, aka, Rory is the Winter faerie princess. She lives with her parents, the King and Queen of Winterland and her siblings. She is training to become Queen one day.

Sorin is the faerie prince of Summer. He lives with his parents, the King and Queen of Summerland and his siblings. He is training to be the King one day. He is also trying to stop his parents from finding him a Summer bride to marry when he turns eighteen.

There are four seasons within the faerie realm. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Now while they trade with each other they still enforce the old laws which include staying within your own season and a major one, not having a relationship with a faerie from a different season. Then there is the Iron Fey that everyone has to deal with. They were banished long ago and try to start battles with all the seasons.

One night Sorin's best friend Keir asks him to go hang out somewhere Sorin has never been to. They end up at the Falls, where all the seasons land meets. Some of the teenage faeries from the different seasons have been meeting here for years to hang out for a few hours without anyone finding out. They think that it is wrong that they have to be separated from the other seasons. This is where Sorin and Aurora meet and fall in love. They want to change the old laws and get things changed. While the royals do decide to open their gates for each season celebration everything else seems to stay the same. So the teenagers continue to meet once a month at the falls. Will their forbidden love survive, will the iron fey succeed, what will happen next? I would love to tell you about all the different characters and all the things that happen but I don't want to give any spoilers away. I just absolutely loved reading this and I don't think I would stop gushing about it if I started.

Just when you are loving what is happening the author throws a curve ball and the story takes a different turn. There are so many twists, turns and surprises that it will keep you guessing until the very end. I will tell you though I loved Sorin and Aurora, they are just such an amazing couple. I liked their friends too, they were all just so much fun to read about. I also really enjoyed learning about the different seasons and their lands. I would love to live in Winterland and have purple and white hair. The way the author describes the scenes is just enough to make you feel like you are there without being overly descriptive. I really liked a new character, Kailani that we meet about halfway through that fits into Winterland so good. Oh and I have to say that I adored Sorin's little sister Skye, she is just so adorable, sweet and funny.

This is one of those books that you don't want to end. When you finish reading the last page it's heartbreaking because you want it to continue on so much. This is a stand alone book but there is still so much with the storyline that this could be made into a series. I am so hoping this happens. I would love to read more books with these characters. This is one of my favorite books and has one of my favorite details I love in a book, forbidden romance. The author nailed it with this one. This is a must read and I highly recommend it! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review: The Search for Artemis (Chronicles of Landon Wicker #1) by P.D. Griffith

The Search for Artemis (The Chronicles of Landon Wicker, #1) 

Book: The Search for Artemis (Chronicles of Landon Wicker #1)
Author: P.D. Griffith
Publisher: Gryff Publishing
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 Fifteen-year-old Landon Wicker is psychokinetic, but the tragic unleashing of his abilities forces him to run from everything he knows. Alone, terrified and unable to remember the events that compelled him to flee, Landon fights to survive and understand what’s happening to him. He finds solace, however, in the company of hundreds of psychokinetics like him when he’s brought to the Gymnasium.

Now in a world where extraordinary abilities exist; where people don’t just see—but control—the world around them; and where teenagers lift city buses with a thought, Landon struggles to accept his new reality and the guilt over his painful secret. But everything changes when a chance encounter with a mysterious girl propels him on a hunt for answers. After uncovering dark truths the Gymnasium would do anything to keep hidden, Landon is forced to choose where his loyalties lie.

Will Landon accept his past—and his future? Will he discover the truth? What’s hidden in the Restricted Tower, and who is Artemis?

My Review:
The Search for Artemis is a good book with action, suspense and a bit of mystery.

Landon Wicker is a fifteen year old boy who is not looking forward to the school year starting. One day his parents are arguing and Landon goes out to try to stop them and gets angry with his father. This is when his psychokinetic abilities show up. He had no idea that he was psychokinetic. This also causes his parents deaths.

He doesn't know what to do so he takes off and spends time alone in the city trying to figure out what to do. He didn't mean for this to happen. Throughout the city he comes across men in suits that seem to be after him, although he is not sure why. It's not long before he is rescued by a woman from the Gymnasium. He has no idea what he is getting himself into but he sees this as his only option at the moment. The Gymnasium is a school that no one really knows about but is where kids with psychokinetic abilities are brought to.

Landon struggles learning his new abilities but it's not long until he starts to master them. He makes some friends and things are seeming to go good for him. He has finally found somewhere he feels he belongs. Although he is always wondering if there is something else going on in the restricted tower. Will he get the chance to find out?

For me this book was good but it was slow at times and took me some time to get into it. There seemed to be surprises throughout. The ending was a shocker, did not see it coming at all. Overall a nice read. I would continue with this series to see what happens with the characters. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review: Touch of Death by Talia Jager

Touch of Death 

Book: Touch of Death
Author: Talia Jager
Publisher: Talia Jager
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: New Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Anika had been born into a supernatural family. She had grown up knowing one day she’d be a fully matured succubus—a demon who literally sucked the life from men—something she didn’t look forward to. And now the day had arrived and she had to accept her destiny. Not only did she have to learn what was expected of her, but she also had to join her family as part of The Siren—a paranormal law enforcement agency. Her future had always been clearly defined until suddenly she finds her life in disarray when she falls in love with a human, Zak. She struggles to be with him, but her powers are deadly to even the one she loves.

My Review:
Well I am going to start off by saying WOW! Yeah this is the kind of book that I love to read and why I love fantasy. Touch of Death is a great read. The author just brings such energy and life to these characters.

Anika and her twin sister Aria are turning 18. Well for most of us it means becoming an adult. For these sisters it means that they will become full succubus. When you are a succubus you become immortal. You don't age, don't get sick, etc. but you can be killed, it's just harder to do. You can fall asleep whenever you want and go into the dream realm. This is where they get their energy. They feed off of humans by kissing them while they are dreaming. They can also have sex with them which gives them even more energy. They need energy from humans or they become weak. But there is a downfall that Anika doesn' like, all the attention from guys. All the guys around them can't keep their eyes off them and it's because they are succubus.

Aria is very excited and happy to turn 18. She is a big flirt and can't wait to learn more and just have fun. Anika on the other hand is a bit more nervous and not all that excited. Once they become full succubus they will also join their parents and grandparents in The Siren, a paranormal law enforcement agency. Things don't start off too good for the twins though. They don't seem to follow the rules that their parents set for them.

Anika and Aria are very powerful and don't always realize their power and sometimes are not able to stop feeding. The girls also need to keep that they are succubus a secret from their friends. Then there is the whole dating thing. Aria quickly finds a nice incubi, a male succubus named Hudson in the dream realm. They start dating and things seem to go good for them. Anika on the other hand falls in love with a human named Zak. He is also her best friends Paisley's cousin. While it takes a while for Anika to finally agree to go out with Zak things are difficult for them. Anika could potentially kill Zak with just one kiss. If that's not enough, there are succubus that want to hurt and kill the twins. Oh yeah and Anika knows there is something off about her best friends Paisley and Kora's boyfriends. She is pretty sure they are supernatural but doesn't know for sure or what they are.

I have read other books from this author in the past so when I got a chance to read this I jumped on it. I LOVED it and was wanted more when it ended. It has so much that I love in a good book, romance, action, suspense, supernatural, fun, exciting and the list could go on. This is a must read book if you enjoy reading fantasy. The author leaves it open for this to become a trilogy or series. I am really hoping that there are more books in the works for these characters. Oh I could keep going on and on about how much I enjoyed reading this book. But now it's your turn to enjoy this amazing and fun book. I highly recommend that you purchase a copy, you will not be disappointed. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: LoN Minis: The d'Vile by Jarius Raphel

LoN Minis: The d'Vile (Legend of a Ninja) 

Book: LoN Minis: The d'Vile 
Author: Jarius Raphel
Publisher: Legend of a Ninja
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The d’Vile clan is the example of dishonorable ninja. Their power comes through deception, stealing every advantage they can find- even against each other. So when the master becomes deathly ill, can he rely on his own clan to save him?

LoN Minis: ‘The Kiss’, ‘The Taken’ and ‘The d’Vile’, are short stories based on characters from the Legend of a Ninja series. These are stand alone stories but at the same time they are connected to events found in the ‘Beneath the Shadows’ and ‘Rise of the Shadowsalve’ full novels. They can be read in any order.

My Review:
LoN Minis: The d'Vile is a short story that is part of the Legend of a Ninja series. I have enjoyed each one of these stories and am hoping there are more written in the future.

Saydin and Kika are part of the d'Vile ninja clan along with their fathers. They scheme and have tried many times to escape their fathers and the clan. When Saydin's father becomes deathly ill they decide that this is their chance. Saydin doesn't want to see his father die and he also thinks if he saves his life this will be a way out of the clan for himself and Kika. He learns of a cursed magical apple that he can get from the Kait clan that will cure his father. The problem is getting it. Saydin soon finds a solution with Pagen from another clan or so he thinks. She has her conditions though before she will help him. Will Saydin get the apple to save his father or will he find himself in more danger and trouble than he bargained for?

This is a very quick read being a short story but it is still filled with plenty of action. I like reading about these characters and all the messes that they find themselves in. I also enjoy learning about ninjas through these stories. I hope this author continues with this series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review: Legend of a Ninja: Rise of the Shadowsalve by Jarius Raphel

Legend of a Ninja 2: Rise of the Shadowsalve 

Book: Legend of a Ninja: Rise of the Shadowsalve
Author: Jarius Raphel
Publisher: Jarius Raphel
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Five years after the secrets Beneath the Shadows were revealed…

Leena wants to feel like a ninja.

Looking for honor, she finds herself in the middle of a war between the Gods and the Ninja. A Bond of eternal love, to the son of a God, may be the only way to save her life… and doom everyone else. Leena and Darwin team up with the world’s most dishonorable clan, to find the secrets that could change the ninja.

With the greatest army in the world ready to march against them, The Order must turn to the deadliest clan that exists; but can the Gaiden truly be trusted to protect the secrets that they seek for themselves?

To have a future, one must confront the darkest shadows of the past...
 

My Review:
This is the second full novel book in this series. There are also some short stories that I have enjoyed as well.

Leena and Darwin are seeking help from some of the other ninja clans. Leena wants to make a clan of her own. She recruits Rumble and names her clan the Shadowsalve after Darwin's last name. Now she just needs to get the Order to recognize them as a ninja clan. Things don't go the way she planned though. She seems to find herself in more messes than she can handle. When one of her plans does not go well she finds herself saying that she is bonded to Darwin. This little piece of information sets off more ninjas and even starts somewhat of a war. Leena is not sure who she can trust anymore. Some of the more unlikely people turn out to be more help than she thought.

I really enjoyed getting to know more of the characters in this book. I liked that the author didn't just focus on a few characters but we got to hear from other ones than just the main characters. I did find that so many characters and clans together in one book did get confusing at times. I had to take a few minutes and think about who the person was and what clan they belonged to. Other than that I really liked it. There is some romance, along with suspense and a lot of action. There are many surprises throughout too. I hope the author continues to write stories from this series, whether it be short stories or full length novels. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: Fire Baptized (Santeria Habitat #1) by Kenya Wright

Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright 

Book: Fire Baptized (Santeria Habitat #1)
Author: Kenya Wright
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.

Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

My Review:
Fire Baptized is a unique book that has such a good story line and plot. I was hooked from the start.

Lanore is a mixed breed or as they are know in the habitat a Mixie. She can create fire which comes in handy for her. Some in an emergency and some funny moments. She lives in a caged city where everyone has a mark on their forehead that identifies their species. Mixies are second class citizens to the Supernaturals, aka Supes. Lanore lives with her ex-boyfriend MeShack who is also a shifter, a were-cheetah. They have somewhat of a different relationship, sometimes friends, sometimes more. But there is another guy that Lanore is interested in, Zulu. He is a white guy that shifts into a big black guy with wings.

One night on here way home, Lanore stumbles upon a murder in progress. While she cannot make out what the killer looks like the killer knows who she is. When a note from the killer is left at her apartment, Lanore enlists the help of MeShack and Zulu to help her figure out who the killer is before she becomes the next victim. It's not long before bodies start piling up and the investigation becomes more intense. It seems that the killer is sacrificing each victim to a certain African-American God. Will Lanore and her friends become the next victims or will they find the killer in time?

I really enjoyed the author's style of writing. She combined supernaturals, African-American religion, all with a murder mystery twist. Then add the romance, which at times is somewhat erotica in my opinion and you end up with a great story. While the romance is steamy at times it doesn't take over the story. The murder mystery is the main story line in this book. I liked all of the characters with their own unique personality and brand. I would like to continue with this series and see how everything plays out. There is more that happened that I hope we see in the rest of the series. Overall a great book that would appeal to urban fantasy, murder mystery, and supernatural fans. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Prototype D by Jason D. Morrow

Prototype D 

Book: Prototype D
Author: Jason D. Morrow
Publisher: Jason D. Morrow
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
A hundred years after the world is decimated by nuclear wars, humanity has been reduced to a surviving city of people called Mainlanders. They have food, water, and a wall that separates them from their enemies—the Outlanders.

Branded as savages, the Outlanders have grown in number and their attacks against the city have become more brutal. Increasingly, they threaten to overtake the city, bringing with them the doom and destruction that has plagued mankind for over a century. What the Mainlanders need is a weapon.

Des is the first robot created with a full range of human emotions. His reasoning skills and thought processes will make it so no human will ever have to step foot on the battlefield again. But when Des realizes his true purpose—to help destroy the Outlanders—he suspects that the real enemies might not be the people he was built to destroy, but those who created him.

My Review:
Prototype D had me hooked from the very beginning. This is the first book with robots that I can remember reading. I didn't want to put my kindle down. I am happy to see that there is a second book so I get to see what happens next.

The story takes place a hundred years after a nuclear war decimated the world. Hazel grew up in Mainland where she lives a pretty normal life despite everything that has happened. She has always been taught to hate the Outlanders, as they are known to be savages who want to overtake Mainland. She has good reason too, some of them killed her mother and sister and left her father blind.

Now years later Hazel is a programmer for the Mainland Military. She has been given her latest assignment to program a robot to help in the war against the Outlanders. The robot is known as Prototype D or as Hazel calls him Des. He is programmed to be human like with thoughts and emotions. When he fails a simulation test because of fear, Bracken, the Military Commander wants him shut down. He orders Hazel to get rid of that robot and program another more advanced robot with no fear. This produces robot Prototype E, aka Esroy. He is like an ultimate solider with super cool gadgets and of course no fear. Hazel has a soft spot for Des and convinces her co-worker Roger to let her keep Des.

Commander Bracken does not find out about Des not being shut down until he saves Hazel from fugitive Nolan Ragsdale. It's after being held captive that Hazel learns the truth about what is really going on with the Mainland government and military. This is when she makes a decision that will change her life.

I really enjoyed reading this story. The world and the characters are really well written. I kept forgetting that the robots were not human and were actually robots. The author did an awesome job of making them seem human. The story is full of action, suspense and has many surprises throughout. This is the second book of this author's that I have read and it won't be my last. If you enjoy dystopian, post-apocalyptic or sci-fi you should check this book and others from this author! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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