Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Cursed Blood: The Chosen Warriors of Avalon by Joe Harkreader




Cursed Blood by Joe Harkreader 

Book: Cursed Blood: The Chosen Warriors of Avalon
Author: Joe Harkreader
Publisher: Joe Harkreader
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Chosen: Cursed Blood is a story that begins in the 1300's during the era of the black death, about a man named Jasper Kain, who had his life taken away by an evil dark phantom; awakening him into an immortal warrior, gifted with supernatural abilities; who's eyes have been opened up to a magnificent yet unpredictable world of ancient gods, demons and wizards.
The day Jasper's life changed, two mysterious, yet powerful runes appeared on the palms of his hands that have kept him young throughout the ages and his wounds healed from every battle. However; the cursed ink that clings to his flesh seems to crave the blood of this slain enemies.
Present day: Tokyo, Japan.
Jasper finds himself being attacked by an army of shadow demons, that are under the control of an insane man who appears to possess a similar dark gift as his own. An exciting adventure of danger, magical creatures and deities are revealed to Jasper, after being chosen by an ancient goddess to take part in an unknown destiny that has been tainted with cursed blood, born from the land of magic; Avalon.
 

My Review:
Cursed Blood is one wild ride of a story! Harkreader hooked me from the beginning and kept me reeled in the entire length of the book. It has a mixture of magic, fantasy, adventure, romance with a sense of real imagination. I really enjoyed reading it, five stars all the way!

The first part of the story takes place in Tokyo, Japan while it quickly moves to the magical land of Avalon. Jasper has been around for a long time since his blood was cursed by a evil goddess many years ago. Vincent is another one who has been cursed by the same goddess and is always trying to get Jasper to side with him. Together they can bring the goddess back and start a new world. Hanako and her two brothers live with their grandmother in Tokyo, their parents were killed years ago. They believe that they are just normal humans. They have no idea that they are actually Fae and that their grandmother put a spell on them so they wouldn't find out. Well that is until they do. That is when everything changes. One of the brothers is captured and turned evil.

Hanako, her brother Tenchi team up with Jasper to try to find their brother and stop Vincent and the goddess. Many exciting things happen once they are in Avalon. Some good, some bad and all really fun to read. The story takes the characters on an adventure with good and evil that they soon won't forget.

I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will just tell you this is a must read. The action and suspense never stops. There is a lot of magic and just enough innocent romance to lighten things up at times. There were moments when my heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. The cliffhanger ending will leave you breathless and wanting more. I know I want to read the next book when it is available! This author will be one I will be on the lookout for more books from. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Alora: The Portal (Book Two Of The Alora Series) by Tamie Dearen

Alora by Tamie Dearen

Book: Alora: The Portal (Book Two Of The Alora Series)
Author: Tamie Dearen
Publisher: Tamie Dearen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
If one of them dies, they both die.
Bound together as soulmates, something compels Alora and Kaevin to abandon the safety of their refuge for the dangers of Kaevin’s realm.

The soulmates arrive in the midst of a raging battle as Stone Clan warriors defend their capital, an attack made more deadly by the pervasive evil of her father. Alora and Kaevin face mortal danger as they fight against man and magick to preserve Kaevin's home and heritage.

For Alora's father will have her allegiance. Or her death.

My Review:
I'm always wondering where the author is going to take the characters and story in the second book of a trilogy. Well I loved where she took them. They not only spent time in Montana but also in Tenavae. I didn't want to put my kindle down at times. I needed to know what was going to happen next.

Alora and Kaevin are living in Montana at the moment. Kavein is having a difficult time with school and just figuring out how things work in this realm. Things are seeming to go good until Kaevin knows something is wrong with Jireo through his bond. Once they travel back to find out what is going on they find out more than they expected. Vindrake is still on his hunt to find, capture and kill Alora and Kaevin. It's only a matter of time before Vindrake finds the portal to Montana. Alora and Kaevin enlist the help of their friends and family to figure out how to close the portal for good.

When you are fighting against a villain like Vindrake things don't always go as planned. Will Alora drain both herself and Kaevin by using too much of the soulmate bond. Will they get the poral closed or will Vindrake seem to win again?

There is so much action and suspense that you will feel like you never want to stop reading. I loved that the characters from the previous book are just as much a part of this one. They just add to the fun of reading it. There are some funny moments and some dark moments. But when they are mixed together they make for a really great story. There are quite a few surprises about some of the characters that shocked me a bit. I hope that they are tied up in the final book. I am looking forward to finding out how it ends. Overall a great sequel, fun characters and just an awesome story! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Sky Ghosts: All For One (Sky Ghosts #1) by Alexandra Engellmann

Sky Ghosts by Alexandra Engellmann 

Book: Sky Ghosts: All For One (Sky Ghosts #)
Author: Alexandra Engellmann
Publisher: Alexandra Engellmann
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book - won

Summary from Goodreads:
Pain’s life is everything she wanted it to be: elite bodyguard by day, assassin by night, she spends her free time annoying the hell out of her cutthroat friends.

Until they show up. The two human boys who turn the life of the New York Sky Ghosts Headquarters upside down. Suddenly, they have a chance to destroy their oldest enemy, and the boys are the key. Pain would’ve been fine with all that if it weren’t her and her sister Jane who’ve been assigned to protect the annoying humans.

If the enemy gang doesn’t kill them, she might just do that herself.

Sky Ghosts is a dark-humored Urban Fantasy series for adults and young adults with a strong female lead.


My Review:
Sky Ghosts is by far one of those books that I will remember for a long time. I may even reread it sometime in the future if I find the time. Yeah it was that good!

I am usually one for fantasy with romance being a main point of the story. This book does have a tiny bit of romance but it wasn't the main theme of the book. The characters and the plot of the story overtook any chance of me wanting more. The author gave me everything I love and more. I wish I could be a Sky Ghost and get to hang with Pain and her friends.

Pain is one of the main characters, although her personality takes over everyone else at times. She is a kick butt, take no prisoners kind of girl. I loved everything about her. Some people might say she is too much but I loved her attitude. Her sister Jane, is a Sky Ghost too and is a really great fighter but she is more reserved with what she says and how she treats others.

While out patrolling one night they come across two human boys, Chad and Dave, who are in trouble. When they get them back to Sky Ghost headquarters Pain and Jane are told they've been assigned to protect them. Pain is not happy with this at all. She doesn't want to be stuck at headquarters watching over these two human boys. Their world will be turned upside down with many revelations to come.

This story has it all, action, suspense, kick butt fighters, villains, romance and so much more. I was on the edge of my seat so many times. The action is awesome, the suspense is thrilling and the characters are exciting and fun. I really enjoyed how it was not predictable and there was always something changing or happening. I can't wait to read what comes next in this story! This is an author that I will be on the lookout for more books from. I won this e-book. This does not affect my review in any way.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: Alora The Wander-Jewel (Alora #1) by Tamie Dearen

Alora: The Wander-Jewel (Alora, #1) 

Book: Alora: The Wander-Jewel (Alora #1)
Author: Tamie Dearen
Publisher: Tamie Dearen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book - Won

Summary from Goodreads:
Unlike her friends, fifteen-year-old Alora has visions. Only while in the shower. And only of one stranger: a handsome boy with long brown hair, intense green eyes, and the oddest clothes. A boy who vanishes whenever she opens her eyes.

And then one day, he doesn't…

Alora's safe world soon turns upside-down as she's thrust into another realm where her soulmate waits, magic abounds, and unfathomable evil seeks to claim her.

"A captivating, young-adult fantasy that will keep turning the pages and leave you ready for more!"

My Review:
Alora is one of those books that will draw you in right from the start. I fell in love with the characters and the story right from the beginning.

Alora is an average 15 year old girl living in Montana. She has no idea she is very powerful. She was born with an unusual jewel in her belly button. Her "aunt" Lena, who passed away before the story begins, and her "uncle" Charles have raised her since her birth. One day while in the shower Alora starts having visions of some good looking boy, Kaevin. Although she has no idea who he is or how she is seeing him. She is half Stone-Clan and half Water-Clan.

She begins to transport Kaevin from another realm to Montana. Alora and Kaevin soon realize they are soulmates. They have to touch at least once a day or they begin to loose their strength. If they kiss it makes them stronger and improves their powers. This does not make Charles happy at all. I really liked Beth and Wesley, Alora's friends. Wesley is fun and Beth is a go getter. Together with their friends and family they must find a way to fight Alora's father Vindrake. He is an evil villain and the leader of the Water-Clan. He wants to use find Alora for her Wander Jewel powers to gain control of all the clans in his realm.

The author did such a great job with the story building and the character development. You feel like these could be your friends. Although it is a fantasy things just seem so real and fun. I liked how everyone got along really well. I really liked all the characters and enjoyed Alora and Kaevin's romance. Vindrake is the evil villain that you just love to hate. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I highly recommend you read this fun, exciting, coming of age fantasy. You will not want to put it down, I know I didn't!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3) by Karpov Kinrade

Forbidden Life (Forbidden, #3) 

Book: Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book purchased

Summary from Goodreads:
From USA Today bestselling author Karpov Kinrade comes an award-winning series full of romance and page-turning suspense.

A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.

Sam's baby is the key to a lock that must never be opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.

Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but at what cost?

Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.

My Review:
WOW! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book. I loved the first two books in this trilogy and I was hoping this one would be good too. It was even better. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. This is a must read series!

The story this time focuses on the same characters but they are in different locations. Drake is off on his own trying to figure out what he is going to do now that he doesn't have his powers anymore. Sam is back at the new place for all the kids from Rent-A-Kid that have escaped or been rescued. Luke and Lucy are on a mission with IPI to save the kids from Sam's crazy father Steele and the head of Rent-A-Kid.

While Sam wishes that Drake could be there for her when she delivers Ana she is also really angry with him for leaving in the first place. But she has her friends around and Darren who would like to be more than friends. When Ana is put in danger, Sam will do whatever it takes to rescue her and take down Steele. The plane crashes that Luke, Lucy and a bunch of IPI agents are on. So now they are stuck on a remote island with what seems like no way of getting off it. Here we meet Hunter, a hot IPI agent. Lucy and Hunter become involved in more than just the rescue mission of the kids. Drake has his own issues out on his own. He comes across a kid Toby that he seems to need help. Or will Drake end up needing help from Toby? I LOVED reading about Lucy and Hunter. They made being stuck on the island a good time. It was quite the experience with all the strange things that happened.

So much is revealed in this final installment. I have to say I was really shocked by all the revelations throughout the book. There is never a dull moment, there is always something exciting happening throughout. New friendships, new realtionships and non stop action. I was happy with how it ended. I just wish there was more books to this story. I would love to read more into the future about Lucy and Hunter. I highly recommend this trilogy is you haven't started reading it yet. You need to, it's so good!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: Moonlight War - Act 1 (The Realmers Book 2) by William Collins

Moonlight War- Act I by Will   Collins 
 
Book: Moonlight War - Act 1 (The Realmers Book 2)
Author: William Collins
Publisher: William Collins
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy
 
Summary from Goodreads:
After the catastrophic events of book 1, Evan and Brooke are trying to come to terms with recent revelations. However, it isn’t long before their duties as Venators throw them back into action.

Whilst Evan faces a deathly trial to advance further in his training, Brooke embarks on her very first mission, which sees her embroiled in a war between the vampires and werewolves of London. If the werewolves and shifters baying for her blood wasn’t enough, Brooke also has to face a starkly changed Arantay.

Meanwhile the Dark-Venator forces are rising, whilst Evan and his friends contend with the mysterious disappearances of several Venators. Could they have been kidnapped? Evan also faces backlash from many of his fellow trainees, who hate or fear him. Evan thinks their reactions are bad now, but it would be nothing if they discovered his secret. His peers may even try to kill him if they learned the truth.

Evan knows he has to pass his trial to gain his first mission as a Venator, but he may never make it that far if his hidden powers aren’t controlled. Across the realms, a terribly malignant force has learned of Evan and Brooke, and plans to strike.
 
 
My Review:
Moonlight War - Act 1 is great. With each new book in this series I find myself being drawed in more and more. This second book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed reading the first one in this series and was excited to start reading this one. It was just as good as the first one. But with this one we get to meet new characters and go to other realms.

Here we see Brooke out on a mission with Arantay. While Evan is back at Veneseron training for his next trial. Jed is being himself trying to flirt with all the girls. I just love his personality and he is one of my favorites in this book. He makes me laugh throughout the story.

Evan and his friends are also trying to figure out what is going on around there. Girls keep coming up missing and are they are being told that the girls are just runaways. They don’t believe this and start to investigate on their own. Evan at the same time is trying to keep his demon side quiet and not let others find out about it.

Brooke and Arantay are in London trying to find a rogue werewolf who has been terrorizing the city. While they both have feelings for each other, now is not the time to act on them. They want to try to heal or cure the rogue werewolf and find out what is causing his madness. It’s not long before they have their run ins with other creatures who don’t like and don’t want venators in their city.

Will they make it out alive? Will Evan and his friends pass their trial and move to the next level? You need to read this great story to find out. If that is not enough there are many other characters that we meet along the way that I’m wondering how and when they will fit into the story with Evan and Brooke. It’s a lot to take in with so much going on and so many characters stories. In the end we are left with some real cliffhangers. But that being said I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what happens next. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.


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