Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: Forbidden Fire (Forbidden #2) by Karpov Kinrade

Forbidden Fire by Karpov Kinrade
 
Book: Forbidden Fire (Forbidden #2)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased e-book
 
Summary from Goodreads:
From USA Today bestselling author Karpov Kinrade comes an award-winning series full of romance and page-turning suspense.

"She escaped, but she'll never be free."

"Time held no meaning as my mind darted in and out of memories. Past and present collided to create a full-sensory collage out of my life: playing hide-n-seek with my best friends Luke--who always cheated by walking through walls when he was about to be caught--and Lucy; Mr. Caldrin critiquing my sketches and offering ideas to make them more realistic; targets changing faces, blending into the same person, their thoughts rippling through my mind like waves. Through it all, a demon stalked me from the shadows of my memories, never quite showing its face, but crouching, waiting.

And then I dreamed...."

Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren't free--not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own.

With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it's only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can't undo. But will it be enough to save them?
 
My Review:
Forbidden Fire is one action packed read! I didn't want to put it down even when I had to. I really liked the first book in this trilogy but this one was even better. I can't wait to see how it all ends in the final book.

Sam and Drake have escaped and are now hiding with Drake's friend Brad in California. But things are far from good. Sam and Drake's relationship is tested by other people and circumstances throughout the story. It's far from a story book romance. But I'm still rooting for them all the same. They try to keep a low profile but the seeker has people working for him to track them down.

Luke and Lucy have their own problems back at the school. The campus has been overtaken by the bad people with a guy named Mr. Black who is in charge. The siblings have been invited to join a revolution with other students to overtake the school and somehow escape. Nothing seems to go as planned. Luke and Lucy are sent out on a mission that goes all wrong too. But Lucy comes back with an item that even she is not sure what it is.

The book is action packed from beginning to end. We get to meet some new characters and learn a little more about others. I liked how the story switched back and forth between what was going on with Sam and Drake and then with Luke and Lucy. There is a lot going on the whole time. The last part of the book has another new part to this story that I'm sure will be played out in the final book. I recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy with some sci-fi in the mix.
  
 
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: A Darker Shade Of Sorcery by William Collins

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by Will   Collins
 
Book: A Darker Shade of Sorcery (The Realmers #1)
Author: Will Collins
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy
 
Summary from Goodreads:
The lonely and grieving Evan Umbra is the newest Venator to enter Veneseron, the school for demon hunters.

A Venator is a wizard, a spy and a demon hunter rolled into one. They’re taught how to wield their sorcery and enchanted weaponry by orcs, elfpires and aliens alike.

Their missions range from battling monsters and saving countless lives in the multiple worlds, to the more peculiar, like wrangling killer unicorns and calming down drunken yetis. In their free time Venators enjoy goblin soap-operas and underwater bubble travel, but they also understand that every new mission they’re given could be their last.

Whilst learning how to manipulate the elements, summon creatures to fight for him and shoot Spellzookas, Evan encounters a dangerous rival and meets a girl who makes him feel nauseous; but in a good way. He makes the first friends he’s ever had in the carefree Jed and the reckless Brooke. Whilst Jed gets on the wrong side of a rival Venator, Brooke finds herself falling for the enigmatic demon hunter who brought her to Veneseron, not knowing he isn't quite human. But it soon becomes apparent that Evan is more than just a Venator. Everyone wants to kill or capture him, from demons to Dark-Venators and even people he’s supposed to be able to trust.

Evan reckons he probably won’t survive his first year at Veneseron.  
 
My Review:
A Darker Shade of Sorcery is a darker fantasy but is fun at the same time, if that makes sense. I really enjoyed reading it and am going to be on the lookout for more books by this author.

Evan doesn't really have a good life, he never knew his parents and was raised by his "grandmother" who is actually no relation to him. He is bullied by the kid's at school and doesn't have any friends. That all changes when he is taken to another realm, Veneseron, which is a school for demon hunters. Here he is given a week to start training to become a demon hunter. He has the option to leave and go back to Earth after a week. Fortunantly for him he decides to stay. Evan has finally found somewhere he belongs and fits in. Things seem to be going well for him.

Brooke has a somewhat normal life. Her family although doesn't really like her and could care less if she was around or not. She too is taken and has the same option to stay or leave. Evan and Brooke become fast friends and continue to make friends with some of the other Venators.

The world that Collins created is dark, magical and entertaining all at the same time. There are so many characters that I could not keep track of them all. The statues move, talk and can do some things to people. The students train to become demon hunters and have to move up the ranks to be able to go out to other realms to fight the demons. But they never expected to have demons invade Veneseron.

I really liked Evan and Brooke but I loved Jed, he is so funny and such a likeable character. I also really liked reading and learning about Arantay. This book just has so much to offer, with all the characters, different types of monsters, all the cool magic and a bit of romance. What's not to like? The last part of the book is really good and fast paced. We learn some really crazy dark things about who Evan and Brooke's real parents are.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I recommend this if you like fantasy with a some darkness to it. 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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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: We Shall Rise (Misfits of the Lore #2) by J.E. Hopkins

We Shall Rise (Misfits of the Lore, #2) 

Book: We Shall Rise (Misfits of the Lore #2)
Author: J.E. Hopkins
Publisher: Romantic Lore Publishing
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 War surrounds him, yet for vampire Kaden Gaspard, there is no greater battle than the one his mind has waged against his heart. He knows he should stay away from her. Reysa. The half-breed vampire warrior who had risked her life to prove his innocence for the seven murders for which he was accused, but had not committed. This stubbornly loyal woman who dedicated her life to her family of misfits - immortals shunned and abandoned by their clans for their impurity of blood and genetic mutations. This courageous and valiant African warrior who Kaden fears could never love the monster that he is destined to be.

As Kaden and Reysa struggle to accept the undeniable bond between them, they must come together to stop the emerging terror that threatens to destroy all immortals. The lesser immortals – witches, sages, shifters, demons, hybrids, charmers and foreseers – have declared war against the pureblood vampires and lycans who have used their purity of blood and greater strength to enslave the weaker races. No immortal is safe. This is a fight for freedom and a fight against genocide. There can be no true victor as death looms for them all.

My Review:
We Shall Rise is a good book that I enjoyed reading.

Kaden is a full breed vampire who has lived his entire life destroying the lives of those around him. It's not until he meets his mate Reysa that things start to take a turn for the better.

Reysa is a half breed. She is part vampire and part Siren. She has created a life with her best friend Christian, their daughter Tatiania and other "misfits", immortals who don't fit in. Reysa is happy and content with the life she has built. But once she sees Kaden and sings a song to him things change between them. They both know they are not going to be able to continue to fight the romantic tension between them for much longer. Kaden wants Reysa and while she feels the same way she is a bit uncertain because of the kind of person he is. Will Reysa finally be the one who is able to get Kaden to see the good in him and not just all the bad?

Reysa and her friends also need to focus their attention on the group that has kidnapped their friend Yasmine. It's also the group who is out to start a war between the full breed and the half breed immortals.

The story was good and I enjoyed the characters. There is romance, action and laughable moments. There are some steamy romantic scenes that for me were a bit too steamy. That said, I have enjoyed these first two books and hope to read the last book to see how everything ends. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte #3) by Samantha Young

Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #3) 

Book: Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte #3) 
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Samantha Young
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...


In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out.
Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy... or bring them all down on her own terms...
 
 
My Review:
Blood Solstice is the final book in this amazing trilogy. I have to say that I am going to really miss reading and feeling like I am a part of the character's world. This if by far a 5 star book and I highly recommend reading it!

Caia will do whatever it takes in this book to protect the ones she loves and she is determined to find a way to end this centuries old war. While in the past two books she has been learning about it and has enlisted the help of others, this last book takes it to a whole new level. Relationships are tested and I honestly thought some were over for sure while others seem to blossom.

The main focus of the plot is the war. Planning, planning and more planning. But don't let this detour you, because there is so much more that is happening along with that. There is lots of action, shocking twists and turns that I had to take a moment to process. Then there's the romance that I love between some of my favorite characters. We also learn a lot more about Rueben and some of the other characters and meet some new ones. While there are some really sad moments and scenes the author provides us with plenty of laughable ones too.

I thought the author did a great job with how she brought the story to a close. Although I wish there were more books to come in this series, I am happy that I had the chance to read it. If you have not started reading this trilogy I again recommend you do. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 
 
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: River Cast (Tale of Lunarmorte #2) by Samantha Young

River Cast (Tale of Lunarmorte #2) 

Book: River Cast (Tale of Lunarmorte #2)
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Samantha Young
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...

Swept into the world of the Daylight Coven, Caia is caught between her loyalty to the Daylights and her new insight into the hearts of the Midnights. As more obstacles are thrown in her and Lucien's way, Caia is pushed further adrift from him and Pack Errante. With no one to turn to, Caia has to make the most difficult choice of all...

Who does she truly belong with? The Daylights or the Midnights?

My Review:
Oh my goodness, Samantha Young has outdone herself with this one. I thought I loved the first book Moon Spell but this one is just as good if not better. I LOVED it and could not get enough. I found myself putting off doing other things just so I could keep reading. A great mix of lykan, witches, faeries, and vampires make for an amazing sequel.

Caia and Lucien spend most of their time at the Center. Caia is training and learning more about her magik side while Lucien is hanging out with the lykan at the Center. Their relationship has it’s ups and downs. Caia is focused on finding a way to end the centuries old war between the Daylight and Midnight Covens. She is also wondering if she is making the right decisions. The romantic tension between the two gets tense at times.

Jaeden and Ryder bring a fun and humorous mix to the story. I loved their banter back and forth. I really enjoyed getting to know more about them and how their story comes together. There are many humorous and romantic moments that I will not reveal, don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

The vampire, Rueben, I found myself starting to really like him. I was trying to figure out whose side he is really on though. There is just something about him that is different and exciting. I still do not like Marita, the head of the Daylight Coven. She is made out to be the villain that she is and I just didn’t like her vicious plans.

While most of the story takes place at the Center there are plenty of scenes back with pack Errante. There are many twists and turns with some romance thrown in. There is a cliffhanger ending that will leave you guessing. If you have not started this series I highly recommend that you give it a try, 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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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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