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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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: Soul To Sheherd (Evie Sanders #3) by Linda Lamberson

Soul to Shepherd (Evie Sanders, #3) 

Book: Soul To Sheaperd (Evie Sanders #3)
Author: Linda Lamberson
Publisher: Publish Green
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult/New Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The last book in the Evie Sanders series has arrived!

Can love survive in a world where death is just the beginning and demons are hunting your true soul mate? Read the third and final book in Lamberson’s nationally recognized romance series to find out how Evie and Quinn's story ends.

The first book, Borrowed Heart, marked the beginning of a love so strong it defied death. Nothing could keep Evie and Quinn apart—nothing except for the rules Evie’s forced to follow, rules she broke to be with him. In Peace of Mind, Evie and Quinn overcame the obstacles devised to keep them apart. But as their bond grew, so did the danger they faced. Now, in Soul to Shepherd, the strength of Evie and Quinn's love for each other is put to the final test. Is their bond unbreakable or will they lose each other forever?

"It is a very strong love story that defines what the word 'soul-mate' means ... It's not so much about what happens after death as it is about how far love and a heart can reach." —Reviewers Helping Authors on Amazon and Goodreads

"Lamberson does a fantastic job weaving a fated love-story. She took her idea of ‘what-if’ and has created a fantastic answer." —Kathy LaMee for Tracy Riva Books and Reviews on Goodreads

Lamberson's debut novel, Borrowed Heart, was a finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards in the romance category.

"SOUL TO SHEPHERD" —

My name is Eve Olivia Sanders—or at least it was. At eighteen, I died and became a Shepherd, an immortal guardian whose mission it was to safeguard humans from the Servants, the same demons that took my life. I was sent back to Earth to protect Quinn Harrison, who I soon discovered was my “true soul mate.” Our undeniable love for each other had survived death, amnesia, brutal attacks … and most recently, separation. But the worst of it was still to come. The Servants no longer wanted to just kill Quinn. They wanted to destroy his soul and convert him into one of their own—a demon. And I was being sent back again to save Quinn from a fate worse than death.

That said, I also had to protect myself. The Servants wanted me out of their way—permanently. As true soul mates, Quinn and I supposedly shared a bond powerful enough to give us the strength and the will to stop these demons from waging a war to take over and rule the Realms, and they weren’t going to let anyone interfere with their plans without a fight.

Quinn and I were about to find out just how much we could count on one another, knowing that if either of us failed, we’d lose each other forever. Together, we'd learn what the war between the Realms was really about and how it would be won or lost. We'd discover that everyone was playing for keeps, and the only currency that mattered in this high stakes game was measured in souls.

Save Quinn. Save myself. Save the world.

Read the entire series to see how Evie and Quinn's story begins and ends!
—Borrowed Heart (#1)
—Peace of Mind (#2)
—Soul to Shepherd (#3)

My Review:
WOW! That is the thing to say after finishing this amazing trilogy. This was by far the best of the three, although the first two books were really good too. This last one just blew me away.

Evie and Quinn think all the craziness with the servants is behind them after the third incident. What they don't realize is that the worst is yet to come. Not only are the servants still planning on converting Quinn but they also want to destroy Evie. Together along with their friends they must find a way to stop this from happening. Evie and Quinn also must figure out how to get their souls to bond since they are "true soul mates". Will they survive or will they be unable to save each other?

I, like Evie was very skeptical of Minerva, aka "M", Dylan's new girlfriend. Even though he trusts her completely I still felt there was something off about her. Then when Ronald and his brother would warn them about someone close to them not being who they think, well I was like run away from Minerva. She has a very unique story that she shares with Evie. She also has some really awesome super powers. By the end of the book I really had come to like M like everyone else, she was a great character and brought something unique to the story. Dylan, I still loved him throughout. He by far is one of my most favorite characters of any book series that I have read.

I could go on and on about everything that happened but what fun would that be for other readers? No, I will keep all the goodies to myself. You need to read this truly amazing love story mixed with shepherds and demons. I will say that there are many happy, humorous, romantic, suspenseful and sad moments. There are lots of twists and turns with many surprises and things that really shocked me. I was on the edge of my seat and my heart was pounding most of the time. This is by far one of my favorite trilogies. If you have not started this book or trilogy I recommend you do. It is SO GOOD! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Teaser 

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

"Moon Mercenareies," he repeated, sitting up.  "And they are?"
"The best men for the job, apparently."

Soul to Shepherd (Evie Sand...  20% on Kindle ~ Soul to Shepherd (Evie Sanders #3) by Linda Lamberson





Saturday, March 26, 2016

Review: Peace of Mind (Evie Sanders #2) by Linda Lamberson

Peace of Mind by Linda Lamberson 

Book: Peace of Mind (Evie Sanders #2)
Author: Linda Lamberson
Publisher: Publish Green
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
 Can love survive in a world where death is just the beginning and demons are hunting your true soul mate? Read the second book in Lamberson’s nationally recognized romance series to find out how Evie and Quinn's story continues.

The first book, Borrowed Heart, marked the beginning of a love so strong it defied death. Nothing could keep Evie Sanders and Quinn Harrison apart—nothing except for the rules Evie’s forced to follow, rules she broke to be with Quinn. Now, in Peace of Mind, Evie and Quinn must overcome the obstacles devised to keep them apart. And with each hurdle they surmount their bond grows—but so does the danger they face. Evie must find a way to reach Quinn again before it’s too late. 

My Review:
Peace of Mind is the second book in the Evie Sanders trilogy. I loved the first book and was wondering if the second one was going to be just as good. Well it was even better than the first one! The author really brings the characters and their background to life. When I had time to read I could not put down my Kindle. I had to know what was going to happen next.

In this one Evie is still Quinn's shepherd even though she erased his memory at the end of the first book. The first half of this book, I was not as intrigued about reading because Quinn did not remember Evie at all and didn't remember anything from the previous Summer. He is living his life as a college student, hanging out with friends and going to swim practice. That said though we learn a lot more about his background, his family and even Evie's family and how they are coping with the loss of their daughter. By the second half things really start to change up and it gets really interesting and fun to read. Evie and Quinn reunite and things just get turned up with everything. There are more demons after them, they are trying to figure out their relationship, who and what Ronald is and how to save Quinn from the third incident on his life. There is also some new characters that are brought into the mix. One of them has become a favorite of mine, Dylan. He is a fairly new shepherd who brings humor, demon killing skills and just a lot of fun to the story.

While the romance is awesome between Evie and Quinn, there are two other guys that are in love with Evie. The author has brought the romance, action, suspense and a bit of mystery to this trilogy. I was on the edge of my seat a lot of the time and was feeling Evie's emotions as she had to deal with things. There are a bunch of surprises including something that Peter tells Evie he did for her. Oh and the ending is a real doozy! I cannot wait to see how this story ends! If you haven't started reading this story I suggest you do, you will not be disappointed, it's that good!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: The Dream Catcher (Journey into the Realm #4) by Markelle Grabo

The Dream Catcher (Journey into the Realm, #4) 

Book: The Dream Catcher (Journey into the Realm #4)
Author: Markelle Grabo
Publisher:  BookLocker.com, Inc.
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Signed paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 Every choice matters…
After a perilous journey, Ramsey Wilder has nearly reached the rebellion. Led by Joseph, King Vortigern’s son and former heir, the rebellion holds the promise of change for the Element Fairy Realm and the possibility of peace for the Magical Realms. But instead of feeling hopeful, Ramsey is distracted by the choice she made to use the ancient Woodland fairy spell book. Plagued by grief and nightmares, Ramsey performed a spell she didn’t understand. Now she must accept the consequence of her actions. But is Stellan’s presence in her dreams really a punishment…or a gift?

Despite her inner turmoil, Ramsey knows retrieving King Vortigern’s crown must be her main priority. The King grows bolder with each passing day, testing the limits of his dark magic in ways Ramsey and the rebellion never expected. If she is to reach the Golden Fairy Realm and persuade Queen Titania to end the war, Ramsey must completely devote herself to her goal, even if it means facing a king whose experience incredibly outweighs her own.

Should Ramsey keep the elf she once loved bound to her dreams to preserve her sanity? Should she access her wildest Golden fairy magic to defeat the King, even if doing so could destroy her? In this thrilling fourth installment, Ramsey is faced with choices that will determine the fate of the Magical Realms.

My Review:
The Dream catcher took me on another wild magical ride through the realms. What can I say? Markelle has done it again. She has written yet another amazing book in this fun and magical series that I love so much. Every book just keeps getting better and the story keeps developing into something that I would have never imagined it going.

Ramsey and some of her friends are almost to their destination, the rebellion. It's here that they will find assistance and guidance to get King Vortigen's crown from his castle in the element fairy realm. Ramsey will need the help of the King's son Joseph who is the leader of the rebellion.

Things don't go as planned right from the start. Ramsey used a spell from a spell book that she was not supposed to and now Stellan is in her dreams every night. She can only keep this secret for so long. Her relationship with Eder is strained because he wants to be more than her protector all the while she has no memories of her time with him. Then there is her relationship with Nathan, which starts off good but takes a turn for trouble when he finds out she has been keeping secrets from him. If that's not enough, King Vortigen is using black magic to make soldiers that the rebellion might not be able to win against. Ramsey also believes that there is a trader among them, but finding out who it is will be a challenge. The true heir to the crown is kidnapped and it's not who you think. Will Ramsey be able to obtain the crown, take down Voritgen's army, save everyone and her relationship with Nathan?

There were many twists and turns that I never saw coming and was very surprised by. There is romance, friendship, lots of action and suspense with a bit of mystery tied in. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for Markelle to hurry up and write the next one! I am so excited to find out what happens next in Ramsey's journey. This is a must read series, you will not be disappointed! I highly recommend reading it!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Review: Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy #1) by Karpov Kinrade

Forbidden Mind (Forbidden, #1) 

Book: Forbidden Mind (The Forbidden Trilogy #1)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
From the award-winning, bestselling author Karpov Kinrade.

49% of Americans believe their government officials are honest. I don't know these officials, or their supporters, but I know their secrets, and 49% of Americans are wrong.

My employers pay me well to be right, to know things others can't. But I don't know why they brought that boy in, strapped to a stretcher, barely conscious. He asked me for help when I could give none.

I'm a wealthy spy, a talented artist, a martial arts black belt, and a prisoner. They tell me that on my eighteenth birthday, I will be released, free to go to the college of my dreams. It's my eighteenth birthday, and a man in black is at my door. I know he's not here to free me.

I know, because I can read minds.

My name is Sam, and this is my story.

So begins the tale of Sam and Drake--from the time they link minds, forging a bond that leads to an unconventional romance--to their fight for survival against the corrupt, twisted organization known as 'Rent-A-Kid.' 

My Review:
Ok so first of all I have to say I LOVED IT! What a fantastic start to what I hope will be an amazing trilogy. This book kept me up late at night reading and I had it read in a couple of days which is really fast for me.

Sam is not your typical teenage girl. She is a seventeen year old that can read minds. She has lived within an organization that she calls "Rent a Kid". All the kids here have some kind of paranormal power. Since she was about twelve she has been sent on jobs to spy and gather information for the rich clients that have hired her. When she finishes this "job" she thinks that it will be her last. You see when you turn eighteen you get to leave "Rent a Kid" and go live your life where and how you want. Or so they have been told.

When Sam returns from her latest "job" she sees a teenage boy, Drake, strapped down to a bed. He speaks to her mind telepathically. He asks for her help. Drake did not grow up at "Rent a Kid" but he does have a paranormal power, he can control people and things with his mind. Sam was not supposed to see or know about Drake. They form a two way mind connection and stay in touch this way. They also fall in love even though they have never really met in person yet. Drake has been and is continuing to be drugged so that he cannot use his mind control power. Sam starts to wonder if he did something wrong and that is why he is being drugged and not able to use his power. But when she talks to her best friends, twins Lucy and Luke she gets another idea. Is something more sinister going on at "Rent a Kid"?

When Sam turns eighteen things start spiraling out of control. I was loving the story from the beginning but when Sam turns eighteen things start to get really interesting. There are so many twists and I honestly did not know what was going to happen next. It is not predictable at all. I am not going to give any spoilers away but let me tell you this is a must read. I highly recommend it, 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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