Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review: Taming Darkness (Artemis Lupine #4) by Catherine Banks

Taming Darkness by Catherine Banks 

Book: Taming Darkness (Artemis Lupine #4)
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 Things aren't going like anyone planned and life keeps throwing one curve ball after another at Artemis and Ares. Can she live up to the prophecy or have they been wrong this entire time? Join them as they try to right the balance of light and dark in the final installment of the Artemis Lupine Series.

My Review:
 
Taming Darkness is the final installment of the Artemis Lupine series. This makes me sad because I really enjoyed this series. However this last book ties up the loose ends and has ending that you won't see coming.

Ares travels to death's realm and makes a deal to get Artemis and their unborn baby brought back to the living. But unfortunately things don't go as planned. Artemis is still dealing with the loss of Achilles and the unknowns of having a baby. Then to add to all that is already going wrong they find out what the cost will be for Ares getting back Artemis and their child. They have to deal with yet another person who is in love with Artemis, a challenge for a new alpha and the death of others. They also need to figure out how Maurice is gaining all his power and how to destroy him for good.

I loved all the twists and turns this book offers. The last part of the book really throws a curve ball. It changes the course of the series and leaves you left wondering how things would have turned out. I enjoyed what happens and how the author ends things but I do wish there would be a book in the future that picks up with the new ending. Overall a great series and an author whose books I will be on the lookout for. 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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy #1) by Rachael Wade

Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy, #1) 

Book: Amaranth (The Resistance Trilogy #1)
Author: Rachael Wade
Publisher: Rachael Wade
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young ADult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Knowledge changes everything…


Hoodoo-influenced Southern Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to relocate and escape her abusive past. She didn’t expect to fall in love and plummet herself into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.


Thanks to her deadly vampire ex-boyfriend, she’s confronted with decisions that not only threaten her life but the lives of her inhuman friends that she has come to love. Entangled in her friends’ quest for freedom, she dives into their realm and faces the threats of the ruler of Amaranth—the mother of all vampires—and her own inner demons.


Will she derail her life and make the ultimate sacrifice for the very monsters that interrupted her bumpy path back to sanity—the one she wanted so desperately in the first place? Or will she find a way to escape with her vampire love before it’s too late?

My Review:
Amaranth is not your typical vampire novel. The author takes a somewhat different turn. The ending will leave you wanting more!

Camille has had bad luck with boyfriends, the last two were physically abusive to her. After moving to southern Louisiana to escape the first one she is now working at a small bookstore trying to move on with her life fro the second abusive ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately her last ex-boyfriend Andrew will not let their relationship end.

In between boyfriends Camille spent a short time in Paris while on vacation. It's there that she met Gavin, a great guy who she later runs into while working at the bookstore. They decide to go on a double date with his friend Gabe and her best friend Audrey who is in town for a visit. Both relationships progress very quickly. Camille has no idea what is in store for her. She quickly finds out that her best friend has become a vampire. Things really start progressing from then on. Audrey, Gabe and Gavin have to go to Amaranth to get their curse lifted so that they can be mortals again. When Camille learns that they might never return, she takes matters into her own hands. She enters a portal to Amaranth where she meets the vampire Samira, the mother of all vampires. Although now she has no idea that she has just walked into a trap that will lead her into a war between vampires.

The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me but as I continued to read on I realized that it was all part of the story building. The things that happened in the beginning make sense as the story progresses. The last part of the book is really good and the ending had my jaw dropping. Overall a a great story. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this trilogy. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nowhere Train (The Enders #1) by Allie Burke

Nowhere Train by Allie Burke 

Book: Nowhere Train (The Enders #1)
Author: Allie Burke
Publisher: Booktrope
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Two-years post end-of-the-world, all Jetilyn Fournier wants to do is learn to navigate a world that is no longer her own. Surviving zombies feels easy, though, compared to dealing with her rocky relationship with her best friend, the death of her mother, her sister’s faux happiness, and her father’s sudden desire to speak, after decades of silence. Saving herself is not even something she can fit in at the moment.

Enter Devlin Shea: for all intents and purposes, a mortal enemy. Though she should hate him instantly upon contact, she doesn’t, and before she knows it, Jett has another life to save.

Told in the surreal prose that Allie Burke has come to be known for, Nowhere Train is the first zombie novel of its kind. At two parts hippie and one part magic, it is as deadly as it is beautiful; as dark as it is hopeful, baring the question in mind: who–and what–are Jett and her family really fighting for?

My Review:
WOW...what can I say about Nowhere Train? Well author Allie Burke has drawn me into another wonderful dark story. When I was told that it was tied into another series of her's, the Enchanters, that I loved I knew I wanted to read it.

The story is set in post apocalyptic time of what used to be Malibu, California. There are three groups of people, the Holies (hippie like, who don't speak and are pretty easy going), the Gunners (will and do kill anything in their way) and the Enders (zombies). Jett and her family are Holies who come in contact with Devlin, a mortal enemy. When Devlin's father finds out that he is being friendly with Jett, things turn dark. It seems as though a war is going to start and continue between them.

The author writes a very raw, dark story that is very easy to visualize. I liked seeing references of the characters from the Enchanters series and how they tie into these characters. There is romance, which I always love, suspense and lots of action. Overall a great read. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Failing Test (The Shadow Series #1) by J.M. Pierce

Failing Test (The Shadow Series, #1) 

Book: Failing Test (The Shadow Series #1)
Author: J.M. Pierce
Publisher: J.M. Pierce
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
You know him, but you can't remember his name. He is the one that is always there, in the background, all but invisible to those roaming the hallways. What if he had a secret? What if it was a secret that even he didn't know?

Test Davis has always been a blur to those around him. He's a shadow like a million other kids--not smart enough for the academic team, not beast enough for the football team, not extroverted enough for the drama crowd. In all things Test is just...not, which is why no one ever notices him.

But what happens when someone does notice him-- Nicole Paxton, a cheerleader, no less? What happens on the night that Test finds out there's nothing average about him and that a powerful gift has been hidden within, secretly waiting to be set free and alter his life forever? The question is, will that power save him and those he loves or tear them apart? 

My Review:
Failing Test is like a thrill ride that is over before you are ready to get exit the ride. I was drawn in from the start and still wanting more at the dramatic ending.

Test Davis is a somewhat normal teenager who tries to stay in the shadows. That is until his crush Nicole tells him that she has been interested in him for a long time too. They have a sweet romance that quickly becomes complicated when Test discovers and reveals that he has supernatural powers. Test has trouble controlling his new found powers and things happen so fast that now he is a fugitive on the run. Nicole and Test's friends Mark, Marcy and Cliff must decide whether to help him or turn him in to the authorities.

I would love to tell you all the cool things that Test can do with his powers and how awesome some of the people in his life are. But I don't like to give away spoilers so you really should read this book for yourself. I loved it and didn't want to put it down. I found myself picking up my Kindle every chance I got to read it. This is one of the best stories that I have read lately. With the heart pounding action that seems to never end, a sweet romance and lots of suspense you will enjoy it too. I am looking forward to reading the sequel and finding out more about Test and his story. This e-book was provided to me by the author and/or publisher for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves 

 Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This week I received for review: 
Nowhere Train (The Enders Book 1) by Allie Burke 
*e-book*


Nowhere Train (The Enders Book 1) 

What did you get this week?



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: The Gatekeeper's Forbidden Secret by Penelope A. Brown

The Gatekeeper's Forbidden Secret by Penelope A. Brown 

Book: The Gatekeeper's Forbidden Secret
Author: Penelope A. Brown
Publisher: Booktrope
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Colin and his sister Addy stumble upon the adventure of a lifetime. Due to some very questionable behavior, and the need to preserve their fathers business interests, they find themselves forced to work at the castle of the Gatekeeper. They befriend the Gatekeeper’s nephew and trust him with an unbelievable story. The nephew is determined to help his new friends, despite his own kept secrets. They all venture into the unknown, trying to figure out what the truth really is. Along the way they encounter colorful creatures, monsters, and traitors. They question their own reality, their strength, and their weaknesses. They discover that things are not always what they seem.

My Review:
Colin and his sister Addy stumble upon the adventure of a lifetime. Due to some very questionable behavior, and the need to preserve their fathers business interests, they find themselves forced to work at the castle of the Gatekeeper. They befriend the Gatekeeper’s nephew and trust him with an unbelievable story. The nephew is determined to help his new friends, despite his own kept secrets. They all venture into the unknown, trying to figure out what the truth really is. Along the way they encounter colorful creatures, monsters, and traitors. They question their own reality, their strength, and their weaknesses. They discover that things are not always what they seem.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves 
 Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


 Free on Amazon (When this was posted)
Emma + Elsie Meet Fitzwilliam Darcy (Emma + Elsie #1) 
by Maddy Raven & Monica Leonelle

 Emma + Elsie Meet Fitzwilliam Darcy