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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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake (The Kahl'Nar Saga #1) by Mary Parker

The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake 

Book: The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake (The Kahl'Nar Saga #1)
Author: Mary Parker
Publisher: WordCrafts Press
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 I'm a normal teenager. I have a normal teenage life with normal teenage problems.
The summer is my heaven. I live with my mom during the summer months. We stay in her tiny condo in Jacksonville, Florida. My parents split up when I was little. I'm not sure why. My mom never talks about it. Whatever it was, it was bad enough to make my mom pack me up in the middle of the night when I was four years old and run to my Gran's condo.
My mom got the condo after Gran died. From that time on all I had known my entire life was beach life.
Until four years ago.
Until my uncle found me.

My Review:
This book was one of the best that I have read in awhile. I knew when I read the summary that I was interested. I had no idea just how much I would end up loving it though.

When we first meet Leeowyn aka Lee, she is a 14 year old girl living with her single mom in Florida. She has never really known her dad because her mom took her and left at a very early age. They never talk about him. Then one day her Uncle Cycle (her dad's brother) shows up and tells her that he wants her to spend the winters at his house with him and her grandmother. While she finds this strange she lives with him during the winter for the next four years.

Every year she knows things are somewhat off and everyone acts strange but she just can't put her finger on it. Then when she is about to turn 18 her boyfriend Alex shows up at her Uncle's and stays there. Lee's best friend Peach and her Uncle are not happy to see Alex. When he tells Lee what is really going on Peach just comes along and erases her memory of anything that he has told her. You see Lee is a very powerful guardian and will become the guardian of the realms when she turns 18. On her 18th birthday is when everything starts getting really interesting and fun. She has no idea that she will soon be the only one that can save the realms from a very powerful evil.

I loved the plot and the characters so much. This was a well written story with so many twists and turns that I couldn't keep up. I read every chance I got and didn't want to put it down when I had to. I loved the ending and the answer that Lee gave. I am truly excited to find out what happens next! 
 
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop 

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read

 

Question of the week: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

 I love mint chocolate chip!  I also really like cookies & cream. 

 

 

 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Borrowed Heart (Book One of the Evie Sanders Series) by Linda Lamberson

Borrowed Heart (Evie Sanders, #1) 

Book: Borrowed Heart (Book One of the Evie Sanders Series)
Author: Linda Lamberson
Publisher: Linda Lamberson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Signed Paperback 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 Lamberson’s debut novel in her nationally recognized romance series to find out how Evie and Quinn's story begins.

"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.

"BORROWED HEART" —

Evie Sanders is good at heeding that gnawing feeling she gets when trouble rears its head—or at least she used to be. Things change when she meets Quinn Harrison. Evie would never intentionally hurt her long-distance boyfriend or jeopardize their relationship, but she finds it difficult to resist Quinn. Just when things can’t seem to get more complicated, she’s involved in a fatal car accident. Yet, her death marks a new beginning—and her new existence as an immortal. It’s not long before Evie and Quinn’s paths cross again, and she finds herself walking a fine line between bending the rules she must now obey and breaking them.

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:
Borrowed Heart is a rollarcoaster ride of emotions and romance. It will drawn you right from the start and leave you wanting more at the end.

Eve, or Evie as her friends call her is just a normal college student. She has a boyfriend from high school Ryan who attends a different collage. Things are going fine until she meets Quinn in one of her classes. He is gorgeous and very persistent. After a kiss between Evie and Quinn one night at party Evie decides she needs to tell Ryan in person what happened and her feelings for Quinn. That is the night that will change her life forever.

Evie is tragically killed in a car accident. When she awakens she is greeted by Peter. He tells her that she is dead and is a Shepard, someone who watches over and protects human or as they call them, charges. Evie cannot believe that she is dead and wants answers. Peter starts to explain what a Shepard is and all the rules that go along with it. All of Evie's memories of her life are gone. She is not allowed to find anything out. While on assignment protecting a charge you are not allowed to reveal yourself to them either. There are too many other rules to list. Evie has only just started her training when she finds out that she is being assigned to a charge immediately.

When she arrives back on Earth to start her assignment her charge who just happens to be Quinn, can "feel" or sense her. He knows that Evie has somehow returned. This is where the story started getting really interesting to me. Evie starts breaking the rules starting with revealing herself to Quinn. She can go from invisible to materializing into a human like being with all her cool powers. As they start to rekindle their forbidden romance they have no idea what danger is in store for them. Evie doesn't realize that she is not only putting Quinn in more danger but herself also. The Servants, evil other worldly beings will do anything to keep them apart.

I loved the chemistry between Quinn and Evie. Their relationship is so emotional with all the ups and downs. Quinn wants to be a normal couple but Evie knows that she has to stick to her assignment to protect Quinn while trying to follow the rules. She struggles big time with this and it makes for a really great story. The ending was bitter sweet for me and a bit of a cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the sequel and the rest of this series. This book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: Cursed (The Touch #1) by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart

Cursed (Touched, #1) 

Book: Cursed (The Touch #1)
Author: S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Publisher: Ravynheart Publishing
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
As a private investigator specializing in paranormal problems, London Eyer thought she could handle working for the Sidhe. They couldn’t be any worse than vampires or werewolves or wizards, could they? Oh, how wrong she was. One ‘Touch’ of Sidhe magic and she was cursed. Her only chance to survive is to serve the creep that cursed her against the vicious Changelings out for his blood. 

My Review:
Cursed is a novella and is a quick read. It is filled with action, suspense and romance. The reader is given just enough information to keep you reading without giving too much away.

London is a human and also a private investigator for the paranormal. Her best friend Selena is a vampire. London has a meeting with a new potential client, Rico, a Sidhe. When she arrives she realizes that her friend Selena is making a meal out of him. She assumes this will be an easy assignment. It's only when Rico "touches" London that she realizes that this new job may not be as easy as she thinks. She needs to find the changlelings that Rico is looking for fast so she can break the curse of "the touch" before she goes crazy.

I liked London, she is a kick butt character who is also feisty. I liked the novella but didn't love it. I would have liked to known more about the characters and just more to the story itself. Overall a quick likable read. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: True Faces (A Ciara Steele Novella #1) by Catherine Banks

True Faces (Ciara Steele Novella Series, #1) 

Book: True Faces (A Ciara Steele Novella #1)
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Vampires, Werewolves, and Werebears, Oh my! Ciara Steele's life is far from normal and it gets even more complicated when she receives a promotion at work. Her ability to See people is somehow common knowledge and not everyone is happy that she can See them. She is faced with one of the toughest decisions of her life as her future is offered on the head of the man she loves.

My Review: 
True Faces is a short story/novella that kept my attention until the very end.

Ciara is a Seer and can "See" wereanimals, vampires, werewolves, etc. with her third eye. It is not a physical eye but she is able to "See" through the glamour of other creatures. She is training with Aiko, her dojo sensi to learn to control it.

She also is a legal secretary that works for a lawyer firm. When she gets a promotion to be a secretary on the first floor she is a bit nervous. The first floor is where all of the wereanimals work. Things look up though when she meets the new hot lawyer she will be working for, Mr. Eric Wolfe.

When she starts working for him she has closed her third eye and refuses to open it. So she thinks that he is just a normal human. But it's not long that she starts to realize that he may not be who he seems. He owns a nightclub and the people that work for him and that go there seem to all know that Ciara is a Seer. While Cira and Eric are attracted to each other, Ciara has a hard time letting her feelings show. She doesn't want something bad to happen to Eric. It seems that every time she turns around someone or something is after her. Will she let her feelings for Eric be known and will both of their lives be in danger?

While this is a short story it has a lot of action and romance packed into it. The ending leaves the reader with a cliffhanger that happens very fast. I really enjoyed reading it and will continue with this series. I just wish that it would have been longer, I really liked the characters. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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