Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Review: The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales #4) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales, #4) 

Book: The Turning Tides (Marina's Tales #4)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Marina has been through a lot in the past year; she knows what she wants, and she decides to take matters into her own hands to get it. When a twist of fate takes her away from Aptos, she returns to find that her whole world has changed once again. A fortune teller’s ominous prediction seems to be coming true, people around her aren’t who they appear to be, and to top it all off, she’s being followed again.
Marina and Ethan only want to be together, but find they are being torn apart by their very natures. Can they overcome a final obstacle to build the future they dream of?

My Review: 
The Turning Tides is the final book in this series. It has been quite a journey for Marina, her family and friends. If another book would be written in the future I would love to read it. It would be great to see the characters in the future. But for now I am happy to have read such a great series.

Marina continues to be one strong young lady who just seems to find trouble no matter where she is. Her relationship with Ethan is tested once again but this time I wasn't sure if it would survive. The author brings in some new characters into the story that shake things up. The story mainly focuses on Marina but we do get a few updates from some of my other favorites throughout. There is a lot more suspense and action in this book than there was in the previous ones. It seemed more intense and I found myself not wanting to put it down. With the new characters comes some surprising news. Marina must figure out who she can really trust because her life and the lives of the mermaids depends on it.

When I finished reading, I was happy with how the series ended. I am going to miss reading about the characters that I have come to enjoy. Overall a great series that I would recommend. I will be on the lookout for more stories from this author. 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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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Review: Stone Of Thieves (Robbin Hearts Series #2) by Diane J. Reed

Stone of Thieves (Robbin' Hearts Series #2) 

Book: Stone Of Thieves (Robbin Hearts Series #2)
Author: Diane J. Reed
Publisher: Bandits Ranch Books LLC
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: NA
Source: paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The Stone of Thieves . . . for centuries its magnetic draw has twisted the hearts of ambitious men and women with the promise of power, passion, and intrigue until it fell into the hands of unlikely thieves Robin and her boyfriend Creek. But can they steal their destiny away from the curse that pursues this magnificent ruby heart? As the stone begins to spread its sorcery, Robin races to find her long-lost mother in Italy in the hopes of discovering the truth about her unique gypsy heritage and the ruby heart that is rumored to steal souls. Yet when the desire for this stone by powerful members of her family threatens their very lives, Creek decides to take matters into his own hands to protect Robin, his greatest treasure of all . . .

Stone of Thieves is a sensual, stand-alone new adult novel and the sequel to Robin in the Hood in the Robbin’ Hearts Series. Due to mature themes, readership is advised for ages 17+.

My Review:
Stone Of Thieves has taken on a whole new feel and a change up with some of the plot from the first book. The first one, Robin in the Hood, was a fun, lighthearted YA story. Stone Of Thieves has taken on somewhat of a darker theme. Robin and Creek are now 18 and things have gotten hotter between them. This story went from YA to NA very quickly. I couldn't put it down. You will not be disappointed, this is a must read!

The story picks up shortly after where the first one left off. Robin and Creek are heading to Italy to try and find Robin's mother. It's not long after they arrive that their lives are put into danger. They have people trying to kill them and have no one to trust but each other. They are on the run and have no where to hide but with the gypsies. This group of gypsies has known and loved Robin's mother for years. Now all she can do is hope that they know if her mother is still alive and if so where has she been hidden for the past 18 years.

Robin continues to have visions of her late ancestors. She is trying to figure out what it all means. Does the ruby stone really have magical powers or is it cursed? Robin's grandfather will do anything to get the ruby stone back.

I really enjoyed learning about the gypsy culture and how everything comes together. I liked the gypsies in this book but I was starting to miss the people back at Turtle Shores. I was surprised by the events and people that changed things up yet again near the end. This series just continues to surprise me. The adventure, suspense, action and romance gets better and better with each new book and I love it. This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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