Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: Moonlight War - Act 1 (The Realmers Book 2) by William Collins

Moonlight War- Act I by Will   Collins 
 
Book: Moonlight War - Act 1 (The Realmers Book 2)
Author: William Collins
Publisher: William Collins
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy
 
Summary from Goodreads:
After the catastrophic events of book 1, Evan and Brooke are trying to come to terms with recent revelations. However, it isn’t long before their duties as Venators throw them back into action.

Whilst Evan faces a deathly trial to advance further in his training, Brooke embarks on her very first mission, which sees her embroiled in a war between the vampires and werewolves of London. If the werewolves and shifters baying for her blood wasn’t enough, Brooke also has to face a starkly changed Arantay.

Meanwhile the Dark-Venator forces are rising, whilst Evan and his friends contend with the mysterious disappearances of several Venators. Could they have been kidnapped? Evan also faces backlash from many of his fellow trainees, who hate or fear him. Evan thinks their reactions are bad now, but it would be nothing if they discovered his secret. His peers may even try to kill him if they learned the truth.

Evan knows he has to pass his trial to gain his first mission as a Venator, but he may never make it that far if his hidden powers aren’t controlled. Across the realms, a terribly malignant force has learned of Evan and Brooke, and plans to strike.
 
 
My Review:
Moonlight War - Act 1 is great. With each new book in this series I find myself being drawed in more and more. This second book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed reading the first one in this series and was excited to start reading this one. It was just as good as the first one. But with this one we get to meet new characters and go to other realms.

Here we see Brooke out on a mission with Arantay. While Evan is back at Veneseron training for his next trial. Jed is being himself trying to flirt with all the girls. I just love his personality and he is one of my favorites in this book. He makes me laugh throughout the story.

Evan and his friends are also trying to figure out what is going on around there. Girls keep coming up missing and are they are being told that the girls are just runaways. They don’t believe this and start to investigate on their own. Evan at the same time is trying to keep his demon side quiet and not let others find out about it.

Brooke and Arantay are in London trying to find a rogue werewolf who has been terrorizing the city. While they both have feelings for each other, now is not the time to act on them. They want to try to heal or cure the rogue werewolf and find out what is causing his madness. It’s not long before they have their run ins with other creatures who don’t like and don’t want venators in their city.

Will they make it out alive? Will Evan and his friends pass their trial and move to the next level? You need to read this great story to find out. If that is not enough there are many other characters that we meet along the way that I’m wondering how and when they will fit into the story with Evan and Brooke. It’s a lot to take in with so much going on and so many characters stories. In the end we are left with some real cliffhangers. But that being said I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what happens next. 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, 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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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Review: Touch of Death by Talia Jager

Touch of Death 

Book: Touch of Death
Author: Talia Jager
Publisher: Talia Jager
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: New Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Anika had been born into a supernatural family. She had grown up knowing one day she’d be a fully matured succubus—a demon who literally sucked the life from men—something she didn’t look forward to. And now the day had arrived and she had to accept her destiny. Not only did she have to learn what was expected of her, but she also had to join her family as part of The Siren—a paranormal law enforcement agency. Her future had always been clearly defined until suddenly she finds her life in disarray when she falls in love with a human, Zak. She struggles to be with him, but her powers are deadly to even the one she loves.

My Review:
Well I am going to start off by saying WOW! Yeah this is the kind of book that I love to read and why I love fantasy. Touch of Death is a great read. The author just brings such energy and life to these characters.

Anika and her twin sister Aria are turning 18. Well for most of us it means becoming an adult. For these sisters it means that they will become full succubus. When you are a succubus you become immortal. You don't age, don't get sick, etc. but you can be killed, it's just harder to do. You can fall asleep whenever you want and go into the dream realm. This is where they get their energy. They feed off of humans by kissing them while they are dreaming. They can also have sex with them which gives them even more energy. They need energy from humans or they become weak. But there is a downfall that Anika doesn' like, all the attention from guys. All the guys around them can't keep their eyes off them and it's because they are succubus.

Aria is very excited and happy to turn 18. She is a big flirt and can't wait to learn more and just have fun. Anika on the other hand is a bit more nervous and not all that excited. Once they become full succubus they will also join their parents and grandparents in The Siren, a paranormal law enforcement agency. Things don't start off too good for the twins though. They don't seem to follow the rules that their parents set for them.

Anika and Aria are very powerful and don't always realize their power and sometimes are not able to stop feeding. The girls also need to keep that they are succubus a secret from their friends. Then there is the whole dating thing. Aria quickly finds a nice incubi, a male succubus named Hudson in the dream realm. They start dating and things seem to go good for them. Anika on the other hand falls in love with a human named Zak. He is also her best friends Paisley's cousin. While it takes a while for Anika to finally agree to go out with Zak things are difficult for them. Anika could potentially kill Zak with just one kiss. If that's not enough, there are succubus that want to hurt and kill the twins. Oh yeah and Anika knows there is something off about her best friends Paisley and Kora's boyfriends. She is pretty sure they are supernatural but doesn't know for sure or what they are.

I have read other books from this author in the past so when I got a chance to read this I jumped on it. I LOVED it and was wanted more when it ended. It has so much that I love in a good book, romance, action, suspense, supernatural, fun, exciting and the list could go on. This is a must read book if you enjoy reading fantasy. The author leaves it open for this to become a trilogy or series. I am really hoping that there are more books in the works for these characters. Oh I could keep going on and on about how much I enjoyed reading this book. But now it's your turn to enjoy this amazing and fun book. I highly recommend that you purchase a copy, 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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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: LoN Minis: The d'Vile by Jarius Raphel

LoN Minis: The d'Vile (Legend of a Ninja) 

Book: LoN Minis: The d'Vile 
Author: Jarius Raphel
Publisher: Legend of a Ninja
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The d’Vile clan is the example of dishonorable ninja. Their power comes through deception, stealing every advantage they can find- even against each other. So when the master becomes deathly ill, can he rely on his own clan to save him?

LoN Minis: ‘The Kiss’, ‘The Taken’ and ‘The d’Vile’, are short stories based on characters from the Legend of a Ninja series. These are stand alone stories but at the same time they are connected to events found in the ‘Beneath the Shadows’ and ‘Rise of the Shadowsalve’ full novels. They can be read in any order.

My Review:
LoN Minis: The d'Vile is a short story that is part of the Legend of a Ninja series. I have enjoyed each one of these stories and am hoping there are more written in the future.

Saydin and Kika are part of the d'Vile ninja clan along with their fathers. They scheme and have tried many times to escape their fathers and the clan. When Saydin's father becomes deathly ill they decide that this is their chance. Saydin doesn't want to see his father die and he also thinks if he saves his life this will be a way out of the clan for himself and Kika. He learns of a cursed magical apple that he can get from the Kait clan that will cure his father. The problem is getting it. Saydin soon finds a solution with Pagen from another clan or so he thinks. She has her conditions though before she will help him. Will Saydin get the apple to save his father or will he find himself in more danger and trouble than he bargained for?

This is a very quick read being a short story but it is still filled with plenty of action. I like reading about these characters and all the messes that they find themselves in. I also enjoy learning about ninjas through these stories. I hope this author continues with this series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review: Legend of a Ninja: Rise of the Shadowsalve by Jarius Raphel

Legend of a Ninja 2: Rise of the Shadowsalve 

Book: Legend of a Ninja: Rise of the Shadowsalve
Author: Jarius Raphel
Publisher: Jarius Raphel
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Five years after the secrets Beneath the Shadows were revealed…

Leena wants to feel like a ninja.

Looking for honor, she finds herself in the middle of a war between the Gods and the Ninja. A Bond of eternal love, to the son of a God, may be the only way to save her life… and doom everyone else. Leena and Darwin team up with the world’s most dishonorable clan, to find the secrets that could change the ninja.

With the greatest army in the world ready to march against them, The Order must turn to the deadliest clan that exists; but can the Gaiden truly be trusted to protect the secrets that they seek for themselves?

To have a future, one must confront the darkest shadows of the past...
 

My Review:
This is the second full novel book in this series. There are also some short stories that I have enjoyed as well.

Leena and Darwin are seeking help from some of the other ninja clans. Leena wants to make a clan of her own. She recruits Rumble and names her clan the Shadowsalve after Darwin's last name. Now she just needs to get the Order to recognize them as a ninja clan. Things don't go the way she planned though. She seems to find herself in more messes than she can handle. When one of her plans does not go well she finds herself saying that she is bonded to Darwin. This little piece of information sets off more ninjas and even starts somewhat of a war. Leena is not sure who she can trust anymore. Some of the more unlikely people turn out to be more help than she thought.

I really enjoyed getting to know more of the characters in this book. I liked that the author didn't just focus on a few characters but we got to hear from other ones than just the main characters. I did find that so many characters and clans together in one book did get confusing at times. I had to take a few minutes and think about who the person was and what clan they belonged to. Other than that I really liked it. There is some romance, along with suspense and a lot of action. There are many surprises throughout too. I hope the author continues to write stories from this series, whether it be short stories or full length novels. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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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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