Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: Sky Ghosts: The Night Before (Sky Ghosts #0.5) by Alexandra Engellmann

Sky Ghosts: The Night Before - A Sky Ghosts short story (Urban Fantasy series for adults) 

Book: Sky Ghosts: The Night Before - A Sky Ghosts Short Story (Sky Ghosts #0.5)
Author: Alexandra Engellmann
Publisher: Alexandra Engellmann
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
For centuries, Sky Ghosts have been hiding their differences from humans, living among them in secret. Their powers, skills, and the gift of flight turned them into the best protectors the human elite could ever have. But for every one of them who believes in fair work and duty, there are ten more who use their power to prey on the weak and avoid justice. They're called Sky Beasts, and the war between them and the New York Sky Ghosts Headquarters has reached a fevered pitch.
Patricia aka Pain is known as the “kill first, ask questions later” kind of girl. An urban legend at twenty-one, she helps to secure the Headquarters’ future in her own way - by slaughtering Beasts in between working bodyguard jobs. When a certain gang leader resurfaces on the gloomy Brooklyn outskirts, she makes a plan, which includes her big sword, her best friend, and good old improvisation.
There’s only one minor detail - it all sounds too good to not be a trap.

Sky Ghosts: The Night Before is a short standalone story, serving as a free preview to the Sky Ghosts series. A crossover between Urban Fantasy and Action Comedy, it's suitable both for adults and young adults.

What reviewers say

Sky Ghosts is for those who enjoy
- Fantasy novels not centered on romance
- Secret organizations and assassin fantasy
- Themes of brotherhood, duty, and honor

You may like it if you're a fan of
- Suicide Squad and Deadpool
- The Avengers, Buffy, and all things Joss Whedon
- The A-Team, X-Men, and Arrow

Warning: the book contains strong language, graphic violence, and unhealthy doses of black humor
 

My Review: 
This short story is a prequel or a preview into the Sky Ghosts series. I have already read the other two books and have loved this one just as much as the others.

This one is a bit darker in the murder scenes. But at the same time it's pretty much focused on Pain and Marco so it all makes sense. There is plenty of action from beginning to end. There are also humorous moments that you will find yourself laughing at. Pain and Marco are two of my favorite characters from this series. They have a dark sense of humor and make great friends together.

I cannot wait to read more in this series and 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, June 10, 2017

Review: Sky Ghosts: Marco (Sky Ghosts #1.5) by Alexanda Engellmann

Sky Ghosts by Alexandra Engellmann 

Book: Sky Ghost: Marco (Sky Ghosts #1.5)
Author: Alexandra Engellmann
Publisher: Alexandra Engellmann
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
It was hate at first sight. She broke chairs on his head, and in return, he broke her bones.

When Marco joined the New York Sky Ghosts Headquarters, he expected trouble. What he didn’t expect was a girl half his size that turned his life into hell. They spilled too much of each other’s blood for any hope for reconciliation.

Who knew that years later, they would be inseparable?


Sky Ghosts is a dark-humored Urban Fantasy series for adults and young adults with a strong female lead.
 

My Review: 
Oh my goodness, I loved reading this short story! I really enjoyed learning how Marco came to the Sky Ghosts headquarters. How Marco and Pain's friendship didn't quite start out that way. There is lots of action and humor. I would have loved for it to have been longer, I just want to read more of this series. There are plenty of laughable moments that I didn't expect from Marco or Pain. This is a fast paced, well written short story. I can't wait to continue reading this series! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review: Alora: The Maladorn Scroll (Alora #3) by Tamie Dearen

Alora: The Maladorn Scroll (The Alora Series Book 3) 

Book: Alora: The Maladorn Scroll (Book Three Of The Alora Series)
Author: Tamie Dearen
Publisher: Tamie Dearen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Some wounds are too deep to be seen and too malignant to heal. 

Alora is dying and no one knows why. The unseen effects of Vindrake’s torture linger long after the physical wounds have healed. Damaged as she is, Alora must still use her gift to battle Vindrake’s evil, though she hastens her death by doing it. 

Vindrake, deluded into believing his cause is holy, continues his quest to dominate Tenavae, this time attacking the very foundation of all knowledge, aided by a terrible new weapon, which falls into his hands. As some who are loyal to Vindrake infiltrate the ranks of Stone Clan, Kaevin’s life hangs in the balance. 

But true love is expressed in the ultimate sacrifice—to lay down one’s life for a friend. 

My Review: 
The Maladorn Scroll is a five star book in my opinion! It is definitely worth reading this series, it gets better and more exciting with each book.

In this one we get to travel between Montana and Tenavae thanks to Alora and someone else. That someone is making portals and they need to figure out who it is and how they are doing it. Alora and her friends are in the fight of their lives throughout this book. I loved that the same characters have continued throughout the story and we get to learn more about them with each book. Vindrake is still his evil self causing havoc wherever he goes. 

There is so much going on all the time with the characters. But at the same time the author does not overload the reader with too much information at one time, just enough for what's happening at the moment. If you thought the previous books were exciting, wait till you read this one. My heart was pounding with the suspense and action throughout. There is just enough clean romance to add to everything I love about this series. 

The story will have you hooked from the first page to the last. I am not going to say anything more that happens because I don't want to give anything away. I will tell you that there are many twists and turns that I didn't see coming. The ending will leave you wanting more and with many questions left unanswered. The final words are a real shocker and we are left with a cliffhanger ending. I can't wait until the next book is available! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Cursed Blood: The Chosen Warriors of Avalon by Joe Harkreader




Cursed Blood by Joe Harkreader 

Book: Cursed Blood: The Chosen Warriors of Avalon
Author: Joe Harkreader
Publisher: Joe Harkreader
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Chosen: Cursed Blood is a story that begins in the 1300's during the era of the black death, about a man named Jasper Kain, who had his life taken away by an evil dark phantom; awakening him into an immortal warrior, gifted with supernatural abilities; who's eyes have been opened up to a magnificent yet unpredictable world of ancient gods, demons and wizards.
The day Jasper's life changed, two mysterious, yet powerful runes appeared on the palms of his hands that have kept him young throughout the ages and his wounds healed from every battle. However; the cursed ink that clings to his flesh seems to crave the blood of this slain enemies.
Present day: Tokyo, Japan.
Jasper finds himself being attacked by an army of shadow demons, that are under the control of an insane man who appears to possess a similar dark gift as his own. An exciting adventure of danger, magical creatures and deities are revealed to Jasper, after being chosen by an ancient goddess to take part in an unknown destiny that has been tainted with cursed blood, born from the land of magic; Avalon.
 

My Review:
Cursed Blood is one wild ride of a story! Harkreader hooked me from the beginning and kept me reeled in the entire length of the book. It has a mixture of magic, fantasy, adventure, romance with a sense of real imagination. I really enjoyed reading it, five stars all the way!

The first part of the story takes place in Tokyo, Japan while it quickly moves to the magical land of Avalon. Jasper has been around for a long time since his blood was cursed by a evil goddess many years ago. Vincent is another one who has been cursed by the same goddess and is always trying to get Jasper to side with him. Together they can bring the goddess back and start a new world. Hanako and her two brothers live with their grandmother in Tokyo, their parents were killed years ago. They believe that they are just normal humans. They have no idea that they are actually Fae and that their grandmother put a spell on them so they wouldn't find out. Well that is until they do. That is when everything changes. One of the brothers is captured and turned evil.

Hanako, her brother Tenchi team up with Jasper to try to find their brother and stop Vincent and the goddess. Many exciting things happen once they are in Avalon. Some good, some bad and all really fun to read. The story takes the characters on an adventure with good and evil that they soon won't forget.

I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will just tell you this is a must read. The action and suspense never stops. There is a lot of magic and just enough innocent romance to lighten things up at times. There were moments when my heart was pounding and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next. The cliffhanger ending will leave you breathless and wanting more. I know I want to read the next book when it is available! This author will be one I will be on the lookout for more books from. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Alora: The Portal (Book Two Of The Alora Series) by Tamie Dearen

Alora by Tamie Dearen

Book: Alora: The Portal (Book Two Of The Alora Series)
Author: Tamie Dearen
Publisher: Tamie Dearen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
If one of them dies, they both die.
Bound together as soulmates, something compels Alora and Kaevin to abandon the safety of their refuge for the dangers of Kaevin’s realm.

The soulmates arrive in the midst of a raging battle as Stone Clan warriors defend their capital, an attack made more deadly by the pervasive evil of her father. Alora and Kaevin face mortal danger as they fight against man and magick to preserve Kaevin's home and heritage.

For Alora's father will have her allegiance. Or her death.

My Review:
I'm always wondering where the author is going to take the characters and story in the second book of a trilogy. Well I loved where she took them. They not only spent time in Montana but also in Tenavae. I didn't want to put my kindle down at times. I needed to know what was going to happen next.

Alora and Kaevin are living in Montana at the moment. Kavein is having a difficult time with school and just figuring out how things work in this realm. Things are seeming to go good until Kaevin knows something is wrong with Jireo through his bond. Once they travel back to find out what is going on they find out more than they expected. Vindrake is still on his hunt to find, capture and kill Alora and Kaevin. It's only a matter of time before Vindrake finds the portal to Montana. Alora and Kaevin enlist the help of their friends and family to figure out how to close the portal for good.

When you are fighting against a villain like Vindrake things don't always go as planned. Will Alora drain both herself and Kaevin by using too much of the soulmate bond. Will they get the poral closed or will Vindrake seem to win again?

There is so much action and suspense that you will feel like you never want to stop reading. I loved that the characters from the previous book are just as much a part of this one. They just add to the fun of reading it. There are some funny moments and some dark moments. But when they are mixed together they make for a really great story. There are quite a few surprises about some of the characters that shocked me a bit. I hope that they are tied up in the final book. I am looking forward to finding out how it ends. Overall a great sequel, fun characters and just an awesome story! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Sky Ghosts: All For One (Sky Ghosts #1) by Alexandra Engellmann

Sky Ghosts by Alexandra Engellmann 

Book: Sky Ghosts: All For One (Sky Ghosts #)
Author: Alexandra Engellmann
Publisher: Alexandra Engellmann
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book - won

Summary from Goodreads:
Pain’s life is everything she wanted it to be: elite bodyguard by day, assassin by night, she spends her free time annoying the hell out of her cutthroat friends.

Until they show up. The two human boys who turn the life of the New York Sky Ghosts Headquarters upside down. Suddenly, they have a chance to destroy their oldest enemy, and the boys are the key. Pain would’ve been fine with all that if it weren’t her and her sister Jane who’ve been assigned to protect the annoying humans.

If the enemy gang doesn’t kill them, she might just do that herself.

Sky Ghosts is a dark-humored Urban Fantasy series for adults and young adults with a strong female lead.


My Review:
Sky Ghosts is by far one of those books that I will remember for a long time. I may even reread it sometime in the future if I find the time. Yeah it was that good!

I am usually one for fantasy with romance being a main point of the story. This book does have a tiny bit of romance but it wasn't the main theme of the book. The characters and the plot of the story overtook any chance of me wanting more. The author gave me everything I love and more. I wish I could be a Sky Ghost and get to hang with Pain and her friends.

Pain is one of the main characters, although her personality takes over everyone else at times. She is a kick butt, take no prisoners kind of girl. I loved everything about her. Some people might say she is too much but I loved her attitude. Her sister Jane, is a Sky Ghost too and is a really great fighter but she is more reserved with what she says and how she treats others.

While out patrolling one night they come across two human boys, Chad and Dave, who are in trouble. When they get them back to Sky Ghost headquarters Pain and Jane are told they've been assigned to protect them. Pain is not happy with this at all. She doesn't want to be stuck at headquarters watching over these two human boys. Their world will be turned upside down with many revelations to come.

This story has it all, action, suspense, kick butt fighters, villains, romance and so much more. I was on the edge of my seat so many times. The action is awesome, the suspense is thrilling and the characters are exciting and fun. I really enjoyed how it was not predictable and there was always something changing or happening. I can't wait to read what comes next in this story! This is an author that I will be on the lookout for more books from. I won this e-book. This does not affect my review in any way.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: Alora The Wander-Jewel (Alora #1) by Tamie Dearen

Alora: The Wander-Jewel (Alora, #1) 

Book: Alora: The Wander-Jewel (Alora #1)
Author: Tamie Dearen
Publisher: Tamie Dearen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book - Won

Summary from Goodreads:
Unlike her friends, fifteen-year-old Alora has visions. Only while in the shower. And only of one stranger: a handsome boy with long brown hair, intense green eyes, and the oddest clothes. A boy who vanishes whenever she opens her eyes.

And then one day, he doesn't…

Alora's safe world soon turns upside-down as she's thrust into another realm where her soulmate waits, magic abounds, and unfathomable evil seeks to claim her.

"A captivating, young-adult fantasy that will keep turning the pages and leave you ready for more!"

My Review:
Alora is one of those books that will draw you in right from the start. I fell in love with the characters and the story right from the beginning.

Alora is an average 15 year old girl living in Montana. She has no idea she is very powerful. She was born with an unusual jewel in her belly button. Her "aunt" Lena, who passed away before the story begins, and her "uncle" Charles have raised her since her birth. One day while in the shower Alora starts having visions of some good looking boy, Kaevin. Although she has no idea who he is or how she is seeing him. She is half Stone-Clan and half Water-Clan.

She begins to transport Kaevin from another realm to Montana. Alora and Kaevin soon realize they are soulmates. They have to touch at least once a day or they begin to loose their strength. If they kiss it makes them stronger and improves their powers. This does not make Charles happy at all. I really liked Beth and Wesley, Alora's friends. Wesley is fun and Beth is a go getter. Together with their friends and family they must find a way to fight Alora's father Vindrake. He is an evil villain and the leader of the Water-Clan. He wants to use find Alora for her Wander Jewel powers to gain control of all the clans in his realm.

The author did such a great job with the story building and the character development. You feel like these could be your friends. Although it is a fantasy things just seem so real and fun. I liked how everyone got along really well. I really liked all the characters and enjoyed Alora and Kaevin's romance. Vindrake is the evil villain that you just love to hate. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I highly recommend you read this fun, exciting, coming of age fantasy. You will not want to put it down, I know I didn't!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3) by Karpov Kinrade

Forbidden Life (Forbidden, #3) 

Book: Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book purchased

Summary from Goodreads:
From USA Today bestselling author Karpov Kinrade comes an award-winning series full of romance and page-turning suspense.

A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.

Sam's baby is the key to a lock that must never be opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.

Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but at what cost?

Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.

My Review:
WOW! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book. I loved the first two books in this trilogy and I was hoping this one would be good too. It was even better. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. This is a must read series!

The story this time focuses on the same characters but they are in different locations. Drake is off on his own trying to figure out what he is going to do now that he doesn't have his powers anymore. Sam is back at the new place for all the kids from Rent-A-Kid that have escaped or been rescued. Luke and Lucy are on a mission with IPI to save the kids from Sam's crazy father Steele and the head of Rent-A-Kid.

While Sam wishes that Drake could be there for her when she delivers Ana she is also really angry with him for leaving in the first place. But she has her friends around and Darren who would like to be more than friends. When Ana is put in danger, Sam will do whatever it takes to rescue her and take down Steele. The plane crashes that Luke, Lucy and a bunch of IPI agents are on. So now they are stuck on a remote island with what seems like no way of getting off it. Here we meet Hunter, a hot IPI agent. Lucy and Hunter become involved in more than just the rescue mission of the kids. Drake has his own issues out on his own. He comes across a kid Toby that he seems to need help. Or will Drake end up needing help from Toby? I LOVED reading about Lucy and Hunter. They made being stuck on the island a good time. It was quite the experience with all the strange things that happened.

So much is revealed in this final installment. I have to say I was really shocked by all the revelations throughout the book. There is never a dull moment, there is always something exciting happening throughout. New friendships, new realtionships and non stop action. I was happy with how it ended. I just wish there was more books to this story. I would love to read more into the future about Lucy and Hunter. I highly recommend this trilogy is you haven't started reading it yet. You need to, it's so good!

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