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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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: The Burn (The Burn #1) by Annie Oldham

The Burn 

Book: The Burn (The Burn #1)
Author: Annie Oldham
Publisher: Annie Oldham
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.

She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

My Review:
The Burn is a dystopian that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

To what once was the United States is now New America (aka The Burn) a hundred years after The Event. People will do anything to survive and it is illegal to have a gun or live outside of the government controlled cities. Medical supplies and food are given out once a month and people will fight or even kill to get some. Everyone has a tracker put inside their arm/wrist so they can be tracked by the government.

Under the ocean is an entirely different world, The Colonies. They were formed by scientists after The Event. People up on The Burn just know The Colonies as stories. This is where we first meet Terra. She does not like living below the ocean where everything is controlled. She learns about The Burn in school from her teacher Mr. Klein. She has always dreamed of what it would be like to live on land where she could do what she wants. Her family and friends think she is crazy to be thinking this way. She will make a huge sacrifice to leave The Colonies.

Once on The Burn she saves someone's life. She also quickly finds out how people really live on The Burn and just how dangerous life here is. Terra is taken in by a group of people who live outside the cities hidden inside of an old abandoned school. While some trust her many do not. She must learn to adapt to life here fast or risk being captured and put in a work camp or ending up dead.

The story was well written, descriptive but not overdone and the characters were as likable as they could be due to their circumstances. Terra's sacrifice to leave The Colonies for The Burn was really gross to me and made my stomach turn. I was glad when that scene was over. The story is fast paced with lots of action and suspense. There is twist at the end that leaves the reader wanting to know what is going to happen next. I know I do! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review: The Eternal Child by David Wasserman

The Eternal Child 

Book: The Eternal Child
Author: David Wasserman
Publisher: Outskirts Press 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source: Signed Paperback Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
For centuries, Alex Montera has led a life of running and hiding. That all changes when he comes to the rescue of Iris Lisant

My Review:
The Eternal Child was a fun, lighthearted vampire novel. It was fast paced with lots of action, some romance and great friendship.

Alex has been a vampire for many, many years and has had a bounty of his head for most of that time. Many things have changed in his life over the years. Some good, some bad. One night he saves a human girl, Iris and that changes the course of his life once again. It's from then on that Alex and Iris are drawn to each other.

I enjoyed their relationship and how it took some time to develop. I really liked their friends and their day to day banter. At the same time we can't forget that there are many others after Alex and that includes them coming after Alex's friends.

The plot was good and the story was well written. There was some inconsistency and some of the scenes were a little over descriptive for me. Other than that it was really good and I enjoyed reading it. The ending had a cliffhanger that I did not see coming at all. It really through a twist into the story and then it ended with to be continued. I am hoping that there will be a sequel sometime soon.

This book was provided to me for review. This did not effect my review in any way. 
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