Cover Reveal: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas.


The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin’s mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.

Pages: 720

 

Review of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Women of the Otherworld, #1

Pages: 436

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Elena Michael’s is the only female werewolf in the world. Her past has been filled with anger and violence, and for once Elena just wants to be human again.

After moving away from her pack, Elena is forced back to help hunt and kill rogue Werewolves who are challenging pack authority.

“Are you the welcoming committee? Or has Jeremy finally chained you up to the front gate where you belong?”
“I missed you too.”

This book was recommended to me by a friend some years ago, and it is Dreadfully good!! Elena is such a complex character. On the one hand, she is the mate of Clay, and she is desperately still in love with him, but he betrayed her by turning her into a werewolf. Her wolf once around her pack feels at home, but her human side is better away from the pack. She is capable of incredible anger but hates that about herself. She also Hates Clay about that too.

She is the strongest Tracker of her kind, and also the only female, a myth amongst her kind. She tracks rogue werewolves, and then mostly kills them. or warns them. Pack law is harsh.

“The truth is, if a werewolf behaved like this psychopath it wouldn’t be because he was part animal, but because he was still too human. Only humans kill for sport.”

Now Clay. oooo yummy. He’s pure crazy, killer, but he has a huge love for Elena. He’s much different from other Hero/Alpha male types that you see in Most Paranormal Romances. He’s a Killer, and he’s okay with that. He does what his pack leader/adopted father needs, whatever it takes.

“You forget, darling.
am the local psychopath.”

Armstrong packs a powerful first book punch. Her story world is filled with loss, anger, death, blood, love, and family.

It’s also less mystical than the rest. It’s gritty enough that it’s not that unbelievable. The way she describes the transformation from humans to wolf is descriptive and ugly, not at all the sexy that you get used to in most Paranormal Romances.

Recommended to —> 

If you like to read Crime novels, I recommend this to you 100% because, other than the odd change, it has all the mystery, violence and suspense of a good Crime novel.

“Spend too much time around these guys and you become a little too nonchalent about blood-soaked clothes and bodies in the trunk”

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Review of Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Midnight Breed #1

Pages: 402

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems.

For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.
Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues.

Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.
Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . .

Review

You just promised me eternity, you know. I can make you live to regret it.

If you follow my reviews you’ll know I LOVE Vampire Novels. Midnight Breed is like Black Dagger Brotherhood series in that they are a band of vampires hunting bad guys. They are slightly tortured brooding hero’s.

The Heroine

Gabrielle is unlike most heroines. She’s shy, but she’s not a push over. She prefers her own company, and is quite introverted.

I love it when I can relate to the heroines in the stories.

The Hero

Lucan is like all leaders. He’s tough and sacrificing, and very warrior like.

There was definitely insta-lust between them, but it slowly built up to a real connection.

I felt the ‘Breedmate’ solution was really great. The idea of the birthmark and hidden talents to assist the warriors was super clever, and unlike what I’ve read in other Paranormal Romance.

Maybe she should cut the guy a little slack, […] Maybe Thorne had been a no-show because something bad happened to him on the job.

What if he’d been injured in the line of duty and didn’t come by as promised because he was incapacitated in some way? Maybe he hadn’t called to apologize or to explain his absence because he physically couldn’t.
Right. And maybe she had checked her brain into her panties from the second she first laid eyes on the man.

Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

Rating:  🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Night Huntress #1

Pages: 358

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs.

She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires?

Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat

Review

Every now and there a book comes along to solidify my love of Paranormal Romance.

This is it. And it’s just the beginning of a marvelous series of books.

Whenever I re-read HTTG, I have a huge killer watt smile on my face.

The dialogue between Cat and the cast of characters is funny and clever and never boring.

Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!

Cat and Bones interaction is stunning. Cat is incredibly stubbon huntress and kills any vampire that she finds. Spurned on by a horrendous mother her ignorence about Vampires is slowly changing, influenced by Bones.

Bones basically fills the gap that Spike from Buffy had. Bleach blonde hair, British and very naughty. Plus he’s a vampire.

Cat was promised by Bones to find her Vampire father, if she helps him hunt the worst Vampires.

There is only one way to fight, and that’s dirty. Clean gentlemanly fighting will get you nowhere but dead, and fast. Take every cheap shot, every low blow, absolutely kick people when they’re down, and maybe you’ll be the one who walks away.

Overall, I love this series and I am re-reading the books and will be posting review in the next few weeks..

PS these books are the reasons I write and blog.

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Review: Personal Demons by Lisa Derochers

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Personal Demons, #1

Pages: 365

Genre: Paranormal, YA

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Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance—even her closest friends—and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrols in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy—all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them
Review:
Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers, is a story about Frannie, who is your typical high school student. Then two mysterious ( and gorgeous ) boys turn up at her school, Luc and Gabe. Each begins to vie for her affections, and both have an effect on her emotions. however its more than her affections they both want.. it’s her soul. Luc is a demon sent by the devil, and Gabe is an angel sent by God. There actions and feelings dictate Frannie and her choice he must make.

“But his eyes say what he can’t. I see it, clear as day, even if she doesn’t. He’d give up his wings for her. All she’d have to do is ask.”

There was a little love triangle going on, which was well done but not always my thing. however, the whole book wasn’t completely focused on this. I loved the descriptions that Desrochers gave of hell and like the reference to the smells of each emotion.

An entertaining read, with some great scenes and a lot of humour. Would definitely recommend

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Review: Dark Lover by J R Ward

“You have cable?” He nodded toward her TV.
She tossed him the clicker. “Sure do. And if I remember, there’s a Godzilla marathon on TBS tonight.”
“Sweet,” the vampire said, kicking his legs out. “I always root for the monster.”
She smiled at him. “Me, too.”

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1

Pages: 393

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

 

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The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

♡★♡★♡★♡★♡

This book has over 11,000 reviews on Goodreads, and the average rating is 4.21 out of 5. That’s pretty high!!

The book is a start of a new original vampire take. The vampires are alpha males, each with a dark past and an even darker wardrobe. They kill and fight Lessers- Creepy white-haired guys who smell of baby powder. They also don’t feed off humans, they feed off other vampire’s.

Let’s start with Wrath, JR Ward has a knack for creating Dark Brooding types, and this Blind King, is just the start for this series. He is moody, got a dark past, and of course going blind. He hasn’t stepped up and become king yet, through fear of failure and a drive to find those responsible for his parent’s death.

Beth is a half vampire although at the beginning she does not know this. Her father, friend of the King has just died and Wrath is looking to protect her.  Beth is kind, but she’s also not a walk over.

“Wrath dragged Beth into his arms and hugged her hard, talking in that other language again. When he pulled back, he ended the monologue with something like leelan.
Beth: “Is that vampire talk for bitch?”

JR Ward explains the world very well, between hellren, Shellen, Lessers, Omega and Scribe Virgin, JR ward delivers an awesome brutal world, filled with passion, blood, and action.

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Review: You Slay Me by Katie Maclister

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Aisling Grey, #1

Pages: 334

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Ashling’s first job as a courier for her uncle was to deliver an artefact. Upon delivery, she finds her customer dead and a very sexy Dragon who claims that she is his mate.

Ashling becomes the murder suspect, so to clear her name she must find out who really killed her customer. It becomes clear that her job as a courier is over when she realises she is, in fact, a Guardian to the gates of hell.

So to help her she summons a Demon, in the shape of a faithful Newfoundland, and gets herself a driver, and goes on an adventure that will save the otherworld…

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I’ve only previously read one of Katie MacAlister’s book from her ‘Dark Ones’ series and I loved it. Her comedy has perfect timing and she has a knack to write great, sassy heroine’s.

Throughout the book, MacAlister introduces several really strong characters which really build up the world which is full of mages, witches, dragons, demons, imps, doppelgangers, Demon Lords.. etc

I thought the world was very well introduced, it was overwhelming, and it was explained in a way that didn’t befuddle the reader.

I loved this book so much from about chapter 3 that I bought the entire series to read.

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Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Anita Blake, #1
Pages: 355
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Pity is an emotion that can get you killed. The only thing more dangerous is blind hate, and maybe love.”

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Anita is an animator, she brings the dead back to life, even for a brief moment. She also Kills the not so friendly neighbourhood vampires when they get a bit out of hand.

Only now, something is killing the Vampire’s and Anita has been called in to help then find the Killer of the dead.

with the help of Old, and new friends, Anita will need to fight whatever a 1000-year-old Master Vamp will throw at her.

“Important safety tip – never look a vampire in the eye.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but the series is on, book 26, so it’s a commitment.

I liked Anita. Often when a series is around just one character I can imagine it’ll get a bit tedious, but already she has so many layers I actually think I am going to love the series.

In some ways the series reminded me of TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Vamps out of the coffin, were-animals, bad case of religion.. etc, but Anita has much more dept.

Overall the writing is quick paced and whilst a lot is inner monologue, it perfectly describes Anita’s World.

Other characters; I loved Phillip. He was vulnerable in places like a child addicted to candy. I wanted to cuddle his big muscles.

I’ve heard Jean-Claude is a big thing in the rest of the series, but he mostly in a coffin for this one, but I am looking forward to the character development.

Such an interesting introduction to a world I know I am going to love. I cannot wait to get my teeth sunk into the rest of this series..

I Don’t date Vampires. I kill them.

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Review: The Vampire’s Kiss by Cynthia Eden

“I give to you my blood, my life. Take it, become one. One of the chosen. Be of the night. Be of me.

30251450Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: None

Pages: 199

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Savannah Daniels needs to die in order to execute vengeance against the monster that murdered her brother and his wife. Enter William Dark, a vampire who promises eternity and revenge in exchange for her company… for eternity.

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REVIEW:

For me, this is the quintessential Vampire Romance. It has everything that a good vampire novel should have.

After the wake of such Vampire pop culture as Buffy and Twilight, vampires tend to have a soul. They fill pages and pages feeling guilty about what they’ve done and they brood! – A lot! Which is fine.. for a while. Then you get a book like this with a character like William and it changes things. When I read this it was shortly after I had read Twilight, and William was my introduction to a more naughtier Vampire. Okay, sure at some point William is not happy to condemn her soul.. yadda, yadda.. But I am glad to see that about 4 paragraphs into it; he don’t care!! To say the least, it was refreshing for me.

This book also kicked off for me my true love for Paranormal Romance, so for this I am eternally grateful (get it!!) This was also the first Cynthia Eden book that I read and have been hooked ever since.

This book had the right mix of romance and action and was very sweet, but hot at the same time, and I Loved it!!
I no longer fear the darkness.
-Entry from the diary of Savannah Daniels de Montfort,
January 1, 2005.

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Review: A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Copy of Book Review (2)Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3

Pages: 699

Genre: Ya Fantasy

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With the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight within the next 24 hours, I thought I’d post my final thoughts on the previous book, ACOWAR.

I was super excited about this book. I even booked the day off work when it was released. With the cliffhanger from ACOMF, I wanted answers…

“A Shadow slammed into the eath before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon.
Not a shadow.
A Illyrian warrior. ”

From that point on I couldn’t stop smiling, and then when Rhysand came back on the page, I SQUEALED… Needless to say, the neighbourhood dogs started barking.

He leaned down, nuzzling my throat. “Don’t you want to comfort your mate, who has missed you terribly these weeks?”

In the previous books, War has been brewing between the King of Hybern, and the rest of Prythian. The Inner Circle are reunited, and it’s fabulous!! I love the way SJM has written the friendship; it is stunning.

Only you can decide what breaks you

Tamlin the tool is back, and earlier in the book, I felt nothing but anger to him, and by the end, I guess he made amends, a little.

The pace of the book was uneven but in a captivating way. the scenes of war were fast as expected, and the family comforting and almost warm.

“Night Triumphant- and the Stars Eternal.”

There was just no point in the book where it lulled for me. I never got bored, I never skipped pages, I just kept wanting more.

There are a few things I had wished that the SJM had answered, like relationships within the Inner Circle, her sister full gifts, and the outcome of other characters within the series, such as other High Lords.

I am sooooo pleased that there is a next book coming out, and maybe some answered.

In my opinion, these books are pure perfection, and SJM will have a fan for life…

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Review: A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Maas

To the Stars that Listen and the Dreams that are answered..

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2

Pages: 626

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

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Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

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This Book is the best out of the trilogy. There’s a lot in this book, and I can’t say much with creating spoilers, which will simply not do.

That being said…

Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord. Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord.Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Next Tuesday, A Court of Frost and Starlight is releasing, number 3.5 in the Court of Thornes and Roses series. So I thought in the lead-up, I will post my reviews of the previous books ( No spoilers!!)

Rating: 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale retelling

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Review:

WOW!!!

I was about a year late for the hype of this book. I read this book, the first time in January 2017, and it blew me away.

Firstly, the woman on the cover is wearing a very decorative feather outfit, and of course THAT tattoo (if you don’t know what I’m talking about -read it) IMHO, the cover is simple and tells you very little of the story until you have read it.

Prior to this, I hadn’t read any books with Faes in, and what the author calls Fae, I would think elves- like Lord of the Rings.

When you open the book, the first thing I notice is a Map of the magical realm called Prythian. It looks a little bit like The British Isles, with Hybern looking like Ireland. Prythian is broken up into courts, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, day and night courts, with a wall dividing them and the Mortal Realm.

The story begins with Feyre, a Human who kills a ‘Beast’ to ensure her family survive the winter. Her punishment lies on the other side of the Wall. She is brought to the Spring Court, by Tamlin- The High Lord.

Let me make this clear for you, girl: you can either come live at my home in Prythian- offer your life for the wolf’s in that way- or you can walk outside right now and be shredded to ribbons. Your choice. – Tamlin

Feyre is introduced to the cruel, but beautiful world of Prythain, with its strange dreamlike creatures, and curses. But can Beauty survive falling in love with the Beast?

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

Recommended to: Everyone!!!

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Review: A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Gemma Doyle, #1

Pages: 403

Genre: YA, Fantasy

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After the death of her mother, Gemma is sent to Spence, a boarding school in England. Gemma gets visions of the future, and along with a new set of friends, gets entangled in a Shadowy supernatural group The Order. Can she accept her destiny?

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“Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”

I was looking forward to this book, I have a great love of history and of paranormal, and this seemed like a great fit. I also thought that the title was so compelling.

I had never read anything by Libba Bray before but by a few sentences in I had already popped on Amazon and bought the sequels, A Sweet Far Thing & Rebel Angels.

The utterly gorgeous cover, the white corset, with the brown background just screams Victorian, so appeals to those who love Historical fiction.

“How I’d love to get away from here and be someone else for a while in a place where no one knows or expects certain things from me.”

Gemma Doyle is a strong, feminist character. Despite having a gift/curse, that she doesn’t understand, I found Gemma to be likeable. I also liked that her gift/curse was something believable if that makes sense.

There were quite a few chapter endings that had a shock, that keeps you reading and the friendships between the girls build so it has that feeling of a journey.

This book was great, and I haven’t finished the series yet. There are so many books getting in the way, but I am hoping to finish this year.

“May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it’s nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen’s health. Your mind is not a cage. It’s a garden. And it requires cultivating.”

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Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Vampire Academy, #1

Pages: 332

Genre: YA Fantasy, Vampire,

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“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

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I couldn’t review Twilight & Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, without adding a review for Vampire Academy.

I love the Red/Black cover, it’s very striking and the whole series stands out on my bookshelf really well.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

The novel starts halfway through the story. Lissa’s parents & brother have been killed, and they’ve been on the run for the two years. quickly, the story evolves, into a face paced adventure into their world.

High school Bully, cliques, Murder, Body Changes, and secrets are all adding up to a very sinister, funny, Young Adult fiction.

Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Princess Diaries meets Twilight

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Jessica, #1

Pages: 351

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Jessica gets a visit from a Romanian enigmatic vampire Prince – he’s also her fiance. He is there to win her heart, and take her home to prevent a war, and rule the Vampires.

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The cover and the title, makes it sound like yet another YA vampire book, and although its both of those things, it is also quite an emotionally charged book.

I’ve read more Adult Vampire Books- eg, Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I felt that Lucius was far more intense.

“…If anything else, all I ever did was love you….”

The Book was really funny.

“Why?”

“Because…because he’s so tall,” Mindy explained, like height was proof of good character. “And did I mention European?”

“Yes. It’s so much better to be stalked by a tall European that an American of average height.”

Lucius was funny, considering he was so serious, he was also quite funny.

“I like pink.”
Lucius sniffed. “It’s just red’s sorry, weak cousin.”

“Jessica. For god’s sake,” he said. “Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite ow what ‘women’s lib’ teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women’s superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us. This is the only form of servitude a Vladescu ever practices, and I perform it gladly for you. You, in turn, are obligated to accept graciously.”

I really loved this book, it was funny, a clever premise, the only problem is that the novels stopped at two. It needed more into the world. furthermore, there was no real ‘Guide’ feel to it, and there was no real dating either, but with a different title, I could have given it 5 stars.

Now whether the title was the publisher/editor change, I’m not sure but it doesn’t seem that the author had this title when writing the book.

I think the author could develop the series a bit more, but is very delightful read. 5 stars

Review: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Twilight, #1

Pages: 498

Genre: YA Fantasy,

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Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her Father, Charlie. She attends the local high school, where she meets Edward Cullen.

Edward is unlike any teenage boys his age, he has ice cold hands, his eyes change colour, he talks like he’s from a different time, and he is super fast. Bella is intrigued by him, but he gives the impression he hates her, and she doesn’t understand why.

Until she finds out that he is a Vampire. As are his family.

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

I read Twilight quite a few years ago, probably about 11 years ago, and it spurned what I call my second wave of book obsession… Previously when I was at school I read Night world, and Vampire Diaries, but they hadn’t fueled my obsession yet.

I was hooked, I consumed every book as soon as they came out, equally I loved the films so much.

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What I connected mostly was Bella’s awkwardness. She was socially inept. So was I. she preferred to read. So did I. I was 19 at the reading the first, and I was just happy that I could identify with a character who was a similar (at the time) age as me.

Edward- well, I loved him too. not so much in New Moon, but that’s for a different review!! Everyone pretty much knows the story now, of how the lion fell in love with the lamb, but as I get older I find myself wanting to re-read Twilight again.

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An amazing phenomenon of books and movies that have had mixed reviews since its inception. I personally love them, both as a teenager and now, and I feel very grateful, that because of this Genre of books, I have found further books, I feel so lucky to have read.

Review: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: No

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale re-tellings

Synopsis

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronesses…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Once again, this was a book that was hyped up on Bookstagram. The cover is beautiful and the chapter headings have this wonderful snow and forest theme. Throughout the book, when the beast’s monologue/letters are written with splashes of blood.

“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

The beginning of the book was slow. REALLLY slow. I thought for sure at some point I would abandon the book. The ending did feel kind of rushed to get the story to a conclusion, but overall I really did enjoy the book.

It wasn’t a book I would have stayed awake all night reading, because it didn’t hold my interest enough. That being said, between the dedication and the below Quote, I did fall in love with the author a little. Her descriptions of the forest and of the beauty were incredible, and I loved the imagery her words brought up.

It did have a Historical Fiction sort of feel, as the magic in the story was very nondescript which I did enjoy immensely, but I wish there were a bit more actions in the story.

The ending was OK. I know there are a lot of negatives about the ending, and it’s not your typical HEA, but it was interesting and for me probably the best part.

“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. she reminds us of what we used to be.

She reminds us of what we could be.”

Recommend for those who love Fairytale Retellings, and brutal heroines…

“if you’re reading this book, then you’re also that child reading by flashlight and dreaming of other worlds. Don’t be scared of her, that inner Beauty, or her dreams. Let her out. She’s you, and she’s me, and she’s magic.

Review: Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Sheilds

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Poison’s Kiss

Pages: 304

Genre: YA Fantasy

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This YA fantasy book is about Merinda. She is a Visha Kanya. A girl who survived several snake bites, and can now kill by kissing. until the Raja wants her to kill the boy she loves.

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The concept of this book excited me because it was unlike anything I read before. I had never read anything by Breena Shields before, but the gorgeous cover and forbidden romance intrigued me.

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The coiled snake and the gold paisley on the cover give it a sort of Aladdin feel, which I felt really subtly showed off the story. It was like a mix of old and new. The setting was Sudari, and in many ways had an Indian feel, to it. I felt very connected to it, and I felt the writer described the place beautifully.

However, I felt the pace of the story was very slow. It seemed that two-thirds of the book was explaining the world, and creating flashbacks, which did work, but there was very little action.

Marinda, was likeable enough, although, a little Naive. Which if I am honest begs the question.. Does her naivety make her innocent? mmm.. probably not. She never asks questions, she never rebels enough.. she’s not your typical heroine.

Now, onto Deven, to be honest, I didn’t really think enough was talked about him, and I couldn’t understand why she loved him. She didn’t exactly see much of him and he didn’t have that much of a personality to stand out. He was… meh.

The mythology of the Snake, tiger, crocodile, and bird was a great touch, but I feel that the author could have entered more of this mythology into the storyline.

Now, I don’t know whether it was me, but this book took me a long time to read, and I don’t whether it was me or the book.. I just wasn’t gripped enough to call it a page-turner, but it was an interesting read filled with so much more potential.

I understand from a Q&A from the author that it is part of a duo, and the next book is out January 2018. At the moment I am on the fence about whether I would purchase the book. Maybe after the book has sunk in a bit more.

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Daughter of the Pirate King, #1

Pages: 320

Genre: YA Fantasy

Okay, before I just explode from fangirling… I’ll explain what the book is about…

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Princess Alosa is the Daughter of the self-titled Pirate King Kalligan. He has sent her on a mission to find one of three maps that show the location of Isla de Canta. An Island full of untold riches and treasure. The Pirate King wants the treasure to ensure he stays King for a very long time…

Alosa is ‘kidnapped’ by the captain of the Night Farer Ship, looking for a ransom from her father. Alosa is on a mission to find map.. but the intriguing first Mate -The captain’s Brother- is a little too tempting…

This is a debut book for Tricia Levenseller, but it doesn’t show. She made me completely envious of the world they lived in, even with the violence and thievery. Her descriptions of the sea and the world were vivid.

“I live on the cusp of two worlds, trying desperately to fit into one.”
I loved Alosa. She was strong, and enough of a Pirate to know she wasn’t a pretender ( I hate those) She had enough fierceness without being a bitch, and I loved it.

She had some of those bizarre eccentricities that Jack Sparrow had that I love for example:

“If you’re sorry, that means you want forgiveness. Is that what you’re asking for? If you want forgiveness, that means you want to make things right. And if you want to make things right, that means that you don’t intend to put me in harm’s way again. So, if you are saying you’re sorry, I don’t think you understand what that entails.”
Riden’s allegiance to his nauseous inducing brother was commendable. Even, when he did not agree with his brother’s actions he remained faithful.

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The Romance between the two was even paced, steady and a bit slow, but it was clear the feelings were manifesting over the course of the book. Alosa & Riden were cut from the cloth, but there is much more that can be developed between the characters.

I checked out Tricia Levenseller GoodReads page which says that the series is a duology, and the final book is out in February 2018. Definitely, pre-order!!!

Review: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Harry Potter #8??

Pages: 309

Genre: Play, YA Fantasy,

Harry Potter is back!!

The Cursed Child starts 19 years later with Harry saying goodbye to his youngest son, as he makes his way to Hogwarts for his first year. – Okay, I have to say ‘ I open at the close’

After all his adventures, Harry is now a ministry employee, and as such steals a Time-Turner from Theodore Nott. He keeps it, instead of handing it into the Ministry- Still breaking the rules- I love it.

Harry then gets a request from Amos Diggory- Cedric’s Dad- to use the Time Turner to bring back Cedric from the dead. Harry, refuses, but his son, Albus Severus, overhears, and along with his best friend Scorpios Malfoy, decide to make sure Cedric survives the Tri-wizard Tournament. What they don’t realise is that changing such a seemingly small thing, can alter the fate of the entire wizarding world.

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Review:

Where to start… it’s a play.. At first I didn’t like it. The format, to me was not what I wanted from the long awaited sequel. I’ve read plays before, and I feel that emotions are never really explored, and that connection you feel to characters cannot possibly be there. I was right. – Don’t get me wrong, I loved the story and the overall feeling of the book. It felt as magical as it should, but I couldn’t connect with Albus or Harry.
To me it felt like really really good Fanfiction.

The character were really OOC, in some cases this was a bad thing. Except for one of my favourite characters- Draco Malfoy. The Malfoys, Scorpios and Draco made this play better for me. Draco was the most OOC person in it, but he seemed to be the character at the end of Deathly Hallows that had changed the most, so he was perfect.

Hermione was flat, Ron was a joke, and Harry was really a tosser. Ginny barely had a personality, Snape was nice, and why the HECK wasn’t Neville in it.. and there wasn’t enough Hagrid..

Ugh.. all these things sound like I hated it- I didn’t, I loved it!! I smiled all throughout the story. It was a great story- just not a great Harry Potter Story.. Maybe I’ll think differently after I read the whole lot again..

Review: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Guildhunter, #4

Pages: 310

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more..

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Review:

Dmitri was always an enigma, clearly very old, and very sexual. In previous books, his loyalty to Raphael is unwavering as is the Archangel’s. It was great to see his story, and the story of their friendship.

His back story was powerful and sad, and cruel. The world that Nalini Singh created is cruel, but also very beautiful. I enjoyed the flashbacks, and his point of view. The sexual smells, almost seem edible. Her descriptions of places, people, death are what I love about this author. She is undeniably one of the great Paranormal Writers right now!

“An instant later, they were kissing. It was no light brush this time, no exploring touch. This was all tongues and teeth and wicked wetness as he kissed her like a man who had rough, sweaty, dirty sex on his mind and didn’t care if she knew it.”

My Dmitri:

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“While Dmitri, as the leader of Raphael’s Seven, could not accept such a weakness, the mortal he’d once been, the one who had loved a woman with a wide mouth and eyes of slanted brown . . . that man understood what it was to love so deeply it was a kind of beautiful madness.”

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Review: Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Guild Hunter, ‘#3

Pages: 324

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The Third Installment of the Guild Hunter Series starts after Elena & Raphael get back to New York, fresh from the fight. ( No Spoilers)

Problem is the weather is getting crazy and so are the residents! From Vampires going on Killing sprees to archangels going mental.. It all signifies one thing. An Ancient Archangel is rising from Sleep. Whilst dealing with the usual crap from her father, the craziness is creating a dangerous situation for innocents close to her.

Each Guild Hunter book builds on Elena’s secrets in her past, and also her relationship with tall, dark & winged.

“You are mine, Elena. If you choose to sleep in another bed, I will simply pick you up and bring you home.”

It was great to see both sides of their relationship and also the utter faith that they will fall with each other. Nalini Singh has this amazing ability to build a well thought out world and an achingly beautiful romance that screams of passion & trust. AGH! I want an angel..

That made her pause. “Husband” was too human, “partner” factually wrong for a being as powerful as an archangel, “mate”…perhaps. But none of it was quite right. “Mine,” she said at last.

He blinked and when he raised his lashes again, the blue was liquid fire. Yes, that will do. “But for public consumption, you are my consort.”

“Consort,” she murmured, tasting the word, feeling it’s shape. “Yes, that fits.”

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Review: Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Guild Hunter, #2

Pages: 323

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The second instalment in the Guild Hunter Series is just as sensual, passionate and intriguing as the first.

Elena has awoken after a year in a coma, with indigo white tipped wings. Yet the world is not going to let her recover. She is a Made Angel and still Hunter Born. Which makes her a fascination among the Angels. Fascinating enough to kill.

Bodies begin to pile up once again, with a personal message directed at Elena. Her powers as an angel are developing, but she is both weak, and Raphael’s Weakness.

As Elena’s past hurts resurface and ancient Angels go mad, Raphael’s and Elena relationship is still tenuous.

“He’d kill for her, destroy for her, savage anyone who dared attempt to take her from him.
And he would never let her go…even if she begged for her freedom.”

YES!!!!

Elena’s & Raphael’s relationship was perfect. Alpha Male yumminess from Raphael and she totally kicked ass!! I love that their relationship is new and they are still trying to trust each other.

I also loved the fact that Elena’s gift was changing to something real. Not something that was too far-fetched, just perfect. I love gushing over this series.

“He knew what he was. He knew what he was capable of. He also knew that if he broke her, he’d despise himself for all eternity.”

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Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Van Alen Legacy, #1

Pages: 302

Genre: YA Fantasy

Blue Bloods is the first in the Van Alen Legacy Series. It stars the lives of Fanged & Fabulous kids from Manhattan, who find out they are actually Blue Bloods- Vampire’s. So pop the Champagne, and take a trip inside the lives of the super rich & privileged ‘It’ Crowd.

I have read this book several years ago, but the series is now complete. I have a few Teen Vampire Romances, and I LOVED them.. They are addicting.

The cover, is simply genius: pearls and bite marks- perfect for the lifestyle of these young and fanged.

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The book starts out with Schuyler Van Alen and her Best friend Oliver, at a club called the Bank. The club next door, Palladium, features the IT crowd, Mimi & Jack Force, and Bliss. The lines between cliques become really blurred as their fellow classmate from Duchense is killed that same night.

Schuyler & Bliss are then invited to the Committee, where they find out they are Vampires that are reincarnated after their physical shell dies after about 100 years. Except that Schuyler is different, she’s a new soul, instead of a reincarnation… & that’s not a good thing. There is something out there killing the vampire’s, and they will not be recycled.

Overall, it’s a good premise and start to the series, however, the romance between Jack and Schuyler is redundant. He’s a first class Jack-ass- and what is happening with him & his sister??!!

It was a great beginning to a series and it was filled with mythology, and overall 5/5 sparkles