Burning Embers – Fiona Jeeves

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Burning Embers – Fiona Jeeves

The empire has been crumbling for three hundred years. But among the kingdoms fighting for dominance, Feia must learn that the most powerful thing in any world, is to be able to accept and love who you are.

Abandoned as an infant at a Temple, it is time for Feia to break free. Persecuted and held at knife-point, she is forced to defend herself and destructive magic awakens within. This new power brings premonitions of her homeland, Arngeir destroyed by a mysterious army. In order to warn the nobility, and save Arngeir, Feia must leave everything behind and make the dangerous journey north.

Beyond the Temple boundaries there is no protection from the elements, the dangers of the road or the Champions of Light, hunters of anyone who dares to be different.

Her power could be her salvation or her damnation.

A young adult fantasy, with danger, romance and a desperate need for self-discovery.

Burning Embers by Fiona Jeeves
Series: The Shadows Return #1
three-half-stars
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eBook
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Have you ever read a book that you start and you immediately think, “hmm, I don’t think I’m going to like this one, but I’m going to stick with it for a bit longer before calling it quits,” then you read a little more and–surprise!–you actually really enjoy it?

This was one of those books for me. I didn’t think I’d like it when I first started it and it actually took me a couple of chapters before I really got into the story. Even though there was a lot happening, it seemed like it was somewhat slow to start somehow. I guess because it took a bit for me to get used to the writing style and the story didn’t immediately grab my attention.

I honestly didn’t feel connected to the storyline until after Feia left the Temple and “randomly” stumbles across Rhyode–a handsome stranger who is extremely intent on helping her, despite not knowing her personally. It takes a bit of coaxing and Rhyode saving her life before Feia finally agrees to travel with him–going so far as to make a spirit oath with him, which is essentially an unbreakable bond only released by death. While Rhyode seems somewhat shady to begin with, this was the moment where I thought, “oh man. Shit is gonna hit the fan.” because obviously making an unbreakable oath with someone you’ve known all of ten minutes isn’t the smartest idea–even if he did save your life and says he wants to help you learn to control your magic. There’s just not something right here, you know? So while I actually love Rhyode’s character, there are a few things that come out toward the end of the book about him that could potentially be very, very bad for Feia. So, nothing like dropping a bomb regarding one of my favorite characters and then ending there. 0_0

The friendship between Feia and Vesta was so sweet to witness, too. From casual acquaintances to the best of friends; sisters–their friendship is what every girl desires in another female. It’s sweet and supportive and honest and just so fricken cool. That was one of my favorite aspects of this book. Feia is learning who she really is and discovering herself for the first time in her life, and it’s so awesome that she has this friend who grew up in the same place she did and knows the struggles of growing up there, yet encourages her to be better. Feia also helps Vesta begin to heal from the horrible crap that poor girl has had to face since leaving the Temple.

The power Feia has is incredible, but it’s kind of frightening at first and I wasn’t entirely sure which direction the author was going to go with it. I knew the book had to end reasonably well, but I wasn’t sure where that left her magic. Thankfully, you gain a lot of answers regarding the past Feia can’t remember and why she has such strong magic in the first place. Rhyode does end up helping her quite a bit with learning to control it and proves to be quite the asset, despite the fact he’s terribly mysterious and has his own rather frightening magical gift. There’s a slight romance between Rhyode and Feia that I’m interested in seeing develop, but don’t read this book for the romance aspect of it. The biggest theme is definitely self-discovery and learning her magic, while learning to trust and friendship is probably next. The romance aspect is dead last, but it’s still sweet enough to add a nice little thrill 🙂

In all, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I originally thought I would and I’ll probably end up reading the next book(s) in the series so I can find out what’s going on with the characters and how Feia is going to do in this next adventure in her life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy and either doesn’t enjoy romance in their books or don’t need to have it in their books to enjoy the story. You might end up finding a new favorite!

 

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three-half-stars

Untamed – Madeline Dyer

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Untamed – Madeline Dyer

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides--because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

Untamed by Madeline Dyer
Series: Untamed #1
four-stars
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

As I stated a few posts back, I’m a big fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic. But since this is such a popular genre, it’s not always easy to find a book that’s well-written or one that I feel like I can connect with and get into.

Thankfully, not only was this book well-written, but it was also incredibly engrossing. It actually reminded me a bit of Scott Westerfield’s Uglies, which was perfectly fine with me because I love that series. The post-apocalyptic, trying to make the “normal” people “perfect” to create a “perfect society”, the main character not knowing who they really are and struggling with the consequences of her decisions. The world-building and character development in this book were super impressive, and I enjoyed how in-depth the author went with the personalities.

This book opens up with Seven’s companions telling her that her mother willingly chose to go with the Enhanced–the society of people who are essentially addicted to these drugs that transform you from an ordinary human into one with enhanced senses–but she wholeheartedly believes that they’re lying because there’s no way her mother would choose to become one of them. They’ve lived their entire lives hating the Enhanced and fighting against them with everything they have; why would her mother betray them in that way?

The story goes from there. All throughout, Seven is wondering what really happened to her mother, and she’s determined to learn the truth. Certain events transpire and she finds herself wanted by both The Enhanced and the Untamed–those who haven’t gone through the “enhancement” process–and she begins to question everything she’s ever known. Every step of the way, she struggles with doing what she’s always believed is right and giving herself up to what seems to be the easier way of life.

And then there’s Corin–the man who confuses her and treats her like crap most of the time, but she can’t deny that she’s inexplicably attracted to him. Their bond intensifies after he rescues her from the Enhanced, and then it continues to grow and change throughout the story. His words say he’s not interested–disgusted by her, in fact–but his actions say the opposite. The growth of their friendship/relationship is extremely well done, and I definitely enjoyed watching the progress between the two.

Being inside Seven’s head while she’s so conflicted was somewhat confusing, and I think that’s the only minus to this book for me. I had to reread several pages where I wasn’t understanding if what she was seeing was real or if it was a Seer dream–or even just a “normal” dream. I kind of wish the author had made the transition from reality to her visions a little less jarring so it could’ve been easier to follow, but it wasn’t bad enough to where I felt like I couldn’t catch on eventually. I did knock it down from a five- to a four-star review for that reason, however. I think I understand the reasoning behind blurring those lines a bit–her brain is a mess after being in the “care” of the Enhanced, after all–but the confusion slightly lessened my appreciation of an otherwise fantastically written novel.

There are secrets, lies, intrigue, and a dash of romance in this story–and holy cow, the action. The action played out like a movie, and I was incredibly impressed with the detail and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Even though the transition between the dream world and reality was a bit confusing, Seven’s narration was fascinating. The author somehow managed to create a main character who is both a strong badass and a frightened teenager who’s just trying to survive without sacrificing her morals in the process.

All in all, I fricken loved this book. It does end on a cliffhanger, so if that’s a no-go for you, you might want to binge the whole series rather than read them individually. I’m definitely going to have to read the next book as soon as I can cause I gotta know what happens next! Highly recommend!

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four-stars

Society of Wishes – Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

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Society of Wishes – Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.

Society of Wishes by Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh
Series: Wish Quartet #1
four-half-stars
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, Review Copy
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This was such a cool book. The authors took the concepts of magic and the afterlife and completely reinvented both to create a thoroughly unique and fascinating world unlike any other I’ve ever read. The book held my attention and made me desperate to learn more about this mysterious society.

The main character, Jo, is an exceptionally talented hacker and the book opens with her working her biggest hack yet. There’s no shortage of action in the first scene, which immediately caught my attention and made me want to know what happened next. Unfortunately, the events that lead to Jo being initiated into the Society and the outcome of her wish is rather sad, but watching her eventually find her purpose within her new world is all part of the enjoyment of reading this book.

The Society kind of reminds me of what we would think of as purgatory in the sense that this is after their earthly lives are over, but instead of it being a place of torment, it’s where a group of men and women with ancient magic use their individual gifts to help grant wishes of people in the living world. Due to the nature of the wish, something has to be exchanged–for instance, Jo wished for her best friend’s life to be saved, therefore giving up her own life (read: existence) in the process.

There’s a huge mystery shrouding this novel, particularly regarding Snow–the leader of the Society–and Pan, a strange, not quite human woman whom Jo is extremely wary of, though she can’t figure out why. I was hoping a little bit more would be revealed about these two, but alas, my questions are as of yet unanswered, and this part of the series ends on a slight cliffhanger. Thankfully, at the end of the book, there’s a note regarding the prequel novella, which I got for free by signing up for Elise’s newsletter, and I’m not gonna lie; I’m going to devour the heck outta that thing. Snow captivated me from his first appearance in this book, and I can’t wait to get to know more about him and his story. I have a few ideas from what I read of the blurb, but I can’t wait to read it nonetheless.

There are some major sparks flying between Jo and Snow. I can’t wait to see what progresses between these two; I think there could be an incredibly interesting and sweet relationship between them. Jo is the only one who stands up to Snow and challenges him, and Snow is surprisingly gentle with her in a way he isn’t with anyone else. There were a couple of sweet, swoony moments between them that I loved.

I seriously loved this book. The fantasy, mystery, a little bit of romance, and the different personalities of the characters–all of it was great. There were a couple moments where I kind of wanted to facepalm at Jo’s choices, but I couldn’t necessarily fault her for her reasons behind them, either. In any event, this was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

 

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four-half-stars

The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;2) A person’s undoing;3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
five-stars
Genres: Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, New Adult, Office Romance
Pages: 369
Format: eBook
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OMG. 

Since it’d been announced a few months ago that they would be making a movie based on this book, it’s been particularly popular in Romancelandia–two years after it’s publication. I’d kind of been putting off reading it, mostly because I’ve had so many other titles on my TBR list and not enough time. I finally had a little bit of time to read it and decided I wanted to see what all the fuss was about–especially before the movie comes out 🙂

Wellllll. I definitely get the appeal! This book had everything that I love: romance, humor, an awkward but lovable heroine, an asinine but secretly hilarious and sweet hero, heat, and lots of heart. There was honestly nothing I disliked from this book–well, except for the fact that Josh/ua is my ex’s name and that threw me off for a bit, ha. However, I like this Josh WAY more, so I got over it fast. 😛

The premise of this book is one of my favorites. Enemies to lovers + office romance; I read the blurb and knew I needed to read this book. The snark and sexual tension are definitely the driving forces in this novel. They kept me glued to the pages, even during the “slow” parts. Lucy and Josh are hilarious but often quite brutal with each other–helloooo, you two, it’s obvious you’re in love–and it’s an interesting journey to witness. From their beginning of mutual distrust and antagonism to falling in love, it’s a hilarious, beautiful story.

Lucy is an awkward, sassy, witty, sweet woman with a lot of ambition and the unwillingness to let anything get in the way of her dreams–especially the attractive but extremely irritating man who sits across from her at work. She’s been underestimated a time or two and she’s certainly not going to let this man or their bosses make the mistake of underestimating her now; especially not with her drive and her work ethic. I have to say, despite being quick to jump to the wrong conclusion and a huge amount of defensiveness, Lucy is one of my favorite female characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Her narration is just perfect and I loved being inside her head–especially once she started easing up on Josh a bit.

Josh is sexy but irritating and just plain mean most of the time. He’s surly and keeps to himself, refusing to even offer a smile to our lovely little heroine. Every so often, though, she gets glimpses of who he is capable of being–the melodious, contagious laugh; the grins he tries so hard to hide from her; the soft expression that sometimes graces his eyes when he looks at her. I had a major crush on Josh before they were even nice to each other (seriously; what is it about the assholes in books?).

They keep up their hostility by making snide remarks and exchanging scathing glances until they finally admit to themselves that they have feelings for the other. After that, new problems are introduced. The transition from enemies to lovers is interesting; Josh sucks at communication and Lucy is completely guarded and insecure, and a lot of that has to do with how she and Josh have treated each other for so long. While this book did make me laugh out loud, there was quite a bit of heart and angst that made my chest ache. Of course, there’s a HEA and it’s so freaking sweet and I couldn’t be happier with the way things end up for these two.

I absolutely adored this book and I can see it quickly becoming one of my perpetual re-reads. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it! It’s definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. Highly, highly recommend–especially if you love romantic comedies that make you feel <3 And if you do read it, make sure you come back and comment to let me know what you think of it!

 

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five-stars

COVER REVEAL: Finding Home – J.C. Valentine

by J.C. Valentine
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

FINDING HOME

by J.C. Valentine
Roped by the Cowboy, #1
Publication Date: October 18, 2018
Cover Credits: J.C. Valentine
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Cowboy, Duet

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SYNOPSIS

Life is unpredictable. Vee learned that the hard way and did the only thing she could: she ran. But life isn’t about to let her off easy.

Nash is everything a woman wants and nothing Vee could have planned for. Gorgeous with his sexy blue-eyed stare, toned body, and wearing a cowboy hat, he’s the perfect package and Vee’s ideal rebound. Too bad he wants nothing to do with her. That’s fine. Vee wasn’t looking for love anyway, but her meddling new roommate has other ideas.

Two people from different worlds shouldn’t make sense, but desire is an animal that won’t be denied. With secrets lurking on both sides of the fence, however, it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

 
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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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The Wasteland – K.A. Knight

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The Wasteland – K.A. Knight

The world ended and with it so did the rules.

I was stolen from my family and raised in the Wastelands to the North. I did what I had to ensure my survival. I became The Champion, with my history carved into my skin for all to see.

Now I spend my days drinking and hiding from my past until four newcomers offer me a job I can’t refuse. When my past and future mix I must once again rise and fight. This time it’s not for my freedom, it's for my happiness.

*Contains triggers and a cliffhanger ending. This is a dark Dystopian RH.

The Wasteland by K.A Knight
Series: Their Champion #1
three-stars
Genres: Dark, Dystopian, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Reverse Harem, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
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I’m a fan of the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genres, so I was immediately intrigued by the blurb for this book. I’m not gonna lie, though; for the first third of this book, I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I honestly didn’t really like the heroine, nor did I feel like I could connect with her in any way. That’s an integral part of a story for me, and since I found that connection to be rather lacking, the book sort of dragged for me. Her attitude got old quick, and especially considering this book was written in the first person in her point of view, it wasn’t a huge draw.

After a certain point, though, it started to pick up and I felt more drawn into the story. There were some major insta-lust/insta-love themes that I was kind of meh about–I prefer the love to build and grow–but I enjoyed her guys, including one who doesn’t come in until much later and is pretty much a psycho. I started liking Worth/Taz a bit more, especially when she began to allow herself to be a little vulnerable with these men. She’s definitely a badass and I understand why she became so hardened, but I just don’t much care for that type of female character.

You get to know a bit of her past, but not a whole lot about the guys. You start to get a glimpse of their backgrounds, but not super in-depth, so I have a feeling that’ll come as the series progresses. There was a huge Mad Max vibe throughout the story; the world building was pretty well done and the explanation of the different fractions of people was interesting.

Honestly, I’m feeling slightly confused by this one. I certainly didn’t hate the book–I wouldn’t even go so far as to say I disliked it, but I didn’t love it either. I feel like the series has potential and I’ll probably read the next one when it comes out, especially since there’s a huge cliffhanger at the end and I’m curious to know how that’s handled in the next book, but this one was just okay for me. I’m not a big fan of the writing style and I honestly couldn’t tell you why that is, just that it wasn’t my favorite. I never really connected to the tone of her writing. It definitely wasn’t a bad book by any means, but it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but I’ve seen tons of people recommend this book through book groups I’m in, so maybe my hopes were set a little too high. I’m not sure.

In any event, I’ll definitely be reading the next book and I do feel like there’s some major potential here. And as always, if this book sounds even the slightest bit interesting to you, don’t let my personal review keep you from reading it! Just because I didn’t 100% “click” with this book doesn’t mean you won’t. 🙂

 

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three-stars

Touched by Death – Ruby Ryan

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Touched by Death – Ruby Ryan

Four sexy gods of death—Thanatos, Anubis, Mictlantecuhtli, and Morrigan—vie for one woman's eternal soul.

Beth Carter is a private investigator preparing for the biggest case of her life. When she narrowly misses getting hit by a train, she counts her blessings and goes about her day.

But in the underworld, the representatives of death from every pantheon were already preparing to harvest her soul and escort it to the afterlife. Beth’s near-miss causes the wheels of fate to come to a screeching halt—and rips some gods out of the underworld.

Now four gods of death walk the earth: the Greek god Thanatos, the Egyptian deity Anubis, the Aztec immortal Mictlantecuhtli, and the Celtic goddess Morrigan. Still hungry for Beth’s soul, they must discover what strange fluke caused Beth to avoid her fate—and then bring her soul back to the underworld before it’s too late.

Yet Beth isn’t ready to accept their harsh truth, especially while focusing on her career-making case. Can she find a way to convince them to let her stay in the mortal realm? Or will she eventually succumb to their almost lustful desire for her soul?

Gods of Death is the new Reverse Harem Romance trilogy from Ruby Ryan. It’s a slow-burn romance packed with humor, drama, and supernatural action. Happily Ever After 100% guaranteed!

Touched by Death by Ruby Ryan
Series: Gods of Death
four-stars
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem
Format: ARC, eBook

This was such a good book. I had never read anything by Ruby Ryan prior to this, so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing style, but I knew from the blurb that I had to read this story. I’m a huge fan of mythology–especially Irish and Egyptian–so that was a huge plus in my book that she included Morrigan and Anubis. Plus, while I’ve read books that had gods in them, I hadn’t read about gods of death and I was super excited to dig my teeth into this one.

Let me begin by saying the heroine–Beth–is a strong, independent, “don’t give a shit” woman who I would normally struggle with, but somehow the author wrote her in a way that I didn’t find arrogant or off-putting. Honestly, that’s a huge feat for me because while I love the independent woman attitude, it can turn ugly quick if you take it too far. In any event, Beth isn’t arrogant, but she does know who she is and her attitude is kind of refreshing in a sea of books with characters who don’t know who they are. Don’t get me wrong, I like those characters as well, but there are a time and a place for them … and for this book, Beth’s personality is perfect. She needs that moxy to be able to get through her interactions with these gods, lol.

Thanatos cracked me up so bad in this book. Poor guy just can’t take a hint. He’s also terrible at reading the situation. If you read my review of Starstruck–where aliens “invade” the earth and the hero is like a fish out of water–then you have kind of an idea of what I’m talking about here. All of them acted like this to a point, but Thanatos was by far the worst. He couldn’t understand why Morrigan kept insisting he be a little more careful of the things he says and try not to be quite so blunt all the time. It was a hilarious interaction that was so well done, and I’m smiling while writing this because it made me chuckle.

Anubis is the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome. He’s super chill and has a very calming air about him. He seems to take great consideration of the words he wants to say before he speaks them. He’s also very serious and contemplative. He also knows very little about this modern world, but he tends to think a little more than our dear friend Thanatos. He’s somewhat of an enigma and I’m looking forward to getting to know him a bit more in the books to come.

Mictlantecuhtli–lovingly nicknamed Mick, thank God–is definitely the lighthearted one of the group. He’s a bit of a jokester and enjoys teasing Beth and his fellow gods. He’s also a huge bookworm, and he’s absolutely amazed at all the available texts to read in this world. It’s fascinating to read his POV where he’s expressing his intense awe for all the various pieces of literature, and it also kicks you in the pants a bit to remember to be grateful for all the amazing books so readily available to us all. That was a lovely reminder and I cherished his childlike fascination. I’m excited to get to know him more, as well. His teasing and funny little quips throughout the book were some nice touches.

Then we have Morrigan … holy cow, she is a firecracker. She’s the one who seems to understand the modern world the most and is by far the most comfortable while being here. She’s also incredibly beautiful and she knows it 100% and isn’t afraid to show off her many assets–which happens to come in handy later in the book during a case they’re all on. I’m not a big fan of F/F themes, so that was my only negative here. I guess because it’s not something I’m into personally, so reading it just isn’t my thing, but it wasn’t enough to keep me from enjoying this book, nor will it keep me from reading the next books. I greatly enjoyed Morrigan’s character–if nothing else, for her immense entertainment value. She’s hysterical, lol.

There’s a wonderful amount of intrigue and the inner workings of politics. I’m not big on politics in general, especially in my books, but this was well done. Plus it’s more geared toward one of the politicians’ personal life rather than his politics, so it wasn’t like pulling teeth to read, ha. There was actually a significant amount of creep factor with this case that genuinely freaked me out.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think it’s going to be a good trilogy 🙂 Also, it’s release day, so, woohoo!! If this book sounds at all interesting to you, make sure you go check it out! We’ve gotta support our awesome indie authors. Then make sure you come back here and tell me what you thought of it!

 

 

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four-stars

Bound By Magic – Sadie Moss

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Bound By Magic – Sadie Moss

Magic I never wanted. Power I can’t control. And four alluring men who are the key to it all.

Ever since the Great Death killed two thirds of the magical population, the magically Gifted have used their powers to oppress the Blighted—anyone without magic. Surviving as one of the Blighted in a city like Denver means I have to be quicker, smarter, and fiercer than the magical beings that rule the city.

I get by just fine working as a mercenary and assassin until I take a job on my twenty-fifth birthday. What should be a routine take-down of an incubus and his buddies turns into a major clusterf#ck when something inside me goes haywire.

Turns out, I do have magic. And it’s so powerful, it’s bound these four men to me.

Jae, the thoughtful, intelligent mage with a sadness in him I can’t help but want to heal. Fenris, the sexy, devil-may-care wolf shifter with the killer grin. Akio, the incubus who pushes all my buttons—in the best and worst ways. And Corin, the human from my past who still holds a piece of my heart.

They’re part of an underground rebellion working for equality among the races and fighting back against the magical elite. And according to them, I may just be the missing piece in their battle.

I’m Lana Crow. Mercenary. Gifted. Rebel. And my story is just beginning…

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Bound by Magic is the first book in the Magic Awakened trilogy, a slow-burn reverse harem urban fantasy series featuring a badass heroine, magical intrigue, and four sexy-as-sin men.

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Bound by Magic by Sadie Moss
Series: Magic Awakened #1
four-stars
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem
Format: ARC, eBook

Okay, so if you’ve been reading my blog at all for the last couple of months, you know that I’ve been seriously into the reverse harem genre recently. It’s actually getting to the point where I’ve almost read everything that’s available right now, so when an RH ARC opportunity is presented, I make sure I take advantage of it. And really, one of my favorite things about being so involved in the indie community is the fact that you have access to so much really good material–whether that’s through KU (kindle unlimited), ARC opportunities or review copies. There is so much talent in this community and I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to have the opportunity to review so many books that are just as good–if not better–than those in the mainstream market.

This is yet another book written by an author who is new to me, but I now consider myself a fan. I love Sadie’s writing style and she’s created a heroine I quite enjoyed getting to know. Lana is strong while maintaining vulnerability and she’s trying to survive in a world where non-magic people–known as Blighted–are looked down upon and treated as if they’re nothing. Years prior, there was the Great Death, which wiped out two-thirds of the magically inclined–called the Gifted–that gave way to the horrific treatment of the Blighted by the Gifted.

Lana is a mercenary, making her living by taking random jobs from the Gifted in hopes of surviving another day and keeping a low profile. It isn’t until a job gone bad on her twenty-fifth birthday that she discovers she has magic, too. And not only does she have magic, but she’s now bound to four drop-dead gorgeous men, each with an astronomically different personality that calls to hers in separate ways. Jae is a mage; he’s cool and collected and nothing–except his family–seems to rock his boat. He’s the one comfort Lana clings to when she’s first told what’s going on, and she gloms onto his peaceful presence as she desperately tries to navigate this new world. Fenris is a wolf shifter; he’s like a giant puppy–he’s constantly warm and always smiling. He always has a joke or silly quip up his sleeve and his friendliness makes him so easy to love. Corin is a human; he’s the boy from her past with scars so deep from when she disappeared from his life the last time that she isn’t sure she’ll ever break through his carefully constructed walls. And then there’s Akio; the incubus. Also known as the resident asshole. What is it with me and loving all these assholes in these books? Akio is sexy as sin. Lana doesn’t want to be drawn to him, but she can’t help herself. Not only that, but she’s worried what she’s feeling for him has more to do with his curse than what she’s actually feeling.

I greatly enjoyed this book. The world-building was fascinating and I felt like there was a great deal of character development despite it being just the first book. Also, Lana’s roommate is Ivy, a TV-loving ghost. She’s not in the book a lot, but I enjoyed the parts she was in; she was a nice added quirk to the already interesting storyline. And, I mean, who wouldn’t like a pop culture junkie ghost, anyway? 🙂

There was a lot of inner-politics within this story that was both intriguing and infurating, and there was just enough action to keep me glued to the pages. I’m excited to see where the author goes with this storyline. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which is to be expected since it’s a continuing series, and I have a significant amount of trepidation for where Lana finds herself now. I don’t want to say anything in detail about it for fear of spoilers, but I definitely want to know what happens next, lol.

I highly recommend this book! Also, can we talk about this cover? I love it. It’s so bright and eye-catching. Makes it so much better that the insides are just as good, too 😉

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four-stars

Starstruck – S.E. Anderson

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Starstruck – S.E. Anderson

After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.

Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human.

On top of this, she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?

Starstruck by S.E. Anderson
Series: Starstruck #1
four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, New Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Review Copy, eBook
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This was a unique perspective on the whole “aliens walk among us” trope. I’ve gotta say, it’s definitely one of my favorites for how it’s presented. The aliens aren’t what I expected, especially the hero of the story. The author takes what you have come to expect from this genre and turns it into a fun and quirky new science fiction/fantasy genre that I was completely engrossed in. It was also unique in the fact that it takes place in our current timeframe instead of being a futuristic timeline. While the aliens in the book–particularly Zander and his sister–have visited many different planets, many different periods of time, and don’t actually have any particular idea what timeframe they’re in at any given basis, the heroine lives in this decade. I loved reading a time I recognize and imagining how I would react to aliens just randomly showing up in my life.

Sally is the kind of girl I would want to be friends with. Sure, she’s got some baggage and can be a little annoying just like any other gal, but I loved her. I thought she was real and funny and snarky and reacted to her situation in a believable way. Her friendship with Marcy is adorable and reminded me of the friendship I share with my best friend. Marcy is the kind of friend who isn’t afraid to give it to you straight when you need it, but she’s also got your back 100% and wants you to be happy.

I also want to point out that this author writes some absolutely hysterical scenarios in this book that had me laughing out loud. For instance, this part where the heroine gets totally drunk and makes absolutely no sense:

I snapped my head back to Zander, glaring. “I want you,” I growled, “to fibble the flots.”

“To do what now?”

“To flibble. The flots.”

“Excuse me?”

“Flots.”

There are so many hilarious quips and one-liners all throughout this novel that made it even more enjoyable than it already was. I already liked the book, but the humor is what brought the star rating up on this book for me. It was just silly kind of humor that I’m not sure anyone else would appreciate as much, but I certainly found it hilarious. lol.

And then Zander … there is some serious chemistry between our girl and Zan. I’m hoping the relationship grows in the next book, because, wow. I just love him. He’s goofy and kind of airheaded and doesn’t really get human culture at all, which is hilarious on its own. He’s also extremely intelligent and is an incredibly deep person who enjoys discussing philosophy at length while trying to dissect human emotions–oh, and solve all the world’s (or should I say worlds’?) problems while he’s at it. You know, the usual.

Together, Sally and Zander make a great team, even if Zander has a nasty habit of crashing all of Sally’s dates with her uber sweet but somewhat possessive boyfriend–coincidence? I think not. But that’s just one of my many theories. ;P And when Zander’s sister enters the picture … oi. I have kind of a love/hate feeling for Blayde. She’s tough and a badass and has a “takes no shit” kind of attitude … and I kind of love her for it, but I also hate the way she treats Sally. But then again, it’s sort of understandable when you take into account that it’s been just Zander and Blayde for God knows how long. In any event, I have a feeling I’m going to grow to like her more in the next book(s).

I devoured this book almost in one sitting. It took roughly a day and the next morning to finish reading it, and the only reason I stopped was because I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, lol.

I highly recommend this book for any fans of sci-fi, fantasy, or anyone who wants a good laugh. I honestly can’t wait to get to the next book in the series and I have a feeling this will quickly become one of my favorite series I’ve read. If you read it, let me know what you think!

 

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four-half-stars

Harem of Sin – Clara Hartley

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Harem of Sin – Clara Hartley

I have one goal—protect my brother.

When we arrived in Hollywood, I imagined a life of fame and excess. And after I landed an agent, I thought our lives would change for the better.

But it hasn’t, and I’m stuck with trying to pay my bills by working at the local strip club. I’m doing all this to put my twin brother through college. I’d sacrifice anything to keep him safe.

So when three demons come into our lives and rip Jared from me, I hate them with a fervor that’s hard to put in words.

And they have the gall to offer me a contract for my soul.

They’re nice to look at, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re devils.

When making deals with lords of the Underworld, tread gently.

**Reverse-harem**Sexual-situations

Harem of Sin by Clara Hartley
Series: Secrets of the Fallen #1
three-half-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Fantasy
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

Harem of Sin (Secrets Of The Fallen #1)Harem of Sin by Clara Hartley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

I love Clara Hartley. Everything I’ve read of hers so far, I’ve immensely enjoyed, so when the opportunity arose to read and review an ARC of her newest release, I jumped at the chance. Also, I’ve had a thing for reading books with demons in them lately, so I was down.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I loved just about everything about this book. The insta-lust kind of drove me nuts, particularly since these guys straight up captured her and her brother, and then tortured him. BUT. It’s a story, so I kind of looked beyond that. Also, the heroine is totally money hungry and that was annoying…but not enough to turn me off from this book.

Anyway, I digress.

This was such a unique story and I’m excited to get to know the characters more in book two. <3 There was a fantastic amount of sexual tension and chemistry, and I loved that the heroine’s brother is involved in this whole prophetic storyline. It’s made even more interesting that they’re twins. It was kind of refreshing to read a story where the heroine isn’t the “chosen one” and showcasing how she deals with that, along with all the sudden changes in her life that these new powers and her demon companions bring.

As no surprise at all, I greatly enjoyed this story and I can’t wait for the next one!! Highly recommend for paranormal romance fans. 🙂 3.5/4 stars.

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three-half-stars