(ARC) Marks of the Mazza – Blake Blessing

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.

I was just minding my own business, trying to win in life (while in reality just barely passing) when I discovered the existence of a secret race, who think I’m the answer to their prayers.

The Mazza, they called me. Someone who bears the marks of all four houses of this mysterious people, holding untold powers. Every time a Mazza has appeared in their history it has signaled great change. Change they so desperately need when they are on the brink of war.

Their savior. Their Messiah.

More like scale tipper for whatever side holds the Mazza. I just wish I knew what this war is about and who the players are. Everyone is out to get me, manipulate me, own me.

Navigating the minefield I just stumbled into could very well cost me my life. Good thing I stumbled into a mistaken Uber full of men of said race who I can trust to help me navigate my new normal. Or can I?

MARKS OF THE MAZZA is a full-length 70,000 word paranormal, reverse harem romance. Book one in the Mazza Series.

Marks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
Series: The Mazza Series #1
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem
Format: ARC
four-half-stars
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I recently had the pleasure of reading the debut novel of a brand new author.

Marks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing is a paranormal reverse harem romance filled with intrigue, mystery, supernatural politics, a fascinating cast of characters, and plenty of steam. *fans face*

At the beginning of the story, our heroine has no concept of magic or the paranormal. It isn’t until she meets the men she’s destined to be with that she starts questioning her whole life. They tell her she’s a Mazza … and if you want to know more about what that is, well, you’ll have to check out the book when it goes live next month 😉

Ms. Blessing has created a compelling world of the supernatural, along with compelling characters that draw you in and make you want to delve into their minds and learn everything there is to know about them.

I loved the story; once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down, and that’s not always the case when I receive an ARC. As it is, I can’t wait for the next book in the series, and I’ll definitely be recommending this one to anyone who’s looking for a paranormal RH and wants something other than the more popular recommendations.

Be on the lookout for another post from me when this book goes live!

 

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four-half-stars

Vibrant Awakening – Tiffany Ransier

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m Rose, the quiet loner girl. I’ve lived a normal life. Moving from private school to public school was never supposed to change my life this much. Being the president of a new club, finding the boy of my dreams - Trevor, making more friends than I’ve ever had in my whole life, and unfortunately my own personal bully Life was pretty ordinary until... My body starts to change. And I’m not the only one. Strange things happen to all of us People are going missing and then their bodies appear Someone is watching my friends Someone is watching me Waiting for the perfect moment to strike... Life can never go back to being normal.

*In multiple POVs*

Vibrant Awakening by Tiffany Ransier
Series: The Prismatic Order #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
two-stars

When I first read the premise of this book, I was intrigued. I’ve always enjoyed the young adult genre and the added paranormal aspect seemed like it would make for a fascinating read.

Unfortunately, for me, this book totally missed the mark.

When reading the blurb, it sounds like it’s going to be predominantly narrated by Rose, a young girl (I believe all of them are around 12) who isn’t very popular and is learning how to handle a new boyfriend, being the president of the book club, and making way more friends than she thought possible, but that isn’t the case. It’s narrated by all the kids in the book club.

Now, if it were just one or two–maybe three–of Rose’s classmates who shared the narration with her, it wouldn’t be so bad. But no, it’s twenty-six different kids’ points of view that you read throughout this book. Not only did this feel exhausting to me, but it honestly just got to the point where it was confusing. I get what the author was trying to do by explaining each character’s thoughts and the newfound abilities they began to possess, but I honestly would have rather the story center around a smaller group of kids and then maybe change the points of view in the next book. I’m not sure.

Other than that, I wasn’t a huge fan of this author’s style of writing, and while there were parts of the story I found intriguing, it wasn’t enough to make me want to read the next book.

Honestly, this was a miss for me. If it sounds like something you would be interested in, then please, feel free to check it out and decide for yourself 🙂

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two-stars

Insatiable – Sariah Skye

This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.

My name is Ava Dawson, and life has really changed for me the past couple of months. I’m no longer alone, and no longer invisible, but that doesn’t mean everything is perfect. My father is unattainable, my magic still has a very distracting presence, and I’m once again a target for nefarious supernaturals. On top of it all, things are a little rocky in our unconventional “relationship”. I must discover secrets, heal broken hearts, discover new powers and quell the pain of jealousy. If that weren’t enough, we must search for a spell in broad daylight that can make the difference between triumph and terror for a lot of people. No pressure or anything, right? Through it all I’m trying not to crack, but it’s hard when the greed, the desire, the need for battle and lust for magic is anything but sedate; it’s positively insatiable.

(as with the rest of the series, this is a slower-to-medium burn paranormal reverse harem romance, and the heat hits a fever pitch in book three... as such, this series is recommended for adults only)

Insatiable by Sariah Skye
Series: The Curse of Avalon #3
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem
four-half-stars

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Sigh. These guys. I just love them. Sariah Skye has quickly become one of my favorite authors since the first book of this series (I still have to read her other books, but no worrries…it’ll happen!).

Ava quickly turned into one of my favorite heroines of any book I’ve ever read–partly because of her snark and quick wit, but also because she has a relatable body type (for me, anyway) and is on this new journey of self-discovery and learning to love her unique abilities (that frankly, she didn’t realize she had!).

Trystan is hilarious. “Och, shite!” has become a common phrase in my household since reading the previous book and I’m always excited to see what he has to say (Another favorite: “yer bum’s oot da windae!”). Xander makes me swoon like crazy. I can’t decide if I like him or Trystan more, so #whychoose, am I right? 😉 Bash is the coolest nerd ever–and sexy to boot! And Mathias…he’s a beast of a man with the kindest, gentlest heart and you can’t help but love him.

Now, I’ve heard there were several complaints about the previous book (maybe even the first as well) regarding the “steam” factor. Apparently, there wasn’t enough “action” in the second book and several people were very unhappy, to the point of tearing the author’s hard work in two and attempting to discredit how good the actual story is.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for some steam in my romance. I enjoy reading about how much the characters love each other and their bodies, but if you don’t have a decent storyline attached to it, then I’m going to lose interest fast. That’s what I find so wonderful about these books. The first book has a ton of build up and sexual tension, while the second continues on the same path but it overflows to a nice sexy scene between her and one of her suitors. It’s mentioned that she has further relations with the others, but they aren’t “on screen.” I thought it was very well done and I was happy with the outcome. *insert shrugging emoji*

HOWEVER.

If you want to up the ante and get a whole hell of a lot of steam, then you’re not going to be disappointed with Insatiable. Holy freaking crap, it was good. I loved getting to see more of Rhys, too. He’s an annoying little turd, but he cracks me up. He certainly keeps the boys on their toes! There were also a few reveals that brought new light to the story and Ava’s gifts. There’s obviously more to the story, considering we have a new book coming in the fall, and it’s interesting trying to piece everything together as you encounter this journey with her.

I realize this probably isn’t the best review I could write, but there was so much that went on in the book–some of it things I don’t want to reveal as possible spoilers–and it’s been a few books ago, so I’m a little fuzzy and all the details. To summarize: I love this series and so far this book is my favorite. I can’t wait to see how Sariah finished out the series in the fall. I’m a devoted fan and will definitely be following her work from now on. I highly recommend this series 🙂

four-half-stars