Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Water Spell by Lizzy Ford

A water mage and the protector she never wanted. 

Rare water mage Sela is given no time to mourn the loss of her longtime protector and father figure before she’s faced with the one man standing in the way of her freedom: her new guardian, mage-warrior Tieran. 

An Inlander with no honor, Tieran is loyal to no man, priest, king or god. If not for the magic binding him to the infuriating water mage, he would abandon her amidst the land-locked Inlands, away from the sea she yearns to visit, and pursue vengeance against those who killed his family. 

Sela and her reluctant protector are soon thrown into the middle of a power struggle raging among the rulers of the four island kingdoms. To survive, both mage and warrior must overcome their distrust of one another, for the longer they resist their bond, the more perilous their journey becomes. 

My Thoughts:
I bought this book on a whim.  I have read and liked several of Lizzy Ford's books so I thought I'd try this one.  I'm glad I did.  This was a unique and interesting book.  
Sela is a water mage who has no idea how powerful she really is.  Tieran is a rough Inlander who sees no value in a water mage stuck in the middle of nothing but land.  Since one can't live without the other they must learn to tolerate each other or they won't survive.  Sela has some major losses to grieve through.  What she doesn't know is that Tieran is also dealing with his own massive loss that has made revenge has sole purpose in life.  When they set aside their personal stuff to help each other they realize their may be more than just tolerance growing between them.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series.  If there's a blog tour or early review team in the works, sign me up!!  

I recommend this book for ages 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual and adult situations.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My Thoughts: 
Brigid Kemmerer is an amazing author.  Her Elemantals series remains one of my favorite series of all time.  I wish it would become a t.v. show.  
When I got the chance to read Letter to the Lost I felt confident it would be fantastic.  Of course I was right!  Juliet & Declan are fascinating, complex characters that had my attention from the start.  The supporting characters have just as much depth as well.  The story held the perfect pace and never lagged.  The thing that I loved most were the realistic reactions of the characters to their situations.  I can not tell you how many times a book has been ruined by the characters reacting unrealistically to their own story.  Letters to the Lost touches on the relationships between parents and children.  Not just the typical ones either.  It shows there are different kinds of parent/child dynamics, and that each one is unique.  This book also dealt with the fact that parents make mistakes too and sometimes it's hard to get past that.  Juliet and Declan are able to help each other past some big issues as they both journey through the stages of grief and forgiveness.

 You will love this book if you want good writing and great characters.  I recommend this book for ages 15 & up. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Storm Revealed (Phantom Islanders Part II) by Ednah Walters

Lexi resigns herself to the primitive living and the strange customs of the islands but struggles with the fact that she will never see or help her brother again. As the people embrace her as Storm’s chosen mate, Lexi slowly begins to see the magic around her. 
When she discovers the truth about Storm and his people, she finally understands why he abducted her and why he needs her to stay. 

Just as her feelings start to change, someone obsessed with her strikes and threatens to destroy the island and its people. Left with no choice, Lexi makes the ultimate sacrifice. 

My Thoughts:
I had an internal battle over this novella.  I wanted to read it so bad, but I knew it would end in a cliffhanger and I knew I wouldn't want it to end.  I couldn't hold out any longer!  It was really good.  In this installment of the Phantom Islanders we get to know more about Storm's background and his connection to the evil Tullius.  Lexi is adapting to island life with bravery and spunk.  The ending was one that will leave you clinging to your sanity not knowing what will happen next!  I can't wait to read what comes next!!  I highly recommend this series.  It has such a new and creative angle on mythical pirates and sea creatures.  Plus she's added a little of my favorite subject; the Fae.  Hurry up Ednah I'm going crazy!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: The Black Tempest by Ryan Dalton

It’s summer in Emmett’s Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they’ve tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it’s growing too strong to be ignored.  When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe—one whose control of the ice is powered by Time itself. But ice is far more than the Black Tempest’s signature. As the twins uncover the truth behind it, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history.  As cold advances and doom draws near, the twins’ only hope lies in learning to wield Time itself, and in trusting their strange new friends—even if those friends have secrets of their own. 

My Thoughts:
This book begins six months after the last book ended.  Malcolm and Valentine are just now starting to feel like things are getting back to normal.  Just as they are saying their final goodbyes to a friend lost in battle, another warrior falls into their world.   This starts a series of events that sets the twins on a path to learn just how special their relationship with time really is. 
I really enjoyed all the new elements introduced in this book.  The first book only scratched the surface of the twins possible powers.  Not only do their powers evolve but so do their relationships.  Some parts of the story were a little predictable, but others came as a complete shock.  I appreciated the realistic reactions all the characters had to their situations.  It added depth and made the book so much better.  I hope the author reveals how the twins are or became Chronauri.  This book is great for anyone who loves reading adventure.   
Recommended for ages 13 & up.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: Storm ( Phantom Islanders Part I) by Ednah Walters

Pirates no longer roam the seas.
Phantom Islands don’t exist

Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning.

How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs.
For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls, and escape, or stay trapped forever.

This is Part I of a 3-Part New Adult UF Serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable love.

My Thoughts:
I have spent the past few years emerged in Ednah Walters 2 universes, The Guardian Legacy & The Runes series.  I have loved every word and every detail of them both!  Now she has introduced us to a new world.  I am so excited for this fresh, new adventure.  In this first installment we meet Lexi.  She's a girl who loves her brother and will do anything she can to help him, including putting up with her step-monster and putting off college and her dreams.  Once Storm enters her life nothing makes sense.  Her already complicated life reaches new levels of crazy.  Lexi keeps her eyes on what she wants and is determined to get back home to her family no matter what.  Lexi is a strong, capable character who will no doubt give Storm a run for his money!  Storm is a guy who is used to getting what he wants.  He takes care of his own and now he's decided Lexi is HIS.  I can't wait to unlock the many secrets this series holds. 
Recommended for 16 & up.  Moderate sexual situations and violence.

I also recommend Ednah's other series as well.  She is an amazing author!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Day!!! And Review - Goddess ( A Runes Novel) by Ednah Walters

Goddess by Ednah Walters
 Runes Novel, Book 7
Genre: YA Fantasy


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Cora Jemison has come a long way from her stint in a psych ward and her fear of the dead. A confident Medium, she allows souls to possess her to help them find closure. When she decides to tell her parents the truth, that she still sees the dead and that her fiancé is a soul reaper, the Jemisons reveal secrets of their own.

Her world starts to crumble, the ripple effect threatening to destroy the one thing she can always count on. Her relationship with Echo. Cora must sort through the lies to learn the truth about who and what she is. Only then can she embrace her destiny and claim her soul mate, Echo.

My Thoughts:
I was so excited to read Cora's story!  This did not disappoint!  As I've said in reviews past, Ednah has such a gift with weaving all aspects and different views of the story into a multi-dimensional universe!  Cora and Echo have such a sweet & spicey love story.  I melt every time I read something new from their story.  I really enjoyed all the new relationships Cora developed and even the new one she had with Eirik.  Cora has turned into a character just as wonderful and loveable as Raine.  It's hard knowing this series is coming to an end.  It's like preparing to say goodbye to dear friends.  You will love this series if you haven't already succumbed to its magic!! 



USA Today bestselling author Ednah Walters holds a PhD in Chemistry and is a stay-at-home mother of five. She writes about flawed heroes and the women who love them. Whether shes writing about valkyries, pirates, nephilim, or contemporary millionaires and billionaires, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books.

Her award-winning YA Paranormal RomanceRunes Series
started with Runes and has a total of 9 books to date. The next one, Goddess, will be released in 2017.  

Her YA Urban Fantasy seriesThe Guardian Legacy Series is published by Spencer Hill Press (BeaufortBooks). The series focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. GL Series started with Awakened and has a total of 4 books.

Ednah also writes Contemporary Romance as E.B. Walters. Her contemporary works started with The Fitzgerald Family series, which has six books, and now focuses on her USA Today bestselling series, Infinitus Billionaires.

When not writing, Ednah travels with her family.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Rise of Miss Nottey by Rachel Anderson


  The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson To escape an undesirable match, Miss Notley must give up her riches for rags. When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced for the position, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe? The Rise of Miss Notley is the delightful tale of a mysterious gentleman and a determined young woman, caught together in a web so tangled it begs the question: Will they ever get out?
Coming February 2017

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