Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

My Thoughts:
I am so excited to have a new series to get hooked on!  This book has all my "must haves" to make it a great read.  Great characters.  Claire is both brave and vulnerable.  She has survived the war and adjusted to a simple life in New Orleans.  She didn't let the war break her despite all that it took from her.  Liam is the perfect "knight in tarnished armor".  He's seen the side of war that most people haven't and he knows that the lines are not so evenly drawn.  When he decides to help Claire instead of taking her in as just another bounty; life starts to get a lot more complicated for them both.
The original story concept and steady pace of action made this book one of my new favorites.  I can't wait to read the next one!

For readers 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual content and adult situations.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Shiftless by Aimee Easterling

PMS is no fun for werewolves.

Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up.

A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

When her father shows up with an ultimatum, Terra knows she'll have to learn to shift or return to her place in her family's pack. Will Wolfie, a nearby alpha who's more wolf than man, be a stumbling block in Terra's quest to maintain her freedom?

As Terra struggles to escape two werewolf packs that seem poised to suck her back in, the real question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  It's been a while since I've read a werewolf series so I'm glad I found this one.  Terra has been on the run from her overbearing, sadistic father for more than a decade.  Even though she struggles with not being part of a pack, her freedom is worth the heartache.  Now she's being pulled back in to craziness of the pack.  Terra has to make a choice...her freedom or her sacrifice her only nephew to become her father's next pawn.  I love how Terra isn't perfect.  She has some serious issues and she actually has to learn to overcome them in order to forge on to her true path.  Wolf Young is the perfect hero who doesn't impose himself and immediately take over Terra's life.   The only thing I really didn't like about him was his nickname.  "Wolfie".  I just couldn't make it fit the image in my head so I just read his name as Wolf.  The story is a great kick-off to what I think will be a good series.  I'll be reading the next books in the very near future.  
Recommended for 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual and adult situations.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: Undertaking Irene: a Jane Delaney Mystery by Pamela Burford

Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.

Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightful owner, supposedly. Well, a girl’s got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner. Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he’s even sneakier than she is, not to mention dangerously sexy.

Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn. But hey, when you’ve teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong?

My Thoughts:
OMG this book was hilarious!!  Just the right combination of mystery & comedy.  Jane is a funny and intriguing character who's affinity for un-groomed poodles and expensive tequila made this story a great read.  Jane can't seem to quite get over her ex-husband, who is still her best friend, Dom.   When she finds her employer/surrogate grandmother dead, she's immediately suspicious of the circumstances and decides to follow her gut.  Throw in a pilfering priest impersonator and you have the formula for good time!  I can't wait to read the other books in this series.  
Recommended for readers 16 & up.  Mild to moderate adult situations.  

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.  
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