December 1, 2016

Review: Caressed by Moonlight

Caressed by Moonlight Caressed by Moonlight by Amanda J. Greene
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SYNOPSIS:

Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire would bind them for all eternity. But treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

MY REVIEW:

I was given this book in place for an honest review. This is book one of the "Rulers of Darkness" series, this book takes place around Dorian the king of his vampire clan, and Victoria an orphaned young woman just trying to keep her sister. Now while reading this book, it immediately had me engrossed. It however, reminded me of Lara Adrian's midnight breed series and of Christine Feehans Carpathian/ Dark series, but set in the Victorian time frame. Which is a good thing because both series and authors are quite amazing. I whipped through this and am glad the author sent me all 3 books. So I can just continue on with the stories without any delay. I definitely liked how this book ended because it set up the next book, that makes it 100% intriguing, and unfortunately I cannot tell you why because it will ruin a few things that need to be read in the first book. So with that being said, if you like authors like Lara Adrian and Christine Feehan, then definitely grab yourself a copy of "Caressed by Moonlight". You won't be disappointed.


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November 27, 2016

Review: The Gift-Knight's Quest

The Gift-Knight's Quest The Gift-Knight's Quest by Dylan Madeley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Gift-Knights Quest

SYNOPSIS:

Welcome to Kensrik, a world vividly imagined by Dylan Madeley, in which his debut fantasy novel The Gift-Knight’s
Quest is set. His book follows the youngest descendants of two families that have traditionally been enemies: the
Kenderleys, who now rule the world’s largest empire, and the Wancyeks, who have been reduced to common status.

“Chandra had yet to fathom why Jonnecht could not have lived and ruled for many long years, or why it was so urgent that she ascend immediately.”

Chandra never asked to rule Kensrik, but fate took a strange course. Known as a usurper and sorceress by most and traumatised by all that has transpired, she is forced to make use of the few loyal allies she has in order to hold together her restless empire. In an attempt to identify and defeat the conspirators who inadvertently landed her in power, Chandra risks putting the lives of many in mortal danger, as well as her own.

Derek is an aimless wanderer – the youngest in a lineage that has long fallen from nobility. He finds himself summoned by tradition to serve a family historically considered his bitter enemy. As he journeys down the same path a fateful ancestor once travelled, he struggles with personal demons and begins to reconsider his loyalty to the mission.

Duke Lenn found one true cause in love and it cost him everything. His legacy shaped the present in which Chandra and Derek find themselves. Now their choice will shape the future of Kensrik...

REVIEW:

I was given this book in place of an honest review. Upon reading this book, I noticed quite a few things. First, the author writing and use of words and descriptions was impeccable. It was a very vivid world of imagination in this book. Second, it had the tendency to bounce around a lot and it had no indication of it until you were already in a paragraph or two, which was really distracting and made the book hard to get through. If it was separated by italics or any indication that it was in a different time in the story, would have made it so much easier to get through. So needless to say, for most of the book I was wholly confused on what was really going on; however, the last quarter of the book when it stopped jumping all over the place did the book become really intriguing and I enjoyed it immensely. It is just saddening that it was only the last quarter that held my attention the most.

I'm not saying it was a bad book by any means, because the writing was great and the character build up was pretty amazing, the plot itself had some definite potential. However be it as it may I can only rate this book three out of five stars because of the constant bouncing around it did, and the confusion it had caused.



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November 10, 2016

Review: Awakening

Awakening Awakening by A.C. Deen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book in place of an honest review.

Synopsis:

Awakening is a gripping coming of age story. It takes place in the small town of Reindeer Lake which is surrounded by the picturesque boreal forest. The protagonist, Ellie is a teenager who has found herself suddenly transformed into a vampire. Will she learn to cope with blood lust, love, and sexuality now that she finds herself unstoppably drawn to her best friend's brother?

Review:

This was a very fast read, most novellas are. It was easy to get through, and took me know time at all. AC Deen created this world in a quick story, of course it's to set up the next book I'm sure. But you get introduced to the characters, some quick back story is placed. Which is great because you get an idea of who, what, where without the dragging of a full novel. This way in the next book you can get more of the why, and more. I'm intrigued to read the next book to see where this goes from here. I give this Novella 4 stars.

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November 9, 2016

Review: Cogling

Cogling Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given this book in place of an honest review.

Synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother's neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags' swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the ingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.


My review:
This is the third book I've reviewed by Ms. Mierek. And I have enjoyed them all. However 'Cogling' I must admit is now my favorite of hers. This book was just amazing with its storyline,  the setting, and the intrigue. I mean throughout this entire book you get thrown into a whirlwind of an adventure. And oh my the things that are revealed at certain times of the book was priceless I mean one minute you find one thing out only to have e another surprise awaiting around the next corner. I seriously cannot wait to read the next book in this series. Thank you Ms. Mierek for letting me review your books for you, and I hope we can continue our relationship for a long time.

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November 3, 2016

Review: Phoenix Child

Phoenix Child Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna-Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book in place for an honest review.

Synopsis:

There should be a law, a Universal Rule, as to how much weirdness can happen to a person.

Fifteen-year-old Sara walks into the San Francisco Center for the Circus Arts determined to ignore the freaky things happening to her. As powers she doesn't want and can't control overwhelm her, Sara must decide if she can trust the strangers who say they are her family... descended from a common ancestor four thousand years ago.

Sara clings to her contented and well-planned life as a foster kid, successfully working the system, as dreams, powers, and magical creatures drag her towards her destiny.

When the ancient evil that killed her parents comes to San Francisco, Sara is forced to choose between her fears and her desire to protect those she loves.

Sometimes great things are thrust upon us. Sara wishes this supposed 'greatness' didn't include a new name, unicorns, and catching on fire.


Review:

Once again, I apologize to the author for taking so long to get this read. But now that I have I'm glad I did. When I first picked up this book I really didn't want to put it down, it was very intriguing. However, somewhere in the middle it felt to me really slow and I was having a hard time actually sitting down and reading this. But once again I'm so glad I did. Here's why.... ok first it's a new and interesting story and even though it felt slow at some pints is only because it needed to build the foundation of the series itself. Finally though once you get near the 3/4 mark of the book things really start to pick up. And that's where the book/series hooks you. And BAM! Now I have all these questions running through my head. Like will Sapphire/Sara ever feel comfortable with her uncle and her new family? What is up with Taliesin? Is he the possible live interest or what? And a few others. All in all this was a good book, deserving of a 4 star rating. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book on the series.

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October 27, 2016

What's Coming Next....

SO Many books I need and review so little time, but here is the tentative list of the Books I;ll be reviewing for the next few months. (Click on picture to get synopsis of book)


Phoenix Child  (Children of Fire #1)
by Alicia McKenna-Johnson 

Phoenix Child (Children of Fire, #1)


 Cogling
by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

Cogling

Awakening
by A.C. Deen

Awakening

 The Gift-Knight's Quest 
by Dylan Madeley

The Gift-Knight's Quest

 Caressed by Moonlight 
by Amanda J. Greene

Caressed by Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness, #1)

 They Mostly Come Out At Night 
by Benedict Patrick

They Mostly Come Out At Night

 Her Fiery Viking 
by A.J. Tipton

Her Fiery Viking (Her Elemental Viking #1)

 My Soul Immortal 
by Jen Printy

My Soul Immortal (Fated Eternals, #1)


Collector of Souls 
by Naomi Lucas

Collector of Souls (Stranded in the Stars Book 2)

 Dream Stalker: Talented: Book 1 
by Amy Hopkins

Dream Stalker: Talented: Book 1

 The Last Shadow Gate- 
Michael Garza

 (This book hasn't been released or the cover revealed yet. I also promised the author I wouldn't reveal the cover until he gave the go ahead. But here is the synopsis below.)

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again. 


 Haunted Essence
 by L.A. Brown

Haunted Essence



High Summons
by Eli Celata

High Summons


To Covet the Fae
by LE Wilson
To Covet The Fae


So there we go. I must say i'm going to be occupied for the rest of the year. HAHA! So for you authors who had contacted me a while ago. I promise you I haven't forgotten about you, and I do apologize for how long it has taken me to get through these books, but I assure you I am well on my way to getting these completed for you.

Review: The Medium Path

The Medium Path The Medium Path by Elizabeth Davies
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this book in place of an honest review.

Synopsis of book:
Ruby died nearly one hundred years ago. She saw spirits of the dead when she was alive, and now she is dead she has become a guide who helps ghosts pass on. When ghosts start being taken by darkness instead of the light, Ruby is forced to seek help from a handsome and unwilling medium, who awakens emotions she never knew she had.

Alright so when I picked up this it engrossed me immediately,  which is rare for ghost books. However I could only give this books 4 stars but it's more like 3.5 but on the higher side of that. The reason for this is because, I didn't like the main character, some may have loved her but I didn't I think she's selfish, and a total whiner. So it totally turned me off, the saving grace was that I enjoyed the book as a whole. The storyline was excellent, I didn't get who was the bad guy until it was disclosed in the book itself, and the side characters were a hoot.

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October 24, 2016

Review: Faerie Blood

Faerie Blood Faerie Blood by Emma L. Adams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given this book in place of an honest review. So to begin with when I picked up this book while on a plane home from Texas, (I was in training for work). That's besides the point. However, the minute I picked up this book I was hooked. If there was more time in the day I would have finished this book quicker than what I did.

Now what I liked about this story is that it's very easy to get into. Very easy to get absorbed into the storyline, and for me I could actually picture a city distraught from a war, and life just carrying on as much as it can.  There were a few minor errors with word placement, and spelling.  But let me reassure you, it doesn't deter from the book itself, just a little editing there and it would be right as rain.

I recommend if you have time or need something new to add to your to be read list, definitely read Faerie Blood. Now I cannot wait to read the next book, to see where this series will take us.

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