Tuesday, February 21, 2017
SYNOPSIS - AMAZON LINK -
I’ve been lied to and betrayed my whole life.
Revealing the truth is the only thing that matters.
The truth truly will set us free.
With the political landscape shifting in the galaxy, and the tenuous situation on Earth growing more fraught by the day, Sadie knows time is running out to save mankind. Torn between conflicting agendas, she is forced to make difficult choices that lead to bloody battles and situations she’s not entirely comfortable with.
But this is war, and war means sacrifice.
Ax’s betrayal weighs heavy on her heart and her mind, but it doesn’t override her concern for his welfare. Her desire to protect both the boys she loves is as strong as ever.
Logan has been inaugurated as the new Saven king, but he’s struggling to cope with the pressure of responsibility and the revelation about who Axton is. His people are strongly opposed to Sadie, but she is his forever love and he won’t do anything without her by his side. Faced with impossible obstacles, he is preparing to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.
When the final battle draws near, and it’s time to fight the enemy head on, who will be left standing? And will there be anything left to fight for?
MY REVIEW -
I love this series so much! The story line is so involved, and the characters have depths to their personalities that really add to the heart of the story. I love the world building that Siobhan Davis creates, and all of the unique alien races that she has developed in this series are totally awesome! It has been an epic journey for Sadie and company, and I was both excited and saddened to see the end of their intense journey. I have grown to love these characters, and I was very eager to see how Siobhan Davis would finish their story. If you haven't read the previous books in the series, you definitely should because this is a continuation and finale for the Saven series. Sadie and company have multiple enemies they need to fight against in order to bring peace, and Sadie was very strong in this book, and showed how mature and intelligent she is. I love that the romance has plenty of time where Sadie is with the guy she chooses, I hate in books when the couple doesn't get together until the very end, and you don't have time to enjoy them in a happy relationship and to see how well they work together, and how deep and heartfelt their relationship is. I wasn't totally happy with how the story went for the guy she didn't choose, but that's just me wanting everything. There's a lot of action, tons of relationships that are tested and strengthened, and an emotional build up to the end that made this story absolutely riveting and wonderful. I have really enjoyed seeing these characters grow through difficult times, and am really looking forward to reading the novellas set in this world with some of the side characters! I'm really looking forward to reading Dali and Win's story! Definitely give this series a read because it is wonderfully written, and absolutely amazing! Looking forward to Siobhan Davis' next series!!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
SYNOPSIS - Amazon link -
Fighting a battle you’re certain to lose sucks. Doing it in secret while everyone thinks you’re a traitor sucks worse.
Scout has saved her sister and as promised, Lil Bit has brought Iros an army. An army of innocents. Scout, Trey, Ashra and Torz are in charge of training this child army and making them into mighty warriors. Meanwhile, their parents are still trapped in Aptavaras with no hope of escape.
Until Ariston gives Scout an offer she can’t refuse.
Now, she’s waging an internal war--follow her heart or follow orders? She believes she can save lives and maybe end this war, but everyone else…
Everyone else believes she’s leading them straight into Ariston’s waiting arms.
MY REVIEW -
Love this series! Love Unicorns! Love the premise! Love the writing!! Awesome!!
This is the 3rd book in the series, so for sure you need to read the previous books to get the full story, and none of the books disappoint, so definitely read them! Scout has saved many souls, but her and Trey's parents are still trapped in Aptavaras, and so are tons of other souls, and Scout will do anything to save them, even if it means going against her friends and family's opinions. As Scout, her family and friends, and the unicorns prepare for a battle against Ariston and his soul stealers, Ariston gives Scout an option that is hard for her to say no to, but not everyone is on board with Scout's plan, so dissension begins to brew. Scout needs to remain strong and true to herself in order to survive this difficult time, and when those she thought she could count on, turn away from her and lose their trust in her, she needs to dig deeper to do what she feels is right. I love this whole series! Epic battles, true love, a complex villain, and unicorns! Tons of totally awesome things! I love Wendy Knight's writing, so I will definitely be checking out more of her books!
SYNOPSIS - Amazon link -
Fighting alongside the boy you shouldn't love is hard enough. Doing it while riding a unicorn who would gleefully fly to her death with you on her back is worse. What makes it insane?
Doing it in hell.
Scout and her unicorn, Ashra, risked everything just to make it into Aptavaras. Their plan is to free Scout’s family and the stolen souls, and seek vengeance on the man who took everything Ashra had once lived for. What they hadn’t counted on was Trey and his unicorn, Torz, following them.
It might be the only thing that will save them.
Because in Aptavaras, the soul stealers are many and the chances of survival are slim. Even if they can get past the demons, trick the demon master, rescue the souls and escape with their lives, there’s only one person who can open the gate, and he’s on the outside defending the world. But Scout, Trey, Ashra and Torz have one thing the soul stealers don’t — A reason to live.
MY REVIEW -
Love everything about this series! If you haven't read the first book, you should because this is a continuation of the events in book one, so give that a read first. Scout is a strong, intelligent lead character, and she will do anything to save her family and the other souls trapped in Aptavaras. Scout and her unicorn, Ashra, and Trey and his unicorn, Trez, have just landed in Aptavaras to help all the souls trapped in Aptavaras break free, and to defeat the soul stealers leader, Ariston, but the group will need to make it through a treacherous quest before they can help anyone. I love that Ariston is a villain with layers, it isn't just black and white when it comes to him. As Scout and company try to find their way through the dangerous lands of Aptavaras, Scout and Trey's relationship is in a place that is hurting them both, but although Scout forgives Trey for abandoning her, she isn't ready to be more than just friends with him, but Trey knows Scout is the one for him and will do what he can to show her how much she means to him. Their story is heartbreaking, and I love how determined Trey is to show Scout how much he loves her. I do think Trey needed to have a better conversation with his ex though, I feel he was insensitive towards his ex, and needed to be clearer to her. Scout and company have to fight many battles against soul stealers on their journey to Ariston's domain, and I absolutely love the battle scenes, and the connection Scout and Trey have with their unicorns, Ashra and Trez. I love that the unicorns play such a big roll in the story, and that each has their own personalities and complex histories. Definitely looking forward to the next book, and more by Wendy Knight! Epicness to be had!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Angie is beyond ecstatic for her eighteenth Birthday with the promise of getting a car for her special day. Unbeknownst to her, life as she knew it would quickly change with the arrival of the unidentified ships floating in the air. What are they? What do they want? Will she get answers to her questions before time runs out?
MY REVIEW -
I really like the whole premise for this book, invasion books are exciting and interesting for me to read, and I love the suspense created. Angie is almost 18 years old, who is your typical teenager, she cares about boys and popularity, and if she'll receive a car for her 18th birthday, but when weird ships begin appearing in the sky, she has a lot more to worry about than the possibility of getting back with her cheating ex, or the hottie visiting his uncle next door. Arrived does have some of the things that are typical in alien books, but I didn't feel like it was repetitive, and the tension of being found and killed by the aliens, made the story entertaining. A couple things I didn't quite care for is that Angie is a bit too superficial for my liking, and also I don't like that the hottie neighbor calls her kid, and the feelings between the characters all felt artificial. After reading this book, there is still a lot of story to be told, so I'm definitely looking forward to the next book. Kathy Dinisi did a great job of setting the scene, and keeping me interested as a reader.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Jackson is rough, ornery, and on most days the last person you would want to be around. He's a lumberjack in the backwoods of Georgia and he knows more than anyone that when a gorgeous woman shows up on your property uninvited it ain't fate.
Not knowing what to make of the situation, and wanting no part in the beautiful woman's drama he tells her she needs to leave and that he ain't no saving grace but a rough countryman.
When she refuses to take no for an answer he knows he's gonna have to take matters into his own hands and get her to leave himself but one touch is all it takes to have him weak in the knees.
Lola ain't going back down the road to where her ex-boyfriend dropped her off. Not if she can help it. Jackson doesn't want to help her but she can tell it's just a front he's putting up and that he's actually attracted to her. If she can get him to take her in and protect her then she knows everything will be okay.
Will things between the brute of a lumberjack and the sassy-refuses-to-take-no for an answer heroine work out or will her past come back to haunt her?
MY REVIEW -
This is super sweet! When your going into this book, remember it is a fantasy type of book, it isn't really based in reality per se. The romance moves very quickly, and the characters actions are a bit unbelievable, so you need to enjoy it for the fantasy aspect of the story, and that's what I did, and I loved it! I'm all on board for feeling a deep connection to someone on first sight, so I found the romance to be adorably sweet, and hot! Jackson is a lumberjack, who lives in the woods in the middle of nowhere, while he is out chopping wood, Lola runs up to him asking for help. Jackson is wary at first because he doesn't want any drama, but there's something about Lola that calls to him, so he offers her shelter. Lola's now ex-boyfriend left her on the side of the road in the forest, he's a douchebag and Lola has finally seen his evil ways, but she knows he won't let her go without causing problems for her. I love how manly Jackson is, and despite his gruff demeanor, he is really a sweetheart. I liked Lola too, she's honest with her situation and she's honest about her feelings. I liked the added drama of the douchebag boyfriend, and I liked how Lola and Jackson's relationship evolved. This is short, hot, and sweet! Looking forward to more from J.L. Beck!
Friday, February 3, 2017
A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne. Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right for a deadly marriage trial. As the most gifted--and ruthless--princes and lords battle to the death for her hand, the forces of evil conspire to snatch Aurora’s throne. But the princess has allies, as well as a secret power long outlawed in her kingdom… Will Aurora find true love and save Ryferia or will the trial’s winner destroy them all? Queen of Extinction is a fresh take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. If you like magic, steampunk, and romance, then you’ll love the first book in a new trilogy by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre.
MY REVIEW -
This was wonderful and such a cool, unique idea! I loved the sort of ugly duckling heroine, who is made beautiful by her actions. In Aurora's world, there are the Ables and the Infirms, as an Infirm you exhibit some type of deformity or inferior aspect to your person, and are looked down upon by the Ables. Aurora is an Infirm, but she is also the Princess of Ryferia, so when her brother, the current King, is killed, she is next in line to the throne, but her evil uncle has other plans for the throne, and sets out to take down Aurora, and it's proving none to hard to convince other people of power that Aurora is unsuited to lead Ryferia due to her status as an Infirm. Aurora's only chance is to find a husband in a months time, but with her less than stellar looks and physical ailments, she hasn't exactly been sought after romantically, and she worries that no one will want her, so she purposes a tournament, where princes are invited to compete for her hand in marriage. Aurora knows that the men won't be trying to win because they want her, but she needs to do what she can to lead Ryferia. There is lots of intrigue in this book, there are multiple plans at play from various characters all at the same time, and while some are of noble reasons, many are for the nefarious. I love that magic and potions are a big part of this story, and I love the set-up of having trials to win Aurora's hand; it creates great suspense and makes for a really interesting story. I also loved the different type of Fae involved and other supernatural creatures. Aurora is strong and intelligent, and despite her putting her foot in her mouth sometimes, I found her honesty refreshing. All the characters are strong, unique characters, and I really enjoyed all of them. The story felt so full with all the wonderfully different personalities. When this book ended, I wanted the next book right away, so I could continue the story. I'm really interested to see how this plays out. I loved it! Can't wait for the next!
Thursday, February 2, 2017
All Giselle ever wanted was a family... that can accept her for what she is, a werewolf.
In a world where supernatural creatures are not out and proud, this has been a problem for 16 year old Giselle. A child of the system, she's been bounced from home to home for as long as she can remember. As soon as the moon calls out her inner wolf, it's back into the system she goes.
Against the odds, a new family is found for Giselle. One that may prove the answer to all her dreams and wishes. But this family comes with a deadly secret that could send Giselle six feet under instead of back into the system.
Amid factions of warring witches and werewolves, and deadly curses with no hope for a cure, the way will not be an easy one, but if Giselle can call upon her skills as a lone wolf, she may just be able to unearth the truth keeping her from the one thing she's ever wanted... family.
MY REVIEW -
This was great, I really love Katie Salidas' writing and I found the premise to be an unique take on shifters. Giselle is a foster kid, who has been passed around to multiple homes because she has little quirk that people don't understand; she is a werewolf. Giselle is sent to a new home, but she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder and finds it hard to trust because she's only had herself to rely and depend on, so she isn't expecting much from her new place, but when she finds other werewolves, can she trust them enough to become part of their pack? Especially when she is hearing conflicting stories between the two wolf packs in town, and the possibility of a war brewing between them. Giselle doesn't know who to trust, so she sets out to solve the mystery of the feud between the packs and find out the truth in hopes of bringing peace to both packs, and with the help of Asher, a hot, but broody wolf shifter, and Damien, the hot and approachable guy with his own special powers, she begins to unravel the truth. Giselle is tenacious, and I admired that quality in her, and I like that she stands up for herself and her convictions. She doesn't take anyone at face value, she tries to look beyond what is presented to her, and she is brutally honest, which I loved. I liked reading about the mystery unfolding, and was interested in how it would all turn out. I liked that the other girls in her new home weren't the typical mean girls, they felt more authentic to me that way, and it was nice to see Giselle bond with them. There is a tinge of a love triangle, but not really. Giselle likes both Asher and Damien, but the feelings aren't be all end all type of feelings. I'm looking forward to seeing how Giselle progresses in the next book, and seeing where her story goes because there is still a lot about her life that remains hidden, so I'm definitely checking out the next book. Great start to this series!
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
What will it take for this weary warrior to redeem his lonely soul?
Bear shifter Soren Voss lives and breathes for the new clan he leads as alpha. It’s all he has left after the rogue ambush that murdered the woman he loved — the woman he swears he’ll always love, even if it’s only in his dreams. But the day his dream comes true is also the start of a nightmare, because his destined mate may no longer be his and his alone. Is it fate’s way of torturing him or his last chance at redemption?
Sarah Boone narrowly escaped the inferno that claimed her family and her home. For months now, she’s been on the run with a secret that will soon be impossible to hide. But the clock is ticking, and she needs a place to settle down soon. She never expected to find the love of her life running a funky little place called the Blue Moon Saloon. He’s darker and more dangerous than ever, but somehow more vulnerable, too. Does she have it in her to be the woman her world-weary warrior needs most of all?
MY REVIEW -
I love Anna Lowe's writing, and I like how she tells a story. I love shifters, and I love that Anna Lowe's book have a bit of action in them. The romances are sweet and I like the suspense of the crazed group who is killing those that try to mix shifter races or shifters with humans. This book can be read as a standalone, but characters from the previous books are present in this one, so there are some spoilers for the previous books. In Redemption, we get dual POV's from Soren and Sarah, Soren believed that his mate, Sarah, was killed in a fire, but when she shows up alive, he is really surprised and happy, but that is short lived when he sees that she is pregnant and he knows it isn't his. Can Soren forgive his mate? Can he protect her from the shifter purity group? When I read the synopsis for this one, I wasn't overjoyed about her being pregnant because I don't really like that type of storyline, and I wasn't completely happy with her story of how she became pregnant; it didn't really make me feel anymore favorable towards her, but I still really enjoyed the rest of the story, and I did like Soren and Sarah's backstory. There aren't flashback scenes, but through Soren and Sarah's memories, we get brief glimpses of how their relationship was prior, and they are rather sweet with each other. Sarah also has some kick butt moments that are awesome, and I love Soren. I also like seeing the other couples from the previous books, and I would love more of them! So, although this wasn't my favorite in the series, I still really enjoyed it, and am definitely looking forward to more!
I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.
Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened.
A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I'm a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.
But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.
I'm the only one who knows. Which means I'm the only one who can stop it.
But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth... and then get them to help me.
MY REVIEW -
I really enjoyed Collide! I found the premise to be really interesting, and I liked how strong the characters are. Collide is a YA read, and is told from Anna's POV. Collide deals with the topic of parallel universes; different decisions creating different paths, and follows Anna as she finds herself in a universe where her mother was never killed. Anna goes to her school's Halloween dance with her boyfriend Jake and some friends, when someone begins shooting. Jake and Anna are both shot, and Anna blacks out. When Anna wakes up again, she wakes up in a different place, she's in a universe where her mother wasn't killed, and she has taken the place of the Anna that has lived a different life in the past 6 months. The Anna from this universe goes by Annabelle and never lost her mother, so certain events took a different path for Annabelle than for the other Anna, so Anna needs to find out what in the heck is going on, and even if she wants to return back to her universe. In this universe, she has a different boyfriend, different friends, and the Anna of this universe is different too, and to top it off, she arrives a week before the school shooting, so she needs to find out who is responsible and stop them before anyone is harmed. I love the parallel universe angle, and I liked that Anna is a strong, intelligent, confident, and capable character. She really took this whole parallel universe thing quite well. In this universe, Jake is unharmed, but he isn't Anna's boyfriend, the Anna of this universe is dating, Zac, but Anna still loves Jake, and is having a hard time dealing with Jake and her not being together. She wants to have Jake and her mother both, can she find a way to make this happen? Poor Zac! He really gets the raw end of this deal! I really felt for him! Especially when certain secrets came to light. I really hope there will be a next book because this ended in an unsatisfactory way for me, so I would definitely be disappointed if this was the ending. I read this book in one sitting, and I thought Michelle Madow did a good job of creating an interesting story that draws you in. Great idea!