Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: The Hunt by Chole Neill

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.
Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....

My Thoughts:
OMG I love this series!  Claire's character grows along with her magical abilities.  She's finally done with hiding from herself and the world. 
 Claire's always shown bravery but there was a little bit left of her trying to hold on to the old life she had with her dad.  That time has gone. 
 Now it's time to fight for the one's she cares about and for the town she hold dear.  Liam is learning to deal with his possession of magic.  To become something you've hated for so long is a huge WHAMMY to one's psyche.  I really enjoyed watching both Liam & Claire adjust to this new development.  Liam and Claire are now both wanted for things out of their control.  Liam is falsely accused of murder and Claire is a fugitive because she has magic.  Despite helping to keep the Veil closed the government still wants her a prisoner of Devil's Isle.  Some big secrets are revealed in this installment.  Claire finally deals with her father's secrecy and why he kept so much from her.  It's the bombshell about her mother that really keeps you on the edge of your seat.  I can't wait to see what happens next.  I mean Chloe can't just leave the ending like this....can she?!   If you haven't started this series get on it!!  Magic, suspense, romance and can you say no?! 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.

Recommended for readers 16 & up.  Moderate sexual situations

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.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: Dating The It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.
My Thoughts:
I'll be honest.  This book was hard for me to get through.  Emme's immaturity was her biggest downfall as a character.  She was immature even for her age.  After reading the whole story is was obvious why Emme remained so self-centered and made little progress in her character growth.  She was completely surrounded by self-centered adults.  Her parents missed signs and opportunities to help their daughter through some really tough situations.  Then Emme was surrounded by self-absorbed peers too.  Her friend Margaux was unlikeable most of the time as she proved time after time to be a terrible friend while giving bad advise and never really offering Emme any real help.  The only two people I felt had Emme's best intentions in mind were Kylie and Darren.  And Darren gets fazed out without any closure to his part of the story.  It's not that I didn't like the story.  It's that it had such huge potential to show growth and development with its characters along with touching on some big issues that affect teens today and it fell short.  I kept rooting for things to go deeper and for Emme to get some kind of epiphany to get her to rely on herself more.  All the back and forth drama and emotional roller coaster between Brendon and Emme was exhausting.  At one point I was struggling on why they should even be together.  In the end there is some slight evolvement for both of their characters but honestly it was too little, too late.  All this may come down to the fact that I just couldn't connect with Emme.  That doesn't mean reader's between 13 & 15 won't have a different experience.  

Recommended for readers 13 & up.  Mild emotional 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. 
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