Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn
Publication date: August 1st 2016
About the book
Donnie Darko meets Pleasantville in this dark urban fantasy about sixteen-year-old Ben Howard. When Ben accidentally kills his father and is sectioned after a failed suicide attempt, he escapes the guilt by seeking solace deep within the recesses of his own mind.
Waking in a strange ethereal black and white world, where most people exist as living statues, Ben leaps from New York skyscrapers into African jungles without fear of injury, severed from his emotions, until he meets and falls in love with Alice. But, no sooner does he settle into this strange, new existence, he’s traumatically catapulted back to the brutal reality he left behind.
Nobody believes he’s spent the last six months in a Gray World. Not his neurotic mother, his policeman brother Gavin, or his friends Mitch and Wendy, and certainly not Dr. McKenzie who’s threatening to give him even more pills. They all think he’s crazy, and why wouldn’t they when he’s been in some strange coma locked up in a mental asylum?
So this will actually be my first 5-star review for the year.
Special thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this awesome title.
The story centers around 17year old Ben, he is about to be sectioned due to a failed suicide attempt. His family cannot understand why he doesn’t want to live. Ben blames himself for his father’s death and so he falls into despair and depression escaping his guilt when he accidentally wakes up in a gray world where there is no color and of course no more pain. Continue reading “Book Review: Crazy for Alice by Alex Dunn”
Daybreak: Flatlined by Elle Arcie
Publication date: December 21st 2015
About the book
She’s supposed to be just a job… a useless pawn.
But to a Paul, she is everything.
19-year-old Lorena is just an ordinary girl trying to live her life. But when she meets Paul, a handsome and mysterious vampire, her world changes beyond recognition. But just when she thinks their relationship is going well, he leaves her without an explanation. To make things worse, she becomes a target because of the relationship she just lost.
Paul is struggling to find his footing amidst the radical changes in the vampire community. He wants to side with the angels so he can be human again. His superiors, however, are against it and will do anything to keep him from going to the other side. Now, he is faced with a difficult choice: stay true to his vampire instincts or work with the angels to save himself and the people he cares for.
Daybreak is a tale of two people fighting to keep their love alive as the centuries-old war between angels and vampires rages on. Will they succeed? Will darkness win or will light finally prevail?
Apologies to the author for the delay in reviewing this title.
I don’t always read a lot of vampire books as they can a bit dry sometimes and the story lines are the same but this one grabbed my interest from the start.
The story centers around Lorena, she is a twin and is living some semblance of a normal life except her boyfriend is a vampire. And due to that, she is brought before the vampire council and their Leader Primus for questioning.
In the midst of it all, she realizes that she is part of something a lot bigger than she imagined. Lorena is part of a prophecy and the only person who can get her through it is a vampire named Paul. Racing against time and the vampire council it’s up to Paul and Lorena with the help of God to fulfill the prophecy that will redeem all flatliners. Continue reading “Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie”
Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods
Publication date: 8th March 2015
Losing Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of her heart and discovering her true identity has made Elena Watkins’ life almost unbearable. However, new trials will test the 17 year-old’s strength and push her to limits she didn’t think were possible.
Only a mysterious offer from Blake Leaf, the Rubicon and a dragon predestined for evil, reveals there may be a light at the end of Elena’s dark tunnel.
With the life she thought she knew crashing down around her, Elena will have to face a monumental decision about the fate of Paegeia. She can either make peace with Blake’s demands or try once again to unravel the Queen’s secrets that lie deep within her dragon, Tanya La Frey’s, heart.
The third heart pounding novel in The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods.
*Please note this review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the series.
It has been a while since I was seriously addicted to a series and I will be honest, this series is like a drug for me. I will be really sad when it is completely over because I just love it soo much.
S0…. a brief recap from the previous book, Elena is not a dragon (Surprised?) first a Thunderlight and now she is changing into a Rubicon just like Blake. Plus Lucian is dead and Elena just can’t seem to shake off the sadness she feels, the only comfort she feels is when Cara shows up (Don’t worry it will all make sense). Master Longwei has asked Blake to help Elena and even though she knows Blake hates her guts she can’t help but be drawn to him, especially when he is being nice.
Elena still knows that Lucian found out something that can help with the claiming of the Rubicon which is going to happen soon and she is determined to find out what it is but first she must find the Queen’s long-lost dragon.
What did I like? So back again for the 3rd book and I tell you it just keeps getting better. The story picks up from where book 2 left off, although we spend quite a bit of time reminiscing about Lucian (I sound like I don’t care right? but I really do). Elena started to get on my nerves a bit with her pity party, and I guess having the dragon Cara in the mix it made things a bit more fun.
I liked Blake better in this book, maybe because he just seemed a lot more gentle until he decides to self-destruct then things take a turn for the worse.
There is still a lot of information in the book which I thought was pretty pointless as it seemed to just fill in space. It was nice for Cheng to have a much bigger role, I think I like him…..
As usual, the author just plays with my emotions, because whenever I think I have the plot figured, she does the old switcheroo. There is soo much to this series that you can’t help but be entertained.
I loved the end of the book, that just means book 4 will be way way way better and I just can’t wait.
Frostbitten by Heather Beck
Publication date: 23rd June 2014
Great beauty hides dark secrets…Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?
I always enjoy reading about wolves (Call it a Lupine fascination) so this one was no exception. The story revolves around Anastasia. A teen with a troubled past and a strained relationship with her mother is sent to live in Cedar Falls with her grandparents. She is initially not happy to return to this small town of her childhood but soon she starts to try to blend in. Everyone seems welcoming but there is a secret she can tell that everyone is hiding. And then she meets Frost, a name just as mysterious as the owner. Even though she is warned countless times by her grandfather to stay away from him she just can’t help but be drawn deeper into Frost’s world. When rumors of the Cedar falls urban legend begin to come true, its up to Anastasia to decide on what she wants to believe. She also knows there is secret Frost is keeping from her will this new found love be able to withstand the truth Anastasia desperately seeks.
What did I think? This was actually a really great story but it just took me ages to finish the book. To be honest I got bored somewhere in the middle because Anastasia was just so super stupid.
I found the story a bit unrealistic because Anastasia was making decisions that any normal 17 year old would not make. Read it for yourself and tell me what you think.
I didn’t like that the family kept secrets as this caused more harm than good.
I really liked Frost, he was just super dreamy and who wouldn’t love someone like him. He just seemed extra clingy although I guess with the way he was brought up I can understand it.
The story moved a bit slow at the beginning, I enjoyed the final 30% of the book as that’s where the action and fun stuff was happening.
A great end to the book and I won’t lie I am keen to find out what will happen and I think the author is holding out on some secret with Anastasia. I kept expecting some revelation, but that’s just me so you can imagine my disappointment.
An overall good read would recommend if you like a good supernatural read.
Hell or High Water by Hailey Edwards
Publication date: 30th July 2016
About the book
Camille Ellis has gone rogue agent, and there’s no turning back now. The conclave might have put the Charybdis case to bed, but Cam isn’t willing to let it lie. No badge doesn’t mean no backup these days.
As mate to an alpha warg, she has access to new and lethal resources. A whole pack full of them. And they all want justice for the sins committed against them.
But the stakes are higher than she knows, the secrets exposed darker than she feared, and the cost of winning higher than she ever imagined.
I was so excited to get an ARC for this book and even though I had agreed on what to read next, I have to bump that aside to read this book as I just needed to know what will happen to Charybdis.
The story picks up where book 2 left off. Cord has chosen to leave Bessemer’s pack and some of the defected Wargs who are loyal to him are coming along. Cam needs all the help she can get to also locate her cousin and her aunt who have mysteriously gone missing, no thanks to Charybdis. The conclave seems to be running investigations but without great results. It’s now up to Cam to call in her least favorite cousin Theo to help.
This, of course, brings up old squabbles and rivalries which in order to survive they must put aside. Charybdis is getting closer attacking the people Cam loves, which puts the pack on edge.
Cam will need to figure out what exactly Charybdis wants before more lives are lost and she must also come face to face with her past and the secrets that have been kept from her.
What did I think? I think this book was my favorite in the series. I took my time to read it slowly as I was sad that this part was going to end.
The twists in this book were mind blowing as I never really expected things to turn out how they did.
I really liked the characters in this book, Graeson was the best, his jokes and comments were so good. Kudos to the author for that.
Dell, I found very annoying sometimes but also I think I liked her openness and strength.
It was nice to see Thierry again, albeit for just a short time but I think this paves the way for the next part of the series which I can’t help but be impressed with how the author executed that.
Charybdis as a villain was really awesome, he had that creepy edge that made you watch your back all day every day. He was one of those that it pretty much stomped me about how he could be defeated.
I like that we finally got to meet Theo and in all honesty, I think I like him more. Hopefully, the next chapter of the series will allow us to get to know more about the pack members.
Truly a series worth reading…..
Release date: 28th December 2010
Series: Bonds of Blood and Spirit (#1)
About the Book
Regina Capalini, abandoned by her parents at age three, and the victim of a heinous crime, has been tossed away by the only Pack she has ever known. She has one last chance to impress her new Alpha, Diego Beauchamp, or be left to fend for herself as a rogue wolf, a sentence that will surely end in death.
Fate intervenes, not once, but twice, and plunges Regina into a fast-paced race against the clock to save the life of the stranger she just met.
In the midst of this harrowing life-threatening rescue, she comes to know five unique people who, in their own quirky and troubled ways, teach this misfit and broken girl the meaning of love, trust, and loyalty, making her question everything she ever believed was true.
Together, they create an alliance, a new breed of Pack, one that changes the course of the future forever.
Special thanks to the author for a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, it’s taken me exactly one year to read this book and now I am seriously kicking myself about why it took me so very long to read it!
First of all, this book is absolutely brilliant. Continue reading “Book Review: Loyalties (BBS #1) by Wendi Kelly & Deborah Dorchak”
Release date: 21st November 2014
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
About the Book
All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.
Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.
Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed.
Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?
We return to the world of paegeia and the Dragonians. There is now a new king of lion weapon and they managed to stop a brutal attack from Goran. And While Elena is trying to keep a low profile she and her friends can’t seem to go unnoticed for what they did to save the academy. Continue reading “Book Review: Thunderlight (Dragonian Series #2) by Adrienne Woods”
Release date: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Ink Monster
About the Book
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.
Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.
First of all, I’d like to say that this series is just epic!!! If you haven’t still read it, then you are missing out.
We pick up right where book 2 left off. Tair and Quanta finally escaped the Alpha citadel and are safe at Eva’s compound from Doctor Nagi and his evil lab.
Even though Tair would like Quanta to take things easy, Lady Eva might have other plans plus Quanta is having a hard time trying to adjust with the onslaught of time ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge”
Release date: 1st November 2016
About the Book
Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.
First of all I want to apologise to the author for not posting this during the blog tour. Its not my style to let down authors or publishers and I do hope that this has not created a bad impression or ruined any opportunities for the future.
I was given a sample of this book to review, and you all know how much I love wolves, so I did not hesitate to read the full book.
The book started off really strong, with getting know Nessa and her family who live in a small town which is recovering from the wake of a chemical spill. She has finally made the cross country team and is determined to make it out of her hometown no matter what it takes.
One night when on a run she comes face to face with a trapped wolf that she tries to save only to then be bitten. What follows are a series of changes that Nessa does not know how to handle or who she can trust to seek help from. Also, there is something strange going on in the town with the new company that has bought the chemical plant.
What did I think? I really wanted to love this book from start to finish, it started off great, and then the middle came and I was bored. I don’t know if it was Nessa or the other characters which didn’t seem to make much sense but I kept waiting for something awesome to happen but it never came. I think the plot was good, I kinda guessed who the bad guys were even before we got there and who the heck is the Grey wolf and how does Luc feature in all of this? (sorry I won’t give spoilers).
Cassian turned out to be a conceited jerk (why am I not surprised), and Bree is the essential best friend that everyone needs to have. Nessa’s mum seemed to be there most of the time and then she disappears half way through.
I just couldn’t connect with the characters in the book and found myself flipping through so I could just get to the end. I don’t know if I will read the next book in the series but I might be inclined to read more as I am hoping the author will do more with the characters and the story.
Release date: 25th October 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
About the Book
Despite her superhuman strength and enhanced senses, Della Tsang’s life as a vampire certainly hasn’t been easy. Especially since she was reborn and bound to the mysterious, infuriating, and gorgeous Chase Tallman.
But if there’s one thing that’s always kept Della going, it’s her dream of being an elite paranormal investigator. Her newest case is the opportunity she’s been waiting for, but as Della tries to solve the twenty-year-old murder and clear her father’s name. She uncovers secrets about the vampire council. And about Chase.
Feeling betrayed by all the secrets he’s kept hidden from her, Della is determined to keep him as far away from her heart as she can. But she’ll need his help to solve the case that will lead them into the darkest and ugliest vampire gangs in town and into the scariest reaches of her heart.
Finally, I get to read book 3. Even though I am sad that this series will end I just can’t wait to find out what happens.
At the end of book 2 Chase and Della have been bound, this was all to help Della go through being reborn. As infuriating as it is for Della, she doesn’t understand what it all means but she is mostly pre-occupied with the arrest of her father for the murder of his sister.
Della starts to uncover secrets about her father’s past and the vampire council while also being followed around by ghosts who need her help.
Steve is also back which makes Della wonder where they left things and also makes her question whether her feelings for Chase are for real or if the bond they share compels her.
What did I think? Well finally book 3 is here and I was so super excited to find out what would happen. Chase even though he is so infuriating began to grow on me. Della annoyed me a lot in this book, then again when is she not annoying me? She constantly feels like she is indestructible when we clearly know she isn’t and Chase having to come and save her butt most of time was beginning to grate on me.
We get to learn more about Della’s fathers family, sadly everything about her mom is skimmed over and in my opinion makes the mum a bit irrelevant. We get to see a softer side of Burnett here and I think I kinda like him as father figure for Della. It definitely changed my opinion of him in the story.
Miranda and Kylie were just background noise to me as i didn’t really care for them. I liked the ending, it was an expected one but I don’t know why it takes us almost losing someone to realise that we can’t live without that person. Such is life.
Anyway an awesome end to the series, it has definitely changed my opinion on vampire stories. i hope there can be more like this in the future.