Book review: Daybreak : Flatlined by Elle Arcie

daybreakDaybreak: Flatlined by Elle Arcie

Publication date: December 21st 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

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?

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The Review

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.

What did I think? I know my brief summary was a bit cryptic and I left out a lot of stuff but, you need to read it to get it.
I actually enjoyed reading this book, I thought it will be more twilighty (yes it’s a word) but the author put a much better spin on it.

Let’s talk about the plot, It sounds like an awesome plot and the pace of the story is just right. This is just book 1 and a lot has already happened so this means book 2 should be pretty awesome right.
I liked that the vampires referred to themselves as flatliners (seemed appropriate) Also I like the way the author linked the story to scriptures in the bible and also to God. The general theme is that love conquers all and can cover a multitude of sins and also the fact that faith in God works.

I enjoyed the authors writing style and how she made the characters quite diverse, not the average blond hair blue eyed sexy vamp. I mean Paul is Asian (Japanese) it doesn’t get any better than that right.
I loved the characters in the book, especially Paul *swoon* everybody needs one of him in their life. He was like the white knight and it also shows that God can forgive anything thing no matter what your past is. Lorena was also a great female lead her resilience even after everything that was happening although she was really annoying in some part of the book.

The book seemed pretty big for a first book and I thought there was a lot of the story that could have been condensed and not included, but maybe in the next book(s) it will somehow contribute to the story (I actually hope so). The writing is very simplistic and somehow I think that was what I enjoyed when I read it.
In terms of villains, I liked Caleb. He was just awesome because you feel the chills when he appears in the scenes. I think he was way more frightening that Primus.
Love love love Gabriel, I won’t say anymore so I don’t give away the story. I can’t wait to read book 2 highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal romance.

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Book review: Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

Frostbite (The Dragonian Series #3) by Adrienne Woods

Publication date: 8th March 2015

Rating:★★★★☆

Synopsis

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.

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*Please note this review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the series.

The Review

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.

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Book Review: Frostbitten by Heather Beck

frostbitten-coverFrostbitten by Heather Beck

Publication date: 23rd June 2014

Rating:★★★☆☆

Synopsis
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?

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The Review

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. fbbaordEveryone 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.

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Book Review: Hell or High Water(Gemini #3) by Hailey Edwards

hellorhighHell or High Water by Hailey Edwards

Publication date: 30th July 2016

Rating :★★★★☆

 

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.

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The Review

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…..

Book Review: Loyalties (BBS #1) by Wendi Kelly & Deborah Dorchak

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Release date: 28th December 2010
Series: Bonds of Blood and Spirit (#1)
Source: Author
Rating: ★★★★☆
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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.

The Review

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”

Book Review: Thunderlight (Dragonian Series #2) by Adrienne Woods

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Release date: 21st November 2014
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Source: Amazon
Rating: ★★★★☆

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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?

The Review

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”

Book Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge

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Release date: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Ink Monster
Source: Author
Rating: ★★★★★

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.

The Review

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”

Book Review: Weregirl by C.D Bell

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Release date: 1st November 2016
Source: Author
Rating:★★★☆☆

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.

The Review

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.

Book Review : Unspoken (Shadow Falls After Dark #3) by C.C. Hunter

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Release date: 25th October 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Netgalley
Rating:★★★★☆

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.

The Review

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.

Book Review: Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge

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Release Date: 13th October 2015
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Synopsis

Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.

The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.

Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?

The Review

So this review has been a long time coming. I just want to apologise to the author and the Ink monster crew for taking so long to actually read this awesome book.
Right, where do I start?
Quanta is a Red helix with clairvoyant powers currently held prisoner by the seligo. The all too famous Dr. Nagi uses her powers to locate other Red helix subjects and also if he gets lucky the shadow ravens.
Altair Orpheus is a broody scientist and the son of a powerful senator who will stop at nothing to get into Dr. Nagi’s research in order to save of red helix subjects for the shadow ravens.
Just when he thinks he struck gold and gets accepted into the research, he meets Quanta. Tair, is drawn to Quanta in ways he can’t understand and Quanta can’t see much of the future past Altair. But its up to them to find a way out of the seligo that does not end in death.
What did I think? Well, I really don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. Three word’s “I Loved it!”
This is my first Lola Dodge book and I think I love her already.
First off, I really liked Quanta as the lead. She was just perfect, not whiney or naive. I liked her determination and fighting spirit, even when it seemed the odds were stacked against her she just kept fighting. Tair!!! wow, I think I’m in love with him *swoon*. Now he was just superbly awesome especially towards the end ( I won’t give spoilers)
Darren (Yuk!) I didn’t like him one bit, he just seemed greasy and smelly (for lack of a better word)
I enjoyed the pace of the story and the plot, and I keen to see where the Shadow ravens story is heading, at the moment only Cipher and Quanta seem to be the focus, I am keen to see the bigger picture and how they plan to take out the seligo.