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Book Review: Hidden ~ Victoria DeLuis

 

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Title: Hidden (Rune Witch Mysteries: Book 2)
Author: Victoria DeLuis
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal, Urban
Publisher: Unknown
Date of Release: December 21, 2017
Pages: 146
Format: Kindle (Author)

I adore Victoria DeLuis. This was a good continuation from the first book, Taken. Summer and Thomas are taking a lovely stroll through the forest, next to their beautiful cottage. It couldn’t be more romantic… well, actually it could. During their romantic stroll, they come across a dead body. While they aren’t responsible, they do feel a sense of obligation to help find out what happened. Can Summer and Thomas find out what happened to the young man, without becoming a pawn in a game that seems impossible to win? Can Summer and Thomas solve the mystery that is Summer’s familial curse before it’s too late?

It was great catching up with Summer and Thomas! Seeing them fall more and more in love with each other… sigh. With a curse looming over Summer’s head, she’s strong enough to set that aside and give a mother closure. This book was slightly longer than the first book, but it didn’t feel like it. The story is well told and the main characters are easy to get attached to. And, we get a surprise visit. Will it be the answer to all of Summer’s questions? Stay tuned to find out! I know I intend to!

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Book Review: Storm Crazy ~ Livia Quinn

 

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Title: Storm Crazy (Destiny Paramortals: Book 1)
Author: Livia Quinn
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Campbell Hill Publishing
Date of Release: June 14, 2014
Pages: 334
Format: Kindle (Livia Quinn via AXP)

Just when Sheriff Jack Lang thought he found some normalcy, he gets a welcome to Destiny, Louisiana with a murder… and mail woman, Tempe, who seems to always be in the middle of everything. So not only do we have a murder to solve, but her brother, River, is also missing. There is an instant chemistry between Tempe and Jack. You are rooting for them to get together and be happy.

The writing is great and engaging. You find yourself feeling what Tempe feels and feeling as frustrated as Jack at every turn. You find you have more questions than answers with a few chapters left for this to be wrapped up with a not-so-pretty bow (this is a series for crying out loud!)… and dun, dun, dun… cliffhanger! Will Tempe and Jack finally get together? We must stay tuned! What I did enjoy were the dual POVs, although I wasn’t a fan of Dylan getting a chapter. I also loved this taking place in Louisiana. I thought it was the perfect setting for this genre. I enjoyed this story, but it left a lot of unanswered questions. However, it is noted on the Amazon page for this book… “These are not a stand-alones…”, but I will be staying tuned! This is a good start to a series.

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Book Review: Bloodline Origins ~ Iuliana Foos

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Title: Bloodline Origins (Book 1)
Author: Iuliana Foos
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Date of Release: April 11, 2018
Pages: 325
Format: PDF (Author)

Ever felt like you’re going through life without fitting in… anywhere? Not with friends, family, co-workers… there’s something different about you, and you just can’t put your finger on it… until one day you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ana meets a group of vampires and finds that one place she has always wanted to be is where she belongs. Unfortunately, she slips away from a very angry vampire but gains a gentle, but powerful vampire. She meets Andree and gets to join their coven. I was given the opportunity to follow Ana’s and Andree’s journey of falling in love and facing their biggest threat. Will they find the love they have been searching for?

This is a really good start to a series. The characters were strong and well written. I immediately fell in love with Andree. The story is funny and the secondary characters are just as awesome as the main characters. Foos tells a story in a way that pulls at your heartstrings and laugh within the same scene. It also ends in a way that leaves you wanting more. There’s no cliffhanger, but you will want to know what happens next. I, for one, cannot wait!

 

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Book Review: TruthStone ~ Mike Shelton

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Title: TruthStone (The TruthSeer Archives, Book 1)
Author: Mike Shelton
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Indie
Date of Release: February 15, 2018
Pages: 291
Format: Kindle (Mike Shelton via AXP)

We all know the sayings: “Thou shall not lie,” “The truth shall set you free,” and “A little lie never hurt anyone.” In this case, the truth is as dangerous as the lie… and a lie, even a tiny one, can be quite painful.

Fifteen year old, Shaeleen learns the unfortunate consequences when she becomes the TruthSeer. Every little lie, even half-truths, causes her pain. For centuries, the kingdom was protected and served by gemstones of power, each stone represented a different power. Now, those stones are failing. There is an challenge for the throne, but there are so many lies surrounding the throne, can Shaeleen save the throne AND survive? Or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? Travel with Shaeleen as she tours the kingdom, meeting new friends and foes along the way, as she learns what it means to be a TruthSeer.

What a whirlwind?! I was swept away from the very beginning. Shaeleen is a bright young lady with a good head on her shoulders. She’s put in a difficult position as she becomes the TruthSeer, and you start to see how often people lie. Even if the lie wasn’t outrageous, it was something as small as “I like your dress,” could easily have her doubled over in pain. Equally as bad, all the people who want your power. While having the TruthStone does make it easy to know who to trust, it’s not so easy when you have to match strength and sometimes wit. This story was well executed, and engaging. I truly enjoyed watching Shaeleen try to navigate her way around the truth and people who are following dark forces. I will definitely be staying tuned to see where this goes.

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Book Review: Imitatore ~ A. Rose

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Title: Imitatore (The Donna Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: A. Rose
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Release: January 11, 2018
Pages: 130
Format: Kindle (A. Rose via AXP)

Imitatore: (n.) One who has the ability to take on the powers of the Donna.

Donna: (n.) A magical person who has up to SIX special abilities.

The Society, led by Damien, want to change the world. The biggest problem: how he wants to do it. The best thing: he needs the help of the most unwilling person he will ever meet. Welcome to a world where everyone has an ability. If you don’t have an ability, you are deemed to be an ordinary human and made a slave.

Meet Sophie. She has multiple abilities and no one will explain how or why. During one of her many visions, she meets Oliver. Oliver has pale, almost translucent skin and no determinable gender. Oliver is in the heart of the forest; which is dangerous at the best of times. With the addition of Oliver, Sophie’s already interestingly difficult life becomes more complicated. With the help of Sarah, the librarian (who has a very gifted memory), and the help of The Council, Sophie and Oliver hone their abilities and must decide whose side will they join in this battle of good vs. evil. Will they make the right decision or will the world change as they know it?

The pros: The world is creatively diverse. There is inclusion of all sorts, we have POC, a non-binary character, a deaf character, and a pretty strong, yet frustrating female heroine. While Sophie knows she is strong, she also knows she has a lot to learn about herself and the abilities are a game changer. This is the kind of book if you read it a second time, you’ll pick up things you missed the first time. You’ll notice something different every time.

The cons: The first few chapters are confusing. You don’t know who is talking and who is doing what. It isn’t made clear who is who. Once you’ve finished the story, you’ll have to re-read the first few chapters. Knowing what you know, the first few chapters will make sense the second time around. Some issues or developments aren’t fully explained, but I’m guessing that helped set up the next book.

The book ends in such a way you have to read the next book to know how the world will turn out. With Sophie’s own internal battle of good vs. evil, will she be able to control her abilities and save not only the world but save herself? Stay tuned!

 

 

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Bargain Tuesday: Flesh and Bone ~ Willow Rose

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Title: Flesh and Bone (The Vampires of Shadow Hills Series, Book 1)
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Release: February 6, 2018
Pages: 264

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For fans of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries comes a new addiction impossible to put down.

What if you can’t trust your own family?

Robyn’s parents are ruining her life. As if their constant bickering and embarrassing behavior wasn’t bad enough, they’ve forbidden her from hanging out with her crush just when a flirty new girl moves to their block. Strangely enough, Robyn’s parents look the other way when her big brother breaks curfew… even after a local girl’s violent murder.

With the neighborhood on high alert, strange sightings are on the rise and the accusations begin to fly. Between her brother’s nighttime excursions and her parents’ odd behavior, Robyn starts to worry that the killer may be living under her own roof. In a town where neighbor has turned against neighbor, deciding whom to trust with her dark fears could be a matter of life and death…

Flesh and Blood is the first book in a fun and frightening series of romantic paranormal mysteries. If you like terrifying thrills, flesh and blood characters, and hot vampires, then you’ll love Willow Rose’s spine-chilling tale of this intense love triangle.

Buy Flesh and Blood to discover a dynamic series with heart-stopping suspense, fierce romances, and jaw-dropping surprises.

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Bargain Tuesday: Soho Dead, The Edinburgh Seer, Secrets of Redemption

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Title: Soho Dead(The Soho Series, Book 1)
Author: Greg Keen
Genre: Mystery
Date of Release: July 1, 2017
Pages: 334

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Kenny Gabriel is three years away from turning sixty, has forty-three quid in the bank and is occasionally employed to find people who would rather not be found. Broke, clientless and depressed, he knows things can’t get much worse. Then he’s summoned to the office of London media magnate Frank Parr, whose daughter, Harry, is missing—and there’s ten grand on the table to get her back.

It’s a lot of money, and God knows Kenny needs the cash. But he and Frank have a history he’d rather not revisit. Kenny worked for him in the seventies, when Frank was the head of a Soho magazine empire and owner of an infamous nightclub. And Kenny might still be working for Frank now—if he hadn’t witnessed his boss brutally torturing another employee.

Kenny suspects taking this job is a mistake, and he’s probably right. Because while he may be done with the past, the past is far from done with him.

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The Edinburgh Seer Series
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Title: The Edinburgh Seer (The Complete Trilogy)
Author: Alisha Klapheke
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Date of Release: March 23, 2018
Pages: Unknown

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She thought hiding her sixth sense would solve everything. She was very, very wrong.

In a land divided by corruption and rebellion, Aini successfully manages her father’s altered candy lab alongside an apprentice—the mysterious, sexy Thane.

But life goes from sweet to sour when the most nefarious clan in Scotland abducts her father.

And the only way to rescue him is to risk using her sixth sense and stop fighting Fate.

Leap into USA Today bestselling author Alisha Klapheke’s unique, action-packed adventure, an urban fantasy series that fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander will love!

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Secrets of Redemption
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Title: Secrets of Redemption
Author: L.K. Shaw
Genre: Suspense
Date of Release: March 24, 2017
Pages: 280

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I killed a man.

He deserved to die, but guilt threatens to consume me. Every time I close my eyes, all I see is blood. His face haunts me, and I don’t know how much more I can take. My life is out of control. Then, there is Josie. I’ve wanted her for years, and now, I can never have her. Darkness surrounds me. I’m damaged goods. A murderer.

I killed a man.

He deserved to die, and never once have I regretted my actions. Then, there is Miles, who walks around as if ghosts are chasing him. I know what he did, and I know it’s eating him alive. I’ve loved him for years, and now, it’s time for action. Time for him to learn that submission will give him back his control. I only hope my Domination can light his way out of the darkness.

 

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