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Book Review: Fate of Elements ~ M. Stratton

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Title: Fate of Elements (Skeleton Key)
Author: M. Stratton
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: M. Stratton
Date of Release: June 13, 2016
Pages: 122
Format: Kindle (Lady Amber’s Review)

The prophecy states a god will come through the Skeleton Door and unite the elements: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. There will be a battle, but in the end, the elements will unite.

Hallet, King of the Fire Element, has been trying to warn the others the prophecy is coming true, and they must unite because they don’t know what’s on the other side of the door. The other king and queens are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their people. The only problem is the unknown…

Raina Owens kept her head in a book… who doesn’t love a girl who reads?! She always lived vicariously through the characters in books in hope of an adventure. She gets the adventure of a lifetime when she finds out about an uncle she never knew about.  She finds a mysterious key, and her adventure starts. She meets Hallet as soon as she passes through the door, and immediately recognizes him from all of the dreams she’s had. Together, she trains for the upcoming battle. Will she be able to unite the elements, or will they all perish in the end?

I tore through this in one sitting. I absolutely adored the kings, Hallet and Erion, King of the Air Element. Naida, Queen of the Water element was extremely likable, however, Dayna, Queen of the Earth element was pretty despicable… which I hate to say given the dedication at the beginning of the book. The only thing I would change, I would make the story a little longer! I enjoyed this story. It’s a part of a series, but I had a hard time figuring out which book is first, as each book is written by a different author. It sounds like an interesting concept, and I would love to read more of it!

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18+, Book Review, Books, Fiction, HEA, Romance, series

Book Review: Niccolaio Andretti ~ Parker S. Huntington

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Title: Niccolaio Andretti (The Five Syndicates Series, Book 2)
Author: Parker S. Huntington
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Mafia, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: PSH Publishing House
Date of Release: July 18, 2017
Pages: 322
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Step into the past with Niccolaio Andretti, and see how he becomes the outcast of his own family. Watch him become a walking contradiction, all the while being hot, funny, sweet, and dangerous. He made a choice that will follow him and change his life. Family can be a funny and fickle thing.

One week before graduation, and Minka almost has a lock on a potential husband. With her degree a given, she’s almost there with getting custody of her sister. She thinks she has to put herself out there to get what she wants, but she’s about to find out there’s a different way.

Parker S. Huntington is amazing, she took a character I despised in the first book and made me feel for her. Minka wasn’t a bad person, and she’s intelligent. I quite enjoyed her, but I loved Niccolaio. He was mysterious and intelligent. They were well matched, and I would love to have a series of just the two of them. Add in Minka’s sister, Mina, and this story is quite amazing! What I love about this series is each book has a theme. Revenge, family, love, redemption. This series is absolutely fantastic. Asher Black is my favorite (so far), but I absolutely loved this!

Book Review, Books, Fiction, HEA, Suspense, YA

Book Review: Triplicity ~ J. Mercer

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Title: Triplicity
Author: J. Mercer
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, YA
Publisher: Bare Ink
Date of Release: January 6, 2019
Pages: 226
Format: Kindle (YA Bound Book)

Triplicity: (n) a group or combination of three; triad.

Meet Isaiah, Jesse, and Navy as they adventure to Alaska on a cruise, with their families and each one hiding a secret. As the three get to know each other, things start to go missing. Each one falling under suspicion, can the three of them find the real thief before the ship docks one last time and things get worse?

While I figured out quite early who the thief was, I loved how each character was complexed and their backstories were extremely intriguing… some were heartbreaking and others were just outright complicated. The writing and storytelling kept me on the edge of my seat, needing to know what happens next. Each teen was likable in their own way. However, the majority of the adults didn’t have any redeeming qualities. For some people, that may be a drawback, but it drew me in. It intrigued me to see how the teens would navigate the seven days at sea. It was my first book by J. Mercer, and definitely not my last!

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Book Review: What Happens at Midnight ~ Laura Chapman

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Title: What Happens at Midnight
Author: Laura Chapman
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Laura Chapman, Narrator: Kay Heart
Date of Release: November 8, 2016 (ebook), January 11, 2018 (audio)
Pages: 125 (2 Hours, 55 Minutes)

After a bad encounter at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Natalie had just about given up… but then Rob came to her rescue. Every year since they meet on New Year’s Eve… until one year they didn’t, due to a misunderstanding.

While I enjoyed the story, I was frustrated with Natalie. She had a backbone, which I appreciated. What frustrated me about her was when she chose to assert the backbone. There were moments when I thought she was too hard on Rob, but not nearly as hard as she should be with her ex-boyfriend. I understood why she was hard on Rob. I truly understood; a conversation could have saved them both some heartache, especially the hopeless romantic, Natalie. However, she felt like a pushover with ex-boyfriend, Troy. For me, her brother Ian made up for what annoyed me about Natalie. What I did like about Natalie was in the end, she owned up to her own faults and misgivings.

The fun and easy banter between Natalie and Rob were endearing and they made a fantastic couple. The narration was spot on. The voices for each character matched what I saw in my imagination. It’s an enjoyable and quick read/listen. Give it a try!

18+, Book Review, Books, Fiction, HEA, Romance, series

Book Review: Timber ~ Remy Blake

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Title: Timber (Men at Work, Book 2)
Author: Remy Blake
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary, NA, Romance
Publisher: Remy Blake
Date of Release: December 14, 2017
Pages: 150
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Being the face of Timber, the new, popular dating app, is a lot of pressure. Magnus Andersen is an absolutely gorgeous man who has everything, but love. He never imagined he would actually USE the app. He’s been a little scarred from his last relationship. Lucy, Avery’s older sister, is the epitome of scarred. The guy she thought she was building a life with, David, decided it wasn’t the life he wanted. After finding out she was pregnant, David takes off. Lucy has been everything to everyone, but now it’s about Lucy. She never thought she’d catch the eye of Magnus on Timber. Will the two of them find love or will this just be a fling?

This is another awesome book in this series. It was a nice continuation from Clipped. What was pretty cool about this one was there’s a scene towards the end of Clipped of Wes and Magnus (business rivals) interacting with each other. You see what happens before and after that scene from Lucy’s and Magnus’s point of view. Both characters are endearing. Lucy is a great mother and down-to-Earth. Magnus is surprisingly down-to-Earth as well and has a slight stutter; which is quite adorable. This is a great series, and I can’t wait to continue!

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Book Review: Dream Keeper ~ Amber R. Duell

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Title: Dream Keeper (The Dark Dreams Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Amber R. Duell
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, YA
Publisher: The Parliament House
Date of Release: January 29, 2019
Pages: 288
Format: Kindle (YA Bound Books Tours)

The Sandman is in danger! In an attempt to save himself, he bound the Weaver to his realm of Nightmares. However, to truly keep himself and the outside world safe, he had to plant the dream of what it took to protect the world in someone else’s head. Enter Nora… just about the only person who believes the Sandman is real. Sandman plants the dream in her and protects her every night. But what do you do when the hold on the Weaver weakens and he’s able to send nightmares after her, making all of her nightmares come true? Create a human form, of course! But unfortunately, there’s only but so much you can do with your human form, and Nora has her own free will. Nora makes a choice that not only affects her but it will affect the Sandman and the Weaver as well, and the consequences, well… they are dire!

This story is told from a dual POV of Nora and Sandman, which I thought was great, however, I found myself loving the chapters of Sandman’s POV. Chapters narrated by Nora slightly dragged for me. I also found her to be a bit frustrating. She made decisions based on how she felt in the moment (as people tend to do), but when you are not in your element, can you really afford to do that? I would have loved a POV from the Weaver. He was witty and engaging. I’m intrigued enough to follow the story, but I would love a book of just the Sandman and the Weaver to get some backstory and interactions!

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Book Review: Clipped ~ Remy Blake

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Title: Clipped (Men at Work, Book 1)
Author: Remy Blake
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Remy Blake
Date of Release: July 16, 2017
Pages: 143
Format: Kindle (Kindle Unlimited)

Sometimes people don’t realize how much names can hurt. In high school, names can hurt. No one knows that better than “Anal Avery”. That was a name she couldn’t escape when in high school. It was a name given to her by Wes, who had a massive crush on her… because that’s what you do when you really like someone, you tease them. As a result, Avery couldn’t wait to leave her hometown at the first opportunity, which is college!

Unfortunately, an emergency brings Avery home after being away for 8 years. The first person she sees is Wes, and the sparks fly. Wes is a completely different person than Avery remembers. He helps her sister with her 5-year-old son, he’s a successful business owner, and he wants her! Wes is relentless in his pursuit of Avery, but a misunderstanding can completely undo all the damage he caused back in high school.

Where has Remy Blake been all my life?! Her writing was engaging and I felt like I’ve known Avery and Wes my whole life. The story was funny and heartfelt. It’s the first book in the series and if the second book of the series is as good as the first, I’m in for a really good treat!