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Shadow Fall ~ Audrey Grey

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Title: Shadow Fall
Author: Audrey Grey
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Date of Release: November 22, 2016
Pages: 368
Format: Kindle (Culican Reviews)

What I loved… it was very reminiscent to The Hunger Games, but with plot twists and turns. There was a lovely romance element that didn’t distract from the story. There was a good amount of greek mythology aspect to the book. I love that and it kept me drawn to the story. The world building was spectacular. Riser is quite possibly my favorite character. He’s a bit rough around the edges, but who doesn’t love a bad boy?

What I didn’t love… there were scenes that were too descriptive, which ordinarily isn’t a bad thing. It made the book feel like it was dragging. There were also times I felt like some scenes weren’t as descriptive as I would have liked. It took a bit of time to get into.

This was a great start to a series and I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

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Second Sight ~ JA Culican

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Title: Second Sight (Hollow Grounds, Book #1)
Author: JA Culican
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Dragon Realm Press
Date of Release: August 22, 2017
Pages: 284
Format: Kindle (Author)

What if you could see peoples death before it happened? What kind of person would you be? Would you try to stop them or would you walk away?  That was a decision Ela had to make when she was a child. She saw her best friend’s death and there was nothing she can do save her. So, she ran away… that’s what most people do when they’re scared. Fast forward and Ela is an adult with very limited contact with the outside world.  She sees the death of a child and decides she’s going to risk her sanity and save him… only it was too late.

As if things wasn’t interesting enough, we meet Luca, who is just as special as Ela, but different. He’s an empath trying to help save the world… but is he fighting for the right side? He believes he’s doing the right thing, fighting along side the Shades against the Wraithes. Can you tell who is on the side of truth and who is lying? That is the question Ela has to answer when she meets Talon, a Wraith… with a twist!

This book was amazing! You can easily read 17 chapters in one night before you realize what time it is! I was fascinated from chapter 1. You watch as Ela navigated her way through am unfamiliar world as she figures out who she can trust. The last couple of pages were devastating and I loved it. I found myself wanting revenge and I can’t wait to read the next installment!

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New Tricks ~ Kelly Moran

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Title: New Tricks (Redwood Ridge , Book #3)
Author: Kelly Moran
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Release: September 26, 2017
Pages: 216
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Welcome back to Redwood! Oh how we have missed you! We get to catch up with town favorites, such as Cade and Avery, Flynn and Gabby, Drake plus Zoe… Can you smell the love in the air? For Zoe and Drake, it’s… well, complicated. Zoe has had a crush on Drake since they were teenagers, but as fate would have it Zoe’s best friend, Heather, acted first. I would say the rest was history, but there is way more to this story. Drake and Heather fall in love and marry, while Zoe sits on the sidelines and a be the great friend everyone knows she is.

Fast forward… Heather has passed away, Drake is living his life day-to-day without really living, and Zoe has put her life on hold to take care of her mother… but who is taking care of Zoe and Drake? Drake has always been great with doling out awesome advice when it comes to other people. Can he take advice when it comes to him?

Man does this story pull at your heartstrings! You know that Drake and Zoe deserve happiness and you want them to find it with each other. This story is charming, funny, and endearing. I had to fan myself when Drake started flirting… Hopefully the next book will be a “Where Are They Now?” and maybe even a Hallmark or Lifetime movie… I really need both of those in my life right now!

 

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The Vessel of Ra ~ Catherine Schaff-Stump

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Title: The Vessel of Ra (Klaereon Scroll #1)
Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Magic
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release:  September 12, 2017
Pages: 246
Format: Kindle (Provided courtesy of Publisher)

I requested this book because the synopsis was intriguing. The pace was a bit slow for me, but it was interesting. Once the pace picked up, boy did it! You have murder, magic, Egyptian mythology… INTRIGUE! BLOODY INTRIGUE!

The setting of Venice is beautifully described. I don’t tend to like books that have flashbacks, but this was so well done and it’s rare that the author gets it so right. It was amazing to see the thought process that went into everyone’s decision making, leading them to any particular moment.

Lucy is an amazing character and she’s a total badass. I loved her, even though at times she frustrated me. Carlos may have been my favorite character. There was something so pure about him, it made yippy want to protect him from all the dangers in the world. I’m still deciding on how I feel about Octavia. I loved her because she’s realistic, but I hate her because she’s realistic. Sign of great writing.

I can’t wait until the next installment!

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(Book Review) Slumbering ~ C.S. Johnson

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Title: Slumbering (Book One of the Starlight Chronicles)
Author: C.S. Johnson
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, YA
Publisher: WestBow Press
Date of Release:  March 28, 2015
Pages: 290
Format: Kindle (Purchased via Amazon)

Hamilton Dinger is your average 16 year old boy. Quite intelligent, athletic, popular, self-absorbed, “My parents are ruining my life!”“I don’t understand why Gwen doesn’t want me?! I mean, I’m quite the catch!” As I said, your average teenager. Until a meteorite hits his town. Turns out Dinger, not so average!

The meteorite released the deadly seven sinister and they have broken out of their prisons. To sustain themselves, they need human souls. With Dinger’s abilities no longer dormant, can he overcome his narrowmindedness and willful ignorance to help save his city?

It’s entertaining, even though Hamilton drove me bloody bonkers. He was so into himself that he couldn’t see the bigger picture. You wanted to root for him, to end his willful ignorance once he realized the world needed to be saved, but we’re also talking about a 16 year old boy who has his life mapped out.

I thought this was entertaining, and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

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(Book Review) Blue Bloods ~ Melissa de la Cruz


Title: Blue Bloods (A Blue Bloods novel , Book #1)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Publisher: Hyperion
Date of Release: March 27, 2007
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback (Gifted by a Friend)

Earlier this year, a few friends of mine and I were having a spirited (yet hilarious) discussion about a particular author and her books. I will admit I was extremely critical of the author, the series, and anyone who thought the series was great, awesome, was in love with it… blah, blah, blah. Needless to say, when the biggest defender of said series recommended Blue Bloods, I was skeptical; praying not to be led astray. Well, I can say with full confidence… my dear friend, she was on the money!

What if vampires were among you? Could you tell? Would you be able to point them out? Would you believe your eyes if you saw something you knew to be impossible actually happen? In New York City, there’s a hip club that everyone who is anyone goes to. There we meet Schuyler, Oliver, and Dylan, three friends who go to THE prestigious private school in the city. By the night’s end, we got ourselves a murder mystery! When a popular girl is found dead outside the club, some cages get rattled. Who’s next? Is a specific group being targeted? Is anyone safe?

Jack knows something’s happening with the bodies popping up over town, but his memory is getting in the way. His twin sister, Mimi, is all about herself and her popularity. Bliss is the new girl from Texas. When she’s not with Mimi, she’s quite likable… and she really likes Dylan; which Mimi does not approve. And everyone is being secretive and cryptic. Just when you think you solved the mystery, you find out you’re not even close! Melissa de la Cruz does describe some things in great detail, which I’m sure can annoy some people, but I like it.

I do look forward to reading more in this series… especially since this book ends with a nice change of scenery. Italy, anyone?

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Dirty Little Secrets ~ AJ Nuest (Book Review)


Title: Dirty Little Secrets (A Likely Story , Book #2)
Author: AJ Nuest
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance Suspense
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Date of Release: June 27, 2017
Pages: 246
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Xander and Charlie are on separate missions that could come back to haunt them. They have known each other for a long time and Xander has loved her from the beginning. Coming together after Malcolm’s death is a perfect time to reveal your feelings for each other, but it may come at a cost. Someone is after Charlie due to her latest heist and someone wants revenge against Xander. Could they be connected? Can they help each other? Will love prevail? As they race against time to find out who is after them, their connection grows stronger and it’s beautiful to watch.

AJ Nuest can weave a story that hooks you from the first page. She has a way of bringing each character to life in a way you feel like you know them. You root for Xander and Charlie to not only bring down the bad guys, but to realize their feelings for each other. This is an awesome story that is beautifully told. I always look forward to hearing AJ has a new book coming out. This is the second book of the series and so far it’s my favorite one. There is a third book to this series, and if it’s half as good as this one, my day will be made!