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Book Review: The Mystery of the Moving Image ~ C.S. Poe

The Mystery of Moving Image

Title: The Mystery of the Moving Image (Snow & Winter, Book 3)
Author: C.S. Poe
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Publisher: DSP Publications
Date of Release: September 11, 2018
Pages: 214
Format: ePub (The Romance Reviews)

This series is seriously addicting! Calvin and Sebastian are adorable and they are taking the next step in their relationship, moving in together. Sebastian receives a package to The Emporium, so naturally, he’s curious. It’s a movie viewer along with a film of a boxing match thought to be lost forever, and a bonus scene… a murder being committed a century ago. What Sebastian learns the hard way… some people are willing to kill for the footage.

It was great to get reacquainted with Sebastian’s dad, Neil, and Quinn… but a new player comes in, and he is Calvin’s ex. He brings out all the insecurities of Sebastian and it makes Sebastian endearing to me. Every book in this series is amazing and I can’t wait to see where it goes. While each book could be read as a standalone, I personally would recommend reading them in order. Not only are they great stories, but it’s also awesome to see the progression of each plot as it correlates to Calvin and Sebastian’s relationship.

Book Review, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Sci-fi, series, YA

(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?

18+, Book Review, Books, HEA, Romance

Enforcer ~ Selena Black

Title: Enforcer
Author: Selena Black
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: October 22, 2016
Pages: 230
Format: Kindle (HG ARC)

Newly released from prison for an assault that was self defense, Matt wants to turn his life around. It just so happens there’s a government funded program to help reform criminals to lower the recidivism rate… (imagine that!) You will receive an apartment, rent free, for 6 months, help with finding a job, and a counselor to talk to and help with all of that.

Brigitte finished her degree in social work and gets a job working for the program and sparks fly between Brigitte and Matt on their first meeting. However, Matt’s past catches up to him and it has Brigitte and Matt on the run!

The writing and chemistry was great. There were moments where I didn’t understand how Matt was such a great enforcer because he never noticed he was being followed. What I loved was his persona didn’t match his reputation. Yeah, he was a bad boy… but he had a heart of gold. His interactions with Brigitte were lovely and sassy. The teasing back and forth was endearing and it let you see the REAL Matt.

The secondary characters were great. They definitely added to the story and kept the Brigitte and Matt on their toes! If there was a sequel to Brigitte and Matt, I would definitely read it! Quick read and recommend it!

Book Review, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, HEA, Romance, Sci-fi, series, YA

The Fading Dusk ~ Melissa Giorgio

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Title: The Fading Dusk (Smoke and Mirrors, Book 1)
Author: Melissa Giorgio
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Melissa Giorgio
Date of Release: July 19, 2015
Pages: 408
Format: Kindle (YA Insider)

The Fading Dusk was truly a great story! It has everything! There’s espionage, love, humor, lies and murder! Just when you think a street magician is just an ordinary guy… slight of hand, making a coin disappear, well, those days are gone! Meet Bantheir. On the surface, he’s your average street magician just trying to make a living, but if you dig a bit deeper… he’s hiding a deep dark secret! His secret is the ultimate betrayal… especially to Irina, his assistant and “adopted” daughter. Bantheir’s betrayal lands Irina in prison with some unlikely friends, like the charming and attractive Captain Leonid. He too, is not everything he seems. With all the secrets going on, who do you trust?

For me, this was quite the story, it begged me to use my imagination! The Fading Dusk is extremely well written, had me sitting on the edge of my seat and left me wanting more. It was nice to see Irina and Leonid drop their guards and bond. While romance wasn’t a big component to the story, it did help progress the story along. Irina started off meek and shy, but by the end she blossomed! I enjoyed this story and look forward to book 2 of the series!