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Book Review: Dark Alpha’s Hunger ~ Donna Grant

Dark Alpha's Hunger

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Title: Dark Alpha’s Hunger (Reaper, Book 6)
Author: Donna Grant
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date of Release: August 7, 2018
Pages: 158
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Reaper, Eoghan, is trapped in what seems to be another dimension, being chased by a demon. What could save him is the music being played by Thea, a half-fae, extremely gifted with the violin. There is a rock formation that calls to her. She doesn’t know how or why, but when she was finally able to travel there on her own, she made the most of it. She just had no idea what was waiting for her on the other side. Can Eoghan come into the right dimension to help prevent a war, or will he stay trapped in his own version of hell instead?

In typical “me” fashion, I read this series out of order. I did not realize this was a series when I requested the book. I won’t say this could be read as a standalone, but there is enough backstory on other characters which allowed me to follow along with ease. Both Eoghan and Thea have such heartwrenching pasts, and it makes you root for them. Donna Grant has a way of taking a novella and making it feel like a full-length novel. She gives so much information without you feeling overwhelmed. She also made me feel so intrigued by other characters, and I can’t wait to go back and read about them!

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Book Review: Order of the Sun ~ Alesha Escobar

Order of the Sun

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Title: Order of the Sun (The Diviners, Book 2)
Author: Alesha Escobar
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
Date of Release: July 2, 2018
Pages: 126
Format: Kindle (Lizzy Black)

Kelsey is still trying to find a way to get her father’s powers back as a shaman, but she’s not alone this time. Grandma Anriette and Uncle Bo are here to help. Just when you thought things couldn’t get more complicated, the Order of the Sun have shown up and things go from bad to worse. Can Kelsey still help her dad get his powers back and stop the Order of the Sun? It’s a tall order!

This book was non-stop, action on every page. Kelsey has gotten a little better at her magic, with the help of Uncle Bo. However, Uncle Bo is not what he seems. To be completely honest, I like Uncle Bo. While he is the complete opposite of Kelsey’s dad, he does have her best interest at heart. Kelsey’s development has come a long way from the first book and she’s still that awesome young lady you meant in the first book. She’s still sympathetic and empathetic… she’s truly grown. Again, it doesn’t quite leave off on a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait for the next installment!

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Book Review: Magnolia Mystic ~ Lisa Kessler

Magnolia Mystic

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Title: Magnolia Mystic (Sentinels of Savannah, Book 1)
Author: Lisa Kessler
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Date of Release: July 23, 2018
Pages: 79
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

This was a fun read… we have a psychic who doubts herself and an immortal pirate who is the champion of Savannah, GA. It doesn’t get any better!

Skye is having a severe case of self-doubt after a relationship gone wrong. She is trying to swear off men, but there is something about Colton she can’t quite put her finger on. She likes that he gets to do what he loves and that is playing the role of a pirate. What she doesn’t know, he’s a real-life pirate! Who didn’t want to be a pirate growing up?! Colton, as quartermaster, has made it his mission to protect the city of Savannah against his former captain, Ian Flynn, who wants to build a hotel in the city. The only thing stopping Ian is Skye. She owns the last piece of property he needs to purchase in order to make his dream a reality. Can Colton get to Skye before Ian? What will happen when she finds out who they really are?

Colton, the handsome devil, has a heart of gold, and up until meeting Skye, he let every day just pass him by. Skye can’t seem to trust herself after her last relationship. Her previous relationship left Skye wary of all men, but Colton was a breath of fresh air. This is a whirlwind romance that will keep you tuned into the story. My only complaint, it was too short! I needed and wanted more, however, it does make me want to read what happens next. What would be great while waiting for the next book, is finding a prequel! I can’t wait for either or both! (Preferably BOTH!)

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Book Review: The Girl in the Forest ~ Bridgid Dean

The Girl in the Forest


Title: The Girl in the Forest
Author: Bridgid Dean
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewer: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Bridgid Dean
Date of Release:  August 7, 2016
Pages: 63
Format: Kindle (Author via AXP)

Jolie has a recurring dream, she sees a woman in the forest with a hollow back. She’s had a rough day when she spots a bookstore. On the second floor is Jamie, who reads tarot cards. She’s intrigued about her dream, but she’s more intrigued with Jamie. Wanting to help Jolie, he reached out to his friend, Greta, who is in need of a baker. Great thing Jolie is in need of a job! As the book progresses, nothing is as it seems. Greta and Jamie have secrets. What do these secrets mean for Jolie? Who is the guy in the forest following them?

I have to say, I’m a bit torn about the story. On one hand, it was intriguing enough for me to finish the story to see what happens. On the other hand, I finished the book just to see where it goes. Each character was beautifully flawed and damaged, but there really wasn’t any character growth. Jolie was a bit naive and seemed to be attached to Jamie, who was extremely sweet and very mysterious. I, personally, thought Jamie and Greta were sketchy. There was something that was so dishonest about them. It was really hard to get a grasp on the characters as this was a short story. The ending was abrupt. There wasn’t a cliffhanger, but it didn’t feel complete. I’ll be completely honest, from the synopsis I was expecting a little more from this story. It fell a little short for me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. Perhaps if the story was fleshed out a bit more, this would be a higher rating.

 

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Book Review: House of Diviners ~ Alesha Escobar

House of Diviners

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Title: House of Diviners (Book 1)
Author: Alesha Escobar
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
Date of Release: March 1, 2017
Pages: 138
Format: Kindle (Lizzy Black)

Kelsey Jackson Diviner is a shaman-in-training who witnesses an attack on a fellow shaman. There’s a shadow-in-black out to get all shamans, Kelsey is no exception. Her father, a fellow shaman, is attacked while helping Kelsey with a client. Can she help save her father and potentially the world?

Escobar writes an interesting group of characters, with each one serving a purpose. In the beginning, Kelsey’s father seems overly protective, until he’s attacked and not only do you see and understand why her father was always “butting in”, but you also got to see just how much training Kelsey still needed. This caused Kelsey to draw on an inner power she didn’t know she had within her. It wasn’t magic, she had plenty of that (although not fully trained with it), it was grit and determination. She was sympathetic and empathetic, with sometimes not a clear plan to achieve her goal, but she never gave up. Kelsey does have a hard time figuring out who can and can’t be trusted. No one wants to walk around feeling suspicious all the time; this is where her strengths were sometimes her weakness. Some magical details about shamans and gods could have been explained more, but it’s possible to learn more about them in the next installment. Overall, she achieves her goal, but not her end goal. This was written in such a way there was no true, clear cliffhanger… but just enough to get you excited about the next installment.

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Book Review: Bring Me Their Hearts ~ Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts
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Title: Bring Me Their Hearts (Book 1)
Author: Sara Wolf
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: MacMillan
Date of Release: June 5, 2018
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback (Entangled Publishing)

When asked to not only do a cover reveal but a read and review, I had to jump at the chance!

One night, a group of bandits killed Zera’s parents and almost killed her until a witch, Nightsinger, saved her life by making her heartless… literally. Being a “heartless” isn’t too much different from being a zombie, except you still look human.  Now she is under the control of Nightsinger. Zera was made an offer she couldn’t refuse, bring me the heart of Crown Prince Lucien and I’ll give you your freedom… but fail, and your heart shall be crushed. Decisions, decisions!

I knew immediately I would love Zera! Who doesn’t love a sassy, smart-mouthed, strong young lady?! I appreciated her internal battle for her humanity. The relationship between Zera and Prince Lucien really worked for me. It felt like time was taken for them to get to know each other. The only issue I had with the book was the pacing… it was a bit slow for my liking, but still an enjoyable story. The cover is stunning, great storytelling, and I’m already excited for the next installment. I can’t wait!

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Book Release: Burning Bright ~ Chris Cannon

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Burning Bright by Chris Cannon is out today! Get your copy and fall in love today!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Kz24uI

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2GZk0w4

About the Book:

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…