Not what I expected. The actual story was pretty short, and the remaining material was the first two chapters of the next book in the series.
Basicall...moreNot what I expected. The actual story was pretty short, and the remaining material was the first two chapters of the next book in the series.
Basically, the main character and two of her friends are jogging in the woods, when they're stalked by a large creature (although, they never actually see what they're up against). When a boyfriend of one of the girls shows up, the creature runs away. All is forgotten when the crush of the MC is shirtless and dripping with sweat. The End.
Overall, if you're looking for a quick read, then I recommend downloading this story.(less)
Scott learns that he’s a Shifter (no, not the werewolf kind), meaning he has the ability to alter reality. He can change the outcome of a situation ju...moreScott learns that he’s a Shifter (no, not the werewolf kind), meaning he has the ability to alter reality. He can change the outcome of a situation just by imagining an alternate ending. The story starts out with Scott and his friends. Scott’s dared to climb a tower. He reaches the top, then slips and falls off. But the landing never comes. When he opens his eyes, none of his friends act like he even climbed the tower. And that’s when things start to get weird.
Scott meets Aubrey, who works for a secret organization regulating Shifters. She gives Scott the grand tour of this underground world, which Scott ultimately joins. When Scott and Aubrey team up to find a culprit in a series of murders, they’re in over their heads—and there’s no way to shift out of that reality, especially when someone has figured out how to stop them from shifting altogether. Will Scott and Aubrey make it out alive?
Overall, this was an action-packed book with just a hint of romance. If you’re looking for a fast-paced story that strays from your typical YA paranormal novels, then I recommend picking this up.
I'm not a vegetarian myself, but I am looking forward to improving my eating habits, and being healthier is at the top of my to-do list. Several mouth...moreI'm not a vegetarian myself, but I am looking forward to improving my eating habits, and being healthier is at the top of my to-do list. Several mouth-watering recipes are included in this cookbook. The majority of these recipes are easy to make, and the ingredients can be found at a local grocery store. Can't wait to try all of them!(less)
At the beginning, I couldn’t tell if it was set in our world, or if it was high fantasy, due to the way it was written. The writing style definitely g...moreAt the beginning, I couldn’t tell if it was set in our world, or if it was high fantasy, due to the way it was written. The writing style definitely grew on me.
Kai was a servant of the North Estate, where he fell in love with Elliot North. During his adventurous new journey away from the only home he’s ever known, he’s constantly writing letters to Elliot—both in his head and on paper. (It’s a good way to show readers the extent of Kai’s feelings for Elliot, but after awhile, it’s pretty pointless since he doesn’t plan on sending the letters.) Kai’s journey takes him across an expansive area, and he ends up in Channel City. The class ranks are very clear between those who are poverty level (Reduced), those who are doing slightly better for themselves (Posts), and those who are wealthy (Luddites). Kai ends up working for the tyrant who rules Channel City (Pen) after said tyrant makes Kai’s life a living hell for refusing his job offer. So when an opportunity arises to take down Pen, Kai doesn’t hesitate. Will he succeed, or will he lose everything?
Overall, this was a quick read and a nice little prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars. If you have a dystopian itch and want a short story, then I recommend picking up this book.(less)
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this novella. I saw “dragons” in the title and thought, “Dragons? Heck yeah!” Plus, it was free on Amazon, and I’m a...moreI wasn’t sure what to expect with this novella. I saw “dragons” in the title and thought, “Dragons? Heck yeah!” Plus, it was free on Amazon, and I’m a sucker for freebies.
Nineteen dragons—one for each province, with a pillar supporting each region. Should the corresponding dragon perish, the pillar crumbles, and the province falls with it. This was definitely an interesting concept. I enjoyed the world-building of this novella, although I wish it had been fleshed out a teensy bit more; however, S.M. Reine created a fascinating world of fantasy and steampunk (yes, the two genres collide in this story). But what I liked most about the series of short stories was how each action one dragon performed changed the outcome of another dragon. Although there were nineteen dragons in total, and it was a bit tough to remember all of them, there were several aha! moments later on in each story.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick read, and if you love fantasy and steampunk (especially if you love them together), then I’d recommend picking up this book.(less)
This was a weird story. It almost felt like it could’ve been a full-length novel, but was cut down. A lot of scenes were rushed, and most of the time...moreThis was a weird story. It almost felt like it could’ve been a full-length novel, but was cut down. A lot of scenes were rushed, and most of the time I was left going, “Whaaat?”
Basically, Cody is a vampire after he orders a vampire potion off the internet. He murders his abusive uncle, buys the local, rundown theater, and decides to fix it up. There, he meets a female ghost, who’s trying to tell him something. At first, Cody believes she’s just jealous of the new girl helping out at the movie theater, but then he learns the real reason she’s upset.
Overall, this was a quick read, with little to no development. I guessed one of the twists well in advance of it actually happening, and the ending was meh. I wish this would’ve been longer, so readers could dive into the relationship between Cody and his uncle, Cody and the new girl, and Cody and the ghost girl. If you like stories about vampires and ghosts, I’d recommend picking up this book.(less)
If you’re a fan of Romeo and Juliet retellings, then here’s your chance to pick up an awesome book. Defy the St...moreFor never was a tale of more woe . . .
If you’re a fan of Romeo and Juliet retellings, then here’s your chance to pick up an awesome book. Defy the Stars is a one-way ticket to the Emotional Rollercoaster, where you can’t get off until the ride is finished. Dark and gripping, Defy the Stars is a modern-day retelling of the famous Shakespearean love story, and the characters and plotline are just as tragic.
Reed (Romeo) and Julia (Juliet) are from opposite sides of town. Both, however, love music; Julia plays piano, and Reed plays guitar. Gradually, these two begin talking to one another, until one night, after one of her parents’ social dinners turns into a nightmare (thanks to Perry (a.k.a. Paris)), Julia runs into Reed and they share their first kiss. From then on, these two slowly gain each other’s trust. Julia attempts to understand Reed’s addiction, why he sells meth for his brother, etc.—and she even tries some!
But along the way, there’s trouble in paradise. Julia’s uncle is a cop, and he’s about to bust a meth lab. Could it be Reed’s house? Perry has started following Reed and Julia, showing up at the oddest places. What does he want? To top it all off, Julia’s parents have forbidden her from seeing Reed when they learn he’s a drug addict. Will they run away together?
Overall, do not expect butterflies and gumdrops and rainbows as you head into this book; it’s very, very gloomy, touching upon the main theme of drug addiction. Also, this novel is told in verse. I know that’s not everybody’s thing, but I love poetry, so I was all for it. The ending? What can I say? I was a bit teary-eyed, to be honest. There was one particular page—which only had a few words on it—that made my heart feel like someone vacuumed it out of the rear of my ribcage and left a cavernous hole inside. The only downside I saw to this book is Perry didn’t get what he deserved (and by this I mean, a good shanking or two). If you love realistic, dark fiction, especially Romeo and Juliet retellings, then I’d recommend picking this book up.
**A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review(less)