Scarlett Dawn is one of my go to authors whose every release I grab and read. Gargoyle was no different. In fact, I was more excited about Gargoyle alScarlett Dawn is one of my go to authors whose every release I grab and read. Gargoyle was no different. In fact, I was more excited about Gargoyle almost because there is something about Gargoyles that call to me and I always grab the few shifter books I can find on them.
Where do I even start with Gargoyle? This is great example of Dawn’s work, in your face right from the start, humorous, hot, with a tad bit of crazy thrown in.
At the beginning I wasn’t sure what kind of character Kennedy was going to be. With the way the book begun, I was kind of surprised to see her be as strong of a woman as she was. In the beginning she was on the clock tower hanging off of Isaac’s (in gargoyle form) kickstand. Who knew she’d grow to be someone who could stand on her own and not take anyone’s grief? I really liked her as a character.
Isaac. What an egotistical gargoyle who I ended up loving. He’s the guy you want to hate but end up loving. I loved the chemistry between him and Kennedy.
I loved 99% of this book. It goes up there with my favorite Scarlett Dawn books (which would be all of them). There was one scene that just didn’t feel right to me. I know other reviewers have mentioned this one part but I don’t want to spoil it in my review. It just came out of left field and felt a little awkward to me. It wasn’t the subject matter but how this particular subject was introduced.
When I was done reading I was really hoping that Scarlett would continue on with this as a series with each member of the family/other characters. I would snatch those up in a heartbeat.
Another great read from Scarlett Dawn that has made me pick up other books in the Woodland Creek series. I can’t wait to see what other authors beyond Dawn and Moen (loved Dearborn as well) have to offer from this town.
When I heard Jenni Moen was releasing a new book I was so excited! She is one of my most favorite authors. I’ve read every single book that she is wriWhen I heard Jenni Moen was releasing a new book I was so excited! She is one of my most favorite authors. I’ve read every single book that she is written and fell in love with every single character. I was going to sign up to be part of the tour and release, but life got in the way. So I waited, bought this as soon as I could and devoured it in one day.
To me, Dearborn is different from Jenni Moen’s other books but that’s how her books are. With The Father was different from the Joy series, and Dearborn is nothing like those books except for the emotion and heart that is put into the writing. That is one similarity throughout all of her books.
Willow is our female lead and I adored her from the start. She seemed so soft and quiet to me until she started bantering with Quin as the story started to heat up. She was never a loud person, but she could stand on her own feet. To me a good word to describe Willow was gentle, she was a gentle soul.
Quin has been through Hell and doesn’t see himself as the hero that the town thought he was (or any other person looking at someone like him would view him as being). Willow can see him differently though, literally seeing him in color, and she is drawn to him. The question from the beginning was would he let her in?
I loved this book so much! When I was done reading I was wishing that I hadn’t read it so quickly or that I could unread it and go back and experience it all over again for the first time.
Another absolutely amazing, heart warming, emotional, tugging at the heart streams book from Jenni.
I have now read 2 books in the Woodland Creek series that I loved! Which one do I buy next? There are so many to choose from.
Anyone else squeal when they found out that Ilsa Madden-Mills had a new release coming out? When the cover released my excitement for release day ampeAnyone else squeal when they found out that Ilsa Madden-Mills had a new release coming out? When the cover released my excitement for release day amped up times 100. That is one hot cover.
I have followed Ilsa since she released Very Bad Things. I have loved each new book she releases more than the last. And now I am totally head over heals for Declan in Dirty English. Little bit of a cougar thing going on over here for a fictional character.
I have to share that I literally fell asleep reading this because I started late at night. I couldn’t bring myself to stop because I was so into it. I woke up when my iPad (mini, thank goodness) smacked me in the side of the cheek. I thought about picking it up and continuing, but I had to get up at 6 for work and it was already 2. I finished as soon as I got home from work. One of those books I did not want to put down for anything.
Elizabeth had a rough start in life and then went through a horrible trauma that completely has shaped who she is now as we enter the story. I don’t think she even knows how strong she truly is. She doesn’t let her upbringing take her down, she is determined to be more. Add to that what she went through in high school… she’s still standing. Broken, but standing.
Declan has had his own share of heartache in his life and the way he looks is completely opposite of who he actually is. (Don’t judge a book by it’s cover in the human sense, but when it comes to Dirty English, you totally can.) He’s tattooed, he’s a fighter, and he’s the sexiest man on campus (it’s true, there was a vote). He looks like the bad boy everyone would swoon over, but inside that’s not who he is.
I loved Dirty English! Possibly more than I loved the Briarcrest Academy series, and that is saying a lot. Complex characters that I could empathize with, a great storyline, awesome friends that have each others’ backs (even when they don’t agree), and hot scenes that leave you wanting your own Declan made this an amazing book!
5 hot Dirty English stars from me!
Now, we need Dax’s book!
Thank you for my copy of Dirty English! I honestly thoroughly loved it!
I grabbed Vigilance when it was on sale for 99 cents. Not only is it by an author whose other works I had on my Kindle Wish List, it came recommendedI grabbed Vigilance when it was on sale for 99 cents. Not only is it by an author whose other works I had on my Kindle Wish List, it came recommended by my friend Laura. She’s one of my go to tell me what to read next friends. She’s introduced me to some amazing books before.
I’m a huge zombie fan, it’s a thing for our family, we love zombies, we love pretending we are planning for the zombie apocalypse (with the kids) (not that I necessarily want to live through it), it’s just some (possibly twisted) fun for us. When Laura said this was a must read, it surprised me because typically she sends me the book that will wring every last emotion from me. Zombie apocalypse? I’m all over it.
Vigilance was really cool. Instead of being just a telling of how people fought the zombies and survived, this is a set of journal entries that were either found or turned over to the archivist. It details what each of these people went through at the beginning of the zombie craziness and whether they survived or not.
The journal entries come from both men and women, people of different ages, from different cities in the US, and the writing style of each character is uniquely their own. No one sounds like a person you read a few entries previously, no one reminds you of another character, each character is written in their own individual tone. That can’t be an easy task for an author to take on. L.G. Pace III excels at it.
I have to say I think this is my most favorite zombie book I have ever read. It was different that any other book in this genre that I have ever read.
I’m so glad my friend told me this was a must read because I totally agree.
I grabbed this when Ashley Fontainne had it marked down to $0.00 on Amazon and I am so glad I did. Every siHoly freaking creepy book Batman.
I grabbed this when Ashley Fontainne had it marked down to $0.00 on Amazon and I am so glad I did. Every single other book she has written is now on my Kindle Wishlist as a must read.
I have kind of jumped ahead of myself. I started reading this when I was looking for something outside of the romance books I had been reading one after another for blog tours. I know some grabbed this in the Christian category but I grabbed it out of horror. I need a healthy dose of horror and creepiness to scare the pants off of me.
I got it.
I am just going to go into this review telling you how I felt. You know from the blurb this is about Karmen, how she is recluse, how if her secret comes out she’ll be branded a lunatic throughout the world. There is so much going on in this book that we don’t get in the description that I am just going to jump into how I felt without giving any spoilers.
This book was intense from page one. It set the scene for the rest of the book as we wait to find out how that moment ties in with the rest of the book. We don’t know who we can trust, is actually what they say they are, who is here to help, and who is there to harm. I found myself thinking I knew who was who just to be blown away by a turn in the storyline.
The use of scripture in the book strengthened the words that were there on the page. It led to even more intrigue, but also strengthened understanding of sequences in the book. I wouldn’t call this a Christian book as most think of Christian novels, but it does have an element of Christianity to it. It’s a story of end times and a battle of good vs evil.
It was absolutely amazing. As I have already said, it was creepy but it was also incredibly suspenseful, a thriller, a horror book. I loved our main character. The other characters, as I said I didn’t know who I could trust. I would start off thinking I liked them, then I turn around and hate them. All of the characters were so well written, complexly developed, and integral to the storyline.
I cannot wait for the movie! I will be first in line to see how well this translates to the big screen. I really hope they don’t take anything huge away from the book in their interpretation to film.
When I sat down to start this review, I was thinking back to how I found this book and how glad I was I did. I could not remember how I came across itWhen I sat down to start this review, I was thinking back to how I found this book and how glad I was I did. I could not remember how I came across it though. I went to Amazon and it turned out I grabbed it when it was free. This is why I love authors having promotions like that! I might never have come across Beth Rinyu had she not had this book for free. Now I am a huge fan and want to read all of her books.
A Cry For Hope is one of those book that I loved with all my heart and hated at the same time because it tore every last emotion from me.
We have Hope who is struggling with her son’s death while her husband is moving farther and farther away from her. I can’t imagine the heartbreak, though Beth did an amazing job reaching through the pages and wrenching those tears from me.
Nick, Jamie, Nick, Jamie… who was I supposed to be hoping for here? I loved Nick, yet he was so broken too. I was angry with Jamie for a good part of the story. We’d get these beautiful moments in the past and then we’d get the present where he wasn’t Prince Charming any more.
I can’t go into more detail without spoiling the book for everyone, but man..I’ll say it again, this was a heartbreaking, emotion wrecking, tears inducing kind of read. Though there is a companion novel out now, this is a standalone and you have the whole story right there in front of you.
Amazing book, it was the kind that left me pondering it for days after, questioning life, comparing how I would react compared to the characters in the book. Five stars. Absolutely Beautiful!
I was really excited to get into this story. Anything with witches where they are portrayed as normal human beings (vs green Halloween monsters) I lovI was really excited to get into this story. Anything with witches where they are portrayed as normal human beings (vs green Halloween monsters) I love to read.
I hadn’t read the blurb when I went into this. I just knew who told me about it and know that any time she has a blog tour (even though I rarely do those anymore so that I have time to read the books I have bought) or she gives me a recommendation, that I have loved every single book. She has yet to steer me wrong.
Seeing as I hadn’t read the blurb, I wasn’t sure who this story was going to center on (Karen or Sarah) as I started reading it and it took me a few pages to zero in on that. That’s not a bad thing at all, it’s actually one of the reasons I don’t read blurbs a lot. I don’t want to know going in.
I’m not going to do a recap since you can see the blurb above, I’m just going to jump into our characters and storyline.
This was really different for me, even with as many books as I read that have witches as main characters. I’ve read books where characters were possessed by long ago witches, usually for some sinister or possibly helpful to future generations purpose, but I haven’t read one where the witch wanted to completely reincarnate in a person and take over their life forever.
The Wicked Awakened was fast paced and well written with a great story line. Morcant creeped me out from the start. I just picture him as that sleezy dude at the party that for unknown reason girls hang on, the guy who makes your skin crawl when his eyes focus on you.
I did not know where to go with Blake, which I think was the point, to keep us guessing as to where his loyalties really lie. Did they lie with Sarah or would family ties keep him loyal to his brother? It wasn’t close to the end when I felt I was fully confident in who he was going to side with completely. I liked him a lot, I just couldn’t completely let my guard down with him (can we say that about a fictional character?) with him for a long time.
Wait til you get a bit of a glimpse of Brenna, I was sitting there reading and thinking … um yeah, Sarah is going to regret this in the morning. Brenna’s got a little bit of freaky going on. Excellent use of both of those characters.
All in all, great book, definitely something that can be enjoyed year round, but perfect to have been released this month with Halloween coming upon us. I will be looking for more books by Samantha Jacobey!
Thank you so much for my copy of The Wicked Awakened! I really enjoyed it!
The Devil’s Metal is all sex, drugs, and rock and roll on the way to Hell. Quite possibly literally.
This was one of the books I didn’t read the blurbThe Devil’s Metal is all sex, drugs, and rock and roll on the way to Hell. Quite possibly literally.
This was one of the books I didn’t read the blurb for. I knew it was by Karina Halle and I grabbed it knowing that I love her work. I didn’t know if this was going to be one of her more paranormal styles or one that would be a straight rock god romance.
I am so glad I didn’t read the blurb. I was reading along, thinking this is going to not have any paranormal aspect to it, it’s pure 70’s. (Though I was born in the middle 70’s, I don’t remember much beyond my Sesame Street bell bottom overalls, to me she hit the 70’s dead on with her descriptions, the clothes, the hair, the music, the days of writing letters and finding payphones. I felt like I was right back there, seeing what it was like in the decade that I was born in.) Back to what I was saying, I would be reading along and come across a sentence or two that left me wondering are we entering the paranormal or did Dawn take acid and I didn’t catch it or is she losing her ever loving mind?
Freaky is the one word that comes to mind about my feelings when I finished this book. Freaky. Karina wrote this story in such a way that while it is paranormal, it left you thinking like that could have actually happened. It would explain a lot in that decade.
There’s two ways that I feel when I am reading a book. One is where I feel like I am as much a part of the story as the characters are, the second is where I feel like I am an outsider looking in. The second is what I felt here. It’s normally the way I feel while reading a horror book. It’s that feeling you get when you are watching everything start to fall apart and there is nothing you can do to change what is going to happen. I didn’t have an intense connection to an individual character, it was more an intense connection to the storyline in general.
Awesome book ! 5 stars from me! I’m so glad I grabbed it. I just started The Devil’s Reprise and I can’t wait to see where Sage and Dawn will be heading on this journey, though I already want to kick Sage’s arse. I think I may just have myself a Karina Halle marathon. I’ve got so many books of hers that I have bought and that are sitting in my Kindle cloud waiting for me to read. ...more
This series is one of the reasons I love Scarlett Dawn so much. She can go from writing paranormal to mafia romance and everything else in between witThis series is one of the reasons I love Scarlett Dawn so much. She can go from writing paranormal to mafia romance and everything else in between with ease. No matter what the genre is, I always have loved each book/series.
I have to quote Vanessa on Goodreads because she put my thoughts on every book by Scarlett Dawn into the perfect words:
“When you pick up a Scarlett Dawn book, you don’t simply read it. You dive head-first into an abyss of originality and a world one could not even fathom to dream up on their own. It doesn’t matter the genre, or even the story (although, that’s part of the allure), it’s the characters. It’s the chemistry, the conversation, the uncanny wit and drama that unfolds before your very eyes. Reading a Scarlett Dawn book is an experience, not just a pass-time.”
Obsidian Mask was no exception. We are back in the world of Elizabeth and Daniil. We have all of the characters we have grown to know (and begrudgingly love in some cases) plus Scarlett brings in some new characters from Elizabeth’s family. Each new character adds their own layer of personality to the story and brings a new level of drama as we start to explore the family dynamics that Elizabeth has grown up with. Her mother and father can stop a fierce gun toting mafia member in their tracks with a lecture that will have others in the group snickering until their gazes fall on that person.
Through Beth’s eyes we get to explore other relationships of other characters and I can’t wait to see where some of those relationships go as the series continues.
I loved watching Elizabeth’s and Daniil’s relationship grow and see where it would go throughout the story. We had a huge surprise that I personally didn’t even think might appear in this book when I picked it up. Speaking of that surprise, SCARLETT DAWN, how can you leave me hanging like that at the end? I want the next book in the series like yesterday.
Obsidian Mask had everything I expected from a book from Scarlett Dawn: amazing deep characters, a fabulous storyline full of twists and turns, drama, and hot scenes between my favorite characters. I absolutely loved this. 5 stars from me!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Can we just take a moment to talk about the covers to this series? Seriously, some of the most beautiful and intriguing covers that I have seen. The cCan we just take a moment to talk about the covers to this series? Seriously, some of the most beautiful and intriguing covers that I have seen. The cover of Crane was what drew me to this series in the first place and I eagerly anticipate each new cover as much as I do the actual books. Steam did not disappoint at all. Another gorgeous cover to add to this series. They take my breath away the first time I see each of them.
On to the book. How to go about telling you my thoughts on Steam without giving to much away? This one is tough because there are some serious twists, turns, and moments where I wanted to cry to Stacey Rourke, why??? Why??? Why????
First, Steam is full of the humor that I have come to absolutely love about Rourke’s writing. It’s full of quick wit and hilarious sarcastic comebacks even in the most stressful of situations.
Each of the Legends Series’ books fills in the blanks for us of certain legends that we have grown up hearing about. This time, in Steam, we were going through the Salem witch trials. We go back and forth between past and present, tying facts together along the way. We find out just what has driven HG Wells this whole time and we meet 2 new characters that are integral to the story line. Our much loved favorite characters are back (mostly) to take us on this journey, which when we start has the hessian in more control of Ireland than I think we have seen yet.
The ending threw me. I was not expecting that at all and it made me cry. The only thing that left me with hope is that I caught Stacey’s post on Facebook where she said “What if I told you Steam would NOT be the last Legends Saga book?”. My response was, I would love you forever.
I need more Legends.
5 stars for this amazingly talented writer who has a way of drawing us into this world where things are not what we grew up believing they were. Another amazing book from Stacey Rourke! ...more