Title: Reflection Author: E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever Rating: 4/5
Summary: Vampires don’t really exist right? That’s what Andrea Dayla always believed des...more Title: Reflection Author: E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever Rating: 4/5
Summary: Vampires don’t really exist right? That’s what Andrea Dayla always believed despite her Uncle’s stories and constantly painting Vampires and things in such a bad, evil light. Heading off to college, leaving the only life she’s ever known Andrea meets Shane Brennen and his family, and falls in love. However, it turns out Andera is only one in a long line of vampire hunters and her new boyfriend is a Vampire. As if relationships aren’t already complicated enough lets throw that in the mix! Andrea just needs to believe.
Review: I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, aside from a few spelling errors, I absolutely LOVE this story. Vampires are one of my favorite creatures to read about, and how the mythos have been changed through different series is something I either love or hate, this one I love. I was sucked in at the beginning, and I want a Shane Brennen of my own, because damn, Edward Cullen has nothing on this sexy man.
The different relationships in this story had me hooked, and I’m looking forward to reading more of this story as it unfolds in future books. The relationships flowed effortlessly Andrea and Shane, Jack, the entire Brennen family (who I wish is my family), her Uncle and Roger, her mother, and all of it simply worked perfectly. I love that Andrea was able to get close to everyone and show them how to understand and be at ease with what they were and how each situation was different.
It also helps that I am a sucker for a good love story, so Andrea and Shane were really my biggest driving force in finishing this book – and it’s a paranormal love story, brownie points there! That ending is something I am still hooked on, that’s all I gotta say about that. Definitely a must read.
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Title: The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of...moreAfter much deliberation and debate, I've decided to put this review back up and WILL NOT be removing it again.
Title: The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore Author: Justin Bienvenue Rating: 2/5
Summary: Have you ever wanted a tour of the infamous underground we know as Hell? To experience different angles of blood? To meet some of horrors most morbid and fearsome creatures? Or maybe you wish to get totally creeped out and be left in utter shock and suspense to the point where your heart is beating so fast but you can’t get enough!?
Review: Okay, I like poetry. God knows I write enough of it, have written dozens of passages, large and small, but never had the urge to publish them (though that is changing). However, the genre of horror poetry is something that intrigued me so I decided to give Justin Bienvenue’s book a chance. However, what awaited me in those pages, within those fifty in-depth poems was something that made my skin crawl worse than the horror themes that filled them. One of my biggest issues with poetry is rhyming, not that I am completely against it, I just simply am not a fan of poems that rhyme each and every line.
If I wanted constant rhyming I would go read Dr. Seuss or something out of Mother Goose’s stories. That does not mean that this is a bad book, in fact, once I forced myself to get beyond the every line must rhyme thing, I did enjoy some of the imagery that he created in the poems. I did think some of them were a bit redundant, having four poems concerning the river of blood or vampires was a tad much when there was more that could be done with each of these categories in my opinion without the redundancies.
I think my favorite chapter was the last one where things took a slightly more unsettling turn in so far as things went from being physical representations of horror to being a bit more psychological. From the Thirteen Stairs to the Inhibitors of Doom these, despite the rhyming had me sucked in because I love mess with your head imagery truth be told.
Is this something I would read again, probably not on the whole no, but I would definitely read bits and pieces of it, those that caught my attention more than others. I wish I could give it a higher rating than I did, but unfortunately the above issues kinda prohibit me from doing that. Very well done for a first publication and I look forward to seeing more of your work, perhaps with a little less rhyming.
Summary: Allie is a faerie princess, destined to marry Ryker, and she’s a twi...moreTitle: Shadow Moon (Unbidden Magic #4) Author: Marilee Brothers Rating: 5/5
Summary: Allie is a faerie princess, destined to marry Ryker, and she’s a twin. After all these discoveries, all she wants is some down time to process it and catch her breath, however, that is not going to be allowed. Any hope that Allie had of a normal school year is gone, and she has countless levels of unfinished business with the fae, the Tri-Marks and the returned Junior Alvarez, who wants her back in a major way. This danger filled cross-country journey will provide more twists and turns into Allie’s already convoluted life and hopefully she will find the answers and save everyone she loves.
Review: Two words: CLIFF HANGER! Dear god, I am restraining myself from tracking down Ms. Brothers and begging for an ARC of book number five that she is working on. Seriously, I want it that bad. This book was fantastic, this book was even more of a rollercoaster than the other books in the series. The adventure and excitement in Moon Spun have NOTHING on the twists and turns of this book. The play on government conspiracies, the threat from our own government added to the mix, was something expected yet unexpected. Something I once thought as filler has become its own full blown storyline, and there was absolutely nothing that I could find fault with aside from the fact that it ends on a cliff hanger and those drive me crazy with want for more. I seriously had to struggle to put this book down and do other things, like work and tend to household chores. It was that good, and you cannot look away. She has a twin, and an evil looking fae who pops in and out at the weirdest times. Also, there is the fae posing as a preacher who has evil motives. Then we meet Sammie, who Allie has a psychic connection to. A suspension right before the holiday, Allie is vindicated by Nicole, and this opens up the path to begin searching for her sister. A unique mix goes along for the ride: Junior, Faye and Sammie. However, things take a drastic turn and this search soon becomes a fight for Allie and Sammie’s life. I wish Beck had gotten a bit more page time aside from a phone call every now and then, but perhaps it is a good thing, because of Beck’s succubus heritage. Junior has fallen out of favor with me, but he regained a lot of it in this installment, and I’m looking to see what develops between him and Allie in the future installments. Another beau that is absent in this installment is Ryker, but there are some hints that lead me to believe that there maybe some kin between he and Beck. However, the hawk feather comes through. Sammie has become one of my favorites and I love the connection between she and Allie. One that we do not know how close it is until the very end of the story, and I can’t wait to see more of her. If you’ve not read this series, it is never too late to start. There is something in it for everyone, and I am anxious to see what else is in store for Allie and her band of merry misfits.
Summary: Allie’s powers have taken a hike, she can no longer read people’s minds and move things by...moreTitle: Moon Rise Author: Marilee Brothers Rating: 4/5
Summary: Allie’s powers have taken a hike, she can no longer read people’s minds and move things by looking at them. Junior is gone off to Mexico to become a soap opera star (not something I’m thrilled with), however, Allie’s got enough to worry about. The evil Tri-marks are closing in, wanting to grab the moonstone necklace while she is helpless, the Starseekers need her more than ever, and there is a new guy in Allie’s life that is ready and willing to fight her battles. Oh yeah, and new hottie is a demon, always a plus right?
Review: This was an exciting follow up to Moonstone, and a wonderful continuation of Allie’s story in the Unbidden Magic series, however, my one pet peeve is that Junior got shipped away to Mexico. Sadness there. However, that sadness faded away at the introduction of the new hottie on the block, this story is filled with twists and turns that are prevalent on every page and it was hard to put down once I started it. Allie is starting to learn more about her powers, but much like her mother Faye, her grandfather will reveal nothing of what he knows, and she also has the potential to reveal secrets about her mother’s past. Allie’s grown up quite a bit in this one, she’s growing stronger and more mature as the story goes on, and the timid Allie has been left behind. Brothers did a fantastic job growing her up in this second book, allowing her to become a strong equal in the war of good versus evil. Also, I truly enjoyed the introduction of some new faces Beck and Nicole, the twins. The mixture of a nun and a succubus, with some Shaman training, that is the yummy Beck. I also liked the inclusion of Grandfather Claude in the mix, however, saddened that he may not be around much longer, and it did annoy me that he is as closed mouthed as Faye. There were some questions I had about Allie and Beck’s relationship and not understanding the reason for the “pretending” of boyfriend/girlfriend when they were clearly both into each other. Perhaps there was something more along the lines of Allie’s age, as she’s only fifteen and Brother’s is skirting the line for a more realistic setting. The message sent to young adults by having innocents discovering the opposite sex for the first time. I do look forward to reading more installments of this series, this book is definitely one I would recommend along with the first, because with this series, if you do not read them in order you will miss out on important information.
Summary: Allie lives in Peakcock Flats, Washington with her mom. Every day life...moreTitle: Moonstone (Unbidden Magic #1) Author: Marilee Brothers Rating: 4/5
Summary: Allie lives in Peakcock Flats, Washington with her mom. Every day life has the typical filler of every fifteen-year-old’s life: high school bullies, snarky drama queens, bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Oh, Allie also has this prophecy to live up to about saving the world from evil. Her psychic abilities are jump started by an electrical jolt from a TV antenna which brings forth a hippy-dippy guardian angel and the gift of an incredible moonstone pendant from the town “witch,” who just happens to be Allie Emerson’s next door neighbor.
Review: The story starts off a touch strange, but it quickly becomes exciting and more suspenseful as you progress. Kudos to Marilee Brothers on her first attempt, and as a self published book there are a few flaws, but that is to be expected, and they did not bother me too much, except for the failure to set the ‘rules” so to speak for the many magical talents Allie is now in possession of by the end of the book.
Allie’s powers are telekinetic and they are amplified by the moonstone pendant that she is given by her eccentric neighbor, however, there are others that want the pendant as well, and now Allie’s world is filled with quite a bit more than your average high school drama, she has now started her part in the age old battle between good and evil, however she isn’t sure who she can trust.
The characters are pretty well developed, and they are the type you can either love or hate. Allie just wants a normal life, and actually wants her powers to go away when they first manifest themselves. She is also more grown up than her mother Faye, who you just want to shake and smack some sense into. Junior is the local bad boy, former gang member and now trying to right his wrongs and keep himself out of trouble. I love the interaction between Allie and Junior and the potential for a budding relationship is so strong, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.