Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley/Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Each book has gotten bettOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley/Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Each book has gotten better, and the story never seems to end. I never want the world to end, and I fear the day that Kristen Callihan decides to close the book on this series. I have enjoyed reading every book in the series, and I hope that, if you haven’t started this series yet, that you will. It isn’t your average paranormal romance, and it certainly isn’t your average historical romance.
From the mythical creatures and those she’s invented, readers can find themselves stepping back through time to historical London. From romance to magic to action to sex, it has steam, invention, and uniqueness like no other series.
So, on to the book. As I said, I wasn’t disappointed at all. From the first time I met Adam, I was curious about his story. GIM—Ghost in the Machine—the name alone is enough to spark interest. And then there’s Eliza-May, the woman who seemed to change him. We learned so little about her, but if Adam gave notice, I knew we must too. No, there was something about this unlikely heroine, who probably isn’t as prim and proper as she appears.
But what I love, and believe me this is present in all of her works, is the dialogue. I have yet to read another author who can have her characters banter while making me laugh and shake my head. It’s comical, but it fits the story perfectly, and does what dialogue is supposed to do: entertain and crate tension. Speaking of tension…. The tension between Eliza-May and Adam was unbearably hot. I’m still fanning myself. Ah, and although I’m a purist of sorts, you can read out of order, but for the full effect, start at the beginning. You will not be disappointed.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley/Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Evernight broughOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley/Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Evernight brought a new spin to the series by blending a broken man with a cold fish. Ha, loved it. Ms. Callahan stays true to her world, blending steampunk elements with the historic streets of London. This is a world I have grown rather fond of and cannot wait to see what comes next. Characters held a steady arc, but I must say we have caught glimpses of them before, which in itself is a common theme in the series. Holly and Thorne made an interesting couple. Their romance, while slow, hits with a bang, but this is too is a style of Ms. Callahan that I’ve come to love. Her world weaves supernaturals together, but this is our first intimate look into the sanguine demon. Even then, Will isn’t what you expect. On the other hand, we have Holly, an elemental, but to the London underworld, she isn’t truly supernatural. Ha, believe me when I say she shows “them” a thing or two about how wrong they are about her kind. The language and banter were fluid. Not once did I thoroughly hate either character, but in fact understood and connected with their wants and desires. When those changed, so did my heart. When the page turning intensity built, my nerves frayed. Few authors have the ability to enthrall me; Kristin Callahan’s Darkest London series does just that. It isn’t your run of mill PNR or steampunk. A blend of genres blurring lines against historical (which it is indeed accurate right down to the language and descriptions), fantasy, paranormal, steampunk, action, and I truly could list a multitude of genres, but at the heart of it all is a believable, strong romance that sticks with the heart long after the pages come to a close.
Darkest London is a series I recommend to anyone who loves any of the aforementioned genres, but it is not for those who cannot take the heated passion of true love....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
I’m not the biggest fan of zombiesOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
I’m not the biggest fan of zombies. This is the first one I’ve read that I’ve actually finished without losing my stomach contents. At times they seem an afterthought. But this does contain some high heat and teeters between romance and erotic romance. If you’re looking for a straight-up post apocalypse read, you won’t find it here.
I’m a romance junkie. Same love different setting type person so this one appeared right up my alley, and for the most part it was. I would’ve enjoyed a bit more world building. That was the first thing i noticed when I hit the 60% mark. We still didn’t know jack about the necromancers aside from that Kimber is one, the police used them, they are responsible for the zombies, and that she isn’t the only one in the world. … That’s all on the blurb. We learn next to nothing about the vampires or Fae too. I can see not going into extreme detail since this is more about the zombies and the necromancer, or is it? Hmm.
Okay onto characters … I didn’t dislike Kimber but I didn’t connect with her a whole lot either. I understood her hatred for vampires, but when it came to her and Duncan I questioned the reluctance. I don’t want to give anything away but I’ll say this. If you trust someone to protect you with their life, you cannot be afraid they will drain you dry, and then use it as your wall. Maybe it was wishful thinking. I mean there were tons of reasons to avoid romantic involvement and while some were mentioned, Kimber kept falling back on Duncan’s control without showing us a point when he lost control. He may have broken promises, but we were showed no past were his control harmed her. Maybe it’s just me, but that irked me.
Duncan is basically your standard alpha. I like alpha males and enjoyed his point of view. I didn’t really buy his reasoning for befriending Kimber. It was clear he liked her and the jealousy spouted here and there when she’d interact with another male.
Natalie and Aodhán interested me more. Their tension, albeit second hand, was natural and real to me. It was like having a porterhouse steak and a piece of chicken for comparison and they didn’t even take their clothes off.
I’m on the fence. I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it either. Lovers of light fantasy or PNR would enjoy it, but I wanted more depth in the world oh and why do they whisper talk but have no fear of zombies breaking in when they’re mid coitus?
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
I might be a Kristin Callihan fangOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
I might be a Kristin Callihan fangirl. That’s fine, I admit it and display my badge proudly. For those unfamiliar with her work, you can pick up Entwined which is a quick and smoking hot novella … or You can read:
Firelight Ember Moonglow Winterblaze
I’ll also mention Shadowdance, which is next in my TBR pile, and I’m sure I’ll love it.
The Darkest London series caught me from book one. It blends light elements of steampunk and paranormal to create some steamy romance. It’ll make you blush, but then again I blush easily.
Back to the book at hand: Entwined.
I read this from front to back in under 2 hours. It’s roughly 40 pages and my biggest complaint is that when I hit 85% on the kindle, the book ended. I wanted more, but that’s a common theme with Kristin Callihan’s books.
Lies and betrayal are my favorite books, and mirroring reality, we’d have no stories without them. Still I found myself caught off guard by Lady Luella’s dark secret, while Eamon’s is pretty darn obvious from the get-go. Either way it made for some interesting suspense in an otherwise fast paced story that manages to span years without being flippity floppity –ouch.
Characters … okay, I’ve got to say it. There aren’t enough ginger haired heroes in fiction. I loved Eamon from the start. Few know it because I dye my hair, but I’m a natural shade of ginger. Sure tones of red headed heroines grace stories, but men get a bad rep if they’re hair’s flaming.
Pacing was spot-on too, and I already spoke of the suspenseful plot … so here’s where I get to the parts I wasn’t thrilled with.
A) The brother … I understood why he left, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that he wasn’t all that into women. That’s totally fine, and it’s not really a huge deal, but I would rather have read it straightforward then a beat around the bush approach. If he wasn’t really gay and just a commitment phobic then I misread it.
B) Length. While sold as novella, this is more of a short story and a stretch as a novella/novelette. I understand the terms have changed with the digital age, but at 40 pages formatted (and I don’t know if this includes front/back matter), I wouldn’t consider it a novella. Maybe that’s just me and my opinion.
What I loved:
The suspense, romantic pull, and the ending. I wondered as I read along how this sweet and sexy story tied into the rest. Up until this point we’d followed the three sisters and the organization. I won’t give it away, but it made sense at the end, and I totally loved it.
I’m still a huge fan of the writing style. No obnoxious overuse of adverbs (cringes) and not afraid to let the steam shine through with action, magic (where applicable), and sexy romance. Kristen never loses you in the plot either and you’re driven forward with each sentence. Like I said, I’m a total fan girl, and if she releases a book I’m certain to read it. I’ve been blessed to read these ARC’s from Netgalley, but I buy them as soon as they become available too....more
For me this story has been a long tOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher/NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
For me this story has been a long time a coming. Mary Chase and Jack Talent have been squaring off for quite awhile. Longer than we could of thought, but that’d be a spoiler. The tension is superb and truly brings us round to the same level we saw in the first book of the series. When Firelight came out, I fell in love with the series, and as it’s progressed I’ve found myself loving it more and more.
Lately it’s one of the few series that I not only look forward to reading, but I’ve found it holds rereadability. There is much going on between the historic approach and the supernatural side of the old world. Gadgets and steampunky gizmos round out the old London setting that a simple American can only dream of.
Characters, oh how I love each and every one Callinhan’s introduced me to. From battered and broken heroes and heroines to creepy demonic villains. Each one grounded in layers of depth, with dark realistic secrets. You can’t put these stories down because you care from page one to the end.
Plots and subplots are full of tension from action to simple jibes shooting back and forth. The characters have clear voices that ring free and have you hanging on their words. I truly wish more writers did this, but alas I’m happy to have found at least one. Shadowdance left me with one question: When will I see more from The Darkest London series?...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Just so everyone remembers, I’m notOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Just so everyone remembers, I’m not the largest sci-fi fan as a reader. Most of it results in me conking out midsentence as the author drones on about some techy thing that might be really awesome, but after the 5th elaborate description, I’m done. Yeah I’m totally a visual sci-fi junkie but that’s my fault.
Thankfully, These Broken Stars is not that kind of sleep inducing sci-fi. It’s a blend, or crossover if you will, between straight fantasy with some settings taking place on a spaceship and some on a developed planet. While you’re always grounded and know where you’re at, both settings work really well at showing backstory, while pushing the story forward.
Characters, this is where I found the star (or controller) dropping. I loved Tarver and found him to have depth and intrigue. Lilac, eh, I didn’t dislike her, but I felt she needed more work. I kept flashing back to Rose from Titanic and how she treated Jack. She does move forward and changes, and I did like her a whole lot more toward the end, but I never quite loved her as I loved Tarver.
The plot grabs you from the first page. Excellent use of weaving back story and no head desk moments where I lost complete interest. Honestly, I’ll let the blurb speak for itself. If you’re a series/trilogy lover or a stand-alone fan, you can read this one just fine. It offers the reader closure, but if you want more, it’s available too.
I’d recommend to sci-fi fans, fantasy fans, and those who enjoy YA romances with a little heat but fade to black endings. I’d love to read more and will keep my eye out in the future....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
First and foremost this isn’t the first book iOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
First and foremost this isn’t the first book in this awesome series. It’s the third, so if you haven’t read the first two, Royal Street and River Road, there are bound to be a few spoilers. While it can be read as a standalone, let’s face it, that’s not fun. Read the first two for maximum enjoyment and world comprehension.
DJ’s back again and just when life begins to settle down, everything stirs back up again. This time with a supernatural serial killer from the beyond, Jake going AWOL, her best friend’s boyfriend creepifying, ALEX … and one sexy dead pirate.
I’ve followed the series from the beginning and Suzanne Johnson quickly became my favorite UF author. It’s perfect with the blends of action, magic, and subtle romance, while enticing us with exceptional characters we love. However, this book does have more romance than the previous two in the series. I love romance and all of its angles, so I didn’t find fault in the swoon worthy men. Plus I love DJ, and while she’s not perfect, this is fantasy and some of these so-dubbed “flames” are really friends she finds attractive. It might seem like a lot of love interests for one woman, but if you understand DJ you’d know that she can admire, drool, and swoon without becoming romantically involved. Lafayette is a prime example, although this could change in future books.
Okay, back to the plot.
There is a bit more going on this time around and we see more of the Beyond creatures. Johnson does this well and never really introduces more than two new “species” in a book. I found her addition of the necromancer and vampires exceptional, but she could have gone a bit more in-depth with the Elves. I’m hoping she does this in the next book, and I’ve got a sneaking feeling we’ll see it there, with Rand.
All in all, I loved it. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. Life -altering interruptions is the only way a book gets 5 stars. Johnson does it again for me!...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
In the seventh book in the A-Tac serOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
In the seventh book in the A-Tac series, Avery the “commander for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty”, has lived with the guilt of losing his wife 14 years ago. Sydney, a Wilderness Guide, has also lost someone she cared about. Neither is what the other expects, when they’re teamed together.
But with the possibility of Avery’s wife still alive, he can’t just let it go. Not even when it screams setup.
If you enjoy contemporary romance with strong characters than you’ll enjoy this read. I would’ve enjoyed more weakness from Sydney in the beginning of the story, but she’s likable character that grew on me as the book progressed. Avery’s pretty cut and dry but I like his dedication to not only Sydney but to his team. I’m definitely looking forward to going back and catching up with the rest of the series!...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Family feuds have a way of destroyinOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Family feuds have a way of destroying everything they touch. The one between the Huntington and St. Claire families is no different. Set in the late 1800’s, Two Sinful Secrets is full of lust, action, suspense, devilish romance, and surreptitious pain. It pairs two unlikely foes against each other, but the tale starts as a masked encounter.
Lady Sophia is anything but a Lady. She wants freedom and doesn’t live up to the Huntington ideals, no matter how hard she tries. At the young age of twenty-three she rushes off in a whirlwind romance with a young captain. Her family, facing scandal, disowns. Thinking herself in love, she quickly learned that all he cared for was between her thighs. Soon after the thrill’s worn off, he dies, and she finds herself a widow and penniless.
Only a respectable marriage would allow her to return home. But Sophie doesn’t want another husband to tie her down, and she’s all but given up on the notion of love. Until Dominic St. Claire waltzes back into her life, but can they overcome the family feud and their secrets, and fall in love?
Dominic St. Claire is an actor, good at playing dark villains and weaving tales. More so, he’s best at hiding his true emotions. With his fiancé deceased and a life to live, he throws himself into the theatre again. On a trip to Paris, he happens upon a woman he never expected to see again, one he spent years searching for to no avail. But when he learns of her family name, can he resist the urge to ruin the Huntington name, or will he open his heart to the woman who stole it all those years ago?
I cried a lot. I didn’t want the story to end. This tale was weaved magnificently, and I found myself transported to Paris. It’s surreal when a historical really comes to life because we can’t physically step back in time.
The romance, oh there aren’t words to describe the hurdles the couple faced. This is where I cried the most. Every time they got close, something would happen or some new tidbit would come to life. Dominic St. Claire may not have one any book boyfriend awards, but by the end, I finally felt like I knew some of his holdout. To think a feud could destroy so many years after the fact.
Well done, and I look forward to reading more Laurel McKee and her two series: The Scandalous St. Claire’s and The Daughters of Erin....more
When I first read, If I Were You, I was unawOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
When I first read, If I Were You, I was unaware that there were journals. I mean they’re mentioned in the book, but the author actually wrote out the journals in three short story lengths. I got the privilege of reading the first two, but I’m dying to get my hands on the last one.
When you first read, If I Were You, you’re whipped into the after effects of a woman named Rebecca. Small snippets of her life are revealed, but the journals delve you deep into her world as she becomes engrossed into the world of art and sex.
She’s careful and cautious or at least she wants you to believe it. Perhaps she even believed it herself at one point. When it comes to her master though, it appears all bets are off.
The two journals were a nice companion read to If I Were You, and you can read them before or even after. It’s nice to see the woman Sara (From If I Were You) is trying to find and help, but at the same time she too makes a lot of the same mistakes.
If you’re going to pick up If I Were You, and if you enjoy steamy, erotic romance then you definitely should, go ahead and grab the journals too. It really helps to shine a light on the hidden world that both Sara and Rebecca joined. ...more
It’s not any big secret how much I’ve fallenOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
It’s not any big secret how much I’ve fallen in love with Kristen Callahan. I think I’ve stated this before, when I reviewed her first and second books from the Darkest London series. What I love most is that you can pick up wherever, but starting at the beginning is always fun too.
I don’t do spoilers, but I will say that the first three books follow the lives of three sisters. The third book covers the eldest, Poppy and her beloved husband of fourteen years, Winston. Poppy’s kept secrets from not only her husband, but her family too. In book three they all come crashing down on her.
Winston also has a dark secret, a pact that is so far in his past he’s forgotten about it. When their secrets collide, the couple only has four days to solve their case, but will it save or destroy their marriage?
This has the same voice that I’ve come to love from Callihan. Witty, strong women and men face off at every turn. No one is weak, but each has weaknesses. Typically it’s the warring couple, and that’s great because it leads up to some awesome tension and big explosive moments.
This one, like her last, brought in some steam punk elements. They mainly revolve around the SOS, or the Suppression of Supernaturals. I hope this continues, because I think it’s a wonderful addition to the world she’s created. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
If you enjoy romance, with paranormal, historical, and fantasy twists this is an author to follow. If I wasn’t already in love with London than I am now, because she portrays this underground in a beautiful way, without getting flowery or dull. Her characters are real, not full of frippery ladies, and she writes debauchery well enough without it being overly slutty....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
I was pretty excited to review Fractured SoulOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
I was pretty excited to review Fractured Soul, book #2 in the Fractured Light Series by Rachael McClellan. I’m new to the series, and will suggest you pick up at the start, but was able to follow along just fine. However, some major stuff happens (no spoilers teehee) and I would have loved to be able to start with the first book. If you are reading this for the romance (swoon), start with the first book!
Llona finds herself at Lucent Academy, a school for auras and furies that her Aunt Sophie runs. She’s spent her whole life in the real world, went to a normal school, but the girls here are the complete opposite: spoiled and sheltered. It’s all done in the name of safety from the Valkan race, which feeds off of the Aura’s blood, ingesting the light, in order to remain strong.
When Llona first arrives, she feels off, as if something is terribly wrong at the academy. Naturally, she begins to snoop, with the help of her new friends and her Guardian love. Instantly, things just don’t add up and you find yourself sucked deep into the plot. Llona has already lost too much, so when the life of her guardian’s threatened, she begins to withdraw into her own foreboding thoughts, and pushes everyone away.
Then again, she has a secret. One that could destroy her, one that could consume her, and cause her to harm the very people she’s trying to save.
Overall, loved it. I can’t wait to read more and as soon as I have a free moment, I will read the first book. This is an enticing read that I didn’t want to put down. I laughed, I cried (seriously at the end), and I really fell in love with Llona, and I’m interested to learn more of Liam. Part of me wants to slap Sophie though, I mean she’s not horribad, but she’s not winning aunt of the year awards either. Regardless, every character’s well written with a distinct voice. I’d recommend this series for older YA readers, and of course those of us adults who like them too....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
If you haven’t read The Immortal RulOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
If you haven’t read The Immortal Rules, go read it now. While you could attempt to read The Eternity Cure without it, you’ll miss out on a lot of the back story of not only Allie, but you’ll be head scratching at a lot of the world. Plus, everything I write below will kind of be a huge spoiler.
Allison the vampire has left Zeke and her human friends at Eden. It wasn’t overly difficult seeing as she is a vampire and it’s a sanctuary for humans only. She’s on a mission to find her maker. The man that gave her the choice and taught her how to become a monster.
“But what type of monster you become us up to you…”
Torn between the pull of his call and a new one, Allie must make a decision. Her blood brother, the murderous renegade prince whom tried to kill her, or her maker.
Nothing is simple in this chaotic world filled with deadly viruses, vampires, and mutant creatures that threaten the population of bloodbags and camps alike.
This follow-up to The Immortal Rules didn’t disappoint. It had the right amount if suspense and surprise to keep me engaged and turning pages. The end was a bit predictable, but I’m ok with that. It didn’t ruin the experience and I’m looking forward to the next story.
I still love the story of Allie and Zeke. I know, I know vamp/human has been done to death. These two are different. Perhaps it’s because we see it from her side, and not a human perspective. Maybe it’s because Allie really isn’t like other monsters. She’s a katana wielding badass who won’t hesitate to save people she cares about, even if Hunger tells her to eat them....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Smexy Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
If I Were You …
Whoa. Talk abouOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Smexy Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
If I Were You …
Whoa. Talk about some crazy, be careful what you wish for, fast paced read. It’s rare that i can knock out a book in one sitting, but this one had my gripping my seat. Between the suspense of this mysterious, woman (Rebecca) and the suspense of the life of Sara, I’m not certain where to really begin.
First, I like Sara. I can’t relate to everything in her life, but I get her, her actions, and how she begins to feel. She throws caution to the wind and embarks on not only a steamy romance that isn’t supposed to have strings attached, but she falls into her dream job.
Now there were things that I didn’t understand. I’m not big on submissive type stories, but this isn’t what Sara is. It is, however, a part of the story. It comes into play pretty early on as it sets the pace for the mystery. If you’re like me, and not bothered by reading it, then this can still be enjoyed for the steamy sex and well, the mystery of Rebecca. That is what drew me in, just like Sara, I had to know about Rebecca. Where is she, is she alright, etc … but then something happened. Quickly we see Sara, sweet but maybe not so innocent as she portrays, unfold as two dark, handsome, and mysterious men battle for her attentions. The problem? They are both from Rebecca’s world, the one that terrorized her, and assumed by Sara, sent her running. Or worse, got her killed …
So I tried my best not to give too much away. However, one last warning … this is a major cliffhanger that left me foaming for more. At the same time, I was disappointed. While I came away entertained, I felt there was little closure for me. It won’t stop me from following the trilogy, but if you don’t like to wait then it’s best to wait till all the book are available. For now, I’ll have to be contempt and wait … patiently....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Tantalizing Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Vampires, Demons, Angel Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Tantalizing Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Vampires, Demons, Angels, oh my stars. I don’t even know where to begin…
Redemption, The Seven Signs is book #2, and I’m all but salivating to read the first after this steamy, bloody, tantalizing story. I’ll forewarn though, it has a lot of yummy, erotically written sexual scenes (and sexual suggestion) that hold nothing back, tossing you head first (no pun intended) into the moment.
Japheth is a fallen angel, tossed from heaven by the archangel Michael and for fourteen hundred odd years, he’s made it his mission to become redeemed. On Earth, he allows himself only the pleasure of hunting and killing evil, the minions of Satan. He takes no pleasure from the flesh and allows nothing gratifying into his life, which earns him the nickname frigid, icy, and frosty. It matches his blue angelfire perfectly until…
Rose Harley was just a young woman with huge dreams before she became seduced, confused, and then forced into the world of bloody thirst. She seeks no redemption because she doesn’t believe it possible, not for her, and certainly not after what she’s done. Instead, she is a vampire; Rose is a slave in every aspect from her body to her fangs. Still, her instinct is to fight back, not for her soul, but to stay out of Hell. Her job is to hunt and kill fallen angels, a job she excels at, until…
Two unlikely supernaturals are thrown together in this quick paced, suck you in until you beg for more, read. There is passion; there is lust, greed and envy as the story twists and turns in this multiperson point-of-view apocalyptic fight for the future. There is action, sex, mystery, and suspense rolled into one super charged ball of fury that will keep you on the edge of your seat, frozen in stupefying wonder.
Want to know how it all plays out? I can tell you that I barely scratched the surface, so you better read it. While I started with #2, I would suggest starting with the first. I was able to grasp it, but I typically won’t read anything out of sequence unless I have to.
I’ve read a lot of paranormal/fantasy. This is by far the perfect blend for adults. It’s real, real in the fantasy sort of way, but real nonetheless. This isn’t your wishy washy teenage angst filled romance. The pull, the fight, all of it drips with a human edge, which brings you to the front lines. If you love steamy romance, read it. If you love PNR/UF/Apocalypse read it....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Wounded is a story that has a lotOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Wounded is a story that has a lot of potential. It is a story about courage, emotional strength, and survival. It is also about love and trust. All of these messages are fairly strong, and good, in my opinion.
This is a parallel story between an Iraqi woman named Raina who is forced to sell her body in order to survive. During a battle on the streets, she meets a marine, and decides to save him. It goes against everything she knows. This man is an American, he is her enemy, and they are at war.
The man’s past isn’t nearly as dramatic. Hunter’s been hurt, away at war more than home, and he’s lost his family. His high school sweetheart crushed his heart, and he doesn’t know if he even understands what love is. Now he is being treated by this woman, separated from his people, and at risk of killing them both if he is caught.
Raina is misguided. All she knows of love is sex. She doesn’t take enjoyment from what she does, but it does shame her greatly. Hunter is attracted to her, he wants her, but he realizes how impossible it is. There are many barriers for them to overcome, and at times, the war is the easiest.
Do they fall in love? You’d have to read it.
Alright. I hate when I don’t thoroughly enjoy a book. I love romance and sexual tension in books, and both of those were good. BUT when it came down to the nitty gritty, I feel it lacked luster that it deserved. While I enjoyed the back and forth between Raine and Hunter through the story, when it came to these intense scenes, I felt it slowed the story too much for me.
Now, aside from that here are some really great aspects I loved. The story was original. Raina is a pretty, naive girl who got herself into her own predicament. At the same time, we pity her even though the choices to sell herself were her own.
Tucker, eh, I did like him and his rescuing, sweet side. I also don’t know how believable his story is, with all those injuries. I know marines are tough and they have the most hellish training, but the guy was shot numerous times, had broken bones, was battling infection, and he didn’t have pain killers. Toward the end, there were things he did or said to Raina that made me want to smack him. Anytime he compared things to his ex, things that she did for him (or even didn’t do). I just felt like he didn’t even know half of what he was teaching Raina.
Overall, I really loved Raina, and at times Tucker too. Their love and romance felt right, and I did feel the story was original. I could have done without the sex altogether (as soon as it began I lost interest), or if it had been more single focus. I am sure others will disagree, but to each their own. I’d gladly read more from the author, and I’d still recommend this one to others for the love story alone....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Timespell is a cross between and uOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Timespell is a cross between and urban fantasy and a historical novel. It revolves around three different girls who are born to become the Daughters of Fate. We follow these three 16 year old girls as they discover the bonds of friendship and save the world from the Sorceress.
Daughters of the Past, Present, and Future must travel back in time to Pre-Revolutionary France to close off the portal that threatens to undo history as they know it. But first they must accept their fate and chose to join together. This is easier said than done, when it’s discovered that the final daughter is an enemy.
This journey shows us pain, but it also reminds us about forgiveness too. We get to see each girl, and the internal struggles they face as Daughters and as teenagers. They hate, they love, and they find ways to achieve the impossible in both the present and the past.
I loved the historical aspect. What can I say, I’m a sucker for history. Add in some magic and well, I’m there. It was nice to get sucked in, but I really wanted more. I wanted more background on the Daughter of the Past too. Overall though I found the story entertaining and the world is solidly built. If this will become a series, I’ll follow it closely as I’m intrigued to see how it will all play out. Especially after the end, which I won’t say anything about....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
The Midnight Spell isn’t my usual rOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
The Midnight Spell isn’t my usual read. I wasn’t even sure how much I would relate to it. However, I decided to read it anyway. What is so different? Well I can’t lie, it’s right there in the blurb. It’s not that I have anything against it. I’m just not the audience the author is trying to reach. After all I’m a *coughs* 30 something *coughs* woman reading YA, which is rare for me.
I enjoyed the story. It had a unique angle, felt fresh and was well written. The characters were very believable, and I really liked seeing them grow both apart and together. In a short time they were really forced through a lot of turmoil and teenage crap.
The witchy angle wasn’t completely new, but the author was comfortable in the world she created. On a side note, I would have liked to know a bit more, but I get that it wasn’t necessary for the story to unfold.
Now this wasn’t your average PNR. It has more to do with love in the sense of family and friendship, which I think teens and adults both need to pay attention to. We get so wrapped up in who is hot, who is dating who, and all that crap that sometimes we forget who really matters in life. That, guys, is a message that rings loud and clear.
While it is obvious by the blurb, the second protagonist is a gay teen. I state this for anyone who would have an issue with this, and will tell you that very innocent smooches (think cheeks, yes the ones on the face.) do take place. It also talks of the emotions anyone feels when they’re in love. I found it to be terribly sweet and the whole story was entertaining.
This story can be enjoyed by anyone fifteen or older. Boy, girl, teen, adult, it doesn’t matter. The story really has something for everyone. Personally, I’d like to see a continuation of the story, friendships, and the cat and broom too....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author Reviewer:Heather
Altered Souls is the second book in theOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author Reviewer:Heather
Altered Souls is the second book in the Witch Avenues Series by Karice Bolton. If you are unfamiliar with the first book, Lonely Souls then please go read it now. While there will not be much in the way of spoilers, I think it is a good idea to start a new series from the first book.
While you’re at it be sure to check out her Watcher’s Trilogy, and her new novella, Taken!
This book picks up right where the second book left off, so it is pretty imperative to read Lonely Souls for the full effect. Could Altered Souls be read on its own? Sure, it would make a good read, but as a series, it brings much more to the table, and it really allows the full story to slowly build and unfold. I’m going to whip this up a little differently as Karice gave us multiple storylines, and each one is important.
Triss and Logan are still together, very much in love, but their mothers are still missing. In the beginning, the only link is Trevor, and all signs are pointing at black magic and the father Triss has never known.
Right off the bat, Triss has this notion of performing a spell, a dark spell that has grave consequences. In a way, it has the possibility of binding her to Trevor, romantically, forever. All it would take is one loving thought, notion, or even a kiss to seal her fate to him. Will she choose Trevor over Logan?
Trust. Every time Triss turns around, it seems she loses the ability to trust in those she cares about. The only exception is Logan, but we will see some twists and turns as the story progresses.
Dark Magic. The draw is intense, even for the pure soul that encased Triss. We watch her struggle time and again to not only make the right moves, but for the proper reasons too. The end of this conflict was pretty awesome, but I just can’t give it away.
Father. Triss’s father is at the root of all this evil deception…or is he?
Gosh, I really love Karice’s ability to tell a good story. I’ll never tire of reading her books, and I do read them again. Her style has a very human notion, and it is what lacks in many paranormal type books, for me. I want human emotions, actions, and thoughts because no matter what happens, I can relate to that. As a reviewer that is the first – and last aspect of a story I seek out, and this author never fails to provide. As long as Karice Bolton keeps writing, I will gladly keep reading (and reviewing). ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Sweet Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Sweet is exactly how you’ll feeOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Sweet Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Sweet is exactly how you’ll feel after reading this duel romance, Sweet on You. It is essentially two love stories in one that keeps your toes curling page after page. The pace is also very quick, so it’s a great weekend read.
Because it is shorter than usual, I’ll allow the synopsis to do most of the talking. I’ll jump right into my likes/dislikes of the story as a whole, but in all, I really enjoyed this contemporary romance as is, and I look forward to picking up more of the author’s works. If they are written like this one, I know I will love them too.
-Two story lines meant double the romance. -Descriptive without being erotic. -Loved the food analogies and felt it really pulled the story along. -Fell in love with the soup kitchen struggle.
-I felt horrible for Tony (Antonio) in the end because he instantly became a third, erm… fifth wheel. Granted he deserved it after his behavior toward his sister, and to an extent the woman who he ignored but had drooled over him for years. However, with that said, maybe he’ll get his own book in the future. -Finally, I wanted more, so I purposely put the book down because I knew the story would end, and i didn’t want it to….Ok so this isn’t really a bad thing, but I wanted to keep reading!
Overall, Sweet On You is a real scrumptious treat that I highly recommend! It’s cute, charming, and a food loving good time....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Heather
Immortal Craving is the fourth in this series, Dark Dynasties, by author Kendra Leigh Castle. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of the previous books, but I found it wasn’t necessary in the least bit to follow along. The author gives you all the Dynasties of her vampires up front. This includes their name, current leader, origins, current strongholds, and of course any abilities they may possess. A real ingenious idea, especially for readers picking up the storyline in the middle.
Ok but you want to know about the story…
This is a vampire love story. It begins with a human woman named after her mother’s favorite drink, Bailey (Bay). The vampire is a member of a long extinct dynasty that happens to awaken after sleeping for four hundred years, a very unnatural occurrence. Upon seeking answers, he finds Bailey the Queen’s best friend.
SN: I believe in a previous story, Ms. Castle highlighted Bay’s friend Lily. She was once a human professor, but fell in love with a Cait Sith vampire. She decided to become like him, and somehow (I swear I’ll read the previous stories just to know) Lily also rebirthed a dead dynasty called the Lilim.
Back to the new vampire who slept for 400 years. He is a Rakshasa who can take the form of a lion (rawr). They can also make you see illusions, a very dangerous form of magic. It became clear from the beginning that Tasmin (Tas) is the last of his kind. However, it is not without consequence for he is not alone. Darkness also looms within him, as if being a vampire isn’t enough.
Fate throws Bay & Tas together into a hellish battle for the now combined kingdoms of the Cait Sith and the Liliam. The evil vampire (bad word here) who has been reigning terror upon the dynasties for centuries needs to be stopped before she kills them all. Together they must unite, rebuild the vampire council, and fight to the death.
Darkness has other plans…
I couldn’t put this one down. I didn’t want to put it down. This is adult PNR at its very best. As I continuously updated my Goodreads feed, I couldn’t help but to keep adding something more. It is an excellent balance between paranormal and intense romance that only a lion could breed.
Oh and this IS NOT your run of the mill vampire tale. This world was built well, and it engrosses you completely. I cannot wait to get lost into more of this amazing world the author created. ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Taken takes us back tOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
Taken takes us back to where it all began with the Watcher’s Trilogy. If you are unfamiliar with it, then picking up this book or Awakening, is a great place to start. That is really the beauty of this story.
Those familiar can pick up Taken, and get to know Ana and Athen even more. It’s great because when a trilogy meets its end, we are left with wanting more of the characters we followed through their journey. This allows us to see them again, in a new story that is much connected with the world we loved.
If you are brand spanking new to it, think of it as a teaser. It will gripe you in, but it prepares you for the trilogy itself. In fact it pretty much leads right up to the opening of Awakening, the first in the Watcher’s Trilogy. Yet at the same time, this story does not have to be read first.
It makes a wonderful starting point for those unfamiliar with Ana, Athen, Cyril, or Arie. They are the white demons, angels, helping to protect and guide mankind. The group, like others of their kind, made the choice. It is classic good vs. evil, and the prizes at stake are human souls. If the white demons fail, the humans lose, and more darkness is created. If they prevail, the humans are spared, and life goes on.
This story brings us forward, showing us life before the Awakening, and the events that led up to it. We get a sneak peak at the undying love that is exchanged, but also the power and strength of it. In between are Ana and the gang as their usual dark demon, butt-kicking selves as they attempt to disrupt another massive plan of the underworld....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
River Road is the second book in thOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
River Road is the second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series by the very talented Suzanne Johnson. Please, if you have not read the first in her series Royal Street do so now. If you love fantasy and mystery then you shall not be disappointed at all.
River Road picks up with Drusilla Draco (DJ), and the rest of her gang years after the Katrina aftermath we saw in Royal Street. She is now the lead Sentinel for her area, but is a bit miffed that the Elders have kept steamy, shifter, enforcer that is so-still-off-limits on as a Sentinel too. DJ feels she is strong enough, smart enough, and a powerful enough wizard to take care of business without his help, plus he makes more money than she does.
With two murdered members of the Green Congress, polluted rivers, a crazy-sexy famous undead pirate that she made endless promises to when she thought he would die in the beyond, plus the rivalry stewing between Jake and Alex Warin over her, DJ really has her hands full in this novel. I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but I promise you a lot of action, magic, preternaturals of the fin, fur, and underworld kind, and the mysterious elven staff is back at it again! Even watching her cat through the book brings a chuckle or two, so there is plenty of wit to keep you amused as the story progresses.
Ok onto my thoughts before I am tempted to give far too much of this wonderful story away. First of all I am in love with this series. When emailed asking if I would like to review the second book, I jumped at the chance. The world building is phenomenal, I mean really I want to live in this world. No, it isn’t perfect, but between the rich history and preternaturals, I just found it as awesome as JK Rowling’s world of Harry Potter, just a US version, with adults, and more grown-up story line. I am a huge HP fan, so this is me saying “‘It’s all that and a bag of chips” (or whatever we said growing up in the 90’s.)
The character development was quite intriguing. While this is written in first person, we still get a real sense of each of them, even though we view them through DJ’s eyes. Alex is head strong, masculine, but underneath he really is an awesome, sweet guy. As the story progresses, we get to see it first hand as DJ notices him or notices little changes here and there. The dead pirate Jean we learn can send very uncomfortable signals, and DJ cannot help but be attracted to him, but we also get to see the softer side of the privateer that has her really looking at him in a different light. So while this is a first person POV, you get so much more as DJ not only watches these characters unfold before her eyes, but as she watched their development, readers do too.
Storyline was top notch, and I was sucked into this one big time. There was a perfect balance between conflicts, a progressive love story that has been in the works since the first book, and then the magical action. Laced into this all are the mysteries surrounding not only the murders, but the river pollution. I anticipated every new paragraph, every page, and in the end I left satisfied, but with a taste for more. This series is one you don’t want to put down, and you certainly don’t want to miss....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC From Publisher Reviewer: Heather
The Warrior (The Return of tOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC From Publisher Reviewer: Heather
The Warrior (The Return of the Highlanders Series) is a historically set romance that brings us back to 16th Century Scotland in the middle of a never ending clan war that has taken many lives. In this time feuds are easily started as the stars may shine, and love in never to be taken for granted. Yet the same cannot be said for Duncan and Moira, and the Warrior is as much as their tale as it is his own.
Step back in time with the wee lasses and head strong men of the Scottish past; be swept away by the longing of pipers, and a good scotch. Adventure, romance, and a lot sexy brogue are all tied into one heartfelt read.
I love, and I mean love all things Scottish. Being of Scottish heritage it is expected of me, but deep down in my heart I long to visit the shores, breathe the highland air, and just maybe visit one of those castles. If I weren’t a married woman I also wouldn’t mind getting swept off my feet by a handsome Scotsman.
Yet as I browsed the “pages” of The Warrior I found myself being fulfilled as the pictures of faraway lands filled my mind. The visualization was superb, and it was like I was actually standing there in 16th Century Scotland. At times I could almost smell the peat upon the fires.
The characters were written so well that I was astonished. At times you feel as if you ARE Duncan, and when you are not him, it is like you are in Moria’s shoes. It was an unbelievable experience to have as a reader, and one I sure hope to have again.
The sexual tension between Moria and Duncan was also realistic. Even the fears both had were completely relatable to modern day lives, and the struggles we have when we love. In some ways it is inspiring to remember that even when we’ve had a rough go at love that we should never give up.
I am no stranger to Margaret Mallory, and I will continue to read each and every book she writes. Each one keeps getting better and better....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC provided by the Author Reviewer: Heather
Kissing Under the MOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: ARC provided by the Author Reviewer: Heather
Kissing Under the Mistletoe is a contemporary romance that strikes at the heart. The story is centered around the now 27 year old French-Mexican, single mother who has had her life ruined at every corner by a man she barely knows. When Regan was a naive 19 year old girl she fell in love with the wrong man. He was wrong for many reasons, but the kicker would be that he was already married. Of course this became news to her on the fateful day they were caught by Gabe. The very day she had learned she was having a girl.
What he also failed to tell her is just how ruthless his wife’s family could be. Richard’s wife Abigail, her family would never allow Regan to live it down, though Richard got away scot free, and millions richer. Now the only link to causing the family shame or harm is Regan, the other woman. Gabe will do anything to keep his loved ones safe, even if it meant harming another.
Needing a change of pace, and a new beginning, Regan moves her daughter away from everything she has ever known. Two weeks, deep in wine country, she quickly learns that it may have been yet another mistake to add under her belt. Unknowingly, she moved right into Gabe’s hometown. She bares her famous temper, and winds up stealing the town’s beloved Randulf statue from the Christmas display.
In a twist of unforeseen events the pair find themselves at odds. At first he wants her to leave, and quickly gets her fired from her new job. But Regan is a born fighter, and the words give-up are not in her vocabulary. Frantically she tries to find a new job, a place to live, and anything in her power to give her daughter a sense of normality that she herself never had.
It comes to light when she reads her five year old daughter’s Christmas wish. All little Holly wants is a forever home, and it becomes clear to Regan that she will do anything to give it to her. Even if it means every single person in the community hates her for being a homewrecker. She just wants more for her daughter than she ever had.
Gabe just wants to protect his family. He is always the hero, and has been since his parents died in an accident. He was left to pick up the pieces of both business and raising his siblings. He wants nothing more than to know they are safe and well, but all of that is turned upside down when the “Vixen” he loves to hate strolls into his life once again.
He wants her gone and even feels sorry for ruining her chances, but at the same time he is trying to keep Abigail and Regan from ever crossing paths. Gabe knows Regan wasn’t the only woman he had cheated with, but there is just something about her that screams a warning. Little did he know that it was his desire to know her, to touch her, and to love her.
Can these two warring, yet attracted characters find a way past themselves, their families, and whatever fate throws their way? Do they fall in love? Does Gabe forgive Regan, though she never really did anything wrong? Does little Holly get her wish?
This book is beyond touching. Your heart will break, and break as you learn about Gabe and Regan. More so, as a mother I found the scenes involving Holly to pull and rip at my heartstrings.
Deep in the story, I guarantee you will not be able to put it down. Between the romance is mystery, friendships, enemies of the plastic kind, and one reindeer that threatens to tear the town apart. I just couldn’t put it down, because even up to the last few pages I couldn’t tell what would happen.
On a side note, I think that single mothers (past and present) who enjoy romance will love this story. Anyone who understands that daily struggle of being a Mommy, and knowing how hard it is to find time for yourself, let alone to have an identity otherwise. I believe this story could have an inspirational effect for any woman who has ever been hurt emotionally by a man too.
In many ways I want to thank the author. I found the story refreshing and heartwarming. :-) ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
I’ve had the lovely anOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers, Royalty Award Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
I’ve had the lovely and honorable opportunity to follow along with the Merlin stories Priya Ardis has written from the beginning. I’ve fallen into the abyss, and i drank the kool-aid, but in the end i came out unscathed, but still wanting more with each book she has written. If you have not had this chance, please start with My Boyfriend Merlin, followed by My Merlin Awakening.
Ryan continues her inner struggles as well as those within her own heart. She knows that her heart can only belong to one: Merlin or his brother Vane. But what will happen when the choice she makes sacrifices the other?
Merlin is older than dirt, and his been there done that attitude will do absolutely nothing for him when he awakes to no magic. Ryan had made a choice on his behalf, and he boy was he livid. Yet no matter what she says or does, he still loves her deeper than she will ever know.
Vane, now the Fisher King, took the power in order to save the world, his brother, and the only woman he will ever love. Ryan refuses to give up on Vane so easily, but she quickly falls into his devilish games where people she loves and respects die. Yet no matter how evil the beast within seems, she knows her Vane is still in there, he is not lost forever, and she will fight to get him back.
It is a pure race against time (really the end of the world is approaching quickly), and Ryan, Vane and Merlin must work together, or watch their world be torn asunder, disappearing into oblivion forever. Even when it becomes clear that they could save a few, Ryan knows it is not enough.
Can the bearer of Excalibur, the wise and powerful Merlin, and the newly crowned Fisher King pull through?
I felt powerful emotions as I read Ever My Merlin. Part of it was knowing that the story was winding down, and when we fall in love with characters, it is like saying goodbye to a close friend. Yet even knowing the My Merlin series is done, I found myself wanting more.
A love story, an old mythical fairy tale, an adventure, and modern times walked into a “pub” and came out the other side as the My Merlin series.
This is how I like to describe it, but really this only scratches the surface. Priya Ardis also writes wonderful, suspense filled scenes where the characters duel, fight, and get into all kinds of normal teenage trouble. I love the realism of each and everyone, even the wizards and gargoyles. You won’t find fake emotions in My Merlin, just everyday feelings we all go/went through as a teen.
Ever My Merlin is written for the older YA audience, but as i have said before, this book is also written for us adults too. I love anything related to Merlin, Camelot, and I could go on and on. Yet this was my first real series that I have had the pleasure to read that brings this lovely tale to a younger crowd. I look forward with sharing it with my own children, so that they too may grow to love the story of the sword bearer, and find their own hope. ...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Forbidden is a deep rooted love stoOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Heather
Forbidden is a deep rooted love story that delves into the paranormal world of Nightwalkers. In this beginning tale we learn of the Bodywalkers. If you have a love of Egyptian history and mythology than you will already love this book as the very essence of what these beings are founded within it.
Bodywalkers are essentially those who were mummified and prepared for the afterlife. What the Templar’s did not know was that this very deed would anger Ra, as humans, even Pharohs were not equals. So Ra cursed them into living forever, but never being allowed in his presence again: the sun.
When a Bodywalker dies they must spend 100 years (or more if they choose) in the Ether. This is more akin to a state of limbo. From here they choose to be reborn into the world by choosing a human on the brink of death. They blend their souls, and two eventually become one, but the human life becomes stronger and powerful.
This is what happens to Docia. One day she was walking to work, chatting with her over-protective, cop brother, and the next thing she remembered she was being pushed from a bridge. Docia plummeted to an icy, battering death, but in those last moments of life, a voice reached out to her. She was offered a second chance.
Quickly she finds herself turned upside down, and thrown into the curious world of the Bodywalkers. They tell her left and right that she is oh so powerful and that she will be queen once the “Blending” has finalized.
She comes to find that those who were sent to protect her, the woman also inside of her, and her future love are right out of the history books! Ram her bodyguard, and the man she feels so strongly for is Ramses the II. Cleo the beautiful, joyous, young woman who treats her so kindly is the famed Cleopatra! The beloved mate, the man she is destined to spend eternity with? Menes!
Docia must quickly learn not only what she has become, but of the ways of the Bodywalkers. To top it all off she is thrust down in a civil war between the Templar’s and the Bodywalkers. Each accusing the other for their curse, each sneering and trying to usurp the other. In the end it will be up to Docia and Ram to bring both sides together, to end the war once and for all. But will Menes listen when he finds his soul mate and his best friend have fallen in love?
Listen up! There is so much to this story that I can hardly do it justice. You have so many intertwined conflicts shoved into one book, but it all comes together perfectly. Characters were written flawlessly, and the raw emotions came out clear as day. Overall this was a pretty darn good book, and the start to a new series that I will continue to follow.
The downside? My life wasn’t disrupted completely. I was able to continuously put it down. For me this was caused by too much scene description. While there was plenty of action, romance, and suspense, I just found myself skimming a lot of the descriptive parts of the scene. But I am fully aware that a lot of readers like that part of books. Personally I am a minimalist, and it doesn’t help that I grew up not far from the books setting.
Overall I give a solid 4.5 (can I do 4.75?), and I will definitely put the authors new works as well as any previous, on my to-read list!...more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
vN is a very intereOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Honest Review Reviewer: Heather
vN is a very interesting, and fresh take on science fiction. At least it was for me, you know the woman who loves to watch Star Trek, Doctor Who, and tons of sci-fi movies. But let me tell you a bit more about the book before I give you my complete honest opinion and reaction.
First off, vN is short for von Neumann, which is essentially a robot with artificial intelligence. Here is the thing. They were originally created to mimic humans for all sorts of wonderful things. They made models that could be nurses, field workers, really you name it. Each model was created with a failsafe so that they would never turn on the human population. In fact, seeing a human hurt would cause pain to the vN.
That was until the world met Amy. A small vN that her mother had iterated with her human father. They had chosen to raise her slowly, unlike most robots who could complete their growth within a year. Her parents also chose to raise her around more humans than those of her kind. But they never told her why or more so her mother never told her why.
At her kindergarten graduation Amy watched as her grandmother attacked and killed a friend. An impossible feat according to the software and fail-safe designers, but Portia had done it, and shown no remorse as she continued to pursue Amy’s mother. Without much thought, and an increasing hunger drive, Amy consumed her grandmother. It would not be the end of granny, no she would live inside of her, and every so often she would rear her destructive head, and take control of Amy’s body.
After being caught, Amy meets Javier who was arrested for iterating too many vN. He is tough, head strong, and completely amused at how human this girl seems to be. When she cries it seems real, not her fail-safe kicking in or her hard drive trying to load the correct response. While on the run he iterates his 13th child, and time after time he wants to leave him behind when they get into a heap of trouble, but Amy refuses. How can someone who is a vN, and ate her own grandmother have such compassion and love?
Follow along and find out!
This is my first ever 5 controller review on science fiction. Perhaps it was the stellar writing, or the in-depth story the writer painted. On the other hand it could just be completely and utterly fascinating. Especially when reading the story with human eyes.
I often wonder how the world would react if we had something like vN. Could we find them capable of love and trust? I found myself wondering how I would react if I were in Amy’s fathers shoes, or the shoes of one of the many doctors who created and continued to develop the vN technology. The whole kit n’ caboodle was fascinating to say the least.
This book does have a lot of darker elements. One in particular is the reason these robots were actually created, and as much as it disgusts me I will share it for anyone sensitive. Essentially they were made, and often used, to satisfy pedophile urges. This was needed to tell the story, and there are no graphic details given, but I felt it needed to be put out there as a forewarning. There is also mention of death, theft, violence, as well as talk of sex. So it’s best read by the 18+ crowd.
It is also filled with adventure, suspense, romance, friendship, and the essence of family. I’m still not an expert on this genre, but I fell in love with Amy, the naive, sweet, vN who had her world turned upside down. All of this because her fail-safe failed… read it folks, just read it!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Where to start, oh where to start. WeOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Where to start, oh where to start. Well first of all I went into this story blind as a bat. I actually thought Witte Wieven was a person, and from the title I actually thought they must be a ghost, or something. Ha! Jokes totally on me. It’s actually the name of a 17th century ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle along with the members of it’s crew, including the dashing and charming Captain Dirksen aka Wolf – who just happens to be quite skilled in manners of escape, evasion as well as stealing hearts.
BUT… yes big but, the story isn’t completely centered around them, no, Aliyana Rosa Montijo is our real hero heroine in this story. She was deep, deep undercover in a major drug lords’ business when she uncovered a plot to kill DEA agents, their wives, and children. She set off on her escape route when she encountered trouble that caused her to crash land her stolen plane.
Once recovered – with the help of the crew of the Wieven - she learns that the Wolf pack may have originated in our world, but due to an anomaly, they had found a way to not only cross dimensions of time but also enter into other worlds. This makes them appear ghost like and give them powers such as speed, walking through objects, and the ability to forgo food and sleep when in this dimension.
Wolf wants Aliyana to return home with him, but she fears for the DEA agents and their families. She can’t make a decision until this is solved and the evil drug lord is behind bars. There is a lot more to this plot…but you need and I mean NEED to read it.
Into the book these are the plot turning questions I asked myself. First off, does Aliyana succeed? Do they find out who gave up her cover? Will she choose to follow her heart and leave the dimension? Does the ‘Wolf Pack’ get to have some ghostly fun on the bad guys that work for the drug lord?
This is a real suspenseful page turning read that had me hooked right away. I fear to give up to much for those who haven’t had the pleasure to read it yet. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense, mystery and of course romance. I also loved the fresh approach on the Bermuda triangle! Shadow of The Witte Wieven is a very refreshing story that you’ll be sure to love no matter how old you are.