Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Summoned by Rainy Kaye


Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told - literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. 

When he meets Syd - assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd - he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets. 

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming - the wish that will destroy him. 

A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.


My Thoughts:
To be honest it took me a while to get into this one.  I think it's because Dimitri really isn't that likable at first.  For me it was how he kind of wallowed in self-pity.  His life as a genie sucks but I never understood why he didn't do anything to change it.  I wasn't sure what role Syd would have through the story until towards the end.  I think her showing up in Dim's life was a weird coincidence.  Things got better as the story progressed.  There were some unexpected twists at the end.  However, there was so much crammed into the final 2 chapters that there was a little confusion.  I hope some of that will be straightened out in the next book.  At this point I'm on the fence about the series.  I didn't really feel connected to any of the characters.  I felt sorry for them, but I never really got attached.  I will read the next book to see how things progress.  There's definitely potential.

Recommended for 17 & up.  Sexual content & moderate violence.  

I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: Gods (Eirik #3) by Ednah Walters


Eirik has finally accomplished his mission, but he paid a steep price. Now he must start all over to prove his love to the woman he can't live without. But can he protect her from her kind without crossing the line? As new threats emerge, Celestia and Eirik will learn how far they must go to protect each other and their love.


My Thoughts:
Just when I thought Ednah could not possibly top Heros (Eirik #2) she did!  She did that amazing thing again where she combined 3 different books & made the story AMAZING!  We finally get the answers we've been waiting for that started with Demons (Eirik #1) and continued in Heros.  While Eirik & Celestia's love blossoms & Celestia discovers more about her abilities, Goddess Hel does some changing too.  It was wonderful to see the changes in her as she finally opened her heart.  There is some major shock & awe in this book folks!  SHOCK & AWE!!!  You will love the twists.  This was a wonderful conclusion to Eirik & Celestia's story and I know we'll still see them in the conclusion to Torin & Raine's journey.  I can not sing Ednah's praises enough.  She has done amazing things with this series.  If you haven't started any of the Runes series I urge you to do so ASAP!

Recommended for ages 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual situations & adult content.  

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Review: Ramping UP by Zoe Dawson


The world of extreme sports just got a little steamier! Zoe Dawson’s pulse-pounding, emotional series follows the wily young female agents of Mavrick Allstars as they chase their dreams—and meet the chiseled athletes who make them come true.

Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.

Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.

Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.
 


My Thoughts:
This book was fast paced and easy to stay interested in.  Helena Mavrick, a sports agent for her father's company Mavrick Allstars, is given a diamond in the rough when Gunner Smith is dropped into her world.  His raw talent & bad-boy persona are just two of the reasons she will do anything to manage his career.  Gunner has spent his whole life living his father's dream of becoming a surfing legend.  Once he finally walks away from that he opens up his life to follow where his heart has always been.  Skating has always been Gunner's escape and now Helena is offering him a chance to make it his passion.

Gunner & Helena have off the chart chemistry.  Keeping their hands off each other isn't the only obstacle they have to face to get his career on track.  I love how Helena supports Gunner while he fights to break free from his father's grip.  He showed great resolve and didn't let his circumstances turn him into something twisted & broken.  She gives the exact support he needs to find his courage and strength as forges his new path.  Gunner shows Helena that winning isn't all that life is about.  He helps to remind her that integrity goes so much farther than just staying on top.  
I did find myself skimming over some of the skating stuff.  I was just eager to get to more juicy parts of the story.    Overall great story.  I do wish their had been a little more development in Gunner & Helena's relationship.

Recommended for 18 & up.  Lots of sexual & mature content.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse


Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
 


My Thoughts:
This book was the first Peter Pan retelling I've read.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  I felt a sort of kindred spirit with Gwen.  I would have liked to have held on to my childhood a bit longer.  I always seemed a little immature compared to my friends.  I think it's what some refer to as a "young" sole.  I loved the imagery the author gave to Neverland & its inhabitants.  What I was surprised to discover was that Peter, the boy how never grows up, carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.  The protection of Neverland seems to fall all on him.  This book is a beautiful illustration of the loss of innocence & the realities of growing up.  There was some parts of the book where the pace lulled and I found myself uninterested.  However, once I passed that part, I got back into it and enjoyed the rest of the story.  I can only assume this is the first book in a series since much was left unanswered.  I look forward to finding out what will happen to Gwen, Peter, Neverland & the war with reality.  

Recommended for 13 & up.  

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review: Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1) by Michelle Madow


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Nicole Cassidy is the new girl in town with a new problem -- she's a witch descended from gods. Despite doubts about her new found abilities, she's welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers -- and by Blake, the town's notorious bad-boy.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, and three of their classmates are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect -- it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, they're forced to follow a cryptic prophecy, while learning to work together to stop the spread of evil. If only they can succeed in time to save their town... and possibly the world.

My Thoughts:
I wanted to love this book.  I love stories with Greek mythology.  Unfortunately this one fell far short of my expectations.  To start, Nicole (the MC) wasn't a character I could connect with.  Her reactions to things were unrealistic and at times I didn't really like her.  Then there's the whole "insta-love/connection" thing and it's no excuse to go after someone's boyfriend.  Characters need to build relationships just like real people.  I didn't really like Nicole's mom or sister either.  Both seemed to be self absorbed.  Her "dad" never makes an appearance.  Some things in the story didn't really sit well with me.  Starting with why did Nicole get put into "homeroom" when she had no knowledge of being a witch?  Who made the decision and how did they know what she was?  Combine that with how easy everything came to the characters and you can see why I had trouble with the plot and the way it was pushed along.  The story felt almost forced along without the characters having to struggle and over come their situations.  None of the characters experienced any growth or development.  They just accepted what was happening and went along with it.  The idea of the story is a good one and could have made a great book if things had been allowed to develop naturally.  I haven't decided if I'm going to read the next book in the series yet.

Recommended for 13 & up.  Mild violence. 

I purchased this book on Amazon and received no compensation for my honest review.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: The Siren by Elicia Hyder (The Summoner Series Book 2)

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All the missing victims of North Carolina’s deadliest serial killer have been found, all except Rachel Smith. When the FBI produces a photo proving Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul. 

Along with Detective Nathan McNamara, Sloan and Warren travel south to find Rachel and solve the biggest mystery of all: determining who—or what—they really are. 

The Siren is Book 2 of The Soul Summoner Series. 

My Thoughts:
Outstanding!!  A sequel worthy of its predecessor. This book has so many unexpected twists that I could barely stand to put it down.  The story picks up a few weeks after the last book.  Sloan, Warren & Nate are searching for another possible "supernatural" person who can give Sloan & Warren some much needed answers.  They get so much more than they ever bargained for.  One of the best things about Elicia's writing is the connection between all the characters.  It's so natural.  There's never any awkward dialogue or strained interactions.  The banter between Sloan, Warren, Nate & even Shannon is hilarious.  I can't wait to read the next book.  There's so many possibilities for this series it makes me giddy to think what could be next!  There is a bit of a cliff hanger at the end but it's one that is absolutely needed to keep the series going.  It didn't bother me in the slightest other than to make me wish the next book was sitting in my Kindle already!

Recommended for 15 & up.  Mild to moderate language, violence & sexual content.
 
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