Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: The Black Tempest by Ryan Dalton

It’s summer in Emmett’s Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they’ve tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it’s growing too strong to be ignored.  When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe—one whose control of the ice is powered by Time itself. But ice is far more than the Black Tempest’s signature. As the twins uncover the truth behind it, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history.  As cold advances and doom draws near, the twins’ only hope lies in learning to wield Time itself, and in trusting their strange new friends—even if those friends have secrets of their own. 

My Thoughts:
This book begins six months after the last book ended.  Malcolm and Valentine are just now starting to feel like things are getting back to normal.  Just as they are saying their final goodbyes to a friend lost in battle, another warrior falls into their world.   This starts a series of events that sets the twins on a path to learn just how special their relationship with time really is. 
I really enjoyed all the new elements introduced in this book.  The first book only scratched the surface of the twins possible powers.  Not only do their powers evolve but so do their relationships.  Some parts of the story were a little predictable, but others came as a complete shock.  I appreciated the realistic reactions all the characters had to their situations.  It added depth and made the book so much better.  I hope the author reveals how the twins are or became Chronauri.  This book is great for anyone who loves reading adventure.   
Recommended for ages 13 & up.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: Storm ( Phantom Islanders Part I) by Ednah Walters

Pirates no longer roam the seas.
Phantom Islands don’t exist

Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning.

How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs.
For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls, and escape, or stay trapped forever.

This is Part I of a 3-Part New Adult UF Serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable love.

My Thoughts:
I have spent the past few years emerged in Ednah Walters 2 universes, The Guardian Legacy & The Runes series.  I have loved every word and every detail of them both!  Now she has introduced us to a new world.  I am so excited for this fresh, new adventure.  In this first installment we meet Lexi.  She's a girl who loves her brother and will do anything she can to help him, including putting up with her step-monster and putting off college and her dreams.  Once Storm enters her life nothing makes sense.  Her already complicated life reaches new levels of crazy.  Lexi keeps her eyes on what she wants and is determined to get back home to her family no matter what.  Lexi is a strong, capable character who will no doubt give Storm a run for his money!  Storm is a guy who is used to getting what he wants.  He takes care of his own and now he's decided Lexi is HIS.  I can't wait to unlock the many secrets this series holds. 
Recommended for 16 & up.  Moderate sexual situations and violence.

I also recommend Ednah's other series as well.  She is an amazing author!
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