Review King Tomb By Scarlett Dawn

By: Scarlett Dawn Published on: October 8th 2014

By: Scarlett Dawn
Published on: October 8th 2014

The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

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(3 Hearts)

I want to start out by saying that I loved King Hall and King Cave. These are two of my all time favorite books; I loved the setting and the characters, basically everything was perfect. Lilly and Ezra’s relationship was amazing, with all of their passion, and how it needed to be kept a secret for so long. And there are so few books where you fall in love with the secondary characters just as much as the main characters, but in this series, I felt like I really got to know all the characters, and loved hearing about them just as much as Ezra and Lilly.

But with all of that said this book didn’t do the series justice. This book went the way of many book endings before it, not well. It must be really hard to write a great ending to a series since so few authors can do it. And it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t what I expected, and it wasn’t up to par with the 2 other books in the series. I felt as though the author was simply tired of writing about these characters and just wanted this book to be done with.

The beginning started off really well, Lilly’s in Australia with no memory of Ezra or any of her friends, and is pregnant with a baby that she has no memory of conceiving. The baby comes fairly quickly into the story, which was nice, and it quickly becomes apparent its father is a vampire. The author did a really great job of capturing Lilly’s frustration, anger (mainly at Antonio), and strength throughout the story. But when she leaves Australia that’s when the book takes a turn for the worse.

In the previous books the author incorporated all of the characters so seamlessly into the story, I honestly don’t know how she did it. But in this one all of the characters that I loved so much, and played such big roles in the last books were hardly even featured in this one, and if they were they barley got a line.

The whole book was basically Lilly and Ezra beating each other up, yelling at each other, or sleeping together with no real rhyme or reason. Their relationship went from ‘I don’t know you so that means I must kill you’, to ‘oh we’re married so lets get it on’ in about a second. It didn’t seem realistic. And I’m not even going to get into the Antonio/Elder Zeller plot line that seemed completely out of left field and unnecessary.

It just felt as though the author had a lot going on and didn’t have time to fully dedicate herself to this book. It seemed a lot shorter than the previous books, and in the end nothing seemed resolved.

I received this ARC copy of King Tomb from Escape Publishing in exchange for a honest review.

Review Escaping Destiny, Amelia Hutchins

18188649I thought things couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.
I found out what I really wanted and was forced to give him up. Just as I found out who I really am, I was presented to the elusive Horde King as a gift.
This was the mystical being I was hidden from for more than twenty years.
Although Ryder promised to save me, I couldn’t let him get near this creature, so I willingly (sort of) signed myself over to be his new plaything.
Now in the Horde Realm, nothing is going remotely like I thought it would.
My powers and emotions are on the fritz, and each day seems to bring surprises that I am not sure how to deal with.
The Horde King thinks he has me exactly where he wants me.
He thinks he has taken all of my options away.
I still have choices.
Embracing what destiny has planned for me, or escaping it.

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(5 Hearts)

After that giant cliffhanger Hutchins had hanging over us all of our prayers were answered and our questions too.

I think this was the best book in the series yet. We finally know who Ryder truly is, how Sin really feels about him. There are no more unanswered questions, no more vague words, I finally felt fulfilled after so long of reading and wishing the characters would just straighten out and finally be honest with each other.

The book started off exactly where the last one ended Sin’s family has just given her to the Horde King, Ryder hasn’t come to rescue her and she’s just gotten her first look at the scarily handsome beast. He takes her to the Horde Kingdom and

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The horde king is really Ryder.

Sin was obviously upset for a while, but got over it pretty quickly. Everything seemed pretty perfect. Her prince had come for her after all, she was surrounded by her friends, and whoops she’s pregnant too.

This book should have been named Revelations instead of Escaping Destiny, because that’s all it was about, discovering the truth.

Of course there was some drama in the book- it couldn’t have been the Fae Chronicles without it. The biggest drama being Ryder’s engagement to a different woman…oh no he didn’t! And some mean girls that tried to break Ryder and Sin’s relationship. But overall the book was just perfect. Exactly what I had hoped it would be!

Review: Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull

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By: James Matlack Raney
Published on: December 7th 2013
Genre: Children, Adventure/ Fantasy

Over a year has passed since Jim Morgan outwitted the King of Thieves and escaped from London with his friends, Lacey and the Brothers Ratt. Now, at long last, Jim is ready to return home to Morgan Manor.

But a dark vision haunts Jim’s dreams – a Crimson Storm with the face of a black skull. Soon, Jim is thrust into a deadly race against his father’s old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew. This time, he will face terrors beyond his imagination – pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters.

New foes and magic forces will tempt and test Jim. For there are terrible secrets he has yet to learn, secrets about his father, the Treasure of the Ocean, and his own incredible destiny…

Adventure has a new name – Jim Morgan!

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(4 Hearts)

I LOVE pirates! If I could pick any fantasy job, it would hands down, no questions asked, be a pirate. Sailing the high seas, stealing gold, and seeking out a magical adventure are all the qualities of a great pirate, and are also the amazing qualities of this book.

James Raney is truly a gifted storyteller. It takes an amazing writer to be able to write a book that appeals to both children and adults.

He was able to incorporate humor and silly lines like:

“…and Lacey’s the damsel in the dress.”
“That would be damsel in distress.”

Along more serious lines like:

“But boys have rather short memories, especially boys who are nearly thirteen years old and absolutely full of confidence they can do anything.”

More than an adventure story Raney has written a story about friendship. The book began with Jim, the Ratt brothers, and Lacey donning eye patches, peg legs and wooden swords as they pretended to be pirates’, and ended with them actually become ones. The book was filled with villains, monsters, mystical talking animals, mermaids, and so much more.

Sadly there aren’t enough Pirate books out there that have this type of magical adventure, so hopefully this is not the last we see of our pirate friends!

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Review King Cave By, Scarlet Dawn

18518269The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall: the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within…

The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.

Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well?

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(5 HEARTS!!!)

I am in major withdrawals. Currently thinking about rereading this book I just finished 5 minutes ago again to fill the void.

God it was great. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up till 2 a.m.

Why did it have to end?

Why?

Hopefully it won’t take too long for the next one to come out. The gap between the first and second book was only 5 months so I’m holding out hope that the next book will be here around May.

This one blew me away. It started off right where the last one ended; with bombs raining, people dyeing, and mates falling down unconscious. Our favorite characters Lilly, Ezra, Jack and Pearl have been tasked to get everyone they can rounded up and safely escorted to King Cave. And that’s when the book really took off.

I knew from reading other reviews that Jack and Pearl weren’t going to be in this one as much as the first book. I didn’t really know what that meant though. I was scared that they had run away or refused to talk to anyone like Lilly and Ezra did when their makes died, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Basically they were in mourning, but were definitely a part of the book. So don’t worry they are still there.

But this was very much Lilly and Ezra’s book. This was the book were they fell in love. Que the tears. It was beautiful. Every kiss, every touch, and every romantic word that we didn’t get in the first book was in this one. Oh God I love them. And I love Scarlet Dawn for writing such amazing characters. Their journey, and the path they took to get to each other was perfect. I could write about this forever. Literally. But I’ll get back to the rest of the book.

Which was also perfect.

Let me tell you, I’m not easily surprised in books. I’ve read so many, that I can usually predict the ending before getting to the second page. But every chapter in this book surprised me. I kept thinking this can’t really be happening, this can’t be happening, but it was happening. It Happened! I had no idea where the book was going to go. I would get to an especially heart stopping part in the book and think, that’s it, this persons dead or going to jail, or is truly done for now, only to be surprised.

And that end. The ENDING!!

WHY GOD WHY?

But even with the book ending the way it did Dawn still managed to give us a little hope for our characters. And I know that they will manage to find their way back to each other somehow.

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Review Until You (Fall Away #1.5) By, Penelope Douglas

untilyouHave you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her…they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.

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(5 Hearts)

I loved this book. Maybe even more than I loved the first one.

I’m usually unsure of how I’m going to feel about companion books. A lot of the ones I’ve read before are simply carbon copies of the first book with different covers. But this is not like the others. I felt as though I could have read this without having had to Bully first, and I would have been fine- and loved it just as much. It was that good.

I loved Bully when I read it a few months ago, there was so much passion and love and angst between the characters. But I did wonder about what was going on in Jared’s head. I didn’t question his love for Tate but I did want to know his thoughts behind his actions. And that’s what we got in Until You.

The book started with Jared meeting Tate from the first time and then jumped to when Tate was leaving for France. I loved that we got to see what they were like when they were kids, how much Jared loved her even then.

And then we got to see so much from when Tate was away at France. Those chapters where Jared was spiraling out of control, beating up anything that moved, getting thrown into jail, being too drunk to move, were illuminating. And we got to know so much more about him and Tate and Tate’s dad, and Jared’s mom in those chapters than we ever learned in Bully.

The book didn’t go that far past the point were Bully ended, which was a little disappointing. But since the author is going to be writing a few more novels from the friends POV’s it makes sense that she wouldn’t want to give too much away.

I can’t wait to read about Tate and Jared in her next books! And I’m really excited to read a book told in Jared’s brother Jaxs’ POV. Ahhh so exciting!!!

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Review Take it like a Vamp By, Candace Havens

TakeItLikeAVampNEW_500_thumb-0x225Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life–not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life.

When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.

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(3 Hearts)

This was cute, and I do happen to love a good vampire book. But it was just ok.

The writing was ok, the plot was ok, the characters were ok…it was just ok.

The first chapter was slightly better than ok, which is probably what hooked me to the book in the first place. Nick is in love with Casey; Casey is in love with Nick. The only problem is that Nick is a vampire. People are trying to kill him; people are trying to kill Casey. There’s a lot of running, a lot of talking about fighting, and a lot of misunderstandings. The book was just whatever, very predictable, not enough passion. No real reason to waste your money or time. But if you’re Jonesing for a vampire book, this is one. It’s not that great but it’s not awful.

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Review Crushed By, Dawn Rae Miller

16158868Having it all has never been so hard.

For eighteen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged life, and try not to mess up too much.

However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who turns his world inside out – Fletch discovers his perfect life isn’t so wonderful.

As family secrets begin tumbling out, what once seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right, and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

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(2 Hearts)

I thought this book sounded so interesting.

Its about a rich, cute boy, in a BOARDING SCHOOL, getting drunk, partying, and falling in love. It sounded so promising. I didn’t know how anyone could screw up such a great plot, but apparently its easy, because this book was not very good.

The writing wasn’t bad. But everything else was. Fletch is just starting his senior year, at the ubber preppy boarding school for the rich, when his friends issue him a challenge. Since Fletch seems unable to keep it in his pants, his friends bet that he won’t be able to go almost a whole school year, being ‘just friends’ with a girl.

I wasn’t crazy with the whole MTV ‘She’s All That’ plot, but I liked the whole being friends first before succumbing to the love sort of thing, so I was game. But these characters had no redeeming qualities about them. Usually when I read books, I whine and moan about writers inability to write likeable female characters. But maybe they are simply unable to write likeable main character, and in this books case supporting characters as well. This book seemed to be the place where every despicable, disgraceful, dreadful, and a whole lot of other d word, character came to live.

It was so bad I ended up skimming the majority of the book just to find out how it ended. And it didn’t even end well. Ugh. Just not good.

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