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 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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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 The Apollo Academy By, Kimberly P. Chase

17928444As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren’t for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

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This had so much potential. Too much potential to be as bad as it was.
The world that the author created was amazing. This book was set in the future, more than a hundred years from now. And took place in a space academy called Apollo academy- it’s like a college for astronauts and other space related peopl.
After reading the description for the book I was blown away. I love boarding school/ college books.  So I was completely sold on this book.
It started off great Aurora is nervous about her final test to get into Apollo academy and goes to a club with her best friend to have some fun. It’s at the club where she meets Zane, they dance, they flirt, they almost kiss. It’s good night. It ends up even better when they both end up at Apollo academy.

It was as if everything was there; the interesting plot, likeable/attractive characters, drama, romance. But one thing was missing. Good writing. It felt like the book was simply a compilation of bad, overused, clichéd lines that we have read 1000’s of times before. I felt like the author was too afraid to be different and simply wrote what she felt we wanted to read. I wish it had been a bit more unique, but it wasn’t awful.

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Review Dreamwalker By, Andrea Heltsely

cover39106-mediumNoel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job, and her dignity all in one week and then gained an entirely new life. Hunted by a mysterious league of immortals, Noel must rediscover her forgotten past while uncovering the truth behind the two men who battle for her heart, both in dreams and in reality. 

Entranced, she slowly unravels a world she was meant to stay out of, one filled with creatures she once thought to be myth and dangers that threaten her very soul. Now Noel begins the fight for her life and must choose between two men who call to her heart. Can she escape a life of servitude or immortality for a chance at love?

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Noel is having a bad week. Her boyfriend just broke up with her, she gets fired, and to top it all off she’s having strange supernatural dreams. Yea she’s facing some problems. But after a few weeks wallowing in depression, she meets Jared the guy from her dreams and there is an instant connection. And then she meets Boone and she has a connection with him too.

I happen to like love triangles so I was all for this book, Jared and Boone are both equally great love interests, though I kind of like Jared a little more. And I really enjoyed all of the mythology in the book.

But what I didn’t like so much was the writing. The dialogue didn’t flow well, and it felt really choppy at times and unrealistic. There were also a few grammar problems. But the overall story and characters were really interesting, so it kept my interest until the end.

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Review Cold Blooded By, Amanda Carlson

cover33523-mediumMagic, mayhem and madness explode in this third installment in the Jessica McClain series.
Jessica McClain is on the run… again.
Finally reunited with Rourke, Jessica arrives home to find that her best friend has been kidnapped, her father has vanished, and the supernatural Sects — witches, demons, and sorcerers — don’t even have the courtesy to wait until she is unpacked to attack.
Now, mastering her powers as the sole female werewolf might not be enough to save them. Thrown together in a shaky truce with the Vampire Queen, Jessica must show all the different Sects what the true meaning of “the enemy of my enemy” is or her father will die…

 

 

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I don’t know why I keep reading these books.

I didn’t like the first one, nor the second one and yea you guessed it the third one didn’t do it for me either. I think my problem with why I keep coming back to these books is because I don’t hate them, I just don’t like them.

This book starts right where the last one ended. Jessica has just freed Rourke from the crazy goddess and now has to save her best friend and father. I feel like these characters need to take a long nap, I don’t think they’ve sat down in all three books. They have the absolute worst luck.

I think another reason why I keep coming back to this series is because I love Rourke, there is something about a bad boy, rogue werewolf that just does it for me. I originally hated how insta love their relationship was, but it’s grown on me.

I also feel this uncontrollable need to read anything and everything that has Vampires in it, and even though they aren’t the main characters they are still there and interesting.

So this book didn’t suck, it obviously has some redeeming qualities since I’ve read every book in the series, but I’m always left feeling disappointed and unfulfilled after its over.

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Review: The Summer I Found You By, Jolene Perry

cover37283-mediumJolene Perry’s THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU, about a teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran who is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm, who come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.

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This book focused too much on the characters issues and not enough on their story.

Kate has just been dumped by her boyfriend, and is looking for some sort of direction in his life. Aidan has just come home from overseas, with only one arm, and PTSD.

They obviously have a lot going on in their lives, these are characters that are carrying heavy burdens and need something or as it turned out someone to bring them out of the darkness.

Obviously from reading the description I knew that I would be reading about heavy subjects, I expected the story to be really emotional, and it was emotional. But I felt that the story had less to do with the actual characters and their romance and more to do with talking about diabetes and war. I wish there was more falling in love, and less devastation.

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Review: Addicted to You, By Krista & Becca Ritchie

cover37669-mediumShe’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

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You will never find another book like this and you probably won’t want to.

Lilly is addicted to sex and Lo alcohol, they pretend to be in a relationship so that their families won’t notice how messed up they are, but end up falling for each other.

While I love a great romance, I don’t know if this was one. These characters had sooo many problems. And while that should be apparent from the description, I kind of assumed that they would work through their problems as the book progressed, but they just seemed to get worse and worse, and eventually I didn’t understand why these two were still together.

I wish the characters had been a bit more than their problems, while I felt bad for them, I couldn’t relate to them, and a lot of the time I couldn’t understand them and their actions.

There were a lot of great and funny moments in this book, and the writing was good, but this book was too much of a roller coaster for me.

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