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.

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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 King Hall by Scarlet Dawn

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Source: Amazon, Goodreads

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution.

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Finally I’ve found it

I read a lot of books- some good, a lot crap.

But I begin every book hoping that this will be the one. The one that draws me into its world so immensely that I forget what’s going on around me.a

This is the one.

This is one of those can’t eat, can’t sleep, end up reading at your desk type of books- that you wish you had discovered at the end of the series so that you wouldn’t have to wait for the rest of the books to be written.

It has everything. Vampires, Werewolves, Magic, secrets, true love, Kings and Queens, and all this wrapped up in an old school that gives Hogwarts a run for its money.

The book begins with Lilly in her sex ed class learning about how much more endowed mystical’s are than commoners. I was instantly hooked. After that I was taken on a whirlwind of emotion. I knew a death was coming up pretty early in the book, but it still took me by surprise and I ended up mourning the loss right along side all of the other characters. After that the book took off. Lilly becomes the prodigy and then we really get to know the other character; Jack, Pearl, and Ezra (oh Ezra).

In the majority of other books I’ve read, authors tend to put so much work in their main character and love interest that the minor characters end up being flat and uninteresting. But not in this book! I fell in love with every single one of the characters, and that’s not because they were all beautiful virgins whose only flaw is their clumsiness. These characters were real, and flawed, and interesting. And the romance was so achingly and beautifully slow and real and perfect. And I can’t wait to see what happens with them in the next book.