Thursday, July 20, 2017

Audio Book Review: Perses

Perses

By:  K.A. Finn

Publish Date:  January 7, 2017, Audiobook Release June 1, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 5 hrs 1 mins
Narrated By:  Keith Michaelson

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  3rd in Nomad series; 1st Book ~ Ares, 2nd Book ~ Nemesis

Impression:  Bray fights his past and learns about his current predicament.

Synopsis:
Brayden Sawyer is trapped far from his ship and crew in the last place he wants to be. Earth. ∞ From award winning science fiction author K.A Finn ∞
On a mission to stop the Foundation from creating an army of cyborgs, wanted felon Brayden Sawyer is trapped far from his ship and crew in the last place he wants to be. Earth. With the Foundation hot on his heels, Bray must ask his family for refuge, a family who always preferred his brother Gryffin over him and kicked him out of their lives a decade ago.

When his family rejects him a second time, Bray wonders if saving Gryffin, and completing his mission, is worth it. All his life, he’s been second best to his brother, a brother he never really knew. But turning his back on Gryffin is out of the question and he won't let the Foundation do to others what they’ve already done to him and Gryffin.

Breaking into Foundation headquarters, Bray comes face to face with the horrible truth about his brother’s cyborg enhancements as well as his own modifications. And that’s not all. The Foundation is set to destroy a planet of innocent people, using Gryffin as their number one weapon.

With time running out, Bray must finish what he started. Together with Garvan and his family, Bray must escape Earth with the necessary technology to save Gryffin and stop the Foundation’s evil plans. But can one man stand against the all-powerful and tyrannical Foundation? If Bray can save Gryffin, he may just have a fighting chance.

First Sentence:
'Never thought I'd have to wear one of these,' Gravan grumbles to himself.

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Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Bray finds himself revisiting his past and family on Earth, after several years away, while hiding from the Foundation and trying to figure out what to do. He needs to get off Earth, but the Scientist brought his computer here. Bray saw it when leaving Alpha, Foundation's ship, and knows he needs to get it. The computer holds the information that could help save Gryffin from the malfuctioning implants, but he has to break into Foundation headquarters and get it then get off world. Bray will have to get word to others off-world about what Foundation has in weapons and man power that could destroy the place he's come to love like a home.

Keith is one amazing narrator. I love listening to his work. I looooove his voice. Okay, serious stuff now. He voices the characters with their own voice through tone, accent, and heart. The inflection he puts in each character brings them to life as their own whole person. Wow. I'm drawn into the story and forget he's a narrator because the characters come to life as individuals. That's amazing work!

Bray and Garvan. Yes ma'am. And thank you. These two characters were growing to be some of my favorite secondary characters in the previous two books. Well, they aren't the only ones. So to get the treat of them together and fighting to survive along with learning about their pasts, sign me up! I was thrilled to get into this story with them.

This story is more emotional with memories of the past, and Bray working through everything from when he was young through now. The feelings he felt toward his parents and his brother were those of a child that didn't see or know the whole story. Then, he has to tell his uncle and cousin about his family in the here and now. I was touched by what Morgan told Bray of his mother and father. Bray didn't remember or see the adult side of things and it was touching to hear about them.

We get the story from Bray's POV on Earth. We also get sections from One's POV. These sections are very, very insightful. One is on the council that's behind all that's going on. We get to learn about their new colony they were trying to build. I'm not 100% sure about this colony and where it's at, but I'm sure it's going to be something mentioned more in the future. And the biggest piece of information.... One's behind Garvan being put in prison. Garvan knows something that could destroy One and everything he's working for. This puts a target on Garvan's head. We also get scenes from Garvan's POV, which are important moments when things start moving in their plans.

I think I mentioned in the previous book that I was growing to like Garvan quickly. And I was right. I absolutely love him as a character. There are times he brings a huge smile to my lips with his personality and responses. They aren't the quick clip one lines, Garvan is more one to talk and leave the hint in what he says, almost a genuine sarcasm. I do love him. Garvan knows a lot about the scans and equipment used on Earth to identify people. He really grew on me in the last book, and I really like him here. This is part of what his job was before he went to prison. And his story! We learn his back story here too. Oh Garvan...

The beginning felt slower, because there wasn't much Bray could do on Earth. I had an idea but wasn't sure how he was going to take on a huge Foundation headquarters on his own. But we get personal with Bray and Garvan. Then it all comes together and we get to what the Hunters do best. Fight.

This is another wonderful addition to the Nomad series. I always enjoy the writing and narration in the biggest way. I look forward to more books!



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: Assassin's Victim

Assassin's Victim

By:  A.F. Grappin

Publish Date:  September 26, 2016

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st book in Deadly Studies series

First Impression:  Luc's descent into the world of Knights Templar and secret societies.

Synopsis:
In The Statford Chronicles, Luc Bertrand is known as the Head of the Assassin's Guild for the East Coast of the United States. But long before that, he was a young man in France.

Luc is offered an induction into the Knights Templar. Luc's father is one of them, so he has a place in their secret society. It will open a path to greatness. But something doesn't feel quite right. Their reaction to his rejection is far more extreme than he could ever have expected. Suddenly, Luc has a target on his back and death looming over him. How will he escape being an assassin's victim?

First Sentence:
Luc didn't know whether or not to believe Pierre's assertion that there was an Olympic scout in the crowd.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I received this book from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Luc loves playing lacrosse but wishes he was taller and bigger. Maybe he'll have a growing spurt. Luc is then offered a chance to study with great players if he joins the Knights Templar, a place that the recruiter claims Luc's father works. A wedge of distrust starts between Luc and his parents, and Luc finds himself doing things he's never done before. Will Luc see the truth of the Templar before he's drawn in?

This book is Luc forming into the person he becomes. He's young, 15 years old, and given an opportunity in something that could help him in what he loves - lacrosse. But he learns it's a lie, to get to him. When his family life is destroyed, he vows to find the people who did this.

This is a short, quick read. The story felt like a prequel to me in a way because it starts at the beginning, telling us what happens in Luc's life. With doing this it's a slower read at the start. We get to see Luc in his life with an offer to help make it more. After I finished the book, I read the notes from the author and found out that this is the back story for a character in another series. So, it is sort of a prequel view into the characters life. I'm thinking now that I'm past this introduction, the remaining novella stories will move faster.

This book is of a Young Adult nature, as Luc is 15 years old. There are things that kids face - bullying, desire to be better at something, and more. Yet, there is a big fight that's deadly. We don't get the gory details but we do know the bodies are dead. And sadly there is a terrible event in Luc's life that's hard for Luc to digest mentally. I can't blame the kid.

I noticed that most of the book is Luc's thoughts and view of things. We get some interaction but most isn't. This fits with the feel of Luc and where he is in his mind after what he lives through. Like he's on the outside looking in which moves time by quickly.

Luc has interactions with Templars. The interactions grow in intensity each time Luc meets them. They are a great deal different than they originally lead on.

By the end of the story, Luc is ready to move into the next stage of his life. This leads us into the next novella story of Luc.



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Friday, July 14, 2017

Cover Reveal: Volatile Bonds


I don't know if you saw it yet, this cover was revealed a few short days ago. I'm super excited to see it! The story is amazing and I absolutely love Kate Prospero, Morales, and John Volos. *sigh*

Okay. On to the cover!

Volatile Bonds
#4 Prospero's War
By:  Jaye Wells
Due Out:  September 12, 2017
Description:
Dirty Deals Lead to Deadly Ends

When the Magic Enforcement Agency is called out to the scene of a dirty magic lab explosion, a body with a bullet wound is found in the smoldering ruins. As Detective Kate Prospero and her partner, Special Agent Drew Morales, hunt down the killer, they uncover evidence that a dangerous new coven may be operating in the Cauldron.

It’s not long before the bodies start piling up, and the heat is on for the team to make an arrest. Solving the murders will require unraveling dangerous alliances between the city’s dirty magic covens. And if they’re not careful, the new complexities of Morales and Prospero’s own partnership threaten to make a volatile situation downright deadly.



I love this cover. It shares so much about the book. The symbols, the scene, and look! There are shapes in the smoke. All of it looks so great! I love these covers and this one ranks with them all.


Excited about the book? Want to remember what happened in the previous ones or re-read them? You can join the readalongs Jaye is hosting at Goodreads!
   ~ Here's the link to Dirty Magic's readalong.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Exiled

Exiled

By:  Amanda Carlson

Publish Date:  March 24, 2017

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd book in Phoebe Meadows series; 1st Book ~ Struck, 2nd Book ~ Freed

First Impression:  A journey through Helheim and meeting more gods.

Synopsis:
Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…

First Sentence:
"Sweet mother of all that's holy." Sam coughed violently into the bucket positioned in front of her.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I received this book from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

We pick up right where FREED left off. Phoebe and her family and friends are returning to Asgard for her trial, and Fin's. For what? Phoebe faces the goddess mother of Baldur for her part in his death. Fin faces judgement for escaping where he was held captive. Phoebe knows she did nothing wrong and definitely didn't kill Baldur. However the justice system at Asgard is very different than she was expecting. But Phoebe has influences from high powers on her side. She makes a deal that if she can bring Baldur back from Hel's side in Helheim, she and Fin will be allowed back into Asgard. But the path isn't as smooth as she hopes.

Amanda is known for writing books that keep moving forward with action. Exiled is no different. Phoebe has many obstacles to face before she gets to where she wants to be. And things don't always go as one plans or hopes.

Phoebe has some adventures with Fin, but there are many long moments she's without Fin. What I enjoy about this is she stands on her own and figures things out herself. Phoebe is growing stronger in her decisions and choices in this new world of gods and goddesses she's in. She needs to be able to function on her own, and she's learning to do just that. Phoebe retains her kindness towards others as she goes on her adventures. Well, with those who are kind to her too. There are a few new character we are introduced to. These characters are important with their individual destinies crossing with Phoebe's. You know with the gods, destiny is always a driving force and it's seen here.

Phoebe's family grows. Phoebe meets her grandmother. A formidable woman who lead the valkarie's in her time in service. Phoebe meets her father! He is like two different people - her father then the man that rules strong. But he has influences in the way of things as well. Somethings were put into motion years before Phoebe was born.

An old god appears in this book and is one Phoebe finds to be a strong adversary. Loki. Loki wants her for a very special reason. But can she out run him and complete what she needs to save herself? Then maybe she can talk to those that can help take care of Loki. And what about the three hags? They are still after her, and turning all of Asgard against her.

Phoebe's time in Helheim is very neat. I like that Hel is not as terrible a goddess as we could have seen. She's... different and seems as she's neglected or forgotten by others with her looks and being down here. Hel is tough and has to rule as she does, but Phoebe keeps working at her and at the souls down here. Oh! In mentioning the souls, there is one Phoebe gets help from. Interesting character. I really liked the connection with this soul.

At the end of the book we learn a bit about Phoebe's friend, Sam, while being in Asgard. She's a strong, fun character but there is more to her than we all suspected! You'll have to read to learn that, and I'm hoping to get all these details in book(s) to come!

I enjoyed this journey with Phoebe. Her time in Helheim was a great time. She has grown as a Valkarie and in her own abilities.



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Audio Book Review: Steampunk Is Dead

Steampunk Is Dead

By:  Harmon Cooper

Publish Date:  September 23, 2015, Audiobook Release June 2, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 5 hrs 26 mins
Narrated By:  Jeff Hays

Genre:  Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk

Series:  2nd in The Feedback Loop series; 1st Book ~ The Feedback Loop

Impression:  Fun in game story with action always present.

Synopsis:
The exciting sequel to The Feedback Loop.

Adjusting to the real world isn't exactly easy for Quantum Hughes. Instead of focusing on his recovery, he takes an assignment alongside Frances Euphoria to a virtual entertainment dreamworld called Steam, in search of a Proxima Developer. True to his nature, Quantum acts out of turn, causing the entire world to turn against him. This gives him two options: return to The Loop for help, or try and hold his own. There is also the problem of the Reapers, who have appeared in Steam ready to hunt him down or worse, kill him.

The real world, The Loop, Steam -- three worlds with their own rules, their own enemies.

The thin line between dream and reality is pixilated.

First Sentence:
I try in vain to access my inventory list.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


I enjoy listening to Jeff. He really makes the story feel like a full cast of people. Jeff does extras as he's narrating to go with what the characters are doing. One example is a slightly different sound to the air when talking to someone on a phone. All these small extras and the voices creates a world and people for us. Jeff is not only talented in voice, but portraying emotions felt in these characters. Good grief does he make it lively and fun to listen too!

From the first paragraph we see that Quantum is struggling with living in the real world. He was in the digital world fighting for so long, that those habits have stuck. Living style and slang from the noir fantasy he was in are still what's fresh in his mind, so we still get the sassy one liners. Quantum seems to find a balance in his trigger happiness and jobs, though this doesn't happen right away. It's, actually, kind of brutal for all around him until he does. lol. But, eventually it seems like there is a balance, when he finally goes to one place where he feels at home.

Quantum still has his sense of humor with living people, though they don't seem to react as creative with him as the characters in the feedback loop do. He toys with people all the time. lol.

I was excited to get into this book. I enjoy steampunk! With Quantum's humor and view of things around him, I thought it'd be interesting to see him in a steam punk world. Seriously! The weapons that could be crafted here...imagination run wild with ideas for weapons... Is it terrible that I got excited when we got to a big weapons cache? lol.

Just like in video games, there is always trouble when you least expect it and from people you may not expect too. This, along with Quantum always attacking everyone, is what keeps the story moving with action.

I thoroughly enjoy the way these storylines are written in the gaming world. I know we are in a video type game, but Quantum and Frances interact as though they were associating with other people. The worlds are different but a pleasure to visit. It's like a treat when we get to dive into The Loop.

The title of the book. I'm shocked! It'll all make sense when you read/listen to the book. It's totally cool and the best title!

This story is a fun listen for me. It's full of action and off hand comments and sayings from Quantum. Quantum makes it fun with his trigger happy feel to kill anyone that tells him no or questions him and his snarky remarks.



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Post #173

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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I don't know about you, but my days are all screwed up. Having a long weekend last weekend was great but it messes with the order in my brain. I didn't make blog visiting last week with being all confused on days, vet visit for dog, and heavens only remembers what else we had to do. I went to a bridal shower for a dear friends daughter that we've lived through growing up and a graduation party. Yep, it's that season. I'm thinking the rest of the month is going to clear... *holds breath* I could be wrong too. lol.

I've been working on Camp Nanowrimo and I'm pleased with myself. I might be an hour or two behind in my hours, but I'm still happy. I've added in a few scenes and still have more to add. The story is really growing and morphing with these re-writes. I'm trying to tie more together in each scene, something my brain forgets with the mad dash to write the first draft but the idea and scenes are there to work with (which is usually my goal in first draft dash).

I rearranged my den! I was so happy to put together my new shelves I got on clearance for $9.00 each. Yeah! They are tall and have five shelves. Totally awesome price I couldn't pass up a few months ago, so they are finally up and things moved around. This took 7 hours to put the shelves together, move, clean, and organize. And it's still not done as there is one corner with items that I need to file and find a place to put. But close enough!

As for books....I'm listening away at work and reading when I can. I really need to get my schedule locked down so I can get more accomplished in a day.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... Um... with the holiday I'm all goofed up. lol. I did get on the treadmill Sunday. I push mowed the grass on Wednesday. And I think that was it this week.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Unleash by Lauren Harris


Current Audiobook:
Demon Magic by Linsey Hall

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Exiled by Amanda Carlson
Assassin Victim by A.F. Grappin

Audiobooks from Audible:
Steampunk Is Dead by Harmon Cooper
Perses by K.A. Finn


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing yet.


DNFed:

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Last Week on the Blog:


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Guest Posts:



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Reviews:
The Society by Lilith Saintcrow

"I found I slipped into their relationship and the growth of it. How they became so intimately entwined emotionally. Wow. I feel that audio really elevated this feeling for me. Lilith with the words and Rayna with the voice, together they were seductive."


The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit

"These stories are all told as the old princess and dragon tales are told."


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Received Last Weeks:
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For Review Consideration:
High Fantasy by Harmon Cooper
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The third installment of The Feedback Loop Series is out now! 
Quantum Hughes and the Dream Team dive to Tritania, an MMORPG fantasy Proxima World filled with dragons, orcs, swords, floating continents, and magic attacks. With the clock ticking, and his problems in the real world growing, including his legal troubles and his blossoming relationship with Frances Euphoria, Quantum is forced to make a decision that could change his life forever. 

The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been. Steam, The Loop, Tritania and the real world – four worlds collide in the third installment of The Feedback Loop Series. 

The thin line between dream and reality is pixilated.


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Book:
Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen—and if that happens, everything is going to hell. Literally.

She could be any other 17-year-old attending parties and checking out cute guys—except she discovers her best friend is a Guardian Angel and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, both sent to protect her from the demons who want her dead.

Now Zoe has to deal with growing feelings toward the Nephilim, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. And she’s under constant attack from Demons, trying to stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite Angels, Nephilim, Fairies and Werewolves to battle evil. Then she has to control newly found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.

A Drop of Witch by Zoe Arden
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Murder, cupcakes, and witches... it’s just your average day in Sweetland Cove. 

Page Count: around 330 pages 

Things are always going wrong for Ava Fortune. 
Ever since she discovered she was a witch, it seems like people are trying to kill her. 

And… New Year’s is no exception. 

When a woman is found murdered in her aunts’ bakery, a terrible curse is uncovered, with Ava at the center of it. 
This time, at least, she’s not a suspect. 
Everyone in town knows who the killer is. Even Detective Colt Hudson thinks Ava’s innocent. 

Polly Peacock broke out of prison for one reason only: 
to kill Ava Fortune. Not just kill—sacrifice. 

That’s the only way that Polly can get her witchy powers back. 
Except it’s not just Ava she has to kill. 
There are five names on her list. 

Ava and Colt used to be enemies; she never thought they’d be friends. 
With things between her and her boyfriend, Damon, as rocky as ever, Ava starts to think that Colt is interested in more than just paranormal security. 

But does she feel the same? 

Can Ava stop Polly from committing her terrible crimes before it’s too late or will the curse shared by Ava and her ancestors come back to stop her? 

There’s never a dull day in Sweetland Cove.

The Discovery by Blake B. River
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Just one step away of finally reuniting with her long-lost childhood friend, Andi finds herself buckling in for a grand finale of a rescue to the asteroid planet coordinates she stole from Maven’s grip. 
Together, with Janix, Angel and Viys’k, they must see if they can survive the true form of their foe and all that has planned for them. And Andi herself faces a bitter lesson that could very well rock the entire crew to their core. After countless times of flirting with the line between success and certain death, they are all aware that this could be the time that sends them toppling over the edge.

Muse by Erin McFadden
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The Brotherhood of the Guardians has existed for thousands of years to serve a single purpose: the protection of Talents, the mortal descendants of the original nine Muses. 

Twenty-one year-old Daniel Lyoncourt has trained his entire life to join the Guardians. Daniel is prepared to risk his life in order to keep his Talent safe, but when he's assigned to nineteen year-old Anna Saint-James, he discovers that his life isn't the only thing he could lose. Anna has no idea how special she is and knows nothing about her abilities. He must teach her to control her gifts, keep her safe, and hope that he can find a place in her life as something more than just her bodyguard.

All power comes at a price. Like all Talents, Anna must one day make a choice: lose all of her powers, or ascend to a higher plane, leaving behind everyone she loves.


Audio:




Free Ebooks:
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Gabriel's Hope by Lizzy Ford
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Goodreads Synopsis:
The continuation of the Rhyn Trilogy saga. 

Death Finds Love. 

Recently appointed as Death, Gabriel’s life can’t get much worse. His underworld is in shambles, and he’s racing demons to collect souls in the human world. To add to his mess, he discovers that his predecessor raised an unwelcome Immortal from the dead, one who threatens the Immortal Council that his friend, the Ancient Rhyn, is trying to hold together. When the underworld shuts Gabriel out, he’s convinced he’s hit rock bottom. Until he meets her, and he realizes things can get worse. Much worse. 

Now in human form, Deidre – Gabriel’s predecessor and long-time tormenter – is dying from a brain tumor. Rather than mourn, she decides to enjoy the rest of her short life by checking off every box on her bucket list. Little does she suspect that a weekend getaway to the beach will throw her into the hands of Death himself and overturn everything she knows about her world. Deidre has no idea who she was in her past life, but she must learn fast, or she’ll never understand why the Immortals, demons and Death alike are after her. The secret is buried in her head, and the only way to uncover it will kill her. 

To survive, she must reach the wounded man behind the mask of Death and show him that the world is filled with more than tragedy and pain.

Deidre's Death by Lizzy Ford
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Two women caught in a struggle between Death and the Dark One...

Gabriel – Death – is winning the ground war against demons in the mortal realm. But a rebellion is brewing among his army of grim reapers in the underworld he still can’t access. Worse, just when he thinks he knows where his heart belongs, he discovers there are two Deidres: the human he started to fall in love with and the deity whose love-hate relationship with him spanned hundreds of thousands of years. What he doesn’t know: the two Deidres made a deal that will send one of their souls to the underworld by the end of the week.

Deity-Deidre expects nothing but smooth sailing in her future. Until the Dark One strips her powers on her way out of Hell, leaving her a vulnerable human, reeling under the influence of human emotions, which deities do not possess. The deal she made with human-Deidre suddenly seems impossible to win. For the first time in her existence, she understands what Gabriel felt at her mercy for the eons they were together. She doesn’t know how to win the trust of the man she’s always loved – or even if she can.

Darkyn's Mate by Lizzy Ford
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Caught between Fate and the Dark One ...

Stuck in Hell, human-Deidre struggles to hold onto her hope that she can change the course of events that landed her as the mate of Darkyn, the Dark One. The chances of her leaving Hell plummet when the Dark One takes a drastic step to ensure he never loses his latest possession and blood binds her in an ancient rite from the time-before-time. In doing so, he is forced to share his power with her. Rather than despair, she begins to see that she has unexpectedly found her place in the world: protecting innocent souls from the bloodlust of the demon she's forever bound to.

Rather than accept her place at his side docilely, she begins to use her newfound influence to help those she cares about, including Gabriel, the former lover she's not yet ready to let go of, even knowing she'll never leave Hell.

Damian's Oracle by Lizzy Ford
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Inspired by Slavic mythology, Damien’s Oracle is the entree into the ongoing battle between good and evil over the fate of humanity. The White God, Damian, and his Guardians protect the world from the Black God and his monsters while rescuing Naturals – humans with extraordinary paranormal gifts - from the Black God, who would kill or convert them. 

Caught in the middle is cool-headed Sofia, a Natural whose gift will tip the scales in the war. Sofia begins her transformation from human into oracle, the first in thousands of years. Damian rescues her from the Black God in time to complete a ceremony that will bind her to him for eternity. Sofia struggles with her new world and her role as an oracle and Damian’s mate while haunted by a mysterious man from Damian’s past who’s supposed to be dead. Unbeknownst to her, her link to the dead man may be all that saves Damian, his Guardians, and the fate of humanity.

While he wants nothing more than for the petite beauty to take her place at his side like the oracles of legend did his White God forefathers, Damian can’t quite rationalize having to win her over instead of command her. Further complicating his life is the sobering realization that there are spies in his organization who are helping the Black God take out his Guardians. Damian must help Sofia reach her potential fast, especially when a threat from his past returns.

Damian's Assassin by Lizzy Ford
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With the White God in Europe, Dustin is left alone in Miami to protect the Grey God, a man-god struggling with his identity, and the White God’s mate. One of the Black God’s vamps in Miami suddenly goes rogue and starts killing humans by the dozen. Dustin initially doesn’t think much of the ruthless, human-hating thug, Talon, until it becomes clear that the vamp is receiving help from otherworldly beings whose intentions are nothing short of destroying humanity. To make matters even worse, Dustin’s begun to dream of his dead sister, who tells him he’ll be seeing her soon.

Dustin rescues Bianca and her troubled brother, a Natural whose mysterious talent makes him vital to Talon’s plans. Bianca, a woman as sunny and sweet as Dustin is hard and cold, has the rare Natural gift of healing. She can bring the recent dead back to life or turn a vamp back into a human. She can even reach Dustin’s heart, which he locked away long again after his sister’s death. Convinced he’ll be killed soon, Dustin won’t risk his heart or Bianca’s, despite their mutual attraction, and Bianca discovers even her incredible talent can’t save both the men she loves.

Bound by Fire by D.K. Holmberg
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The powerful draasin – elemental creatures of fire not seen for a thousand years – have returned. Not all are convinced they should have been freed. 

As Tan struggles to learn earth shaping, he discovers dangerous fire shapers from Incendin have come to Ethea. When the city is attacked by the draasin, Tan must use his connection with them to learn why. Doing so leads him from the city and forces him to once more face the terrible shapers of Incendin, but this time bound to the draasin for help. If he fails, much more than his life is at stake, for Incendin has stolen the artifact and plans to use its power for unknown destruction.

Chased by Fire by D.K. Holmberg
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An ancient artifact that must be found... 
Terrifying creatures from dark and dangerous Incendin... 
And long-forgotten elementals again unleashed on the world. 

As an earth senser, Tan is tasked with helping guide the king’s servant through the dangerous mountain passes in search for the artifact before Incendin can reach it first. But after losing his father to the war, Tan wants nothing to do with the king’s demands. When everything he knows is lost, he is forced to risk himself to save the one person who can find the artifact, a beautiful girl who has lost as much as Tan. In doing so, power the world hasn’t seen in nearly a thousand years is awoken, and a warrior long thought dead returns to claim the artifact for himself.

Drowned by Water by D.K. Holmberg
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Continuing Elle’s story following the events in Bound by Fire: 

Abandoned by water and washed ashore in a village that thinks her nothing more than a sea bride, Elle is determined to return to the university to resume her studies. When Doma is attacked, and she finds a daring way way to reach the capital, she discovers the attack isn’t what she thought. With no ability to shape, Elle must find some way to reach water, or not only will she lose her only friend, but all of Doma will fall. 

The first part in Elle’s story, a part of the Cloud Warrior Saga.

Shadow Blessed by D.K. Holmberg
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The A'ras of Nyaesh have a terrifying reputation: skilled swordsmen, owners of powerful magic, and ruthless killers. When they kill her parents, Carth discovers her parents had trained her for magic she never knew she possessed. 

She must use the skills they taught to stay alive, discover a way to find answers, and avenge them if she can. Only the discovery of a greater threat than the A'ras forces her to risk herself for new friends, and a home she never wanted.

The Dark Ability by D.K. Holmberg
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Exiled by his family. Claimed by thieves. Could his dark ability be the key to his salvation? 

Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. 

Forbidden from Sliding, he’s apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he’s banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain. 

Though Rsiran tries to serve obediently, to learn to control the call of lorcith as his father demands, when his life is threatened in the darkness of the mines, he finds himself Sliding back to Elaeavn where he finds a black market for his blades - and a new family of thieves. 

There someone far more powerful than him discovers what he can do and intends to use him. He doesn’t want to be a pawn in anyone’s ambitions; all he ever wanted was a family. But the darkness inside him cannot be ignored - and he’s already embroiled in an ancient struggle that only he may be able to end.

The Binder's Game by D.K. Holmberg
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When the assassin Galen is hired to capture a slaver rather than kill, he learns his target is more than she appears. The job takes him deeper into the Eban underworld as he tries to understand how he’s been used, and why his only friend in the city seems to know more than she should.

Surviving pits him against those with abilities far exceeding his own, and leads him to realize that he has been a part of a much larger game. For him to escape, he'll have to learn what role he has to play, if only he can discover why everyone wants to use him.

Set in the world of The Dark Ability and The Shadow Accords
 

Shifted Agony by D.K. Holmberg
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My name is Oliver Morris and I’m a painter. I can use color and shapes and patterns to infuse them with power. In that, I’m more like a wizard than anything, except I don’t have any spells or incantations. Sometimes I wished I did; it might be easier than working the magic I command. 

After my father's disappearance - not dead, though I'm the only one to believe he's not - I was exiled from Arcanus, the only place to learn painter magic and discover what happened to him. Or so I thought. 

For the last ten years, I was forced to learn the dangerous arcane patterns, patterns forbidden in Arcanus. And now I've finally returned home, determined to find out what happened to my father. 

Only, it turns out my father was hiding more secrets than I realized. When another painter from Arcanus shows up, she unleashes a deadly threat that our world hasn't seen in centuries. 

Somehow, I'm the only one able to stop it. 

Shifted Agony is the first book in The Painter Mage urban fantasy series.

Keeper of the Forest by D.K. Holmberg
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Eris Taeresin, third daughter to the king, is tired of being different. She’s wasted months searching the massive palace garden for a flower that will let her join her sisters in lessons to learn the secret language of flowers. Each day the Mistress of Flowers finds some reason to refuse, all while her sisters found theirs easily, a fact they love to throw in her face. 

When she finally finds a strange flower that satisfies the stern Mistress of Flowers, Eris is told she needs to learn more about the flower before she can join the lessons, leaving her spending more days searching the garden. At least now she has Terran, a handsome young gardener, for company. 

Then, while her father’s men fight a war in the north and with her oldest sister planning her wedding with the Saffra prince, Eris discovers the Mistress of Flowers might be more than she realized. After overhearing her father’s magi advisor, she begins to suspect the Mistress of Flowers is a flower mage who intends to use the garden in a plot against the kingdom. Eris soon learns the threat against the kingdom is deeper than she suspected and now she might be the only one able to save it from destruction, if only she can learn to use her own magic in time.

The Countenance Trilogy Box Set by Addison Moore
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The Complete Countenance Trilogy in one boxed set! 
Young Adult Paranormal romance / Mature Situations 

From the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author, Addison Moore 

A paranormal Alice in Wonderland - Kindle review 

One of the Best YA Paranormal Books I've Read - A Definite Must Read! - S. Ward 

Ephemeral (The Countenance Series Book 1) 

In the grand scheme of things, you’ll be dead a lot longer than you’ll ever be alive. 

The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield. 
Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely. 
Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma. 
In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says. 
Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she? 

Evanescent (The Countenance Series Book 2) 

Sixteen-year-old Laken Stewart died last summer. Her resurrection at the hands of the Countenance hasn’t run smoothly. With the memory of her past life still firmly intact, Laken moves deeper into the Countenance organization in an effort to free her mother and sister from the deadly Celestra tunnels. 
The love she feels for her boyfriend, Wesley, is compromised when gorgeous Cooper Flanders teams up with her in the fight to free their families. Old bonds are slowly severed as new ones are galvanized. 
Wesley is sure that what he and Laken share is special but when it becomes apparent that she’s reading his mind, he’s determined to get to the bottom of her true intentions. And one thing is for sure, the Celestra that’s giving her these powers is going to have to pay. Wesley’s love for Laken takes him to dark places he never believed existed, and what he discovers dismantles his world as he knows it. 

Entropy (The Countenance Series Book 2) 

Laken Stewart is sure of one thing—she must free her loved ones from the notorious Celestra tunnels. 
Laken along with Cooper Flanders set out to free their families from the hands of the Countenance before it’s too late. Once her old boyfriend, Wesley, realizes who he really is, and what the Counts have cost him, he’s more determined than ever to win Laken back. 
Laken’s heart becomes divided, and yet she knows she must make a decision that has the power to shape all of their destinies forever. 
Laken has fallen hard for Cooper, but Wesley is back, and now her heart is torn. 
Cooper would give up his life to protect Laken, and he might just have to. 
Wesley remembers everything from his true past, and he wants Laken more than ever—nothing or no one will stand in his way. 

Born of Earth by A.L. Knorr
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17-year-old Georjayna Sutherland isn’t exactly thrilled about going to Ireland to live with her aunt for the summer, and even less thrilled when her adopted cousin Jasher (cute though he may be) turns out to be as friendly as a nest of vipers. But at least it gets her out of Saltford and away from her neglectful mother, Liz.

When Georjie unearths Jasher's terrifying secret, and things she never knew about her own family begin to come to light; a heartbroken woman who disappeared without a trace, a desiccated body, and strange cocoons hanging in the greenhouse, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery that involves the very power of nature itself. 

But it's when Georjayna herself begins to change in new and powerful ways she doesn’t understand that she realizes…

…things have gotten personal.

North by Lizzy Ford
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The past is waiting. 

Josie Jackson is whisked further into the past, to the era of Vikings and the (almost) eternal winters of Norway. Carter, the mastermind behind her foray through time, reveals that she’ll be remaining there for six years – assuming she survives the first winter. To complicate matters, Josie has an unexpected health condition, one that threatens her life more than the frigid cold, Viking raids and wild animals. 

After un-creating Taylor and leaving Batu in the Mongol era, Josie wants nothing to do with any other man, especially not the Viking warrior she’s engaged to shortly after dropped into a fjord in front of his village. Not everyone is as he seems in this era, from her reluctant new husband, to the mystic – scorned by the rest of the village – whose futuristic visions are too accurate to be divine, to Carter, the evil genius who’s tormented her through three eras of history. 

When she finally learns the truth behind why he chose her, she understands too well what the stakes of this game really are.

These Mean Streets, Darkly by Austin Dragon
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THESE MEAN STREETS, DARKLY the prequel to the upcoming, cyberpunk, detective series, Liquid Cool
It’s a world of colossal skyscrapers. Hover-cars fly above in the dark, rainy skies and gray people walk below on the grimy, hard streets in the “Neon Jungle.” Uber-governments and mega-corporations fight for control of the super-city, but so does crime.

An average woman, Carol—hardworking and decent in every way— loses her daughter to the psycho Red Rabbit. Can Police Central find the girl in time—alive? And is it really a random, senseless kidnapping in the fifty-million-plus city?

There are a million victims and perpetrators in this High-Tech, Low-Life World. This is one of those stories…before we meet our private eye (and unlikely hero), Cruz, in the soon-to-be-released, debut novel, Liquid Cool


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Steampunk Is Dead by Harmon Cooper
Exiled by Amanda Carlson