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review 2017-08-06 17:18
Good series start
Sin Eater - Samantha LaFantasie,Alesha Escobar,iFlow Creative

I'm always on the lookout for a good Urban Fantasy series and was quite impressed with Sin Eater. As with most books in the genre, we get wizards, vampires, and a bit of telepathy. What sets this one apart, and is a unique and interesting idea, is the sin eater angle. 

The writing style and opening scene quickly drew me in and the fast pace and twists kept me turning pages. Aria is a strong, likable character that you genuinely want to root for. In fact, the book is full of great characters - some likable, some not so much (kind of the point, right?). I really liked Harry and his cast of characters, and I look forward to seeing more of him in future books.

I also like that the current conflict is resolved by the end of the book. There are, of course, still unanswered questions and more trouble on the horizon, but we aren't left with a huge cliffhanger to stew over. 

I can't talk about an Urban Fantasy without mentioning world-building, which is excellent in this first in the series. Characters are introduced and developed, and we learn exactly what a sin eater does and why, as well as their place among other supernaturals in the Aria Knight world. 

Overall, Sin Eater is a solid start on a promising series and I can easily recommend it to anyone who enjoys Urban Fantasy. I, for one, will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the Aria Knight Chronicles.

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review 2017-05-06 01:36
Review: Last Witness by Carys Jones
LAST WITNESS - Carys Jones

Published by: Aria (May 1 2017)

 

ISBN: 9781786612498

 

Source: NetGalley

 

Rating: 3*

 

 

Synopsis:

Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with.

Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started.

McAllister's world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness from the truth?

 

Review:

I feel at a bit of a disadvantage as I didn't get the opportunity to read Wrong Number, the prequel to this book, before I started Last Witness. If I had, I think I'd have got to learn more about Will and understood his and Amanda's relationship better; ditto Shane. I think not only would I have enjoyed Last Witness more, but I'd have potentially awarded it a better star rating!

In terms of characters, I found Amanda likeable, if not always believable. I thought some of her actions were questionable at times. especially given her feelings towards McAllister. I just don't think she would have been able to do some of the things she did, given her hatred of him. Shane seems more believable to me.

The plot is good, and I enjoyed the pace of the story. It's gripping and gritty, with quite a lot of romance running through, which gives some light relief. The whole book does feel a little rushed and is only 320 pages long.

Carys Jones has the potential to be a fantastic writer. Maybe I'll enjoy her other books more. I've added them to my TBR so I guess I'll find out soon enough!

Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest review.

 

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review 2017-03-26 00:00
Exes - A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel
Exes - A Second Chance Billionaire Roman... Exes - A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel - Aria Hawthorne Aria Hawthorne I need more books by you like now I loved loved loved this book! My favorite part is that is was more real than most books you find now and everyone deserves a second chance. I'm going to be honest I've read so many billionaire books I was worried but this one was Perfection.
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review 2017-03-20 05:24
Book Review: Mozart's Last Aria
Mozart's Last Aria - Matt Rees

Book: Mozart's Last Aria

 

Author: Matt Rees

 

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

 

Summary: The news arrives in a letter to his sister, Nannerl, in December 1791. But the message carries more than word of Nannerl's brother's demise. Two months earlier, Mozart confided to his wife that his life was rapidly drawing to a close . . . and that he knew he had been poisoned. In Vienna to pay her final respects, Nannerl soon finds herself ensnared in a web of suspicion and intrigue - as the actions of jealous lovers, sinister creditors, rival composers, and Mozart's Masonic brothers suggest that dark secrets hastened the genius to his grave. As Nannerl digs deeper into the mystery surrounding her brother's passing, Mozart's black fate threatens to overtake her as well. Transporting readers to the salons and concert halls of eighteenth-century Austria, Mozart's Last Aria is a magnificent historical mystery that pulls back the curtain on a world of soaring music, burning passion, and powerful secrets. -Harper Perennial, 2011.

 

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review 2017-01-20 00:00
Under Her Hood
Under Her Hood - Aria Cole Under Her Hood - Aria Cole Why do I keep reading this author??

This one wasn't very good. Seriously, the heroine's friend drops her off at work and mentions that her boss is HOT. To which the heroine replies "Ya, but he is an asshole" Literally 5 minutes later her boss is saying "you are working privately with me today" they go off to work and within minutes are GETTING IT ON.

Honestly, I thought I was missing a few chapters the escalation in the relationship gave me whiplash. *lol*

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