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review 2017-08-19 19:13
A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
A Hidden Fire - Elizabeth Hunter

This was a good read far surpassed my expectations. I like how Hunter created her vampires. Not entirely unique but very well thought out and their history is nicely added to the story bit by bit. I really like how she kept it sexy but not smutty. The two main characters are good together, I do wish B was a tad bit older, but it still worked.

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review 2017-08-18 21:21
Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins

So, this book had been sitting at the bottom of my TBR for just about forever. I'm rather ashamed to say that I actually received a galley of this way, WAY back when I started blogging and then it just never made it to the top of the list. I even own a paperback copy of this now, and I still ignored it. It wasn't until Hex Hall popped up on my audio book recommendations at the library that I really paid attention. Which is silly! Because I loved the Rebel Belle series by Hawkins. Still, I'm a little glad I waited. The audio was great, and this was just what I needed to listen to at the time. I had a ton of fun!

First off, I can't exactly say that Sophie Mercer's story is light. There are definitely sinister things happening at her school, and terrible fates do definitely befall some of her fellow classmates. However, I think what kept this buoyant was the fact that Sophie is just so easy to fall in love with. She's sweet, sassy, and pretty much the type of teen girl that I'd love to be friends with. Despite her situation, and the funk that it threatens to push her into, she keeps looking for the good. In other words, Sophie was real. Not overly sad, not overly excitable, just a Prodigium who really wanted to fit in and have a good school experience.

Even the "mean girls" in this book weren't over the top, which was nice. I know we all love to hate a good mean girl character, and Sophie's bullies aren't any exception to that rule. However it was nice to see that they also had some substance to them as well. I can safely say, without risk of spoilers, that I finally came to care about these girls in the end. It says a lot that I not only powered through this audio in a matter of days, but that I'm also eagerly waiting for the next book to hit my library app. I need to find out what happens next.

For keeping me smiling, and guessing, this book gets a big four stars from me. I needed something in the YA genre that wasn't full of swoon-worthy, brooding boys and this was just perfect. Highly recommended.

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review 2017-08-18 17:04
Release Day ARC Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need (Nava Katz #3) by Deborah Wilde
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need (Nava Katz Book 3) - Deborah Wilde

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need

Nava Katz #3
Deborah Wilde
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance
Te Da Media
August 18th 2017
eBook
428
ARC Review Copy

 

Less Hopelessly Devoted, more Worse Things I Could Do.

 

Nava is hot on the heels of a demonic serial killer and finally working with her brother. The assignment should be a dream come true, not a nightmarish power struggle made worse by her twin's refusal to believe there's corruption within the Brotherhood. Nava is determined to find proof of their dirty dealings, even as she risks irrefutably breaking her sibling bond.

 

Speaking of clocking annoying males upside the head... Nava is also totally over smoking hot rock star and fellow hunter Rohan Mitra. There is a veritable buffet of boy options out there, and this girl is now all-you-can-eat. So when her demon hunt brings her first love, Cole, back into her life, her revenge fantasies for closure-on all fronts-are a go. Except neither her old wounds nor her new ones are as healed as she believes.

 

Still, she's got work to do:

Brotherhood: unmask.

Demons: slaughter.

Guy problems: terminate with extreme prejudice.

 

Goodreads

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The Nava Katz series is one you have to read in order. Each installment builds a little more on the characters and world and takes us on a new adventure. It’s been a month between Sting and Need. Ari has his powers now thanks to Nava his sister, her relationship with Rohan is over, and she’s looking for the witches.

 

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Need is a crazy ride! It’s another whirl wind adventure with some hilarious moments. Their were a few surprises along the way and the ending was a happy one. Rohan comes back and we see that he’s cracked her armor. She loves him, but she knows/feels deep down he’s going to leave her. So where will that leave them? I’d say Nava has some trust issues. We see that her relationship with her brother is strained and Rohan is another complication, plus the Brotherhood being an all boys club and now a girls in it, so we have drama and conflict. 

 

I wish we got more on the Brotherhood front and the witches. What is the deal? Where is this going? I also wish Nava would grow up a little. She needs to Adult more aka communicate. Her attitude is still very prickly and it’s getting old. 

 

Even with the few issues I had. Need turned out to be a terrific addition to the series. I had a delightful time and look forward to seeing where things go. 

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars 

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Deborah Wilde with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR/UF) | New Release (2017)

 

 

 

 

I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/08/release-day-arc-review-the-unlikeable-demon-hunter-need-nava-katz-3-by-deborah-wilde
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review 2017-08-18 12:04
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Bite of Darkness (Shadow Creek #2) by Leah Blake
Bite of Darkness - Leah Blake
Bite of Darkness is the second book in the Shadow Creek series. This time we focus on Vuk, who helped Devon out with a few choice words in book one. In his own story though, it's Vuk who is on the receiving end of advice as he turns into a bit of a jerk when he meets his mate. Now, to be fair, I couldn't exactly blame him. His alpha is ill, receiving a mystery transfusion, vampires are involved, the fae are involve, and no one (including Vuk) just exactly who to trust. Now, as it turns out, the vampires have their own reasons for helping out, which Vuk and Ashly get dragged into the middle of.
 
There is more mystery in this book, in my opinion. You know in book one that the fae wards are failing, but you're not 100% sure why. In this book, you find out more about that, and the politics of the paranormal world, but you are still left with questions unanswered. Apart from Vuk and Ashly, there is something going down with another wolf/vampire pair, but I'm hoping that will be a different story all of their own, and not just snippets given as the overall story arc progresses.
 
This is part of a series so I would recommend you read it in order for full enjoyment. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

@LeahBlakeAuthor, #M_M, #Paranormal, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/biteofdarknessshadowcreek2byleahblake
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review 2017-08-17 04:57
Son of Death (Keepers of the Gods #1) by Nikki McCoy
Son of Death - Nikki McCoy

Started well enough, but shortly after turned into pure insanity. 
For the first time ever I found myself skimming through BDSM scenes. 
Son of Death, Jamie, is a whiny little bitch who I cannot stand. The big bad Dom, Seth, is uber crazed on sex. Instead of figuring out Jamie's situation - the "little one" (seriously? kindergarten much? bleh-acck .... One bleach, here, please, 9 ounces!) has issues upon issues, not to mention there is someone out there bent on doing him in, like now - Seth does nothing but f*ck his new toys for two weeks straight. Apparently, sex is a priority. 
Nothing makes sense in this story, there is no logic to characters' actions or thought process.

Read it for a challenge. 1 star.

PS I am removing BDSM tag. What happens in this books is a hot mess; it's not sexy, it's not enjoyable and it has major issues :/
 

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