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review 2017-09-21 16:46
The Awakening of Sunshine Girl - Paige McKenzie,Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Book Synopsis:

Sunshine Griffith can communicate with ghosts. Even more amazing, she recently discovered—with the help of her would-be boyfriend, Nolan—that she’s a luiseach, one of an ancient race of creatures who have lived among humans for centuries, protecting them from dark spirits and helping them move on to the afterlife. Now, Sunshine’s powers are awakening and she feels spirits everywhere—intense and sometimes overwhelming.

Eager to get her supernatural abilities under control, Sunshine agrees to begin training with her mentor, her estranged father Aidan. He takes her to an abandoned compound deep in the Mexican jungle. But what she learns there about her powers, and her family history, turns out to be more terrifying than Sunshine could have imagined. Can anything—Aidan’s experiments, her friendship with another luiseach named Lucio, even Nolan’s research—prepare Sunshine to face the frightening woman who haunts her dreams, and to finally learn the truth about the rift that threatens the future of the luiseach and all of humankind?

The stakes grow ever higher in this sequel to The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, revealing that Sunshine has to protect more than her own friends and family—she may be the key to saving the entire human race.

My Review:

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy so I had to keep reading to see what happens next. The author grabs you in the first book and make you want more.

16 year old Sunshine is a girl like no other. She has a gift and with her father’s help she is learning how it use it. Lots of twists and turns in this book. You will find love, sadness, spirits, and a mother that wants to kill you buried in these pages. You will find that the first part of this book is slow but keep going it gets better. The ending will make you want more. If you liked the first book give this one a try.
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review 2017-09-13 15:26
ARC Review: Divine Awakening (The Divinities #4) by Lia Davis
Divine Awakening (The Divinities) (Volume 4) - Lia Davis
Divine Awakening

The Divinities #4
Lia Davis
Paranormal Romance
After Glow
January 17th 2017
eBook
79
NetGalley

 

A mother’s love is her greatest power.

 

Divinity witch, Desiree Sanders has made a lot of bad choices in her life, but trusting the demoness, Samoan should earn her the award for traitor of the millennium. After several failed attempts to set things right, Desiree turns to the dark, sexy Death Demon, Lex for help saving her son and ending the war.

 

There’s no darker place than the soul of a demon.

 

Divinity guardian, Alexander, AKA Lex, has hardened his heart and locked away emotions following the betrayal of his mate over three hundred years ago. Until he meets the quiet and beautiful Desiree, and the walls around his heart start to crumble. When she calls him for help, broken and scared, he can’t deny her, and the urge to claim her for his own becomes an overwhelming need.

 

Trapped in the Underworld as the war between witches and demons escalates, Lex and Desiree must face their pasts and their fears—and open their hearts—if they are to find a way out. Meanwhile, the Divinities in the natural world prepare for a battle that is no longer just dark versus light. If lost, it could mean the end of life as they know it.

 

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Divine Awakening is book four in The Divinities series. The end is here.

 

This series does need to be read in order. The plot continues throughout the series and each couple we meet, meet up and develop a relationship throughout the books until they get their own.

 

Divine Awakening starts where Dark Divine ends with Desiree and Lex stuck in the underworld. They must find a way out and join the others to stop the coming apocalypse. I liked Lex and Desiree. She’s looking for her lost son and is grieving; because of the things she’s done to keep him safe and in the process trusted the wrong person. Lex doesn’t want another mate, but can’t help the pull towards his destined one. Things move fast and before you know it we are at the ending battle that will determine the fate of the human world.

 

Divine Awakening gives us the conclusion of the series. Secrets revealed, family’s coming together, mates finding each other, and more. Things wrap up nicely and everyone gets an HEA.

 

If you enjoy insta-love and quick fast-paced adventures then this series is right up your area.

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an 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/2017/09/arc-review-divine-awakening-the-divinities-4-by-lia-davis
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review 2017-07-17 01:10
The Edge of Awakening (The Soul Tamer Series #1) by Alanna J. Faison
The Edge of Awakening - Alanna J Faison
Jasmine died. She died in utterly terrible, awful conditions.
 
But for Jasmine death is not the end - she has a destiny and a mission to train for as she and her allies prepare for the battles ahead
 
But how much was her family hurt by this destiny?
 
 
 
This book is a spin off series of the Rayne Whitmore Series, following Rayne’s dead sister, Jasmine. Jasmine is destined to become a Soul Tamer, joining a team of other new Soul Tamers, trained by Micah and other mentor Soul Tamers into their powers, skills and missions.
 
This adds a whole lot of interesting world building to this already excellently rich world. I think it’s an excellent idea to use a new protagonist to do this as Rayne couldn’t exactly stretch to cover this without severely distracting her own story and generally slowing things down
 
Instead using a new character and a new world we have an excellent chance to build into more world building, using the first book in a series to have the usual introduction to a series without derailing an already ongoing plot line.
 
And this world building is extremely good and interesting - the general use of ghosts and demons, the different powers and abilities and how they work and interact. I really like the little nuances like how simply being the most powerful doesn’t make you the most effective.
 
But more than the general world building is the personal stories of her fellow Soul Tamers - albeit some of the needing more development. All of them are young and all of them have had tragic pasts - but their pasts point to a lot of terrible injustices in the world, from starvation and poverty to hate crimes that starkly covers a lot of this diverse cast.
 
A lot of this book covers their training and I do like some of the interractions - probably Cas and Rayne the most because they do strike sparks - there’s respect and competitiveness and they’re probably not a great fan of each other but it’s not full on girl hate we see quite often in urban fantasy and young adult.
 
Her closest companion is probably Jayce, but Jayce is the LGBTQ representation in this book and it’s not really done well (another character may be a lesbian or bisexual but she also may be asexual, it’s not clarified yet). At one point he calls someone out for assuming bisexuals are just looking to have sex with anyone all the time - which is great. If that pretty much wasn’t the sum total of Jayce’s character. He exists to hit on guys, and that’s basically his characterisation even when said guys are not interested in him.
 

Her mentors and fellow Soul Tamers come from many different races - Micah is biracial and from segregation America, Dorian is Middle Eastern, Kenji Japanese and Atara, one of her peers is described as having brown skin
 
We also have minor passing characters not part of Jasmine’s group who are also racially diverse
 
Jasmine herself is Black.
 
This is an extremely racially diverse book and we do not have racial stereotypes or tropes clinging to them and that diversity extends from both minor characters to the protagonist herself
 
There’s also some brief looks at class as Jasmine is very aware of her family’s great wealth that she became so used to and stands out starkly against her fellows who faced hunger and debt.
 
I do think that Jasmine’s mentor etc were both not very forgiving and kind of dismissive about what she went through. How she died, how she became their chosen one, the implication that they were behind her “earlier” death. There seemed to be little acknowledgement that she was only 14 or how her death deeply affected her sister and led her to take some very severe risks. Yes, everyone has had a tragic past - but hey that kind of makes me question the way they treated everyone, rather than think Jasmine needs to suck it up and move on. While there’s a lot of bonding there’s also a real sense of judgement at times where they’re quite harsh, make no allowances expect a lot of her and even a little gaslighting. Like they seem to use the team to guilt her for feeling, for hurting, for feeling angry. It had an edge of manipulation that made me considerably suspicious of the powers that be here and I’m not sure I was meant to regard them with this level of suspicion - because part of me is kind of expecting them to get a severe call out or be revealed as a villain. But I think I’m getting the utter wrong end of the stick there.
 
 
 
 
 
Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/the-edge-of-awakening-soul-tamer-series.html
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review 2017-06-02 00:25
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The Awakening Society Box Set - J.M. Madden

The Awakening Society Box Set by J.M. Madden is proof this author can write anything and make it an entertaining read.  I would say this book is borderline erotica so it may not be for everyone.  Tonya and Harrison's story is about sex.  To start.  And there is plenty of sex in the book, but as Ms Madden has their story unfold, it's a pleasure to read.  There is plenty of drama and a bit of humor to balance this story.  The characters are fantastic and always my favorite part of a J.M. Madden book.  I enjoyed The Awakening Society and can't wait for my next J.M. Madden book.  The Awakening Society is part one of the story, The Awakening Society Box Set is the whole story, not a cliff-hanger.  

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review 2017-05-24 00:00
The Happy Medium: Awakening to Your Natural Intuition
The Happy Medium: Awakening to Your Natural Intuition - Jodi Livon Q:
Ступив на Землю под тем именем, которое вы носите сегодня, вы уже имели некую цель, которую поставила перед собой ваша душа. Доверьтесь Вселенной. Будьте открыты, приветливы и восприимчивы. Поверьте в себя.
Знайте: вы можете совладать со всем, что бы ни выпало на вашу долю. Помните: это ваша жизнь, и вы здесь для того, чтобы сиять.
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Общению с обитателями потустороннего мира не научишься за мгновение, это долгий процесс. Лучшими учителями, наряду с бабушкой Фэй, для меня стали время и опыт. Желание пообщаться с бабушкой пересилило мой страх и увеличило шансы на вовлечение в этот процесс. Язык интуиции, или экстрасенсорный код, используемый в расшифровке посланий из потустороннего мира, уникален для каждого медиума. В ходе совершенствования навыков становится проще понять этот язык и легче расшифровать код.
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Способность мыслить в терминах божественного порядка придает сил. Все мы – любимые дети бесконечной прекрасной Вселенной. На то, в какой точке мы находимся и по каким причинам умудряемся все терпеливо сносить, есть разумное основание. Попытка извлечь какой-либо урок в кромешной тьме является весьма эффективным способом не дать ей вас поглотить.
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