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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-03 02:32
Morium by S.J. Hermann
Morium - Stephanie Needleson,Hermann S. Füeßl

Morium by S.J. Hermann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Whilst walking home one night, Alexandria and Nathan catch sight of something crashing to earth - some form of rock. Letting their curiosity get the better of them, they decide to seek out the object, but little do they know their lives will forever be changed. Gaining supernatural abilities, they find themselves having the power to rise up against the anguish that dominates their daily life.

(WARNING: This review contains spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to S.J. Hermann for giving me the opportunity.

Having been bullied in school, this book instantly struck a chord with me. The sad thing is, everyone's bullied in one form or another during those supposed "best days of your life" - a term I constantly heard as a child. I'm a firm believer that whilst school is necessary, it's a toxic environment through and through. There will always be a pecking order, and those at the bottom will undoubtedly suffer. Hermann did a good job in depicting the misery in which Lexi and Nathan had to endure. The descriptive writing, despite containing a few errors, successfully communicated their array of emotions. I genuinely felt for them, especially Lexi and Stacy, who were the most likeable.

At first I did feel sorry for Nathan, and his downward spiral toward villainy - he experienced power for the first time in his life, something able to stop his daily torment. The temptation was just too great, the pull too strong. It makes sense that he'd direct his anger toward those who wronged him, or those that prey upon the weak, but my pity for him evaporated when his actions became too indefensible. This is where I'm going to address the elephant in the room, but first let me state that I've no issue with adult themes. Many of the books I read delve into the uncomfortable and extreme, so the subject matter itself isn't why I'm bringing this up. You see, being labelled as "young adult", I admittedly found the rape and sexual tones to be a bit much. There's no question that it was sexual abuse; not only did Nathan feel up both Lexi and Stacy against their wishes via mind control, he also used his mind to impose his will upon a teacher, his intention to lose his virginity to her right there in a classroom.

I've read other reviews, and none have mentioned this aspect. Hell, someone complained about the swearing and self-harm, which absolutely baffled me, when there's literal murder and rape. The tone of the book was thus exceedingly dark, I'd even say too dark for younger readers. But I get it, I do - Nathan was a teenager, having never explored his sexuality, and suddenly he became intoxicated with otherworldly power. It's not far-fetched to believe a teenager would do horrid things with that sort of ability, but it sets the book, as a whole, to a more mature level. I suppose this relates to the name of the book itself; "Morium" in Latin meaning "character" and "morals". Hermann creates two similar people with the same adversities, yet they go down very different paths.

Moving on from that main critique of mine, the plot itself kept a decent pace, yet at times I truthfully felt a little bored, but being a relatively short book, it was easy enough to get through and reach the parts that piqued my interest. "The Gift" certainly did hold my attention, specifically the voices in Nathan's head.

It was very obvious that it would have a sequel, possibly even a third book following, as nothing at all was concluded in the end. I was left wanting to read more, to find out what happens to Lexi, her father Robert, Stacy and even Nathan. I always appreciate when an author pulls me in, in such a way that I'll gladly carry on with the story after the initial instalment.

In conclusion - My interest wandered off at some points, but when it got down to it, I enjoyed it. It's however my opinion that the themes included are more adult than young adult.

Notable Scene:

As the dust settled over the ground, a streak of energy made its way to every root buried under the burnt soil. From the root hairs, to the secondary roots, the energy travelled through the epidermis, flowing through the xylem and phloem, making its way up the stems and filtering into the leaves. The cell structure of the plants and vegetation altered as the mysterious energy invaded each of the plant's individual cells. It was photosynthesis on steroids and the exchange took place within seconds.
Energy flowed through each wilted plant, bringing them back to life, stronger and healthier than ever. The once decimated twenty-five-square-foot area where the objects had fallen was now teeming with scores of new life.

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review 2017-09-21 00:00
Rage: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Spelldrift: Coven of Fire Book 3)
Rage: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Spelldr... Rage: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Spelldrift: Coven of Fire Book 3) - Sierra Cross Alix and her misfit team of coven witches are back and still fighting demons. Alix and the team are still trying to save their “sister witch” Callie from evil demons. But this time around one of their other “sister witches” Matt is in trouble. Matt is Alix’s guardian and he is having a little trouble with being a guardian at the moment because of his feelings for Alix among other things. Guardians have to follow a strict set of rules to be honorable enough to be a guardian.

So when Matt takes off and doesn’t tell the coven where he is Alix figures out real quick like that Matt is in trouble and needs her help. Matt has every intention of turning himself into the council for disobeying the rules but this is not going to happen if Alix can prevent it. Alix and Asher take off after Matt to try and stop him after they find him they run into a little trouble and get themselves kidnapped by a very powerful and mysterious lady.

I have truly loved reading the Coven of Fire series watching Alix and the entire team of misfits grow in their magic and become closer to each other as well. The more I read the more I feel like Alix, Matt, Asher and Liv are all becoming like old friends to me. This series has been filled with lots of magic and demon fighting galore and the more I read the better it gets. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Blaze. I can’t wait to see what adventures and trouble the team get their selves into next and what kind of demons they end up fighting. I also hope to see Matt and Alix’s relationship grow. I would also love to see Asher and Liv find someone special as well.

Have you read the Cove of Fire series yet? If not then I would very much like to suggest that you do but I would say read them in order. The first book is Rise and the second one is Ignite both are great reads. Check out the links above to learn more about each book in the series.
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review 2017-08-12 05:46
OMEGA (Mackenzie Grey #4) by Karina Espinosa
OMEGA: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Mackenzie Grey Book 4) - Karina Espinosa

Karina Espinosa’s OMEGA was an amazing conclusion to the Mackenzie Grey series.  Mackenzie Grey is investigating a serial killing in New York for the Supernatural Investigative Unit (SIU).  Meanwhile, she is still suffering from the events the transpired with her pack and the Lunas.  This contemporary urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.


I loved this book.  Karina Espinosa continues to do an exceptional job with her plot and character development.   Mackenzie is understandably struggling with the aftermath from the Luna rebellion.  She has sequestered herself from other wolves.  She is suffering mentally and physically.   She is punishing herself.  She goes through more than any one person should have to endure.  She is strong and smart.  She is an exceptional leader.  She transforms a lot throughout this story. 


I love that so many characters from the previous books were brought back in this novel.  The story has valuable lessons and good observations.  It had me feeling just about every emotion. I cry toward the ending.  OMEGA was well concluded.  I am sad the series ended.  I would love to see a spin off series.  I also think the Mackenzie Grey series would make an excellent movie or television series.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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review 2017-07-06 00:58
As good as the first one!
Ignite: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Spell... Ignite: A New Adult Urban Fantasy (Spelldrift: Coven of Fire Book 2) - Sierra Cross

I am absolutely loving this series! It's very well written with great characters and an action-packed storyline. The Coven of Fire still has plenty to overcome in this second book, some of it being the secrets they keep from each other. This one is just as good as the first with its snark, witty dialogue, characters that will drive you crazy even while you root for them, and so much action that you can barely catch your breath. I can't wait to see what's next for this crew of misfits.

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