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review 2017-06-25 03:48
CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS BY: MARTINA MCATEE
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

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best friends

 

 

This book was AMAZING! I rarely give a first book in a series 5 stars, but if I could give this book a million stars I would!

 

 

all the stars

 

 

The world building was TOP NOTCH. I kept telling my friend this was Ilona Andrews level world building. For those that don't know, that is like the be all end all of world building, in my book at least. It was so vast I kept thinking I could stay in this world forever. I can see where there would be no shortage of stories to be told in this world that McAtee has created. There was a supernatural POWERHOUSE in this book, with plenty of beings that are familiar, shifters, witches, demons, necromancers etc. and some new and fascinating beings I haven't read about before! I enjoyed the fact that Ember was new to this supernatural world too so you got to learn everything about this new mesmerizing place and all its colorful inhabitants side by side with her.

 

 

 

The characters were so diverse and plentiful. There were a lot of people in this story, and there wasn't one that didn't have me completely engrossed in their life. I could not get enough of them! We get a few different POVs in this story, and they are perfectly executed. I am so particular about multiple POVs. If they aren't clearly recognized each time, rather by each voice being distinguishable and unique enough to stand on their own obviously, or by marking it at the chapter changes, I tend to be disappointed. I had no problem with that here. I was honestly kind of blown away how seamlessly the shift was made each time, and even more impressively, how loveable each person was! I was always happy to spend time seeing things through any of their eyes and that is no easy task!

 

 

I love YOU!

 

 

It also needs to be said that this cover is stunning as well! I really can't even do this book enough justice with a review. I loved everything about it, plain and simple. And if any of this sounds even remotely like something you may enjoy, pick this book up because I have a feeling you are going to fall in love with it too.

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review 2017-06-02 03:16
BREAKWATER BY: ERRIN STEVENS
Breakwater - Errin Stevens

I liked that the fantasy element was much more prominent in Breakwater. I also appreciated that the same level of care was given to the characters. Quite honestly that still remains my favorite thing in this series. It is clear the author spends a great deal of time and detail developing well rounded and mostly well liked characters and intricate relationships. I think Stevens truly shines there.

 

I liked seeing some of the characters that we met in the first book, Updrift, in this one, playing larger roles. And I seeing some new characters that we were introduced to in Breakwater. I do think that there was a lot more going on in Breakwater too, plot wise. Maybe even a little too much with the many sub plots taking place. It was a page turner, but could leave your head spinning a little at times.

 

All in all this was a good read and I enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what happens with everyone in the next book!

 

 

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-01-07 03:25
UPDRIFT BY: ERRIN STEVENS
Updrift - Errin Stevens

 

  Updrift wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it was still an enjoyable read. I guess I was expecting a little more action and fantasy in this book, and while it did ultimately deliver on both of these, it did take quite some time to really do so. BUT where these elements were lacking in the first half or so of the story, there was really strong character and relationship development. In my opinion this was probably the strongest element in this story. So while it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I still enjoyed the journey to get to the parts I was anticipating. I think there was a lot of exploration into coming of age, falling in love, being a friend, a daughter, a mother, an aunt, basically the whole family dynamic in general. Stevens develops and nurtures each relationship with a lot of time and care, and I appreciate that.

 

 

family

 

 

Once we got more into the fantasy elements of the story, I found it quite interesting. I really liked that the men (Sirens) were the feature here. I feel like so often with "mermaids" we are getting the female take on them, so it was nice to see Stevens' version with the Sirens taking the lead.

 

 

merman

 

 

I liked the idea of them as a generally peaceful and devoted race. The fact that they mate for life was a sweet touch. I really enjoyed seeing a little of their home in the sea and their customs. Although I feel like there is a lot that could still be done with that aspect of the story. I had really high hopes for the world building here, but I feel as if there could have been more there. I would really love to see this world be expanded upon in the next book. I think that would take these books to a whole new level. All in all I enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to seeing what the next book, Breakwater holds in store!

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review 2016-06-04 19:46
AWAKENED BY FIRE BY: ERIN KELLISON
Awakened by Fire: Dragons of Bloodfire 2 - Erin Kellison

 

Dragons Of Bloodfire is shaping up to be a new favorite series of mine! Kellison’s books may be a little smaller, but they are MIGHTY! And who doesn’t love freaking DRAGONS?!

 

 

dragon love

 

 

I was so excited for this sequel to Tempted by Fire, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! I honestly loved everything about this book! Dragon shifters are quickly becoming my fave shifter of them all! The Blookdkin in particular. The Bloodkin in any form are just so intriguing!! The hierarchy, the different play on dragon tendencies, I especially liked how Warrick hoarded special moments like they were the most precious commodities around! Cue the swooning!

 

 

swoony sigh

 

 

I loved Samantha! She navigated the Bloodkin and their stewards alike, expertly! It was interesting to get someone that knew her way around this time. She was an old pro with these dragons! I was grateful she was not a steward though, her independent streak and the way she spoke to the dragon royalty as if they were just human sometimes was great! She had the perfect rations of spunk and common sense. She knew when to push and when not to. And her secret ended up being something really cool that opened this world that Kellison has created even more. Not to mention it was a rather unique concept that I haven’t read before, and now a days, or maybe just with the amount of books I consume, it is just so darn rare (and refreshing!) to see genuinely NEWconcepts and fantastic beings! It is nice to be surprised with something new once in awhile, and I got that here.

 

 

Oh and did I also mention the DRAGONS??

 

 

dragon fire

 

 

Okay, yeah I think I did, but really who could ever get enough of that?! There may or may not have been an epic dragon showdown in this book too…but I guess you’ll just have to pick up the book and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to see what the next installment in this series has in store for us!! My expectations and excitement are both VERY high at this point!

 

And one more dragon gif for the road:)

 

dragon gif

 

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2016-02-13 04:28
WEREWOLF NIGHTS BY: MARI HAMILL REVIEW + A GIVEAWAY!!
Werewolf Nights - Mari Hamill

 

    Werewolf Nights was an interesting read! One of my favorite parts of this story was the setting! Wereville kind of reminded me of Star's Hollow from Gilmore Girls, if it were overrun with paranormal enthusiasts, that is. It was small town America, where everyone knows your name and every detail of your life, and it had a very rich history of some pretty fierce werewolf legends. I loved that the whole town adamantly believed in the existence of werewolves and werewolf hunters, and they celebrated it with gusto.

 

  I thought the legend of Wolfern was almost Shakespearean, a tragic sort of love story. It made it conflicting on how I felt about Wolfern in the present, as I almost pitied him and his endless search for his true love. I actually found him to be one of the most interesting characters in the story! I also really liked Greg, so their inevitable connection only intrigued me further! I never really connected with Catherine. I didn't dislike her by any means, but I also never really got invested in her either. While I did feel bad for some of her circumstances in life, I felt as if there was just something missing from her that really pulled me in. But Greg and Wolfern easily gave me two characters to be actively engaged with, and the plot was strong.

 

   I also thought the addition of filming a movie in this quirky town, while all this werewolf chaos was happening, added a whole new level of interesting. One you're a few chapters in the things are happening at a steady pace which made it effortless to keep flipping through page after page to see what would happen next. All in all I enjoyed this story, it reminded me of a more old school approach on werewolfs, with a more compelling plot line of man struggling with an inner wolf, like Wolfman or Silver Bullet. It was a nice change of pace from the more new age smexy Alpha pack stories that are all I see anymore,

 

 

   I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Mari Hamill has generously offered to giveaway a $10 Amazon gift card! All you have to do to be entered to win is add Werewolf Nights to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, which you can do here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27252588-werewolf-nights

Just comment back on this post letting us know that you added it! Winner will be announced Tuesday 2/16!

 

You can find Mari all over the interwebs and she's super sweet so you should give her a like/follow on your social media channels!

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MariHamill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MariHamillAuthor/

Website: http://www.werewolfnightsbook.com/

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Mari-Hamill/e/B00KUC5U08/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/marihamill/

 

Thanks and best of luck in the giveaway!

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