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review 2016-11-28 14:11
NetGalley November
Far Far Away - Tom McNeal

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Jeremy Johnson Johnson of Never Better can hear voices and ever since he made the announcement as a child the townspeople have treated him like crap which got worse after his mother skipped town and his father became a recluse. But Jeremy usually doesn’t let it get him down. He has the ghost of Jacob Grimm as his companion and a goal to go away to college to keep him going. Until one day Ginger Boultinghouse turns her considerable charms on him and things go mostly downhill from there. With one of the Brothers Grimm by his side, do you think Jeremy has a happy ending?

 

This fairy tale retelling is a weird one to follow. Jeremy is kinda boring except for his ghost friend Jacob and his daring friend Ginger. But the tale is told from Jacob’s POV so it’s actually more interesting than it starts out. Jacob is supposed to be protecting Jeremy from someone or something called The Finder of Occasions. As the story is told, Jeremy goes about his fairly unremarkable life, trying to figure out a way to keep from getting evicted and the tension builds and builds and builds because this sinister-sounding Finder takes plenty of time (nearly the entire book!) to show up. The suspense was almost unbearable! I kept wondering when the shoe was going to drop. And when it does? Holy shit! Yeeeks! I can’t really go into detail without giving it away, so I’ll just say I was unsatisfied with the Finder’s part of the story. The why is left hanging. Or maybe I missed it. Not sure which. Anyway, this is still a decent read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/far-far-away.html
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review 2016-11-17 15:26
NetGalley November
Blood Assassin - Alexandra Ivy

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Fane is a muscled warrior, a guardian Sentinel and now that his decade long protection of Callie is over he’s decided to leave Valhalla and go back to the monastery to train new Sentinels. But Serra, the powerful and sassy psychic, has been in love with him for years and she doesn’t want him to go. Except she can’t change his mind. It’s only when she’s kidnapped that Fane comes to his senses. But is he too late?

 

Action, intrigue, mystery, steaminess, and great characters, this paranormal romance has it all. There are good guys, bad guys, an ambiguous guy, badasses and strong women. Fane is too alpha for my personal tastes, but that’s really my only complaint. This is an excellent story that kept me turning the pages as long as real life didn’t interfere. I’m enjoying this series so far and looking forward to more.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/blood-assassin.html
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review 2016-11-16 13:28
NetGalley November
The Cypher (Guardians Inc. #1) - Julian Rosado-Machain *Book source ~ NetGalley While job hunting, Thomas Byrne and his grandfather Morgan stumble upon a multinational company called Guardians Inc. It turns out that Thomas is a Cypher and much wanted by both Guardians Inc and the Warmaster. Every 500 years the Oracle comes back to Earth and the balance between magic and technology gets all wonky. Depending on who finds all the Oracle’s clues, the balance could tip either way, to magic or technology. If magic wins, humans lose though so it’s a race against time. This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. There are parts where I rolled my eyes a bit too much, but for the most part I enjoyed it. Thomas is almost 16 so this is a YA, but there’s magic and creatures and a fight between two factions. In fact, just about everything except the kitchen sink is included, so it does get a tiny bit confusing at times. It’s obvious at the end that the battle is only just beginning. There is a stopping point, but no real resolution. An enjoyable read nonetheless.
Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-cypher.html
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review 2016-11-15 11:42
NetGalley November
Hero of My Heart: A Loveswept Historical Romance - Megan Frampton

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

Mary Smith’s asshat half-brother sells her (and her virginity) in a seamy pub, but lucky for her Alasdair Thornham is there to save her from a nauseating fate. But is the marquess any better than the rabble who would have bought her? Damsel in distress meet wounded hero.

 

For the most part this is a decent tale of rescuing the damsel who, while not a totally strong heroine, is not simpering either. Mary has an interesting background as does Alasdair, but what could have been a heart-wrenching story turns out to be only so-so. Alasdair’s addiction recovery is totally unbelievable. In fact, it’s absurd. I do like the fact he’s an addict because who likes a perfect hero? But his addiction should have been handled a little more realistically. In addition, the characters do a few really stupid things. I wanted to bang their heads together like the Three Stooges. So frustrating. Finally, there wasn’t a lot of back story on the so-called villains of this piece and they were disposed of a little too easily. All-in-all, not a horribly written historical romance, but one that could have been so much better with a bit of work.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/hero-of-my-heart.html
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review 2016-11-14 11:43
NetGalley November
Twisted - Rebecca Zanetti

*Book source ~ NetGalley

 

After being rescued from the Kurjans Maggie has lived with the vampires, in the Kayrs compound, but now she needs to spend some time around other wolf shifters in the hopes it will help her with her lost memories. Somehow Alpha wolf Terrent Vilks is tied to her past, but he refuses to say how. He wants her to remember on her own. Shifters can live a very long time, so he has plenty of patience. However, after years, his patience is starting to wear thin. It’s time Maggie remember her promise to him.

 

Another decent read in the Dark Protector series. Even though it’s short, it doesn’t lack in action, mystery and hotness. For once we get a view outside the Kayrs compound and focus on some of the other players in this series. It makes for a nice change, no matter how much I love the Kayrs clan and their mates. I love the reveal at the end, too. lolol I look forward to seeing more of Maggie and Terrent.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/twisted.html
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