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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-23 21:46
The Awesome by Eva Darrows (2017 Review)
The Awesome - Eva Darrows

The Awesome by Eva Darrows
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Margaret Cunningham isn't your typical teenager. For one, she's well acquainted with the monsters that lurk in the shadows - well, most of them, anyway. Unable to aid her mother in hunting vampires, Maggie goes about rectifying the rather frustrating issue. As it turns out, her virgin blood works against her, its purity potent enough to send the bloodsuckers into a deadly and uncontrolled frenzy, and that's not good for anyone. Problem is, with little friends, and a small amount of social skills, the quest for "The Sex" may be the most difficult job yet.

(WARNING: this review may contain spoilers.)

I admit, the stylised and colourful artwork of the cover is nice to look at and undoubtedly draws the eye. As such, it was a pleasant gift to receive and probably one of the most unique covers in my sizeable collection. Now let's get to the actual review, shall we?

One thing's for sure - I would've enjoyed this one a lot more in my teenage years. For me, on a personal level, my sense of humour has changed considerably in the last decade, and whilst there were moments that brought a smile to my face, I just couldn't fully appreciate the adolescent banter (and the abundance of synonyms for "penis"). Regardless, the book was short enough that it didn't impede or become a chore to pick up, and overall there's one word I would use to describe it as a whole - fun. It didn't require much energy; the writing was quirky, and the plot easy enough to entertain. Certainly not a masterpiece, and nothing that'll stay with me for a long time to come, but it succeeded in filling up a few hours.

A major aspect of the story is the close bond between mother and daughter, however I found it a stretch to call it a normal parent-child relationship, and it struck me more of a friendship than anything else. Maggie referred to her mother by her first name, and Janice even went so far as to push her daughter into losing her virginity as quickly as possible, which seemed completely irresponsible and truthfully, a bit weird. Indeed, sex had a large part to play, and it all came down to Maggie striving to take her hunting apprenticeship to the next level. In Darrows' universe, monsters are public knowledge and often a threat to society, however we learn throughout that they don't necessarily have to be evil. Vampires however, the freshly turned in particular, simply can't resist that virgin allure, and thus we have the general plot - a seventeen year old trying to use sex to get a promotion.

Sounds a tad off, right? Either way, I tried not to overthink that aspect, and instead take it for what it was supposed to be; which was, first and foremost, lighthearted amusement. Maggie's inner monologue didn't irritate me much at all, as I'm generally fond of over-confident, snarky protagonists. Yes, she was immature as all hell, but she wasn't the worst, and by God, I've been infuriated by some main characters before. I digress...

Several events unfolded along the course of the book, and it was by no means boring as the story spiralled in different directions. As characters were introduced, they were likeable, but not lovable. I especially enjoyed the zombie side-plot of Julie, despite feeling it wasn't properly explained or concluded (the living dead need love too). The romance between Maggie and Ian was cute, regardless of the somewhat questionable means by how they originally met. Janice, well, I touched upon her further up. I'm not saying she was a bad mother... Or am I? I'm really not sure. As I said, it was weird.

It occurred to me more than once, that this would've been a decent first instalment of a series, however as of writing this review, I believe Darrows has no plans to continue with Maggie's adventures.

Notable Quote:

She skimmed the tip of her finger around her mouth to capture any unappealing smudges, and then did Duck Face. Duck Face was supposed to be a 'come hither' kissy pucker thing, but it more resembled a genetic deformity. I was pretty sure if I wanted The Sex, Duck Face was not the way to go.

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review 2018-02-22 23:18
Dead Eye (A Tiger's Eye Mystery) (Volume 1) - Alyssa Day

Just what I needed at the moment - an impossible to put down book.

 

Written in FP, it features a new character - Tess - and Jack, the tiger shifter from the Warrior of Poseidon series. His uncle has died and left him half a pawn shop and...a PI business. He shows up right on the heels of trouble. The local sheriff unfortunately, is in on it, and Tess and Jack spend the entire book variously ducking and investigating. Fortunately, they get lucky. Fortunately, they figure things out. Now I need to make myself ignore book 2 and do things.

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review 2018-02-21 15:19
Review: Hunter’s Season (Elder Races #4.7) by Thea Harrison
Hunter's Season - Thea Harrison
Hunter's Season

Elder Races #4.7
Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy - Novella
Teddy Harrison LLC
September 12th 2017
eBook
102
Bought

 

This title was previously published and is being rereleased by the author. It has not been revised.

 

As an assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.

 

A year ago Aubrey’s wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life proves the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to the shy assassin and loyal protector to the queen. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.

 

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I read Hunter’s Season when it was first published and loved it. 

 

Even if you haven’t read an Elder Race book you could still pick this novella up, but I would recommend at least reading Books 1 & 2 first in the Elder Races series; since they give you a sense of what is going on in the world. 

 

Hunter’s Season features Xanthe a Dark Fae Assassin and Aubrey a Dark Fae Chancellor. These characters are secondary characters introduced in the Elder Race series. We meet Xanthe in Devil’s Gate and Aubrey in Storm’s Heart. These two come together to create a lovely and passionate romance. 

 

This novella was sensational with a heavenly HEA. Ms. Harrison delivers a beautiful blossoming romance; between two very different characters. Their romance builds slowly, is sweet, and adorable. I love how the author put so much attention on their romance. 

 

I adored Hunter’s Season. The conclusion was satisfying, the romance is charming, and we get a little danger and intrigue too. Harrison shows us just how much love can truly heal. 

 

The Elder Race series brings us a verity of unique supernaturals, worlds, and so much more. It’s an entertaining series to read or listen too. I highly recommend diving in. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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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/2018/02/review-hunters-season-elder-races-4-7-by-thea-harrison
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review 2018-02-20 21:42
Book Review of Fountain of Secrets (The Relic Seekers Book 2) by Anita Clenney
Fountain of Secrets - Anita Clenney

A relics expert with a nose for mystery is torn between her sexy billionaire boss and her hot bodyguard. Each would die to save her...and win her heart.

Kendall Morgan puts her sixth sense back to work in the second book of the Relic Seekers series, divining the history and location of ancient relics. Her boss, the gorgeous billionaire Nathan Larraby, sends her to Italy to safeguard a priceless treasure belonging to the Protettori, an ancient order of monks who guard four powerful relics that Nathan believes may be the cure for his dark curse. He also sends brooding mercenary Jake Stone to watch Kendall’s back—although her back isn’t all Jake has his eye on.

Nathan joins them, and all three tumble into a labyrinth of defenses created by the monks to protect their treasures, including the Fountain of Youth. They find themselves in England on the trail of the legendary King Arthur, who along with the Reaper, seems mysteriously connected to the Protettori. Sparks fly and bonds are tested as Kendall and Nathan’s pasts are revealed and Jake’s becomes even more mysterious. The trio must stay one step ahead of the mysterious Reaper if they want to survive.

 

Fountain of Secrets twists and turns through the shadows of myth and reality as Kendall races to uncover the Protettori’s secrets and fight her growing attraction to her boss and her bodyguard.

 

Review 4*

 

This is the second book in The Relic Seekers series. I loved it!

 

Kendall Morgan is a wonderful character. However, I sometimes wanted to shake some sense into her. She works for a billionaire as a relic finder. She has a special gift that allows her to track down, as well as know things about, the artifacts she procures for her boss. When her boss, Nathan Larraby, hires her to locate four powerful relics, little does she realise the danger she will face. Not just from Nathan's reclusive nemesis known only by the name of Reaper (as in Grim), who is also after the artifacts, but from her attraction to her co-worker, Jake Stone.

 

This is an urban fantasy romance with a twist. I started reading the story and was instantly hooked. The story is told through the view points of Kendall and Jake for the most part, but as it progressed, other characters, namely Nathan, also has his say.

 

I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion as the story unfolded. I enjoyed getting to know the characters better and we are introduced to quite a few new ones.

 

This story sees the trio thrown into danger as they uncover more secrets from the secretive Protettori, and unravel the secrets hidden in their own pasts. It continues from the end of book one. Jake and Kendall grow closer together and consummate their attraction, and Nathan finds out that the changes he is experiencing is linked to an event in his past. They also uncover a mysterious connection between the Protettori, King Arthur, and the fountain of youth. This sees them travelling from Italy to England in an attempt to find the lost fountain of youth, fabled to give anyone who drinks from it not an immortal life but a longer one. The mystery and suspense kept me reading until I'd finished the book. However, I was a little disappointed that the relationship between the three didn't develop as much as I thought it could have. There is definite chemistry between the three; Jake and Nathan not so much, but they both have feelings for Kendall. I could see the potential for a threesome, but the author seems to have shied away from this aspect. Perhaps they will get together in the third book? I guess I'll just have to read it and see. The book ends in a cliffhanger and I am now looking forward to reading The Lost Chalice as soon as possible.

 

Anita Clenney has written an intriguing paranormal romance full of action and adventure. I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely consider reading more books by this author in the future, and there is a high probability that I would add her to my favourite authors list too.

 

Due to the above mentioned scenes of a sexual nature (which are not explicit), as well as some violence, I do not recommend this book to young readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal/supernatural romances/romantic suspense/urban fantasy/action/adventure or myths and/or legends genres. - Lynn Worton

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review 2018-02-16 11:03
In Fell und Krallen angekommen
The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf - Andrew Buckley

Meine Zusammenarbeit mit dem kanadischen Autor Andrew Buckley begann im April 2016, als er mich bat, seinen Young Adult – Roman „Hair in All the Wrong Places“ zu rezensieren. Ich war Feuer und Flamme für den kleinen Nerd Colin, der sich unverhofft und voller Begeisterung in einen Werwolf verwandelt. Der Austausch mit Andrew war ebenso fabelhaft und ich äußerte sofort mein Interesse an der Fortsetzung, die damals für August 2017 geplant war. Letztendlich brauchten Andrew und sein Verlag Month9Books zwei Monate länger, um „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ zu veröffentlichen, aber er hielt sein Versprechen und sandte mir ein Rezensionsexemplar zu. Zuversichtlich, erneut eine witzige und herzliche Geschichte vorzufinden, stürzte mich freudig in mein zweites Abenteuer mit Colin.

 

Das Leben ist unfair, sogar für einen Werwolf. Über zwei Jahre arbeitete der mittlerweile 15-jährige Colin darauf hin, an Außeneinsätzen der Night Watch teilnehmen zu dürfen. Er trainierte und lernte, seine animalische Seite zu kontrollieren. Doch seine heiß ersehnte erste Mission endet in einem Desaster und alle geben Colin die Schuld daran. Niemand glaubt ihm, dass er tatsächlich einen schwebenden Mann mit rotglühenden Augen gesehen hat und sich nur deshalb auf offener Straße verwandelte, weil seine hypersensiblen Sinne manipuliert wurden. Nicht einmal Silas, sein Mentor und Rudelführer. Wieder sitzt Colin in Elkwood fest. Während das Team nach Europa reist, muss er zu Hause bleiben und sich zum ersten Mal allein dem aufziehenden Vollmond stellen. Er ahnt nicht, dass die Verteidigung Elkwoods schon bald in seinen Pranken liegen wird. Denn der schwebende Mann war keine Einbildung. Colin hat genug Comics gelesen. Er weiß, dass niemand, dessen Augen rot leuchten, jemals etwas Gutes im Sinn hatte.

 

Am Ende meiner Lektüre von „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ zog sich ein fettes Grinsen über mein Gesicht. Die Geschichten um den jungen Werwolf Colin machen mich einfach glücklich. Das Lesen bereitet mir so viel Spaß, dass mich eventuelle Mängel nicht die Bohne interessieren. Es ist, als würde sich mein analytisches Ich stumm und respektvoll zurückziehen, sobald ich die ersten Sätze lese und erst wieder hervorkriechen, wenn ich das neuste Abenteuer mit Colin überstanden habe. Offenbar schlägt Andrew Buckley eine Saite in meinem Inneren an, die es mir ermöglicht, seine Bücher so zu genießen, wie ich es vor meiner Zeit als Buchbloggerin konnte. Obwohl ich die reflektierte Auseinandersetzung mit Literatur nicht missen möchte, bedauere ich es manchmal, dass ich die nörgelnde kleine Stimme in meinem Kopf nur noch selten zum Schweigen bringen kann. An Colins Seite gelingt mir das und dafür bin ich Andrew sehr dankbar. Mit der Reihe „Hair in All the Wrong Places“ kann ich Urlaub von mir selbst nehmen, was unglaublich erleichternd und entspannend ist. Folglich erfüllte „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ all meine Erwartungen. Es ist ein lustiger, rasanter und actiongeladener zweiter Band, der sich hinter dem Auftakt nicht verstecken muss. Andrew zieht seine Leser_innen mit simplen, aber effektiven Strategien in die packende Handlung hinein. Er bringt sie in eine dem Protagonisten überlegene Position, wodurch sich für mich das intensive Bedürfnis entwickelte, einzugreifen, um Colin vor drohenden Gefahren zu warnen. Colin selbst ist nun zwei Jahre älter und erfreulich stabil in seine Identität als Werwolf hineingewachsen. Er haderte zwar nie mit seinem Schicksal, doch jetzt ist er wirklich in Fell und Krallen angekommen. Er verkörpert exakt die seinem Alter angemessene Balance zwischen reifem und kindischem Verhalten. Er handelt intuitiv erwachsen, indem er seinem untrüglichen Gespür für Richtig und Falsch folgt und ist deshalb in der Lage, Elkwood spektakulär zu verteidigen. Dank seines Mentors Silas kennt er seine Stärken und Schwächen genau und erreicht bereits in jungen Jahren ein beeindruckendes Maß an Kontrolle, das sich vor allem während des Vollmonds zeigt. Ich frage mich, ob Colin vielleicht das Zeug zum Alpha hat, da mir seine Fähigkeit, selbst in Wolfsgestalt klar zu denken, außerordentlich stark ausgeprägt erscheint. Möglicherweise ist Silas aber auch nur ein außergewöhnlich guter Lehrer. Die Beziehung zwischen den beiden wärmte mir das Herz. Silas ist für Colin zu einer richtigen Vaterfigur geworden. Damit füllt er das Loch in Colins Leben aus, das seine Eltern hinterließen und übernimmt eine Rolle, die seine Oma, zu der er mittlerweile ein viel besseres Verhältnis hat, nicht einnehmen konnte. Durch Silas‘ Präsenz fällt kaum auf, dass seine Eltern abwesend sind, was allerdings nicht bedeutet, dass ich nicht neugierig auf sie wäre. Das wäre doch mal eine interessante Entwicklung für den nächsten Band.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/andrew-buckley-the-perils-of-growing-up-werewolf
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