Monday, March 27, 2017

Obsidian Review

Written By: Kimberly Loth
Published: February 17, 2017
Series: The Dragon Kings #1 

Goodreads synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Aspen is a skydiving, rock climbing, adrenaline junky. All her life, she’s been fascinated by the dragons who roam near her home in Yellowstone Park. Yes, Dragons. Though no human has ever gotten close enough to touch one. Except Aspen. While most people avoid the national parks because of the resident dragons, Aspen spends most of her free time in search of the feared and misunderstood creatures. For her, studying the dragons is a way to escape a painful past and avoid getting too close to anyone. She’d rather track dragons in the wild and through the lens of her camera than talk to real people. But then Aspen meets a hot new guy at school, Sid King. He’s the one person she’s ever met who shares her obsession with all things dragon. But even as she feels strangely drawn to the mysterious boy, she senses he’s hiding his own set of dark and powerful secrets. When hikers start turning up dead in the park, everyone suspects the formidable predators. Unless Aspen can prove their innocence, every one of her beloved dragons is in danger of eradication. After Aspen and Sid uncover a sinister plot behind the brutal attacks, Aspen can no longer deny that Sid somehow knows more about the deaths than he should and the secrets they both keep threaten to rip their lives apart forever.

Brandi's thoughts:

First off I took a leap reading this as I've never read and dragon books and barely watch anything with dragons beside the movie Reign of Fire :). I only started this because I love Kimberly's other series: Stella and Sol & Omega Mu Alpha Brothers. That being said I absolutely loved this!! I cannot believe I waited so long but at least now I have 4 more books that are ready to be read! :)

I was not expecting narration to come from the dragon itself, I think I was expecting something more along the lines of Petes Dragon lol. This was way better. Halfway thru this I ordered the next book on Amazon. The dragons were beautiful in this book.

Kimberly leaves us hanging with a huge cliffhanger and I'm left with, "Oh no she cannot do that!" So now I am off to start reading the next book, Aspen. Gotta see what happens next.

P.S. Love the names!

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Caraval Review

written by: Stephanie Garber
Published: January 31, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

My thoughts:
  I couldn't put this book down. I loved the plot and the characters. I was a little skeptical at first just because the first few pages were a little slow but that was the only slow part of the entire story. Scarlett was lovable and likeable, while Donatella seemed obnoxious throughout the story. Julian seemed egotistical and uncaring in the beginning but softened throughout the story. The world of Caraval was wonderful and magical! The way it ended was spectacular and I look forward to more from Stephanie Garber. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dark Liaison Review

written by: J.D. Brown
Published: May 29, 2013
Series: Ema Marx #2

Goodreads Synopsis:
Ema Marx wishes her life would go back to normal, but there’s nothing normal about being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead. Apollyon is back, wreaking havoc on the lives of everyone she cares about while plotting her demise. Ema thought she would find a new best friend in her trainer, Bridget, until the exotic vampire vies for Jesu’s attention. Jesu can date who he wants, right? Ema has more important things to worry about, like honing her powers. When Apollyon’s thugs appear out of the shadows to attack her, Ema knows it’s time to take action. But everyone else has other plans in mind. One thing is for certain, being under house arrest in the German vampyre king’s castle was not part of her plan to save the day.

Brandi's Thoughts:
Dark Liaison by J.D. Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She's done it again. Picks up where the first book stopped. Im really liking Jesu and Ema. Although, I could've slapped him after the pool scene! (You'll just have to read it lol) This was a great read, I sped through it, I probably missed some for reading so fast, most likely will be reading it again later.

Now on to Dark Becoming

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Dark Heirloom Review

written by: J.D. Brown
Published: March 1, 2012
Series: Ema Marx #1

Goodreads Synopsis:

"You're a vampire" is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she's able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn't understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It's their fault she turned into one of them...right?
Jalmari's hatred for his old-man intensifies when he's ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run; there's no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst
, Ema Marx.
Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan's only savior. The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she'll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way.

Brandi's Thoughts:
Dark Heirloom by J.D. Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

J.D. Brown pulls you right in from page 1 with Ema being assaulted in an alley not once but twice back to back days. Then she wakes up in another country! All in the first chapter!

So Ema becomes a Vampire and no one knows which clan she is from. Which I like that there are different clans of vampires and vampyres. Never known of a difference. I feel so bad for Jalmari with Apollyon in his head giving him commands that has to be followed weather Jalmari wants to or not. It gets sketchy in one scene. (you'll have to read it to find out) Jalmari also has a younger brother, Jesu, who is adorable and I want him and Ema to be together :)

Excited to read the next book in the series, Dark Liaison

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Monday, March 20, 2017

God of the sun Review

Written by: Kimberly Loth
Published: February 22, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
Crown Princess Zwaantie of Sol harbors a dangerous secret. One she has managed to hide even from the ever present sun. She's doesn't want to be queen.

Desperately trying to avoid responsibility she does the unthinkable. She falls in love with a slave.

When Zwaantie's mother decides it's time for her to get married, she frantically tries to form a plan to escape the crown. After three attempts on her life, Zwaantie fears that the sun has recognized her plans and is now trying to kill her for being disobedient..

When a high prince from Stella, the barbaric country across the mist, arrives seeking her hand, Zwaantie sees an opportunity to escape her death.

As those around her discover her plans, they unravel and she fears not only for her own life, but the survival of her kingdom.

Brand'is Thoughts:
God of the Sun by Kimberly Loth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cant believe its over already! I want more. Especially Leo. Im so conflicted bc I like Phoenix but now I really like Leo.

Kimberly, you did a wonderdul job of world building. I felt like I was walking the streets of Sol with Zwaantie and Luna.

Another great book it was so hard to put down. Ready for the next one.

*I was given an advanced copy for an honet review*

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Falling into place review

Falling into Place
Written by: Brandy L. Rivers
Published: Decemeber 23, 2013
Series: Others of Edenton #3

 Goodreads Synopsis:

18+ Adult themes

 Robert would have done anything for Liz, even let her go when she claimed she needed to be alone. With his life in shambles, he dove into his work as a Silver Council enforcer.

 Liz never fit in, but to protect her first love, she walked away when a wild burst of magic nearly killed him. Tremaine found her, and helped her put her life back together.The man who tore her world apart awakes from a 21 year slumber with revenge on his mind. Nothing will stop James from tearing the power from Liz’s body.After learning James is alive, Robert rushes to Liz and bands together with Tremaine to keep her safe. Facing her worst fears Liz realizes she can only fall apart or fall into place.

Brandi's Review:

 I won a copy of "Falling into Place" early in the year so I decided to start from the beginning. I am so happy I stumbled upon this series. I absolutely love it. I have read them all and now feel I can give an accurate and comparative review. From the first page I was enthralled in Fallon's story. The story line is balanced well with all the drama and action and intimacy chapters. After reading them all, this title is still my favorite story line.

Dark Angel Box set 1-5 Review

Dark Angel Box Set 1-5
Written by: Hanna Peach
Published: August 7, 2015
Series: Dark Angel

Goodreads Synopsis:

Forget everything you know about angels…
You’ll likely find Alyxandria slicing demons with her blades rather than plucking at harp strings. Whether it's with weapons, unarmed or with the “borrowed magics” of distilled angel-blood tattoos, she trains harder than any other Seraphim warrior to prove she is nothing like her parents who abandoned her to become Rogues. After a series of confusing visions, Alyx saves Israel, a mysterious mortal who knows too much. She discovers she has been chosen as his Guardian. There’s just one problem. She is forbidden to even see him again.Why does he need protecting? And from who? The web of lies she uncovers will shatter her world. An Elders’ dark plan, a keye to unlock Hell, and a prophecy that warns of the greatest war this Earth will ever know….
it begins in Angelfire.

After escaping from the Hollows, Jordan takes Alyx and Israel to Aradale, a secret Rogue community, where they appear to be safe − for now. But did they bring the enemy with them? “Mini”, the strange and speechless young girl they rescued from the Hollows, is not as she seems. Why was Elder Michael keeping her locked up? What is she hiding? Out in the mortal cities, pieces of Black Stone, the only material that can disrupt the angels’ healing abilities, continue to be stolen to make weapons for Samyara’s dark army. Alyx and her friends must stop them, but this means infiltrating holy and guarded places to steal the Black Stone − a monastery in remote China, a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an art gallery in Florence and a cathedral in Peru.
Can they win this deadly race against the Darkened?

If he dies, she dies…
Israel lies dying from a poisoned knife wound. To save him, Alyx needs Mayrekk’s help and the knowledge contained within the Threads of Dark. But Mayrekk remains imprisoned in Michaelea, being punished for his hand in Alyx’s escape, and Michael himself guards the key to Mayrekk’s freedom. And the Threads of Dark is kept within a secret chamber deep under the Archives of Urielos, a Seraphim city clinging to cliffs somewhere along the coast of Italy. Even if Alyx does manage to find a way into the city, the chamber is guarded by ancient riddles and deadly traps.
Can Alyx rescue Mayrekk and retrieve the Threads of Dark before Israel slips away?

Seven days…
Israel seems…different since he came out of his coma. His life has been saved but Alyx had to make a deal with the devil to do so. She has to hand Israel over to Lucifer unless she finds a way to defeat Samyara. But to do this Alyx will need Israel and Jordan, the two men fighting for her heart, to work together. Can they put aside their differences long enough to defeat Samyara? Seven days until Israel is sentenced to Hell. Seven days to find Samyara. Seven days to raise an army.
This will be Alyx’s greatest battle yet.

The thrilling conclusion to the Dark Angel series…
Everything about Michael’s dark plan has been hidden – until now. On an island off the coast of Egypt, a fourth Seraphim city has been discovered; a city that doesn’t appear on any Seraphim map.

 Brandi's Thoughts:
I absolutely recommend this series to everyone who reads supernatural/fantasy. It had me hooked from the beginning and I spent many nights up late reading. With continuous action and amazing descriptive writing you cannot go wrong with reading these. And the great thing, this series is still on going!! So exciting! For me it was a different story line on the ever growing popularity of supernatural/fantasy reads. Some are so similar they start blending together. Hanna's Dark Angel series definitely stands out and she does an amazing job of creating her own world, which is described beautifully in a way that is easy to imagine the books as if you're watching a movie.

 Plus, by getting the box set you get to read all 5 books straight without waiting in between :)