Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Trial by Drems Review

Trial by Dreams
Written by: Jolene Buchheit
Series: The Charmed Trials #2
Published :October 5, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
Julia and Vander thought their trial was over. But Demeter has only just begun wreaking havoc on their lives.

Julia finally accepted that her boyfriend is the son of a Siren and her family isn't as normal as she once thought. But when she accidentally unlocks a power she didn't know she had, her world dissolves into chaos once more. Now she is forced to uncover the truth about who she truly is, in order to triumph over their most important quest yet.

For Vander, the stakes have been raised as he seeks what was taken from him, torn between his need to protect Julia from Demeter and his focus on their second trial. What starts as a twisted journey across Iowa dissolves into recurring dreams that foreshadow a dark fate should they fail to work together.

As the fear of failure builds and time ticks away, Julia and Vander must learn to trust their instincts – and one another – before their reality spins into a nightmare that rips them apart.

Book 2 in the Charmed Trials Series.

Brandi's Thoughts:

Wow! First let me just say, I absolutely did not expect that to happen at the end! Major twist. Good job on that, I don't recall any foreshadowing. I like to be surprised :) Anywho, great 2nd installment to the series. Cant wait for more. Hopefully Julia calms down a little bit. Sometimes I forget they are supposed to be seniors in high school and not middle schoolers. Reading about the closeness of Lizzy, Taylor and Julia makes me miss my high school friendships. I absolutely love it. Also, I really enjoyed getting to know more of the Greek gods and goddesses on this bool. Alot of research went in. I don't know much about mythology but it sounds pretty legit. :) Excited to meet more in the next book. Keep them coming Jolene.

Trial by Charm Review

Trial by Charm
Written by: Jolene Buchheit
Series: The Charmed Trials #1
Published: April 27, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn't understand her friends' obsession with boys. She's never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men's swim team, she finds herself face to face with the worst of them all.
Team Captain Vander Thelxinoe is the typical self-assured jock, with a not-so-typical ability to change people's minds at will. It's a talent he uses often to get what he wants--only his charms don't work on Julia. Now he is anxious to figure out why, and the closer he tries to get, the more desperate she is to stay away--especially when he somehow awakens a side of her she never knew existed.
Their quite unexpected friendship puts Julia in the middle of a quest she doesn't quite understand. As her familiar world starts to unravel around her, Julia must partner with the one person who knows how to push her buttons--and, in doing so, discovers the unbelievable truth about who she really is.
Can Julia and Vander survive the trial set before them, or will they succumb to a more terrifying fate? 

Brandi's Thoughts:

Great book! Its been in my library for awhile and I finally got to it. Very glad and sad it took me so long. :) The friendship between the three girls is great, Lizzy and Taylor make me laugh over their fangirling. Definitely recommend reading the series, you wont regret it! Now to start the next book.

Prince of the Moon Review

Prince of the moon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Zwaantie enters Stella with only one goal—find Phoenix and run away. Only she discovers that Phoenix has disappeared—without her.

Stella is unlike anything Zwaantie has ever experienced. From the bright lights to the moving pictures, it's all overwhelming. The moment she steps foot in the country she wants only one thing—to go home.

Her plans go awry when Leo reveals to her the real reason he needs to marry her—to thwart an awful prophecy and save his sister's baby from the flesh eating monsters. Not only that, but the Voice has somehow followed her into Stella and wants her dead. She can't go home.

Trapped in a world where her every move is on display, engaged to a man she doesn't love, and with death around every corner, Zwaantie seeks solace in newfound friends and magic she never believed possible.

Will Zwaantie rise as the powerful princess she should be and do the right thing or will she forsake all for her own happiness?

Brandi's Thoughts:

****contains some spoilers****

This picks up exactly where God of the Sun stopped, which I personally love. Prefer not to have gaps that are explained later. Stella seems so much better than Sol, love all the magic and the clothes sound beautiful. I want some of them lol. (oooooh a coloring book would be so cool with this book with all the different dresses Zwaantie and Sage where). It was great meeting all of Leo’s family. Since Zwaantie was pulled into the wall after Wilma told her who wants her dead, the memory is lost. I have a guess though, I think its Luna, pent up frustration from being her slave for all those years. Im not sure, this is just my guess. I loved this book so much, cannot wait to read more in the series. I hope Zwaantie gets to love Leo. I definitely recommend this series, it is so great and descriptive, wonderful world building.

Skye Review

Written by: Kimberly Loth
Series: The Dragon Kings #4
Published: October 6, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
Rowan Winters is completely in love. With a shifter dragon.

But the drop-dead gorgeous Skye only thinks of Rowan as her best friend. But when she turns up in his room in the middle of the night in tears, he yearns to do whatever he can to help her. Even if that means running away and letting his family think he’s dead.

Skye’s entire world turns upside down the day her scales turns black. She knows she’ll have to flee to find answers. But she wasn’t planning on Rowan coming too. She just wanted to say goodbye. He is so eager to help that she can’t leave him behind even though she knows she’ll never be able to love him in return.

Together, they fight off murderous dragons and uncover sinister plans. But can they find the answers Skye so desperately seeks? And can Rowan sacrifice everything he knows to win her heart?

Brandi's Thoughts:

Another great novel in the Dragon Kings series. Skye will not disappoint. It take place basically at the same time as the previous book, Valentine. Answers the greatest question, "What happened to Rowan?!" The friendship continues to grow between Skye and Rowan, it's so beautiful. Of course another cliffhanger! Wonderful read, Kimberly!

Valentine Review

Written by: Kimberly Loth
Series: The Dragon Kings #3
published: June 24, 2016

Goodreads synopsis:
Three kings will arise. One from the land. One from the sea. One from fire.
Hazel’s entire world is turned upside down after her brother Rowan goes missing. Everyone believes he was eaten by a dragon. Everyone but Hazel’s sister, Aspen, that is.
Hazel has never heard of the dragon prophecy before. She knew about dragons, of course. Her sister, Aspen, made sure of that even though Hazel would have preferred to stay ignorant of the vicious creatures. But the more Hazel learns about Aspen and their family’s connection to the dragons, the less she wishes she knew.
Val never wanted to be king. He never even considered it a possibility. But now the prophecy’s fulfillment has begun, and it starts with him. His journey begins by training with Obsidian. In the process, he learns secrets from his past that shatters everything he knows..
On the way to mainland from Hawaii, Hazel and Val’s worlds collide and will soon have to rely on each other to find Rowan and prevent a human-dragon war.

Brandi's Thoughts:

***Contains Spoilers***

I can never say anything bad about Kimberly's books. Love them all and this is no different. The group finally figures out who The human killer is. I think it's kinda poetic how it taken care of too. In the first book, Aspen was raped by Marcellus and Sid took care of him. This novel, Theo traumatized Hazel and her bf, Val, took care of him. Each taking care of their women. Loved it like always. Off to read the next.

Aspen Review

Written By: Kimberly Loth
Series: The Dragon Kings #2
published: April 4, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sid thought the deaths would end when Marcellus died.
But he thought wrong.
Reeling from the loss of those around him, Sid sets off, not only to avenge the deaths of those he loves, but also to find a way to save his own life.
But the closer he gets to answers, the more people he puts in danger.
Only Sid has the power to end the killer's reign. But it might cost him the one thing he holds most precious.

This thrilling follow-up to Obsidian is a journey of love, death, and betrayal and answers the one question everyone’s been asking:

Is Aspen alive?

Brandi's Thoughts:

More and more dragons in this book and its wonderful! I love anything Kimberly Loth writes and I am super happy I started her dragon series. It's unlike anything I've read. The characters have good depth and they keep you guessing.

Reading the first couple pages I actually thought she did what I was scared of. (probably doesn't make sense til you read it lol). Thank goodness though, she didn't. Phew, bullet dodged. Aspens brother Rowan finally gets more outgoing and faces his fears and I love that. Seeing his progression and him finding out that working out is a good release for all that anxiety and fear, it's definitely relatable. Him and Skye is beautiful, I wish Skye would feel the same way that he does. And isn't Runa just the cutest thing!

Oh and I totally called it! I was right about who the murdering Dragon was! Can't wait for Sid finds out. Ohhhhh there will be drama lol.

Off to the next book!