Category: Book Review

Review: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Book 6) by Aileen Erin

I began the Alpha Girl Series with the first book a few years ago. Once I start a book, I hate not finishing it. With Becoming Alpha, I remember nearly putting the book down. Gasp! Thankfully, I persisted, and this series has become one of my favorites!

 

 

Title: Shattered Pack (Alpha Girl Book 6)

Author: Aileen Erin

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Ink Monster, LLC via NetGalley

Release date: March 2017

Pages: 240

ASIN: B0167DZKVM

Rating:   

 

DESCRIPTION:
Meredith Molloney never thought she’d find a mate, let alone someone like Donovan Murry—one of the most powerful Alpha werewolves alive. Now that she’s no longer cursed and the evil Luciana Alvarez has been taken care of, she thinks life will finally settle down. Boy, she has never been so wrong.

In the middle of the night, Donovan gets a call telling him that his pack has gone to pieces. The news that his second in command has been found brutally murdered has Donovan packing his bags for Ireland, but the last thing Meredith wants to do is go with him. Cosette just warned her that the Irish pack isn’t so happy about Donovan’s choice in mates.

But Meredith’s never let a few angry wolves stop her, and she’s not about to start now. She’s faced down much worse the past few months. But when she gets there, she finds that it’s not just an angry pack that stands in the way between her and her Full Moon Ceremony with Donovan.

Meredith is thrust into a deadly game of pack politics, one a fey beast has happily joined. When the magic and dust settle, she knows she’ll either have everything that she wants or lose it all.

 

REVIEW:
I’m a huge fan of the Alpha Girl Series, but I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the series now that it has moved away from the main couple that we’ve come to love. I shouldn’t have worried. Like the last two books, Aileen Erin managed to pull it off!

Meredith and Donovan are a great couple! I love the way the author wove Meredith’s troubled past throughout the series. Her character growth made me instantly empathize with her—she doesn’t know the meaning of defeat! She was the perfect mate for Donovan. I love the mystery of Donovan. Unfortunately, I expected to learn more about him, but he came off as more of a secondary character. *pouts* He was supposed to be the most dominate alpha werewolf ever, but Meredith showed him up in every scene. While I understand this was her story, it was his as well, and his lack of alphaness was a little disappointing. Thankfully, Aileen Erin managed to expertly combine action and fantastic characters with an unforgettable love story to redeem the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and gobbled it down in one sitting. The story might have developed a little slow, but I found the ending was well worth the wait! If you enjoy the Alpha Girl Series, you won’t want to miss this edition. I can’t wait for the next book, where we move back to the main couple…releasing next year! *whimpers*

 

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Review: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3) by Lola Dodge

I binge read the first two books in this series, so when book three became available, I snatched it up. I love the possibilities in these stories…who doesn’t want to have super powers!

 

 

Title: Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens Book 3)

Author: Lola Dodge

Genre: YA Science Fiction Romance via NetGalley

Publisher: Self-published

Release date: September 2016

Pages: 388

ASIN: B015GI4B46

Rating: 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.

 

Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.

 

The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.

 

While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA.

 

 

REVIEW:
I read this book three weeks ago, but the thought of writing a review has left me conflicted. Quanta and Altair were great characters…in the last book. Unfortunately, I don’t think they needed a second book. More than half the story dealt with Quanta and Altair struggling to understand and control her powers. The same issue was repeated over and over and felt redundant. Added to the fact that they solved the problem in one page made me feel the book was a bit superfluous. Worse, the solution wasn’t something that they figured out or solved on their own, it just fell into their lap. Very disappointing. I think it tainted my view of the whole book.

 

Don’t get me wrong—the writing was great. I loved getting to know more about the Ravens and exploring everyone’s unique abilities. I even loved their missions and the new characters introduced in this story. I highly enjoyed the action scenes, so much so, that I wished there were more of them.

 

So, I’m not sure if I just hit a reading slump with this book or if I didn’t just *love* it as much as the first two books in the series. I wanted something new and shiny to fawn over, and it never really happened. If you enjoy this series, by all means, read Quanta Reset. If you’re not hooked on The Shadow Ravens Series, I would suggest you skip this book.

 

 

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Review: Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead Book 1) by Nicky Peacock

I love Urban Fantasy, so when I saw zombies in the blurb of Bad Blood, I was sold!

 

 

Title: Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead Book 1)

Author: Nicky Peacock

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Evernight Teen via NetGalley

Release date: September 2014

Pages:168

ASIN:B00N3GYIWE

Rating:

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”

 

A 500 year bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Bitter enemies, Britannia and Nicholas must work together to save un-infected humans, delivering them to a stronghold in Scotland.

 

Unable to drink the zombie blood, vampires need humans to stay alive. But will they tell the survivors who they are, and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the safe hold?

 

Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.

 

 

REVIEW:
Bad Blood started off with Britannia stalking her prey…a fellow vampire. I loved the action and drama and was immediately sucked into the story. Britannia had a tragic start to her life as a vampire, and I immediately found myself sympathizing with her.

 

Nicholas came off as an ass for his treatment of Britannia, but as the story unfolded, I began to understand him more and more. He honestly seemed to have feelings for his protégée Britannia. Unfortunately, he’d been a vampire a very long time, which translated to him being a very manipulative b*stard. By the end of the book, I found him a bit enduring. Which left his actions…or lack of actions…half way through the last fight scene a little confused. Why did he just leave?

 

The villain was just brilliant. What’s better than a friend-turned-enemy who knows your every move?! Part of Britannia and Nicholas didn’t really believe he couldn’t be saved until it was almost too late. The action and fight scenes kept me glued to the pages. The interactions between the characters added another dimension to the book. Since the story was told from Britannia’s view, the majority of the humans were portrayed as sheep, until she began to get to know them more. For the first time since she’d been turned into a vampire, she began to let other people in her life…and she wasn’t sure she liked it.

 

I was surprised at how quickly the world change at the zombie apocalypse. While the plot to Bad Blood was interesting, the zombies in the book were nothing special. I think I was expecting more visceral emotions and gore…more horror or something. The characters were vampires, so they didn’t really have a mortal fear of them, and the zombies became really nothing more than fodder for them to kill. The only downside to the book was it ended way too quick! While the book gave us a whole story arc, it seemed more like an episode than a full length novel. I found myself fascinated by Bad Blood and would love to eventually continue this series if the price lowers to match its novella size.

 

Review: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1) by Zoraida Cordova

I love the image on the cover, but what sold me was the blurb. I really liked the possibility of a dark Wonderland mixed with magic! How cool, right?!

 

 

Title: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1)

Author: Zoraida Cordova

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley

Release date: September 2016

Pages:336

ASIN:B01ENNQ24M

Rating: 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

 

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

 

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

 

 

REVIEW:
The beginning of the book began a little slow. I had a hard time connecting with Alex, but once they traveled to the land in-between, the story really began to take off! Think a wicked version of The Wizard of Oz mixed with Alice in Wonderland. *Score!*

 

I adored the world building and the unique characters that populated this fantasy world—all except for Alex. Unfortunately, she seemed very selfish at times, and I just couldn’t sympathies with her.

 

The romance portion of the book started off shaky, then quickly fell apart. The love triangle felt forced. Not only did it come out of nowhere, it just didn’t ring true. It’s a shame, because the romance could’ve really made the story so much stronger.

 

So, while I enjoyed Zoraida Cordova’s vivid imagination, the characters ultimately didn’t work for me, which is a shame, since the book could’ve been awesome. Very disappointing.

 

 

Review: A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet

I’ll admit it was the gorgeous cover of A Promise of Fire that caught my attention, but I jumped in with both feet when I read the blurb. Action. Adventure. Romance. Fantasy. *squee* 

 

 

Title: A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles)

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release date: August 2016

Pages: 448

ASIN: B01DE9I4LA

Rating:

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT.

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

 

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

 

 

REVIEW:
Cat Fisa has been on the run, hiding from her past, fighting not only for her freedom but her very life. When she first spotted Griffin, she knew he was trouble, but she could never have guessed the extent he would go to possess her. Despite all her resolve to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for the annoyingly handsome, obstinate, hard-headed bastard. Cat must learn to trust, risk revealing her deepest, darkest secrets or lose the only thing that mattered to her—not the freedom that she held so dear as she expected, but the one who captured her heart…Griffin!

 

I will preface my review by saying this was one of the best books I’ve read this year! The originality completely sold me on A Promise of Fire. I loved the combination of action, adventure and fantasy, but when you add romance into the mix, I was a goner! Griffin is a clever tactician, loyal down to his bones, an alpha through and through, and a total ass to Cat. On the other hand, Cat didn’t make her time in captivity pleasant…good for her! I adored the interaction between the two of them, the humor of watching these two hard souls fall totally and irrevocably in love with each other was fantastic. The only detraction that stopped me from giving this five stars was Cat’s secret wasn’t much of a mystery, but no one figured it out. Griffin was no slouch…he should’ve guessed at some point in the book. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed not only the characters, but the addicting storyline as well—even with the slight cliff-hanger ending. I can’t wait for book two!