Friday, December 26, 2014

Hunger's Mate Part 1 by A.C. Arthur

A Brief Summary: Two people who are both haunted by their past, events that cause them torment even now.He also has a secret, he's not entirely human.  Despite their pasts they are drawn to each other, but will their desire burn them both?

My Review:
This book is part of a novel that has been serialized. Meaning it's one book that has been split into multiple parts, four parts to be exact. While it's a great idea, amps up hype for the story, keeps people interested, as a reader it's super frustrating!

In this first instalment you're introduced to Jewel and Ezra. Both have their secrets but both are pretty loveable nonetheless. He's a rugged man's man and, she well she doesn't truly let anyone in. I really loved the primal nature of the shifters. Especially Ezra, I can't wait to see how they're developed over the three other parts of the book.

This section of the book is set to release January 13, 2015 with the full book releasing in February.

I recieved this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review.

Monday, December 22, 2014

In Time For Christmas by Heather Blanton

A Brief Summary:
 After two years of being married to Dale, Charlene Williams is a broken woman. Both in body and faith for Dale is a prime example of the worst kind of man, abusive and unfaithful. When during one of her punishments Charlene slips back in time, she thinks she's escaped Dale, and found a shot at true love. However God's plan isn't that straight forward. Will she ever be able to go back to the man she loves or will she be stuck with her demons forever?

My Review:
A sweet little love story between the ages. I really enjoyed this novella, it was the perfect length. It tied up all the loose ends and didn't ruin the story by stretching it out.

I really enjoyed how faith was incorporated in this story. It wasn't preached, it wasn't forced, it was like a homecoming. Accepting being hopeful again.

This book does contain fairly graphic descriptions of abuse so if that's a trigger for you don't read this book.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Rilley

A Brief Summary: A zoo is a place where normal people can see exotic creatures. The Great Zoo of China that is now being unveiled will showcase creatures previously believed to be just stories. Dragons, zoos as the world knows it will never be the same.

My Review: This book was mind blowingly amazing. It keeps you hooked from the prologue to the last page. There's an incredible dynamic between the humans and dragons. With one species grossly underestimating the other.

Granted I've had an obsession with dragons for as long as I can remember. Nurtured by books such as Dragon Rider and Eragon I've always wanted a pet dragon but now this story makes me rethink that idea. Oh well that just makes the story better.

I love how the author took so much care in making the idea plausible. Adding in history in the form of myths, giving the dragons abilities that real animals have, and finding the perfect place to set the story.

If any of Matthew Rilley's other works are even half as captivating I'm going to have to look into them. This book is truly a masterpiece.

There is a large amount of gore in this novel but that's to be expected. For as a favorite quote of mine goes " meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

This book is set to be released on January 27th of 2015 it is definitely a book to watch for a pick up when it hits the shelves.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Legacy of the Key by S. L. Morgan

A Brief Summary:
Reece survived her father's death by throwing herself into her schoolwork. Now after finally settling his estate she begins to figure out who she really is. Granted that involves her getting kidnapped, albeit by two very attractive guys and to save her from being kidnapped and tortured by other people, but still it's a scary experience. However being brought to a dazzlingly beautiful dimension, everything getting explained, and being treated as an honored guest goes a long way in mending hurt feelings.

My Review:
This was a wonderfully written story. It's fast paced, funny, and with an incredible love story. Granted an argument could be made for Stockholm Syndrome but she was free to leave after the apparent danger passed.

I always enjoy a story that has a well developed world and this book has that in spades. You have alternate dimensions, each with unique quirks, and within the dimensions you have alternate species. Some similar to humans, some not so much. Pemdas, the dimension Reece is taken to, is described to be extraordinarily beautiful. And if Levi and Harrison's descriptions are anything to go by the men are extremely attractive as well.

All in all a great book that I'd highly recommend.

Friday, December 19, 2014


I'm sorry that I haven't posted very much this month. I've been sick with strep throat and have just been pretty miserable. However I have fully recovered and will be posting a new review within the next twenty four hours. So again I'm really sorry and I will update as soon as possible.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

A Brief Summary: Sandrine moves to Paris to escape the aftermath of her father's suicide and an abusive husband. Staying with her grandmother, who happens to be a renowned courtesan, she finds Paris to be seductive. Especially mansion La Lune, her family's ancestral home that her grandmother has closed indefinitely. Despite being forbidden she's drawn there and falls under the spell many of her ancestors succumbed to. Will she be able to withstand the curse?

My Review:
This was an incredible story. There's passion, intrigue, and a touch of the occult, a perfect blend of these elements and more.

I love how all of the occult parts of the book are references to beliefs that people used to hold. From alchemy to magic spells they all have their roots in history.

I also enjoy Sandrine's grandmother's reaction to Sandrine's obsession with La Lune, both the house and the woman it was named after.

I received this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram

A Brief Summary:
When tragedy strikes you're supposed to be able to rely on your family and friends right? But for Ellamara that's a little bit difficult, as her mother died in th car wreck that changed Ella's life forever, and her best friend is an internet friend. Now living with a dad she hasn't seen in ten years and his family that she didn't know existed she must rebuild her life. Cinder, her internet best friend, might just be the key do doing that if she can deal with learning who her best friend is in real life.

My Review:
This is a really sweet love story. A Cinderella storyline with well developed characters. A personal favorite moment was what was left instead of a shoe.

This book splits perspectives between Cinder and Ella. Which I enjoyed because it helps you understand some of the decisions they make. And some look pretty bad if you don't know the logic behind it.

I also like how the step sisters aren't one dimensional. They're actually dynamic characters and one in particular I grew to like. The other well... she gets slightly more tolerable.