Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: Sell-By Date

Sell-By Date Sell-By Date by Melissa F. Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very short glimpse into Molly's head. Having already read two books of the series and spin-off, this was a nice addition to what I already know. If you've read anything in this world, getting some additional Molly is always appreciated. It was also neat to see what is going through her mind when she's with Scarlett. A must read for someone who likes this world.

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Review: Firestorm

Firestorm Firestorm by Donna Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK, so I probably should not have started this series here, but I did, so add that as a general disclaimer.

We join Dimitri, the dragon king for his long-ago evacuated dragons. He's a little stir crazy since they've been on lock down due to some unintended attention they've recently gotten. They have seemingly bad guys coming at them from all sides. There's the dark who are essentially evil and trying to cause trouble. There's the light who are trying to work some sort of angle by aligning with them. There's their ex-dragon king friend who is working some sort of deception involving a look alike. And that's just all stuff that has already been set in motion before the book even starts!

Dimitri is called to take care of removing remains from an archaeological site that may or may not have uncovered a dragon (dragons are still hidden in this world). Seems pretty straightforward until he meets the lead archaeologist, Faith. Faith is completely absorbed in her world, so much so that she needs protection in order to not get attacked by the numerous forces that are at play just because she found a dragon. These two might not seem so well matched, but the chemistry really manages to bring them together. Getting introduced to the world of the dragon kings definitely brings more into Faith's life than she could ever imagine. Starting here just makes me want to go back and see what else I missed.

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Review: Fanning The Flames

Fanning The Flames Fanning The Flames by Chris Cannon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These books are just wonderful to read. All the pages seem to fly by (ha! get it? this is a dragon shifter book!) and I'm left wanting even more with each new installment.

Bryn is the star of this series and she has been put through more trials than any teen should be. She recently lost her parents, found out she was an illegal hybrid shifter, was shipped off to a boarding school and got signed up to marry a jerk. If you think you should start the series with this book, you are wrong and should 100% go back and start from the beginning. I promise, it's worth it! That all being said, the entire school is pretty much waiting for the next big attack, similar to the one that left many students wounded beyond even their dragon's ability to repair. Oh, an Brynn is also secretly dating the knight that magically bonded with her. See? Brynn lives a crazy life.

So what's the overall story for this book? Bryn's drama aside, the rebel dragons are working on something that probably originates with the secret rooms and tunnels found beneath the school. While we have met some OK rebels and some really horrible ones, we're still trying to figure out what they truly want. Mostly, it seems, they want to blow things up and hurt people (the bad rebels, at least). Somehow, Bryn has become to go to girl for all things involving a dragon and her knight, and that is linked to these magic rooms/tunnels. Through some trial and error, Brynn is (yet again) working to save all her friends, her newfound family, her relationships, and the school (and maybe Jaxon, too). With all the craziness and gut punching loss that this book jams into the ending, I absolutely cannot wait to see what Bryn does next.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Undiscovered

Undiscovered Undiscovered by Sara Humphreys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read a few other books from this author and I am never disappointed. This world was really interesting and gave a good introduction to the world of the Amoveo.

Rena is a self-proclaimed independent woman who has made it on her own with very little assistance. She bounced around from foster home to foster home until she finally gave up on that system, running away. On the streets, she eventually found her own father figure in the form of Vito, a private investigator. After his health began to decline, Rena ended up taking over the business and making a name for herself. She’s always been especially good at finding people because whenever she touches someone or something, she can see things. Her life would be pretty good, if she could just stop having nightmares about dragons killing her.

Zander is one of those dragons from her nightmares. He’s been cursed to remain in human form, immortal, for 500 years while his twin brother remains trapped in dragon form, reliving his own personal hell. The only way to break the curse is to find his brother’s mate and unite them. As if their past drama and emotional baggage wasn’t enough, when a woman pops up in their shared dreams, he knows he’s got to put his own feeling aside to give his brother what he desperately needs.

This story has a lot of sizzle, a healthy dose of stupid man martyrdom, and a really solid introduction to the wild world of shifters. It was nice to see a tough chick who can really stand her ground against scary looking dragons. The obvious attraction between these two kept the pages turning and me hooked. I wonder where the series will go next, now that dragons are officially back in the world.

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Review: Into the Fire

Into the Fire Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am both happy and sad to see this series come to an end. Honestly, I had some big issues with Vlad as a main character, so it was only really Leila that kept me reading. This book also had the most wonderful entertainment in the form of Ian. Who knew that I could eventually grow to love a character that began in this world as such a bad guy? Don’t get me wrong – he’s still a bad guy, he’s just infinitely more lovable (especially in comparison to Vlad, in my humble opinion).

So, back to the story. This book continues the ongoing saga of Leila and her magical link to Mircea. Unfortunately for her, Mircea ends up getting captured and put in harm’s way. This, obviously, ends up threatening Leila’s life, which pretty much puts Vlad at the kidnapper’s disposal. Vlad would do anything for Leila, you know, except actually be honest with her, tell her his plan, or include her in decision making. This high handedness drove me absolutely INSANE, especially when it began to impact my new favorite- Ian.

All of the usual suspects spend most of the book trying to hunt down someone to break Leila’s magical tie to Mircea, or, if that fails, find Mircea to rescue him. We even get some really good Gretchen time thrown in, too. While this is certainly the end of Vlad and Leila’s standalone storyline, we definitely get more than enough of a hint at where future spinoffs will take us. I would absolutely love to see Ian get his happily ever after, no matter how reluctant he might be to have a monogamous relationship.

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Review: Dead Spots

Dead Spots Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To be fair, I started this series way at the end and then decided to go back to the beginning to figure out how it all started. I fell in love with Scarlett and was pleasantly surprised to find her just as great a character at the start of it all.

We dive right into the kooky world of Scarlett and the paranormal. She’s a null, which gives her the unique ability to un-paranormal anyone that comes within her radius. Some paranormals like this effect and others actively avoid it. Her current hookup appears to be happily in the former category, which leads to some internal drama of her own. Aside from her relationship-ish drama, she’s also got a job cleaning up the messes that the three categories of paranormals make. The witches seem relatively reasonable compared to the vampires (and werewolves) that ultimately get her tossed into a life-threatening murder-mystery.

After getting called to a job by her head vampire boss, Scarlett is faced with a cop seeing a werewolf shapeshift, a massively gory and un-clean-up-able paranormal crime scene, and some difficult choices. She ends up putting her life on the line to make sure the poor cop, Jesse Cruz, and they are forced to work together to figure out who is effectively working to “out” the paranormal community in a series of murders. There’s a lot of twists and turns, and even I was surprised with how the book ended, but it was truly an effective introduction into this world. It took all my self-control not to dive right into the next book out there. As it is, I’ll be devouring the rest of the series and all subsequent spin-offs in no time.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Hungry for You

Hungry for You Hungry for You by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This might be the funniest and most entertaining of the series! I am such a sucker for a good romance (with a healthy dose of smut) and this was just perfection!

Cale is someone we haven’t met yet (I don’t think) so he was a bit of a blank slate. Sure, we get the usual cast of characters from the Argeneau family, but it is mostly Cale and Alex. Alex is one of the famous sisters that the Argeneau family is determined to find mates for. While it worked out OK for Jo, there is some doubt that anyone will respond to Alex… and it’s giving her a bit of a complex. Who wouldn’t be bothered by people staring at her forehead and walking away quickly after each introduction? Cale, it appears, it the exception to this rule.

On a night when her restaurant is falling apart, Alex’s sister lies to her and introduces Cale as a master chef from France. He probably wouldn’t have gone along with the lie for very long, except that he can’t read Alex, proving that she’s his life mate. Some mind control of the guests and some favors from the other chef he knows and Cale appears to be doing OK. Alex, however, is still suffering from a bought of bad luck. Her new restaurant has had all sorts of problems in the renovation. This might not be good for Alex, but it gave Cale the entrance he needed into her life – as her business manager.

These two were fun, sizzling hot, and the perfect balance. Its books like these that remind me I need to take a break from the serious to let myself enjoy a somewhat silly read (e.g. vampires from Atlantis). Bring on more of the Argeneau clan!

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