Sunday, January 31, 2016

Song of Kai by Karpov Kinrade

Song of Kai (The Nightfall Chronicles, #2.5)Song of Kai by Karpov Kinrade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

** I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
This series does NOT disappoint! It makes me hope the next book is close on the horizon!

Another "bridge" novella, this story is a fairly quick read. So far the Nightfall Chronicle have told the story from Scarlett's point of view - with a minor detour to see Zorin's side of things. Now we get to see an important part of the overall story from Corrine's point of view.

Kai is gone. Corrine is trying to find her place in the world as a nephilim while hiding this from her twin brother, Wytt. The family funeral for Kai has all ready taken place at Castle Vianney, but the family has now flown to London for the official funeral to take place. En-route King Varian lays Corrine's second official responsibility as future queen on her shoulders - an arranged marriage to save face for state reasons. Her first? Well, I'll leave that for you to read about...

With the help of Scarlett, Corrine must find and nullify the newest threat to the crown in order to stop a marriage she has no desire for. And, in the process of routing the traitor she may have found her future king...

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin, #14)Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

** I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
This book is beyond AWESOME!

Gin and company are at it again! This time Fletcher left parts of a puzzle for Gin to find in order to help Finn because his mother is back in town and up to no good. Gin is determined to help Finn - even if Finn doesn't want to listen. There are several interesting flashbacks in this book, and Gin learns more about her mother than she probably wanted to.

Overall a terrific read that kept me going when I really should have been asleep! Jennifer's ability to draw the reader in and make you empathize with the characters is awesome. And, yes, there were tears shed during the reading of this book!

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Seeress (Audio) by Ednah Walters

Seeress (Runes, #3)Seeress by Ednah Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

** I received an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Raine Cooper is trying to come to terms with all the changes in her teenage life... Her mom is off trying to get re-instated as a Valkyrie. Her dad is slowly succumbing to the cancer that is eating away at him. Her best friend, Cora, sees and helps souls. Her boyfriend, Torin,is splitting his time between trying to help her and trying to find out how and WHY a family heirloom has suddenly reappeared. And, when her childhood best friend, Eirick, shows up she learns many things are not as they seemed.

I have not had a chance to read this book myself yet so listening to it was enjoyable, but I know I missed details I would have caught if I had been reading print instead of listening. The narration of this book was top-notch. Stephanie managed to catch the tonal qualities of teenagers and all their angst. I loved listening to this, and didn't want to turn it off when I had to work!

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Night of Nyx by Karpov Kinrade

Night of Nyx (The Nightfall Chronicles, #2.25)Night of Nyx by Karpov Kinrade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Being a "bridge" novella it is much shorter than the full-length books. But, this novella allows you to view many of the actions from House of Ravens via Zorin's eyes instead of Scarlett's. In doing so it gives you more background on his feelings and reasons for his actions which sometimes seem to contradict the end goal of The Dark Templars. You will also learn what exactly happened before and after one of the primary action scenes at the beginning of House of Ravens.

I would have finished this much sooner - if life hadn't interfered! ;) The authors have met expectations again with this novella, and I can't wait to read Song of Kai! My only complaint - if there is one - was how short it was.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

House of Ravens by Karpov Kinrade

House of Ravens (The Nightfall Chronicles, #2)House of Ravens by Karpov Kinrade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

First of all - WOW! Second - grab a box of tissues before you start reading because unless you have no empathy, you'll need them before you're done!

In book 2 of the series, Scarlett and her friends are continuing to navigate their new lives at Castle Vianney - classes, training, friendships, relationships - and in Scarlett's case - leading a rebellion at The Cathedral. Jax gets secret orders that have him disappearing. Kai becomes Scarlett's greatest ally. Wytt keeps everyone entertained, and spends a lot of time with Lana. Corinne loses a young friend, and finds her strength.

Nightfall is being hunted by King Varian... who is Corinne, Wytt, & Kai's father, AND has decided to stay at Castle V as one of the Masters for the semester. The Sons of Eden - led by Adam, and the Red Eagles - led by Crixius - both create more issues for Nightfall through terrorist actions that she must try to circumvent while continuing to show her support for Zeniths.

Because of the beginning of the book I knew there was going to be a hard choice in the plot line, but I didn't see the choice itself being what it was. And, it's a tear-jerker.

The story is well-written with TONS of detail, highly-developed characters, and plot twists you won't see coming. I love the visual feel of the language in this series. You'll fall in love with the characters, and never want to leave their world!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Southern Spirits by Angie Fox

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #1)Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Verity has had a number of changes in her life lately, and not much is going her way. So, learning she can see spirits is just another drop in the bucket! However,... it may just be the edge she needs to help save her ancestral home.

Listening to the audio version of this was even better than reading the book for myself. Tavia manages to make the characters come alive in a way that my imagination didn't. Tavia's ability to "create" these characters audibly is terrific, and I love all of Angie's stories. They are full of sarcasm, wit, strength, and action.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Court of Nightfall by Karpov Kinrade

Court of Nightfall (The Nightfall Chronicles, #1)Court of Nightfall by Karpov Kinrade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

I am so glad I decided to give this series a try! The author is completely new to me, and I have tried a few similar books recently that I had trouble getting through - in one or two cases I am still trying to finish them. Not so with this book!

The story line is well plotted, characters are multi-faceted, and there are SO many detailed descriptions that you can visualize yourself IN the world the authors have created. In my mind this world is a cross between Hogwarts and PanAm. In fact, Scarlett has many of the same qualities as Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen.

Having grown up in an impoverished area of her post-apocalyptic world, Scarlett has never truly fit in. She has always been faster and stronger than other children her age, heals at a faster rate than most, and is completely colorblind - as in everything is only shades of gray. Despite these differences - or maybe because of them - she is determined to better her lot in life so that she can end the governmental corruption that causes certain classes of people to be treated as lesser citizens. And, so, her story begins...

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A Little Night Magic by Angie Fox

A Little Night MagicA Little Night Magic by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A fun"sampler" of novellas from Angie's series to introduce (or catch you up) on some of the shenanigans Lizzie & Verity have been up to! Whether a ghost is causing some trouble, voodoo has gone awry, or demons have wormed their way out of hell, the girls are bound to get into some trouble. But, using their quick wits, sarcasm, and natural good luck they manage to win the day!

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Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo by Angie Fox

Gentlemen Prefer VoodooGentlemen Prefer Voodoo by Angie Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charm, wit, and sarcasm - just the way I like it! Amie bites off more than she can chew when she casts a voodoo love spell to bring her perfect man into her life.

A well-written short story to introduce you to characters who have roles in some of Angie's Demon Slayer stories.

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Some Like It Hexed by Angie Fox

Some Like It Hexed  (Demon Slayer, #6.5)Some Like It Hexed by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So much FUN! There's nothing like a little Samhain voodoo gone wrong to make Lizzie battle a demon!

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