BOOK BLAST: Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

ISBN: 9780062643452
ISBN 10: 0062643452
Imprint: HarperCollins
On Sale: 02/12/2019
Pages: 256
Ages: 8 to 12
BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION|Fantasy & Magic
BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION|Ghost Stories
BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION|Animals|Nocturnal

Praise for WATCH HOLLOW“Filled with clever, magical, and instantly likable characters, Funaro’s excellent, fast-paced, and twisty mystery—packed with suspense, facts, magic, and an incredible, deeply thought-out world—will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.” ―Booklist (starred review)“A well-wound tale of good versus evil.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The magically sentient house, creeping woods, and resident monster establish the story’s shivery Gothic feel, which will more than satisfy readers in search of a pleasantly scary read.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“There is magic, there is good and evil, and there is love all woven into a suspenseful and entertaining mystery. A well-crafted story that should be a hit with readers who enjoy a a good scare.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)

Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once-grand Blackford House, whose halls hold a magical secret: a giant cuckoo clock that does much more than tell time. But when the clock’s gears cease to turn, an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadows.


When Lucy and Oliver Tinker arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no idea that anything is wrong. A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that’s too good for him to refuse. All Mr. Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keep.

It doesn’t take long, however, for the children to realize that there is more to Blackford House than meets the eye. And before they can entirely understand the strange world they’ve stumbled into, Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr—a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself, but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear.

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Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, The Ghost in the Window, in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. His first book for Disney-Hyperion, ALISTAIR GRIM’S ODDITORIUM (2015), was a New York Times best seller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. His other works for children have received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and ALA Booklist. Check out WATCH HOLLOW, the first book in his series for HarperCollins, as well as its sequel, THE ALCHEMIST’S SHADOW, coming in 2020. Greg also teaches drama at East Carolina University, and is busy working on his next novel.

        

 

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BLOG TOUR (REVIEW): T-Minus by Shannon Greenland

T-Minus
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Publication date: August 6th 2019
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

A terror with no answer needs a girl with no limits.

I am the daughter of the first female POTUS, and today is about to become the longest day of my life…

24 hours—that’s how much time I have to save my mother before terrorists assassinate her. But now my father and brother are missing, too. This goes deeper than anyone thinks. Only someone on the inside would know how to pull this off—how to make the entire First Family disappear.

I can’t trust anyone, so it’s up to me to uncover the conspiracy and stop these madmen. Because little do they know, they picked the wrong person to terrorize.

My name is Sophie Washington, and I will not be a victim. No one, I repeat no one, is taking me or my family down. But the clock is ticking…

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of T-Minus via Xpresso Tours for this honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this book or review.

When you need an action packed read, this is one of those books to go to. I don’t think I’ve speed read through a book in a long time and this was one of them. The story is a pretty basic one with a girl on the run to save her family and essentially the United States from a group of homegrown extremists.

The writing is well done with sprinkled flashbacks in the middle of the main plot. Even though I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of a time shift like that, for this book, it worked. The flashbacks broke the tension and there were many mentions where a minor character asked if the MC, Sophie, was okay. It also brought to life what I would think a high stakes issue would do for an individual.

The action itself was great and there were twists and turns you probably won’t suspect. I did figure things out earlier on, but the way it was executed was well done and I enjoyed it. I did feel a bit suspicious of a group of teens being trained by the CIA as an extracurricular thing. That said, it’s not too far from the realm of plausibility. The book is set in a more modern future, but the future nonetheless and I honestly don’t know enough about programs for Teens to really say that isn’t possible. I mean, ROTC is basically pre-military training, why can’t there be something like that in other institutions?

Right? Right.

Overall, the book is a well written teen thriller that doesn’t just focus on the strategy parts of things, but the strong bond of family (both chosen and blood). I wouldn’t mind seeing another book with Sophie and her crew.

Final Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Things you should know about me: I write novels! Some have won awards. Others have been bestsellers. Under Shannon Greenland (my real name) you’ll find spies, adventure, and romantic suspense. Under S. E. Green (my pen) you’ll find dark and gritty fiction about serial killers, cults, secret societies that do bad things, and whatever else my twisted brain deems to dream up. I’m on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I also have a website and a very non-annoying newsletter where you can keep up to date with new releases, free stuff, and my mild ramblings about my travels. I have a very old and grouchy dog. But I love him. My humor runs dark and so don’t be offended by something off I might say. I mean no harm. I live in a small Florida beach town, but I’m most often found exploring the world. I eat entirely too many chips. I also love math!

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Book #51: Alister in Wonderland by KuroKoneko Kamen

GENDERBENT FAIRYTALES COLLECTION 
Alister in Wonderland 
Handsome and the Yeti 
Petra Pan 

A genderbent reimagining of the classic fairytale Alice in Wonderland… 

Alister Kingsley is an eccentric, London artist who is famous for his surreal, fanciful paintings set in a land that only exists in his imagination: Wonderland. 

Alister’s ‘dream girl’ Madeline Hatter wasn’t supposed to be real. But when the White Rabbit shows up at his art expo, and leads him down the rabbit hole Alister comes face-to-face with the Mad Hatter herself when she rescues him from getting barbequed by the King of Heart’s pet: the Jabberwocky. 

As it turns out, Madeline got herself into a pickle, and needs Alister’s help. She has him sign a magical contract that enters him into a tournament to win her hand in marriage. Alister must complete an impossible task, participate in a Wonderland Joust where the rules aren’t exactly normal, and defeat the other contenders: Crimson the King of Hearts, Clover the White King, and Cheshire Cat slave, Chesher. 

Madeline isn’t allowed to help Alister, and Crim keeps sending assassins after his head. Will Alister be able to win the tournament so that Madeline won’t have to marry the sadistic, bloodthirsty King of Hearts? 

Take the blue pill and find out… 

I received an Audible code from the author for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I am officially in love with the genderbent fairy tales KuroKoneko Kamen writes. Each book stands well on their own, but are actually a part of a larger universe. I’m not sure if you need to read them in order of publication, but I didn’t and I don’t feel like it took away from any of the stories.

Alister in Wonderland is an Alice in Wonderland retelling with an artist coward as our main hero. Despite his cowardice, he perseveres and learns many things about himself and the world he used to only know in his paintings.

I love that KuroKoneko Kamen weaves pop culture into the stories, but doesn’t let the references overtake the characters. Kamen is able to not only pay homage to the original story source, but also make a unique tale of its own. Not to mention one that reaches into other stories to make a bigger universe. Oh to be a fly on the wall in Kamen’s office and see the universe notes.

All in all, this book is an action-packed read and had me entertained through the whole thing.

Final Rating: 4/5

BOOK TOUR (REVIEW): When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (April 9, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250187338
ISBN-13: 978-1250187338



Praise for WHEN SUMMER ENDS

“Bringing the small-town Michigan setting evocatively to the forefront, Pennington’s sophomore novel captures the pleasures of new love.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Praise for LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES

“A captivating read and a great pick for fans of Morgan Matson and Emery Lord!” ―RT Book Reviews

“Filled with lyrics, love, and late nights, Pennington’s debut novel will appeal to romance fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti.” ―School Library Journal

“Pennington’s debut is a light road-tripping romance about redemption and the love of music.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Reading Cam & Vee’s past and present romance reminds me of This is Us! This is going on my keeper shelf.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after.” ―Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

“Boys in bands, second chance romance, and pitch-perfect chemistry. Love Songs & Other Lies hits all the right notes!” ―Gina Ciocca, author of Last Year’s Mistake

“Fun and full of heart, with a hero who stole my heart!” ―Katie McGarry, author of Pushing the Limits

Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of When Summer Ends for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
This is Jessica Pennington’s second contemporary fiction. I pretty much fell in love with her writing style in the first book and knew I had to try for this one. I’m glad I did.
The story itself is a fluffy one. One where the romance goes strong, but the struggles aren’t so bad that you are yelling at the insanity of the main leads. You know the type.
Anyways, When Summer Ends, is about two teenagers who are going through big things in their lives and are brought together through their job and a test of fate. Olivia is a very controlled individual, but for the summer, she is ready to let fate decide by the flip of a coin. It isn’t that Aiden is not controlled, it’s more that he has something taken from him and is forced to work around it.
Instead of each chapter being separated by the individuals, both of them are narrating the same chapter. Actually, a better way to describe it is not that the chapters are rewritten with two points of view. They are written in a way where you get two points of view. Like, Chapter One has Olivia talking and then we see Aiden. Chapter Two is in the same format and so forth. It is a different way of writing this type of book and I’m not sure if I’ve seen it before.
And I love it.
I honestly really loved this book. I loved the adorable togetherness Aiden and Olivia have for each other. They are flirty, but awkward. They are sweet and understanding. They are willing to talk out their issues and not give in to the typical romance tropes of misunderstandings and hidden messages.
I can’t help but smile every time I think about the book. I’ve giggled during parts with sheer giddiness. The kind I have with a seriously adorkable Hallmark movie. So, yes,  Jessica Pennington, I’m sold. I’ll be reading more of your stories. Please keep writing them.
Final Rating: 5/5
Photo Credit: Sheena Pearce

Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.

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YouTube Here I come!

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

A while back, I had talked about possibly doing YouTube. I had been playing with the idea for a while and decided to bite that bullet. I don’t have much experience in video editing and I can’t say I’m the most attractive thing online, but I did something and I’m proud of it.

Trying something new! Video recording and editing. Yep, total newb here! lol

Today, that thing was starting the YouTube channel and video editing. I don’t know what my thing for tomorrow will be, but for now, I think I’m going to be happy with what I’ve done. I would love it if you joined me on this journey, but no worries, my blog will still be here.

!!!CHECK IT OUT BY CLICKING HERE!!!

BLOG TOUR (EXCERPT)

Print Length: 410 pages
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (July 16, 2019)
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07QSC84TF

Praise for A MURDER ON JANE STREET
“Family ties tighten and bonds of affection grow stronger as a family is trapped between ruthless forces struggling for the highest stakes: control of a world to be subjected to unimaginable evil. As.parents, children and loved ones risk all to protect one another, events accelerate towards a conclusion that is in doubt until the last page is turned. A terrific read!” Richard Gid Powers author of The Mystery of the Trinity


“A MURDER ON JANE STREET is a gripping summer thriller filled with history, adventure, and an intriguing mystery. Cathy Cash Spellman will keep readers on the edge of their seat”

Charles Brokaw, New York Times Bestselling author of The Atlantis Code
Cathy paints a picture with the most radiant phrasing and colorful words! I’m a fan of her books and have read every one of them, always wishing that she’ll write more! That hope was answered with A MURDER ON JANE STREET. This compelling gem of a mystery is also a history, a conspiracy, and a modern-day morality tale rolled into one. Yes there is a murder, deadly secrets and treachery, but at its heart, it’s also about family, friendship and having the courage to do the right thing in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. This brilliant author has created yet another home run! Her narrative, coupled with an edge-of-your-seat contemporary mystery thriller, have characters that warmed my heart and an unexpected ending that I absolutely LOVED! Adria de Haume, author of Cross Purpose
“Do NOT read this book unless you are willing to be seduced by a dozen incredibly keen people without whom the world as we know it might cease to exist.” K.T. Maclay author of Beginners Guide to Death and Dying in Oaxaca

A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?

Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.

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AN EXCERPT

A MURDER ON JANE STREET
by Cathy Cash Spellman
PROLOGUE
East Berlin, 1990

The elegant woman with the grim expression was nearly seventy, but looked fifty-five. She was deep into the age of invisibility for women. Men no longer made note of her entering or leaving a place, and much as that rankled a once-beautiful woman’s psyche, she was counting on it now.
She steeled herself and crossed the entrance of the huge complex that had been the East Berlin headquarters of the dreaded STASI secret police for three decades. The hair rose on her forearms and a chill stiffened her spine, despite her determination and the fact that the beasts had been put down.
The Wall had fallen. The outraged East German people would now ransack the files that had held them hostage. Thirty years of terror didn’t die easy. Recordings, photographs, dossiers, collected from frightened neighbors and children coerced into betraying their own parents. STASI files were impeccable. Body swabs and blood samples had been kept in sealed containers so dogs could hunt humans.
Thousands would storm the hated headquarters now, desperate to destroy the data that had kept them powerless. She was only precious hours ahead of the hordes because of all the money that had changed hands so swiftly; the predators so ready to pounce, the oppressed so ready for vengeance. Without makeup, in nondescript jeans and an ancient black turtleneck, her memorable bosom flattened by a sports bra, her once-glorious hair now more pewter than gold, wound tight around her head like an aged Heidi—she would not be recognized. She intended to destroy what memories remained in this godforsaken place, not make new ones.
Her benefactor had paid unscrupulous people an outrageous sum so she could get these files. Everything in East Berlin was now for sale. Including her own past. The squirrel-faced quisling who’d been bribed handed over the file containing the names of her betrayers without comment. She opened the folder to see the face of the torturer. Bile rose in her throat as she fought to breathe. To remember. To forget.
She slipped the grim documents into the bag slung over her shoulder, next to the small Beretta.
Then she disappeared.
Almost completely.
Copyright © 2019 by Cathy Cash Spellman

Photo Credit: Dakota Cash

Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

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Book #49: Air and Ash by Alex Lidell

Born to privilege.
Trained for command.
Destined for danger.

After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission–and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battle worthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.

I received an Audible code for an honest review via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I didn’t know I wanted to read Nautical books until I read this one (okay, there is another one but I feel this one follows the nautical theme more). Our main character, Nile, is a strong and stubborn young woman. Despite her royal blood, she is not a stranger to hardwork and proving you belong in a high stress environment. I truly felt a sort of kinship with her. I could see myself making similar decisions in her case and though she would make mistakes, she would try her best to fix them with what she had.

There is a romantic subplot but the bulk of the story is her trying to prove herself once again but with an assumed identity and new hardship. The amount of learning she goes through is enough to see that she will grow as a character, but true to any first book, she is nowhere near she will be in the end of it all. That isn’t to say she doesn’t change in book one, she does, but it is a small change and more of an eye opening realization that the life she lived before, though difficult, is not the way it is for every ship or person.

Since this is a fantasy, there is a magical element to the book that is described like an illness. Each “gifted” person can attract a specific element and that attraction can cause a physical ailment as a side effect. I loved seeing the cultural differences between one country to another when it comes to the Gifted as well as other life related things. It makes the world large and rich. Something the author and reader could revisit in a different series.

In all, I very much enjoyed this book and plan to read the rest of the series. I am invested in Nile and the crew. Each one has a personality of a person you would see in every day life. Ms. Lidell has done a great job.

Final Rating: 4/5

Book #48: If the Shoe Fits by Laura Greenwood


Even Cinderella didn’t have it this hard…When Sadie goes to the royal wedding against her step-mother’s wishes, she didn’t expect to be swept off her feet by the groom’s brother. Leo is everything she could have dreamed of; charming, handsome, accomplished…the only problem is that he’s also a crown prince.Dare Sadie follow her heart?

I received an Audible code via Audiobook Obsession for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

If the Shoe Fits is a standalone Cinderella retelling set in the same world as her ME series (a series of reverse harem romances). This book is not a reverse harem. It is a contemporary story about a lady of the gentry falling for a man who turns out to be a prince.

This is actually not my first Greenwood book, but I do like this one more than the other book. It is a well written and quick read with a good cast of characters. Cinderella isn’t my favorite fairy tale, but there is something about a retelling that hooks me. This book is a retelling but with a sexy twist.

The narrator was a perfect choice. I could see Sadie, Rita, and Enrique. I also saw Leo, but I didn’t hear a difference in accent. That said, his voice was well done and the narrator was able to separate the characters for the listener.

All in all, I do hope Greenwood will write more fairy tale retellings. I love the modern feel and the royalty/gentry side of things. It was a fun read and I do recommend for someone in need for a quick romance with a fairy tale twist.

Final Rating: 4/5

Book #47: Small Town Terrors by Roger Alderman Jr

A carefully crafted collection of southern gothic short stories derived from the urban legends of small-town America. Each fictional supernatural thriller inside was made to get your heart racing and question whether they were in fact stories or something far more sinister.

I received an Audible code for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Small Town Terrors is a collection of horror stories all centered around a small town in Florida and its residents. If you think the news stories about Floridians are scary, wait until you read or listen to this book.

There were some short stories that didn’t resonate with me and I felt were used often, but Alderman started and ended the book on a strong note. He left the mythos open for something more and I wouldn’t mind seeing a more expanded universe of the small town he crafted in this collection of short stories.

There were two in particular that really stood out for me. One about a family who are having money and food troubles and the other is about a girl during Halloween night. With the first story, I’m not sure how it fits with the small town. It felt like it belonged in a more dystopian like horror book, but I do think it was unique. I would love to see that expanded and made into something more full length or even see more of that strange setting.

The same goes for the Halloween story. It would make for a great book. It had a mythology to it that I wanted to know more of and fits perfectly with the small town Alderman crafted.

This was a good quick horror collection with a bit of something for all types of horror fans. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the small town or even a full-length book based off of one of Alderman’s stories (there seemed to be a hint of something like that in the last two stories).

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #46: Enhancer 3 by Wyatt Kane

Ty Wilcox has leveled up. Unfortunately, so have his enemies. 
Ty is no longer the loser he had once been. He’s gone from zero to superhero, all thanks to a device on his wrist that brings a hidden power out into the light.

Before Ty came along, only a few of the devices existed. But a secretive villain has learned how to make them, and one of New Lincoln’s most dangerous crime lords has a supply of them as well.

And now, superpowered villains even stronger than Ty are stepping out of the dark.

The balance of power is changing, and not for the better.

Does Ty have the power to stop it, even with his growing team of superheroines at his side?

Warning and minor spoilers: “Enhancer 3” is an 18+ book intended for mature readers. It contains sex, violence, and nudity, but it’s all very tastefully done. It includes very light gamelit elements, occasional bad language, and is set in a cyberpunk alternate future. Most of all, you will find an engaging superhero adventure story with a few unexpected twists.

The Enhancer series was written with one thing in mind: fun. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.

I received an Audible code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I have been hooked on the Enhancer series since book one. It is geeky, packed with action, and fun.  Enhancer 3 begins where the second one ends. Ty and team are unsure about Lilith. They are also given a new set of villains and have a ton of devices to find.

I enjoyed this one about as much as I enjoyed the second, possibly more. The characters are growing and there are twists I wasn’t completely expecting. I did not care for Ty’s decisions in this book, but I felt it was true with the character and story. I just hope that what he has done doesn’t end up messing things up in the end.

The twists are making me wonder just what The Master does have planned. I’m also interested to see how the team grows.

The narrator, Chris Graves, is great. However, there was a moment where it seemed Lilith sounded too much like Dinah or the other way around. It was enough to make a mental note of it, but doesn’t take away from the story.  Like the other books previously, there are sex scenes, so take note of that if it bothers you. Honestly, the dynamic of all the characters and their personal lives didn’t bother me as much as I might have thought before starting this series.

I feel Wyatt Kane has written a good group of people who are open with each other for the most part. Except for one individual, but it goes with the story and character development. So, I’m okay with that. All in all, I am definitely going to request book four once it is out.

Final Rating: 4/5