Book #21 (REVIEW): Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

I was in the mood to listen to a random audiobook in my Audible library and this was one of the books. I had tried this book once before but was turned off by how Reed interacted with Evie. This time, I was a little more prepared for Reed and was able to listen to the book to the end.

That does not mean I like Reed. In fact, I really don’t care for him. I don’t think he is a bad character, I just don’t care for him as a love interest.

My favorite boy in the book is Russell. Give me a Southern gentleman soulmate any day.

The story itself isn’t anything too special to the YA PNR love triangle storyline. It has pretty much the same format. And, to be honest, you can figure out real quick who Evie chooses. There are more to the series but I don’t see myself going for the second book. Not anytime soon, that is.

Final Rating: 3/5

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Book #16: The Last Vampire (Book Two): R.A. Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf


My father has been kidnapped by my worst enemies.
Either that, or he willingly sold me out to them.

Whatever the case, I’m going to find him. Mind you, this would be a lot easier if every Fae in Chicago wasn’t already out for my blood.

They’re not getting it, though.

The only one who’s getting anywhere near my blood is the seven-hundred-year-old vampire who saved me. Yes, there are times when I’m convinced he’s not quite right in the head, but so far he’s the only supernatural being I’ve met who sees me as a person rather than a chess piece.

To the rest of them, I’m nothing more than the walking, talking evidence of a war crime. To him, I’m something else. He calls me a loose thread in the tapestry of his forgotten past, but he looks at me like I might be the key to his future.

The rest of them tell me I’m demonkin. They say I’m a succubus-human hybrid who shouldn’t exist.

One thing is very clear, though. My father is carrying a secret bigger than I ever dreamed, and I’m damn well going to pry it out of him.

I just have to get him back from the Fae first.
Because, hey—what could possibly go wrong?

I received an Audible code for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. There was no compensation made in the making of this review. Everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone.

As the title says, this is book two in an urban fantasy paranormal romance. It starts closely after the events of the first book. As with the last audiobook, the narrator did a good job and I did like the story.

It just wasn’t the best. I actually preferred book one in comparison.

Book Two did reveal more of the fae world and introduced a political dynamic between the Fae and Demons. The world expansion was interesting. That said, everything else just seemed to be less. That isn’t to say that I won’t listen or read Book three, I hope to. I just don’t think this one was as good as Book One.

Final Rating: 2/5

Book #11: Princess by Candace Ayers & Kathryn Kohler

Welcome to Fantasyland Park and Resort.
We put the ‘subpar’ in Park, and the ‘sort-of’ in Resort. 

I’m Lucy. I’m a princess… 
…or a tavern wench, depending on the day. 

Just a normal girl living a normal life, until three hot men enter it… 

There’s Julian, the brilliant doctor who skillfully treats all my aliments 
There’s Cole, the burly firefighter who rescues me when my apartment building mysteriously burns to the ground. 
And, there’s William, the enigmatic Black Knight who haunts my dreams when we’re not co-working at the Fantasyland theme park. 

I’m about to find out a few things… 

1. None of the men are who they seem.
2. Each is devoted to me, both as lover and protector.
3. An ages old spell binds us all.
4. I’m an enchantress with magical powers. 

Oh, and… 
5. There’s actually nothing normal about me or my life 

THIS BOOK IS INTENDED FOR ADULT READERS. 

This is a Reverse Harem, Paranormal Fantasy Romance. It is intended for adults only. It may appeal to fans of authors K.F. Breene, Ava Mason, Linsey Hall, G. Bailey, Sarah Piper and Alex Lidell. 

I was participating in a 24in48 readathon where you read for 24 hours in a 48 hour period. I didn’t make it to 24 hours. Really, I barely made it to 12. But, I did finish quite a few books. I wanted to kill off the short reads I had and this happened to be one of those books.

Unfortunately, it didn’t grab me.

The main character was decent and the love interests were as well, but in the case of an actual storyline, it kind of lacked. It was just a woman who finds three hot guys and ends up with three hot guys. The urban fantasy element to it was almost nonexistent. There was no battle against a bad guy. Really, there was no real conflict at all.

It was sort of boring.

I liked the characters enough and I wish there was more of a conflict in the story than what was given. But, yeah, I wouldn’t say this was a good read.

Final Rating: 2/5

BOOK TOUR: Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch


SOME SECRETS ARE MADE TO BE UNCOVERED.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him.
When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in.
Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive.

Praise for BENEATH THE LIGHTHOUSE

“Beneath the Lighthouse grabs you by the nether regions from the word go. Then it squeezes. Hard. With a nailed glove … A truly scary ghost story … a powerful ‘coming of age’ drama … a young man growing into adulthood against a backdrop of despair and quite shocking abuse … unpredictable and ever building. Blood and bone revenge, retribution and salvation. The strength of friendship, the power of love. You feel the dread and the underlying fear … not your typical tale. And what a tale it is.” ―EM Faustus

MY REVIEW

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review. Everything that follow is my opinion and mine alone.

The first thing I would like to point out in this book are the characters. Well… really it’s the setting and the dialogue between characters. The book is set in Ireland and, as such, the characters speak with the local dialect. I don’t mean it isn’t English, it just has the slang and that can be a bit difficult for a reader who isn’t used to the slang. Also known as an American reader.

That’d be me.

Anyways, aside from the slang, the book is easy to get into. It is dark and disturbing, playing on your ghost story and delving deeper with a dark family secret. Or many.

Even though Jamie lives a pretty bleak life that I can’t relate to, I found him to be very relateable. He is compassionate and understanding with his ultimate motivation being his family. That’s something I can understand and am a fan of. No matter how traumatic a situation is, he is able to have a pretty organized realization with it. The only downside to that is that he isn’t given enough time to actually live with the grief.

It isn’t until the end that the reader and Jamie finally get a breather.

In all, this is a dark ghost story that I definitely recommend.

Final Rating: 4/5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julieanne Lynch is an author of YA and Adult genre urban fantasy, crime and contemporary romance books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, United Kingdom, until her family relocated back to their roots.
Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she is a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University and considered journalism as a career path. Julieanne has several projects optioned for film.
Julieanne is both traditionally and independently published.
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BOOK DEAL! The Nymph’s Oath by Laurell Emily Grey

The Nymph’s Oath, curse or blessing?

A yearly ritual where all nymph kind will go into heat, sending their sexual hormones into overdrive, but there’s a catch. If the females are not mated by the time they reach the age of thirty, they die tragically.

For years, Rose has been dreaming the same intimate dream with two men, only to wake up alone. Time is running out for her as the Oath quickly approaches, a death sentence reigning above her head.

Two men on a mission. Trent and Kraven are so close to finding their mate they can almost taste her. But will they be able to claim the woman that they were destined to be mated with?

Or will it all be in vain…

A lost cause.

If you are into erotica fiction and love having a free book, check out Laurell Emily Grey’s The Nymph’s Oath. It will be free on Amazon between December 24-28!

***It is paranormal and has BDSM***

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurell is a stay at home Mom, wife, and good girl but when she has time for herself, she loves to write sexy paranormal erotic stories! She creates worlds for readers to open up their minds, taking them places where some have only dreamed about. Steamy, hardcore and wickedly delicious stories that will leave the reader panting for more..
Laurell lives in Arkansas with her hubby and their four kids. They are her world and keep her going nonstop. She also loves rock music, knee-high boots, mocha, and getting dolled up, even if it means going out to Walmart. hehe
Come by and visit her, she loves to meet new readers!!

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Book #104: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

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

Now, I want you to look at the cover. It doesn’t look very interesting, right? Just a girl who looks like she may have a skin issue. Well, this girl doesn’t need to speak with a dermatologist, she needs someone to keep her anger in check and this girl is angry. Bryn McKenna had a pretty normal life and didn’t have much to worry about. That is until a stalker comes into her life and she learns a few things. Turns out, she’s not human and when someone angers her, they can get burned.

Going Down in Flames starts pretty predictably. You get your normal girl turned powerful and you have your angry people who don’t like it. That said, It turned around close to the 15% mark. I found the story itself enjoyable and the world interesting. What I loved most about this book though was the main character.

Bryn McKenna is a strong and stubborn young lady. Despite most books with the “powerful girl” trope having a powerful girl who only seems to pretend to be stubborn, Bryn definitely felt like it. She is kicked hard and low but keeps coming back up and kicking hardcore ass. She holds her own in the world she is thrust into and I found her relatable.

The narration isn’t bad though I do think the narrator was a bit slow. This is easily taken care of if you just speed up the reading in the audible app. For me, it works at 1.05 speed. So, it didn’t take much to help it along. The narrator herself wasn’t exciting at first, but once the world really started going, so did the voice. I feel the narrator was a good match for this book because of that.

In the end, I found myself being disappointed that the sequel is not in audio yet. I want to fly into this world more and see Bryn’s evolution as a dragon. I would recommend this for young adult readers and readers of urban fantasy shifter fiction.

Final Rating: 4/5

Book Release! MIND by Mary Duke

Mind
Series: Of the Faye
by Mary Duke

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#YoungAdult #Paranormal #Fantasy #Dragons #Faye #Gods #Magic

Blurb:

Sno is no ordinary Faye, nor is she a mere daughter of the moon. She was born with birthmarks that mirror the Goddess Ayana herself. For some, the birthmarks represent a blessing, a savior of the Faye. But to those who fear her power, the marks are a sign of a curse. For Sno, the marks represent who she is and serve as a constant reminder of what she could become.

Sno finds herself at the center of a war. On one side are the Demons, led by a notorious Karter family. On the other side is every single race within their realm that ever stood against them.

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Book #96: Awoken by Serra Elinsen

In his house at R’lyeh, great Cthulhu lies dreaming… of her.

What would you do if you discovered you were the only one in the world with the hidden power to keep it from utter annihilation?

What if you had no idea what that power might even be?

Andromeda Slate, the self-proclaimed most ordinary girl in America, can’t figure out why the gorgeous but mysterious new boy at high school seems to hate her so much. It couldn’t have anything to do with the strange dream she had the night before he first showed up in class, could it? The dream where the very same boy rescued her from a giant, green, tentacled sea monster?

And it couldn’t have anything to do with that time she read aloud from that ancient tome of eldritch magic, the Necronomicon… could it?

Andi Slate never imagined she’d find herself in a situation where somehow she was the key to saving the world.

Her life is about to get a whole lot less ordinary.

The best word to use after reading Awoken is “woke”. If you’re an old person like me (really, I’m not that old, but I am no good with slang or urban dictionary words) then you probably don’t know what “woke” means. Basically, it means that you have been woken up about the issues that something is addressed in.

For this book, I realized just how messed up the young adult paranormal genre can be.

Now, I should state the fact that there is a love/hate relationship between me and the Twilight Saga. I don’t care for the way it’s written and honestly, the story itself is kind of boring. And yet, I have reread the books and actually like watching the movies.

Even though I’m a Team Jacob girl, I didn’t really see Edward as a creeper like some of the critics of the book series. That is… until I read Awoken. 

Awoken is everything a paranormal YA book is times 1000%. That’s right. If you think that Edward was a creeper just watching Bella in bed, you’ll think Riley downright horrific.

You’d think that means this book was unenjoyable, but that’s not the case. I really liked this book and I would recommend it.

As long as you have an open mind and are looking at this as the satire it is, you’re good.

Final Rating: 4/5

Wait… I’m in another Anthology!

Hey guys! As you know, I’m also working towards becoming a full-time author. In order to do that, I’ve been writing like mad and have been in two anthologies this year. Well, I’m happy to announce that it’s actually going to be three now! The book is titled The Forest of the Dark and it’s an Enchanted Anthologies anthology edited by Angie Wade.

Release date: November 20, 2018

A collection of paranormal stories by nine authors. What happens in the Forest of the Dark? 

Even in the face of evil, there is nothing stronger than a mother’s love. ~ Rena Marin, Heart. 
Being the first victim of a serial killer sucks….for him ~ M. Rain Ranalli, Demon’s Lullaby. 
One kill was not enough to sate it, my vamp side yearned to make blood rain and play in the puddles ~ Jenee Robinson, Outcast. 
If you chase after dark legends, don’t be surprised if you become one. ~ C. J. Laurence, Black Forest Gateaux. 
The cry of a child is like a sirens call, but if you enter the woods, you will fall. ~ Ellabee Andrews, The Boy in the Blue Coat. 
When a predator of the night finds they have become the prey.. Does she run? Or does she stay and fight for what is rightfully hers….. Her forest. ~Erica Andrews, Willow. 
He’ll never go hungry again. ~ Casia Courtier, The God of the Forest 
Many choose to dangle from the limbs but the limbs are what entangles. ~ J. V. Stanley, The Hanging Tree. 
Don’t look for movement in the shadows, watch for the shadows that move. ~ Lorah Jaiyn, Shadow of the TreesMy contribution to the anthology is, “The God of the Forest”. It was inspired by the slender-man stories, but with my own little twist.

My contribution to the anthology is, “The God of the Forest”. It was inspired by the slender-man stories, but with my own little twist.

The other stories are just as creepy. Here are their teasers too!

The Forest of the Dark is available on Amazon and you can pre-order it right now! Just click on the Amazon link below and pre-order it. If you can’t right now or the book doesn’t interest you, that’s cool too. It would be just as great if you tell your paranormal/horror pals about it.

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Book #94: Insidious by Victoria Evers

Alternate cover edition for ASIN B01N4H9MNN
For all editions see here

All Kat Montgomery wanted was a fun night out on the town. What she got was a death warrant. As it turns out, the quaint little hamlet of Mystic Harbor, Maine houses more than sandy beaches and adorable B&B’s. Beneath the New England charm rests a deadly world where shifters, demons, vampires, and angelic hunters all vie for power. 

A world where magic is the greatest weapon. 

Magic that Kat now possesses.

After that one fateful night, she can feel the changes beginning to take hold of her. Only problem, she doesn’t even know what she’s turning into. With threats hiding in plain sight, deciphering the lines between friend and foe is nearly impossible. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Kat learns her only real ally rests in the one person she can’t stand: Reese Blackburn, an insufferably handsome magician whom the town fears most.

Kat’s very soul is at stake, and destiny doesn’t seem to be playing out in her favor. Can these two unlikely partners challenge fate itself before it’s too late?

First, I should begin by telling you that a friend recommended this book and boy am I glad she did. It got me from the first chapter and kept me going.

I’m a bit oversaturated by the young adult age of reads I’ve been doing lately, but this one was just a step above the average YA read. In fact, I guess you could call it a New Adult. It has a darker feel than normal paranormal romance YA.

It’s honestly been a long time since I’ve had a “book boyfriend” and this book not only brought me one, but two. I was kept on my toes trying to figure out one thing only to be turned around with the twist. The world Evers crafted in this series is in depth and is only a taste of what’s to come in later books.

I also listened to this in audio. So, the narrator isn’t bad, but the narration speed itself can be considered slow. That said, all you need to do is speed up the process and the story itself keeps going.

Like I said before, the first chapter got me fast. You are pulled into the story from an accident that feels like it came out of a Jeepers Creepers movie. A bus full of students and everyone goes missing. Not only do you find out what happened to them, but it fits so well with the rest of the narrative that you are left wanting more.

All in all, it was a very good beginning to a world I definitely plan on returning to.

Final Rating: 4/5