Book #10: 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

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Book #6: The Last Vampire Book One by R.A. Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

There’s a smokin’ hot dead guy locked in my garden shed.
That part’s bad enough. But now, he’s trying to get out.

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of shit when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.

So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.

But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not. 

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

The Last Vampire: Book One is the first in a trilogy about a 26 year old woman who is thrust into the paranormal world after a brief bitten encounter with a vampire. The last vampire in fact. Go fig.

The story is what I consider a slow burn. Our love interest and MC just barely know each other in the events of the book. In fact, they are only with each other in three solid instances. That says something there. It makes me label this book more on the urban fantasy versus romance field.

There is some sex going on near the last quarter of the book that I have read is more clinical than steamy. I personally found it to be both and I found the reason for that to be logical and interesting.

The MC is a “girl with unknown power” and does do the enigma trope well but I feel she could get better as the books progress. If anything, I’m not ready to pass judgment on her completely even if the book ended.

The writing is easy to get into and there were parts that were funny, as intended. I did find the book to be enjoyable and wouldn’t mind reading book two. There were moments I was scratching my head trying to figure out where the authors were going and I was super stoked at who the baddies were. Honestly, these guys are hardly ever the baddies… THANK YOU!

I did have an issue with the way it ended. It seemed to just end instead of having a climactic moment and solid resolution. That said, there is a second book and I do hope that book has a better ending in comparison.

All in all, it was a fun romp and I could see myself continuing the series.

Final Rating: 3/5

 

RELEASE DAY! Caught in the Middle by Rita Delude

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Caught in the Middle
by Rita Delude

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Wanda and Joe Sterling have been passionately, happily married for seven years. Janice and Ron Weaver love them both and model their marriage after the Sterling’s.
When trouble shakes the relationship, the friends find themselves caught in the middle of love. Yet they believe despite the ups and downs, twists and turns, love and honest friendship will prevail.
Caught in the Middle, the sequel to Catch.net, follows true friends and lovers through the peaks and valleys that make genuine love a roller coaster ride to happiness.

 

Book #3: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic… 

I didn’t know about this book until some internet friends in a Facebook Group I’m in called The Booket List mentioned there was an Audible sale on it. To expand on that, the FB group is called The Booket List. It has a reading challenge that involves a 100+ reading list that you have to read throughout the year. The Kiss Quotient happens to be on that list and with the Audible sale, I went ahead and got it.

I’ll admit that, for once, I didn’t read the blurb before getting the book. This is something I never do. I read blurbs. I even read the last few pages of a book before I finish it. Hell, sometimes before I even start the book. That said, once I did read the blurb (after I actually started listening to the audio, mind you), I knew this book was going to mean something to me.

I am not in the Autistic spectrum. At least, I don’t think I am. I’m not sure. I was never tested for it and if I was today, it wouldn’t change anything. That said, I do have family in the spectrum. Listening to this book made me think about how my family members also think and what they go through with. It was comforting to see someone who is always so stressed out, likes a system, and can be overstimulated as the main character in the book.

I felt a kinship with Stella. I understood her. I’ve had the same thoughts as her whether it was how to deal with people, being obsessive about something, or even the almost crippling effect your lack of self-confidence (and the reactions of people around you) can be with even the people who are closest to you.

I don’t usually cry in books. I don’t usually have an emotional response of any kind. I read books and I find myself dissecting them or analyzing them to see what makes a text work or not. And though I didn’t cry with The Kiss Quotient, I did clap. I screamed in praise of the minor characters. I snapped at Michael, the book’s second main character. I found myself choosing to say that this book is more than a 4.

The Kiss Quotient is more than just Stella with her Autism. In fact, that is just a detail about the character that isn’t expressed like an important aspect. I think the best way to explain it is with Michael’s attention of her or even her own realization about herself in the end. This is a romance book that has a character with Autism. This is not an Autistic story with romance.

For anyone who might say this is a poor representation of a “disorder”, I disagree. On both points.

As a sister of an Autistic person, I wasn’t raised to see Autism as a disorder and I refuse to call it that. In fact, I only use that word when I am talking to others because others aren’t able to understand that Autism is just a way that others are wired to think. People with Autism are passionate, you just need to have the patience to learn what their passion is. They are honest, you just need to learn to stop deceiving. They like peaceful days, you just need to learn to stop being so loud and fast. So, no, Autism isn’t a disorder.

As for a poor representation of Autism, again, I disagree. This is a great representation. Autism is a spectrum. No two people are exactly the same. Not even identical twins are completely identical. By saying this book doesn’t represent the spectrum, you are placing a value on one end of the spectrum versus the other.

Now that I’m done with that soapbox, I truly am sorry for that by the way, I want to get to the real meat of the story: the romance.

This book has your typical romance tropes of misunderstanding and lack of communication. But one great difference that this book has from other romances is the way the relationship evolves.

Most romance books have the “will they/won’t they” aspect. This book did away with that and played with the idea of “will they stay or will they break up”.  It felt like a book that stressed the relationship and not the budding of a relationship. I liked that. It felt different from other contemporary romances I’ve read and I really appreciated that.

That said, I can’t help but feel it should really be a movie. Maybe that’s just my little reading/movie adaptation nerdy self, but I really would like to see this in theater. I feel this book would give my mom the feels too. It didn’t have the same issues of a romance book and it felt real.

I highly recommend reading this book if you were thinking about it.

Final Rating: 5/5

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BLOG TOUR: Stolen Goods by Kay Marie


Catch Me If You Can meets Tangled in this funny and feel-good romantic comedy, new from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie.

Addison Abbot is a dreamer—she dreams of owning her own cake shop, of traveling the world, of finding Prince Charming. But when it comes to actually following any of those dreams, she’s a little, well, stuck. So when a devilishly handsome stranger saves her from two robbers with guns and pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime, she’s determined to find her fairytale ending—until she realizes he’s the most wanted criminal in America, that is.

Thaddeus Ryder was just another run-of-the-mill international art thief until his latest heist went south. Now, his face is on every news station, his name is making headlines, and his partner is working for the feds. Talk about a bad week on the job. His only option is to flee the country. But when hitmen for the Russian mafia interrupt his getaway, Thad gains an accidental companion—a baking beauty who might be too tempting to resist.

When a girl good meets a bad boy, sparks are bound to fly. But this conman is about to discover the only thing he can’t steal is her heart…

**To Catch a Thief is a romantic comedy series that’s one part humorous and one part heartfelt, with a dash of adventure, a hint of criminal activity, and a whole heap of fun! Each book is a standalone romance with a HEA.

MY REVIEW

I received a copy from the author for an honest review for the blog tour. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

First, I want to say thank you to Kay Marie for contacting me. It means a lot that you went looking for me and asked if I wanted to review and participate in the blog tour of the new baby. Thank you.

Stolen Goods is the second book in what I believe is a trilogy that follows the characters from book one on. In the first book, we meet Jo and the no-nonsense FBI agent, Nate. We also meet the other characters but as supporting roles. In this book, the couple that is focused is Jo’s bestie and “brother”, Addy and Thad.

I actually fell for Thad in book one and was excited to see that he was going to be in his own book in this one. He’s what I like to call a loveable asshole. You know the kind. They are the jokesters. The ones who hide behind a smile and can be dicks to the sticks in the mud. That’s Thad.

Addy, I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. She is an all-encompassing feminine fairy. Filled with pink and confectionary goodness. You’d think she’d be an innocent little wallflower and in a way she is. BUT, there is a strength to her that I really liked.

The best way to describe this book is a road trip book. Through a huge mishap that involves the Russian mafia, Thad finds himself in a pickle. He thinks he can just waltz in and contact Jo. At least… that was the plan.

Though most of the book is centered on these two strangers getting to know each other better, it works. You see a development of the relationship and how well they play off one another. You can see how one is able to lift up the other.

The book is a good middle book. It fits the world and you do get to see Jo and Nate in their own environment. I would love to read the third book. I have to now. I’m invested to see what happens with Nate’s partner, Leo, and Jo’s other online bestie, Mackenzie.

I recommend if you are looking for a light and fun romance. There is some action, both in physical coupling and fighting off baddies.

Final rating: 3/5

EXCERPT:

 

All the locks in the car slid into place.

All the missing pieces did too.

“Oh my God!” Addy shouted, whipping her head to the side, meeting those steely eyes, sharp and cunning. No wonder he looked so familiar! He was on the cover of the magazine sitting on her nightstand back home. His face had been on the news every single night for a week—not that she watched the news, but she usually caught the last five or so minutes before the show she actually wanted to watch came on. Maybe I should have been watching the news. Maybe if I had, I would have recognized the most wanted criminal in America! Maybe I would have done the smart thing, like, I don’t know, running away and calling the police instead of falling at his feet and drooling over his smile! Gah! “You’re Thaddeus Ryder!”

“The one and only,” he mused, edge of his lip quirking with a smile, no shame whatsoever evident in his expression.

“Oh my God, those men weren’t trying to kill me—they were trying to kill you!”

He wrinkled his nose with thinly veiled judgment. “Honestly, I’m a little surprised it took you this long to realize that. Unless the world of wedding cake design is a lot more cutthroat than I ever realized.”

“You have no idea,” she commented darkly, and then jolted, looking around at the leather dashboard, the bullet hole in the windshield, the black paint on the hood. She gasped. “Your car didn’t break down!”

“No.”

“I bet this isn’t even your car.”

He didn’t respond.

“Is it stolen?”

“Yes.”

Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.

I’m aiding and abetting a known fugitive.

Oh my God!

“I demand you let me out of the car at once!” Addy exclaimed, her voice as rigid and severe as she could possibly make it.

“I’m afraid that’s not going to happen,” he replied smoothly, all confidence and control.

“But— But—” That always works in the movies. “But I demand it!”

“And your demand is adorable, really, but it’s not going to happen. I didn’t mean to get you involved, but you are. You’re in this, whether you want to be or not.”

“In what?” Her voice was small, unsure.

He glanced at her, something soft and almost pained in his gaze. Then he looked forward and tightened his grip on the steering wheel, staring out the window with new resolve. “In this car, with me, until I say otherwise.”

I don’t think so. “I’ll call the police.”

“I have your phone.”

“I’ll scream.”

“Please don’t. I’m pretty sure no one but me will hear you, and my eardrums can’t take any more.”

“I’ll— I’ll—” Addy searched around for some sort of ammunition. Her hand went to the door handle and tugged on it uselessly.

“It’s locked, remember? And even if it weren’t, I wouldn’t recommend that route, just based on my own personal experience. Jumping out of a car going upwards of sixty miles an hour hurts like hell.”

She folded her fingers into her palm and pulled her hand back slightly, then spun, lunging for the wheel. He caught her with his forearm and pushed her back against the seat, locked in place. Addy punched and kicked, but he didn’t budge.

“I’m not going to hurt you, I swear. If I wanted to do that, I would’ve left you back there on your own. I wouldn’t have taken you with me.” He released her and ran his hand through his hair, ruffling those dark, wavy locks in a way that was frustratingly attractive. “This is all a big mistake. I just need to make sure it’s safe before I let you go.”

“Why should I believe you?”

He winced. “Because I have no reason to lie.”

Addy snorted with disbelief before she could stop it—uncaring for once in her life that the gesture was incredibly unladylike. “You’re a criminal. And a thief. And a con. And all you’ve done tonight is lie!”

“True,” he stated slowly, meeting her eyes with a smile. “But wasn’t it exciting?”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her young adult novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kaitlyn Davis here: https://www.goodreads.com/Kaitlyn_Davis

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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All Jolene Carter has ever wanted is a bakery of her own. There’s only one problem. Her father, Robert Carter, is a world-renowned art thief and she’s, well, sort of his protégé. But he’s promised her this next job in New York will be their last, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams…especially not the distractingly delicious FBI agent hot on her tail.

Agent Nate Parker has been on the Robert Carter case for years, and if rumors of the aging criminal’s retirement are true, this might be his last chance to nail him. With the legacy of his late father in the back of his mind, the stakes are more personal than anyone realizes. He won’t let anything stand in the way of justice…especially not the red-headed vixen who keeps giving him the slip.

He’s a cop who’d never bend. She’s a con who’ll never break. But all’s fair in love and larceny…

**To Catch a Thief is a romantic comedy series that’s one part humorous and one part heartfelt, with a dash of adventure, a hint of criminal activity, and a whole heap of fun! Each book is a stand-alone romance with a HEA.

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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 #99: Handsome and the Yeti by KuroKoneko Kamen

Audiobook Version Narrated By L.A. Johnson – Coming July 2018! 

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

A genderbent retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast… 

A nerdy gemologist – Bellamy ‘Belle’ DeWinter – ends up the prisoner of a narcissistic yeti named Abigail Snow, who lives in a sparkling mansion made entirely out of blue quartz and whose loyal servants are living statues made out of semi-precious stones. 

When Bellamy starts to think the yeti girl might actually be kind of “cute” he freaks out about his unsettling case of Stockholm Syndrome, but decides to man-up and help Abigail find a way to break the curse. 

Will Bellamy be able to beat the evil sorcerer Agathon at his own game by unlocking the powers and mysteries of the legendary Philosopher’s Stone? 

As cracks begin to form in the rainbow-colored Aurora Borealis quartz stone time is running out…! 

I grabbed this book for three reasons: The cover, the author’s pen name, and the obvious hilarious blurb. It is one of those things that to neglect it would be a disservice. Well, for me it feels like a disservice, but only because I live for outrageous things. Like Syfy original movies and bad horror films. Books fall in that same category.

Handsome and the Yeti actually surprised me in the content. For one, it is a genderbent fairy tale retelling. With that in mind, you’d expect something that you would want to laugh at and make fun of, but in actuality, I found myself liking the book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still ridiculous, but it is a type of ridiculous that embraces itself. There is a clear difference. You can tell the author is having fun with their story and not trying to take the work too seriously to a point where mocking it is inevitable. The reader is more a part of the joke vs. making the joke.

That said, I didn’t care for the ending of the book. The book felt like it had two endings going on. The first ending was clear and perfect and it really didn’t need more. But, then there was a second ending. It was that ending I didn’t care for.

When I say there are two endings, I mean that the book itself has a clear resolution and then an addition to the story that feels more like an afterthought. That afterthought is the second ending.

I wouldn’t say this second ending ruined my opinion about the book. The book is still a solid three out of five. However, it is something to bear in mind for future readers. I did like the book and will probably read more from KuroKoneko Kamen.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #94: Insidious by Victoria Evers

Alternate cover edition for ASIN B01N4H9MNN
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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

Book #83: The Crescent City by Lexi Ostrow

Isla Covington lost her entire world the night the Hellfire was unleashed. This might not have been so terrible, if she hadn’t been next in line to be Coven Priestess, and inherit more powers than any one witch should wield. Without her mother and fiance to guide her, she ran from her magic, from her home.

Noah wandered the Otherside, the spirit world, making certain Isla stayed out of harm’s way. He’d died of a sort once before and awoken as a Vampire. The second time he’d not had a failsafe. Death was not strong enough to separate the pair, even if he moved in the shadows unknown to Isla. He’d spent years ensuring she found herself, and did not take her life to be with him. Even if it meant torturing himself with what he could not have.

Isla’s godsons go missing, forcing her to return home – to return to her magic. The path leads her to a city of pure magic, and a witch who claims she can bring back the dead – for a price. All that stands between Isla and Noah is one tiny spell. A tiny spell which could destroy New Orleans.

I received a copy from the author for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

You may remember a book I reviewed previously titled the same and by the same author. And if you do remember, you may be thinking, “huh, is she reading the same  book all over again?”

The answer is simple: Yes and No.

That’s right, both are right. The first Crescent City was a part of the Kindle Worlds for The Vampire Diaries and specifically Bonnie Bennet. That said, once Amazon said goodbye to the Kindle Worlds, the story was ready for a new space. Taking advantage of this, Ostrow fixed up the book. She added details, change the characters, and gave new information for the world. The story is essentially the same, but there are more details that separate it from the other.

So, for that and the fact that I love reading Ostrow, I jumped at reviewing this one as well.

I actually liked this one better than the first. I liked the addition of a background that made the world unique and pulled me in. It made me want to see more of the world, to experience it, and to see the Hellfire in the works. I want to know if this is still an issue or if this is just the aftermath. I think we can bet that I want more of this urban fantasy world. I want to see how it differs from the original source material and am excited to see it works out.

The romance was there and it had just a bit more of an Ostrow flair that made me happy. The other one, though understandable, just missed what I like in Ostrow’s work.

All in all, I liked this one more than the other. I think it’s because it was more of Ostrow vs Vampire Diaries. She didn’t have to remain in the world, she was able to push out. That said, I now want more of the world. Hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Make it happen, girlfriend.

Final Rating: 3.5/5

 

BLOG TOUR: Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn

Princess Vela’s people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.

Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…

MY REVIEW

I have received an ebook copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher via YA Bound Book Tours. What is said here is my opinion and mine alone. There has been no compensation for this review.

When I read the blurb for Star-Crossed, I was expecting something strange. The kind of strange that could possibly make you laugh or question your reading choices. That said, I wasn’t expecting the amount of interest I had for the world Dunn crafted or the characters.

It is so hard to describe this book because, on one hand, it is strange. This is a world where a group of people is allowed to eat, but their calories are sucked out of them to make pills for the rest of the population. That is strange.

However, this book has a deeper meaning. A meaning that I never knew could encompass so many forms until I read this book. The meaning of sacrifice.

Sacrifice is a loaded word, usually associated with parents to their children or a religious movement. But, everywhere in this book, you can find an instance of sacrifice. This is a book about a population of people struggling and finding the beauty in the everyday sacrifice. This is a book about a young girl willing time and time again to sacrifice something of herself for others. This is a book where sacrifice holds a meaning greater than the ancient gods people worship.

This book is interesting, well written, and a book I would recommend others to read. It is a quick read and can pull the reader in almost instantly. I will be reading more of Pintip Dunn’s works.

Final Rating: 4/5

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

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