Thursday, December 3, 2015

Awakened (The Cursed Magic Series, Book 2) by Casey Odell

After escaping from the elves and the General, Claire is on the run again with the last person she’d thought she’d end up with— Farron. Shadowy forces are nipping at their heels, and soon they are attacked. But they have bigger worries. An old friend of Farron’s shows up: a beautiful woman with a mark shockingly similar to her own. 

As it turns out, she is not alone. 

And the new woman isn’t exactly on their side. Claire is kidnapped and lands in the middle of Farron’s biggest secret of all. Once again she is a prisoner and the people that surround her want to use her and her powers, people that she doesn’t have the option of refusing. The wolves are circling, but to pick a side means giving up everything she holds dear. 

Book two of the Cursed Magic Series.


The transition from Cursed to Awakened is flawless. It picks up where book one leaves off and I did not have to waste any time reading ten chapters about book one before continuing. For that aspect alone, I am GRATEFUL! As you probably already know, this series is an epic fantasy that involves elves, magic, and romance. If you liked book one you are going to fall head over heels in love with book two. The twists are endless! The story-line seriously wreaks havoc on the emotions! Much of the plot will leave the female reader swooning and things rapidly heat up in the romance department, but without explicit details. No mommy porn here ;). It most definitely not necessary though and I loved every aspect of it.

 The mysteries and hidden agenda's of most of the characters in Awakened either left me seething or feeling dizzy. It seems to contain one conspiracy after another, so much to the point that I trust only 2 people in the entire book, Claire and Farron. My heart broke... a lot...but I am filled with much excitement and hope. If you're looking for a magical read that is also unique. You've found it!

On a side note,I recently visited Casey's blog and it states book 3 may release in a few months! I think a lot of fans are breaking out their happy dances about right now! 5 stars!

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Cursed (The Cursed Magic Series Book 1) by Casey Odell

The night Claire Tanith’s small village is attacked, her mother sends her alone into the cursed forest, the one she’d been forbidden to enter all her life with these mysterious words: ‘They will protect you.’ 

On the run from her attackers, she soon finds the forest is not as abandoned as she’d once thought. 

Beautiful and elegant, the elves seem to be everything the legends said they would be. But legends sometimes forget the true history of things and Claire’s eyes are soon opened to a world she never knew. One that has been kept from her for most of her life. All Claire wants to do is return home and start looking for her mother, the only family she ever had. But the elves have different plans. The mysterious mark that appeared on her arm isn’t a curse, at least not to them anyway, and before she knows it, she is whisked away on a mission she never agreed to, unless they help her in return. 

Now she is stuck on an adventure with the perverted elf, Aeron, and one with an attitude, Farron. But there is more to this adventure than she’d ever hoped for.


The Cursed Magic Series by Casey Odell has been one of my favorite fantasy series for a while now. It is filled with elves, magic, humor, romance, and adventure.  I love everything about it. There are times I want to strangle Claire,  the female protagonist,  for her choices, but her choices are great at representing her character and following the story-line. It is a more primitive fantasy setting with a heart melting, conflicted romance blooming.  I'm ecstatic it's not an "insta-love" cliche and was well developed. The witty bantering is actually witty and many of the scenes have a fun atmosphere.  I am absolutely, head over heels in love with Farron! As I've already read book 2, I'll just note that it is ten times better than the first and I'm crazy over this installment.  A well deserved 5 stars!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Wizard's Heir by Devri Walls

Tybolt’s a Deviant, a hated race immune to direct magic in a world where Wizards ensure survival. But when he loses his entire family to a spell-made storm he joins an elite group of Wizard hunters, organized beneath the new non-magic wielding king. 

Now eighteen, he spends his days capturing Wizards. But the nights are his, reserved to feed the starving villagers of Eriroc under cover of dark. There’s always more people in need than he can help, and one of these days he’s going to hang for theft from the royal kitchens. 

Although Tybolt and his fierce partner, Auriela, have imprisoned many Wizards, the one partially responsible for the storm that killed Tybolt’s family is still out there: Alistair. When an old informant claims to have information regarding their elusive prey, everything changes. 

In a cruel twist, Tybolt realizes he isn't who he thought he was at all. How can he save himself, the people, and those he loves while keeping his secrets safe? Can he hide his true nature and allow the corrupt king to remain on the throne? 

Or will he have to unveil himself and risk possible execution to save them all? 

The Wizard's Heir is one of my top 3 YA fantasy stories of 2015.

The environment is primitive, reminiscent of raw fantasy lores. I truly loved the setting and how flawlessly it fit the overall plot. It's heavily laced with characteristics of Robin Hood without being an actual fairy tale spin off. The ideas actually felt fresh and unique, but every detail that reminded me of the beloved classic would excite me that much more. It was inspiring and fun to read from start to finish.

I adore Tybolt's character. He harnesses a kindness and compassion all of those around him seem to have forgotten.  The twists surrounding his heritage are brilliant.  None like him have ever existed before, making him the prime candidate for bringing genuine peace and acceptance into a kingdom that is severely lacking. 

Aureila has led a life of traumatic circumstances which harden both her heart and her demeanor. Life continues to throw her curve balls, but with Tybolt in her life everything she knows is about to change. I loved her character. 

Walls did a wonderful job at capturing the source of prejudices and remolding perspectives to see beyond the gray areas.  There really is just so much to love in this story and the topics that she touches base with and the values represented makes it even more ideal for teenagers. My children aren't yet ready to read at this age level, but I will definitely have it ready for them ahead of time. I see myself reading it many times in the future myself and if I need a good book to pick me up after disappointments this has made my "go-to" list! I would give more than 5 Stars if it were allowed. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Faerie's Revenge (Creepy Hollow #5)~ Review Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Rachel Morgan's A FAERIE'S REVENGE,
the fifth book in her Creepy Hollow series!


Title: A Faerie's Revenge

Author: Rachel Morgan

Series: Creepy Hollow (Book #5)

Published: October 27, 2015

Format: Ebook & Paperback

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Blurb: Still reeling from a shocking revelation, Calla Larkenwood finds the threads of her world unraveling further when she's accused of a horrifying crime she didn't commit. In a world where everyone keeps secrets and someone is intent on framing her, how will she figure out who to trust?


If you've made it this far then you might find yourselves filled with a lot of reader's angst after the epic plot twist in A Faerie's Secret.  I was extremely apprehensive  whilst waiting on this release and  wondering if it were even possible to follow up something so emotionally and mentally stunning with a story to do it justice.  It went above and beyond to surpass all expectations and hopes. I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice in a day!

In this spin off of the original Creepy Hollow series, everything we once took at face value is challanged. And while these inventive ideas push us to explore different territory of the fae realm, it does so without altering our already ingrained ideas of Creepy Hollow.  It instead expands into an entirely new adventure,  presenting new perspectives from characters in the background of the original series. The smooth flowing prose and dynamics of it are flawless!

Calla is probably the strongest heroine I've read about and it has little to do with a snarky attitude or physical strength. For Calla to always maintain control of her special ability and keep it a secret, she must be vigilant mentally and emotionally at all times. Not being able to control it can have deadly consequences and her traumatic past has proven it. She's not your every day, run of the mill guardian. She second guesses everything. She needs to know that before she takes action that it is deserved or necessary. Her empathy makes her the perfect mate for someone like Chase.

Chase will steal your heart and confuse everything you thought you knew about right and wrong. Your heart will break for him time and again.

I adore how realistically situations were handled between Chase and Calla. And how emotions weren't rushed to try to squeeze in a 'Happily Ever After'.

It is inventive, fast paced, and enthralling.  It never lacks action, and it never becomes confusing with overloaded scenes. It touches base with real world dilemmas we often face as a society and throws us into the hearts of the villians. I've seen this strategy before, but until now I had not seen it perfected!

A Faerie's Revenge is hands down the must read novel of 2015! The Creepy Hollow series has officially secured its spot as the most addictive books I've ever read. This is literally the best story I've read all year and one of the best Fantasy Romance stories of all time.



Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart. She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series. You can find her online at the following places:

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Moonsong : The Wolves of Cutter's Folly

From Bestselling Paranormal Romance Author Lisa Olsen
After werewolves attack her family, Amelia Singer escapes to Cutter's Folly in search of her long lost grandmother. There she finds the strangest revelation yet - not only is she descended from a long line of shapeshifters, Amelia's firstborn is destined to lead the pack to dominion over all others. Now power hungry shifters everywhere will stop at nothing to share in that prophecy. Choosing a mate is the only way to end the violence, but how can she be expected to choose a man she's known for less than a week? At the heart of this struggle, Amelia is torn between Chase, who makes her pulse race with a single sultry glance, and Cutter, a reclusive but tempting loner with secrets of his own. Can fiercely independent Amelia find happiness with the pack, or will she rebel under the pressure and take her chances on her own?

Editorial Review

Author Lisa Olsen explores the world of shapeshifters with this solid Paranormal Romance. Still reeling from the news that she's from a family of shapeshifters, Amelia learns she's the focus of an ancient prophecy and everybody wants a piece of her. Against that backdrop, we have a classic love triangle. On one side we have Chase, a young, brash werewolf (excuse me, shifter), who's chomping at the bit to become the pack's next Alpha. Does he have actual feelings for Amelia, or is he more interested in the prophecy? On the other side we have Cutter, a gruff but appealing outsider who spends as much time infuriating Amelia as he intrigues her. Caught in the middle is feisty Millie, who refuses to cave in to the pressure from all sides to choose a mate for the stupid prophecy.

The author gives us the best parts of a werewolf saga (dominant males posturing for power), tempering it with a strong female cast, especially Millie herself who doesn't put up with anyone else telling her what to do.


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

Simply said, I need more. I feel devastated having to wait for the next release. I was entranced from start to finish. Moonsong has one of the best, well- executed prose I've read in a while. The characters are well-written and I've fallen in love with each of them. The plot twists are so well-structured that one second I was seething with hatred for a particular character, only to experience whiplash from the amount of respect owed to him within only a few short chapters. I was skeptical of another the entire time only to be shocked by her unswaying, innocent essence. The protagonist's are loveable, snarky, and with the just right amount of obstinacy added to their traits. The atmosphere evenly transitions from blissful swooning to raw intensity and anticipation, creating a whirlwind of addicting emotions.  Both the dialogue of the story and the structure are well rounded without an onslaught of typical and overused adjectives or references. I am just now discovering this author and after reading this story all of her books are going on my to - read list. Moonsong will easily be one of the most sought after novels of the year.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Scarlett Moon: The Wolves of Cutter's Folly

From Bestselling Paranormal Romance Author Lisa Olsen
I'm not hiding who I am. Well, I'm hiding what I am, because you don't just say Hey, everybody, I'm Scarlett and I'm a shifter at the first mixer. All I want is the chance to go to college with normal people and lead a normal life for a change, maybe even meet a normal guy. I've just been too chicken to go after it until now.

I'm making friends, I even met a cute guy who seems into me. Everything's working out like I'd hoped. Except for this other guy, Kane, who thinks he has to protect me, just because we're both wolves. Every time I turn around he's there with his dark, piercing stares and his deep, sexy voice that somehow manages to get past my defenses. I left my pack back home for a new start. The last thing I want is to get caught up in any shifter drama, no matter how sexy the package it comes wrapped up in is.

Kane is exactly the kind of man I don't want. Bossy, infuriating, insisting he knows what's best without even asking me, and so freaking hot, his ego's the size of Texas. I especially hate it when he's right. It turns out there are scarier things out there than midterms, and they're after me.

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The last thing Kane's looking for is a mate - but that's exactly what his Alpha has ordered him to bring home. A very specific mate. Adding Scarlett LaRoche to the pack will cement his ties to her pack and the prophecy, which puts him one step closer to the ultimate power. But can he seduce a girl that doesn't want to be seduced?

Challenge accepted.

*** Scarlett Moon is a shifter paranormal romance with steamy sex and violence, and should not be read by those under 18. It can be read as a stand alone book, or as part of The Wolves of Cutter's Folly, and has a HEA. ***


Two paragraphs into Scarlett Moon and I was already giddy with excitement! We learn early on that Kane, awesome name by the way, was in the army 
, rides a bike, and is a hot but honorable  la Are you swooning yet? You will be. 

Scarlett, on the other hand, is very much the introvert with an untapped fierceness on the edge of discovery, as she is figuring herself out during her first year of attending college away from Cutter's Folly.

  The cameo appearances of Cutter, Millie, and their daughter are exciting and make it feel like home, but the real page turner is knowing this story will be completely different from the first, but just as entertaining.  

Some elements of Scarlett Moon are a tad darker than Moonsong, but it makes for a very intense read.  When the atmosphere isn't oozing with sexual frustrations, it is light and entertaining. There is an abundance of witty bantering to keep you smiling throughout.  

The characters are endearing and instantly likeable.  Kane remains a mystery during most of the book, but when his secrets are unveiled you will only love him more for them. Personally,  I found every side of Scarlett enjoyable. I can very much relate to her introverted tendencies but I also fell for her tenacious spirit and vivacious attitude. 

Prepare yourselves for quite a few plot twists and surprises. 
Scarlett Moon is fast paced, exciting, and swoon-worthy! A 5 star must read!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hood's Obsession (Kingdom Series #9)

Erualis' time is running out and now Rumpelstiltskin says there are only two who can save him... 

Lilith Wolf, the daughter of the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood has a problem, she's an unmated female in heat. She has to get away from the males of her village unless she wants to find herself involuntarily hand fasted to the first one to tame her wolf. So when Giles Damien comes to her calling due the pact she'd signed with Rumpelstiltskin years ago, she doesn't really think twice about the fact that she'll be journeying to Fyre Mountain. Even though that means she'll be crossing paths with an angry water dragon, a pub full of rowdy Merry Men, and rock dwarves with a taste for flesh... For an alpha female that's an adventure. No problem. Find the Chalice of Hope, come back home, and life will return back to normal again. 

But she hadn't counted on an honorable Giles Damien to intrigue not only her female sensibilities, but her wolf too. He's a warrior, but he's sweet, he's patient, and he's altogether different from the aggressive, rough males of her village. Problem is Giles is a demone, and everyone knows they don't mingle outside of their species. But now her sights are set on him and she's going to make it her mission to prove to the stubborn headed demone that sometimes love can come from the most unexpected of circumstances...


I loved it so much I read it twice!!! Marie Hall creates the perfect fairy tale adventures for adults. In Hood's Obsession, much to my delight, she introduced a novel that is perfectly balanced between a steamy shifter romance and a swoon worthy fairy tale spin off. I've seen a lot of recycled ideas in many novels, but Hall includes a special flare to each of her novels branding them unique. Her novels are always fun to read, highly entertaining, and I was thrilled to be introduced to new mystical creatures. 

Lillith, is the daughter of Red, aka the heartsong, and the Big Bad Wolf. She's an alpha female who has beared the burden of cruel ridicule having come from a family of mixed heritage. At a young age she made a deal with the evil broker, Rumpelstiltskin, to ensure a future free from this particular prejudice. 

Giles is a demone and Rumple's right hand man. He is sent on a mission impossible complete without Lillith. The palpable attraction between the two could have devastating consequences for them both, but death itself may not be enough reason to keep up a charade of disinterest.

One of the elements making this such a fantastic story is that the characters never sway from the essence created of them. It makes the read much more enjoyable and entertaining as the story progresses. Lillith is very much the wild and obstinate Alpha wolf throughout the entirety of the tale. She tends make brash decisions and is truly prideful. Giles is the wise, capable warrior with just enough patience to handle her antics and offer compassion to her. His mind and heart have never before strayed beyond his duties, but his time with Lillith, an equal, changes everything. I love how their dual nature's complement one another. One scene in particular, the night of her bloom, had me falling hard for Giles. 

I loved the magical adventure and fell in love with these endearing characters. Even among Marie Hall's other phenomenal fairy tales, Hood's Obsession is a gem. I'm quite picky when buying paperbacks, but this is a must have for my bookshelf. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the Kingdom Series! 5 Stars! 

Rumple's Prize (Kingdom #8)

Imp, deceiver, villainous mastermind… Rumpelstiltskin’s been called all these names and more, and for the most part, they’re entirely true. But there is more to the brooding, blond haired Adonis than brokering deals for the devil. He’s hiding a terrible, hideous secret. One that threatens to fray the already delicate strands of his sanity and reason. A secret that he’s desperate to make right, to see whole again, and there is no one and nothing that will stand in his way of getting what he wants—no one except a slip of woman with hair like fire and skin like finest porcelain. Something about Shayera Caron calls to the beast inside him and makes him question his motives for the first time in his life.

Shayera Caron is the daughter of the infamous Gerard Caron, former lothario of Kingdom but now a reformed rake and settled husband and father. She can go nowhere in her tiny hamlet without seeing the sneers of women and hearing the murmurings of their disdain for the blood that runs through her veins. Shayera is desperate to get away from the gossiping hens, so when Rumpelstiltskin rides into town, she doesn’t think twice before going wherever he leads. Only thing is Shayera is not as innocent as she might seem, for she hides a secret too. One that will bring the most feared man in all of Kingdom to his knees…

* First published in the anthology, Alphas After Dark.

In Kingdom's territory, Rumpel is considered to be the devil himself. It is through one of his infamous deals that he is able to obtain the daughter of Gerard Caron, the former playboy of Kingdom. 

Rumpel's prize is filled with two enticing elements: mystery and heat-filled anticipation. The strain of the sexual intensity is enough to drive someone mad. The chemistry between Rumpel an Shayera is intoxicating. I have read this story 3 times just to experience it anew time and again. Rumpel is someone I respect for his honesty and straight forward manner. He is also more the vulnerable man than anyone could have foreseen.

The plot throughout the story is something entirely unique and entertaining. It's one of those books that make you want to pick the author's mind to understand where such interesting idea's originate. I am so very grateful for this series. I always wait a bit between each book in this series because when I find myself in a funk I know I'll find my vigor once again in one of these stories. 

This is the perfect story for fantasy lovers who have soft spot for sexy, alpha males. 5 Stars!

The Enchanted Necklace: A Nordic Princess Fairytale

The Enchanted Necklace is a new classic princess fairy tale intertwined with Norse mythology. Silya, the feisty ten year old Princess of Norway, eagerly awaits the arrival of her cousin and best friend, Princess Hedda of Denmark. The princesses are both looking forward to the summer solstice celebration, but trouble lurks in their future as magical villains see the girls as being vital for their deadly conspiracy. Hedda and Silya find themselves cast into a dangerous adventure filled with fire giants, female warrior angels, and the God of Thunder. Can the princesses save themselves and their kingdoms, or will the forces of chaos overwhelm and destroy them? Age Range: 8 - 12 years (formerly published as the Bifrost Bridge)


The Enchanted Necklace is absolutely inspiring. It is the perfect combination of Norse mythology and a fun fairytale adventure. I can't imagine a better written tale to inspire a child's creativity to flourish, and I adore the idea of being able to now be able to share my love for mythology with my children at a much younger age than previously planned. I really believe the author did a fantastic job at introducing mythological creatures into a realm children already find themselves familiar. The characters are wonderfully written and the plot is thorough. I can't wait to introduce it to my babies.  A spot on my children's bookshelf is specifically reserved for this enchanting tale in the future. 5 stars, because it is PERFECT!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lies, Mistrust, & Fairy Dust (Never Say Neverland #3)

Peyton Darling is determined to officially find where she belongs with her new found family known as The Lost Boys, even if that means finding herself kidnapped by pirates, behind bars for a crime she didn't commit, and at the mercy of the mysterious world known as Neverland. Somewhere between the lies they tell, the mistrust that won't fade with her fedora wearing boyfriend, Justin Ryan, and the Fairy Dust, Peyton will have to decide who she is as well as who she wants to be.

Lies, Trust, and Fairy Dust is the third installment in Xavier Neal's "Never Say Neverland" series and certainly provides a unique stance of the modern day Peter Pan spin-off. There is a lot of action per usual and even more betrayal. Each scenerio of Payton being betrayed provokes an entire range of angry emotions. I've actually come to utterly despise Peter Pan's character and find myself hoping Justin and Payton could somehow elude the notorious Lost Boys. It appears that the darker atmosphere of this story is leading to a thickening of the overall plot of the series in it's entirety. I'm quite eager to discover the end game of Pan's obsession. I enjoy the light hearted adventures, the edge of my seat mysteries, and the heart racing romances. There is one particular scene that felt most at home in this series. It is a moment between Justin and Payton in the kitchen that had me smiling once again. And once again, Peter Pan ruins the moment. I'm longing for advancement in the protagonist's relationship. But it seems some of the scenes between the two have become redundant, ie. Justin's "magical" kisses.  I did, however, find the twist with the infamous hook invigorating.
I'm not sure what his role in the future will be in the series, but I'm hoping to see more. I also enjoyed the fast pace if the story and admittedly could not put it down. All books have their pros and cons and ultimately there is more postive than negative to be found in this Neverland adventure. 4 Stars!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Masterpiece (Adrenaline series #3)

As Merrick McCoy, legendary street racer and infamous criminal, approaches the biggest moment of his life, he will have to make one final decision. Will he turn the dark tragedy his life has become into just another court statistic or will he take this chance to turn it into a Masterpiece?

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

The last installment in the Adrenaline series is a serious tear jerker! I became so involved with characters and the emotions wrapped around them that I couldn't put the book down long enough to get my kids in bed in time for school! I loved Masterpiece. I believe the plot holds something to offer everyone: mystery, action, romance, and an abundance of surprises! Thank you so much for the chance to enjoy this journey. I have a feeling there will be a couple of spin-offs from this series so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out. A well-deserved 5 stars!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Blood & Gold (Hand of Kali #2)

As Maya perfects her Fire skills she finds there is more to being the Hand of Kali than just wielding Fire.
A surprising summons to Mount Kailas takes Maya on a journey to meet the Lord of the Hindu Pantheon – Lord Shiva himself. This time the God’s request may not be so easy to fulfill.
Maya and her friends must flee the demons and the ruthless killers on their trail to retrieve the golden bow of Lord Rama.
Can Maya get the bow back in time, and also save a certain demon king in the process?

Blood & Gold opens in what seems to be an entirely different direction in the Hand of Kali series. It is actually just expanding it's reach for the other characters in Maya's life to be able to contribute to the story. Toward the middle of the book I couldn't put it down. I love the adventures T.G. Ayer writes and how they can be simple, but well thought out. My favorite parts were, of course, Maya and Nick's alone time together. There is a particular scene I have in mind while writing this actually. I very much look forward to watching their relationship evolve. I also enjoyed getting to watch Maya's powers evolve and the techniques she used while harnessing those skills. Another 5 Star YA Paranormal Romance / Adventure. Looking forward to book three, Time and Fate, to release this year. 

Moon's Flower (Kingdom Series #6)

Once upon a time, long, long ago a flower fairy looked to the skies and dared to fall in love with The Man in the Moon...

I must say I ruined this for myself. I am completely obsessed with Marie Hall's Kingdom Series and instead of going in order I went searching through reviews to see if I could find my next favorite of the lot. If I hadn't read spoilers I would have been completely blown away by the plot twist! She is still writing unique characters befitting the unique roles they play in Kingdom. I love how she ties each story together and creates a history for each that flawlessly collaborates with each book in the series. She has a brilliant talent and I'm beyond grateful she's chosen to share it! Another 5 star paranormal romance! 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Satyr from the Shadows (The Cursed Satyroi Series #3)

Long ago, a nymph fell in love with a mere mortal destined to become a legendary hero. Until the gods saw fit to tear them apart and tamper with fate.

Everyone has heard the story of Daphne and Apollo, of her transformation into a laurel tree to escape his obsession. If only it were so simple. Held prisoner for thousands of years, Daphne is close to death until a last minute rescuer smuggles her out of Olympus and to Melancton, the satyr she loves.

Melancton has always preferred to be on his own, keeping to the shadows and maintaining a stoic appearance. Only Daphne can be the light to his darkness, and now that she's returned, the fear of losing her again shakes him. With grave danger lurking on the horizon, Melancton and the satyrs of The Aegean Inn prepare for battle, but the odds are stacked against them.

Meanwhile, Apollo enlists the aid of Dionysus in his determination to reclaim Daphne and punish those responsible for her disappearance. Is it possible to survive the fury of the gods?

Satyre in the Shadows has a darker atmosphere than the former novels. The events surrounding Daphne and Melancton are tragic and are written to have a strong emotional pull. The thought provoking situations seem realistic and ideal for their current dilemma. Throughout the story the atmosphere varies between tense to amusing. I found peace in Melancton finally having companionship and family. It was sometimes distracting readung through more than two point of views, but I loved the characters and the history. There is a nice little plot twist in the end I think readers will enjoy. 

I love stories weaved off of mythology; however, it was not until I read the first book in this series that Greek mythology appealed to me personally . I adore stories written by Rebekah Lewis and will continue to follow this series closely. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Midnight at the Satyr Inn (The Cursed Satyroi #0.5)

Cursed into an immortal life as a satyr, Jacen isn't prepared when London checks into The Aegean Inn. For the first time in centuries, Jacen's willing to break the rules for a woman. Can London handle his secret, or is she a threat to the existence of all satyrs?

Originally part of the Ravaged Vol. 2 anthology

 I've quickly become addicted to this series! I'm not a fan of insta-love and it didn't actually proceed to that point, but the idea is present. There is mention, at least, of the protagonist's spending more time together to find out where the relationship may lead. It's a short, but really entertaining read that now has me hooked on Jacen. I am desperate to find out more. Not many books receive this reaction from me particularly, so it's more than deserving of 5 stars!

Under the Satyr Moon (The Cursed Satyroi Series #2)

Under the Satyr Moon a curse was wrought, and under the same moon shall it be reversed...
...if the Fates allow.

A freelance photography job goes downhill fast when Lily Anders' boyfriend dumps her and disappears from the campsite, leaving her stranded in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Feeling lost, heartbroken, and afraid, Lily follows a mysterious melody through the wilderness. She never would have guessed the source of the music would reveal that legendary figures of Greek mythology really existed, and she could be one of them.

Ever since he was cursed, Ariston has only wanted one thing—to be human again. He has searched the globe for a nymph to free him, but over three thousand years of failure has pushed him into a life of solitude. Ariston believes he's finally found the salvation he's longed for when he finds Lily spying on him in the forest. Unfortunately, he has to convince her to like him first.

What seems to be the Fates bringing them together in time for the Satyr Moon proves to be an elaborate scheme with macabre intentions. Dionysus has sent Ariston's estranged brother, Adonis, to ensure the curse cannot be broken, and nothing tosses cold water over the flame of seduction like a twin seeking vengeance.

I loved this book so much that I immediately wanted to read it again after I finished. The story-line evolves into something more complex and sinister from the first installment in the series. The characters and plot seemingly gain more depth. The chemistry between the primary characters is just as explosive as it is in book 1, only there is so much more on the line and things could go devastatingly wrong. The plot twists are a nice touch and on a side note, I adore Hermes! He's hilarious!
 I have a new author to follow and I honestly cannot get enough of these books. 5 stars!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wicked Satyr Nights by Rebekah Lewis

Some creatures want to be found.

When Dr. Katerina Silverton travels into the Pine Barrens to make a documentary on the Jersey Devil, she doesn’t believe she will find evidence of anything supernatural. However, Kat soon finds herself face to face with the very creature she was sent into the forest to capture on film.

In Ancient Greece, the god Pan made a terrible mistake which resulted in the creation of a race of immortal satyrs. Centuries later, he lives secluded in the Pine Barrens, frightening the mortals by taking the guise of an abhorrent local monster. When a beautiful woman shows up in his forest looking for proof of his existence, Pan can’t resist revealing himself to her.

But outside forces may be manipulating them both, pushing them together for nefarious reasons. Kat must decide if she could learn to love a satyr or if his appearance is more than she can handle. Can she resist Pan’s wicked nature, or will she give into the temptations beyond her wildest fantasies?

 I'm just going to go ahead and kick this off by saying that I am thrilled to have this book in my possession! I was initially a skeptic due to a lot of odd characteristics  belonging to one book, but I loved it. Wicked Satyr Nights is an interesting and enjoyable book to read. The modern  context of the dialogue threw me off a couple of times because it seemed off to think of the characters as Greek God's while using today's slang. I found I enjoyed the dialogue as well. It created a light and fun atmosphere for such a passionate pair to fall in love.

Pan is my ideal male protagonist. The exterior reeks sexy, alpha male while in reality he is extremely vulnerable.

Katerina is the stubborn female protagonist who harnesses the soft heart needed to accept someone as Pan into her life. I melted...a lot!

I loved the character development and I love them together. The over all plot to the story is entertaining. I highly recommend it to an audience of 18 and older. 

Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker series #1) by CK Dawn

The gloaming is near

What if all you've ever known of King Arthur's legend was a lie to mislead you from the truth? What if Camelot truly existed, but was destroyed to keep its secrets? And, what if there were descendants of the Knights of the Round Table defending us today from the creatures that lurk within the shadows? If the gloaming came looking for you would you answer its call?

Fourteen year old Abigail Thorne answered the gloaming and it turned her life upside down. Along with her mentor Lourdes Reese, a seasoned hunter in the King's Court, they banish the evil shadows while most dociles sleep in their beds. Fighting hidden creatures that feed on humans, glimpsing fractures that lead to another world, and wielding magical weapons all before geometry? That's a normal day for Abbey now, and she loves every minute of it. As for Lourdes Reese, she has unique abilities that can't be explained and is the best hunter the King's Court has seen in over a thousand years. Abbey and Lourdie have no idea that being sent to Britain will unleash a chain of events that will change everything and everyone they love forever.

A life will be lost, a life will be taken, and an unexpected new romance will emerge all while the fate of two worlds balances on the edge of a hunter's blade.

Cloak of Shadows is a fantastic, modern day spinoff of King Author. Actually,  the scenery switches from modern day to classic while certain components of the story are more futuristic. Most of the story is told via Lourdes point of view.  There are parts where it is written through Abbey's, one scene is written through Temple's and then another is a dark mystery. It sounds confusing, but the smooth flow of the prose helps in distinguishing the roles. I thoroughly  enjoyed the action and training scenes. Dawn painted vivid imagery that left me in awe. My favorite sections of the story are filled with magic, a budding romance, and mystery galore. There are some feelings of agitation because I'd hope for a few answers before the story ended and this particular cliffhanger left me feeling uneasy. Overall, it is a great book I plan on sharing with my children when they are older. 5 stars!

Neophyte (The Netherwalker series) by CK Dawn

Prequel to Cloak of Shadows (The Netherwalker Series) 

Abigail Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve year old has no idea that the tender little word is a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word's call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don't have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don't even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal is. So she shouldn't be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest, should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?

A Neophyte's Tale (Short Story Prequel) ~ available nowCloak of Shadows (Book 1) ~ available nowCloak of Secrets (Book 2) *Fall 2015Veil of Light (Book 3) *Spring 2016

                                *projected release


Neophyte's storyline kept me engrossed from start to finish. It doesn't give much information on the elements held within Cloak of Shadows, but delivers an interesting insight into the female protagonist's history. The mysteries ensure I'll be reading Cloak of Shadows as soon as possible. I'm also excited because I'm  hoping that these are books I can share with my children once they are older. CK Dawn writes a great prequel deserving of 5 stars! (less)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Vintage (Adrenaline series #2)

When career criminal, Merrick McCoy and the commissioner's daughter, Jovi Carter, met neither expected to find the only thing in life they had been missing. However a classic love story takes a sharp turn when choices have to be made and sides chosen. Will these two forbidden lovers find a future or will their love story just become vintage?

Vintage is amazing. The intensity is pushed full throttle between Merrick and Jovi. There's an atmosphere of anticipation because something majorly catastrophic just has to take place. Eluding Jovi's father seems less likely as their romance progresses and there are hints of change throughout the story.  I rather enjoy the cliffhanger the author laid out. It flows well in a classic, spin off manner. However,  it's kind of a huge cliffie and I love the stories by Xavier Neal so I know I'll be reading the next one.  If you're a stand alone kind if person this may not leave you reeling with happy thoughts. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hook's Pan (Kingdom Series #5)

Trishelle Page has known pain in her life, but instead of it making her weak, she's stronger. Confident. That is until the day a fairy kidnaps her during her staring role in Peter Pan's play and tells her not only do fairy tales exist, but that she's the soulmate of the pirate they call Hook, making her question everything she ever thought she knew.

Captain James Hook is a man at the end of his rope. He's not the villainous bastard tales have made him out to be. So when the curvaceous blonde drops, literally, at his feet he aims to prove it to her. If only to get her into his bed.

What neither one knows is that fate and magic are conspiring and they can deny the attraction all they want but the end is already written, it's just a matter of getting there.

I wasn't sure it was possible for Marie Hall to write a story I'd love as much as Gerard's Beauty,  but she has outdone herself.  I am over the moon after reading Hook's Pan. The characters from the second installment are in this book a decent portion considering the female heroine is Betty's closest friend. There is certainly a wonderful surprise in the beginning.  As the story moved forward I couldn't stop smiling. The tension between Hook and Trishelle is insatiable.  I love how their personalities sync. They are both witty,  funny, and hard headed. 
The back story on Peter Pan is one of the best twists I've read to date.  I adored the inclusions of the mermaids and the under water adventure.  This book is pure, unadulterated bliss!  I'm sad to see the fairy tales of the Bad Five and their soul mates come to an end, but very eager to read the spin off series of "the dark daughters" ! 5 Stars!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jinni's Wish (Kingdom Series #4)

A long, long time ago there lived a man. A Jinni, who had one wish. To know love. But the woman he thought he knew betrayed him and the love he thought they shared. Tortured for his crimes, he was cast out of Kingdom, stripped of all his powers, left to langour in pain and solitude, until eventually he becomes nothing but a ghost...

Paz Lopez is an artist with a dream. To buy a ridiculously large penthouse in the swankiest section of Chicago. But there's just one hitch, she has no man to share her dream with. A fateful visit to a carnival and Madam Pandora's tent sends Paz on a mission to find the love of her life before it's too late.

But the Madam forgot to tell Paz one very important detail... to meet him, Paz will have to die first.

The different tales of the characters in the Kingdom series offer something for every ready to be able to relate to on a more personal level. All of the character's are enjoyable and fun to read. The prose, per usual, flows smoothly and paints wonderfully aesthetic scenes to appreciate. The emotional atmosphere in this fourth installment harness more of a melancholy tone. It's understandable considering the circumstances surrounding Jinni's past and Paz's predicament. It was nice to finally unravel the mystery surrounding Jinni, but I didn't feel the character's connect with as much ferocity as they have in former novels. It was still very much a pleasure to read and I always enjoy Marie Hall's imaginative creations. 4 Stars!

Red and Her Wolf (Kingdom Series #3)

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened...

Book 3 in the Kingdom series is a bit on the darker side and I absolutely loved it. It's twist is far different from the prior two novels as it seems Violet is creature of darkness with no hope for salvation and Ewan, the stubborn Alpha Wolf, refuses to give up on her. I enjoyed the environment and character development. The twist at the end of the story was entirely unexpected and perfect. I cannot get enough of this series! Marie Hall invites me into one magical realm after another and I'm hopelessly addicted to the character's and their romances. 5 Stars!

Gerard's Beauty (Kingdom Series #2)

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

 This Beauty and the Beast is a brilliant spin off worthy of endless praise. The ability to write so many different personalities and let them each stay true to form takes true talent. Marie Hall is a master story teller.

Gerard's Beauty is my absolute favorite.  My intrigue was held from the first sentence to the last. After I finished the book I immediately had to read it all over again. The intensity and longing are intoxicating,  yet her characters are so enjoyable to read. I am always thrilled that these characters are forced in one way or another to take the time to fall in love instead of the clichĂ© stories of lust. It doesn't get more entertaining.  The Kingdom Series is golden. Easily a top 5 pick, coming from an extremely picky reader. 5 stars!

Her Mad Hatter (Kingdom Series #1) by Marie Hall

Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

 Her Mad Hatter is the first installment of an extremely addicting series! I adore Marie Hall's imagination and the intricate details that brought this story to life. The characters are original and so realistic they embedded themselves into my heart permanently.  The explicit scenes are well written and scorching hot. Book 1 in the Kingdom Series turned me into an instant fan girl. I am determined to own every book ever written by this author. 5 stars!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fire & Shadow (Hand of Kali #1)

Normal people sneak out to a party and have fun. Maya Rao ends the evening by incinerating the guy who attacks her.

Nik Lucas, sexy, new in town and totally forbidden, happens to walk in on her. Normal guys would run for the hills. Nik knows a whole lot more than he's telling.

Maya doesn't believe the gods are real, doesn't waste her time with mere mythology. But when gods, demons and hellhounds become the new normal and wielding fire becomes her new skill, she must decide what it is she really believes.

Can Maya accept that normal is something she will never be because it isn't normal to be ...

The Hand of Kali.

A new Paranormal coming of age series delving in the fantasy and magic of Hindu mythology and its plethora of gods, demons, legends & mythology.


Fire and Shadow is a flawless illustration of everything a YA Paranormal Romance represents. It is a beautifully written tale of a teenage girl being thrown into a world of mythology and a religion she had before deemed nonsense. For reasons not to be revealed, Maya has the power to wield fire. When her crush from afar is worked into the equation of these sudden upheavals in her life, duties and romance become a bit conflicted. She's an extremely likeable character who is truly selfless and always considerate of her friends and family. She just hadn't realized the list of people she would care enough to call friend would soon include mythological gods. While trying to grasp the powers behind the angst in her life, tragedy strikes and being needed by the God of Death to go on an epic adventure is her only bargaining chip in saving the lives of those near and dear to her.

As always, a prose written by T.G. Ayer is a literary pleasure. She is master story-teller who manages to include an abundance of excitement in just a few short pages without all of the clutter and confusion. Fire and Shadow is a well plotted fantasy adventure perfect for lovers of creativity and the desire to find escape within a realm of infinite possibilities. A well-deserved 5 stars!