Monday, July 25, 2016

Monster Mine (Fear University 3) by Meg Collett


I, Sunny Lyons, am chasing my best friend’s ghost.

Or at least I thought I was until Ollie calls me on the phone and tells me to come to Anchorage, Alaska. We find her in a renovated warehouse surrounded by halflings and Hex, her father and the greatest aswang warrior who has ever lived.

While trying to protect Ollie from the people who want to use her as a weapon, I stumble across a secret the halflings will kill to protect—a secret that could save the man I love. I may be the Cowardly Lyon, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to protect my friends—even if it kills me.

My name is Ollie Volkova, and I am not broken.

Though my friends may say otherwise after I spent three weeks with a sadistic madman. They think I’m crazy, but when a monster called the Manananggal surfaces on the outskirts of Anchorage, my father offers to tell me about my mother in exchange for my help in hunting down the winged creature. It’s a deal I can’t pass up. Not when my mother’s past is so important to my future.

But the more I learn about her, the more I discover about my monster’s soul, and when my father reveals the final, darkest truth, the decision I make will change the course of my life.

This book is recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, violence, and language.


Monster Mine completely wreaked havoc on my emotions. If you have plans for he day I suggest waiting to start when you know you have a few free hours. My husband was a little disgruntled that I couldn't put it down on his day off. Whoops? This series is one of the few I've read that's worth obsessing over. The characters are real for me and the emotional pull is intoxicating.  

We can  obviously already anticipate the dark and alluring atmosphere in this series to grow darker after the way book two ended. I didn't anticipate, however, our sweet, funny, and loveable Sunny to grow a back bone. Her reaction to Aswang Saliva is a nice touch. I couldn't wait to find out how things would turn out for her and Hatter.  

The relationship between Ollie and Luke completely had me on edge. There’s still mysteries to figure out but what Ollie does with the truths is completely unexpected.  I love Ollie with a die hard, fan girl passion!

I need the next book in this series YESTERDAY! 5 well-deserved stars!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Throne of Glass

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Throne of Glass is a riveting page turner for Epic Fantasy lovers of all ages! The prose is fast paced and thought provoking. Chelaena's character is seemingly facetious and haughty; however, as the storyline continues her layers are quickly peeled away, revealing a young girl who's world was violently ripped away during a war that destroyed magic. She is a trained, notorious assassin who on the surface cares for no one. Her actions and interests reveal not only a caring and compassionate person, and her well placed character traits clue is on intriguing secrets regarding her past and her future. I don't know that I would necessarily compare it to the Hunger Games because of it's much lighter tone. It's still just as entertaining and I'd highly recommend to YA readers with a predisposition for magic, head strong heroines, mystery, and just a dash of romance. 
4 Stars