Rhapsodic

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

5 stars!

“People like us are not victims. We’re someone’s nightmare.”

Rhapsodic is the tale of Callie the Siren, present day bounty hunter with a past that’s always tied to her. When she was a teenager, she needed help and called upon The Bargainer to help her clean up her mess. Lost and alone, she kept calling him back for more and more favors until her wrist was wrapped in the hundreds of favors she owed him. Until one day, he left her and she didn’t see him again.

Now, seven years later he has come back, and it’s time for those favors to be repaid. The Bargainer needs Callie’s help, for something is wrong in the Otherworld, and she has the ability to get answers where he cannot. The only problem? Callie’s help has made her a target, and no one knows who is coming for her.

“Now, cherub,” his words roll off his lips like honey, “the first repayment of the day: you’re coming home with me, and you’re not leaving until your debts have all been paid.”

Rhapsodic is a book that has been recommended to me over and over again, and yet I waited because only the first book was out. I binge read all three of her Fallen World books, one in a row, so I know how addictive her books can be. So when the second book A Strange Hymn came out, I decided to pick this one up. And I am so glad I did.

Thalassa writes the perfect hero. At least, the perfect men for me. Her heroes are flawed, and not always good, but they love their heroines and treat them well. Plus there’s just the right amount of alpha male where it can be considered hot but doesn’t leave me banging my head on the table with frustration. Des to me is perfect, he may not be your typical good guy or bad guy, but he has a job to do, people to protect, and he cares for those close to him.

I fell into this book so easily, Thalassa’s writing flows across the page. I hope this woman does nothing but write the rest of her life, because I haven’t found an author whose writing I meshed with this well in a long time. I’ve read four of her books so far and loved all four of them. And I’m a picky bitch. Seriously, I’ve been told that by other readers.

I highly recommend this book, for all types of readers. You won’t regret it!

“And the mountains may rise and fall, and the sun might wither away, and the sea may claim the land and swallow the sky. But you will always be mine. And the stars might fall from the heavens, and night might cloak the earth, but until darkness dies, I will always be yours.”

Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet

4 stars!

“You’re the shield, and I’m the sword.”

What an action packed and thrilling series!

Breath of Fire begins where A Promise of Fire left off, and with one of Cat’s big secrets revealed. It becomes clear that Griffin and the team need more to protect their city from outside. From there they go on a quest to a wizard to tell them what they need to achieve this, and the adventure begins from there…

“It’s time to be the person you were meant to be, Cat. You don’t just have to make decisions and stand by them now. You have to live with them.”

From the first page of this book I was enthralled with the story. We get a major overdose of angst right at the beginning (much to my delight) and then things smooth out from there. I love fantasy novels so mixing fantasy and romance together is like a dream come true. My favorite parts of this book included Cat and Kato in the labyrinth, a truly thrilling part of the book.

Cat definitely matured in this book, her annoying aspects have disappeared somewhat because lots of her internal fears were resolved. She’s still strong and sassy as ever, and she has the best man alongside her. I love Griffin, he’s an excellent mix of alpha male and partner, being dominant and yet letting Cat be herself and fight. He just fights alongside her.
A thrilling follow up novel filled with action, romance and mythology. I am so ready for the third book and I wish it was out right now.

“I will always come back to you.”
…I lean forward and kiss him because he’s my hunger and my food, my thirst and my water, my air and my every breath.”

Marking Time

Marking Time by April White

4 stars!

“I loved history, any kind of history, and even better if it was hidden, secret, or underground.”

You know you enjoyed a book when you made an entire pinterest board inspired by it. And I don’t even use pinterest very often, so there.

Marking Time is a book my friend Wendy told me to read AGES ago and I always meant to. Then my friend Cyndi told me to read it. Then I met April herself (who is lovely). Then Penny Reid also recommended it. And yet I waited:

SO I FINALLY READ IT!!!! Thanks for the recs ladies!!! And it was wonderful!

Marking Time is about a teenage girl named Saira who discovers she has the ability to travel through time when she time travels to London in the time of Jack the Ripper. Thus begins a race to find her mother and save her before it’s too late. Along the way Saira meets the enchanting Archer, a student, who explains the Immortal families to her and Saira discovers some shocking truths about who she really is.

“Then my rescuer turned to look at me and I felt his eyes reach right down into my guts and tangle them up in knots. With that look I knew I’d jumped straight from the kettle into the fire.”

My undergraduate degree is in general history and something that bugs me a lot of the time in books with historical aspects is when facts are not correct (even though I don’t really use that degree anymore). So I was blown away by the amount of research White must have done for this book because there was not one single moment where I thought to myself “this would have never happened”. NOT ONCE. I mean, it is a fantasy book so of course not everything is realistic. But on the historical details she nailed it.

I really enjoyed this book, it was so refreshing to read something unique and original. It’s not quite a YA book despite being a young adult, and it’s not quite a romance novel despite there being a sweet romantic storyline that made me smile. What you get is an action packed adventure story that you won’t ever forget. I also love the potential this series has and cannot wait to pick up the other books and read them.

I think taking forever to read this book worked out in my favor a bit as the fifth book releases soon so I can read them all at once. It’s another reason YOU should pick up this book. AND this book is FREE on amazon. So what are you waiting for?

“’Perhaps your friendship with your mother is just shifting to something more… adult.’ That felt like a huge responsibility. If I forgave my mother for hiding the truth from me, then I had to totally own my part in our relationship. I couldn’t play the little girl anymore. I couldn’t hide behind her authority and rules and then get mad when they didn’t fit. I’d have to make my own choices and take charge of my own well-being. It’s one thing to say ‘I’m old enough to make my own rules’ and it’s a totally different thing to make the right ones. And live by them.”

The Bird and the Sword

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

4.5 stars!

“Swallow Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ’til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ’til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.”

Amy Harmon just has this way with words, she infuses beauty into them. She takes words and gives them substance, she makes them pretty.

The Bird and the Sword is a high fantasy novel following a young woman named Lark. When she was a child her mother died to protect her, taking the fall for an ability Lark has so that Lark would not be killed. Now grown, Lark has not spoken since the day her mother died and she is heavily protected by her father. When King Tiras comes and takes Lark as collateral, Lark is swept away to a new place, one where she learns more than she ever could before.

Words are her power, and the knowledge of words was kept from her until now. And Tiras becomes aware of Lark’s power and needs it to help save everyone’s lives. But can Lark save Tiras from his own curse?

“You glow, Lark.” His hand climbed back up again and swept over my unbound hair. I swallowed, suddenly close to tears. Then why does no one see me? “I see you,” he said.”

I loved this book. Plain and simple. Harmon’s work can be a hit or a miss for me, before this book it was about a 50/50 split on the 4 books I had already read. I am a huge fantasy fan so despite my reservations I was intrigued. On top of that so many people have recommended this book and I basically waved them off, putting it off even longer.

As of late I have have trouble finding a romance novel that is worth my time, that doesn’t sound like everything else out there. THIS is that book, the one that is so uniquely special it blows all other books out of the water. Harmon’s magical writing style, not once did I skim, not once did I want to put the book down and I stayed up until 2 am finishing this novel. For a woman who normally writes contemporary, she nailed the world building required for a high fantasy novel. The imagery was stunning, I felt as if I was in this world myself.

So if you are hesitant to read this book for any reason, I say let your reservations go and try it anyway. That’s what I did, and it worked out wonderfully for me.

“I think I will keep you.”

The Lost Codex

The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

4 stars!

“The beauty of free will is that we can choose whether or not to do what we wish.”

A truly epic series, something unique and original that you don’t see very often. Lyons has said this is her ode to literature, and I can see why. From the beginning of the series I was fascinated by the idea of taking characters we know and love from multiple books and stories, and weaving them together to create an action packed adventure, mystery, fantasy series.

I can’t say much about the plot, because that’s one giant spoiler for everything, but know I was riveted from the first page, trying to figure out the mystery of the ending of book three (which was luckily revealed sooner than I expected). From there so much happens, you just have to read it to find out!

I love the different ideas Lyons has for her characters, though they may originally have belonged to other authors, she has respectfully crafted them into her own. Very fast paced and incredibly well written, this series to me was grand time and one I can see myself returning to in the future to reread. I’m sad that this series is over and I will miss these characters.

Every time I read a book in this series, I find myself wanting to return to classic literature. A lot of the references I understood, others I had to figure out. But ultimately it made me want to read more and learn more.

“We are not bound by prophecies, but by choice.”

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.

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Wolfsong

Wolfsong by TJ Klune

ALL THE STARS!

“You don’t get to decide what you’re worth because you obviously don’t know. You don’t get to decide that anymore because you have no fucking idea that you’re worth everything.”

This book. THIS BOOK. If I could use the praise hands emoji I would. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016 TO DATE! Oh my god, the everloving feels. This book made my soul hurt, in a good way.

This book is the story of Ox and Joe. Ox’s dad left when he was twelve, leaving Ox feeling worthless and alone. It isn’t easy for him to form his thoughts into words, and at school he is mocked for his slowness and treated unkindly. Then when he is sixteen, one day on the way home he runs into a boy who latched onto him and would not stop talking, who took Ox home to his family and they accepted Ox as their own. Ox finally had a family, and the Bennett’s embraced him and his mother. Years later, Ox discovers their secret and it opens up his world to new possibilities.

I don’t want to say more than that, because even though it’s all in the blurb it feels a bit spoilerly. This book exceeded my expectations and more, it holds a grip on my heart and I won’t ever forget this story. Sidenote, thank you to the awesome Eva, a real life friend of mine who never stopped recommending this book to me, I would have never read it otherwise and that would have been a tragedy.

“I needed to see him. To make sure he was okay. To tell him how sorry I was. That I never wanted to leave him. That I never wanted to be anywhere but by his side. All I ever wanted was to keep him safe. Ever since that first day on the road, when he spoke and moved like a little tornado, all I ever wanted was to make sure nothing ever happened to Joe Bennett.”

Klune has such a poetic writing style, the words flowed across the page and the fluidity of them matched the tone of the novel. My heart broke for Ox, for all of this insecurities and hardships. I loved that sometimes he was blind to what was in front of him when it was staring him in the face. His relationship with Ox, pre-romance and once they were together was stunning, the two of them together just fit perfectly, like puzzle pieces coming together.

There are so many layers to this story, I honestly could go back and reread it from the beginning again. The side characters, perfection. I really hope there are more books about them whether it is MM or MF because I need to have more of this world in my life!!! Gosh I almost forgot about the world building!! Two thumbs up! Completely believable shifter community, the town, all of it.

If you’ve read my ramblings this far, you can tell I just completely fell in love with this book, this story. If you read MM romance, read it now. If you’ve never read MM make this your first. This is a special story, one that will stay with me a long time.

“I just want to be wherever you are.”

Midnight Soul

Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley

3.5-4 stars

“You don’t think you’re perfect but you are, Frannie. Every inch.”

Midnight Soul, the final book in the Fantasyland series, is the story of Franka and Noctorno Hawthorne. Noc, the parallel universe (our universe) of the Tor from book 3, has traveled from our modern world into the Fantasyland one. Franka has a dark past, known for being conniving she recently had been guilty of treason in an effort to save her lover. After helping out in the events at the end of book 4, Franka has redeemed herself of her crimes but not of her reputation. Noc sees through her hard facade for the woman she is beneath and the two begin a wonderful friendship.

Franka holds a secret past no one could have ever imagined, and once it comes to light her options have changed. Noc wants Franka to come with him to his world and Franka wishes for a new adventure. It’s just a matter of her overcoming her grief and of Noc convincing her to stay…

Misunderstood heroines are my favorite kind of heroines. Franka is a character who in the past had been introduced as a villain and has been unkind to other characters. I love that we got her side of the story, how she showed others what she wanted them to see and not who she really was. I loved that Noc saw through her act for who she was, even when no one else did. From the beginning he was a great hero, and the best part? He didn’t act like a dick in this book. Yippee!!

This book was definitely different from the other books in the series (which I recommend reading in order). It was almost a reversal with Franka discovering what we consider our world instead of being placed in the fantasy world as the previous 4 books are. I really loved the redemption of Franka, but I felt like Noc and Franka lost the focus of the story once that was over. Much of the story was about the other Circe and Dax, and even Valentine. I would have loved this book more if the focus has remained on the main couple and their love story rather than their involvement in the lives of others.

Fantasyland is hands down my favorite series by Kristen Ashley, I’ve never read anything like it. If you haven’t read this series, you need to!!!

“I love you.”
“Thank fuck.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Veiled

Veiled by Karina Halle

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5 stars!

“I feel like each day is leading me down a dark path I might not be able to come back from.”

First off, YOU CAN READ VEILED WITHOUT HAVING READ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR. Wait, did you get that?? YOU CAN READ VEILED WITHOUT HAVING READ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR!!!
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, you’re gonna read Veiled now, right??? Right?? (You’d better).

I first discovered Karina Halle when I saw a trusted reviewer on Goodreads review one of her Experiment in Terror books. So one day during jury duty I picked up Darkhouse and the rest is history. I fell in love. So when EIT ended and there was a possibility of an Ada book, I waited and hoped and dreamed. And it didn’t come. When I gave up hope that Veiled would happen, something magic happened: Karina wrote it!

So I am beyond ecstatic we have Ada’s story, it truly is a special gift to EIT fans and quite honestly, any Karina fan. I want ALL my friends to read this book!!!! Beware, because I will start pushing this one on you if I haven’t started already.

“You have a fight ahead of you, one that goes far beyond what you’ve seen in your dreams.”

Now let’s get back on track. Veiled is the story of Ada Palamino, eighteen years old and already well aware of the fact that ghosts and demons haunt our world. After the death of her mother, two years later she is still reeling. Her nightmares become more vivid and strange things begin to happen around her. On top of this, a sexy ginger from her dreams pops up in real life, meant to be her guide and protector. As crazier stuff keeps happening, Ada must learn to find her inner strength and fight the demons surrounding her, figurative and literal.

“The past doesn’t define us. It’s what we do here and now, today that does. This world was built on second chances.”

Veiled is equal parts scary, sexy and intense. This is a book where I resented needing to accomplish real world tasks because I wanted to constantly be in Ada and Jay’s world! I also made the mistake reading the majority of this book at night, not a wise idea. I was pee in my pants terrified at some parts and wished I had my own sexy ginger to keep me safe and warm at night. Speaking of sexy gingers, leave it to Karina Halle to create a hot sexy GINGER that I swooned over. And I’m not even really attracted to gingers!!!! But Jay is the sexy, smoldery exception.

I loved the feel of this book, it was uniquely Ada if that makes any sense. This book was about Ada transitioning from a girl to a woman and finding her inner strength to fight for the people she loved. Ada overcame her fears and her demons, fighting for the side of good while trying to survive at the same time. Ada and Jay were perfect for each other, their romance sigh worthy. I would love to see more of the two of them, but I am happy enough for this book to have happened!!!

Again I would like to reiterate, Veiled can be read as a standalone despite technically being a spinoff book! You do not have to read the Experiment in Terror series first (unless you want to).

“You’re destined for something great, Ada. I know this. And it’s an honor to help see you through it.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Torn

Torn by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!!

There will be slight spoilers from the previous book in this review. If you don’t want Wicked spoilers STOP READING NOW!!! Okay? Okay.

Ivy Morgan is a member of The Order, a group with a mission to go out and kill Fae living in the human world. At the end of the previous book she was almost killed by the Fae Prince, until he discovered she is the halfling he has been looking for. This secret throws Ivy and she has no idea who to trust with this information. Because the Prince needs Ivy to create an apocalypse baby, and The Order wants the halfling dead.

Should Ivy tell her boyfriend, Ren, the man she loves? Or keep it a secret and run?

Recently some of the stuff JLA has put out has been quite the miss for me, and I love her books. So I was a bit scared going into this book that I wouldn’t like it, but I needn’t have worried. Reading this book was like coming home. I ADORED this book, so so much. Even more than the first book. It was also easy to read this book despite reading Wicked two years ago.

Ivy’s struggles with who she was and what that meant pulled at my heart, I felt for the girl so much. She was basically put in an impossible situation and I couldn’t even figure out what she should do. The Prince was creepy AF, and honestly gave me the shivers (of ick).

But my favorite part? TINK. That fairy man makes the book. I want him to have his own book, I think it could easily be done.

This book was equal parts suspenseful, angsty, sweet and awesome. I only hope that the next book really does release in summer of 2017.

Burned

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

4.25 stars!

“Temptation isn’t a sin that you triumph over once, completely and then you’re free. Temptation slips into bed with you each night and helps you say your prayers. It wakes you in the morning with a friendly cup of coffee, and knows exactly how you take it.”

Burned is the continuation of the Fever series. I’ll warn you right now, if you haven’t read the previous books in the series there will be spoilers in my review. That being said, my review should be spoiler free for those who have read the series.

With the exception of a previously free online short story at the beginning (which is necessary to read), Burned picks up where Iced left off. Dani and Mac are in a confrontation that has been waiting to come for a long time. Choices are made and consequences doled out, the future is changed forever for one of these two characters.

In the meantime, power struggles for control of the city ensue. Many characters feel they should be in charge or left alone in their own sectors. The issue of Christian needing rescueing is one on almost everyone’s mind as well as aftereffects from the iced areas in the previous books leaving black holes.

“I want to tell her revenge is a devil you don’t want to worship. In destroying your enemy you become it.”

Well first things first I’m going to gripe a bit about something I knew but still am a bit miffed about: we no longer have Dani’s POV. Even thought this was supposed to be the O’Malley series (that title is now changed back to Fever) we are given the perspective of Mac. Who I love, but she already had 5 books to herself. Give us back the Mega!!!! Grrr.

This book had less of a coherent plot than Iced did, it was a bit more political intrigue than set action and adventure but it was still enjoyable. Mac and Barrons are still together yet at odds. Mac is dealing with having the Book inside of her and the effects on her being. Mac’s struggle for this book is mostly her struggles with the Book and past issues with Barrons that come to the forefront. There was a lot going on with side characters that I am intrigued to see develop in the next installment or so. Crossing my fingers for a new couple to ship so we will see.

Not much else to say. While a lot happened, not anything noteworthy happened, know what I mean? I definitely wish to see changes in certain characters in the next book and hope for a more solid plot to read. Otherwise I really enjoyed this installment in the series, but it seems as if its role is filler.

“You are what you are. Find a way to live with it.”

Iced

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

4.75 fecking stars!

“Dude, the bush is ready. Why you still beating around it?”
“I’ve lived a long time, kid, and I’ve never heard anyone mutilate the English language quite like you.”

Well, I went into this one with low expectations and ended up loving it!!! I’m on a real PNR kick right now and it’s working for me! Iced is a continuation of the Fever series, so it IS necessary to read the previous 5 books before reading this one.

So after the events of Shadowfever, we see the world from Dani’s perspective. Dani spends her time freeze-framing (superspeed) around Dublin, putting up the Dani Daily News and killing as many Fae as she can with her sword. Getting herself in a wee bit too much trouble, Ryodan steps in and forces Dani into a contract to work for him.

Together, Ryodan and Dani investigate a mysterious occurrence throughout the city. Areas and people are getting full on iced, within seconds before shattering. As it happens more frequently, Dani and Ryodan are pressured to stop it before it takes over the entire city.

“The more excited I get, the more I vibrate.”
“Now there’s a thought,” Lor says.
“If you mean what I think you mean, you want to shut the fuck up and never think it again,” Ryodan says.”

So, I fecking loved Dani. After having read so many complaints about her I expected to hate her, but it was the total opposite. Yes she’s young, but she’s a kickass heroine with a mission: to kill as many fae as possible and to keep humans safe.

There’s something so engrossing and enthralling about Moning’s writing style, I was completely lost in this book from the moment I cracked its pages until the very last page. She’s one of those authors I could read anything from, it’s just that addictive. Her descriptions are incredible. Seriously there was some messed up gory stuff in this book that made me sick to my stomach in many parts. But also lots of feels from the author.

I think it’s weird that when I bought this book, they had it in the romance section. Um, there is no romance in this book. There are possibilities, but honestly this was just pure urban fantasy! As for the romantic interests for Dani: Christian was super freakin creepy. I totally agree with everyone else on that. I kind of want him to be killed off. Ryodan I frickin loved!!! Yes he’s ancient but he never made a move on Dani. He recognized what a brilliant woman she was going to become so he wanted her in his life. Some may call that creepy but I disagree. In this book their relationship was platonic and I loved all of their interactions and verbal sparring. Best part of the book.


“He smiles faintly. “I’ll be damned. You have a crush on Barrons.”

“I do not have a crush—”

“You do, too. It’s all over your face. Anybody could see it.”

“Sometimes, boss, you’re just wrong.”

“I’m never wrong. You might as well take out a billboard. ‘Dani O’Malley thinks Jericho Barrons is hot.’ My offer to teach you is still open. Save you from future embarrassment. If I can see it on your face, he can, too. ”

Most of all the tidbits of character development for Dani were pure gold. In tiny flashbacks and information from other people we see the trauma she’s been through and how her fierce personality is just something she hides behind. She doesn’t let anyone close, the closest was Mac before that fell apart. Her friends do try to get closer to her but Dani doesn’t want to open up. Like her friend Dancer, it’s obvious Dani is like family to him, but when he tries to convey this she pushes him away. The same she would do with others like Jo and Ryodan. I want so desperately for someone to break through her walls!!!

I’m not terribly excited about reading the next book. From what I deduced/understand Karen Marie Moning caved to all of the criticism and made the book from Mac’s perspective. What the hell? Isn’t this Dani’s series? Like I am for real pissed about the change, I was really looking forward to the continuation of the Dani story/perspective. We already had 5 books with Mac, why does she need another one? So basically I am going into the next book with extremely low expectations and with a little bit less respect for this author.

“You’ll never be just anything. A tsunami can never be ‘just’ a wave.”
“Get off my chin.”
“I like that about you. Waves are banal. Tsunamis reshape the Earth. Under the right circumstances, even entire civilizations.”
I blink.
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.”

The King

The King by JR Ward

3.75 stars

So, I’ve always been a bit behind on the BDB fan train. I had read up to Blay and Qhuinn’s book but for some reason stopped there. Once I found out Rhage and Mary had gotten another book I decided I needed to catch up so I could read about them ASAP!

I really enjoyed The King, more than I thought I would. Despite being the first couple of the series, Wrath and Beth have never been my favorite. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, I just felt the first book wasn’t as well developed as the rest of the series, so I’m really glad we got another book detailing their relationship and where they are at since the events of the first book.

The root of this story is Beth wants to become pregnant and Wrath doesn’t want her to for safety reasons. Hence, angst and tension. We also got great back story on Trez and iAm in this book. Bonus, some more of Layla too. But to be completely honest, I didn’t really care about the flashbacks or Assail (don’t come at me with pitchforks y’all).

Anyways, I’m glad I read this book and onward to the rest of the series!!! One more book until more Mary and Rhage!!!

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

The Mercy Thompson series is one I’ve been reading for years. I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It’s also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion. So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series.

In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The past few books have been building up to this, with mentions of the fae disappearing and much more interesting activity afoot. Here Mercy finds herself battling a troll on a bridge with some members of the pack, and unintentionally speaking for the Pack on the stance they take toward the Fae, and claiming the Tri-Cities as their own territory.

What follows is a series of events of Mercy and the Pack defending themselves and entering into intricate bargains with the Fae and other supernatural species.

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This book took a little bit for me to get into, normally when I read a Mercy book it’s finished in less than 12 hours. Fire Touched took me a while longer mostly because I had a bit of trouble finding the reading rhythm (and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t help matters). I loved the bits where we saw the Pack resolving issues that needed to be solved like, 2 books ago. I was sick of the way some members had been treating Mercy and I like that some of that was covered. The introduction of a new and mysterious character named Aiden, the human buy stuck in a Fae world for centuries, turning him into a sort of hybrid. I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Being a romance junkie I would have liked more on Mercy and Adam but I understand that wasn’t a priority. Briggs dropped a relationship bomb in this book and seemed to brush it off very quickly, but we saw that Briggs!!! And it better be talked about in the next book you sly author you! I also cannot help but think there is something going on between Jesse and Ben, or that maybe there will be in the future when she’s not in high school. Nothing obvious is written but I kind of feel that happening.

Anyways, I love this author and this series, so hopefully you take a chance on it and read the first book, Moon Called. You won’t regret it. (And now the year long wait for the next book begins. Grr.)

The Hidden Library

The Hidden Library (Collector’s Society #2) by Heather Lyons

4.5 stars!

“Someone should write a book about how Alice Liddell from Wonderland falls in love with Huckleberry Finn. I might rather want to read that book.”

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Heather Lyons has done it again in a unique and beautifully written story surrounding our beloved literary characters. The Hidden Library is the second book in the series The Collector’s Society and must be read after reading the first book. This book picks up after the events at the end of the first book, with Finn running The Society. He and Alice are working to get answers out of their prisoners who had been tormenting The Society in the previous book.

Alice and Finn are on the hunt for the elusive big bad who has been destroying timelines and ending countless lives, but the further they get, the more questions they have. Finn and Alice also face old demons, enemies and threats along the way, hindering their search greatly.

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This book began a little bit slow for me, but that’s my fault because I waited so long to read this, I forgot some of the details. But it picked up very quickly before turning into an action packed novel with lots of plot twists and surprises. I love when the characters would venture into different timelines; I was enraptured by Finn’s hometown and riveted by the trip back into Wonderland. The author has such a vivid imagination, and reading this book was like stepping into real and new worlds.

I have to say I was kept guessing while reading this book, I never knew where it was going to go next. The plot is so beyond intricate with character dynamics, settings, and more, it’s a story that keeps you on your toes. I cannot wait to see what comes with the next book as this one was even better than the first.

My one teeny tiny little bit that wasn’t perfect: my heart bleeds for the White King. I still feel his connection for Alice is incredibly strong. I’m hoping he gets a love interest soon because I just feel so damn for the bad guy that I am ready to be on his team (or keep him for myself. I may do that instead). Otherwise, I loved this book!

“True love does not have limits or restrictions. True love allows a person to love deeply and unconditionally. True love does not ask you to let go of life. True love encourages you to live.”

First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

3 stars!

“Never knock on death’s door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
– T-shirt”

This is where I use this review to rant a bit. 3 stars is NOT A BAD RATING!! I enjoyed reading this so even if you mean well, please do not say sorry or better luck next time . Remember a 3 star rating according to Goodreads means I liked it . 4 stars is for REALLY liked and 5 is for LOVED.

Back to the real part of the review.

Charley Davidson can see dead people. Technically she’s a grim reaper and helps souls cross when they die on earth. Charley spends her time as a private investigator and also helps the police on the side. Her Uncle is a cop and knows about her abilities, so he often uses her to help solve difficult cases. When three lawyers turn up as ghosts, Charley discovers they were all killed at the same time in order to keep an innocent man in prison. On top of all of this, a sexy ghost thing named Reyes shows up in Charley’s sleep and does some crazy hot things to her.

“That took balls.”
“Please,” I said with a snort, “that took ovaries. Of which I have two.”

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The best part of this book was the snark. I loved the author’s snark and Charley’s snark. When covering a topic as morbid as death it’s important to include the right balance of humor in order to make it not depressing. I especially found some of the stalker ghosts to be funny like the little blond girl.

I found it interesting that for such a central character the reader never spent a lot of face time with Reyes. He was talked about so much it would have been nice to actually here from him rather than about him. I think that may change in the next installments (at least I hope so).

“If I couldn’t be a good example, I’d just have to be a horrible warning.”

So why not a 4 or 5? Honestly, when I put this book down, I wasn’t eager to pick it back up. The mystery plot was all over the place and the plot lines seriously had some ADD going on. It became a little confusing the constant switch of what case Charley was working on. For lack of a better word, it didn’t feel like it was balanced very well.

So to reiterate, I enjoyed this book but didn’t love it. I’ve heard the series gets better as it goes on so I look forward to continuing it.