Thursday, 31 October 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway - Unchosen (The Reaper Diaries #2) by Michele Vail

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Michele Vail
(The Reaper Diaries #2)
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy


I thought the worst of my reaper training was behind me… turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong. 

Molly Bartolucci has done a lot of growing up but after being accused of using illegal magic at her school for necromancers, reaper-in-training Molly is treading lightly. As the destined leader of Anubis’s Chosen, she needs to study hard, train harder, and stay out of trouble. 

Uh, right. 

It doesn’t help that she’s feeling more than academic about her melt-your-bones hot reaping instructor, Rath. And if her relationship drama isn’t enough to drive her over the edge, she has to deal with mother issues, nosy little sisters, suspicious friends, and an unnamed force stalking her at school. 

Then her family is attacked, and her bio-dad ends up comatose in the hospital. Now, Molly has to uncover who’s trying to hurt her loved ones—and all without the help of Anubis.


Michele Vail
(The Reaper Diaries #1)
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy


The day I turned 16, my boyfriend-to-be died. I brought him back to life. Then things got a little weird...

Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper—and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. 

Life at Nekyia has its plusses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another...except, there's something a little off about him. When students at the academy start to die and Rath disappears, Molly starts to wonder if anything is as it seems. Only one thing is certain—-Molly's got an undeadly knack for finding trouble....


About the author: MICHELE VAIL

Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers. The Reaper Diaries is set in present day Nevada in a world where ancient Egyptian religion and necromancer magic is real and part of every day life. Oh, and there are zombies. Lots and lots of zombies

Michele likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate. Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Call of the Forgotten’ series.
Ethan Chase is still in the dog house with his parents after his last trip to the Nevernever, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be home for long.
This time his nephew Kierran, who his parents don’t even know exists, has gone missing, and Meghan asks for Ethan’s help in finding him.
Kierran is on a mission though – to stop his exiled girlfriend Annwyn from fading, no matter what the cost.
Can Ethan find Kierran? And just how far will Kierran go to save Annwyn?

This was an enjoyable story, but I did find it quite slow in places.

Ethan was once again extremely mature for his age in this book. He knew what he had to do, and invariably tried to do it, whilst always taking into consideration the cost of his actions, and whether the price was too high.

The storyline in this was okay, and I enjoyed it mostly, but I found the pace to be really slow in places. At times it felt like I had been reading, and reading, and reading and very little had actually happened, and the end still seemed very far away. I think this is just the author’s style of writing, as I found this to be the case with her other books, but it does still irritate me at times.

There were other things that irked me about this book unfortunately as well. Ethan offering something that he has no idea about, to a desperate man, in an effort to deter him from taking an option that has a sure fire result – especially when the chances of it working were pretty lame. I thought this was just poor, and a pretty rubbish thing for Ethan to do.
Then we had a scene where Ethan and Kenzie both had to barter secrets for information, and boy were their secrets pathetic. If I had been the faerie doing the bartering there is no way I’d have given them any information for the lousy, barely-even-a-freaking-secret information that they offered him in return.
It also really annoys me how they are all quite happy to go around eating faerie food in this book. A lot of books about Faeries follow the old rule of ‘don’t eat faerie food, because you’ll never be able to eat normal food again’, but in this they were quite happily eating all sorts of weird stuff, which just annoyed me a bit.
There were also other things that irked me, but I can’t really go into them without dropping spoilers, so I’ll leave it there, but there were just little things that seemed poorly thought out, or just silly, which spoiled my enjoyment of the story.

The ending to this was a giant cliff-hanger. It was an absolute whopper of a cliff-hanger in fact, to the point where I’d say that it might be best to wait and read this book when the third one has already been released, because this ending was just ridiculous.
Overall; an okay second instalment, but it had its issues for me.
6.5 out of 10.

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach.

It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Summer’ series, and kicks off around 10 months after the end of book 1 ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty.’
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’.**
Things weren’t really settled between Isabel (sorry, I really cannot call her ‘Belly’) and her boys Conrad and Jeremiah at the end of book 1, but now things are different. Susanna is dead, and Conrad and Isabel aren’t speaking.
What happened at Isabel’s prom? What happened at Susanna’s funeral? And what happened between Conrad and Isabel?

I waited a while to read this because I thought the first one was only okay, but boy was this a million times better!

Belly was much more grown up and mature in this book. Susanna’s death had really affected her, and she almost a different person. She actually considered other people, didn’t whine like she did in the first book, and when she made mistakes she knew that she had made them, and knew what she had done wrong.

The storyline in this was so different from the first book, because the whole thing was tainted by Susanna’s death. The emotions in this book were just beautiful and heart-breaking, and it was really evident the impact that the loss of Susanna had had on everybody.
The romance in this story was different too, even though once again Isabel and the boys had a bit of a triangle thing going on, things were different because there had been something between Conrad and Isabel, and because Jeremiah was finally man enough to admit that he wanted Isabel, and to actually fight for her.

The thing about this book that I really liked though was the fact that barely a chapter went by without something significant happening, and I was constantly needing to read more to find out what would happen next! I felt like I was constantly saying ‘OMG!’, and wanting to squeal.
The ending of this was also pretty special. Things weren’t really sorted until right at the end, and then the epilogue left us with a massive teaser, and I really have to read the next book as soon as possible!
Overall; brilliant sequel, much better than the first, and I totally want the next one right now!
9 out of 10.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jessica Schein and Netgalley.
The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Mimi Lerner and Lizzy Ross have been best friends since high school began and now, as seniors, they've made big plans together—from a trip to the Bahamas only months away to going to college the following year and ruling it like they do high school. But when Lizzy goes MIA after a party Mimi throws at a posh Manhattan hotel, everything is suddenly up in the air and Mimi must face facts: Lizzy Ross may not be the girl she knew, and the life she thought she'd have is going in a very different direction.

The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jessica Schein and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Mimi and Lizzy have been best friends forever, but now Mimi hasn’t heard from Lizzy in a week, and she’s not answering texts, or instant messages.
Where is Lizzy? What has happened to her? Why isn’t she answering her phone? And does a guy called Jared have something to do with her disappearance?

This was an okay story, but it left me wanting more!

Mimi was not a lovable character. She was difficult, she was nasty, she was stuck up, and she was only nice to people when she wanted something. She was also quite selfish, totally messed up in the head, and addicted to cocaine, whether she wanted to admit it or not.

The storyline in this was interesting because of the way that most of it was a mystery. We knew so little about Lizzy, or what had happened to her, and all the leads just raised even more mysteries. We also had to deal with Mimi’s issues, and her strange fascination with someone she shouldn’t have been fascinated with.

There were some twists and turns in this story, and a lot of surprises. The way these mysteries were hidden, and the sort of people in the story reminded me of a cross between ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’, and it was interesting to see what happened next.

The ending was okay, but it did leave us with some cliff-hangers, and I didn’t realise that this was a series, and now I have to wait for the next instalment when I want answers now!
Overall; an interesting mystery story that leaves you wanting more.
6.75 out of 10.

 About the Author:
Jessica Schein was born and raised in Manhattan and is a graduate of both Bates College and Lesley University, from which she received her M.F.A in Creative Writing. After school, she spent nearly eight years working in the marketing departments of a number of children’s publishing houses and dreaming of the day she'd publish her own stories. She currently lives in Seattle with her dog, Owen, who is—of course—named after a well-known literary character. When not writing, she can be found cooking, running, doing yoga, or spacing out.

Judgment (Deck of Lies #4) by Jade Varden

Judgment (Deck of Lies #4)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Cashing Out

Do I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

How can I, when the truth will destroy us all? Now that I’ve started telling lies, I can’t stop. Not until all this is over, and I’m free of the family that never felt like mine. Maybe it’s wrong. Maybe I’m a bad person.

But it’s definitely the only way I’m ever going to escape them. I have to take the opportunity, no matter how terrible it is...don’t I?

Judgment by Jade Varden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Judgment (Deck of Lies #4)(Source: Purchased on kindle from
This is book 4 in the ‘Deck of Lies’ series.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for books 1, 2 &3.**
Rain is now in jail for killing Laurel Riordan, even though her entire family know that it was actually her supposed sister Carsyn who really did it.
Will Rain be convicted though? Can Asher really talk his way out of this? Or does he have his own ideas about what should happen to Rain?

This was a great end to the series, but there were just a few little niggly things at the end that spoiled it a bit.

Rain was once again brilliant in this story. She played the hand she was given and won, again! Even against the biggest player of them all – her fake father Asher. I really wish that she hadn’t had to spend 6 months in jail to do it though, no matter what, 6 months in jail is going to affect her and her job prospects for the rest of her life, especially considering that she was accused of murder!

I liked the storyline in this book, though again I really wish that Rain hadn’t had to go to jail! I thought that the court room scenes were pretty good, and there was plenty of drama, and I also liked the way that Rain eventually managed to turn the tables on Asher himself. I did feel that once the court room drama was over though, the book lost its way and its pace, and the ending was a little boring.
There was a bit of romance, although this was very much a side-line, and I wasn’t overly impressed with how the romance angle played out, as the couple in question went from not speaking to playing happy families extremely quickly, and I didn’t quite believe it.

I thought that the overall storyline was pretty twisted in this series. It seemed that everybody was having affairs with everyone else, to the point where one person was both someone else’s half-brother, and step-son. It also seemed like everybody had their own agenda, and everyone was pretty happy to go around backstabbing people as well.

The ending was okay, but I was disappointed over certain things. It’s really hard to explain without dropping spoilers, but I just felt that certain parties weren’t really brought to justice, and certain cases were not truly closed. I was also surprised at where Sawyer and Laurel’s daughter ended up, and didn’t quite get why there weren’t disputes over this.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and the whole series in fact, but there were just these little niggly things that stopped this for being truly spectacular.
7.5 out of 10

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin teen and Netgalley.
Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

Waterfell by Amalie Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin teen and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Nerissa looks like a normal human girl, but is actually a sea-creature taking on the form of a human.
Nerissa is also royalty within her kind, and with her father murdered, she’s the rightful heir to the throne, but things aren’t that simple. While Nerissa is living among humans and going to school, someone else has taken her throne, and it’s up to Nerissa to get it back – if she wants to that is.

Nerissa isn’t sure that she wants to be queen, and she’s not sure she wants to go back to her home of Waterfell, to the place where her father was killed. Her subjects are relying on her though.

When Nerissa meets Lo, a new boy at school, she’s attracted to him even though she doesn’t want to be, and slowly she begins to fall for him.
Can Nerissa reclaim her throne? Can she defeat the false queen who has taken her place? And can she have Lo when she might have to leave him behind?

This was an okay paranormal romance, but I liked the romance a lot more than I liked the rest of the storyline.

Nerissa was an okay character, and I kind of admired her for her decision not to go back to Waterfell after her father’s death. If she didn’t want the responsibility of being queen, and didn’t want to go back to the place that reminded her of her murdered father, then fair enough. I did think that she really showed her true colours as we got further into the book though, and showed her royal breeding.

The storyline in this was okay, but I did get a bit bored in places. It reminded me a little of ‘Of Poseidon’ what with the sea creatures living on land, and sharks etc. but it did have its differences too. There was some action, but I just didn’t feel all that interested unfortunately.

While the storyline wasn’t captivating at the beginning, what I did like about this book was the romance. The way that Nerissa and Lo were together was just so sweet! I loved the way they flirted and the way they grew to love each other, and the moments where they were together were just lovely. I really loved the sweet romance, and it totally kept me reading past the boring bits.

The ending to this one was okay, but I wish I hadn’t read the last two pages, because something that happened between Lo and Nerissa ruined the happily ever after ending. I know that this is a series, and I get that the author wants us to want the second book, but with that romance I want it anyway!
Overall; an okay fishy tale, with a sweet and lovely romance.
7.5 out of 10

Parasite (Parasitology #1) by Mira Grant

Parasite (Parasitology, #1)
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.

Parasite by Mira Grant

My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars

Parasite (Parasitology, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Orbit Books/Hachette Book Group, and Netgalley.)
Twenty-something Sally was involved in a car accident 6 years ago that doctors didn’t think she’d survive. When she did wake from her coma, she was unable to remember anything about her life previously, and had to relearn everything – including learning to speak English again.

Now Sally goes by the name Sal, and her on-going care is provided by a company called SymboGen. SymboGen created a parasitic tapeworm that lives in the human gut, and infers health benefits. Sal had one of these tapeworms, and it was thought that it was that that had saved her and allowed her to recover after her accident.

Now a strange sleep-walking illness seems to be taking people over though, and they’re not recovering from it.
What is causing the illness? What does SymboGen have to do with it? And how did Sal’s tapeworm allow her to survive her accident?

This was a great sci-fi horror story, and the twists just kept on coming.

Sal was quite a difficult character to understand, but was easy enough to relate to. I felt really sorry for her in that her entire life had been deleted basically, and she had to start from scratch. I thought the way that her mother behaved towards her, and how she kept being told that she was nothing like the person she was before the accident was quite unfeeling though, and it was no wonder that Sal felt like she was continually being kept in the dark about things.

I liked the storyline in this book. It was quite a slow building story, but there were numerous surprise happenings, and loads of twists in the tale right up to the end. The suspense and horror elements of the story were also quite slow building, but by the time the full ramifications of what was going on began to hit, it was really quite shocking on a very base level the world that the author had created, and the true implications about exactly what was happening.

While this book wasn’t one that I couldn’t put down, it was interesting to the point where I happily got back into it, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens to Sal next. This really was captivating, and all-too-realistic horror story, that shocked me with how believable it was, and how possible it might be for this to really happen.
Overall; a realistic and suspenseful, sci-fi horror story.
8.5 out of 10.

Book Blast and #Giveaway - Arbitrate by Megan Thomason

It's one year later. And everything has changed.  
Remember The Second Chance Institute (SCI). 
 Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. They’ve stepped up their game on Earth and on Thera—infiltrating political parties, preying on the downtrodden, and planning offensive maneuvers. The SCI’s abuse of their charter leads to Arbiter oversight and bitter consequences.
Remember Kira Donovan. 
Broken, burdened, and evading those who wish her harm, Kira enlists the Arbiters’ help when forced to return to the clutches of the SCI and her angry, estranged love.
Remember Blake Sundry. 
Exiled, determined, and packing an agenda, Blake seeks assistance on Earth and Thera to use his newfound knowledge to bring down the SCI.
Remember Ethan Darcton. 
Overworked, emotional, and holding a grudge, Ethan hunts down his stolen property, but finds himself in awkward territory, stuck between the Arbiters and the SCI.
Full of action, competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, arbitrate is Megan Thomason’s third installment in the award-winningdaynight series after daynight and clean slate complex (a daynight story).
Praise for arbitrate: 
"There are a lot of books I finish and feel happy, this one I finished and my head is swirling, in a totally awesome way! Not only does it have a great story with characters that you like (and some you just hate as they are the enemy) but the book also gets you thinking, thinking about the implication of effects of different actions and courses in life. This story has action, fighting, plots and plans, romance, love triangles, family, betrayal - has it all." --Emily Barton, Emmy Mom One Day at a Time blog, 5 stars 
"You have hit this one out of the park." --ARC Reviewer 
 "For the record, I LOVED Kira's choice!! And the whole thing just blew me away! Very, very well done!! Now when can I get my hands on generate?! Can't wait " --ARC Reviewer 
"Read my ARC of Arbitrate and consider my mind blown! I started it the minute it was sent and couldn't put it down." --ARC Reviewer
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daynight Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): 
Earth's benevolent non-profit by day, Thera's totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving--forced lifetime union between two people who have sex. Punishment for disobeying SCI edicts? Immediate Exile or death.  
Meet Kira Donovan. 
Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.  
Meet Blake Sundry. 
Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother's death, Blake's been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner--Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.  
Meet Ethan Darcton. 
Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan's forced to do his SCI elite family's bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.  
Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is an award-winning, bestselling novel and first in thedaynight series.  
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  Praise for daynight: 2012 Book of the Year Award Finalist-Young Adult Fiction, ForeWord Reviews "Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story" —Kirkus Reviews "Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review) "Thomason's description of Thera's totalitarianism will make fans of Brave New World shiver... SCI, her fantasy corporation, has disturbing parallels to actual companies and regimes that claim to do good while harming people... The author deftly appeals to both romance-loving teens as well as those intrigued by young adults fighting the establishment.”—ForeWord Clarion Review, 4 stars     arbitrate Excerpt: “I’m angry at all of them. Every SCI leader. In fact Joshua gave me a list of those who are Earth-side. It makes for a great to-do list.” They all deserve to pay. I’m done talking. It’s time for some action. One thousand one. One thousand two. One thousand three. That’s all it takes to even out my breathing and steady my hand. I shift the crosshairs on my target ever so slightly—from his heart to his hand—and pull the trigger. My father would be proud that all his training paid off. Oh, who am I kidding? He’d find something to criticize about my work here. Sad that even though he’s gone I can hear him saying, “If you’d hit a little to the left you’d have taken out a higher concentration of nerves.”
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Author Megan Thomason 
Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone--over 600 in the last year--or attending to the needs of her family. Megan's fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.  
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Monday, 28 October 2013

Trancehack (Magic Born #1) by Sonya Clark

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Carina and Netgalley.
Trancehack (Magic Born, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s 2065. Those born with magic abilities live in government-run zones, without rights or freedoms. Fear of magic created this segregated world and fear keeps it intact.

A high-profile murder brings Detective Nathan Perez to Magic Born Zone 13. He’s had little experience with the Magic Born and isn’t sure what to expect during his first encounter with a witch, but he never thought he’d be so drawn to her.

Trancehacker Calla Vesper uses magic to break into computers and aid the Magic Born underground. She has no interest in helping a cop, even if he is smoking-hot, but money’s tight and Nate offers a tidy amount for help navigating the Zone. Calla’s determined to keep it all business, but sparks start flying before the investigation even gets started.

When Calla’s trancehacking and Nathan’s investigation uncover a conspiracy, Calla becomes a target. Nate can protect her by keeping her role a secret—but then who will protect Nate?

Trancehack by Sonya Clark

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Trancehack (Magic Born, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Carina and Netgalley.)
Nate is a detective investigating the death of a prominent figure, when a DNA test on some evidence comes back as belonging to an unregistered ‘magic-born’, which by the law should be impossible.
Nate asks Calla – a witch, for some help tracking down information based on a list of magical ingredients found in the victim’s pocket.
When people who knew about the odd DNA test start turning up dead, Calla is worried that Nate might be next, which scares her as they are falling in love with each other.
Who is the murderer? Why did they kill? And what other secrets are they hiding?

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

Calla was an okay character. She stuck up for her beliefs and her rights, and wasn’t stupid enough to break the law for a man. She did her best to look out for herself, and wasn’t afraid to speak out when the time was right.

The storyline in this was okay, but at times this was much more a crime novel than a fantasy or sci-fi story. I found the beginning of the book very slow and dull, and I even wondered whether I would make it all the way through without falling asleep. Thankfully the story got more interesting at the 20% mark, but I still found myself losing interest at later points in the book too.

There was romance in this book, and some very adult sex scenes, which was probably the best part of the book for me. This book isn’t listed as ‘adult’ on Goodreads though, and I think it should be, as this is definitely not intended for younger readers.

The ending was okay, and there were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming. This wasn’t a favourite for me though, and I don’t think I’ll continue with the series. I thing this would be more suited to people who like crime/fantasy, rather than people who just like fantasy and paranormal stories.
Overall; an okay crime/fantasy novel, but wasn’t what I was expecting.
6.5 out of 10.

Crimson Midnight (Crimson #1) by Amos Cassidy

Crimson Midnight (Crimson #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Rose wants excitement, bright lights and late nights, but she gets more than she bargained for when she swaps her wholesome country life for the hustle and bustle of London.

The city night is home to hungry shadows, eager to consume her.
Rose discovers there is more to this world than what the mundane eye sees, and that she herself is a part of it. Unexpected friendships are forged and unwanted, sometimes dangerous, attractions flare.

London becomes a playground for magic, danger and supernatural threat. While her life, and those of who she loves, hangs in the balance, she must endeavour to embrace her new nature and assist in identifying the hidden threat before it succeeds in its dark purpose.

An Urban Fantasy filled with moon-praising, flat-dwelling vampires, chic corporate werewolves, bar-tending warlocks, ravenous demons and much, much more.
Step inside…

Crimson Midnight by Amos Cassidy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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When Rose lands a job in London at a gym, she moves in with her Godmother, but isn’t prepared for the London nightlife, especially when she finds that London is home to a supernatural community of witches, vampires, and werewolves that she never even knew existed.
When Rose is then targeted by both a demon and a rogue werewolf, her new friends try to work out exactly what she is, but none of them are sure.
What is Rose? Why is everyone after her? And does she stand a chance with sexy werewolf Roman?

This was an okay story, but could have done with being shorter.

The characters in this were okay, and I really liked the chemistry between Rose and Roman. I really wished we could have had a lot more of Rose and Roman together, because those scenes were steamy, and the unrequited lust started to annoy me a bit.

The storyline in this was okay, but I just found the story too slow, and too long. It took too long for anything to happen, and there was so much unnecessary stuff which didn’t need to be in there, which could have been trimmed to help with the pace of the story. My favourite part was the romance, and there was unfortunately way too little of that, and I kept losing interest in the rest of the story because it took so long for anything to really happen.
It took until the 48% mark for the story to actually get interesting, then after a brief period of excitement, we once again got back down to the very slow and convoluted story, which meant that by the time I got to the end I had really lost interest.
The ending of this one also annoyed me because we got left with a huge cliff-hanger.
Overall; an okay paranormal romance, but needed more romance, and to be more succinct.
6 out of 10.

{Nerd Blast} Pendomus by Carissa Andrews

Welcome to the Official Book Blast for PENDOMUS The Pendomus Chronicles Book 1 by debut author Carissa Andrews.
Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus.
Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs are some answers.
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About The Author:
Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house.

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{Nerd Blast} & #Giveaway - Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala

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Some secrets are best untold.
Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.
After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. When she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.
Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?
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About Rachelle Ayala

Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.
Rachelle Ayala has written four novels. Michal’s Window is a powerful and emotional journey as lived through the eyes of Princess Michal, King David’s first wife. Broken Build is a story of redemption and healing where a man learns to love and trust the woman who destroyed his life. Hidden Under Her Heart is a heartfelt love story mixed with controversy over difficult decisions.
Her latest is Knowing Vera , a steamy romantic suspense involving family secrets, disability, and an unsolved murder.
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