Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I must share this fantastic series I just started.  The Red Queen series is a phenomenal world where the lower classes have red blood are looked down and forced to fight in a war that only loses their lives and the distinguishing upper classes have silver blood and all the power. That is until one girl changes it all.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to check back later this week for the second book in this series.

22328546Book Blurb:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

Review:

Mare has only ever had a real talent for pick pocketing.  But, as the time draws nearer to her conscription into the war and her best friend’s likely conscription she becomes desperate to change her station and those around her.  When an unlikely meeting with a stranger lands her a job serving the royal family she sees hope.  But her appearance becomes more.  An unexpected ability spills from her.  Something red bloods aren’t supposed to be able to have.  Suddenly, Mare is swept up into intrigue, rebellion and two princes who compete for her heart.  In Mare’s new world will she be able to survive to help those who need her and fight for what she wants? Or will she be swallowed up in so many lies she doesn’t know which way to turn.

This book was phenomenal.  From the first moment in this book I was pulled into a world that was fighting to be more than what it was.  With a character like Mare Barrow you are lead from the poorest of villages to brightest of castles.  Through Mare we see and feel the losses of war, rebellion and betrayal.  Victoria Aveyard has created a world that is both relatable and fantastical.  Her heroin of Mare is not perfect but very flawed.  But its the emotions she feels about her flaws that make her so phenomenal.  In this book, you will find yourself engrossed in a fictional world that has the reader crying, cheering and screaming with each page turn.  If you haven’t picked this book up yet,  believe me when I say you need to.

 

Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Today I get to share with you one of my favorite series.  The Mercy Thompson series is exciting, funny and filled with paranormal.  If you haven’t picked up any of this series I would highly recommend it.  The newest addition to this series, Fire Touched pits Mercy and her mate, Adam against the fae.  They vow to protect a special boy and with it they put themselves and the entire wolf pack in danger.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week ahead!

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Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

 

Review:

Mercy and Adam have faced more than their fair share of danger.  From Vampires to Fae to government agents, but when Mercy proclaims the werewolf pack the protectors of their area she causes more upheaval than planned.  The young boy blessed with Fae abilities is on the run from the Fae.  Mercy offering him sanctuary will put them in the crosshairs of the powerful Fae that want to use the boy for horrible tests.  Will Adam and Mercy be able to keep themselves, the pack and the young boy safe without destroying everyone and everything they love?

I love this series.  I adore Mercy and Adam’s relationship along with her with Zee and Tad.  The more adventures or predicaments we see Mercy in the more devoted I become with these characters.  This story was more of a building story rather than one of the more poignant ones in the series.  That being said it doesn’t take anything away from the base characters or writing.  This book like all the others was exciting, entertaining and we finally had something that needed to be done for quite a few books.  I adore Patricia Briggs’ story writing skills.  I truly can’t wait for the next Mercy Thompson book and if you haven’t picked up a Patricia Briggs book then I recommend starting with Moon Called, the first in the Mercy Thompson series.  You are guaranteed to fall in love with Mercy, the tattooed, coyote walker, VW mechanic with the heart of gold.

Review: A Faerie Wedding (A Star Child Companion Novella 4.5) by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  Today I am bringing to you the final installment in the Star Child series.  In this we see how Gabe’s world was turned upside down and how he recovers from the changes.  Gabe’s story fills in all the holes and makes you love him even more.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a fantastic weekend!

29013711Book Blurb:

Gabe Stewart has everything he ever wanted. Mortal Earth is safe. He’s a super-hero Protector whose best friend is within telepathic shouting distance. And then there’s his soul-mate, Singer. He knew right away she was the one he’d been waiting for.

But Gabe’s world shatters when Singer professes she doesn’t love him. On top of that, his mother admits she’s been messing with his memory making him doubt everything he’s ever known. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, his best friend in the whole freaking world, Kellen St. James, wants Gabe to stop being his Protector. Being a Protector is who Gabe is. What will happen if he’s not standing between the prince and danger?

When the man who’s sacrificed his freedom is faced with life alone, which path will he choose? Will he remain the last Protector? Or will he finally get the happy ending he deserves?

*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novel and features adult language and situations.

Review:

After having helped save the world, Gabe can’t imagine anything better than marrying the woman he loves.  But, when he attempts to ask she ends everything with him.  Feeling lost he goes back to his best friend for help.  What he doesn’t expect is for Kellan to set him free of his duties.  Gabe feels lost and aimless.  It will take the advice of someone on the outside to set him straight.  When he finally decides what he wants will he be able to get the happily ever after he deserves?

I adored this story.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in this series.  He is sweet, devoted and head strong.  All of those qualities made him an awesome Protector.  But, when those duties are taken away he is aimless and weak for the very first time in his life.  In this story, we get to see the softer side and vulnerable side to a character that wasn’t allowed to be.  Stephanie Keyes does a fantastic job taking a strong character and making him relatable in a weakness that every one goes through at some point. This final story in this series has done a fine job with its story and characters.  This is one series I will truly miss.

Jenna’s Journey by Julie Ryan

Happy Monday!  Today I am featuring the book Jenna’s Journey by Julie Ryan.  This is a suspenseful, intriguing book featuring the land of Greece.  For more about Jenna’s Journey and its author, Julie Ryan, please keep reading.  I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead.

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Leaving town, heading to the Greek Isles without telling husband or friends, is heady medicine for a failing marriage. Seduced by Grecian sun and sky, Jenna innocently buys a bewitching urn that tangles her into the web of a criminal world more sinister than she ever imagined. Romance is always afoot in the Greek Isles and Jenna gets a large helping with the seductive Nikos. Family is important in Greece, and Nikos helps Jenna learn all the richness it brings, and pass it on to the next generation.

Twenty-five years later, Allie takes this same journey, and a little time travel, a big “what if” dream, a fated meeting with a taxi driver and a sprinkle of paranormal intrigue intertwine in a story that spans the lives of a mother and daughter. Twisty as the streets in a Greek island village, full of unexpected characters found on a faraway vacation and frightening in the threats that nasty villains throw out, Jenna’s Journey will keep you turning pages far into the night.

Working out a lifetime of secrets, imagining what might have been, eluding nasty antiquities thieves, exploring a new love—how would you have gotten yourself through? Grab the sunny blue thread of Jenna’s adventure and see how she changed her life in one journey!

458168Author Bio:

Julie Ryan was born in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. Not venturing too far from home, she studied French Language and Literature at Hull University, where she also trained as a teacher. Then the wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. This broadening of the mind has had an enormous impact on her writing. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats. She is a bookaholic with a one-click addiction.
Her Greek Island Mystery series includes ‘Jenna’s Journey’ newly republished by Booktrope , ‘Sophia’s Secret’ and ‘Pandora’s Prophecy’. Each can be read as a standalone.

Blood in the Shadows by Kristy Centeno and Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday! Today I have a wonderful paranormal book featuring one of my favorite authors, Stephanie Keyes.  In this book Stephanie Keyes partners up with Kristy Centeno to bring two wonderfully fascinating stories that will take you to two different worlds.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a fantastic weekend!!

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Two dark worlds…One night that will change their lives forever…Where evil lurks, only goodness can prevail.

Acclaimed author Kristy Centeno, and Bestselling author of The Star Child series, Stephanie Keyes, bring you two stories that prove love and light can overcome the pain and shadows. With secrets hidden in the night, and dangerous creatures prowling the woods, trusting the enemy can mean either life or death.

Review:

In Kristy Centeno’s Shadows the hunter becomes the hunted.  Daya knows the new customer where she works is not normal.  She knows because her training to hunt the paranormal kicks in every time he is around.  After leaving her work one night she is jumped.  What she doesn’t expect is he isn’t the only one hunting her.  When her hunter ends up helping her, the two of them must find out why leaders of the Underworld want to kill her.

In Stephanie Keyes’ The Boy in the Tree,  at a coffee shop with her best friend, Jemma sees a boy she recognizes from her youth.  After seeing him she is drawn back to the time when she was practically obsessed with him.  When strange things begin to happen and scary tree warriors attempt to attack her, the boy she thought was the one from her childhood comes to her rescue.  Soon Jemma and Owen figure out why the boy in the tree wants her and how they can stop his terror.

I adored both of these stories.  Kristy Centeno’s story really drew me in.  It was my first read by her.  She wove a unique story that truly takes the reader on a ride.  Taking the paranormal world and putting a cleverly veiled romance within it was well done.  My only complaint was it felt so very unfinished.  It felt like there was so much left unanswered.  I felt unfulfilled even for a short story.

Stephanie Keyes loves the faerie aspect of the paranormal and she can write it with the best of them.  I thought her story was quite unique and exciting. The story takes the wonder out of faeries and places the danger right with them.  This bit of fantasy with a love story gives just the right amount of action, love and suspense.  It was truly a phenomenal novella.

 

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