Review: Conner by Miranda Stork

Conner by Miranda Stork

51aVkAuyxfL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate…

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together…

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that pursues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin’s lost memories.
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As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed…?

*** Please note, although the main story is concluded in this book, it is an episodic book of the trilogy, and the story continues in ‘Erin’ and ‘Filtiarn’. If you prefer standalone books in a series, this is not for you.

I have to admit this was my first ever werewolf book! I honestly had never read one before this.
I loved it completely! Totally! Honestly!
The characters are interesting, twisted, and have that element of ‘what are they going to do next’. You’re never certain if one of them will turn on another or not.
Miranda’s knowledge of Ireland shines through this whole novel and it was a pleasure to experience the Emerald Isle through her words. Miranda has a way of describing things that makes you feel as though you know the place personally. She likes detail and it is that attention that shows you that she knows the places in this novel.
One thing bothered me, though. I cannot, for the life of me, pronounce Filtiarn!! In the end, my head insisted it’s just Filty! LOL
This novel is part of a series and, although its individual story is all tied up nicely, it leaves you wanting more. Much, much more, in fact. By the end of this one, you’ll be reaching for Erin, the next in the series.
If you like werewolves, this is for you. If you like books that ask a lot of questions, make you ask questions, and take you on a journey to discover the answers, then this is for you.
Am I going to read the rest in the series? Yes!

5stars (1)

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This book was reviewed by Karen Aminadra IMG_20150512_175832bandw

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A prince disguises himself to find true love—

Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betrothed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature.

Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him?

4-out-of-5-stars

I picked up Jenni James’ The Frog Prince out of sheer curiosity. What is a retelling of a Fairy Tale like?
This wasn’t a modern version or even a retelling and reinvention of the characters, it was a filling out and a plumping up, if you like.

To be entirely honest, I put the book down three times before I persevered with it. Why? Americanisms. They grated on my teeth in this sort of story. The character names, the way they speak to each other, the way they behave; it was all so American and grating.
I had a good talk with myself saying, the author is American, what did I expect? LOL 😉

So, I picked it up again and really got into the story. In the end, it was very sweet and holds a few moral lessons for the reader; the greatest being – never judge a book by its cover!

We know the story. We know what happens, but Jenni James tells it in a way that will warm your heart and endear you to her writing style. I feel this book would not be out of place on the shelves of children, teens, and adults alike.
All-in-all, I felt this was a good read. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from Jenni James.

You can purchase The Frog Prince HERE.

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Review of Lucius: The Fallen – A Powerful Urban Fantasy

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“Relish this moment in My favor. It is your last.” 

Six angels once sat at the right hand of The Almighty, but an ill-fated decision cast them out of Heaven. Now they serve Him on Earth, slaying demons for their redemption. They are…The Fallen. 

Lucius, once revered at the side of God, fell to Earth with his brothers to pay penance and atone for his lapse in leadership. Wingless and forsaken, they have all paid a price for their complicity. Lucius’ hubris is now a curse, and he cannot rest until they carry out the last of The Almighty’s orders…and stop a war that has been millennia in the making. 

Persephone Roberts is always in the right place at the right time, the serendipity allowing her to help people on her travels. When it leads her to cross paths with the band of hard-living fallen angels, she sets her sights on their leader, and is determined to restore Lucius’ faith in their quest. And in himself. 

But the ancient evil the angels strive to fight has put Persephone in its crosshairs. It will be up to Lucius and his brothers to save her and destroy the minions of the dark. Can the amber-eyed beauty with her accepting heart heal wounds that cut soul deep, and force him to reclaim a glory he once tossed aside? Is he strong enough to realize the path back to Heaven begins with her, or will he be forever…fallen?

Good: This is one of those books that as you’re reading it, you just know it’s going to be a hit, and you want to tell everyone you were one of the first people to get your hands on it. It’s a real urban fantasy, an imaginative working of fallen angels straight in the middle of a sprawling city that is somewhat fallen itself. The characters were my favourite part of this book – the main characters were developed slowly across the book, rather than the reader being info-dumped at the beginning. I know this is a series, so the secondary characters will all have their own time to shine in the next books. Each angel, as well as those who help them, both human and god, has their own distinct personality and wit – of which there is plenty. Along with all of the ‘No, don’t go there!’ moments, there’s plenty of sniggering at the rapport between the brothers. My other favourite part of the book is the way angels, gods, and many other things are explained in a creative and adult way – and although it touches on religion (obviously, it does include angels and gods) at no point does it ‘feel’ like a religious book, keeping the setting non-denominational so that everyone can enjoy it. The storyline rockets you across a few pages, then slows the pace when it wants you to take in more important details, before ricocheting you back into the action, which makes it feel much more natural as you read.

Bad: That the book is shorter than I would like! I was so engrossed in this book the first time I read it, that I got to the end and couldn’t believe it had finished! I’m not saying the story is too short – only that the writers wove the storyline so deftly that the end hits you, and you realise with a sinking heart, you’re going to have to wait for another one.

Overall: This is one of my new favourite series, and I know I’m going to devour every single book that comes along. The characters are dark and witty, the setting is brilliantly claustrophobic in its intensity and fear-creating moments, and the storyline itself is imaginative and a fresh look at a subject that has been done in many different ways. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who loved the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and like their urban fantasy dark. A resounding five stars from me!

Five Star

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Review: The Uncovering by Jes Young

Jes-Young-Author-PhotoI read this book under its old title of Tab Bennett and the Inbetween. It now has a new
cover and a brand-new title – The Uncovering.

From the blurb – At the start of this fantastical romance, Tabitha Bennett is a young woman who has her life all figured out; she’s got a steady job at the local bank, a darkly handsome fiancé she’s known since childhood, and her own cottage on the edge of the family estate. Then she starts to have chillingly graphic visions of her sisters’ deaths.

Someone is picking off members of the Bennett household one by one, and Tab is next. In order to survive, she must come to terms with her true heritage. Tab is actually an Elvish princess, heir to the throne of the Inbetween, the realm of the Light Elves, and the product of the Dark King’s rape of the Queen of the Light. These sordid origins do nothing to convince the Elven Court that she’s the woman for the job, and they have everything to do with the plot to kill her.

Her fiancé Robbin is soon usurped by a gorgeous stranger named Alexander, to whom
 she’s been betrothed since her birth. The magic that binds them is strong and sensual. He guides her in her journey of self-discovery, helping to awaken the Elven gifts that ultimately keep her alive in the final battle with the agents of the Dark. She is betrayed by both her close childhood friend and by the Elven warrior who captains the Light army, but she survives by virtue of her fiery tenacity.

The Uncovering, first in a trilogy, is a fast-paced adventure, TheUncoveringfull of sensuality, suspense and surprise.

The book starts off with Tab seeing someone dying in her dream. In fact, it was her sister or the woman she thought was her sister.

Needless to say, things go to pieces for poor Tab. What she discovers is that nothing she ever believed is true. The story is really engaging but the thing that tripped me over was all of a sudden, Tab, upon meeting a perfect stranger, flings herself at him and just about does the horizontal shuffle in front of a room filled with people! That to me was odd. I actually loved the story and I really look forward to reading the rest of the series, too. It’s just Tab and Alex were … woah!

Tab’s life turns out to be an entire lie. Despite the fact that she knew nothing and never suspected anything, this really is a good story because Jes Young takes you on Tab’s journey with her. You discover why all the lies and subterfuge, who everyone really is around her, and, ultimately, who Tab really is.

All-in-all a very entertaining and gripping read; I wanted to read it and didn’t want to put it down!

I also believe this would be great in the YA category too!

You can buy The Uncovering HERE.

Four Star

 

Happy reading!

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Review of When Empires Fall – A Dramatic Page-Turner

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May 2014 Re-Release Edition – Winner of “Best in Drama” 2012 Turning the Pages Book Awards
 
The Vassers are America’s greatest family, an empire forged in steel and stone, wealth and prestige. They’re in the business of luxury hotels…and murder.

When the truth is exposed through the letters of a dead woman, all hell breaks loose. The family tries to cope with the allegation that what they thought was a decades old suicide was actually the cold-blooded murder of one of their own. 

Things only get worse when they realize the killer is still among them.

Enter the newest generation of Vasser heirs:  three siblings now running the Vasser Hotel in New York City, each with their own agenda. Principled and serious Grant; charming playboy Linc; and ruthlessly secretive Madison. They soon discover that swimming in the undercurrents of their own family’s dark past could prove to be disastrous.

Family may be the ties that bind, but when empires fall, they are the ties that kill.

Good Points: Where to begin? At the beginning, I suppose, and the first beginning must be the front cover. It’s stunning, and it really caught my attention. I don’t normally go for novels like this, as I think of them a bit like soap dramas in book form (and I don’t watch soap dramas), but this one was very different. From the first page, I was swept up by Katie Jennings’ depth and colourful descriptions. The characters were fantastic, and they really drove the story along; a grand story of the trials and tribulations of them and their hotel’s fortunes. The pacing was perfect, feeding you just enough to get you flicking over to the next chapter, but not giving away everything at once. And the ending! It was-well, it’s certainly left me waiting for the next book.

Bad Points: If I had to be really, really picky, I would say that the beginning was a bit slow for me. Not that it wasn’t written well; slow starts are just not my taste. But as it’s the first in the series, and everyone has to be introduced, this also has to happen. So I’m just being picky. Also, I wondered if some of the characters were a little young for the storyline. Not that you can’t have 20-somethings running a hotel. But most of the characters seemed to be within this age bracket, and I would have liked to see some older characters in there, to give it a more realistic feel.

Overall: This is a brilliant start to a great new series. I was hooked immediately, and I can’t wait to get my eager hands on the next one. Katie Jennings is a talented author, and I highly recommend this book to anyone-even if it isn’t your normal genre. This is one of those books that is worth reading even if it’s not normally your thing, if only for the quality of the writing and storyline. This book gets an awesome four stars from me!

Four Star

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Review: Laiden’s Daughter by Suzan Tisdale

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Right from the get-go, the book was fast paced, which continues throughout. Within a few pages, my sympathies for Aishlinn were engaged and I wanted the best outcome for her.
The Author has used her skill with words well, without being verbose and trying to impress the reader with her knowledge.
She has done her research, knows the lands, people, and language within the book and it shows even though there are some historical errors. The Author is American but has easily made the transformation so that there is nothing that grates on a Brit’s e511F4BHJl3L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ars very much, and there are no Americanisms that have us heading off to Google.
The romantic tension is very well written, both of them are respectful, and it is pleasingly realistic, despite the occasional amount of cheesiness.
I laughed aloud on occasion and I actually cried over Aishlinn. In fact, I am amazed at how much I laughed and cried over this novel. The emotional scenes were very well written and touching.
This book is excellent, very engaging and I whole-heartedly recommend it.

Buy Laiden’s Daughter here

Four Star

 

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Review by Karen Aminadra

Review of Possess – A Gripping Paranormal Novel

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*Book One of The Possess Saga*

Stumbling off the bus in Midtown, Harley Martin thought she found an escape from her old life.

She soon realizes it was anything but that.

Low on cash and options, she manages to find herself a cheap but surprisingly nice apartment. The catch? The last tenant, Brody Walsh, killed himself.

Or did he?

As disturbing dreams and hauntings start to occur, Harley realizes there may be much more behind the previous tenant’s death than a simple suicide. She finds her life further entangled with his when she learns that her new boss, Nolan, was also his best friend. Could this handsome but evasive pub owner have something to do with Brody’s death?

Trying to piece together the events surrounding Brody’s death proves to be a daunting task, but Harley can’t give up. Brody won’t let her. He is still in the apartment with her, trapped in limbo until she finds his killer.

But he’s not waiting for revenge.

Harley’s next.

First of all, I’ve definitely got a new series to fangirl over, and I can’t wait to get started on the next one! I’ve fallen in love with the characters and storyline, and it’s got me well and truly gripped.

Bad points first (not that there are many). The whodunnit angle was sometimes a little too easily conceived (but further down, I also mention this isn’t a bad point), and I thought a few things in the storyline were perhaps a little too easily worked out, like with the flat and the job, BUT…it’s not as if it couldn’t happen. In fact, it makes me wonder if it’s something that might be made more clear further down the storyline in other books, maybe there’s a reason for it? Which brings me to the….

Good points! I loved how there seemed to be so many little clues dropped in that kept you guessing all the way through. I did guess the whodunnit of it all about two thirds in, but I was so sucked in, I didn’t care. Sometimes you don’t need to be kept from the mystery to want to know how it all turns out, and this is definitely one of those books.

The characters were fabulous, and Harley was a true strong female protagonist, with an interesting, flawed character, as opposed to the cardboard cut-out of most female heroines. Nolan was awesome, and the two of them were the absolute gem of the book for me – they made me want to read beyond the last page.

The story was well-paced, with just the right amount of action dropped in with engaging dialogue and some very darkly funny parts. The other wonderfully surprising thing about this story was the fact that so many pages had me laughing out loud and sniggering, then the next moment being pulled back into the stranger side of things with Brody…..but you’ll have to read it to find out more about that!

Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants a fresh angle on the whole paranormal/romance/suspense genre – although this book is far more than that, a really captivating combination of things – and the only reason I would give this 4 stars rather than 5 is the fact that some parts of it were a little too convenient for me. But it was a fabulous book overall, got me hooked on both the story and the characters, and I can’t wait to get started on Book 2! It gets a fabulous 4.5 from me. 🙂

Four Star

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