Saturday, November 10, 2018

My Week in Review: 11/3/18-11/10/18


I've got a three day weekend to look forward to and I am trying to decide what books I want to read next week.  :)  

This weeks theme: Post Apocalyptic/EMP

The Borrowed World by Franklin Horton - 4 Stars ****

  
Jim Powell thought he was ready but when ISIS operatives unleashed a coordinated attack on America’s infrastructure, he found himself in a terrifying predicament. Trapped hundreds of miles from his family, with thousands of stranded travelers and scarce law enforcement across the country, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of a civilized society no longer apply.

But Jim has years of planning under his belt. He’s spent most of life outdoors, studying survival, and obsessing about preparedness. He soon finds that training for societal collapse is very different from actually experiencing one.

If Jim wants to make it back to his family, he'll need to find the strength and brutality to meet this new, harsh world head-on — even if it means rising to unimaginable levels of violence.

The Ophidian Horde by Ryan Schow - 4 Stars ****



A scathing attack. A city teetering on the edge of ruin. Under the weight of an extinction level event, the end of one world marks the beginning of another...

The unraveling of society is beyond perilous. With the city in chaos, injuries to her party and a sharp loss of resources, Cincinnati McNamara looks to Indigo for help in forming a new homestead, a place where she can tend to the wounded and safeguard her family. Indigo, however, is a bruised soul with an irrevocable need to stop the Ophidian Horde and its ilk from overtaking the city. The only problem: she’s waging war on an enemy too enormous and too ferocious to handle on her own. She needs the McNamara’s help. Their numbers aren’t enough, but times being what they are, they’ll have to suffice...

Fight to Survive by Dave Bowman - 4 Stars ****


Could you push past your limits to survive the apocalypse?


After the deadliest virus known to man, law and order have collapsed. The surviving few are left to find their way among the ashes of civilization. Chaos reigns.

What if your preparations weren't enough?

Nick thought he was ready. He has a lodge in the mountains in New Mexico, packed full of supplies and ammo. He thought he could protect his family, but the virus took them anyway. Soon, he finds others that rely on him. With everything lost, can he find the strength in himself to go on?

Could you face your greatest fears?

Liz is trapped in Albuquerque. A dangerous battle rages around her, and she doesn't have long to live if she stays. The only way out is through the mountains, and there's only one man who can take her. But can she put her faith in a stranger's promise?

Only a few survived the outbreak, but that was just the beginning. Now they'll have to fight harder than ever to stay alive.

The Journey Home by John Winchester - 4 Stars ****


This is the story of the Miller family, Jack, Amy, and their sons Kenny and Danny. Separated by half a continent after an EMP attack sends the United States back to the Stone Age, the Millers are desperate to reunite as they struggle to survive.

Jack Miller isn’t too worried about the apocalypse. He has been prepping for a few years and has a basement stocked with the food and supplies his family needs to ride out a disaster. Today though, he is out of town on a business trip. An EMP strike delivered by a rogue nation leaves him stranded over a thousand miles away from his home. This is the last place he expected to be during a disaster. He sets out on an epic journey home armed only with his know how and survival skills. What he encounters leaves him questioning how prepared any lone man can be.

Amy Miller is all set to enjoy a well deserved vacation day. She’s a hard working mother of two with a full time career and rarely has a quiet moment to herself. The EMP throws a wrench in the works and leaves her unprepared for the chaos to follow. With the city falling down around her ears, she is pushed to the limit. Her suburban home is well stocked with supplies, but she clings to the hope that order will be restored. Faced with the darker side of humanity, will she overcome her inhibitions and do whatever it takes to protect her family?

Darkness Begins by Harley Tate - 3 Stars ***


If the power grid fails, how far will you go to survive?


Madison spends her days tending plants as an agriculture student at the University of California, Davis. She plans to graduate and put those skills to work only a few hours from home in the Central Valley. The sun has always been her friend, until now.

When catastrophe strikes, how prepared will you be?

Tracy starts her morning like any other, kissing her husband Walter goodbye before heading off to work at the local public library. She never expects it to end fleeing for her life in a Suburban full of food and water. Tackling life’s daily struggles is one thing, preparing to survive when it all crashes down is another.

The end of the world brings out the best and worst in all of us.

With no communication and no word from the government, the Sloanes find themselves grappling with the end of the modern world all on their own. Will Madison and her friends have what it takes to make it back to Sacramento and her family? Can Tracy fend off looters and thieves and help her friends and neighbors survive?

The EMP is only the beginning.

That wraps my week.  I hope you are reading something wonderful.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

My Week in Review: 10/27/18-11/3/18


To me, it's officially holiday season.  I am thrilled.  If I can swing it, I'm going to put my Christmas tree up later today.  :)  Yes, I am one of those people.  

This weeks theme: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Back To Spell One by Samantha Silver - 4 Stars ****



Tina White is just an ordinary Seattleite, working while saving money to go to college. Or so she thought, anyway. When a chance encounter finds her transported to the magical town of Western Woods, Tina discovers that everything she thought she knew about magic - namely, that it isn't real - is a lie.

Just in case coming to terms with her new witch powers wasn't enough of a challenge, Tina quickly finds herself embroiled in the middle of a muder mystery, with half the town thinking [i]she's[/i] the one who killed a local wizard.

With the help of her new roommates and her martial-arts obsessed familiar, Tina has to solve the mystery, learn basic magic and navigate the complicated social hierarchy in Western Woods. Sounds easy, right? And who's that strange, smoking-hot elf everyone keeps warning her to stay away from? Tina's definitely got her work cut out for her, but as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes obvious she's in danger.

Will Tina solve the mystery before she becomes the killer's next victim?

Bat Out Of Spell by Amanda M Lee - 4 Stars ****


Welcome to Eternal Springs, home to more than a thousand “normal” people and four feisty witches. Just a tip, the witches are more fun.


Especially Skye Thornton, an air witch about town who would rather be on the mainland than a touristy island that’s home to four climate zones and a gaping hole under the local school that allows monsters to creep through and wreak havoc on the community.

A reporter, Skye likes to be in the thick of things – she’s a busybody and proud of it – until she quite literally trips over a dead body at the island resort. In quick order, she finds herself fighting off monsters while trying to discover one of the human variety.

Since she can’t keep clear of trouble, Skye is determined to track down a murderer, fight off a wishing well beast and stay away from a local security chief who she’s always hated … or has she?
It’s a full slate of activity for Skye and her witchy friends. The laughs and insults will be flying fast and furious. Of course, so will the danger.

Look out world, here come four witches with attitude, and they’re not taking any prisoners.

The Surfboard Slaying by Teagan Maher - 4 Stars ****


A handsome faerie comes to the Enchanted Coast for a killer vacation, but nobody counted on it being literal.

When Marissa Clayton, a recently turned vampire struggling with her new identity, falls under suspicion, Destiny can't just let her go down, especially when she knows for a fact the girl is innocent.

However, some secrets aren't hers to tell, so she has to do it the hard way - find the real murderer in order to get her new friend off the hook.

Horribly Haunted in Hillbilly Hollow by Blythe Baker
3 Stars ***


The ghosts of Hillbilly Hollow are whispering – and only Emma can hear them.

Emma Hooper thought coming home to small town life and the family farm would give her a chance to rest and recover from a traumatic accident. But that was before she started seeing ghosts. It was before Grandma Hooper started singing on the roof, and it was way, way before anybody spotted a ghost in a 19th century cavalry uniform coming out of an outhouse.

Can Emma learn to handle her newfound ability to see spirits, while figuring out a confusing relationship with the handsome local doctor? All while solving the ghastly murder of Preacher Jacob? Or is Hillbilly Hollow doomed to be forever haunted by a cold-blooded killer and a restless spirit?

Wherewolf by Tony Lewis - 3 Stars ***


Ollie is a half-vampire who, following his uncle's death, inherits a detective agency in the undead town of Skullenia.


He also inherits his uncle's staff: a zombie who can barely hold himself together (in more ways than one), a zombie the size of a phonebox and with a single digit IQ, a mad professor, and their chain-smoking friend Ronnie who has the ability to make himself invisible.

But Skullenia seems to be the last place that would need a detective agency. At least that is what Ollie thinks, until Count Jocular commissions him to help resolve a series of unexplained disappearances.

Has Ollie bitten off more than he can chew? With the help of his motley crew and some quite frankly ridiculous characters, he attempts to solve the perplexing mystery.

These were fun reads.  :)  I hope you see something you'd like to try.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle

Saturday, October 27, 2018

My Week in Review: 10/20/18-10/27/18


Another week has come and gone - this year is flying right on by.  My husband and I are looking forward to seeing our lil grandbaby dressed for Halloween - our daughter is keeping his costume secret - but I am hoping for Jack Jack from The Incredibles.  :)  

This weeks theme: Dystopian

Swann by Ryan Schow - 4 Stars ****


A troubled young girl is about to become the world’s most lethal science experiment.


You’re not your body. You’re not your hair, your eyes or your nose. You’re not your diseases, your anxieties or your psychosis. Welcome to Astor Academy where, with the right genetic coding and a stomach for the impossible, you can change not only your body, but the very course of your life. The first step is the DNA...

The Extraction List by Renee N Meland - 4 Stars ****


In an America where parenting is regulated by the federal government, fifteen-year-old Riley Crane assumed she would never be taken from her home, and with good reason: her mother Claire had designed the criteria that parents must live by in order to keep their children.


But a simple knock at the door one evening proves her wrong.

Now on the run, Riley and Claire must rely on Cain Foley, a gifted killer who is as handsome as he is dangerous, to get them out of America alive. But when they discover what's really happening beneath the government's surface, they realize that escaping the country is only part of their problem. Together, they figure out that a killer can save a life, and a mother can damn a nation.

Eden by G C Julien - 4 Stars ****


In 2064, America faced the deadliest gender war in history.

Civilization collapsed and millions died.

Now, in a daunting world without electricity or societal laws, revered feminist leader Eve Malum guides surviving women to safety—to a utopian haven known as Eden—where she forbids the male gender from ever entering.

But as Eve struggles to keep her paradise safe, the line between good and evil begins to blur.

The Child Thief by Bella Forrest - 3 Stars ***


They call her Robin Hood...

In a world where we have government of the rich by the rich for the rich, one girl decides to fight back.

America in 2105 is beset with mass inequality, poverty and increasingly large numbers of the poor. This, combined with the breakdown of families and marriages has led to huge economic and societal burdens. A fractured and divided America ushers in an authoritarian government that promises to solve all these problems in one stroke with a radical solution.

Welcome to the CRAS: the Child Redistribution Adoption System. Also known as the cure for America’s failing economy, it is the bane of nineteen-year-old Robin Sylvone’s existence.

Under the System, millions of poor families have their children taken and given to the rich. And as a single teen mother, Robin fell within the scope of the scheme and lost her baby two years ago. After being forced to drop out of school and become a factory worker in order to support herself, she doesn’t see much light in her future—or hold any hope of seeing her child again.

Until she stumbles upon a group of misfits who share her frustrations and desire for change. They are an underground movement of thieves, stealing children back from the rich and returning them to the poor.

Robin will do anything to find her daughter, even if it means tangling with a government that has zero tolerance for rebellion.

Even when the penalty is death.

Better by N E French - 3 Stars ***


A post-apocalyptic America is overrun by super-virulent-viruses. The surviving population is controlled by pharmaceutical superpowers. Citizens are assigned a grade based on their perceived value to the technocracy. This grade determines the quality of healthcare they receive. Many citizens are forced into slavery merely to get the minimum cover needed to survive. Few dare to oppose the system and those that do don’t tend to live long.

It’s Faith’s seventeenth birthday and it seems, so far, her attempts to buck the system have failed: she couldn’t complete her resistance mission, got infected and getting cured got her in debt to the very corporation she’d been trying to attack. Now she’s forced to work for the enemy. If that wasn’t bad enough she’s been relocated to a high-risk compound where her chances of survival are slim...

"I’m out of time.”

But things are not quite as they seem. Faith is playing a long game and others are about to get played. In particular, a certain Forces Commander…

“He reckons he’s got me all figured out. He has no clue.”

Or perhaps Faith has underestimated her adversary. It wouldn't be the first time...

I hope you see something you'd like to read.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle

Saturday, October 20, 2018

My Week in Review: 10/13/18-10/20/18


I can't get over how fast this year has flown.  The holidays are right around the corner and that is my favorite time of year.  This year is going to be super exciting because of the grandbaby.  :)

This weeks theme: Demons

Demon's Fever by T. F. Walsh - 4 Stars ****


After losing her dishwasher job, Cary Stone finds herself broke and homeless. And, oh yeah, she's also a half-demon completely alone in the world. Awesome. So when she's offered a job to hunt demons at Argos Inc., she jumps at the chance to get a new lease on life. But in order to keep the job, she has to pass a series of tests.

Failing isn't an option as Cary has to do whatever it takes to nail this opportunity. And then there is the hotshot demon hunter that is sexy motivation to reach her goal... but if he knew she what she really was, he'd want her dead. Can things get any worse?

Levi Walker is pissed off. Seriously. After being the best demon hunter at Argos Inc. since forever, they want to screw him by not paying him for the jobs? Nope, Levi decides it's time to go. Or at least it was until a hunt he's on spins wildly out of control and causes a catastrophic loss...and everyone at Argos blames Levi. Now faced with being sued for the damage, Levi begins pursuing the evidence to clear his name. Jumping right into the fray, Levi soon finds himself in mortal danger. But he's a fighter who'll battle until the end...which may come sooner rather than later, now that he's met a beautiful and mysterious hunter at Argos and can barely keep his mind on the job.


Will Levi stay alive long enough to find the proof to clear his name and leave Argos for good or will Cary prove to be the sexy and dangerous distraction that he just can't ignore?

Never Save a Demon by J. D. Brown - 4 Stars ****


The rules for demon slaying are simple.
Rule #1: Never save a demon’s life.
… Oops.

Lyn Conway is a hot mess. She’s past due on her rent, can’t get clients to take her paranormal investigations business seriously, and … Oh yeah, she’s a demon hunter who broke the ultimate rule. She didn’t mean to save a demon’s life. She thought she was saving a cute guy from a horrific attack. But now?

Sam. Won’t. Die.

That is, he won’t die until she does.

Being bound to a gorgeous demon isn’t all that bad, until women who look suspiciously similar to Lyn start dropping dead with a demonic seal carved into their flesh. The tables have turned. The hunter is being hunted. Fortunately, Lyn lives with her number one suspect.

City of Demons by Debbie Cassidy - 4 Stars ****


If Buffy and Angel could have banged without him going all evil, then we would have had Wilomena Bastion.

Dragons suck, like literally suck the life out of you if you let them. Trick is not to look them directly in the eyes, like ever. So, the day Wila finds herself staring into the most dangerous Draconi’s pretty, emerald peepers, she knows she’s royally fucked.


No one said saving a bunch of kids from being served up as treats to the dragon liege was going to be easy. Options are limited—immediate execution or servitude, and Wila prefers to have her head remain firmly on her shoulders.

Now, the self-professed dark avenger must work to bring down a resistance of demons hell-bent on making life difficult for the dragon liege. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, her new position comes with a partner, the dragon liege’s favoured demon enforcer; a creature of fire, fury and washboard abs who—let’s face it—is just gonna cramp her style.

With the help of a ghostly receptionist, a talking dog and the thing that lives in the basement, Wila will be forced to take on a most dangerous task. It looks like some serious brooding is on the menu, because for the first time in forever, Wila isn’t sure she’s up to the job.

A city filled with monsters needs a woman who can kick ass, and Wilomena Bastion is just the gal for the job.

Demons at Deadnight by A & E Kirk - 3 Stars ***



For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

DEMONIC DESTINY
Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

CHARISMATIC KILLERS
The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

LETHAL ALLIES
The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

A Demon's Blade by C.C. English-Rose - 3 Stars ***



Forged in flames, anointed in blood... A Demon's Blade.

When Mona was six years old, she witnessed the death of her mother… by a Demon. Mona was told what she saw was impossible, but she always knew the truth, nothing would convince her otherwise; not even pesky little things like doctors or psychologists.

It’s been twelve years, eight foster homes, five schools and two crappy part-time jobs since then, but now the monsters are back, and they’re everywhere.

Suddenly Mona finds herself in a world which she never knew existed and hunted by a creature like the one plaguing her nightmares.

Luckily, Mona isn’t alone. But will the help of her new friends be enough to save her?

That's a wrap on my week of reading.  I hope you are reading something great.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle  



Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Week in Review: 10/6/18-10/13/18


This week I thought I would focus on learning.  :)  That being said, I was surprised at how many books I found that fell in this category.  

This weeks theme: Schools of witchcraft/wizardry

Fallen Academy by Leia Stone - 4 Stars ****


Brielle Atwater isn't sure of much, but she knows a few things:

1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest jerk she's ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible.

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.

After wings sprout from Brielle's back at her awakening ceremony, she's sure she's an angel blessed celestial. It's not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father's life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.

She's immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle's secret. 

Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.

To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.

Witching on a Star by Erin Bedford - 3 Stars ***


All her life Max knew she was destined for more, but when she graduated high school, she never expected to find out she was a witch.

Now Max isn't headed to the ivy league college of her dreams but to the Witch’s Academy, where the spells are real and the classes just might kill you.

If Max hopes to survive her new destiny she'll have to put up with mean girl cliques, way too sexy for their own good bad boys, and a popularity contest she didn’t expect to win.

Turns out, wishing comes with consequences and all magic has a price, especially at Witch Academy, but Max may find she’s more prepared than she thought to handle it all.

Dark Is Her Nature by Judith Berens - 3 Stars ***


For Hire: Teachers for special school in Virginia countryside. Must be able to handle teenagers with special abilities. Cannot be afraid to discipline werewolves, wizards, elves and other assorted hormonal teens. Apply at the School of Necessary Magic.

Alison is a young Drow princess whose power is just beginning to grow inside of her – too bad for the dark forces after her. They won’t see it coming. Even better… Alison’s making a few tween friends who can stand by her side.

School’s in session – the world’s about to change.

Outlier by Annabel Chase - 3 Stars ***



My family's past threatens my future...

It's my second year training to become a Sentry of the South at Spellslingers Academy of Magic and I'm still fighting a reputation I don't deserve. It was my grandmother's addiction to magic that tarnished our family name--a grandmother I still love and adore. When she asks a favor of me, I can't refuse her dying wish...and it sets off a chain of events I never expected. With the help of a charming and sexy druid, I set out to locate a missing professor, but what we discover is far worse than we ever imagined.

A fight to restore my family's honor has become a fight for my life and the lives of everyone I hold dear. Will we be able to find the professor in time and preserve life in the quadrant as we know it?

Witch Ways by Kristy Tate - 3 Stars ***



Evelynn Marston didn’t mean to burn down the science room. A little anger, some flames, and an expulsion later, Evie finds herself destined to spend the rest of her high school years at Despaign Academy—named for Connecticut’s last convicted witch.

Despite its shadowy past, Despaign has the same cliques as other schools, and Evie struggles to fit in and to be noticed by the handsome and mysterious Dylan Fox—that is, until she casts her first spell. But even in a magical place, evil lurks.

When Evie’s friend, Laurie Silver, turns up dead, Evie must rely on all her newfound powers and friends to find the truth. But bringing a killer to justice may require stronger magic and true love, the kind that can’t be found in a potion.

That's my week in a nutshell.  I hope you see something you'd like to try.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle


Saturday, October 6, 2018

My Week in Review: 9/29/18-10/6/18


I was super pleased with the books I chose this week and look forward to reading more in these series.  

This weeks theme: Witches

Aimless Witch by Shannon Mayer - 4 Stars ****


“My name is Pamela, and I am a witch who has no equal.”

Or so I thought.

It has been three years since the Destroyer sundered our world. The land is no longer whole, but broken into pieces, most technology gone, and the continents shattered into an unrecognizable place.

New monsters have risen from the depths, adding danger on top of danger. Through it all the humans fight to survive as they compete not only with the supernaturals for food and resources, but their own kind as well.

And me? The caravans of humans I pass, they look to me to save them.

Only I am not the witch I once was. Bound by those who fear my power and my bloodline, I’m lucky if I can light a match with my magic, never mind protect anyone but myself.

Now, the darkness in me rises, offering me all that I want. Freedom from the chains I wear, and the power to make everything right. But if I embrace the darkness I will face a cost I could never have imagined…

Witch Slapped by Dakota Cassidy - 4 Stars ****


What's a girl to do when she's a broke, shunned ex-witch with a very tiny, very hungry bat familiar named Belfry to feed?

Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days.

If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, WA, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, the only friend I have left in the world—things got sticky.

Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests...

Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet.

Madam Zoltar, the town's beloved fake medium, has been murdered, and Win wants me to catch the killer.

My old life won't be worth much if it gets me whacked before my new life has barely begun--and that seems to be exactly what the killer has planned!

Jinxed by K B Everly - 4 Stars ****

Never cross a Craft witch...


Christi Craft is the name and being witchy is my game!

I own a little shop in rural Salem, filled with all manner of fun things; priceless heirlooms, cursed artifacts, bath bombs, Spills (magically spelled pills, if you get my drift). You know, harmless things.

However, Milo James, a sexy AF Warlock Warden, disagrees. He's always giving me citations and fines for selling my cursed artifacts to humans who don't know any better. I’ve known him most of my life, and he sees me as a little sister – at least, that’s how he treats me. Dang it…

If that's not enough, Orrin, my Incubus lover, suddenly wants more from me than just an occasional roll in the sheets. On top of that, I have to deal with this poltergeist I unknowingly acquired with a recent purchase. He's demanding I solve his murder. What he doesn't seem to grasp is that I suck at being a witch.

But things aren't what they seem when it comes to this spirit, and I'm not sure I can help him on my own. With or without my power.

Black Spells and Twisted Souls by Cece Rose - 3 Stars ***


Kayla Harlow is an unlucky witch.

A dead boss, a demonic kitty in her bathtub, and a smoking hot detective… If only he wasn’t trying to pin her for the murder.

Between a mysterious fae prince with no sense of modesty or boundaries showing up, having to call a vengeance spirit, and more demons than she ever expected or wanted to meet appearing in her living room, an iced latte spilled all over her new dress is suddenly the least of her worries.

When white magic won’t save her, and black magic will taint her soul, what’s a witch to do?

The Day the Witch Stood Still by Ruby Raine - 3 Stars ***


It's not every day an old flame reappears in your life come to tell you someone you loved has been murdered—for being a witch—and that you're next on the kill list—because you're a witch too!
These books are not recommended for younger readers and these characters really like four letter words. It's a little bit cozy mystery, a little bit paranormal romance, a little bit urban fantasy, and a whole lot of supernatural trouble.

All Dani Harper wanted was a vacation in the one place she could still call home.
After tragedy strikes and she loses her mother, Dani needs a dose of the next best thing—her Aunt Marni, her three never seemingly aging Siamese cats, some much needed summer sun, and endless moonlight and mojitos under the bright starry island sky each night.

What she got, was thrown into the middle of two murder investigations, an old flame—in the form of the sexy local police chief—telling her the supernatural not only exists, but that she's a witch with a price on her head. He offers protection from this supernatural hitman, but Dani soon finds out its her heart and soul that needs the protection most because she's falling—again—for Galen Wilde, and he's got a supernatural secret of his own.

I really enjoyed these reads, I hope you see something you'd like to try.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

~Michelle

Saturday, September 29, 2018

My Week in Review: 9/22/18-9/29/18


I was thinking that I had given the things that go bump in the night their time to shine - it was time to spotlight those on the opposing side.

This weeks theme: Vampire Hunters

Drawing Dead by SM Reine - 4 Stars ****



The vampire slayer is turning into a vampire? Over her dead body.

Dana McIntyre has been bitten by a master vampire. She's infected with the venom. And after killing hundreds of vampires to keep Las Vegas safe, she'd rather die than turn.

There might be a cure. But the only way to get it is through Nissa Royal, a vampire with close ties to the masters of Las Vegas. Nissa is dangerous -- too dangerous to be allowed to live, much less work alongside.

But if Dana dies, vampires win Vegas. If she doesn't die, she becomes one of the bloodless. The cure's her only chance. In this deadly game of hold 'em, Dana's drawing dead, and whatever happens next, there's no changing her losing hand. Dana only knows one thing: If she's going down, she's taking as many vampires as possible on her way out…

Dark of Night by Jex Lane - 4 Stars ****


All Kat wants is vengeance.


Kat dreams of one thing: driving a stake through the cold, dead heart of the vampire lord who turned her father and killed her mother. When she’s offered the chance to earn magic-laced tattoos that make her stronger and faster, she jumps at it, even if it means working for monsters. Incubi. Seductive creatures who feed off sexual energy. And one of them wants her. If only she could ignore his ridiculously perfect body with those stupid sexy abs…

All Darius wants is Kat.

Lord Darius of House Tarrick has worked hard to earn his title, not to mention money, sex, and power—the incubus has it all. Until some new, wild-haired hunter recruit strolls in like she owns the place, throwing him off balance and igniting an unquenchable fire in him. He wants her. He needs her. And he’ll do anything to have her…

Blood Warrior by H D Gordon - 4 Stars ****


When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, Alexa Montgomery is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister.

She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior.

Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control—a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa's instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces.

And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

Sanctified by David Bussell - 4 Stars ****


The city of London is infested with vampires.

Only one person can stop them from rising up and wreaking havoc.
Too bad she’s a twenty-something goth working a desk job in a lost property office.

When Abbey Beckett received a briefcase containing a mysterious dagger, she should have left well alone. But no, she had to fiddle, and now she’s got a brand seared into her palm and an angel telling her she’s the only thing standing in the way of a vampire apocalypse.

Abbey soon finds herself pitted against the evil Judas Clan, a coterie of bloodsuckers that refuse to play by the vampire rulebook. With a unique agenda and a surprisingly heinous way of achieving their ends, the Clan is on track to bring the city to its knees, and after that, civilisation itself.

Does Abbey have what it takes to wield the hallowed dagger, become the city’s protector and defeat a vampire army, or are the streets of London about to run red with blood?

Red Ashes by J A Moore - 3 Stars ***


Being a vampire hunter is hungry work. 

John Magnus was your not-quite-so-average orphan-turned-Marine before his convoy was attacked by vampires, leaving him as the only human survivor. John's journey as a vampire hunter takes him to San Diego, where a vicious new foe--and a new family--await him. 

John's Uncle, a prodigious vampire hunter, trains John in the finer points of slaying the denizens of the night until an unexpected ambush turns everything upside down, and John is forced to fight against a new threat that he was just beginning to understand.


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