Sunday, March 19, 2017

Books Read 3/11/17- 3/18/17


I had a fantastic reading week.  I found a couple of new to me authors that I absolutely love and can't wait to read more in their series.  I also read the next books in a couple of series that I found a few weeks ago.  Here they are:

Burned by A. Blythe - 5 Stars***** 


Magic is a real bitch.

Life is good for globe-trotting supernatural agent Alyse Winters until she finds herself on the wrong end of a burn notice. Cuffed and cut off from her magic, Alyse is dumped in Philadelphia where her past is only too eager to catch up with her. 

Add a few supernatural murders to the mix with Alyse as the prime suspect and she's ready to do anything to get her powers back...if she can survive being human long enough to clear her name.


Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 
5 Stars*****



Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. 

Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too. This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. 

This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of. Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.


The Coveted (The Unearthly Book 2) by Laura Thalassa - 
4 Stars****


“In places that know more about heaven and hell than we do, you have a reputation, Gabrielle. To them you are known as the devil’s consort.”

When a body shows up near Peel Academy, all signs indicate the killer is a vampire. Ravaged throat, body drained of blood. At least that’s all it appears to be when the Politia, the supernatural police force, assigns Gabrielle to the case. Now it’s Gabrielle’s job to figure out who did it.

But after a second body turns up with the same lethal wounds, it’s clear that a serial killer is stalking the island. The murders have compromised the truce between the Politia and vampires, and as long as the killer roams free, it is in danger of dissolving. If that happens, no vampire is safe from persecution, not even Gabrielle.

Now Gabrielle must team up with Andre, her soulmate and the one person she’s tried to stay away from, to investigate the murders before the truce dissolves. And keeping her distance is proving to be impossible.

But Gabrielle has a bigger problem. The world of the dead know about her, and their whispers hint that something is coming for her. And it’s coming soon.


Live Wire (Blue Eyed Bomb, Book 1) by Amber Lynn Natusch-
4 Stars**** 



Sapphira is a ticking time bomb.

Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory.

In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master her abilities to save the ones she loves or will she fall victim to the enemy that seeks to take what is rightfully hers?


Hisses and Honey (The Venom Trilogy, Book 3) 
By Shannon Mayer - 4 Stars**** 


Humble baker turned supernatural Alena Budrene is lovely and lethal, and for the first time, she’s owning it. Finally rid of her low-life ex-husband, she’s free to date sexy vampire mob boss Remo, who respects her as both a Supe and a woman. She’s on good terms with her difficult mother, and she’s growing comfortable with her powers.

But just when it seems things are falling into place for Alena, Hera strikes again: the Aegrus virus rages across Seattle, threatening the life of everyone in its path—including Remo, infected by Hades. The only way to stop the carnage is to face Hera and her army in a no-prisoners battle to determine the fate of the human race—and Alena’s future.

In a sweeping voyage from the Seattle bar scene to a netherworld populated by murderous gods and monsters, Alena confronts one adversary after another on a quest to set the world right for both humans and Supes and demonstrate her power—to the gods and to herself—once and for all.


Shadow Reaper by Amos Cassidy - 3 Stars*** 


Only the bravest go over the Horizon...

Twenty years ago the barriers between worlds came down and our reality was swallowed up by the Shadowlands. Now we scavenge to survive, until one day there’s nothing left to reap.

 Starvation is around the corner, but I’m not the roll over and wait-to-die kinda girl. Nope, I’m going further than anyone has ever been and returned to tell the tale. 

I’m going into the Beyond, and I’m not coming back without a solution.


Kill It With Magic by J.A. Cipriano - 3 Stars***



Lillim Callina used to hunt monsters. Key word, used to.

So when an ancient, unstoppable dragon kicks in her door and demands she help him or else? Well, he probably didn't know she had a shotgun under her desk.

Still, that's not enough to put a guy like him down, no, for that, she'll have to use something a little more potent.

When it comes to dragons, it's best to kill it with magic.


That wraps up my reading week.  I hope you read some great books too. :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Books Read 3/4/17 - 3/11/17


I was able to get a good bit of reading in this past week - some of the books were pretty good, others just okay.  Here they are:

Break Away by Jeff Favreau - 4 Stars****


Rose has only been a police officer in northern Maine for two years when her world is suddenly ripped apart by a deadly new disease out of New York City. All who are infected by this new disease are rapidly reduced to husks of their former selves leaving only rabid wild beasts bent on death and destruction. 

After her wife’s gruesome and violent death, Rose learns that she is immune and must decide whether to sacrifice herself for a cure or fight to survive. Rose’s choices set in motion a desperate trek north into the solitary deep woods of Northern Quebec where she must elude capture by an unchecked CDC, the military, and bands of impetuous survivors.


The Game Begins by Victoria Danann - 4 Stars****

When it came to the attention of the old ones that their creations, the Earth gods, had been playing games at the expense of humankind for millennia, they put a stop to it. But the rebellious gods were far too addicted to their games to give them up. After several summit meetings, they voted to use their own children as players and locate the playing field in the most treacherous environment in the known universe... high school.

To make it even more interesting, they would strip their children of their memories and withhold the rules of the game. Like the other players, sixteen year old Ever thinks she's an ordinary kid until she transfers to R. Caine. When mystery and mystic collide, she'd better wake up to her powers fast.


Born in Fire by K. F. Breene - 4 Stars****

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.

So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

Pound of Flesh by J.A. Cipriano & Conner Kressley
4 Stars****


My name is Roy Morgan, and I'm not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don't have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It's a half-demon thing. Yep, that's right, half-demon. It's awesome, especially since I'm half-warlock too, and those two sides don't much get along. Still, that and a buck will get you a candy bar. So it's all good. Or at least it was. 

See, I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery in progress and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren't your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers, there to capture the district attorney and sell her off to the highest bidding demon in Hell. Now if I want to stop them, I'm going to have to fight my way through a city full of hellfire-flinging, gun-toting, spell-weaving demons. 

My name is Roy Morgan, and I think I'll have seconds.


Lightning Blade by D.N. Erikson - 3 Stars***


Even a brave new world can fall to old magic. Especially when no one can see it coming.

When bounty hunter Ruby Callaway is conditionally released by the FBI after 20 years in a supernatural internment camp, the terms are simple: put down the necromancer murdering and reanimating public officials in return for amnesty. But this is no ordinary case: the necromancer annually kills on the same day, taunting the world via live broadcast. And today marks the 8th anniversary.

Still easy for a legendary Realmfarer, though - right?

But when the necromancer plunges a blade through her heart, Ruby awakens at midnight, back in jail. Alive. Which means one thing: today's plan goes well beyond mere murder. Because the necromancer has thrust the world into an endless time loop that only he and Ruby can see.

Which means Ruby is the only one capable of stopping him before the world burns.

But as she unravels his sinister plan, one question repeats in Ruby's mind: Just how dangerous is a vengeful serial killer with nothing but time?

Blood Dragons by Rosemary A. Johns - 3 Stars***


Escape into a supernatural world of love, revenge and redemption.

There are three people in this affair...and two of them aren’t human. 

In a divided paranormal London, Light is the rebel bad boy vampire of the Blood Lifer world, with a photographic memory. And a Triton motorbike. Since Victorian times he’s hidden in the shadows with Ruby - a savage Elizabethan Blood Lifer. She burns with destructive love for Light. But he’s keeping a secret from her, which breaks every rule in Blood Life. When she discovers the truth, things take a terrifying turn.

Forced Compliance by Bradford Bates - 2 Stars**


Vampires had been extinct for thousands of years, or so we thought.

Captain Drake was the kind of smuggler that would take any job that needed to be done. That was as long as you had the credits and didn’t mess with his crew. Now one of those very crew members had been taken, and Drake would stop at nothing to find her.

Samantha Ripley only wanted one thing, she wanted to get off Hyperion Four. For the last four years, she had dedicated herself to nothing but flight school. Her graduation was so close she could almost taste it. A chance encounter as she finished her shift at the diner was going to change everything.

The two of them were separated by a universe of stars, but their lives would intersect like two colliding comets, and the results would shape the future of the verse itself.

End Game by Ginger Booth - 2 Stars**


Time ran out on climate change.

Dee Baker, star programmer for a Fortune 100 media powerhouse, has options. She also has access to the secret plans of the U.S. government to make the end of the world survivable, for some.

The ultimate job benefit is a berth in an ark, a sealed biosphere, safe from the storms as climate change accelerates, and the processes that normalize Earth's climate sputter and fail. Dee's job promises her an ark berth, but she doesn't trust them. She's also dating Adam, a fun and wealthy ark-itect, and Zack, a brooding gardener too much like herself for comfort, who plans to make his stand outside the arks.

In this dystopian adventure, set in the Northeast, ordinary people choose extraordinary ways to face a climate gone haywire, and a government that seems to have betrayed them.

Will Dee be one of the fortunate few to secure an ark berth? Or is that even the goal?

The Forest of Forever by Rob Blackwell - 2 Stars**


Soren Chase’s life was shattered eight years ago after an encounter with a supernatural being left three friends dead and him branded as a murderer. Since then, he’s become a paranormal investigator, facing off against a host of deadly creatures. But his investigation into the haunted Reapoke woods may be his most dangerous case yet. 

Something evil is lurking in the forest. Some say it’s the ghost of a preacher who vanished two centuries ago; others claim the woods are the site of sinister experiments by a shadowy organization. Hired to find a missing girl, Soren is determined to learn the truth. But what he discovers is far darker than he imagines—and it may force him to confront his own tragic past.

So that's it for last week.  I think this week I am going to head back for seconds on a couple of series I've started within the last month. 

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Books Read 2/25/17 - 03/04/17


This past week flew right by me.  I read more new to me authors and was very pleased to have found some real gems.  I will certainly pick up the next one in those series.  Here they are:

Strange Magic by James A Hunter - 5 Stars*****


Yancy Lazarus is having a bad day: there’s a bullet lodged in his butt cheek, his face looks like the site of a demolition derby, and he’s been saran-wrapped to a banquet table. He never should have answered the phone. Stupid bleeding heart—helping others in his circles is a good way to get dead.

Just ask the gang members ripped to pieces by some kind of demonic nightmare in LA. As a favor to a friend, Yancy agrees to take a little looksee into the massacre and boom, he’s stuck in a turf war between two rival gangs, which both think he’s pinch-hitting for the other side. Oh, and there’s also a secretive dark mage with some mean ol’ magical chops and a small army of hyena-faced, body-snatching baddies. It might be time to seriously reconsider some of his life choices.


Yancy is a bluesman, a rambler, a gambler, but not much more. Sure, he can do a little magic—maybe even more than just a little magic—but he knows enough to keep his head down and stay clear of freaky-deaky hoodoo like this business in LA. Somehow though, he’s been set up to take a real bad fall—the kind of very permanent fall that leaves a guy with a toe tag. Unless, of course, he can find out who is responsible for the gangland murders, make peace in the midst of the gang feud, and take out said magical dark mage before he hexes Yancy into an early retirement. Easy right? Stupid. Bleeding. Heart.



Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh - 5 Stars*****


Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.

But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.

As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.


Frontier Justice (The Survivalist) by Arthur T Bradley  
4 Stars****


The Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals.

To stay alive, U.S. Deputy Marshal Mason Raines must forage for food, water, and gasoline while outgunning those who seek to take advantage of the apocalyptic anarchy. Together with his giant Irish wolfhound, Bowie, he aligns with survivors of the town of Boone in a life and death struggle against a gang of violent criminals. With each deadly encounter, Mason is forced to accept his place as one of the nation's few remaining lawmen. In a world now populated by escaped convicts, paranoid mutants, and government hit squads, his only hope to save the townspeople is to enforce his own brand of frontier justice.


Forever Road by Catie Rhodes - 4 Stars****



A world full of ghosts. A reluctant psychic medium. Destiny only knocks once—then it kicks down the door.

Peri Jean Mace thinks seeing ghosts is a curse, but her murdered trailer trash cousin doesn’t care. She wants Peri Jean to expose her killer.

Peri Jean figures out everyone in her one-stoplight East Texas town has something to hide. And one of them will kill to hide the truth. In over her head, Peri Jean has to face her curse or end up the next victim.

Forever Road is the first book in the Peri Jean Mace Ghost Thriller series. If you like your urban fantasy served up with a heavy dose of goose bumps, a side of gut-busting laughs, and a fist-swinging heroine who will steal your heart, you’ll love Forever Road.


Carmine by Alan Janney - 4 Stars****



The girl once known as Katie Lopez wakes up in an abandoned Walmart with no memory, possessing only the vague sense that something has happened. 

Where is her family? Where is her boyfriend? She has a faint recollection of him, a ghost of a memory. 

The world, she discovers, is staggering from the weight of rampaging Variants, victims of a bizarre surgery gone wrong. Once intended to bring about a utopia, now the victims threaten societal meltdown. 

Much to her surprise, the girl with no memory discovers she is their queen.


Rune Gate by Mark E Cooper - 3 Stars***


On the edge of sanity, can she stop a ruthless killer?

For years, Alexandra Yorke was a top police clairvoyant, but she isn't a clairvoyant; she’s a witch, and living inside the heads of serial killers has taken its toll. Unable to control her gifts any longer, she retreats from the world.

After a few months of peace, a friend in need asks for help. She reluctantly agrees. When evidence at a murder scene points to witches, Alex becomes the prime suspect.


Moonlight by Victoria Danann - 3 Stars***


The New Jersey home of the Black Swan knights is turned upside down when immortal teenage French-speaking vampires see a rerun of Animal House and try to reenact the movie while drunk on synthetic blood.

Meanwhile, Stalkson Grey, the king of the Elk Mountain werewolves has a serious problem. If he doesn't solve the mystery of why his tribe is birthing only male cubs, they could be facing extinction within a generation. Grey rankles at the suggestion of asking for help, but desperation trumps pride when the grumpy alpha grudgingly requests assistance from the Order of Black Swan.

The Order offers the services of a demon named Deliverance who brokers a deal with a human population faced with the opposite problem, too many girls. Just when it looks like the crisis may be resolved, Grey shocks even himself by kidnapping a bride. She proves to be a handful. Obstinate. Willful. And perfect in every way.


Chasing Rabbits by Erin Bedford - 2 Stars**



Alice was wrong – Wonderland wasn’t so wonderful after all.

Kat never expected to be back in her hometown, but when house sitting turns into a mad rabbit chase, Kat finds herself with a whole new set of problems.

A two headed bird with a Game of Thrones obsession, a party full of tea addicts, and a Cheshire Cat who could seduce the pants off her grandma? And if the citizens weren’t bad enough their prince was off his rocker.

This wasn’t your run of the mill Wonderland. This was the Fae world, where rules are rules, and some things are exactly as they seem.


The CIN series, bundled by Christina Leigh Pritchard
2 Stars**


Seventeen year old Lisa Brown’s life is falling apart. First, her mother and father divorce, then their house forecloses and now, her mother has decided to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital.

If that weren’t enough, she must leave sunny south Florida to attend a boarding school full of geniuses in cold, Lynn, Massachusetts. The city where the locals chant “Lynn, Lynn, city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.”

And, they aren’t kidding. Lisa must live in a tiny shack with two strange teenagers, a dog named Pig who growls when you look at him and a cat named Rat. “Mind the cat,” everyone says. What the heck is wrong with this place?

Lisa thinks she’s landed in her own house of horrors with the anti-social Alex and his facetious sister Ally. But, the real drama begins the day she is struck by lightning…

Traitor, book two:

Lisa thinks she knows everything about her new life. She can deal with the boundaries and even being torn away from her family. But Alex withheld more than she ever expected. Like, what happens when you lose control? How about when you begin to realize just how trapped you are? He leaves out a lot of stuff about himself too. He doesn’t mention the dangers of some of the others—or of what she herself can do…


So that's it for last week.  :)  All of these books were read using Kindle Unlimited.  Best Christmas gift eva!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Books Read 2/18/17 - 2/25/17


Another week has flown by with more new to me authors.  I must admit that I am one of those people who judge a book by its' cover - some of these have great ones.

Dance By Midnight by Phaedra Weldon   


A chance reunion with an old friend searching for his missing daughter delays Dags's own quest to find his past when he volunteers to help. But when a Witch discovers the daughter was taken by Faeries, Dags learns the Faerie Realms hold much more than just strange denizens.


Can Dags survive an Angel's wrath, a flesh eating Changeling, and a mad Faerie queen? Will he find the answers to his past?

4 Stars****

Dead Man by Domino Finn


I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw.

Sounds kinda cool, doesn't it? It was, right until I woke up half dead in a dumpster. Did I say half dead? Because I meant 100% dead. Full on. I don't do things halfway. So here I am, alive for some reason, just another sunny day in Miami. It's a perfect paradise, except I'm into something bad.

Wanted by police, drenched in the stink of dark magic, nether creatures coming out of the woodwork, and don't get me started on the Haitian voodoo gang. Trust me, it's all fun and games until there's a zombie pit bull on your tail. I'm Cisco Suarez: necromancer, shadow charmer, black magic outlaw, and totally screwed.

4 Stars****

Ghost in the Canteen By Jen Rasmussen


Homicidal toddlers, demon serial killers, handsome dead guys. Not to mention the PTA. Lydia Trinket has a few challenges, but she's got it all (mostly) under control. Until she goes to banish a poltergeist, and he banishes her instead.

Then Lydia is trapped in a netherworld with all the spirits she's sent there, and her long career as a ghost hunter looks a lot less successful from this side. She's surrounded by enemies in a constantly shifting landscape of dangers, where the whims of the dead outrank the laws of reality.

Survival would be good. Escape would be better. But Lydia is about to discover that there's no such thing as home free.

3 Stars***

Carpe Noctem by Katie Salidas


Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it's all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen - and Lysander's old mate - wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She's not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.

With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There's no turning back now. It's either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.

3 Stars***

Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode


Treena is nervous for Rating Day. A single number will brand her forever—a valuable citizen, or a pathetic waste of space. Her top-Rated boyfriend is confident their scores will coincide so they can attend the academy together. 

But when the big day arrives, her true number shocks everyone. 

To get her life and boyfriend back, she must go undercover and expose a military spy. Doesn’t sound too hard, except that someone wants her dead. And then there’s Vance, the mysterious soldier with a haunted past and beautiful brown eyes. Together, they discover a dark numbers conspiracy, one that shatters the nation’s future. Treena must join up with Vance if she is to survive the dangerous game of numbers—and the terrible war that rages within her heart.

3 Stars***

Princess Dracula by John Patrick Kennedy


All power comes at a price...

Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman's wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind...

After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There's only one thing she knows: if she doesn't learn to control her unnatural instincts, she'll destroy every last shred of her humanity.

3 Stars***

Witch Is When It All Began by Adele Abbott

When the going gets tough...

Private investigator, Jill Gooder, has been hired to find a serial killer because, as usual, the police can't buy a clue. Jill, the not so proud owner of a crazy, one-eyed cat, probably can't expect too much help from her PA/Secretary, Mrs V, who spends all day knitting.
And just in case all of that wasn't bad enough, Jill's just about to discover she's a witch.

...break out the custard creams.

3 Stars***

Threshold by Jeff Olah


The End of the World was Only the Beginning

Mason Thomas wasn't prepared when the devastation began that morning. No one was.

Six days ago reports of a mysterious illness began surfacing around the globe. The infection took hold quickly and destroyed everything in its path. The infected were seen attacking and actually devouring their victims. Those unfortunate enough to be caught out in the open were the first to fall. Millions perished every hour.

The world was told not to panic, that there wasn't anything to worry about, that these were isolated events. This morning, as he fought to return to his family, Mason Thomas quickly realized that nothing was what it seemed, the world had been forever changed.

The Dead Years follows Mason Thomas, a separated husband and father of one, as he and a small group of survivors fight to stay alive at the end of the world.

THRESHOLD is their story.

3 Stars***

All of these books I read using Kindle Unlimited.

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Books Read 2/12/17 - 2/18/17


This weeks reading was a mixed bag for me, some of the books I enjoyed more than others.  Here they are:

Dark Hunter by Megan Hawke 


I am Sable Hart, and I slay rogue vampires.

I am the undead sheriff of Dallas' shadowy underworld. The vampires might call me Black Heart, but they call me for help when their leaders begin to be murdered in spectacular fashion.


The vampire, werewolf, and witch communities' uneasy peace is threatened when one alpha wolf develops a dark hunger for vampire blood. Now with a little help from my slayer friends, I race against time to stop the rogue werewolf before all out war erupts and wipes Dallas off the face of the earth.

3 Stars*** 

May Contain Magic by J A Cipriano



Abby Banks is your typical college student, except that her entire life has been one big lie. Kidnapped as a young girl and fostered by a government agency as collateral, Abby never knew she was important… until her birth mom’s terrorist organization unleashes a devastating attack on the facility.

With magic.

Now Abby’s world is in a tailspin. Her birth mom wants to harvest her organs, her only protector is a vampire, and she can do magic. Well, sort of. She’s supposed to be able to do magic.

And if she can’t figure it out in time to stop her mom, not only will she get her organs stolen, her mom will blow up two major cities to fuel her doomsday ritual.

3 Stars***

To Kill a Warlock by H P Mallory


The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.

As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

3 Stars***

Perilous Waif by E William Brown


My name is Alice Long, and I’ve always known I was different.

When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships thirty thousand kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

There were other kids with mods at the orphanage, but nothing like that. I learned fast to downplay my abilities, keep my mouth shut and try to blend in. Even as a kid I knew not to trust the Matrons. What would they do, if they realized the Adjustments that were supposed to make me a meek little herd animal didn’t do anything?

Then I messed up, and gave myself away.

Now I’m on the run, hoping against hope that the Matrons won’t try too hard to find me. Hoping to survive all the awful things that can happen to a girl on her own in space. Kidnappers, slavers, pirates and yakuza - no matter where I go, trouble always seems to find me.

Good thing I’m not as helpless as I look.

3 Stars***

Kindred by Nicola Claire


Vampires, shapeshifters, ghouls and magic-users abound in a world where the Norms, (those humans without paranormal abilities), are ignorant of the creatures of the night and the supernatural species that live alongside them.

Lucinda Monk is a bank teller by day and a vampire hunter by night, but she wasn’t always a part of this world. Thrown into a heady mix of powerful people and sensual beings, she’s had to find her way practically blindfolded in amongst the creatures of the night.

Lucinda, though, is a capable and realistic kind of girl. Her motto: Never Show Fear.
But there's something different about Luce. Something those creatures she hunts want. So, in order to stay one step ahead of the enemy, she has to let the enemy in. In all his compelling, seductive and delicious ways.

Sleeping with the enemy has never meant so much before. But can she trust him?
From the urban streets of the city to the dark alleys and sinful bars that promise a wickedness a girl from the farm has never before been exposed to, Lucinda gets drawn irreversibly into the dark side of life.

And if the Master of the City has his way, she will always be his. For eternity.

3 Stars***

Dark Siren by Eden Ashley


Seventeen-year-old Kalista guards a dark secret that has never allowed her to fit in. She is a siren.
Instead of luring men to shipwreck, Kalista sucks the very life force from their souls. From day to day she never knows from where her next meal will come, but resists the urge to feed for as long as possible. Having a boyfriend is no help--a single human has never been able to sustain her--and the guy she is dating possesses a darkness within him that stains her soul, filling Kalista with evil urges whenever she feeds from him.

And then Kalista meets Rhane. Strange and familiar all at once, she immediately forms a smoldering connection to this handsome young man with otherworldly eyes, and feeding from his life force begins to change her in unexpected ways. Soon, Kalista learns that Rhane is guarding terrible secrets of his own. Secrets tied to a long forgotten past. Secrets that could lead to the undoing of them both. And yet, somehow they must save each other.

3 Stars***

Elemental Arcane by Phaedra Weldon


Samantha Hawthorne lives a rather curious life in New Orleans running a magic and herb shop. As an Elemental Witch in the Big Easy and owner of a wolf Familiar as well as the head of a former Faerie Queen, curious is as quiet as it gets for Sam.

Until children start turning into blood-thirsty Changelings and attack their parents.

When one of these children shows up in front of her shop, Sam and her friends are determined to find out where they’re coming from and where the exchanged children are being kept and put a stop to it. But will they succeed when they find themselves pitted against ninja ghouls, one of the oldest and darkest enemies of the mortal world, and a secret from Sam’s childhood that could unravel her magic?

4 Stars****

All of these books I read using Kindle Unlimited.  Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Books Read 2/5/17-2/12/17


This week I am still trying new me authors - with mixed results.   I also read the second book in a series that had a pretty good beginning.  Check them out below.

Beacon's Spark by Jim Johnson


AWAKENING THE FATES

Even with a great girlfriend, a bestie, and visits with her ailing grandpa, Rachel Farran feels isolated and lonely. When she stumbles into the mystical Veil separating the mortal and spirit worlds, she encounters voices that won’t shut up, ghostly faces that won’t leave her alone, and a crystal that can’t stop glowing.


Rachel soon discovers that she can manipulate magical ley threads as a descendant of the ancient Fates and a Beacon for lost souls. But when the malevolent being known as the Spinner harnesses the ley to drag helpless souls through the Veil to devour them, can Rachel begin to trust others and learn to control her newfound abilities before her grandpa and many others are lost forever? 

2 Stars**

Hex on the Beach by Gina Lamanna 



Welcome to The Isle...

Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s next in line for a huge promotion.

All that changes when Lily’s assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she's never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she’s destined to fulfill.

But first, Lily must admit she’s a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business...at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she'll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior.


Welcome to The Isle.

4 Stars****

Grave Mistake by Izzy Shows

Screw Up. Outcast. Wizard.

I am Blair Sheach, and my life will never be the same. New found powers don't make a hero overnight, but somehow I've become the last line of defense for the city of London. Vampires and demons crawl the streets, magic cops suck at keeping them in line, and the easy job I took to pay my rent has turned into something far more complicated. The cheating deadbeat my client hired me to find just so happens to be the necromancer hell bent on destroying London, and it's up to me to stop him.

I'm out of luck and out of time. And to save my city, the decision I have to make is one I can't take back.

2 Stars**

Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead by Christiana Miller


Mara is having the worst month of her life. 

At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right.

Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even post-mortem, and she blames Mara's magical meddling for her death.

When Mara accidentally releases a demon and awakens the spirit of the most powerful witch in history, Tillie's ready to kill her -- literally. It's the only way she can think of to save the girl from herself. The witch and the demon, however, have other plans for Mara's body!

2 Stars**

The Fallen Vampire by Beata Blitz



A freak accident at Chloe's seventeenth birthday party reveals her psychic abilities, and the community responds by condemning her as a witch who must be burned alive. As she attempts to escape across the dystopian, war-ravaged territory of her homeland, she yearns for a chance to find refuge and acceptance.

On the run and haunted by ghosts from her past, Chloe finds herself at the center of a conflict between the warring factions of Cloud Lords, shape-shifters from another dimension, alternately revered as angels and reviled as demons by the subjugated human populace below.
A dispute between her people's rulers, the virile Drakonin dragon shifters, and their sworn enemies, the night flying Vampirii, radically alters Chloe's destiny when she brazenly intervenes in their struggle by sheltering a fallen warrior.

Chloe comes face-to-face with Aethan, a prince among the Vampirii, the most fearsome of the Cloud Lords, known for craving human blood. She will share a forbidden connection with Aethan that could ultimately lead to a place where her nascent power might bloom, provided she can survive the perilous events that will test the bounds of her resolve and love.

2 Stars**

Apocalpsis by Elle Casey



KAHAYATLE.

My name is Bryn Mathis. I'm seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I’m here alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I'm almost out of food, and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day.

It's time for me to leave and find another place to live ... a place where I can find food and shelter ... a place where they won't be able to find me. Alone, it might have been possible, but now I've got company. I'm worried that I don't have what it takes to get from here to my final destination, and I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.

4Stars****

Sepia Blue Sisters, Sepia Blue Book 2 by Orlando Sanchez



EXILED. DISARMED. HUNTED.

Sepia Blue is a skilled hunter with a deadly secret. Exiled by the Order—the ruling council of Hunters, she joins the Sisters, a group of assassins who live in the shadows of the Order.

The Sisters accuse her of being half-nightmare, carrying Unholy blood.
Her punishment--they strip her of Perdition, a cursed sword,
only those of her lineage can wield. She must get it back.

The consequences . . .without it each day could be her last.

The Unholy, who the Order imprisoned in Central Park, are threatening to escape
and annihilate humanity. Sepia and the Sisters are tasked with finding
and destroying the Rift, the Unholy's source of power.

Without Perdition, she cannot accomplish her task. Can she recover Perdition
and stop the Unholy before it’s too late?

3 Stars***

Missy the Werecat by P.G. Allison


When puberty brings on her first Shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years until finally learning to Change back.  She can Change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next.  
Everyone assumes her two year disappearance was because she'd been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill.  She keeps her werecat nature a secret.

There is no pack, no pride of other werecats and no alpha.  She's a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today's world, amongst humans.  She only has her instincts to guide her and those drive her to train herself to extremes.  She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary.  Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.

3 Stars***

Hunger Within by Megan Hawke


I'm Sable Hart, and I slay vampires.

It's not a bad living, until I cross the wrong vamp. Now I'm undead, and really pissed off about it. The vamps think I'll obediently join their ranks. Big mistake. I'm not a lay down and accept my dark fate kind of girl.

Then I discover my Sire has very unsavory plans for Dallas. There is no way I'll let that Russian vamp drag my hometown into the pits of Hell. With supernatural strength, speed, and dark hungers, I will use them all against my Sire and his army of undead.

I am the new sheriff in town, armed with stakes, silver bullets, and a wicked sword. Vampires, you have been warned.

4 Stars****

Alix by Virginia Hunter



Alix hadn’t always been gifted. In fact, she hadn’t been or done much of anything until after she’d turned sixteen—that’s when things had really gone south. Her mother was murdered, her father...well, no one knew where he was. That left Alix on her own in a selfish world filled with people who didn’t give a damn.

Nine years of hell had passed since her sweet sixteen, and the discovery of her gift. So far, she’d managed to handle everything the world had thrown at her. Everything, until Troy Sullivan strolled into the tattoo parlor where she worked.

She had known men before, sure, but none of them could hold a candle to the man that walked up to the counter, looking to get some art done. As fate would have it, Alix finds herself on the run with the would-be man of her dreams, while a band of fanatics, hellbent on finding her, give chase.

All Alix had ever wanted was a normal life. What she’d gotten was a messed up tragedy. And now, she’ll have to fight tooth and nail just to keep that.

Building friendships isn’t easy...building a coven is even harder. The Coven’s Grove Chronicles is a saga about the gathering of thirteen women who possess extraordinary powers. Witches all, they must come together in a sisterhood that will nurture and protect them. The secrets of the arcane will be unlocked for each, if they survive long enough to learn. Join them on their journeys of discovery and hardship, and of course, to meet the dashing men they find along the way.

3 Stars***

The Breeders by Katie 



Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world's last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches-moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders' long reach. The Breeders control everything and they're hunting Riley.

When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family, Riley and her brother Ethan are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. As Riley's affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom? The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico. When Riley is forced into the Breeder's hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother-a fate she'll share unless she can find a way out.

2 Stars**

Thank you for stopping by,

Michelle