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


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 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


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.


Sepia Blue Sisters, Sepia Blue Book 2 by Orlando Sanchez


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**

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