Review | The Worse for Were by Abigail Owen

The Worse for Were: In Love With Her Werewolf Husband of Convenience (Legendary Consultants)

 

Title: The Worse for Were
Series: Legendary Consultants (Book 2)
Author: Abigail Owen
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publishing date: 24th June, 2016
Pages: 141

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

The Canis and Banes packs of werewolves have been feuding for centuries. The Hatfields and McCoys were a tea party in comparison. Until Marrok Banes, the Alpha of his pack, decides to end the fighting with a marriage of convenience. Never mind that he can’t keep his hands off his gorgeous new mate.

Tala Canis is the new Alpha of the Canis clan, the first female to claim that right, a position hard fought and won. For the sake of her people she agrees to wed Marrok. Never mind that the Alpha, once her enemy, makes her body flash heat with a single look.

But after the mating ceremony, Marrok only seems interested in one thing…taking over their combined pack while leaving Tala out of the loop. If her Alpha mate can’t learn to share, then it’s time to show him exactly why she’s an Alpha herself.


My Take:

It follows the same timeline as it’s preceding book. The first half is the repeat of the near end or a quarter of the first book of the series sans for the additional scenes with the current leads point of view or perception.

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I thought it would be the same old “marriage of convenience” cliche kind of story. Considering the first book had lots of cliches. This book came as a surprise. It might also be the fact that I love it when there is a clash of dominance, as here was, between the alphas, so that can make me biased with this book over the first. ❀

But this one is still a lot more innovative and well described than the first one. I felt like the author really increased her efforts with this book. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Though a lit bored by the start, I loved how the story evolved the further it went. If Castor was something in the previous book. Marrok is a hundred steps ahead. I just loved his character and Tala, oh my, we need such badass female characters.

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This book was a combination of all the things I love, may it be werewolves, good guy- hot, good looking , mature, understanding, the girl being a badass, the one who can fend for herself, had to be strong for her whole life and now the right person comes along and has her relax.

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The fight for dominance was cherry on the cake. πŸ˜€

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When Tala worries about their future because of them both being alphas and her personal issues…

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How can you not fall for Marrok? Just read this! ❀

This is what Marrock says…

 

 

Honestly, it was so much fun watching these characters coming to terms with their alpha selves, dealing with the need to  dominate, overcoming their insecurities (especially Tala), protecting their pack and falling in love. ❀

 

 

 

 


Why would I pick it up?

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A werewolf story with a twist. πŸ˜€

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Review | Her Demigod Complex by Abigail Owen

Her Demigod Complex: In Love With Her Demigod Billionaire Boss (Legendary Consultants)

 

Title: Her Demigod Complex
Series: Legendary Consultants (Book 1)
Author: Abigail Owen
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publishing date: 19th February, 2016
Pages: 145

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

When Legendary Consultants placed Lyleia Naiad in her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire, she was given one directive–do NOT fall in love with him. Given that he’s a demigod, a successful businessman, and handsome as sin, makes that a tall order for anyone. But as an ex-nymph, she has the unique ability to resist his god-like charms.

Or does she? More than a year later, Castor Dioskouri has managed to capture her heart, a feat no man, demigod, or god has ever managed. Given the reason she was hired, she’s kept her feelings to herself. Besides, Cas is still in love with his deceased wife from over a millennium ago, and Leia is a failed nymph who couldn’t protect her own spring.

But now, they must attend a werewolf mating ceremony together. An event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes, inhibitions, and common sense.

Can Leia resist her heart and her boss? Or will she lose her pride, her job, and her mind trying?


My Take:

Can Leia resist her heart and her boss?

Let me answer this first. NO, obviously NOT. How could she? How could anyone? Β Here’s why-

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As you can see Castor isn’t just sexy, that Leia can handle very well. He is sexy on the inside too. The type of person who is perfect to be a novel’s hero and can somethings feel like a fictional character. (Though here, he surely is. πŸ˜› )

It’s a funny read in places where Leia’s interactions with Castor was involved before they both found out about each other’s feelings. It was sassy and hilarious. Like, kiss already man! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

Now, Leia agrees to accompany Castor for a business purpose which actually is a personal event for Castor. (How convenient!)

screenshot_2016-11-30-16-14-13-1Now you gotta make them stay together to let their love bloom. Voila! No rooms available. Our soon-to-be couple has to share a room. (How inconvenient!) This part was the generic go-to when you have to put the leads in the same room. A little imagination here would’ve been better. This was the only part the had me like- Not again. -_-

 

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No main characters are without problems or issues so why should Leia be the exception? She sure has her own set of problems to deal with, which she might have left in the past but as is the rule of cliches the problems had to arrive exactly at the time of the leads’ budding romance so that their bond could get stronger before it got more romantic.

Kaios is the reason of her miserable past and the destroyer of her identity of her as a nymph. Some guys can not take rejection like a man. They have to be whiny about it, bring their ego into it, and torture the poor girl. Kaios is the perfect ambassador for such kind of idiots.

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After getting through with the convenient wedding, falling in love, attracting the enemy’s attention; Leia goes into hidding. Castor being a demigod obviously finds her.

 

 

 

 

You obviously will have to spell it out for Leia, Castor. She will still need words despite your actions showing how much you love her.

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There you have it πŸ˜› – Happy Ending! ❀ ❀


Why would I pick it up?

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This book is a quick and light read. Perfect for when you are bored and want a little no-brainer. πŸ˜‰

Review | Silver Shard by Betsy Streeter

Silver Shard (Silverwood, #2)

Title: Silver Shard
Series: Silverwood (Book 2)
Author: Betsy Streeter
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:Β Light Messages Publishing

Publishing date: 26th July, 2016
Pages: 290

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Monder is a Tromindox so dangerous he was banished to a labyrinth that exists out of time. The portal that sent him there has been severed in two, never to be made whole or used again. But when Monder gains possession of one of the halves, the Silverwoods are faced with the prospect that he might escape. Henry Silverwood, whose Guild talents are growing exponentially, is taken when Helen is faced with an impossible choice: give him up, or watch him be eaten. Meanwhile, the Tromindox are evolving – and the Silverwoods do not have the advantages in hunting them that they once had. Now, the Silverwoods must make sense of Monder’s increasing power in the time world, find Henry, and avoid extinction themselves.


My Take:

I don’t remember why I picked this book up. The synopsis kinda doesn’t hold the charm to intrigue.

What the synopsis lacks, is made up by the book. The prologue is very gripping. πŸ˜€ Β Here’s something to hold your attention.

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I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like the book but I did enjoy it. πŸ˜€

The story held my attention from the start. It seemed to slip a bit in few places but it was good overall. I don’t really know if that was because this is the second book in the series and has some background knowledge required in the first book. Didn’t seem like it to me though, it felt like the start of a new story, so, I am not sure. If that’s the case and the first book holds the missing parts then the book did very well and if not, then, well, it still held up pretty good. πŸ˜‰

I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series, I guess I wasn’t paying much attention. My bad. Should’ve read the first book first.

Anyways, as I was saying the prologue starts in a “Once upon a time…” manner, not in those words, but in those feels. Then the main story starts a bit slow and then it picks up the pace. Some places confused me and I had to reread a few bits trying to make sense and it kept me going because I wanted to know what happened next. Not for a moment did I feel like putting the book down despite being confused at times, which is a good sign. πŸ™‚

I feel that the world building was okay, could’ve been better. Saying that, I do remember this is the second book and the world building might have happened in the first one but usually the main pieces do make it’s way back in in the future books of the series.

Honestly, I think this book is a pretty interesting read but I do recommend reading the series in order always. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


Why would I pick it up?

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To reread after reading the first book. πŸ˜›

 

 

Review | The Fourth Piece by E. Ardell

The Fourth Piece (Order's Last Play #1)

Title: The Fourth Piece
Series: Order’s last play (Book 1)
Author: E. Ardell
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:Β 48fourteen

Publishing date: 8th July, 2016
Pages: 338

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…

Life is great when you’re good-looking and popular…so long as no one knows you’re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled β€œloser” quicker than being a full vader. So it’s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for humanβ€”until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and propheciesβ€”and four brothers with the power to choose what’s left when the gods decide they’re through playing games.

Book I in the Order’s Last Play series


My Take:

How can you not want to read a book that states this in the summary…

Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother who’s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brother’s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isn’t an option.

This sentence made me excited to read this book. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

The cover sure is eye-catching. ❀ ❀

I loved the way this book is written and even the typeset was pleasing to me. I love it when the chapters begin with some symbol or design, it helps break the monotony of words a bit. ❀

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Come to think of it, male point of views are rare when it comes to fantasy or maybe in general. This book makes me think why is that.

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They are unique in their own ways, not only because of the powers they possess but also as a person…well, alien, half-alien… whatever. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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The supporting characters are sure to leave their mark. The characters are well written. The world building throughout the book is pretty consistent and quite relevant. Enough information is wrapped in enjoyable reading for the series to continue.

The end was abrupt which was a little weird for me considering how much I was enjoying reading this book and marvelling at the undertone similarities of this otherwise unique book.


Why would I pick it up?

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No cliche YA tropes = definite worthy read! ❀

 

Blog Tour | Book Review | The Last Resort by Matt Drabble

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Click on the banner to see the complete tour schedule. πŸ˜€

Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œThe Last Resort” by Matt Drabble , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?:)


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Title: The Last Resort
Author: Matt Drabble
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Eden Publications

Publishing date: 14th June, 2016
Pages: 327

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

The Paradise Resort is the ultimate in exclusive luxury island resorts, a private haven for only those deemed worthy enough to attend.

Landon Verger is a titan of industry and the founder of Paradise. The resort’s opening weekend should have been a celebration of wealth and excess, but without warning, it has gone silent.

Sam Verger knows his father only too well; the great man casts a long and dark shadow. He also knows that Landon Verger’s enemy list is long and varied, any one of which would love to see his father dead. Sam seeks to employ a professional to investigate the island, and Mac is one such woman.

An ex-military officer, she works dirty jobs and doesn’t ask questions if the money’s right. With her like-minded team, they travel to Paradise. Mac thought she’d seen everything that death had to offer, but she was wrong. What started out as a simple mission will quickly become the most desperate fight for survival she’s ever faced. There’s only one thing that she’s sure of: not everyone is getting out alive.


My Take:

This book is phenomenal! πŸ˜€ ❀

When I read the synopsis I was interested in reading this book but when I saw Matt Drabble’s name on the cover I was sure that I had to read this book. I must say, not a decision I regret. πŸ˜‰

I’ve read one of his books earlier, namely,Β “Asylum II – 13 More Tales Of Terror”Β (Click on the title to read my review) and I loved it. Matt kindly gave me one of his other books “Abracadaver” which I started reading right away but had to put it down because of college work and forgot about it. After I read “The Last Resort” I picked up “Abracadaver” again and considering the time passed between now and the last time I was reading it, I was sure that I would have to start again but to my surprise I remembered everything that I had read.

So, now I’ve read three books by this author and there’s no doubt that I will be reading all of his books. I never had books that could get me out of reading slumps but I found the author whose books are going to be a great help to me. Thank you, Matt Drabble! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

The writing style is, to describe in a word, engaging. With some books you rush the reading to just get it done with but not with his book, not even a page. I never wanted to rush even a word of this book. I loved being captivated by Matt’s words, the world he paints is magical, the way your attention is captured is mindblowing, you will be kept rooted to your seat neither wanting to keep the book down nor wanting the story to end. πŸ˜‰

I know this is supposed to be a review of “The Last Resort” but I am so impressed that I can’t stop myself from singing the author’s praises. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Anyways, getting on with the review… (finally πŸ˜› )

The story is what the summary tells you but the book as a whole is much much more than I could put in words. The characters are unique and you will find all types of personalities there. Throughout the book the uniqueness of the characters was maintained.

The plot line might seem simple but the way the suspense unfolds is very interesting. There were subtle hints pointing towards the answer of the questions that the characters had and the questions which keeps the readers thinking, if you are an observant reader then you surely can guess but it will still surprise you.

The action sequences will have you cheering for the characters, the loyalty some of the characters show will tug at your heart, some characters might make you grit your teeth and you are sure to feel the adrenaline rush.

The minute details with which the author describes every thing is commendable. No scope for lazy writing. This book has every detail paid attention to and all the loose ends tied.

I am not going to reveal much because I seriously want you to read this book and mind you, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I will be including some snippets from the book here when I post my review for Abracadaver. Stay tuned for that. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›


Why would I pick it up?

That’s me with Matt Drabble’s books. ❀ ❀ I feel like a book with his name on it is the only thing I am going to need in future to read his books. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


Author’s Bio:

PictureBorn in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed “funny onion” equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S. sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon’s Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

“GATED” is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK and US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller and winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

“ASYLUM – 13 TALES OF TERROR” is a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review’s Top 10 Books of 2013 and is a Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner.

Both “THE TRAVELLING MAN” and “ABRA-CADAVER” won Indie Book of the Day awards while “ABRA-CADAVER” is also a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist.

Meet the author: |Β WebsiteΒ |Β TwitterΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β 

 

 

Blog Tour | Review | The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

Click on the banner to see the complete tour schedule. πŸ˜€

Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œThe Ghost Chronicles” by Marlo Berliner, hosted by Prism Book Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚Β 


The Ghost Chronicles (Book #1)

 

Title: The Ghost Chronicles
Author: Marlo Berliner
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publishing date: November 2015
Published by: Teddy Blue Books
Pages: 332

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the β€œjoining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.


My Take:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

This is the premise of the book. Everything in this book seems to be written with great thought and care. Nothing seemed to be rushed or ignored. The summary of the book is a good example in itself. πŸ˜‰ How well it explains the book in few words. This summary actually summarizes the book. Kudos to the author for that! πŸ˜€

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with the death of Michael. It is so well written that you can feel yourself at his place. The confusion that Michael goes through in the start makes you reach out for him. He slowly figures out that he will never be able to walk on earth alive again.

Seeing his family mourn for him and not being able to do anything is such an emotional scene.

 

Michael is a good kid who died at eighteen. A kid with so much potential, a caring brother, a loving son, a responsible and understanding boyfriend, a good basketball player; with no fault of his, everything comes to an end for him.
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That is when he meets Tom. Tom is also a phantom, a protector. He guides Michael throughout the book. Although giving Michael all the answers at once would have been much easier but, well, that’s not how it works, right? πŸ˜›

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I loved this explanation Tom gives about the souls or energies, as he explains, being stuck on earth, among the living.

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The way Tom explained being dead, our use of mind, being ghosts, I found it all very reasonable. Paranormal that makes sense? Too good. πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

Then comes the devil. Now’s the time to get you some action. The Devil logic was also borderline smart. I think there was not a single part in the book that would challenge intelligence or stoop for stupidity.

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All in all this is an entertaining book but not much happens in the book. The summary is the actual length of the story. The rest is all Michael whining, trying to figure out things, Tom disappearing and giving next to no information. At the end guess what happens, you are left hanging, yes, there’s going to be another book.

Why does this happen? Hello, I am hanging here, can we get the new book already? πŸ˜›

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Why would I pick it up?

Learning how to be dead? Yes, please! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›


 

Author’s Bio:

marlo berliner

Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.
When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.
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