REVIEW : Magic Born (The Guardian #2) by Rayanne Haines

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Magic Born (The Guardian, #2)

  

Magic Born
 The Guardian #2
 Rayanne Haines
 June 6th 2018

 

Maria Del Voscova is a powerful witch with a past. When she’s asked to become a member of the elite Guardians she knows she can’t risk sharing the truth about her messed-up family. But we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes, we don’t always know what we want.

Though Mar absolutely knows she doesn’t want Neeren, King of the Parthen. She alone sees the darkness in him and it reminds her too much of the past. She knows better than to fall for his stoic, tortured soul façade.

She’s training to be a Guardian, a shadow; tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world. It’s what she wants — to be better than her family was.

But the past has a way of catching up to Mar and the future has a morbid sense of humor. On her first mission, she’s kidnapped by the enemy she’s been running from her entire life. Thankfully the guardians look after their own. As it turns out, so does Neeren.

As Mar finds herself caught between the past and the future; between blood and bond; between the light and the dark, she realizes her only chance at surviving may be in trusting a man who is the most dangerous of them all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy

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Title : Aftermath
Author : Sandy Goldworthy
Series : The Afterworld Saga, #1
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb : When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker – a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt – Lucas Crandon – for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma Bennett, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?
Review : You are looking for a book that gives you almost every aspect of feelings while your reading it (except the ugly crying I must admit) ?!
You are also looking for a book that is a romance but not ONLY a Romance but also a criminal mystery – and maybe a little bit well not quite paranormal but still somehow contemporary ?!
You are confused now?
Thinking this will not work?
It will – believe me HERE is your book
Aftermath by Sandy Goldsworthy
I admit – at first I was confused – than frustrated … but I could not put it down – Its quite long and I read it in two sessions taking almost the complete last weekend.My need to find out what was going to happen won over my frustration about the fact that the storytelling was very detailed.
Yeah I know – usually I am the one complaining that the books I read only scratch the surface of the character development and now you hear me complaining just the opposite. Well truth is – those details totally worked for the story – in fact, they were great – my frustration came from my need to find out what was going on.
Which brings me to the next point. I am totally not used to read more than 50 % of a mystery and still have to guess about who is behind everything – that means – another thing the story had going for it – This book keeps its mystery for a loooooong time.
The writing style is intriguing – when you are looking through Emma’s eyes – you experience a Teenage High school romance novel – with everything going along. The moment it switches to Ben’s view you see a cool almost contemporary feeling but actually being more paranormal novel. And in the moment both viewpoints meet you got a mystery that keeps you guessing until almost the last chapters of the book
Just now while I prepared my review, I noticed there would be more coming – which brings me to my only issue with this book and the reason it is not getting a full 5 stars.The author paid so much attention to everything in this book. There are so many tiny details and explanations to everything that I personally feel one very very important main issue got a little lost on the way.
The Love/Romance
Ben is always very clear about his feelings for Emma and almost as precise and detailed as the complete book is – but up until the last page I could not feel that Emma was on the “same page” – she was confused – that’s clear and intended – but something was missing for me. I cannot put my finger on it.
Maybe my whole issue is that when reading “Aftermath” I thought it was a standalone novel so something was “off”, but given the fact that there is more coming this might be resolved. But it still leaves the fact that the first book made the impression even on the last page that it was a standalone – so if other readers are not paying attention they might share my feelings
I will definitively read the next book. As I can honestly say that it has been a long time since I saw such an intriguing storytelling.
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REVIEW : Fire Born (The Guardian #1) by Rayanne Haines

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Fire Born (The Guardian, #1)

  

Fire Born
 The Guardian #1
 Rayanne Haines
September 13th 2017

 

When Alex Taleisin’s immortal DNA kicks in after a fight for her life against something not-quite-human in the YMCA parking lot, her Aunt finally lets her in on the family secret. They’re Immortal – Elementals to be precise. Only, Alex is a little something more, and until they discover what, her life is in danger.

Collum Thronus, Guardian of the Races and savage King of the Dragons has no choice but to protect Alex and find her father’s people. He made a promise and Collum always keeps his promises. Now, he needs to keep his hands off his charge.

Enter an insane grandfather, a shifter with a hidden agenda, and a witch with a shoe addiction and soon Alex is wishing for a quiet house in the hills with the dragon she’s falling for. But a battle is coming and Alex knows the only way to find her answers is to trust her powers and become the warrior she was destined to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW : Glass Castle Prince by Nicole Williams

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Glass Castle Prince

  

Glass Castle Prince
  Nicole Williams
 March 18th 2019

 

A glass castle shatters as easily as a glass house—all it takes is one stone.

Prince Edward has known this all of his life, and taken staunch measures to ensure he doesn’t give the public any reason to pick up their rocks. Or torches. Or pitchforks. As a twenty-two-year-old in line to ascend the throne, he lives more like a cloistered monk than his college-aged peers. Restraint is the tone of his life, resilience the theme.

That is, until he meets a young woman who couldn’t care less about his title—unless she’s poking fun at it. Charlotte Everly grew up a stone’s throw away from the royal family’s summer house, but her life was, and is, entirely different from the prince’s.

They clash at each turn, disagree on every topic, and bear a general contempt for one another. Until . . .

One night, accompanied by one proposal, leads to one lapse in judgment . . .

Results in a nationwide scandal neither of them will escape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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Title : Every Last Word
Author : Tamara Ireland Stone
Series : N/A
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling. Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist. Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Review :

Thinking about what first comes to my mind while thinking about this book: it’s special…even kind of unique. I was always interested in books about OCDs. Often they deal with the topic the same way, so that reading the book is not bad, but it’s also not surprising.
With this book it was different. Sam (or Samamtha which depends on the way she is able to deal with her OCD) is such a lovely character- it’s easy to understand her feelings, the toughts that are a constant part of her life. In combination with the description of her surroundings it’s easy to merge into the book (as a reader). The writing style is also good and does not cunfuse with changing point of views (which is often the case when authors try to describe what people with OCD’s experience).
You have to be aware that this is a book which can be also read by young adults. So if you hope for some steamy sex scenes this is not what you get. But look out: you instead get a very sweet love romance which isn’t too cheesy, but also not too “objective”. But at this point, I also want to explain why this book “only” got 4 stars. At some points I wished this book would be a little bit longer. The relationship Aj and Sam have is very sweet but in my opinion it developed a little bit too fast. What I loved about the book even more? The ending! Not only because it was surprising, also because it shows what a great writing style Tamara Ireland Stone has!
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The People We Meet Along The Way
Beth Rinyu
Publication date: September 17th 2020
Genres: Women’s Fiction

Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness to someone else that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?

Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of what ifs. But one chance encounter with a stranger, changes everything. Now being faced with newfound knowledge and a painful decision, Jillian must push past her anger, learn to forgive and open her heart in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she comes to grips with the devastation of her past, she learns to embrace the possibility of a future she never thought possible. A bittersweet story of love, forgiveness, and the unexpected destiny that is sometimes handed to us in life from the people we meet along the way.

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Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. I love creating deep characters who you will love or love to hate.

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? My happy place is a seat by the ocean with my feet in the sand or on the busy streets of New York City. You will more than likely find one of these places as the setting for most of my books.

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REVIEW : Love is Blind by Annabelle Costa

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Love is Blind

  

Love is Blind
  Annabelle Costa
 April 1st 2019

 

“Why don’t you date a blind guy?”

Ever since a childhood accident left her with severe facial deformities, Sophie Pasternak has been hearing that incredibly insulting suggestion from friends and busybodies. After all, who else but a blind man could love someone who looks like she does? But as the lonely years go by working in the library, living vicariously through the romances in her favorite books, Sophie wonders if there’s any truth in this hurtful piece of advice.

Then she meets Colin Kelly, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who lost his vision in combat. Colin is the sexiest man Sophie has ever met, from his taut muscles covered in tattoos to his alluring grin. He’s also the only man who has shared her deep passion for reading, which is why he enlists Sophie’s help to learn braille. Sophie finds herself falling hard for Colin Kelly… and she suspects he feels the same way.

The only problem?

Colin Kelly has no idea what Sophie Pasternak really looks like.

And she’s terrified for him to find out the truth.

 

 

One of my all time favorite authors is back again with her latest novel. And besides making me cry she also surprises again in finding a new approach on her “trademark” genre.
 
Me crying during reading this time reading was a strange thing actually – as it was not because of the relationship of the two leads but more for this world and the people in it. I would like to believe that the reaction of people was exaggerated – but sorry to say – I think it was not the case – I saw “mask” with Cher so I have no romantic thoughts about humanity in that area …
 
I think Sophie’s view on herself was pretty accurate and if I am honest I would also show some sort of reaction when I met her for the first time and I believe anybody saying the opposite is lying. Which brings me to my thoughts on her not saying anything aka “her lying to him” – yeah I am putting it that way on purpose … is she really lying ? – well it might not have been the best idea how she handled it – but can I understand her – TOTALLY !!! … well, there certainly would have been a time and place to mention it – but lets be real here fellow readers – if she had where would the book have gotten its “story-peak” from?
 
Colin – well well well – he was adorable – with his parents bordering on annoying no wonder that wall was sporting a hole … may I say it felt like they infantilized him – sure he was depressed and not adjusted yet – but wow – I think there should not only be a training for people turning blind but also for their relatives – amongst other things taking his sleeping pills ? seriously …? I understand their fear but there should be a better way then stripping him of the last shreds of respect.
 
Did Colin annoy me – yes – actually twice – once in that cafe with his friend discussing how Sophie probably does or doesn’t look and when he went home from that bar with that women. – Not so much because he went home with her in the first place – I admit it was a hard pill to swallow … I also had a moment when he slept with that woman – but I think I get it – he was simply not in love with Sophie yet at that time he was just trying to figure out his feelings … and afterwards he I think he saw some things more clear than before. 
 
After a closer look this was nothing different from any other book where the so far single male lead has mindless sex simply for the effect of de-stressing or getting rid of the tension and he had only talked to Sophie what ? two times or so?  – Did I like that he did that – NO but more because of I was afraid what would happen the next morning when SHE realized his “condition” …
 
I was more annoyed because in both cases it was not what he wanted but he did it anyway….
 
But the whole plot left me with one question … what is the acceptable way of addressing a blind person? I probably could google an answer but I still want to write down this thought before I do that.
A room full of people or let’s say you are standing for some reason at a table with several people and you address them – usually they look at you … and see that you do that while you talk to them… Colin was annoyed when people addressed others around him with questions like “and what does HE want” UNDERSTANDABLE but even if I said “what would you like sir” – how is he supposed to know I mean HIM and not some other person at the table? My thought would be to touch his arm while asking but that could be totally wrong – in terms of personal space and stuff but given the “lead me there by taking my arm thing it might be acceptable ? I wonder? (as I said I did not google that question and the book kind of left the answer to that open) 
 
More and more I think there should be a training unit in school on how to get into the right mindset to treat every person the way it should be done – – it should not only contain addressing persons that need slightly different ways of communication but also look them in the eyes at any time , when to offer help and how to do it – throw some ASL in and maybe the base of other peoples main religions as to not offend them.
 
my 3cents ….

 

 

 

 

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My Clarity by M. Clarke

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Title : My Clarity
Author : M. Clarke
Series : My Clarity ,#1
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Still reeling from the death of her father, Alexandria hopes to find both independence and reprieve from her grief by heading off to college. However, life throws her a serious curveball when she discovers that her roommate isn’t quite the person she had imagined. Smoking, tattoos, and street racing for fast cash are Elijah’s only interests. A harsh life has made him apathetic and indifferent, until Alexandria enters his life. When their paths cross, turmoil abounds. An inevitable encounter, an undeniable attraction, and an unexpected chance at love—will it be enough?
Review : I have totally no Idea what M. Clarke was thinking about when writing “My Clarity” – even if I really would love to know. But I can tell you what I was thinking when I was reading it. I loved it – From Beginning to End with no “but’s”.
And I believe the Author was trying to personally “kill me softly” I mean all those vivid pictures in my mind about “Grease” ?! I mean PLEASE this is the Grandmother of all music movies – who says he does not like it … should reconsider his taste STRONGLY.
In addition, I was starting to “hum” a song along during reading when I noticed where the journey was going. It was an old song and I did not even know the text anymore – I just remembered the meaning and the feelings I always had when hearing it.
And what shall I say … I was crying UGLY really UGLY tears – while reading along with Alexa a certain letter. I actually wondered so much if the author knew about this song when writing this novel that I wanted to mention it here – so I googled it with what little I remembered about it and I really found it.
(Spoiler Alert : Do not google this song if you do not want to know anything about the story) It is called “Tell Laura I love her” http://www.songtexte.com/songtext/dickey-lee/tell-laura-i-love-her-2bcaf41a.html !
What else should I say … the novel is flawlessly written – The dialogues are perfect and the characters are great. I SO cannot wait to read the next Story I saw there will be coming soon.
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REVIEW : Crashing into Liam by Marion Myles

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Crashing into Liam

  

Crashing into Liam
 Marion Myles
March 23rd 2019

 

Rock god-turned actor, Liam Connors loves to party, flaunt his money, and parade around with his gorgeous model girlfriend on his arm. And getting through the final days of the movie shoot without a drink may be harder than he thought. But he refuses to believe he has a problem. He’ll be damned if he needs the stupid sobriety coach his manager hired. What the hell kind of job was that anyway?

Rebecca Diaz has no time–or patience–for alcoholic, entitled celebrities. However, when she is hired to be the sober companion to Liam Connors, she knows the money is the answer to her prayers. Refocusing Liam is the ultimate challenge. He’s a man who knows what he wants. But when tragedy strikes, Rebecca takes Liam away from his temptations. Stranded in the remote wilderness, they begin to see one another differently. Now, Rebecca faces a new challenge–resisting her feelings for the incorrigible actor. Will she see a future with someone who reminds her so much of her past?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heat by Lis Lucassen

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Title : Heat
Author : Lis Lucassen
Series : N/A
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Under a burning sun more than a thousand miles from home, Lynn Stevens is trying to get her life back on track and leave memories of that one fateful night behind. She meets Dan, a young man with strangely erratic behavior and smoldering brown eyes, who is on an involuntary vacation with his parents. In him, she sees her own struggle reflected every time she is starting to get too close.
Dan doesn’t like being touched. But when he sets out to uncover Lynn’s secret, it means he’ll have to tell her some secrets of his own.
Review : THIS was my fist Dutch based novel (at least as far as I know) and if my knowledge is right it was also the debut novel from this author.
Heat by Lis Lucassen is a wonderful novel about healing and doing “the right thing”. The story is written flawless and fluent (Even if I have to assume it had to be translated – I am always in struggle with translated novels because often you feel that something is not placed right)
Dan and Lynn are two lovable characters that have been written so deep that the reader feels for them during every step of their way. And I loved their witty discussions.
f I was to look for something that I did not like about the story than only one thing comes to my mind. I was wondering all the time during the reading why the author so carefully tried to avoid to give the Island a name ? I would have liked to have a name so I could relate to a certain setting for the surrounding.
I am wondering about one thing …Steve … Somehow it seems he should get his own story.. will he ???
Please let me recommend this wonderful read to everybody that likes deep emotions and great characters … ENJOY
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