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  • The Fallen Star (Fallen Star Series, Book 1) on July 23, 2012
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    The Fallen Star is about a girl named Gemma who was not able to feel any emotions until recently. Gemma meets Alex and she feels different around him, and after meeting him she starts to piece to together information about her past and she finds out that the monsters that haunt her in her dreams are actually real.(summary from book) Fallen Star is the first in a young-adult paranormal series by indie author Jessica Sorensen. The summary for the book, does not say a lot on what it is about, so I will tell you some, no spoilers though. We can see that Gemma is troubled. There are some new classmates Aislin and Alex that seem to know things about Gemma, things, she doesn’t even know. Gemma can be pretty strong willed at times, as well as impulsive. But then, there are times we can see the mysteries surrounding her scare her. She will soon find out a shocking revelation about her life. This is a very creative story, love the fantasy and mysteries around it. The world that Jessica has created along with the characters and the magicks she places into this world are very intriguing. As this is only part of a series, there’s obviously a lot of depth and complexity that she can explore. She has Fallen Angels, Fallen Stars, Foreseeres, Faeries, Vampires, Keepers, Witches, Death Walkers, the works really. The plot itself has lots of potential as well. The idea of a fallen star is not unique to this story, but the twist and turn she has given it is very original. This star can save the world, and that’s the intriguing premise and the fun one that can really draw a reader in. Also, having the character suddenly be able to feel emotions is an interesting idea. I felt that Sorensen could potentially delve into exactly what Gemma’s feelings and how she feels it. There is a very complex and interesting idea of the soul and emotions tied together, and that being the very essence of a human being is something that she could explore. As of writing this (updating) I have already read the rest of the series, and will tell you now, that this book is necessary to read to understand it all, but keep in mind, it’s a first step in a series, and the characters and story really grow over the series of books, questions you have in this one do get answered, I promise, its written this way. It’s worth reading, and for sure going on to the next 3 after this one. (There is even a spin off series that is also amazing, with same characters, with a whole new adventure) The best part is how within a few pages you are sucked into the story! I stayed up WAY too late doing the `one more Chapter' thing till the wee hours of the morning. It hooks you from the first chapter. I am hooked on the series, and impatiently waiting for the 2nd in the spin off. The Lost Soul is out, and I read it, now waiting for book 2. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the supernatural with some twist and turns, and suspense. Check out my review blog for more stuff and videos too Concise Book Reviews by Michelle http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com
  • Summer In Salem on Nov. 14, 2012

    Come by my blog for the book tour. I have a cool Character Bio from the author there too. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-tour-summer-in-salem-by-brina.html Wow, what an exciting read. It reminded me a bit of a favorite show I used to watch, called Charmed. Also reminded me a bit of The Secret Circle show and books for the same reason. In the way, that they didn’t know they were witches in the beginning. Well, in this, Teagan doesn’t know she is a witch, and not just any witch, a powerful one. I really liked it, and its very well written. It took a bit to warm up to Teagan, I didn’t really connect with her on the heartbreak over Jason, who disappeared 9 months before. But was glad she did move on, and come to Salem to help her grandmother. Teagan’s mother raised her without any knowledge of magic, so Teagan is a skeptic for sure. I really liked Seth, he is perfect for Teagan , but I was saddened about his story, and what had happened. I will not say what that is, I will keep this as spoiler free as I can. Lark is probably a tie for favorite character; she is witty, funny, and very likable. She and Seth tie for me. I course, love Gran too, she is sweet, if not a bit overprotective, in not teaching Teagan about the magic sooner. I do not want to say too much more on what happens, but will say its non-stop excitement once you get into it, I was not able to put the book down. Read it all in one day, in one sitting just about. Its not very long either. I sense this is going to be a series, as there is much more to happen, many loose ends, which means it has to be another book. I highly recommend this book, especially anyone who likes witches and anything magical, but in the modern world. I only have one negative, and that’s the cover. It has nothing to do with the book, and is boring. I almost did not sign up for the tour, as the cover didn’t attract me, but decided to look into the book, to see if it by chance was about witches because of the title. And I am happy I did, as I love the book. I would suggest to the author for sure to think about a new cover, something witchy and paranormal like. At a glance I would have thought contemporary romance, but its not. (I don’t read those, so it’s why I almost passed) 5 out of 5 stars for me. I was provided this book for my honest review for SupaGurl Book Tours.
  • Mystery Falls on Dec. 03, 2012

    I found another epic love story type paranormal book. Wow, just fell in love with Shadow. I really liked the main character too Samantha Hunt, aka Sam. She has gone through a major tragedy, and you really feel for her. I really connected with her, and fell in love with Shadow along with her. I really loved the love story in this book, but still paranormal, which is what makes it exciting to me. Got to have it. I won’t say anything that will spoil the book, as it’s great to discover the little mysteries throughout the book like I did. I have a new book crush, in Shadow. He is a mystery to Sam, and she is determined to find out his secret. He has saved her in several mishaps and has the uncanny ability to find her and help her when it’s needed. She also finds out about lies that were told her surrounding her parent’s death. There is plenty of mystery going on, some suspense too. Not much action, but it’s not really needed. It’s an epic love story that really touches your heart. I really liked that their love built up over time. Yes, there is a paranormal development that is the initial attraction, won’t say what, but even then, it built up over time, and I liked that. When I think of Shadow, I think of Ian Somerhalder, his description fits him, but not just that, the attitude and snarky quirks Ian has on the Vampire Diaries reminds me of how Shadow would act. This book is really well written too, and guess what? NO CLIFFHANGER! What a relief to finally read a book, that is just one great story, not a series that will drag on, and on, with cliffhangers. I am not saying this won’t be a series, but it doesn't feel like it. It could I suppose, but just really happy that I was not left hanging. I hate that more than anything. I highly recommend this book. Anyone who likes romance books will love this, even if you usually do not read paranormal, I believe you would still like it. I was provided a copy of this book for the book tour with SupaGurl Book Tours, for my honest review. See the tour at my Blog, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com Tour page with Giveaway is Here (ends Dec 10) http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2012/12/giveaway-book-tour-mystery-falls-by.html 5 out of 5 stars for me. Give it a try!
  • Five on Jan. 20, 2013

    I loved this book. I love books about the Fae, and this one was in our world, so it made it really interesting to me. Christie Rich does an amazing job in making her characters emotionally well-developed. She also really does a great job describing the setting, and situation and makes you feel like you are actually there, right next to the characters. I love that. I found myself feeling what she felt, all the emotional ups and downs, they felt like they were my own. I really didn’t want the book to end. I will have to get the next few books soon as I am able, as I really want to see how this story will unfold. I see great things to come, for sure. Rayla’s life really gets torn upside down, after she leaves the “sanctuary “of her home with her aunt. She finds out she is an Elemental, one who can bond with a fae lord in order to combine their powers and rule. So, these lords can sense Elementals, so because of that, she is quickly being pursued by 5, yes I said 5 hot, god-like fae lords. These 5 fae each have an element specialty (there are five, water, earth, fire, air, and ether, which is spirit) and they bond for 5 of a human’s lifetimes (which I would say is part of the meaning of the books name) So, Rayla has a decision to make, first, does she want to bond, and second, which one of these five to bond to? This is a hard one, as she feels a very strong compulsion to each of them, and then she has to remember, that at anytime, any of them, could easily kidnap her to Faeresia and bond to her against her will. It sure had me fascinated, and do not want to say much more on what happens, I do not want to spoil anything for you. I think this first book by Christie is well written, and will capture the attention of YA and older alike, (I am in that older category, and I enjoyed it a lot) People who like the paranormal, and fae fantasy types (like the Iron Fey for example) will love this. It’s a unique story, and its suspenseful, and a fast easy interesting read. I highly recommend giving it a try, heck, the price is right, free for ebook download. Great way to try the new series, and decide from there on the next books. 5 out of 5 stars for me. Here is a quote that I liked, I really started to like Luke. I touched his strong jaw, not able to help myself. “I am no savior, Luke.” A look of despair crossed his eyes, but he hid it quickly. He covered my hand. “There is an expression that was popular in your world some time ago. Something about setting a carriage before a steed.” I smiled. This guy was getting to me, and I didn’t like it. “I think it was ‘don’t put your cart before your horse’ Come by my blog for the book tour, have a giveaway for books 2 and 3 and a great Dream Cast. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-book-tour-five-elemental.html
  • Dark Matter on March 09, 2013

    Wow, what can I say, this 2nd installment in Christie’s Elemental series is absolutely amazing!! Even better than the first, only in part because all the groundwork has been laid already. Man, we got another hot fea lord in this one, Heath is super hot. Whew, sure would hate to be in Rayla’s shoes, or maybe not, well, the danger would suck, but the guys, they would be cool to have around. I would hate to have to choose though. I am sad to say, Luke and Zack are not around as much in this book, but we do get some of them. I won’t say why, as I do not want to spoil anything for you. This is such an amazing series. I devoured this book in one day, and had to make myself not pick up book 3 Genesis until I wrote this first. As for me, if I do that, the series blends together for me, and would hate to say something that takes place in that book instead. I will say that in this one, Rayla sure goes on a heck of an adventure, not knowing who to trust, and information is always being kept from her. I do find her to be a strong person, especially in light of what she has to go on. I am glad to see her able to access her own powers, and how it’s a shock to the other fae, as well as herself. I highly recommend this book, and the whole series. It’s truly a a fun suspense filled ride. I really am in love with this series. Can’t say that enough. 5 stars out of 5 for me. I look forward to Genesis, book 3. I was given a copy of this book by the author, for my honest review. Thanks Christie. See my blog Post for an excerpt, plus link to first books review, which has a great Dream Cast. @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/02/dark-matter-elemental-enmity-2-by.html
  • Five on March 09, 2013

    I loved this book. I love books about the Fae, and this one was in our world, so it made it really interesting to me. Christie Rich does an amazing job in making her characters emotionally well-developed. She also really does a great job describing the setting, and situation and makes you feel like you are actually there, right next to the characters. I love that. I found myself feeling what she felt, all the emotional ups and downs, they felt like they were my own. I really didn’t want the book to end. I will have to get the next few books soon as I am able, as I really want to see how this story will unfold. I see great things to come, for sure. Rayla’s life really gets torn upside down, after she leaves the “sanctuary “of her home with her aunt. She finds out she is an Elemental, one who can bond with a fae lord in order to combine their powers and rule. So, these lords can sense Elementals, so because of that, she is quickly being pursued by 5, yes I said 5 hot, god-like fae lords. These 5 fae each have an element specialty (there are five, water, earth, fire, air, and ether, which is spirit) and they bond for 5 of a human’s lifetimes (which I would say is part of the meaning of the books name) So, Rayla has a decision to make, first, does she want to bond, and second, which one of these five to bond to? This is a hard one, as she feels a very strong compulsion to each of them, and then she has to remember, that at anytime, any of them, could easily kidnap her to Faeresia and bond to her against her will. It sure had me fascinated, and do not want to say much more on what happens, I do not want to spoil anything for you. I think this first book by Christie is well written, and will capture the attention of YA and older alike, (I am in that older category, and I enjoyed it a lot) People who like the paranormal, and fae fantasy types (like the Iron Fey for example) will love this. It’s a unique story, and its suspenseful, and a fast easy interesting read. I highly recommend giving it a try, heck, the price is right, free for ebook download. Great way to try the new series, and decide from there on the next books. 5 out of 5 stars for me. Here is a quote that I liked, I really started to like Luke. I touched his strong jaw, not able to help myself. “I am no savior, Luke.” A look of despair crossed his eyes, but he hid it quickly. He covered my hand. “There is an expression that was popular in your world some time ago. Something about setting a carriage before a steed.” I smiled. This guy was getting to me, and I didn’t like it. “I think it was ‘don’t put your cart before your horse’ Check out the book tour at my blog, you can see a Dream cast of the characters, (5 super hots guys) from the author and myself. We did good if I do say so myself. at Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-book-tour-five-elemental.html
  • Genesis (Elemental Enmity Book III) on March 09, 2013

    I loved this book, each book in this series just gets better and better, and now I really need to get book 4 Horizon. I was left wanting more. I hope to be able to get it soon. I really fell in love with Heath in this book. He is the ultimate hot guy that has it all. In my opinion. I won’t say why I like him so much, beyond his hotteness, but that is not all there is to this complicated man. I feel so bad for Rayla and what she has to go through in this book. I felt like I was on an emotional roller-coaster along with Rayla. How is she supposed to choose, when she spends time with each Fae lord, and gets to know them, that they all have some qualities that touch her. I myself still am all for Heath. I did love Zach, and part of me still does. But Heath to me, is the one who truly loves Rayla, and is the only one who seems to not really care about the power she will bring. I don’t want to say too much more. I will share a few good teasers for you: Quadruple crap. Why couldn’t I control myself? Why did he have this effect on me? “Are you compelling me right now?”To my surprise, his smile held an edge of sadness. “That would give you a much needed excuse, but I am afraid I am not.”Curse my body for reacting to his. As long as I kept him out of my heart, I would be okay.“I think it a bit too late for that, my dear.”“You’re using old man speak again.” I made a face. “It’s creepy.”He chuckled. “I’ll try to remember that, but I haven’t been around humans much in the past hundred years. It’s hard to keep up with the changes in common dialect.”“Let’s keep on topic, Jett. You were going to teach me how to control my mind.” And this one Once freed from the barrier our souls connected briefly before he pulled away. In that insanely short time, I knew him. It would take me an eternity to sort through all this information, but I couldn’t wait that long.I flung myself at him and peppered his face with kisses. He laughed and pulled me tighter, pushing me up against the closed door. He braced my back and lifted. I wrapped my legs around his waist, preparing for the best kiss of my life.“Ahem.”I clamped my eyes shut and groaned. How had I forgotten Grace was in the room? I lowered myself to the floor and Heath gave me a look that told me we would finish this later.Oh yeah we would. Yeah, this book has some major great swoon scenes in it, and some great suspense, twist and turns you won’t see coming too. This entire series is very well written, and really hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the world that Christie created. You need to try this series. It truly is amazing, its great along the lines how I think the Iron Fey series is great, which is a compliment to this one. Nothing is alike or anything, just the greatness of it, and the only thing similar is that its got the fae in them. Give it a try, read my reviews of the first 2 as well. I hope to get Horizon soon, so I can read and review it. As soon as I can. 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended!! (note, I finished this book weeks ago, and did not realize that my review didn’t post, my computer crashed after I thought I posted, but it didn’t and my word doc didn’t recover all my review either, so had to start over, mostly, lol) I was provided a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, thanks Christie, I appreciate it, and enjoyed it more than I can say. Check out my post at my blog, with links to previous reviews that have great Dream Cast in them. at Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. Link for Dream Cast in Book 1 review >>http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-book-tour-five-elemental.html
  • Indebted (The Premonition Series - Volume 3) on March 09, 2013

    I can’t stress enough, how much I just love this series. It’s full of emotions, funny parts, and scary action too (not nightmare kind, just creepiness overall in parts) I find Evie such a strong person. She fascinates me on how unconditional she loves. Also, at how fierce she is when she wants to protects those she loves. She will always put them first, its an amazing thing. This book brings a whole new set of dangers for poor Evie. She sacrifices her own freedom to save Brownie and Russel from a very evil creature. She ends up having to make a deal, and make a magical contract with Bremmus, which is the worst. Having to give up seeing Reed to go with Bremmus (who is a faerie/vampire called the Gancanagh) who agreed to kill this other creature to save Russel and Brownie, it a magical binding one, she physically can’t see, talk to, or go to Reed. She sees him, she goes frozen, can’t talk, move or anything, if she tried to contact him, no form of doing so works, even through others, as it knows it’s through them she is trying to get a message to Reed. So its really bad. But the good part is Bremmus agreed to not bite her, or any others in the clan, and also not to try to change her into one of them. If one bit her, it breaks the contract. So it’s quite interesting at all the things that go on here for sure. I don’t want to say too much more at what happens overall, there is a lot for sure. It sets up great for the next book for sure. Below are a few teasers that I really liked, hope you do too. I really liked this scene, it was pretty funny. When Evie gets a video message from Bremmus that they have her best friend Molly, and that she has been bit, she just emotionally is wrecked, and it’s when that happens this new ability comes out, as clones of her, in full emotional breakdown kindof. And the clones run into the others and they feel what she is feeling. So, it’s funny here when the reaction to them from Zee. I loved it. A small sound from the wooden gate that connects our pagoda to the others registers in my mind right before Zephyr’s tall frame materializes just inches in front of me. He reaches out to me, grasping my upper arms and pulling me off of my feet to dangle before him. His brown wings are stretching out, blotting out everything behind him but the menacing looking hilt to a broad sword that is strapped to his back. “You are alive,” he states between panting breaths as his eyes rove over every inch of me, assessing me and looking for anything out of place. “Yeah,” I nod in a soft tone, smiling sheepishly while gazing into Zee’s ice-blue eyes. “You get my message?” I add, and then I bite my lower lip as his eyes narrow. “Explain,” he barks, but Reed steps between us, pulling me gently from Zephyr’s grasp. “Evie has a new ability that we didn’t expect. She can send out clones of herself,” Reed says, standing between Zephyr and me. “If your message was anything like mine, then…” “Is that what you are calling it? A message? It felt more like emotional terrorism to me,” Zephyr replies, piercing me with his stare. “Sorry, that’s what I was feeling when it happened,” Here is another hilarious part, where Evie (full name is Genevieve) and one of the ‘fellas’ of Bremmus’s family asks a question of an item in all of her stuff they took to the castle and set up in a room, keep in mind , these are faeries who were turned into vampire type people, they still have their magic, and are from the Ireland area, so have the Irish accent, which at times is hard to read , got to read slower, to catch what they are saying. Anyway, this part was funny to me (and they are treating her well during her contract she made) “Whah’s dis ting, Genevieve?” Eion asks, picking up a little troll with purple hair from a shelf. “That’s a troll,” I mutter numbly. “No, ’tis na,” he replies, sniffing it. “Uh, yes it is,” I reply. He raises his eyebrow at me and says, “Dis is na a troll. Trolls are huge and dey smell like arse and dey have razor-sharp teeth dat ’twill gut ye if ye get too close to dem. Dis is a little naked, plastic ting dat’s na da least bit scary.” “Oh,” I reply, stumped. I walk over to the bed and pick up my pillow. Bringing it to my nose I can just make out the smell of home that still lingers faintly on it. In an instant I begin sobbing and I don’t think that I’m ever going to stop. “I’m sorry! ’Tis a troll, I swear ’tis a troll,” Eion says in a rush. Yeah, the ‘fellas’ are funny at times, like that. I will leave you with another touching scene, when Reed sneaks in to see Evie while in her contract with Bremmus, as I stated before, she goes immobile, can’t talk or move, only her eyes can move. It’s sad and touching: Holding me in his arms, his exquisite body is spooning mine, as he inhales the scent of my hair. I want to lie here forever with him, just the two of us. “I’m sorry that I was not there when everything was falling apart,” he whispers and I hear pain in his tone as he speaks of Valentine. “I was too late…I won’t be too late again,” he promises, like he is choking on the words. “Hold on to the string, love, until the current shifts and we can be together again.” His words, spoken so urgently, bring tears to my eyes again. This series is one of the best I have read. Its got so much going on, but so well plotted out. I really have enjoyed this amazing world that Amy has created. She is truly gifted. 5 huge stars out of 5 for me. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. Be sure to see my reviews on the other books in this series, including book 4, which is a book tour stop, with a dream cast. The 1st and 2nd also have some dream cast in it too. All at my blog, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. Here is direct link http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-tour-incendiary-premonition-4-by.html
  • Inescapable (The Premonition Series, Volume 1) on March 09, 2013

    Wow, I had no idea this book was going to be so good. I am so glad I have the next 3 already, lol. Whew, I read it in one sitting, its not short either, but I am a speed reader so reading a book a day is common for me, but still, wow. I was hooked. I fell in love with Reed, wow. Yeah, he was mean and all that in the beginning, kinof the same kind of mean that Daemon is in the Lux series for those who know of him, you will know exactly what I mean. I really liked Russel too, and it was sad that he got hurt so much, won’t give details, but it’s just sad. I really liked Evie, she is amazing, a big kind hearted person who thinks of all others before herself. She has had a bit of a sad life losing her mom when she gave birth to her, and her dad gone, not knowing who he is. She is raised by a very kind uncle. The first part of the book is just a bit slow, but it does not take long to really pick up. Its all necessary to know what is going on. I love the world building Amy did, she is amazing on that. I felt like I was right there with Evie, feeling what she felt, and had me crying with her a few times. There is some swoon worthy spots that I loved, and some funny ones too. Here is a sweet swoon scene for you: He pulls me to him urgently, and then…hellfire. Every kiss I’ve ever had before this one was a dusty, broken toy in comparison. I crave him. I’m not the one who ends the kiss. I have no control over the fervor that has overcome me. Here is another scene that is so touching on how much Reed cares for Evie: You have changed things for me. There is no reason to pretend around you. If I had to live without you now…now that I know what I have been missing…” The need in his voice makes me want to promise him anything, give him anything, just to fill that void in him. “I cannot go back to sleep, Evie. You are the only thing that makes me want to live. Here is a funny part that I loved, I found I like Zephyr too, he comes in later in the book. “This is very nice and all, but, uh, nobody gets presents like this. It’s a little too much.” “What do you mean?” Zephyr asks me in a serious tone. I look around again at the towering piles of gifts. “I mean, you’re going to spoil me, and then I’ll be rotten, and you won’t like me anymore,” I reply. Zephyr frowns. “You cannot rot,” Zephyr replies, “your physiology is equipped with defensive—” “I don’t think she was being literal, Zee,” Reed interrupts him with a smile. Yeah, I am in love with this series, but I don’t want to give away any of the plot at all, the summary for this book does a good job for that, so won’t repeat that in the review. I want to stress at what a wonderful writer Amy is. I am really impressed; she brought this story to life for me. I was so hooked, as I was not exactly sure what this book was about, I had a feeling by the cover, there was some kind of angel involved, but I did not know what kind, or who was what and who was bad and good for instance. I was so thrown for a loop at that major twist that comes up. I will say I was so surprised. I usually can get a feel for a twist, or something, but I didn’t on this one. So I give this 5 huge stars out of five. Now to get the rest read. I will have the rest read in a few days for sure. I can’t stop. I received a copy of this book for my honest review from the author for her book tour. See my blog for more, the book tour for the 4th book is out,will have some extras there. Come on by click tour banner to go to the post, has a Dream cast (and links to the other books I reviewed) If you had not read this book or others, then I would avoid the review part, its only spoilery for the previous books. Dream cast is nice, which I have one for my review at my blog for THIS book too, That is >> Inescapable Review with Dream Cast at Blog Here>>http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/book-tour-incendiary-premonition-4-by.html
  • Blood and Moonlight on March 09, 2013

    I love this book! I can't wait for book two, hope it's not too long. Lol. This book was very different to most the paranormal books I read. It has something I had not read about before. Blood and Moonlight is the first book in the Moonlight Trilogy by Moira Keith. This story focuses on Kiara, half fae, half werewolf, and its an intriguing mix. There are many exciting twists and turns. Suspense, and many things you just do not see coming. It was brilliantly written. I liked the way it was written in first person from Kiara's point of view, but then would go to Devlin (who is super hot by the way) and would be in 3rd person with him. I really liked that. I seen that in another book a few times, and once I was used to it, I really liked it. Kiara is a really strong person. I really was able to connect with her, and felt what she felt. Some of the things she had to endure where violent, and she has shown us to be very strong. There is a lot of Celtic Mythology in this, and I enjoyed that. It's just not something you see as much of. Kiara also lives in the modern world, but this world knows of the supernaturals, the Fae, Werewolves, and there is mention of others too, but we do not see any in this story. So it's interesting in that area too. I will keep this as spoiler free as I can. We start with Kiara finding out that her werewolf father is possibly still alive, but missing. But she does not accept this right away, she wants proof. This is when she meets the handsome Devlin. She has 2 Fae guards, Reese, and Keenan. Reese is a great best friend to Kiara too, as is Keenen, he is like an older brother, protective and very capable. The pack wants Kiara's help in finding their leader Roarke who they tell her is her father. They believe her special abilities can help them. She has some unique magic of her own, and one of the abilities is to see and feel events that happened when touching the object or area. She is in danger too, as someone wants to stop her from finding the packs leader. Only a handful of people even know he is her father. Devlin is there to protect her along with her fae guards. I really loved the chemistry between Devlin and Kiara, here is a cute part with them: When I glanced up, Devlin was smiling at me. Great. Nothing like being caught in the middle of a drool fest. And here is another part: "I'm here on orders to ensure your safety." "How much safer can I be if you are right beside me?" The words left my mouth before the thought had even formed in my head. Goddess help me, I was anything but safe around this man. Physically safe, sure--he was an intimidating presence. A person I wouldn't want to run into on a moonless night. Emotional safety was another story entirely. I shook my head. "Sorry, I can't seem to keep my foot out of my mouth around you." I will stop there, that's just how it starts. We get some major action from there, intense suspense too. I was up late to finish this until past 4 am, seems that I keep doing this on great books like this. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys anything paranormal, or even romance if you don't mind some paranormal. It's pretty clean sexually, (it has one scene, but is done in a tasteful way) I would say New Adult category, 18 and up or so. 5 out of 5 stars for me. I was provided a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
  • The Sixth Power on April 24, 2013

    I really liked this book. Loved the paranormal/sci-fi aspects of it. It was kindof a mix of both, has the genetics playing into it, but these "Gifted" ones are born that way, not made, so that is where I feel the paranormal part of witches powers etc. Anyway, over all its about good vs. evil, and Knowledge is very powerful, and the evil El Calavera is the books main antagonist, he believes that one of the most powerful discoveries that can change the world is hidden in the mind of Tania Westing, hidden there by her murdered genius brother. Tania is a high school senior and will be off to college soon. She discovers over time the gift she has is to heal, and its rare, but she is untrained, due to her father's interfering with her mother's family. (he is in denial) Things were pretty normal for Tania until she heals a friend, and then right after meets another group of Gifted people, one of those being the hot Dan MaClean. We get some nice sweet swoon scenes with them. She has come to realize her life is in grave danger, and it gets really exciting from there on. I really enjoyed the sweet romance of Tania and Dan. It was not those insta love kinds. They did have that paranormal connection thing going, but they took it slow. He lived in Arizona and her in San Diego, so she meets him over the spring break as they visit her parent's hometown, and where she will go to college. Anyway, they have to take it slow anyway, long distance, with some visits; it's really sweet, and I like to see the slower building type of romance in this YA book. I do not want to spoil anything, so won't say much more. I think anyone who likes the paranormal/sci-fi (just a bit) will like this book. I really got hooked pretty quickly, and stayed that way. 5 out of 5 stars. Give it a try. Oh, and best thing is, no huge cliffhanger! Yay, I mean its left to be able to go on for sure, but its not like an unbearable thing. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. See my blog post for an excerpt and book trailer, at Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books Here is direct link http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/04/giveaway-for-sixth-power-for-book-tour.html
  • Ignite (Midnight Fire Series Book One) on April 24, 2013

    I really loved this new spin on vampires and the totally new group of people who protect humans from them. I found the premise of this series extremely entertaining. I devoured the first 2 books in less than a day and a half, as I could not get enough, and of course was thrilled I could then pick up books 3 and 4 right away. This first story really hooks you fast. I just love both Luke and Tristin. I also think the Kira is a great main character. She is a strong kick butt female, which I love. We have some fun witty parts, some swoon worthy scenes, and also some sad parts that bring tears to your eyes. (when you read, or if you did, it's a memory part I really was sad about) Anyway. I really think anyone who like the paranormal at all, even if you don't usually read YA, to give it a try, at least this first book, as the price is right to try it out (Free on ebook) Here is a few teasers I liked: "Well then, I've been dying to tell you what a freaking god Tristan looked like when he carried you out of the water. You, of course, were dangling there like a dead fish, but let me tell you." Emma shook her head as if there were no words and fanned herself. "Wait, he carried me out?" Kira grabbed a chocolate chip cookie. Reliving a near death experience required chocolate, especially when someone just said you looked like a dead fish in the arms of a god. Great description. And "Is that why you punched Carter?" "I just couldn't stand the way he was touching you." Kira smiled to herself. "Jelly belly," she said, wishing she could get her mouth to stop word vomiting. She could feel his chin on the top of her head as he pulled her in closer. "Maybe." He said, but it sounded more like a begrudging yes. And Tristan cupped her cheek with his hand, staring into her eyes as well. Kira wondered what he saw there. Were her eyes a raging fire that had suddenly calmed to a flickering flame? Her heart seemed to stop as he kept looking, reading her fears and desires, her vulnerability, and the parts of her she tried to keep hidden from everyone else. Then, almost as if in slow motion, he leaned his face down to hers, letting his lips gently grace Kira's, and the moment of calm was gone. Her heart pounded and she stood on her tippy-toes, eagerly returning his kisses. Yeah, awesome story, exciting, with the bit of sweet forbidden romance too. 5 huge stars out of 5 for me. Check this series out! Check out the book tour for the entire series at my blog, you can read an excerpt there too, and what I thought of the rest of the books, no spoilers in those, they are spoiler free mini reviews, for those who hadn't read any of them yet. Direct link below (giveaway too) Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/04/giveaway-midnight-fire-series-book-tour.html
  • Ignite (Midnight Fire Series Book One) on April 24, 2013

    I really loved this new spin on vampires and the totally new group of people who protect humans from them. I found the premise of this series extremely entertaining. I devoured the first 2 books in less than a day and a half, as I could not get enough, and of course was thrilled I could then pick up books 3 and 4 right away. This first story really hooks you fast. I just love both Luke and Tristin. I also think the Kira is a great main character. She is a strong kick butt female, which I love. We have some fun witty parts, some swoon worthy scenes, and also some sad parts that bring tears to your eyes. (when you read, or if you did, it's a memory part I really was sad about) Anyway. I really think anyone who like the paranormal at all, even if you don't usually read YA, to give it a try, at least this first book, as the price is right to try it out (Free on ebook) Here is a few teasers I liked: "Well then, I've been dying to tell you what a freaking god Tristan looked like when he carried you out of the water. You, of course, were dangling there like a dead fish, but let me tell you." Emma shook her head as if there were no words and fanned herself. "Wait, he carried me out?" Kira grabbed a chocolate chip cookie. Reliving a near death experience required chocolate, especially when someone just said you looked like a dead fish in the arms of a god. Great description. And "Is that why you punched Carter?" "I just couldn't stand the way he was touching you." Kira smiled to herself. "Jelly belly," she said, wishing she could get her mouth to stop word vomiting. She could feel his chin on the top of her head as he pulled her in closer. "Maybe." He said, but it sounded more like a begrudging yes. And Tristan cupped her cheek with his hand, staring into her eyes as well. Kira wondered what he saw there. Were her eyes a raging fire that had suddenly calmed to a flickering flame? Her heart seemed to stop as he kept looking, reading her fears and desires, her vulnerability, and the parts of her she tried to keep hidden from everyone else. Then, almost as if in slow motion, he leaned his face down to hers, letting his lips gently grace Kira's, and the moment of calm was gone. Her heart pounded and she stood on her tippy-toes, eagerly returning his kisses. Yeah, awesome story, exciting, with the bit of sweet forbidden romance too. 5 huge stars out of 5 for me. Check this series out! Check out the book tour with an excerpt for the whole series, All spoiler free direct link here> http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/04/giveaway-midnight-fire-series-book-tour.html
  • Ignite (Midnight Fire Series Book One) on April 24, 2013

    I really loved this new spin on vampires and the totally new group of people who protect humans from them. I found the premise of this series extremely entertaining. I devoured the first 2 books in less than a day and a half, as I could not get enough, and of course was thrilled I could then pick up books 3 and 4 right away. This first story really hooks you fast. I just love both Luke and Tristin. I also think the Kira is a great main character. She is a strong kick butt female, which I love. We have some fun witty parts, some swoon worthy scenes, and also some sad parts that bring tears to your eyes. (when you read, or if you did, it's a memory part I really was sad about) Anyway. I really think anyone who like the paranormal at all, even if you don't usually read YA, to give it a try, at least this first book, as the price is right to try it out (Free on ebook) Here is a few teasers I liked: "Well then, I've been dying to tell you what a freaking god Tristan looked like when he carried you out of the water. You, of course, were dangling there like a dead fish, but let me tell you." Emma shook her head as if there were no words and fanned herself. "Wait, he carried me out?" Kira grabbed a chocolate chip cookie. Reliving a near death experience required chocolate, especially when someone just said you looked like a dead fish in the arms of a god. Great description. And "Is that why you punched Carter?" "I just couldn't stand the way he was touching you." Kira smiled to herself. "Jelly belly," she said, wishing she could get her mouth to stop word vomiting. She could feel his chin on the top of her head as he pulled her in closer. "Maybe." He said, but it sounded more like a begrudging yes. And Tristan cupped her cheek with his hand, staring into her eyes as well. Kira wondered what he saw there. Were her eyes a raging fire that had suddenly calmed to a flickering flame? Her heart seemed to stop as he kept looking, reading her fears and desires, her vulnerability, and the parts of her she tried to keep hidden from everyone else. Then, almost as if in slow motion, he leaned his face down to hers, letting his lips gently grace Kira's, and the moment of calm was gone. Her heart pounded and she stood on her tippy-toes, eagerly returning his kisses. Yeah, awesome story, exciting, with the bit of sweet forbidden romance too. 5 huge stars out of 5 for me. (if this review shows more than once, sorry, it just would not post) Check this series out! Book tour here, with excerpt > http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/04/giveaway-midnight-fire-series-book-tour.html
  • Horizon (Elemental Enmity Book IV) on May 14, 2013

    Wow, not sure what to say, just wow, what a journey this series has taken me on. This series actually left me with a book hangover in a way. I needed more of this world, and more of Heath, lol. Wow, just love that guy. This last book in the series (at least I think it is) really was the best, although they all build up to this one, so really, to me it was like one giant book, lol. I absolutely loved it, loved the ending, and was happy for the most part, but was not expecting a lot of what did happen to happen. I have trouble writing this review, because I do not want to spoil anything for anyone, especially if you had not read the previous books. I am not going to tell you anything about he story, you can get the gist of it from the summary, and like I mentioned, don’t want to spoil some of these amazing twist and turns. We do get a lot of the questions answered, and can see that this could be the last book. But to me, it could go on, as there is always something more that can happen. I would give many more stars if there were any, lol, Let’s just say, Max stars no matter where it is posted, lol Great writing, and great story. I highly recommend it. I only dislike one thing, and that's the cover, it poorly done, if you look, the girl is UNDER the wing of the Pegasus, just not possible, so, I have issues with that, I am a person who loves great covers, and the cover is actually what draws me to a book, so this is a big flaw to me. BUT the story is amazing, just wish the cover would have been done better (meaning the flaw in the wings and girl done wrong. This book was given to me by the author for my honest review. **Update note: The author has informed me, that this is the end for Raylas point of view, but she is not done with that world, so I really look forward to more of this world. I have some great dream cast at my blog for the previous books, you should check those out. Direct link to one of them.>> Dream Cast Here>>http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-book-tour-five-elemental.html My blog is Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
  • The Gatekeeper's Sons on Aug. 04, 2013

    Review is also my my blog, Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books, for a book tour, (live on 8/6) with a giveaway and first chapter. The Gatekeeper's Sons was a well-thought-out mythical story. I found the Greek Mythology to be well researched and really enjoyed that part. Overall I actually really loved this story. I only have one small issue that made it feel like it would never had happened this way, and that is the fact that the main character Theresa, is a child, 15 is just too young to believe that she can go kiss a 1,000 year old God (or more, who knows), and “rock his world” if you know what I mean, that’s just not something I can wrap my head around. But, looking past that, and in my mind changed her age to a more appropriate age, I then enjoyed it. I think the twin brothers of Hades, Thanatos and Hypnos were great. I think Hip was funny and he brought some humor to the story. Than was sweet and was a great guy. I do not want to give much away here, so will try not to spoil much. I liked Theresa for the most part, her immaturity in the start changed as she had to deal with the death of her parents. I liked the touches with the horses, and all of that. There was more sadness to come in her life. I also didn’t like the ending, and do not like cliffhangers either. It ended when it felt like it should not have. I listened to it on Audible audio book, and think this may have been some of my problem. It wasn’t the speaker; it was more that I was not actually doing the reading, thinking I didn’t care as much as I may have if I read it myself. I am not sure. This is the 4th audio book I have ever listened to, and don’t remember that happening before. Anyway, I still liked it, and overall think it’s a great start to a probable great series. I certainly want to read book 2 asap. I do recommend this book for sure. Especially if you’re a fan of the Greek Mythology in your paranormal stories. I think this was made more for younger teens, but I still enjoyed it as an adult. I wanted to give this 4 1/2 stars but felt that was unfair, as it was only because of my personal feelings of her being 15. This story is written perfectly, and can't ask for anything to make it better (accept raise her age to at least 17-18 or more) So I give it 5 stars as it does deserve it. I was provided a Audible audio book copy for my honest review, I also have the ebook, read some of that too (it’s a free download) My blog is here: http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/
  • The Gatekeeper's Sons on Aug. 08, 2013

    The Gatekeeper's Sons was a well-thought-out mythical story. I found the Greek Mythology to be well researched and really enjoyed that part. Overall I actually really loved this story. I only have one small issue that made it feel like it would never had happened this way, and that is the fact that the main character Theresa, is a child, 15 is just too young to believe that she can go kiss a 1,000 year old God, and "rock his world" if you know what I mean, that's just not something I can wrap my head around. But, looking past that, and in my mind changed her age to a more appropriate age, I then enjoyed it. I think the twin brothers of Hades, Thanatos and Hypnos were great. I think Hip was funny and he brought some humor to the story. Than was sweet and was a great guy. I do not want to give much away here, so will try not to spoil much. I liked Theresa for the most part, her immaturity in the start changed as she had to deal with the death of her parents. I liked the touches with the horses, and all of that. There was more sadness to come in her life. I also didn't like the ending, and do not like cliffhangers either. It ended when it felt like it should not have. I listened to it on Audible audio book, and think this may have been some of my problem. It wasn't the speaker; it was more that I was not actually doing the reading, thinking I didn't care as much as I may have if I read it myself. I am not sure. This is the 4th audio book I have ever listened to, and don't remember that happening before. Anyway, I still liked it, and overall think it's a great start to a probable great series. I certainly want to read book 2 asap. I do recommend this book for sure. Especially if you're a fan of the Greek Mythology in your paranormal stories. I think this was made more for younger teens, but I still enjoyed it as an adult. I wanted to give this 4 1/2 stars but felt that was unfair, as it was only because of my personal feelings of her being 15. This story is written perfectly, and can't ask for anything to make it better (accept raise her age to at least 17-18 or more) So I give it 5 stars as it does deserve it. I was provided a Audible audio book copy for my honest review, I also have the ebook, read some of that too (it's a free download) my blog has a stop for the book tour, with a giveaway and the first chapter. Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books Direct to post below http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/08/giveaway-gatekeepers-sons-by-eva-pohler.html
  • Matt Archer: Monster Summer on Feb. 06, 2014

    I just loved this series, and this book, and best part is this novella is free for kindle, at Amazon. I read book one, then was looking forward to the Outback mission, then started book 2, and was freaked as it was 6 months later and skipped over the summer Outback mission, so went to look at what I missed. I seen this at Amazon for free and downloaded right away, was happy about that. It did not disappoint at all, I loved the action and fun in this book, and some scary too. It’s a short fun read and a great addition to the series. I suppose you do not have to read it to read the others, but it is a mission that I had fun reading about. What’s there to lose? It’s free. Go get it. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars just like all the books deserve. Be sure to check out the rest of the books in this series: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1) Monster Summer (Matt Archer #1.5) Blades Edge (Matt Archer #2) Legend (Matt Archer #3) Bloodlines (Matt Archer #4) See my blog for an excerpt and links to the other books in series, and the link to the 4th book is there with a giveaway. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2014/02/matt-archer-monster-summer-book-15-by.html
  • Give Me Reason - Reason Series #1 on Feb. 10, 2014

    Warning……Major Cliffhanger of the worst kind…… This book was not really what I expected, I guess I thought it was more of a Paranormal Romance, and it’s really not. I did not know what to think of the Prologue as it hinted at something paranormal at play, but it never came up again. There is no romance at all; there is a connection between Viv and Mikah, who I loved by the way. Viv is a scared mouse, and I have trouble connecting with women who allow them to be treated so bad by a man, but she did show strength too, so I did admire her for that. I still did enjoy this book. I watched the book trailer just now actually, after I read the book, and it didn’t match what I read very well, it does show that there is more to Mikah, but it’s not revealed in the book. I also hate how Mikah is non-existent for the majority of the book. It’s like he is gone after the first part of the book. I wanted more of him. Hopefully he will be in the next books more. I will say I hate one thing, and that’s the huge cliffhanger, and when I mean a huge cliffhanger! I hate when it leaves you hanging in the climax like this one. It’s like it stops mid sentence, well not literally, but feels that way, lol. I didn’t read the sneak peek at the end, not before I wrote this, just fyi, and it will probably make it worse. Not sure if I will continue this series, not when and ending makes me felt cheated, but who knows, I may read it, may not. I try to avoid cliffhanger books, especially this kind of cliffhanger, just felt like it wasn’t finished. I still recommend this book, if you like the domestic abuse stories, with a girl who learns to get strong, and a gorgeous mystery hot rich guy. Seems something supernatural is in play with him, only feel that way because of the Prologue, which I didn’t understand it much. This story is very short, in kindle it’s around 1500 where most normal size books are at least upper 3,000 to 5,000, so to me is a novella or close to one. The writing is well done too. I was provided this book from the author for my honest review. 4 out of 5 stars for me, mainly because of the unfinished feel of it, and it’s just not my favorite book, I liked it a lot, just not loved it. Note: I read the sneak peek after I wrote the review, and yes, it does let us know that there is some paranormal at play, so now I am more interested in this series, and will continue it. You can read a excerpt at my blog, also reviews of the other books, can't post here as I got them from the author, and Smashwords wont let us review if we do not buy from here. :( Check out my blog. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/11/giveaway-give-me-hope-give-me-reason-2.html
  • Charred Heart (#1, Heart of Fire) on Feb. 27, 2014

    I will warn you now, this book if for Mature readers only!! It has very graphic sex scenes, staring early, in Chapter 3. I almost stopped reading, thinking this had to be an erotica book, and I do not read those. But, I didn’t stop, felt I had to read more, to give it a chance, and it had already had my curiosity after chapter one when learning a bit about Chace, who I liked right away. I guess what turned me off the book is that they jump into the sex instantly, I mean if they said 5 words I would be surprised, they didn’t know anything about each other. Now I do get that there was a supernatural attraction going on, but still would like to have seen some more story building before the big sex scene. So give it a chance if you’re like me and do not care for explicit sex scenes. I was very happy that there is a great story here, where many erotica books lack, they are all about the sex. This one is not like that, which is good. So once I was past the uncomfortable parts of the overdone sex scenes I really enjoyed the book and didn’t want to stop reading it. Chace is a great character; he’s a dragon shifter, which I have not read much about before. Skylar is a dragon slayer, and their attraction is instant. I can’t really say too much, or I will give away some good stuff. I really liked learning about Skylar’s past along with her, as she didn’t have much memory, so we got to learn it all right along with her. The world-building was also great, I felt I was right there seeing it all first hand. Great writing for sure. Overall I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars, as I believe as a whole the book is great, and is a series I want to continue to read. I plan to get book 2 Charred Tears soon and read it. Will also post a review of it when I get it done. So paranormal romance lovers come check out this series. It’s got the steam and shapeshifters too. Michelle @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2014/01/giveaway-charred-heart-heart-of-fire-1.html
  • Evil Red (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 2.6) on March 07, 2014

    This book was pretty short, I read it in one sitting. I have to say, I still do not like Valerie, guess I never will. It was still interesting getting her side of when she "died" and became a vampire hunter. I was always curious on how she got her claws into Fane, it took some work, lol. So it seems shes always been a bitch for sure. Its worth reading, just do not like her as a character, but thinking as a villian, sure, lol. Check out my review and the book tour post at my blog for another novella, from Noel's point of view, she is a great character, and we see another side of Fane and Dante too. Its called Stakeout, and takes place during Northern Bites, just from Noels side of things. Stakeout Blog tour, with a Giveaway @ Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2014/03/giveaway-aurora-sky-vampire-hunter.html
  • Rematch on April 20, 2014

    Let me start of by saying that this is one of the best books I have read in a really long time. Not to say I haven’t liked the books I have been reading, but this one just really, really hooked me, and just made me fall in love with Trent/Jeremy (his alias is Jeremy) Anyway, I was enthralled right from the start with the first chapter and reading from Trent’s point of view. The emotions and feelings portrayed makes you just feel it and choke up with them at times. We get alternating point of views between Trent and Cassie, and I love that. Trent is the perfect guy, and Cassie is a great girl too. I really felt for her and what she went through. Now Jeff , her boyfriend at the start is an ass. He basically gives an unspoken ultimatum to either give in and have sex, or it’s over. Not that he exactly says this, but it’s obvious. So, of course that relationship doesn’t make it. (this happens in beginning of book) but he sure is a typical guy, wanting her after someone else is interested, just how egotistical guys can be. Her best friend Kelli is a good supportive friend, and I liked her too. I really liked Trents sister, Lorelei (Lucy is her alias) she is quite mature having to deal with a disappearing time traveling brother she has to cover for. This story reminded me of a movie I seen that I actually liked, called The Time Travelers Wife. But in that you can’t change the future or anything, just the disappearing and all that. I love the idea of this story, how Trent is given this power from a vortex when he was younger, and how he has to struggle along the way trusting his instincts to save who he is sent back to save. I think it was genius how he took advantage of the time travel back when it was only a decade or 2, and manipulated his families money to invest it better, so in his own timeline money would not be an issue. That was pretty cool. This kept me on the edge of my seat most the time, wondering if and when the evil doctor will find him, so he can dissect his brain. That’s just horrid, and believable. There were some great twist and turns that I never saw coming that I really enjoyed. I just loved how in the first chapter Trent is saving 11 year old Cassie from being killed (though he thought he failed) and then a few days later for him, he sees her at school as a 17 year old senior. Over all its just a great idea and the writing was great. I was really glad to have book 2, Double Fault already, as I just didn’t want to leave this world. If you like paranormal\supernatural books, or sci-fi books, you will enjoy this too. It’s like a touch of both, as we really do not know why he gets his ability, and that’s still a mystery we are yet to uncover. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Cover review - 4 out of 5 stars: I like the cover, it’s simple yet attractive. Not my favorite, but 100 times better than the old cover I seen just recently, that one would not have had me stop to take a look to see if I would like the book. It was not a good one for sure. So this one is much better. I highly recommend this series. This is book one, Double Fault is Book 2, and Deuce is Book 3 in this Vortex Series. I was provided this book by the author for my honest review