Claire Taylor

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  • Yesterday's Daughter on July 21, 2012

    I received this book on a read to review basis. The story is well rounded, with a bit of everything – romance, friendship, action, comedy, betrayal and suspense. The characters back stories are explained as the story moves on and you find yourself quickly getting drawn into the world of vampires. Despite it being another vampire romance, this one will surprise you with its uniqueness. It was well written, and you see the story from each of the main characters perspectives, ensuring the reader fully understands the motives behind each thing they do. Hoping there is more to come.
  • Midnight Hunter Book One in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy on July 24, 2012

    I was given this book on a read to review basis. Although it took a little while to get into the story, once I was I was completely fascinated. The characters are more real than the dreamy types that are about at the minute, with many of them being dark and dangerous. As the story continues, more and more characters are introduced which broadens the story nicely and all of them have their own traits which adds to the detail. The story is unique with a great mix of twists and turns, action, suspense, danger and romance (which has enough ups and downs of its own to keep you intrigued). The book is easy to read and the author has done a great job keeping the language and descriptions simple, letting your imagination take over. This book is the first in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy, and luckily the other two have already been released so I can continue reading straight away.
  • Dawn of the Hunter - Book Two on July 24, 2012

    I received this book from the author on a read to review basis. This is the second book in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy, and starts off a few months after book one ended. Vampires, demons, the minions, the underworld and a goddess - all the characters are back from book one, and some new ones have come out to play. The characters have all greatly evolved, and there is much more action this time around. A prophecy turns everyone's world upside down, and places it in danger.........can Donna be the warrior she needs to be to save everyone she cares about? There are so many twists and turns, keeping you gripped right up until the end. The relationship between Donna and Howie, the 4000 year old demon keeps you wanting to read more, and he strangely enough becomes one of the characters you'll want to survive. Only down side is that there is a part of the story that you learn about second hand. It would have been nice to have gone through it as it was happening, maybe through Hunter's eyes, as it was quite a major piece of the puzzle. Despite the above, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, more than I did the first and looking forward to finishing the trilogy with Final Hour of the Hunter
  • Final Hour of the Hunter Book Three in The Midnight Hunter Trilogy on July 24, 2012

    I was given this book on a read to review basis. This is the third book in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy. The book starts a couple of years after Dawn of the Hunter ended and it seems that life is never going to go smoothly for Donna, her friends and family, and with the influence of Chaos, things are on a completely different playing field. The descriptions and the characters come to life, and you don't need to try for your imagination to bring the story to life. The book is fast paced, and though I had guessed one of the twists there are many more that surprised me keeping me hooked right up until the end. This book will leave you wanting more, and wish the trilogy wasn't at an end.
  • Single-handed on Aug. 24, 2012

    A short story by an extremely talented author. A quick read that follows Alex, a strong girl who is trained in martial arts and isn't afraid to stand up for herself and others - unfortunately though now all the boys at school stay well clear of her. Tommy wasn't at her school the previous year when she took down the school bully, and doesn't seem to be put off by her reputation but is she Alex able to let him take care of her? Well written, and will make you feel all warm inside.
  • The Guest on Aug. 29, 2012

    A quick read introducing you to the Angel of Death from The Chosen Chronicles. Incredibly well written and excellent descriptions, this short gives you just enough to leave you wanting more and to know how the story continues.
  • Wilted (A Witching Pen Novellas Prequel) on Sep. 05, 2012

    A short story prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas. A quick read introducing you to Elena and Karl, and gives the reader an insight into an important moment of their past. Having read this prequel after finishing all three of the novellas, my heart went out to Katherine, Elena’s mum. Due to Dianna Hardy’s amazing writing style, the reader can feel the pain of both Elena and Katherine, and felt like an extra piece of the puzzle.
  • Wilted (A Witching Pen Novellas Prequel) on Sep. 05, 2012

    A short story prequel to The Witching Pen Novellas. A quick read introducing you to Elena and Karl, and gives the reader an insight into an important moment of their past. Having read this prequel after finishing all three of the novellas, my heart went out to Katherine, Elena’s mum. Due to Dianna Hardy’s amazing writing style, the reader can feel the pain of both Elena and Katherine, and felt like an extra piece of the puzzle.
  • Haunted II on Nov. 19, 2012

    Willow Cross Haunted II A mini-novella As with Haunted, this book gave me shivers. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this collection of short stories will make you think twice about every bump you hear in the night. It’s quick to read, incredibly well written and definitely put me off ever going near a Ouija board.
  • Haunted Moon (A Moon Coven Series Novella) on Jan. 19, 2013

    K.B. Miller Haunted Moon A Moon Coven Series Novella I hadn’t read anything from the Moon Coven Series, but this novella was a great introduction which shows Leeny coming of age into her witchcraft heritage. Very descriptive and well written, this is the perfect glimpse into the series. I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Betrayal's Shadow on March 01, 2013

    KH LeMoyne Betrayal's Shadow The Guardians of Eden Book 1 From start to finish this book had me completely gripped. Incredibly well written and descriptive, I felt like I was right there, living through every twist and turn Turen and Mia had to endure. The story slowly unfolded, and came together towards the end, leaving the book in a good place but I was also left wanting so much more from the story. The author has created an amazing storyline with well-developed characters, but I’m sure the best is yet to come. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Warrior Reborn on March 10, 2013

    K.H. LeMoyne Warrior Reborn The Guardians of Eden #2 After reading book one of the series, I couldn’t wait to start reading this book and I was far from disappointed, if anything I fell in love with the series more. Incredibly well written, the reader is allowed to get to know the characters, and see how the relationship develops rather than jump straight into love at first sight. Both Briet and Jason are strong characters, used to being independent but soon learn working together gets better results. When Briet is poisoned the depth of Jason’s feelings shine through, leaving the reader breathless. All of the Guardians are special in their own way, and I would happily read each of their stories separately. I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Destiny's Mark on March 10, 2013

    K.H. LeMoyne Destiny's Mark The Guardians of Eden #3 This is possibly my favourite of the series so far. The emotions stirred from Tsu & Jai’s story will affect each reader in different ways, but will definitely stay with me and Tsu’s patience and kindness really showed no limits. I couldn’t stop reading this, and found myself reaching for my kindle constantly whenever I had a few spare minutes. Completely entrancing, the series is going from strength to strength. I have no idea who’s story is next, but can’t wait to find out – I need at least 5 more of these, belonging to Grimm, Saladin, Ansgar, Sagari & Quan. I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Gifted on March 10, 2013

    Jenny Phillips Gifted The Broken Soul Series #1 Well written and descriptive, the book had me gripped from the start. Morgan has been through so much in her life, and has been left to work it all out herself, until Chase is sent to talk to her and that’s where things got really interesting. The relationships she forms all become important parts of the story, giving it depth, though I feel sorry for Nolan. There are so many twists and turns to this story, esp. the ending, I was left wanting so much more. Can’t wait to read book 2. I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Malevolent Gateway (S.P.I.R.I.T. 2) on March 24, 2013

    Dawn Gray Malevolent Gateway S.P.I.R.I.T. Series, Volume 2 Lieutenant Will Stiles and his group of men, the S.P.I.R.I.T. team, are called in to investigate the strange happenings around the marshlands of Burke Flats. For generations the marshes have been a place of ghostly lore, disappearances, and strange deaths. I loved the first book in the series, S.P.I.R.I.T. Fire Storm, so couldn’t wait to read this. This series is so different to anything else I’ve come across, full of paranormal activity and supernatural powers. This book is just as amazing as the first in the series. Very well written and incredibly descriptive, parts will leave you with shivers down your spine. The story will jump out at you and completely transport you into their world. I’m looking forward to reading more of the series.
  • Forever on April 02, 2013

    Gillian Joy Forever Guardian #2 Can I just write WOW twenty times? This book is worse than page turning, it has some special power so you can’t put it down until you’ve finished reading it ~ no matter what time it is (I was hours after my bedtime)! Incredibly well written, with characters you’ll fall in love with, this story just continues to get better and better. Book 3 cannot come out fast enough.
  • Evangeline (A Dark Faerie Tale #0.5) on April 07, 2013

    Alexia Purdy Evangeline A Dark Faerie Tale #0.5 A great prequel to the series, this book gives you an insight to the style of writing used by the author. A short book that gives you just enough to make you want to know more about the characters and the storyline, you'll be diving straight into Ever Shade.
  • Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1) on April 09, 2013

    Alexia Purdy Ever Shade A Dark Faerie Tale #1 I loved reading this book and managed to finish it within a day and a half, whilst still managing to somehow work! Shade slowly becomes a strong character, and having read Evangeline before this, I kept wondering if she was going to find out the truth about her family. I have no idea what else is in store for Shade, but can’t wait to find out. As mentioned in other reviews there are a few editing issues, but these in no way detract from the story.
  • Five Fathoms Poetic Collection on April 09, 2013

    Alexia Purdy Five Fathoms Poetic Collection With two collections in one, there are a total of 48 poems that cover all aspects of life and there will always be one that will depict how you’re feeling. Personal favourites include Down, Hard to Breathe, Never be the Same, Never Say Such Things & Sleep.
  • Whispers of Dreams (A Poetic Collection) on April 09, 2013

    Alexia Purdy Five Fathoms Poetic Collection A heartfelt collection of 37 poems, which includes something for every mood. Personal favourites include Broken Wing, While I Wait, Light, Inside, Wallflower & Voices. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Oceans of Red Volume Three-Demon Apocalypse on April 14, 2013

    Willow Cross Oceans of Red Volume Three - Demon Apocalypse This series really upped its game with this book, and it was already amazing. With a couple of shocking twists, I just couldn't put it down and wanted to see how it was all going to turn out. As with the first two books in the series, the writing style and descriptions really bring the book to life. It may have come to an end, but now I can't wait for the full-length sequel, Invading Hell, to be released. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Thundering Luv on April 29, 2013

    L.M. Preston Thundering Luv A great romance read, this book will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy afterwards. Jewel & Colin seem like complete opposites, but as the story continues you realise they have much more in common than you would have guessed. Well written and nicely paced, I could read this book time and time again.
  • Voices of the Soul (Soul Seers #1) on May 12, 2013

    Rene Folsom Voices of the Soul Soul Seers #1 Well written, the story flows smoothly and I was soon fully engrossed in Ella’s life. Her heartache is completely believable and when Jonah walks into her class, you can’t help but feel like her life is about to change. With a twist I didn’t see coming towards the end, this book will definitely be added to my read again folder. A thoroughly enjoyable read that will leave you wanting to know what is next for Ella and Jonah.
  • Paranormal Days Gone Awry on June 19, 2013

    Paranormal Days Gone Awry 13 short stories from 13 amazing authors I loved this anthology, it's the perfect way to get to know the writing style of authors you may not have come across before. May be just in time for Halloween, but I would happily read this all year round. I had read one of the shorts previously, and knew of some of the authors but now I have plenty more books being added to my list to read. Next to Stacey Rourke and Dawn Gray, who I have read before, my new favourite has got to be Elizabeth Kirke. The first thing you'll do after reading this is to look up at least 2 or 3 of the authors and check out what other books they have released.
  • The Vampire Legacy; The New Queen Rises on June 26, 2013

    Dawn Gray The Vampire Legacy: The New Queen Rises The Vampire Legacy #1 Not your typical vampire story, this is a great start to the series and I was soon happily engrossed in Ash’s story. I loved the way it went back and led you up to the events to come. Well written and full of action, I can’t wait to see where the story is going to go next.
  • The Bloodstone Oracle on June 29, 2013

    Willow Cross The Bloodstone Oracle The Dark Gifts #2.5 This book adds another dimension to the Dark Gifts series, and I love the way the author is building an entire world and history with her books. This book goes back to the day Liz was born and shows how much her parents loved her and what they went through to ensure she survives. This book is a must read if you’ve read and loved Afterlife.
  • Ghost Diaries, Case #1- Sarah Beth Hawkins on July 07, 2013

    Willow Cross Ghost Diaries, Case #1- Sarah Beth Hawkins Ghost stories are never top on my list, so wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this but was soon found myself fascinated by the journal entries and how the author had pulled the story together. A very quick read, it’s fast paced and each entry detailed how the demonic possession was progressing day by day. Thoroughly enjoyable, I can’t wait to read more in this series.
  • Ghost Diaries, Case #2 The Haunting of Reginald Bonner on July 19, 2013

    Willow Cross The Haunting of Reginald Bonner Ghost Diaries, Case #2 I’m still not one to read ghost stories, but this author is slowly changing that. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was even questioning parts of the story and characters towards the end, adding parts in my head to the investigation. It’s not spooky scary, and I love the style of this book, it’s just so easy to read.
  • Rest Inn Peace on Aug. 09, 2013

    Bonnie Bernard Rest Inn Peace This book is definitely unique, and I’m not sure any other author could come up with a story like this. Right up until the very last page, I was still being shocked with the twists and turns and literally the last sentence made me think “WHAT??? NO!!!!!!!!” Now, obviously, I need more from this story because I want to see where it’s going, and more importantly, who is still going to be alive at the end of it all – the author is definitely not afraid to kill off characters! I loved the book and storyline from the very start, and just knew it wasn’t going to let me go until I turned the last page. It’s just hilarious, and you won’t have any other option but to laugh out loud, wherever you are. There’s strong language throughout the book, but you couldn’t have this story without it. If you’ve read anything else by this author, then you’ll love this, if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. What did I learn? Zombies can be good and go to church, magic is real – you just need to believe (ok, I knew that one), dragons love collecting stuff and yeti’s are diplomats that build bridges between all species. One of my favourite quotes (which shows exactly what you’re letting yourself in for): “How can I keep an eye on something I can’t even see?” “Exactly”. Reggie threw her hands up like it all made perfect sense. “This conversation is stupid.” I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Haunted III on Sep. 19, 2013

    Willow Cross Haunted III I always have to read these books in broad daylight, and preferably not at home! This one was no exception and I soon had chills whilst reading (at one point I even had to back away from my desk at work because it felt like something was underneath it!). All I can say is I'm so glad it isn't me that has these experiences, though the pennies in the jar is so sweet. It's a quick read, but that didn't take anything away from the enjoyment.
  • By My Side on Dec. 27, 2013

    Stephanie Witter By My Side I loved everything to do with this story, from start to finish and found myself quickly devouring every chapter. Lily’s pain was clearly evident with the descriptive nature used, and I couldn’t help but be drawn into her life. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but love always is, and I thoroughly enjoyed being taken along for the ride. I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Dragon Wars on Feb. 02, 2014

    Full of dragons and adventure, this book has a younger feel about it but that wouldn’t stop adults from enjoying it too. A fairy tale come true, I loved how the authors descriptive nature bought the story to life and it was easy to imagine the story as it unfolded. Overall it was a magical and enjoyable read. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Spell Struck on March 02, 2014

    I hadn’t read teen witch stories for years before I read Spell Check, now I’m in love with them all over again and Spell Struck is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Salem, and getting to know Aidan whilst reading from each of their perspectives as the tale unfolded. There are so many levels to this story, and no matter what the reader’s age I’m positive it would still be enjoyable for all YA paranormal lovers. I can’t wait to see what’s next in store in this series. I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Fern on March 02, 2014

    I loved reading about Willow and her pack again, and if you enjoyed the first book in the series, you will definitely want to read this one. Full of action from the start, I was gripped and just couldn’t put it down. Incredibly descriptive, the story flowed well and the characters have all grown since we first met them, leaving me wanting to know so much more. I can’t wait to read book 3. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Spellbound on March 02, 2014

    Witches, warlocks, demons, a battle for power and teen romance – what more could you possible ask for. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, I loved the fact that you got to read from the perspective of so many different characters, I really felt like I knew exactly what was happening when. Logan and Serena are so sweet together, and the feelings and emotions they continually went through just jumped off the page. The story ended nicely, but left so much open for more to come and I can’t wait to read Everspell. I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Chasing Invisible on March 24, 2014

    This book is such an emotional rollercoaster, and the ending was perfect for the storyline. It was well written and nicely paced, though I occasionally wished there was a little more detail (but given how many years it spanned it was completely understandable as to why it didn’t). Over all, this was a great read that kept me turning page after page.
  • Blue-Eyed Badass on April 13, 2014

    Paranormal, twisted and things are never as they seem in any book written by this author – and this story is no exception. It’s a quick read that definitely keeps you guessing right up until the last few words, and I loved every minute of it. If you want to read something that’s different, unique and entertaining then this book is definitely for you.