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  • Summer In Salem on Dec. 05, 2012

    R2R: Summer in Salem (I received a free copy, for a review) Poor Teagen has gone through a very difficult situation; her boyfriend all of a sudden disappears one day, out of the blue. But, from her depression comes an opportunity, to go live with her aging grandmother, in Salem, for the summer. She quickly finds a new job, in an art gallery and also a new friend, the owner of said gallery. Everything is going well, until she thinks she sees Jason, her missing boyfriend. From there, things just get stranger. She sighed, "she had someone protecting her. That's how we should've know that the girl we found in the park was not her. She had little protection on her, such a pity. Regular humans should not have to die in our fight. If we kill them all there will be none left to enslave." I wish we could give half star ratings, since I would have given this a 3.5 stars. It was a fun read and the ending was not what I had expected to have happen. It was a little bit on the sophomoric side, for me, but it held my attention. Can't wait to read the next one and see how this story continues!
  • The Bridge on Feb. 04, 2013

    R2R: The Bridge (I received a free copy, in exchange for a review.) Alex is a very special type of person, as in he has strong psychic talents and has his whole life. With this talent, it has lead him in many different directions, but one experience, when he was younger scarred and scared him. This is when he decided he needed to put up walls, to block himself from some elements of the psychic world. His girlfriend, Ronnie, happens to be the local police sergeant. She happens to be a bit older than him and is insecure about Alex's proclaimed love for her. Ronnie is almost run over, by a speeding car, which quickly crashes. But nothing about this accident adds up. And thus begins the mystery roller coaster ride. 'With the attention of the others finally off of him, Alex thought about what had happened. He was still badly shaken by his experience, but the lingering chill was finally starting to dissipate slightly. Nothing had ever left him so weak or troubled before except...Harlequin House. he mentally shook his head. he didn't want to think about that place right now, or ever again.' This is one of the best stories I have read this year. given that it's only February, but it was still amazing. I would have given it 5 stars, if there weren't so many grammatical errors, which interrupted the flow, as you were reading. It was a great mystery and the details provided were top notch. Great job and I can't wait to see what else Mr. Krummenacker will come up with!
  • The Bridge on Feb. 04, 2013

    R2R: The Bridge (I received a free copy, in exchange for a review.) Alex is a very special type of person, as in he has strong psychic talents and has his whole life. With this talent, it has lead him in many different directions, but one experience, when he was younger scarred and scared him. This is when he decided he needed to put up walls, to block himself from some elements of the psychic world. His girlfriend, Ronnie, happens to be the local police sergeant. She happens to be a bit older than him and is insecure about Alex's proclaimed love for her. Ronnie is almost run over, by a speeding car, which quickly crashes. But nothing about this accident adds up. And thus begins the mystery roller coaster ride. 'With the attention of the others finally off of him, Alex thought about what had happened. He was still badly shaken by his experience, but the lingering chill was finally starting to dissipate slightly. Nothing had ever left him so weak or troubled before except...Harlequin House. he mentally shook his head. he didn't want to think about that place right now, or ever again.' This is one of the best stories I have read this year. given that it's only February, but it was still amazing. I would have given it 5 stars, if there weren't so many grammatical errors, which interrupted the flow, as you were reading. It was a great mystery and the details provided were top notch. Great job and I can't wait to see what else Mr. Krummenacker will come up with!
  • Betrayal's Shadow on March 10, 2013

    R2R: Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden #1) (I received this book, in exchange for a review) Turen, a Guardian, is on a quest, to save his friend. His people are in decline, no new births, no new matings, for hundreds of years. The women have been been placed in cryo, to better protect them against the outside world and the possibility of contracting the virus, that killed so many of their elders. Guardians are to help to human race, by delivering their souls when they give birth, but not to directly interfere with humans. Mia, a human, has just gone through a horrible experience, making her want to hide from the world, for a little while. She has this ability, to "fold" to a different location, while she falls asleep. Somehow, she folds to Turen, in a rock prison and develops a bond with him. What happens from there will change the whole world. "I will not leave you alone. You've been my light when I expected a solitary journey in darkness. You're a part of me I can't deny, be it allowed by my people or not." His thumb stroked over her cheekbone. "I will stand with you and protect you to the best of my ability." This is a great start to a series! There is so much detail and all of the characters are really well developed. Some very racy episodes, but it tied in very well with the overall story. Highly recommend and I can't wait to read the next one, to see how this continues!
  • Night Calls on April 07, 2013

    R2R: Night Calls (Nyx Slaughter #1) I received this book for free, in exchange for a review. Just the name only brings terror and untrust to so many paranormal creatures. Nyx Slaughter, the executioner, from the Collective. She was left, as a baby, on their door step and they have trained her into a killing machine, for the greater good. But who's greater good, theirs or everyone else's? She becomes friends with the most unlikely of characters, an age old vampire and what transpires between them is above the board. Then all hell brakes loose and Nyx is finding out about her heritage is a somewhat backwards way. 'Most of my calls are for those two species and most of them are for execution purposes. I get occasional calls to help with other kinds of shifters, demons, witches, and general misbehaving paranormal, but they are rare. People have started to figure out if you have someone killed, you call Nyx.' F-ing fun read! Reminds me of the Anita Blake series, but so much more light hearted and the sarcasm from Nyx has me laughing out loud. I really am happy that I have the three books to read through, rather than having to wait to have them written. Don't miss out!
  • Night Marks on April 16, 2013

    Night Marks (Nyx Slaughter #2) I received a free copy, in exchange for a review. Poor Nyx, nothing seems to be easy for her. But when she's a trained assassin, there's really nothing that gets her down. Well, except maybe being "committed" to a vampire and a werewolf, through a weird connection and all. But, she takes it in stride. That is until she accepts a job, to find a human, that was thought to be abducted, by her parents. Then, throw in a demon and all hell breaks loose (no pun intended.) "Oh look, they made it in," he says turning to the door as Alex and Sebastian rush in. Want to bet that he let them through on purpose so he didn't have to answer my question? "Very interesting choice in men, my dear." He waves his hand probably expecting something to happen, but they both keep advancing. "Oh darn, they are too connected to your soul. To freeze them, would freeze you as well. I guess we will have to talk later. Tootles." And just like that he is gone.' Love this series so far! Very light hearted and comical. Characters are fun to read and throw in the demon for some more fun. I can't wait to read the next installment!
  • Night Bites on April 16, 2013

    Night Bites (Nyx Slaughter #3) I received a free copy, in exchange for a review. Nyx, once again, is in over her head, kind of. One of her connections, to her soul mate has been severed. But it's easy to fix...kind of. Then, she wants to kill the person who did this to her...so many reasons behind that issue. Third, she received a hellhound, yes, a hellhound, that will eventually grow three heads, but loves her so much. Finally, needs to find out the missing piece to her genetic makeup. Pretty easy, right? 'I pick up the little guy and he immediately licks my face. I guess that means he likes me. His breathe reeks of sulfur. How exciting for me. I wonder if he will like breath mints. "Nope, off you go. I will stop in soon to see how you two are getting along. Sometimes the baby pups have difficulty adjusting to their new environments." When the environment is filled with bigger dogs, I can imagine there is going to be a lot o issues with this development. It is too bad the little guy is so cute. I might have been able to say no, I bet Ben trained him to give me those sad puppy dog eyes. Just looking down at them again, I am afraid this pup already has be wrapped around his little finger, or paw in this case.' I absolutely love this series! It is so light hearted and funny. I love the introduction of the hellhound and just got the 4th installment. Do not miss this series, since it is one of the best I've read in awhile!
  • The Striga Chronicles - Reborn on July 25, 2013

    R2R LoP: The Striga Chronicles – Reborn I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Elizabeth comes from a privileged life, during the 18th century, in England. She has a housemother that she bickers with as if her own mother, a caring brother, but a somewhat distant father. None of this matters, since a plague has entered into their lives and are killing people throughout the country and slowly takes her family. Or so she thought... She has been reborn, into a new family and should not remember her human memories or ties, but on the night of her wedding, she relates all that has happened to her, to her trusted friend and sister and this is where we learn about what Striga is and how she became part of them 'Just then my bedroom door swung open behind me and I could hear Elfleda's voice calling me. I walked to the door turning to look over the room and the crumpled Maggie lying on the floor and it all felt foreign to me. The room that had once held me safely at night, that had protected me for so many years, that was the only place I felt the most happy was no longer my home. I again heard Elfleda's voice calling my name through the door and I turned to walk through happy to finally be going home.' I really enjoyed the flow of this book, switching from the present day, to the main characters past life. It was an interesting way to introduce you to the world of Striga and what they are all about. I am really looking forward to reading what happens next, in the saga.
  • Steel, Magick and Faith: Book 1 of The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles on Dec. 02, 2013
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    R2R (LoP) : Steel, Magick and Faith: Book 1 of the Remus Rothwyn Chronicles I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. The Fey creatures have lived a harmonious life, but then the introduction of humans threaten to destroy their way of life. Humans are quickly evolving and starting to encroach upon their lands. There was once a treaty, to pay homage and respect to the Fey kind, but that is slowly being forgotten, upsetting the natural flow of life. Not only do you have this aspect of life, there are also humans that are born with a magically side, called Touched and they are looked down upon, by their fellow humans; anything relating to magick and the Fey are not something that they want to be apart of their daily life and some are killed. One incident is sparking an almost all out war, between the local dwarves and humans of the area. Remus, the woodcutter and philosopher, feels that it is his duty to stop this, knowing that nothing good will ever come if a war breaks out. Elaina, a Toucher and one of his only friend feels that it is utmost importance that they try to stop this as well. This begins the story. 'Every piece of information or gossip he had managed to collect from travelers or from old lore had been inscribed. For millennia, mankind had spread across Glenryth, surrounded by the unexplainable wild. Why was so much unresearched? It was known that there were others, sorcerous forces at work beyond men, different species of Fey such as dwarves, elves and various beasts, had been identified. But no one pried. It was probably common sense. Remus had, however, heard of men and women who tried to explore the outside world beyond roads and pilgrim paths...Mostly they met bad ends.' Great introduction, to a new world, with separate societies of people, living side by side and how easily conflict arises. Remus is an interesting character, with not a lot of background information and his relationship with Elaina is strange but works. Can't wait to read the next one!
  • The Shard of Palrinah: Book 2 of The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles on Dec. 02, 2013

    R2R (LoP) : The Shard of Palrinah (Book 2 of The Remus Rothwyn Chronicles) I received a free copy of this book, through LoP, in exchange for a review. After settling back home, after their first adventure, Remus and Elaina start back into their “normal” way of life. But, both start to feel the bug, the need to wander and find their next adventure. So, after a time, they both decide to go back to the town Yondern and see what they can find there. Unfortunately, the conflicts between the Steelwielders and Paragonites are starting to come to a head and war may be on the brink. They both have factions out, searching for something. And Remus, Elaina and the bard Perfidian are there to figure out what it is and why both parties are looking for it. 'Now it seems that there was no option but to kill the humans that had ventured to this mountainous realm, and take their artifact, to see if it could be used for the good of the Fey. Most likely it would be destroyed, to prevent any human faction from gaining power or prominence with it. Elves disdained using any human invention or magick, although the time of humans bearing the ability to create artefacts was long gone, and even during that time, only very few artefacts were created, and at great cost.' Second installment as entertaining as the first one! The characters are being developed more and you start to see where this series could be going. The new introduction of Margharel and the interaction between the Elves and the one lone dwarf is perfect. Highly recommend and cannot wait for the next one!
  • New Beginnings (The Ivory Series, book 2) on Dec. 02, 2013

    R2R (LoP) : New Beginnings (Ivory #2) I received a free copy of this book, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Vaughan has a very difficult decision to make, but one that he has thought long and hard about. He wants to be changed back, back to being human. He was changed, against his will 66 years prior to become one of the walking dead, a vampire. But now, he has the love of his life and he wants to be the human she deserves. His plan is to find The Creator and ask to be changed back; to give up his immortality. But, with a request as big as this one, the price is not cheap and Vaughan's story quickly takes a different turn than expected. “What if you don't come back?” she looked up and her cheeks were streaked with tears, her eyes red rimmed and her lips quivering. I pulled her to me and let her lose control. Bloody tears were starting to well in my eyes and I blinked them away. “I will come back, I promise.” We both knew this was an empty promise and it hurt me to say it. There was no guarantee of my return, no guarantee of my request being granted. I was delving into the unknown and I was asking Nicola to wait for me, something I knew was incredibly selfish.' Great twist of events! Very easy to commiserate with Vaughan's character and know why he's making the decisions he does. It was a very simple story, but it got straight to the point, not too much added details needed. Interesting to see what will happen now.
  • Moon's Flower: A tale of Hidden Kingdom on Dec. 08, 2013

    R2R: LoP: Moon's Flower: A Tale of Hidden Kingdom I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Danika regals the young fairies with tales, well you could call the fairy tales. One night, they gather for their monthly tale, the Man in the Moon. All the fairies begin to protest this story, since really, who cares about the Man in the Moon. But, this is not your average story; it is the story of the fairy that falls in love with him and the consequences that come because of this forbidden love. It is a story that is very near and dear to Danika's heart. 'But she had to do it. She couldn't explain it. From the moment the flower had bloomed for her, it was like a part of her soul had entwined with it. Her heart ached. Literally hurt in her chest, each beat was a throb that bled anew with the thought of never seeing the flower again. And yes the flower was pretty, and rare, but it was more than that. She didn't know why, or how, she simply knew that it was.' Another great story, from Marie Hall. I was elated with the ending, since it put everything to rights. Great characters and wonderful flow! Must say that I am a fan of her work; serious, with a playful edge. Can't wait for more!
  • Carnelian on Jan. 30, 2014

    R2R (LoP) Carnelian (The Chalcedony Chronicles) I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Past, present, future. Seth is all of these, all in one person. He's been pushed forward, in time, to find someone, someone that will help his past country from further war and destruction. He cannot remember from where he came from or time, just that he needs to find someone. Mari is just starting college and has been looking forward to this time, to be by herself and away from her loving family. The first day there, she has an interesting introduction to this mysterious guy, who just happens to fall into her lap, literally. After that, everything takes on a new course, one that will test her mind, knowledge, faith and a discovery that would boggle most people. 'I went back to Seth's room and lay down on the bed. The facts were confusing. Who were the Sangre brothers? Why was Seth searching for me? How did he heal so quickly? Was he even human? I sat up at the last thought. I wasn't really a believer in all the fantasy books I read; they were just entertaining, but now my mind was racing. Seth didn't exist beyond the past three years, and he could heal miraculously. I got up and went to his open computer. It was already turned on, and I decided to borrow it. While I waited for Seth, I could make my own list of possibilities.' My first 5 star book for the year! While parts of the story were a little childish, it was overall a wonderful story, with not just one plot line to follow. It really gave a lot more that I thought it would and it has left me wanting to know what is going to happen! Time travel, new friends, puzzles, it's got everything!
  • Reading The Dead: Fidelis In Aeternum on March 27, 2014

    Reading The Dead: Fidelius in Aeternum (The Sarah Milton Chronicles, #2) I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Now on to the next, or so Sarah Milton thought. She never really thought she would be revisiting the “Fancy Dress Killer” Harry Sands, since he was convicted and locked away. But now, copycat killings are starting to surface, leaving Sarah and Anna, her ghost partner in crime, trying to figure out are they truly just copycat killings or is there something more to it, something otherwordly? This investigation along with another one, where her former partner and mentor is being accused of murdering a woman, (another police officer) has Sarah right on the edge of sanity. A lot of surprises and old memories are going to be brought to the surface and hopefully Sarah and Anna can get to the bottom of the mystery, before more dead bodies show up. 'Sands wrapped his weapon in both hands, before looping it around the police officer's slender throat. He lifted her head by her windpipe, savoring her distressed gagging as she struggled for oxygen. Her body twisted and flopped under him as she attempted to free her hands and escape, but she couldn't move. Her attacker pinned her to the ground. Sands pulled her leash tighter, relishing the feeling of her life fading under his hands. “Don't fight it, officer,” he breathed into her ear as he tugged her head further off the ground. “Death is the natural conclusion to everything. Give into it. Welcome its dark embrace as you would a lover.” GREAT second book! I was so hooked, from the very beginning. Loved the pace of the story line and also all of the flashbacks. It explained what had happened between Sands' and Sarah's characters and how everything comes full circle. Highly recommend!
  • Immagica on May 23, 2014

    Immagica I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Birthdays are hard enough, but when it's both your birthday and that of your brother & your family is a little left of center, then it's a whole different experience. Rosaline & her brother Elliot are at a turning point in their lives, not just because it is their birthdays, but they both uncover a deeply, hidden family secret. A secret so huge, that they cannot believe that it true. There is a whole other world, that they are destined to save. When they get transported to this place, they get separated and Rosaline's agenda is to find her brother, not meet the creatures of this universe and help them restore it to it's glory. But, along the way, she starts to understand why she is here and what she needs to do, in order to save Immagica and everything in it. 'Brynn sighed. “Never mind about that now. You may want to find your brother, but your dad is right, you're here for another reason. That amulet goes to the firstborn child on the day they turn fifteen. Immagica is your responsibility. You have magic in your blood, whether you like it or not.” I got this book, since I thought this would be a fun book to read with my seven year old daughter. Boy was I right on. Adventure, mythical creatures, the ultimate journey is held in this book. My daughter was so excited by it, that I was reading her a few chapters at night, not the one I was planning on. It was well written and obviously had a great story line. Thank you for such a fun experience!
  • Howler's Night on Sep. 07, 2014

    Howler's Night: Night Series, Book 3 I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review. Just when you thought everything was going to be ok, all hell brakes lose. Pandora is taken, by an unknown force, in the middle of the night. Asher is too hurt to help, Luc is too slow and then, she's gone. Undergoing massive mutilation and brainwashing, these unseen people are reconstructing Pandora, to fit their needs, while she tried to maintain herself and memories. It all gets to be too much and she wakes up one day, not herself. This is where the misadventure really begins. How does she make it back, to Asher, to Luc, to her family, but most importantly, to herself? 'This time when I floated above the Earth, I saw a band of black that glittered with a streak of gold deep in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, but my excitement was tempered by the knowledge that something was wrong with her colors. There was a slick, oily sheen to her that hadn't been there before. Something dark and oppressive, something menacing, marred her, and I worried that whatever I'd find, it wouldn't be Pandora at all.' All I can say is wow, holy crap. If you have followed this series, you know what I'm talking about. Great turn of events and build up. I can't believe that there is only going to be one more book. I love the Pandora character, but all good things must come to an end. Hopefully it'll be a kick-ass ending, as I'm sure it will be!