Hey y'all, I'm Rae. I am an avid reader, and I love to write.
Sadly I am like the socially awkward mouth breather, and I tend to have a sarcastic streak. Both send people off running. Oh, and I have some of the worst grammar when it comes to punctuation which sends editors flying at me with meat cleavers.
When I am not writing or reading, I am usually shoveling food into my mouth, while browsing the internet, and telling my pink elephant to put down my MasterCard. Seriously, it likes to buy shoes for the blue faerie next door...
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Claws of Insanity
by Rae Z. Ryans
Insanity wrapped its claws around her. After two gruesome attacks and evidence, which contradicts the laws of nature, she runs and starts her life anew. But when Gilly’s past weasels its way back into her life, she’s faced with a decision: Does she stick to her science, or does she take a leap of faith into the unknown?
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- The Dark Gifts Birthright
on Dec. 15, 2011
Exceptionally well written book that will keep you yearning for more. I can't wait to read more of this series, and look forward to other offerings from this author.
- Sleeping Handsome
on Dec. 23, 2011
Wonderful story for young adults, and those who can cherish a good romance. Great writing style, combined with an excellent plot, and characters.
- Witch Way Bends (Book 1 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy)
on Feb. 15, 2012
This story featured a solid plot and combined it with excellent characters. At times your uncertain who is friend or foe, but this is done on purpose in the beginning. There is plenty of steamy romance, vampires, witches, magic and secret organizations on both side. This story is action packed, but still has enough paranormal and romantic tones to keep you pulled in.
Will Devan be able to accept who she really is? Is she crazy or is Roon real? Can Langston teach and guide her before it's too late? Does Kent finally give in to his desire? You'll have to read it!
Overall this is a great story that mixes modern times with older lore. If you enjoy urban fantasy or paranormal romance, you will love this book! If you're looking to get into either genres this might be an excellent entry book too. I look forward to reading more stories out of the imagination of author Olivia Hardin.
- The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening
on March 24, 2012
Awakening is the first part of The Watcher’s Trilogy where we meet a young woman named Ana. She works as a waitress in a resort town, but has no knowledge of her past accept a handful of newspaper clippings. Ana is frequented with disturbing nightmares that haunt her, no, torment her to no end. She knows not why these dreams occur until Athen enters into her life.
Athen, nor his family, are what they seem to be, and Ana quickly learns that she is a part of their world: the underworld. Athen has been searching for his lost soul-mate, Ana, since the demons erased her memory back in the 40′s. Our main character struggles with this new-found knowledge that shakes her very core, and sends her into the realization that her nightmares are a reality. However, she is surrounded by love, friendship and most of all a family that would die for her. But can Ana learn to be a white demon again before it’s too late? Will the Awakening process work, thus reuniting Athen and Ana again?
Once I started, I couldn’t put it down!
I’ll be honest here folks. I wasn’t entirely sure about this book when I realized it was about demons/Fallen Angels, and an intricate force of good versus evil with a race that is supposed to be damned by God. These characters – Ana, Athen and the rest – are the children of Angels that fell in love with human women. As punishment God forbid entry to heaven to the Angels that fell as well as their children, but what made the story unique was that not all the angels or children are evil.
This doesn’t stop the race of white demons from doing good deeds, and helping to guide the human race to live their lives righteously. When the black demons/Nephilim interfere or try to cause turmoil, the white demons are there to do what they can to defeat them. It is just an entirely new side for me in literature; however, it was an incredible story.
Karice Bolton didn’t leave a stone unturned or question unanswered. She backed up every part of her story’s world, crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s. Every part of the story was perfect, engaging and addicting. Once I started I couldn’t put it down, and when I was done reading I found myself purchasing the next book in the series. I’ve only braked to write up this review, and then guess what? I’ll be jumping into the next book.
- The Rainbow Stick Boy
on Dec. 05, 2012
The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no further compensation was received.
This is an adorable story that features a town set in its ways. When a child is born that fits outside of their mold, that boy is faced with ridicule and bullying from his peers. We follow the child as he grows, and copes with being born different.
The book features artwork that is both cute and whimsical. Everything is drawn in stick figures, and it fits since the main character is a stick figure. It was pleasing to the eye, goes with the flow of the story, but did not distract.
I recommend this story for children of all ages. There is a lesson to be learned within the pages as it teaches us of acceptance and diversity among our peers. It also teaches us to be strong in the face of bullying.
- Carnivore: The Edward Vance Files
on April 12, 2013
Engaging and a quick, pleasing read that definitely has me wanting more. I love the western beginning, with the end twist. Don't want to give too much away ;) I hope to read more of Vance soon.
on Oct. 21, 2013
I'm a lover of both fantasy (all types) and anything that dives into mythology (all types but I love Norse mythology more). If you follow my reviews, you know this, but I always like stating it upfront, so readers know where I'm coming from ;)
This is a multi-pov novel introducing us to the key players within the series itself. The first is always the toughest, but if you love learning in-depth about the characters, it makes perfect sense to read fantasy in this point-of-view. I personally loved getting intimate with each character, and gaining a better understanding of them and the world itself through their eyes. Back in those times, with the class systems and slaves, life wasn't easy no matter what side you were on.
When they collide you really get the sense of that as they struggle along their journey together. Yet at the same time, you never grow bored, as the story keep moving and unfolding. Most times I want to became enthralled with the characters inner battles more than the story itself. This was one of those reads for me because I saw how they all ticked under their skins.
The plot didn't start off slow, which is typical for fantasy, because you're building a world in addition to your characters. This is especially true with magic and magical artifacts, but I found the pacing perfectly executed.
What I loved the most was the blending of fantasy with the historical vikings. Have I mentioned how much I love vikings and historical fantasy?
What I didn't like? Well I'm not a huge fan of cliff hangers, but they're necessary and I never fault (in the star rating) an author for using them. The names, some of them I found hard to pronounce. I understand with the historical setting why the author chose the names, but a pronunciation guide would be awesome too. Granted, I have a tough time with names in general, so maybe its just me.
Recommendations: Fantasy lovers, mythology lovers, adults, and mature YA readers will enjoy Shardfall. I certainly look forward to reading the next installment in the Saga.
I received a copy in exchange for my review, but as always, opinions are my own.
- Grimnirs (A Runes Novel)
on Dec. 06, 2013
Doll-face: I loved the realistic tension between Echo and Cora.
I you haven't read Runes or Immortals, please be sure to read them. While Grimnirs piggy backed the end of Immortals, both are excellent reads.
The first two stories followed Raine's journey, but this book shows us our favorite sidekick, Cora. When we start the pages, we see she's having trouble recalling a memory she hadn't known was missing. For those who read Immortals, you know why, but I won't spoil it for those who haven't.
It's surprises me as I never saw Cora with anyone else except Eric. It hadn't dawned on me that there would be anyone else. When I first read about Ednah Walter's writing Cora's story, I hadn't even bothered reading the synopsis. I'm a fan girl, so I knew I'd read it regardless. Then I saw the graphics and the captions. I was all like, who the heck is Echo?
They're a perfect match in my humble opinion. Granted neither of them realize it and they have a lot to overcome. But what love doesn't have a few bumps, bruises, and cuts on the heart? It was raw and realistic.
Now there was a lot more heat in this one than previous books, but again, I found it quite real. Teens and young adults have hormones raging out of control, but it wasn't overdone, and sexual scenes were quite non-descriptive. However, I'm mentioning it for those who either want a little steam or for those who want to know the level of steam.
I can't say this enough, but I've become a major fan girl of Ednah Walters and I'm dying to know what happens next in Runes.
- Heir of Mjölnir (The Dragon Hunters #4)
on Dec. 12, 2013
Full of action and suspense with twists and turns you won't see coming. I've actually not read any of the previous books, but am currently catching up. You can read it as a stand alone, but I always suggest to start at the beginning.
I love the blend of mythologies and found the transition seamless.
- Blood Promise
on Aug. 06, 2014
Blood Promise brings a new adventure for Mia and Deacon. Book one shows their relationship grow, but this book brings the pressure and strain that most of us can relate to when life goes wrong. Mia undergoes physical changes whereas Deacon's love is put to an internal test as he watches her train. I usually don't mention specifics in my reviews but this is one of my favorite scenes. There is a level of tension rarely addressed in PNR when the significant other is put through the wringer. I found it a grounding and realistic touch because when we or our loved ones face dangerous situations, we don't sit by idly. We eat at ourselves until the danger passes.
As always Ashley Robertson weaves a tale filled with the unexpected as the death dealers traipse into the unknown against a foe no one expected. Action, mystery, and romance grace the pages as Mia and Deacon rise up, fall down, and ... well you'll have to read it to find out what happens next.
Paranormal romance lovers can rejoice and if you like gritty angels even better. You won't be disappointed, I know I wasn't, and I can be a tough cookie to hook, line, and sink.