Book Review

Wolf Marked (Moon Cursed #1) by Alexis Calder

I’m usually very picky with which Urban Fantasy novels I pick up. Just because in my experience they tend to be the same and they add nothing new to the table and so I went into Wolf Marked a little bit pessimistic, even if I try my best to keep an open mind. 

I arrived at the 10% mark and I would be lying if I didn’t say… I was already loooooving It.

And I wrote the start of this review too early… 

I was hoping to end up giving it more stars, but by the end I’m afraid it can’t give it more than one based on my own rating system.

There wasn’t much of a story to it. She gets kicked out of her pack and then finds another pack…

That’s basically it. At too many points within it it felt like there wasn’t enough story and it was grasping at straws to keep moving forward and either kept repeating the same information over-and-over again or added irrelevant details that honestly did not connect with what was happening or being spoken about. 

For example: she feels guilty about putting her new pack at risk from her old one and this gets repeated again only a few paragraphs after each other at one point. 

I also don’t have a clue what anyone looks like, everyone just gets a name and then gets actions. 

But that’s the problem with this story as a whole. Everything feels like it’s all just glazed over. In the tone of ‘she did this, and then she did this, and then she did this’ with no juicy details or descriptions on any of it as if it’s racing to the finishing point but by that point it’s over and absolutely nothing happened. 

Also I hate hate hate when a book ends with no resolution or no big climax. NOTHIING happened by the end and when the last chapter ended it just didn’t feel like the end and I was surprised when there wasn’t a chapter after it. It just ends with nothing happening. 

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Wolf Marked (Moon Cursed #1) by Alexis Calder

WOLF MARKED

Title: WOLF MARKED (Moon Cursed #1)

Author: Alexis Calder

Pub. Date: July 29, 2021

Publisher: Alexis Calder

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 232

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They tried to break me. Now I’m going to break them.

Cursed to never shift, the only thing I was looking forward to about the First
Moon Ceremony was that the magic sealing me into Wolf Creek would break, and I
could finally leave.

Instead, the ceremony reveals my true mate: Tyler Grant, future leader of my
pack and the man responsible for my most recent concussion and black eye. He’s
as brutal as he is handsome and fate is a bitch to put us together.

There’s a rumor that a mating bond could break my curse and just as I’m getting
my hopes up, Tyler destroys them all.

Instead of bonding with my mate, I’m beaten and left for dead.

A hot-as-sin feral shifter finds me and helps me back on my feet. But his help
comes with a cost and I’m not sure I’m willing to pay the price.

With my former pack hunting me down, even an enemy might be a better ally than
trying to stay alive on my own.

This is book one in steamy rejected mate series. This is not a reverse harem
series. 17+ for steam, language, and darker themes.

About Alexis:

Alexis
Calder writes sassy heroines and sexy heroes with a sprinkle of sarcasm. She
lives in the Rockies and drinks far too much coffee and just the right amount
of wine

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Book Review

I Think I love You by Auriane Desombre

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a quick and enjoyable read. I either got so into it that I read it over a weekend.

It’s been a while since I read a proper YA novel and everything about this screams YA! Which is great! Because I needed my injection of it!

And…just look at that cover!! It kinda sold me on getting the book. That cover is so damn cute!

Maybe I need to get back into reading romcoms as I’m used to buildups and characters that jump out of the page and I personally felt that the characters [less so with Emma and Sophia, but they still missed that special sparkle] were all very flat by the end and I didn’t have a clue what any of them looked like.

BUT! Saying all this, it’s a romcom and if you want a cute f/f enemy-to-lovers story, I’d recommend reading it!

Summary

A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real life romance is better than anything on screen.

Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . .

Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.

Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.

Book Review

Siege and Storn by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This is the reason why I don’t do trilogies. The second book syndrome.

Nothing happens in this book it’s just a lot of back-and-forth chatting and random scenes that didn’t make sense or didn’t add anything to the story. It was as if it wanted to have Game of Thrones epic-ness, but failed miserably.

There was a section in this book that made me put it down for a few days as the writing was very amateurish…and that’s being polite. Characters did things that a writer with a good hold of storytelling would be able to make exciting or new, but Leigh just hasn’t grown from the first book. The first book had excitement for the buildup to the ending This book just doesn’t.

We know something is going to happen with the Darkling, but yet we don’t because they’re still after the firebird and then the book is coming really close to finishing and it all happens in the space of a few paragraphs. Then there’s also the issue of the battle scenes of them being…well… not very epic or even well described.

Another issue I found was the male characters all talked the same. There was nothing new about them and the only exciting character is the Darkling and we get thrown names of characters that we’re supposed to know and as a reader I’m just not interested in the story to try and figure out who has died because I’m pretty sure that they only got a paragraph earlier and now they’re dead so it doesn’t matter.

One last thing that has started annoying me why are the name of things italicised? and why does she use another language for the name of things then doesn’t put in what it is into the actual story and I’m too bored at this stage to even bother to go looking at what that word means.

One star is because I finished. The second star is for the Darkling. I may have to take a break from this series for a bit. It was just a boring struggle to get through.

Summary

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Book Review

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is my first adventure into the Grishaverse and yes mainly the new tv series pushed me to finally read it. 

I’ve had Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom sitting on my shelf for a few months now waiting to be read, but something about reading all the books in order was stopping me from reading them. 

This book gets 4 stars because it is the first time since I was probably a teenager that I couldn’t put a book down till I finished. From buying it to finishing it was a total of 3 days. This never happens! But it doesn’t come with some minor issues and why I had to deduct two stars for.

I loved the majority of the writing is very flowy and quick to digest, nothing too bogged down and hard to understand, this stands for a good 95% of the book as some of the action scenes read a tiny bit stifled and could’ve come off better with a few tweaks or a bit more description in certain places. At certain points in the story nothing happens and it’s a lot of travelling to places. Then when it settles in a place everything was being quickly brushed over where I probably would’ve liked more description. This is probably why I read it so quickly now that I notice; I was constantly rushing to the ending because that’s how the book reads, rushing, rushing, rushing…. then it ends. 

Which brings me to my other issue…I feel like nothing actuallyhappens in this book. What kept me reading was the idea of what was going to happen and wondering how it was going to unfold but not exactly what I was reading at any moment in time. And now that I’m thinking about it, I went into this book with the idea that it was ‘High Fantasy’ but IT ISN’T. It’s a girl going to school, with some teenage drama, dressing up for dances, and then a bit of action in the end. I feel like this could probably have been put with book 2… but I have yet to read said book. 

But I will still give it 4 stars. I liked the universe, I liked the main storyline, and I loved the majority of the characters that I’m going to be picking up book 2 as soon as I finish typing this review as I want to know how it all unfolds! 

Book Summary:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life–a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Book Review

Buried Magic by T.J Green

Rating: 2 out of 5.

If you want a quick read with witches and a good old mystery, I’d say read this! 

This book was enjoyable and who doesn’t like witches!

I was going to give 3 stars, but that ending just had to get a star taken away for. A book should have a complete and final ending; this ending was abrupt and unfinished. 

The storyline was well thought out but the execution could’ve been better. The author seemed to do a lot of copping out; such as the characters thought of things just for the sake of the story or even did things that did not make sense. Example: a police man lets a much of witches into a crime scene…this is one moment a just couldn’t buy into, it just doesn’t make sense.

The author was also too descriptive and wordy on what people wore and on things that added nothing to the overall storyline. Along with this action scenes aren’t the authors strong points and when action is the main focus it means that the major show-down never transpires and is over before it even started. 

BUT! As I said before, the storyline is enjoyable and if you want a book with magic and mystery for a lazy afternoon, I would say pick this up as I would’ve probably picked up book 2 to see where it goes, but the ending has just turned me off for now…maybe later. 

Book Review

The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I got pulled in by the pretty cover and Kristen’s YouTube channel. I kinda knew I wasn’t going into it for a masterpiece of a book. I bought it last year and gave up, but I’m too stubborn and I just really really wanted to know how she pulled the story off in the end. 

I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt and see whether it got better. I wish I didn’t, but my stubbornness forced me to continue.

It doesn’t get better. 

I would give her some credit if it was her first novel, but it isn’t so…. 

It needed a lot more to the story. The actual Alpha Drive is pushed to the background of the overall book, what we get are mismatched scenes and POVs that shouldn’t really be there and I think the story would’ve been better with just one POV. There were scenes that didn’t add anything to the story and the majority of the book didn’t have a focus with scenes happening for the sake of the storyline and no other reason.

The descriptions were stilted that the big finale just didn’t do anything for me as it was so badly written. The character just goes with everything and is okay with holding and shooting a gun for probably the first time in her life. She doesn’t even question it and people are dying or being hit and it feels very disjointed.

For example:

 The light left Theo’s eyes, his body falling to the ground in a deafening thud. The others fell to the ground shortly after, their eyes wide open as their heads hit the pavement. It was then that the sanaré bomb lit up the sky, a flash of blinding white light followed by a vibrant orange haze.

This is the main finale scene in the story and what the entire novel is heading towards and we get this… this…I have no words. It could’ve been so much better.

This is going to be my one and only time to read Kristen. This book reads like a rough draft that shouldn’t have seen the light of day till much later.

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The Place Beyond her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe

The Place Beyond Her Dreams
Oby Aligwekwe
Publication date: March 16th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

“We are most courageous at our weakest; when we believe we have faced what we fear the most and have nothing more to lose.”

Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, Oby Aligwekwe’s Young Adult debut—told from the viewpoint of her main character—is inspired by her West African heritage, fables, and spiritual beliefs. Ona’s journey reveals the power of choice, the true source of happiness, and, most importantly, the transformation one must go through to realize and eventually occupy their purpose.

At the sudden death of her grandfather, Ona’s pain transports her to mystical Luenah—a place of infinite possibilities, free of turf wars and other ills that plague the earthly dimension she lives in. In Luenah, where her grandfather awaits her, Ona learns she is an Eri, one bestowed with unique intuitive and spiritual gifts passed down from generation-to-generation.

On her eighteenth birthday, she returns to Luenah and is handed a box to deposit her ‘exchange’ for love and happiness—her greatest desires. Burdened by her quest, Ona crosses paths with danger and heartbreak as the two men that love her dearly are viciously pitted against each other. As evil looms, she learns that dreams carry a hefty price, and no one is who they seem. Now, she must unmask the villain and save the one she loves, even at the risk of losing everything she holds dear.

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Allied by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

The sequel to Hunted is upon us…

Six weeks after Edith and her vampire family were exiled from their clan, Darren waits at the rendezvous, poised for a reunion that might never come. With every passing day, his hope of ever seeing the vampire who showed him what it means to be human again dwindles.

On the run from Hunters and her own clan alike, Edith strives to protect those in her care, all the while fighting to get back to Darren and the family she’d long dreamed of. But even when their paths do cross again, reunion comes at a cost.

When Mr. Heartsong brazenly declares war on all humanity, allegiances will be tested. Will Edith side with the man she’s come to believe may be her destiny or the creator who gave her a second chance at life?

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling Authors Sarah Biglow and Molly Zenk are the authors of the Captivity series and the Celestial Academy series. Independently, they write across multi genres including: YA, urban fantasy, historical, and cozy mystery. Sarah lives in Boston with her husband and son. Molly lives in Denver with her husband and three daughters. 

Follow them on Facebook: @SarahBiglowAuthor @AuthorMollyZenk

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Something Wicked by Emery Nicolson



Something Wicked
Emery Nicolson
(Lockhart Legacy, #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Something wicked this way comes…

You’d think being the descendant of powerful witches would grant me the power to sort out my life, right? But you’d be wrong. I’m stuck in a rut, disdained by my family, and my romantic life is a disaster. Oh, and did I forget to mention that I have no magic?

When a cursed heirloom is stolen, I should stay out of it and leave the retrieval to those better equipped but everything seems to lead back to me…

With the help of an enigmatic bounty hunter, I may be able to clear my name and retrieve the artefact before death and chaos are unleashed upon my beloved city but doing so could cost me everything — including my life.

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EXCERPT:

It feels like I have just fallen asleep when I’m awoken by someone obnoxiously ringing my doorbell, over and over and over again.

Blinking sticky eyes open, I roll over and check the time on my phone screen. Seven o clock! Who in their right bloody mind goes knocking on someone’s door at that time on a Saturday? It is cruel! It is unnatural! But whomever it is they are not buggering off like I hoped they would, leaving me no choice but to get out of bed and answer the door.

“Alright, alright! I’m coming!” I yell, stomping down the hall. I flick on a light switch and peek through the peephole. “Bitch!” I shout through the door as I start releasing the locks.

There are quite a few, so it’s a bit of a slow process, but when you live in a basement apartment, I feel you can’t be too careful.

“Stop your whining Lockhart! I’ve got to be at work in an hour and details can’t wait!”

Pulling the door open, I am faced with the happy smiling face of my BFF Sarah. I have a strong dislike for morning people but at least this pre-dawn menace has the decency to come bearing gifts.

“Do I smell bacon?” I ask, as she marches past me with a brown bag of goodness and a cup holder with two coffees.

“Hell yes, it’s bacon. You think I’d be stupid enough to wake the bear without bringing a sacrifice?” She calls as she makes her way to the front room. “Bring plates in won’t you!”

“Yes dear,” I mumble, more to myself than to her as I yawn and do exactly as I’m told.

Author Bio:

Emery Nicolson is a wife, mother and mad cat-lady living in the South West of England. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, baking or out walking through a forest.

Emmy (or Nics, as she’s more often referred to) loves hearing from readers and you can find her online via Twitter (@EmmyNicolson), Facebook (@EmeryNicolsonAuthor) or her website (emerynicolson.co.uk).

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