Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Finds! (#4)

Okay so here are this weeks picks!!!


Falling by J. Bennett

Girl With Broken Wings Book 1

Book Description (From Goodreads)

Maya knew something was wrong... The stranger’s glowing hands were a big tipoff.

When the stranger murders Maya’s boyfriend with a single touch and injects the college sophomore with a DNA-altering serum, Maya prays for a savior. Instead, she gets a double helping of knight-in-not-so-shining-armor when two young men claiming to be her half-brothers pull off a belated rescue.

Now Maya is swiftly transforming into an “angel”, one of the scientifically enhanced, energy-sucking creatures her brothers have spent their whole lives trying to destroy. Maya’s senses sharpen, her body becomes strong and agile, and she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras…beautiful auras…tempting auras. 

Struggling to control the murderous appetite that fuels her new abilities, this reluctant protagonist must find a way to accept her new condition and learn to trust her angel-hunting brothers as she joins them in their fight against the powerful and destructive creatures. 

On the up side, at least Maya’s eldest brother has stopped trying to kill her!

My Thoughts

The scientifically enhanced "angels" that are described, sound way different than the angels that I am used to reading about. It sounds like Maya is going to have some trouble adjusting to her new "powers" and her newly found half-brothers. Her brothers actually hunt creatures just like her! There will definitely be some crazy family drama going on here! Overall it sounds very intriguing and different than what I am used to. Also, if you read more on Goodreads, after the description there is a paragraph that compares this book to one of my favorite shows, Supernatural!! 


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Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer

A Valkyrie Novel by T.G. Ayer


Book Description (From Goodreads)

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead. 

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?


My Thoughts

After reading up some more about Dead Radiance, I learned that it is actually about mythology, and not just any mythology! It is the kind of mythology that involves the realm of Asgard! You may be thinking what's so special about Asgard? Okay well one word, or name really, Loki! Yes, this book actually involves the god of mischief and I could not be more excited about it! I only hope that he lives up to the picture that Tom Hiddleston has created in the Marvel movies!

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You can check out Falling and Dead Radiance on Goodreads!

Book Review: Saving Angel (Divisa Series Book 1) by J.L. Weil

Divisa Series Book 1
Title: Saving Angel
Author: J. L. Weil
Series: Divisa Book 1
Pages: 324
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

I wondered what my life would be like if we had never moved to the ho-dunk town of Spring Valley, Illinois. Sure the internet service was splotchy, there was nothing but miles of wheat fields, and I probably wouldn’t be faced with death at every corner.

My only neighbor in this god forsaken town was…well there really was only one to describe him, hot as hell. With his sinful dark looks, unusually silver eyes, and kissable lips, there was something about him that was more than meets the eye.

Of course I was determined to find out.

Chase Winters might be drool-worthy, but he was also insufferable, arrogant and…in short a d-bag. Our relationship was anything but love at first sight. Not even close. There was something weird about the family living next door.

What I hadn’t expected to find was an underworld of trouble.

Chase and his cousins Lexi and Travis are Divisa, half-demon, half-human. Getting them angry was hardly in my best interest, not if I wanted to live.

As it turned out, that might be the least of my problems. I’ve been tagged by hell.

Now every ugly, nasty being from hades was on my trail. I have suddenly became a magnet for demon disaster, and the only way I am getting out of this alive was by putting my life in the demon spawn’s hands.

One wrong decision and my butt was toast.


Okay, so my initial thought that this book would be similar to Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was even more right then I could have dreamed of. Saving Angel is extremely similar to Obsidian, but this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I really enjoyed Obsidian, and also enjoyed Saving Angel.

I thought that it was pretty funny and ironic how a girl named Angel ended up living by a family of half-demons! I wasn't expecting her name to be Angel, I instead assumed that since demons were a major part of the book, that angels would be too. Anyways, just because her name is Angel does not mean that she acts all that angelic. She instantly forms a sort of love/hate relationship with Chase, the hot guy next door with the pierced brow. They literally cannot be around each other without having some big argument. Which, I don't mind, I find it pretty entertaining.

I did like Chase and Angel's characters, but I actually want to see more of Travis. He seems like a very funny easygoing guy, but underneath that, he is still wounded from the disappearance of his girlfriend. He still has a hard time coping with it all and loses it every once in a while. I would just like to see how he progresses throughout the books.

In regards to the rest of the books, I hope they don't all correlate to The Lux Series. I would like to see them move away from that and become their own thing. The world that Weil has created with half-demons and hellhounds is actually very interesting, and I don't want to see it get categorized as just a Lux want-a-be series.

"I still had travel hair, which meant it looked like I stuck my finger in a light socket."

"All country towns have one road in and out of town called Main. It was like law."

"I could use all the confidence I could get. If possible, I would steal some from the egotistical Chase. He had more than enough to spare."


 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Finds!! (#3)


After the long week that I've had, I am so ready for the weekend. And, what better way to start it off then with some free books!! So, here are this weeks free books that I've found, hope you like them!!

Wings of Arian by Devri Walls


Description From Back Cover

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life. 

She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar. 

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non-magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation. 

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions. 

My Thoughts

Okay, so here is what I'm thinking, magic + gorgeous stubborn male + evil mastermind trying to control the world = pure awesomeness full of action!! There is no way a world filled with dragons, magic, shapeshifters, and more could not be interesting! It sounds just like a world that I would love to spend time in and just read about all day! I'm just speculating, but based on the fact that there are some hostile conversations between Kiora and Prince Emane, there is a possibility that Kiora has some of my favorite characteristics in a main character! I'm hoping that she isn't afraid to stand up for what's right and is not easily intimidated.    

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Angel Of Mercy by Lisa Olsen

Book one of The Fallen

Book Description From Back Cover

I don't know why I got stabbed. I don't know why I healed overnight. 

I don't know why I keep seeing the same guy in my dreams, on the sidewalk, at the minimart near my apartment - the insanely hot guy with the piercing blue eyes that nobody can see but me. 

I have to follow him. I have to talk to him. 

And he's not the only one stalking me. That guy with the knife? He's still out there, and he knows where I live.

I have to know. What am I now? Am I still human? Am I part angel? Or am I something new?

* This is the first book in a completed, five book series about fallen angels and demons, and contains a cliffhanger. 

My Thoughts

So, I have done only three of these Friday Finds, and have somehow managed to put two books from the same author on them. I definitely take this as a sign that I desperately need to read some books by Lisa Olsen. Her Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down and Angel of Mercy both sound like pretty great reads. Angel of Mercy does contain some fallen angels, and I do love me some fallen angels! 

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You can check out Wings of Arian and 

Angel of Mercy on Amazon!!!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: Just One Drop (Grey Wolves Series Book 3) by Quinn Loftis

The Grey Wolves Series Book 3
Title: Just One Drop
Author: Quinn Loftis
Series: Grey Wolves #3
Pages: 239
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Jennifer Adams, best friend to Jacque Pierce and Sally Morgan, spicy, out spoken, a little crazy and human...or so she thought. Jen has just found out that human DNA is not the only thing that resides in her veins, she happens to share that little pesky werewolf gene, although it isn't more than just a drop. Now that she and her friends are living in Romania with Fane's pack, she is also oh so conveniently stuck with the object of her affection, the fur ball Decebel. Drawn to each other by something they don't understand Jen finds herself frustrated by the lack of mating signs between her and said fur ball. Not only is she dealing with that not so un-frustrating problem, she now has been informed that because of that little drop of werewolf blood in her she is now required to attended a multi-pack gathering for un-mated wolves. This type of gathering hasn't taken place in over a century but with a shortage of females among the werewolf population the males are getting worried they won't ever find their true mates. Meanwhile Decebel struggles with the emotions he is feeling towards Jen. He tries to keep his distance but there is just something about the mouthy blonde that keeps him coming back for more of her verbal abuse that he just can't seem to get enough of...go figure


Jen had a lot of excitement in Blood Rites, not only did she learn that she was going to go to Romania, but she also learned that her blood was special. She literally had just one drop of werewolf blood in her. This meant that she was subject to everything that the other werewolves were. She now had an alpha, but this also meant that there was a possibility she could have a mate. As much as Jen hated to admit it, she already knew who she wanted her mate to be, the bossy furball Decebel.

If you loved Jen and Decebel in Blood Rites, you will love them even more in Just One Drop!! Both of them know what they want and are frustrated by the lack of signs to prove their feelings right. The one thing that is for sure about their relationship though, is that Decebel is very protective of Jen and especially does not want her going to what she has so eloquently referred to as "Mate Fest."

"Mate Fest" is basically just a huge singles mixer for unmated werewolves, and since Jen has a drop of werewolf DNA, that means she is required to attend. This means that unmated males will believe that she is up for grabs, which definitely does not sit well with Decebel. As you can imagine, Jen gets herself into trouble.....a lot, much to the dismay of Decebel.

In addition to the drama going on between Decebel and Jen, there is also a bit of espionage going on. Werewolves really are power hungry, there is no denying that now!

The words spoken between Jen and the furball are once again pretty perfect. Loftis has certainly outdone herself this time!! Jen has actually became my favorite character (sorry Jacque!)!! I love how Jen always has a response, be it good or bad. Decebel certainly has his hands full with her! I can't wait to see what's in store next for Jacque, Jen, and Sally, I mean those three girls do seem to attract a lot of trouble...


Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Finds! (#2)


Yay, it's the weekend!! And to celebrate I have another Friday Finds! Without further delay, here are the books!!!

Elfin by Quinn Loftis


I have recently read part of the Grey Wolves series by this same author and have really enjoyed it. After waiting for what seemed like forever, Elfin finally became free!! Loftis is a fantastic author and I am looking forward to just devouring Elfin! Oh, and unlike the Grey Wolves series, there is only 3 books in the Elfin series so far, instead of almost 9!

*Update, I read and reviewed Elfin, you can check it out here!*

Book Description From Back Cover

Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves. 

He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves. 

Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen. 

Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be. 

The questions must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?


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Saving Angel by J. L. Weil


I have a feeling that this book is going to have just as much chemistry in it as Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series. Instead of Aliens though, the weird family living next door is actually half-demon. This sounds like a great start, and I love my demon books!!

*Update, I read and reviewed Saving Angel, check it out!*

Book Description From Back Cover

I wondered what my life would be like if we had never moved to the ho-dunk town of Spring Valley, Illinois. Sure the internet service was splotchy, there was nothing but miles of wheat fields, and I probably wouldn’t be faced with death at every corner. 

My only neighbor in this god forsaken town was…well there really was only one to describe him, hot as hell. With his sinful dark looks, unusually silver eyes, and kissable lips, there was something about him that was more than meets the eye. 

Of course I was determined to find out. 

Chase Winters might be drool-worthy, but he was also insufferable, arrogant and…in short a d-bag. Our relationship was anything but love at first sight. Not even close. There was something weird about the family living next door. 

What I hadn’t expected to find was an underworld of trouble. 
Chase and his cousins Lexi and Travis are Divisa, half-demon, half-human. Getting them angry was hardly in my best interest, not if I wanted to live. 

As it turned out, that might be the least of my problems. I’ve been tagged by hell. 

Now every ugly, nasty being from hades was on my trail. I have suddenly became a magnet for demon disaster, and the only way I am getting out of this alive was by putting my life in the demon spawn’s hands. 

One wrong decision and my butt was toast. 


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You can check out Elfin and Saving Angel on Goodreads!!




Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Finds! (#1)


Okay, drum roll please..............here it is, my very first Friday Finds!!! 

Significance By Shelly Crane


Book 1 in the Significance Series

I would not be beginning this first post off right if I didn't include Significance by Shelly Crane. This is the first book in one of my favorite series!! Currently, Significance is free on Amazon, and it has been for a while (that's how I discovered it in the first place!). Hopefully I will be able to re-read this later on and post a review on here!


Book Description From Back Cover

                                                                                                       
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb. 
                                                                                                             
She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing, but she's supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally. 
                                                                                            
They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive. Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him. 
                                                                                                                          
Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

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Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down (Forged Bloodlines Book 1) by Lisa Olsen


Forged Bloodlines: Book 1

I have actually read a sample of Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down, and have wanted to buy it right then and there. But, instead I added it to my Amazon wishlist and waited for the price to go down, and boy did it ever. Lisa Olsen's first book in the Forged Bloodlines Series is now free! I am currently in werewolf and alien mode, but when I get back into vampire mode, I'll be sure to pick this one up and review it!


Book Description From Back Cover


Anja Evans wakes up in the morgue with a hell of a hangover. It takes almost eating her best friend before she figures out... she's a vampire. When a dark and dangerous vampire shows up at her door asking to see her license and registration, Anja assumes Bishop is a regular cop. But breeding among vampires is strictly controlled, and her unlicensed status makes her an enemy of The Order. Struggling to find a balance between her former life and her undead one, Anja tries to blend college and living up to her new identity, all while searching to find the elusive Viking, whose blood gave Anja the strength of a vampire hundreds of years old.

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You can check out Significance and Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down on Goodreads!!



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review: Opal (The Lux Series Book 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux Series Book 3
Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux Book 3
Pages: 382
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn't fooling around. Doubting him isn't something I'll do again, and now that we've made it through the rough patches, well... There's a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can't protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I'm no longer the same Katy. I'm different... And I'm not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I'm capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won't turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we're stronger...and they know it.


What if I told you that Daemon gets even better? You're probably thinking no way that's impossible. But, in Opal, Daemon does just that. He is full of surprises that make you wish you had your very own Daemon more and more.

In Opal, Katy learns even more about the secret organization that has interest in the Luxen and their healing abilities. She has to learn all she can and prepare herself for what is to come to truly protect those she cares about. Along the way, she, Daemon, and the other Luxen finds themselves working alongside an unlikely character. The stakes are high and everyone is on edge, but Katy is no longer the timid person she used to be.

Usually when I read a series, the first book automatically becomes my favorite, but while reading Opal, I discovered that when it comes to the Lux series, that is definitely not the case. The things that Katy has went through have left their mark and she is no longer the same person that she previously was. She now knows that she will do anything to keep her loved ones safe, which actually kind of frightens her. So, in addition to seeing this new fierce Katy, you also get to see a different side of Daemon. He still has his jerk moments, but he has this gentler side that only those he truly cares about gets to see. I loved how much depth this gave his character. There is so much more to him than just the protective jerk you have come to know and love. He has a huge heart that only a select few get to see.

The fact that Armentrout made a reference to Dean Winchester just solidified Opal as my favorite. When I saw that name in the book I had to put the book down, pick it back up, do a double take, and then proceed to just repeat "Oh my God!" over and over again. Until I get my hands on Origin (the next book in this awesome series) I can only wonder how Armentrout is even going to top this book!


"Daemon was beautiful but prickly, like a Christmas cactus."

"Andrew never liked me. I don't even think he liked people in general. Or puppies. Or bacon."
"I preferred ones with cute kittens and llamas. And Dean Winchester." (there was no way I was not putting the Dean Winchester sentence on here!)

"Thought she said to leave the door open."
"It is. It's cracked. That's Open."


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Coming Soon...


Coming Soon.....Friday Finds!!!


I love getting books for free, I mean who doesn't? You can find a ton of great e-books for free, in just about any genre you like. I am always on Amazon scouring for new free books to get. I also found a great new site called Bookbub. You just put in some genres you like, and they find free or discounted e-books for you! So I decided to share some great free (or really cheap) e-books. Since I have an Amazon Kindle, most of the free books will probably be on Amazon, but if you do not have a Kindle, you can get a free app for your phone, tablet, or computer! I hope to post two or three great finds every Friday. So, be on the look out for the following picture that will accompany these Friday posts!!



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: Onyx (Lux Series Book 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux Series Book 2
Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux Book 2
Pages: 366
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon's determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I've sworn him off, even though he's running more hot than cold these days. But we've got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I'm a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who's got a secret of his own. He knows what's happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I've seen someone who shouldn't be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he's never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them--from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


If all aliens were easy on the eyes, and strangely both arrogant and caring, then I really don't think that I would object to an invasion. In other words if there is a group of aliens that are exactly like Daemon, then I would say come on in!

In Obsidian, Daemon was mostly the jerk that we all loved, and we rarely (just like Katy) got to see the more caring/sweeter side of him. But now, Daemon and Katy have some alien connection that Katy thinks could explain certain feelings. Daemon does like a challenge though, and will just have to prove Katy wrong!

Then a new guy with surfer good looks comes to town, and Katy thinks he may just have the normalcy that she craves, much to the dismay of our favorite jerk alien. But, normal may be just what Katy needs, because the big bad DOD has come to town, and their black Expeditions are everywhere.

There is no way you can go wrong with such a great plot, and Armentrout certainly does not. She instead goes one step further and completely knocks it out of the park! In addition to the great book that is Onyx, I was surprisingly blessed with a bonus scene! It's not really an extra scene, but at the end of the book, one of my favorite parts was retold...in Daemon's view! That right there only made me love this book that much more!


"Dog-eared pages were Antichrist of book lovers everywhere."

"Are you cold? Where's your jacket?"
"I don't like jackets."
"Did they do something terrible and unforgivable to you, too?"

"You have anger management problems. It's like a disease."
"There's a cure and it's called kicking your ass."


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