Saturday, November 17, 2018

Review: Umbertouched

Umbertouched Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Zivah and Dineas have uncovered a way to take down the empire, unfortunately, they can’t prove it. It is now imperative that they return home before Ampara’s army ravages the land. Dineas had to do many things to prove his loyalty to the Ampara and now that his cover has been blown, will his own people be able to trust him? Zivah went against everything she believed in while in Sehmar City, will she be able to overcome these acts and trust herself?

Umbertouched is the second book in the Rosemarked series. I will admit that it took me a while to reconnect with the characters and the larger story. Blackburne did a wonderful job including tidbits of information to nudge the reader’s memory, yet I still could not fall into the story. In the end, I thought the adventure was worth the effort and will definitely be looking for the third book. These characters have a lot more life to live and many more obstacles to overcome.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: Little White Lies

Little White Lies Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sawyer Taft has spent her entire life with a family of two, herself and her mother. She never expected her grandmother to stop by her apartment and offer her $500,000 to complete a debutante season. As a mechanic, she certainly didn’t think of herself as a debutante, but if she takes her grandmother up on her offer, then she might be able to discover who her father is. She knew there would be makeovers, dresses, and parties … she never thought she would be able to build friendships. Will Sawyer discover the identity of her missing father? What other family secrets will be unearthed along the way?

Little White Lies is the first book in the Debutantes series. This is definitely a niche read, but I still recommend everyone give it a try. The drama may be predictable at times, but the multigenerational scandals that are explored in these pages make the read seem to consume itself. Some mysteries are solved in this volume, yet Barnes has created a cast of characters with many secrets which means there will be many books to come. Little White Lies is a good escape read and will be enjoyed by those who liked Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girls.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: Past Tense

Past Tense Past Tense by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack Reacher is doing his normal road trip when he sees a sign for the town his father was from. He decides to check it out … what’s one day? At the same time a Canadian couple’s car breaks down and they find themselves at an out of the way motel. The owners are friendly, but it isn’t like they had a choice. As Jack researches his family in the city clerk’s office he discovers that no one named Reacher has lived in the town. He knew his father left to join the Marines, but now he wonders why his father left in the first place. What will Reacher discover about his family? Will the Canadians survive their stay at the motel?

Past Tense is the twenty-third book in the Jack Reacher series. It is hard to believe that Child has been writing stories about Reacher for over 12 years, yet the adventure is still amazing! Readers will be pleasantly surprised with the new information about Jack’s past, even as he learns some painful truths. The story is fast paced and there are a few fights, but overall the story itself is complex and worth the wait for the newest book. Past Tense is a definite read for all Jack Reacher fans.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Review: Wind Rider

Wind Rider Wind Rider by P.C. Cast
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Pack is looking forward to reaching the plains and hopefully joining with the Wind Riders. They are fleeing ahead of the God of Death and the destruction he leaves in his wake. But the Winder Riders are a selective people and the Pack is not sure if they will be accepted. These Wind Riders are also going through a leadership change with a rogue stallion causing turmoil among the Riders? Will the Pack make it to these special plains? What is the role of the rogue stallion?

Wind Rider is the third book in the Tales of a New World series. Readers who have completed the first two books in this series will be pleased with the path of the story and will most likely enjoy the added feature of the Riders into the mix. The story does take patience since there are multiple points of view that must be endured, but the epic tale that is being explored is worth the work. The series is definitely not finished, yet Goodreads does not have a fourth book listed. I really hope that Cast has this next installment fully underway for us readers.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Review: The Darkest Star

The Darkest Star The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Evie Dasher just wanted to go out with her friend and relax for a change. When the club they are at gets raided, she is whisked into the back by Luc and her life is changed forever. Evie believes that Luc is a Luxen, an alien race that had invaded earth, but Luc claims he isn’t. Although Evie doesn’t know what Luc really is, she cannot deny the attraction she feels towards him. What of Evie’s knowledge is true and what is a lie? How will Evie react when her world is turned upside down?

The Darkest Star is the first book in the Origin series. Armentrout doesn’t waste time building up to the story. She takes readers deep inside the story in the first chapter and then explores the deeper truths about the characters along the way. There is a little bit of romance that is included in the story and a lot of time thinking about the shape of the boys’ bodies. I’m not sure this is relevant to the overall story and I began to feel like they were forced into the pages. This book does leave a lot of unanswered questions, so Armentrout has a newly created world with many more stories for the making.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: Shifters and Glyphs

Shifters and Glyphs Shifters and Glyphs by Christina Bauer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bryar Rose is now free to live her life outside of the penthouse her auntie fairies had raised her in. She is scheduled to start school at West Lake Prep, a special high school for members of the Magicorum. Bry doesn’t like the idea of high school, but she is looking forward to life with other magical teenagers. Unfortunately, Bry continues to have dreams about the Egyptian pyramids and her friends in danger. She doesn’t want her friends to get hurt and sets out in search of the pyramids by herself. Luckily, her wolf mate, Knox, is not willing to let her solve this mystery on her own. Will Bry be able to discover the mystery of the pyramids in time? How are Knox and Elle involved in all of this?

Shifters and Glyphs is the second book in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series. Bauer’s characters are remarkable in skill and fearlessness, yet I was constantly annoyed by repeated reminders of who everyone was and what they did in the first book. I understand that some nudging is needed to remind readers about the first story, but once I move past chapter 3, I like to experience the new story and don’t want these continuous reminders. Overall it was an enjoyable story and I will be looking forward to the third book when it is released.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: The Devil's Thief

The Devil's Thief The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Esta was raised with the knowledge that magic had rules, but when her parents are murdered, she discovers that what she was taught about magic was all a lie. Esta and Harte thought The Book of Mysteries would help them overcome the Order, but now that the power of the Book is inside Harte, they have a larger mission to complete. They need to bind this power, but in order to complete this task, they need to acquire the four elemental stones that are spread out far and wide. They quickly discover that Mageus have been living outside the Brink and that these Mageus are not willing to live in the shadows. The first stone is hidden in the St. Louis World’s Fair and these young Mageus must not only face their known enemies, but some new ones as well.

The Devil’s Thief is the second book in The Last Magician series. Maxwell takes the story she built in the first book and propels the characters into an epic tale. The Devil’s Thief is not a short book and readers need to be prepared to travel through time with these magic wielding characters. The adventure is far stretching and readers will definitely feel they got their reading time worth with this novel. The next book is still untitled without a release date. If this story is any reflection of what the future holds, readers can expect another large adventure with the next release.

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