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Review – Ghost Files #3.5 by Apryl Baker

Tick tock…

Mary Cross has been forced to accept the world of the supernatural because of an experience that left her with the ability to hear—but not see—the supernatural. She survived three weeks of being kidnapped and tortured, and it has left her emotionally and physically scarred.

Across the street from her house, strange things are happening…

Mysterious noises haunt the residents, faucets turn on by themselves, and footsteps can be heard running up and down the stairs. It all centers around Noah, a two year old child. Babysitters have run screaming from the house.

Caleb Malone has been dumped into a teeming hornet’s nest…

He’s always been the good son, done everything asked of him, and even gave up graduate school to join the family business of hunting supernatural villains. He’s convinced himself he’s happy, that his duty to his gift should come before anything else.

Until he meets Mary Cross.

She gives him hope that things can be different, that he can be different.

Together, the two of them must solve the mystery of the two shadows stalking the child and save him from whatever has attached itself to him. Time is running out and to save Noah, forcing Mary to face her own demons.

But in doing so…has she put a target on her back?


Review

So far liking this series, this book runs alongside number 3, however this focuses on Mary and her new “talents” since she is no longer held captive, and hanging onto the edge of her existence.
What I appreciated in this book was that it didn’t repeat book 3, it mentions what is happening, but it does solely focus on Mary, it was one worry I had when going into this book.

Mary is a lot stronger and forthcoming than I thought she was, after all I had only read snippets in the previous book about her.
The story is relatively short, with the neighbours ghost being the main plot line, however I feel this is more about Mary discovering herself and coming to terms with this new paranormal world she lives in, after all having a new “sister” who not only talks to the dead but can see them is quite life changing.
The two focussed characters are Caleb and Mary, it gave the plot a little more to go on, especially with both characters coming from two very different backgrounds.

The humour and growth between all characters does not read like a bunch of teenagers, in fact the intelligence of them all is refreshing compared to some other books based on teenagers I have read about. I am really enjoying Apryl Bakers fiction.

3.5 is very fast paced and to the point, I managed to read it in an hour. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to the following books in the series, there is always some spooky goosebump moments, whilst still keeping the genre YA.


Previous books in the series:

Ghost files –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2019/01/24/ghost-files-1-by-apryl-baker-book-review/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2019/03/18/review-ghost-files-volume-2-by-apryl-baker/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2019/04/15/review-the-ghost-files-3/

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Book Review – Archangel’s War

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, faces a new challenge that threatens the balance of the world.
Wings of silver. Wings of blue. Mortal heart. Broken dreams. Shatter. Shatter. Shatter. A sundering. A grave. I see the end. I see. . . .

The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed. . .far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient.
At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough. . . .
This war could end them all.


Review

Format – kindle – Bought the paperback as well ( BOUGHT BOTH VERSIONS)

I along with many other readers waited for this book to finally come out. It felt like the longest year in history, Archangel’s war is number 12 in the Guild hunter series.
Overall I liked the book, I can’t say it was my favourite from the series, that spot will always be saved for the first 3 in the series.
The story line still focuses on an ever growing war, but with plenty of twists and turns, Nalini knows how to keep her readers engaged with her ever changing characters. Each book focuses on many different characters, with the sole focus coming back to Elena and Raphael.

The beginning felt slow, I just wanted to find out what happened to Elena, what has she turned into? and how is Raphael?. On the other hand I see what Nalini was achieving by keeping her readers in suspense.


Once the story line kicked back in I was thrown back into friendships, love and war. I missed the funny banter between characters, so to see such a serious book have it’s funny moments pleased me.
The ending was so well thought out, the descriptive writing, bringing in so many characters into each chapter, and bouncing back and forth between the war of New York.

“I cannot see how you can use it in battle.” Raphael rubbed his jaw. “Perhaps you can grow sudden trees in the path of enemy angels. Boom, smack. Truly, it is a power most terrible.”

Elena and Raphael have grown so much together over the series, especially Raphael. To read such a powerful Archangel learn sarcasm and become that little bit “mortal” at heart shows growth and strength.
I can’t believe there will be 3 more books in the series, I cannot possibly think what else Nalini can bring to this fantasy world.

I still hold this series close to my heart and keep the whole series on my book shelf.

Previous Reviews In The Series:

To check out my previous reviews on the series follow the links below:
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2014/04/05/archangels-storm-book-by-nalini-singh/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2014/04/07/archangels-legion-book-review/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2016/07/25/archangels-enigma-monday-read/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2017/02/03/archangels-heart-book-review/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2017/10/20/archangels-viper-by-nalini-singh-book-review/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/07/archangels-prophecy-review/

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Review – Awakened By Brenda K. Davies

Genre – Romance, erotic, fantasy.

Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity. Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?

Mature readers 18+

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Review

Would I say I recommend this book – YES, would I read again – Probably not, but the next book I would……

This book has brought me back from my reading slump. It’s an easy read with everything I love, vampires, romance and plenty of sexual tension. Betrayal, loss and trust play a HUGE part of this plot.

The story does touch on the topic of rape, so if that effects you then I would advise that you not read, however the author has wrote this book so well I think the subject matter has been included well into this story.

I was engrossed in the life of Sera, I enjoyed the friendships and growing relationships. Sera is strong, and growing in herself, I felt proud of her in the end. She battles with what I believe to be post traumatic stress and begins to live her life to the full.

There was no particular plot to this book, since reading the second in the series I believe this one is just the base and beginning for perhaps an even bigger plot later on.
The theme of vampires took a while to pick up, I believe I read about halfway through before any mention of vampires cropped up. There was not much action, the last couple chapters touched on drama, however it fitted well with this story, and the descriptive content was just right for me.

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Review – Darkness Rising By Katie Reus

From USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus comes the final story in the sensual, pulse-pounding Darkness series…

When a bringer of death…

Awakened after millennia, dragon warrior Reaper is ready to fulfill his destiny…until he sees Greer. With one glimpse, everything Reaper has ever known throughout his very long life is irrevocably changed. Greer’s his mate, he feels it in his blood, in his soul—but convincing her is another matter. The dragon clan healer finds him obnoxious and annoying, but he knows a woman’s interest when he smells it. And Greer smells like one word: mine. 

Meets a giver of life…

Greer has spent hundreds of years using her healing abilities for the good of others, making her the polar opposite of Reaper. The ferocious war general may be an ancient, but his arrogance proves he hasn’t spent any of that time learning about women. Greer is displeased when her Alpha sends her to New Orleans with the insufferable warrior—then she sees him in action against a menace threatening to tear the city apart. Fierce, protective, magnificent…mate-worthy. Except he’s hiding something from her. Something dark and devastating that could destroy their newly forged bond. Maybe opposites do attract, but if they want to live long enough to find out, they’ll first have to save the world teetering on the brink of obliteration. 

Length: NOVEL 
Author note: This is the final book in the Darkness series and can be read as a stand-alone.


Review

The whole basis of this book is that all supernatural creatures exist! Dragons, vampires, werewolf’s and demons are real. But they keep themselves hidden, protecting us from the evil that faces the world, living in packs. Until Brennus a dragon decides he is going to take the world into his own hands.

The book shifts primarily between the point of view of Greer and Reaper, with some insight into Brennus’ world.
Greer is a dragon shifter/ healer for her pack. She came across as knowledgeable however in other ways quite adolescent. I enjoyed reading the progress and journey that Greer goes on, and by the end of the book I found her to be strong, independent and actually a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to take it.

Reaper on the other hand is an ancient, rising in a new century, completely oblivious to the technology and the fact that humans no longer know about the supernatural.
He comes across as strong, sometimes obnoxious and a man that gets straight to the point. However I know that his character is mainly set in his old ways from centuries ago.

The sexual tension and raunchy scenes throughout the book were gradual, and enough to keep following the plot, but add some character depth.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and the world it was based in. This is the first book I have read from this author and in the series, I do believe this is the last book in the series however I read it as a stand alone and was able to follow everything from start to finish with no questions.
The story line was fast paced throughout but on the other hand very steady, the book flowed, whilst the plot slowly developed to build a powerful yet uplifting ending.

My favourite character moments have to be where Reaper is trying to show his dominant alpha male side however Greer quickly puts him into place every time. I liked each characters development throughout, the author kept me interested and did not disappoint.

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Review – The Love Detective

“He’d thought himself the hunter, that I was easy prey but what he hadn’t bargained for, was contending with a woman who hadn’t eaten a square meal in twenty-four hours. I get mean when I’m hungry.”

Clarry Pennhaligan, low on ambition but high on energy, can’t seem to come up with a proper grown-up plan to kick-start her life. Planning really isn’t her thing. But then she happens upon her true vocation: Snooping. Discovering other people’s secrets and getting paid for it. What could possibly go wrong? Well……as it turns out, just about everything and soon Clarry finds herself in real danger. 


Review

First of I do not think this book was really for me. I thought I would give it a try because some of the previous mystery books I have read have kept me engrossed until the very end.
The love detective focuses on a 26 year old woman called Clarry who seeks to find out the truth about her best friends boyfriend, however the secrets and dangerous acts that go on behind closed doors begin to surface.

I struggled to read this book, I can’t lie. It took me 3 months in total and a complete book break. I lost enthusiasm to read, it lacked that adrenaline rush. It came across very light hearted for a good portion of the book, and then all of a sudden the plot turns dark….. I was then suddenly reading about a murder and human trafficking, all in the space of a couple chapters near the very end.
Clarry comes across chilled, and just happy plodding along in life, and then all of a sudden she turns into the best investigator going. It just lacked that fire I have read in other books from it’s genre.

The friends she meets along the way are interesting however, the author only focuses on that person for about a chapter, when really some of them seem to have a bigger part to play.

Now I am not saying it doesn’t suit some people, because on Goodreads there are some very mixed reviews and a lot are good, however for me I just couldn’t get into this book.

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Review -Vermilion Lies By L.D Rose, now live/blog tour

Vermilion Lies, an all-new Dark Paranormal Romance by L.D. Rose is NOW LIVE!

   

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems. Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires. Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?  

 

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REVIEW

   

EXCERPT

Few men could resist the sight of a pretty girl crying. Even if she was crying blood. She broke the silence first, her voice silken, low, a seduction in the growing dark. “What does it taste like?” He’d ceased chewing. And he wasn’t breathing again. Snap out of it, Dax. Stop thinking with your dick. Forcing himself to inhale deeply, he filled his lungs then exhaled in a smooth, slow stream through his nostrils. He tried to ignore her scent, but it had intensified upon her waking, stroking his senses. “Sour,” he replied. “Sweet.” “Sweet,” she repeated, her eyes settling on his mouth. He wasn’t any better, staring blatantly at hers. The tips of her pearly white fangs flashed every time she spoke, and God, he was supposed to be disgusted, but he was far from it. Focus.  

About L.D. Rose

L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes award-winning dark paranormal fiction and she’s a PAN member of the RWA and FF&P. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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Review

What I enjoy most about this series is it’s continuity. Each book focuses on a new perspective, a new plot, however links back to the previous characters therefor giving more depth and meaning. Vermilion lies’ plot follows Ciny/Cindel discovering herself. Cindy starts as a shy “used,tortured” soul, however by the end she is a new woman, all thanks to Dax and his guidance.

Cindel is a very tortured character, broken from years of abuse, feeling beaten and worthless. That is until she meets Dax, a hybrid with a sudden need to protect this vampire, a leech. Going against his better judgement Dax begins to find solace in this woman. However the lies and previous bonds are nothing compared to the new challenges these two now have to face.

I found this book to have a slower start than the previous two. I do not blame that on L.D Rose’ writing style, in fact the authors skilful writing has kept me engrossed from start to finish in other books she has published.
I believe the beginning was slow due to the amount of introduction, dialogue and content needed to explain Cindy/Cindel’s background, as well as the way Dax and Cindy meet.
Although slow, it was essential for the story, well thought out and structured.

About 40% of the way through I was extremely interested, the book had taken a dangerous and passionate turn. I loved the banter between Dax and his friend Kayne. My favourite part being Dax trying to impersonate an irish accent to annoy Kayne, this scene in particular even had me giggling out loud. And the banter does not stop there, Dax continues to push the buttons of his fellow “brothers” throughout the book.

Overall I enjoyed the stories behind the characters, especially Cindel. She grew so much throughout the book, not only impressing herself but her peers.
I enjoyed this book and give it a 4/5 stars. I very much loved the previous books, especially number 1 with Blaze as the lead male – this being my particular favourite.

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Review – The Ghost Files #3

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

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One, two, the ghosts are coming for you… 
Three, four, better salt your door… 
Five, six, death and hatred mix… 
Seven, eight, help will come too late… 
Nine, ten, never reap again…

Seventeen year old, Mattie Hathaway, has enough on her plate without having to deal with the latest teenage ghost drama. The ghosts of eight murdered girls are out for her blood. They blame Mattie for their deaths. She has to figure out what happened to them before they make sure she ends up just like them…dead and angry.
Not only that, but she has to face the greatest fear of her young life, the death of the only person she’s ever loved. Can she let nature take its course or will she interfere and cause the balance of life and death to spiral out of control?
She’s out of time, and doesn’t know if she should trust Silas, the demon who has taken a very disturbing interest in her or her father, a man just as evil as Silas. 
Either way, she has to make a choice. But what will it cost her and those she loves?


Review

Not only does Mattie have to deal with ghosts popping up whenever they feel like it, she is now experiencing their excruciating death. Mattie is now thrown into reliving each girls death, and each ghost specifically wants Mattie to endure the pain. The one occurring theme of their murders being Mattie Hathaway is the reason they’re dead.
Mattie meets her father Zeke – a dangerous, secretive and endearing man. He appears to either scare or draw in others around him. But Mattie is faced with not only fear, but comfort knowing she has found her father. However with Silas in her ear telling her Zeke is not to be trusted, where does that leave Mattie.

I found this book slower than the previous two, not so much ghost drama, but more of a book based on Mattie’s discovery and journey to find herself. Relationships were a heavy plot, I only wish the ghosts of the murdered girls were focused on more instead of the teenage drama.
The story really kicked off about 60% of the way through, with spooks, chills and murders. At this point I was engrossed, it’s a shame it took that long but I am glad I kept reading because that cliffhanger has me wanting to read the next instalment. Which might I add is already downloaded on my kindle.

Perhaps Apryl Baker didn’t do as well with this instalment, however it is a crucial part of the series, and leaves more questions than answers.
I still stand by my previous reviews of this series that these books are a must read, and I would read again. On the other hand, even though Apryl Baker is skilled at writing, I wish this book was perhaps thought out better with a focused plot line, rather than jumping in and out of relationships.

I gave this book 3/5 stars – it was likeable but tedious. Please meet my hopes of the next instalment being better.

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