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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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Destined – By Brenda K. Davies

Terrified of becoming mated like her parents, Isabelle has locked herself away in order to avoid their fate. She is content to stay sheltered amongst her family, hidden away as she lives out her days away from the human race, and the world. Despite her determination to remain alone, her world is rocked when a person from her parent’s past arrives at their door, bringing with them the powerful, and stunning vampire Stefan.

Though Stefan is not expecting to arrive at a nest full of vampires, he is immediately drawn to the vibrant, often defiant, and willful Isabelle. To his surprise, Isabelle does everything in her power to avoid him, and her desire for him.

No matter how hard she tries to fight it though, Isabelle begins to realize that trying to deny her destiny may just destroy them both, as there are some things that cannot be stopped. Just as she begins to let her guard down, Stefan’s dark and deadly past catches up to him and threatens to destroy them both.


Review

The second in the Vampire awakenings series, and I think I have found my new found favourite series. Brenda has well and truly brought back me into the world of vampires, I really recommend this book to you all.

The first “Awakened” was based on Sera and Liam, since then they have had 10 children…… yep 10! See my previous review.
What I think I am going to like about this series is that each book follows the same story line, re visiting previous characters however the point of view is from a different perspective. This book is based on Isabelle the second eldest of the 10 children.
The way Brenda has wrote these books reminds me of how author Nalini Singh shares her books, same story but different characters perspectives. It keeps the series fresh, and leaves you wanting more.

You could read this as a stand alone, however for better context I would advise reading the whole series, it flows better.
Isbaelle and Stefan portray plenty of sexual tension throughout, each chapter was full of character growth, love and pure lust. I really liked the family dynamic, and the inside jokes.

The action again was fast and happened in the very end, I wish it was spread throughout the book. As soon as the fighting began it ended.

I enjoyed reading about Liam and Sera throughout, but they were mentioned briefly leaving Isabelle as the clear focus. Was weird to think that Stefan is older than Sera’s parents.

So far out of the two books this is my favourite. I do think there was some influence from the twilight saga series in this.

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Archangel’s War Release dates

Sept 24 – USA/CANADA
Sept 26 – International

“We watch,” the Primary said. “We protect.”

But things were altering in front of them, a faint glow emanating from where the aeclari had been before the filaments obscured both Raphael’s body and Elena’s chrysalis.

Beyond the balcony doors now partially covered with the snow silk of the filaments, the Bluebell turned. His eyes widened at seeing the ocean of filaments, the glow. But before he could open the closed doors, a familiar voice entered all their minds.

Leave now. It was an order from an archangel. Clear the skies above. Empty the land around. GO.

The Legion were moving even as the last word echoed in their minds. They were Raphael’s Legion, Elena’s Legion, and they had been given an order. The Bluebell wasn’t Legion. He was one of the Seven. Unique. With his own mind.

Torment wrenched his features, but he inclined his head, and the Primary saw him form the word, “Sire.”

All of them moved.

The Bluebell dropped to the grass, then ran inside the house.

The Legion broke into four parts and swept the area. Winged beings were already flying toward the river at high speed, their faces stark and their jaws determined. The Legion dropped down in front of cars moving on the nearest road. The cars were not so close to the aeclari’s home, but the archangel hadn’t said how far to clear.

When the first two cars halted with a screech that caused a burning scent to rise to their nostrils, the Legion wrenched the doors open and hauled the startled vampires out. A group of the Legion rose into the air, two to a vampire. Another group found four humans in a third car, a vampire’s cattle heading home. The scared cattle whimpered at being taken by the Legion but didn’t struggle. Neither did the vampires after they saw the angels racing from the Enclave to the water.

Golden light poured out from the windows of the aeclari’s home.

Many of the angels streaming over the water held vampires or humans in their arms, getting their households out of danger. The Bluebell was one of the last to fly out of the Enclave, and though the Legion did not speak to many outside of the aeclari, they spoke to him: Are the aeclari’s people safe? This was important. The Legion knew. The aeclari had bonds to those who lived in the house.

Yes, I got them out. The Bluebell, who could fly faster than the Primary and sometimes raced with the cars of the Blade and the Viper, fell off the cliff with his wings licked by a golden light so bright that it was difficult to face. In one hand, he held a large rectangular thing, in his other items they recognized.

Several of the Legion flew to him, and took the things. They did not understand things, but these were linked to the aeclari in their mind. We will fly them to the Tower.

Most of the angels kept on flying toward Manhattan, and those of the Legion that carried vampires or mortals kept on going, too. But the Primary turned once he was over the center of the river, as did those of his brethren who flew only their own bodies.

The Bluebell halted in front of them, the silvery blue of his wings spread and his face awash in the burning golden light that had turned the river to gold.

And the light, it grew, and grew, and grew.

Until at last, the light was so bright that it became fire and even the Primary couldn’t bear it and threw up his arm in front of his eyes. The last thing he saw was an intense white brightness.

© Copyright 2019 by Nalini Singh

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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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Darkness Rising – Katie Reus

We are so excited to be bringing you the release of DARKNESS RISING, the final book in New York Times bestselling author Katie Reus’s Darkness series. If you love all things paranormal romance, be sure to grab your copy today!

 

About DARKNESS RISING

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.

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About KATIE REUS

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Blog |