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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 – 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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Vermilion Lies – TEASER

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Vermilion Lies, an all-new dark paranormal romance by L.D. Rose is coming April 17th!

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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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Archangel’s war – US cover reveal + Excerpt – Book #12

I was sent Nalini Singh’s news letter this week, if you’re not signed up and are a huge Guild Hunter fan, then I recommend you get in quick so your’re up to date with everything. The new book is coming September 2019, and I am beyond excited to have read this. Everything below is from the newsletter and I give all credit to Nalini Singh.
Isn’t the cover breath taking. Cannot wait to see the international cover, which are the editions I own already.

Advance Excerpt From Archangel’s War

by Nalini Singh

“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

p.s. You may have noticed the cover model has changed. This is just due to model availability.

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Vermilion Lies by L.D.Rose coming soon….

✮ ✮ ✮ COMING SOON! ✮ ✮ ✮

Vermilion Lies, an all-new dark paranormal romance by L.D. Rose is coming April 17th!

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Amazon Worldwide – mybook.to/VermilionLies

Add to your TBR – https://bit.ly/2TS5bWU

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 – The Executive Floor By Belinda Wright

Ebook Published January 25th 2019 by Troubador Publishing Ltd
Length – 178 pages

Chantelle Moulier needs a permanent contract. Her internship is almost finished and a job at the renowned Granger Finance would be a great start to her career. She wouldn’t have to go home to her aunt and uncle’s vineyard in France; she could stay in England and get a place of her own. Everything is riding on her landing the job.

But one night she finds herself the only one left in the office when managing director Granger Carmont needs analytical support. Chantelle doesn’t know what to do. The last thing she needs is to be alone with a womanising player like Granger Carmont. She wants a job in his company, but not that badly. Then he makes her an offer that seems too good to be true and Chantelle is faced with a difficult decision…

Ratings on Goodreads – 2.92 out of 5 stars (24 reviews)
Amazon ratings – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)


My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Review

Book downloaded via Netgalley for an honest review –

I was just scanning around Netgalley and came across this book, thought it looked and sounded like my sort of book to read so downloaded it. This is the first time I have read anything by Belinda Wright.
I will admit the book hasn’t had the best ratings however there are not that many reviews given, so I don’t feel it is the best base to be judging.

My first impression of the cover was professional looking. As it is a romance it was nice to see that there wasn’t a couple on the front but instead a professional suit image…. fitting for the title “The Exectutive”.

When it comes to bachelors do not believe everything said in the news…. that stands true in this book.
The book is extremely fast paced, they meet and sleep together all in the same day/night. Have to admit that was very fast and I think it prevented a build up for me. Most Romance/Erotica I have read likes to build a sexual tension between both the main characters. This book lacked that tension.

Chantelle had a rough start to her teenage years. Chantelle’s parents died in a car accident when she was 11, she then has no money but shows determination in her career pursuing finance, therefor moves to the UK. Whilst in the UK she shares a house with a landlord who becomes more of a peeping tom (Neil), but what else can she do, money is tight. Chantelle then faces the end of her intern ship with no plan forward.

Granger a typical playboy/bachelor, doesn’t want the commitment and becomes a workaholic. Until he meets Chantelle.
I found the speed in which they got together extremely fast, and I don’t believe a man can change his mind in a couple days about his way of life. However I found myself reading this book in a couple hours.

The ending was too fast for me, I wish the back story for Granger was used throughout the book rather than one chapter.

Overall I did enjoy this book, it kept me engaged throughout and willing me to read more. I will always rate a book well if it can keep me engrossed throughout. Definitely a short, light hearted romance.

Currently £2.99 on Amazon

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