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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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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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Review – The Blood Prince, Sovereign Series #3

Kindle Edition, 301 pages Published February 20th 2019 by Smashwords


The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race. 

Review –

This is an honest review…..If you have followed me for a while, you may remember last year I reviewed the first series – The Solis Invicti. That was when I fell in love with Emmy and Sol, and gave the series a 5 star rating. Here are my reviews for them –

A bargain in silver
The price of silver
Bound to silver
The silver bullet

Now on to the Sovereign series. Firstly I love Josie’s descriptive writing, the writing is well structured as always, and skillful. Josie Includes other languages, different backgrounds and sexuality.

Josie is very tasteful throughout her books, romance, action and suspense is present, however this series has perhaps not been to my liking.

The characters – The dialogue is from two perspectives Cam and Julia, with some narrative including Felix and Lucas.

The blood prince dives deeper into their relationships, their obstacles and their futures.

The plot was simple – find Emmy and Sol’s long lost son. When he was born no one knows. Emmy is turning dark, Sol is lost and the Blue just isn’t the same anymore.
Julia continues on a developmental journey to become stronger, and is more determined than ever to prove she can tackle the red alone.
Cam finds love but faces the toughest decision of his lifetime, is Felix worth everything he has worked hard for.

I enjoyed their adventures out into the red, escaping the ruins of the Blue for the ever-growing adventure.

My one disappointment was, I wish there was more of a development between them all. I felt I was reading the second instalment of the series again.
Don’t get me wrong I was in love with the Solis invicti series, I read the whole series in one week. However this book lacked the tension and romance that the story line between Emmy and Sol had.  On the other hand this book focused more on the progression and development of each character.

Perhaps this series wasn’t for me, I think I just missed the original characters too much.
To be thrown 500 years ahead of the previous series, and find the old characters have pretty much gone did throw me off. And the old characters that were left lacked the fire I once read.

I really enjoyed the overall dialogue between the characters, I just missed the amount of tension and action that was present in the Invicti series.
The ending was a little bit lacking, it felt rushed and would have really benefited from some more suspense.
I think I just wanted Emmy and Sol back, which is very selfish of me. But Josie I still love your writing, and the stories you have created have engrossed me from the beginning.

Would I recommend this book to you all, yes I would. But I probably won’t be reading this series again, and will return to my love of the Invicti Series.

I have given this book a 4/5 because I do love Josie, and I loved the previous series.  This is my opinion and I would always recommend you read these books yourself, we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Here are my previous reviews for the Sovereign series –

The Gilded King
The silver queen

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The Silver Queen – Book Review

What blood contaminates, only blood can cleanse.The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


Review

I was very excited to jump into this book after Gilded King, especially after reading that Emmy and Sol were back….. YES!
Josie keeps to the original characters of this series, Lucas, Julia, Cam and Felix.  However the character perspectives are Julia and Cam.
I asked Josie on Twitter when will we be meeting these characters again, she has informed me February 2019, just in time for my Birthday.
I did ask if Emmy and Sol will be the point of views, but we will continue to see this story from Julia and Cam’s view.  The ending though (oh my god it’s cliffhanger material).

What I liked about this book was the continuity, drama and growth.  Cam and Julia are back, and facing more drama and destruction than ever before.
The flip between each character in each chapter is fluid.
I enjoyed Julia’s journey more in this book, she to hell and back, as a result became a fierce independent woman.  

The ending was very well done, throughout the book we’re left guessing why Emmy is so reserved, secretive.  When Sol and Emmy finally meet….. well you have to read to see it’s an OH MY GOODNESS moment.   This is why I am super excited for the next instalment.  The name I do not know as Josie is still writing.

The book didn’t really leave me with any feelings, apart from suspense, this book mainly focuses on their journey’s rather than relationships.  Can they save the Blue, and return their Queen back to their King.

What I disliked – I wouldn’t say there was any real dislikes with this book, however I found the story slower than the first.  I did find I skipped a few lines here and there (oops don’t tell me off). However I can tell that Josie is trying not to rush, she wants us to enjoy the story and get to know these characters, as well as dipping into the other characters surrounding them.  On the other hand, everything sped up in the last 75%.

I have always loved Josie’s stories this year.  My love for these characters kicked off with Emmy and Sol in the Solis Invicti series which I read earlier this year.  Then the release of the Sovereign series drew me back into reading when I was in a funk.
I do prefer the first book in this series compared to this one, only because I felt the pace was a lot slower and there was more action once we reached 80%.
I am excited to read the next instalment.  This series is suitable for younger readers, definitely plenty of fantasy, vampire creatures.

I gave this book an overall rating of 4/5 stars.   But I hold high hopes for the 3rd book early next year.


Links to the series I have reviewed and Promoted –
Solis Invicti Series:

Book 1 –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/01/27/a-bargain-in-silver-by-josie-jaffrey-book-review/

Book 2 –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/03/the-price-of-silver-book-2-solis-invicti-series/

Book 3 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/10/bound-to-silver-book-3-solis-invicti-series-book-review/

Book 4 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/17/the-silver-bullet-solis-invicti-book-4-giveaway/

The Sovereign Series – 

Book 1 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/30/book-review-the-gilded-king-sovereign-series/

Interview – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/27/interview-with-josie-jaffrey/

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Archangel’s Prophecy Review.

 My Review

Goodreads – Archangel’s Prophecy
Genre: Fantasy, paranormal, Romance.
Pages: 372
Published: October 30th

Eeek!! the time has come to review this AMAZING book.  I read it in a day, and oh my god.  That’s all I can say.
I don’t think I can wait until 2019 for the next one.

The book jumps back into the lives of both Elena and Raphael.
Elena is Raphael’s consort, but trained hunter who still works with the Guild, alongside her best friend Sara.

Elena is one kick ass Heroine in all the books she features in, hence Raphael’s attraction to her from the beginning.
Raphael is a powerful Archangel in charge of New York City, he begins to grow with more angel fire within becoming stronger and stronger in each book, ready to fight in the Cascade.
The love between these two is undeniably strong, since she is the first angel in thousands of years turned from mortal to immortal by the kiss of ambrosia Raphael  produced.  Read the first book to see their love begin.   Elena makes Raphael that little bit more mortal at heart.

In the beginning Elena’s vampire brother in law is attacked, left close to death, which also threatens her sister and niece.  The story follows Elena tracking down the culprit and uncovering dark truths, as well as battling her own fears of weakening.

Elena begins to hear an ancient voice in her head, over and over again telling her of a prophecy.  A part of the Prophecy is an immortal must die…..
“You must for the other to live”.  But of course Elena is not having any of that, she makes her future with Raphael, the Cascade will not control them.
Owls begin to appear to only her, lint starts to grow from her skin, the legion state the pain she is feeling will not kill her but be part of her “Becoming”.

Her wings become weaker, she loses weight at an incredible rate, and her rate of healing becomes like that of a mortal.  The healers are baffled and so is Raphael.  Raphael is furious and worried, for him there is no world without Elena if she dies, he would give into the darkness and fall within himself if anything happened to her.
He just makes me swoon every time he tells her “Elena mine”, or “Hunter – mine”.

But the real heart wrenching part of this book is 3/4 of the way through.  Probably the first time in a long time I have cried in a book.  This is when the book really changes and the fate of these two becomes unsure.

Since reading reviews from others who received an ARC, the ending has been a widely debated topic.  Everyone was going on about a cliffhanger.  There has been mixed reviews, people refusing to read the series after the ending..  I did not find the ending a cliffhanger, but more of a genius way of Nalini Singh keeping her readers hooked for the next instalment.  I for one am so upset, confused, intrigued to see where book number 12 takes us.  Will the fight of the Cascade begin.  What happens with these two.
Once again Nalini has not disappointed.

If you have read Archangel’s Prophecy then check out the Facebook page, just for this book, but there are spoilers!
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And the Guild Hunter series.

5 Stars for this book


Book Blurb

Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.

Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.

In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.

This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.


About the Author

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his

eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

*Blogtober Day 22* Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

 

249882361Professionally edited by Leslie Mitchell at G2 Freelance Editing and rereleased 2/12/14.

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+

Kindle Edition, 349 pages

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Mistress of the vampire – Book Review

Synopsis

He had a hungry look in his eyes. He had been searching, seeking, until he found me. I was burning under his gaze, I wanted to rip my clothes off, I wanted to run away. Who was this beautiful man and what did he want from me?

Magnus Redman became my boss and my lover. I was young, innocent and inexperienced, the opposite of him, and he knew just how to penetrate the soft core of my mind until all I could think about was him. Our passion was intense, crazy, sexy, white hot and dangerous, just like him. I craved him like a drug, his hands, his body, his teeth……

But then hidden secrets and painful revelations from the past threatened to tear us apart. And we found ourselves battling a powerful force hell-bent on revenge and destruction. How much would we be willing to sacrifice to save the ones that we love?

Kindle Edition, 259 pages
3.97 star rating on Goodreads with 31 ratings.
5 star rating on Amazon with 6 reviews (Kindle Edition via Amazon Only £1.99 UK)

My rating – 5 stars

mistress of the vampire

Review

I was sent an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Lenna and Magnus come from two very different backgrounds, or so they thought.
Lenna lives with her best friend Sarah at college.  Lenna needs some extra cash to get by, when she starts working in a mansion as a cleaner/hostess.
This is when Lenna meets Magnus, a tall handsome and intriguing man.  Lenna is attracted to him and becomes willing to agree to his requests, practically weak at the knees.

The story was fast paced, Magnus at the beginning comes right out with “i’m a vampire” no questions, no secrets, just the truth.  The first scene between them is him feeding off her, the sexual tension between them both and the chemistry is instant, but Lenna was warned by her boss at the beginning that being with Magnus comes with risks.  The erotic scenes were few, however very heated and not over done.  Definitely an adult book.

Lenna was always safe until her grandfather passes away, then all of a sudden a group of vampires called the Vamposi take a lot of interest in her and threaten not only her life but that of her friend Sarah.  Magnus feels forced to intervene and protect Lenna.

However there are secrets that even Lenna didn’t know about her grandfather, once he passes she is forced to face the truth head on, but how will Magnus feel when the truth is revealed and they are both forced to discuss their past.

The book travels between the world of Magnus as well as Lenna, giving a great insight into their feelings, past and present.   As well as delving into another character “Richard” – his character is revealed in the finale and I didn’t even see it coming.
To find out where the title of the book comes from you have to read the book, all the way to the end, all is revealed.
The ending was very unexpected, new paranormal creatures came into the story,  Magnus has secrets that I didn’t even guess throughout the book and overall Lenna becomes a bad ass.  very empowering.

Overall I loved this book, I was engrossed.  I am very much looking forward to the second book because this story definitely finished with a cliffhanger, and I NEED to know what happens next for these two.

Books like this one are reasons why I love paranormal fantasy books.  They send your imagination wild, and I am lost in a whole new world.

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