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Book Review: ‘Birthright’ by Jessica Ruddick

Title: Birthright: The Legacy Series Book 1

Published: 26th January 2017

Author: Jessica Ruddick

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Twitter: @JessicaMRuddick

Synopsis:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies? Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a purple cover. I do love all things purple and this cover made my day – love it!

So Ava and her mother are seekers. Descendents of a fallen angel who made a deal with God to get back into heaven. All his descendents from then on would become seekers. Their job is to find new souls who have the potential to become new angels. Once they find someone with a pure white aura (only finding people within your own age range) they have to give the name to their handler, a reaper. Its reapers who create, for lack of a better word, these peoples deaths so their souls can be collected and tested to see if they have what it takes to become an angel. Now Ava and her mothers’ handler Xavier is one nasty piece of work. If he threatens someone you can guarantee that he will follow through. With being a seeker they are immortal to a point. So what kind of pain do you think you might have to endure if you can’t die.

Ava found out about her heritage on her sixteenth birthday – not the gift she thought she’d get and definitely not the kind of job she thought she’d have to do for the rest of her life. For a year she has had to hone in on her gifts and find people when a new assignment comes in from Xavier. At first she didn’t really understand what was happening but now she does she knows nothing will ever be the same again. She can’t see how its fare for her to condemn good people to die before their time is up, even if they do have a chance to be an angel. The system is flawed in her eyes but she doesn’t want to go against it more than when she is told she has two weeks to find a new white soul. The one she finds she can’t explain as nothing seems right about it and she soon finds all she wants to do is protect to one who has it – Cole.

From the moment they meet there is a spark but it’s the back and forth sparing that will keep you reading to see where it goes. Seems they get paired on a project at school that will keep them close for a few weeks. Not that she’s complaining much. He may act like a bit of an asshole sometimes but she can’t deny the way he makes her feel or the pull that’s there. Its not until she lets down her guard and sees his aura that she starts to panic – it’s white. So white in fact that it pulses but the more she gets to know him and his past the more she is convinced something else is going on as he shouldn’t have an aura that white. His is the name she needs to give but the one she wants to protect the most. She’s trying to find a loophole so she can save him but is she willing to follow through on her plan? Causing trouble and breaking the rules leads to trouble for her and her mother and it looks like death might have marked Cole regardless. With his past coming back to cause trouble it puts them both in harms way. She longs to protect him from what’s coming but it’s his instincts that go into overdrive when she is in need of protecting. A road trip has its dangers but pulls them closer together. Lets get that spark growing some more shall we?

Interesting mix with the reapers, seekers and angels and how the systems work – or don’t as Ava sees it. You can clearly see a protective streak in Cole from the get go. He is drawn to Ava as much as she is to him but holds himself back. Well not completely, cracks start to appear at all the best times. Intriguing ending that kept you guessing right till the end as to how it would play out. Lets hope Ava and Cole can make a way through the chaos that’s coming their way. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Reap Not the Dragon’ by Debra Kristi

Title: Reap Not the Dragon (The Age of the Hybrid Book 2)

Published: 3rd February 2015

Publisher: Ghost Girl Publishing

Author: Debra Kristi

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebraKristi.writer

Twitter: @DebraKristi

 

Synopsis:

A Reaper with a mission.

Sebastian is finished following commands. Higher powers be damned. He has his own agenda – find Kyra and help restore her memory.

At first his plan goes better than expected. But as life starts looking up for the would-be Reaper, his metaphorical sickle becomes caught in a web of complications.

Things are never smooth for Sebastian and Kyra.

Best-laid plans sometimes rest in peace.

A detour…unexpected and unwelcome…delivers Sebastian into the depths of a grave situation. Misfortune and misunderstanding are the cards dealt to him. And events fail to flip in his favor.

Creatures from hell all want a piece of the young Reaper. If Sebastian ends up dead, that’s okay. For he has a more grievous beast to worry about. To save the woman he loves, Sebastian will venture into the heart of an all-powerful fire demon.

Sebastian must find a missing dragon and the key to Kyra’s memory without being devoured by sinister beasts or…even worse…consumed by his own inner demons.

 

Review:

So we finally now know that Marcus is a nasty piece of work who clearly had a plan in motion before Kyra even met him. Her ‘by chance’ moment of being a saviour might not have been by chance at all. He might not want to hurt her per say but that doesn’t cover her dragon. After she bound herself to him with Higgins spell she was tied to his life or death. Seems the spell worked to keep him alive but pulled her dragon out in the process. Seems Marcus is not who he seems. A man on a mission with his band of demon misfits and dragons are the key. Let’s just hope he gets what’s coming to him.

Kyra wakes from her fall with no memory of who or what she really is. When she sees Marcus she feels a connection to him, so when he says they are together she has no reason to question. Even though he and his friends seem to go out of their way to prevent her from remembering her past. Its not until she gets a visit from Sebastian that things start to change. She might not know him straight away but her subconscious is working its way to the surface. She knows he is a key to her past but danger may follow the path she’s on.

Well Sebastian it seems got himself in a bit of trouble by helping Kyra when she was in purgatory. Saving her meant he had to earn some brownie points so to speak with his father. Paid by doing the job he was born to do. Well half of him anyway as he is a mix of two worlds just like Kyra. He is part reaper and it was only at the end of book one Kyra finally understood his tattoo. A list of names waiting to die but whose outcome of those lives can change from outside sources. After helping his father he knows he needs to get back to Kyra. He has been away too long and it seems Marcus’ hold might be too strong to break. Good job he knows a few carnie people who might be able to help then. Though getting Kyra safe and her memories back take a back seat when danger starts to follow him around instead. Who to trust is a question most will ask but not many will have an answer. You have a battle brewing and it’s not just with dragons. Seems Kyra and Sebastian our in the centre of it whether they want to be or not. Lets see if they get out of it in one piece.

Liked that we got to learn a bit more about Sebastian this time and can see why he held himself back from Kyra to begin with. Interesting journey he is on with his quest to get Kyra back. As soon as he gets her back though lets hope they can really spark that fire that’s been simmering away between them. Romance needs to bloom even in the face of a battle. The carnival will always be there in your time of need and I have a feeling that Zeke is connected to it more than he appears. On to the final installment I say to see how the journey will end.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘River Spell’ by D.B. Sieders

Title: River Spell (Southern Elemental Guardians Book 4)

Published: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Griffyn Ink Publishing

Author: D.B. Sieders

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Twitter: @dbsieders

Synopsis:

She’s out for vengeance. He’s seeking justice.

Exiled and alone in a strange land, Rhinemaiden Gwen is still traumatized from her capture and torture by mortal monster hunters. To exorcise her demons, she doles out vigilante justice on mortal criminals—until former cop turned private investigator, Kwame Johnson, stops her in her tracks.

Captivating and enigmatic, Kwame is more than another mere mortal, and he’s just beginning to understand the nature of the special sense that helps him track down missing persons. Gwen can help him reach his full potential, but can she trust a man who was hired by the monster hunters to track her down?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with water on the cover. A great read of the magical world of mermaids and elementals. Even though it is the forth in the series it can be read alone. Though reading the others might give you a bit more insight into the world as a whole and not just Gwen and Kwame’s part in it.

Gwen’s a mermaid with some awesome tricks up her sleeve and Kwame’s an ex-cop turned PI who has an ancient heritage that’s about to make one hell of a come back. Seems they are more alike than they thought.

Abby hires Kwame to find a woman who was held by her grandfather in hopes she can find answers about what happen to him in a lab accident. She might not like the ones she gets but it’s a journey she’s on whether she likes the outcome or not. She knows the woman in the picture isn’t human – well she has some sample DNA that might prove it – and with Kwame’s special gift for finding people she’s hoping he will help prove it and find out what happened to her grandfather in the process. That little bit of info has him hooked and with the tingling in his head getting stronger he knows he has to take the case. He just gets more than he bargained for when he meets her.

Gwen went through hell at the hands of her human captures and is still at the mercy of them through her flashbacks and nightmares. Man alive you want to kick the shit out of them for what they did in the name of science. Dr Dunvart is a very bad man who went off his rockers crazy in his lab in the search of answers. It’s because of this that she feels compelled to dole out her own form of justice to those who would poison her waters. Throwing a ship out of the water and blowing it up doesn’t seem to do the trick as they are back a week later but this time things end a little differently after she spots someone coming to aid who has a distinct feel about him.

Slow burn chemistry between Gwen and Kwame. She might be stuck with him due to him binding her without knowing how (inner magic being pulled to the surface it seems) but it soon becomes apparent that they want and need each other too. You may say that they crossed paths for a reason. Eternity at their finger tips perhaps? Well if they can out run monster hunters that are coming for their kind that is. A quest has begun but the outcome is uncertain. Gwen plans on helping him find out about his heritage and what he really is, hoping when they do they can figure a way to break the binding spell. Kwame needs her help with another missing persons case; she’s just hoping doing this will take the heat off her. Elementals could be involved but could also be the key to finding them. She might be with Kwame because of the binding spell but the longer she’s in his presence the more he wants her there for good. He wants her to stay with him because she wants to not because she has to. He wants to hold back and take things slow but our girl Gwen has other ideas. Not that he’s complaining for long, they do have some fun.

Thought Bruce was a hoot giving a comical value when needed, Jack was great and really came through as the father figure she never knew she missed and Zamba was an all-seeing guru of sorts. Well when she’s not imprisoning people that is. Law needs to change and it looks like the Elementals might have just found the perfect team to help.

Love Gwen’s abrupt way of talking, awkward and funny all the time without always meaning to be but in a sweet way. With her you have to say exactly what you mean or she won’t understand you. She’s honest with you so be honest back. Remember this Kwame!! Liked the use of elemental magic and what everyone could do. Turning into a dragon is kind of cool. Comes in handy too when the need arises.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from Griffyn Ink Publishing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Moorigad Dragon’ by Debra Kristi

Title: The Moorigad Dragon (The Age of the Hybrid Book 1)

Published: 23rd October 2014

Publisher: Ghost Girl Publishing

Author: Debra Kristi

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebraKristi.writer

Twitter: @DebraKristi

 

Synopsis:

To be a dragon-shifter in a world that has written your existence off as a legend is hard enough. To be a hybrid dragon-shifter is everything fire and ice wrapped up in dragonet angst….

While hiding from her family and struggling with a life changing decision, runaway and hybrid dragon-shifter, Kyra the Moorigad finds herself falling for her all-too-secretive best friend, Sebastian. A man for which her dragon lineage would never approve.

Delving deeper into Sebastian’s mysteries, Kyra’s goodwill sabotages their future when she saves the wrong man, forcing herself into a protective bond with a dangerous and provocative stranger. Before long Kyra is locked in a battle for her mind, body, and soul. Can the power of the Moorigad dragon-shifter keep the provocative stranger alive and salvage her relationship with Sebastian without losing herself or worse?

This is the FIRST BOOK in the Upper Young Adult Paranormal Romance: (Moorigad) Age of the Hybrid Series.
Some violence, language, and sexual content. Not suitable for all young carnies.

 

Review:

Mystic’s Carnival is a bit of a magical place where misfits come together to create a carnie family. Is it alive or does magic just flow through it. For only those who are lucky will the carnival appear. It chooses you not the other way around. It also chooses the place it stays as well; you can never tell where it will be. Portals exist to those who live there and if you are lucky to enter be ready for some make believe.

Kyra is a hybrid sea dragon born of two worlds and not feeling like she belongs to either. Her mother is dragon of water and her father is fire, the two fighting within her. Not just a water serpent or strong fire beast but a mixture of them both called Kalrapura. She is a fire-breather at the carnival, which comes in handy with one part of her soul. Orange and gold dragon scales and golden eyes seem to intrigue those around her. She feels a connection to her best friend Sebastian but only starts to see him as more when jealousy rears its ugly head. Her new feelings for Sebastian are one-thing that’s confusing her but having a strong urge to help a stranger called Marcus who seems to have death at his heals is another. Her need to protect him is something she can’t explain but there is a pull she must follow for now no matter where it leads her.

Sebastian is a master of tarot cards but very secretive of his past and what he is. You can tell he wants to share it all with Kyra but is holding back. He knows something is coming and that Kyra and Marcus are in the middle of it. He is trying to keep her safe but by keeping her in the dark he might just be losing her to danger.

Now with Marcus there is just something clearly not right with him. Also it looks like death might be following him. Sometimes you need to let things play their course and not intervene. Kyra really should have paid attention to that fact before saving him. Beaten up, thrown from a bridge, fire at his heals and bullets flying seem to be sending a clear message, one she’s not listening too. Lets hope it’s not too late to change how the cards fall or she may lose more than she bargained for.

There’s more to Higgins and Zeke than meets the eye I feel and it just draws you in more to figure out what is going to happen next. Interesting twist at the end though that will get you thinking. On to the next one I think.

4 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: ‘Sentient’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Sentient (The Mentalist Series Book 2)

Published: 27th October 2013

Author: Kenechi Udogu

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Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

Mastering her Progressive Empath abilities isn’t going as well as Gemma hoped. In fact, months after finding out what she really is, she still has no clue what this truly means. All she can do is wait to see if any new abilities will eventually manifest. Things aren’t going great with Russ either. Unsure of how to handle her Sentient Link with him, she tries to integrate herself in his busy social life but struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.

When she is plagued by recurring nightmares, Gemma realizes things are changing and knows she has to do something, fast. The arrival of two sets of strangers in town, both offering the much-needed assistance she needs to unearth her powers, escalates the situation even further. Gemma attempts to decipher whose intentions are genuine, but does she have enough time to figure out who has her best interest at heart?

 

Review:

So with Gemma coming back at the end of Aversion it looked liked she was ready to get closer to Russ. Well she would if she could understand whether her feelings, and his, are real or if they are just part of being a Sentient Twin. They are connected now, more than most, but don’t know how to handle it. Well Russ knows what he wants so he just has to get Gemma to see that her no touching rule is stupid. He seems to be able to figure things out in relation to helping her a lot quicker than most. He is her calming balm so to speak and it looks like they are going to need each other for what’s to come.

Gemma knows that she is meant to be developing her skills but seems a bit stuck. People think she is ‘special’ but she just can’t see anything different. That all changes when Laura, a fellow Empath, shows up at her door, seemingly sent by her father, to help her with her gifts. Now Laura was a fun addition and seemed to balance out any high tension with her humour and her abilities to suppress emotions. The only thing is that with her arrival Gemma can’t seem to fully let her guard down, trust issues with other Mentalists is high. Is she there to help or hinder her?

Now Peter, a fellow Mentalist and Averter from school, is starting to intrigue me a bit. He can clearly see trouble is brewing and he knows that somehow Gemma is at the centre of it. I’m thinking he will be playing a bigger role in the games that follow and will soon join our group. So watch this space.

Strangers in town are causing trouble. Anthony and his army of Progressive Empaths are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming. Seriously they are like ten moves ahead and you will never know it. Well they do have an advantage with one of the Empaths extra gifts but still very cleverly played. They know a war is coming, that a new cull is on the cards and they are slowly pushing all their pieces into place for when it goes down. Are they on the side for good or evil? Something Gemma has no clue about but at this point is starting to realize she may not have much of a choice in the matter.

The subtle romance between Gemma and Russ is getting stronger no matter how much it scares them both. They are stronger together and are definitely going to need each other with what’s to come. Their connection is growing with what they share. Seems touching isn’t the only way and dreams start to hold a clue to what might come to pass. Sometimes you need to take them at face value to get an answer you have been searching for. Cliff hanger ending for the final which just makes you more intrigued to see how everything will play out. Who is going to land on top? What does the future really hold for our band of misfits? Only time will tell. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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