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Book Review: ‘Sentient’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Sentient (The Mentalist Series Book 2)

Published: 27th October 2013

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

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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Book Review: ‘Feral’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Feral (Many Lives Book 0)

Published: 26th May 2016
Publisher: Lotus and Son

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor

Twitter: @laxmi

 

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestselling Author Laxmi Hariharan, comes Feral. This ** 15000 words novella ** is book 0 in the Many Lives Series

MAYA

He’s all I’ve ever wanted, but I can’t possibly let myself love him.

LUKE

Loving her means letting her go, knowing she may never come back.

What happens when your destiny is staring right at you and you just can’t see it?

Maya Iyeroy must find her blood family to discover who she really is. But leaving shifter Luke Cabot means she’s walking away from her destined mate. As Maya searches for herself, she uncovers secrets about her past that will change her forever. Can she accept herself and her new place in this world, while still falling in love with the one man she’s fated to be with?

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about shifters. Interesting world you are thrown into and it is intriguing to see where it goes from here.

It’s the year 2036 and our story starts in Powai Hills on the outskirts of Bombay where Maya and her family stay in the shadows. They have to stay hidden due to being part of a pack of human-wolf shifters; danger is ever present until they can find a way to coexist between the full humans somehow. Maya and her friend Luke have been close ever since she can remember but it is only since he started to be able to shift that she has felt a pull towards him. They both feel it and know what it means for their future but at the same time Maya knows something is wrong. She’s different and has felt a disconnection with the pack for some time. It’s not until she confronts her mother, the alpha of the pack, that she gets the truth. Well to a point that is. She tells her that she found Maya lost in the forest as a child and saved her. Maya now needs to find out where she came from to figure out who she really is. To do this she must leave the closeness of the only family she has ever known and the boy who she knows is her future, her mate. Will he love her enough to let her go, more importantly does he trust her enough to come back?

On her journey she stumbles across Jai after getting a job as a waitress in Bombay. The place her ma says she was from. After just one meeting she feels a sort of connection to him and has a need to know him better even though she has feelings for Luke. She can’t explain it at first or maybe just doesn’t want to until the answer is thrown in her face. She knows she is 100% human and surrounded by her own kind but still she feels disconnected in the Utopia world she now finds herself in. Something just doesn’t seem right about it, its too perfect with a lack of emotion from anybody. Not too sure about the way she kept explaining the emotions she was having in her head though. Its like she needed to explain it by a dictionary definition, maybe because others don’t seem to have or show emotions anymore. Emotions are such a key part of a pack; you have to be able to read each other to protect each other. Her journey was to find out where she’s really from but it might just help her finally see where she really belongs and with whom.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the authors’ newsletter for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Basilisk’s Creed Volume Four’ by Eme Strife

Title: The Basilisk’s Creed Volume Four

Published: 23rd November 2016

Publisher: (Eme)nded Publishing

Author: Eme Strife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emestrifeauthor

Twitter: @emestrife

 

Synopsis:

Dear diary…and anyone else who will listen:Tonight, I met the man of my dreams.

Literally.

***

Whoever said living in California was glamorous and easy-going lied through their fucking teeth. I guess I can blame reality TV for that pervasive B.S. Maybe it was good thing my old man banned television at home for all the years he was alive, after all. I probably would’ve been even more deluded than I was when I’d moved up here from Arkansas three months ago.

Looking back, I’m not even sure why I did it; why, of all the places I could’ve chosen to start a new life, I picked Los Angeles: one of the most expensive places in the world to live. I don’t even know anyone one here. Heck, I’d never even visited the city before my move.

Still, I’m determined to make it here, to make something of myself. And that means I have no time for distractions of any kind—especially guys.

But then, he comes along; the sexiest, strongest, most handsome, most intimidating, and most powerful man I’ve ever seen.

He’s absolutely gorgeous, with eyes that seem to burn right through my soul and the most charming smile in existence, and his allure, his entire being, is simply magnetic.

He’s impossibly beautiful and just…ugh, perfect. He’s perfect. He’s everything every woman—and possibly quite a few men—wants, including me.

What I’m not prepared for, though, is how much he wants me, too.

However, there are three problems.

One: He’s not a man.

Two: I can only see him in my dreams.

And three: He commands an army of soul reapers.

And, apparently, that’s just the beginning…

***

Immerse yourself in the fourth thrilling installment of Eme Strife’s addictive, sexy, enchanting, and surreal series. Each page will leave you even more enthralled than the last, on the edge of your seat, and vigorously chomping at the bit for more.

This series unfolds over several volumes. IT IS NOT A STANDALONE.

Rated 18+
This series contains graphic sexual content, violence, and strong language. Because of its explicit nature, it is intended for mature audiences only. Reader discretion is advised.

 

Review:

Yay finally they are back together! Well what a way to find yourself back to the man if your dreams – naked in his bed? Yes please! Drawn to his warmth even in her dream state, or could it be their souls drawn to each other? He’s like her personal sun beacon and nothing is going to keep her from him. Well that’s when she finally gets some sleep that is.It’s been 11 days after the incident – you know the one where the whole Atlantic Ocean just up sticks and vanished only to be replaced with wine and broken glass. Her body from then on feels like it is made up of a million vibrating pulses and each day they are getting stronger. With Rubies shut for the time being she has to take on more shifts at the dinner. Also means Eli now has the pleasure (or more like hell) of having to deal with the biggest douchebag out there along with his friends. Male chauvinist pig comes to mind with how he acts though he may start to regret how he acted. The saying be careful what you wish for comes to mind when she has a come back after saying she won’t be giving him her number, ‘when green pigs fly’ interesting choice. With all the strangeness that has been happening recently you may be able to guess where it goes from there. It’s after this that she succumbs to getting some sleeping pills. 11 days without sleep and she knows something’s wrong. Especially when she feels hungry rather than tired. Well hungry and horny really. The only thing that calms her is the image of her reapers eyes. She longs to see them and longs to forget. Can you guess what side wins when her head finally hits the pillow?

Matthiel has been working on overdrive for almost two weeks. They may have caught a few people who have taken advantage of the shift in power but he knows they are not to ones who caused it. Wrong place wrong time comes to mind. He also has come to the conclusion that his Kitty-cat is nothing more than an illusion after spending countless hours searching for her. Seems he didn’t need to search too hard though as she soon finds herself in his bed. The heat that comes off both of them could cause them to self-combust. Both of their scents seem to drive the other crazy with lust. Lust craved eyes, hands and mouths come together but when he takes a good look at her hand its like a bucket of water crashes down. He needs to figure out how she is involved before something else crazy happens and she needs to believe he is real for him to be able to help her. They really need to meet in the ‘real’ world rather than sleep land because I don’t think either really wants to be interrupted again. More craziness is coming mark my words. Eli needs to be careful what she says and Matthiel needs to figure out what she really is. Well other than being his perfect mate I’m thinking.

4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Aversion’ by Kenechi Udogu

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Title: Aversion (The Mentalist Series Book 1)

Published: 1st December 2012

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

Synopsis:

For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a one-word title. It’s such a sweet romance blooming between Gemma and Russ. Young love growing at its best. A connection is there from the start even if they don’t really know how to explain it.

Living in Sandes with her father Gemma is part of the Mentalists group in training for being an Averter. An Averter is someone who has the ability to alter peoples’ minds. The purpose is to stop them from doing something that could alter their lives too much – like say by getting attacked, robbing something, dying in a car crash, anything really. Seeing a jolt from someone means she is meant to change the outcome. The only difference with her and other Averters is that she is female and, at the moment, seems to think she is the only one. After seeing a visual of what might happen to a guy at school she, along with her father, goes to prevent it by performing her first solo Aversion. She has to push into the persons mind and convince them not to do what they were going to do while making them forget she was ever there. She’s meant to do that and only that. At first all seems to have worked with Russ. He doesn’t go back out so she thinks it’s a job well done. Well that’s before he suddenly comes up to talk to her the next day. Seems she might have messed up and has somehow linked herself to him – not that he really minds. Making a mistake with someone’s mind is dangerous and all she can think about is trying to fix it without letting her father know. She just doesn’t want to see the disappointment in his eyes.

Seems that both Russ and Gemma are drawn together whether they want to be or not. Something bigger is going on and once the Orb that her father gave her to help with her emotions starts changing colours she knows she needs answers. Seems her father has been keeping her the dark about what Averters and Mentalists as a whole are really like. Once she goes down this road more questions seem to rise up rather than getting answers but with Russ by her side she might just figure out what she is meant to do. Well fingers crossed anyway.

An interesting world being created with the Mentalists and Averters with what they can do. Lets see where the journey goes from here on out and how Gemma’s powers are going to expand. Hopefully no more tear filled goodbyes and no more running away which seems to be her go to move, one that’s been taught from her father who does the same thing. Her dad clearly only ever did what he thought was best for her, even if at times he was in the wrong. Lets see how many things can be righted in the next instalment. Roll on Sentient where we hopefully explore more about Sentient Twins.

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4 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘The Basilisk’s Creed Volume Three’ by Eme Strife

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Title: The Basilisk’s Creed Volume Three

Published: 29th August 2014

Publisher: (Eme)nded Publishing

Author: Eme Strife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emestrifeauthor

Twitter: @emestrife

Synopsis:

Dear diary…and anyone else who will listen:

Tonight, I met the man of my dreams.

Literally.

***

Whoever said living in California was glamorous and easy-going lied through their fucking teeth. I guess I can blame reality TV for that pervasive B.S. Maybe it was good thing my old man banned television at home for all the years he was alive, after all. I probably would’ve been even more deluded than I was when I’d moved up here from Arkansas three months ago.

Looking back, I’m not even sure why I did it; why, of all the places I could’ve chosen to start a new life, I picked Los Angeles: one of the most expensive places in the world to live. I don’t even know anyone one here. Heck, I’d never even visited the city before my move.

Still, I’m determined to make it here, to make something of myself. And that means I have no time for distractions of any kind—especially guys.

But then, he comes along; the sexiest, strongest, most handsome, most intimidating, and most powerful man I’ve ever seen.

He’s absolutely gorgeous, with eyes that seem to burn right through my soul and the most charming smile in existence, and his allure, his entire being, is simply magnetic.

He’s impossibly beautiful and just…ugh, perfect. He’s perfect. He’s everything every woman—and possibly quite a few men—wants, including me.

What I’m not prepared for, though, is how much he wants me, too.

However, there are three problems.

One: He’s not a man.

Two: I can only see him in my dreams.

And three: He commands an army of soul reapers.

And, apparently, that’s just the beginning…

***

Immerse yourself in the third thrilling installment of Eme Strife’s addictive, sexy, enchanting, and surreal series. Each page will leave you even more enthralled than the last, on the edge of your seat, and vigorously chomping at the bit for more.

This series unfolds over several volumes. IT IS NOT A STANDALONE.

Rated 18+

This series contains graphic sexual content, violence, and strong language. Because of its explicit nature, it is intended for mature audiences only. Reader discretion is advised.
This book was previously published as an older edition. This is the new one.

Review:

Now the ball is definitely rolling and picking up some speed. Matthiel knows that Eli might be involved somehow but can’t focus on that just yet with the fact that chaos is now surrounding them. He was born to be the man in charge and he’s going to need all his training when dealing with the little fact that the Atlantic Ocean has up sticks and disappeared leaving half a million sea life and humans in danger. Mystical creatures that humans don’t know about and they would like to keep it that way if possible. Well the second the cameras get there that’s all going to change. His plan is simple, get in and out as quick as possible saving as many as they can before the humans figure out what is really at the bottom of the ocean.

Seems he’s not the only one who has a bit of craziness surrounding them. Monty’s Rubies is anything but club paradise after the craziness that soon occurs. When Eli gets to work a colleague Belinda gets a little too close for Eli’s liking. She may have a bit of a girl crush on her with her being an attractive woman but that’s as far as it goes. Seems Belinda likes how good Eli smells, something Matthiel and his other reapers noticed too. Well the other reapers noticed her lingering smell, not from her direct. If that wasn’t going to put her on edge then the fact whenever she looks in the mirror or catches a refection of herself she notices her eyes are changing colour sure will. It might not be just her eyes that are changing after she finds herself alone in the wine cellar and strange things start to happen. Putting away bottles more expensive that a lifetime worth of wages is enough to put you on edge but throw in hot flushes, dizziness, a possible earthquake and a strange globe and she soon dives head first into a world of strange. Water into wine might not be just a saying. She may not believe what she is seeing but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to help and fix things. Even though she doesn’t know how to do it. My guess is she will soon enough. Preferably once she’s back in Matthiel’s arms. Lets hope that’s sooner rather than later as these changes I fear are only going to get worse.

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4 out of 5 stars

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

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