Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Week in Review: 4/15/17-4/22/17


Last week was a pretty good reading week for me.  I found a couple of new to me authors that I enjoyed well enough to want to read more of their work as well as reading the next in the series from a few authors that I've enjoyed. 

Here they are:

Revolution, Volume 2 by Rachel Higginson
5 Stars*****


It’s not easy being a badass Zombie killer. But somebody’s got to do it.

Page Parker finally convinced her family to return to the former United States and fight the battle she’s been dying to finish.

She finally gets to hunt down the man she blames for so much evil and make him pay for his sins.

They just have to travel across jungles and barren wastelands and survive Mexico first.

When she finally reaches the Colony, she hopes to have all her family with her. She hopes Luke is who she remembers him to be. She hopes this war is everything she expects it to be.


But the thing about the end of the world? Nothing ever goes like it should.

Shifting Dreams by Elizabeth Hunter
4 Stars****


In Cambio Springs, everything--and everyone--changes.

Most days, widowed hawk shifter Jena Crowe cannot get a break. Work at her diner never ends, her two boys are bundles of energy, and she's pretty sure her oldest is about to turn into something furry or feathery.

Caleb Gilbert was looking for change, and the quiet desert town of Cambio Springs seemed like just the ticket for a more peaceful life. He never could have predicted just how crazy his new life would become.


When murder rocks their small community, Caleb and Jena will have to work together. And when Caleb isn't put off by any of Jena's usual defenses, she may be faced with the most frightening change of all: lowering the wall around her carefully guarded heart.

Soulfire by A. Blythe - 4 Stars****


The final book in the Magic Bullet series is here...

Alyse Winters never thought she could hack life as a human. With her friends by her side, though, she feels more powerful than ever before.

When a PAN asset turns up dead on her doorstep, it sets off a chain of events no one expects, least of all Alyse. She quickly realizes that the future, as well as the past, are not at all what they seem...

Fade by Daniel Hunphreys - 4 Stars****


SON OF A WITCH

Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke’s mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that – thankfully – went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.

When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly-freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure – or simply fade away?

Magic Fire by Catherine Vale - 4 Stars****


Rogue gargoyle attacks aren’t exactly something I deal with every day, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. So why is this stranger insisting that I need to come with him to stay alive? Who does this guy think he is?

I’m a skilled fae with an arsenal of magic at my disposal. I sure as hell don’t need some cocky, arrogant dragon shifter protecting me, even if he is drop-dead gorgeous.

But what if I’m wrong?

A murderous Warlock is on the rampage, and he will not give up. Evil is reaching out to me, longing to bind me within its torturous grasp with monsters and mayhem around every corner.

The road to survival is marked with betrayal and deceit, some by the people I love the most.

If I want to survive, I must put my life in the hands of a cursed shifter—that is, if I make it through the night.

Scattered Seeds by Alice Sabo - 3 Stars***


While High Meadow is dealing with troublemakers and raiders, Wisp follows an invisible trail across the country to rescue Nick.

What had started as a simple trip turns into an undercover operation for Nick, leaving Wisp to return to High Meadow on his own with a van full of children. In the search for answers, Nick learns that the problems are more complex than he imagined. The country’s minimal infrastructure is teetering on the brink of collapse. And the people in charge are not at all what he’d hoped.

Angus predicts that the high mortality rate from the last round of flu could cause the disintegration of smaller settlements putting people on the road. With the train stations closed, there will be no food or shelter for these refugees, leaving them victim to marauders and starvation.

As Tillie scrambles to plan for a winter without train food, the influx of refugees is eating up precious supplies.

The world is changing again and they must adapt or die.

Heart of Stone by Leo Romero - 3 Stars***


I’m Gabriel Stone. Half human. Half angel. And poker-playing badass.

Thrown outta Heaven for gambling sins, I’m forced to hunt demons on Earth for a living. So when a fat bounty for a fire demon turns up at the Angel Guild, I’m straight on the case.

But this isn’t any regular fire demon. He’s already wasted two half-angel bounty hunters and zapped a bunch of Russian mafia shifters. Only a master in dark arts could’ve raised such a powerful entity and they must’ve had a damn good reason.

Maybe it’s got something to do with the siren I won in a card game; the one with the magical powers no regular siren should possess. She’s got this demon all worked up in his mission to raise Hell and it’s my job to stop him.

I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.

Cause if I have, Hell itself will come to Earth. And that would not be cool.

Calamity Rising by Z.V. Hunter - 3 Stars***


Dead bodies don’t scare me. They can’t curse me, lunge at me or do anything but rot and stink. It’s their spirits that are the problem. 

I’m Yukine Nox: necromancer, exorcist, dark mage, and the girl who’s gonna save your ass when spirits come knocking. I see between the veil that separates the world of the living from the Spirit World—a place full of ghosts and supernatural monsters called Calamities. 

On the surface, Neo-Tokyo sparkles like an ultramodern jewel, but its roots run deep and dark, tangled in magic. When a powerful Calamity snatches young girls and leaves a trail of angry ghosts in its wake, I take the case. But the more I dig, the more dangers pop-up.

If I don't stop this creature soon, it’ll drape Neo-Tokyo in a veil of death.

Agent of Enchantment by C. N. Crawford and Alex Rivers
3 Stars***


The fae live among us. And one of them is a serial killer.

I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack-the-Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong. This killer is fae, and he’s as elusive as smoke on the wind. But I’m an FBI profiler, and it’s my job to track him down.

It doesn’t matter that one of the main suspects--a lethally alluring fae--is trying to seduce me… or kill me, I’m not sure which. I won’t be stopped, not even when panic roils through the streets of London, or when the police start to suspect me.

As I close in on the killer, I follow him to a magical shadow realm that’s like nothing I ever expected, where I’m hunted like prey. Fine. Bring it on. I’m an FBI Agent. And it turns out I have magical powers of my own.

Dark Waters by Shannon Mayer - 3 Stars***


Sisters bound by love, separated by blood. . .

And doomed to face the unimaginable.

An everyday vacation quickly turns into a nightmare of epic proportions. Two sisters must struggle to find the strength within themselves to survive as well as to save one another. When the world of Fae emerges on a rocky shore far from the Emerald Isle, all hell breaks loose.

Two factions vie for the sister’s loyalties, one light, the other dark. Neither honest.

So that's it for last week.  I am really looking forward to the books I have lined up for the next week.

And today, April 23, 2017 is:

   
Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Week In Review: 4/8/17-4/15/17


This past week I found that one of my all time favorite zombie series had been added to the Kindle Unlimited library - and I was thrilled.  I was able to finish up that series and start on the spinoff series as well.  :)  I was a very happy reading camper.

Here they are:

Love & Decay, Season 2 by Rachel Higginson 
5 Stars*****


Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of happily ever after.

Reagan Willow didn’t think it was possible to feel safe during the Zombie Apocalypse. She didn’t think it was possible to fall in love or find happiness either. But Hendrix Parker has changed all of that for her.

Hendrix and Reagan have overcome incredible obstacles to be together and keep their loved ones safe. Through it all, they’ve had each other to rely on.

But nothing is certain at the end of the world and even their unshakable love is at risk. So are their lives.

Zombies are the least of their problems, as Reagan and friends fight to survive the horrors that wait for them around every corner. They will go up against the undead, a ruthless dictator and the one boy that will do anything to possess her.

Love and Decay, Season Two Omnibus is a compilation of twelve novellas in a Dystopian Romance about Zombies, the end of the world and finding someone to share it with.

Love & Decay, Season 3 by Rachel Higginson 
5 Stars*****


Zombies- as if that wasn’t enough to ruin any girl’s dream of a happily ever after.

Reagan and her friends fought a hard battle to escape the Colony. They lost loved ones, made sacrifices they hadn’t been ready for and did whatever they had to in order to stay together.

Now they face a new battleground and the stakes are higher than ever.

Reagan has led the group to Mexico, where the gang hopes to get as far from the Colony’s malicious plans for revenge as possible. Except Mexico has its own obstacles and enemies.

Even in the Zombie Apocalypse there is still wealth to claim and power to steal. Reagan makes enemies easily and soon Mexico is another version of hell.

Will they make it through alive? Or will more loved ones be lost as they travel to find their freedom from Feeders and the evil men of this end of the world?

Revolution, Volume 1 by Rachel Higginson
5 Stars***** 


It’s not easy being a badass Zombie killer. But somebody’s got to do it.

Page Parker grew up in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse. She grew up running from Zombies and fighting against the constant threat of death and disease. She knows what it’s like to suffer, to go hungry, to hurt… to lose loved ones.

But Page isn’t a little girl anymore.

And she’s no longer satisfied with the quaint life her family has carved out in their remote research station. She craves conflict. She demands retribution. She will stop at nothing until she has her revenge.

Matthias Allen is responsible for her older brother’s death. For her family’s banishment from the former United States. He’s killed, he’s tortured and now he runs his Colony with all the cruel brutality of an evil tyrant.

Someone needs to make him pay for his sins.

And since she was nine-years-old, Page has believed that person to be her.

She’ll just have to convince her family to leave their home, travel the length of South America and take on a psychotic dictator first.

The Devil in Disguise by Cynthia Eden - 4 Stars****



Don’t make the devil angry…

Luke Thorne loves having one hell of a good time. As the ruler of every dark creature to walk the earth, he certainly has more than a bit of a bad side. He lives for danger and isn’t the type to lose his heart—mostly because he doesn’t have one. Then she walks into his life.

Mina James is seduction in the flesh, a perfect temptation that the devil himself couldn’t pass up. Too late, Luke realizes he’s let a real siren into his life, a woman who is bent on using his dark powers to free herself from hidden enemies. Since Luke isn’t the type of man to be used, he should walk away from her, but…something about Mina draws him close.

Soon he’s realizing that she isn’t who she appears to be. Not dark and cold, but burning red hot. Mina is a woman fighting for her life—and the Lord of the Dark suddenly finds himself in an unlikely role…hero. Luke isn’t going to let her enemies destroy Mina. He will fight heaven and hell to keep her. But in the end, the secrets they both carry may just rip apart a love that should never have been…

There are Bad Things in the world…very, very bad. Are you ready for them?


Raw Power by Ambrose Ibsen - 4 Stars****  



Howdy. My name's Lucian Colt.

I'm one of those disgruntled millennials you've heard about on the evening news. I've got a master's degree in Art History, a mountain of student loan debt and no job to show for it.

Wait, scratch that. I track down stolen pieces of art for wealthy clients and then beat whoever stole them to within an inch of their life. Say what you will, but it puts bread on the table.

Something went wrong with this last job of mine, though. I walked in on something I wasn't supposed to see and got murdered by witches. Yeah, real, legit witches. Never saw that one coming, did you? Neither did I, and the only reason I'm writing this is because some doctor working for an ancient secret society decided it would be a good idea to use me as a science experiment.

See, he implanted a new heart in me and saved my life, but it wasn't just any old heart. It was a demon's heart. Nifty, eh?

Anyhow, I'm back and better than ever, except that, now and then, the demon takes over completely and I do awful things. Lose control. But enough about that. This is a story about how I (mostly) rein in the demon's impulsive personality and seek revenge against the coven of witches that tried to kill me. Along the way, I learn a thing or two about this secret society I'm apparently now a member of and find out that there's a lot of shit out there that goes “bump” in the night.


Hunting Down Dragons by Tricia Owens - 3 Stars***


Death is coming for you, Anne Moody...

The Oddsmakers have been overseeing the use of magick in Las Vegas since the city's inception. For a dragon sorceress like Anne Moody, who tries to stay beneath the radar while running her cursed pawn shop, the Oddsmakers are the boogeymen she never wants to meet. They have the power to strip of her of her magick or worse if they deem her a danger to the city.

Unfortunately, the Oddsmakers want her for a mission and Anne can't refuse. However, she has her own agenda: investigating a sorcerer who possesses the power to not only create life, but to raise the dead. With the gargoyle Vale by her side and with the help of her magickal friends, Anne tracks strange creatures beneath the streets of Las Vegas. But when tragedy strikes close to home, Anne realizes she may have to risk the wrath of the Oddsmakers and call upon her dragon for help. Because in the isolated desert, far from the eyes of ordinary humans, she is about to confront her parents' killer. Nothing is going to stop her from finding vengeance.

Empowered Agent by Dale Ivan Smith - 3 Stars***


The world says those with superpowers are either heroes or villains. But what if you’re both?

Mathilda Brandt isn’t the angry, out-of-control teenager she was before she got out of jail. She’s hungry for a chance at a normal life, but when a gang threatens her sisters, she has no choice but to use her illegal superpower to protect them.

A secretive government agency gives her a choice: go back to prison for life, or infiltrate a notorious super-villain group in order to stop a psychotic Empowered. To save her city, her family, and herself, Mat must become the last thing she ever wanted to be again: a criminal.

Blood Sacrifice by N.P. Martin - 2 Stars**

In a town where magic festers beneath the surface and monsters stalk the shadows, someone has to fight for the innocent. That someone is me.

They call me sorcerer, fixer, finder, but mostly they call me Creed. Been hexed by a witch? Being stalked by a werewolf? Haunted by a crazy ghost? I’m the one you call to get my hands dirty, so you don’t have to.

So when I got a call from a grieving parent to find their missing daughter, I was happy to help. Trouble is, what started out as another garden variety missing person case just ended up with me being hexed by an occult serial killer.

They made a mistake, though, whoever they are, when they cursed me.

They should have killed me instead.

Stolen Chaos by A. C. Nicholls - 2 Stars**


For twenty-eight years, Keira Poe has defended Chicago against creatures of the night. Armed with an array of magic weapons known as 'magicards', she is always eager to show trouble to the door. But when one of those cards is stolen by a ruthless mage, there's nothing she won't do to get it back.

In order to succeed, Keira - along with her cowardly, middle-aged faery - must follow the trail of carnage. Stopping for a battle at every turn, any hope of locating the thief only gets slimmer... until she meets Jason; the handsome shifter with a chip on his shoulder, and the only help she will get.

The war between the monsters grows greater than ever. Caught in the middle of it all, Keira must pick a side and stick with it, or risk losing her magic forever, along with anything the mage chooses to destroy.

That wraps up my week.  I hope you found some great reads this week as well.  :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My Week in Review: 4/1/17-4/8/17





I had a fantastic reading week last week.  Don't you love it when that happens?  I found a new to me author in one of my favorite genre's (zombies - shhhh, I know) and I enjoyed the first book so much I immediately downloaded and read the second.  So here they are:

Hell on Earth by Tony Urban - 5 Stars*****   


One week ago there were over 300 million people living in the United States. Today there are less than 5000. After a man-made plague decimates the population, cities burn and the government crumbles when the dead come back to life as flesh-hungry zombies.

Wim, a 30-year-old farmer, purposely kept himself cut off from other people, but when the undead arrive on his farm, intent on eating him, he’s forced to venture out into the land around him and fight to save a world on which he long ago turned his back.

Survivors from all walks of life - criminals and fry cooks, teenagers and soldiers - battle to survive zombies and each other as mankind races toward extinction.


Road of the Damned by Tony Urban - 5 Stars*****


In the weeks after a virus decimated humanity and left fewer than 5,000 people alive in the U.S., a diverse group of survivors struggles to stay alive. Farmer, Wim Wagner has abandoned the safety of his farm in hopes of finding Ramey, the mysterious girl who flitted in and out of life in the midst of the outbreak. But, Ramey is on the road searching for her father and trying to locate the mysterious X on a map that promises safety.

Meanwhile, survivors like Jorge and Bundy find themselves lost on the road, trying to locate other human beings and fighting off hordes of zombies. Some rescue missions end in success, but others in tragedy.

Teenager, Mitch is trapped in a secret, underground bunker along with his mother and thousands of the undead.

Mina has escaped the hospital after killing her father when he turned into a zombie.

Grady desperately attempts to protect his autistic son after the boy died and returned as one of the undead.

They're only a few of the men and women fighting survival in a world where the dead have returned to life and overtaken the country. Will they find each other on the road or are they destined to life and die alone?

Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood - 4 Stars****


In a town where the monsters don't always have claws, someone has to look out for the little guy. That's where I come in.

They call me cunning man, conjurer, wizard, but mostly they call me Ozzy. If a witch is throwing curses your way, or there's something scary scratching at your window in the night, I've got just the charm for you.

Mostly, though, I find things. Lost treasures, missing loved ones, doesn't matter. If you want something found, I'm your guy. For a nominal fee, of course.

So when a grieving father hired me to track down a stolen family heirloom, I was happy to help. Trouble is, what started out as another garden-variety stolen property job just ended in attempted murder. Mine.

They made a mistake, though, when they put a bullet in my stomach and left me for the worms.

They didn't bury me deep enough.

Dead Spots by Melissa F Olson - 4 Stars****


Scarlett Bernard knows about personal space: step within ten feet of her, and anything supernatural is instantly neutralized—vampires and werewolves become human again, and witches can’t cast the slightest spell. Scarlett uses her status as a null to cover up crime scenes for Los Angeles’s three most powerful magical communities, helping them keep humanity, and the LAPD, in the dark.

One night Scarlett gets caught at the scene of a grisly murder by the all-too-human LAPD cop Jesse Cruz, who blackmails her into a deal: he’ll keep quiet about the supernatural underworld if she helps him crack the case. Their pact doesn’t sit well with Dashiell, the city’s chief vampire, who fears his whole empire is at stake. And when the clues start to point to Scarlett herself, it’ll take more than her unique powers to catch the real killer and clear her name.

Chaos Rises by Pippa DaCosta - 4 Stars****


When the veil fell, any half-demons not strong enough to withstand Chaos were torn apart. Some, like me and my brother, survived the Fall. Most did not.

That's the good news. The bad news saw a whole other world try and devour ours. Demons came in countless waves. Destroying. Killing. Many people thought it was the end...

The Fall lasted a week.

Tens of thousands died.

Hell almost claimed our world as its own.

And then, from one day to the next, it was over. The veil came back, stronger than ever. I'm not sure if anyone knows how it was put right. But I do know it's been six months since the Fall, me and my brother are on the run, and the leftover demons aren't the most dangerous things in LA.

We are.

Hell's Gates by Celia Kyle - 4 Stars****


I’m Caith Morningstar: bar owner, leather wearer, shoe worshipper, werewolf, Orlando’s resident ass kicker and… Satan’s niece.

Orlando—land of that famous mouse—is on day three hundred sixty-two of my demon ban and life is… boring. Until a demon finds a way around my magical blockade with a new demonic drug. Now humans are getting high and disappearing while tweeners—magical beings that live in the land between On High and Hell—are grinding on my last, violent nerve. When my son is infected with the evil taint, I realize this demon has forgotten my rules: order, secrecy, discretion, and don’t screw with me or my stuff.

Bryony is mine. Orlando is mine. This dem’s head? It’s gonna be mine, too.

But, as much as I want to deal with this alone, I can’t. I have to face Samkiel—my fallen angel mate I lost to evil. On High has given him back some of his angelic mojo and I need his purifying hand to cleanse human souls, his help tracking down the local dealer, and him at my side when we locate the dem determined to get his claws into the mouse’s house.

I lost Sam once and survived. The question now is whether I can survive losing both of the men I love most? Or rather, will the world survive?

Demon Hunt by A. Blythe - 4 Stars****


The hunt is on...

Former supernatural covert agent Alyse Winters is determined to identify the party responsible for her handler's death. Unfortunately, local problems continue to sidetrack her when humans start committing crimes while under a spell and a link to her past shows up in need of help...or is it revenge?

Obsidian Son by Shayne Silvers - 2 Stars**


A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…

It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…

Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…

Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.

That's got my week covered - and speaking of covers, aren't those some great ones?

Thanks for stopping by.

Michelle


Sunday, April 2, 2017

My Week in Review: 3/25/17-4/1/17



I was on a bit of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian kick this past week. I will admit that this is one of my all time favorite genre's and feel that should the world fall into the chaos of a zombie apocalypse my family and I will be prepared.  :)  Here are my reads:

Death Match by A. Blythe - 4 Stars****


Losing the games can mean losing your life...

Alyse Winters, former covert supernatural agent, is laying low while she investigates who muzzled her magic and why. Faced with upsetting news about her handler and Ghuls behaving strangely, Alyse has her work cut out for her. When her mage sidekick is chosen to fight in the dangerous Colony Games, Alyse risks discovery and death in order to protect her young charge. 
As the games progress, she realizes there's much more at stake than her own survival.  

The Human by Keary Taylor - 4 Stars****


The city of New Eden is cleared, but it won’t stay that way forever. The Bane continue to advance in horrific ways that will wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. A storm is coming, one none of them could have dared imagine. 

When a group of outsiders come to the city, everyone is on edge. They have too many questions and not enough answers about where they are from or what they want. Just because they are human doesn’t mean they can be trusted. Eve made a choice–one that could have deadly repercussions. 

Desperate hearts bring about desperate actions. Now she must make another decision as her world continues to crumble: come to terms with who she really is, or risk her sanity. She thought she had unlocked all the secrets from her past, but there are truths still buried that leave her questioning what is real and what is not.

Arcadium by Sarah Gray - 3 Stars***


What is Arcadium? 

Florence knows but she’s not telling anyone, and it could just be the key to the survival of the human race. Sixteen-year-old Florence West must journey across a disease ravaged Melbourne with her nine-year-old sister, Liss, and she’ll do anything to survive. 

Mostly that means staying clear of all people, the healthy ones on the run and the infected ones hungry for human flesh. 

But when she meets a man that speaks no English and a defiant set of brothers, Florence will be forced to question her ways. Because there’s only so far you can go alone, right? 

Silver Staked by Shannon Mayer & Denise Grover Swank 
3 Stars***

My name is Leah, and I am a Cazador. Trained to hunt and kill vampires over 300 years ago, my training became essential once I became one of those monsters.

The underbelly of the supernatural world has begun to bleed into the human world and journalist Rachel Sambrook, is asking too many dangerous questions. Unwittingly, she's revealed a conspiracy I had hoped would never become a reality; using vampire blood for human experiments.

As I attempt to contain her, she's by my side as the truth of just how deep the darkness goes is exposed. Unfortunately, the consequences have also brought forth the creatures that hide around every corner; thirsty for flesh.

The only question remaining is which one of us will survive the inevitable blood bath ahead?


SILVER STAKED was previously released under the title "Recombinant"


The Last City by Logan Keys - 3 Stars***


After the undead plague leaves the world in ruins, ex-prisoner and survivor Liza Randusky returns to Anthem City, but she's not your average sixteen-year-old anymore. Gifted with super-strength by a mysterious doctor, when Liza meets the leader of a rebel group called the Skulls, she's thrust into a struggle for power against an evil regime. Now, she must attempt to gain allies to their cause by use of her dark new gift, before the citizens are purged one and all into mindless zombies.

Meanwhile, a super-soldier and seventeen-year-old Tommy has joined the Underground Army, training for war against those that hold Anthem City. But Tommy struggles with the havoc wreaking monster that's been created inside of him, and he'll be forced to lead the deadly battle himself, and soon, or the home he longs to see will be forever lost.    

Emerge, The Awakening by Melissa A Craven - 3 Stars***


Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You're born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe those rules don't apply to her.

All her life, Allie has suffered in silence as those around her shrink from her touch, too intimidated to take the time to get to know her. It's left her feeling like an outcast for fifteen years.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He isn't affected by her touch. He doesn't stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends.

For the first time ever, Allie knows what true friendship means. Finally, she has a real shot at normal--until "normal" crashes and burns when she wakes in agony on her sixteenth birthday. Aidan calls it her Awakening, a rite of passages he and their friends have all faced. Allie struggles in ignorance through the experience, uncertain of what is real and what isn't. When she emerges, she is different. 

She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world of ancient Immortal beings. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

Darkness Awakened by Stephanie Rowe - 3 Stars***


No warrior is safe from his own darkness, or from the woman destined to love and destroy him.

When his blood brother goes missing, immortal warrior Quinn Masters will break every rule of his kind to save him, including teaming up with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction.

Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to rescue her kidnapped sister, even if it means putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can't afford to believe in.

That wraps up my week.  I hope your week in reading was wonderful.  :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Books Read 3/18/17 - 3/25/17


I have said before that I am a cover hound - and that old saying, 'you can't judge a book by its' cover' proved quite true for me this past week. Here they are:

In the Shadow of Dragons by Sonya Bateman - 4 Stars****


Everything changed when the dragons came.

Six years after dragons came to the earth, magic has become an insidious infection, gradually turning people into elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls ... and worse. A drug called HeMo, produced by the powerful Bishop Corporation, slows this process. But once a year, a worldwide Eclipse and an intense surge of magic puts everyone at risk for Changing completely -- with deadly results.

Teague Harlow is a Knight, one of an elite team employed by BiCo to protect the people from themselves. Only the Knights are permitted to use magic, to slay the monsters that used to be people -- but not everyone believes in BiCo's vision of order. The Darkspawn, a small group of magic-using rebels, fight to destroy HeMo and allow magic to take hold naturally. For better or worse.

When Teague is sent to join the Darkspawn as a spy, she begins to realize the conflict isn't as straightforward as it seems ... and BiCo may not be the heroes the world believes. Because HeMo isn't curing people. It's changing them.

And what it's doing could be far worse than infecting them with magic.


Stilts by Tim O'Rourke - 4 Stars**** 


While eighteen-year-old, Tessa Dark was serving her prison sentence for murder, the world beyond her cell walls changed forever. The thunder came and destroyed the world she had once known. Trapped inside the prison and faced with no future, Tessa's only glimmer of hope is her friendship with fellow inmate Joe McBride.

Despite Tessa's fears, Joe decides to go beyond the prison walls to seek help. But when he fails to return, Tessa is determined to go and search for him. To gain her freedom, Tessa must first learn to walk, run, and fight on stilts if she is to survive the new and terrifying world on the other side of the prison walls.


Mark of Cain by Conner Kressley - 4 Stars****



My name isn't Callum Coldwell but, for your own sake, you should probably call me that

They say someone is murdered every minute...and I’m the reason why.

When I killed my brother, the Big Guy burned a mark into my skin and set me to wandering until the end of time. That was a while ago, and I think I’ve used my forever pretty well. Bagged a few women, saved a few lives, and gotten myself into and out of more trouble than I care to remember.

But something’s happening now. Evil forces are circling the wagons, and something sinister is getting ready to make a play for the big time. And, of course, it has me in its crosshairs.

When I said I wasn’t my brother’s keeper, I had no idea how wrong I was.

By now you've probably figured out my name. But don’t say it.

Bad things happen when people say my name.


Filthy Witch and Dead Famous by Pearl Goodfellow - 
3 Stars***


Nebula Dreddock has been murdered. Most would say the actress had it coming, but that’s beside the point. Nobody deserves to die this way. Even if it happens to be Gless Inlet’s bitch … ahem ... witch-iest A-lister.

Portia Fearwyn, Nebula's crotchety neighbor, seems the most likely suspect. The pair have shared some bad blood, after all. But, what about Cressida Dreddock, Nebula's mad-as-a-hatter twin? With multiple escapes from Midnight Hill asylum, it’s soon clear that Nebula’s crazy sister does, in fact, have an even crazier motive to want her famous twin dead.

Reluctant witch, and practicing herbalist, Hattie Jenkins is drawn into the case as herbal consultant. But, wherever Hattie is, her eight (insufferably) immortal black cats aren’t far behind.

Will Hattie and her fuzzy sidekicks find Nebula's killer before yet another untimely death takes place? And, can Hattie pull it off without having to engage with her inner sorceress?

Join Hattie and The Infiniti as they race against the clock to unravel the clues!


Omega by SM Reine - 3 Stars***


Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack—a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Alpha. And he plans to make her pack submit whether they want to or not. Stark can make every shapeshifter obey him by force of will alone.

Every shapeshifter except Deirdre.

The shifter who can’t shift is the only hope for Rylie to win the war against Stark. It will take everything Deirdre has to survive undercover in his den. But can an omega’s will be stronger than that of a charismatic, deadly Alpha like Everton Stark?

Blood Surfer by Debra Jess - 3 Stars***


Their destiny is written in blood.

Welcome to Star Haven, where the police arrest and imprison alternative humans, if not execute them outright. When outlaw Hannah Quinn saves Officer Scott Grey's life by bloodsurfing through his broken body, he winds up on the wrong side of the kill line.

Hannah blew any chance she had of escaping Star Haven when she chose to save Scott's life. Scott has a reputation for killing Alts instead of arresting them. Now that she's triggered his dormant Alt ability, he's forced to go on the run with her until she can break his despised Alt power.

Suspicion dies hard after a lifetime of conditioning. Despite the threat to their lives, Hannah finds herself falling for the one man she can't trust—and Scott falls for the woman who destroyed his life.

With love and mistrust at war in a city where betrayal can earn your freedom, will Hannah and Scott's tenuous bond be enough to save them?

New Order by Helen Harper - 3 Stars***


Bo Blackman is not adjusting to her new life as a fledgling vampire particularly well. Drinking blood sickens her and, despite her new enhanced physical skills and the attention she's receiving from Lord Montserrat, she's desperate to find a cure. 

When her illegal search takes her to the door of Fingertips and Frolics, a small family-run magic shop, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of tit-for-tat with murderous consequences. To complicate matters further, she's forced to also take on a case of apparent kidnapping. But with no ransom demand and a client she despises, it may be more of a struggle to solve than she realises.

So that's got my week covered.  I am going back for seconds on a couple of series I started a few months ago and I've had my eye on another new to me author that I want to try for next week.

I hope you've been reading some great books.  See ya next week.

Thanks for stopping by,
Michelle    

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Books Read 3/11/17- 3/18/17


I had a fantastic reading week.  I found a couple of new to me authors that I absolutely love and can't wait to read more in their series.  I also read the next books in a couple of series that I found a few weeks ago.  Here they are:

Burned by A. Blythe - 5 Stars***** 


Magic is a real bitch.

Life is good for globe-trotting supernatural agent Alyse Winters until she finds herself on the wrong end of a burn notice. Cuffed and cut off from her magic, Alyse is dumped in Philadelphia where her past is only too eager to catch up with her. 

Add a few supernatural murders to the mix with Alyse as the prime suspect and she's ready to do anything to get her powers back...if she can survive being human long enough to clear her name.


Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming - 
5 Stars*****



Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. 

Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too. This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. 

This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of. Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.


The Coveted (The Unearthly Book 2) by Laura Thalassa - 
4 Stars****


“In places that know more about heaven and hell than we do, you have a reputation, Gabrielle. To them you are known as the devil’s consort.”

When a body shows up near Peel Academy, all signs indicate the killer is a vampire. Ravaged throat, body drained of blood. At least that’s all it appears to be when the Politia, the supernatural police force, assigns Gabrielle to the case. Now it’s Gabrielle’s job to figure out who did it.

But after a second body turns up with the same lethal wounds, it’s clear that a serial killer is stalking the island. The murders have compromised the truce between the Politia and vampires, and as long as the killer roams free, it is in danger of dissolving. If that happens, no vampire is safe from persecution, not even Gabrielle.

Now Gabrielle must team up with Andre, her soulmate and the one person she’s tried to stay away from, to investigate the murders before the truce dissolves. And keeping her distance is proving to be impossible.

But Gabrielle has a bigger problem. The world of the dead know about her, and their whispers hint that something is coming for her. And it’s coming soon.


Live Wire (Blue Eyed Bomb, Book 1) by Amber Lynn Natusch-
4 Stars**** 



Sapphira is a ticking time bomb.

Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory.

In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master her abilities to save the ones she loves or will she fall victim to the enemy that seeks to take what is rightfully hers?


Hisses and Honey (The Venom Trilogy, Book 3) 
By Shannon Mayer - 4 Stars**** 


Humble baker turned supernatural Alena Budrene is lovely and lethal, and for the first time, she’s owning it. Finally rid of her low-life ex-husband, she’s free to date sexy vampire mob boss Remo, who respects her as both a Supe and a woman. She’s on good terms with her difficult mother, and she’s growing comfortable with her powers.

But just when it seems things are falling into place for Alena, Hera strikes again: the Aegrus virus rages across Seattle, threatening the life of everyone in its path—including Remo, infected by Hades. The only way to stop the carnage is to face Hera and her army in a no-prisoners battle to determine the fate of the human race—and Alena’s future.

In a sweeping voyage from the Seattle bar scene to a netherworld populated by murderous gods and monsters, Alena confronts one adversary after another on a quest to set the world right for both humans and Supes and demonstrate her power—to the gods and to herself—once and for all.


Shadow Reaper by Amos Cassidy - 3 Stars*** 


Only the bravest go over the Horizon...

Twenty years ago the barriers between worlds came down and our reality was swallowed up by the Shadowlands. Now we scavenge to survive, until one day there’s nothing left to reap.

 Starvation is around the corner, but I’m not the roll over and wait-to-die kinda girl. Nope, I’m going further than anyone has ever been and returned to tell the tale. 

I’m going into the Beyond, and I’m not coming back without a solution.


Kill It With Magic by J.A. Cipriano - 3 Stars***



Lillim Callina used to hunt monsters. Key word, used to.

So when an ancient, unstoppable dragon kicks in her door and demands she help him or else? Well, he probably didn't know she had a shotgun under her desk.

Still, that's not enough to put a guy like him down, no, for that, she'll have to use something a little more potent.

When it comes to dragons, it's best to kill it with magic.


That wraps up my reading week.  I hope you read some great books too. :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle