Review: Book: Serpentine- Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title: Serpentine 

Series: Anita Blake #26

Author’s Name: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN:  B077LY8MJ3

Author or Book Website: https://www.laurellkhamilton.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: Serpentine

Link to Goodreads: Serpentine

Release Date: August 7, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there’s a monster that even she doesn’t know how to fight…

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of this series and I have been for a very long time. I had been wondering for a long time what this was going to be like. Ever since Edward/Ted asked Donna to marry him. I was wishing for a lot more action like in the earlier books in the series and less relationship drama. Edward is by far my favorite character. I know that is weird a paranormal/sci-fi book and I pick the human. This has been pointed out to me a few times. But all of us who have been fan know that no matter where Anita goes there is going to be some kind of trouble. There are still some questions in the series I would like answered, but maybe it is time for me to go back and re-read the books and see if there is something I missed and see if I can answer my own questions. I think it is a good read and will continue to be a fan. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

 

 

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Review: Book: The Finale- Leigh Walker

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Title: The Finale

Series: Vampire Royals #3

Author’s Name: Leigh Walker

Publisher: CMG Publishing

Genre: YA Vampires

Page Count: 197 Pages

ISBN: 1983172723 (ISBN13: 9781983172724)

Author or Book Website: https://www.leighwalkerbooks.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Finale

Link to Goodreads: The Finale

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A ROYAL WEDDING IS COMING…BUT WHICH CONTESTANT WILL BE THE BRIDE?

Gwyneth West’s a finalist in The Pageant, the dating competition that’s gripping the settlements. Down to the final week, the dashing Prince Dallas Black will choose one young woman as his fiancé.
One small issue: Gwyneth’s a human and the prince is a vampire. What’s worse? Gwyneth’s family are sworn rebels, out to take back the settlements and overthrow the crown. What’s worse than that? Gwyn’s own rebel brother is a prisoner in the castle dungeons, but the king and queen don’t know his true identity.
Gwyneth and Dallas want to show the settlements that vampires and humans can live together in peace. But as their differences threaten to tear them apart, Gwyneth discovers her love puts the prince at risk.
How do you choose between love and duty? 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read and reviewed to two books that come before this one and there is another one that comes after it. I love Gwyn and Dallas. It does not matter what they are going through even when they have their doubts. There were parts that just broke my heart even through I had a good idea what was to come. I want them to be together and there is so much getting in their way. The rebels, her brother, one being a vampire and the other human, and the other contestants. It is a lot to take in. If you want to know how or if they over come it. Then you will have to grab a copy of this book. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Shadows of Night- Barbara White

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Title: Shadows of Night

Series: Shadow Lords Series #1

Author’s Name: Barbara White

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 633 Pages

ISBN:  1981051414

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Shadows of Night

Link to Goodreads: Shadows of Night

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

The Shadow Lords will return.
Sarah and David were orphaned at 2 yrs old on the same day when both Sarah’s parents and David’s parents died in a mysterious plane crash. Placed in an orphanage where they have lived a basically normal life for 12 years together, their lives are about to be suddenly and drastically changed when a confrontation with a school bully causes a frightening change in Sarah.
Transforming, out of rage, into a creature with blue skin, talons and wings begins both of their journey into a secret, fascinating world of winged people where magic is normal and myth is real…but even in this wondrous new world there are prophecies of a returning ancient evil. The Shadow Lords, whose dark magic and lust for power, can only be brought back by the blood magic of one particular pair. With the help of the Black Riders, whose goals are to free the Shadow Lords and their dark magic into the world, the prophecies are in danger of being fulfilled when it is found that it is Sarah and David’s blood they seek.
Thrown into a world where their blood is sought out for evil, there is still hope, as they are also the ones with the potential to destroy the Shadow Lords but first they must learn their own talents, magical strengths and power and they must join with five companions of their own kind before the Shadow Lords are released. They all must learn enough to lead the war against the Shadow Lords, Black Riders and their followers. Will they have the time, the skill, the strength, the power and the love to save them all?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not about how I felt about this book. I mean I have read books about similar but this book made me want to question what I know about the world. Ancient prophecies always have me wondering. I want to know where all of these prophecies are written down or who wrote them. I have to say I think that Sarah is my favorite character. I know that she goes through a lot with her friend David. They are orphaned at a young age and go into the system. They have to deal with a change in Sarah when she was trying to deal with a bully. IT changed all they knew about their world and what it lead them to that world and it’s dangers. If you want to find out what happens to them and about the prophecy you will have to read it for yourself. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: A Body’s Just as Dead- Cathy Adams

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Title: A Body’s Just as Dead

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Cathy Adams

Publisher: SFK Press

Genre: Literary Fiction

Page Count: 332 Pages

ISBN: 9780997951875

Author or Book Website: https://cathyadamsauthor.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Body’s Just as Dead

Link to Goodreads: A Body’s Just as Dead

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

In the town of Drayton, Alabama, the once high-paying manufacturing jobs have been replaced by nail salons and bail bonds. Pete-O Hemper, a diabetic amputee in a wheelchair, feels betrayed by the America he once loved and believed in. On a steady diet of hate radio, he blames everyone around him for trying to remake his country into a place where men like him are no longer in control. Pete-O’s nephew, Robert, jailed on assault charges, is desperate for money and hatches a plan to rob a meth lab. Pete-O’s sister, Lilith Ann, struggles to hold everyone together when Pete-O brings a Chinese bride with a past as dark as his to America. Darkly funny, A Body’s Just as Dead captures the twenty-first century frustration of small-town families who feel the American Dream is in shreds and resent having to share its remnants with people who “aren’t like us.”

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book gives a small pictures of what is going on in America. While reading this I thought about the America I grew up in and comparing into this one and the current state of the world. It is a bit dark. I am not saying this is a bad book or anything like that. I do think the characters in this book were very real and couple relate that the world has really changed a lot. I don’t want to go to deep into it for I want to leave some meat of the story so that those that read it can discover what is really going on this book. I am still not sure how I feel about this all. IT has given me a lot to think about going forward. 

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

Review: Book: Challenged By Fate- Hannah Earl

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Title: Challenged By Fate

Series: Daughter of Eros #2

Author’s Name: Hannah Earl

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Page Count: 311 Pages

ISBN: B079GSPW54

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Challenged By Fate

Link to Goodreads: Challenge By Fate

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Oh, my gods! Sophis Pappas is still trying to adjust to becoming Amyara, demigoddess of love. Her new demigoddess powers have turned her world upside-down. Sophia has a demon faction trying to kill her. She also has an extra special enemy in the Fate Sister Clotho. But it’s not all doom and gloom. She has a new boyfriend, Connor McCallan, along with her BFF, Buffy Sommers, to keep her balanced.
School is out for summer.
Sophia and her friends are going on a vacation to the local beach. But this isn’t going to be the relaxing vacation Sophia hopes it will be. Instead she’s faced with her first god assignment from Zeus himself, more problems with Clotho and an annoying mermaid. What could possibly go wrong?
***This is a continuing story. It isn’t a stand-alone novel. This series should be read in order for complete enjoyment.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed the first book and I love this one too. Sophia is still settling into her demi-goddess status. She has the people around her that care and she is going on a beach vacation. Only it was not all relaxing when she is giving her first mission from Zeus. She has other problems that comes her way but she is learning to deal with them and anything else that comes her way. Still leaning to master her new abilities. I read for the next one. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

 

Review: Book: The Gala- Leigh Walker

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Title: The Gala

Series: Vampire Royals #2

Author’s Name: Leigh Walker

Publisher: CMG Publishing

Genre: YA Paranormal 

Page Count: 220 Pages

ISBN:  B07C9RGSX2

Author or Book Website: https://www.leighwalkerbooks.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Gala

Link to Goodreads: The Gala

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

FOUR WEEKS. TWENTY CONTESTANTS. ONE PRINCE.

The Pageant is almost over, and Gwyneth West knows she can win—except the prince is a vampire, and some of the other contestants are turning out to be quite beastly.

What do you do when the person you love…might want to eat you alive?

Struggling to hold onto her position in the palace, Gwyn knows her vampire prince could slip through her fingers in an instant. And when human rebels threaten to storm the vampire royals once more, Gwyn finds herself caught between two worlds: her people, and the vampire she loves.

Leigh Walker writes action packed futuristic sci-fi, sweet romantic vampire novels, and stories that capture your heart and then make it race.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This one had me on the edge of my seat the whole way. I was so worried for Gwyn and all that she went through. There were times that I just wanted to pull all of Tamara’s hair out and kick her in the ankle, but it is just a book right. It is a tale of love, anger, betrayal and hunger for more than the heart can take. As for Dallas he has been through a lot as well. He has to play the game just like everyone else, but I know that his eyes always go to her first. That to me is sweet and I am so ready for the next one. I have to see how the final four handle what is to come. I have to see if Gwyn listens to that little voice in her head that always seems to get her in to a little bit of trouble. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Pumpkin Spice Secrets- Hillary Homzie

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Title: Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Series: Swirl #1

Author’s Name: Hillary Homzie

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Middle Grade

Page Count: 250 Pages

ISBN: 9781510730076

Author or Book Website: http://hillaryhomzie.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Link to Goodreads: Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Release Date: N/A 

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Just as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him — his name is Jacob, and he’s just starting in her grade at her middle school.

But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunch the next day, Jana announces her huge new crush — on the same guy! Maddie doesn’t want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Jana will get over her crush soon, right?

Add major school stress to Maddie’s secret, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Can she keep her cool and work things out with both Jacob and Jana before it all turns into a total mess?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I love the coffee theme for this and how Maddie love pumpkin spice anything like her frappe and muffin with her sister. Then the accident with the cute boy. She really wants to tell her friend about her crush but she finds out her best friend has a crush on the same boy. So Maddie pretends not to have a crush and it causes some problems between the two of them. The stress becomes a lot for them to take. This is a cute and fun paced easy read. I enjoyed it a lot. I remember when I was that age. Did not drink coffee than or now, but I loved my different teas like cranberry. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars