book review

Book Review: Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve

reclaimedBook: Reclaimed
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #2
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

They all made a terrible mistake. One they will pay for.

For the past ten years I’ve been a victim. A victim to my pack. A victim to my true mate, who rejected me in the most brutal of ways. And a victim to Shadow Beast, who used me for his own gains.

Or did he?

The beast of mystery never reveals his whole hand, but one thing is for sure… in my time with him, I’ve changed. Now I will no longer walk the path dictated by the powerful men in my life. Never again will I let my strength be taken from me.

I must evolve or die.

And we all know, with a choice like that, there’s really only one answer.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

Reclaimed starts off right where Rejected ended and I really liked that. At the end of Rejected Mera gets very angry as she finds out about Dannie and with her anger comes some very interesting new powers. I loved that for almost all of this book Mera’s pack was not in it. In Rejected I disliked the parts of the story that involved the wolf pack and I was glad that this book had very minimal (almost none) scenes with the wolf pack. Most of Reclaimed is focused on Mera and Shadow exploring the shadow realm and finding out more about what happened and why Shadow was not allowed in.

The relationship between Shadow and Mera was very intriguing to read. I loved how they push each other’s buttons and their dynamic is so captivating to read, I loved the banter between them. In the first book I thought Mera was an okay character but I grew to love her as this book went on. She has a very open personality and I love how she just says what she thinks. She did this in the first book too but it wasn’t until reading this book where I fully appreciated her character and personality. It’s interesting that she’s so open and Shadow so closed off.

The plot was also very intriguing and I liked the focus on the shadow realm and the mystery behind it. I loved Mera finding out more about who she is and the powers she has. There were also some really interesting twists in the story too.

Overall I loved Reclaimed and the relationship and romance between Shadow and Mera is my favourite thing about the series, their chemistry and connection with each other mixed with the banter between them makes them one of my new favourite fantasy romance couples. I also really enjoyed the plot and I’m glad it didn’t focus on the wolf pack and I can’t wait to read the next.

Favourite Books

My Favourite Book Couples Part 2

A few years ago I did a post talking about some of my favourite book couples and since then I’ve read a lot more books so I thought I’d list some recent favourite book couples/romances.

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Robin and Zylas (The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie) – I loved reading this series and seeing Robin and Zylas grow together and learn from one another. Zylas is a demon who knows nothing of how humans act so it was interesting to read their interactions with each other.

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Cat and Alex (Chaos Reigning – Consortium Rebellion #3 by Jessie Mihalik) – This is a sci-fi series that follows a different sibling in each book and I really liked the first two books but I think I enjoyed this one slightly more because I think the couple had more chemistry.

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Callie and Desmond (The Bargainer series by Laura Thalassa) – I loved Callie and Desmond’s relationship, they have one of those relationships that you just want to keep reading about.

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Poppy and Hawke (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I didn’t really fall in love with this relationship until the second book. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire really focuses on them as a couple and I loved reading about them together.

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Red and Blue (This Is How You Lose The Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar) – This book is so unique and the characters and romance is so captivating to read.


Who are some of your favourite book couples? What are some of your favourite romances?

Favourite Books

My Favourite Books of 2020

I love doing my favourite books list every year and I love talking about why I loved each book. I read so many great books in 2020 so it was hard to narrow it down, I usually do narrow it down to around ten but I’ve definitely went over that this year.  They are in no particular order.

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman

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The Toll surprised me a lot because even though I really liked the first and second book I think this book is the best in the trilogy. I love how it focused so much on the world and how it came to be and everything lined up so well, it felt like an epic conclusion.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

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I feel like this will be on a lot of favourite lists for 2020 and I’m sure everyone has already heard about it. I loved this book, I loved Bryce and was so invested in this story emotionally. So much happens and there are a lot of twists, I loved this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

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This is a book that surprised me, I loved the writing and I loved how it’s almost like a retelling of the Chronicles of Narnia but it focuses more on the effects of returning home after growing up in a fantasy land.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I’ve almost caught up on all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s previously published books now, I think I only have about two to read left. I knew I’d love the writing of this and I loved the story too, it was very emotional.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

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I’ve loved all of Marie Lu’s previously released books so I knew I’d like The Kingdom of Back but I was still surprised at how much I loved it. It’s a heart breaking book as it follows the life of Nannerl, who is Mozart’s sister. Not many people know of her even though she was as good a composer as Mozart simply because she was a woman. This book is so heart breaking as it confronts the reality of the constraints that were placed on women’s lives in the past.

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

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I loved the main character in this book, Ryann Bird. She’s such a great character and I loved the sci-fi elements to this story. I loved how the relationship developed between the two main characters and I loved the ending.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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I loved this book and thought it put such an original and unique spin on the original Cinderella story. I loved how this book used the original Cinderella story to tell its own messages and themes and I loved how the main character stood up and fought for what was right.

Chaos Reigning (Consortium Rebellion #3) by Jessie Mihalik

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I really liked the chemistry between the couple in this book and I liked how their relationship began, I also enjoyed how action packed this book was.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

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Cantoras was a very heart breaking book to read but I’m glad I read it and I loved reading about these five women and their relationships with each other, I loved how they became closer throughout the years with each other.

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

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Beetle & the Hollowbones was such a cute graphic novel. I loved the artwork and story, I loved how the story felt like a full story.

The Guild Codex: Spellbound and The Guild Codex: Demonized series by Annette Marie

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I started reading the Guild Codex series in 2020 and I’m so glad I found a new favourite series. I loved both The Guild Codex: Spellbound series and the spin off series The Guild Codex: Demonized. I loved the characters in both series and I loved how they overlapped with each other.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood

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This book was such a great book to read in the winter. It had such perfect cosy atmosphere and I really liked the writing.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

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I was instantly intrigued by this book as soon as I started reading it. It has a great plot with a interesting group of characters that I really enjoyed reading about.

Renegades trilogy by Marissa Meyer

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I’ve wanted to read this trilogy since it first came out but I never actually got around to it until this year and I was so surprised at how much I loved this trilogy. I loved the overall concept of it, the superheroes vs super villains and not knowing which side is which. I thought it was written so well and I was so immersed into the world of it and intrigued by the characters.

What were your favourite books of 2020?

book recommendations

Book Recommendations for the Spooky Season

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October is the time for all the spooky books so I thought I’d recommend you some books that I think would be great to read at this time of year. These books have different kinds of spookiness to them, some have a creepy atmosphere, some are scary and some are just books that I thought have an autumnal feeling about them.

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Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

What are some books you’d recommend for the spooky season?

book tag

The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

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The Ultimate Recommendations book tag was created by Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx and its a fun tag where you recommend some of your favourite books. I wasn’t tagged for this but I thought it’d be fun to do anyway and I couldn’t stick to just one answer for some of the questions.

QUESTIONS:

1) Recommend a book from one of your favourite genresThree Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

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2) Recommend a short bookEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire and This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

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3) Recommend a book-to-screen adaptation – I can’t think of a specific answer for this question. Some tv series I’ve loved are based on books that I haven’t read yet so I don’t think I’ll pick them for this question. Catching Fire would probably be one of my favourite book to screen adaptions so I’ll pick that.

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4) Recommend a book out of your comfort zoneIn the Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski – This is a dark romance contemporary series about a group of killers/hit-men who are all very morally grey and the first book is about Sarai who has been held captive for a lot of years, she escapes and then ends up crossing paths with the group of killers.

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5) Recommend a book seriesThe Diviners by Libba Bray and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews

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6) Recommend a standaloneCinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron and The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

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7) Recommend a book you don’t talk about enoughMirage by Somaiya Daud and The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

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8) Recommend your ‘staple’ bookCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare – I don’t know if I’d call this a ‘staple’ book but I love the Shadowhunter world. City of Bones was one of the first books I read when I got into reading (after Harry Potter and Twilight) and I’ve been reading a Shadowhunter book almost every year since then.

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9) Recommend the book/s that got you into readingHarry Potter by J.K Rowling, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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10) Recommend 3+ bloggers who recommend great booksOctavia @ Mermaid Reads, Emma @ Never Judge a Book by its Cover and Sofii @ A Book A Thought.


I’ll not tag anyone but if you want to do this tag you should just do it because who doesn’t love recommending books? What books would you recommend?

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Make Me Smile

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books That Make Me Smile. I picked five books that I feel have a kind of ‘happy’ vibe to them that makes me smile looking back on the book. These are five books that I enjoyed and I feel have a lightness to the story of them (if that makes sense).

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I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – The talk of fandom and music groups in this book made me smile because it reminds me of my love for kpop groups.

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Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood – I loved how honest and open the main character Bea is in this book, her personality really made me smile.

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – I loved how the world/universe was described in this book and that along with the group of characters it centres on made me smile.

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie – I feel like I talk about this series a lot but it’s such a fun story and I love the group of characters and the homely setting of the bar/pub they all work in.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – It’s been a few years since I read this graphic novel but I remember the artwork and characters made me smile, I feel like I need to reread it because I remember loving it so much.

What books make you smile?