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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.

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Book Review: Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve

rejectedBook: Rejected
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #1
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

My father made a terrible mistake. One I’m left paying for.

As a wolf shifter growing up in a strong pack, I should be living my best life. But after my father tried to kill the alpha, I’m labeled an outcast, traitor, less than dirt.

When I can’t take pack life any longer, I run, but apparently they don’t like losing their punching bag. Torin, the alpha’s son, drags me back before my first shift… a shift that will reveal my true mate.

I never could have predicted who mine would be, but the moment my wolf looks upon him, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future.

After all, no one ever rejects their true mate, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.

When the wolves attack, my soul screams for vengeance, and somehow I touch the shadow world. Somehow I bring him to our lands.

The Shadow Beast. Our shifter god. The devil himself.

Turns out being rejected by my mate was only the beginning.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this book but I did think about putting it down in the first 20 to 30 percent simply because I didn’t really know what to expect from the story. The pack is completely irredeemable in my eyes because of the way they treated Mera through the years but I was worried that the author would try to redeem them and that that would be the point of the story especially since we get hints at the beginning that Mera’s mate could be one of the pack members who treated her bad.

I was wary about all of that so I was glad when the story took a turn around a third of the way in and the Shadow Beast was introduced. This is where I really began to enjoy the story because I loved the interactions between Shadow and Mera. I didn’t like the way Shadow treats Mera when they first meet either but I feel like there is definitely a deeper connection there that is explored more as they get to know each other.

Mera is an okay character, I did feel sorry for her after everything she went through with her pack and I’m looking forward to future books where I know she’ll grow and have more confidence to kick some ass.

I liked the overall plot and I’m definitely more interested in the different worlds and the library/lair of the Shadow Beast and the plot of what went wrong with the shadow realm and the characters on that side of the story especially Shadow and his five friends as well as Angel. I don’t like reading the scenes with Mera’s pack and the plotline of that.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot even though I disliked the beginning and all the scenes involving Mera’s pack. I was a lot more interested in the story when the Shadow Beast appeared and I enjoyed reading about Mera and Shadows interactions with each other.

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Book Review: Venandi by K.C. Luck

venandiBook: Venandi
Author: K.C. Luck
Genre: Adult paranormal romance

A Vampire Story.

The dark and mysterious Saxon Montague is Hollywood’s most sought after movie director. Savvy and brilliant, she is a rising talent—and secretly a two-hundred-year-old vampire. When circumstances force her to fulfill her studio contract and make one more film, she is not happy with the script. In fact, a vampire thriller is the last thing she wants to direct.

At thirty-eight, Faye Stapleton knows her movie career is at a crossroads. Quickly becoming too old to be America’s rom-com sweetheart, she yearns to play a serious role. When the opportunity to star in the next Saxon Montague movie comes, she jumps at it.

When the two women meet, their chemistry is electric. Tensions mount as each woman struggles to control their mutual desires. When their passions and secrets collide, both quickly realize not everything is as it appears and that following their hearts could lead them into disaster.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

Venandi is a short (under 200 pages) paranormal romance and is about Saxon, a famous film director who is also a two hundred year old vampire. She is contracted to direct a film and ends up feeling a growing attraction to Faye, the female main lead who is a human.

The attraction between Saxon and Faye is quite instantaneous which you can expect from a short story but I would’ve liked to have seen more scenes between the two characters before going right into the romance. I did like the romance and loved them together, they definitely had chemistry. I feel that Saxons character was more fleshed out as we see her back story, I felt more of an understanding and connection to her character and personality than with Faye.

I loved the back story of Saxon and how she came to be a vampire and thought the writing was captivating to read.

Overall I did really enjoy Venandi and I liked the romance between Saxon and Faye. I felt like we didn’t get much information about Faye but I did really like the back story of Saxon and how she came to be a vampire and I liked the writing of the book.

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December Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In December:

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The Jackal (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp #1) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I’ve been disappointed in the recent BDB books and I felt the same with this book. I’ve originally given it a 3 star but the more I think about it the more it feels like a 2 star read to me. I was a bit bored by the overall story and didn’t really care for the main couple or think they had much chemistry.

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s one of my favourites of the year. I loved the writing and the cosy winter feels it had. I really liked Freya and loved reading about her finding her place in the world.

Protecting Her Mate (The Nightstar Shifters #2) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

I thought this was an okay read but I think I liked the first book in this series slightly more than this one. I thought the couple had more chemistry in the first book, which is most likely true because Marley and Zara were best friends but in this book Robin and Heather meet for the first time and since it’s a short book the relationship doesn’t feel as developed as the first book. I also prefer the overall story of the first book too but like I said, this was still an okay read for me.

Blog Posts I Did In December:

Winter 2020 Book Releases I’m Most Excited For

My Winter TBR 2020

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood Book Review

Wintry Book Titles

Tis the Season Book Tag

Cosy Christmas Book Tag

November 2020 Wrap Up

What books did you read in December?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Wintry Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie. For this topic I choose to go with wintry book titles. The book titles I’ve listed mainly feature the words Winter, Frost and Ice.

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Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward
A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) by Sarah J Maas
Frostbitten (Otherworld #10) by Kelley Armstrong
Ice Massacre (Mermaid of Eriana Kwai #1) by Tiana Warner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Iced (Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning
Home for the Holidays (Night Nightress #6.5) by Jeaniene Frost

What book titles do you think sound wintry?

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November Wrap Up 2020

What I Read In November:

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The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18) by J.R. Ward – 3 STARS

I feel that the BDB books have become more formulaic in recent years and that can be both a good and bad thing. It’s good because I still enjoy this world and writing but it’s bad because I feel like the characters are sometimes lesser versions of previous characters for example I feel that Jo (who is the main female character in this book) reminded me so much of Therese from the previous book, they were very interchangeable characters. As for the male lead Syn, I liked his darkness in previous books but when it came to this book (his book) he wasn’t as dark and brooding as he seemed. He reminded me a bit of Murhder where their reputations are really built up then in their own book they are nothing like what we’ve previously thought they were.

Delivering Evil for Experts (The Guild Codex: Demonized #4) by Annette Marie – 5 STARS

I loved this book, it’s the final one in The Guild Codex: Demonized series and I loved it. I loved how much this book centred on the relationship between Zylas and Robin. I’ve loved their interactions throughout this whole series but I definitely feel like this book took their relationship to a whole new level. Obviously the romance had ramped up but it wasn’t just that, I feel like the emotional connection between each other really deepened in this book and the ending was so good, I loved it.

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee – 4 STARS

Jade City is such a well written story and I loved how it was so easy to imagine it in my head, this book feels like a movie or tv show because the scenes definitely suit it. It’s such a complex story that centres around clan warfare and the familial bond of one of those clans. It was very intriguing and I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were also some twists I didn’t expect and I’m excited for the next one in the series.

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Reaper’s Pack by Rhea Watson – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this book and I liked how the characters were fleshed out and I felt like they all had their own personalities. I also liked the back story of the main character and I liked the premise of her being a grim reaper. Although I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it particularly memorable which is why I gave it 3 stars.

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 STARS

I’ve been hearing non stop buzz about this book recently so I decided to just pick it up because it sounded like something I’d love. And I did really like this book, I enjoyed the characters and the overall story arc but I did think it dragged on a bit. I mean, I was liking what I was reading but this book is one of those books where you feel like you’ve read a lot of it and then you realise you only read a small percentage, I also found the big twists predictable but it was still an enjoyable read.

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith – 3 STARS

I loved the premise of this book. It’s about a librarian who’s tasked with keeping unwritten books and unwritten characters in order in a library in hell. The concept of this book is so interesting, I loved how it centred around books and I loved the writing of it, it’s so quotable. Even though I loved the premise and the writing, I did feel the characters were a bit lacking. I don’t know why, I just didn’t connect of feel for any of them which left me a bit unattached to them and the story but overall I do think it’s an interesting adventure story.

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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit 1 by Yuki Fumino – 2 STARS

I enjoyed the other volumes in this series but I was a bit disappointed in this one. I feel like not much is really happening in the story and even though I enjoyed the other books I feel like I might not end up continuing with the series.

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews – 4 STARS

I really liked Emerald Blaze and the series overall. I love Ilona Andrews’ writing and how they write a story. Every book I’ve read by them has such a perfect balance between a great plot, fleshed out characters and a captivating romance and this book was no different. I loved reading about Catalina and Alessandro and their interactions between each other, especially after the ending of the last book.

Sailing With Her Wolf (The Nightstar Shifters #1) by Ariel Marie – 3 STARS

Sailing With Her Wolf is a short FF paranormal romance that I only recently heard about and decided to pick up. I liked the characters and their romance and I liked how Marley was a shifter, I wanted to read more about her and her pack. There wasn’t much to the story besides the romance but I still enjoyed it and I’m excited to read more books by this author.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Books I Want To Read Before The End Of 2020

My Favourite Book Titles Of 2020

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum Book Review

Characters I’d Name A Pet After

My October Wrap Up 2020

What books did you read in November?