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April Wrap Up 2021

What I Read in April:

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – 5 STARS

Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors so it’s no surprise that I ended up loving ACOSF. I loved Nesta’s story and I was so invested in her story and her recovery, this book has many emotional moments and I loved reading about these characters and world again.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo – 3 STARS

I enjoyed this short story and I liked how it told the story within another story. It did take me a while to get into the book at the beginning but I enjoyed it once I did and I liked the last section of the book.

Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland – 3 STARS

I liked the set up of the world in Havenfall with the different worlds being connected by this Inn but I thought the overall story and characters were a bit predictable. I still did enjoy the book and I wish there was more exploration of the different worlds within it.

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Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare – 5 STARS

I enjoyed the first book in this series but I liked this one even more. I feel like you see the relationships between the characters really grow and develop in this book and I really enjoyed reading about all of them. It felt like the stakes were raised with both the plot and the characters interactions with each other. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.

Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve – 4 STARS

Reborn was a really good conclusion to Mera and Shadow’s story and I enjoyed reading about their adventures in this book. It did take me a while to get into this book because of where Reclaimed (book 2) leaves off but I still really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the spin off books set in this world.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – 2 STARS

I was really disappointed in this book, I didn’t like the main character at all and thought she was very selfish. I know that is a point the book tries to make with fame changing a person but I didn’t really care for her character before she got ‘famous’. I also didn’t really like the plot and thought it was a bit random, it reminded me of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which is another book I disliked.

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Once Bitten (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Wicked Deal (Shadow Guild: The Rebel #2) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

Darkest Moon (Shadow Guild: Wolf Queen #1) by Linsey Hall – 3 STARS

I originally wanted to read Darkest Moon first but even though I think it could be read first it is part of the larger Shadow Guild series so I decided to read the first few books in that series first. I liked all these books but I don’t feel fully connected to the story yet. I did like the description of the Guild City, it felt like a cosy setting with the way all the guilds were in one place. I also enjoyed the mystery aspects of the books and thought they were enjoyable reads.

Dark Horse (A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #1) by Kel Carpenter and Aurelia Jane – 3 STARS

Dark Horse is a reverse harem paranormal book about Fury, a demon, tasked in the afterlife to go back to earth and help sort out three powerful supernatural beings who might end the world. I thought this was a fun read and I’m interested to see where the story goes. There were a few times in the book where Fury was passed around for the guys to ‘mind for her safety’ and that kind of threw me off.

Blog Posts I Did In April:

Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune Book Review

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Colourful Book Covers

Non-Human Main Characters

March Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in April?

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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?