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Top Ten Tuesday – Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love. I’ve changed it to: Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About. I’ve listed below some of the side characters I’ve recently enjoyed reading about and would like to read more from.

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Kieran (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I still have not yet read The Crown of Gilded Bones so I don’t know if my opinions will change on this character but I liked reading about him in AKOFAF.

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Angel (Shadow Beast Shifters series by Jaymin Eve) – I love Angel’s character and I’m glad that she is getting her own book (I think it’s coming out in October), I can’t wait to see her back story.

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Silas (Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson) – I don’t know if you’d classify Silas as a main character or not since a lot of the plot revolves around him but either way I just included him here anyway. I loved reading about him and I would like to read more about him.

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Virgil (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton) – Virgil is Opal’s best friend and we get to see his role in her life play out throughout the interviews in the book. I loved his and Opal’s friendship and would’ve loved to have seen more about his life.

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Moon (In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire) – In An Absent Dream is my favourite of the Wayward Children series and I loved the story of Lundy. I loved the friendship between Lundy and Moon and would’ve liked to have read more about Moon.

Which side characters would you like to read more about? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Quotes About Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Book Quotes. For this topic I decided to list some quotes that are about books themselves, I love reading quotes that speak to the reader inside me.

Quotes:

The book haunted like a ghost in her head coloring moods until she shook herself from it. – The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

How much easier it would be if everyone knew their role: the hero, the sidekick, the villain. Our books would be neater and our souls less frayed. But whether you have blood or ink, no one’s story is that simple. – The Library of Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

I spent my life folded between the pages of books. – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

But life isn’t as orderly as a story or a song; it does not always begin and end at compelling points. – The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes –characters even—caught in the fibres of your clothes, and when you open the new book they are still with you. – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Most people couldn’t have ignored a demon sharing the library with them, but most people didn’t love books as much as I did. – Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie

One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us. – Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. – Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read. – Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Never waste time on bad books. There were too many amazing stories out there waiting to be discovered. – Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve

Have you read any of these books? What quotes do you like?

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Book Review: Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve

rebornBook: Reborn
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #3
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

It took a while for me to get into this book simply because it takes place right where Reclaimed leaves off with Mera back with her old pack and with no memories of Shadow and what happened previously. I didn’t really care for the beginning of Reborn because of this plot point, it felt like the first 20 to 30 percent of this book was a rehash of the previous books. I’m glad these books are fast reads because it made the beginning go by quicker and the plot got more interesting after that.

Despite the beginning of this book I did still enjoy Reborn and loved reading about these characters again. I loved Mera and Shadow together and how they both know how much the other means to them. I liked seeing them come together in this book to try and right the wrongs of what had happened previously.

I liked seeing more of the other characters and I’m very intrigued by some of their relationships with each other so I can’t wait for more books set in this world.

Overall I enjoyed Reborn, I didn’t enjoy the beginning but once the plot gets going I did start to enjoy it a lot more and I loved seeing Shadow and Mera come together and try to fix what Dannie had messed up. I thought it was fast paced and I can’t wait to read the spinoff books of the series in the future.

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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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Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books On My Spring 2021 TBR. I’ve only listed a few books because I don’t like being too overwhelmed by my tbrs but I’m very excited for all of them!

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Born in Fire by K.F. Breene
Forever Ends on Friday by Justin A. Reynolds
Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare
Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve

What books are on your spring tbr?

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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.