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Book Review: Compelled (Shadow Beast Shifters #5) by Jaymin Eve

compelledBook: Compelled
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #5
Author: Jaymin Eve
Age & Genre: Adult paranormal romance, fantasy

Simone, of the Torma shifters, thought she was finished with the world of supernaturals that existed outside of Earth. She’d been there, done that, and had the near death experience to show for her time.

Then a summons back to Valdor-the vampire world- is dropped in her lap.
Turns out that the last time she was there, her teeny tiny mistake sent out an energy burst that called to an ancient powerful master. A master who is looking for a mate and wants Simone to participate in the Selection to prove her worth. Attendance non-negotiable.

Great.

Lucky for her, she still has one ally up her sleeve: Lucien.

Okay, yeah, he’s a snarly, powerful, frustratingly perfect master himself, but at least she knows where she stands. Lucien agrees to enter himself as a master-looking-for-a-mate in the Selection so they can pretend to fall for each other.

Only, it’s never been that simple with Simone and Lucien, and all too soon the lines between pretend and real get very blurry. Especially when there’s feeding involved.

Simone now has more at stake than just her life… her heart is on the line.

My Rating: 3.5 STARS

My Review:

In Compelled we get to read more about the vampires and their world and how that world is run which really intrigued me. I enjoyed getting to know more about Lucien and his role in Valdor and seeing how Simone was drawn into that world. The conflict of Simone’s past in Valdor was interesting and I was intrigued by how that related to the present and the reasons she was called back.

I liked Lucien and Simone together, I thought their chemistry was believable and they made a good couple. I liked how they worked together during the selection. I also liked seeing how the characters all had each other’s backs and I liked how Len interacted with Simone.

I would’ve liked this book more if not for the focus on Mera and Shadow. I knew they would be in it a lot like they were in Deserted but it felt like they took centre stage again in this book instead of Simone and Lucien. I also didn’t get why Mera and Angel synched up.

Overall I enjoyed this book, I really liked finding out more about the vampires and their politics. Like with Deserted I would’ve liked to have less focus on Mera and Shadow and their baby but I still am excited to read more in this series.

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Book Review: Deserted (Shadow Beast Shifters #4) by Jaymin Eve

desertedBook: Deserted
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #4
Author: Jaymin Eve
Age & Genre: Adult paranormal romance, fantasy

Melalekin “Angel” of the Honor Meadows has been a warrior her entire life. Battle. Death. Loss. They were her constant companions until the day she met Mera Callahan. A shifter who ended up being so much more. A shifter who changed her life, and now… she has been reborn. The scars of her past are gone. Her losses muted under the new life she plans on living.

There’s just one being standing in her way. A grudge holding desert deity who has made an art form out of making her life hell.

Reece of the Desert Lands is a god unused to being defied, and he has a very long memory when it comes to those who wronged him. Angel is the one he blames for the worst loss in his life, and he’ll never let her forget it. Their history is tragic and bloodied, and the pair are set to clash one more time, especially when they end up trapped in the very spot where they lost it all. A meeting of the dynasties in the Delfora, the ancient desert lands, will force them to the place it all began.

Here they will learn that sometimes the past defines your future. And that there is a fine line between love and hate.

My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

I liked reading about Angel and Reece and the hints at their relationship in previous books had me wondering what was up with them. I enjoyed reading about their past together in Deserted and how they got to being enemies with each other.

Angel and her journey from being emotionless to being reawakened really intrigued me and I loved how she started to enjoy her life more and experience things she hadn’t allowed herself to experience. I do think Reece’s possessiveness was a bit much and I felt it took some things away from Angel and her enjoyment.

What I didn’t like about this book was the focus on Mera and Shadow’s relationship. I loved reading about their relationship in their own books but I felt that Mera’s pregnancy overshadowed Angel and her story so I felt my enjoyment in the story wane a little.

Overall I did enjoy Deserted but there were some things I didn’t like about it mainly Mera’s pregnancy overshadowing Angel’s story. I did like reading about Angel and I enjoyed the romance between her and Reece despite his possessiveness and I’m excited to read about the other characters in other books.

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November Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In November:

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Deserted (Shadow Beast Shifters #4) by Jaymin Eve – ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE, FANTASY ROMANCE – 3 STARS

I really liked reading more about Angel and her back story and I also liked the romance between her and Reece but I felt that Angel’s story was a bit overshadowed by Mera and Shadow’s relationship.

Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey – ADULT SCI-FI – 4 STARS

Abaddon’s Gate is the third book in The Expanse series and like the other books this book was fast paced and full of intrigue as well. I’m so excited about continuing on with this series.

A Single Thread of Moonlight by Laura Wood – YA HISTORICAL RETELLING – 4 STARS

A Single Thread of Moonlight is a YA Cinderella retelling and I really enjoyed it. I thought Iris, the main character, was a bit naive at times but I loved the writing and I really liked the romance.

Blog Posts I Did In November:

Merry Kissmas To You Book Review

Most Anticipated Book Releases of November 2021

October Wrap Up 2021

What books did you read in November?

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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.