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Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

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Review: The Beautiful

Title: The Beautiful

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Date of Publication: October 8th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

My Review:

Generally, I love almost anything vampire,    especially of the evil vamp kind! I was pretty excited for this one, not only because it had vamps, but because it takes place in the 1800s!

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So to start with, I liked the characters but didn’t love them. Something about Celine had me not connecting with her fully. I mean, she’s a good character but I wanted something more. Bastien was great, probably my favorite, but he still felt underdeveloped at times. I think there needed to be more conversations between him and Celine before the romance developed. But I will say that their chemistry was on fire and Ahdieh knows how to write those scenes!!

The writing was gorgeous but sometimes could be distracting when I just wanted the story to move forward. Also, I wanted more of the paranormal, but I did like the character driven parts as well. But still! Overall, I think this book would work better as a movie because I’d love to see the period’s fashion and the awesome 1800s world laid out before me. I’ll also say that the cliffhanger killed me and I need to know what happens next!

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What’s your favorite vampire book or movie?

Review: The Burning Shadow

Title: The Burning Shadow

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: October 8th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

My Review:

I’ve loved the Lux series and especially loved the last book, The Darkest Star! My little alien babies are just so fun to read about!

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My favorite thing about this book, as with the last one, was Luc! He just lights up every scene that he’s in! I still wish that these books were from his perspective or that it was dual POV, but that’s okay! Oh, and yes, there was some magnificent swoon! And let me not forget Evie because she has some fabulous character growth in this story!

My only complaint was that the book felt too long. I think it could have definitely been scaled back by scrapping some of the scenes with Evie and her friends. Also, it felt a bit too political in some parts—I tend to like to escape stuff like that in books. But besides that, the writing was addicting as always and the descriptions and actions were so awesome! I feel like Armentrout always writes the best action sequences! I need book three!

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Have you read the Lux series?

Review: Third to Tumble

Title: Third to Tumble

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: June 21st, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Rules are meant to be broken… Unless breaking them tears an entire family apart.

Finn

I’m the cool headed one. The rule-follower. The non-hormonal-raging wolf.

This pack needs someone like me. We’ve fought creatures of the night, psychotic families and dealt with magic and the unbelievable. We’re all thick as thieves, and the worst thing that could happen is getting kicked out of this pack.

Which is why breaking rules is not my thing.

So why does Elle make me want to throw it all away?

And why is it my stupid, idiotic wolf does exactly that…before I’ve even had a taste of her lips?

Now we’ve got more on our hands than a love story with bad timing. Cause the shite about to go down in Rockland Creek has just hit boiling point – and I’m the catalyst.

Elle

He barges in like he owns my destiny, and yeah it’s hot as sin. That Irish accent, those gorgeous eyes, it’d be easy to fall for the whole package.

Only I don’t. I may look as sweet as the baked goods I sell, but there are thorns under this armor Finn has no idea about. Things he cannot know about, or I’ll end up in the looney bin like my mom. And then things get really complicated when Tytus is added to the mix, telling me stories I can’t believe. They’re fable, myths….but before long I’m spiraling into a web so thick I don’t know which way is up. And when the one person I can trust is hunted by a demon from his past, I’m left to rely on myself to figure it out. But what if I make the wrong choice?

My review:

The one thing I can always trust in this series is that I’m going to love the two leads, and love them I did! Finn and his wolf were awesome and Elle has got to be my favorite girl so far!

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I felt this book was really, really packed with even more emotion, swoon, character growth, and action compared to the other ones! I really felt for Elle and her inner struggles. I also seriously loved seeing the old gang pop up on the pages, and there are some incredibly interesting things that go down in this one!

I always love the author’s writing, and I feel like she could write instructions on how to bake a cake and it would read amazing! Yes, this book does have romance but it has so much more with wonderful world building and magic! Can’t wait for Lucas’s story next!

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What kind of animal would you like to shift to if you could?

 

Review: Oblivion

Title: Oblivion

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: July 28th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

My Review:

The last book, of course, had a super huge cliffhanger, so I was anticipating how this next book would play out! And unravel like a spool of yarn with interesting things, it did.

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My biggest complaint again was, not enough Varen. Definitely more than the last book but still no real conversations or relationship development between him and Isobel. This would have all been fine if  book one had way more development and interactions between the two of them. I mean, they’ve only had one kiss and not a lot of real conversation, yet there is this love that drives Isobel to fight so hard for Varen in two more books without new development to their romance! However, I do love them together, just needed moreeeeeeeeee!

The shades of gray with Varen are awesome, and even Isobel has those same shades, of course not as intense as him but still. We all have them! The descriptions in this one were so good! Loved the dark things—ALL THE DARK THINGS! The writing and Poe stuff again, were just beautiful! Just a super fun and interesting series as a whole!

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When you think of Poe, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind?

 

 

Review: Enshadowed

Title: Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh

Publication Date: August 28th, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dreamworld—a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But great dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
Could Isobel’s greatest love also be her greatest adversary?

My Review:

Oh man, book one had a doozy of a cliffhanger! And so of course I had to dive right into this one! A paranormal world inspired by Poe is just one of the coolest things ever! Give me raven wings!

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So we’re back in Isobel’s hometown. My boy, Varen, is missing in action … for a very long time, I might add. This is where things get tricky for me because as addicting and page turning as this was, I missed him! I kept saying to myself, “Find him already, shoot!” Except more cursing was involved in those sentences! I was really hoping to see more of Isobel’s and Varen’s relationship truly develop!

However, I loved seeing the side characters again like Gwen, who had a much larger role here. Even Brad made me want to give him a hug—even though I hated him in book one! And there is more weirdness, and the weirdness I do love with all my beating heart. And then my heart got crushed with the cliffhanger!!!! On to book three now!

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If you wander into any Poe story, which would it be?

Review: Nevermore

Title: Nevermore

Author: Kelly Creagh

Date of Publication: August 31st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

My Review:

At the words Edgar Allan Poe, this book had me extremely interested. Also, I haven’t read a good paranormal book in a while, and I’ve been very back and forth with all the new books lately. So I thought that this would do the trick to slip into the past! And do the trick it did!

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It took me a little bit to really get into this because I kept wanting Varen and Isobel to get together and have some real conversations! However when they were together, I loved it so much!!! What I loved best about this book was there was some great mystery and a whole lot of cool weirdness. I love weird!

The writing was so addictive, too! There were people I wanted to slap in the book like freaking Brad, and there were people I wanted to hug, like Gwen, Isobel, and Varen. Oh, especially Varen! I think I would have given this book ten start if I’d had his POV!! And seriously, that cliffhanger was so soul clenching! I’m starting book two right now!

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Are you an Edgar Allan Poe fan?