Tag Archive | urban fantasy

Review: Descent

Review: Descent

Author: S.G.D. Singh

Date of Publication: October 7th, 2016

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The Infernal Guard: Descent rejoins our heroes eight months after the events of Emergence. Asha and her fellow trainees gather at Central Headquarters, located in North America’s western desert, to celebrate their graduation and receive their postings as full-fledged Infernal Guard members. But the time for celebrations are cut short when Asha confirms her long-held suspicion: The Prophecy, which foretold the birth of a Seer with the power to bring lasting peace to our realm, never meant her. She is not The One The Guard have been waiting for so many years. While hunting Underworlders in Las Vegas, Asha and her team come across a homeless civilian named Jax. Asha immediately realizes the mysterious girl is critical to their survival, and insists Jax accompany them despite her team’s protests and the civilian’s terror. Now, as the forces of darkness unite to capture their foretold Savior, Asha must lead a rescue team of her beloved friends into the Underworld on the mission of their lives. Because if they fail, hope dies with them.

My Review:

I liked this book even better than the first one! I love when that happens. The author has created some amazing characters in a unique world.

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It’s fast paced and packed with mystery and emotion and just a whole lot of fun. I seriously loved the addition of the new characters and getting to know each and everyone more. The dialogue was so good too, especially when it gets snarky. Snarky owns my life!

Let’s talk about the twists! Yea, there are some good ones and the writing is so well done! I can’t wait to read book three next because that ending!

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Review: Emergence

Title: Emergence

Author: S.G.D. Singh

Date of Publication: January 30th, 2016

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Summary:

Seventeen year-old Asha’s days are spent training in martial arts, attending homeschool classes, and helping in the kitchens of a luxurious Miami resort which she seldom leaves. Until the night her grandfather arrives home mysteriously injured, accompanied by a terrifying stranger. Asha begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems when she is abruptly sent to Punjab, India to live with relatives she never knew she had.

Joined by her best friend, Lexi, and her newfound cousin, Nidhan, Asha is soon drawn to an unusual place where the three of them learn that our World is much more than it appears. And there is a good reason people are afraid of the dark.

Meet The Infernal Guard: Shape-shifting Jodha warriors, Seers of various psychic Talents, Healers, Illusionists, and weapons-creating Tvastars. They are the gifted few who fight to protect our realm from demonic Underworlders escaping the seven lower dimensions of Hindu Mythology’s Fourteen Worlds.

As the next generation of heroes from around the globe gathers to begin training, Asha discovers true love and a family in her friends and instructors. But something in the darkness knows that she alone possesses the rarest Talent of all. Now Asha must find the courage and strength to risk everything she has gained before a devouring evil like no other The Infernal Guard has ever faced destroys our realm’s very existence.

My Review:

I was so thrilled to see a setting in India! I would love to visit there, but for now, doing it through this book was good enough! The cover drew me in but the descriptions made me stay! I loved this unique take on Urban Fantasy!

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There were scenes that had me laughing! I’ve said numerous times that I get annoyed with a lot of female MCs but I loved Asha and being inside her head!! She felt real, strong, and easy to connect to!

This books was full of emotions and romance and wonderful world building! There were a lot of things that had me on the tip of my toes wondering what would occur next! Can’t wait to read book 2!

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Clouded by Envy up for Pre-order!

Hey guys so my book, Clouded by Envy is up for pre-order! If you want to join in and meet Bray and Brenik, the pre-order links are below! Releases February 19th, 2019!

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Summary:

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: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Title: A Curse so Dark and Lonely

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Date of Publication: January 29th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

My Review:

So, I’ve read quite a few Beauty and the Beast retellings. I did like this one, but I wasn’t fist pumping. My main problem came with Harper… She was just soooo… I don’t know! I feel like a lot of times authors have the guys all lovable and then the girls are just hard to like. I did like that Harper was strong despite her cerebral palsy, and she did get more likable as the story went on, but it took a while.

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Also a lot of you may not know this movie, but if you’ve ever seen Mom and Dad Save the World from the early 90s, it was about these parents that go to this new planet. On the planet the people there were basically morons (If you’ve seen that movie you get like a 1,000 cool points). I felt like the people in Emberfall were kind of like that—they just believed these words coming from Harper, a girl they never heard of, and just all of a sudden accepted that there is another land known as Disi. I just wish they wouldn’t have been so gullible, I guess. I would have been like well then show me this place!

Rhen’s chapters were perfection! Loved getting to know him and seeing how the curse had affected and changed him. What I would have loved to have seen is a flashback chapter or few pages of how the curse came to him. Yes, we hear about it, but I wanted to seeeeeeeeeee it!

The descriptions were great with lovely word building and writing. And like I said, Rhen was swoon! Grey was a great addition as a side character. He was fierce, protective, and sweet. And I want to learn even more about him. There were several things I predicted along the way which I’m happy when I’m right! And the book isn’t a stand alone like I had originally thought, but that’s okay. I just hope things go the way I want them to and not in the way I’m dreading they could go. If you want to know what I’m talking about you’ll have to read it! I need book two now to get more of this story!!

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Review: Black Heart

Title: Black Heart

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

In a world where Magic is illegal.

Cassel Sharpe has the most deadly ability of all. With one touch, he can transform any object – including a person – into something else entirely. And that makes him a wanted man. The Feds are willing to forgive all his past crimes if he’ll only leave his con artist family behind and go straight. But why does going straight feel so crooked?

For one thing, it means being on the opposite side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves. She’s the daughter of a mob boss and getting ready to join the family business herself. Though Cassel is pretty sure she can never love him back, he can’t stop obsessing over her. Which would be bad enough, even if her father wasn’t keeping Cassel’s mother prisoner in a posh apartment and threatening not to let her leave until she returns the priceless diamond she scammed off him years ago. Too bad she can’t remember where she put it.

The Feds say they need Cassel to get rid of a powerful man who is spinning dangerously out of control. But if they want Cassel to use his unique talent to hurt people, what separates the good guys from the bad ones? Or is everyone just out to con him?

Time is running out, and all Cassel’s magic and cleverness might not be enough to save him. With no easy answers and no one he can trust, love might be the most dangerous gamble of all.

 

My Review:

This series was seriously addicting, and I love, love, love Cassel! He’s a character that will forever stick with me, and my favorite character by Holly Black thus far!

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We start this book out with Lila hating Cassel after book 2, and all the moments between the two of them were spectacular. I got mad, I said aww, I said aww again! They are so cute! Then there are twists and turns which kept me on my toes. Cassel’s friend, Sam, was a lovable idiot! Cassel’s brother seriously needs his own book!

I like that things aren’t black and white, and Cassel as well as the other characters all live in the gray area of life but still have good hearts! If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it! So freaking good!

 

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Review: Red Glove

Title: Red Glove

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: April 5th, 2011

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Goodreads Summary:

In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always though he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth – he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything – or anyone – into something else.

That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion-worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.

When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue – crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too – they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone – least of all, himself?

Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

My Review:

An excellent sequel indeed! Makes me want to go out and get me some red gloves to parade around in!

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Cassel is definitely one of my favorite male characters ever! He makes wrong choices, a lot, but he’s so dang likable—I want to squeeze his cheeks! Of course, Lila got worked in the previous book, so Cassel doesn’t know if he can trust himself around her because her feelings for him he doesn’t believe them to be real. It’s a mess of feelings, and an addicting one!

Also his brother, Phillip, is dead, so it’s quite the mystery to figure out how he ended up that way. And the freaking ending! Another cliffhanger to where I have to read the next book! Loved it! And the magic system is just so cool!

 

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Review: White Cat

Title: White Cat

Author: Holly Black

Date of Publication: April 30th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

My Review:

At first when I read the blurb I saw mobsters and con artists and was like, I don’t know man, that doesn’t sound good. I’ve loved everything else so far by Holly Black, so I was like, well, let me go ahead and take a chance on this. Plus, what a weirdly cool title. And I LOVE weird things!

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Cassel was so awesome, and it felt nice to read a whole book from a guy’s perspective. Also, he seemed like a real teen boy. And the magic system? Very interesting with the whole we-have-to-wear-gloves-thing. It’s one of the best urban fantasies I’ve read!

There are some pretty great twists, and that freaking ending! Oh man, I need to start the next book. Seriously!

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