Quickie Book Reveiw – Mistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson

Mistress of Night and DawnMistress of Night and Dawn by Vina Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the vein of The Sleeping Beauty trilogy (Anne Rice writing as A.N. Rolequare- not sure if I spelled that correctly) comes this sensual tale of a young woman’s journey into a hidden world filled with timeless traditions steeped in eroticism and sexual exploration. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a spicy novel– no, it is so much more. It has layers, just waiting to be peeled with each turn of the page. Excellent read.

Quickie Book Review – Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

Witch Hunt  (Preternatural Affairs, #1)Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a few authors now that, depending on what genre I’m in the mood for, I will pick up and read without even scanning the blurb or reviews. S.M. Reine has quickly become one of my go-to authors when I’m in the mood for some kick-arse paranormal/ urban fantasy escapism.

This book met my expectations and then some. I also loved how this book had a little cross over with the Tarot Witches series (hope I’m remembering that series name right– I just read the first book in that series not too long ago.) Anyway, read it.

Quickie Book Review – A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

A Charming Crime (Magical Cure Mystery, #1)A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect summer beach read… light and full of magic and intrigue. Oh, and quirky fun characters. Well, written with a creative, mystical setting!

Quickie Book Review – Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

Where There's SmokeWhere There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting short read… I’m a huge fan of Picoult’s, but I wasn’t completely won over by this novella. It needed more, ending at a place where nothing felt resolved and everything is still up in the air. Hopefully, it’s supposed to be a precursor to a full-length novel or something.

On a side note, I did like how the otherworldly elements were worked into this story– something I’m not used to reading with this author. I’d read more of the story for sure, if anything else comes out.

Quickie Book Review – Complicated Girl by Mimi Strong

Complicated GirlComplicated Girl by Mimi Strong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adore this book! Loved Meanie and all of her quirky issues. Mimi Strong has done it again with this series. Her humor, insights into human nature, and her ability to knit together a fabulous cast of characters has made Strong my go-to author these days. I would literally pick up anything by her, even a dystopian novel about space rabies.

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Quickie Book Review – Sadie the Sadist by Zane’ Sachs

Sadie the Sadist: X-tremely Black Humor/HorrorSadie the Sadist: X-tremely Black Humor/Horror by Zané Sachs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark and Twisty…

I must say, given the grisly subject matter, I’m not sure if I should admit publicly how much I loved this novel. It’s funny, twisted and so sanely-insane that I’m starting to question my own sanity on top of Sadie’s. And I have to throw it out there, I’ll never look at an ear of corn quite the same way again. (shivers) Well done!

Quickie Book Review – Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Well, there were parts of this book that I really, really, liked. And others not-so-much. Hayden was done very well and he was definitely my favorite part of the book. There was a time or two where I thought he did or said something a little out of character, but overall I found him swoon-worthy and found myself longing to be under his (tattoo) gun. (insert eyebrow wiggle here)

Tenley, I didn’t like as much. I didn’t hate her, I just didn’t connect with her as much as I would have liked. I can’t put my finger on why that is, though. Perhaps it’s the way she reacts/handles her creepy Adviser or her over-bearing brother-in-law.

Together the couple is good, and I love how the tattoo/ deviant behavior/ pain-linked thing is worked into the story line. The other characters in the book are interesting and colorful, and the writing itself is superb. More than once I wished I was reading a dead-tree book so that I could circle a particularly good line or passage.

My biggest -thumbs-down-dislike was the ending. I mean…holy-cliffhanger. In all fairness, that wasn’t even a cliffhanger in the typical sense. There was no tying-up of issues, no warning whatsoever. I went to turn the page, only there were no more pages. It was like someone left off the last chapter (or several) and because of that the book didn’t feel complete at all. Usually, I don’t mind a cliff-hanger, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

**I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley for review purposes.

Quickie Book Review – Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine

Caged Wolf (The Tarot Witches, #1)Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love, love, loved this book. I’ve read other kick-ass books by Reine in the past and I do think this one might just be my favorite so far.

The setting is so well done, I could practically feel the gritty desolation on my skin. And the cast of characters are imperfect, flawed, scarred and utterly believable. The plot itself is full of tension, intrigue and the feeling that something-magical is afoot. Of course, as the first book in the series not all was resolved… but I didn’t feel like I was left hanging by the ending.

And last, but not least, was the blazing hot romance buried within the story. It was as hot as a Harley sitting in the noon-day sun and pushed just enough boundaries to make the moments unforgettable :-)

Read it, seriously!

***I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes.

Quickie Book Review – Waking the Dead by Heather Graham

Waking the DeadWaking the Dead by Heather Graham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved how this book mixes occult themes, suspense, and history together, and I enjoyed reading it. The larger cast of central characters was well developed and interacted nicely with each other and the plot itself was inventive and spine-tingly. Recommend!

Quickie Book Review – Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

Grimm Consequences (Transplanted Tales, #1.5)Grimm Consequences by Kate SeRine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love the fantastical world building in this series! I mean, who wouldn’t– it has Tales (fairy tale characters, transplanted to our realm and living under the radar.)The plot of this one was good and fast-paced, and we get to see a bit more about Nate and Red. Recommended!

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Quickie Book Review – Fix You by Christine Bell (Bash and Olivia Series)

Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One (The McDaniels Brothers, #1)Fix You, Bash and Olivia Book One by Christine Bell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fix You is an intriguing start to a series, and I’m anxious to read the next book in line. I love the idea of a girl who starts the book as somewhat of a victim (even if she doesn’t fully realize it at the time)and takes steps to become a victim-no-more. Bonus points when the path to personal power involves a hunky fighter with a heart of gold.

The characters are interesting, the plot is well done and seems to have layers that are yet to be revealed, and the ending had me looking for book two as soon as I had a moment. Thumbs up!

Quickie Book Review Set – Claimed By The Alphas Series by Viola Rivard

Claimed by the AlphasClaimed by the Alphas by Viola Rivard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love this compelling, spicy series. What strikes me as most interesting about it (other than the scorching heat level and the menage, of course) is that the author has done an excellent job building a world where the plot seems possible and naturally evolving. There are details, sparsely planted throughout this and the other books in the series, that lend to the overall refreshing story line.

I don’t want to give too much away, and I’ve got four more books in the series to review… but the fact that I read them all back to back and had to download one as soon as I was done with the last one should speak volumes!

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Claimed by the Alphas: Part TwoClaimed by the Alphas: Part Two by Viola Rivard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spicy, steamy, complex and satisfying. This second book in the Claimed by the Alphas series, is all that and more. The tension and heat keeps ratcheting skyward, the characters are evolving and revealing their personalities, and I found myself tearing through this book just to get to the next one.

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Claimed by the Alphas: Part ThreeClaimed by the Alphas: Part Three by Viola Rivard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love, love, love this series! Onward to the next book!

 

 

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Claimed by the Alphas: Part FourClaimed by the Alphas: Part Four by Viola Rivard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodness, this series is taking me on a ride. I adore the characters and the care that the author has taken in developing such a fabulous world for this series. The writing itself ain’t too shabby either :-)

I’m not sure what to expect with the next book, and that’s half the fun of it. I devoured the first four books as I can’t wait for the next one to come out. It better be soon… I need my Alphas fix!

Quickie Book Review – Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Lost LakeLost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A poignant tale of love lost and found, heartbreak and healing, with a quirky set of characters and the smidgen of magic and wonder I’ve come to expect from this author. Thumbs up!

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