ARC Review: Braving the Darkness by Melynda Price

Braving the Darkness

Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Paranormal
Series: Redemption Series
Number of Pages: 328

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All have sacrificed, but one will sacrifice all…

Just when Olivia thought she’d finally have everything she always wanted, she was never closer to losing it all. Haden rocked Olivia’s foundation when he professed his love for her, and then turned himself in to the High Court. Although it was for the best, watching him walk out of her life was one of the hardest things she’d ever done.
Liam has always been the angel that holds her heart. But nothing will test the bonds of that love more than when a sick twist of fate brings all their lives crashing back together again.
Bitter enemies in love with the same woman, Liam and Haden must put their differences aside to battle an evil whose reach is far greater than either of them ever imagined. It will take all their strength to protect Olivia from an enemy that’s come to claim her and usher in a power-play to overthrow the High Court.
Love, sacrifice, and betrayal… It all comes to a heart-stopping conclusion in Braving the Darkness.

 

My Review

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I absolutely love the Redemption series by Melynda Price (hello, love triangles and angels? So up my street) and that I’ve been waiting months for Braving the Darkness, the fourth and final book in the series to come out. Last night I got my ARC (huge thank you to Melynda Price and 5 Prince Publishing) and was so excited to start reading it! I was so nervous to find out how it would end. It’s so difficult to write this review without any spoilers but I’m going to try my best… Okay, let’s do this.

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Review: Dark Light by S.L. Jennings

Darklight by S.L JenningsRating: 1star
Type: Paranormal
Series: Dark Light
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LOVE. SEX. MAGIC.

Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.

And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?

Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.

Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost.

 

My Review

I COULDN’T FINISH THIS BOOK. I really couldn’t. My first DNF. It’s been on my shelf for a long time (yay I’m sticking to my TBR list for once) and it’s one of the few New Adult books on there, so I was looking forward to reading it. I was expecting it to be so much better. I mean, how long should I give a book before I give up, all the while resisting the urge to throw my Kindle against the wall? Because I gave it a whole 50% and I got absolutely nothing. I couldn’t read anymore. What a waste of my time. The characters, the story, the… Oh jeez, everything was bad.

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Review: Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Fighting DestinyRating: 4stars
Type: Paranormal/Fantasy
Series: The Fae Chronicles Book 1
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Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae – beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae…every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

 

My Review

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This is the first ‘adult fiction’ book (and faerie for that matter) I’ve ever read so I was pretty excited to start it and didn’t really know what to expect, especially since it’s fantasy erotica. It has a lot – and I mean a lot – of sexual content, so it isn’t for younger readers. ^^’ I found the book on Goodreads after looking for more adult fantasy (I’ve really gotten bored of YA) and came across this. It has really high ratings and the comments/reviews were full of praise, so I decided to give it a go! And I’m glad I did! 😀 Alright, it maybe wasn’t always the best writing and some descriptions were repetitive, and the story didn’t always flow smoothly… But I really enjoyed it! After I hit that half-way point I couldn’t stop. I finished it in a few hours and have already started on the second book!

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Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Rating: 3.5stars
Type: Paranormal
Trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose (+ Rift)
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart.

Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?

 

My Review

I’ve finally had some time to finish reading this book after wanting to for so many months! It’s been on my TBR list forever. I’d heard so many good things about it and it was recommended to me by many people, so I was really looking forward to reading it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based on werewolves (or “Guardians”, as they’re called in this book), the paranormal books I’ve read have mostly been based on other paranormal creatures so it was kind of a new experience. I enjoyed the book and will definitely be reading the next one – I mean, hello, it’s a paranormal love triangle… How can I resist?

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Review: Redemption Series (Book 2 and 3) by Melynda Price


Autumn landscape in foggy wood with a trackRating:
 4stars
Type: New/Young Adult Paranormal
Series: Until Darkness Comes, Shades of Darkness, Courting Darkness, Braving the Darkness (coming October 2014)
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She’s captured the hearts of Heaven and Hell…

Betrayed by her true love, Olivia cannot let go of the angel her mind doesn’t remember, and her heart refuses to forget. In an attempt to reclaim her broken life, she is determined to unearth her past, but some secrets are better left buried.

To save her life, he sacrificed everything. Universal Law was broken when Liam violated Olivia’s free will. His guardianship has been revoked, and the pain of letting her go is nothing compared to the torture of enduring their shattered bond. He can no longer sense her, no longer feel her, and the enemy he risked it all to save her from, now has free reign to claim her for his own. To get her back, Liam must turn away from all he is, all he was, for the one thing he may have already lost forever—Olivia’s love.

Haden will stop at nothing to possess Immanuel’s Stone, and locked away in Olivia’s memories is the key he needs to find it. But in his quest for vengeance, he never expected to lose his heart to the enchanting green-eyed beauty. Forced to choose between love and revenge, Haden becomes captivated by a woman who will never be his…or will she?

 

 

My Review

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I’ve been so busy over the last couple of weeks with uni that I haven’t had any time to write or respond to any comments! I’ve finally got a bit of free time to write something, get back to people and catch up on some reading, but not as much as I’d like to! 🙂

I’m *so* happy that I continued to read the Redemption series and I can’t wait for the fourth and final instalment to come out later this year! I also wrote a review for Book 1 in the series “Until Darkness Comes” a few weeks ago that you can check out. In the second and third books, the story flows way smoother and is generally is strung much better than the first book – such an improvement! This review contains spoilers…

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Review: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

clockworkprincessRating: 4stars
Type: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Trilogy: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them….

 

My Review

I read this trilogy after reading The Mortal Instruments (TMI) series by Cassandra Clare and basically needed to get my hands on anything shadowhunter – I was pretty much obsessed. Thankfully, there was The Infernal Devices (TID) which I could dig into whilst waiting for the sixth and final instalment of TMI, which is going to come out later this year: City of Heavenly Fire. The book had a paranormal love triangle (which we all know is one of my favourite things), but it wasn’t completely mind blowing… The rest of the review contains a few spoilers!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my To-Be-Read List

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So it’s Tuesday! You know what that means… It’s “Top Ten Tuesday” created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is basically. This week’s list is Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read, but since the amount of popular authors I’ve never read could go on forever (let’s face it, my already-read list isn’t extensive), so I decided to do an old list: The Top Ten Books on my To-Be-Read List, in no particular order – and there’s so many more that I want to read which aren’t on the list!

  1. Angelfall by Susan E.E. angelfallzIt’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. More on Goodreads.

  2. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
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    Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life? More on Goodreads.
  3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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    Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t. More on Goodreads.
  4. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
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    Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. More on Goodreads.
  5. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
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    As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

    Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. More on Goodreads.

  6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
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    When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
    Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

    When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. More on Goodreads.

  7. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

    Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. More on Goodreads.

  8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
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    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

    Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

    When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself. More on Goodreads.

  9. Dark Light by S.L. Jennings
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    Love. Sex. Magic: Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.

    Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost. More on Goodreads.

  10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
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    In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
    Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

    Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart. More on Goodreads.

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Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Rating: 4.5stars
Type: Science Fiction
Series: Lux #1
Author | Amazon | Goodreads

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Review

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I know what you’re thinking… Aliens? Seriously? Well yes, seriously. I finished reading this book the same night that I started it – I honestly could not put it down. It’s totally different from all the other paranormal books that I’ve read lately, and Jennifer tells her story at the kind of pace that I love. Normally, I find myself getting bored if there’s too much unnecessary description, droning on endlessly (the lake is beautiful – we get it), but I always found myself getting all the information I needed without having to read a never-ending amount of pages to figure out what happened in a short 5 minute scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful description as much as the next girl, but you can’t keep all the juicy details away for that long!
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