Story: With the way the first book ended, I had to dive into this one as immediately as I could. I just couldn’t believe how quickly everything went down! I’m not going to go into too many details to prevent spoilers. There are already enough spoilers in the blurb of this book. I definitely strongly recommend reading the first book first. Both books are so amazing. They are both worth the read.
Characters: We are following Owen. He is the father of four beautiful children who are all turning into Fae. This is the first book I’ve read like this with the main character being the parent. I’m sure there are many other books out there like this. It’s just the first one I’ve personally experienced. I loved it. It was a nice change of pace for me. And it was such a lovely sight to see such a loyal individual who is so selfless as the main character. I’d of liked to see more of the characters in this book. Especially the children. I mean we get plenty of them. Don’t get me wrong. I just can’t really explain it well. I didn’t really care at all for a certain character in this book. She was just a little too much.
Final Thoughts: I really can’t get over how amazing I found this book. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I’m actually pretty curious to read other books by this author. I love the writing style they have. I’m sure they will have many other great works if they don’t already. I fully recommend reading this book. Please read Haven first. It helps so much in the flow of things.
Story: I really enjoyed this story very much. As I’ve read another series by this author, I had some issues with comparing this series with that. I had to set the book aside and reset it because of that. I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as I did the Plum series, but it was still a terrific read. I’m looking forward to seeing more books in this series. I might become more attached to this series as it goes along. I definitely want to see what happens with all of the characters!
Characters: I’m bad with names and I listened to this in audiobook. I know the main character’s name is Gabriella. She’s pretty amazing. A little on the snobbish side. She’s kind of like a sophisticated version of Stephanie Plum. I didn’t intend to compare them, but I couldn’t help it. It just happened.
Critiques: None that I can think of.
Narration: I really enjoyed the narrator. She’s a lot better than the narrator they had for One for the Money. Not that there was anything wrong with the narrator. She just didn’t fit what I imagined for the book.
Final Thoughts: I’m not fully connected to this series yet. I can say that I have really enjoyed the first book. I’m really looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. I am also looking forward to getting to know all of the characters a bit better as the series progresses.
Story: This is the fourth book in the Dark Road series. I personally feel like all of the books should be read in order. This book dives right into the story from where book three left off. At least in my opinion. To be fair, it’s a completely different story than the first three. There are references to the first three that wouldn’t make sense unless you read the first three though. I wouldn’t really consider them spoilers. I really enjoyed the book so much. I wish I had shut the world out like I wanted to and just read it all in one sitting. It hits different than the first three books for me, but not in a bad way.
Characters: I feel like I really got to know Heather and David more in this book than I did the first three. I didn’t hate them, but I was very reserved about them. They had very explosive attitudes. I also liked seeing Bella from a different perspective. I think that I was so absorbed in her emotions in the first three that I didn’t really look at the rest of the characters too closely. This book gave me a different perspective of everyone.
Critiques: There are parts that I really wish were longer. There were also parts that were referenced that I wish I could have actually seen. I won’t get into the details to prevent spoilers. These are all personal isms. It does not reflect on the book itself.
Final Thoughts: I don’t think this book was as intense as the first three, but I enjoyed it very much. I also loved the buildup and flow of the whole book. Getting to know other characters in this world has been so amazing. I’m looking forward to reading many other books from this world. I guess you could say I’ve become Addicted to this series!
I did not intend to take a break as it were. At the end of the day, I’m glad I did. It has really done me well. I’ve been home for three days now. I was kind of in the background. For one, I was trying to finish a book. I just finished it a bit earlier today. For two, a bunch of people at the convention I went to tested positive for covid. Including my partner. So far, I haven’t shown any symptoms. Both tests I took came up negative. I’m still going to go in quarantine mode for the next two weeks to be on the safe side.
This time off has helped me reflect on myself so much. I think getting out of the house and away for a bit has helped as well. Also, I was at a book convention, so I also had some amazing retail therapy. As I do every year. I actually didn’t buy as much this year as I normally did. I wasn’t as impulsive. Here’s a video of my haul:
I do realize there’s still a lot there. My mom decided to gift me some books as well. I’m so thankful for her! I did do something really awesome (to me) when I got home. I sat down and made a list of blogs I want to write and a list of blogs I should write here soon. Here’s the blog topics I’ll be including in my blog currently:
Blog Tours Cover Reveals Release Blitzes Book Reviews Book Spotlights TV Show Reviews (By the Season) Movie Reviews Any book-related topic I am inspired by Author/Reader Interviews Before the book speculations/guesses Book Tags Product Reviews Quote Reactions Book Rants
I’m pretty sure this list will be added to and edited to a lot as my blog goes on from here. Which is completely fine. The biggest thing I’m trying to do is get out of the rut of routine that I threw myself in. I want my blog to feel more authentic. More me. I’ll still do a post every day, but it will be randomly selected from either something above or anything that strikes my fancy. Some days, there might be more than one blog. It all depends. I do have an author interview coming soon. I sent her over questions and some things I’d like her to send back today. I’m really excited!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the changes that you see here in the future.
𝐒𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐯𝐢𝐥 plunges reluctant 17th century sorceress Elizabeth Fiennes further into mayhem, danger and distress, as she learns that once you enter the deadly world of magic, there’s no turning back. Having used a spell to rescue her wrongly accused husband Jack from the gallows, she finds herself caught in a terrifying demonic conflict between the coven that wants to harness her extra-ordinary enchantment skills and the scheming local magistrate determined to destroy her and all her kind. 𝑶𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒖𝒎𝒑𝒉 – 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒊𝒆?
Author Bio Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.
He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the old TV reruns of horror classics he watched as a teenager but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.
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Managing the many faces of malice, Siri and Aurei feel invincible. Seemingly having it all now —love, passion, wealth, commitment— the soulmates, back in Sin City, make it official, determined to meld their worlds together.
Protection versus independence remains an issue for the two as Aurei struggles to dominate and possess his headstrong Wild Thang. Then Siri vanishes—again.
As obsession turns to desperation, Aurei’s murderous Bastard Son of Thor superego lurks below the surface, waiting to reclaim what is his, but first, Hardcore must find her!
The Hardcore Novels conclude with an ending that is truly – unforgettable.
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NOTE: This is a full-length novel (700+ pages). A brand-new edition of Jessika Klide’s Siri’s Saga, revised with additional content and dual POVs.
About the Author:
Jessika Klide lives in LA …Lower Alabama, is married to her high school sweetheart of 40 years, and has a mammoth mule named Thor. Her husband is a former Army Aviator who flew UH1 Hueys in the 1980’s and who currently flies as a volunteer with Friends of Army Aviation. She has a deep respect and love for the men and women of the US Armed Forces and writes about hot, alpha military men and the sexy, strong women that love them.
Shield & Blade: A Fate of Eyrinthia Novella (Fate of Eyrinthia #3.5)
YA Fantasy Romance
July 14, 2022
His to protect
When Vera broke Venn’s heart, he was shattered. When she was abducted by mercenaries, he vowed to tear Mortise apart to find her. Now, reunited, he is determined to keep her safe–and win back her heart. Of course, things are never that simple.
Hers to defend
Vera has regretted hurting Venn ever since that fateful night in Wexon, but finding the right time to tell him is proving difficult. Traveling with him to Duvan should give her the perfect opportunity, but things take an unexpected turn when they find young children abandoned near a roadside.
Theirs to save
Helping the children isn’t in question, but the detour leads Venn and Vera into the heart of a sinister mystery. The truth they fight to uncover could change everything in Eyrinthia–and may cost them their lives.
Learn more about the Fate of Eyrinthia series by checking out Royal Decoy (Fate of Eyrinthia #1)
Royal Decoy Blurb:
Clare made a mistake when she saved the princess’s life . . .
In one horrible night, Clare is forced to give up her life as a kitchen maid to become the princess’s decoy. Thrust into a dangerous new world of royals and deadly politics, she must learn how to be the princess’s perfect double to ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard, Bennick. The spark between them is undeniable, though a relationship is forbidden. When a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, it becomes frighteningly clear that some will stop at nothing to end the tenuous peace—and Clare’s life.
Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. His name inspires fear in all who hear it, but no one knows his heavily guarded secret. He carries out every brutal order only because his father holds power over the one person he cares about. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested, however, when his father reveals plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.
The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.
Royal Decoy is the first in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia.
Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon Bestselling YA author who loves epic stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com
One of the things readers love about the Fate of Eyrinthia series are the characters. There’s a huge cast in Eyrinthia, with people from four different kingdoms. Some are good, some are pure evil, and the rest are varied shades of gray. There are a lot of main characters, but we also have a lot of side characters–and they get a lot of love!
So, what does it take to make a strong side character?
Give them a quirk/defining personality trait. This won’t be the only thing about them, of course–that wouldn’t make a strong side character!–but especially if you have a large cast of characters, it can be a good idea to have something that helps them take shape. Venn was the “funny guy/best friend”; Vera was the “shy maid/kind confidante”. This helps them stand out for the readers, and it helped me know how to have them act in a scene without always having to reach deep and figure out all their motivations all the time. That would be exhausting!
Learn where they came from, and where they want to go. We all know that main characters need clear pasts and goals. If you want your secondary characters to also leap off the page, you need to know some things about them, too. It doesn’t need to be as fleshed out as your main characters, but by figuring out their history and dreams, you can know them better–and write them better. You may also be surprised at how that can shape subplots–or even the main plot.
Give them a worry or fear. It makes them more human, and more interesting. The dialogue will be better, and it could provide opportunities for the main characters to be supportive, which can make everything feel more real and fleshed out. Especially since it’s often the secondary characters that offer the main characters support and insights.
Allow them to change. Just because they’re a secondary character doesn’t mean they need to be static. In fact, giving them a story arc–or letting them have unexpected reactions–can lead to more engaging storytelling. Venn is the funny guy–until things get dangerous. Then he’s deadly. And when he loses Vera, he loses a lot of his humor. None of this overtook the main storyline, or necessitated him to become a POV in the main series–it was all in how the other characters saw him, and reacted to him.
Allow them to live ‘off-camera’. We’re following the main characters for a reason; most of their story happens ‘on-camera’, so to speak. We see the conversations, because they’re important to the plot. Side characters aren’t always on camera, and even if they are there, they’re often in the background. But if you recognize that they are doing things off-camera–having conversations, making connections, etc–then you can incorporate realistic changes in their relationships with other characters, as possibly bring in fun changes to the story. For instance, Venn and Vera have their first kiss off-camera–we see them flirt, and we learn they have a budding romance, just as we also learn that things go horribly wrong after Vera’s sister is killed. This, of course, is what helps set the stage for Shield & Blade.
There are many different ways to write rich, realistic characters. These tips provide just a few ideas, but they definitely helped me in Eyrinthia.
I hope everybody is doing well! I’ve decided to take the rest of the week as a mental relaxation week. I’m also preparing for my trip next week. I can’t believe it snuck up so fast! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been going to a convention every year since 2018. It’s called Literary Love of Savannah. I’m so excited!
I’m going to do my very best to post every day after the day is over to talk about the day. I do recognize that I am introverted. These kind of events are very draining on me. I’m at least going to try. Once I’m back, I’ll start posting the backlist reviews. I’ll post one a day until I’m caught up. I’ll also make a post every day. I feel inspired again and it feels amazing!
Before I conclude this blog with my reading updates, I wanted to give a special Happy Birthday to my sister, Tessla! She’s so amazing. She’s always been there for me. I love her very much!!!
So my reading plans. I downloaded some audiobooks to Apple Books on my devices and ebooks on my Kindle app on my tablet. I limited myself to a certain number. My goal is to read them all and then download more. Keep myself focused. I will also be reading paperbacks as well. I will have them close to me. I think it will do me good. Keep me organized if you will! I’m currently listening to Out of the Shadows by Jenn D. Young. I’m reading Royal Captive by Heather Frost, Avalon by Ceril N Domace, and The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich. I’m a mood reader and I’m buddy reading with my mom.
Thank you so much for reading! Tell me all about what you’re reading! What’s your latest favorite read that you couldn’t put down?
Hello! My name is Nikkie! I’m an avid reader! I’m also a gamer!
For quite a while, I’ve been feeling like blogging was a chore. I thought if I revamped it that it would help. Then I took a health hit. My mental health took a hit too. I took the time to really reflect upon myself. There are things that I want to start doing, and there are things that I want to stop doing.
One of the biggest mistakes I feel like I made was trying to turn the blog into a full-time income. I know that there are people that have made it. I just realize now that I’m not cut out for it. Would it be amazing if I could? Yes. Do I have the experience and drive to push it to that point? I don’t really think so. I would like to think of something that I can do to earn an income that puts me more in charge of my work. I just don’t know what to look into. I’m willing to put in the training to make it happen. I just need a starting point and I’m good to go. I’ll get there.
The other biggest mistake I made is posting what I felt others wanted to see. Some of the posts I’ve made I’ve really enjoyed, but there are some that I only posted because I thought I had to. I even posted three blogs a day at one point. It was a lot. I started to realize while I was down that if I’m not enjoying making the blogs, it’s going to fall flat.
So enough about the negatives. Let’s focus on the positive. What will be changed from here? How will I find my love for blogging again? To start with, I’m focusing on what’s important to me. Reading and connecting with people. The number of views are great. Don’t get me wrong. My priority is to make friends here that I have things in common with. Another thing I did was a makeover to my blog. I tried to use something that fit my personality a bit more. I probably would have chosen something Avril Lavinge related. I’m so obsessed with her. LOL!
I will still post every day. It will just be things I’m in the mood to talk about rather than something scheduled. And it won’t all be book related. For instance, next week, I’ll be in Savannah for the yearly convention I go to. I’ll probably do a post every day about how the day before was. Maybe share my goodies I got as well. Just whatever topic is on my mind that day.
I plan to get better at posting my book reviews right away. I am strongly considering giving myself a day or so to reflect on the book before I review it though. I still have reviews I need to get written and posted. That will happen!
I’m going to start getting better at visiting and interacting with other blogs. I also plan to follow anybody who follows me back. As long as I can tell it’s a real account and not a bot or suspicious blog.
Enjoy the books I read. One of the things I’ve really done that I wish I could take back is that I said yes to every single request and signed up for every blog tour with a review. I didn’t respect my lack of time to read. Working a full-time job makes reading time precious. I was expecting to read 3-5 books a week. When in reality, I was lucky to get 1-3 in. I felt like I’ve let so many people down when I’m constantly falling behind. That’s weighed heavily on me. I do plan on getting the books I promised read and reviewed, but I’m going to do it on my terms so reading doesn’t become a chore again.
I’m not going to share my reading progress anymore. It started making me feel certain ways. I’m not trying to compete with other readers. I’m trying to share my love of reading and connect with people who read books similar to what I read. I think that the reviews I post will be good enough on sharing my progress.
That’s all I can think of to include in this blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. You are amazing to me. You take time out of your busy day to read my blog. I am grateful to you and want to interact with you! If you have a blog, I want to follow it if I’m not already. I’ll do my best to start reading blogs and interacting with them soon. I’m turning over a new leaf and looking forward to seeing how things go!
I’ve been going through many things lately. I won’t go into many details. I’m not trying to get pity. I also know that there are many people who have it way worse than me. I really do get that. It doesn’t change the fact that my mental and physical health has recently taken a plunge. I’ve fallen out of a lot of the positive habits that I’ve worked so hard to build. Luckily, it was only temporary. I’m working on getting back into my groove now. I’m also working on realizing that I’m not perfect and that people aren’t going to judge me as badly as I judge myself for falling out of routine. Hopefully, my luck will remain good and some good things will come my way! Also, please know that I’m here for anybody who needs somebody. Nobody should ever feel like they are struggling alone.
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