Category: Paranormal

Sep 09
Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1) by A.J. Aalto (review)

Touched (The Marnie Baranuik Files #1) by A.J. Aalto (review)

It was interesting that to be a psychic, you had to be bonded to a vampire. If you weren’t bonded to a vampire, you weren’t a real psychic. Since those powers all came from vampires, and humans only gain them through bonding. In exchange, the human (called a DaySitter) takes care of the vampire during daylight hours when he or she cannot do so themselves. And is a companion during the vampires waking hours. They also feed the vampire, and make sure nothing can get to the vampire to harm it. Marnie does a lot of stupid things that she… Read more »

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Sep 03
White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (review)

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (review)

“Flattery will get you everywhere, except, apparently, off a roof.”   I loved the crime boss/crime family elements worked into this book. It helped to make it different and unique. And the world building that was done around that element made total sense in the context of the book. The mysteries were well done, and I didn’t manage to guess most of them. A few I did, but a lot of them I didn’t see coming. That’s always a plus! I really enjoyed Cassel’s thought processes, and the reasons behind the things he said and did. The voice used was… Read more »

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Aug 26
Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

This is and is not, a love triangle. In one sense it is, because two men are after the same woman (Nalia). But it also isn’t, because Nalia only loves one of them. And it isn’t her abusive master. She’s a little confused at first, because she was taken into slavery as a 15 year old who had never loved or had a relationship before. But mostly she hates Malek. And with good reason. I liked how strong Nalia was. She lived years in captivity with an abusive owner, forced to grant wishes for his business contacts. Otherwise she was… Read more »

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Aug 20
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Celaena grew, changed and learned so much in this book. I loved the first one, but this book? Was amazing! We got to see the secret killing side of her she didn’t actually unleash in the first book. The cold calculating side. As well as the warm and loving one. Her friendship with Nehemia was warm and fun, the perfect balance. And her relationship with Chaol was perfect. Her reactions fit, and were believable even as I yelled “Nooo!!!!” for some bits of the book. There were more magical happenings, more things revealed and more twists. Some I had totally… Read more »

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Aug 19
Wish Bound (Grimm Agency #3) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Wish Bound (Grimm Agency #3) by J.C. Nelson (review)

I loved how a lot of the things you wondered about through the other books in the series finally was explained in this one. Like the evil cheese in the Agency’s fridge. Why Rosa hates Marissa. Why magic goes so horribly, weirdly wrong around Marissa. (And I totally didn’t see the answer to that coming!) I really liked Mikey, his character really grew in this book. Grimm is still my favorite, as he has been in all the books. But I also loved reading about the Adversary (the devil), and we get to meet god as well (though I’ve already… Read more »

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Aug 12
Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2) by J.C. Nelson (review)

This book takes place a few years after the first book ended. I liked this one a lot more, which is rare for me. It had a lot more funny moments, and less of the things that irked me about the first book. Marissa was less shallow in this one, and while she still made fun of princesses, it was in a way you could tell was supposed to be funny and not mean. I also loved how she twisted the plagues! And it still amuses me that toy poodles are considered evil, people-eating creatures from hell. This was very… Read more »

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Aug 09
Spindle (Two Monarchies Sequence #1) by W.R. Gingell (review)

Spindle (Two Monarchies Sequence #1) by W.R. Gingell (review)

I tend to like fairytale retellings. At least if they’re done well. This one was for the most part. Lots of unique twists, and funny moments. I quite enjoyed reading about Poly and Onepiece. I didn’t like Luck at all however. At least not until somewhere around the 40% mark. He never answered questions, was always doing things to Poly magically without her permission. Pretty much, he was an obnoxious character. But somewhere along the way, he started growing on me. And he grew on Poly as well. I ended up really liking him by the end of the book,… Read more »

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Aug 04
The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles, #1) by Farah Oomerbhoy (review)

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles, #1) by Farah Oomerbhoy (review)

You know those series where you finish the first book, and get that urge to immediately track down and read the next one? This is totally that kind of book. Unfortunately the 2nd book isn’t published yet. It starts out totally believably for anyone who was ever picked on or bullied in school. I immediately identified with Aurora, and got that sinking feeling when I read about what happened to her in school with the cute and popular boy. Shortly after that, the magic part of the fantasy began. And from there it was a total ‘I don’t want to… Read more »

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Jul 26
Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1) by J.C. Nelson (review)

I liked this book. It may push buttons for some, because Marissa comes off as a bit shallow and hooked on looks at first. Mostly her own and the princess’. She’s also mouthy, and does not take direction well. As the book goes on, we get to see more depth to her character. She’s loyal, and will do anything for those she cares for. I really loved Grimm! I wasn’t expecting him to come out as my favorite character, but there was just something about him. I also liked Ari, the princess. At least once we actually got to know… Read more »

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Jul 23
River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs (review)

River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs (review)

I absolutely adored Coyote! I want him to make lots of more appearances in the books, and it sounds like he just might. The way he was written was perfect. He was mysterious and tricksey, but he also obviously cared for Mercy as one of his walkers. I also liked what happened with the walking stick at the end. The River Devil was nightmarish and if you have a fear of the water already, this might make it just that bit worse. But it was described so well, and was a fitting monster for the book. I’m still amazed Mercy… Read more »

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