Genre: Paranormal

Average Rating: 4.14


Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Ma..

Posted 26 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 1 Comment
Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.” Sarah J. Maas has done it again. What it is, I don’t quite know, but I’m still recovering. A Court of Thorns and Roses is an incredible retelling with a faerie twist, and if it was any other author I would have been weary. Like her Throne of Glass series, Maas’ writing is effortless, with perfect pacing, and characters that are to-die for — a sure breathtaking read for all fantasy and fairytale lovers. Feyre and her family are poor and impoverished, yet they are still above begging for food and clothing… for now. For now, Feyre is the sole provider for her weak father and two older sisters, which means she must hunt and bargain just to keep her family alive. So when she encounters a seemingly ordinary wolf preying after the same doe, Feyre must risk the consequences of breaking the Treaty in order to keep her family alive. When a beast-like creature comes knocking at her door demanding retribution, Feyre is dragged to the magical faerie lands, where she must live out the rest of her life in her captor, Tamlin’s, estate. There, she begins to learn that the myths and legends told […]


Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 2 April, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hunter. Hunter. HUNTER. Man oh man Jennifer knows how to write male characters that you know you should find attractive, but definitely do. Hell, she made ALIENS hot. Okay? Aliens. Um… HOW? Now I know I gave Obsession a five star rating, but let me be clear; the plot was so cliche it was tacky. Girl has normal life, girl gets thrown into supernatural world where she meets hot guy *in swaggers Hunter* who is forced to protect her, girl falls for boy even though she shouldn’t, boy eventually falls for girl and becomes a better man, they live (relatively) happily ever after after a bunch of crazy sh*t goes down. It was entertaining, cliche as it was. But it was Jennifer L. Armentrout, so… As Hazel Grace Lancaster would say to her favourite author, “Frankly, I’d read your grocery lists.” JLA is my go-to gal for entertaining, amazing love stories, and will continue to be until I’ve read every single word she’s written. Probably even after that. #reread The romance was… hot. From the very beginning, the moment Hunter and Serena met, he made his intentions crystal clear. Which I’m still debating if I liked or not. I mean it’s good to know what you want and to go after what you want, but he… he was… well, Hunter. He was forward, to the point, and all consuming. Their romance was […]


Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 19 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

She’s done it again, ladies and gents. Jennifer L. Armentrout has knocked my socks off. Wicked, a self-published first installment in a new series, was absolutely phenomenal. The characters were kick-ass and the story had a great balance of humor, romance, and ass-kicking good times.   Set in New Orleans, Wicked had me hooked. Maybe it’s my love for the setting (The Originals, hellooo.), but it just made the whole story that much more appealing to me. JLA has never written something that I didn’t enjoy, she knows how to tell a gripping, amazing story. As the story carried through I found myself super excited that it wasn’t a stand a lone novel, especially because I really want to explore the world of The Order and maybe hear some more stories from other characters. Ren and Ivy were interesting characters who I fell for and found myself easily connecting with, and Ivy’s journey – finding out what she really wanted and where she fit within The Order was a story I found myself loving from beginning to end. She wanted more from her life than to just be tied to The Order and so she applied for College and attended while still keeping up with her duties to The Order which I couldn’t help but admire. As this giant battle grew closer and closer and things were revealed (and I guessed the […]


Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Posted 18 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

Anomaly was unlike any book I’ve read before. It was an interesting plot element—a gifted race of beings called the Oculi who could wish anything into existence. I found the concept intriguing and the world building was interesting in a scientific way. I had actually been learning about some of the chemistry-based knowledge that this book utilizes (as can be seen in the series name, Schrodinger’s Consortium) so it was easier for me to understand some of the explanations that came from the characters. I felt, however, as though maybe it can be more difficult for someone without that prior knowledge to understand. Regardless, it was an enjoyable novel. The dual POV really added depth to both of the main characters, Josie and Reid, and it gave a different perspective of what was going on than we would have had if there was only one narrator. It had great pacing and the book flew by. I enjoyed Josie’s character. She just had all types of things thrown at her! And she handled it graciously. I though that she was a a very brave character. She was also insanely smart, and it was kind of nice to hear the thoughts of an extremely intellectual character. I felt like some of her knowledge rubbed off on me, and if we are going to be completely honest, she probably helped out my chemistry […]


Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Posted 12 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Discussion, Review / 0 Comments
Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

I’m going to be blunt right now. I didn’t think I was going to finish Evertrue. The story just took a turn I really didn’t like, and I thought it was sort of a cop out to make a villainous character less of a villain. From the beginning of the series I pined for Cole and Nikki to end up together, even though I think I knew deep down that it wouldn’t work. It was wayyy too dysfunctional to be a justified option for the two characters. But still, I wanted it. Not that I disliked Nikki’s boyfriend, I didn’t. Jack was cool and his love for Nikki was beautiful. (But a tad boring for my tastes). I’ve just got this eternal love for the bad seeds I guess. The beginning picked up where we left off in Everbound and I liked that. Some books that end on cliffhangers do the whole, Six Months Later or whatever and it’s annoying. The rest of the story is quite the journey for all of the characters. It’s a race for Nikki and Jack to find Nik’s heart, stolen by Cole because he wants her for himself, to rule the Everneath beside him. (I’d do it. Pick me. Please. *waves hands*). Each of the characters face impossible tasks and are forced to overcome them and trust one another. This is the installment that really brings the whole […]


Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Posted 26 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Check out my review of Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1) Check out my review of Marked by Hades (Bound by Hades #2) I really had enjoyed the first two novels in the series and I was interested to see how the series came to a conclusion. Claimed by Light was Halena’s story. The French Guardian who didn’t believe in Mates. So of course she is shaken when she feels an instant connection to Slade, who has just sold his soul to demons and is on the fast-track to becoming one himself. This novel was definitely interesting. We get to the conclusion of the Guardian’s battle against the demons and beating them to the artifacts. There was lots of action, suspense, and death. My only complaint is that the ending didn’t feel like the ending of a series to me. I actually had to double check as to whether it was the last novel. There just felt like there were a few too many loose-ends that needed tying. Halena was the main character in this novel. It was nice to see her character in more depth as opposed to the glimpses of her personality we see in the first two novels. To be honest, this novel really changed my opinion about her character. She went through a lot and closed herself off so valid reasons and I came to […]


Review: Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

Posted 19 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

Check out my review of Going Down in Flames (Going Down in Flames #1) Bridges Burned was sufficiently entertaining. There was tons of romantic drama as well as some adventure-type drama. There were things that happened that I wasn’t expecting at all, and some of the plot’s twists and turns kept me guessing about what would happen. At times, some things felt overly dramatic, but it wasn’t so off-putting as in book one. I thought it was a decent improvement, in terms of both plot and writing. Bryn was just as spunky in this novel as in the last, but she suffered from some emotional turmoil in this installment due to a variety of different things. At first it was alarming to see such a confident character break down, but in the end, it made her more realistic than she felt in book one. I found myself genuinely rooting for her at points in this novel. I suppose that Jaxon and Zavien are the two main male characters in this book. Zavien’s personality seemed to do a complete 180. He was definitely not my favorite character in the book, which was off-putting because I didn’t mind his character in the first novel. On the other hand, we see a completely different side of Jaxon in this installment. It was like their personalities did a complete flip-flop, which was slightly concerning. […]


Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Posted 16 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

I actually picked this book up at BEA. It seemed interesting so I was willing to give it a try. I liked the premise of this novel, what with having two people being the last descendants of ancient biblical bloodlines working together to destroy demons. Then there was the added twist that the main male, a descendant from the line of Judas, was fated to betray the last descendant of the line of David. And of course, feelings start to build between the two of them. Plot-wise, the novel was decently engaging. There was a pacing problem, about 20% in which made it practically impossible to read the book for long periods of time. At moments, I debated DNFing, but I really liked the basis of the novel and wanted to see it through. I’m glad that I did. The pacing eventually picked up and it was smooth sailing from then on. Ivy was the last descendant of the Davidian line. She was a really brave and selfless character. She got dumped into the middle of all of this while looking for her sister who was kidnapped and then was almost kidnapped by a demon herself. Ivy was very trusting but not too much to the point of stupidity. She made some mistakes in the novel and made some decisions that I didn’t agree with, but that just made her […]


Review: Soar by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted 12 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Soar by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Soar is the first installment to a companion series to The Crescent Chronicles. I absolutely adored The Crescent Chronicles and I was curious as to what happens to the side characters in that series. Soar follows a girl named Casey, who has taken a semester off of college in order to save up money for tuition. One night while taking out the trash, she is attacked by a large wolf and her life is completely turned upside down. Soar was interesting in a different way from The Crescent Chronicles series, but I still enjoyed it. This novel had the mystery that we were actively trying to figure out: why was Casey attacked? Then throw in the cute guy who bought coffee at the coffeehouse she worked at and her somewhat-mean and creepy manager, and you have a very interesting story. Casey was a lot different than Allie, in my opinion. Casey was tough and hardworking. At first, she wanted absolutely nothing to do with all of the craziness that she was going though. I think that she adapted pretty well, especially seeing as she was attacked by a giant wolf. I liked her. She was pretty simple and funny. There are three potential love interests introduced in this novel, but based on Casey’s reactions, there were only really two options. Toby is a pteron (Allie’s ex-lover) and the guy who […]


Review: Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted 2 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

I have read and enjoyed various novels written by Alyssa Rose Ivy, so when I saw that she had a new series, taking place in the same world as The Crescent and Empire Chronicles, I was curious as to where the story would lead. Dire wasn’t a bad book. It wasn’t, however, as enjoyable as some of Ivy’s other novels. Dire focuses on a girl named Mary Ann who takes a road trip with her long-time crush, Gage, back home. They, however, end up stranded, and are essentially kidnapped by a pack of Dire wolves. And their leader, Hunter, wants to take Mary Ann as his mate. Dire was interesting, to say the least. I felt as if there were a few fuzzy areas within the plot, which I hope will be clarified in the next novel. The pacing was good, and there weren’t many slow spots once Mary Ann and Gage met the wolves. There were a lot of things going on in this book, and I am interested to see how the plot thickens in the second installment. Mary Ann was an okay female protagonist, but she wasn’t my favorite. At moments, I found myself disliking her because I just felt like she wasn’t the brightest of characters. Also, she seemed a bit one dimensional to me. Regardless of that, she was a very caring character. She was […]