Sunday, July 30, 2017

Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart

Her Blackened Soul (The Blackened, #1)Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magic, blood, power, and love. Though not the mellow love story you usually encounter. The beginning was a bit slow,but once the story picks up its pace you really enjoy the read. Our female protagonist, Isra, is a powerful witch consumed by darkness, and unapologetic about it which makes her refreshing. In fact the entire story is refreshing, told from an entirely different point of view that would make you question your moral compass.
The descriptions are beautifully made allowing you to enter the scene and savour it, the characters have depth, and the end is not an end but a new beginning.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Retribution by Matthew Johnson

RetributionRetribution by Matthew Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved it! A gripping story from beginning to end, loaded with action and an impeccable plot. You enter a post-war world where retaliations on past actions continue to tear families apart, rich descriptions make you fully dive into the story. Jarrod is a relatable and layered character, not the strongest but certainly the most willing to do what he thinks is right. The end leaves you eager to get a hold on the next book as the story reaches a new high point.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Witch Awakening by Kira Morris

Witch Awakening (The Sister Witches Series Book 1)Witch Awakening by Kira Morris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again my love for magic has been renewed. Kira Morris delivers a great story started by three young witches that struggle to find their place in the War World 2 era. Bridget, Rebecca, and Elizabeth are three lovely sister witches, each gifted with a unique power, and all bound by love.
Elizabeth, one of our leading characters has it even harder than her sisters, she has been asleep for more than 200 years waiting for a spell to free her. She has to deal not only with the cruel reality of the plot to force her and her sisters into using their powers for someone else's’ profit, but also with being out of her time and encountering someone she would prefer not to see ever again. Edward is physically identical to the man that betrayed Elizabeth and her sisters centuries ago, though the similarities end there. Despite growing in a dysfunctional home, Edward is a loyal man that fiercely protects the ones he loves.
Conspiracies, secrets, power, love, lust, this story has it all.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mother of Shadows by Meg Anne

Mother of Shadows (The Chosen Book 1)Mother of Shadows by Meg Anne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful. The world Meg Anne created is a mesmerizing one, full of color and magic. And speaking of magic I have to say I love the way is portrayed, how it changes the one who wields it. The characters are memorable, Helena is one of the most complete leads I've read recently: sensitive but strong, humble but empowered, fierce but caring. Von, Helena's mate is to die for, menacing, at first sight, but once the story unravels you can see his many qualities. He is the perfect complement to Helena and vice-versa, their relationship is a symbiotic one by all means. Helena's circle of protectors are an interesting lot, all carrying an important part of the whole, each unique and endearing.
The plot is very well designed, mysteries abound but also does action, there is no time to feel bored. One of my favorite things is the character development, especially Helena's, how she protects the ones she cares, even if they are the protectors, how she quickly matures and embraces her daunting fate, how unselfish she proves to be.
Overall a great book I devoured in a matter of hours.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Eve (Eve #1)

Eve (Eve, #1)Eve by Anna Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. It's one of the best dystopias I've read so far, fast paced, intense, with the correct amount of humor and bad choices. Eve is very likable, she goes from being in a relatively comfortable world to fighting to survive in the wilderness, armed only with her intelligence. In her journey, she finds a few allies, Arden being the most interesting one in my opinion. A rebellious and very feisty girl who learned the awful truth before Eve did. And Caleb of course, who looks wild and dangerous but it's probably the warmest person Eve encounters.
The character development is one of my favorite things, we get to see how Eve changes gradually from a gullible girl to a hero. She fights to protect those she cares about, even if that means risking herself.
The end is bittersweet, a great cliffhanger that prompts you to know what comes next.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Balthazar by Claudia Gray

Balthazar (Evernight, #5)Balthazar by Claudia Gray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved it! I was glad when I found out the author was gonna dedicate a book to Balthazar, he is dreamy. I kinda shipped Balthazar and Bianca for a while, but you just can't deny the chemistry he has with Skye. She is bold, feisty and has a good amount of self-confidence which makes her better than tons of other leading female characters. Balthazar is one of my favorite male characters ever, he's not the typical Alfa male with over boarding self-loving that makes you roll your eyes every five minutes, so that's refreshing.
The book is well paced, despite the flashbacks I didn't have any time to get bored. There are a few turns and surprises that will keep you alert. Overall I really recommend this book.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Devil's Night Dawning

This is The First Book of the Broken Stone Chronicle By Author Damien Black.

Here is the synopsis:
As a kingdom teeters on the brink of civil war, two witch hunters fight to stop a warlock before he unlocks an ancient evil…

For centuries only the sacred Argolian Order has stood between the dark forces of the Other Side and the mortal vale. Now the barrier between worlds is breaking down, and two of its monks must identify the demonologist responsible, before he has them killed…

When novice Adelko is assigned to adept Horskram, he rejoices at the chance to lead an adventurous life. An adventurous death isn’t what he had in mind – but it comes calling when they learn of a sorcerous theft. Whoever is behind it wants to silence them before they can warn the Grand Master of their order... 

As Horskram and Adelko flee from one danger to another, their homeland erupts into civil war – the rebellious southern barons have reunited and want to dethrone the King of Northalde. Their world is on the brink of a momentous struggle that will reshape it forever…

My opinion:
Epic, that would be my description if asked to put it in only one word. Damien’s Black book will go straight to my favorite list. The reader will find itself in a dark parallel world where evil is very real. This world is beautifully created, you could swear the author was there, the details make the scenes trapping.
The characters are incredibly well constructed, their flaws make them all more appealing and true. We have a priest, a novice, a knight, a princess, a squire… so much to chose from. The multiple points of view are flawless, each character has importance and depth. My favorite of all would be Adelko, a novice under the tutelage of Master Horskram, he’s the more relatable to me, smart and creative under pressure, also prone to question everything and see the best on people. 
The plot is beautifully made, creating mysteries to solve that just won't let you put the book down. Every story is connected and carries an important meaning, every scenario is so thoroughly described you can almost smell it. Despite having a hint sometimes as to what could happen next, most was a surprise, the unpredictability is refreshing. The action scenes look like something you would see in an epic fantasy movie, even better: fierce monsters, brave heroes, and powerful villains. 
The end is not really an end, but a new beginning, with just a few riddles unraveled and much more to solve. The danger to face will grow as I’m sure the adventure will too.

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