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Monday, May 20, 2019

Audio Book Review: Sin & Chocolate By K. F. Breene

Sin & Chocolate
(Demigod of San Francisco #1)
By K. F. Breene

Length: 9 hours and 56 minutes
Narrator: Khristine Hvam

Some people are ordained for greatness…

Those people usually have a lot of drama in their life. Drama I happily do without. I live in a forgotten corner of nowhere for a reason: there is safety in anonymity. I have enough problems just trying to get by.

But when Kieran, a sinfully sexy demigod at the pinnacle of power, crashes into my life, suddenly my whole world is turned upside down.

He’s harboring a deadly secret, one that could destroy all he holds dear. He thinks I’m the key to his salvation, and he wants me to help him claim vengeance.

He also wants me with a passion that burns my body from the inside out.

To ignore him is impossible, but to give in to my desires, even for a night, would thrust me into danger I might not survive.

Remember what I said about drama? Now I’m in it up to my eyeballs, and I’m not sure if I should run...or fight.
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My Review:

I've tried and failed to read through quite a few books by this author. The stories and concepts she writes about are amazing but the writing style isn't for me. Her stories tend to be more on the description side with a slow and steady pace to everything. With determination, I overcame that for this story.

The overall story is very interesting! The world the author created feels big and ominous. The stakes feel real enough to drive the characters along without it feeling forced.

I like Alexis' sense of humor. She has the uncanny ability to drive people in circles all the while convincing them they're going in a straight line. Though the swear words disguised as silly phrases didn't really mesh with what was presented. It gets even stranger because her wards swear more than her.

I love to hate Kieran. He's just the right amount of caring and vulnerable to offset how creepy, stalkerish and domineering he can be. There were moments I wanted him to burn in a lake of fire but then he'd say something sweet or *gasp* apologize for something that he did. I just don't know what to think of him at this point in time.

I usually stay away from novels that have kids in them. I consider Malachi and Daisy children regardless of how old they are because they are in the care of Alexis. What ended up surprising me was how much I liked Malachi. I still want to know what ends up happening to him and his situation. Daisy's antics were also fun to listen to. If this series doesn't end up presenting a happily ever after for them I would love to get a spin-off series.

Overall this novel was only the tip of a very slow melting iceberg. There were a few really good moments and a lot of filler (for my taste). I'd like to know what happens next with Alexis and her team of misfits.

The Audio Book:

The narration was good. The voices were different enough for me to follow the dialogue throughout the story and not get lost on who was saying what. I will say that the narration is more on the slow side and even speed up to 1.25x it sounded completely normal.

My Rating:

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Book Look #257: Dark & Broken Souls By E.J. King

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Hope you enjoy!! C:

Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
Dark & Broken Souls
By E.J. King

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Book Review: Forever Claimed By Kim Loraine

Forever Claimed
(Vampire Brides)
By Kim Loraine

My one purpose coming to this small town was to kill the hunter who ruined my brother. To avenge the hatred that burned in my unbeating heart. The last thing I imagined was meeting my mate.

I only stepped in to stop the senseless assault on the gorgeous coffee shop owner, but one brush of our skin, and my heart started beating again.

One touch, and I knew she was mine.

One kiss and I knew it would be impossible for me to leave without Elaine by my side.

But she doesn't know about the world I live in. The world of vampires and immortality and cruel savagery.
She doesn't understand the cost of becoming my mate, and I'm not sure I have the will to change something so perfect.

When the hunters realize I'm here, they will stop at nothing until they wipe out my clan. Elaine included.

I will destroy anything that threatens her. Fight to the bitter end to ensure her safety.

Only then can I claim her.

Take her as my mate.

My bride.

My forever.

Forever Claimed is a novella featured in the Vampire Brides series. All books in the Vampire Brides series are standalone and can be read in any order.
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My Review:

I love the idea of this series of standalone books set in the same world while keeping the idea of what a vampire is consistent between all of them. This novel in particular, however, was not for me.

I understand that novellas are quick and short stories but I prefer them after I've read a full novel and have a grasp at who the characters are and what world they're in. This story felt too rushed. There wasn't much to anything if you exclude the mate bond. I wanted to get to know both characters, maybe have them share a full conversation and get to know each other apart from the bond for a period of at least 24 hours total before things progress any farther.

The action in this story was great, but everything got resolved so quickly to an unrealistic degree (even in fiction I have my limits). What could have been a recuse mission goes from kidnapped to wow-he-broke-the-door-down-and-the-other-guy-is-dead in the span of two pages.

I can't really comment on the characters because they didn't seem to have much of a personality other than I've-found-my-mate and your-mine-forevermore.

Maybe the problem with this book was me all along. I was expecting something with more depth and dare-I-say-it lore to the vampires this group of authors created. Everything felt surface deep and, try as I might, to understand I just wanted more than I got.

My Favorite Quotes:

"Even monsters can be heroes."

"Dying doesn't make anything special. Living does."

My Rating:

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Book Look #256: Glass Houses By Rachel Caine

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Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
Glass Houses By Rachel Caine

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Five Series I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

I'll be switching up this weeks topic to:
Five Series I Wish I Could
Read Again For The First Time

1. Crossbreed Series By Dannika Dark

2. Red Winter Trilogy By Annette Marie

3. Night Huntress Series By Jeaniene Frost

4. Patch Up By Stephanie Witter

5. Black Dagger Legacy Series By J. R. Ward

What books would do you wish you could read again for the first time?
Let me know in the comments below!
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