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Friday, November 27, 2020

My Ramblings: Vampires Should Make A Comeback!

It's been a while since I've written one of these!
So I'll come back with a hot take:

Vampires Should Make A Comeback! 

Well, let me rephrase that: PNR (paranormal romance) should make a comeback. I'm not just saying that because I'm a big fan of PNR (because I am). We haven't had a big boom in YA (young adult) since Twilight happened. Remember back in 2007 and 2008 when vampires and werewolves were in almost every YA novel? Well, I want that back, so could the publishing industry get themselves together and give me maybe 3 years of YA PNR books, k thx bye.

What had me in this thought bubble was a video I watched recently where Alexa Donne made a lot of things about YA publishing very clear. So many YA specific imprints are closing as of late and have been dwindling for the past few years. YA is a relatively new division (though I call it a genre because it's what it felt like to me all these years) and after the boom with Twilight and Hunger Games happened they (the publishers) were always looking for and publishing what they perceived as the "next big thing". That mentality basically maimed YA and here we still are. 

I'm probably not a great example in reading YA because I've grown away from it in the past few years. I can probably count on 2 hands the number of specifically YA books that I've read and loved. Considering that I read mostly PNR and UF (urban fantasy) there's a lot less variety in YA than there was in the beginning when I fell in love with YA. Don't get me wrong, there still are gems to be found in the PNR and UF but they're a little bit harder to find. While we're at it let's take a second to appreciate the amazing stories that YA brought into our lives because there was a time that there wasn't even a YA division and my little 13-year-old self was stuck reading adult PNR. Oof

Basically, I wish vampires and werewolves and all the other amazing paranormal creatures out there in all the lore and myths in the world were at the forefront again so I can stack up a few thousand books to read within the next decade of my life and then restart the cycle again. 

Once every ten years sounds fair to me, how about you?

Monday, November 23, 2020

Book Review: Dangerous Dreams By J.C. McKenzie

Dangerous Dreams:
A Novella
(Obsidian Flame #1)
By J.C. McKenzie


What would you sacrifice to protect those you care for?

As a dragon shifter in hiding, Lara Stone wants nothing to do with others of her kind or finding a mate. No way, no how. She's perfectly content to work for a security company, masquerading as a simple mage.

When the leader of all the dragon clans personally requests her as a bodyguard, Lara fears her secret is blown, or worse. What danger could possibly make Rafael Dragoi, the powerful Astarot, seek protection?
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My Review:

I'm been on a DNF train these past few weeks and I loved that that didn't happen with this book! This was a surprisingly good read and a great introduction to this series. I regret all the years that I left this book sitting on my TBR shelf!

The heroine was kick*ss and sassy! She didn't take anyone's crap and stood up to the hero like it was no big deal. Though her dragon had a lot to say about that and by that, I mean innuendos galore! I loved every minute of it because it was hilarious! Due to this being a novella though the story felt a tad bit rushed but I hope the author rectifies that with the next book and expands on the heroine's secrets.

The hero was actually a standup guy. He teased her a lot from the beginning and it kept their conversations light and airy. There were serious moments and he didn't shy away from those either. I liked his overall demeanor and how he treated her like an equal.

Like I mentioned above, this is a novella so I understand it feeling rushed. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the second novel in the series to not be this way. Overall, I really liked this story and I'm looking forward to following the characters on their journey!

My Favorite Quotes:

"He doesn't want to fight you, silly. Try another f-word."

"If he kept this up she'd die from his innuendos."

"Apparently she wasn't the only one running from the good ol' ball and chain."

My Rating:

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Book Look #287: Legend of Me By Rebekah L. Purdy

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Hope you enjoy!! C:

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This Week:
Legend of Me
By Rebekah L. Purdy

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Book Tag: The Thanksgiving Book Tag

This tag was created by Fangirlscity.
I came across it on Angel's Guilty Pleasures.

Bread: What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

The Difference By Kaylee Ryan

Don't read this book if you're looking for
an actual plot with your romance.
My review will be coming later this year.

Turkey: What book made you want to fall asleep?

Unborn By Amber Lynn Natusch. Everything was robotic. Even the narrator couldn't save it. I ended up being SO bored throughout this novel. My review can be found here!

Gravy: What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Keystone By Dannika Dark

I just had to get one of my favorite series
and authors in this post somehow! My review is here!

Stuffing: What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

I don't think I've ever said a book had too many action scenes. Maybe I've gotten lucky in the sense that the books I usually read are fairly balanced in plot and action sequences.

Mashed Potatoes: What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

I would not recommend this to anyone. Read my review and you'll understand why. This book has left quite the bad impression on me.

Cranberries: What book has the sweetest romance?

Fighting Silence By Aly Martinez

Green Beans: What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

SO many! One that come to mind straight away is Lock And Key By Evageline Anderson. It's a great story but it would have been even better if it had been a tad bit shorter. You can check out my review on it here!

Pumpkin Pie: What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

An old favorite! It has to be something I know I've liked in the past that will keep my attention. It also helps if I haven't read in a few years.

Dog/Cat: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Mashes potatoes! It's not something I eat regularly anymore because their empty calories and won't do me much good in the long run but they're SO good!

What do you usually hoard from the table while no one is watching?
Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Audio Book Review: Species Traitor By Kate L. Mary

Species Traitor
(Species Traitor #1)
By Kate L. Mary

Narrator: Heather Firth
Length: 12 hours and 24 minutes

A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel.

My name is Ava Mendoza, and I am a species traitor. 

They came hoping to find a new home after their own planet was destroyed, but Earth was dying as well, and most humans saw their arrival as an invasion. Now, two decades later, the Veilorians have been banished to the District, a fenced-in area on the outskirts of the last known livable land on Earth. Most people do their best to pretend they don’t exist, but not everyone. There are humans, like my cousin, who see them for what they are. Despite the threat of disownment, she married a Veilorian, and now she, too, lives in the District. 

Even before I met Finn, I was determined to stand up for what was right, but from the moment I laid eyes on him, we had a connection I’ve never experienced before. But with the election of a new and radical mayor on the horizon, tensions are high, and people are calling for change. They want to make my cousin’s marriage illegal and punish any human who goes into the District, but I refuse to back down from this fight. No matter the cost.
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My Review:

* I received a free copy of the audio book of this novel from Audiobooks Unleashed. All opinions in this review are my own.

* Everything in red is a spoiler.

This book is too reminiscent of the real world and I would like more fiction than reality in my books, thanks! On a more serious note, the world-building was so, so, so good. The best part was that the info-dumps were minimal. Everything was introduced as it became relevant.

I think there have been a handful of characters that I despise like I did Dean. He was a bigoted, petty, thirsty lil' b*tch who deserves h*ll to be rained on him for his misdeeds. I was just annoyed that it took Ava 7 hours into the audio book for her to realize that something was off with him considering what he was telling her was contrasting with his actions.

Ava was frustratingly naive and dense at crucial times and it did detract quite a bit from the story. Though I liked how she fought for what she perceived as right and how strong her moral compass was. I also applaud her for jumping into a fight knowing she'll lose to protect someone she believes should have a right to live free. The most frustrating thing about her though was her turning a blind eye on Dean's actions for SO long. I swear there were moments where I thought my eyes would permanently roll to the back of my head and get stuck there.

Finn was very standoffish and stubborn in his dislike of humans from the beginning. I didn't adore him right off the bat but he did grow on me, almost like a fungus some would say. What I can tell you is that he did not, in any way, deserve to be part of a love triangle featuring Dean. There's just no competition there. I found the love triangle pointless in this story because there was already so much going on in the background that we didn't need drama being added to the story.

The ending was so disappointing. I was aware that it would end in a cliffhanger, but that cliffhanger was so annoying. Even if I didn't know I would have seen it coming from a mile away. I haven't gotten this fired up over a novel in a long time! I usually read to relax and let me tell you that the last thing on my mind was relaxing while I was listening to this novel at 11pm. I don't even know if I want to read the second book in this series at this point in time.

*Spoiler Rant*

How in the world does Ava still consider her family actual "family"?! I'm sorry but just because you share blood does not mean you are beholden to those people forever and ever. If they're toxic and want the best for themselves while stepping on you to get there you are free to leave them to fall on their faces and hope they break something in the fall. Her sister is another whiny lil' b*tch. Ava worked for a decade trying to help their family after her drunk mother took her out of school. Show some appreciation and leave her the h*ll alone. 

Also who in the h*ll knows that their world, as they know it, could fall apart tomorrow and still decides that sleeping with their loved one while there is a 90% chance of pregnancy is a good idea? That was what made this book go from a 4 star read to a 3.5 star read. It's like the author started throwing plot points into the story at the end to see what would stick and made that idiotic mess of a cliffhanger. I'm more angry at Ava and her idiotic decision that made the cliffhanger possible than at the cliffhanger itself.

The Audio Book:

The narration was great! All the characters were distinguishable from each other and there were no weird noises in the background.

My Rating:
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