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Monday, July 4, 2022

Book Review: Fate Touched By Becky Moynihan

Fate Touched
(A Touch of Vampire #3)
By Becky Moynihan

The world’s fate rests in her hands . . .

My soulmate has been taken from me, and I’ll do anything to get him back.

Even kill.

But finding him proves to be harder than I thought. And dangerous. Even with Lochlan’s brother by my side, rogues continue to target me.

Despite the growing peril, the race is on to break the curse, and my only hope is to locate Lochlan before it becomes permanent. If that happens, there will be no saving the world from its destructive fate.

FATE TOUCHED is the thrilling conclusion to this steamy upper YA/NA paranormal vampire romance series. If you like fated mates and forbidden romance, heartrending twists, a tough heroine, and a sexy antihero, this book is for you.
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My Review:

* Anything in red is a spoiler.

This was a fantastic conclusion to Kenna and Loch's story! I loved so many aspects of it. The universe the author created with this series is very interesting. I can't wait to see how she expands it even more with the spin-off that's coming!

Kenna is a survivor. I loved how it's shown that she actually had to put in the effort of training to learn to control some of her powers. By this point she had so many people helping her through everything all in the hopes of breaking the curse. I enjoyed watching them work together to protect and defend each other.

I liked Loch a lot but he could get overly protective and domineering in quite a few situations. Some of it is explained away due to the mating bond and such but I would have loved to have seen it turned down much earlier in the book. In the end, he does do something about it which ends up saving them all. I won't be elaborating anymore on that because of spoilers.

On a completely separate note, the ending felt rushed. It almost felt like Loch and Kenna's story could have had a whole other book added to it to flesh out all the fighting and chaos that was going on. I would have loved to have gotten Loch's POV while in battle as well. Overall I think it was a missed opportunity to show everyone being bad*sses.

Now to the only aspect of this novel I disliked: The Epilogue. Most epilogues are fine, some even interesting. I'm not usually an epilogue person but there have been a few that have been great. This one rubbed me the wrong way. I disliked how Loch and Kenna couldn't just be happy being together and having their friends around and ruling over the vampires. There just HAD to be a miracle baby involved. I dislike the idea that you can only be happy/it's only a happy ending if there's a kid on the way. Being in a relationship that doesn't involve kids is just as valid. Happiness doesn't always have to equite to having kids. This is particularly annoying due to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the US. Even while not living in the US it still grinds my gears that people are losing rights over their bodies that shouldn't even be up for discussion.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Monthly Recap: June 2022

June!

This month was h*ll. I was already dealing with allergy symptoms last month. Add to that getting the common cold with a lovely dry hacking cough reading was just not getting done. I still don't know how I listened to 3 whole books in between all the coughing. 

Side note: I'm bearly going out of the house since The Plague hit and when I do I'm always wearing a mask. How in the H*LL did I manage to get the common cold? We've confirmed it's not covid (so that's a relief at least). The day I got sick I should have played the lottery 😂

I finally got a definitive answer as to why I'm having allergy symptoms without actually having a true allergic reaction (something you can see isn't happening through blood tests). Turns out the most likely explanation is my anxiety. Love hearing that I'm basically digging my own grave at this point. The thing is I can't even disagree with the doctor because I've been going to her for around 14 years and she's a fantastic doctor. I wish all doctors were like her. It's just really nice being heard and seeing the information that I'm giving sink in instead of being dismissed and called crazy in between the lines.

Here's to learning how to relax & maybe figuring out some deep breathing exercises? 
Oof.

Until next month!
Happy reading!

Books I Read & Listened
To In June

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  • Wolf Of Fire By Krista Street - I adore the universe this author has created! I feel bad that it took me SO long to get to this series. I was waiting on the audio book to release and it did not disappoint! (My review is live here!)
  • Knox By Elizabeth Dear -  I was pleasantly surprised by this story. When I first heard that Knox "The Jack*ss" Monroe would get his story I was not on board. I've been burned in the past bad with anti-hero stories so, if I'm being frank, I was going to skip this one entirely. It was actually really cool to win a copy and try it out and end up loving it! (My review coming soon!)
Books I Can't Wait To Get
My Hands On In July

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I reviewed the following books & audiobooks:

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?
Let me know in the comments below!
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Monday, June 27, 2022

Audio Book Review: Covet By Tracy Wolff

Covet
(Crave #3)
By Tracy Wolff

Narrator: Heather Costa & Tim Paige
Length: 21 hours and 39 minutes

I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all...

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon's turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circle is splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’s an arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means a lifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made...and I fear not everyone will survive.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Crave
Book #2 Crush
Book #3 Covet
Book #4 Court
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My Review:

* Please take everything in this review with a grain of salt. I realize I'm just bitter that Jackson is getting the short end of the stick time and time again.

Here I go again with my unpopular opinions! I went into this book with no expectations due to my experience with Book #2. I've calmed down since then and just wanted to get this over with. Turns out that mindset didn't do anything for this book. I was basically numb to the characters and story from the get-go. 

This book being as long as it is (21 hours WTF!) didn't help things. This book should have been at most a 12-hour book. The writing is so descriptive with these 10 to 15-minute rambling inner monologues from Grace that serves no real purpose for the plotline. I know how she's feeling already. The majority of the story is told from her perspective. I don't need all this extra exposition. Let's move on with the action sequence, please and thank you.

I'm still angry that Jackson was thrown to the side like yesterday's trash but there was a reason for his circumstance presented in this novel.  I understand that *twist* but it still doesn't mean I have to like it. What I disliked, even more, was how after Jackson was thrown away he suddenly had no personality whatsoever. It's later explained why but it just didn't sit well with me either. 

Hudson was an okay character after he and Grace started talking and seeing where they stand with each other (probably around 4-5+ hours in the audio book). I see the appeal to Hudson now that I've calmed down from the last book. He truly likes Grace and wants what's best for her even if it means pushing her to go and get it. Jackson, on the other hand, wants to protect Grace at all costs. It's a different kind of love. Frankly, Jackson deserves better after that plot twist.

The ending was somewhat interesting. Though I was numb and fast-forwarding through the audio book because of all the rambling inner monologues that were smack dab in the middle of an action sequence and just wanted to get it over with. I may or may not pick up the next book. I don't know if I want to put myself through another 20+ hour audio book that I don't particularly enjoy for the sake of finishing a series.

The Audio Book:

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

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Book Review: Demon's Advocate By Stacia Stark

Demon's Advocate
(Deals with Demons #5)
By Stacia Stark

Lucifer Morningstar took everything from me.

My memories. My freedom. And my powers.

Now, it’s my turn to take everything from him.

I’ll make alliances with former enemies, kill those who betrayed me and make my grandfather regret ever learning of my existence.

Because Samael is readying our people for war. And there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect those I love.

The Underking thought he could hold me prisoner in his castle. He’s about to learn that he shouldn’t have let me into his world. Because now I’m going to burn that world down.

Even if it means I burn with him.
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My Review:

* Anything in red is a spoiler.

I love this series! This is one of the best series I've read all year. This will probably be in the Top 5 of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading this year. From now on I'll probably read anything and everything this author releases. Yes, I've been indoctrinated. No, I don't need saving ♡

Danica was a bad*ss. She did everything she could to save herself and her people. The tragedies that happened along the way still hit very deeply. I still secretly want to get a spin-off series about all the shenanigans that Samael and Danica will get up to in the Underworld.

Samael was his typical dangerous self throughout this story. I loved how Danica was always his top priority. If she was harmed the world would go down with her. It's psychotic in the most lovely of ways, don't you think? *wistful sigh*

I love the number of tidbits the author has left us throughout the series for the spin-offs she's planning. I want to read everyone's story! I'm very invested in the world and the character's she's created. I hope she continues to do whatever it is she's doing because she's doing it SO DAMN WELL! 

As a conclusion to Danica and Samael's story, this was great. Sad (because we won't be getting any more of their story from their POV) but great. Some of the gang have gone their separate ways to get into their own shenanigans so at least we know it'll make for some awesome books. I truly hope Danica and Samael make small appearances in the future spin-offs.

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Monday, June 13, 2022

Book Review: Luck of the Demon By Stacia Stark

Luck of the Demon
(Deals with Demons #4)
By Stacia Stark

Within a matter of days, Samael will turn to ash.
And there’s a high chance I’ll die with him.

To save both our lives, I’m calling in every favor and debt owed to me.

I’ll travel through realms.

I’ll tussle with mythical creatures.

And I’ll hand over the things I value most– even if it means playing right into Lucifer’s hands.

I never could have imagined I’d risk everything for a demon. But what Samael and I have will always be worth fighting for. Even if it means ending treaties, severing friendships, and alienating our allies.

Because Samael is mine now.

And I protect what’s mine.
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My Review:

This book felt like one big very obvious connect the dots but in a good way. I could see the pieces falling into place long before they happened. There are quite a few interesting twists along the way and a lot about possible future spin-offs were hinted at. That was actually one of the most interesting aspects of this book in particular. What I wouldn't give to take a look at the storyboard the author probably has for this universe she's fleshing out. *Cue conspiracy theory meme guy gif*

Due to extenuating circumstances, Samael was and wasn't a big part of this book. He was there and he was important but it wasn't on him to resolve anything. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that he's a bigger part of the next book because that ending really hurt.

Danica was so violent, resourceful, and kick*ss in this book! Even with so many people doubting her she moved heaven and hell to get what she wanted. She called in every favor we've seen her collect in past books. That was the moment it dawned on me that the author had this all planned out from the start down to the smallest of details.

It's astounding to think that Stacia Stark only started releasing books in 2021. The world she's built with this series is fantastic. The writing is so good. The characters are complex and painted in shades of grey that you sometimes cringe at but you know you'll be coming back for more. She deserves a big pat on the back or maybe a punch considering all the cliffhangers she's putting me through. Of course, I'm kidding! 🙃

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