Friday Favourites – Female Protagonists

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Author-Hazel

It’s my turn this week to tell you all about my favourite female leads. Going through my read list on Goodreads and picking my favourites has made me realise that all my favourite females embody life and personality traits that I envy or idolise. I think a good aspirational character is a fantastic thing to read about in a story. It can influence you to better yourself or even better, realise you’re pretty darn great already. All my favourites have a lot of flaws which, I think, humanises them, making them more relatable and more enjoyable to read.

Kay Scarpetta (Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell)

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When I was a teenager, and the teachers traipsed you down to the careers office, I was always drawn to the science and investigation careers. Primarily, a Forensic Detective. It’s my dream job, and if things had played out differently… who knows, it could’ve been. I loved reading about this fascinating career and all the different aspects of it, and I loved Kay Scarpetta; a strong woman holding her own as the chief M.E in a male dominated world. She made mistakes, but carried on anyway because she knew her role was important in potentially saving lives. And the woman can cook. Some of the mouth-watering recipes were described in the books.

Paula Myo (Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton)

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Paula Myo is a Police Detective. She’s brilliant and methodical. So methodical in fact she borders on obsessive. Perhaps because she was bred specifically to excel and want to work in law enforcement. The planet she originates from genetically alters the DNA of their humans so they are and will be pre-disposed to favour and be excellent in chosen careers. Paula Myo struggles with the love she has for her work and the fact she does not agree with her planets’ genetic manipulation. Her love of her job sometimes takes her into very dangerous situations and she has made many enemies over her lifetimes, but she won’t quit in the search for justice.

Avery Morganstern (Wait for you by J Lynn)

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Avery went through a terrible ordeal when she was 14, and because her family and town let her down she was forced to endure isolation and bullying throughout her teenage years. Although she is still very much affected by the tragedy she suffered, she’s trying to move on (and move away), get herself a College education and survive on her own without her parents. I admire her courage, strength and her ability to try and better herself even after going through something that would break a lot of people.

Elena Michaels (Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong)

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Elena doesn’t wear make-up, perfume or use scented bath/shower products. She wears comfy clothes. Essentially she looks like an everyday woman. But Elena is a werewolf. The only female werewolf. And she can hold her own amongst this heavy testosterone, alpha male environment. She’s tough but feminine and I love that combination.

Freya Beachamp (Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz)

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Although I was unimpressed by this book, I did like Freya. She’s full of energy and fun and isn’t afraid to dare and take risks. She followed her heart even though it put her in some sticky situations. She was conflicted by her feelings for her fiance’s brother and struggled with it throughout the story, making some questionable decisions along the way. She’s also the Queen of mixing up potions, creating elaborate concoctions for all occasions.

Do you have some favourite female protagonists?

 

 

 

 

Book Club Review – Stray by Rachel Vincent

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There are only eight breeding female werecats left . . .
And I’m one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back . . . for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them . . .

Author – Kiera

This was Yasmin’s pick for March, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it! There is a sort of formula for these types of supernatural/urban fantasy stories which generally creates a similar outcome each time (alpha male + strong willed female × bad guy kidnapping her = lots of drama and a few steamy scenes) but if you like the formula then you will enjoy Stray. It is easy to read, and although the first portion of the book is a lot of information about werecats and their family histories – which wasn’t to everyone’s tastes, I personally loved it. Probably because I’m nosey!

I liked Faythe, she is a typical spoiled only girl in the family and she wants to do things her own way. As well as being head strong she is also smart and capable of looking after herself, which makes a nice change.
There are a lot of peripheral characters in this story, which can get quite confusing at times, but I quickly found my favourites and hope to read more about them later on in the series. Especially Jace and Parker. Swoon.
I really enjoyed the character development that happened with Faythe, she went through a lot in quite a short space of time and you could see her becoming unsure of her choices and questioning her actions. It was definitely important to the story that she get knocked down a peg or two so that she could start to see things from her Pride’s point of view.

All in all it was a 616 page book that I read within a few hours. Which is normally a good sign!

Author – Laura

*** 3 Stars

Overall I enjoyed Stray. I did feel that it was unnecessarily long, and as Kiera said its quite formulaic, but if it ain’t broke…

I really liked the various supporting characters, and how each of them contributed to the story. Ethan and Jace stood out for me, and secretly I think Faythe might have made the wrong choice with Marc.

As the main character I found Faythe difficult to like; I’m not sure why, but I just didn’t warm to her. She was massively over-confident to begin with, and appeared quite selfish. The character development was great and she was a different person by the end of the book.

Sometimes you just want something familiar and easy to read. Stray totally delivers on both counts.

Author – Antonia

When Yasmin first told us of the book for this month I was a bit apprehensive with 600 pages. However i managed to complete with a day to spare. Anyway so moving on to the review. I did enjoy this book and the action involved. I found Faythe to be rather needy and always wanting her own way. She was very head strong and knew what she wanted. This helped her in a few situations. I loved the way her character progressed throughout the book and the fight in her. The pride went through a lot together and it was good to see them help one another. Definitely worth a read 🙂

Book Review – Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst.

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‘Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire… fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil… until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist), and they’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King’s feast — as the entrees.

The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she’s definitely dead if she lets down her family. What’s a sunlight-loving vamp to do?’

 

Author – Kiera.

This book is so much fun! I love that books have the ability to stir up so many different emotions and broach topics that can be sensitive. People can be comforted, reassured and feel like they are part of something because of reading, and that is a wonderful thing. There are times when you just want a bit of escapism, nothing too heavy or hard hitting, and this book provided that in spades.

The characters are awesome! Pearl is a strong female vampire who kicks ass and takes names regularly. She is ruthless, enjoys the hunt and she is ready to take her place in the vampire world. Until she gets stabbed through the heart by a unicorn horn. I really enjoyed the development of Pearl’s character! The inner battle between doing what’s expected and doing what’s right was so interesting. Especially when you throw The Family into the mix! They are her relations by both human turning and blood (no pun intended) and they expect nothing less than perfection. If you make mistakes, you are brutally punished if you are lucky, and killed if you are not. Plus they are crazier than a bag of cats. Bethany is Pearl’s first friend, and she is her counter balance in every way. I liked how pure of heart Bethany is. She does things for all the right reasons, and I think that is why her and Pearl have such a strong connection. Evan is funny, charming, supportive and completely dreamy. Matt and Zeke insert a lot of humour into the book, and make what could be quite a dreary subject, seem just that bit lighter. They are best friends and wannabe vampire hunters that can’t ever seem to get it right.

The story line is pretty simple. The King is coming to town to perform a ceremony that initiates young vampires into adulthood. Of course being King and all he is expecting a feast bigger than any feast seen before. So when The Family find out that their daughter can now walk in sunlight, they don’t believe that she has been stabbed by a unicorn but they do see a solution to all their problems. So Pearl is sent out to heard the humans. Nothing could possibly go wrong, right?

One of my favourite aspects of the book are the vampires themselves. They are good old burn in the sun, killed with a stake, garlic hating vamps. I like sparkly vampires as much as the next person, but there is something satisfying about the old fashioned, throw holy water at them, vampires.

Overall, if you like vampires and mythical creatures and are in the mood for something fast paced and a ridiculously good time, I would recommend this book to you!

Most Anticipated Reads

Author – Yasmin

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

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This is the seventh fever book!

It feel’s like forever that I’ve been waiting for this to come out, but January’s not so far away now!

I love, love, love this series! The author writes an amazing story of family loyalty, heartbreak, adventure and romance with some hilariously awkward moments thrown in and great characters you just want to get to know. The changes and progression of the main character, Mac,  is awesome, she starts of as a young naive pretty girl but through each book you see her gaining strength, learning hard lessons and becoming a kick ass woman. There’s lots of magic, betrayal, secrets, different dimensions, savage beasts and royal Fae and hot as hell alpha males, yum. This is packed full series that won’t leave you bored or disappointed .

The End of Tomorrow by Tara Brown

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The third book in Single Lady Spy series.

This is another book I can’t wait to get my hands on. Tara Brown does an awesome job of weaving lies, secrets and betrayal into this dark romance, in a world where no one is really as they seem. You’ve got drug lords, government secrets, adventure and danger and poor single mum of two. Evie has been out of the CIA for years now looking after her children, but is dragged back into this dangerous world when her husband dies and has been thought to given her something a lot of people want. Evie feels too old for the crap she’s being put through but soldiers on, and I love her character. It’s refreshing to read about a single mum in her late 30’s, who has normal daily problems but can still kick ass and have lots of great dirty sex with a tall, dark and devilishly sexy man! The books are fast paced and lots of fun to read!

Verum by Courtney Cole

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The Nocte Trilogy book two.

I read the first book recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a beautiful and sad story of twin brother and sister who grew up in a funeral home, have very few friends or lives outside themselves or their home. The twin brother has several different forms of mental illness which makes his sister very protective of him, they’re each others best and only friends. The author does a great job of taking you on a sad and dark story through a mind not broken but cracked and drowning in grief, secrets and illusion. Don’t worry it’s not all depressing, there’s romance and happiness too and I can’t wait to continue the story when this book comes out.

High Stakes by Helen Harper

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Bo Blackmen book three.

Ive really enjoyed reading the first two books in this series so far. Set in London you have different houses of vampire that people can sign up for. But once you have there’s no going back. Not an original take on vampires but still refreshing and new in its own way, these books are good fun to read with murder, vamps and demons, witches and all sorts of paranormal creatures. The grey and rainy background of London adds that little something more to some of the darker scenes. Fast paced, action and romance makes this for me a great read and can’t wait for book three.

Most Anticipated Reads!

Author-Hazel

Hi all, my turn for most anticipated reads and I actually found this trickier than I thought I would, but after a bit of thought and research I discovered four books that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on! So here they are….

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The Shadows by J.R. Ward

I have been reading J.R. Wards’ Blackdagger Brotherhood series for over four years now and I love them! They are like a comfort for me. I’m not the type of reader to ‘marathon’ a series, so when I do pick up a Blackdagger book I let out a sigh of contentment, like coming home after being out all day. As this is book 13 in the series I’m not going to spoil you with a synopsis, so all I’m going to say is they are kick-ass books full of action, romance, family, mystery and much more. J.R. Wards’ take on Vampires is truly original.

Due out 31/03/15

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is an author I only discovered this year after becoming addicted to ‘booktube’. I’ve only read two of her books, Hopeless and Maybe Someday but I loved them both. Her others are high up on my tbr so when I saw she has another book being released next year, it went straight on my list.

‘Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…’

Due out 10/03/15

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Hellkat by Robyn Roze

I found choosing most anticipated books quite tricky as most of the books I want to read have already been published. So when I was scouring lists of 2015 releases, I came across this one and it just caught my attention. Here’s why.

‘Kat James works hard. She used to play hard, too. She doesn’t believe a woman can have it all, not without giving  up her independence and identity, lose herself to a man and the pressures of family and society. So, she made the choice long ago to grow her business and map out a future  for herself. If there is such a thing as ‘having it all’, then it’s going to be on Kat’s terms, no one else’s.

If there’s a man out there who can deal with that, she hasn’t met him yet…

Enter Tucker Williams. A man who knows all too well about the twists and turns of life, the ups and downs no one sees coming, the bad things we pretend only happen to other people. He already knows control is illusory. So, he’s learned to meet whatever happens head on, confront it without flinching. Because he knows that’s his only chance of having control over anything, no matter how brief.

When his eyes set on Kat James, he glimpses a woman who believes she’s in control. A woman who feels like a force of nature. A woman who should be wild and free.

A woman who has forgotten how to be either…

When family secrets surface, Kat will battle to regain her control and confront the people who’ve been yanking her chain all along. But in the end, she and Tucker will be battling a union of madness they could not have seen coming.

Family is supposed to watch your back, but sometimes they stab you in it instead.’

Due out sometime in 2015.

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Everything I’ve read by this author I’ve loved whether it’s Young Adult Paranormal or New Adult Romance. So when I saw this was being released, I knew I had to read it.

‘Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun and for food. Her duty to the order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants….she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realises she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her – the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.’

Due out on 8/12/14.

Happy reading guys!

Most Anticipated Reads!

So we’re doing something a bit different this week. Normally on a Friday we talk about books that we know and love, but for a bit of a change we thought we would share some books we can’t wait to read! Hopefully you’ll see something that takes your fancy.

 

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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I know what you might be thinking, this is another book I was drawn to because of the cover, and I have to say you would be absolutely right! Then I saw Neil Gaiman’s quote about the author and that was enough for me to read the blurb and decide this was firmly on my to read list.

‘Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?’

Due out April 28th 2015

 

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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I saw a review for this book with the tag line ‘Readers of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone will love this book.’ So of course I’m going to give this a read! After doing a bit of research on it, I’m excited to read it in it’s own right.

‘Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.’

Due out in April 2015

 

Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler.

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Now religion is normally something I stay away from in most forms. I’m not religious personally but I’m not opposed to any religion in any way, it is just a subject that is very sensitive and can cause offense and upset very easily. This book has me intrigued though! I really want to find out which direction the story will take, and will approach it with an open mind.

‘Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.

Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.’

Due out May 26th 2015

 

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson

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This book has been dubbed the ‘We Were Liars’ of 2015. Sometimes I find myself in the mood for a book filled with suspense, but being a bit of a wuss I tend to go for the YA kind. This looks like it will it will do the job!

‘When Alyson meets Graham Copeland, the new boy next door, she instantly feels like he’s a kindred spirit—shy and awkward like her, someone who has trouble making friends. It’s impossible to resist having a crush on him.

As usual, her sister, Sydney, sees things differently. In Sydney’s mind, Graham’s odd personality and secretive past scream psychopath, not sweetheart. Her gut is telling her to stay away from him, and to protect a love-struck Alyson from her own naïveté. But despite her instincts, Sydney is surprised to realize that a part of her is drawn to Graham, too.

And the more Sydney gets to know him, the more she realizes just how right—and wrong—she is about everything.’

Due out January 2015

Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

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I love history and historical fiction, so when I saw that this book is set in 600BC I was instantly interested! I’m really looking forward to giving this a read.

‘In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.’

 

So these are my highly anticipated reads. What are yours?

Friday Favourites – Book Covers!

Author Yasmin

Beautiful book covers, don’t you just love them? Like many other people I do buy a lot of books for their looks. I can’t help it, I just like pretty things. But even if the book cover is amazing the story still has to spark an interest for me. So here are the top 5 covers I’ve chosen.

1. Alienated by Melissa Landers

This book for me wasn’t as good as it could have been. I enjoyed the story but it was definitely the cover that attracted me to it. I love it, the contrast between the lovely sunny day on earth and the dark glittering stars of space makes it a fave for me. If you ever watched the TV show Star Crossed before it was cancelled it is very similar to that. Aliens come to earth and are integrating into human society. This is where we meet Cara, as her school has been chosen to have some of the first aliens attend, and she’s been picked to look after hot alien guy Aelyx. But Aelyx is hiding the truth of why he’s really there and that could have deadly consequences.

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2. Rae Wilder series by Penelope Fletch

I did enjoy this series by English indie author Penelope Fletcher. She takes you on a big adventure in a Dystopian world, where humans have walled themselves inside a huge compound so they can keep everyone safe from the demons ( fae, vampires, shifters etc ) on the outside that arrived after the great rift. Rae is a girl who knows she’s different from others. One day on her usual run through the woods she sneaks out to find everything has changed. The story and characters were good but I did feel there could have been more done to make it better; spell check and better editing would have made the story flow all the better, but I still enjoyed it and love reading books by indie authors. I really like the book covers with their pretty but simple colours, and the models on the covers are really eye catching.  I couldn’t find a picture with all the books together, so I chose the first one which has also been renamed Demon Dark)

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3. The Artist Trilogy by Karina Halle

I loved this series by Karina Halle, but that’s not surprising as she is an amazing writer and I loved her other series. This is about con woman Ellie Watt trying to get her life back on track, away from the past and the things she’s done and been through. This story is dark, tempting, sexy and filled with betrayal, action and romance. I think the book covers are perfect and reflect the story’s content, and I like the dark gloomy colours used in the background.

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4. Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

I really enjoy reading these books, and I do like the angel theme, but I’m not one to go mad over it. Nalini Singh puts a good twist on the angel stories that have been done over and over. It’s set in New York, which is sexy and hard as nails archangel Raphael’s territory. Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux lives and breathes her job, and when Raphael hires her to help capture someone things start to get intense, with sizzling sexual attraction between the two. But the job puts her in the middle of a killing spree like none she’s seen before. I love the covers for these; so simple with the colouring and tattoo like wings yet to me they stand out on a shelf. There is more to the series but again I couldn’t find a picture with all of them in, except for the American covers, but I prefer these ones much more.

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5. Fantasyland series by Kristen Ashley

I’ve only read the first book in this series, and although fantasy isn’t normally something I go for, I did enjoy reading it and going on the journey with the main character into another world. There’s excitement, romance, adventure and dragons; I love dragons!! And I love the classic look the books have; simple, pretty and eye catching.

 

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Book Review – Cursed (Voodoo Nights #1) by Lizzy Ford

Author Yasmin

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Family curses, mystery, a serial killer, black magic, romance and betrayal!

Another good book by Lizzy ford that sucked me in quickly. The writing, descriptions and detail put into the Voodoo culture and history was amazing. I haven’t read a lot of books with Voodoo as the main focal point, it’s normally just glossed over in brief descriptions so this was something new for me and Lizzy Ford did a great job explaining it all. I enjoyed learning more about this magical culture, it’s Gods and origins.

Adrienne has just returned to New Orleans five years after her sister went missing, but soon after she arrives the mark of a curse appears on her, scarring her. Will she be its next victim? Addy is a sweet girl you can’t help but like, she has a good heart and wants to believe in the good of everybody, even her own sister who was getting into a few questionable things before her disappearance. Adrienne starts a new job as a Tarot reader and that’s how she meets Jayden.

Jayden doesn’t believe in anything magical but he feels drawn to Adrienne right away and her to him. Then Jayden’s father gives him something that’s been in their family for hundreds of years with a tragic story connected to it. This is when he starts to feel conflicted with believing in magic like his mothers side of the family or staying skeptical and practical like his father. I do like Jayden as a character but for me there was just something missing from making me love him as Addy’s love interest.

Now Rene, he was my favourite. He’s strong, protective with a dangerous edge to him. The quiet but tough type, and every once in a while you got to see a softer side of him and I love him! When things fall apart or you need some back up, Rene is the guy to go to. He maybe someone from the wrong side of the tracks but he always tries to do right by people.

The story and mystery unfold well in this dark YA book with some sinister characters, family betrayals and a curse that’s been around for hundreds of years, intertwining two families by the decisions of their ancestors. Will they be the ones to break it? Though the book deals in a lot of darkness and characters doing questionable, dangerous and selfish things in the name of love, there are also some lighter, sweeter moments throughout.

And there’s a possible love triangle brewing and Rene definitely gets my vote! Love the bad boy with a big heart! It also ends on a cliffhanger that has me impatiently waiting for more.

I also love the front cover 🙂

Book Review – The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

It’s another one I picked for the cover!

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Mattie Hathaway has been able to see ghosts since she was five years old. It’s not a secret she ever wanted to share, until she meets Officer Dan, who is in charge of the investigation into her foster sister’s disappearance. And a bit of a honey (in my head at least).

The Ghost Files is the first book in the Ghost Files series by Apryl Baker. Written in sassy first person, the storyline follows Mattie’s descent into the supernatural, and her dangerous attempt to figure out what happened to her sister.

Mattie is a stong, feisty lead, and you can’t help but warm to her. She is sarcastic and has some anger management issues, but underneath she is vulnerable and desperate to have someone she can rely on. Enter Jake. The gorgeous AND ridiculously thoughtful boyfriend who helps to soften Mattie’s hard edges. Just one of four potential suitors… Really? Does one girl need so many?
I’ll leave that to you to decide!

I really enjoyed this book, even though it committed one of my biggest bugbears – “could of” instead of “could have”.  Grrr. The storyline is fast paced and although it’s quite a casual style of writing you definitely feel the sinister undertones. The first time she meets Mirror Boy is truly chilling.

There was something not 100% perfect about it, but I’m not 100% sure exactly what made me feel like that. There was a lot of teenage angst and relationship woes (I think I am getting old), and I think the ending was a little rushed, but then it is only book 1 of a series, so I’m sure the story develops further in book 2. Which I bought immediately after finishing the last page!

I highly recommend The Ghost Files – it’s a YA that will give you the creeps and have you looking sideways in the mirror long after you’ve finished reading it.

4 Stars * * * *

Goodreads – The Ghost Files

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