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Storm Cursed By Patricia Briggs(Review Post)

Published May 7, 2019 by bookbesties

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My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe.  As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

Zombies, Werewolves and Witches, OH MY!

I have been with Mercy Thompson now Hauptmann since the first book and because the books don’t come as fast as I’d like, I want all the stories all the time, I love finding myself back into this world of werewolves, Fae, Goblins,Witches and Vampires again. This is the 11th book in the series and unlike other series where you can read them as standalone, this series is very much not like that. You will most def have to know what happened in the previous books or you would be lost. Heck with two years since the last one having been read, I was lost!

Mercy is once again In the thick of everything unwillingly. After she proclaimed the CB pack would basically protect the city from all the supernatural beings, she and her merry bunch of wolves find themselves battling a goblin. Then things go crazy from there all within a day.
Murder, Miniature zombie goats, zombie werewolves and voicemail messages to her suddenly absent mate Adam is all classic Mercy.

When a new Evil scares even the baddest of the bad and is threatening to take over the Tri-Cities; Mercy, the wolves, and human and fae alike are shook! And Mercy mixes up her old team with some new elements to try and defeat it.

Witches have always been an element in the MT books, just not front and center like this one and while I liked the storyline, I felt the book was too short and things were paced well, but i was not expecting to turn the page and then BOOM, here is the ending. The writing, as always was great and even the new characters were fleshed out, but for me, not enough was on the main storyline.

3 and a half

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Summoned to Thirteenth Grave(Review Post)

Published January 15, 2019 by bookbesties

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series–Summoned to Thirteenth Grave.

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity –which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. But now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

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So, we are at the end of this amazing series and I just have to say that this blew me away.  I loved the ending, I loved the middle, I loved the beginning!  Where this book does not have a happy ever after ending, what book with Grave in the title would?

               Charlie’s growth as a person, she has never lacked in self-esteem, she has grown into such an amazingly skilled person/God from her first step out of bed answering Ubie’s summons.  Confident in her powers, in what she has to do, and what is right.  I felt her and Reyes ended up right where they were destined to be from the beginning

               I cannot give too much away, but I cried my way through the last half of the book, had intensely excited, emotional exclamations with every page turn and immediately started the series over again because I am not ready for it to be over.

Well done Darynda, this book is amazing and I refer it to everyone I know, 5 stars!

 

Diamond Fire:A Hidden Legacy Novella(Review Post)

Published November 5, 2018 by bookbesties

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Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness.  Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

I was SO excited to get back to the world of Nevada and Conner and all the magic! When I first read the blurp I thought this was going to be all about Cat and was sad when I thought there would be no Mad Rogan or Nevada in it at all, but I was happily surprised it had everyone in it that I loved and missed, plus a few more new characters!

The wedding highly anticipated wedding of Nevada and Conner has arrived and with Nevada being Nevada she fired the wedding coordinator/planner and nowhere family has to take charge and make her the happiest bride ever on her special day. Catalina rises to the challenge and will not let anything spoil her sisters day, including the theft of a Rogan family heirloom(diamond) that Nevada is supposed to wear on her wedding day.

Catalina is hired by Rogan’s mother who doesn’t want her son to know that she too suspects someone from her side of the family that is less loved took the diamond . As much as Cat doesn’t want to use her magic because she feels it’s too powerful she knows she must in order to pull this weeding off without a hitch. Even though Cat is shy she is a Baylor and when she is challenged by more than one of Rogan’s over privileged cousins she shines!

So much scandal and I was very impressed with Cat’s story and I thought that I would miss Nevada and Conner knowing this would be the novella that phased them out to start focusing on the others but I am super excited for Cat’s story!

Captivating and enjoyable!

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The Darkest Star(Review Post)

Published October 30, 2018 by bookbesties

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In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn’t understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart…and Armentrout’s most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

I find myself sucked back into the wonderful world that Jennifer has created with the Luxen, Origin and Hybrids, oh my with The Darkest Star.

This book basically picks up 5 years or so after the last book in the Lux novels; Opposition leaves off.  The invasion has ended we see Evie, a young human girl going to a nightclub with her friend where Luxen are known to frequent. What could go wrong? Enter Luc, Luc is hot, young and infuriating to say the least and naturally Evie can’t stand him, but at the same time is drawn to him in some strange way. From the moment GO, Evie was thrown into a crazy world where Luxen and Humans co living are not the only things she has to worry about.  Luc is bad news the most powerful of all the Origins ever, she has seen him kill without breaking a sweat, Evie knows this, but she can’t seem to stay away from him and he as a familiarity with her that she finds disturbing. When Friends turn to enemies and kids start going missing, then turn up dead, Evie thinks she has seen the worst, but Evie’s life is blown apart and threatened all in the span of 48 hours Luc will stop at nothing to protect what’s his. Luc gave me SERIOUS Professor Snape vibes while showing off his sensitive side to Evie and it MELTED me every time.

Jennifer sucked me back in both humor, fells and some good old fashion smoldering kisses like she is so good at! I can’t wait for the next book and delve more into this awesome new world!

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Cross Breed by Lora Leigh (Review Post)

Published September 28, 2018 by bookbesties

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The Breeds are humans altered before conception with the DNA of the predators of Earth. But although they all carry the genetic material of beasts within them, Cassandra Sinclair stands apart. A unique mix of wolf, coyote and human, she is revered by many—but preyed upon by others. She is fiercely protected by her community…but no one manages to stop her when she slips away one day to offer her body in exchange for her sister’s safety.

The man she succumbs to surprises her by unleashing her inner animal in ways she never dreamed possible—and provokes her deep, furious rage. To Cassie’s shock, he is the mate she has long awaited. She may never be able to forgive his deception. Still, as dangerous enemies track her, and as the threat of all-out war between Breeds and the humans who despise them hovers in the air, they must join forces and hold fast to each other.

But the passionate union between them holds a potential that could change the world—and some will do anything to stop it…

When I first read Lora Leigh it was a re-release of Elizabeth’s Wolf, which I have since found out, was the third book in this very long, but very intriguing series. So naturally when the chance to read Cassie’s book who is a legit adult, I jumped at the chance.
I have to admit, the first half of the book was a little confusing for me, as this is book, like, 32 in the entire series and there was A LOT that was information that was in previous books and like with any series this long, the author didn’t really get into those past things, which I understand is waaay too much to do. That being said I did fell lost when Dog entered the picture when Cassie was 15 then is did some jumps and hinted that they had a past. Dog knew Cassie was hit mate when he first meets her and over several years he is always there for her in one way or another, helping her, talking to her. Dog is basically a traitor to his own kind which is why she talks to him in secret, getting his help in exchange for payback. When she calls him to help rescue her sister(another book I totally missed) he ask for the payback of all paybacks. One night. Cassie figures it’s the least she could do, after all its not like he’s her mate, its just one night. But dog knows Cassie is his, has always been his, and even though he agreed to one night, he knew it would be forever.
There is danger in being the mate of someone like Dog, but Dog isn’t who he claims he is and when things get hot and his mate is in danger, he has to do the one thing that goes against everything in his nature.
But Cassie is NOT your typical Cross Breed, along with her 6th sense there is something else lying in wait, and it explodes when her world id threatened.

I loved this book because Cassie? Yeah she’s a bad-ass. She takes no crap from Dog and anyone else for that matter and is not afraid to do so. I’m sure had I been a long time fan I would have loved the various cameo’s in the book from the past characters. As it stands, this book is not a stand alone and definitely has to be read within the series order, which I have since gone back and started from the beginning.
Better late than never I say. But Lora Leigh’s has created this crazy interact world not unlike anything that could happen today and made these people and their lives seem, real. She defiantly gained a reader

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The Prince:1001 Dark Nights Wicked Novella(review post)

Published August 16, 2018 by bookbesties

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series… 

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him. 

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare. 

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing. 

She’s everything he’d die for….

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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I was familiar with the Wicked world but not so much so that I finished the series, but I should say that if you are not familiar with the Wicked world there are DEFINATE spoilers contained in The Prince.

Warnings aside, I loved it. Brighton is part of the Order, a secret sect in New Orleans committed to fighting the good fight against evil Fae who want to enslave the world. But Brighton isn’t a fighter, she takes care of her mother a once great fighter for The Order who got injured and Brighton is fine with that, she would much rather let Ivy, her friend handle all of that, until tragedy strikes and two years later Brighton is no longer old Brighter but a warrior and a fighter out for vengeance.

Until she stumbles upon, The Prince of the summer Fae, a supposed good Fae who seems to pop up everywhere she is blocking her chances at revenge. When the Summer Fae come to Bri for help with missing young-lings, she can’t say no and thus the mystery, action and suspense ensues along with romance, some crazy serious ‘connections‘ and angst. Brighton is drawn to The Prince and The Prince, well he is invested in Brighton’s well being until things come to a head and the get a lead on the young-lings, and their feeling toward each other. I loved seeing the lives of the other Wicked characters unfold as well.

To say that I hate this is a Novella is an understatement. It obviously stops at the GOOD PART and while it’s not really a cliff hanger per say, you are left with more questions than answers, which is fine, but comeon! Jennifer did such an amazing job setting up this world and bask story in such a sort amount of time that it makes you want to know more, thus going back and reading from where it all started. I can’t wait for the next installment in this!

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You can Pre-order The King out next summer(Clink on pic for link)

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Raven’s Gate(The Power of Five) Gatekeepers

Published April 8, 2013 by bookbesties

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 I  have to tell you about the Anthony Horowitz’s Book Series: The Power of Five (Raven’s Gate)

Ok let’s start with Raven’s Gate, which is YA paranormal, I first got this book from the library just based on the name of the book series and the book cover.(I’m a cover whore) I know never judge a book by its cover well I am glad it caught my attention since I was engulfed into the Anthony Horowitz’s world. First we find the main character Matthew Freeman who Is living in England ever since his parent’s mysterious death by downing which he somehow prophesied. WHAT?

So this kid somehow got his inner Ghost on (aka Whoopi Goldberg) or should I say call me now for your free psychic reading! Either way I dived into the book more. Matthew who now is living with the guilt of not warning his parents of their death becomes a bad ass kid ( Juvenile Delinquent) But we find one of his thefts go bad and someone gets stabs and his other friend leaves the scene and Matt is left to take the blame and is arrested and is given a choice. ( WTF how do these people get choices?)

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Well it’s either jail or living in the country with an old woman name Jane Deverill. Well being that Matt does not want to go jail he chooses to live with Jane. (BAD MISTAKE) So Matthew is now in the village with this old crazy lady and things just are not what they should be? Matt even tries to run away and finds that he can’t leave the property. Can you say “Houston we have a problem,” now Matthew figures out he is  surrounded by a coven of evil witches who are seeking to free a horde of demons known as the OLD ONES who were somehow imprisoned by Matthew some thousands of years of a go along with four other children, (Hence the Power of Five).So now Matthew either needs to give in and be a part of the Witches Stone Soup or find his inner power and become a Gatekeeper!

I found this book  to be a great opener to the power of five book series. Matthew is such a Bad Ass and I loved the characters that come along with this book. I definitely would give this series a try. 4 out of 5 stars!

The next book is Evil Star Stay tuned for that review!

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Editor-Josh