All posts tagged Paranormal

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave(Review Post)

Published January 15, 2019 by bookbesties


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.


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


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


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!

star pink


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Cross Breed by Lora Leigh (Review Post)

Published September 28, 2018 by bookbesties


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

4stars white



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

Published August 16, 2018 by bookbesties


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….

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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!

4stars white


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Raven’s Gate(The Power of Five) Gatekeepers

Published April 8, 2013 by bookbesties

Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers, #1)

 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?)



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!

Soto Out.


Dante Walker, you got me

Published March 28, 2013 by bookbesties

The Collector (Dante Walker, #1)

After hearing so much hype surrounding this book, I rushed to get it when it was released and boy, I wasn’t disappointed. Now I love, like LOVE the snarky bad boy as much as the next gal, but Dante Walker is an ASShole, emphasis on the ASS! He is the cockiest guy I have read in a book since Jace from The Mortal Instruments Series, or even Daemon from the LUX series.

“Ain’t no one do bad like I do.”

 He is a Collector, and awesome at his job by his own account.  He collects souls for the man below himself ( meaning he gets people to sin so that when they die their soul will go to Hell; he is actually his right hand man, well Demon. He is sent to collect the soul of a one Charlie Cooper, an uggo by his account. Picture princess diaries before the makeover

 “In the dark, her face almost seems pretty.”

The way Victoria Scott emulates the male brain is kinda awesome,

“I tried to get her to talk about what happened, but she smiled and said she was fine, so I do what most guys do, — I shut up and hope things get better on their own.”

But there is something about Charlie that intrigues him; and he finds himself wondering why the Big Boss would send him, his best, to collect the soul of a seemingly innocent 17 year old girl when any other collector would do. He has ten days to obtain her soul and he is fairly confident he can do it, Charlie is the type that would scream if a hot guy like Dante started paying her attention and seemed to care for her, so that’s what he does. He gets her to agree to the one thing most 17 year old girls fall prey to, vanity, and Charlie starts to change.

 But it’s totally a Walk to Remember type story, because while she is changing, so is Dante.

He starts to see that maybe he was wrong and she was beautiful before, outside and in; and with the threat of another Collector hovering, and the arrival of a Liberator (a collector for the Man upstairs), he starts to question where his loyalist lie and what side he will come out on all when his ten days are up.

I was very  intrigued by this book, I have found that I tend to sway more towards books told from the females POV  because of the whole’ I’m a girl’ thing, but I LOVED reading from Dante’s POV, even if I did want to slap the crap outta him because of his remarks sometime, but that makes for a great bad boy. I’m so very excited that its part of a trilogy and I get to see what happens to Dante in the next installment, due out August 2013.

4 out of 5 stars



Death, Doom and Detention

Published March 22, 2013 by bookbesties

Death, Doom and Detention (Darklight, #2)


Upon finishing this book I was like 

 I have not screamed out loud at book like this since reading Jennifer Armentrount’s Opal in December, there was cursing involved! I wouldn’t say DD&D leave you with a cliff hanger, but it kinda leaves you feeling like

 simply because you have to wait to find out what happens next!

DD&D leaves off right where DATGND stops.  Lorelei, Jared, Cameron, Brook and Glitch; or as I like the call them, the Scooby gang. They remind me really of a young Buffy the Vampire slayer, only sans vampire, but still very heavy on the supernatural aspect, and really who didn’t love Buffy? 


This book had sooo much more action in it than the first and sooo much going on, I couldn’t put it down, as was apparent when I finished it in one day.  Again trying to make it non spoiler-y even though all I want to do is gush over it!

Cameron and Jared have formed a semi- truce because they have a common goal; And Lorelei is still Lorelei, that is until people at school start acting stepford wife weird, with added aggression and out of character behavior and Jared disappears then comes back the same way. This puts him and Cameron on opposite side again and more questions than answers for Lorelei, because if someone can take down Jared; her biggest defense, then she is doomed.  With her life being threatened left and right (literally) the last thing she needs is to get detention. And a new ability?

There were some sad moments in the this book but for me they heartbreaking for the non-traditional reasons. This book still had some famous lines that are signature for Darynda.

“You’re a copy of a copy of a copy; I’m the real deal Bitch.”                                                        

And the one that actually made me laugh out loud,

“How-? What did you–? What did you–? I don’t—“I stopped, assessed the situation, then looked back up at him. “I think I peed my pants.”

Needless to say is it October yet?!

5 out of 5 stars


Death and the Girl Next Door

Published March 21, 2013 by bookbesties

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1)

Where to start, everyone knows I’m already a HUGE fan of Dayrnda Jones because of my girl crush Charley Davidson, is it possible to be more of a fan? After reading Death and the girl next door I say YES!


I’m going to try and put this as non-spoilery as possible, which is hard with this one, but here goes.

Death and the girl next door is about a girl named Lorelei (which since the Gilmore Girls has been my favorite name ever!), who has random visions and suddenly is being stalked by the town loner and the hot guy(cause there is always a hot guy) who just moved to town.

Said loner (Cameron) and said hot guy (Jared) have one thing in common, Lorelei and they can’t stand each other, which is strange to Lorelei since they just met. Or have they? Essentially the book is about A Reaper/Angle of Death, a Nephilim (half angle half human) and a Prophet (can’t say which ones) who all come together for the greater good (so to speak).  Add in a ghost, some Demons, witty banter and a hot guy in a shower scene and BOOM: Awesomesauce book.

The banter that Jared and Cameron share is one thing but the banter between Lorelei and her two best friends are what make the book. It’s what I wish me and my high school friends talked about!

The thing I love about Darynda’s books are that there is always something to keep a reader interested,(this reader anyway) and the side stories/mysteries she adds in are like a story within a story.

I started this book with the sample, and then within the first few pages bought the book, then halfway through, bought the second book! That’s how much I loved it. There is some unrequited love going on, after all this is a YA book, but its not–girl- pines-for-boy, boy-has-no-idea-type-thing, there was just enough to keep you wondering how it was going to end. The best part was of course the ending, I was all


 and that lead into the second book, Death Doom and Detention, which I am currently reading now!

4 out of 5 stars!


Charley Davidson..My first book Girlfriend!

Published March 7, 2013 by bookbesties

Charley Davidson is a cross between The Ghost Whisperer and Veronica Mars (I know Veronica Mars) and I so want to be her when I grow up!


I did a review earlier on First Grave on the Right and it was like chips, you can’t just have one! I finished the rest of the books (out so far) in about 4 days (I’m a fast reader) and cried like a baby because the fifth book isn’t out yet! WHY!!!!

Charley Davidson is a Grimm Riper without the black robe and Scythe, more like great boobs (Danger and Will Robinson) and killer shoes, with ADD and attitude to match!

“With Great boobs comes great responsibility.”

I decided instead of doing each book I’d just combine them because really you’re not going to start the series in the middle (duh).


Second Grave on the Left (C...Second Grave on the Left:  This picks up where the first one left off, Charley figured who the Reyes is or WHAT he is and is dealing with that nugget, when she is pulled out of bed by her best friend/ receptionist Cookie about her missing friend.  After going to a coffee shop and finding the friend not there as well as encountering a departed soul in Cookie’s trunk Charley is hired by Mimi’s (the missing friend) husband to find his wife. Charley not only has to find the missing women, but also unravel the mystery behind dead trunk guy (her words not mine), then there is Reyes. Reyes Farrow is the convicted felon serving a life sentence because he was accused of killing his father, Earl Walker. Reyes is able to leave his body (because he is the son of Satan) and come to Charley in incorporeal (ghostlike) form to save her life, talk to her and make her hot, literally. He has walked out of the facility he was in after waking up from a coma and is being tortured by daemons and has decided to let his human body die, only Charley is not having that and in a move that she pulled out of her ass did something that was like WHOA! You don’t want to piss off the son of Satan let me tell you!

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)Third Grave Dead Ahead: After pissing off the son of Satan, (like really bad) Reyes, Charley is being haunted by him in her dreams. I’m not talking boo! Type haunting, I’m talking every time she closes her eyes he is there giving her the most UH-MAZING orgasms known to man! (Why complain right?!) The only problem is that she isn’t getting any sleep, so she survives on coffee non-stop while working on her latest cases (she always has more than one) a missing wife, again and who poisoned a dog of a local biker gang. Charley has not slept in 13 days and is still able to provide the top notch hilarity that she is known for.

“Give it up? Not likely. Besides what else would I do? I totally should have gone to Hogwarts when I had the chance.”

She also has to deal with the fact that Reyes (the HOT son of Satan) has escaped prison and dropped the bomb on her that the man he went to prison for killing, Earl Walker, is indeed very much alive. Not only did this man do unmentionable things to Reyes when he was a kid (including kidnap him from his birth parents) but he is also insane and Reyes has set out to find him, with the help of Charley.  She also learns some things about herself in the process and by the end of this book my mouth was on the floor by what happened! (Can’t tell you, read the book)

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)Fourth Grave beneath My Feet: Charley is broken, or depressed whichever way you want to look at it. And with good reason! With the revelation of what Reyes did to her and the Earl Walker thing, along with her dad riding the crazy train she has had it with life and has vegged out in front of her T.V. for the past two month. Reyes has been released from prison after having been cleared of all charges of murder and because of what he did, Charley want’s nothing to do with him, yet she keeps seeking him out! This type of romance kills me! I love the I want him, I don’t want him thing.  Daemons are attacking her full out now and because she is the portal to haven that Satan wants Reyes (the son of Satan who fell in love with her) will stop at nothing until she is safe. But Charley while on her latest cases gets conflicting information about Reyes and that he may not be who he claims to be.  She has this overwhelming fear because of the Earl Walker thing (again, can’t tell you, read the book) where she was not afraid before and that fear is what leads the daemons right on her doorstep. This book was intense because of the relationship or lack thereof she has with Reyes, we all know they are in love with each other but neither will flat out say it and there are consequences for falling in love with the son of Satan. (Naturally)

Still choked full of laughter I found myself laughing even HARDER at this book.

“I parked in front of a NO PARKING sign. Since it didn’t specify to whom it was referring, I figured it couldn’t possibly be talking to me.”

I love Darynda Jones!! I am SOOOO excited for the fifth installment to come out; it’s like Nutella on toast to me at this point! If I didn’t have a n E-reader this would be one of the books I would camp out over night for at the local 24 hour book store. (They should totally have those)

Because this post has gone on long enough of my LOVE for all things Charley Davidson do yourself a favor and get the books, like now. you will not be disappointed, and if you are then too bad!

Admin- Vonetta