Divided by Jennifer Sights

Sometimes when I have the time to sit back and relax, I love to explore Amazon for Kindle freebies, and most often cases run into little gems like this. I was amazed to see there were not many reviews for this fascinating bewitched tale. I think what caught my attention at first was the cover. My first though when looking at it, I thought, “Man, she looks a lot like Elena from Vampire Diaries.”  Also how lovely yet simple the cover is, perfectly depicts the title.

So getting into the first chapter of the book, you learn that our Heroine is indeed named Elena. She’s a well put together, young and intelligent private investigator and works with missing person cases. She’s approached by a mother and is set on an investigation to find her missing teenage daughter. Little did Elena know, just what she was getting herself into. Solving many cases of ordinary missing person cases, Elena finds herself in a world of magic, darkness and danger when she’s undercover investigating a Goth club downtown where the missing girl was known to visit. Here she meets the enigmatic Vittorio, club owner and drop-dead handsome man.
Indescribable passion strikes them when they are near each other, and never able to control how they feel for one another.  The two characters finally discover what great things they can bring to the world by being together, magic awakens in Elena. Then, things suddenly take a turn in the investigation, leaving me on the edge of my seat.  These two characters together make for some steamy, fervent scenes. And per usual, I hope this vague opinion of mine will spike a bit of interest for you to get on Amazon and get this book, I hate to spoil anything drastic, and like so many other books I love, I try to be careful, because the magic this book contains is best when experiencing it on your own!
All in all, the mystery, the paranormal, and the romance, all together make for an enthralling story. I believe if you like books such as Night Huntress, Vampires in America, and Sentinel Wars, this book will blow you away. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Thank goodness for Kindle apps, I would have never found this piece of treasure.

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The Changelings (War of the Fae #1) by Elle Casey

I almost don’t even know where to begin with this review…Wow. This book was beyond awesome, it absolutely blew me away. And for being a YA Novel, this story exceeds my standards for all YA Paranormal, which definitely raised the bar. Far from your cliché paranormal YA, and certainly doesn’t have PA feel as it unfolds to the middle of the book. There is a certain scene you’ll come to, though, which has a sliver of similarity and most likely inspired from Hunger Games, but with a twist. But all in all, Elle Casey certainly has a charming way with storytelling, giving us a full action-packed scenes, and vivid, dynamic characters. I am totally in love! Each character introduced to us has superb depth which gives readers a chance to relate and attach.

The Changelings

The Changelings

I don’t know exactly how to classify this book in terms of audience genre, though, honestly. It revolves around high school aged characters, but there are curses so vividly chanted by our Heroine quite often, but in a way that fits to whatever the mood she may be in, so it doesn’t feel like it’s obnoxiously placed throughout the story, but does indeed paint tough portrayal of our protagonist and her bold personality.

And though I wouldn’t call this a Paranormal Romance, there is a hint of potential first-love bonding, so beautifully written, where our heroine struggles to admit she has “sappy” feelings.

This book starts off as two normal highs-schoolers in central Florida, Jayne, a crass, potty mouthed teenager and her dorky friend Tony she picked on for years, but secretly cares for him more than she does for anyone else in the world. When both start having trouble at home, Tony takes everyone by surprise causes a scene to rescue Jane from family drama and run away together. They soon find themselves amongst other teenage runaways led by an older teen, named Jared. One day, Jared returns to their hideout with an ad for a “Fitness Interview” each person selected will receive $500 at the end of the job. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Well, obviously they lie, but what’s to lose at this point? The strange interview is completed and all but one runaway are selected to go. The adventure begins when the kids are on the plane to their destination for the ‘job’ and are offered a drink. Jayne who was suspicious ever since the interview, (she’s the hard-@ss of all the kids) watched her friends plop down in their seats next to her. Needless to say, she did not go down without a fight, she kicked and swung punches till she was hit with a tranquilizer, and even as she went down, she still told them where to shove it. Comical.

When the children awake, they are no longer in a plane, but in a cottage… and standing there greeting them is… a Dwarf in combat. Jayne began to believe she was seriously drugged or she was finally losing her mind. They find themselves in the middle of a Fae War…and they are the contestants… Each child learns they obtain a personal ability. Jayne is the most hilarious upon finding hers. If you want an idea of this enchanted forest puts obstacles in their way, I can tell you it’s like a mystical, fae-like Hunger Games, just more deadly, mysterious and scary.

I could go on forever about this book, but then what would be the point in reading if I were to do that? This is a must read! I can’t emphasize it enough, I can almost guarantee if you love hilarious, Fantasy/Paranormal novels with a smart and feisty heroine who has a strong head on her shoulders, with Elle Casey is a YA/Paranormal GENIUS! I want to get my hands on some hard copies of this series for my collection. They will be going straight to my top shelf at home!

Lover Awakened- #3 Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Yup. It’s official. This is my favorite BDB installment, and most definitely my favorite Brother, no doubt about it. I am on book 6 at the moment, fifth is great too! But, we will get to that some other time!

This book focuses on Zsadist, known as the most feared Warrior of the Brotherhood. We have been introduced to him fleetingly among the previous books, but here we learn more about his excruciating, heartbreaking, dark past. He’s illiterate, addicted to pain, vicious in the manner he treats people, even his own Brothers, he refuses to have sex, but only if the girl has her hands on the wall and doesn’t touch him, but one thing that captured me the most, he’s also an artist.(Even if it was just a subtle scene! I am a sucker for a tall, handsome talented fictional man, what can I say! Oh, and whom also sings like an angel)

I have always been intrigued by this character. His frightening personality is highly contrasted by the emotion that shocked everyone at the wedding ceremony in the first book, by just how much soul he put into the old traditional song of their long lost language. That’s when I knew, this man was going to break my heart.

With the previous affection attempts by a curious female vampire, Bella-friend of the Brotherhood and sister to a symphath, who runs the club the Brotherhood hangs out at- made towards Z, he began to crack a little and helplessly begins to wonder what it would be like to be with a female that strangely enough cares about him. The fear of his past refused to let him experiment, so he kept pushing her away, but she’d keep pushing right back.

But, the third book- and if you haven’t begun this series yet, then I will be careful as not to make any major spoilers- But Bella was put into danger when the ever creepy Mr. O, the lesser with some major personal issues that not even the Omega can cure *rolls eyes* , gets his nasty paste-white hands on her and kidnaps her and keeps her as pet. This dude cages her up, feeds her, calls her wife, but reminds him of his sister who was killed.O_0 Mr. O has made his way up to the top of my most-disliked villains of all time, by the way.  But anyhow, Z realized too late just how much he cares for her, and spends all his time locating her for a rescue mission.

Zsadist unleashes the hero buried deep within him, frantically searching for Bella, not believing she could be as dead the Brothers and civilian vampires claim her to be. He truly feels in his heart it isn’t so. For a female to be so interested in him, is brave all in itself, she most likely is just as brave when it comes enough to protecting her will to live.  

Events transpire to the finding of Bella, and the romance and heart break begins. He wants to unfold and be the man Bella knows is inside of him, but every time his body reacts to her subtle seductions, he punishes himself; locks himself up and Bella could even swear she heard the sounds of sobbing. This poor, damaged man..pire… It’s obvious he covers his weakness with rebelling and rage because as a Warrior, he can’t afford to let his dark and abusive past get in the way of his duties, but when it comes to affection and adoration, he recoils, afraid to do the wrong thing, and afraid of consequences. But, under all that animalistic rage tendency, he’s soft, protective, and to me, is just a big ol’ teddy bear.

We are presented with a sequence of flashbacks between Phury Z’s twin,and Z himself, of the rescue mission he set out to find his long lost brother. (Z was taken from home as an infant to use as a slave for a rich glymera female vampire, and used for his large warrior… uh… *cough* “dagger” and blood.) Another problems arise Phury battles the vow of celibacy he has taken his whole life when his feelings for Bella ensues. After all the years of protecting Z and standing by his side when no one else would, he struggles to overcome his feelings for her, battling the happiness he feels for his brothers own.

 The story as a whole though, I’ll admit how frustrating the story lines *can* be in this series. While I understand that some of the side stories tied into each book, gives a perspective of another brother and leads up to the next book, and gives us a full insight the daily lives of the Brothers interactions with each other, and at times that’s just fine, but it gets super frustrating when it gets dragged on endlessly, distracting the reader from the stuff that’s really going on. Some of the extra insights were very vital for the next book, we have John who showed up to the brotherhood, a young vampire nearing his transition, but no one can solve his background though they believe he is the son of Darius, the vampire who died in the first book, the Queens father, and then Tohr and Wellsies drama. I always had my suspicions of what were to come of Wellsie and her “situation”, but this kinda took me for a loop. (no spoilers) And the endless creepiness that is the Omega and lesser alike.

All I cared about was Z and Bella, and their creepy lesser Stalker, Mr.O.  I also may also be the first one to admit, while most J.R. Ward BDB sex scenes are super cheesy, this one, however, did not fail to impress me. But, in total of this series, we undergo a series of guessing what’s going to happen next, mystery, thrills, romance, heart break, laughter, I honestly shed a few tears for this poor vampire. His story was written so well, I was totally consumed by it and wanted nothing more than to reach out and hug him! Oh, and back off, because he is my Bookboyfriend! *nods*

If you find yourself beginning this series soon, just be prepared for a lot of information. These are long novels and though each book is based on one Warrior from the Brotherhood, you will be introduced to many characters, and forced to focus on many other point of views, including moments in the head of the lesser that overtakes the Forelesser position (lead lesser)who are on the hunt  for warriors, for their own motives.

***Terms you need to know of the BDB series mentioned in this review***
– Glymera-Social core of the aristocracy
– Lesser– De-souled human who hunts vampires and works for the Omega
– Omega– Malevolent, mystical figure  who seeks to extinct the vampire race out of hatred for The Scribe Virgin
– Scribe Virgin– Mystical force who is counselor to the king and keeper of vampire archives

Interesting Facts:
** Vampires are in fact, the good race in this series, and the Brotherhood protects their race and the humans. In fact, some of them even pray.
** There is a lot…a lot of hardcore sex in these books. Some more disturbing and or cheesy than others.

Bound by Blood – P.A. Lupton

bound by bloodPhew, where do I begin? Let me start off by saying, I give this a full 5 star rating. This book had literally everything I love in a book. A thrilling mystery with suspense, vampires, other paranormal characteristics, witty dialogue, and hot, hot, HOT romance. 

The story is narrated in first person by a super awesome chick named Brianna Reece. She’s definitely up there with my favorite fearless heroines.

I was immediately hooked as we are thrown into a scene with Brianna undercover at a club, gathering intel on a missing girl case which she feels is strongly connected to another murder case they have been working on, every victim has been drained of their blood.
Brianna has a supernatural ability she was never really able to explain, but other than being a empath. She can detect other people’s emotions, making her a fantastic lie-detector. Right away, I knew we were in for a fun mystery. Little did I know, just how many surprises we would encounter.
I refuse to spoil one major thing about one of her suspects, Nathan, who has his own private security company and also working on the case.

As the story goes on with the murder case, she feels an emotional pull to one of her lead suspects, Nathan. Who just  so happens to know why the cases are oddly connected to her and knows more about her family tree than she does. Nathan informs her that she is connected with a long line of powerful witches and has a strong tie to Nathans family, which explains the pull she felt toward him. He trains her to use her abilities to better protect herself, as they find out the killer is indeed on a trail of her bloodline. And she may be the next target.  

The whole time I was asking myself, “Do I realllllly want them to be together, because I am not sure I can trust him!” But the plot thickens and curves are thrown and I was mind-blown. I really want to read the following books! P.A. Lupton has completely captivated me, and I want to thank her for writing such a bewitching tale with everything I have always wanted in a book! Keep up the amazing work and I really hope to read more in this series!

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Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus! (A favorite of mine!!!)

An absolute favorite of mine!

An absolute favorite of mine!

Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
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This novel is set in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s in a classical yet dark and enigmatic tone. Erin Morgenstern feeds your imagination with vivid pictures with words that cast you into an unknown and exciting world.

The gist of this story is that two young illusionists were trained by rivaled senior Illusionists -to “compete” in a “game”- since childhood. The two children were never told who their competitor was, nor did they know when the “game” would start, or which venue, but were only told, “You will know when the time comes, and you will compete till there is only one left…” Never did they imagine would they fall in love in the midst of a mysterious circus…
Though the reading did give me some Tim Burton vibes and reminds me slightly of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, it’s a completely original story and unlike anything I have ever read.

I feel this book contained more than just a magical world, something much deeper than your average plot of a book; it shined to life a magical depth of the meaning of love, in all forms. The tone was very enchanting, poetic, and colorful even despite the black and white theme. I believe Morgenstern broke out of the cliché style of writing, and gave us something so brilliant and excellent enough to be an instant classic read. I am in love with this book, and dare I say I’d love to see this as a series.

The Mind Readers – Lori Brighton

A thrilling YA Paranormal book!

A thrilling YA Paranormal book!

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The Mind Readers

So, sometimes I love to browse the freebies on Amazon Kindle, and stumble upon these little gems.
This is the first book in an Indie series, narrated in first person, and great for all YA readers of all ages. Cameron Winters is perfect heroine, who has the ability to read minds. In avoidance to expose Cameron’s abilities and to not attract attention from a private investigation that’s been hunting her kind for years, her grandmother moves them around constantly, causing Cam to never really have any friends. She was doing well in a small quiet town, till strange things began happening…A handsome boy just like her shows up in town and persuades her to come with him to a training facility for children owned by a wealthy man who instructs people just like them, to use their powers for good and protection.

This novel flows at a mysterious, quick and thrilling pace, leaving the reader to believe one thing but then given a turn when least expected. This author is a brilliant!

I would have loved to have built a relationship with certain few other characters that are mentioned and have important parts in the first novel; because I feel they are very promising in the rest of the series. And the ending was just astounding. I was predicting a cliffhanger in some way, but the cliffhanger we get, I am almost positive you won’t see it coming either!

My feelings on The Mind Readers: This book was cute and pleasing at the start. As the book went on, I became curious, the author tries to throw off the reader and make us reconsider who we’re rooting for the entire book. Last two chapters…BOOM! *jaw drop* A bitter-sweet cliffhanger.
Definitely not a cliché YA reader, what I appreciate about this novel too, is that it isn’t just about the romance , barely at all. It focuses on a strong heroine who fights for good, and nothing else.

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