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Review: Unbound (The Guardian Legacies #1) by Emily Goodwin

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The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when the Pricolici, a group of ancient bounty hunters, are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.

As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness on her own.

Then she meets Ethan, a handsome and mysterious stranger who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and the Coven she hails from. Will she risk everything by trusting him or risk fighting alone?

My Review

Unbound is an exciting new series by author Emily Goodwin. One of the things that really caught my attention about this book was the cover. It was eye catching and made me curious. Then, I read the synopsis and thought to myself, I need to check this book out and I’m happy that I did.

Right off the bat, I found myself really like Anora. I thought she was a great female lead. She was a pretty tough and I liked how even though she always knew she was different, she didn’t let it get her down; even when people called her a freak. Then when she starts realizing she has powers, I was entranced. I wanted to know why she suddenly had powers and what was going to happen to her. Ethan was such a wonderful addition to Unbound. He really intrigued me and made me want to read this story. I knew right away that there was more to him than meets the eye. He too was special and was willing to break all the rules for Anora.

My only compliant was the pacing. Pacing is such a critical part of a story for me. And unfortunately, Unbound is really slow in the beginning. It took me a while to really get into the story and connect with the characters. However, once I got passed the first few chapters, I felt like the story-line picked up and finally pulled me in.

Overall, I though Unbound was a pretty good read. It says that it’s YA, but I would say it’s more Mature YA, walking that fine line to NA. I loved the idea of the story and think this series has a lot of potential. Even though I did have some issues with the pacing, I still found this book to be enjoyable. As for the ending, this book doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger, but more of a resolved, yet to be continued ending. I am definitely curious about where the story will go next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Re-Cover Reveal: Fighting For Infinity (Kindrily #3) by Karen Amanda Hooper

I am so excited to share with you the new cover for Fighting For Infinity by Karen Amanda Hooper. Fighting For Infinity is the third book in her Kindrily Series.
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Every moment, every lifetime, every decision—including her choice to erase—has led Maryah to this.

Two outcomes are possible: an infinite happy-ever-after with her kindrily or the final severing of her relationship with Nathan.

Closer to the enemy than ever before, Maryah unravels the diabolical plan that Dedrick has been manipulating into place for centuries. Revelations, secrets, and lies surface faster than Maryah can process. She doesn’t know who to trust, what to believe, or how to save her loved ones from the desolate future Dedrick is so close to executing.

Guided by an enigmatic raven-haired prisoner, Maryah fights body and soul to save Nathan, her kindrily, and countless others. But is her love strong enough to alter a prophecy written in the stars?

My Original Review from 4/29/14:

Fighting For Infinity was one of my most anticipated books of 2014 and I wasn’t let down!!!! This book had everything that I wanted and more!

Fighting For Infinity picks up right where Taking Back Forever left off! I was immediately sucked back into the story and found myself holding my breath in anticipation for what would happen next. There was never a dull moment! It had everything from romance, to action, to suspense and some really great twists and turns! I loved the dual pov’s, but I’m not going to tell you who it is, you’re going to have to read it for yourself!!!

The Kindrily Series is one of the most unique fantasy/paranormal romances that I’ve ever read! I fell in love with the characters more and more with each book. And even though I am sad that this the end of Nathan and Maryah’s story, we were given the most amazing ending!

If you’ve been thinking about reading this series, I would highly recommend you give it a try! This series will forever hold a special place in my heart!

*****I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*****

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Relase Day Launch and Review: Lust (The Allure Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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We are beyond excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Alyssa Rose Ivy’s LUST! LUST is the second novel in Alyssa’s New Adult Paranormal Romance series The Allure Chronicles! As an added special SEDUCTION’S KISS is FREE for a limited time and LURE is only $2.99, so make sure you grab your copy of each book in this amazing series today!!

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About LUST (The Allure Chronicles #2)

After years of searching Daisy and Owen have finally found each other, only to face the threat of being forced apart. If they are unable to stop Daisy from becoming an Allure, she will forever lose the ability to love.

Desperate to stop the change before time runs out, they must decide what price they are willing to pay to save their love.

My Review

“What’s the point in experiencing anything if you can’t feel it?” I’d never thought about the importance of emotion before I started to change, but now it was everything. I realized I would be nothing but a shell of myself without it. No one would be.

Lust picks up right where Lure left off. Daisy and Owen are off on the quest to stop Daisy from turning into an Allure. Daisy is desperate to stop the change. She doesn’t want to stop being a human or loose the way she feels about Owen, but her quest won’t be easy. In order to find answers, she will have to put her faith in people that she doesn’t trust. But time is of the essence and tough choices will have to be made. And in the end the ultimate question will be: What would you do, what would you sacrifice for the person you love?

Lust was a quick and easy read for me. I enjoyed getting lost in the world of Daisy and Owen. Lust is a great story about fate, sacrifice, the quest to stay true to yourself and the power of love. “I’d never given much credence to fate, but I’d changed my mind. We were fated to be together. There was a higher power that wanted us to be together, and it made each day we spent together feel like a year in the intensity it created.” Daisy and Owen’s quest to find the truth and stop what’s happening to Daisy, will not be easy. They will have to travel to new worlds and will meet new creatures along the way. You will find yourself asking questions: Who’s on their side? Who is telling the truth? Are they really being helped? And when you get to the end….your will be left breathless. My heart is broken. A tough, tough decision had to be made. There is no wrong or right answer. The only thing you can do is hold on for the ride and hope that in the end, all will turn out ok. I for one can not wait to find out what happens next!

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review*


I had no real choice. Only one answer was acceptable, yet giving it meant losing everything and anything I cared about. It meant losing Owen, and it meant losing myself.

“Daisy?” Owen looked deep into my eyes.

“I love you.” I didn’t think, I didn’t question. I crushed my lips against his, needing to soak up his taste and feel. He responded immediately, deepening the kiss as he wrapped me up in his arms.

Always and forever. Our promised words swirled through my head. Promised words that couldn’t possibly be true. But in that moment it didn’t matter. The truth couldn’t hurt us. Only time could.

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Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*


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About LURE:

There’s danger in the beauty…

Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That’s how long it had been since I’d seen my winged hero— not that I’d been counting. I’d suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn’t crazy and knew he didn’t exist.

But he did. And I was done waiting.

Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier… thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAlyssa Rose Ivy Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.



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Recommendations – Fantasy, Urban Fantasy & Paranormal

Urban Fantasy is one of our absolute top genres. It’s always so exciting and FUN! Below are some of our faves. Feel free to share yours with us too! We love finding more UF to read.

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Both my BBH (Better Blogging Half) and I absolutely loved this series. It’s set in Dublin among the Fae (seelie and unseelie), humans, and other random supernaturals. We follow heroine Mac as she tries to discover who (or what) killed her sister. Mac is a total toughie, you will adore her and our hero – Jerricho Barrons. Dangerous and smoking hot. Sigh. Need I say more?


Jane True Series by Nicole Peeler

Jane will forever have a special place in my heart.  It was Jane that elevated my BBH and I from best buds to ultimate soul mates. Well Jane, food and diet coke. Anyway, the point is WE LOVE JANE! Set in small town America (to start with) Jane discovers she is half selkie and from there things take a turn for the crazy. This series follows Jane and her friends as they try to right the wrongs in their world and save their people. There are some truly creepy characters (Graeme and the harpies – ick), and some truly awesome ones (pretty much everyone on Team Jane).


Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels is a badass. Born to an evil God of a father and raised on the run by his head assassin, she has been taught from the day she was born that her job is to eventually take down her father.  In the meantime, she pretty much spends all her time kicking ass and taking names. This series is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the technology overloaded and magic fought back. Survival is really based on luck of the draw and whether the technology is running things on the day or the magic. A big part of this story is Kate’s budding romance with the Lord of the Beasts, Curran. Their chemistry is out of this world  – definitely worth reading!


The Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins

BBH and I actually disagree on this one. Not hugely but the main problem for us in this series is the sheer amount of smut kind of brings down what would be a really good story. I read it anyway because I love the fae, but it was too much for BBH. Understandably. However a lot of people get into that stuff (reow!) so if that’s you then you will love this series even more. It’s basically a story about a girl, Synthia, whose been brought up to believe she’s one thing only to discover that her entire world is not as it seems, and she is not at all who she thought she was. There are SO many twists and turns in these books. Everyone deceives everyone else, which is kind of amazing since the fae technically can’t lie in this world. But they do manage to twist the truth to suit themselves when ever they like and really, you would expect nothing less from the fae.


Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones

Charley is who I wish I could be when I’m having an argument with someone. You know how often you won’t think of the prefect retort until you have walked away? Or have been walked away from, as the case may be. She’s so quick witted it’s ridiculous. I even, on occasion, found myself having to read a line twice to pick up the joke. Charley Davidson is the Grim Reaper. She uses this to her advantage by having her own private detective business. She runs around solving crimes all over the show and often gets herself into dire situations. Chuck in Reyes Farrow, insanely hot and broody Son of Satan, and it’s a good time all around really. 


The Forever Evermore Series by Scarlett Dawn

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. A Shifter Queen, Vampire King, Mage Queen and an Elemental King all come together to make for a crazy and interesting world. I couldn’t put this series down!


The Forged by Magic Series by S. L. Gavyn

Don’t be put off by the cover of the first book in this series, Brimstone. It’s a little odd, even for Urban fantasy but this series is awesome. We follow heroine, Genivieve Belaveau, as she fights her way through an exciting world packed filled with fey, vampires, elves and shifters, to name a few. This series has the perfect combination of both romance and action and Vieve is a heroine everyone will love!


The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen

So far only the first book in this series is out, Stolen Songbird. It was a great start to this fantasy series and the world the books are based in is both engaged and fascinating with the primary creatures being trolls (at this stage). I can’t wait for the next installment in this series! 









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Book Review – Six of Hearts by L. H. Cosway

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Six of Hearts

By L.H. Cosway

It was the promise of something different that first attracted me to Six of Hearts. I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued. I knew that this was a book I needed to read the SECOND it was out. I’m going to try and write this review without giving anything away so I’m sorry if it seems a little obscure. 

Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.

I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.

Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.

But most of all, I put on a good show.

The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.

Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this – if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.

Madness right? That pretty much set the tone for the entire book. I was constantly thinking, “HOW THE HELL DID THAT JUST HAPPEN??!!?!?!” and I even, at one point, convinced myself that Jay must be magic. That’s the only explanation for all the crazy. Throughout the entire book I had this feeling of wonder and also a feeling of intense frustration because I wanted to know how this was happening. I wanted the inside scoop! It drove me crazy.

Both Jay and Matilda were interesting characters. Their romance was sweet. Not completely heartbreaking or breathtaking but a nice, sweet, even tempo throughout the book. It had moments of ups and down but they were over pretty quickly. The angst levels in this book were slim to none. I’m an angst lover, I feel like it livens things up, so I found the romance okay but not great.

The real magic (hah!) happens within all the twists and turns that occur during the story. Admittedly most readers will figure out the plots twists pretty quickly but there are still a couple of surprises in there and it’s a lot of fun seeing Matilda figure it all out.

“It’s like being locked in a world where violence is God and you’re constantly waiting to become the next victim of it’s wrath.”

This was a solid read for me. I loved that it was different and the story had more to it than the usual contemporary romance reads. The element of mystery (which hung around even after the book had ended) really set this book apart from others and made for a compelling read. So if you’re looking for something a little different, then this may be the book for you! 



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The Warrior Queen (The Guinevere Trilogy) by Lavinia Collins

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This book was received from the Author in return for an honest review

A sumptuous romance based around the life of Guinevere and Arthur’s Court.

Never before has the magical world of Queen Guinevere, King Arthur and Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table been so deeply explored than in this warming saga of passion, duty and infidelity. Drawing on a rich seam of historical sources Lavinia Collins has created a fictional masterpiece, and epic romance that will stand the test of time.

The Warrior Queen is the first full novel length instalment of the Guinevere Trilogy. A Champion’s Duty and The Day of Destiny will be released by Spring, 2014.

I wasn’t too sure what this book was going to be like. Everyone has heard of Guinevere, Arthur, Lancelot and Merlin. Everyone has read, heard or seen a story about them at one point or another. My husband is SUPER into the story of these characters; he’s seen the movies, read the books. He knows the story in many of its incantations. So he gave me a refresher course on all things Camelot, and off I dove into the book.

I was pleasantly surprised! This was no regurgitation of the standard Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot story. Every time I’d put the book down and update my husband on what was happening in the story, he was genuinely interested in the direction the book was taking and it was actually really really nice to be able to discuss a book with him as in depth as we discussed this. He’s not always so interested in my reading material! It also just goes to show that for this book, it doesn’t matter whether you have a passing knowledge in the subject like I did, or a much more in-depth knowledge like the husband does, the story captures you either way.

The story is told through Guinevere’s eyes. It focuses on her journey and tribulations as we follow her from her homeland, through to Arthur’s court, onto the battlefield and back into the sticky politics of being King Arthur’s Queen. I really enjoyed venturing through this classic story from her point of view. It did of course contain the stories of war and combat, and meetings around the round table, but it also had the details that would only come from telling the story through her eyes.

I loved that there was a decent dollop of magic type plot. Not too much that it seemed ridiculous, just enough to make it a bit dark and mystical. Another love was the chemistry, the Guinevere/Arthur/Lancelot love triangle. Serious chemistry! There were some scenes with so much of it you could almost feel it coming through the pages… When you read this you are not going be short on action (bedroom variety!) and I had no idea I’d end up feeling torn between these two men, but I did. It’s not always a sure thing to be able to write the characters with the right amount of heat and tension between them but the author has definitely hit the mark here. Her writing of these relationships makes sure that this storyline is much more deeply layered than just a simple romance.

Finally I’ve kept my favourite point for last. The world building. I could picture EVERYTHING in my head. I felt like I was there in Camelot with them. Sitting at the banquets, riding into war, the clothing, the weapons, the liaisons, the politics. The attention to detail was mind blowing. I love love love books that transport you to their world, and I was most definitely transported to Camelot. I was blown away with the descriptive writing, and it’s this descriptive writing that really has me wanting to read the next two installments, I can’t wait to follow this story to the end.

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Book Review – Dirty Magic (Prospero’s War #1) by Jaye Wells

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So this is the first of (hopefully) many buddy reviews we’re going to do. You just have to sit back, get comfy and enjoy our probably hilarious, certainly awesome, definitely entertaining discussion… Here goes!

Kate Prospero is pounding the pavement on her nightly patrol of The Cauldron, a run-down part of town in the city of Babylon plagued by dirty magic, when she is attacked by a deranged werewolf-like creature. She shoots him in self-defense (as you do) which sets off a chain of events that leads to her being recruited by the MEA (Magical enforcement Agency). Kate’s keen to move up the ladder at work and eager to help clean up the Cauldron, where covens selling dirty magic rule the streets and a turf war is brewing.  Add to the drama a hot new partner, and a potentially dodgy ex love and things definitely start to get interesting.  

Charmaine – So firstly lets talk about the men!!! John Volos, Kate’s ex-boyfriend, fellow Adept cooker, current Babylon big-wig with the mayor in his pocket, a force to be reckoned with for sure…you just can’t seem to decide whether he’s good, evil or a good type of evil! My only problem with Volos is I wish he had more pages dedicated to him…

Also deserving a definite mention while we’re talking about men is Drew Morales…her new partner in the MEA. At first he definitely comes across as a typical arrogant detective type you see on the TV, a boys-club only type of guy. But as the story continues, his tough guy veneer does start to wear away to see a little bit of charm, a lot of sex appeal and a protective nature. By the end you’re totally a fan. No doubt about it, Kate has two very strong male characters up close and personal in her business.

Kristal – Is it bad to have a favourite already? Because John Volos is edging ahead for me at the moment. Don’t get me wrong- I liked them both! But I think John just came across as a little more interesting. I definitely agree with you saying he needed more pages. I think we needed a little more background story on him and Kate? I really had no idea why she was so angry at him when it seemed like he was the one that got his heart broken by her.  

I loved the protective side of Drew! He always had her back when she needed and really came through for her at the end. I loved his background story. It really gave his character a lot more depth. Took him from alpha male douche cop to next level babe. He definitely won me over. Also I think his background story stopped me from getting a little too bogged down in ‘cop life’ details. 

Charmaine – Speaking of ‘cop life’ details. There was a lot of that. Like I was living the cop life. Which obviously makes sense being the storyline and all, but you do really have to wrap your head around all of the lingo if you’re not used to reading cop story-lines (which I am not since I freaken HATE CSI type TV shows etc) I guess on the positive side, thanks to the writing you really feel like you’re in that gym with the other detectives getting the riot act from your boss and you really feel you’re out on the beat catching perps and talking to informants. And really, the magical aspect was pretty neatly woven into the real life police force drama being written about… I guess maybe I was expecting more magic less police work, it was almost overbearing for me… is that because I’m all about whimsy not practicality?!

Kristal – Haha listen to you! “…on the beat catching perps…”. You crack me up. It seems like you got a grip on that lingo pretty quickly Charm! But yea, I’m not a cop show watcher either. I’m definitely more about the magic and less about real life stuff. The magic part of the story is what really kept it interesting for me. I loved the explanations of the different potions and hearing about the consequences each of those potions had on the person addicted to it. It was well thought out and well written. In this book magic is very black and white for Kate, so it will be interesting to see if there’s a grey area for her, and if she’s willing to explore that. I’d really love to see more of what Kate can do with her magic! 

“I’m no scientist, but from what I’ve seen, the most common denominator for addiction was simply being human.”

Charmaine – Ok before I go into anything else, speaking of the consequences of each of the potions… holy crap there was some weird ish going on with people and potions!!! Imagine what our actual world would be like if people could get magic like ‘Vanity potions’ Blegh!!! It was an interesting concept to have physical ramifications of potion abuse… and I agree Kristal, I loved reading about all of those potions and the magic. I loved how it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns using magic. It was gritty and the lines between clean magic and dirty magic were so thin. I pretty much felt that in this book, magic was their version of our drugs. It mirrors how in our world there is also a thin line between pharmaceutical drugs and illicit drugs…very easy to make comparisons. Also, I’m with you Kristal…is it evil of me to hope that Kate does get back into a tad more magic? This is the start of a series isn’t it?!!!

Pretty much here are my future wishes: Firstly, more John Volos, various storylines would be acceptable as long as he was still mysterious and amazing…. Secondly, more magic and more Kate magic…. because I’ve heard how much of an amazing (potion) cook she is and I want to experience it! Lastly…. Less Little Man staring at people with his tiny black eyes. Seriously, I had to Google his description (homunculus) and I think I had nightmares…

Kristal – I’m going to make a paper mache version of Little Man and hide it in your wardrobe one day when you least expect it. Quick note – loved Kate’s’ neighbour! She was hilarious. 

This was definitely the start of an interesting new series. I think we are both keen to see what will happen next in the world of Kate Prospero. There’s a lot more story to be told! Bring on Prospero’s War #2!