Friday, September 25, 2015

"Blood Magic" - Jennifer Lyon

Blood Magic (Wing Slayer Hunters, #1)Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


This book was the absolute perfect blend of paranormal fanasty and steamy romance. It has just the right amounts of magic, darkness and heat to make it a winning trifecta.

The author really made this novel stand out against the crowd of all these junk paranormal romances that are flooding this genre. It wasn't just a skeevy porno with paranormal characters - She made sure to actually have an intense storyline with interesting characters and a sparks flying romance added in.

I'd recommend this book to almost anyone!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Queen of Blood" - Jill Myles

Queen of BloodQueen of Blood by Jill Myles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher on exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, if I had to describe this book in one sentence it would be this:

Deliciously dark and entertaining!!

This book grabbed me from page one and didn't let go. It lured me in with promises of rebellion, romance, and with hints of a dark and alluring plot.

I was completely captivated by the characters and was impatiently waiting to see what could possibly happen next. I couldn't help but fall in love with all of the strength and weakness of the characters. The author made them raw and speaking all at the same time.

The plot and the actual world building was phenomenal and had me totally engrossed. I couldn't put this book down even when I tried.

What a fantastic read for 2015!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"Kissed By Fire" - Danielle Annett

Kissed by Fire (Blood & Magic #2)Kissed by Fire by Danielle Annett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, it's official...

... I'm addicted to this series! I most definitely just read the first two books on one sitting. I can't even begin to describe how awesome it was too read them back to back except for the fact that sleep is now a foreign thing to me and who's, I've got so many things to do today... Being an adult sucks sometimes.

Anyways...

This series is just so captivating to me. I love the plot and the characters kick ass. The tension with the romance is building and I'm about to burst. I want, no, I NEED to know what happens next! I was totally thrown through a loop when Declan became the front and center with the mate bond. I definitely did not see that coming.... At all, although I hey this nagging sense that I should have.

Either way, I absolutely love this series and am disappointed that book three isn't out yet....


....Excuse me while I go throw a tantrum in the corner....



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"Cursed By Fire" - Danielle Annett

Cursed by Fire (Blood & Magic, #1)Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Freaking Phenomenal

Freaking. Awesome.

My inner book nerd is doing its happy dance. I loved this book. Do you know the feeling when you finish a book and you are grinning from ear to ear and you have that little bit of shortness of breath from excitement? That's what this book did to me. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm sorry, but we obviously can't be friends.

The author did a fantastic job with making her storyline and ideas shine through with originality; especially in a genre that has been suffering from a lack of creativity. This book has been very aptly described as a dark fantasy and has more than lived up to my expectations. It has, in fact, far exceeded them.

There is plenty of artfully placed conflict, romantic tension, dark motives and manipulation woven throughout the entire book. It left me wanting so much more and I'm practically desperate to keep reading.

Aria is a fantastic kick butt heroine. She's smart, fierce, sassy without being overdone, and an all around fire wielding badass! And thank the book gods... no stupid freaking insta-dumb-love. Thank you Jesus. In fact, while there is a definite romantic tension element, it's not the focus of the book and it only adds to the story instead of blindingly taking over the book.

This book was a definite win for me and if you are anything like me, it's sure to be a win for you too.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

"Alpha Unleashed" - Aileen Erin

Alpha Unleashed (Alpha Girl #5)Alpha Unleashed by Aileen Erin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.


I finally feel like I got some closure with this series! It's definitely not the end of the series but everything finally comes to a head in book five and we get some real results!

I honestly love this plot. It's the number one reason that I have read this series. There author does a great job weaving a fun, spunky young adult werewolf book that doesn't fit the mold of every other book out there.

It might seem strange, but I actually like all the "supporting characters" way better than the two main characters, Tessa and Dastien. I think the other characters are what really make this series stand out above others in its genre.

All in all, I'm glad to have gotten a chance to read this book as an advanced reader copy and I'll be sure to keep my eyes out for the next in the series.

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"The Pledge" - Kimberly Derting

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one had been on my TBR list forever an all I can say is that I'm extremely disappointed with myself. How could I have not read this book sooner? It's absolutely a stunning start to a sure-to-be epic trilogy.

Derting has shot this one out of the park with her intense world building, dynamic characters and of course, a sinister and rebellious plot. I'm seriously amazed with how Derting comes up with such phenomenal ideas and I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the next two books.

This book highlights all the things I love about this genre and is a sweeping magical read.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

"Speak' - R.M. Webb

SpeakSpeak by R.M. Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I'll be honest with you, I chose to read this book because I got it for free and the cover caught my 'oh pretty ADD button'.

Sometimes I love that button. Like today, for example, with this book.

The author does a fabulous job with the writing and inner monologue. The writing pecks at your mind while you read it making you want to read more, know more... To attain that higher level of understanding. I absolutely loved that.

The plot is pretty awesome and while this is a genre that has been washed and hung out to dry way too many times, this book maintains its own originality throughout the entire story. This was an awesome breakaway from your typical witches and warlocks and magic, oh my!

I'm excited to see where this author takes this series!

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"Goddess" - Julie Anne Lindsey

Goddess (Calypso, #2)Goddess by Julie Anne Lindsey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.


My rating is 2.5 stars.

I've come to the conclusion that this series just isn't for me. I went into this book with some high expectations after suffering through most of the first book in despair. By the end of book one, I was actually excited to read this book because of the turn that book one had taken. Unfortunately, I've been left disappointed.

While it's not as if the book is exceptionally bad, it just didn't capture my attention.

My biggest issue is that the actual plot and characters are completely at odds with each other. Let me explain.

The characters. Ugh. Gah. They are just ridiculously immature. They lack real development and there is just to much 'teenager' in them. Their interactions play out just like the 'Twilight' live triangle and its just head-pounding-against-a-wall frustrating. To be quiet frank, they disgusted me.

Now, take the plot. Here we have a bit of a conundrum. The plot has dark edges to it and plenty of intrigue and tantalizing turns. It left me absolutely confused on how these characters actually fit in with the plot. It ruined the entire book for me.

So, I guess my main malfunction with this book was that I could not reconcile immature characters with a mature plot. This book may be best suited for a younger reader who would view this as a young adult read with a dark edginess to it.

For me however, it was an utter disappointment and beyond annoying to read.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Prophecy" - Julie Anne Lindsey

Prophecy (Calypso, #1)Prophecy by Julie Anne Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like 3.5 Stars, but whatever. Semantics.


Okay friends, just bear with me the best you can during this review. It's most definitely going to be a hot mess.


So, I definitely hated this book... Until I didn't. It was really freaking predictable and boring and had stupid romance crap.... until it didn't. It was so very young young adult... until it wasn't.

Make sense?

No, I didn't think so either. Hence the self titled 'hot mess' review. Let me try to explain.

The writing wasn't anything extra spectacular but it definitely flowed nicely. The plot started off completely unoriginal and had so much stupid young teenage high school angst and was completely repetative. I even remember thinking to myself, 'sweet Jesus, not another freaking Twilight'...


....And then things started to happen...

The plot turned down a darker path and bam! Holy crap, VIKINGS!!!! Like very seriously, my mind was blown out into left field and then plot twist after plot twist kept me out there.

I absolutely could not believe how well this book bounced backed. By the last page, I was without a doubt fanning myself and grinning from ear to ear.

I'm thoroughly excited to start the next book. I just hope it is awesome from page one.





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Monday, September 14, 2015

"Shift" - Karina Espinosa

SHIFTSHIFT by Karina Espinosa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I did, in fact, receive a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.....

.... But, I was just so excited to read this one that I went ahead and bought it before I even got my copy from the publisher.

So. Freaking. Worth. It.



Um, holy cow with a triple side serving of 'yes, please'!

This is it people. The series I've been searching for every since I fell in love with the Mercy Thompson series. This book is the very definition of why I love werewolf books.

The characters are fan-freaking-tastic. Mackenzie is a force to be reckoned with and is as strong as she is sassy. I love me some smart-ass, strong as nails female characters and Mackenzie leads the pack ( pun very much intended!). I definitely love the chemistry between all the characters and I'm so intrigued by how they interact. I absolutely can't wait to see what is going to happen next!

The plot is awesome. It is definitely molded from the paranormal genre but has more than enough originality to be a shining star amongst the masses.

This book left me grinning from ear to ear when I was finished it. This is a prime example of why I love my books!

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The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter, #1)The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, Virginia Boecker, what have you done to me? You've positively ruined the rest of my 2015. How ever shall I continue to read books knowing that I'll forever be comparing them to the absolute epicness of 'The Witch Hunter'?

This book is beyond phenomenal. The characters are rich and diverse with just enough dark to make them irresistible. The plot is thickly woven with magic, adventure, betrayal, love and of course, a true rebellion with a cause.

This book has made it onto my favorites list and Ms. Boecker has quickly climbed to the top of my new favorite authors list.

I'm absolutely thrilled to have discovered her writing and cannot wait to read more from her.

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A new start!

Welcome!

Welcome to my very own extravaganza of books!

My name is Morgan and reading 'n' reviewing is my game.  I am a self professed book nerd and I spend most of my time reading everything I can get my hands on! I'm also a chef and a stunning example of fearsome wit and sarcasm. I'm very frequently told that I'm adorable and freaking hilarious (mostly by myself), although I'm sure that you'll find me to be more than fulfilling in that aspect.

This is my new blog where I will now post all new book reviews from here on out. Feel free to check out my old blog here!

Authors: I'm always looking for new books to read and if be honored if you wanted me to read and review. Please leave a comment or email me at morgana.extravaganza@gmail.com