Throwback Thursday-Kate Daniels Series

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This weeks Throwback Thursday is actually a series and not just one book. Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series is made up of 8 books but 10 total are scheduled to come out so far. I’ve decided to do the entire series because in the beginning I was borderline to liked this series but I wasn’t sure if I would continue reading.  I have given the books in this series between 3 and 5 star ratings. And I will promise you, the series does get better.

Kate Daniels

Somewhat of a synopsis of the series:

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrapers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

What I loved about these books:

I have to say Ilona does a fantastic job on character and world building. What she describes in her books draws you in like nothing else. You are able to easily visualize as you are reading along.

In the beginning, the books are tailored more for action/fantasy. But as you get further in, a romance begins to develop. And by that point, there is no turning back because the love between Kate and (sorry, can’t say. Don’t want to give it away) is deep, powerful, and pulls you in without mercy.

I also loved how Ilona doesn’t hand everything over right away. She gives you clues throughout the different books and piecing them together is almost as fun as finding out the answers.

With a final note, what draws me to this series is Kate. She is strong, feisty, and so so stubborn. But she isn’t perfect and she doesn’t always win. Her struggles are realistic and if you allow yourself to fall into this crazy world, then her accomplishments aren’t all that far fetched. Kate has had a difficult life and doesn’t trust easily. But when she decides to trust, she will be the best person to have your back.

Quotes about the Series:

“I have read a lot of books, and there is nothing like this series. The story is set in the future, where there are “magic and tech waves”. On minute your chilling around enjoying the technology and the next a magic wave hits and gas powered cars, guns and phones don’t work. Awesome!!!” – anonymous  goodreads user

“The world and characters keeps developing and getting better and better with each new novel. Typically I find that series wane after the first book or two, but this series does the exact opposite! Love it! “- Kat

“Sparrowlicious, my only advice is to keep reading… I don’t want to give you any spoilers, but a lot of what you don’t like about the first book is taken car of in the next few books!! :-)” – anonymous goodreads user

“I wasn’t too fond of the first one, but with each book, I’m loving this series more and more. I think the world building is awesome and I just adore Kate.” – Cassandra

I’m curious to see what others think about this series. Have you read it? Did you like it?

If you haven’t picked up this series, it’s a must. Just keep in mind the first book isn’t perfect or close to a five star rating. But push through because I promise it is worth it!!

Throwback Thursday-Reckoning (The Breach #1)

 

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Todays Throwback is Katheryn Avila’s Reckoning (The Breach #1). This book is a really short read (216 pages) and was first published on May 19, 2014

Reckoning

Synopsis:
After discovering suppressed psychic ability, Lexia struggles to keep her family safe, learning more than she bargained for along the way.

As demons and wraiths break their way through to the human world, she does her best to stay in control – unaware that the supernatural war dates back to before she was born.

Why I love this book:

Reckoning is a story filled with the supernatural, demons, psychics, reapers and much more; behind all of this is a fantastic forbidden love story. The characters were very well developed, with histories and connections that grew at a good pace, not rushed and not too long and drawn out. The supporting cast was a perfect fit to the characters, just enough to keep the story interesting without getting lost in their stories.

Review:
This story is complex, well written, and simply amazing! The author did an outstanding job keeping the reader constantly wondering what will happen next. The story at times was intense and always changing to where it was difficult to figure out where the author was taking you. The twists in the plot were unexpected and the ending caught me completely off guard! There aren’t many authors who take the risk and are able to pull off an ending like Katheryn Avila did! I can’t help but hope the story doesn’t end with this book!

The author created such a unique plot! The main character Lexia is extremely strong. She is smart and independent but fights everything she hears or knows. There is no easy solution when it comes to her or her problems. This book is about destiny and believing things happen for a reason- regardless if you want them to or want to accept the outcome. Hands down, this is a fantastic book full of action, love, and everything I between.

Like I said, the main character is named Lexia. After losing her family, she is sent to live with her eccentric aunt Karen and her two identical sons Adwin and Saxon. During the wake of her parents funeral, Lexia runs into Sarah. Sarah is someone no one else has been able to see. But her aunt Karen is able to see/talk with her and confronts Lexia with the fact that she is psychic- meaning she can see what others can’t and hear others thoughts. When Lexia’s parents come in ghost form to say goodbye, the author did a magnificent job creating an intense emotional scene. As the reader, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the emotional turmoil and wonder what it would be like to lose my own parents at such a young age.

The story continues at a quick pace and is broken up into three parts. I don’t want to give away too much information because you really should read this book! The ending of the story is terribly sad. Lexia has struggled her entire life to fit in but always felt alone. Overall, I was happily surprised by this book. I hope there is a sequel!

Quotes:

“I shouldn’t even exist. Neither should they. What’s the difference between destroying me and destroying them?” – Lexia Graham

 

Throwback Thursday- Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1)

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I get giddy just thinking about this book! Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) is a steamy and sexy book. At 320 pages, I was really sad when the book ended. Although I love the series, this first book will always be my favorite. Beautiful Bastard was originally published in February 2013.

Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Why I love this book:
First off, I think it is important to point out the fact that this book has six thousand reviews and the average rating according to Goodreads is 4.07.

The line between love and hate is so fine sometimes. This book just showcased that perfectly. And while Bennett may be a beautiful Bastard, in the end, he’s as completely helpless as Chloe with what happens between them. I loved how strong Chloe was but how sometimes you can’t help who you are attracted to. Chloe is an alpha female and the perfect match to Bennett’s alpha persona.

This book has a LOT of sex in it. And not just any sex. It’s full of panty dropping (if not ripping), steamy, hot sex. I categorized this under erotica so if that isn’t your thing, I would probably pass on this book. But if you don’t mind this, then I guarantee you will be laughing and loving this book as much as I did!

Quotes:

“What’s that?” he hissed through clenched teeth, his hips slapping against my thighs driving him deep inside. “Never been fucked like this before, have you? You wouldn’t be such a tease if you were being properly fucked.”
Who did he think he was? And why the hell did it turn me on so much that he was right?
“I’ve had better,” I taunted.

“For some sick reason, fighting with this woman always ended with her panties in my pocket.”

“If only he would keep his mouth shut, he’d be perfect. A piece of duct tape would do the trick. I had some in my desk that I’d occasionally pull out and fondle, hoping someday I could put it to good use.”

“The look in her eyes told me that under any other circumstances, I would either already be naked with her on top of me, or lying in a pool of my own blood on the rug.”

“Wow, top five percent of your class at Northwestern. Nice!” Joel said and then looked over at me. “Bet you’re glad to have someone so amazing working under you, huh?”
Chloe coughed slightly, bringing her napkin up from her lap to cover her mouth. I smiled as I quickly glanced over to her and then back to Joel. “Yes, its absolutely amazing having Miss Mills under me. She always gets the job done.”


If you have read this book, let me hear from you and tell me what you think! I doubt I am the only person out there who looks back at this book and loves it 🙂

Throwback Thursday- The Secret Dead (London Bones #1)

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This weeks throwback is- The Secret Dead (London Bones #1)

Secret Dead

Author: S.W. Fairbrother

Published: April 11, 2014
Pages: 306

Synopsis:
Vivia Brisk knows about the dead. She should. She’s died enough times. Vivia is a hag – or death witch – one of the last of her race, and can die, visit the underworld and return at will. As a consultant with charity The Lipscombe Trust, she has a job she loves — helping London’s most vulnerable supernaturals, even if her colleague Malcolm drives her round the bend on a daily basis. Vivia thinks she’s got Malcolm’s measure – sexist, not too bright and generally a pain in the ass, but then Malcolm zombifies and, along with his fourteen year old son Ben, flees the police.

With a zombie on the loose, London goes into lock down and Vivia is roped in into find them. After all, Malcolm can only keep control so long without fresh flesh, and the risk of the zompocalypse increases the longer he’s on the lam. At first what happened seems simple, but then the police find decades-old corpses hidden near Malcolm’s house, and Vivia begins to realise Malcolm’s missing son is in a lot more danger than from just a single zombie on the loose…

Why I love this book:

On Goodreads, this book has had 92 ratings with an average of 4.14 stars our of 5. This is one of those hidden gems that not very many people know about but they should!

This story is unique in the characters and the authors ability to describe sometimes the indescribable. The writing was engaging and well done. There was just the right amount of description, and everything felt very real. You can tell the author spent a lot of time making sure she had a grip on how everything in the world would work, from how things would smell to how one would feel after coming back from the dead. There was a natural flow to the book that sucks you in.

I think something else to keep in mind is that Fairbrother managed to create a unique and completely new story in an overly saturated paranormal category. That is not easy to do.

I really hope you check this book out, it is worth it!

Review:

Characters in this story range from zombies to shape shifting cats who take on the personality of the animals they shift into. But the most unique character is the main character- she is a hag, aka death witch. She isn’t pretty. In fact she resembles the dead in many characteristics. It isn’t often you encounter a main character as anything but beautiful, attractive, or at least easy on the eyes.

The main character consults with the necroambulism team where she often returns to the dead to help figure out if someone was killed recently, who they were, and help solve the crime. While she is in the underworld, the things she encounters are easily found in nightmares. The depth of the main character was surprising. To say she has had a rough life is an understatement. Even after everything she went threw, the ending of the book left me sad and contemplating how unfair things sometimes turn out. But I don’t want you to get to discouraged, the author leaves some hope for the main character in what will hopefully be a sequel.

The author does an excellence job describing the weird, scary if not disturbing, and ugly side of things. The story the author created is a dark mystery. Just when you think it couldn’t get more bazar, the author creates a scene that could have come out of the twilight zone or a Steven king book. This is a very well written book!

Quotes:

“I grabbed his arm before he could do it. Red hot anger coursed through me. I hate being manhandled. As far as I’m concerned you can believe what you like, just don’t be an asshole about it.”

“Zombies run to family when they’re in trouble.”


You can buy it free on Amazon Kindle or a paperback copy is $9.99. You have nothing to lose!! I promise you will love it 🙂

 

Throwback Thursday- The Keepers (Alchemy #1)

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This is something new I am going to try where every Thursday I am going to talk about a book I have read in the past.

I am always on the hunt for a new addictive UF/PNR series that I can’t seem to put down. I don’t find them often but when I do, I think its fun to share.

    

Title: The Keepers (Alchemy, #1)
Author: Donna Augustine
Published: April 13, 2013
Pages: 290

Synopsis:
Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of things floating around her.

One day ago, Jo’s sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

Why I love this book and Series:
I read this book two years ago and at the time my reviews were less than a paragraph. Not very descriptive.. But what I remember, I really like. The main character Jo is broken and has a difficult life. Grown up in one foster home after another leaves her without friends or a family to call her own. Add to this the fact she is able to make strange things happen.. she lives a pretty secluded life.

When Jo starts her new job at a casino she meet the mouth watering Cormac. To say things don’t start off on a positive note is an understatement. Cormac is one of those characters who pulls off a sexy and fun mix of bad boy who isn’t a complete ass. I won’t give away any juicy details, but there are parts in this book where you can’t turn the page fast enough and you are unable to believe what just happened.

The world building was steady and good. But really, it’s the sexual tension that becomes addicting in this book. Pair that with a sarcastic and funny dialog and the series became one of my favorites.

On Amazon right now,The Keepers (The Alchemy Series Book 1) -the first book in this series – is only $.99 Not much of a gamble if you are on the fence about reading this book. I promise it is worth the dollar 🙂 You can get the The Keepers Box Set (Alchemy Series) Books 1-4 for $6.99. Something to think about.

Quotes:

“We’ve all got skeletons, but I’m afraid you might have a whole god damn cemetery. I’m going to go through with your plan, mostly because I don’t know if we have a choice. What really bothers me though, is that my gut feeling tells me that as much as I sense the fight in you, I’m not so sure you’d run away from death. Making plans with someone like you is dangerous.”

“He smelled too good, he looked too good and it was just completely unfair. Villains were supposed to be ugly. Just another way I was getting screwed in this deal. My villain didn’t even look like he was supposed to.”

“Desperate people should be placated until you can get as far away from them as humanly possible, because desperate people had a bad tendency of blowing up and taking you with them.”

 

I hope you check it out!