Thursday, April 25, 2019

Book Review: Consequences by Liz Schulte


Consequences (The Guardian Trilogy #3)



CONSEQUENCES BY LIZ SCHULTE GUARDIANS #3



Consequences is the third and final book in the Guardian trilogy. To read reviews of the previous books: SECRETS and CHOICES.

As this is a trilogy, don’t read these books out of order! This review will contain spoilers from the second book.

So Olivia is a Guardian and Holden is a Jinni. They are supposed to be mortal enemies, but instead they are soul mates and deeply in love. Olivia has broken away from the Guardians to live with the man she loves and to solve the mystery of the missing guardians. Holden is harboring an “enemy” that could land him in trouble with his people. When all they want is to be left alone and in love, but instead they have to navigate stormy waters. There is a lot of tension between the races and Olivia finds herself in the thick of it yet again.

The action in this book moves right along. Schulte throws one curve ball after another. The story was expertly crafted to keep the reader on their toes. I loved how I didn’t know how it was going to end. She also created a wonderful fantasy world. With each book, she introduces more of the Abyss which I think is very clever.  I wish I had the ability to see it and be part of it.

As for the ending, the end was so unexpected, yet satisfying. I was sad to come to the end of the book. Then, I discovered that she continued her world in a couple other series. So I guess I will be reading those next!


Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review: In Search of a Witch's Soul


Book Blurb: 

Human, private detective Anna Caill isn’t keen on the prohibition of magic enacted by the 18th Amendment, but she won’t deny it’s good for business. The coppers couldn’t care less about the witches’ problems, giving her any number of clients to choose from.

When mysterious witch Jesse Hunt saunters into her office, he and his case will test her limits. While a killer stalks the magical underworld, Anna is hired to find Jesse’s friend, the high priest of an ancient coven.

As her case unravels, Anna is forced to confront her addiction to a dark spell in this urban fantasy noir. 




Book Review:

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In Search of a Witch's soul
Review:

Thank you to Ink & Magick and Netgalley for a copy of **In Search of a Witch's Soul**. This is my honest opinion.

I saw the cover of this story as I was scrolling through Netgalley, and it absolutely drew me in. I love the Roarin' Twenties. I find the style and language of this time classic and enchanting. The cover is beautiful with its sepia coloring and a dash of green will-o'-the-wisp Anna just drew me in with her intense gaze that says she has quite a story to tell.

D. Lieber writes an enchanting tale of how Anna uses her skills as a PI to help find a missing witch. I loved how she kept the story in the time period with the vernacular, style, and historical events. In this story, magic was prohibited instead of alcohol, which I found interesting. And witches actually had different souls than normal humans. I loved the story it sucked me and I read it in 2 nights! She wrote it in first POV from the viewpoint of Anna and once in a while one of the other characters. I found it easy to follow along. There is suspense and mystery with lots of magic! The magical system she described is fun and imaginable. I want to walk the streets with Anna and Jesse.

I wish she would have had more of Jack's story. I felt drawn to him and was sad that he wasn't more integral part of the story.
The reason I am giving it a three star review is because of the ending. I found it predictable and I felt like she ended the story too quickly. I knew what was going to happen halfway through. It also felt like there should be another book following this one. I wish Anna would have grown more as a person. She still had the same problems that we started the book with.


Overall, I enjoyed the story as it was a wonderful escape to another time.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Book Review: Choices by Liz Schulte


Choices (The Guardian Trilogy, #2)



CHOICES BY LIZ SCHULTE. GUARDIAN #2

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I discussed Secrets by Liz Schulte, previously. Read the review HERE!

Secrets ended on a cliff hanger and Choices pick up right where it left off. If you haven’t read the first book and want to, please stop here. The following will contain mild spoilers for Secrets.

Whereas the first book was written in a dual POV, this book is written from many different perspectives; yet, it is not confusing. Of course, we get to see Holden’s and Olivia’s prespective. We also get to see into the mind of Quintus. He was introduced in the first book as Olivia’s guardian, and we got to see just a bit of him.  Now we get to see him struggle teaching Olivia how to be a guardian. That’s right she decided to fulfill her destiny! But she just doesn’t seem to fit in. Personally, I think Quintus is too straight laced, and I love how Olivia is challenging all the rules the Guardians live by.

Olivia and Holden are fighting the pull of their love. Holden doesn’t know that Olivia is alive and Olivia is trying to resist finding him. Liz Schulte develops these characters that I absolutely love. The relationship is everything that I love in a book romance. A good girl falls in love with a bad guy. She draws out the good in him and he brings her out of her shell. I love the adoration for each other and how they pine for each. It is the slow burn kind of relationship that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. At least, I love those relationships!

Choices is the bridge between Secrets and Consequences. It logs her journey of becoming a guardian and the challenges Quintus and her face. There is danger and suspense as they try to solve why guardians are disappearing. Then, she finds out the city she lives in Holden lives in also. Can you imagine what happens next? The second book of the Guardian series does not disappoint!

You can find all about her books at http://www.lizschulte.com

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Book Review: Strange Supes

 Strange Supes (Odessa Black, #1)


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Odessa Black: college student, grilled cheese aficionado, best friends with an overgrown jungle-cat, and officially screwed.

In Odessa's world, supernaturals are divided into two categories: energy feeders and energy manipulators. They exist among humans, but mostly stick to their realm in the Veil. Or at least they used to.

While Odessa has no power herself, beyond the unexplainable and seemingly useless ability to identify others who do, she lives happily and chaotically with two manipulators who are perfectly fine with existing on the fringe of their world. More than happy with her outsider glimpse into Veil life, Odessa wants nothing more than to hangout with her friends, finish her degree, and figure out what exactly she wants to do with the rest of her life.

But her plans are disrupted by the arrival of several new supes in town who seem hell-bent on turning everything in her life upside down. Between Jax, the irresistible seduction-feeder who has no interest in leaving her alone and Soren, the surly supe who wants nothing more than to push her away, Odessa's ties to everything she thought she knew are challenged. As she gets dragged further into the world of supernaturals than she ever wanted to go, she discovers that the people she surrounded herself with aren't exactly who she thought they were.



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I absolutely adore this story. It is about a strong senior in college just trying to make it through. She has a gift that she can see Supernaturals' powers, but it isn't useful with just her best friend Ellie and Uncle Sam. That is until Ellie's brother stops by to provide protection detail to Ellie. When the activity level of the supes in Seattle starts to increase, they begin to wonder if everything is as it seems. This just starts the rollercoaster  of adventures that Odessa and her friends embark on.

This story has a lot of hot men. I mean alot! You can just pick which type you like. The huggable teddy bear, super flirty sweetheart, the dangerous dark and brooding type, or the wild card. I can see Odessa falling for a couple but my fave is the wild card, Micheal.

Unfortunately, it ends on a cliffhanger. Please write more Gray! Pretty please!!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Book Review: The Snow Witch

The Snow Witch

Book Blurb from Goodreads:

A GRANDFATHER CLOCK. A GLASS LOCKET. A POWERFUL CURSE UNLEASHED ON CHRISTMAS EVE.

Twelve-year-old Kitty Wigeon can't wait for Christmas at St Flurries, a grand old manor house in the countryside, until one chilly night she vanishes without a trace.

One hundred years later… Still grieving over the death of their mother, Kes Bunting and his younger sister Star, are sent to live at St Flurries. They find a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. 

Who, or what, is making footprints in the snow?

And what evil force is taking a cold grip on Star?

Wrap up warm as you join Kes, and a cast of eccentric snow creatures, in a race against time to solve a hundred-year-old curse. Will he succeed? Or will the fate of his sister be decided by a shivery kiss from… the Snow Witch?



Book Review:

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Rosie Boyes crafts a bewitching tale of a young boy learns all about love. This middle grade fantasy is full of all the good things. It has lots of creative magic, mystery, and the joys and heartbreak of life.
Kes is the main character in 2018. He is a likeable, protective older brother of his little sister, Star. They are taken out of foster care to live with a grandmother that they dont remember in an old house with lots of secrets.

Throughout the story, Kes must decide what to do and who to trust as he races against the clock after Star falls sick. He must solve an old mystery in order to save his sister and his new best friend. There is so much suspense it kept me on my toes. This is such a beautiful story, I absolutely loved it!

Thank you to the author for this wonderful story!

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