Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Dark Experiments by Lana Campbell

June 12, 2017 - 9:34 pm No Comments

Dark Experiments by Lana Campbell

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 21st May 2017

482 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Tiffany is human brought up in a Vampire family. A successful businesswoman Tiffany sold her IT business to go and work for Christian in the world renowned V Clinic a fertility clinic for vampires.  Tiffany has known Christian for most of her adult life and they both have feelings for each, but with daddy issues, different species and trouble in the clinic it does not look good for their relationship.

Due to issues in her childhood, Tiffany is a very hot headed independent woman. Wanting to protect her emotions she alienates herself from people, and hides behind her computer. Christian whilst a vampire is not your typical arrogant womaniser. Being a doctor his has compassion and always wants the best for people. Willing to make compromises he will do anything to get Tiffany. Once they realise they both have feelings for each other, Christian slowly breaks down Tiffany’s resistance and together they are stronger.

Written in two POVs makes the story seem more detailed and helps explains the history of the families and the reasons behind Tiffany’s issues. Whilst this book seems busy with so much going on, it is not confusing as the author explains everything in detail. Whilst I found it a slow start, the author kept my attention as there were twists and turns throughout. The pace picked up when the action started it was none stop. I found myself reading quicker as I wanted to find out who was doing all the damage. The final twist was ingenious and I would be very surprised if anyone guesses. With the story ended, I hope the author writes more about Tiffany and Christian as I would be interested to know more about Noah and Asa, Christian’s partners at the clinic. With romance and action this book will please a lot of paranormal lovers.

Illuminous by Yolanda Allard

May 31, 2017 - 9:01 pm No Comments

 

Illuminous by Yolanda Allard

Published by Feather Dreams Press on 20th May 2017

324 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I downloaded this book on Kindle Unlimited.

Aaliyah O’Hare or Allie to her friends was a high school student her only dream was to get through school and with her best friend Aimee travel the world before she started college. Spending her time in the local library/coffee shop she spends her time talking books with Jerum. However, she never realised that her life would change so dramatically when one night she followed Jerum to a party, hoping he would see her as a potential girlfriend instead of a friend.

Allie was like the majority of 17 year olds, just wanted to get through school and enjoy her life with her best friend. She was sweet natured and was true to her friends. After she was marked she always thought of others before herself. With her senses and feelings magnified, she had to learn to trust her instincts. When she had two guys lusting for her affections and even though she wanted them both, she never wanted to hurt their feelings. She had some big decisions to make, especially when she found out what she was and the role she had to play.  With everything she went through Allie handled it well.

Allie’s best friend Aimee was a feisty and a bit of a hellcat, she always had Allie’s back and was a true friend. When she found out the secret Allie, Jerum and Will her brother had, she handled it very well, which was a surprise as most people would have flipped and become hysterical. What helped her come to terms with how she romanticized the situations. Aimee’s sense of humour, help de-fused some of the tense situations that her and Allie found themselves.

Will and Jerum were the love interests, both liked Allie but both acted as gentlemen when they were around her as they wanted her to make her mind up with the pressure. Both had history and whilst we find about Will, Jerum’s past is still mostly unknown and I am hoping that the author writes more about his past.

I was surprised to find out that this is the author’s first book. Whilst this is a book about werewolves, it was more about a young girl who is on a journey of discovery. The story is well written and as this is not your typical werewolf story, it captured my interest from page 1. There is action throughout and whilst there is romantic undercurrent it did not distract from the story. With the addition of a secret society of werewolves it made it a story I could not put down and I read it pretty quick. The twist at the end left me wanting more and I hope that I do not have to wait too long to read more about Allie.

Rite of Annarii by A Maslo

May 22, 2017 - 6:47 pm No Comments

Rite of Annarii by A Maslo

Published by Feather Dream Press on 12th May 2017

197 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Fellywynne is a human living with the Fae folk. Having been abandoned at birth, Fellwynne was lucky to be brought up by these magical folk.  We join Fellwynne as she is about to graduate and take up her role in the community.

Fellwynne was a considerate young girl and although different she made adaptions to fit in. She and her best friend Willow Leafshimmer were inseparable and I like how the author incorporated Willow in the story letting her enjoy Fellwynne’s quest. Having Drake, Willow’s boyfriend on the journey could have made Fellwynne into a third wheel, but the author introduced us to Aleck Stormblood, the 1st commander of the Annarii Elite. On their travels Fellwynne grew into a woman and became the diplomat that the elders knew she would, she was not afraid of danger and stood up for people more unfortunate then herself.

One of favourite scenes was the back story about Kiari and her rooster, I could not stop laughing when Kiari told her story and the length of time it took Willow to catch on. The author had a style of writing that took you on the journey, the descriptive way she wrote the story, had you feeling that you were following in Fellwynne’s footsteps, even the minor scenes had a lot of detail. A simple task of collecting berries had you feeling that you were there, getting sunburnt whilst you were filling the baskets with elderberries.

I got so into this story that I could not believe when I had finished it, I just wanted to carry on with Fellwynne’s quest. If you love fantasy and adventure books then you will love this story. With a touch of romance which does not detract from the main story, this will appeal to a lot of readers. I cannot wait to continue on this journey and I hope I do not have to wait long to do so.

The Enchantress (Haunting Fairy Tales Book 0) by RL Weeks

April 30, 2017 - 1:02 pm No Comments

The Enchantress (Haunting Fairy Tales Book 0) by RL Weeks

Released by Zombie Cupcake Press on 30th April 2017

175 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Ever wondered about the story of the woman who cursed the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. If you have then this is the book for you.

Like a lot of women in this time, Felicity is having an arranged marriage. With excitement, she travels to Beau to marry a young handsome duke. However, things are not what they seem and whilst she is disappointed with her fiancé, Alistair the handsome prince catches her eye and drawn into his mysterious ways starts a love affair that changes her life for ever.

It is not often that I change my views on a character but this is one time that I have. At the start of the story I felt sorry for Felicity as the life she had with the Duke was not a happy one, but as the story progress her jealousy made her petty and spiteful.  I could not take to Alistair as I did not know if he was playing a game with Felicity’s emotions or if he was pressured into being with Anne.

This book is a great introduction to the Haunting Fairy Tales. RL Weeks has done it again, with her spin on a popular fairy tale. Her taking a minor character from Beauty and the Beast and making it into a story that had it all, action, love, hate. One difference with this book to others I have read by this author was the erotica theme running through this story. The scenes were tastefully written and helped explain Felicity’s life and the reasons behind her choices.

A well written quick read that can be read wherever you are on the Haunted Fairytale journey

 

The Fallen and Bloodlust: 2 books both by RL Weeks and KL Roth

April 10, 2017 - 9:11 pm No Comments

The Fallen by RL Weeks and KL Roth

Published 3rd March 2017

100 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What if you find your boyfriend murdered and you know who did it but he made you forget with a kiss? This is the dilemma that Chloe had. But when she finds out that two sexy handsome demons are involved, Chloe does not know whether to run, fight or be loved.

Chloe was devastated when she loses Jake, and whilst she tried to tell everyone what happened no one believed and just wanted to dope her up. Even her best friend Zelda was worried, but she was more concerned about the constant visits from Miles who helped her overcame her grief. However, you could tell that she still had a crisis of conscious when she was with Miles. Miles although a demon was caring and considerate, but possible that was down to the heritage of his parents. For him falling in love with a human was frowned upon, but this did not stop him pursuing Chloe. Things became more confusing for Chloe when Grail decided to pay her attention. Grail was very full of himself and I think he toyed with Chloe’s guilt. He was like a cat playing with a mouse. Although whilst reading this story I thought she was one lucky girl

The sex scenes were hot but what do you expect when one of the demons is a succubus. The ending had one unexpected twist which completed this story. As a novella, this was a quick read and it was a good introduction to the authors writing skills as a collaboration. If you like your demons hot and spicy then this is the book for you.

 

Bloodlust: A Darkness Calls: Volume 1 by RL Weeks and KL Roth

Published 3rd March 2017

238 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Emeline was in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught up in a witch hunt and cursed to walk the earth as a vampire. Whilst find a cure for her curse, she loses someone she loved, vowed never to love again, she hurts others before they can hurt her. Born to serve is her only friend and servant Marie who she saved from death many years before. After moving to a quiet town in England, she puts her plan into action to make their friendship eternal, but after meeting Matt a troubled young man whose family is falling apart, she stops to think about who she really is. Does Emeline go with her plan? Is Matt her saviour? and where is Matt’s missing sister?

Emeline is a complex woman, from the moment she got cursed she knew what she was doing was wrong, however she needed to survive. After the loss of first love her whole nature changes and she becomes heartless. However, I think that was just to protect herself from the hurt and underneath her evilness she was still a scared young woman. Only when she was with Marie do we see her carefree nature and this showed more after she met Matt. Matt had so many problems at home, a missing sister, a mom who had spiralled into a deep depression and a dad that had a fascination with a younger woman. Matt brought out the best in Emeline, and what started out as escapism soon turned into something else, but was it love or lust.

The further you get into the story more characters appear, Ti a warlock infatuated with Emeline and Lilith a love-struck witch to name but a few, but with all the additional character it does not make this book confusing as the authors tie up their involvement neatly. Added to this is further magical creatures, all having an important role in this story   About 2/3rds into the story there is a scene that shocked me as I could not believe what the authors had done with Emeline but further on and with a great twist the story gives you an explanation of Matt’s missing sister. There is so many twist in this story that it makes it a page turner as you don’t know what to expect. This book ticks all the right boxes. Paranormal, erotica, horror, mystery and fantasy. This will please so many different readers and with a cliff-hanger that makes you wander where this story will go, I can’t wait for book 2