The Flame and the Arrow

The Flame and the Arrow

(Annika Brisby #1)

by Emigh Cannaday

This was one of those books that had me torn as to how I felt and what I could say about it. It took me a month to get through the first 30 chapters, but the last 15 chapters finally got me and flew by. I guess I could have stopped reading but I knew that if I kept at it I would find that sweet spot. I like when I get information about the characters and their world but this was a bit of information overload. The world building itself is exceptional, I was there with them all the way. The language used was perfect for each of the characters and conveyed their thoughts and feelings well.

I had a hard time getting into this partly because the main female character did not seem to have any depth to her, she appeared to be simple and easy. The main male character was charismatic but not always likeable.

Annika Brisby is a sometime musician, and all the time waitress who has avoided real love all her life. When her current boyfriend proposes she gives him a resounding “No” but walks away with the huge diamond engagement ring. When he her Uncle asks her to go and cook for him and his crew she is happy to do it. While there she meets her destiny.

Talvi meets Annika in a bookstore in Sofia and cannot get her off his mind. After returning home to the dimension that parallels ours all he can do is hope to find that ‘saucy girl’ once again. Like Annika he has shunned love for the superficial. He has always known what waits for him at his 300th birthday but cannot believe it will happen as predicted.

When I finally decide I like the characters enough to read the next books it turns out that they are going to change. Annika was easily manipulated but it looked like she may have grown out of it, but the next books just find her betraying everything. The other characters who were honorable turn out to be way less than so. Give it a go if you like deep fantasy.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The mystical animal took a step back as if to leave, and Annika was overcome by a deep longing in her heart. “Please,” she gently begged. “Don’t go…Tell me something else. Tell me about why I’m here.” You are here because Fate invited you. You cannot go back the way you came. I suggest you go forward instead. With that, the mystical being walked back into the woods as silently as it had emerged.

Darkfever

Darkfever
(Fever #1)
by Karen Marie Moning

I have never read this author before though I had always intended to eventually. My friend wanted someone else to read it so she would have someone to talk about it with. Glad she insisted I listen sooner rather than later. I found myself drawn in right from the start and could not stop listening. The characters were all very well fleshed out and interesting, from the main characters to the peripheral characters along the way. I really enjoyed the story, it has a lot of elements that I have not seen in other stories featuring the Fae.

MacKayla ‘Mac’ Lane is a 22 year old bartender in a small Georgia town who does not have much ambition beyond capitalizing on her barbie doll looks and having a good time. When she gets a call saying that her older sister has been murdered in Ireland she finds that revenge takes precedence over everything else. Mac travels to Ireland with nothing more on her mind than forcing the police to reopen her sisters case and finding out who killed her and why. While she is doing that she starts to see things that cannot be real.

Jericho Barrons is the owner of a bookstore who meets Mac when she runs into his shop after getting lost on the way back to her Inn. Jericho is searching for the book that her sister mentioned in her message and advises Mac to leave Ireland immediately or end up like her sister. Barrons knows what Mac is but she does not have any idea what he is. He can be either a help or a danger, either way she needs him.

I liked the different types of Fae here because some I had never heard of from either court of faerie. Seelie or Unseelie, these are some killer Sidhe. I definitely recommend it!

My rating: 4.3 of 5 stars

A Lost Witch


A Lost Witch
(A Modern Witch #7)
by Debora Geary,
Martha Harmon Pardee (Narrator)

This is the last entry in the Modern Witch series and they go out on a somber but high note. The characters have continued to evolve and become more able to draw me into their world and their lives. The world is the same one I inhabit but seems more because of the magic that is so abundant. The story has moved forward effortlessly from day one and as they have added more characters things have continued to build toward a finale that might not be expected.

The fetching spell seems to have found another witch but it did not work the regular way. This witch has sent a simple message,’ help me’, and that is just what they intend to do. Lauren takes the lead here and finds their errant witch in a mental hospital. The first thing to do is verify that she is actually a witch.

Hannah has been a resident of Chrysalis House for the past 12 years, since she was admitted by her family at age fifteen. She has spells where she sees things that sometimes come true and other times do not, but they always wreck havoc with her mind. When she is offered the chance at a normal life she is willing to do anything.

This was the perfect ending for a sweet series.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enslaved


Enslaved
(Eternal Guardians #5)
by Elisabeth Naughton

The story picks up a couple of weeks after the end book four. Gryphon has been locked away in his room going slowly insane with the call of Atalanta in his head. Mealea has more or less found herself a part of the colony but is plotting on how to get away for their good. Orpheus is still worried about his brother but feels he can get over what happened to him in the Underworld.

Orpheus gets Titus to back him and they take Gryphon to a village where hell hounds have been spotted. Gryphon goes berserk on the hell hounds but does not stop there causing some serious damage to both Nick and Titus before he can be stopped. Nick wants Gryphon out of the colony immediately and Orpheus makes plans to do just that. When Gryphon spots Mealea making her move to leave he follows and forces her to help get him out. Because they see Gryphon forcing Mealea they assume he took her and that she is in danger. It becomes a race between the Argonauts and Nicks people on who will find Gryphon first and whether he will end up dead or saved.

There was some great action in here between the chases, fights, schemers, betrayals, and tween angst. Anyone who has enjoyed the Eternal Guardians will have to read this as another guardian finds his soul mate and wrestles with his dark side.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She was his. For better or worse, for however long they had together. She was his alone.

White Trash Zombie Gone Wild


White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
(White Trash Zombie #5)
by Diana Rowland (Goodreads Author),
Allison McLemore (narrator)



This was of course another fun time with our favorite zombie and her friends. The language and dialogue continue to be perfect for these characters. They have all evolved, especially Angel, and have become more interesting with each subsequent book. I do have a good time when I read these books because I always laugh out loud at some of the things this girl seems to get herself into

Well the zombie movie they made in town is about to premiere and they have decided to make it a big deal that coincides with Fat Tuesday celebrations. Angel at first was not going to participate but when she is invited to be a VIP by one of her co-workers she changes her mind. There is something more going on at the opening that could spell a lot of trouble for the tribe as well. A mockumentary that claims zombies are real and seems to have proof.

Oh, and Angel has managed to get herself hooked on a drug when zombies cannot be. Her addictive personality kicks in and she ends up relying on a drug that was intended for zombies in combat. But when things get to there worse, our little White Trash Zombie comes to the rescue.

Definitely a good one. Enjoy!


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Shiver of Light

a shiver of light

A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9)

I have been waiting for the continuation of this story since the last book ended and I think it was worth it. People complain about how descriptive LKH is about everything in her books, but this is not a short story and so I want to know what’s going on with everything I can. This is about creating a scene that is visual and brings you into the story itself, that is what happens here, you cannot help but be pulled in because you know what the setting is so well. It has been five (5) years and I was happy to have the men described to me in minute detail, it gave me a thrill to sit back and see them again after so long. I love this series and the characters who populate it. They are like friends who have been on vacation only to come back for a visit that is not nearly long enough.

Merry is very heavy with child and about to deliver any day, she cannot find out who the father or fathers are until then. That is both a good thing and bad thing since Taranis, the King of Light and Illusion and Merry’s uncle is claiming that he is the father of one or all of her babies from his rape of her. Though she was pregnant when he raped her, he is delusional and believes she consented and was grateful for his rescue. It’s hard enough becoming a parent without having your crazy, powerful uncle trying to claim them and you as a prize.

With everything else that is going on Merry is finding herself being taken to those who carry her nail around their necks as a talisman. She has become a kind of deity to them though she refuses the title. She and the men she love are all waiting for the children but are also dreading the fight they know they will face in order to stay safe and keep their children safe from harm.

This book was a lot more tame than any of those before it as far as violence and sex. With the coming of the babies things have been toned down for the time being. There is happiness, love, lust, pride, loss, and redemption to be found between the pages of this book. If you love or even like the work of LKH you will be happy with this entry. I just hope it is not the last we will be hearing from Princess Meredith Nic Essus and those gorgeous men she loves.

 

 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

She frowned at me. “It’s not about hate, Meredith, it’s about practicality. You asked how to frighten Taranis; well, I’m telling you how to do that. If you don’t want my help, then do not ask for it; it is most irritating to suggest things and watch you make that face.” “I wasn’t aware I was making a face, Aunt Andais; I will try to school my expression better from now on.” “And there you go again, that tone in your voice, never a word out of place, but your tone says, clearly, ‘You are a fucking psycho bitch and I hate you.’”

Birthright Trilogy

the arrival

The Arrival (BirthRight Trilogy #1)

I am giving this 4.5 stars, not amazing but as close as you can get without being there. This story unfolds slowly but moves along to lay out what is important so that you can see it all tie together. The characters get a chance to develop in a natural way without having having to wait until the end to feel like you know who they are. Even the pets are allowed to have personalities that need a chance to get to know. The foundation is set to allow you to see that the girls are being prepared for all the things that they are going to encounter during their adventure and beyond. The thing that made this just a bit dizzying for me was the fact that it is told from the perspective of all the characters, even though they let you know at the beginning it is sometimes hard to be sure who is speaking/thinking until a name is given. It does make for more interesting however because you do not wonder about what they think about situations.

Catherine, Sian, Kassandra, and Laura are best friends and have known each other for years. They do everything together and support each other in all their separate and joint endeavors. Before the girls attend a costume party Sian convinces them to perform a spell to find their soul mates when they return home. When they arrive home they perform the spell and then all fall asleep on the floor right after never believing it would really work. When they wake up they find themselves in another place and confused as to how they got there, and also to how they can find their way home.

These girls found themselves in a land very different from the one they left behind but a place of magic, myth, and technology. They have a destiny that they would never have dreamed possible and the love that they sought.

I don’t know what I was expecting but this was way more than I thought I would get. Once The story started moving I found I did not want it to end because I was coming to really like all the characters. The idea that all those creatures we think of as only existing in fairy-tales and as part of mythology are real and can be a part of your life. The romance is sweet and romantic, not just a sexual attraction but that kind where you want it to be special. I flew through this book because I was just completely entranced by the whole thing. And now I need to get to the next book because it left me on a cliff and I want to know if things work out.

 

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

 

 

awakening-birthright

Awakening (BirthRight Trilogy #2)

I fell in love with this trilogy with the first book and am glad to have continued. After being a bit confused with the writing style at first, changes between character pov was hard to follow, I was ready this time and it was much easier to follow who was being focused on. The main characters have grown and are becoming even more real for me. The situations are getting more tense and the side characters are starting to come more into focus as they start to interact more with the girls. The relationships are deepening and coming to mean more to everyone. I really appreciate that they are growing into their love for each other and not simply in the midst of instant love.

The story begins 2 months after the attack at the end of book one with Cat and Alek both asleep after stopping Jenviet, while everyone waits for them to Awaken. The other girls have been given the whole truth about their situation and have chosen to deal with it in their own ways. Loi ( Laura) has stayed at the castle to wait for them to wake up, while Sian has gone to stay with Citaan and Gredel to help the soon to be parents, and Kassie has gone to the home of her man, Rumal, to get away from the pressure. No matter where they are though, they still want their friends to finally wake up.

When Catherine finally wakes she is told something which changes her way of thinking about her past and present. She at least has a little time to assimilate it all while she waits for Alek to wake up as well. When he finally does it is time to start training in earnest for the attack to destroy an enemy who has no conscious and would do anything to gain their powers. But as they train they are also aware of the fact that they all may not come back, including the men they have grown to love.

I really appreciated the attention to detail, but could have done with fewer training sessions and trips to the practice room. But since we were there so often it would have been nice to get more background on Patel and Rashid since we got so much more into Ignatius and his warped thinking. I do not like Iggy, he is a creepy guy who thinks he is better than everyone and is a nasty kind of voyeur. Once again we end things with a cliff-hanger (not my favorite thing)but it was a good one and I just have to know what happens next. This left me in tears because I so wanted things to be different. I say, go for it.

 My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I started this series with a one click free book and found myself loving the world that it took me too. The characters became friends that I wanted to see get everything that they wanted, I worried about them and did not want to have anyone hurt or killed. I am totally caught up in the lives of the four girls and their soul mates. While I was waiting for the conclusion, I don’t think I am really ready for it to end. With that said I still find that things drag a great deal with a little more description about nothing filling up when we could use more about what they are feeling or actually doing.

Alek and Yakov have been kidnapped by Jenviet and presumed dead or broken. Cat’s link to Alek has been severed by Elena in order to keep her sane and spare the death of the man she loves. They are finally sailing to confront and destroy the evil that has tried to take over their world for centuries, she has only fueled their hatred by her actions of taking those they love. The girls are as ready as they can be for what lies ahead.

Ignatius is taking full advantage of Cat’s loss and hopes to worm his way into her affections and find himself as her King. But what they find at the end of their journey will surprise them all and bring back the hope they thought was lost.

I do love a happy ending and was afraid I was not going to get it this time. This is a great ending that ties everything up wonderfully and gives each of the characters a chance to shine in their own right. Good action, good romance, great villains!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Soldiers and allies of Elion, denizens of Gar’nyse, today we gather to do battle. Today we make a stand for those who can’t, for the innocent lives snatched, for those who stood against her and lost. For our loved ones in far away realms. I can’t guarantee any of us will make it home, but I can promise that victory will protect those loved ones and realms we left behind. Freedom from tyranny is a luxury few on Gar’nyse know. Here today we make a stand against the tyrant. Against those who desire to possess our world. Whether we rise or fall, all will know of this battle, of this stand we make. We will shake the ground. We will topple the castle and we will bring about the end of the DeNaga line!”
Nicole MacDonald, Feel the Burn
“They said you’re an Elemental. You don’t look like an Elemental, more like a cheap maid from Slemnask.’ She spat the words out, the inference obvious. My rational voice had a field day while I observed her costume; a belt for a skirt and a belt for a top. ‘Pot, meet kettle,’ I replied in a pleasant tone.”
Nicole MacDonald, The Arrival