Fantasy, Reviews, Young-Adult

/ ARC Book Review / The Goodnight Kiss (The Unseelie Court #1) / Jennifer L. Hart /



Release Date-1st May 2018
Genre- Young-Adult Fantasy
Kindle Edition-398 Pages


A teenage serial killer with a mysterious past. 
The deadly hunter sworn to protect her. 
Secrets, lies and a shot at redemption. 
It all begins with a kiss. 

When 16-year-old Nic Rutherford heads out for a night on the town, she brings a full arsenal. Her best weapon? A deadly kiss that can take down the biggest game around—humans. Two-legged predators don’t stand a chance once she makes lip to skin contact. But her blessing is also a curse, one that Nic fears will inadvertently harm anyone who gets too close—her aunts, her best friend, or the mysterious new boy who possesses strange abilities of his own. 

Aiden Jager has the one thing Nic can’t resist—information. With his help Nic unearths answers about her own murky past along with the key to a hidden world where magic thrives and the impossible becomes reality if one is willing to pay the ultimate price. Beware, for once the door is open, there’s no turning back. 

WARNING MATURE CONTENT: While this story is loosely based off the story of Sleeping Beauty, it is the dark folktale version of the story. Themes include sex, rape, violence, vigilante justice and cold-blooded murder. Explicit language is an added bonus.



The Goodnight Kiss (The Unseelie Court #1)

The Goodnight Kiss by Jennifer L. Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date-1/5/18

I really enjoyed The Goodnight Kiss; it totally managed to engage and hold my attention and I was hooked from the minute I opened this and started reading.
I initially was bouncing between a four or a five-star rating as there were some very slight issues here for me, but this did such a great job of entertaining me and was also glued to my hand throughout that I went with my initial gut feeling and awarded it its full five stars.
The plotline here revolves around sixteen-year-old Nic Rutherford a human with a strange ability to deliver a deadly death sentence with her kiss.
Adopted by her mysterious aunts and with no memories of her time before they entered her life Nic lives her life hidden in plain sight.
Covering up her inner nature with the help of teenage camouflage Nic embraces her inner killer all with a little help from her adopted family.
When a strange boy joins her school that only she recognises as out of place; Nic knows life as she knows it is about to take a huge side-step and Nic along with her new but strangely familiar friend is about to embark on a journey that she may or may not ultimately survive.
So this was a cool read that I found so easy to get lost in; it had great characters alongside a fantastic backdrop of mythology blended with fantasy.
I have a huge soft spot for anything that dabbles in the mythology ballpark and this went one step better blending into the mix Mythology, fantasy and the Fae so I was in heaven.
I found the fact that Nic herself claimed herself as A-Sexual; (a first for me in fiction) to be such a fascinating prospect, especially considering the backdrop of events here that later come to light.
Maybe that past even contributing to her current state of affairs.
I also loved Aiden Jager as well but did think that some past events could have been avoided if he had just stepped up to the plate and dealt.
He was not just a victim of others manipulations he also played a main role and the martyr mantle, in my opinion, is very overrated.
I understand the manipulations he was up against but he went in with his eyes wide open so totally new the score so to speak.
I guess what I’m trying to say is “The Goodnight Kiss” for me deals with imperfect individuals and nobody here was exactly blameless.
Trying to be vague here folks but it was the above that really made me consider dropping this a star.
So this was quite different to what I was initially expecting but in a totally positive way.
It had just the correct balance of ingredients to appeal and I’m really looking forward to the next instalment and seeing where this may actually go next especially in regards to the new tentative romance that is slowly blossoming between Nic and Aiden.
I was ecstatic this didn’t conclude on a massive cliffhanger, we are just left with such anticipation for the next instalment.
This was for me a fantastic start to what looks to be a great new series.
So I was provided with an ARC of “The Goodnight Kiss (The Unseelie Court #1)” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Paranormal, Reviews, Romance

/ Book-Review / Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology #1) / T.L. Clark /



Release Date-27th August 2017
Kindle Edition-368 Pages

Shakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.

Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with the other. There is a reason she didn’t grow up with her own kind.

A rich tale of witchcraft, fae, sorcery, Elinefae and dragons; this is a story for all who dare to believe.

Now available as a paperback as well as ebook

Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1)Love Bites by T.L. Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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So I absolutely adored Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1) by T.L. Clark and I really can’t wait to get started on the second book.
I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever read anything this different Love Bites has a uniqueness to it that I haven’t seen in a while.
A freshness to a paranormal/fantasy theme that I haven’t encountered before.
I read a lot and can honestly say this is the first time I have encountered this idea.
Here we are dealing with basically evolved felines.
Elinefae to give this race of unique individuals their correct name.
Basically, a race of cat-people who have kept their selves separate from the world almost lost in another time if you regard their lack of technology and how they live in Dens underground.
Clans of Elinefae who are basically forbidden to mix with humans each clan having the aid of a witch.
And into this strict hemisphere of controlled populace comes Shakira searching for something she’s not quite sure of just following her inner psyche until she lands in a small welsh village beginning a journey that has been in the reckoning for nigh on twenty years.
In the process Setting in motion a ball that cannot be stopped in its momentum gathering speed along the way.
Until all of Shakira’s questions are finally answered.
So as I said earlier this is so fresh and unique Love Bites is filled with all sorts of magical creatures a lot would do Kiera harm given the opportunity (Kiera is Shakira’s new chosen name on account of Pryderi being unable to pronounce Shakira.)
Pryderi is?
well, Maybe you should pick this up and give this a go and found out for yourself.
I Guarantee you Pryderi is all sorts of fascinating.
And you so won’t be bored this was such an easy engaging read with fantastic world building and a truly unique experience all-round.
I read this so fast I was that engrossed and lost in this fascinating original world.
So Love Bites is filled with witches, fairies sirens, warlocks the list goes on and on.
This is a magical extravaganza that I really enjoyed and didn’t want to end.
So to finish up this was a great read that I highly recommend.
I was gifted a copy of “Love Bites” (Darkness & Light Duology, #1) from the Author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

🦋ARC-Book Review🦋 Twisted Fate (Twisted, #1) by Jessi Elliott🦋



Release Date-13th February 2018
Genre-New Adult Fantasy
Kindle Edition-246 Pages

Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year.

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook.

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous fae leader, and an admired businessman in the human world is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle.

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life.

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her.

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.

Twisted Fate (Twisted, #1)Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS
ARC Book Review
Release Date-13/2/18

Twisted Fate (Twisted, #1) by Jessi Elliott is a fabulous debut offering.
In fact, it’s hard to believe this is from a debut author.
Jessie Elliot has managed to completely smash it with Twisted Fate.
I don’t usually read many New Adult novels, but I do like to partake in a good fantasy and I’m a sucker for anything involving the fae.
This is a fantastic addition to the genre.

So in This, we have Aurora Marshall a fourth-year business student currently attending college.
In a case of mistaken identity, Aurora finds herself abducted from a college party and in the hands of Tristan the gorgeously overbearing leader of the dark fae.
Her eyes opened to a world she had no idea existed.
Now in danger from various factions, Aurora finds herself in the position of needing Tristan’s protection.
Entering into a wary alliance Aurora finds herself in the employ of Tristan’s very successful business as part of her final studies criteria.
As the pair become closer a mutual attraction develops between Tris and Rory.
But there’s a war brewing between the Dark and the Light and Aurora as Tristan’s weakness might just get stuck right smack in the middle of it.

So I really adored Twisted Fate, from the second I started reading this I was absolutely transfixed with this fascinating tale.
Both Aurora and Tristan are such great relatable and likeable individuals.
There was also the added bonus of the well rounded diverse secondary players that were involved.
So many new authors make the mistake of not fleshing these out, not Jessie, these are just as multi-faceted as the main players.

There are the usual twists and turns with this along with some extremely heartbreaking moments where Tristan really comes into his own showing Aurora just what kind of man or fairy he really is.
The ending itself, well let’s just say I really didn’t see that one coming.
It will be very interesting to see where the author takes this next.
And I’m gagging for the next instalment I need this so now!!!

So there we have it a brilliant debut offering that’s completely knocked it out of the park.
Give this a go its all sorts of fairylicious and it’s certainly such addictive reading it should come with its own warning.

I was provided with an ARC of Twisted Fate (Twisted, #1)
by Jessi Elliott of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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🧚‍♂️Book-Review🧚‍♂️A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)🧚‍♂️by Laura Thalassa🧚‍♂️



Release Date-May 26th 2017
Genre-Romantic Fantasy
Publisher-Lavabrook Publishing Group
Kindle Edition-324 Pages

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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So A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa is the second book in the fantastic (The Bargainer, #2) series.
So we are back in the Fae world of Desmond Flynn AKA The Bargainer and King of the night and Callypso Lillis the human siren and Desmond’s love.
We enter this story right where we left this after the shocking events of the first book.

You can find my review of Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) Here…

So where was I, Oh yes the end of book one after Callies kidnapping and escape and her new body accessories which I love the idea off by the way.
So, Callie is now stuck in Otherworld, much to the relish of her delighted mate Des.
In the fae lands and here to stay as his queen if her trickster fairy mate has his way of it, which he usually does.
So This second book in the bargainer series is much more focused on the relationship between Callie and Des and I loved this aspect completely.
It’s also very apparent throughout “A Strange Hymn” the depth of feeling between these two lovers and it’s so precious to behold in its entirety.

I take his face in my hands and silence him with a kiss. This love between us is bigger than him, bigger than me. “From flame to ashes, dawn to dusk, for the rest of our lives, be mine always, Desmond Flynn,” I whisper against his lips, reciting the same words that first took him away from me. They still hold the same wonderful, fearful power they did when I first spoke them, even after paying my tithe for them. Des draws me closer, pulls me in tighter. I keep forgetting that beyond his cockiness and power, there’s a part of him that’s vulnerable, unsure. I said those words to him seven years ago, but seven years is a long time to go without hearing them—an eternity for two soulmates. I feel him shudder against me as he responds, “Till darkness dies.”


“When I close my eyes, all I see is the shape of your face and the brightness of your smile. You are the stars in my dark sky, cherub.” That isn’t at all what I expected to come out of his mouth. My heart, I’m finding, is simply not big enough to hold everything I feel for this man.

Makes my heart hurt to behold, sigh.

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So as I said this instalment is set in the world of the fae and after Callie’s best friend Temper makes a dramatic entrance further upsetting relations between The Bargainer’s night court and other factions of the Fae.
Desmond now really has little choice in his decision to attend the summer solstice held in the Flora court.
An event he has been trying to avoid due to there view and stance on humans and the little fact his mate happens to be one.
So it’s off to Solstice for the whole Night Court and almost instantly its apparent that Callie has a target on her back from previous events.

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The mystery of the sleeping warrior woman and creepy ass kids is still prevalent throughout all the Fae kingdoms and suspicion is rife, with each faction believing and suspecting each other of trickery and secrets.
There is also the ongoing issue of the disappearing male Fae to solve.
Each pointing the finger at each other for this.

We get a bit more of an insight into The Bargainers past, as he finally opens up to Callie, we get to realise just what has shaped this Fae king into the man or Fairy he is today.
it’s also becomes quite apparent why fairy and supernatural alike fear this Dark Fae king as we are given many more demonstrations into the strength of Des’s Power as he struggles with his need to shield and protect his mate from those who would do her harm.

Solstice expectations: everyone shall set aside their quarrels for this week, hold hands, and sing kumbaya. Solstice reality: everyone shall come within an inch of death at least once. Fairies everywhere in the room begin to panic as darkness cloaks our surroundings. I feel the breath of a hundred different types of magic trying to illuminate the room only to be snuffed out by Des’s power. Along the walls, I hear the sound of plants rustling. It takes several seconds for me to realize that they’re withering, dying. “Before there were plants before there were animals before there was even light, there was darkness,” Des says, his voice silky smooth. “From that darkness, all of our deepest desires and most secret fears were born. And I know all of yours. Perhaps I should share them

Des is totally the Fairy bomb.He is bad ass to the bone, totally fairy fangirling here.
So in A Strange Hymn as events finally convene we are at last given some answers only for others to arise in their place.
And as we are given closure we are also left anticipating the next instalment of this addictive series,
I for one can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
Give this a go, this is such a fabulous series that I can’t recommend enough.
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer, #2) is currently free with a KU subscription.

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🌺Book Review🌺 of Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1)🌺by Laura Thalassa🌺



Release Date-November 15th 2016
Genre-Romantic Fantasy
Publisher-Lavabrook Publishing Group
Kindle Edition-326 Pages

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear.

Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects.

But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more.

For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken.

If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one.

Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1)Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Oh, My Giddy Aunt!!! I bloody loved this book, This was soooo good Rhapsodic (The Bargainer, #1) by Laura Thalassa was a delight to behold and has been on my TBR pile for a while, well it was well worth the anticipated wait let me tell you.
Begging the question why did I leave this so long to pick up and read, god bloody knows.
This is actually not my first Laura Thalassa book, I have previously read and loved The Fallen World Trilogy but I had forgotten just how gripping her books are so I was in for a big treat.
So Rhapsodic basically tells the tale of Callypso Lillis a human Siren and Desmond Flynn AKA The Bargainer and King of the night.
Callie has tried to forget The Bargainer after having her heart broken into two she wants no more of deep meaningful relationships, but when a certain Des Flynn comes back into her life regarding the armful of debts she still owes, Callie is coerced into helping the King of the night with his tasks, first little things like decorating his guest bedroom and then more important tasks like glamoring certain human changelings with her siren powers for information.
Things are occurring in the Otherworld and Des needs Callies help in unravelling the mystery.
Or is that just an excuse to get closer to the intoxicating Siren.
So, First Rhapsodic is told from Callie’s POV which normally isn’t my favourite but here seemed to work, though I would have liked to maybe get more of an insight into Desmond’s head also.
Second, this is told in alternate flashbacks of present time and the past, I don’t have an issue with this but I know some don’t like this writing style so thought I’d mention.
And finally, I found Both the main characters here to be extremely likeable individuals.
So this book, hand on heart I am completely in love with Des, Desmond of the sexy wings, long white blonde hair, bad ass attitude and third most wanted on the supernatural shit list.
His sexy ass is so delectably scrumptious and I was drooling.

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Callie, I liked also though at times her internal monologue could be a tad irritating.
I would also have liked her to have a greater appreciation for Desmond’s single-minded devotion towards her, his steadfastness with Callie is beautiful to perceive.
And I sometimes get the impression that Callie herself doesn’t quite give the same level of herself back, maybe its because at heart she is actually only human while Desmond himself is just more.
An overpowering concept to actually behold in all its entirety.
Though Callie is absolutely kick-ass in her bravery and her courage is a sight to behold.
She actually makes a fitting mate to The Night King.
Out of the two, I have to admit to being slightly more enchanted by our Bargainer, what can I say I’m such a girl at heart.
There was no OW here and though we had an OM for like ten seconds with Callie at the beginning (The werewolf) this was very quickly resolved with minimal angst for all.
Well, the Wolf did chew up and destroy Callie’s home but Des contained him there with his magic.
The other main secondary character was Callie’s best friend Temper, we didn’t get to see that much of her here so I am hoping to maybe get to know her better in the future as she seemed all sorts of interesting and diverse.
I don’t want to give away to much here so will just say that Rhapsodic has plenty of action and is truly a captivating enchanting tale.
Half the book is spent on earth and the rest in Otherworld with the fae.
The underlying mystery here with the sleeping maidens and them creepy-ass kids adds an extra layer to the story.
I also really loved the ending here, it was so unexpected but such genius and it definitely left me wanting much more.
As such, I am now really looking forward to book two in this series.
So This book completely worked for me and I would definitely recommend this if you like your fantasy with a touch of romance like myself, there’s just something about Fae royalty that sooo gets my blood pumping like madly.
So give this a go folks, it’s a really fab read and I do hope you enjoy as much as moi.
Rhapsodic is available free with a KU subscription.

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The Flame and the Arrow (Annika Brisby #1) by Emigh Cannaday

Release Date-November 11th 2010
Publisher-Silver Poplar Press
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-393 pages

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby

The Flame and the Arrow (Annika Brisby, #1)The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Flame And The Arrow is one of them stories that when you start you just have to finish.
I’ll start with a brief description.We have our main female lead Annika, a Twenty-five-year-old American girl who after rejecting her fiance decides to travel to stay with her uncle too well, get her head sorted.
while there she travels to town and spots some unusual strangers.
After following them into a book store.
Annikka then proceeds to flee the store with the strangers in hot pursuit, The unusual male is more persistent but eventually, our girl loses him and makes her way home to her uncle still unable to get the peculiar male out of her head.
Fast forward and Annika’s vacation is coming to its finish so she decides to take an amble through the local countryside.
Armed with Her camera, i-pod, apples, a bottle of water & a trusty peanut butter & Jelly Sarnie ewww!! (that’s the English in me these two just don’t go together yucky)
Now call me a pessimist but if you’re going to wander aimlessly over terrain you haven’t the foggiest about maybe it would be a good idea to take a phone.
mmm, you think it might be a tad helpful for if you get lost or god forbid hurt yourself.
On realising she’s lost our Girl prepares to spend the night in the great outdoors (probably not the best time to mention well PHONE!!!)
The next morning after many hours of wandering and not having a clue where she is Annika spots some familiar people it’s the weird girls from the bookstop.
This time she chases them as they appear to be in a hurry, trying to follow them over a pool she slips and hurts her ankle, she calls after the girl begging for help, and she gets more than she’s bargained for as she’s pulled through a portal right into another dimension. The portal closes trapping her in this strange land.
Do you know what one of the first things she asks is
I give up.
Now, this is where the story really begins, Annika stuck on the wrong side of the portal trapped. The three girls or Samodivi, a type of wood nymph offer to take her to the elves for help and I bet you can guess who one of these elves is yes it’s the lovely young man from the bookstore the one Annika was so taken with his name is Talvi.
Here starts a dance as old as time as Annika & Talvi enter into a passionate courtship plagued with misunderstandings and hurt as these two and many others try and save their family and friends trapped on the other side of the gate.
What starts as a pleasant interlude to distract herself with the roguish womanising elf quickly escalates into matters of the heart & nobody’s walking away unscathed.
good points to this story include an excellent backset for this saga, the worldbuilding is amazingly real, it is so easy to be drawn into this rich tapestry.
The secondary characters are fantastic as much thought has been taken in creating them as the main ones, I felt like I knew them all intimately.
Now this may seem a bit weird but a flawed heroine and hero it was just so refreshing to see some real traits like selfishness and bratty behaviour in our two main characters it made them seem much more human or elfish in Talv’is case.
Bad points well again it was them darn personality traits there were times I didn’t like either of the main characters very much
Talvi could be a bit of a brat and Annika was slightly childish at times there were times I just wanted to knock their heads together and say grow up kids, Annika your twenty-five and Talvi your bloody three hundred years old act it lol.
I Also wasn’t to struck on the ending but that’s just me being bolshy about the giant cliffhanger thrown our way, I was like NO WAY MAN !!!
until I realised book two is out now YAY!!!! problems
So in conclusion, this story gets a big thumbs up from me even when I was ready to throw my kindle at the wall in frustration at some of the antics of our so-called adults I couldn’t stop devouring this awesome piece of fiction.
It’s full of wood nymphs, Elves, Trolls, Fairies, unicorns, vampires, druids the list goes on & on something for everyone and if you happen to have Kindle unlimited it’s also free.
This is my First book by this author but it certainly won’t be the last.
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The Silver Thread (Annika Brisby #2) by Emigh Cannaday

Release Date-November 3rd 2012
Publisher-Silver Poplar Press
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition- 418 pages

“You know, my parents didn’t give me much advice about relationships, but my mother told me that we should never go to bed upset with one another.” Talvi reached an arm out to invite Annika to curl up against his chest.

“Aww, that’s a sweet thing to say,” she said as she cosied up in the crook of his arm. “What did your dad tell you?”

“He said to make sure the sofa was comfortable, just in case.”

Talvi Marinossian has slain maenads and fought off vampire attacks, but nothing has prepared him for getting involved with one of these forbidden ‘Modern Girls’. When he finally tracks down Annika it’s obvious that she’s changed since her recent adventure in his homeland. It’s also clear that she’s not ready to embrace the next chapter in her life. He tries to persuade her to open up to him, but she finds it difficult since he won’t even explain how he earns a living, why he has a secret cell phone or the reason he keeps another woman’s handkerchief in his pocket.

Instead of relying on Talvi to help her adjust, Annika delves into her music and her job, and it isn’t long before the new lovers find themselves completely out of sync with one another. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.

The Silver Thread (Annika Brisby, #2)The Silver Thread by Emigh Cannaday

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The silver Thread is a tricky one for me, I so adored the first book in this series, but this one I had a bit of trouble digesting and at times it left me with a very sour taste.
This story picks up where the first story ended with Annika transported through the portal and deposited back in her own world with Talvi in hot pursuit.
The silver thread mostly takes place in the modern world, with a few side excursions into Talvi’s magical lands & also to Paris, which I will get to later.
Right, so I’m gonna describe the issues I had with this story.
This may be just me as what’s one persons brass is another’s gold so what drives me doolally
might actually be your cup of tea.
My first issue is that bloody bath Talvi had with Runa, I don’t care how close you are you can be BFF’s forever,
Serious no no. Talvi needs to learn some boundaries that is so not cool I would be livid with my other half if this occurred, this is so a dumping offence.
Issue number two, After being practically an alcoholic, agoraphobic mess Talvi has only been with Annika twenty-four hours and she is knocking him and wingeing. Geez girl you were practically expiring without your beloved hubby and now your being a complete cow what gives.
issue three for me is Talvi’s close relationship with Patti-cake, he was nicer to her than his own wife.No wonder Annika doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw, his constant flirting is just too much I understand its part of his charm and personality but have a little respect laddie.
Issue four Dumping your wife in a foreign country with your brother is so not on, maybe if you explained rather than just did it would make a difference.
I’m not even gonna get into Paris its a case of,
so with all this you would think I hated this book, I actually didn’t, It was well written and the writing flowed, it also kept my interest, I just found Talvi & Annika equally unlikable and like a pair of spoiled babies which detracted slightly from my enjoyment.
maybe me being an oldie at forty-three and with my partner for twenty years has made me a shade set in my ways of what I expect a relationship to entail but Talvi & Annika need a bloody intervention and they have only been together literally five minutes.
Now the final part of this book we get somewhere and both of our spoiled kiddies redeem themselves in finally opening up to each other.
YAY!!! give the kids a gold star he he.
So in conclusion, The Silver Thread even with the above issues that bothered me was an enjoyable read for me. It flowed fluently and was expertly written, perhaps I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first in this series but it had its own merits.I will be reading book three and I’m hoping Annika & Talvi have grown up a little especially Annika as there were times I wanted to scream at her for being such a pig. fingers crossed for that.
I’ve rated this three stars but it’s more a three & half for me.
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