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/ ARC Book Review / Mated on Hades; Celestial Mates / Golden Angel /

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🍁ARC BOOK REVIEW🍁

Release Date-6th July 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition

 

The Celestial Mates agency always knows what – or who – you need. 

Tarrik would do anything to avoid breaking his mother’s heart, so he begrudgingly signs up for Celestial Mates and agrees to come home and settle down once the agency finds his match. There’s just one catch: he’s not ready to give up his free and easy life travelling the galaxy. And he’s doing exactly as his mother asked, so what will it hurt if he makes himself as unappealing as possible on his mate application?

Juliette is a woman on the run. Her attitude, and more importantly her hacking skills, have pissed off all the wrong people. Now the target of a contract hit, she’s decided the solution to her problems is to leave the planet as fast as she can. The Celestial Mates program is exactly what she needs. By the time her “mate” realizes she’s impossible to live with, hopefully, it will be safe for her to return to earth. She wasn’t counting on a seriously hot alien who looked like the devil and could do the most sinful things with his tail…

The sparks fly at first meeting when their chemistry ignites. But they can barely stand to be in the same room with each other.

They shouldn’t work at all.

But Celestial Mates always knows best.

 

Mated on Hades: Celestial Mates

Mated on Hades: Celestial Mates by Golden Angel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-6/7/18

What’s not to like here; Mated on Hades was a fun interesting read that kept me entertained throughout.
This was not especially long; which for me can sometimes be a bit of a deterrent to my overall enjoyment I found it didn’t really affect my experience that much here.
I loved the idea of Celestial Mates of different species being paired up, finding it such a fascinating concept to read about.
This one had such great imaginative world building and was one I was especially looking forward to delving into and it certainly didn’t disappoint, pulling me in and capturing my attention right from the onset.
I also adored the physical appearance of Tarrik with his horns, wings and all that smouldering heat finding it strangely hot and extremely sexy.
And man; that tentacle/Tail was super smokin it had a bloody mind all of its own; loved it, it was like it had its own separate individual personality.
Tarrik was also such a big man-child with his prickly personality; totally spitting his dummy out in regards to his little human Juliette and her perceived usefulness.
Totally loving the single life and captaining his ship with his rag-tag crew through space on his family’s trading vessel he thinks he’s living the dream and there’s no room in it for a useless pesky human.
Juliette herself was a very practical girl; a genius when it comes to technology and used to relying soling on herself due to lack of family entanglements it has also left her with a serious case of baggage.
with abandonment and trust issues she has closed off her heart with a brick wall.
On the run from some self-created trouble back on her home planet, Juliette plans to lie low till the dust settles.
Tarriks parents, mainly his mother want him to settle down with a mate so this is how these two very different individuals end up being paired together by Celestial and rubbing each other up in all the right and wrong ways.
And get ready to watch the sparks fly as these two sure turn up that heat in more ways than one.
So this one was a mega fun read and though short packed a real punch.
It was very easy to get lost in and had just the right mix of ingredients to hold my attention.
It had some great characters along with such incredibly fun world building a super enjoyable experience overall.
A big thumbs up from me folks.
I was provided with an ARC of “Mated on Hades: Celestial Mates” By the author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.
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Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Futuristic, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi

/ ARC Book Review / Steel (Dark Monster Fantasy #2) / Cari Silverwood /

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🌹ARC BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-30th June 2018
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition

Steel is TOTALLY a standalone read.

Baz Rutland 

A lost soul, a cyborg in search of a future. He aims to upgrade his most intimate tool and BIG and HARD will do, but what does a man really need to be perfect again?

Ember 

A Principle Data extraction expert employed by CESS Industries – a princess in lay terms. She’s in search of her past and her parents but who is she really? If she ever finds out who killed her parents, she will rain destruction down upon them, in some nerd-geek way, like by remote-opening the airlocks on their ship so they die horribly.

Her biggest secret and fetish is her love of the BIG guys, like the orcs, but she would never ever act on that unless she had nothing left to lose.

Hoss 

Half-Orc, half Shag, and a hairy beast, he shaves to blend into the mass of humanity populating the galaxies. All he has ever wanted is to be wanted in return, to be loved and find a mate. But what hope of that when he’s a rejected half-breed?

Warning: 
Like PREY, this book is not gritty uber-dark such as Cari Silverwood often writes. It is the pansy dark you reach for when you’re all darked out and one step from seeing a therapist. 

It’s carnal, naughty, and very twisted, and not what your mother ever wanted you to read. Also, there may be some robots that go PEW PEW.

Steel (Dark Monster Fantasy, #2)

Steel by Cari Silverwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/6/18

“Hey. Cyborg Man. Is this a good day for rescuing princesses?”

So I bloody adored “Steel” like just so much; it was such a mish-mash of carnal, sci-fi delight with a dash of slapstick humour and a big glug of ridiculousness to accompany its also surprisingly emotive trio.
I am such a mega nerd for weird-ass shenanigans and this book had it going on in absolute spades.
Enough to satisfy even the most ardent of fornication outside the species zealots.
And here to quote the cyber-monks themselves we get treated to a big fat dollop of down and dirty Orc/Human/Cyborg porn and is it wrong that whilst also curling my toes with totally salacious delight my heart itself was also doing a pitter patter of pure bliss whenever that big sexy and did I mention big; yep I did; ( brain kinda short-circuiting here folks ) Orc/Shag up and purred for his potential mate.
Not gonna lie here; I’m such a sucker for any throaty deep purr of the feline sort, so totally suggestive and seductive in its purpose and intent.
Cross that with a crabby but amped up Cyborg and I’m in heaven; like a kid in a sweetshop with an overabundance of goodies, that’s me.
“Steel” was a raunchy romp totally worthy of its slapstick label and I mean that as a total compliment here people.
The main protagonist’s of this story here are one; Ember, Human of unknown origin, PRINCESS of CESS Industries.
A Principle Data extractor extraordinaire in fact with a weird invisible friend and a self-assigned quest to discover her past Ancestry.
Two; Hoss A mixed breed of Orc/Shag parentage employed by CESS as Embers guard and protector; a huge sexy beast with a massive penchant for his luscious charge and a very real desire to make her his mate no matter how much their particular union would be frowned upon.
And finally Three Baz; a grumpy disgruntled Cyborg who along with his crew is trawling the dead-space in his junk bucket of a ship; just looking to rescue a Princess for the Cyber-monks in return for an upgrade of the intimate variety.
So that’s the main gist here really and when these three misfits destinies collide its a non-stop race of classic one-liners, ridiculous plotlines and some seriously filthy hook-ups that as well as being pure smut was also so much fun to kick back and just revel in..
It’s almost like a carry on film of the sci-fi steampunk variety and I myself inhaled the cockamamie Narrative like it was oxygen and the more farcical and absurd events played out; the more I devoured like the whole nine yards and more.
So “Steel” is like seriously knicker dripping or dropping fine.
Everything wrong about this also makes it so right.
I had a mega hard-on (If I had one that Is) for Hoss; such a delicious Orc/Shag, I adored his furry ass like a whole bloody lot.
He for me was hands down my favourite thing in this whole Zany pantomime; with Maybe Baz’s Monster mechanical appendage coming in a very close second.
What can I say; I am a female after all and Baz’s cyborg enhancements well let’s just say Anne summers eat your heart out.
Hoss was the one ultimately in charge of this threeway here and for me, that worked you know with me being like his own personal fan club and all.
I was all for the Hoss.
So I think its safe to say here from my above noise I really was digging the whole entire she-bang here.
This isn’t really going to be for everyone of course, but if you like something a bit out of the box and outside the traditional then maybe take a chance on this, you might even surprise yourself.
On a side-note, the Orc featured here Hoss is way up on the attractive scale despite his monobrow; and not at all like the minging ORCS from Tolkien; just saying; being The official Spokeswoman for the Hoss fan-club and all wanted to put that out there.
Don’t Diss the Hoss he’s a total Orc babe
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Steel (Dark Monster Fantasy, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
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Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Young-Adult

/ Book Review / When They Came (When They Came #1) / Kody Boye /

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💙BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-April 3rd 2018
Genre- Dystopian Young Adult
Kindle Edition-313 Pages

 

I was never afraid of monsters—at least, not until They came: the visitors from outer space. 

Now They’re in our skies, on our streets, always watching, forever waiting. 

At seventeen, I’m just about to graduate from the Juvenile Education System and declare my career of choice. The Midnight Guard—who protect our community from the vicious things that lie outside our walls—calls to me. 

It’s hard, dangerous work, with gruelling hours that offer little sleep, but it’s the one thing I know will help make a difference in 
our ever-changing world.

 

When They Came (When They Came #1)

When They Came by Kody Boye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Release Date-3/4/2017

When They Came (When They Came #1) by Kody Boye was a really enjoyable read. An incredibly fast-paced YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel that kept me interested from start to finish.
The first book in a series; this set the stage brilliantly, drawing me into this imaginative future dystopian landscape and hooking my interest instantly.
The world building here was fantastic and easily comprehended.
“When they Come” starts off in the fictional stronghold of Fort Hope; here Ana Mia after graduating the juvenile education system decides to join her sister on the wall as part of the Midnight Guard.
This guard protects the inhabitants of the stronghold by watching the night and holding the line; guarding the population against Earths alien invaders and there lackies the Coyotes.
(sounds almost Game Of Thrones-like)
The Aliens are harvesting the populace from there ships and the Coyotes seem to be the eyes and ears of these invaders.
These coyotes, by and large, seem dumb simple but vicious creatures and I’m not really sure yet what the deal is with them.
I mean where are they from? what are there Intentions? and why are they assisting the harvesters?
In fact who even are the Harvesters and what is there ultimate goal here?
And for that fact what happens to the inhabitants they have beamed up to there vessel?
See; so many valid questions here.
So there’s a lot going on and as you can see from my above waffling so many questions I still want answers to.
the author also manages to do such an excellent job of dialling the tension up notch by gradual notch; its done so subtlely that before I knew it I were smack bang on a rollercoaster to god knows where.
There’s so many twists and turns aplenty and the whole story had a biting your nails constantly vibe to it; I was so on edge throughout.
I also really liked how past events were conveyed here from invasion day; told in a series of flashbacks; I found this such a nice touch, It gave “When They Came” such a personal feel to it; which I very much appreciated.
my only annoyance here with this; was how fast the author seemed to knock off individuals I had become emotionally invested in.
No sooner had I forged a connection then pop they were gone; which is all fine and dandy but I didn’t think enough closure was offered up to truly appreciate the contribution these characters brought.
I know post-apocalyptic Alien invaded landscape; not actually conducive to mourning and wallowing but I’m talking more about an internal monologue here.
A sort of reflective remembrance as I do feel that maybe Ana Mia would be much more traumatised and affected by her losses than she seemed to portray.
There was only one scene where she major broke down then she seemed to pull herself together so swiftly I was slightly sceptical.
I also wasn’t a mega fan of using Ana’s whole name in conversation; it just felt weird and slightly pretentious if I’m being honest here.
So That’s my main reasons for the one-star deduction.
So despite my above points and some slight cliche one-liners, this was a fantastic YA read.
It will be fascinating to see where this will go next after that cliffhanger of an ending.
Thankfully the next instalment in this enthralling series is already available.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “When They Came (When They Came #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Dark, Erotic, Fantasy, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy, #1) / Cari Silverwood /

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💙ARC BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-28th May 2018
Genre-Dark Capture Romance
Kindle Edition-122 Pages

To stay ‘alive’, a stoneshifter must make love to a female every ten years.

When Mila discovers her sister will be the next victim on Sacrifice Day, her normal reply would be, sorry, I’m busy. 

After viewing ancient data and seeing the massive size of stoneshifters, Mila decides to rescue Tiana. Her sister is blood and she’d rather not see her tied to the sacrifice table and turned into jam.

Everything goes wrong, of course.

Lord Zarblu, stoneshifter and owner of the enormous black fortress looming over the city, turns his gaze upon Mila.

Like a giant cat with a teensy mouse, Zarblu plays with Mila. Catch…release…catch. Gentle and caring are words that no stone-beast monster should claim, surely?

Desiring something that might kill you is insane yet the sacrifice table begins to look attractive. Zarblu is a big, strong, determined male who’s had a thousand, thousand years to contemplate life.

What if he isn’t quite the monster she thought he was…
What if he wants her to be his sacrifice?

Warning: This is a very graphic and carnal story for those who love the fantasy of being caught by a monster.
This is not the normal level of dark that Cari Silverwood writes. This is the dark you reach for when you’re all darked out and one step from seeing your therapist. Some of this story is FUN. Dark twisted fun, but fun nevertheless.

 

Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy, #1)

Prey by Cari Silverwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-28/5/18

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What did I just read this book was so strange; I have never quite experienced anything quite like it and that’s saying something as I’ve read a lot of weird and wonderful fiction.
This is Monster Erotica; Yeh I kid you not, bloody Monster’s.
And in “Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1” we are introduced to Lord Zarblu a Stoneshifter; who every decade has to take a willing female sacrifice on an altar of lust; to avoid petrifying for the next ten years and guess what he has a monster cock too and the sacrifice is going to need a lot of preparation to accommodate and avoid being ripped to shreds by Zarblu’s monster appendage; death by dick I’ve heard is not a very attractive way to go.
The sacrifice herself Mila; mercenary, explorer and thief; a small female earthling is all gung-ho ready to rescue her sister from the Stoneshifters Altar and from the first instant Zarblu encounters the feisty earthling he wants to replace his current offering with this fascinating earthling; he’s just got to get her to cooperate; easy right.
So Look; if you’re looking for some serious emotive fiction; this is not it; what we do have here is some Fun, hot completely ridiculous alien monster erotica; it’s surprisingly addictive and does what it says on the tin.
this is a short read that I read in one sitting and I did quite enjoy it once I got over my initial; what the hell am I reading moment.
Its sort of like a porno neverending story for adults.
Sorry; I just couldn’t stop picturing the rock biter in that film as Lord Zarblus stone altar form; not very sexy and comfortable at all I would think; so swiftly moving on here from that non-sexy visual.
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This short read was jam-packed with alien beings. talking swords, arena fights and a psychotic Android who really just needed to get laid.
Its never going to win literature awards, but it was never meant to; what we have here is a big hot pile of tongue in cheek, steamy dub-con fun.
It definitely won’t be for everyone, but I love weird so I kinda was digging its vibe all the same.
Give it a go you might surprise yourself.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Prey (Dark Monster Fantasy #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Futuristic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense

/ ARC Book Review / Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4) / Maddie Taylor /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-3rd May 2018
Publisher-Breathless Romance
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-311 Pages

One look and he stirs something deep within her.
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul.

She has a mission.
He has a duty.

He is her captor.
She is his destiny.

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming they’re happily forever after?

 

 

Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4)

 

Defying the General by Maddie Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-3/5/18

So doing my usual trick of reading things backwards I started ” Defying The General”.
And all-though I would probably suggest a smoother experience reading this from the start of the series.
This can be read in my opinion as a stand-alone as all the components are there and it does explain things fully.
So this runs parallel with previous instalments and right from the get-go I was hooked.
And apart from the prologue that initially confused me (until events were eventually clarified).
I found this super easy to follow and get lost in.
This had such likeable characters, great imagination and fantastic world building.
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a goner for anything alien and though these ET’s were very human looking I forgave that on account of there barbarian chest beating masculinity.
You’d be like a kid in a sweet shop here with all this male yumminess and testosterone even with all the spanking and dominance shit.
I so wouldn’t mind complying for the luscious General Trask, just saying.
Trask was lovely a bit archaic in his views on the opposite sex but I forgave him as this was the Primarian way.
Lana was also a sweetie, a trifle simple in her belief system and easily manipulated but she was also harmless and most importantly she was kind.
She made stupid decisions, but at heart, her reasonings were sound and were done for what she perceived as good so that made it more understandable.

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Lana would definitely be the sort of girl that would do the obviously stupid crap in a horror movie that would so get her killed.

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You know, the one you’d be screaming at your TV screen too.
NO DON’T DO IT!!!

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I really did enjoy “Defying The General” so much more than I was initially expecting.
I was transfixed throughout.
I ummed and Awed over my rating with this, whether to give this a four or a five star.
I eventually went with a five as though I had some slight niggles this kept my attention from start to finish and was one I couldn’t put down.
“Defying The General” was told In dual POV and was a fabulous addition to its genre.
If you like your sci-fi romance give this series a go, it is an action-packed sexy ride with a surprisingly deep romance (despite the initial insta-love) at its centre.
I absolutely adored “Defying The General”.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Defying The General” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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post-apocalyptic, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller

/Book Review / KU /The Scorpion’s Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects #1) / Into The Dead Fall / Susan Trombley /


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🦋BOOK REVIEW🦋

Release Date-15h February 2018
Genre- Sci-Fi Alien Romance
Kindle Edition-382 Pages

The Scorpion’s Mate 
Claire has never really fit in with everyone around her, but she’s carved out a life for herself using her own unique style and artistic ability to support herself on the Internet. The last thing she expects is to be abducted by aliens and dropped into a research facility, where a genetically-engineered alien soldier chooses her as his life-mate. 
Thrax’s pheromones are compelling, and his status as a fellow unwilling test subject makes them allies, but Claire isn’t certain she can trust someone who is convinced she belongs to him, when all she wants to do is find a way to return home to Earth—a place that her devoted alien can never follow, because there’s no way the scorpion-like alien would ever be able to pass for human. 
Still, she’ll accept help where she can find it, so she doesn’t hesitate to escape with Thrax from the facility, though their time running from their pursuers in the warrens beneath the research facility will forever change Claire, and could make it impossible for her to return to Earth. 
But will there be anywhere else in the galaxy they can go where their love will be accepted? 

Plus a BONUS Full-length novel: 
Into the Dead Fall 
Though she was raised by a survivalist, Alice was not prepared to be ripped from her dimension and dropped without ceremony into the massive junkyard of a parallel dimension. 

She’s wounded, alone, and lost in a world her mind struggles to comprehend. When a strange, four-armed alien comes to her aid, saving her life, she has no choice but to accept his help. 

She finally starts growing comfortable around her leonine companion, until another warrior intervenes to save her when creatures from the Dead Fall attack them during their exploration, making everything much more complicated. 

Alice still doesn’t understand what either of the warriors is saying, and if she can’t find the right words to soothe her beastly new protectors, they’ll end up killing each other. 

Author’s Note: 18+ These books contain scenes that are not suitable for younger audiences. It should also be noted that the alien heroes in these books look alien in many ways, and their cultures and mating habits might not be for everyone. 

 

 

The Scorpion's Mate (Iriduan Test Subjects, #1)

The Scorpion’s Mate by Susan Trombley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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So there are two stories in this omnibus and in my opinion both were good enough and long enough to be in a stand-alone edition.
Each was very different and if I had to pick a favourite out of the two book one “The Scorpion’s Mate” won it hands down for me.
That’s not to say the second book in this omnibus “Into The Dead Fall” is any slouch either I enjoyed that one also.
Now I’m a strange one, and this sort of story, aliens that look and act like real aliens is a real guilty pleasure of mine, And as I like my stories well developed with a proper connection between the principal characters, the pickings for this type of fiction and that is also well written, is so very slim indeed.
I’m a huge fan of R. Lee Smith who is another fantastic author of these types of books and had yet to find anyone to live up to her alien stories.
I am happy to say, Susan Trombley has and I am keeping my fingers crossed that she has more of this to come.
So the first story”The Scorpions Mate” tells the story of Claire who is kidnapped by aliens and locked up in a research facility.

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Claire is a quirky sort who has never quite fit in on earth, in the research facility she is mated to Thrax a genetically engineered Soldier who was a sort of deadly giant scorpion before they spliced his DNA for experimentation.
Thrax imprints on Claire and as she falls for an unlikely hero Claire realises to stay with Thrax is to renounce returning to earth as he could never fit in there looking the way he does.
I loved this story like so much, it’s hard to explain you’ve just got to be there to get it.
I loved how wild and protective Thrax was towards Claire while still being completely deadly to all else.
The second story “Into The Dead Fall” is completely different and actually involves two aliens and no it’s not a menage it’s more of a two husbands kind of story.
I wasn’t a fan of this and would have prefered to have kept to the one alien
In this one, Alice is sucked through a nexus into a post-apocalyptic landscape

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and is initially injured luckily for her Iyaren is there to rescue her and nurse her wounds but with a language barrier between them, it’s a hard slog.
Iyaren is a kind of lion-like alien and lonely is happy for the company.

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Now I would have been happy to rest with the sexy lion but here we have another alien also attracted to Alice Tak a sort of Lizard-like creature sees and bonds with her

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when the two realise Alice cant choose they suggest both taking care of her.
Tak and Iyaren are from the same planet and can communicate Tak can also understand Alice as he had a procedure done to allow this,
there is a lot more to these two imaginative tales but I’ve given you the bare bones above to give you a rough idea.
Please don’t be put off by the very real aliens contained within these pages, give this a try, what have you got to lose, you might actually surprise yourself and really enjoy the tales told here.
So anyway these are well written, emotive and engaging and from what I can see there is plenty of opportunity in both landscapes for future story growth.
The author has set this up very nicely.
I really can’t recommend each of these stories enough and I enjoyed every word.
This omnibus is currently free in KU.

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Fantasy, Futuristic, Humorous, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller

/ ARC Book Review / The Viridian Convict / Sam York /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-10h April 2018
Publisher-Jolly Fish Press

Genre-Sci-Fi
Kindle Edition-350 Pages

The Godfather meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this crazy-ass adventure set on Viridian, a prison planet full of aliens…who want to eat you. Tig, the only human, is thrust into a lose/lose/lose situation when the mob boss he works for asks him to pick up and deliver a package that the Fed—the governing body of the known universe—also wants. To make matters worse, the “package” has curves for days, an attitude to match, and her own agenda for how this is all going down.

 

 

The Viridian Convict

The Viridian Convict by Sam York
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-10/4/18

I really enjoyed The Viridian Convict by Sam York I found it was just so different and a very unique concept.
What initially appealed to me here was the idea of a prison planet colony sort of like an alien version of Kurt Russel’s Escape from New York.
I just wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I did.
And once I got used to all the various terminology being bandied about here, I very quickly became immersed in all the colourful narrative used throughout.
This also contained a lot more romance than I was expecting, which was again fab for me as I’m a sucker for a bit of the old love dust.
“The Viridian Convict was fast and furious from the get-go and I adored all the many diverse characters portrayed here.
Tig, Angel, Granny and Tig’s stinky partner one-eye, loved them all in various ways.
This was in a way rather slapstick at times but it worked and I found myself chuckling to myself throughout.
My only slight criticism here was the types of aliens contained on the prison planet all seemed to be variations of earth animals like the cluckers and the rats.
I would have prefered maybe a more imaginative approach to the alien form.
But this is only a minor gripe from me and I still enjoyed this story very much.
I was refreshingly different and I am happy to recommend this.
So I was provided with an ARC of “The Viridian Convict” By Netgalley of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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🕊ARC-Book Review🕊The Soulweaver🕊 by Heidi Catherine🕊

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🕊ARC-BOOK-REVIEW🕊

Release Date-19th January
Genre-Romance,Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Publisher-Crooked Cat Books
Kindle Edition-234 Pages

She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by. 

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own. 

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.

The SoulweaverThe Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Release date: Jan 19, 2018
Arc Book Review.

So, I’m not really having much luck at the moment in regards to my reading material.
Here we have another Arc I was so looking forward to only to be let down again in my expectations.
I think I may need to lower them slightly, expectations that is, this is beginning to be a bit of a pattern for me lately.
So The Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine is a lyrical narrative that for me fell slightly too much on the wordy and preachy side of the fence.
The soulweaver basically tells the story of the life and death of Hannah/Lin and how all things are interwoven with rebirth, reincarnation and growth ultimately leading to a higher plane of enlightenment.
Reinier/Lin/Hannah/Mathew/Shen each of these has a role to play in the bigger picture that this tale is striving for.
So I wish I could say I loved this, But I really didn’t it was a bit of a chore to finish if I’m honest and I was really starting to skim near the end.
So, This was so going to be a two-star all the way then Soulweaver kinda side-swiped me from the left-field.
Throwing in that mega emotional ending and I’ve got to admit I kinda got a bit emotional and had myself a good old cry over it, I’m such a girl.
So yeh that weepfest was enough to pull it out of the bag for me and It got that extra star on the merits of my girly tears.
That aside, my main issue with this is I felt at times that I wasn’t reading a story but receiving a sermon. And even know religion itself is never outright mentioned.
There was enough of the Mother /Soulweaver and Creator/Author and the sin of suicide to make you think it was on the cusp sitting there, it was the elephant in the room just a different terminology was ultimately used.
In conclusion, this just really wasn’t for me.
Thank You to Netgalley, the publisher and the Author for proving me with an ARC of Soulweaver of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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🍁Book Review 🍁Cold Fire: A Pre-Apocalyptic Dragon Romance (Ice Drake Series #1)🍁 by Emma Layne🍁

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🍁BOOK-REVIEW🍁

Release Date-27th November 2017
Genre-Sci-Fi Romantic Suspense
Kindle Edition-253 Pages

The Earth’s days are numbered, and aliens are looting the planet. 
Faro is a Drakeborne Knight, a product of dragon and human DNA. He came to Earth on a mission to save his people and Faro thought he’d return to Iradia as a conquering hero, but then he meets Amy. Inexplicably, he’s drawn to her. Faro fears he inherited more than enhanced abilities. Dragons have fierce, unbreakable bonds with their mates. And now, Faro is torn between love and loyalty. 
Since her father’s untimely death, Amy has been grief-stricken, and every day is a struggle, until she meets Faro, a stranger staying at her inn. He’s not like other men, and eventually, she discovers Faro is an empath from another world. He lifts her burdens, brings her joy, but the secrets he’s keeping threaten to tear them apart. 
Can Amy forgive him? And will they save both their planets?

Cold Fire: A Pre-Apocalyptic Dragon Romance (Ice Drake Series Book 1)Cold Fire: A Pre-Apocalyptic Dragon Romance by Emma Layne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟STARS.
So Cold Fire A Pre-Apocalyptic Dragon Romance (Ice Drake Series Book 1) by Emma Layne was an OK read for me, while this had plenty to recommend it I don’t think it went enough into detail overall to actually capture the reader’s imagination.
All the ingredients were ultimately there so I would say with a little more editing and additional input, this could easily be turned around from an OK read to a great read.
So first off I have never read anything by this author before and I absolutely love dragons.
So I think its safe to say I was excited to get started with this story.
So Cold fire follows the story of Amy and Faro.
Amy Is running a failing inn in Alaska, that since her father’s death is vastly in need of a large sum of capital.
Faro is on earth looting its resources along with other alien races.
unbeknown to Earths leaders, Earth is in the path of a massive meteor like the one that killed the dinosaurs thousands of years ago and has only two years at most left before this fatal collision.
The intergalactic powers that be because of this have declared it open season on all earth’s resources.
Faro is a Drakeborne Knight from the planet Iradia, a product of dragon and human DNA.
He can shapeshift into a dragon.
So he and his brothers need a place to reside while they covertly steal the planets natural supplies.
Amy sees them as the answer to her current financial nightmare as they come with a large wadd of cash, enough for a few months stay at her inn, saving her business.
So I’m going to start with the good, Cold Fire was an easy read with great world building.
There are so many places this story could branch off to and this was such a big plus.
The main characters here were likeable if a bit stereotypical.
I also loved the backdrop of Alaska and also having fire-breathing hot dragons didn’t hurt either.
There were various interesting side characters involved here that I imagine can be developed further in future books.
I also loved the old world speech used here, I found it to be an extremely endearing touch.
So As I said earlier, some great things to be deloped further on.
Now for what I struggled with, well first I found Cold Fire to be quite a slow building story.
Which is fine as long as there is something to hold the reader’s attention.
Here I found it was just Amy internalising about Faro with her yes I will, no I won’t, and Faro poping his muscles everywhere trying to entice Amy.
When something does eventually happen to pep me up, I found it a bit disjointed and out of sync.
I didn’t, myself, feel much of a connection towards Amy and Faro and I was also very uninvested in their relationship overall.
I felt very disconnected from the two and found myself skimming and although likeable, both sometimes came across as extremely irritating.
There is also one thing that really bugged me, Amy doesn’t seem that bothered by her friend’s awful future at all, she seemed more bothered by the reindeer’s fates.
This really didn’t warm me to the girl at all.
But Despite these issues, I still did enjoy this and also finished quite quickly.
It will be interesting to see where the author takes this as there is huge potential.
In conclusion, this was an OK easy read that with some further development could be a hell of a lot better than it actually is now.
I was gifted a copy of Cold Fire By Emma Layne of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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🌠Book Review🌠 Of Alderic (Third Wave, #1)🌠by Mikayla Lane🌠

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🌠BOOK-REVIEW🌠

Release Date-14th March 2017
Genre-Sci-Fi Romance
Kindle Edition-308 Pages

Sotier Alderic Du’ Castine, Leader of the Dranovian Order of the Tri-Worlds, Guardian of the Rituals of Tongerno and Commander Priest of the Dawn, was in the middle of brokering peace between two warring communities of Daetz’ when he saw the shimmering portal open in the sky. 

With the portal so close to the Dranovian stronghold, Alderic is forced to participate in a Human Hunt for the first time. As he searches the forest surrounding the Talunaha, he is shocked to see the beautiful and wild-eyed human standing fearfully in front of him. 

Helena Chapman moved to Nome, Alaska after catching her fiancé in bed with her best friend the night before their wedding. Ignoring the warning of the longtime residents, she set out for a lone hike in the Denali National Forest. Her first night out she saw the strange, Mirage city in the sky and was swept into what she thought was a nightmare. 
Literally from two different worlds and cultures that are evolutions apart, Alderic and Helena will have to try and forge a new path for the tri-worlds in order to prevent a human uprising that threatens Helena’s life and to unravel everything Alderic has ever fought for. 

Alderic (Third Wave, #1)Alderic by Mikayla Lane

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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🌟🌟🌟 STARS
I have not read anything by this author before so this was a first for me.
So a brief outline of Alderic (Third Wave) By Mikayla Lane here goes, this is quite complicated so I’m going to try and simplify it.
First, we have Helena Chapman shes just moved to Alaska after finding her cheating fiancee in bed with her so-called bestie.
Helena sets out for a hike in the Denali National Forest despite warnings by the local residents.
So obviously she loses her way and settles down for the night in the open air. unable to sleep she sees a fantastical mirage of a city in the sky, and yep you’ve guessed it gets sucked right up into the illusion.(which is in actual fact a portal to another world) Think Stargate and you’re right about there.
So then we have Sotier Alderic Du’ Castine, Leader of the Dranovian Order of the Tri-Worlds, Guardian of the Rituals of Tongerno and Commander Priest of the Dawn, bit of a mouthful aye.
I will just call him Alderic for short.
So he’s acting as a pacifier between two warring factions when the shimmering portal opens up in the sky, The portal has never been this close to the Dranovian stronghold before so Alderic is compelled to participate in his first human hunt.
Something he has always managed to avoid in the past as humans are not far up his importance list, or actually even on it.
The hunt is basically used to scoop up the displaced humans that have been deposited on this new world, basically, it’s a one-way ticket and humans seem to be a lesser species here.
so much so in fact that there seems to be an uprising in motion and Helena and Alderic are about to be swept along for the ride, All while falling for each other along the way of course.
So that’s the basic gist.
So what did I think?
well for starters, I didn’t realise this was spin-off series If I had and had read this, then maybe things wouldn’t have been so hard to make head or tail of.
There was such an information dump put on the reader that I spent much of this book deciphering what was actually occurring.
I felt that with every important event I was given a dranovian history Lesson as well.
And while this was all very fascinating and informative I just wanted to get on with the story.
I understand why such backstory was needed, as we were in this instance being introduced into a whole new culture, more so if this was your introduction into this world)
In my opinion, this book would have been better if it was assumed the reader had read the previous books that this was a spin-off from.
That way everything could have been drip-fed slowly over the course of the series and there would have been no need to cram like crazy.
Some things I’m still a trifle unsure off, In particular how The Beast thing worked, I just went with the flow eventually.
So impression wise I found Helena a bit irritating, I have a real hate relationship with those whiney women who always do the complete opposite to what is asked of them and Helena had this in spades.
Also, her responses to certain situations didn’t sit right with me, for someone who has never seen violence upfront she seemed to get quite vocal and handsy.
I thought She came across more bratty than feisty, just saying.
Aldric himself seemed quite one dimensional and I never really felt I got to know him as a person.
In fact, I didn’t feel much of a connection between our two mains at all, which was such a shame as I had high hopes here.
Maybe some of the problem lies there, my hopes were too high.
I really tried, I just wasn’t feeling the vibe.
I should also mention that this was very insta-love another pet peeve of mine.
So positives I picked up from Alderic,
well, I actually picked this up because I liked the overall concept and the subject genre itself here is oh so unique.
I have quite a few good impressions taken away from this that I loved, the fated mates is one such idea, adored this.
I also enjoyed the animated trees and fauna, fabulous touch.
I found there was a very Egyptian flavour to the whole book with the pyramids and such and as I love anything to do with Egypt I found this to be a winner for me also.
In fact, the world-building here was amazing, hence why I said this should have been introduced slowly to give it its due.
What else?
Well, this was well written if a trifle predictable in places and I also did finish Alderic, so these are all plus points in its favour.
So In conclusion, this didn’t quite get there for me. my advice is read this after The first Wave series and you will probably enjoy it more.
I really Wish I could say otherwise but this was really just an Ok read for me and I have no desire to read the rest of the series sorry.

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