June 24, 2017

Review: The Madman's Daughter

You are now the main character in the last book that you read. Who are you?

I am The Madman's Daughter stuck on an Island with two male prospects

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

The Madman's Daughter(#1) by Megan Shepherd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Audiobook narrated by Lucy Rayner

I'm sure you already know that The Madman's Daughter is based on H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau.
Juliet finds herself 'orphaned' and in desperate need of housing when she runs into Montgomery, a long-time childhood servant of her families, whom she hasn't seen in years. He takes Juliet on a long journey back to an Island far in the Pacific. It is here she meets her father again. She believed, like everyone, that he was dead but she soon finds out that the rumors about him being a madman are true. Her father is doing things to animals he keeps on the Island, turning them into human looking creatures and vice versa. He says he is their god. The animals have a set of commandments they must adhere to even. Only these creatures eventually turn on him. Ajax, in particular, has chosen to regress back to his original animal form.
There is a love interest between Juliet and Montgomery and secrets are revealed about a certain character called Edward Prince. Balthazar is one of Dr. Moreau's creatures who serves his purpose well.
I was glad Juliet was able to escape off that God forsook Island, however, not in the current fashion. Leaving her closest friends behind.
I won't be reading the other books in this trilogy because I am not interested.
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June 7, 2017

Gin Blanco Rocks the Park in Unraveled

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15)

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin Series Book #15) by Jennifer Estep


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 30th, 2016 by Pocket Books
Audiobook on Youtube
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang 👍👍👈
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The more I tried to uncover the past, the more unraveled I felt myself, like a spiderweb that was slowly disintegrating one strand at a time into nothingness." 
Publisher's Summary 

After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count an unexpected. Only one thing is certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!” What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy? As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter. So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns the lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences, and Circle assassins are lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected. Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …


The events of Unraveled happen around Christmastime. It's strange to read about cold weather, Christmas trees, snow globes, fireplaces burning and hot chocolate in June. Ah well, any day is a good day for an adventure with Gin Blanco. IF~ just for the food!

Gin is staked outside Jonah McAllister's house in the cold because it's her only lead to uncovering who the Circle members are. When it comes to Hugh Tucker though, the vampire who tortured her and killed her mother and sister Annabella she isn't about to give up because only losers quit and as far as she's concerned Hugh is going to die.


Deirdre Shaw left Finn an inheritance. A cowboy-ish vacation hotel. Bullet Pointe themed park and hid some gems somewhere in and around the Hotel. Nobody knows where they are, so visitors and guests are welcome to go on a scavenger hunt.


That leads to a major gunfight at the OK corral for Gin. It doesn't just happen once. But her friends, Finn, Bria and Owen get captured, and she is on her own to fight the evil. She works best alone anyway. I enjoyed how she took on 14 giants at night in a themed park. Gin you rock girl! In an Elemental kinda way :)

June 4, 2017

Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A 2017 New Release Published on May 23rd, 2017
Hardcover, 699 fun pages!
Narrated by:  James Marsters 👍👌💟

Goodreads Synopsis
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul? 

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

"Warning" Major Spoilers


Oh-My-God! What just happened?!!~ Annabel disappeared!?!!! Annabel, aka Lady Midnight, might be the Queen of Air and Darkness too. On the one hand, she evaporates in a dark cloud of smoke right after Livvy dies. Annabel killed her. She went on a killing spree and killed Robert Lightwood as well and some of the guards. For that, I really don't blame her. It was the Clave and those in power that plotted her death a century ago, to begin with, right?
I think it was Emma who thought Livvy looked like Annabel. What if Livvy comes back as Annabel Lol. Annabel feels scorned as a criminal, maybe she will change herself to look like Livvy? Somehow? You know, like Tessa Gray could do? That is just my crazy theory.
Annabel is a shadow hunter who died, unjustly, a century ago, at the hands of the Clave. She was in love with Malcolm Fade, a warlock who practiced necromancy on Annabel. She ends up killing him. It's a long sad story.

I enjoyed being back in the London Institute, recalling a time when Tessa, Will, and Jem lived there. It kind of even felt the same apparently. Also, Jessamine is a ghost.

The end was exciting and heartwrenching. I know some people are very upset about Livy. Her brother Ty and Mark look like they could become Parabatai, now that Livy is gone. 

The final chapter 29-Ultima Thule is subjected to taking place in Idris. I hate politics, and most of it happens in Idris, where the Clave Consul and Inquisitor are. Magnus has Alicante well warded and safe from unsuspecting enemies, but he is sick. I thought it was because he was out of magic juice, depleted and needed recharging. I don't really know what is happening to him, but I imagine the black book will have the answers they seek. At least for Magnus' sake, and especially regarding Julien and Emma's HEA.
Ever since the Cold Peace sanctions against the Fair Folk, the Unseelie King sought to destroy the Shadowhunters. He isn't happy. He wants all Shadowhunters stripped of their powers and turn them into mundanes. Lol as if.

I loved The Lord of Shadows!! Love love loved it!


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May 19, 2017

Review: Wicked Abyss

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18)

Wicked Abyss(Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 384 pages
Narrated by Robert Petkoff 👌👍👄✌

I'm amazed at another one of Kresley Cole's brilliant masterpieces! I love the characters, i.e., Uthyr, Sian, Calliope aka Lila, and the demon realm, Pandemonia, aka Wicked Abyss. At first glimpse it seemed dark, scary and void but no! It was beautiful and magical. I loved everything about Wicked Abyss! I envy Calliope's wardrobe/clothes closet. I would definitely fancy wearing just about anything worth conjuring in the way of dress. The only character I didn't like is the arrogant and lying son of a bitch Saetth. Calliope's cousin is the ruler/king of Sylvan and is a dick.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

This fairy tale doesn’t end with a kiss… A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!
The terrifying king of hell... As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.
Meets his match. Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own promise: to bring down the wicked beast for good.
Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after? As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

May 18, 2017

A 2017 New Release ~ Shadow's Seduction


Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperback, 248 pages

Shadow's Seduction is about two male creatures of the Lore: A Vampire of Dacia and the other, a Demon of Abbadon. Mirceo is the spoilt rich Vampire who desires Caspion the tracker. We know Caspion from Shadow's Claim. Inevitably they kiss and sparks ensue from that point.
Shadow's Seduction is shorter in length than any other book in the Immortals After Dark series. There isn't much to the story other than the sex but I was happy that Lothaire, Trehan and Bettina made an appearance.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

In this scorching Immortals After Dark/Dacian novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings together a wicked vampire prince used to getting everything he desires and a demon warrior who always felt like an outcast. 
A NIGHT OF DEBAUCHERY . . . 
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend, Caspion the Tracker, comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare. 
CHANGES THEM FOREVER . . . 
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone--and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles--ranging from a death sentence to exile in a war-torn dimension--threaten to destroy their lives . . . and the vulnerable promise in that one kiss. 
HOW LONG CAN THEY RESIST THE FIRE THAT BLAZES BETWEEN THEM? 
Even if Mirceo accepts Caspion as his fated mate, the seductive vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer. . . .

March 26, 2017

Review: Fate of The Tearling #3

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Narrated by: Polly Lee 👍
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

WHAT A FUCKED UP MESS! I didn't like how it ended, sorry. For the most part, I thought the Fate of the Tearling was a great fantasy, but the ending ruined everything.

After ALL that world building and plotting, I felt cheated by a disorganized and chaotic ending. The characters such as Javel, Mace, Aisa, Fr. Tyler, Pen, Row Finn and his children, were utterly cast away and carelessly cut out of the story haphazardly. I was hoping to see Kelsea kick Row Finn's ass, to be honest, or that perhaps he would just turn to ash or disappear.

I couldn't even guess the period in which Kelsea found herself in after she donned Row Finn's crown. Was it even mentioned? I know there were horse buggies but the books in the library hint to our modern age from such authors as Margaret Atwood. And the last person we hear from is Carlin? Really?
"Kelsea, where have you been?" Back in time and future. Where else? :/
Poor Kelsea, She was only nineteen and the conversation with William Tear? in the time tunnel? Is a WTF moment. Oh, let's see...what's behind door number one...or two...or yes, as far back as we can remember *rolls eyes* Kelsea got to pick and choose where in time she would prefer to be in the heat of battle! Damnit! I was so disappointed. On top of it, Kelsea wanted to live in the time that almost bored me to death. Katie and Jonathan Tear were bound in the cellar of a church by Row. I guess we will never know what exactly happened, will we?

At least we find out who her father was. Kelsea also kills The Red Queen, Evelyn. There was magic from a bad witch Brenna and from the diabolical menace Row Finn.

About the author:

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

The Sunday Post: I am currently reading The Fate of The Tearling



➤I'm also linking up with It's Monday What Are You Reading via Book Date


☺What I am currently reading


The Fate of The Tearling has been my current listen/read for the last few days. I am taking my time and am enjoying it immensely. It is the final book in the Tearling series, and things are wrapping up quite nicely. I can add this book to my Series Enders challenge as well. I plan to finish the book today. In fact, it turns out Kelsey is not what I expected her to be, by that I mean she doesn't seem to be swayed by her magic stones. I suppose she is much like Katie. UPDATE: Finished My Review

☺What I have read and reviewed

I haven't read much else in the month of March besides Blood Vow (link to my review)by J.R. Ward and A Court of Thorns and Roses(link to my review).  I do however look forward to reading what is next on the list.

�What I plan on reading 

A Court of Mist and Fury that I am in no hurry for since A Court of Wings and Ruin isn't released until sometime in May I think? The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Truthwitch are on my TBR list.

❢In other news


I binge watched The Originals. Klaus was by far my favorite character on the vampire diaries. He is a vampire/hybrid, first of his kind and the main focus of the show with his 1000-year-old siblings who call themselves The Mikaelson's otherwise known as the world's original vampires. I got caught up with the program, and I now have to wait each week for the next episodes, and I don't like waiting. I am sure you can relate.

With the spring weather arriving I have been suffering from dry skin, so I resorted to oil cleansing(not an affiliate link) for my face and body butter(not an affiliate link) for my elbows.

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