Tuesday, June 18, 2019

ARC Review: Fierce Pride: Episode Seven

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Fierce Pride: Episode Seven

(Fierce Pride #7)

When an unexpected attack rattles Shanora and her protectors will she not only be able to rise, but come out on top?

I’m blinded, bagged, and shackled with nothing but my feline senses to alert me as to what’s going on. I’m not alone… Davis is here, and when our captors reveal themselves he not only seems to know them but also fear them more than he lets on. Davis tells me to do what he says, listen to him and we’ll make it out of this alive…

I’ve never been one to simply sit back and listen.

Fierce Pride 7 is book seven of twelve. Expect a new installment every two weeks! 

*I received an advance copy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

**I’ll try not to spoil anything, but since this is later in the series, it might give something away from earlier books. I’ll be vague if possible though :)**

This one…I’ve been wanting…no! Needing this, and ah, it was well worth it. So painful, and more…offensive, perhaps? than any of the other volumes, but so worth it! I loved seeing Davis’ story. I really can’t pick, as I loved the challenge episode with Easton, and while I’ve wanted to see Davis’ vulnerability, so he would be able to open up, and show Shanora why he was holding back before, and hoped that it might just be enough to break the walls in her as well…Was it? I can’t say, but I’m interested to see how the events in the end turn out in the next episode! 

(Also curious, will Gael get a ‘story Arc’? I know he started…well the series, but I’ve never felt the story behind his character as I did with the other two males, and was curious since I’ve no doubt he has some past that shaped his character.)

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Eternal Night (City of Wishes #4)

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The Eternal Night

(City of Wishes #4)

Finding herself with an unlikely ally, Elle prepares to face the man calling himself the vampire king in an enchanted land of never-ending darkness.

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CITY OF WISHES is an urban fantasy serialized retelling of Cinderella.

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In a world of fae, vampires and shifters, where wishes can be bought and bargained for, Elle is human, bound to her stepmother by a slave charm. Her only hope at freedom is to wish for it. But the Godmother rules the illegal wish trade, and the price she demands is steep. Is Elle willing to pay it?

I might have enjoyed this one most of all, and loved all the twists and surprises! I was excited to read an advance copy, and I tried to draw it out, but I’m pretty sure I still read this is record time for me! I guess a few before, but I loved seeing Elle as she uncovered and tries to deal with her new reality. Not only is she missing, there’s also a lot more going on for those around her as well. I really enjoyed seeing more of a few of the more mysterious characters, and really enjoyed seeing Elle have a chance to relax, well as much as possible while being stuck in a stranger’s care. While this one still has some problems from before that are left to be solved, the story also added some new challenges that I’m interested to see what becomes of them in the next book!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review: The Moonlight Masquerade (City of Wishes #3)

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The Moonlight Masquerade

(City of Wishes #3)

Elle is desperate enough to do the one thing she promised herself she’d never do: bargain with the Godmother for a wish. But if she pays the price, it will leave her forever changed.

So she makes the daring decision to lie to the Godmother.

She’ll pretend to pay the price.

Can she get away with her freedom before the Godmother finds out?

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CITY OF WISHES is an urban fantasy serialized retelling of Cinderella. This is episode 3.

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In a world of fae, vampires and shifters, where wishes can be bought and bargained for, Elle is human, bound to her stepmother by a slave charm. Her only hope at freedom is to wish for it. But the Godmotherrules the illegal wish trade, and the price she demands is steep. Is Elle willing to pay it?

*I received an advance copy from this author. This does not affect my review. This review is voluntary.*

I’m torn on this review…I love this series, and enjoyed reading this one, but I actually guessed many of the twists in this one were coming after reading Ep. 2, and the ending on this one was…a little weird, although I enjoyed the very end, and can’t wait to read more! As mentioned, these books are too short, and $3 is a lot for a half-hour read when many other books closer to normal length are the same price. I’d love to see this series combined in a boxset when finished, since readers who enjoy the series aren’t going to want to stop after every book!

I loved seeing Dex and Elle in this one, and enjoyed the mystery, though as mentioned, I expected most of the twists this time, it led to more questions, and some interesting suggestions that I’m hoping will be mentioned next time.

Review: The Vampire Trap (City of Wishes #2)

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The Vampire Trap

(City of Wishes #2)

Elle and Dex concoct a plan to lure in the Allegiant vampires responsible for the recent spate of human abductions, but a surprising revelation threatens to change everything.

While Elle works hard to keep the ugly truth of who she really is from Dex, it turns out Dex is keeping a secret of his own.

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CITY OF WISHES is an urban fantasy serialized retelling of Cinderella. This episode is approximately 100 print pages.

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In a world of fae, vampires and shifters, where wishes can be bought and bargained for, Elle is human, bound to her stepmother by a slave charm. Her only hope at freedom is to wish for it. But the Godmother rules the illegal wish trade, and the price she demands is steep. Is Elle willing to pay it?

*I received a copy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

Another smashing addition to this series! I was excited to see more of Dax and Elle’s story! This one adds more danger and twists to the story. This one focuses more of plot and characters since the first laid some of the groundwork and world-building for the series. This one was even better, and that ending! Ah, I need the next one!

I loved the complexity and mystery this one adds to Dex and Elle’s stories, and while I’ve always known Dex was more than he seemed when he met Elle, I’m curious to know what is going on, and how his story parallels with the Allegiant’s goals. I know Elle is also more than she seems, but am not sure who/what her connection it. Nik also clearly has a story, and I’m looking forward to finding the answers in future installments! This one has a lot of mystery, but also a lot of clues, and I’m loving the direction this one takes the story!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

ARC Review: Fierce Pride: Episode Six

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Fierce Pride: Episode Six

by Victoria H. Smith 

The veil has been lifted, the lines drawn and now, Shanora must venture into the darkest of worlds. Will she end up whole on the other end?

She’s destroyed everything… my sister. My own blood ripped everything out from underneath me and I’m forced to mend the pieces of a broken land as a result. My sister and her hate shattered me but I don’t have time to fall apart. I have a people to both rule and serve and even more issues to deal with when it comes to my heart.

Gael, Easton, and Davis want more from me, more than my body… and I’m left with uncertainty. They come from a world of customs I not only don’t understand, but don’t entirely trust. I can’t hold faith in my own feelings least of all theirs and in any sense, what’s going on with us is completely outside our priority. My sister is at large and not only does she want my position atop the throne but a great power heavily valued by our people…

She won’t wait around for me to figure out the matters of my heart.

Fierce Pride 6 is book six of twelve. Expect a new installment every two weeks!

*I received an advance copy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

Ah, well, I didn’t see that coming! Well, I did know that ‘something’ was going to happen, but whoa! This one packs a punch! I loved seeing Shanora and the guys, but I’m really wanting to see her realize that her words/actions are hurting them all, especially Easton, but I’ve no doubt she will figure that out in time. I liked the steamy parts in this, but actually not as much as the forest scene…well scenes really since I liked the first time she turned Pantheran too…but XD (This is totally on me though, I’ve always found group scenes to be a little…strange, but I know that’s the appeal for most in RH books.)

As mentioned, the ending in this one is…explosive, and with this being the half-way point, I’m excited to see both how this turns out, and how the series progresses. I have a feeling it’s going to be full of action, steamy times, and exciting twists!