Book Review: Awakened

Title: Awakened

Author: Ciara Duggan

Pub. Date: September 7, 2021

Pages: 288

Pub: Parliament House

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️.5


After losing her parents in an accident only she survived, Hannah is desperate for answers. Haunted by the events of that tragic night, she struggles to move on, yearning for some deeper truth about her loss.

But when it comes time to turn a new page and move cross country for college, she vows to leave the past behind. After all, Bellcliff University is a thousand miles away from the ghosts nipping at her heels.

Yet when Hannah accidentally awakens a handsome witch from a hidden cave near campus, she realizes he isn’t the only thing stirring out of slumber. Hannah has roused all magic…including the devil herself.

As if spells, curses, and college jitters weren’t enough, this witch claims to know Hannah from four centuries prior—and their connection is more than casual.

Thrust into a world of sorcery and monsters, Hannah must fight to keep the magic she’d unleashed from claiming a price far too steep for her to pay. 
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Book Review:  Like a Love Song

Title: Like a Love Song

Author: Gabriela Martins

Pub. Date: August 3, 2021

Pages: 304

Pub: Underlined/Delacorte

Genre: LGBT YA Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


This debut paperback original romance follows a Latina teen pop star whose image takes a dive after a messy public breakup, until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend.

Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak?

Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.

Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?
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Book Review: Sanctum (Blackwater Pack #1)

Title: Sanctum

Author: Hannah McBride

Pub. Date: July 24, 2021

Pages: 532

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: UpYA/NA Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


A survivor on the run

Barely escaping with her life, Skye Markham and her mother flee their sadistic pack and seek sanctuary within Blackwater. Against all odds, Skye tries to create a new life for herself. A life she thought only existed in dreams is now within reach.

An alpha with a pack to protect

Remy Holt has spent years guarding his pack – his family – from threats as the next alpha in line. When the Blackwater pack decides to help the Markhams, Skye becomes one of his own … In more ways than one, if his wolf has anything to say about it.

A bond unlike any other

As Skye and Remy’s lives collide, the shifter world starts to implode. Missing shifters, a dying population, and pack wars are causing their sanctuary to crumble around them. Skye thought she was finally safe … but maybe there’s no such thing.
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Book Review: Ashes of Chaos (The Legacy of the Nine Realms #2)

Title: Ashes of Chaos

Author: Amelia Hutchins

Pub. Date: September 29, 2020

Pages: 496

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Creating a new House of Magic is hard work. Aria knew she had a tall task ahead of her, cleaning up the mess her family had made in the Nine Realms, but nothing could have prepared her for the horrors that awaited within the Nine Realms.

Dark magic has taken hold of the lands as Aria finds herself in the middle of an ongoing war while playing cat and mouse with Knox, who hunts her relentlessly. To make matters worse, Aria’s creature has grown impatient and is doing everything she can to get back to the monster within Knox, even knowing that Aria’s heart is on the line.

How far will Aria go to protect those she loves from Knox’s wrath? How long can she evade the man stalking her every waking hour as her body and mind fight against the growing need for him to claim her? Can she break the curse that has plagued the Hecate bloodline for over 500 years while protecting her heart?

Maybe the answers lie with the mysterious silver-haired men that have come to Aria’s aid, or perhaps they are just like everyone else wanting to kill or claim her, realizing she is the key to winning the war. Aria intends to bring the Nine Realms and the male stalking her to their knees in this fast-paced, action-packed, and sexy epic fantasy adventure.
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Book Review: The Splendor

Title: The Splendor

Author: Breeana Shields

Pub. Date: September 7, 2021

Pages: 330

Pub: Page Street Kids

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Splendor isn’t just a glamorous hotel, it’s a magical experience that gives its guests the fantasy fulfillment of their dreams. But The Splendor didn’t make Juliette’s dreams come true. It ruined her life.

After a weeklong stay, Juliette’s sister, Clare, returns from the hotel changed. Her connection to Juliette―the special bond they once shared―has vanished. In a moment of hurt and frustration, Juliette steals their meager savings and visits The Splendor herself.

When she arrives, she’s taken in by the lush and sumptuous hotel. But as she delves more deeply into the mystery of the place, and how they make their illusions work, she grows more and more uneasy. The Splendor has a seedy underbelly, but every time she gets close to discovering something real, she seems to hit a wall.

Meanwhile, Juliette meets Henri, an illusionist who lives and works at the hotel. Henri’s job is to provide Juliette with the same Signature Experience he gives all the guests―one tailored fantasy that will make her stay unforgettable. As he gets to know her, he realizes that not only is he ill-equipped to make her dreams come true, he’s the cause of her heartache.
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3 Books That Hit My Radar #29

More book recommendations!

I’m literally sitting on a list of new to me books that I cannot wait to share with y’all. All of these books caught my eye because of their covers. I’m really excited to dive into these books – they sound like they’re going to be really good.

When Stars Fall From The Sky (The Sky Gazers #1) – LaNona Walker –

Omfg, it feels like this book was made for me. SF set in space with action drama and what appears to be a great amount of tension. I cannot wait to read this.

Flame and Starlight (The Esteria #1) – Dana Isaly –

Oh look, another book that looks like it was written for me. You give me Fae, and a tall dark handsome guy who more or less kidnaps a human girl and then a romance? Yes please, fuck. I’m going to inhale this.

Fear the Fall – Melissa Winters –

Oh boy am I a sucker for a book about the rivalry between Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell. Through in a romance and fallen angels…I’m sold.

Let me know if you’ve heard of any of these or read them! Or let me know if you’re going to add them to your own TBRs! Continue reading “3 Books That Hit My Radar #29”

Sept’21 Audible Haul

I know I’m inundating you with audiobook/Audible content. I think this will be the last update for a while – though there might be a separate audiobook haul for October as well. It’s only the 10th and I’ve managed to accumulate quite a few already this month. But we’ll see. If you saw my Audible TBR Update post – then you know I have a plan to get through all of these books.

Though, since I did that post – I’ve tweaked my list a little bit. Are we really surprised? Everything I immediately want to read should now be on it – and I’m honestly not really giving myself the freedom to stray from it. Once I renewed my membership for another year, I had 12 new credits to burn, and burn them I did. I went a little click happy and downloaded and pre-ordered a handful of anticipated reads. 

Now the issue is – well it was the issue before, to be honest – but I want to read them all, at once. But obviously that’s not possible – hence the list. 

You can check out the updated TBR order – and if you see me straying, yell at me lol.

Seriously. Yell at me and keep me on track. 

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Book Review: Unleashing Fire (Fallen Legacies #3)

Title: Unleashing Fire

Author: Julie Hall

Pub. Date: July 22, 2021

Pages: 464

Pub: Not Listed

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


The Forsaken hunger for vengeance, leaving Steel and I with no choice but to follow Camiel to the only place strong enough to protect me — Eden, an ancient, hidden city darkened by my family’s secrets.

But Eden isn’t the safe haven I expected, and family runs deeper than blood.

As Thorne grows stronger by the day, his Fallen forces threaten to raze London — and then the world — to cinders. In order to stop him, the entire angelic community has to unite, but ancient feuds and millennia of prejudice put everything at risk.

My heart knows where I belong — fighting besides my loved ones — but I have a secret that could doom them all. There’s a dark power growing inside me, hellish and spiraling beyond my control.

The realms have merged. The darkness calls to me. And there’s only one thing standing in my way… Steel.
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Book Review: Lakesedge (World at the Lake’s Edge #1)

Title: Lakesedge

Author: Lyndall Clipstone

Pub. Date: September 28, 2021

Pages: 384

Pub: Henry Holt & Co.

Genre: YA Gothic Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


A lush gothic fantasy about monsters and magic, set on the banks of a cursed lake. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Brigid Kemmerer.

There are monsters in the world.

When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.

There are monsters in the woods.

As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…

There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.

Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.
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Book Review: Heart of Fury (Vampire Royals of New York: Gabriel #2)

Title: Heart of Fury

Author: Sarah Piper

Pub. Date: June 10, 2021

Pages: 272

Pub: Two Gnomes Media

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Vampire prince Gabriel Redthorne knew better than to fall in love with a witch. Jacinda Colburn claimed his heart, then nearly shoved a stake through it. For that, he should end her life—brutally and without remorse.

But with old enemies closing in fast and a dangerous new evil terrorizing New York—an evil only Jacinda can stop—Gabriel has one choice: trust her, or they’re both going down.

Risking his heart again was never part of the plan, but when a sneak attack leaves Jacinda on death’s doorstep, Gabriel knows he’s in too deep to turn back now. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect his little moonflower. To stand by her side as they burn their foes to ash.

But if there’s one thing life in the shadows has taught them, it’s this:

No matter how many enemies you destroy today, the ghosts of the past will always hunt you down.

And one way or another, they’ll always make you pay…
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