Spark by: JB North

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Review by Crystal De Leon 

Overall Rating: 4/5 STARS

 

 

Pages: 402

 

Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Legends-Shifters-J-B-North-ebook/dp/B00K2CDQ5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401604976&sr=8-1&keywords=Spark+JB+North

 

Synopsis:

For more than a decade, Ivy Oliver has lived in a dark, crumbling orphanage where she was sent after her parents’ death. Her only hope for a life of simplicity and happiness is the trial, a test that frees her second form from where it’s been buried since her birth. 

That hope is dashed, however, when she transforms into a creature that rips her away from the only friends she’s ever had and ensures that her enemies are numerous. She is dragged unwillingly to a school that will discipline her in the ways of survival and defense. There, she makes both friend and foe. She discovers things she never knew about her past and her future. This tiny, insignificant girl is faced with a crushing destiny that might be too staggering for her to bear. She will have to abandon her shy, quiet demeanor and take on a fearless spirit if she wants to survive.

Review:

I want to start out by saying how disappointed I was when I realized there was no more pages left in this book, although when I first began reading I was interested but a little put off by the first two…three chapters. The story didn’t hold my attention and demand I read until the sun come up until Ivy went to the conservatory and began coming into her own while training with Roland.

And I understand Ivy’s naiveté, as she was an orphan and raised in an orphanage from a very young age, which she displays throughout the book and she’s young…but not so young that some of this should have worn off.

I did enjoy the book and I would like to read the next book in this series, this author was able to come up with an entirely fresh new world with a new concept and bring it to life.

I would have liked a little bit of a better ending, not that it was bad but I was sad…and not to give a way anything but I was hoping for a blossoming romance. Any way I look forward to reading (One Clicking) anything with her name on it in the future.

 

Without Fear by: Vincent Alma

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Review by: Crystal De Leon

Overall Rating: 4/5 STARS

 

 

Pages: 14

 

Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Without-Fear-Vincent-Alma-ebook/dp/B00HY0KH9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400817624&sr=8-1&keywords=Without+Fear+Vincent

 

Synopsis:

Tired of being afraid, a young farmer with greater aspirations embarks on a journey that will bring him face to face with each of his fears and closer to his ideal life—one without fear or suffering. A fable about what it means to be human, Without Fear explores the age-old question of whether fear and suffering are a necessary part of life.

 

Review:

This fourteen page short story book seems like a children’s book but is just as enjoyable for an adult. Honestly I would have enjoyed it better had it been illustrated like manga or comics.

 

 

Trusting Hearts by S. Donahue

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Review by Crystal De Leon 

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

 

Pages: 209

 

Purchase Link:

 http://www.amazon.com/Trusting-Hearts-The-Heart-Series-ebook/dp/B00I5ZF1CO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398540011&sr=8-1&keywords=Trusting+hearts+S.+Donahue

 

Synopsis:

 “Whoever said to follow you heart needs to have their head examined.” – Rachel Rossini

Rachel Rossini’s heart has been trampled and crushed more times than she’d like to count. She wants to divorce her cheating husband Vinnie, but he has other ideas in mind and doesn’t want to let her go. Staying with him would be the biggest mistake of her life, not only for herself but for their twin boys as well. Every time she tries to break free, he always lures her back into his madness.

Rachel seeks help from divorce attorney, Carson Licciano, who happens to be her ex-boyfriend and Vinnie’s best friend. He is also engaged to her sister Gia’s best friend, Maria. He promises to help her regardless of the situation. Could there possibly be something left from the past that may resurface?

Meanwhile, Dr. Colin Hill hasn’t been able to get Rachel out of his head since he last saw her in the emergency room. After contacting her for a date, he learns about what Vinnie has put her through. They develop a friendship via text messaging. When Colin starts to grow feelings for Rachel, he isn’t sure if he should pursue her or forget about her while she deals with her heavy issues.

Can Rachel find happiness again? Will she finally cross the boundaries of her dangerous love/hate marriage and move forward? Can she look into her heart and trust another man? Will she ever learn to trust her heart again? Whatever Rachel decides, don’t expect Vinnie to go down without a fight.

 

 

Review:

 

Trusting heart is a sequel to Acquiring Hearts which I had the privilege to read as well…Some say the second book is harder to write in a series than the first…S. Donahue must be super woman than because the story between book Acquiring and Trusting hearts was completely fluid. I loved it! I normally read historical romances or paranormal romances S. Donahue has made me a fan! Royalty and vampires have nothing on her take of classical love.

 

Briksanna’s Sacrafice by: Sabrina Rawson

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Review by Crystal De Leon

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Pages: 367

Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Briksannas-Sacrifice-Novel-Four-Realms-ebook/dp/B00JVURJB8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398659268&sr=8-1&keywords=briksanna%27s+sacrifice

 

Synopsis:

Princess Briksanna has always known The Prophesy would catch up to her no matter how far she ran. Spending two thousand years hiding in the Earth Realm haunted by memories of heartache and pain in constant fear of capture by Lord Drakkoon, she finds herself unsure if she has the courage to be the person everyone needs her to be in order to stay one step ahead in a chase for her survival and of those she loves. So, when she discovers experiencing the feeling to freely love, she is pulled into a quest that will not only test the boundaries of her heart, but the life of her unborn son for the sake of saving the universe from total destruction.

Nathanial knows who he is on the Earth Realm and what kind of man he is for Princess Briksanna. But, what kind of man will she need him to be in order to fulfill The Prophesy she has spent the last two thousand years eluding? Tragedy has everyone travelling from the Earth Realm to the Second Realm of Skaldanna pushing his comfort zone knowing he has no knowledge of court expectations, but together with Briksanna and their family he believes he can succeed where all others have failed in dissolving the reign of Lord Drakkoon.

Can Briksanna and Nathanial find the undisputable faith in themselves to accomplish what needs to be done despite the sacrifices made to save their friends and family while establishing peace within the Second Realm?

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Review:

Briksanna’s Sacrafice is an intriguing story of how her entire world was destroyed and over time she rose from the ashes to take back what was rightfully hers as a Princess of the realms. I enjoyed this book and loved the author’s skill in creating a whole new world and making it so real that I could see it in my mind’s eye. I don’t want to give away too much but I’m excited to see what comes next for Bri and her family.

While I loved the story I would have loved a faster pace and  I would have liked to feel more invested in the characters. While the information was given I felt slightly disconnected at times.

Overall I would recommend this book to other to read.

 

Roan by: E.R. Barr

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Review by Crystal De Leon 

Overall Rating: 4/5 STARS

 

 

Pages: 570

 

Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Roan-Tales-Archer-E-R-Barr-ebook/dp/B009OFTC0Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402291627&sr=8-1&keywords=Roan+E.+R.+Barr

 

Synopsis:

Long ago, the Tinkers exiled themselves, sailing from the west of Ireland, their women weeping in despair over the men folk who had consorted on the sand with the shape-shifting Roan, non-human beings from Celtic myth. The sea-wives had returned in the shape of seals bearing pups that transformed to human children as soon as they touched the sand. ‘Dark ones’, the Tinkers called these offspring and claimed them as their own. Traveling to the New World, they found the spot where two rivers flowed together–a thin place, where myths from many cultures converged and legends came to life. There, for a century and a half, the ‘dark ones’ stayed hidden and the town kept their secrets.

That’s how Conor Archer heard it in the days after he arrived at Tinker’s Grove, Wisconsin. Three days earlier, the night his mother died, the seventeen year old was playing in a pickup band at a downtown Chicago Irish bar. A strange biker approached him, looked at Conor’s webbed hands, pronounced him kin, and then took a chunk out of the boy’s palm with weird pointed teeth. Racked with pain, he found himself at Buckingham Fountain, bleeding and delirious. He saw a woman there, washing her hair in the sparkling water. Dazzled by her beauty, he allowed her to wrap his bleeding hand in a piece of her dress. Incredibly, she aged to an old crone before his eyes, and then told him he had less than twenty-four hours to live. Conor made it back home to hold his mother as she passed, her last words a whisper for him to go to Tinker’s Grove, his only hope for salvation.

He did as she said; his fever left only when Malachy, the Abbot from the town monastery, took him down to the river where an old Indian Mound stood. With the twins, Jace and Beth Michaels by his side, they watched in wonder as something came out of the Mound, vaguely human, and healed the boy. A murky prophecy was spoken about Conor, but what he remembered more clearly was looking out at the river and seeing a shadow there of Piasa, the legendary Native American river demon, gazing at him with hungry eyes. Most of all he remembered Emily, his aunt, aged but loving, who took him in and gave him a home.

No peace for him though–he was changing. He ran in the night like a wolf and flew through the trees like an owl. Strange visions of what might be, and glimpses of otherworldly beings in the forest troubled him.

Conor’s nemesis is Caithness McNabb, wealthy landowner, who has a plan for power and riches for her and her three misbegotten sons. Selling land to a genetics company, she hires Dr. Nicholas Drake, respected bio-geneticist, to come and learn the secret of the ‘dark ones.’ Cate is motivated by Piasa, who whispers fame and glory to her in the night as she walks the banks of the Wisconsin River. The monster has told her who lives in the Mound, an immortal Welsh prince named Madoc, exiled by his countrymen centuries ago because of his strange affinity with the Roan. He’s Piasa’s mortal enemy, and an alliance with Cate will give Piasa the chance it needs to rise to power, spreading evil and chaos through town and countryside.

Into this web step Conor and his friends. When children go missing, townspeople panic thinking that their secret sins have come back to demand vengeance. Drake has abducted them and begins to experiment on them, seeking the source of their shape-shifting power.

All that Conor and his friends can do is awaken the power of the land and allow long dead myths to come to life. Conor, however, runs from who and what he is, becoming his own worst enemy. Beth carries his child and those who hate Conor need the infant to rise to power.

All seems lost as science and technology clash with myth and legend–two dying worlds trying to survive. The outcome will rest on whether Conor will accept who and what he is. Set in the present, but spanning centuries, a battle for humanity and the future of the world begins anew.

 

Review:

This novel is based on what I assume to be present times and times of old. As the otherworld attempts to merge with our world and a battle for domination and freedom ensue.

I liked this story as it is based on two things I love, Celtic lore and Native American legend, however this story had a slow meticulous pace and while it kept my attention it left me wanting and wishing there was more to it. I honestly imagined more for this based on the description. It delivers…just not how I had hoped.

 

I would like to read the next book in this series just because I am curious about how it wraps up, if it is wrapped up in the second novel.

 

Protecting You by: S. Donahue

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Review by Crystal De Leon

 Overall Rating: 5/5 STARS

 

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Synopsis:

Joella Soriano is a tough as nails detective who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and bring the scumbags of her city to justice. She was recently promoted to second-grade detective and is ready to spring into action. She gets her opportunity when the Captain asks her to go undercover as a stripper at Hush, a strip club owned by the intriguing and smoldering Brendan Kirkpatrick. Joella’s task is clear: Bring down the high profile drug dealers that are disguising themselves as employees. Before now, Joella could handle pretty much anything that crossed her path… until now.
Aware of the bad dealings within his club, Brendan Kirkpatrick enlists his lifelong friend Captain Jeremy Weston from the twelfth precinct to help him. With Jeremy’s expertise, Joella’s never say die attitude, and Brendan’s business savvy, they concoct a plan to take back the club and take down the drug operation. Upon first glance, Brendan is taken aback by Joella’s beauty. The thought of this elegant creature working as a stripper in his club has him both uncomfortable and undeniably turned on. The more time Brendan spends in Joella’s company, the more he finds that he cannot resist her. As Brendan begins to develop feelings for Joella, he has to draw the line between protecting his business and protecting his heart. But when Joella’s life is endangered, too, will Brendan be able to separate business from pleasure? Nothing is as it seems, and lines will be crossed.

Who is protecting who, exactly?

Review:

Holy Hawt Cakes Batman! This Boston Philly crossover is to die for!

When Joella meets Brendan on the job and has one of the most memorable first encounters I have ever read in any book of any genre. I was hooked as always with S. Donahue’s work from the first line as she gently brings us into a new world with sexy Bostonian men and sexy headstrong women.

The trials they face together and the outcome of Joella’s case will shock you, I recommend you pick this up as soon as it’s available!

 

To get more information or stay up to date with Protecting you and or S. Donahue’s new works (or old) visit this link.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21483440-protecting-you?from_search=true

 

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Even In Death by: Jason D. Morrow

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Even In Death

Review by Crystal De Leon

Overall Rating: 5/5 STARS

 

 

Pages: 309

 

Purchase Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Even-Death-The-Starborn-Uprising-ebook/dp/B00EW4P2JY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400044012&sr=8-1&keywords=Even+in+Death+Jason+D.+Morrow

 

Synopsis:

Green, you’re clean. Red, you’re dead.

Nineteen-year-old Mora is haunted by the flashing red light that pronounces her doom. Now she knows she only has about twenty-four hours to defeat Jeremiah and finish the revolution she has started, before the greyskin virus claims her life.

To do this, she must lead the other Starborns through the war-torn streets of Screven. But Jeremiah has a secret power that will test Mora in ways she could have never imagined.(less)

Review:

This is the third and final book in the Starborn Uprising Series and it was a doozy. I finished in just under six hours, not because it was short…because it was that good! Even In Death shows the Starborn taking their fight to the man in an epic way, and reading through Mora’s struggles knowing she’s been bitten and she’s going to die was stressful, she basically just learned to live and now all that would be taken away from her…

This is an amazing novel…an amazing series that has a beautiful ending.

I can’t wait to see what Jason D. Morrow has in store next.