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THE VEIN CHRONICLES by ANNE MALCOM :: SERIES REVIEW

Paranormal Series with a snarky heroine and a book boyfriend who will slay you!

SYNOPSIS – FATAL HARMONY BOOK ONE

I may be the villain of the story, but at least I get a leading role.
Evil is a term thrown around history and literature as if it’s something so easily definable. A concept to fight against.
Evil doesn’t exist.
Neither does ‘good.’
Vampires do, though.
I just happen to be one.
I’ve cruised through the centuries managing to avoid all the wars, supernatural and human, but still going to all the best parties.
I would say I avoided bloodshed, but it’s kind of part of the whole ‘vampire’ thing.
I’ve lived on the fringes of a society that considered cruelty and sadism favorable character traits for almost five hundred years. Now I’m in the middle of a war that might just put my nonbeating heart in a lot of danger.
Battles, I can handle.
The impossible attraction between me and the vampire slayer, not to mention the penetrating gaze of the king of our race, on the other hand?
I might not get out undead.

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SYNOPSIS – DEATHLESS BOOK TWO

My life was never black and white.
Heck, it wasn’t even black, white and gray.
Lines were not drawn between good and evil, and if they were, I would have jumped those suckers for fun.
But now it was simpler. It wasn’t black and white. Or gray. It was only one thing.
Blood.
A crimson-tinted world. That was all I needed.
All I wanted.
Him.
Despite the war raging around us, or the secrets between us, there was nothing simpler than blood.
It didn’t matter that it would be fatal.
After all, it’s the things we’re not undead without that will kill us in the end.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
(complete spoiler free series review)

 

Fatal Harmony – 4.5 Stars
Deathless – 3 Stars

“What do you know about a rebel faction of vampires, witches, demons, werewolves and a variety of the supernatural vying for world domination?”

We are avid readers of paranormal stories – we crave them much like vampires need the sustenance of blood. Well, almost. So biting into this series was like a hit of fresh blood. A new to us Author and the promise of a paranormal satisfaction to quell that incessant need. We were immediately hit with a sensation of pure bloody bliss. The story was incredibly well written, it was action packed, the humour sarcastic and dry – just how we love it – the paranormal world-building was slow but intriguing. There really was something for everyone, what with Vampires, Slayers, Demons, Witches and Wolves.

‘The grave did not cater to such pious emotions as love, nor listen to promises whispered on the eve of the battle. The grave came for everyone. Even immortals if they happened to be star-crossed lovers.’

Who doesn’t love a kick-arse heroine who oozes self-confidence and rocks a wickedly sarcastic sense of humour? Well, we were immediately loving on Isla, the sassiest Vampire we’d met in a long while. Isla is a feisty, sexy, and scandalous Vampire of stately descent and fights to rival and outdo any other breed but has a penchant for humans no, matter her denial.

‘A Slayer. First used as villains in our bedtimes stories, slayers were what went bump in the night for us. The only thing that could kill us. Designed to kill us.’

Isla becomes entangled in a coup to end the supernatural world as she knows it, being the target of not only a nameless and faceless enemy but also her own family whom she’s been trying to survive for centuries. Added to the mystery, the violence, the double crossings and the drama is one enigmatic King of Vampires and a dark and broody Slayer who’s an enemy to all vampires.

‘He was hot when he got all murder. Granted, I’d only seen him murder, but that’s how I liked my men: broody with a side of homicidal.’

We have to say we were rather partial to the enigmatic Slayer….and Isla was….well you’ll have to read it yourselves to see who is the smooth-talking love of Isla’s bloodthirsty existence. A funny sidekick, a Scottish rogue and a sexy and savvy witch. We were in paranormal heaven.

“You want to tell me why it felt like you fuckin’ died in my arms the second after you made me feel more alive than a thousand battles could have?”

“That’s what you are, Isla – the ultimate battle. My ultimate battle.”

So many battles, so many twists. We were enthralled and bloody loved Fatal Harmony so we very quickly moved onto Deathless to continue our journey, excitedly. Where the first book excelled and built the story up with great injections of humour and romantic tension, the second one sadly went in the opposite direction for us. Yes, we were still invested and the writing was first class and flawless. However, the humour and jokey aspect overtook the story  and not necessarily in a good way, we began to feel uncomfortable at the insensitive jabs Isla took at various people in society. We started to lose our connection with her as she became a mean girl and not in a good entertaining nor attractive way. No one was safe; from ageism and body shaming to sexuality jokes and vanity. It made us cringe quite a few times. Where book one was slow, understandably so, book two had an even slower pace and became quite repetitive. This left us gutted as we were enjoying everything about this series and were loving the writing. Overall, we enjoyed many aspects of this series but book two just fell short for us, sadly. Saying that though, this series felt different and fresh from a paranormal aspect.

“As it was and always has been.
In Blood.
The blood will run The Deathless night. |
The curse.
The blood will run.”

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WOLFSONG by TJ KLUNE :: REVIEW

5 Epic Stars!
Standalone MM Paranormal

SYNOPSIS

Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“I’m not a wolf.”
“No,” he said. “But you’re something.”

Be still our book loving hearts because we just read a story that catapulted itself to a place in our heart where our all-time favourite books live. T.J Klune captured every single one of our breaths, every heart beat and every nerve ending of our emotional being as our body mind and soul became completely tethered to a story of love, loss, grief, family and friendship. Of responsibility, honour and integrity. Of war, redemption and personal sacrifice. Stunningly written as if we were reading a journal, its unique and almost poetic prose astounded us. This is unlike any paranormal we’ve read in a long while and we took all the characters into our hearts.

‘But hearts are a funny thing; they beat strongly in our chests, even though they can shatter at the slightest pressure.’

No word from us can ever do Wolfsong any justice. This is the story that is everything, a story that was everything. A story that every reader needs to experience. Even if you’re not a reader of paranormal nor m/m we highly encourage you to give this story the chance to open your heart to a brilliance that will light you up with exquisite book love.

‘Sometimes, when your heart gets so full, it takes away your voice and all you can do is hold on for dear life.’

Wolfsong was an epic compelling read of grand proportion. We never wanted it to end and whilst this was a long book it felt like time barely passed from the turn of the first page to the last. Vivid imagery, powerful scents and an exceptional emotional grasp, it captivated us, thrilled us and left us awestruck.

“You confuse me. You aggravate me. You’re amazing and beautiful, and sometimes, I want to put my teeth in you just to watch you bleed. I want to know what you taste like. I want to leave my marks on your skin. I want to cover you until all you smell like is me.”

Wolfsong is primarily about Ox, a beautiful young man who has grown up being told he’s nothing by a Father who acts like anything but. Ox is different but not in any way other than the fact that he has a huge heart, a sweet vulnerability and an immeasurable emotional strength despite his home life.

‘Here was where I felt most at home. Here was where I wouldn’t be judged.’

Unbeknownst to him things are not what they seem around him and more exists than that of which he’s aware. His Mum is the only person he has in his life, their bond sweet and loving. Their life a hardship a lot of the time.

‘Joe was overwhelming. Everything was him. He was all I could hear and see and taste and smell.’

Everything changes when a family descends and moves in close by. A world is opened to Ox and he becomes part of something bigger he never dared dream existed. Ox meets a young Joe Bennett and he’s immediately pulled into a life where his eyes are opened to what exists in between of what is known. Ox and Joe’s story is one of laughter, tears and suspense. We fell in love, we laughed and we cried uncountable tears. It was thrilling, epic and awesome. It smelled of pine cones and candy canes. It grabbed our heart and soul.

‘It should have been obvious. It should have been obvious what they were, but then I wasn’t looking for the incredible buried in the ordinary.’

 

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LUCIAN DIVINE by RENEE CARLINO :: REVIEW

Standalone Paranormal Romance. Emotional and beautiful.

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SYNOPSIS

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Renée Carlino, comes a totally unique love story that is sure to make you question what’s out there . . . or who.

“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4 Angelic stars!

“Angels can be obnoxiously self-righteous.”

We love our ‘Angel’ books….LOVE them! So, we started Lucian Divine with excitement and a girly giddiness. We immediately fell in love with the humour, the writing and the characters. But then again, we love Renee Carlino’s work, always have done. Whilst we didn’t find it particularly unique we fell in love with everything it stood for and the quirkiness of it. Who doesn’t love a cheeky bad boy Angel who loses his heart to the one he’s meant to watch over?!

‘I’m on the other side of life, Evey, existing where death belongs and yearning to be with you. Yearning in brief moments to bring you here, into the darkness. When my thoughts are so painfully selfish, I cannot breathe you in at all. I cannot love you when I hate myself. Don’t say my name. Don’t think about me. Don’t imagine how we can be together.’

Lucian, our guardian Angel is not only super swoony, he’s funny, caring and a ‘man’ with a big heart. He loves and loves hard to the point of no return. He looks controversy and rules straight in the eye and shows it his middle finger, because he wants and craves Evey. The connection was strong and believable and we swooned alongside our beautiful and sweet heroine who’s had a run of bad luck in boyfriends….until her Angel.

“You do not get to leave me, Lucien.”

“We were made for each other, Evey. I believe that.”

‘It never felt wrong to me.’

Halfway through we started wondering where this story was going as it felt as if it had almost lost its momentum, despite us loving the beginning, but let us tell you it suddenly completely pulled the rug from under our feet. We have to admit we found it a tad slow and stilted in the middle until it became very fast paced and changed in atmosphere entirely. Partly, this caused us to feel like this was two separate books as one half had such a different feel in comparison to the other. Yet we were once again utterly riveted and spellbound. We had tears threatening and we began to pray that love would conquer all, no matter what. We felt it, we believed in it and wow did we need to see Lucian and Evey get their much deserved happiness. How it all came to be in the latter part completely turned everything around and we ended up undeniably loving it once again.

“Did I not make it clear? I’m in love with her. The crazy kind of love that you and I have seen over and over…in them, not us. It’s the rip-your-bleeding-heart-out-and-step-in-front-of-a-speeding-train kind of love.”

 

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TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS :: STANDALONE AND SERIES


TBB 2016 FAVOURITE READS

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We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you for your support, your messages and for sharing the love of books with us. We love discussing books with you guys. And of course, we want to thank the authors who made 2016 such a fabulous reading year!

It’s been quite the year! We read just over 200 books and reviewed 187 plus we discovered 52 new or new to us authors.

We’ve always loved finding new authors to read and this year, 54 of the books we reviewed were 5 Star reads. Of those, 12 were from new to us authors.  Of the 38,  4.5 Star reads we reviewed, 18 were from new to us authors.

So you can see why we love picking up reads from some of our favourite authors as well as finding new authors to love. It’s all about the book. It doesn’t matter who wrote it, all that matters is that we love it, connect with it and feel it!

We don’t have a top numbers list, these are the books we read, loved and want to share with you. We know you’ll find your next fabulous reads here!

Click on the book cover to take you to our review and purchase details.

All lists are in author alphabetical order.
Happy reading and roll on 2017!


5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

Moonshot Alessandra Torre
In the Shadows of Satellites Amanda Dick
She Dims The Stars Amber L Johnson
The Bird & The Sword Amy Harmon
All The Ugly & Wonderful Things Bryn Greenwood
Until We Collide Charlotte Fallowfield
It Ends with Us Colleen Hoover
For all The Evers Debra Anastasia
Author Anonymous EK Blair
Black Swan Affair KL Kreig
Sparrow LJ Shen
Missed Connection Mara White & K Larsen
The Empty Jar M Leighton
El Diablo M Robinson
Hail Mary Nicola Rendell
Collared Nicole Williams
Unseen Messages Pepper Winters
Swear on this Life Renee Carlino
Nina is Not Okay Shappi Khorsandi
Absolution Stevie J Cole & LP Lovell
An Exaltation of Larks Suanne Laqueur
The Bourbon Thief Tiffany Reisz
A Thousand Boy Kisses Tillie Cole

4.5 STAR STANDALONE READS 2016

One Day Soon A Meredith Walters
Behind Closed Doors BA Paris
This is Love Caroline Nolan
Touch The Sky Christina Lee
Josh & Anna & Gabe & Claire Eliza Freed
One Jewel E Ann
A Love Letter to Whiskey Kandi Steiner
Until Now Laura Ward
Poet of the Wrong Generation Lonnie Ostrow
Trailer Trash Marie Sexton
After We Fall Melanie Harlow
Confessed Nicola Rendell
Unbreak My Heart Nicole Jacquelyn
Dark Notes Pam Godwin
Waiting for Wyatt SD Hendrickson
A Love so Tragic Stevie J Cole
Silent Sentry Theresa Rizzo
A Way to Get By T Torrest
The Baller Vi Keeland
Bossman Vi Keeland

5 STAR SERIES 2016

Transfer & Retrieval Aly Martinez Duet Complete
Three E S Carter Complete/Standalone
The Score Elle Kennedy Complete/Standalone
Royally Screwed Emma Chase Ongoing/Standalone
Sidebarred Emma Chase Series Complete
Full Tilt & All In Emma Scott Duet Complete
Dawn of Forever Jewel E Ann Series Complete
Target on our Backs JM Darhower Series Complete
The Beast JR Ward Series Ongoing
Claiming Eden Kele Moon Series Complete
The Enforcer Kele Moon Series Ongoing
Backfire Keri Lake Ongoing/Standalone
Rock Chick Reawakening Kristen Ashley Complete/Standalone
Love in the Light Laura Kaye Duet Complete
Stroked Long Meghan Quinn Ongoing/Standalone
Saving Evangeline Nancee Cain Ongoing/Standalone
Perfect Rage Nashoda Rose Ongoing
Beard Science Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
The Man I Love & Here to Stay Suanne Laqueur Series Complete
Dream a Little Dream Susan Elizabeth Phillips Complete/Standalone
The Shadow & The Roman Sylvain Reynard Series Complete
The Confessions Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
The Mistress Files Tiffany Reisz Series Complete
Deep Redemption Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

4.5 STAR SERIES 2016

Dark Mafia Prince & Wicked Mafia Prince Annika Martin Series Complete
Willing Victim & Brutal Game Cara McKenna Duet Complete
Marriage Games CD Reiss Duet Complete
Fly With Me Chanel Cleeton Complete/Standalone
The Lost, Fallen & Found Cole McCade Series Complete
To Hate Adam Connor Ella Maise Series/Standalone
Paper Princess Erin Watt Series Complete
Thursdays Harper Bentley Duet Ongoing
Magnate Joanna Shupe Complete/Standalone
Thief of Hearts L H Cosway Ongoing/Standalone
Spiralling Skywards Lesley Jones Duet Complete
Player & The Pixie LH Cosway & Penny Reid Ongoing/Standalone
Low Mary Elizabeth Series Complete
Burn Down the Night M O’Keefe Complete/Standalone
US Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy Duet Complete
Steadfast & Keepsake Sarina Bowen Complete/Standalone
The Pawn Skye Warren Series Ongoing
Ravage Tillie Cole Series Ongoing

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