My Bookshelf: Blur

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Title: Blur

Author: Kristen Middleton

Genre: Urban Paranormal

Amazon Summary:
“Seventeen year old Nikki and her twin brother, Nathan, move to the small town of Shore Lake to start over after their mother is brutally attacked. When a missing teenager washes up on shore during their first night at the cabin and there are whispers of vampires in Shore Lake, Nikki begins to realize that there are things roaming in the darkness that are far more sinister than what they left behind in the city.”

My Summary:
Something happens that is entirely unrelated to the plot, then they move to VAMPIRE CITAYYYY and shit goes downhill from there.

Cheers:

  • I read it all the way through to the end. I don’t know why, but I did. It may have been one of those “it’s so bad it’s good” things. I was screaming to my boyfriend OH HE IS TOTALLY A VAMPIRE I KNOW IT and was proved right, so that was nice.
  • I liked that it was in Montana. Montana is nice. I want to live there one day, even though I hate snow.

Jeers (possible spoilers):

  • Oh dear lord, this will be quite a list. First off, the book starts off with the mom being raped by her ex-husband, who is a cop. Three months later, they move to Montana to get a fresh start on life, and she immediately flirts with the first guy who talks to her… WHO IS ALSO A COP. Like, what. I could maybe see her going for him if her ex-husband HADN’T BEEN A COP AS WELL so that she could say, “Oh, he’s a cop, I feel comfortable with him” but no, it’s just terrible. Also, the whole raped and abused by her ex-husband thing doesn’t come up again. The author should have picked something different that made them move. Like literally anything.
  • Nathan (MC’s twin brother) has a girlfriend back home and complains about leaving her then immediately flirts with everything.
  • Everything SCREAMS vampires. Like they roll up into town and some pretty girl says “Oh, there’s plenty of things to do here after dark, DUN DUN DUN.” Foreshadowing? You’re doing it wrong.
  • Nikki (the MC) falls in love with Duncan in like two days. Which the author almost handled it well, but she ended up screwing it up. You can fall in love with someone in two days, but not like that. It was poorly written.
  • Nikki (still the MC) ends up falling in love with Ethan FOR NO REASON. OH MY FUCKING GOD I WANTED TO KILL THE AUTHOR. Like, at first, it as good. “I feel these things for him because he’s using vampire powers, but it’s against my will and I don’t want it.” Like, that’s good. Realistic vampire-ness. She recognizes that they’re predators. BUT THEN SHE JUST MAKES OUT WITH HIM WILLINGLY AND SUGGESTS THAT HE FEED FROM HER AND IT’S ALL JUST SO STUPID. It’s the worst love triangle since Twilight. Actually, Twilight was better. I repeat: TWILIGHT WAS BETTER.
  • The pointless cliffhanger.
  • “Miranda.”
  • How no one seemed upset at all the dead girls.
  • How pointless the plot was.

Would I recommend it?:
NO. It COULD have worked, but it didn’t. If the author hadn’t tried writing a series just to milk readers for their money, it could have been they moved, it’s a vampire town, Ethan and the Miranda thing was fully explained, the deaths were like actually explained and investigated, and the killer Dad thing was either cut or handled realistically and made relevant, then it could have worked out even with the bad writing, but this was just one problem after another.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Blur-Night-Roamers-Book-1-ebook/dp/B008S63B2M

 

My Bookshelf: The Black Swan Inheritance

fTitle: The Black Swan Inheritance

Author: Marigold Deidre Dicer

Genre: New Adult/Urban Fantasy

Amazon Summary:

“The striking Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the seemingly pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to cultivated farms, peaceful bushland to violent coast.

Yet, she always shies away from humanity.

The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo.

Most…

Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well, it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a dark awakening. Turns out Anita’s over-active libido has become more than something hormonal – it’s magical.

The Black Swan is a powerful legacy that brings both temptation and danger. Having now inherited the title and all that comes with it, Anita finds herself beset upon by ancient abominations that won’t take no for an answer. No wonder the Black Swan had been driven to seclusion and banishment in the past. But Anita is determined not to run away – she is here to help, whether the medieval dragon-wolf or the undead cultists want it or not.

She will be no one’s pawn. She will rise to the challenge.

If she can just manage to deal with her own flaws first. Anxiety, panic-attacks, and bouts of bitchiness does not a successful diplomat make.  ”

Cheers:

  • I enjoyed the magic element of it.
  • I also enjoyed the characters.

Jeers:

  • It’s a bit of a slow start.
  • There is a lot of telling verses showing. While the editing was good, it seemed like some areas were unpolished.
  • I’m not sure how accurate the descriptions of panic attacks are.
  • This is totally just me, but I HATE that it’s religious-based. It really taints the whole story for me.

Would I recommend it?:

I’m really tired right now so this review doesn’t really speak of glowing praise, but I say check it out. Personally I just didn’t connect with the story so I probably wouldn’t read the second book whenever it comes out, but it isn’t because I think it would be bad, just that I have other books that I would connect more with for whatever reason. You know how it is.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Inheritance-Marigold-Deidre-Dicer-ebook/dp/B00QAM87X4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418960458&sr=1-1&keywords=black+swan+inheritance

Author blog:

https://versusblurb.wordpress.com/

My Bookshelf: Torrent

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Title: Torrent

Series: Rust & Relics #1

Author: Lindsay Buroker

Genre: Urban fantasy, New adult

Amazon Summary:

“When Delia chose to major in archaeology, she imagined herself as the female Indiana Jones of the Southwest. She didn’t imagine herself crawling through abandoned mine shafts, scrounging for rusty pickaxes and gold pans to sell on auction sites, but Indiana Jones didn’t have to make student loan payments.

Scouring the mountains of Arizona with Simon, her best friend and computer geek extraordinaire, Delia dreams of turning their scavenging enterprise into a legitimate business. More, she longs to earn the respect of peers who shun her for turning into a treasure hunter. What she doesn’t dream of is stumbling across a decapitated body in an old mine near Prescott.

Something dangerous has come to the mountains, and two Harley-riding strangers are the only ones who seem to have a clue. They speak a language Delia has never heard and carry mysterious artifacts she’s never seen. Investigating these strangers might lead her to discoveries that change the face of archaeology forever… or it might lead her and her best friend into a deadly monster’s lair.”

My Summary:
Delia and Simon are just searching for artifacts to sell American Pickers-style when they hear a scream and find a dead body, which sets off a chain of events that throws them into alien (or elf) invested waters, running from a web-footed monster that tears off people’s heads, and finding dead Romans in underground lairs.

Cheers:

  • I seriously loved Simon. Like, I will happily read a book with just him looking through old warehouses looking for antiques.
  • It kept you guessing. I had no idea what was going on, and I still don’t. But in a good way? Like I understood the plot, but there’s a lot of mystery behind the motorcycle guys.
  • I enjoyed Delia’s sarcasm.
  • The story was just an enjoyable read. Everything was unique, from their jobs (like I said, American Pickers-type stuff) to the back story (raised in some Greek hippie commune) to the cave-y bit at the end (don’t want to spoil anything, but yeah, it was pretty surprising).

Jeers:

  • This is only book one, so I don’t know how well I can evaluate it, but the plot may have gotten a little out of control. Like the author may have made everything TOO unique and TOO random so that she won’t be able to explain it all in the end, but we’ll have to see.
  • I don’t really like Temi. She was just meh in my eyes, so I’m not sure how a second book about her and her warrior skills will work out.
  • The whip was a little much. Like, way too much. But I’ll let it slide.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes. It was fun and I enjoyed reading it. Seriously, Simon is great. Give it a try. (It’s only $0.99, so there’s not much to lose).

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Torrent-Rust-Relics-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00FCCGS84/ref=asap_B004FSRHUE_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416088585&sr=1-4

My Bookshelf: Witch Hunt

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Title: Witch Hunt

Series: Preternatural Affairs #1

Author: SM Reine

Genre: Paranormal Suspense

Amazon Summary:

A brutal murder.
There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun — he was too drunk to remember it — but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.
Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

One risky solution.
Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She’s just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?”

My Summary:
This guy is a supernatural cop who is really buff. He’s framed for murder, he finds this chick, they go to Helltown, then they find out what happened.

Cheers:

  • It kept my interest, I guess. I mean, I finished it. I wanted to know what happened.
  • I liked the witchy part of it, but it did get a little silly with the strength pellets and whatnot.

Jeers:

  • I read it pretty recently, but it’s already fading. It just wasn’t anything special.
  • There was a constant oh, I can’t trust this person. Or this person. Or this person. But in the end, everyone was trustworthy, and literally the entire book would have been solved in a single chapter if the guy accused of murder would have just talked to his boss.
  • I didn’t care about the main character at all. He was pretty blah.

Would I recommend this book?:
No. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. It was just bleh. I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5, if I was inclined to ratings. The end left me very unsatisfied.

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunt-Fantasy-Mystery-Preternatural-ebook/dp/B00I9IM9MW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416075914&sr=1-1&keywords=witch+hunt

My Bookshelf: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

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Title: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

Series: Dowser Series, Book #1

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Genre: Paranormal & urban adventure?

Amazon Summary:
“If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

My Summary:
So Jade is a normal girl in a family of witches. She can’t really do any magic herself, but she can make cupcakes, so she has that going for her. Out of nowhere, she’s the suspect of a murder, and suddenly werewolves and vampires are hanging around, and it turns out that she may not be as normal as she thought.

Cheers:

  • It may have just been because I wasn’t really trying to figure things out, but I didn’t see any of the twists coming.
  • I liked the characters. I hated Jade’s name, but I’ve just always hated the name Jade for no reason.
  • I liked how the magic was set up, and how Jade was rightly afraid of the scary things.

Jeers:

  • I can’t think of anything bad about it. I read it pretty quickly, so I guess I would’ve enjoyed it if it was longer, if we’d have seen a little bit more, but I suppose that’s what the sequels are for.
  • Jade seemed a tad Mary Sue-ish. All the guys want her, she has blonde hair, tan skin (without ever being in the sun), and indigo eyes. However, I still enjoyed the story, she certainly didn’t fall flat or read like Bella Swan.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! It’s a great read, lots of fun. There wasn’t any sex or romance, and I think that really helped the story stay on track. As long as you can abide by the name Jade, I say give it a go. The first ebook is free on Amazon, not sure if that’s permanent or not, but for now it is.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cupcakes-Trinkets-Deadly-Dowser-Series-ebook/dp/B00DH5WVV6

My Bookshelf: Muse Unexpected

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Title: Muse Unexpected

Author: V.C. Birlidis

Genre: Urban Fantasy?

Amazon Summary:

“We’re Muses. Not vampires, not fairies, not werewolves. We’re Muses.” Sophie was sure her mother had reached an epic level of crazy. ‘We’re Muses?’ She thought Muses were lame, not to mention she found the idea ridiculous. However, Sophie couldn’t explain away her physical transformation that made Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries look like a bad Walmart make-over, not to mention why her mood swings triggered an uncontrollable ability to shoot powerful bursts of energy out of her hands.

Sophie soon realizes modern day Muses have evolved into powerful guardians of humankind, tasked with keeping mortals on the right path and the original Olympians locked away from the world. But old hatreds don’t die easily, especially for immortal enemies that have an eternity to plot and gather their forces. Well aware of the Fates’ foretelling of another Olympian war, and a young Muse that would rise up as a warrior and defeat them, the Olympians have vowed to either possess Sophie or destroy her. Either way, they will make sure everyone associated with their imprisonment will reap an eternal damnation in the Underworld, leaving the Olympians to restore Mount Olympus and force humankind into a future of never-ending servitude and misery.

My Summary:

This girl goes and claims her birthright of being a Muse and then gets struck by lightening and then this other woman is thinking about PTA meetings and her daughter is also a character but she really has no personality and I guess stuff happens.

Cheers:

  • I guess it’s an original idea?

Jeers (Possible Spoilers):

  • The start is boring. I skimmed it, mostly. It was too much boring description about a girl I didn’t care about. Also, it was gross. I don’t want to pick up a book and immediately read that they ripped their fingernail completely off.
  • Why is Callie talking out loud when she is alone? People don’t do that, not in complete sentences. This is just bad writing. She actually goes between thinking and replying to her thoughts out loud.
  • Way too many long-winded descriptions. He’s not a good enough writer to make it interesting. I skimmed most of the long paragraphs because there was no point to them.
  • We’re on the third chapter and so far there is nothing linking Georgia and Callie. This shouldn’t be something held off as a mysterious thing, if I don’t know why they’re connected why the hell should I care about them? Say it immediately, don’t wait for no reason.
  • None of the characters talk realistically.
  • The line about her father dying was the most terrible delivery I’ve ever read and the characters handled it unrealistically. I feel no sympathy for them. They get over it in about a second. I mourned a torn pair of jeans longer than they mourned for their father/husband.
  • She calls her mother by her first name. This is not a thing that happens. I am about done with this book.
  • Boat captains can’t really marry people unless you’re on a cruise ship and you’re in international waters and they are otherwise authorized to do so. Overall, this is unrealistic and based off of a Hollywood misconception. Also, why would they take a boat to America from Greece?
  • I couldn’t read past chapter six. Maybe I’ll come back and update this if I get the energy to try again, but by chapter six you should have the reader hooked, not wishing all the characters would die suddenly.

Would I recommend it?:

Absolutely not. It was impossible to like any of the characters or to get hooked on the story. I couldn’t finish it. I had high hopes for it so I was really disappointed. It’s an example of why people make fun of books that are published by small publishers, not to mention it’s eight dollars just for the Kindle edition on Amazon. I just give this book a big fat nope.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Muse-Unexpected-V-C-Birlidis-ebook/dp/B00HUHM3G0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395856157&sr=8-1&keywords=muse+unexpected