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The Reawakened Series Book Review

Reawakened Series Review

Reawakened

Reawakened
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: fantasy, YA, romance

I will never get sick of these cheesy, teenage “defeat all odds” romance. I did Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts with this book. If you want a sneak read be sure to go look at the screenshot. This series has an Egyptian myth as the main theme, so the whole series focus on legends and gods. Though it is not always accurate, learning about it is always fun.

The story starts with the meeting of Liliana Young and a mummy, Amon. No prizes guessing the whole story line with this. A lot of eye rolling and sighing on my part, but I read on. My mother loves this book, which is why I bought it, and “borrowed” it to her via Kindle. Love that function, kudos to Amazon.

A little bit about the book that might interest you

Liliana Young saw a mummy, who later turned into a guy who appeared to be a few years older than she is. Turns out that the mummy/ guy’s name is Amon, and he has a job to do. Because he is low in energy, he makes a pact with her. Through out the first book, they have to find his brothers before he fails his task.

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Verdict

I like the characters, despite the fact that Lily can be a whinging New Yorker, she was a good host. More importantly, she has some good friends, as proven by her sidekicks. The first book successfully catches my curiosity, so I moved onto book 2. Book one ends well without any cliffhangers, but I knew that this is a series.

Recreated : Book 2 of Reawakened

Recreated

This one happens a few weeks after book 1, where Liliana finally gets to have some rest after her adventures. But unfortunately, she was summoned back into the scene/ story. Lily was staying with her Nana, away from New York. She knows that her love with Amon should have ended, but hey…

This is a teenage love story right? Recreated moves to the next part of the story, where Lily becomes a reluctant heroine. Her journey was fraught with dangers, and no guarantees that she would be successful after all that hard work. It was frustratingly long.

This is a spoiler

Liliana had to do a few things before going to the Netherworld, to rescue her boyfriend Amon. He had decided to run there after Ma’at demanded to weigh his heart. In book 2, she had to become a sphinx in order to gain access to Egyptian hell safely.

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And the story quickly goes from normal teen to strange in half way through.

Verdict

I knew it was coming, but I was still taken slightly aback by the turn of events. Her previous book/ series: Tiger’s Curse was the same in theme and execution. So it was not a complete surprise, but still raised my eyebrows. Not my favorite book in the series.

Reunited : Reawakened Book 3

Reunited

Reunited is also a few days after the events of Recreated. Back at Nana’s farm, Liliana struggles with memory loss, but she does not get much rest. Apparently, the evil one has managed to escape, and is trying to bring down Egyptian Heaven. Back to Heliopolis, Lily has issues with the changes in her body.

The stakes are higher this time, and she has to stop the evil one before it is too late. In this book, the romances take a seat behind saving the world. It is a little annoying when the author throws around hints and then does not follow up.

Verdict

Is it a satisfying end? It is if you are teen, one moment you are crying that the Universe is not far, by the end you are nodding in excitement. Everyone gets a happy ending, yay!

The boss fight was not really a boss fight, the ending fell short of my expectations. Trust the author to throw in a cheat code that automatically wins the fight. Although the characters have matured, and everything is back in place, does not mean that you can skip the ultimate battle..

Bah.

Should you read it? Of course, it is quite entertaining, just don’t be so serious about it.

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Onyx Webb the Finale : Book Review


Onyx Webb: Book Ten: Episodes 29, 30, 31 & 32 Kindle Edition
Author: Richard Fenton, Andrea Waltz
Genre: paranormal, romance, ghost, thriller

Onyx Webb : The Finale

It was meant to end, because Onyx and Noah finally were happy, The Southern Gentleman slipped up during his quest, and the loose ends were finally beginning to be tied up. Book Nine was not that far ago, back in May. The story had been steadfastly moving towards the end since book one. I am sad to see it end, though I am sure that Richard and Andrea will be starting a new series soon.

A writer never stops writing, I think.

The Story

Onyx Webb is the name of the supposedly main character Onyx Webb, but in truth it is not just about her. From book one, there have been multiple characters, starting with the disappearance of a girl: Juniper Cole. The first few books have different timelines, but had since converged into one main timeline around book 5. The Leg Collector’s obsession, Koda Mulvaney’s brush with paranormal and a killer nun are just one of the events that happened in relation to her, directly or indirectly.

They are also multiple story lines, Onyx Webb is not just a ghost story. It also has mystery and puzzles, and I do love my puzzles. My favorite part would be when Newt showed up, the genius boy who managed to solve a lot of cold cases for the police. Then the ghosts start appearing.

By twist of fate, the authors skillfully avoided telling who which ones are not alive. Aside from Onyx, it is a guessing game for some of the characters in the book. Some I figured out, others were a surprise. If ghosts are real, I definitely want to be like Onyx.

Ten Stories On…

It is okay to doubt that all ten books in the series might flop somewhere. Thankfully and amazingly, I loved all ten books. I love the time I spent with Onyx, but actually I spent more time swooning about Newt and Koda. It was a great pleasure being part of a scene in parts, other times it was more as a spectator.

And it takes a lot of planning to reach this level: ten books that consistently delivers awe, surprise and “oh my god where’s the rest?” Not many books do that, usually by book four I’m already moving on… So, this alone, is a feat worthy of the gods. Even Harry Potter only have seven books right?

Verdict

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Oh, the best way to describe how I am feeling at the moment.

 

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Prejudice Meets Pride Review

Prejudice Meets Pride
Author: Rachael Anderson
Series: Meet Your Match 1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: HEA Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1941363072

Prejudice Meets Pride … just your normal romance story

I remember getting this from Instafreebie, I am still unsure how I ended up subscribing it, but they do have good books once in a while. Plus, I have not been reading pure romance stories for a while now, there are so many genres to explore, and a single genre books seem to be unexciting at the moment. Glad to know that this is not true.

In the hands of skill author Rachel Anderson, Prejudice Meets Pride is about prideful Emma Mackie and prejudiced Kevin Grantham. Right from the started I wanted to slap Kevin, yup, because he is such a jerk! Ah yes, I have fallen into the trap of relating to my characters already.

When Emma turns up in Colorado Springs, moving into an old home with her two nieces, she was at a loss. She no longer recognizes her life, to top that off, she has to find a way to finance her new family. Then comes Kevin, who seems to be a nice guy, until he starts to complain about his new neighbor’s battered old car.

After a few wrong foot, Kevin and Emma finally somehow find common ground. There are some moments of hilarity, particularly when the foot was in his mouth. Overall, you have to know that all romance stories will have romantic times right? So there are a few hiccups, not as many romantic moments though.

Not to say that this book is not romantic, it is. If you are thinking about 999 flowers and lovely dates, this might not be your book.

Verdict

Prejudice Meets Pride is a funny, heart- warming book about two people falling in love. Click To Tweet

Prejudice Meets Pride may be fun and touching, it is still a single genre romance. Having read so many multi- genre books, I appreciate the simplicity of having just one theme to write about. This also reinforces my own reading habits, while I recommend this book, I will not be returning much to romance genre (alone) for a while. The book world has too much to offer, too many books my reading list to enjoy a single theme book.

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Wait for It by M. O’Keefe

Wait For It
Author: M. O’Keefe
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Sold by: Random House LLC
Series: Everything I Left Unsaid 4
ASIN: B01I85PPSA

Wait For It….what are we waiting for?

I got this book from Netgalley, after all I have read most of M. O’ Keefe’s other works. Naturally I was keen on reading Wait For It, which is somewhat related to the Everything I Left Unsaid.

The book is in first person point of  view, for two people: Blake and Tiffany. The story starts off with Blake offering Tiffany money to disappear, which she took it to move on. As a brother- in- law, Blake was trying to protect his own mother from his younger brother Phil.

A few months down, Tiffany had to sought help from a mutual friend, Annie. Annie story was Everything I Left Unsaid first of the series. It did help because I have read it from book one, but the characters in the story do not have much to do with each other, so that is fine if you want to plunge straight in.

The characters are clashing in the beginning, so Wait for it is a story where enemies turn friends. Misunderstandings are the main conflict in the book, there is no shortage of it from start to finish. The sex is hot as usual, O’ Keefe seems to have that part of the story down pat.

Verdict

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It is simmering, but not a full blown steamy and hot kind of romance story like the previous books of the series. Granted, both are quite hurt by a man, the guy who put them together in the first place is a mean and heartless bloke. Overall, it fell below her usual standards, there are holes in the story and the whole relationship needed a different angle.

But I shall let this one slide, even if I do not recommend it, I still think the series itself is pretty good.

 

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Wicked Charming Review

Wicked Charming
Author: Nazarea Andrews
ASIN: B01MS6ZCAA
Genre: erotica, adult romance

Wicked Charming is not a fairy tale for kids

I have read a few of Nazarea Andrew’s books before, she does have a good grip in erotica/ BDSM. Andrews is one of the few authors I would not mind reading, the sex is better executed, as well as the tension. She could grab your attention, wield it like a vibrator and make you sigh as the character gets some sexual release. Rinse and repeat.

Make no mistake, Wicked Charming is hardly anyone’s idea of a fairy tale, but the adults would buy it. This story is in the first person point of view of Prince Charming, coincidentally named Samul Charming III (I think it’s III). He is an heir to Charming Pharmaceuticals, and partly owns the club.

Worse of all, that guy was bored. Out of his brains bored. Then someone got him interested, and that someone was Celeste, a bartender. There are a few sex scenes, where Samul tries to make up his mind about Celeste, part of him wants her, part of him tries to reason. The story moves forward, showing the readers how the privileged Prince is trying to be a good son, while trying to be himself.

Wicked Charming is not bad, it has sex and story, albeit a little straightforward. You know the ending, you just want to see how the couple move forward in their relationship. This seems to be part of a series, hinting more to come as the characters are conveniently Hunter, Briar, Beast, Wolf and Mal. I am sure you get it.

Verdict

Wickedly Charming is a modern spin off of well known classics, with a lot of leather. Click To Tweet

Do not say I did not warn you . Wicked Charming is not for vanilla readers who wants romance and fairy tales. This story is erotic, realistic and matches the characters the author created. This book creates a setting for all the future stories, I cannot wait to see her next installment.