Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.
Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.
I’m kinda at a loss for words. While i did fully enjoy this book there was a lot that I didn’t.
I like the originality of the shifter werewolf thing going on in this book, end I like the different route of this romance book but I can’t say I was fully a fan of the main character Paige. There were even a couple of moments where I didn’t even like Riley. Walt they worked well together and made for really nice storybook romance, they both had this naivety to them the made it difficult for me to like them on their own.
I also wasn’t a fan of all the predictability that took place in the story but I did enjoy the refreshing themes. The whole take on this story’s werewolves is a pretty cool one and not something I can honestly say I have ever heard of or read in another book.
About The Author
April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.
Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.
After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.
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Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her.
And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events.
But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?
Wow. Just wow.
to be invested in Presley or to become way too curious. There were a lot of moments where the characters annoyed me, but it was to be expected. What they had to go through, is not something someone deals with on a day to day basis so their reactions were warranted; I just happened to be a very impatient woman.
spot on. It was very realistic and none of this instantaneous I love you nonsense, that while I occasionally adore in a book with a supernatural quality, I was happy to find that the author took note that this was not that kind of story.
Going back to my roots, reviewing roots that is, was always a plan of mine but with all the health shenanigans my body was putting me through I can’t say I had much time to do anything except read. I LOVE reading so that wasn’t too much of a hit to take but I missed doing other things.
Reading, is one of the most amazing things for relaxation but it didn’t leave me much in terms of inspiration for my own writing. Sure, creatively I was at an all time high, able to write out lyrics and poems like it was nobody’s business but my books were a completely different story. Every time I brought pen to paper, because yes I’m just that old school and I can’t just sit in front of my pc and type out a best seller, I blanked. I couldn’t for the life of me hear my characters or what they wanted to do. So when I was contacted by a rep for HCF Happy Calm Focused® I was ecstatic. I used to work in South Beach at the Art Deco Welcome Center for The Miami Design Preservation League, long name I know, and they would send me on these amazing tours just so that I could write about them. Till this day the Wynwood Tour and the SoBe Food Tour are some of my favorites.
Now, though I was excited about doing something other than a book review or the occasional movie review I used to post on my author site, I’ve always been hesitant about new supplements and the gimmicky side of things, so naturally, I did my research and looked into the company. There were reviews on both sides of the spectrum and the site looked legit if not a bit bland but to each their own. So, I talked it over with a close friend and my father and they both agreed that I should give it a go.
I received the product within a week of my response with a little brochure and paper insert. The first thing I noticed was how full the bottle was. There was a tiny piece of cotton, literally a cotton ball so when I say this thing was packed I mean it was PACKED.
The pills are normal sized, no bigger than the pad of my index finger and I have pretty small hands. The recommend dosage is three (3) capsules daily, 30 minutes before breakfast.You are supposed to take them on an empty stomach with an 8oz glass of water.
The site states “To accommodate body weight, activity level, stress level and/or inadequate diet, you may increase up to a maximum of six (6) capsules per day and/or take at different intervals throughout the day.” they also recommend that if swallowing is a challenge, that you open the capsule into an 1 oz glass of water, drink it, and then follow it up with an 8 oz. glass of water.
With that said, I started with the recommended 3 pills in the morning, right after waking up before I started to get ready. The first 2 days were great, but I started noticing that by the 3rd or 4th day I was feeling really weird. My stomach also wasn’t super happy with the pill. I got nauseous and if I burped (a woman burping, the horror! :rolls eyes:) I could taste the pill. It was making me queasy and I really was not for that. Like I said earlier, I have some health issues so I jumped right onto the website to see what I could possibly be doing wrong.
Turns out that the proper dosage can vary depending on the person. I immediately dropped my dosage to 1 capsule a day and the affect was almost immediate.
My second week was more enjoyable and I was able to feel some of benefits. It wasn’t a huge difference but it was something and my stomach was not angry at me anymore. I was able to get to 4pm without feeling like a walking corpse so that was a definite plus, and I didn’t need to reach for coffee. I was also able to focus on a project without feeling the need to do something else.
I decided to up my dosage but only slightly. Every other day I would take 2 capsules and I noticed I was feeling refreshed and fully rested all day. *I did attempt to take 2 daily but the negative affects returned.*
As a whole, I think the product is great an innovative. It did do what it claimed and the all natural ingredients are a good selling point but I do wish they would be more thorough with the dosage advice ON the pill bottle. There was 1 negative affect I couldn’t shake no matter the dosage and it didn’t go away till the last week and that was a loss of appetite. Though I was no longer feeling nauseous or sick, I wasn’t really hungry… at all. I had 1 particularly busy day with lots of deadlines, I woke up at 7am and got straight to work. It wasn’t till about 8:pm when I realized I hadn’t eaten and I hadn’t felt hungry. I made sure after that incident and a stern reprimand from my best friend that I set a reminder on my phone to grab a quick meal even if it was only some fruit at regular intervals.
Bottom line is, I would recommend this product but with my own disclaimer. Make sure you start off with one (1) capsule daily and work your way up to your perfect dosage. Also, make sure that you are eating regularly even if you don’t feel hungry. I’m aware that not everyone reacts to pills the same way and some people might not feel any of the negative affects but it is better to be safe than sorry.
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Claire Daly: Reluctant Soul Saver
Genre: Young Adults Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 3.71
My Rating: 4.5
When seventeen-year-old librarian wannabe Claire Daly is dragged kicking, screaming and cursing from everything she loves—her mam, her cozy Irish village and the dreamy boy next door—to take up arms in the battle of good versus evil, she learns the hard way that sometimes you don’t get to choose your own destiny, destiny chooses you.
Claire’s life plan is simple: head off to university to get her degree in library studies, summon up the courage to tell her best friend Chas that she loves him and live happily ever after. She never once entertained the idea that she might possess divine powers, that she might be predestined to battle Hell’s demons, or, to complicate matters further, that another love of many lives past might turn up on her doorstep. But life doesn’t always go as planned, and when a co-worker is viciously attacked by a demon and her own family threatened, Claire must face the truth: she is called to a higher purpose and has no choice but to answer. Claire sets aside her dreams and begins learning how to deal with the Unholy once and for all. Armed with only a crash course in soul saving and her wits, she gears up for the ultimate show down in Hell. But will it be enough?
That was amazing!
I had high hopes for this book, and to be quite frank I wasn’t sure it was going to pan out when I first started reading this book. It wasn’t that it was bad or the writing was hard to follow but more that Claire seemed to annoy me more than anything. I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a book with a lead I couldn’t stand. Luckily for all involved, Clare kind of grew on me. I’m still not her biggest fan but I do enjoy the story, the history, and the premise. It also doesn’t hurt that I enjoyed the other characters.
The storyline is really original and captivating. So while Claire wasn’t my favorite character at first, the story itself was more than enough to keep me hooked. Now if you are wondering why Claire was not my favorite heroine… simple, she was overly childish most times. She also can off as selfish and a wee bit naive.
So Claire wasn’t the most likeable, but the storyline was and the author is extremely talented if she can manage to keep me 100% invested even when the lead drives me bat shit crazy. It was that great writing that ultimately made me a ‘reluctant’ (see what I did there) fan of Claire. Because, even with all her faults, Claire does have moxie!
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About The Author
I was born in western New York, the oldest of 5. I’ve loved reading since I was very little. From the age of 9, I’ve wanted to be a writer. In high school, I wrote a lot of angst-ridden civil war dramas ala Gone With The Wind, knowing more about the Battle of the Bull Run than a normal teenager should know. I dabbled in writing after that but didn’t get serious about it until 2006, when I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I’ve had many interesting jobs but my passion has always been writing.
I lived in Ireland from 2006-2013 with my husband and 2 boys. We moved back to the US and settled in Florida briefly (2 years) before returning back to Ireland in August 2015.
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The Awakening Series
Melissa A. Craven
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Midnight Hour Studio
E-book Pages: 440
Paperback Pages: 424
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating: 5.0
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.
I am at a loss for words and in complete awe of this book. I was hooked from the first page an unwilling to put this book down. Its an innovative and unique story with loveable characters.
Allie is such a strong female lead and I loved that she didn’t need a man to define her or her abilities, as a matter of fact romance was not even really a factor in this story which is really really refreshing. Sure, there are love interests but that does not make pr break the story. I really can not find enoug words to describe how utterly awesome this story was!
The Great (Pros):
- Allie. Like I said, Allie is a super strong and feisty character. I loved her tenacity.
- Aiden. He’s adorably jaded and such an amazing character.
- Sasha. I loved Sasha. She wasn’t a character that was mentioned a lot but I really loved when she interacted with the other leads!
- Other Supporting Characters. I really enjoyed the interactions between the other supporting characters just like I enjoyed Sasha’s character. It was really fun to learn about these characters and what made them tick.
- Bonds. I loved all the bonds formed between characters, superficial or otherwise. The inclusion of these ‘supernatural’ bonds that are formed between individuals was also another major selling point for me.
- Storyline. This story line is in a league of its own. Never once did I feel like I was reading a world I had already visited. I loved all the intricacies that make up this story and all the character story lines.
- History. The history of these characters is astounding. I’ve always been a bit of a history junkie so I got a massive kick at the inclusion of these great figure heads in history being included in the history of this book. I also really like how these characters shared their history with others.
The Not So Great (Cons):
- Vince. I really was not a fan of his character. He just felt so unnecessary. Granted, he seems less annoying now that I’ve read the novella that follows this book and serves as a prequel. It makes a lot of this going ons in this book make so much sense, so I really recommend reading them both! But anyways, Vince wasn’t a ‘bad’ guy per say, at least not in this book or yet, but he just irks me and felt like a useless character although in retrospect he probably is a tad more important than I give him credit for now that I’ve read book 1.5
- Some minor inconsistencies. Nothing to get all in a huff about but there were like maybe 3 or 4 moments that didn’t really match up, but I’m just overly observant. Once again, if you read 1.5, its cleared up for you but since this is a review of book 1, it has to be mentioned.
- Use of har har. I know it seems like such a random con but it was just really annoying and broke up the flow of the dialogue. I got really peeved after about the 10th time I read it so yea lol.
I’m really happy I had the opportunity to read and review this book and I am anxiously awaiting book 2 in the series. Unfortunately, I could find no info on the release of that novel or even a working title so sadly I in the dark completely BUT based off of the 2 I have read, I have high hope for the sequel. If you are looking for a great read with strong and loyal character that you will most probably fall in love with, then look no further! Emerge: The Awakening is an action packed, emotionally driven story that is sure to draw you in.
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Melissa A. Craven (the “A” stands for Ann—in case you were wondering) was born near Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of seventeen. She still thinks of Cleveland as home, so it was only natural for Emerge to take place there.
Today, she is back in Atlanta—for some reason she can’t seem to stay away from the ungodly heat that makes her long for things like “lake effect snow” and wind that will knock you flat.
Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.
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Smoke & Mirrors
Book # 1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 19, 2015
E-book Pages: 257
Paperback Pages: 408
Goodreads Rating: 3.88
My Rating: 4.5
In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder—murder by magic.
Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars.
Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side?
Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?
Wow, just wow.
When I first started reading this book I was interested but not hundred percent invested. But it didn’t take long for me to follow love with this story and the characters or to be sucked in by the mystery or the setting. Once I reached chapter 4 I was I was not able to put the book down.
I really love it when I’m able to imagine everything in a book, the world the characters are living in. But what I find even more special is when the author has the ability to make you care about characters and have you fully invested well-being and what is going to happen to them. This book has all that and more. You got a strong heroine who is so kindhearted and good that it occasionally becomes irksome… But I promise that’s a good thing. Irina is a great and loyal character with a neck of a lot of spunk and perfectly matched with the characters surrounding her.
The whole premise of this book focuses on murder and forbidden magic with some romances thrown in to spice things up a little bit more. And I loved every gosh darn second of it!
Forewarning, there IS a bit of a love triangle but it’s over so quickly, I was able to get passed it without feeling frustrated or annoyed. So, if I can get through it, and you all know how much I bitch and moan about love triangles and predictability, then you can rest assured that it does not dominate or mar the pages of this amazingly written book.
Speaking of romance, Irina’s love interest is perfectly suited for her and has clawed his way to the top of my book boyfriend list with his swoon worthy description and heroic actions.
I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment and learning more about this world and what consequences our heroes will face!
Melissa Giorgio is a native New Yorker who graduated from Queens College with a degree in English. She’s always dreamed of being a writer and has been creating stories (mostly in her head) since she was a little girl. Also an avid reader, Melissa loves to devour thick YA novels. When not reading or writing, she enjoys watching animated films, listening to music by her favorite Japanese boy band, or exploring Manhattan. She is also the author of the Silver Moon Saga.
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