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Sunday, January 31, 2016

ARC REVIEW-SYMBOL OF TREASON BY NATALYA OREKHOV

My rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Symbol of Treason is Alice's story. Her past, present, and future all coming to a head leaving her in a tailspin. This debut novel comes out swinging with a powerful prologue that really sets the tone for all of the demons Alice faces at every turn. She's an abomination and there are some who will not stop until they see her dead. She only begins to allow herself to truly feel when she comes face to face with an alluring stranger named Logan Snow.

I found myself yet again, torn on how to review this book. On one hand, the storytelling was vivid, the characters and storyline interesting and held my attention. Then on the other hand I felt like this book should have been split into two with more build up added to the love story and the threat they faced. Even though, for the most part, I enjoyed how the story unraveled, I felt there were sizable pieces missing. I couldn't fully invest in the love story and still have more questions than answers.

With that being said, Ms. Orekhov  has a unique writing style and even though it can get a bit too 'lyrical' at times, I always appreciate an author that is able to show me, verses tell me. While there is a love story element here, it carries more of a 'fade to black' tone. The heat factor is, for the lack of a better word, limited. I personally prefer a little more, especially when the leading male is written with a dominant personality.

The follow up is due to release in July of this year and I'm very curious as to what Logan has up his sleeve!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

ARC REVIEW-WAR-TORN BY J.E. KEEP

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC provided via the author in exchange for an honest review.***

This will be one of my worst reviews to date. I really don't know how to review this one. First, let me say, I have fully accepted the fact that yes, I DO judge a book by its cover. Right or wrong, I am guilty and I am totally obsessed with this one. Love, love, LOVE IT!

Now, back to the contents inside ;-). On one hand, I love this writing duo, they never shy away from pushing the envelope and they always seem to write in 'living color'. I enjoyed being introduced to the various characters in this steampunk fantasy but I think it was the pacing that kept me from truly enjoying this one.

I don't mind the alternating of point of views but in this case, it was a bit much. I felt like I was late night channel surfing and never staying in one place long enough to fully invest. I was so intrigued with all the different story lines (with the exception of maybe one) but it wasn't until around the 88th percent mark did the story lines really start to fuse together, to make any sense at all as far how it what all connected. What happened at that point was what I needed to start to take shape much earlier in the story. So for most of the book, I felt lost then all of a sudden it was one light bulb moment after another only to conclude with a cliff hanger. I'm both frustrated with book one yet oddly curious about what happens next!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

ARC REVIEW-KNIGHT'S NEMESIS BY MISTY KAYN

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

***Please note, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

"I'll take that as 'Yes, Knight.'" ~Knight Borski

I went back and forth when trying to decide a rating for this one. First, let me say, when it comes to Fantasy, I'm more of an Urban Fantasy kind of girl so there are elements of this story that while may be too much for me (i.e. "peep!"), would make for great storytelling for another reader. The storytelling is very rich and descriptive although teetered on the risk of 'too much' but then pulled back so that was a plus for me.

I was a little confused at the beginning of the story. I immediately loved the snarky yet protective dynamic between sisters Clementine and Seven. For the life of me though, I couldn't figure out what they were and it wasn't until a few chapters in that I realized Clementine wasn't a child but a grown woman. Also, in the earlier chapters, I was given a clear painted picture of the world they lived in. The writing was very vivid which, imo, is a must in the fantasy genre. I only wish the plot had been a little more clear early on. Not asking for a dead giveaway mind you, I just felt a little lost for longer than I would have preferred. I had my 'ohhh' moment at around chapter 7 and my interest really peaked at chapter 14.

Lets talk Knight, the Alpha. He was my favorite of the characters. I appreciate an alpha who isn't an asshole. He held intrigue, mystery and dominance without me having to eye roll my way through a bunch of douchbagery. Thank you Ms Kayn! Knight's Nemesis packs a punch in the sensual department. I would have liked a tad bit more build up but Knight should get a medal or something. ;-) All hell broke loose near the end but I think it's the aftermath I'm most looking forward to. I want to know more about the exiled Arthur!