That Night by Azaaa Davis

 

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Great news Demon Hunter fans! Azaaa Davis is getting ready to release the third installment in her Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series! If you haven’t read book #2 That Night yet, you still have time! Read on for details and a chance to win a fabulous giveaway!

 

Rating: 4/5 stars

That Night

Length: 197 pages

Series: Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter; Book 2

Genres: New Adult Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, New Adult, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: April 23rd 2019

 


 

All Nadira Holden wants is to preserve the last of her soul and create a new life free of magic, demons, and war.

Her involuntary bond with a succubus makes her desires impossible. The threat of this disgruntled demon possessing her urges Nadira to find the succubus’s missing body.

Nadira’s only hope of avoiding demonic possession lies with Derek, the only demon she can tolerate without slaying. Except, his hands are full trying to secure his recently-inherited title of prince. Desperate, Nadira agrees to help Derek secure his title by experimenting with the deadly magic they once generated in exchange for his aid in her investigation.

To untangle herself from the evil that surrounds her, Nadira must be willing to betray her friends and get cozy with her enemies. She may even have to do the unthinkable: break the peace treaty that allows demons and humans to coexist. If she can’t toss aside her scruples, Nadira may not make it out of this ordeal with her soul intact.

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Scorpio Hates Virgo by Antya Sunday

Rating: 5/5 stars Scorpio Hates Virgo.jpg

Pages: 284

Series: Signs of Love, Book 2

Genres: Romance, Male/Male Romance, Contemporary, LGBT+

Publication date: August 30, 2017

 

“… When you’re ready to talk, come to me. Or if you’d prefer someone your own age, there’s my Leos. I’ll tell Leone and Theo to expect your call.” (Ch. 2)

One of the things that I adored about this tale was the portrayal of grief and denial. While everyone grieves in different ways, it was… not nice, exactly… to watch Percy try to work his way through his pain. He might be pretty good at lying to himself about what he’s actually feeling, but eventually everything always comes to light.

This is also a touching portrayal of learning how to be true to yourself. What does it mean to find something you want, even if you now associate said thing with a little bit of pain? What does it mean to want something you can’t have? To fight for what you want, even if it’s not the most obvious thing in the world? How far are you willing to go, what fibs are you willing to tell, in order to try for what you want?

Percy and Cal might call each other nemeses, but that just means they have strong feelings for each other. The might love their verbal sparring, but that just means that they enjoy engaging in a war of wills, a war of words. Plus their heavy use of sarcasm and wit is exactly my kind of interaction.

As someone who’s still new to the subgenre of male/male romance, I must admit that I’m absolutely adoring Sunday’s words. Each book in this series (with the exception of the companion novels) is a standalone tale and can be read as such. I adore getting to see so many men fall in love and learn to be true to themselves. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an amazing romance read.

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Perfectly Wrong by Summer Brooks

Rating: 1/5 stars (if that)Perfectly Wrong.jpg

Pages: 259

Series: N/A

Genres: College, New Adult, Romance, Sports

Publication date: June 13, 2019

 

*This entire review contains spoilers*

Perfectly Wrong certainly was the perfectly wrong book for me. (Yes, that was bad. Let’s move along…)

I’m honestly surprised that I ended up finishing this story. There wasn’t a single thing in it that I actually enjoyed, but a whole hell of a lot of things that rubbed me the wrong way. If you’d like to see why, I’d suggest reading on.

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Don’t Tempt Me by Jackie May

Rating: 4.5/5 stars Don't Tempt Me.jpg

Pages: 234

Series: Nora Jacobs, Book 4

Genres: Paranormal, Supernatural, Shapeshifter, Vampire, Fae, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Polyamorous, Reverse Harem

Publication date: January 18, 2020

 

The man looks me over, sighs wistfully, and holds a hand over his heart. “Sing me your song, air maiden, and lay claim to my heart for all eternity.”

I suppress a smile and raise an eyebrow at him. “Really? That’s what you’re going with? A bit over-the-top, don’t you think?”

He flashes me a beautiful dimpled smile. “But you still found it charming.” (Ch. 1)

Sure it took me a couple of months to pick up the second book in the series, but as soon as I did, I’ve flown through this series. While I’m glad with the way things ended, I can’t help but wish there was more in the series. Thankfully, I know there is more in this world. I look forward to picking up The Devil to Pay when I have a moment.

As it is, the Nora Jacobs series was one that kept my attention the whole way through. While the third book, Don’t Bait Me, might have been my favourite throughout, every book was an enjoyable read. Don’t Tempt Me was a great way to finish off the series, leaving just enough loose ends to make it feel like a real world where the characters continue to get up to no good and grow as people.

I enjoyed how the series seemed to get better and better as things progressed. Nora and her reverse harem continued to grow – both in size and in confidence. Sure their enemies continued to get stronger as well, but with a little ingenuity Nora and her men are able to come out on top time and time again.

If you’re against a Mary Sue protagonist, this story might not be for you. However, if you’re interested in a fun read filled with magic and mystery, I’d seriously recommend giving this series a try. The cast is extensive, giving a wide variety of supernaturals to an Underworld that most humans don’t even know exists. We’ve got magic users and shapeshifters, the fae and mythics. Certainly a wide enough selection of magic to keep this fantasy lover happy!

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Hidden Magic by Melinda Kucsera, et. al.

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Hidden Magic

Welcome to the blog tour for Fantasy anthology, Hidden Magic. We’re celebrating its release with two fantastic giveaways and an exclusive excerpt to read!

 

Hidden Magic

Length: 606 pages

Series: Magic Underground Anthologies, Book 1

Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi, Paranormal, Mystery, Anthology

Expected Publication Date: March 10th, 2020

Publisher: Magical Mayhem Press

 


 

Synopsis:

No matter the world, life can be dangerous. Be they wizards and shamans, assassins, or everyday people, Hidden Magic tells their stories about escape, consequences, and most of all, magic.

From Earth cities and fantastical new worlds comes twenty-three stories where heroes grapple with the seen and unseen in order to save themselves, their families, and often the world. This collection features:

  • Elderly antiques experts interacting with souls
  • Shamans growing outlawed magic
  • Baby chimeras battling for their lives
  • Children sprouting fluffy tails
  • A king’s boat thrown off-course
  • A perfect life coming at a not-so-perfect cost
  • Vikings defending a village against the unseen
  • A lone shifter atoning for his past mistakes
  • Trolls and pixies tumbling through the doorway to another world
  • And more!

Fans of Patricia Briggs and Tamsyn Muir will love Hidden Magic, first of the Magic Underground trilogy of anthologies… Get it today!

Authors in this anthology include: USA Today Bestseller Joynell Schultz, L.C. Ireland, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Kucsera, Seattle Times regional bestseller & multi-international award winner Raven Oak, Tiffany Shand, Alesha Escobar, USA Today Bestseller Lee French & Erik Kort, H.B. Lyne, Anela Deen, Majanka Verstraete, Krista Ames, C.K. Rieke, Devorah Fox, Leah W. Van Dinther, C.S. Johnson, Barbara Letson, Toasha Jiordano, Gwendolyn Woodschild, H.M. Jones, Stephen Wallace, AR Johnston, and William C. Cronk.

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Small Bones by Vicki Grant

Rating: 4/5 stars Small Bones.jpg

Pages: 256

Series: Secrets

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Canadian Literature, Historical

Publication date: September 29, 2015

 

“… Try St. Ninian’s Anglican Church. All the rich people around here get hatched, matched and dispatched there. One of the ladies on the auxiliary is bound to recognize the crest.” (Ch. 6)

Following the fire that took out the Home, Dot finds herself the only one of the Seven that isn’t ready to leave Hope. Yet leave she does, trying to follow the clues that lead to who she is and where she comes from. Getting a job as a seamstress seems like the perfect way to get to know the locals, and to find out why she was given up.

This tale is full of twists and turns as Dot tries to uncover the truth surrounding her birth. Grant did a fantastic job at keeping me on my toes throughout this read, switching the clues around until I wasn’t sure what was a real clue, and what were clues that Dot was hoping for. This muddled mystery read made me laugh and want to pull my hair out – sometimes at the same time.

If you’re looking for a really fun mystery read, I recommend checking this one out. I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but this read made me second guess that opinion. Grant did a phenomenal job at telling a compelling mystery in a world that isn’t solely hers. As each of the Seven has a different author telling their story, I look forward to seeing how the rest of the girls’ tales fall into this same world. So far I’ve only read Tess’ story, and I can already imagine the ways that the two girls interacted with with each other – as well as how they’d react to the truths that have been uncovered.

This is my first read by Grant, but I’m always looking for more authors to read more of. Since I enjoyed this tale so much, I certainly look forward to reading more of her works in the future.

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Alone in the Wild by Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 4.75/5 stars Alone in the Wild.jpg

Pages: 369

Series: Series: Rockton, Book 5

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Adult, Contemporary

Publication date: February 4, 2020

 

As the fifth book in this series, I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I’ve already fallen in love with the characters and the world that she’s created. I’m already on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what’s going to happen next. But, of course, I feel this way about anything that Armstrong writes.

Knowing how much I love her writing and character building (because, let’s face it, her characters jump off the page with how real they feel), I had no problems going into this story without reading the novel’s synopsis. Yes, I knew generally how this story would play out, but I love going into Armstrong’s stories as blind as possible so that the plot can shock me as much as possible.

In this tale we get to learn more about the world surrounding Rockton. The town itself might be a secret to the rest of the world, but Casey still hasn’t discovered everything that the woods have to offer. I enjoyed seeing her learn more about her new world, to see her open up even more than she had in the past.

This book, like the others in the Rockton series, is fast paced and full of twists and turns. Just when I thought I had the mystery figured out, a new clue would pop up and I’d have to pause to try and fit it into the puzzle before me. I’d highly recommend the AudioBook versions of this series as Therese Plummer does a fantastic job at bringing these characters to life. Her voice acting is phenomenal and added something great to the tale. If you don’t enjoy AudioBooks, then I’d highly recommend picking up a physical or eBook copy of this story as it’s certainly one of my favourite mystery series of all time.

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