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

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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

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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

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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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Flashback by Shannon Messenger

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Pages: 848

Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 7

Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Publication date: November 6, 2018

 

Councillor Emery sighed. “You’re not going to make this easy, are you?”

“I’m pretty sure that’s my job,” Sophie countered.

“As the moonlark?” Councillor Alina asked with a notable scoff in her voice.

Sophie smiled sweetly at her. “As a teenager.” (Ch. 44)

While this book felt slow at times, which I’ve found is usual for a book as long as this one, I loved almost every second of it. Of course I scoffed at some of the things Sophie and her friends did – they’re teenagers, after all – but I hung off of every word like they were my lifeline. Messenger has a way with words, of getting me invested in these characters before I even know it.

Of course, this being the seventh book in the series, I know I’m invested. In Sophie, her friends, and everything that’s going on in this world. Instead, Messenger has found a way to tug on my heart strings and to hope for different things for the different characters. Who would have guessed that my shipping would change so drastically through this series? (A lot of people, apparently…) Who would have guessed that my favourite character would change so many times? Who would have guessed that my heart would be broken so many times?

Of course, the world itself it beautifully put together. Messenger’s descriptions of the world and events going on in it make it extremely easy for me to picture it in my mind’s eye. It might not always be a pretty picture, but it’s certainly always a vivid one.

If you’re looking for an amazing fantastical read, I highly recommend picking this one up. It quickly became one of my favourite series of all time, and is even attempting to become my favourite middle grade series of all time. I truly believe that everyone can get something from this story, even if it’s just a hint of entertainment. Of course, there are deeper morals in the story if you’re looking for more than just an entertaining read.

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Don’t Bait Me by Jackie May

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

Pages: 213

Series: Nora Jacobs, Book 3

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

Publication date: January 16, 2019

 

I find myself getting drawn into this world more and more. Every moment spent with these characters brings a smile to my face, every hint of conflict and debate has my attention hostage. So yeah, I’m really enjoying this series. I enjoy getting to know the main cast more, to see how they mesh with each other, how they deal with butting heads. It can’t be easy living as an Underworlder at the best of times, let alone when your group of friends is under constant attack. 

The slow burn romance aspects of this story are my favourite parts, but that doesn’t negate how much I enjoy the main plot of each story as well. Of course we’ve got Nora trying to deal with her reverse harem throughout this book, and I absolutely adore the way the characters work with each other to get things done. But even more than that, I enjoy how the harem and its antics manage to deal with adversary as a unit. I enjoy the way that they work together to solve any mystery that’s thrown their way.

Now that Nora knows what she is, it’s hard for her to hide it from the Underworld in Detroit. Yet she manages a pretty good job of this – for the most part. As is usual, more and more people get brought in on the secret whether Nora is ready for it or not. Nora has to learn – quickly – if she can trust all these people with her secret, and if they’ll be able to keep that information away from others who might use it to harm her. 

If you’re looking for a fun read, I’d highly recommend giving this book a try. This fast paced book managed to keep my attention even when I wasn’t currently in the world. If you’re looking for a slow burn romance – or several at the same time – this could be a great read for you. You’ll just need to start with Don’t Rush Me (review here), the first book in the series. 

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