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Her Blackened Soul (The Blackened Series Book 1) by Isra Sravenheart – Review by Anna Hirsch

Her Blackened Soul (The Blackened, #1)Her Blackened Soul by Isra Sravenheart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Her Blackened Soul (The Blackened Series Book 1) by Isra Sravenheart
3 Stars

This story is about a witch who gets revenge on a selfish man. It had a very fairytale vibe to it. The thing that I liked the most about the book is that the main character was a villain. Unfortunately, the characters were flat. Had they had more depth maybe I would have enjoyed it more. I found the story slow and quite repetitive. The witch constantly said how bad she was and how dark her soul was. The narrative felt like it was someone reading a story to a child.

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The Widow: A Dark Romantic Fantasy by Naomi Valkyrie and Rebecca E McEwen – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Widow: A Dark Romantic FantasyThe Widow: A Dark Romantic Fantasy by Naomi Valkyrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Widow: A Dark Romantic Fantasy by Naomi Valkyrie and Rebecca E McEwen
4 Stars

This is a short novella that can be read in one sitting. Though short, it is a compelling and dark story. Vashti has been mourning the death of her husband for a year. She decides to reintegrate herself into society and leaves the security of her mansion to venture into town. She eventually meets a college student down on his luck. Tired of being alone, she offers him room and board while he’s studying. Liking her privacy, there are rules he needs to follow. When he decides to help a friend, unexpected drama follows which she cannot tolerate. This is an intriguing story with unexpected twists. A definite must read!

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Dare Me (The Demonology Series Book 1) by Felicity Brandon – Review by Anna Hirsch

Dare Me (Book One in the Demonology series)Dare Me by Felicity Brandon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dare Me (The Demonology Series Book 1) by Felicity Brandon
4 Stars

This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Brandon. She is an excellent writer. Her attention to detail is amazing. I was completely immersed in her world and felt what Sara was going through. This is a dark., hypnotizing romance. It is not for the feint of heart or anyone who is too sensitive. The story is filled with lust, possession and carnal pleasure. Evil lurks within these pages but will you be tempted when offered your heart’s deepest desires? Is it taboo when everything is consensual? The heat was burning up the pages as I read. If you are looking for something to spice up your night then I definitely recommend reading this book.

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The Wandering Isles: A Crown of Stones Novella (The Crown of Stones Novella Series Book 1) by C.L Schneider – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Wandering Isles, A Crown of Stones Novella (Novella Series #1)The Wandering Isles, A Crown of Stones Novella by C.L. Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Wandering Isles: A Crown of Stones Novella (The Crown of Stones Novella Series Book 1) by C.L Schneider
4 Stars

After Ian Troy sacrificed everything for peace, he decided to leave Mirra’ kelan with his one friend Jarryd Kane. They became explorers of the high seas, travelling wherever the wind blew. Deciding to explore the old routes of his ancestors, he tried to find the Wandering Isles. Unfortunately, some things shouldn’t be found. They were forced into a trade that pushed the boundaries of their sanity.

This is a complex story that plays on the darker side. It is about two people who have lived through hell and having to face their nightmares to overcome their fears. Sometimes it is the “what if’s” that are worse. What can come out of the recesses of your mind are sometimes worse than reality. The story is well written though I did find it somewhat redundant the constant switch between nightmare and reality. There is a twist near the end which can lead into many more wonderful stories in this series.

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Blessed: The Academy of Seraph by Brandi Elledge – Review by Anna Hirsch

Blessed: Academy of the SeraphBlessed: Academy of the Seraph by Brandi Elledge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blessed: The Academy of Seraph by Brandi Elledge
4 Stars

War is happening between the angels and the fallen. Gabriella wants nothing to do with it. She just wants to be normal. She’s hidden her powers so far but what will happen when she comes into them fully at eighteen? Unable to avoid testing this time, she ends up unwillingly at the Academy of Seraph. As far as Gabriella is concerned the school gets bonus points for having the hottest commander to walk the face of the earth unfortunately he can be a jerk. Gabriella realizes that she’s in danger and needs to escape but who can she trust?

This is a young adult fantasy that will keep you glued to your chair unable to put the book down. The story is filled with love, romance, danger and humour. Omg and taco eating unicorns! I love the world that the author has created in this book. With twists and turns, I can’t wait to see where the story will lead us in the next book.

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Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #1) by Manda Mellett – Review by Anna Hirsch

Being Lost (Satan's Devils MC San Diego #1)Being Lost by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being Lost (Satan’s Devils MC SAN Diego #1) by Mandi Mellett
4 Stars

Lost Doesn’t have faith in himself and now finds that he’s the president of the club. He’s never sure if he’s making the right decisions. Patsy walks into his life needing protection and he falls head over heels. Patsy needs to stay under the radar with her son but she’s been found. She can’t run anymore but she needs help. She finds that and more with Lost. If she can stay alive maybe they’ll have a future.

This is another winning book by Mandi Mellett. I’ve read her Colorado chapters and they were amazing. This is a fantastic start to her San Diego series. The thing that I loved about this book is the fact that Lost and Patsy are middle aged. Most romance books center around young virile men and women. Life doesn’t stop because you turn fifty. This book shows that life and love go on after your children are fully grown.

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Curse of Seduction (Dark Princes of Purgatory Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Anna Hirsch

Curse of SeductionCurse of Seduction by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Curse of Seduction (Dark Princes of Purgatory Book 1) by CR Robertson
4 Stars

The Blood Queen wants to rule Purgatory and to do so she cursed the princes to claim their magic. Every curse can be broken but at a great cost. Ilana thought she was half vampire/half human but when she bumped into Ezekiel, Crown Prince of the Incubi, her magic awakened. She has been fantasizing about him for decades and now that she meets him, she’s tongue tied. Being an incubus, Ezekiel has had countless women yet there is something about Ilana that draws him in. The pull is irresistible and he can’t stay away. Unfortunately with his curse, he can’t be with her either. Every time he feeds, the curse takes a vital part of his lover. To be with Ilana will be her death.

This story pulled me in from the start and I couldn’t stop reading. The chemistry was off the charts between Ilana and Ezekiel but it was more than that. You could feel the love flowing off the pages. I was enthralled with their world and didn’t want to leave. This is a great start to an awesome series. I can’t wait to read book two.

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The Divided Twin (The Divided Series Book 2) by M. Billiter with Kyle Thomas – Review by Anna Hirsch

The Divided TwinThe Divided Twin by M. Billiter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Divided Twin (The Divided Series Book 2) by M.Billiter with Kyle Thomas
4 Stars

Aaron and Branson are identical twins who survived a rough childhood. In their teens, Trevor (the voice in Branson’s head) emerged and wrecked havoc in their lives. Now as adults in their last year of college, it seems it is happening to Aaron. Aaron is struggling with pressures from school, work and volunteer time. With the realization that he might lose his mother to cancer, David (the voice in his head) has taken the reins. After everything that has happened with Trevor, can the twins survive David?

I remember reading book one and it blew me away so I knew that this one would be excellent as well. Both twins have schizoaffective disorder. Each book is written from a different perspective of the illness. In this story Aaron believes that he has everything under control therefore he doesn’t need help. After seeing what Branson went through with the psychiatrists and the hospital, Aaron definitely doesn’t want a repeat of that for himself.

This is an intense read that shows the ripple effect that this illness has on family and friends. The ending just about broke my heart. My only issue with this book is the constantly changing p.o.v’s. Many times I had to reread passages to figure out who was talking. Aside from that, I loved the book.

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Tompkin’s School: For the Extraordinarily Talented (A Supernatural Academy Trilogy Book 1) by Tabi Slick – Review by Anna Hirsch

Tompkin's School For The Extraordinarily Talented (Supernatural Trilogy #1)Tompkin’s School For The Extraordinarily Talented by Tabi Slick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tompkin’s School: For the Extraordinarily Talented (A Supernatural Academy Trilogy Book 1) by Tabi Slick
4 Stars

What happens when you find out that your nightmares are actually real? This becomes true for Izara and Kain when they are sent to a boarding school in the middle of Oklahoma. The twins soon realize that the school is keeping a deadly secret, it is not everything that it claims to be. Powers emerge that they didn’t know they possessed. They need to unravel the mysteries of the school if they want to stay alive and time is running out.

This is a debut novel for this author and I think it’s a good start. There is some fine tuning that needs to be done but I think that she is an author to look out for in the future. I found the story to be unique and intriguing. The author never really explains exactly what the twins are and this is one of the things that kept me interested. I liked the characters a lot though I think there needs to be a little more character development in book two. I believe this will be an interesting trilogy and I’m looking forward to reading part two.

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Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5) by Seelie Kay – Review by Anna Hirsch

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5)Martimus by Seelie Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Martimus (Feisty Lawyers Book 5) by Seelie Kay
4 Stars

The Agency is on the case again. Eight people of the social elite have gone missing, including the Vice President’s daughter. Time is running out and the agents are scrambling to find a lead. Finally getting a break, they realize that they can’t send in one of their own so they pull a favour from MI Six. Agent Tillie severely injured some of their operatives so they decided to borrow her to go undercover for this case. Give her a chance to redeem herself. The chase leads from Morocco to the ocean floor and back to Spain. There is no lack of action and intrigue in this story. It is filled with suspense, drama and twists and turns that will keep you turning those pages.

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