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Unseen by Amber Lynn Natusch

 

Welcome to the Kingdom of Hades, where even its prodigal princess sleeps lightly.

After fighting Soul Stealers in Detroit, Khara hoped to return home to find answers in her father’s realm. But the land of the dead offers little information, and far too much tragedy. Now cut off from her brothers, and left only with her dark and unreliable companion Oz, Khara must navigate the centuries-old webs of deceit and betrayal, all while eluding the Underworld’s most depraved inhabitant. But she soon finds an unexpected ally in her adopted sister Persephone. Together, they endeavor to right a terrible wrong. And as Khara soon discovers, there’s more riding on her success than she ever thought possible.

 

If you’re lost at all now, that’s because you absolutely have to read book one first this time. Otherwise, you will be totally lost and not understand half (or more) of the storyline.

 

Unseen picks up where we left off in book one without much backstory that you tend to see in some books which are meant to be more stand alone than read in a series time. I find this refreshing as those types of books tend to be repetitive when you’ve read the preceding book and slightly annoying in as much.

 

The change in Oz is incredible as he becomes like a dark, psychotic guardian angel. I’m not sure why so many people are rooting for their relationship to succeed. Perhaps it’s the underdog aspect? Or maybe it’s that most women love to be able to fix someone and Oz definitely presents as the ultimate fixer up boyfriend – poor, misunderstand, and evil.

 

Khara does finally get some answers, however, she unfortunately develops even more questions. It may seem like she’s lived her life in an emotionless void, but I don’t feel that is the case. I think she’s more like Spock and feels very deeply (take the sudden bond with her brothers for example) except the emotions just do not show on the surface. It appears that her public mask has started to crack and we’re finally getting a glimpse of what lies beneath. Keep in mind that where she was raised (Hades) emotions were seen as a weakness, and weaknesses got you killed, exploited, or any number of other things that you did not want to happen.


I feel like book two is even better than book one which I absolutely loved! The future looks bright for book three and I, for one, can not wait to see where it take us. My personal hope is to learn more about Khara’s mysterious mother, but only time will tell.

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Review: Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson

Synopsis:

In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.

When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.

 

My review:

Steampunk, war, and thrilling intrigue are just a few elements that make up the novel Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson. For me this was not the usual steampunk that I enjoy, however, it is still a great read and definitely a new flavor of the genre that I enjoy so much. The novel centers around our anti-hero and smuggler Jacob. Jacob is ruled by his love for the almighty coil (this dystopian world’s monetary unit). However, things begin to change for him after he gets caught in a deal gone bad and thrown into a prison cell with Whistler. He struggles to find a balance between his old life as a coil hungry smuggler and a new one as a somewhat unwilling participant in the Resistance movement. Whistler, as one of the Last (the last human children born before the demons took over) has the biggest influence over Jacob and has become his new moral compass and companion. I can’t wait to see what further adventures Jacob and the gang have in book two of the series, Lifemaker. According to the information at the back of this book it is due out March, 2015.

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Glitch by Olivia Linden and Leteisha Newton

 

 

 

GLITCH (Corporate Hitman Book 1)

by Olivia Linden and LeTeisha Newton
Genre: Multicultural Romantic Suspense
1Liam Gallagher, AKA Glitch, is the brain behind a trio of corporate criminals. Formerly known as one of the most notorious hackers in cyberspace, he now works to keep Hawk Global Industries one step ahead of its competitors. 
 

 

But there’s a catch. Being blackmailed to do what he does best isn’t how Glitch plans to spend the rest of his life, and his partners in crime feel the same way. When an old flame crosses his path unexpectedly, Glitch and company learn that betrayal is on the horizon for them. It’s time to put a plan in motion and reclaim their freedom, once and for all. Things are going to get pretty nasty along the way, even a little sexy, but it’s all in a day’s work for a Corporate Hitman. 
*Intended for readers 18+ due to graphic language and adult content*
 
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My review:
I enjoyed the story but I absolutely hated the ending. That said, I hate all cliffhangers so that isn’t anything against this book in particular. The first half of the book was mainly about Glitch and his friends Jack and Scratch. It isn’t until we introduce his love interest that things begin to go down hill. It was a few of pages worth of plotline and then several pages of gratuitous, explicit sex scenes. I’m not a very big reader of erotica, but some of it just didn’t make any sense to me, my husband, or my mother for that matter. In particular, the phrase “her nipples looked like honey-coated silver dollars” is just plain confusing and if someone could explain it that would be outstanding. The few pages of plot and then several pages of sex repeated that way until the abrupt end of the book. All of that said, I am still looking forward to reading Scratch, Volume 2 in the Corporate Hitman series and then finally Jack’s story in Volume 3.
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OLIVIA LINDEN 
 
Olivia Linden, a native New Yorker, was raised between Queens and San Antonio, TX. Currently living in Florida with her tween aged son, she decided it was time to follow her dreams of becoming a full time author. Her creative itch began when her elementary school principal posted one of her stories in the halls of her school. She was only seven at the time, but old enough to understand how integral writing would be to her future. From that moment on, reading and writing became her two greatest passions.It is her philosophy that laughter is essential to making it through even the toughest situations.Find your passion with Olivia Linden.
 
 
 
Follow me on twitter: @mslissa2u
 
 
 
 
 
 

LETEISH NEWTON
LeTeisha Newton is the author of a plethora of novels ranging from hot Interracial Erotica, Paranormal biters, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy genres. She’s known for her extensive knowledge of shifter cultures, even outside of the generic werewolves and vampires, crazy world-building, and making shape shifters feel like they are living right next door. That has led to her being dubbed the Shifter Queen. Some of her series include the best-selling 
Claimed and Taken Series.
 

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Review: Forbidden by Angela Ford

Forbidden is book two in a new series by Angela Ford. I read this as a stand alone, however, it does reference certain events from book one which made me wish that I had read that as well. It’s a short and quick read that I wasn’t ready to have end.

The story centers around Supervisory Special Agent Jessica Resario. At one of her normal parent seminars on cyber safety she is introduced to the anxious parents of Tiffany Bennett. After agreeing to look into their daughter’s online interactions she discovers that Tiffany is a victim of an Internet Predator. What follows is the team’s nonstop action packed race to save Miss Bennett.

I’m looking forward to reading more by Angela Ford. I have high hopes for a book three. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Blog Tour: Immagica by K.A. Last

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Title: Immagica
Author: K.A. Last
Genre/Age Range: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: K.A. Last
Release Date: January 26, 2014
 
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Summary:
 
Immagica
Where anything is possible.
Enter at your own risk.
The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the bookin order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their Nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.
The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.
 
 
About the Author: 6895878
K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.
 
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My Review:

Upon the eve of her 15th birthday Rosaline Clayton received a surprise gift from her father, it was an amulet that holds the key to the world of Immagica. Thus starts Rosaline’s journey to the highly imaginative world that was created by her family generations ago. From the very beginning K.A. Last struck me as a vividly descriptive writer. The real everyday world and Immagica were both well formed and easy to follow,The story was cleverly creative and full of imagination. At times scenes in Immagica were more of a childish and at others they seem to be startling adult. I believe this to be expected in a older children’s story though.  I would compare this as a Hobbit for kids type of story and it’s one that I’m certainly excited to share with my two daughters. I am eagerly anticipating book 2. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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A Saint’s Salvation review

Not wanting to be his rebound girl after Marine Corporal Nicholas “Saint” Santiago receives a Dear John letter, Petty Officer Angelina “Doc” Jones tries to ignore the attraction between them. Saint is a Marine and all that it stands for, he is a guy that you can count on through thick and thin. He received the nicknames Saint and then Saint Nick from his unit. Doc is their Navy corpsman attached the Saint’s Marine unit. One day during yet another attack on their forward outpost Saint shelters Doc and the Marine that she was working on when he sees the distinctive smoke of a grenade launcher. His quick actions save Doc’s life but not her foot for which he feels incredibly guilty. In the hospital to recover from their injuries he helps Doc deal with the loss of her leg. And while his physical wounds eventually heal his soul is still in need of rescuing.

Through her own experiences as a former military member herself and mother of a current marine has uniquely enabled the author to bring up the true to real life combat injuries that our military are having to deal with. She brings up IED’s, snipers, grenade attacks and more with the resulting PTSD, death, gunshot wounds, and amputation of limb(s). Being a military wife myself I find myself usually enjoying military romance books. It is a lifestyle that I can easily understand and who doesn’t love romance? The banter between Doc and Saint is very enjoyable. I like the fact that they become friends first and lovers second. I wish that there was more of a lead up to from them becoming friends to then lovers. Instead like a speeding freight train we are immediately driven to the very hot, steamy – yet tasteful, love scenes that span that last part of the book. I am more of a journey vs destination type of person. I am hopeful to see more of their relationship to develop in the next book in this series. 

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Blog Tour: Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson

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In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

 

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.

 

When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23698892-hopebreaker

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hopebreaker-Great-Iron-War-Book-ebook/dp/B00QO2FQ52/

My Review: Steampunk, war, and thrilling intrigue are just a few elements that make up the novel Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson. For me this was not the usual steampunk that I enjoy, however, it is still a great read and definitely a new flavor of the genre that I enjoy so much. The novel centers around our anti-hero and smuggler Jacob. Jacob is ruled by his love for the almighty coil (this dystopian world’s monetary unit). However, things begin to change for him after he gets caught in a deal gone bad and thrown into a prison cell with Whistler. He struggles to find a balance between his old life as a coil hungry smuggler and a new one as a somewhat unwilling participant in the Resistance movement. Whistler, as one of the Last (the last human children born before the demons took over) has the biggest influence over Jacob and has become his new moral compass and companion. I can’t wait to see what further adventures Jacob and the gang have in book two of the series, Lifemaker. According to the information at the back of this book it is due out March, 2015

Dean F.Wilson  About the author:

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

 

He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.

 

Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro and The Inquirer.

 

Contact the Author:

Website: http://deanfwilson.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deanfwilson

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/deanfwilson

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/deanfwilson

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dean-F.-Wilson/e/B007O05FEU/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6082024.Dean_F_Wilson

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