Return of the Elves Series Review

Return of the Elves Series Review

This is my book series review for the Return of the Elves Series.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers Ahead




Return of the Elves by Bethany Adams

Reviews

Soulbound

Sundered

Seared

Abyss

Exiled (Novella)


What I Liked:

Ralan; Best character outside of his daughter. I will not fight on this because this is my opinion. I just love reading characters with foresight and his execution was beautiful. There is something about his execution that captured me. Even his book, told from his perspective, was excellent because of his perspective.

Eri; She is the best character for me, outside of her father. She is a child with a powerful gift. She acts like a child. She acts like a child who has the gift of foresight and thinks herself capable because of it. She is innocent, and yet so knowing. I love everything about her and how others react to her.

The other Main characters: I liked them, and their perspectives.

Culture, bonds, etc; I could go into this but I  think I talked about it  enough. The bonds are amazing as a cultural aspect. The different cultures of the Fae are defined and explored in their own ways. The fact that when a Fae of another culture, or even the dragons,  interacts with the  main cast the distinction is clear.

Language; There are distinctions between the languages  of the fae, even if we don’t go into it  all that much.

Side Characters; All of the side characters were charming in their own ways.

Formatting; The shifting perspectives starting from book 1 only aided with the entire story. I tend to be thrown off by the fact that book perspectives switch, but when there are shifting perspectives from the first book, I’m on board.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Cora; She was just my least favorite female character. I really can’t explain why, I think this has more to do with a personality clash than anything else. Plus I really liked Ralan, so her reaction to him, his backstory, and his power irritated me.

Relationships; In general, while I did like the bonds themselves  I found the timeline for all the relationships to be so fast. The bonds was a great device for the culture but acted as a way to be like: they are perfect for each other, the end. I didn’t really see much development at all for the couples (besides the couple of the last book) that had more than, since the bond exists between us nothing else matters. I would have liked the relationships to have more substance and time.

Why You Should Read:

It is a good series for readers who want romance and fantasy, as well as culture but none of the excessive detail. The plot is pretty quick and linear. The shifting perspectives are easy to follow.

Time Taken To Read

9hrs 21min

Rating: 4/5

Abyss Review

Abyss Review

Final book in the Return of the Elves series. For all see here.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…




Abyss by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

A mage out of her element

After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassings, rogue princes, and a grown half-human student — all had caught her off guard. Now things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.

adventureer far from home

For seven years, Aris was held captive on  the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table — not with danger threatening multiple worlds.

A widening abyss

Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hasn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.


Short Synopsis By Me

Synopsis


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

This is the last book of this series, and accidentally I read the Novella out of order. I don’t know what to expect with this book. It makes place from a perspective not touched in the first novels. I still am a bit intrigued. Estimated time is 2 hrs.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

I liked how this book was in many aspects. It was not a bad conclusion but it did leave me with a few questions. In truth my mind is mostly blank after reading it, for good or for bad.

Plot Overview:

Aris is saved by his bonded dragon, Kezari, from the would be soulbound Perim. She saves him to save Earth. They find Lyr and the others at his home. Aris sees his family for the first time. The Earth is confirmed to be having a massive magic leak. Aris’ body and mind are healed, from the seven years  of torture, and they save Earth.

What I Liked:

The dragon are very other. This is to say they don’t act like elves. They don’t act like Fae or Humans. Kezari was perfectly dragon and perfectly other when compared to the others. As is the dragon culture: so other.

Selia and Aris are really cute.

I liked how we got a glimpse at some of the perspectives from past books once more.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Mental Trauma; In the books Aris has sever mental trauma. He was tortured for seven years and over the course of a few days this trauma is healed by magic mind healing. Now there was already healing, and I knew that this was a possibility. It just rubs me a bit in the wrong way because his trauma was so real and justified but everyone just wanted him to get better — magically better. Personally I just didn’t like how he got better.

Why You Should Read:

You really don’t have to. The series is over with the first three + novella. This is just an added bonus that isn’t completely necessary. It adds a lot in terms of dragons and relationships on Morania, but that’s about it.

Time Taken To Read

1hr 56min

Rating: 3/5

Notable Quotes:

None

Exiled (Novella) Review

Exiled (Novella) Review

I made a mistake! Whoops. This comes between books 2 and 3.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Exiled by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

A willing exile

For a hundred years, Delbin has lived on Earth, voluntarily cut off from his birth land, Moranaia. He’s learned to hide his elven nature and use his mind magic without getting noticed. Until he accidentally wields it on the Moranaian scout sent to check on him.

A hesitant ally

Though Inona has good reason to mistrust exiles, part of her job is to make sure they aren’t causing trouble. She sets out for Earth with one goal—get this annoying mission over with. But from the moment Delbin tries to use his power on her, she can tell he is different. As more of his story unfolds, she learns that some exiles might not be what they seem.

An unexpected enemy

When a rogue Moranaian prince tries to recruit Delbin, Inona’s mission becomes anything but standard. Now Delbin and Inona must work together to hunt down the prince and uncover his latest plot.

Delbin might not be able to return to Moranaia, but he’ll do anything to save it.


Short Synopsis By Me

See Above.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Here I am reading book three and  trying to  figure out who these new  characters were. Five pages in I really didn’t care much. I bought it like, maybe I missed them being roughly mentioned in  book 2. I didn’t.  They are the focus of the Novella. Well… Whoops. Time to learn about these characters that I  cared about in book 3.

Also,  if  I feel like commenting on the extra side story in the Novella, I will. It’ll be at its own section at the end if I do.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Quick, cute, short story on the characters Inona and Delbin. I loved them in book three so figuring out how we got them and the vile of Kein’s blood was nice.

What I Liked:

Short sweet intermission, that would have made the book series that much easier to follow. If I had read it in place.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

More? I like these characters and I would have liked more about them than the 100pgs had to offer.

Why You Should Read:

It is not required for between books two and three but I highly  recommend it because it explains so much to what is going on in book three for the beginning.

Time Taken To Read

20min

Rating: 4/5

For a novella I may need to change rankings, but not for now.

Notable Quotes:

“And forgive my play on  words. I couldn’t resist. Master is the technical term for the person in charge of an apprentice, after all.” –  Ralan to Delbin

Bonus Story Thoughts:

It was a cute but really quick short story, tale of a girl running away from an oppressive marriage  to save magic for her people. It was cute, for what it was. I am interested in more.

Seared Review

Seared Review

Book three of the Return of the Elves. Let’s go! (This is about my favorite character so even more hype)

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…




Seared by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

reluctant prince

After more than three hundred years on Earth, Prince Ralan has finally returned to Moranaia. But with his wicked brother Kien on the loose, the homecoming is a short one. A dire vision sends Ralan back to Earth to save his soulbonded  from his dark brother. The problem? Ralan’s Sight grows more erratic by the moment eve as danger closes in on every side.

A woman far from home

Ever since a failed alliance ruined her family, Cora has lived on Earth. Far from discontent, her days are spent running her clothing shop and helping newly arrived fae adapt to mundane life. Then a golden-eyed prince strides into her store, trouble stalking  his heels. Big trouble.

A fate foretold

Ralan’s sight might be broken, but one thing remains clear — stopping Kien will mean Ralan’s death. So how could the Gods choose now to introduce his soulbonded. A Ralan  and Cora  search for Kien, their relationship grows stronger. Unfortunately, so does the threat. Now Ralan must choose between his own life and the fate of all their worlds.


Short Synopsis By Me

See above


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Book three and its supposed to be about my favorite character thus far? Count me in. I am super excited to have more of a focus on Ralan. Also, he loses his sight this book. What will that make him? I’m not sure but I’m excited to find out. Also, new formatting.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

I liked this book the best thus far and hated it at the same time. I loved it because sassy goddesses, Ralan’s powers, and Eri (perfect cinnamon roll Eri). I hated it because of Cora, which is a shame because Cora is Ralan’s bonded. Whatever though, we win some and we lose some in terms of liking characters.

Plot Brief:

This book takes place immediately after 2. Ralan must go to Earth to find the one thing that can stop his brother: his bonded Cora. When Cora’s friend and half-elf Maddy, gets kidnapped, Ralan and Cora find  themselves trying to find her and drawn to each other. Only, Ralan’s history and Cora’s past come to reveal that they are deeply connected in a way neither new. Ralan rejected to marry Cora three hundred years ago, sending her family into ruin and leading to her having to run from her own kingdom. Her pain was the cause of him, and Kien, Ralan’s brother is the one who reveals it. Ralan must figure out a way to kill Kien, knowing he will surely die himself, all without the use of his powers.

What I Liked:

Goddess of Time her sass; I didn’t think that all caps lock screaming goddesses would make me laugh so much but it did. The Goddess of Time does just that. She’s sassy, and over bearing. I love it.

Eri and Ralan’s relationship; Is there a better parent child relationship? I’m not sure, but I love this one. Eri is perfection and Ralan is a fantastic dad, for what its worth. I will protect them at all costs.

The way the power of sight works; I find it to be the best case, seeing all, but having to follow, only knowing with the Goddess allows for them to see or know. Foresight can always either be bad or good. This time I am resolute  in believing it was good.

Continuation of expanse; The culture is built more, as are identities of the exiled fae and the world surrounding it all.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Kien’s death to be more dramatic; You’d think after all the time that was spent getting to him and his evil, that his death would be more dramatic. Although, I suppose  it is irony that it was not.

Why You Should Read:

Ralan. Eri. Goddess of Time. Enough said.

Time Taken To Read

2hr 10min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

“Finally, Ralan reached out, hoping to connect with the only one who’d been consistently ignoring him — Megelien, Goddess of Time and Seers. She Who Hid and Revealed. She who was blocking the fuck out of the things he needed to See. There was a time he hand’t had to search so hard for the answers he needed.

Hadn’t he atoned enough?

NO.’ ” – Ralan trying to make up with the Goddess of Time and for her to tell him he hasn’t done enough for her forgiveness yet.

“Megelien says I’m feisty.” – Eri to Kai

“But fear and logic were far from friends.” – Ralan’s thoughts about his own inability to use blood magic without becoming his brother. (i.e. evil)

Sundered Review

Sundered Review

Judgement for the series is with this book. Can book two hold up my energy as book one did? Sure, three and four can still fail but direct sequels are always the hardest.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…




Sundered by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

A life in shambles

Lyr might be a powerful elven lord in charge of thousands, but his personal life is a disaster. Just the month before, a daughter he’d never known existed arrived from Earth, giving  him news of his lost love’s death. Since then, he has been betrayed, captured, and almost murdered. And though his enemy was defeated, Lyr’s wounds never seem to heal. He certainly doesn’t need more conflict.

A perilous journey.

Amid the glittering perfection of Alfheim, Meli is a dismal failure. Haunted by visions of people and places she’s never seen, she struggles to find her place. So when her king orders her to lead and expedition to another world, Meli is caught between shock and terror. How can she navigate the Veil between worlds with no magic of her own? But with Algheim threatened by strange, dark energy, she has no choice.

A threat that spans worlds.

The last thing Lyr expects  is the arrival of the Ljósálfar; the reclusive Norse elves of Alfeim. More surprising? One among them, Meli, is  a possible soulbounded, a link he’d believed lost with his previous love. But wounded and besieged with problems on every side, he can’t let himself be distracted. Poisoned energy is flooding into the closely connected realms of the fae, causing  sickness, and Lyr must rush to find the source of  the threat. Only Moranaia remains untouched — leading  Lyr to suspect one of his own people might be to blame.


Short Synopsis By Me

Can I do better than above? Probably not.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

After reading book one, I am thoroughly excited for this book. I want to know more on Ralan, Eri, and Lyr. Arlyn and Kai I care for, but I liked those three best.  Will we learn more about the culture of their country versus other elven countries? Will we learn more about their world than the briefs we got in book one? I’m looking forward to it.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

It was a good sequel and I’m itching to read the third. Even though I knew that Meli was a reincarnation, that reveal hit me hard due to how the others reacted. We most certainly did get more information on the rest of the world, which was nice.

Plot Brief:

The fae worlds are dying and Meli had left Alfheim to seek out their Elven brethren for help. Meli is considered an undesirable, with no magic to her existence, that is until she is picked to lead the group to speak to their distant cousins. She discovers she has a gift for traveling  in the Veil between the Fae worlds and Earth.

Not much time has passed for Lyre, Arlyn and Kai and the arrival of Meli and her group is surprising.  The groups must navigate what the dark energy is doing to other Fae cultures, and how to help those of Alfheim. Additionally, Lyr must face what it means to be connected to Meli’s soul.

A few assassination attacks and fighting later. We discover Kai’s father is a Lord of the Sidhe (Another type of Fae), that Meli is the reincarnation of Lyr’s first love and Arlyn’s mother, and that Ralan’s powers seem  to be acting oddly.

What I Liked:

The elaboration on the other types of Fae. Thus far other than the Moranaias we have the Ljósálfar and the Sidhe. The Moranaias are all about nature. Ljósálfar all about their towers and buildings. The Sidhe seem to be more violent. Each race is judgmental to the other with their own cultures that they abide by.

Language Barriers; We continue the trait of having barriers of language between the types of Fae. It makes sense. I appreciate it.

Time Barriers; Between Earth, and the different countries there are different time. I buy into this perfectly.

New characters that were introduced are interesting. The perspective shifts to them were nice.

The cringe lines of human words to Fae, is actually a bit hilarious in my opinion.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

The love between Lyr and Lei did seem really quick to me, but I understand it is a part of the bond. Still, I would like more time. Though, I suppose they are elves what does it matter to them?

Why You Should Read:

Its a good sequel to book 1, but leaves you wanting book 3. Would I say read the series on book 2 alone? Probably. Its pretty worth it.

Time Taken To Read

2hrs 20min

Rating: 4/5

Notable Quotes:

Of course they did. Meli was coming to realize that Moranaians took their trees quite seriously.”

Soulbound Review

Soulbound Review

New Series here I come! There are four books to this series and one Novella. Wish me luck.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




Soulbound by Bethany Adams

Synopsis From The Book

A deathbed promise.

Arlyn’s  quest is simple: find her father and let him know her mother is dead. After all, Aryln had promised her mother she’d go. The problem? Her father’s people are myths and legends, and he doesn’t even  live  on Earth. But despite a long journey through the mysterious mists of  the Veil, finding him turns out to be the easy part.

A dream long buried.

After five hundred years, Kai has given up on  finding his soulbond. So when he stumbles across Arlyn after returning from his latest mission and recognizes her as his mate, Kai starts their bond in haste. But he never could have imagined that his bonded is his best friend’s newfound daughter. Whoops.

A hidden conspiracy sparked to life.

Though the sight of Kai makes Arlyn’s hear pound, she isn’t sure she can forgive him for starting  their bond without her permission. But her love life is the least of her problems. Her father is an elf lord, and his sudden acknowledgement of a half-human heir reignites the same conspiracy that took  him away from her mother in the first place. Now Arlyn and her family must face iron wielding assassins, bigotry, and her newly awakened magical abilities if they hope to come through in one piece.


Short Synopsis By Me

When Arlyn met her father, out of a promise made to her late mother, she did not expect to be thrown into the world of magic. Exploring another part of her heritage had never been so difficult, especially being bonded to a man she had only recently met. When strange assassination attempts rock her new home, Arlyn is thrown into a world of chaos bigger than she imagined.

I think the one for the backs does it better.


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

I am… going to be honest. I picked up these books at Penned Con because of the cover and that they were about elves. Magic and nice covers? Worth the chance? Right? I did go through and add all of the synopsis for the series to their separate reviews before reading this one, so I have an idea of two things.

One, where the story is going.

Two, each book is focused on two different people of the world.

We will see how much I like this. Good luck to me.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

One, I am correct in knowing where the story is going, but that doesn’t mean I know how it will get there. This path was an adventure that is for sure. Two, the book might focus on different stories, but if book one is evident on how that will be sign me up! I liked how this story flowed and found myself laughing at loud at points.

Brief Plot:

The book starts with Arlyn meeting her father. After testing her lineage, her father accepts her into  his home and Arlyn meets Kai. Kai, in his delusional – haven’t slept for a week, nor do I have magic — state, bonds with Arlyn without  her knowing. Arlyn’s father (Lyr) flips out because Lyr and Kai are best friends and it is wrong to do without permission. When Kai is healed and rested he is sick to his stomach with it, and Arlyn just decides to make the best out of a bad situation.

The book follows as Arlyn learns Elven customs, and trains her magic. We get more on the world building and a simple plot of failed assassinations, than a massive arc plot. This is good. The massive arc is mentioned, and brought up, but the shorter plot ties into it and helps  the story move forward. In the end everyone is saved but there is still  a dark cloud that hangs over the world.

What I Liked:

We jump right in, to when she meets her father. There is no time taken to watch her mother die, and her try to figure out how to get to the elven world. She’s done it. She’s been there. She is in the Elven world and not looking back ready to tell her father what happened. I like this. I like getting thrown into worlds and having to find my footing. It makes the experience more fun for me, and it works because Arlyn’s trying to figure it all out just like I am.

Language cuss words and language in general;  Along with  being thrown into the world,  we get thrown a language that makes no sense but to the people that speak it. I appreciate this.  I have no clue whether or not Bethany Adams has worked out the entire language of the elves, but I am happy she has worked out enough of it to give it substance. Additionally she gave the Elves a reason to speak in English, one that I accepted easily.

Culture and Customs; This goes along with the Language, but the usage and length of names is beautiful. I like how the culture of this specific Elven family has been explained. I like how the gods are such an important part of their culture, as is nature. It is a beautiful world already, simply from the attention to these details.

Soul bonding; This is a part of culture, but the soulbond is an important and powerful one that is explored in depth through this novel. I know it will become a powerful thing through later books and with such a simple plot we were able to explore this bond in enough  depth to believe it. I believed it.

Soft magic; I feel like this system will adapt to be more middle ground  than true soft magic, but when it comes to Elves I am okay with the magic being soft magic more than rule based.

Perspectives; Perhaps my favorite part of the book. We are focused on Arlyn but get Lyr and Ralan’s  perspectives. Lyr and Ralan are focus of book two and book three. Getting their perspectives now, helps to ease into he shift of focus for the nest few books. I was not expecting this to happen, and ultimately above everything else, this fact is what made this book score high for me.

Characters; In general I just love them. I also love that Arlyn is technically 23 at the start of the novel. The characters are all nicely developed with their own goals, and histories that I can’t wait to see fleshed out more. Currently Prince Ralan and Eri (his daughter) are my favorites.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Insta love; Is it the bane of my existence? I’m not sure. See, I liked how the soulbond worked and how Arlyn and Kai had to overcome it. I liked that Arlyn knew she needed Kai but wasn’t sure she loved Kai. With four more books, I suppose I would have liked a bit more time for her to decide if she loved him or not. Finishing the bonding could have been a matter of necessity over love, to aid each other. These are Elves and yes this is their most sacred ritual, but I wanted Arlyn to have more time than a month.

Cringe lines; This part has me rolling in laughter. They were in particular for when Kai was turned on by Arlyn or when Arlyn and Kai decided to finalize their bonding with “consummation.” In context the lines aren’t that bad, if not a bit jarring. I didn’t care that they were there, or that the themes were  touched. I just found the specific wording of a few lines in general to be a bit cringe. Like “Light filled the room as they exploded together.” Just saying.

Why You Should Read:

Interesting world.  Interesting characters. Interesting take on  a relatively simplistic plot. The first book was simple, well written, and pretty witty to get me laughing out loud (or as invested in the characters as I was). Judgement lays with book two.

Time Taken To Read

2hrs 35min

Rating: 4.25/5

Why a .25? Shifting perspectives. This fact helped me accept the transition between the next few books.

Notable Quotes:

“Excuse me… I have no clue what you just said. Was my name somewhere in that mess?” – Arlyn to her father about her full name and title.

“Which of the nine gods have you offended, Lyr?” – the guard Norin to Lyr. This is actually a pretty ironic line in my opinion, considering later parts of the book and the fact that the gods  can  speak to the elves if they so wish.

November Review Archive

November Review Archive

A complete Archive of all reviews from the month of November (2018):

Total Number of Reviews :

Books : 9

Novellas : 0

Series Reviews : 2

Poetry : 0


Misadventures of a Virgin – Meredith Wild

Violin – Anne Rice

Going Down in Flames – Chris Cannon

The True Story of Rapunzel – M. Lynn

Golden Curse

Golden Chains

Golden Crown

The Legends of the Tri-Gard- M. Lynn and Michelle Bryan

Prophecy of Darkness

Legacy of Light

Mastery of Earth

Going Down In Flames Review

Going Down In Flames Review

The last book of my Pennedcon haul! Hurray! Just in time for Christmas.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said…




Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon

Synopsis From The Book

synopsis


Short Synopsis By Me

Synopsis


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Somehow none of my before thoughts saved before I read this book. That is… frustrating. Essentially, I was excited. This is my last book from Pennedcon to read and review. (I’ll put out the others next week) I was worried that I would need to get the remaining books in this series if I liked it. (Spoiler: I need to)

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

It was cute. I don’t think I was necessarily in the wrong reading group for it because it did entertain me, but I feel that it was written for a younger audience. I am tempted to read the remainder of the books.

Plot Overview:

Bryn is sixteen and finds out all at once that she is a hybrid Dragon (Blue and Red), being shipped off to a boarding school, and that her parents are exiled. At the school she faces loads of prejudice for being a hybrid, but survives it. She makes friends and falls for a boy. Everything is seemingly working alright, when she gets poisoned. After the poisoning she is taken to the Directorate (dragon council/government) to explain what happened and that she wasn’t faking. There is a bomb, a kidnapping, and a final talk of her being accepted into her mother’s former family.

What I Liked:

The Caste and clan system; All dragons have a color. Each color has a magic. Each color has a sort of job. That line can not be crossed. Blues are at the top (ice, which is interesting). The prejudice against each other was steaming. I love this sort of conflict.

The characters were well written based on their ages. I believed they were the ages they said they were. No one character stood out to me in specific. Bryn was a good protagonist even if  I didn’t love her.

It was well written, cussing was used at great times.

Explanation of the world and magic.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Nothing much yet (though I wish I got all the books at the time).

Why You Should Read:

It was a cute book about Dragons and Dragon shifters. I will have to make final judgments on this series from the whole series, because the first book isn’t a standalone novel.

Time Taken To Read

1hr 30min

Rating: 3/5

Notable Quotes:

“Do all the teachers at this school attack their students? Or are you just a raving bitch?” – Bryn to Mrs. Hanfelder (Her super prejudice history teacher)

“Would it help if I performed an interpretive dance while I said  the words?” – Bryn to her grandmother

Misadventures of a Virgin Review

Misadventures of a Virgin Review

In truth I never had any interest in reading a book like this, but I was given it for free. It was a book given to me when I signed in for Penned Con.  I figured why not read it.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.




The Misadventures of a Virgin by Meredith Wild

Synopsis From The Book

It’s been years since June Bell shared a stolen moment with her girlhood crush, Kase McCasker. It’s been just as long since Kase’s father nixed the sale of the McCasker farm to expand the grounds of the Bell’s grand hotel. Now that Kase is back home for good, June might be the only person who can persuade him to reconsider the abandoned plan. But how can she face him again after he left her without a word?

Four years ago, unexpected news shook the foundation of Kase McCasker’s world. Escaping Falls Edge for college was the perfect excuse to chase his demons and bury his pain. Now, with a degree in hand and a void he can’t fill, he’s back in the little mountain town he thought he’d never call home again. Searching for purpose, he’s determined to put down roots and take over the struggling farm that’s been in his family for generations.

Time and distance haven’t taken the edge off his preoccupation with June, the spitfire daughter of his father’s rival. He hasn’t forgotten their time together and all the things they did and didn’t do. One look at her has him reconsidering the future and making a dangerous deal to win her over. Is a chance at her heart worth risking everything else?


Short Synopsis By Me

Lets go with above…


Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

This is a romance and only a romance? This is probably going to be killer for me. I do not do well with singular genre romances, and the worst part is it is a part of the series. Some part of me is always going to want to finish the other books now that I read the first one.

A quick google search told me that there are 18 books to this series, all romances, and all standalone novels. Most are written by different authors and technically this is book four. Do I have to read it? No. Would I have ever picked this up in a book store on my own? Never. In fact I’d probably have been repelled.

Only, I got it for free…

I might as well try it. Who’s to say my tastes haven’t changed in recent years? Fingers Crossed.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Can I smash the keys of my keyboard to express my disdain? No. Well then… Yeah. I read it. Yes. I… I have nothing else to say.

Essentially this book follows the characters June and Kase and their relationship from long forgotten crushes to lovers to married folk. Its erotica.

Honestly this book was such not for me that I find it hard to review it for it as it is. I was almost tempted not to post this review, but I will.

What I Liked:

It was a decent plot. The whole concept of June and Kase’s  fathers being estranged do to June’s mother was interesting. Why the farm was important was interesting.

Characters were not bad. Interesting back story between the characters and their lives.

What I Would Have Changed or Would Have Liked:

I would have liked more time for the plot, though I supposed two weeks is decent. (liked a longer time line).

For it to not have been erotica?

Why You Should Read:

I probably could pitch this book better if I actually cared for it. Its decent in many things, from the relationship, to the characters, to the plot. I just couldn’t get into this book at all.

Time Taken To Read

45 min

Rating: 3/5

This is difficult. Because the book wasn’t badly written, or anything it was just not what I expected nor what I read (ever). I have to think, is this the worst book I’ve ever read? Worth a 1 or a 0? No. Was it better written than what I’ve listed as a 2/5? Yes.

Notable Quotes:

None.