Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Bright Blaze of Magic (Book #3) by Jennifer Estep

Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural
Publisher: Kensington
Published: April 26th 2016
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley and The Fantastic Flying Book Club
Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls. 

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…


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Black Blade Series:

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her Elemental Assassin series follows the life and times of Gin “the Spider” Blanco, a barbecue restaurant owner who also happens to be an assassin with magical control over the elements of Ice and Stone.

The Mythos Academy series focuses on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. She studies at Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors.

Her Bigtime paranormal romance books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.

Estep’s new Black Blade series is about 17-year-old thief Lila Merriweather, who has a Talent for sight, along with the ability to take magic others used against her to boost her own powers. She tries not to get involved with the Families who control much of the town, but ends up in the middle of a potential turf war.

My Rating:
I received this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the book tour, all reviews and opinions are my own.  If you would like to check out the rest of the blog tour click here for the official schedule.

I also have a review of the first book here and the second book here.

I loved the ending to this it was nonstop action from the very beginning. Everything that was building up in the first two books finally gave way and everything started to come together. Of course one of my favorite characters is the Lochness monster, and we get to see a lot more of this creature in this book and learn a little  more about it and why it isn't all bad. 

Lila again is back to take names and kick some butt with the help of her friends as well. I like Lila a lot because she is so tough but she has issues just like everyone and deals with them the best way she knows how. The ending was awesome and I was left wondering what next I know this is the end of the Trilogy but I could definitely see more if ever needed. Maybe about when she is older. 

Like I said the pace of the book is really fast I flew through it and couldn't put it down, which is good for a last book. Since some times it is hard for me to pick up the last book but this one kept me on the edge of my seat I had to finish it to see what happened. I also enjoyed that it wasn't all lovey dovey and was more about the story than the relationship though that was in there as well just not as much.

Favorite Quotes:
My stomach rumbled, reminding me that it had been a very long time since I'd eaten. "So... please tell me that they have some bacon in this joint."
Oscar laughed. "Now I know you're all right."
"You didn't think I would forget to pay the lochness toll, did you, Lila?" He smirked, seeing my disappointment. "Your mother taught me better than that." 

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Genre: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 464

Source: First to Read
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

My Rating:
I received this book from the First to Reads program for an honest review, all reviews and opinions are my own.

I really liked this one I am learning that I like a lot of what Nora Roberts writes. The last thing that I read by her though I did not like the main character which unfortunately makes it hard to continue on with the book but in this one I loved Naomi and how she was so strong yet she did have her weaknesses. Xander is a really good fit for her I think pushes her into uncomfortable territory for her but still lets her make the ultimate decision regardless.

The book took a twist ending I thought it was going to be something completely different then what it was. The ending was quiet short, I am not sure why other than to say maybe it wasn't about the ending but more about the middle and how she changed through out her life even and grew even with the horrors she has seen and the ugliness of humanity that she shouldn't of had to endure.

I think the title relates to the book really well it not only tells of just one person's obsession through out the book but many her brother has an obsession with learning what their father did and how he hid it to become a better detective to hunt down others and put them away. Then there is the fathers obsession with fame and wanting to be in the spotlight once he was arrested. Also there is Naomi's obsession with work and putting her all into it to ignoring people and trying to ignore her past. Which doesn't work out real well.