Kate Daniels series wrap up

Hey there everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review/wrap up of the entire Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I’m not going to be giving synopses of these because I want to eliminate as many spoilers as possible. So what I am going to do is put the cover, book number, and my rating. Here we go!

Book 0.5: A Questionable Client 3 stars

Book 1: Magic Bites 3 stars

Book 2: Magic Burns 3 stars

Book 3: Magic Strikes 5 stars

Book 3.5: Magic Mourns 3 stars

Book 4: Magic Bleeds 5 stars

Book 4.5: Magic Dreams 4 stars

Book 5: Magic Slays 4 stars

Book 5.3: Magic Tests 3 stars

Book 5.4: Magic Gifts 3 stars

Book 5.5: Gunmetal Magic 3.5 stars

Book 6: Magic Rises 4 stars

Book 6.5: Magic Steals 3 stars

Book 7: Magic Breaks 5 stars

Book 8: Magic Shifts 5 stars

Book 8.5: Magic Stars 3.5 stars

Book 9: Magic Binds 5 stars

Book 9.5: Iron and Magic 3 stars (also is the first in the Iron Covenant series)

Book 10: Magic Triumphs 4 stars

As you can see, the novellas were mostly three stars mostly because of the length. It took book 3 of the main series for me to get invested, however I’m very glad I stuck it out. Now I need to get Blood Heir ASAP.

Have you read this series? Have you read from this author? What did you think? Let’s talk about it! As always, happy reading 💚

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WWW WEDNESDAY January 20, 2021

Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

Also….I hit 100 followers!! 💚

What are you currently reading

I’m only on chapter 2 of Hounded lol my recently finished will explain why. Leather and Lace is ARC I received from Book Sirens. It comes out Feb. 16, so I need to get to it. It’s LGBTQIA+, has a vampire MC, and something I never knew I needed….weredeer.

What have you recently finished

My journey with the Kate Daniels series is complete! I will do a series wrap up kind of thing sometime soon to give my thoughts. I won’t give synopses though because they might reveal things about the characters and/or plot. Especially since this is a 10 book series, longer if you include the novellas. This is why Hounded is only on chapter 2 lol

What do you plan on reading next

The urge you get back to this is STRONG!! Don’t be surprised if I get farther in this than Hounded lol

Take A Hint, Dani Brown book review

Hey everyone! Today I’m bringing another review of a Talia Hibbert. This one of for Take A Hint, Dani Brown, the sequel/companion to Get A Life, Chloe Brown.

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom. 

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs. 

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Once again, I’ve fallen in love with Talia’s writing. I gave this one 4 stars. I love Danika, but I found myself looking forward to Zafir’s POVs more. I don’t know why. I just wanted to hug and protect him at all costs. He was just a sweetheart and deserves the world. That’s not saying my sassy Dani doesn’t. For her, I wanted to protect her from herself.

I absolutely loved their families. We met Dani’s family back in Chloe’s book, but Zaf’s family was new. His relationship with his niece is everything!! Plus his mom is hilarious lol Their best friends brought in their own brand of flavor to the story. They showed how important friends can be in times where you couldn’t or can’t go to family.

I said something similar in my review of Chloe, but seeing people like me, black women, in books as main characters makes me happy. It brings me joy, and I can finally picture myself in their shoes. I can insert myself into the story. Plus I love Talia Hibbert as a person.

All in all, I definitely enjoyed this book. Of course, I can’t wait until Eve’s book is released! I need to preorder it before I forget…and buy this book and a third copy of Chloe’s. At this rate, I might as well just buy all her books lol

That’s all from me today everyone! Happy reading 💚

First Line Fridays January 15, 2021

Hey everyone! I’m back with another First Line Fridays, hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first!

Finally…..reveal the book.

There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius.

This book is…..

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Oh how I’ve missed Atticus 💚 I read this back in 2019, so it’s time for a reread and to continue on with the series.

WWW WEDNESDAY January 13, 2021

Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading

What have you recently finished

What do you plan on reading next

I plan on finishing the Kate Daniels series this month! Then follow that up with Blood Heir, the first book in the spin off series that just released yesterday 💚

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert book review

Hello everyone! Today I here with another review. I was in a semi romance mood, which is new for me because romance is normally a genre I shy away from. I say semi because I only wanted to read a Talia Hibbert romance book. That’s exactly what I did. In fact, I read two back to back. This is the review for the first one.

He’s reckless, dominant, and deliciously dirty. This prince is no fairytale.

Prince Ruben of Helgmøre is his family’s greatest scandal, but the defiant royal won’t change for anyone. He always takes what he wants, and his current obsession is Cherry Neita. The feisty beauty has no idea she’s being seduced by royalty—until they’re caught together in a compromising position. Oops.

All Cherry wanted was a night or two with the hottest man she’d ever seen. Turns out, that man is actually a prince, and now he needs her to play princess. Well, princess-to-be. The deal seems straightforward enough: one year as Ruben’s fake fiancée, and he’ll make all her problems disappear.

But the passion between Cherry and Ruben feels anything but fake, and their connection unearths devastating secrets. Can true love bloom from false beginnings? Or will this fairytale end in a happy-never-after?

First things first: Get A Life, Chloe Brown was my favorite book of 2020. This book here….very close to matching that. Chloe got 5 stars while this one got 4.5 stars. I absolutely loved this. It got me really invested in the relationship, which is the main reason why I stay away from romance because I never feel anything about the relationships. Talia has written her relationships in a way that makes me believe they are real. Like I personally know these characters and am rooting for them to be together or work things out.

Another thing I love about her books are at the beginning she puts an author note. In this author note she puts content warnings. This book deals with themes of abuse. Now I’ve never dealt with any kind of abuse so I can’t speak to how accurate she portrayed it. However, I felt it was done with care. I do not feel anything was glossed over.

Now onto the characters. Cherry is a whirlwind. She knows who she is, and everyone else has to deal. Ruben is worse but in the best way. He is everything the first line of the synopsis says he is, but he has his reasons for being that way. I LOVE them together.

This is technically book 1 in a duet, but they are companions to each. They are described as steamy, and this was definitely that. I am definitely picking up the second to see what I think of it. Talia Hibbert is definitely a new favorite author.

Have you read any of Talia Hibbert’s book? Do you have a favorite? Do you not get on with her writing? If so why not? Let me know in the comments. As always, happy reading 💚

The Lightning Thief book review

Why yes. I am extremely late to this series. This was a reread for me, however, I read it back in 2019 and never continued on. So I plan to change that this year. And yes, I am also a child of Poseidon.

Disclaimer: I saw the movie first, and had no problem with it. Upon reading this the first time, I realized why so many others complained about it. I found myself going “that didn’t happen in the movie” or something along those lines.

My favorite scene of this whole book was the statue scene. I don’t know what it is about it, but I got happy reading that scene again. I also loved the Lotus Hotel scene. It was creepy but kid-creepy (that probably makes no sense to anyone but me lol) which I loved because I don’t like to be scared unless I knowingly put myself in that situation.

I really am grateful that the illustrations in this portrayed them as children. It really brought home just how young they really are. I mean, my first reaction seeing Percy was “Look how little he is!!”

It’s hard to talk about this book because I know a lot of people have read it. However, there might be a few who, like me, haven’t never read it. So I’m struggling with giving details without saying to much. Especially since this series is so well loved.

Yes I will work on writing better reviews. As I just mentioned, I struggled with this one. Any tips and tricks on writing reviews will be helpful. As always, happy reading 💚

First Line Fridays January 8, 2021

Hey everyone! I’m back with another First Line Fridays, hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first!

Finally…..reveal the book.

It is said that only two living souls saw the Salt God leave earth for the last time.

This book is….

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We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

WWW WEDNESDAY January 6, 2021

Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading?

A lot lol I’ve started so much, but what I’m actively reading is:

What have you recently finished?

My first book of the year 😊

What do you plan on reading next?

Top 5 series I would like to make progress on

Hello everyone. Today I am going to tell you about the top 5 series I would like to either finish, get caught up on, or make some good progress on this year. I am a big series reader, so that means I’ve started a whole bunch lol I would like to reign those in and actually make progress on them before starting others. Here are the 5 I would am prioritizing:

I’m almost done with this series! I have two more novels and a couple novellas before I am complete. There is a spin-off series coming this month I believe so I would like to have this done before then (wishful thinking lol)

Yup this is the year I finally read this series. I’m enjoying book 1 so far. I have to tab it and annotate because otherwise I would be lost lol

I had started this last year for a buddy read. However, I ended up leaving that group because I felt it was becoming too stressful for me at an already stressful time. Reading wasn’t fun anymore and I didn’t like that. So I would definitely love to start this over and hopefully continue on with the series.

Thinking of giving this series another chance. I think I let all the negative reviews and things cloud my judgement. So I’ll pick book 2 back up and continue it since I still remember things. I wasn’t too far to forget anyway lol

I own all 4 so why haven’t I read past book 1?!?! I definitely need to reread Eragon because I read it in 2019. Plus I might annotate it since they are all huge books.

Others I would like to get to as well

That’s it from me! Happy reading 💚