REVIEW: HEIR OF FURY BY JINA S. BAZZAR // CLOSING THE FOSCH FILES

Title: Heir of Fury
Author:  Jina S. Bazzar
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, book 3
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Ebook
Published: April 29th 2020 by Shadow City
Source: I received an eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Three years has passed since Roxanne left. She’s obeyed and fulfilled Remo’s every wish.His latest command, however, will send her back to Earth. Aware her presence Earth-side is furthering Remo’s plans, Roxanne delves into an impossible chase against time, the preternatural community, and herself.But she might already be too late, and Roxanne experiences firsthand that when desperate people are pressed against a rock, they’re willing to commit just about anything. 


Okay, so… I loved this trilogy. I really did but somehow I was underwhelmed by the conclusion.

We see the consequences of the decisions made by Roxanne in book 2 that led to her present condition. She has become more ruthless and although she is unable to take direct action against Remo, her only goal is to stop him somehow from destroying everyone she loves alongside her world.

This book had a whole lot of action and impending doom kept me on my toes!

However, the pace was a problem for me in this book. I felt it was too slow-paced for almost entirely the book except for the last part of the book. Most of the information was necessary for understanding a lot of aspects of how the world functions in this trilogy. The thing is, it felt like too much info-dumpy in some cases which kinda made me lose interest. I think it was one of the reasons it took me some time to finish the book. Also, I felt that the whole book was a bit stretched and the ending too soon.

Despite this, kudos to world-building! I definitely loved how the author intricately built up these two different worlds.

Roxanna with her new powers is unstoppable, she tries her level best to save her near and dear. Zantry, Mwara and Vicky, I loved each and every one of them. And my heart broke for the characters who did not make it till the end.

Overall, this book was a fun read despite the hindrances and worth a read!

Recommend it?

Yes.


I guess not many people remember moi. I do hope everybody is doing okay and staying safe?

But… do tell me what books have you been reading in the lockdown?

Review: Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar // Divulging into the Fosch Files

Title: Heir of Doom
Author:  Jina S. Bazzar
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, book 2
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 374 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th 2019 by Creativia
Source: I received an eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

She no longer has to run and hide, but other problems have surfaced. Her clan has other plans for her, and even the combined might of the hunters might not be able to save her.

To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.

To achieve her goals, she’ll have to risk her life. But can she control the powers she’s still learning to use, and fears so much?


Heir of Doom was packed with action and it definitely kept me engaged throughout the read. Book 2 continues with Roxanne’s journey as she has joined the hunters and is training to become one of them. But her mixed-breed status of being half human and half preternatural lead to her being discriminated against in every context.

And dayum. It was tragic to see Roxanne getting no better treatment. Nobody trusted her outside and the scenario was pretty much similar with the hunters as well. In book 1 she gets kidnapped and experimented by the scientists and although her situation changes after the escape and joining the hunters, she does not get the deserved respect. She only has a countable number of trustworthy people among the hunters and none of them had the high power to actually do anything that would benefit. I would say, it was a reflection of real-life politics, of what actually happens most of the time. It really, really made me angry and sad at the same time. Nonetheless, I loved her fierce personality and her consistent urge to improve!

The first part of the book was a bit slow which gradually changed in the second part and for the better. But I would say, the pacing did not affect me much since all the new characters and the hunting part, definitely made it more interesting. I had a love-hate relationship with the fae characters and the introduction of Mwara sparked my interest since she was the actual daughter of her “evil” step-mother. But most of all, I absolutely adored Frizz!!

The plot twist was a shocker! I did not expect that to happen when the truth about her lineage was revealed. Also, a lot of questions get answered in this book and obviously, there was Remo! Tada! Our beloved villain. The twist after twist that ensured made me gawk which also kinda made me wanna tear through book 3 immediately. And sadly I had to wait…

Recommend it?

Yes.


Hello hello! Anybody remember moi?

It’s been a year. I tend to disappear but well… *awkwardly waves*

How is everybody, especially how are you guys dealing with the COVID-19 situation? Share with me and I’ll try my best to not disappear again. 

 

Review: Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre || Creepy and intriguing

Title: Mirror Me
Author: Tara St. Pierre
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Genre:  Paranormal, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 208 pages, Ebook
Published: July 25th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore.

After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden.

Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection.

Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.


I had read the author’s debut novel, Just a Few Inches (you can read my review here) and absolutely fell in love with it, so when she asked me to review her 2nd book, I jumped at the opportunity. Although this book didn’t manage to wow me, it was still an enjoyable and a creepy read and like her first book, a moral to understand and learn for ourselves.

After a particular incident that totally changed Hannah’s life, her mother doesn’t trust her and neither does she trust herself anymore. But soon strange things start happening which is out of her control. She can’t remember things and she is afraid to look into her mirror. When all hell breaks loose, will Hannah be able to save herself in time or will she be lost forever?

The plot was pretty intriguing and the mystery aspect was maintained well throughout the book. Hannah is being punished by her mother she committed a year ago, she has her on high alert and even little things make her mother angry. She, herself can’t get over the past incident due to which she had to change school and completely change herself. As we read the book, we get glimpses of Hannah’s past from which we can understand that she was a completely different and notorious person from whom she is now. Although the author kept referring to the “past incident” throughout the entire book, it isn’t until the very end that the actual truth is revealed, so that was a bit repetitive indeed.

What intrigued me the most was when the strange things begin happening to her. She would wake up and find her things placed in different spots than she did last time and not remembering specific incidents. It was obvious that there was definitely something to do with the mirror and hence the title. This book definitely had its creepy moments and I was really concerned for her but as the story proceeded, it didn’t take much time for me to solve the riddle about why everything was going on which did dampen my enthusiasm a little, making it a bit predictable but it was still a fun read.

I enjoyed the other minor characters and the parts they had to play. Although Grace came up as a little bit too stuck up at first but when Hannah needed her help, she was there, though it did feel a little weird how everybody accepted the situation so easily. I wanted more of Cole which unfortunately Hannah didn’t get much either but he was a sweet character! On the other hand, I seriously didn’t like her mother, I knew she had to face things because of her but she didn’t try to understand her or cut her some slack but I did enjoy how everything wrapped up in the end.

Overall, Mirror Me was an interesting read. The plot could have been a little more fleshed out but it was executed neatly. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book?

Review: The Bleeders by Michaela Haze || Strange yet Intriguing

Title: The Bleeders
Author: Michaela Haze
Series: Daemons of London, book 1
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Mildly warm
Page Count and Format: 248 pages, Ebook
Published: October 17th, 2016 by Dirty Jeans Publishing
Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Soho barmaid, Fia Taylor, unwittingly hires a hitman to kill the two murderers of her sister Melanie – only to find that Henry Blaire, the man she hired, is a centuries old incubus with a lust for human life and a mission to end anyone that knows his secret. Fia must run for her life. Will she survive? That is not the question…why does she end up in an insane asylum, muttering only his name? That is the more pressing matter…


This blurb of this book was quite intriguing which prompted me to pick up the book when the author requested it and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. I didn’t know what to expect from this book and I went in blind not knowing that I was in for a wild ride.

Sophia or Fia isn’t the same after her sister’s death and the only thing she wants is revenge by killing the two men she suspects for her sister’s murder. There is something off about Henry, the hitman she hires for the killings and it doesn’t take her much time to figure the truth out. Henry is not a human, he is an incubus feeding on the life force of people he murders and she is horrified when she realises that she is actually attracted to him. It’s up to Fia to turn the other direction or face the truth.

The Bleeders was indeed an intriguing read. I was engaged from the very first page which remained so till I turned the last one. This book starts with Fia in an asylum which managed to catch me off-guard and my interest was peaked. As the story proceeds, the readers are kept guessing whether the incidents that are happening are even real or not.

Fia’s backstory was another interesting aspect of this book which we begin to learn from her own mouth when she in the asylum. Fia never recovered from her sister’s death, to cope with all the emotions she was feeling, she took refuge in alcohol. Meeting Henry wasn’t a life-changing event for her, instead, it gave her another thing to be addicted to. When she learns Henry’s true nature, that he is an incubus, a daemon, and after the first few moments of horrifying disgust, she doesn’t shy away from him. She finally finds a refuge in him as he finds in her. 

“Once you realise you love someone is when it is all over.”

Their story was indeed a little strange but addicting as ever. Henry although being an incubus never took the life of an innocent. His professional job as a hitman worked in favour for him till Fia found out his secret. Henry tried to stay away from her because of his touch was life-threatening but with Fia, he wanted to break all the rules. I loved their whirlwind romance but too soon to end with things took a totally different turn and I was totally not expecting that twist.  

Another one of the interesting aspects of this book was when Fia became a “bleeder”. The bleeders were the ones who survived by drinking the blood of the daemons. She never accepted the fact that she was actually an addict then and an addict now, just the major ingredients differed. The story ended on a pretty intriguing note, Fia is still in the asylum but she realises something big, something that could change her life. I definitely can;t wait to find out more!!

Overall, The Bleeders was a great read! The plot kept me glued to the book and I couldn’t put it down and the characters were as interesting as ever. The writing was beautiful and easy to read and it was past-faced throughout the book. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read it yet or is it in your tbr?

Review: End of Days by Susan Ee || Where the world (almost) comes to an end

Title: End of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, book 3
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 331 pages, Paperback
Published: May 12th, 2013 by Skyscape
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?


The first two books in this series was a reread for me but this one was the one where I was going in blind and I was sooo glad it met my expectations. Of course, there were a few ups and downs but overall, it was a great ride.

*A little spoilery*

Raffe and Penryn are both on the run. Penryn finally has her sister but that is the least of her worries right now because the Angels have released an apocalyptic nightmare upon them. After facing so much, Penryn is not ready to go down without a fight. Will she be able to make any difference or will the nightmares swallow her whole?

I loved this book so much. The plot was engaging and I couldn’t put this book down. So many things happened this book, it was full of action, adventure and romance and I couldn’t get enough of it. After finally finding Paige, Raffe and Paige are headed towards the Resistance camp in hope of finding some help but the journey is not as easy as they constantly thrown into one danger or the other.

“Just this once,’ he says almost more to himself than to me. ‘Just one moment.’
Then he leans down and kisses me.”

I heard a lot of complaints about this book, that it was too sappy but I have to completely disagree on that point because the moments between Raffe and Penryn were sooo romantic and hell, I wanted more! It was (kinda) the end of the world and Penryn deserved it. I wanted to hit Raffe sometimes for being all hot and cold sometimes but it was crystal clear how much he cared and loved Penryn and he would do everything to ensure that she was safe and so would Penryn. ❤

Uriel was a weird kind of villain, I mean he had brains but he was not clever like Crowley (if you get my reference). Also, Paige was badass. I loved her so much and she a did a hell lot of more than help and I was finally glad to see Penryn accepting her totally for who she was now. I was worried hell for Dee and Dum and I didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the Weasleys, thank God I was proved wrong!! And Pooky Bear, how can I forget her, she was epic!!!

“Come on. Say it, Raffe.” I give him a half smile. “I love it when you say Pooky Bear. It’s just so perfect when it comes out of your mouth.”
“She might kill you in your sleep one of these days just so she can get rid of that name.”

The thing which shocked me the most was Belial’s backstory. I hated that guy so, so much but after getting to know how he became what he was now, I ended up sobbing hysterically. The hero had become the villain of his own story. And that was sad. I was a little unsure about how exactly things would go down in the end, after seeing their plan, I was kinda terrified because that seemed too basic: do or die kinda basic and the ending felt a little underwhelmed but I did enjoy it.

Overall, End of Days was a great read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The romance between Raffe and Penryn was perfectly swoon-worthy! The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced and I loved humour in this book! I am definitely counting on to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Here are the favourite things that Raven loved about this trilogy:

  • Admirable Sibling relationship.
  • Strong Female protagonist.
  • Swoon-worthy love interest/male lead.
  • Engaging and action packed Plot.
  • Slow burn forbidden romance.
  • Pooky Bear(Raffe’s Angel Sword) and the hilarious twins Dee and Dum.

Aaand here’s my list of what I loved about this trilogy:

  • The sibling love.
  • The romance between Raffe and Penryn!
  • Pooky bear. 😛
  • The fighting.
  • The loyalty between certain characters.

So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you started this series yet?

Review: World After by Susan Ee || An intriguing as well as a horrifying read

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, book 2
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 314 pages, Paperback
Published: November 19th, 2013 by Skyscape
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister, Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


This book was such a great ride. The first time I read World After, I didn’t enjoy it so much, in fact, it felt quite meh but I guess re-reading this book helped seeing everything from another perspective which was the reason, in the end, I loved it so much. I buddy read this one too, with Raven. So, let’s jump into the review now, shall we? Oh and you can also read my review of book 1: Angelfall, here.

After Penryn rescues her sister from the Angels’ lair, she gets hurt in the process but Raffe brings her to safety and back to her family. Page, Penryn’s sister is not the same person she knew anymore. When the people in the Resistance camp mistake Paige for a monster, she runs away and Paige sets out to another journey to find her little sister while Raffe is still on the hunt for his wings. Both of their journeys lead to the same destination but what happens Penryn comes face to face with the horrific truth about the Angels?

This book picks up right where it left off. Paige is back with her family but she is far from the girl who she used to be once because of the experiments that were done on her when she was captured by the Angels. After an incident happens in the Resistance camp and Paige runs off, Penryn along with her mother and another woman (I forgot her name though) whom Penryn saved before, leaves off together in search of her. When I read this book the first time, it felt pretty meh to me but this was so not the case for this time. This book was engaging and I was on the edge the whole time. I also wanted to hit Obi, he was the leader of a whole freaking camp but his sense of judgement was really, really bad.

This book was action packed and I was not bored for even a second, in fact, this it was pretty hard to put this book down. And Penryn, she was simply amazing but not devoid of flaws which made her character more realistic. But I really missed Raffe in this book, he was barely there but I wanted so much more. The chemistry between them was more than ever and whatever little moments we saw between them, were just so swoon-worthy!

“Let go,” I say into his ear.

Raffe holds me tighter like there’s no room for discussion.”

World After also focused more on character development and we got to see more of the Angel politics and the parties which were equally creepy and scary. Alcatraz was a pure nightmare and when the actual truth came out behind all the experiments, I was shell shocked, I mean I quite understood what was going on but finally getting the whole truth, it was nightmarish.

One of my favourite aspects of this book was Pooky bear, Raffe’s sword whom Penryn dressed it up in a teddy bear to disguise it. Pooky Bear had a personality of its own and it really made things more interesting. And it seriously cracked me up when Raffe learned the new name of his precious sword.

Overall, World After was a fantastic read. I enjoyed how the plot was executed and the characters kept me on my toes. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace throughout the book. I’ll be posting my review for the 3rd and last book in this trilogy soon, so stay tuned for that!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you read it yet?

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee || When second time’s the charm

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, book 1
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 284 pages, Paperback
Published: August 28th, 2012 by Skyscape
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Travelling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


I read Angelfall and World After back in 2015 but I never got to pick up the third and last book of this trilogy which I finally bought this March. As I didn’t quite remember anything from the first 2 books, I decided it would only be wise if to reread the first of them as well. So, I decided to buddy read it Raven @ Dreamy Addictions because we both kinda had the same situation. Anyway, I think I enjoyed Angelfall more than I did the last time. Well, this is definitely one of the perks of rereading.

Angelfall deals with the post-apocalyptic world where the chaos is everywhere. The angels have taken over the earth and no place is safe anymore. Penryn along with her mother and crippled sister is on the run until her sister is snatched by one of the angels and leaves one of their wounded, behind. Raffe quickly becomes an ally than a leverage when Penryn learns they are on the same side. The search for her sister is not what she expected it to be, will she be able to reach her in time?

“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”

The plot was refreshing and I couldn’t put the book down. This book is divided into small chapters which made it a smooth read. Penryn like everyone else just wants to survive. Her whole family which consists of her mother and sister, Paige depends on her. While she is on the run, she witnesses a fight between one angel, Raffe’s against a few others. They cut off his wings but Penryn’s timely intervention saves him but her sister gets snatched by the big bad wolf, Belial. Penryn somehow helps Raffe and they both set on a journey to find her sister. I was constantly on the edge while reading this book.

This book never failed to surprise it. While they are on the search for their sister, they met the rebels who in my opinion were a wackjob. They thought they were prepared to take on the angels but oh well, they got their answers. But I loved Dee-Dum, the twins. They were notorious but they had a good heart, and they reminded me of the Weasley twins. Raffe and Penryn made quite an unlikely team and daaaamn I totally ship it!! According to Raffe, angels are not allowed to socialise with Daughter of Men which kind of made their chemistry more intense. I ship it! I ship it! I ship it! And Raffe’s sense of humour was quite, what can I say… interesting.

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

Anyway, I digress. I loved Paige who was wheelchair bound and I felt so bad she got taken. When Penryn finally managed to reach where her sister might have been kept, I was as horrified as Penryn to see what in the hell that was actually going on. I felt equally disgusted. On the other hand, I don’t actually know what to think of Penryn’s mom, she was a nut job but the sanest person at the same time.

I expected the world-building to be more… I don’t know the exact word but let’s settle for precise. I wanted more answers, I wanted to know why the angels were here and what they actually wanted to do which now when I think, half of the angels did not know the answer to this question. And the wingy twist, I definitely wasn’t expecting that. Nonetheless, I hope to get my answers in the next book.

Overall, Angelfall was an intriguing read. I loved how the plot was executed, it was unpredictable and kept me on my toes. Although there isn’t much romance in this book, I loved the chemistry between Raffe and Penryn. The writing was smooth and addictive and it was fast paced throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what did you think about this book? Was it a cup of your tea or did you expect more from it?

Interview with Brenda Drake: Author of the Fated series || Blog Tour

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Welcome to my tour stop of Cursing Fate by Brenda Drake hosted by YA Reads Blog Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Brenda Drake, the author of The Fated series which is a really interesting series. I enjoyed reading both the books in this series, especially Cursing Fate. You can read my review of Cursing Fate i.e. book 2, here and Touching Fate i.e. book 1, here. Without further ado I present you the…

Interview

Welcome to my little blog! I am so glad to have you here today.

I’m thrilled to be here!

1. Cursing Fate was such an interesting read! What was your inspiration for the plot of this book?

I got the inspiration for the Fated series while in New Orleans. I was there for a convention, and a group of us had our tarot cards read. Afterward, I kept seeing a girl changing someone’s fate. But there was a price for changing fates. Sister bonds are so important to me, so I imagined a family of girls being inflicted by this magic. The first book, Touching Fate, delved into fate changing. In Cursing Fate it was fun to explore a different side of the magic–possession and cursed tarot cards.

2. Tell us a bit about your writing process.

I always have to start with a cup of coffee (or two). Before I begin writing a story, I’ve already seen it play out in my mind. I follow a skeletal plot graph and let the story take over while following the road map I’d drafted. Ideas for scenes play in my head while in bed waiting to fall asleep or just as I’m waking up. I’m a dreamer, so I guess that’s where all my stories start. I don’t write the dreams (or sort of dreams) down. Whatever I remember by the time I sit down to write, makes it into the book. I figure if it’s important enough, I won’t forget it. I’m not sure this is a good plan.

3. What is the thing that you enjoy the most about writing?

Escaping into a story, creating a new world and getting to know the characters. I would say all of it, but there are few things that can be difficult and tedious, but mostly I enjoy it all.

4. Give us a fun fact about your book.

Wade is a nod to a good friend’s brother. I had a massive crush on him. They had lived next to us on the military base where we were stationed. I was in fifth grade. I spent most of my time hanging out at my friend’s house. Her brother was exactly like Wade, good looking and kind. They moved after six months. Their father got stationed in California. We lost touch, which is sad.

5. If you could spend time with any one of the characters from the Fated series, who would you choose and why?

Um. Wade. Naturally. But then I’d have to magically be seventeen again. He would be so much fun on a date, and very romantic.

6. Are you working on any new project that the readers should be aware of?

I’ve already written the third book in the Fated series, Seeking Fate, which will release next year. I also turned in another book, Thunderstruck, and it should release next year, too. I’m currently working on Assassin of Truths, the third book in my Library Jumpers series. The second book in that series, Guardian of Secrets, releases February 7, 2017.

7. What is your advice for aspiring authors?

Read often and widely, and never give up. The road to publication is often a bumpy one with many twists and turns, but if you abandon your journey, you’ll never realize your dream.

It was great having you on my blog today! Thank you so much and I wish you much success in the future.

Thank you for having me!


Book Info:

Title: Cursing Fate (The Fated, #2)
Author: Brenda Drake
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Published: November 21, 2016 by Entangled Teen Crave

Blurb (from Goodreads):

There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?

Purchase Links:

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Other books in this series:

Title: Touching Fate (The Fated, #1)
Author: Brenda Drake
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Published: October 12th, 2015 by Entangled: Crave

Blurb (from Goodreads):

One touch is all it takes…

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.


Author Bio:

brendaBrenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Review: Cursing Fate by Brenda Drake

Title: Cursing Fate

Author: Brenda Drake

Series: The Fated, book 2

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 220 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: November 21st, 2016 by Entangled Teen Crave

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.

Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.

How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?


My Thoughts

This book was so much more fun and enjoyable than the first book in The Fated series. So much went down in this book and I was engaged throughout the whole book.

Iris is one of the twins in the Layne family, she had feelings for her best friend Wade for a long time now, when she finally confessed things got messed up because of Aster, her elder sister’s new found powers as a fate changer which resulted in Iris breaking up with Wade. But now, she wants him back but Wade doesn’t trust her anymore and she can’t reveal the family secret either. When accidentally Iris unleashes an evil curse, things start spinning out of control. Will Iris be able to stop the spirit in time to save herself?

The plot was quite interesting. I loved the twists and turn of this book. Unlike Aster, Iris is not a fate changer but when she stumbles upon her sister’s tarot cards she unknowingly frees the cursed spirit which has hunted the Van Buren bloodline for decades and now it’s hungry for more revenge. The plot hooked me from the start and it was pretty interesting to see how the spirit took control over Iris and how she tried to resist. It was pretty hard to put this book down!

In the first book, we had a few glimpses of Iris but I didn’t like her that much but in this book where I really got to know the real Iris, I could connect with her. Wade was a sweetheart, he was caring and sweet and always came to Iris’s rescue when she needed him even after the betrayal (which was not actually a betrayal since it was out of Iris’s hand!) Nonetheless, I loved Wade and Iris together, they were meant for each other!

I loved Iris’s realtionship with her twin Violet and how she wanted to be a better person like her sister. Not only that, I loved the relationship with all her friends and how they were equally involved in saving Iris despite knowing about the risks!

Overall, Cursing Fate was a great read. I loved how the plot was executed and the characters were well fleshed out. The romance between Wade and Iris was sweet and I loved them! The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. This was a pretty fun ride and I loved it soo much!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake

Title: Touching Fate

Author: Brenda Drake

Series: The Fated, book 1

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 238 pages, Ebook

Published: October 12th, 2015 by Entangled: Crave

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

One touch is all it takes…

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.


My Thoughts

Thiiiiis…. was an okay read though I expected more, much more from it. Some things were fun and some meh but it was still a somewhat fun ride.

Aster Layne is a fate changer but she is unaware of her powers. Reese’s eighteenth birthday is coming up fast and like all the other firstborn in his family, he is probably going to die on that day due to an ill-fated curse that follows his bloodline. He has almost lost all hope when he finds Aster. Will Aster embrace her powers and help Reese or are things doomed from the very beginning?

The plot was refreshing and fun to read about. But I felt things were moving way too fast for my taste. Aster finds out she is a fate changer in a tarot reading session when her best friend requests her to go in with her. When she decides to see what this new found power brings, she starts practicing with the tarot card reader, Miri but things start going horribly wrong for her when it starts affecting her own family. I definitely liked this part of the story, about how Aster discovers this new side of herself.

What I felt weird was the romance between Reese and Aster. It happened too fast and felt insta-lovey! Especially the I love you happened midway and I was bewildered! I did like the characters though, Aster was a stubborn character but she cared about the people she loved. Reeses’s motive was to change his fate and then take off but when he begins to fall for her, things start to change. Despite the flaws, I enjoyed how things were executed during the last episode.

Overall, Touching Fate was an okay read. The plot and the characters were fun but I didn’t get invested in the romance. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced. This book was a short and a quick read and I did enjoy the overall ride.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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