I have recently felt like complete crap so I have spent a majority of my time searching the internet for vines, catching up on the Walking Dead and binge reading. I searched through hundreds ( well, it felt like hundreds anyways) of books on the Kindle Unlimited list and found some interesting reads. I also stumbled upon a few I stopped reading within the first two chapters. I usually power through but I just couldn’t do it this weekend. Below I have written some mini-reviews for each and hopefully it will save you some time if you are wanting something new. Most of these are paranormal, romance or a combination of both.
Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff
Dog Mountain is just like any other small town — peaceful and uneventful. Well, that is if peaceful means wolves howling all night, and uneventful means it’s overrun by pesky werewolves, then yes, Dog Mountain is just your average small town.
Jade Shaw has spent the last two years avoiding the pack. But when Aidan Collins moves to town, avoiding the dogs doesn’t seem possible. The pack wants him just as much as she does.
Determined to keep him out of the pack’s grasp, Jade does everything she can to gain his attention. Little does she know, Aidan is in deeper with the pack than she could have imagined, and competing for his attention is a deadly game, one she may not want to win.
This book held my interest. It is a shifter book where the main character, Jade, lives in a town where everyone knows about werewolves and they pretty much run the town. She hates them, but everyone else doesn’t and it is common for people to go “join” by getting bitten in. This book was written for I am guessing mid to older teens. The writing is OK, the plot was a bit predictable but interesting. The main character was feisty and not a complete push over. I read it in one sitting but it is still up in the air if I am willing to pay for the rest of the series.
Shift by Sarah Kay Carter
(Mature Young Adult) Kayla is 17, beautiful, smart, and has one of the best friends a girl could ask for, all that’s missing is her dream boyfriend to come and sweep her off her feet. But all is not as it seems. Kayla is suddenly burdened by unexplainable dreams of running through the woods. Her reality is unstable and then she meets Jackson, a mysterious and drop dead gorgeous new guy. He appears to know more about Kayla’s past than she does. Kayla is suddenly thrust into a whole new universe of possibilities that includes more suitors then she could have ever imagined, including Jackson’s player cousin Damien. Within this alien world, Kayla finds one truth, sometimes to find the answers to your problem all one has to do is Shift.
I couldn’t get past the first two chapters, which sucks, because I really wanted to like this book. The blurb was interesting and all the reviews are so good! But the writing on this one is pretty bad, the grammar is worse. It kinda reminds me of how you feel trying to have an insightful conversation with a six year old, you go into it really meaning well and being hopeful, but then just give up when it gets too daunting.
Beautiful Monster by Bella Forrest
Liam Swift is a young man Amy has always admired from afar. She’s seen his face a thousand times on the screen and in magazines. He seems unstoppable as his talent and beauty send him hurtling toward becoming a Hollywood legend…
Until one day–in what appears to be a fit of madness–he stuns the world by throwing it all away. Not even the most persistent reporter can fathom the reason behind Liam’s decision.
Never in Amy’s wildest dreams could she have imagined this 25-year-old god of acting would go on to accept employment at her local boarding school. Or that he’d personally start teaching drama lessons.
It seems life can’t get much better for Amy … until the sound of tortured weeping starts echoing through the thin walls of her dorm room each night, leading her to stumble upon a horrifying secret Liam had hoped to keep hidden forever.
This book has really high reviews, and after reading the praise I am thinking ‘yes! finally a paranormal book I can get into’ and although I was able to finish it, I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. The main character Amy, has some very unique characteristics which I found interesting but the story itself fell flat. It felt rushed and the characters were very one dimensional. All the super strong emotions they were supposed to be conveying felt very indifferent to me. The plot has potential for sure but it needs to be developed.
Matefinder by Leia Stone
Werewolves, facing the threat of extinction, desperately seek their mates to bear young. Aurora, a human far removed from the supernatural world, is nearing her own end after being fatally injured in a car accident. Kai, an alpha werewolf, lurks in the nearby trees watching her bleed out. He chooses to save her the only way he knows how, by changing her. Aurora struggles with her past as a domestic abuse survivor and the new dominating and violent lifestyle of a werewolf. No one is prepared for what happens next. The tides turn in favor of the werewolves. The Matefinder has been found, and she is more powerful than anybody ever imagined. But is she prepared to be the most hunted werewolf in history?
This one, I really liked. This is actually a three book series as of now and I read the first two. The plot is pretty good, still has some predictable elements but overall keeps your attention. The characters are developed and Aurora isn’t overly whiny. It is def worth the read.
Here are some that I found that seem promising but I haven’t gotten to yet:
As a wolf shifter with razor-sharp senses, Jessa Lebron can perceive the slightest change in the air. And her lupine instincts go into overdrive right before her mother, who abandoned her years ago, returns to the pack bearing secrets that change everything.
The biggest secret of all: Jessa is dragon marked, a designation that places her in grave danger. The dragon marked are destined to resurrect the dragon king, a fearsome ancient warmonger. And they must be eliminated.
Soon Jessa is locked up in Vanguard, the notorious paranormal prison that houses criminal vampires, feys, and magic users. Thankfully, she’s not alone: Braxton Compass, her best friend and a dragon shifter, has her back. Jessa and Braxton must find a way to free themselves and the rest of the dragon marked. But can her pack mates help her stop the dragon king before his deadly return?
He isn’t supposed to even talk to a human, much less fall in love with one…
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.
After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s just moved into her grandma’s house in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.
She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.
Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught.
It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore. Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.
And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully ignorant and safe.
This one isn’t on the Kindle Unlimited list but it seems promising still..
Bloom was abandoned by her mother at birth, but thanks to her dad she never once felt unloved. When he is killed in a car wreck, leaving her without any close family, she spends a year mourning him. She feels as if her heart has been cut out of her chest and nothing is left but an empty hole that she doesn’t think will ever heal. Then one night after work she finds a wounded dog in the woods behind her house and takes him in, not realizing he’s more than just some stray dog but a wolf shifter, who happens to be her mate.
Pike is getting over the loss of his father by running full force away from his responsibilities. He’s getting ready to go back to face his new position as the Alpha of his pack when he catches the scent that can only belong to his mate.
When Bloom finds out she may not be the normal human she always thought herself to be, she’s forced to search out the woman who abandoned her at birth.