Hello, my fellow book lovers!
After much reflection, I have come to the conclusion that after two years of blogging on this site something needs to change. I feel like I need to re-vamp my review structure and just get to the point! Time is hard to come by these days and I have not been able to post regularly because I have been trying to be too structured! Well, I am going to favor the quick and dirty approach and just tell you what I think about the books straight up!
Let’s get to the point, here is my November wrap-up! With just a description and exactly what I thought ( no spoilers of course!)
Ruled By Blood Series by Izzy Shows
What does it say when vampires aren’t the thing most feared in the night?
Nina Rodriguez has become the most lethal weapon in the world. A blood mage trained by werewolves to hunt and kill with no remorse, no morality, and no hesitation. All that matters is the thrill of the kill, and the danger that comes with it.
When she’s given orders to infiltrate and observe the vampire court, she couldn’t turn it down anymore than she could cease to breathe.
The sweet taste of danger was enough to tempt her, and that only doubles when the vampire king chooses her as his own personal thrall.
He’s a temptation she wasn’t prepared for, but dangerous, and his attention could mean death if she doesn’t watch her mouth. Words are weapons in a vampire court, weapons she was not trained to use.
She can fight off any enemy, but no one prepared her to fight for her soul.
I was not impressed by the writing in these books. It felt undeveloped, almost as if the writer just wanted to write a book, so she sat down and just pounded out what she thought sounded good. It was predictable but still mildly entertaining. The characters are one-dimensional. Written as if they were inspired for a bigger purpose but they fall completely flat. The love story is pretty bland and followed the exact path you would expect. The king was a huge disappointment. He is supposed to come off as an alpha and he was totally neutered and a complete let down. The heroine of the story also felt like she was written with the hope of creating a character that was purpose driven and bad ass but she came off as try hard and always unsure of herself. If you are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited like myself, you won’t lose anything by picking this up but I personally wouldn’t have read the entire series if I had to pay for it.
The November Girl by Lydia Kang
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.
Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.
I absolutely loved this book! The writing is poetic, original and robust. The characters are unique and the plot is also something I have never read before. I don’t think you understand, I read so much it is rare for me to find a book that actually feels fresh and new. Lydia Kang did it for me. This book is dark and twisty and whimsical all at the same time. It is bold and tortured and I am pretty sure it was made just for me. I would definitely recommend this one, just be aware there is a lot of heavy content so I would suggest only older teens and adults.
Haven by Mary Lindsey
“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
I enjoyed this book but it was both a mixture of predictable and unique. There are certain aspects of this book I really enjoyed. I liked that Freddie is a bit of a mystery and that the main narration is from a male POV. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming and even though I knew where the story was going, the exact path to get there wasn’t as cookie cutter as I expected. This book is definitely aimed a younger teen reader, the wording is simple and not super descriptive. The characters aren’t complex but they also are well enough described to feel semi-real. All in all, this was fun to read but I probably won’t re-visit it in the near future.
Another Postcard: The Stone Butterfly Series by Elle Christensen
Brooklynn Hawk is an enigma. Highly sought after for her incredible voice, her talent shines bright in the studio. But a dark past and a secret she holds close to her heart keep her from permanently stepping into the limelight.
Until her favorite band offers her the chance to chase her dreams.
As the lead singer for rock sensation, Stone Butterfly, Levi Matthews is wary of bringing in new talent. But, he has heard just how amazing Brooklynn is and when the need for another singer arises, he’s confident that she is the perfect addition.
However, he doesn’t count on laying his heart at her feet.
But the world of music can be as dangerous as it is thrilling. Joining Stone Butterfly on tour was hard enough for Brooklyn, but when she finally succumbs to Levi’s charms, the rock ‘n’ roll life turns deadly.
Will Levi and Brooklynn keep their voices and their hearts entwined? Or will the music prove too hard to survive?
I am so confused. I have no idea why this book has such high reviews. I completely despised it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good rock star romance but this was not sexy. The male lead in this book is pushy, crude and his attention borders on sexual assault. Seriously, this girl says no and this dude constantly follows her around, rubs himself all over her, makes out with her when she says no and calls her baby even after she has rejected his advances time and time again. That isn’t hot. And I swear, I am not a prude when it comes to cussing but if I read the word f*ck one more time… that is half this dudes vocabulary. This book was predictable and the ending was so far-fetched I couldn’t even figure out how it even made any sense. I cannot even with this book and I would not recommend it to anyone.
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: The Nava Katz Series by Deborah Wilde
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter: Winner of the 2017 Raven for Favorite Urban Fantasy
Meet Nava Katz. Punches like a girl. Kicks demon butt.
When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts her twin brother’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take his place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. It’s the age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.
A badass and utterly hilarious Jewish heroine and a hot Indian ex-rock star team up to save the world and maybe fall in love. If you like snarky, sexy, fast-paced urban fantasy, pick this up!
YES, YES, YES! I am totally in LOVE with Nava. This book series is everything y’all! Nava is hilarious and slutty and underestimated. She is raw and witty and real and everything I want in a female heroine. I will admit I hate the title and the cover really doesn’t exhibit the level of badassery this book contains. The plot is fast paced and fun, the men are sexy and alpha, and Nava entertained me through all three books. I loved how the author wove Jewish culture in with the story and made it feel that much more authentic. I adore this series and will probably re-read it multiple times. It is available on Kindle Unlimited too! I would totally recommend this to anyone who loves a strong female lead and a hot love interest that doesn’t steal the show!
Alright guys, I hope you enjoy the new format! I will probably do just a series of mini-reviews from now on unless one really strikes my fancy. I think it is time for some giveaways and other fun things! Let me know what you think!
-Jill @ Book Mafia Blog