Haunted Blade (Colbana Files #6) by J.C. Daniels

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Haunted, Hunted…and harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

As the body count racks up, there’s an imbalance of power, particularly among the vampire population, and Kit must yet again deal with ugly memories as one of the monsters who tried to break her is set free to deal with the imbalance of power. Yet while a power struggle rages in East Orlando, there’s another, more subtle battle taking place and Kit feels like the center of it all.

Arrogant? Maybe. But the dead bodies don’t bear the mark of her grandmother’s pet killer by sheer coincidence…and she doubts her nemesis being released is either. (Amazon, Haunted Blade Kindle Edition)

This book is: … #%*!?! I am so mad! This book could have been so good!

The plot is: great, but it is hidden behind poor, poor, terrible editing. There are so many spelling mistakes, sentence fragments, word-order mistakes etc. I lost count. English is not my native language and I found about 10 mistakes/page. I should not be able to do so, but what’s more, this book is not an author’s first published book. No, it is one book in a line of many, many, many other books. It is also the sixth book in a series (not to mention all the novellas here and there…). This book should not have been (allowed to be) published in this condition. This book needs an editor; a qualified, good editor). If an editor has worked on this book already, that editor should not be working as one and should let a more competent editor take over. In addition to poor editing, this book also lacks structure. The storyline is choppy and the reader is having to jump from one scene to another without a cohesive flow. Most scenes also feel rushed and as though the author couldn’t decide on what she wanted the book to be about. With lots of idéas that led nowhere (yet), rushed scenes, choppy storyline, and poor editing, this book is a disaster. The only reason that I’m giving this book two stars is because there is a good story behind all the bad editing and what not. Also, because you finally got to learn a bit more about Kit’s past.

The beginning is: ok. A bit slow and boring, but like the other books in this series.
The middle is: promising.
The crescendo is: rushed, but exciting. If it hadn’t been rushed, I think the story and the action-packed scenes could have been amazing.
The finish/ending is: promising, but alas, It ended with a cliff-hanger. I hate cliff-hangers! If an author can’t keep her readers interested in the following book/books when a series is six books along, without a cliff-hanger, they are doing something wrong. If one book in a series ends with a cliff-hanger, fine, but more than one in a series, that is annoying as #%*@!

The characters are: alright, but the secondary characters need more depth this far along in the series. The main cast is sort of good, but Kit need’s more “umpf” and backbone at this point. I know she has seen and been subjected to many horrors, but she needs to stop hiding, throwing up, and be a quivering mess. Especially since she keeps proclaiming to be a strong independent woman who doesn’t need a babysitter/bodyguard because she can take care of herself. Well then, she better start acting like it!

The language is: … well… see my rant above.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? I’m torn, this series is good, but this book is awful. I’m looking forward to reading the next book because I want to know how it will end (however many books there might be left), but I’m not sure the writing/editing will be any better which would only make me mad again… I would recommend reading the first three books in this series, but the following three are a bit of a disappointment for me (this book, the sixth, being the worst, but with the best plot of the three, if that makes any sense what so ever).

– Sofia Sundfors

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Trying To Live With The Dead (The Veil Diaries, #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah…I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work. (Amazon, Trying to Live with the Dead Kindle Edition)

This book is: fantastic!

The plot is: amazing.
The beginning is: intriguing, sad and loving.
The middle is: wonderful.
The crescendo is: heartbreaking and filled with fear and suspense.
The finish/ending is: sorrowful but also heartwarming (if that makes any sense ).

The characters are: wonderful.
The worldbuilding is: just right.
The language is: perfect for this book/genre/audience.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, without a doubt. It is a great start to a new, fantastic series.

– Sofia Sundfors

Seduction (Curse of the Gods, #3) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller? Sol? Accidental evolutionary hiccup?

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore. The rules are changing. The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans. Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive. Because someone wants her dead. But, really, what else is new? (Amazon, Seduction Kindle Edition)

This book is: fabulous. But still, like with the previous two books, I can’t put my finger on what it is that makes these books so amazing (apart from the fact that they are written by two authors that are geniuses when it comes down to writing awesome books).

The plot is: great and just as hilarious as the other two books in the series.
The beginning is: funny.
The middle is: intriging.
The crescendo is: like, oh shit!
The finish/ending is: a bit unexpected and intriguing.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, try it before you say “No thanks”. It’s nothing like you’ve ever read before.

– Sofia Sundfors

Persuasion (Curse of the Gods, #2) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller? Bad-ass? Notorious pet to five magical beings?

In Blesswood, there are rules, and someone is trying to teach her how to follow them. The only problem is Willa. Which shouldn’t be anything new, since she has been a problem since birth—something her pseudo-sister Emmy would agree on. So it definitely shouldn’t be new … but it is. Because things are starting to happen that have never happened before. Things are starting to get …chaotic. (Amazon, Persuasion Kindle Edition)

This book is: just as good as the first one.

The plot is: hilarious.
The beginning is: perfect.
The middle is: just right.
The crescendo is: oh, oh.
The finish/ending is: heartbreaking and great at the same time.

??? I can’t put my finger on what makes these books so good… maybe the humour…?! I don’t know, because there is nothing really special that stands out. There is something, though, because I can’t get enough of these books. Maybe you could clue me in when/if you read/have read the book(s).

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, because if you’ve read the first instalment, you’ll want to read the rest of the books in the series as well.

– Sofia Sundfors

Trickery (Curse of the Gods, #1) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it. Either way, she is in trouble. (Amazon, Trickery Kindle Edition)

This book is: weird, but in a great way. It took me a long, long time to start reading this book because I wasn’t sure it was really my cup of tea. I finally gave it a shot, though, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The plot is: hilarious. I thought I would be annoyed by the main character’s clumpsy and idiotic behaviour, but I find myself enjoying, and laughing about it instead. I would actually award this book 4.5 stars, but since I can’t, I’m giving this book 5 stars instead of only 4.

The beginning is: a bit boring and confusing.
The middle is: intriguing and hilarious.
The crescendo is: a bit rushed, but still good.
The finish/ending is: promising.

The characters are: “in development”. They are nice, but they need polish and depth.
The worldbuilding is: OK.
The language is: interesting. You’ll come across expression like “give me a click” and other expressions of time (and other things) in the book.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, it’s a great start to a, surprisingly, great new series.

– Sofia Sundfors

King Cave (Forever Evermore, #2) by Scarlett Dawn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.

It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.

Their friendship saves them both…but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It’s not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra’s life as well? (Amazon, King Cave Kindle Edition)

This book is: amazing!

The plot is: awesome, heartbreaking, humorous and filled with love. Some might feel there is too much sex going on in the book and not enough storyline, but I disagree. OK, perhaps not entierly. The first time I read this book (this is like the fifth time I’ve read it) I thought there was too much sex and not much else occurring, but the more I think about it, and the more times I’ve read the book, I just love it and the humour surrounding it all.

The beginning is: heartbreaking and sad.
The middle is: filled with sex and humour… and heartbreak.
The crescendo is: heartbreaking and powerful.
The finish/ending is: heart-wrenching. Yes, there is a lot of heartache going on in this book, but so worth it!

The characters are: amazing! The main characters are still young, but they are growing up.
Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Yes, I would definitely recommend this book because it is an awesome continuation of the first instalment in the Forever Evermore saga.

– Sofia Sundfors

King Hall (Forever Evermore, #1) by Scarlett Dawn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realizes the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution. (Amazon, King Hall Kindle Edition)

This book is: phenomenal! Can’t wait to read the following books.

The plot is: unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

The beginning is: amazing!
The middle is: filled with humour and awesomeness!
The crescendo is: awful but in a great way. (Don’t worry if that makes no sense. Read the book and you’ll understand).
The finish/ending is: “cliffhanger-ish”. Luckily, the following books are already published and available for purchase.

The characters are: very lovable and great. The main characters are excellent and you want to be a part of their group/be their friend.
The worldbuilding is: just right.
The language is: perfect for this type of book/genre/audience.

Would I recommend this book? Yes/no? Why/why not? Absolutely! It is an amazing book, one of my favs!

– Sofia Sundfors