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AWAKENED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison

 

Awakened By Fire by Erin Kellison
Book 2 of the Dragons Of Bloodfire series
Read by Bernard Setaro Clark
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Awakened By Fire:

Billionaire dragon shifter and Bloodkin Triad member Warrick Voclain is no stranger to power. But when his trusted steward’s beautiful granddaughter — all grown up and successful in her own right — seems to be using illegal magic in his presence, he is thrown for a loop. And the fact that she’s doing so to protect him? Alarming.

Samantha Vine needs to stay under the radar, or her secret gift will get her and her granddad killed. She didn’t intend for her quick visit home to stretch into weeks in Warrick’s company, but anyone striking at Warrick would also hurt her granddad. Only she has the ability to see what’s coming… though she’ll need Warrick’s help to stop it.

The use of such magic is punishable by death, and Warrick’s position on the Triad requires that he adhere to the rule of law. But the attraction between them is electric, stirring his blood and straining his control.

Adversaries wait in every shadow, and the easiest way to strike down a powerful dragon is to go for the heart… in Warrick’s case, Samantha. With fire and blood, he’ll reshape the world into one that’s safe for her. And those that don’t bend to his will? They will burn.

Source: Info in the About Awakened By Fire was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27802060-awakened-by-fire on 15/07/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the first book in this series a lot, so of course the second book got bought and read!

This book is a whole lot longer than the first one. Ten hours worth of listening time as opposed to the four hours of listening time with Tempted By Fire. With the first book, I was dazzled with the fantastic world building and marvellous story telling quality. With this one, the novelty kind of started to wane already. I had time to digest and the character development was not as good as I first thought it was. Also like the first book, I like Bernard Setaro Clark‘s narration, even though, Thane and Warrick now have the same growly voice.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (10 hrs and 16 mins listening time)
Plot = 2.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Dragons Of Bloodfire Series:

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook was downloaded for free, as a freebie item on amazon. The audiobook copy of the book was purchased with private funds. No money received for this review.

 

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THE HIDDEN

 

The Hidden by Ivy Asher
Book 1 in the Shadowed Wings series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook

 

 


About The Hidden:

I am a latent wolf shifter.
Or so I thought.

Then life as I knew it changed in a flash — or more accurately, an electrocution.

I’ve woken up in a strange place, surrounded by strange people who hate me. They’re in the middle of a war, and I look like I belong on the wrong side of it.

If that’s not enough to qualify as a really bad day, I now have wings and a strange animal to figure out, because it turns out that there’s not a damn latent thing about me.

If I want to live, I have to prove that I’m not the spy I’m accused of being. Then I need to figure out how the fuck to get back home before all hell breaks loose. Too bad my animal has zero interest in working with me unless it has to do with the two hot assholes that lead this rebel group.

I’m on my own, in a place I’ve never even heard of, with threats I don’t know how to defeat. And lucky me, I might as well have a rotisserie chicken living inside of me for all the help my newly discovered gryphon is.

Perfect. Just fucking perfect.

Source: Info in the About The Hidden was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47762658-the-hidden on 23/10/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

This book got bought because I like the premise. Plus, one can never underestimate the drawing power of gryphons! It’s almost like dragons! Plus the cover is intersting! And, I like this author’s story telling quality and the pace was quite quick. However, I did not like the way the book ended in a whooping cliffhanger! Not to mention that the book did not have much of a plot. In essence this book is just a couple of chapters of a bigger book. That tend to dissuade me from reading that kind of authors. Specially when the next book comes out a year after and by then I have forgotten what the book was all about already plus I have already formed a not very positive impression of the author. Not a good thing.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 2
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 1
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 1

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries
  

 

The Author

 

About Ivy Asher:

Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she’s lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

www.ivyasher.com | facebook | instagram | amazon | goodreads

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

28/04/2020 Posted by | 3 cherries, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, gryphon, Ivy Asher, kindle ebook, review, reviews, Shadowed Wings series, shape shifter, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TEMPTED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison

 

Tempted By Fire by Erin Kellison
Book 1 of the Dragons Of Bloodfire series
Read by Bernard Setaro Clark
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Tempted By Fire:

Dragon shifter Thane Ealdian has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, and finally a clue has surfaced that implicates an old adversary. Thane will stop at nothing to seek his revenge, but to prevent violence between the clans, the Bloodkin Triad has forced a mediator on him. Some upstart named Emerson Clark…

Emerson is fed up with all Bloodkin and how they’ve managed to control every aspect of her life. While she doesn’t believe that Bloodkin can shift into dragons — because, really? — she has to admit, they are exceptionally nice to look at. But once the mediation is over, she wants nothing to do with them ever again.

When Thane discovers that the clever and beautiful Emerson is the key to uncovering the truth, he has no intention of letting her go. Although she wants to run, she can’t turn her back on Thane or her intense feelings for him. His quest pulls at her heart, just as his nearness sparks something dangerous inside her. With evil in hot pursuit, sooner or later everything will ignite — the mediation, the shifter within her… and their passions.

Source: Info in the About Tempted By Fire was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25780917-tempted-by-fire on 15/07/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

Promising start to a new-to-me series.

The world building and the story telling quality were fantastic!! The plot though was a bit thin on the ground. And then I liked the way the narrator gave Thane a growley voice!

At barely five hours listening time, I wouldn’t really call this a full novel. However it is a whole lot longer than a novella. Either way, its a quick nice read. Enjoyed the book and would give it a 4.5 out of 5.

Short and sweet.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (4 hrs and 56 mins listening time)
Plot = 2.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Dragons Of Bloodfire Series:

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook was downloaded for free, as a freebie item on amazon. The audiobook copy of the book was purchased with private funds. No money received for this review.

 

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SMOKE BITTEN

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Book 12 of the Mercy Thompson series
Read by Lorelei King
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Smoke Bitten:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.

My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill — until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything — even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

Source: Info in the About Smoke Bitten was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44571368-smoke-bitten on 14/07/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

Being an old Patricia Briggs fan, of course this book is a 5 out of 5! I knew it was going to be a 5 out of 5 even before I’ve read it! What I didn’t expect was a killer bunny! Now that, is a fun thing to read! Then there is Wulfe making more of an appearance which I love! Love! Love! And other things I love which I cannot mention here without being spoilery…. What I kinda was disappointed though is that Sherwood did not bring Pirate to the 5 o’clock meeting

What this book is starting to feel though, is like Lt. Eve Dallas in the In Death series by JD Robb where only Dallas ever knows whodunit. That kind of gets old fast.

Not the best book in the series, however, I still enjoyed it immensely!!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Mercy Thompson Series:
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About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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BOUND

Bound by Cali Mann
Book 2 in the Thornbriar Academy series
Genre: urban fantasy / reverse harem
Format: ebook

 

 


About Bound:

Mated. When fate takes her choices away, Hailey fights back the only way she knows how.

She rebels, choosing the guy not on the menu.

But Thornbriar Academy isn’t as safe as it once was, and her deadly secret falls into the wrong hands.

Hailey’s going to need all her men to stay alive.

Bound is a the second book in this Why Choose, Dark Paranormal Romance series. Expect a tough as nails innocent, bullies, shifters, and love in this sexy new adult reverse harem romance.

Source: Info in the About Bound was taken from GoodReads at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0825FMGJV on 16/02/2020.

 

Buy Link(s):
 

 

My Thoughts:

Another few chapters in a bigger book. For another 173 pages (print ed) is a short and sweet read with a whooping cliffhanger ending. At this point we can already see the publishing pattern that this author is going to pursue with this series. Release every 200 pages or less of the book every few months or so at full length book price each time. The story telling quality and the urban fantasy world are really good, but I am not sure I like being squeezed every last drop of money like that. Because that is how it feels. But then again, I guess this kind of publishing technique is making the author a lot of money, I can understand that. I just do not like it. And maybe one of these days I’ll get annoyed enough to stop reading. However, I got a weakness for impressive black dragons…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 2
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 1.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Thornbriar Academy Series:
 

 

Meet The Author

 

About Cali Mann:

I devoured my mother’s Gothic romance collection when I was a teen, so you can say that dark romance and I go way back. Give me a cozy chair, a snuggily feline, and a book any day.

I’ve been dreaming up my own magical worlds since I was small, and I’m so excited to share them with you.

calimann.com | twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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WONDERMENT IN DEATH

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb
 

Wonderment In Death by JD Robb
Book 41.5 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobook Audible Books

 

 

About Wonderment In Death:

Things aren’t what they seem when Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates what appears to be a routine murder/suicide. When friends of Darlene and Marcus Fitzwilliams insist Darlene would never hurt her brother, Eve digs deeper.

Eve learns that Darlene sought help from sensitivities, psychics, and doctors of paranormal studies in an attempt to contact her dead parents. After clues mimicking Alice in Wonderland repeatedly turns up, the case gets curiouser and curiouser…

Racing against the clock, Eve must travel down the rabbit hole to stop a madman’s murderous tea party.

Source: Info in the “About Wonderment In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25217301-wonderment-in-death on 03/03/2018.

 

Buy Link(s):
  Audible Books

 

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb (UK)

My Thoughts:

This is a short sweet instalment in the In Death series. Plot follows the same pattern as the full length books, just shorter story. So no room for twists. Quiet straightforward, but still enjoyable. In fact I like this better than Dark In Death which started to feel boring to me. It might be the book or might be just me reading too many JD Robb books. And I guess because it is not just Dallas alone knowing who the bad guy is intuitively. Although the supernatural element is stronger in this story than in full novels, like all short stories in this series tends to be, it is still good to read that it is not just Dallas alone who knows the plot. That kind where only she knows, kinds of gets old fast. So even though this is just a short story in the series, I would still rate this book a five.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = (3 hrs and 32 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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BORROWED MAGIC

Borrowed Magic by Stephanie Foxe
Book 1 in the Witch’s Bite series
Narrated by Laurel Schroeder
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Borrowed Magic:

A witch with a troubled past and a dangerous secret…
And bills to pay.

Peddling legal potions isn’t enough, so Olivia Carter works for the vampires now. She heals the people they feed on and does her best to avoid any trouble. She has a new boyfriend, a place to live (pay no mind to the rats living under the porch), and a cauldron for every occasion. Building a life in a new town isn’t easy, but Olivia is doing alright.

When the police show up at her door trying to pin a murder on her employer, and then her, she’ll have to risk everything to save her only friend and her future.

All magic has a price. Are you willing to pay it?

Source: Info in the About Borrowed Magic was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36310899-borrowed-magic on 19/10/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

Short and sweet!

Borrowed Magic may read like a book but it is so short, it is more like a novella. The print version is only 146 pages long. Having said that, it did manage to have a plot, which is more than I can say for a lot of full lentgh urban fantasy books that I have read. Plot-less-ness seems to be a plague in the urban fantasy genre! And of course, it ended in a cliffhanger, but only to point to the plot of the next book in the series. The plot in this one, actually sort-of resolved.

I first encountered this narrator in Dragon’s Gift: Valkyrie by Linsey Hall, I didn’t like her singsong then and I still don’t like it now.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 5
Plot = 3
Narration = 3

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries
       

 

Books In The Witch’s Bite Series:

Book 0.5: UNSTEADY MAGIC

(TBC)

 

Meet The Author

 

About Stephanie Foxe:

Stephanie Foxe was born and raised near Houston, TX. She grew up playing in the pond and woods in her backyard, and devouring every book she could get her hands on.

Her teen years were spent transitioning slowly from reader, to writer. She spent most evenings on the phone with her cousin writing the first few pages to many books that would never be finished.

Her adult years were spent toiling away at a corporate job until one fateful day when she heard about a little writing project called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). From there, the idea of writing a book went from a fanciful dream to a finished manuscript. The first book in the Witch’s Bite series was written, and Stephanie was addicted.

Now, she has plans to publish everything from paranormal fantasy to science fiction.

One book at a time.

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stephaniefoxe.com | twitter | facebook | pinterest | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

 

About Laurel Schroeder:

Laurel Schroeder is a classically trained actor who received her MFA in acting from the University of Houston. She’s narrated over 100 audiobooks, and although her genres vary widely, she’s particularly fond of narrating young adult and mystery novels. When not in the booth working on her latest project, she can sometimes be seen in film or on stage, most recently in the world premiere of Good for Otto, by Tony Award–winning playwright David Rabe. A Colorado native, she now lives in Chicago with her boyfriend and their dog, the cutest little troublemaker you ever did see.

tantor | twitter | facebook | linkedin | goodreads

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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FUSED IN FIRE

 

Fused In Fire by K. F. Breene
Book 3 of the Fire & Ice Trilogy
Read by Nicole Pole
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Fused In Fire:

The gripping conclusion of the bestselling Fire and Ice Trilogy!

I’d thought the threat from Seattle was finished. That we showed up in time and took care of business.

I hate being wrong. It really ruins my day.

When Roger, the alpha of the North American pack, shows up at my door with the news that a demon has made it to the Underworld with knowledge of me, some hard decisions have to be made.

Do I stay above ground, with all my magical friends, and wait for the battle to come to me? Or do I seek the demon out, and pluck the threat out by the root?

I don’t want my friends to die on my behalf. I could never life with myself. But if I venture into the Underworld, it’ll be the most perilous journey of my life.

This time, it isn’t just my life hanging in the balance, it is my eternity.

Source: Info in the About Fused In Fire was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35835728-fused-in-fire on 03/06/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

Being the third instalment in a trilogy, this book did conclude the story arc of the series. However, it was pretty lame. That “gripping conclusion” description in the synopsis is not true. Maybe I was expecting too much, maybe it was the book and just didn’t cut it. Whatever the reason this book disappointed me a little. It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book because it is. Just not as good as I expected it to be. The plot is still the same kind of non-existent. The world building is also the same, as beautiful as ever. And I am now a firm fan of the narrator. What wasn’t a plus was the heroine blundering from one fight into another and saved by sheer dumb luck. **sigh**

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 2
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Fire & Ice Trilogy Series:

 

Meet The Author

 

About K. F. Breene:

K.F. Breene is a USA Today Bestselling and Top 10 Kindle All-Star author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy and fantasy novels. With two million books sold, when she’s not penning stories about magic and what goes bump in the night, she’s sipping wine and planning shenanigans. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and out of work treadmill.

[Source: Info in the “About K. F. Breene” was taken from the author’s website at: http://www.kfbreene.com/bio]

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FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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POINT OF IMPACT

 

Point Of Impact by Kyla Stone
Book 1 in the Nuclear Dawn series
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
Genre: post-apocalyptic urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Point Of Impact:

Surviving the blast is only the beginning…

Dakota Sloane, a tough-as-nails former foster kid, has spent her life running from the past. Her only family is her little sister, still trapped in the system.

When the news shows the bombs striking several major cities, Dakota’s first thought is to grab her sister and get the hell out of Miami.

Logan Garcia is a man haunted by secrets. His life plan is to drink himself into oblivion–until the shockwave hits, shattering the world as he knows it.

In the moments before the deadly fallout descends, Dakota offers Logan a deal. She knows a place to ride out the coming chaos, a safe house deep in the Everglades.

If he helps her rescue her sister, she’ll take him with her.

But Dakota’s past has caught up to her. Someone is hunting her through the radioactive ruins of Miami. And he won’t stop until he has her…or they’re both dead.

An electrifying post-apocalyptic survival adventure, the Nuclear Dawn series features fast-paced action combined with strong, complex characters. Perfect for fans of Logan Keys, Jacqueline Druga, Mike Kraus, and Boyd Craven.

Source: Info in the About Point Of Impact was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43288746-point-of-impact on 10/10/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

This is my first Kyla Stone read and I like the way she tells a story. However, I do not like the way she cuts the book in a big cliffhanger such that there isn’t any story building at all! This book is just a first chapter of a bigger book. The entire book is an introduction with not much of a plot. Nuclear boom. These are the characters. The end. And that is the main reason this book would never get a 5 out of 5 with me. The premise is interesting but the story building is non-existent. I’ve read a lot of book serieses and the first book does not necessarily have to be this plot-less nor just merely a first-chapter-seeming. This is my second series read by Stacey Glemboski and she is growing on me.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 2.5
Writing Style = 2
Ending = 1.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (6 hrs & 19 mins listening time)
Plot = 2
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries
   

 

Books In The Nuclear Dawn Series:

 

Meet The Author

 

About Kyla Stone:

I spend my days writing apocalyptic and dystopian fiction novels.

I love writing stories exploring how ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances, especially situations where the normal comforts, conveniences, and rules are stripped away.
My favorite stories to read and write deal with characters struggling with inner demons who learn to face and overcome their fears, launching their transformation into the strong, brave warrior they were meant to become.

Some of my favorite books include The Road, The Passage, Hunger Games, and Ready Player One. My favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings and Gladiator. Give me a good story in any form, and I’m happy.

Oh, and add in a cool fall evening in front of a crackling fire, nestled on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, a book in one hand and a hot moche latte in the other (or dark chocolate!): that’s my heaven.

I mean, I won’t say no to hiking to mountain waterfalls, traveling to far-flung locations, or jumping out of a plane (parachute included) either.

twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

 

About Stacey Glemboski:

Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best selling authors. Though her favorite books have been for kids and teens, many other genres of narration appeal to her.

Her acting experience has been largely experiential and has been honed through singing, plays, life, choir solos, Barbies, and eventually teaching middle school. For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling. Outside the studio, Stacey is compulsively addicted to tennis but is not seeking any treatment for this condition.

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FOUND

Found by Cali Mann
Book 1 in the Thornbriar Academy series
Genre: urban fantasy / reverse harem
Format: ebook

 

 


About Found:

Spirit shifters are killed at birth, except when they aren’t.

Raised by human traffickers, Hailey learned from an early age that the one person she could trust was herself.

But a shifter needs a pack, and Hailey doesn’t know who’s an enemy and who’s a lover. Or who to trust with a secret that could get her killed.

Source: Info in the About Found was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48986325-found on 06/01/2020.

 

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Terrin

My Thoughts:

Short and sweet read.

There isn’t much of a plot. Just an introduction to this world and the main characters and a big cliffhanger ending. However, it does have great story telling quality, now am hooked! The thing is, reverse harem is not my genre. But I was already halfway through this book before I realised that it is a reverse harem! And then again, I am kind of partial towards cat shifters and Terrin is a jaguar shifter … That speaks of the character development that is solid! Speaking of which… The good news is, the heroine is not too stupid to live. The bad news is, at 177 pages long (print ed.), the book is too freaking short!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 1.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Thornbriar Academy Series:

 

Meet The Author

 

About Cali Mann:

I devoured my mother’s Gothic romance collection when I was a teen, so you can say that dark romance and I go way back. Give me a cozy chair, a snuggily feline, and a book any day.

I’ve been dreaming up my own magical worlds since I was small, and I’m so excited to share them with you.

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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

NOTE:
Amendments: on 17/02/2020 – added “SAVED” in the Books In The Series section + “My Thoughts”.

 

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