Book Review: Penny White and the Nest of Nessies (Penny White Book 6) by Chrys Cymri

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

Yet another amazing, enthralling, compelling story in the Penny White series! Book Six finds Penny struggling to find balance in a work relationship with Peter (after the crumbling of their personal one) while being drawn further into the orbit of Minister without Portfolio Sue Harkness. That woman sets my teeth on edge!

After a British submarine slips through a thin space and into Lloegyr, Penny is drafted to negotiate the return of both the sub and her crew. Meanwhile Clyde is considering entering the priesthood… The Archdruid of the Unicorns calls Penny’s debt due… Penny has another run-in with Earls Barton man (how many excuses can she come up with for the strange goings on in his back garden?)… And a dead mermaid turns up near the orca tank at Midlands Safari Park but no one know how she got there, let alone where she came from or how her remains should be handled…

It’s all piling up rather quickly for Penny and juggling her duties- to self, family, church, England and Lloegyr -might just prove to be too much. That’s why, when Sue Harkness learns about air crossings and starts plotting ways to use them to the advantage of the British government, Penny must make a drastic decision which holds immense consequences for everyone, human and non-human alike.

Every book in the Penny White series has held my attention from start to finish, with each one gripping my heart a little tighter than the last. I don’t know how Ms Cymri manages to interweave so many complicated, human themes into this wondrous fantasy tale, but she does so with aplomb. Penny is, as always, a heroine I can relate to: imperfect, loveable, a bit mad (in all the good ways), and steadfast in her commitment to doing the right thing even when it’s hard. And boy, do things get hard! If you haven’t begun the Penny White journey yet, what are you waiting for? Or, if like me, you’re waiting impatiently for each new book, hurry up and nab this one. You won’t be disappointed.

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

This book just released and is currently available for your reading pleasure free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Download your copy HERE.

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Book Review: Dying to be Roman (Dai & Julia #1) by E.M. Swift-Hook & Jane Jago

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars

This novella presents a very cool alternate timeline in which the Roman Empire still exists. London as we know it doesn’t exist, instead it’s Londinium… a city in which only Roman citizens are viewed as ‘worthwhile’ and non-citizens (Saxons, Caledonians and other non-Romans) must scrape by. Amidst this topsy-turvy blend of history & fantastic future, Saxon vigiles (police officer) Dai has a doozy of a murder mystery to solve.

Participants in the Londinium Games are being murdered. But alongside these non-Roman deaths are a few noble Roman citizens who up the ante significantly. Dai’s superiors assign a Roman Inquisitor to oversee his investigation. That alone would be enough to annoy Dai, but when he meets the person assigned to take charge he gets more (or less?) than he bargained for. Julia is small but mighty, a spitfire Roman who, contrary to her class and citizenship, treats Dai (and most non-citizens she encounters) with a respect rarely afforded.

This was truly a delightful introduction to the world of Dai & Julia. It’s a quick read with an intriguing mystery and plenty of hope to fill out future installments.

Care to check out Dai & Julia’s world? You can grab your copy HERE, free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Book Review: Emerald Dream (Bronze Rebellion Book 2) by L.C. Perry

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Bronze Rebellion is gaining momentum! Here in book 2 we follow characters from the first book (primarily slave-turned-rebel Ebony and captive-turned-reluctant-rebel Princess Irene) as well as a few new POV characters. The inclusion of new characters added to the numerous characters readers must track however it was 1) necessary so we could keep tabs on events back in the palace and 2) well managed by the author. As in the first book, despite the plethora of characters to keep track of, they’re all distinct and easy to keep straight.

The stakes are getting higher as our rebels must do all in their power to prevent the annihilation of a root city. This will be Irene’s first exposure to the horrors of slavery beneath her feet and her reactions, mistakes, and perseverance really resonates. Amidst all the turmoil romance blooms for a few of our characters. Initially I wondered if this would be cliche or distracting, but all in all I think it added to the character dynamics nicely. Really looking forward to the next installment.

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

Pick up your copy (free the Kindle Unlimited subscribers) HERE.

Book Review: Vicious Faith (Serial Murderess Trilogy, Book 3) by C.F. Rabbiosi

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

After parting ways with Brandon, Faith finds herself captive to the biggest boogeyman from her past. The man who has haunted her nightmares for years! But in a twist only Ms Rabbiosi could pull off we learn this man’s true identity… and it has huge ramifications for both Faith and Brandon. Will Faith survive another encounter with her gas-mask-wearing personal demon? Can Brandon resist the inexorable pull this man has over him? Will anyone survive the depravity that’s sure to come?

To avoid spoilers, I’m just gonna say “damn!” and let you know that the last half of the book is one giant knock-out punch. What a conclusion! And my favorite of the trilogy.

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

Pick up your copy HERE and prepare for a wild ride!

Book Review: Darkly Dreaming Faith (Serial Murderess Trilogy, Book 2) by C.F. Rabbiosi

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 4.5 stars

Book 2 of The Serial Murderess trilogy picks up right where the first left off. We join Faith and her new psychotic lover / soulmate, Brandon, as they embark on a revenge fueled road trip. But since you’re reading an erotic series about a female serial killer, this ain’t gonna be like any road trip you’ve ever experienced.

As Faith checks off names on her revenge bucket list we readers are treated to plenty of toe curling bedroom action (not all of which occurs in a bedroom, of course). All the while, we are witness to Brandon’s descent into a madness that threatens Faith’s carefully constructed lifestyle. Can she afford to listen to her heart and her body, which yearn for Brandon and the wicked things he can do to her? Or will her inner-murderess get to play with Brandon after all?

The plot moves hard and fast, leaving you with one helluva cliffhanger ending. But never fear, Vicious Faith (Book 3) is ready & waiting for you to dive right in. I sure did!

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

Remember, these be dark waters my friends, but if you’re up for the journey you can nab your copy HERE.

Blog Tour & Review: Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull by A. M. Albaugh

 
Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull
by A.M. Albaugh
Genre: YA Fantasy
278 pages
 

When Nora Youngblood’s father dies on her sixteenth birthday, it’s the end of everything she ever knew. But a new journey begins with a skull-shaped pocket watch – the last gift from her father, a professor of archaeology. Where did this mysterious trinket come from, and why would a warlock named Kabos now be hunting her for it?

Nora, now an orphan, finds protection under a wizard named Malachi, his handsome apprentice, Aidan, and a brother she never knew she had. As she learns the truth about her family’s mysterious past, Nora seeks to uncover the secret of the skull, which leads to both a powerful and dangerous weapon. With the fate of the skull in her hands, she’s lured into the hidden world of Dubhgail to combat the treacherous Kabos – who has kidnapped her brother. Can she sacrifice herself to save her brother and her friends?

In this fantasy novel, a teenage girl discovers her magical heritage and soon finds herself facing the might of an evil warlock in another world.

 
 

 

A.M. Albaugh is an award-winning poet and photographer. She studied anthropology and communications with an emphasis in film and television at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Favorite authors include Hermann Hesse, Dostoyevsky, J.R.R. Tolkien, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lao Tzu, Kurt Vonnegut, Knut Hamsun, and Kahlil Gibran. She also enjoys writing code.

 
I’m so torn! I liked this story, I really did, and I wanna give it more stars, but… Have you ever gone out to dinner with friends? Had a great time, enjoyed the company and the jokes, but the food was just ‘meh’? That’s kinda how I’m feeling after reading Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull; I still love my friends, despite the so-so night out, and we’re gonna do it again next weekend… at the same restaurant.

Now don’t get me wrong, the story is great. Nora Youngblood suffers a terrible tragedy on her 16th birthday: her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, but events quickly make it evident that his death was really murder. Strange and fantastical things start happening to & around Nora, and before long she’s swept up in a new world where magic and wizards are real and evil men are in search of the ultimate weapon to control life across multiple dimensions. With her new friends Nora must fight to save our world, and others, from the destructive power of the Morrigan, and the men who would use it for their own gain. Sounds awesome, right? And it is.

My problem with the book is that Nora seems too complacent and willing to just “go along” with all the new craziness in her life. For example: after her father’s death Nora wakes to find a strange young man in her home who claims to be her long-lost brother. Within minutes, they’re hugging it out and Nora’s following him to a strange mansion in the woods where she’ll be kept safe. Really? Who does that? Nora does, apparently, because as the story continues she just chugs along full-speed and full-trust ahead. At least she’s consistent!

Going back to my dinner out analogy, the book feels like it should be a 12 course gourmet feast but instead you get a Shari’s T-bone platter. Now, there’s nothing wrong with dinner at Shari’s. Sometimes it hits the spot just right! But when the bones of the story hold the potential for so much more, Shari’s comes off as a little ‘meh.’ Maybe that’s because I’m a full grown adult and I expected a bit more depth and nuance in the story. Grim Nora is, after all, a young adult read. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Did it leave me satisfied and satiated? Meh. Am I hungry for more? Yeah, I am. And since this book appears to be the first in a series, I will likely continue when the next book is released.

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for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

 
  
 

Book Review: Love Me Violently by C.F. Rabbiosi

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars

Dawn has secrets. Dark, twisted secrets. Her first love was a forbidden affair that ended in blood and murder. Years ago she dabbled in witchcraft. She participated in a summoning ritual meant to call forth a powerful demon who could grant your deepest desires.

Told through a combination of flashbacks to Dawn’s high school years as well as snippets of current events, Ms Rabbiosi weaves a deliciously twisted erotic horror tale. Dark desires are dragged into the light without apology where we, as readers, can enjoy them shamelessly. And there’s plenty to enjoy!

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

Wanna get dark & twisted too? Grab your copy HERE for only 99¢

Book Review: Hearing Evil (Cycle of Evil, Book 2) by Jason Parent

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5 stars

After the tumultuous events of Seeing Evil (haven’t read it? You need to!) Michael and Sam have earned a little quiet time. But, sadly, peace and quiet aren’t on their horizon.

Plagued by new nightmares, Michael seems to be withdrawing further into himself and Sam, despite bringing Michael into her home, can’t seem to cross that mother-figure bridge and pull him out. When “The Whisperer” starts to enter Michael’s dreams and visions things take a frightening turn. Michael’s past is coming back to haunt him. Literally. Meanwhile Sam’s work lands her smack-dab in the middle of a frightening gang’s bomb-riddled hostage-taking jailbreak. Can I just point out what a bad@$$, determined woman Sam is? She’s my idol!

Hearing Evil was quite the roller coaster ride. Did I like it as much as Book 1? Just about. It was really close! And will I be anxious to read the next installment? You betcha! Jason Parent has created two very likable characters I’ve become quite invested in. Bring on more Evil.

You can check it out for yourself HERE, free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Book Review: Sweet Destiny by Aliya DalRae

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars

I feel like I waited forever for the “conclusion” of the Jessica Sweet Trilogy. But it was so worth the wait! She became a fave author of mine after the first book in this series.

Notice how I put some extra emphasis on “conclusion”up above? Events this time around move hard and fast, but with a satisfying punctuation mark on the Jessica and Raven love saga. Is their story over? Hell no! And I’m glad of it. Ms DalRae has done a fantastic job of leaving the door open for more stories about characters I, for one, have come to love and adore.

Fans of romance, vampires, shifters, or simply overarching stories of love, redemption and forgiveness NEED to read this series.

**I received an advance electronic copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

You can pick up this series via Kindle Unlimited HERE. Enjoy the ride!

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