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Review of Sydan: Galactic Guardians by Cianna Rafael

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“I fear I am becoming dangerously enraptured by you.”

 

Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy

Book Length (Est.): 163 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Rowan Sharpe Is surviving on a ravaged earth… barely. An alien invasion has left her with nothing except her survival instincts and a few stolen canned goods. When a sexy alien warrior swoops in and takes her to his ship, she is sure she is done for. And in a way she is.

Sydan is not just any alien warrior, he is a Prince. He’s charming, good looking and trained in combat to be a defender of the galaxies. He’s been happy living the life of a bachelor soldier, being with whomever he desires. But a chance encounter with Rowan Sharpe has changed all of that.

The Varikan mating bond is strong, and evokes deep passion with those that have been pulled together. Rowan and Sydan must decide if the reward of their mating is worth the risks.

Just when life is finally turning around, it becomes abundantly clear that some people are not happy about this intergalactic affair and will stop at nothing to prevent it from happening. Will Sydan and Rowan be able to enjoy the pleasures of mated life or will their relationship parish before it has really had a chance to start?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Rowan goes through a lot in a very short amount of time. From student to surviving a planetary attack, to finding out she’s the mate of an alien, to transforming her DNA (along with a few other modifications), to being a Princess and a mom. The fact that she handles everything with such ease made her a little unrelateable. Don’t get me wrong, she does have emotions and sometimes they are fierce, but overall she just kind of accepts the hand she’s dealt and moves forward.

Sydan never expected to find his mate on Earth, but one touch and they both end up with the mark stating it’s truth. He struggles a little with fearing rejection, but he’s a sweet, sexy, warrior winged Prince…what more could an Earth girl want?!

“Being mated to you is going to give me a terrible ego. I quite like being the sex fantasy husband.”

Sydan: Galactic Guardians navigates the borderline between peace and war amongst alien beings. It will bring you into the depths of the Varikan people and how they and their world differs from ours.

Everything between Rowan and Sydan happens very quickly and then they are thrown into chaos. Deceit, betrayal, and family secrets fill the pages alongside love, faith, and hot alien sex.

There are several parts that seemed to lack depth and therefore it had a difficult time holding my attention, but simple curiosity kept me turning the pages.

 

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Blue Vision (Code of Endhivar #1) by Marie Lavender

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Stay With Me

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Book Length (Est.): 200 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for awhile. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, this human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Brooke is running from life, from commitment, pretty much from everything. What she never expected was to find everything she was running from in the form of a sexy mysterious stranger who made her suddenly want everything she had been fearful of.

Colin was only supposed to be scouting the planet, he never expected to find his true mate or for her to be human. Confused between what to do, follow his directive for the good of his people or follow his heart, he chooses what’s right for him. But in his world some things aren’t as they seem and he’ll have to rethink everything he’s ever known in hopes of doing what is right.

“Does it hurt?”

“Only when you’re not with me.”

Blue Vision puts a romantic and erotic spin on alien/human relationships. There is a little bit of an altercation, but not really any suspense leading up to it. It’s like ‘Bam! Yep, that just happened and now lets continue with the regularly scheduled programming.’ The relationship between Brooke and Colin is unusual since he tries denying his feelings and basically forcing her to forget about him by using one of his not so nice alien gifts; not that it works. After that it just sort of evolves, and considering her holdups on relationships it happens pretty quickly.

To me this can be read as a standalone. There’s a HEA and although you might want more there’s no need for it.

 

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Review of HOP (The Upward Stride #1) by Jared Holt & Alexander Kyle

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Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA/NA

Book Length (Est.): 340 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

One year. Just one more year, and Jonathan Troy would be done with White Oak Bay and his controlling stepfather.

Then one evening he blacks out and sees a woman in a bathtub. It would have been more enjoyable if the bathtub weren’t filled to the brim with blood. He also flash-freezes an entire swimming pool, which would have been a fantastic indoor skating rink. Now he’s fairly certain that he’s losing his mind.

Lana Vander knows that Jude Summerfield is in love with her. He’s boyish, charming, adorable and a little goofy, and he’s also her best friend. But her sudden attraction to Jonathan Troy, who happens to be Jude’s older brother, is not some passing craze, because Lana Vander can feel what other people feel. Literally. And what she feels from Troy is beyond her ability to make sense of.

Something connects Troy and Lana, and figuring out the insanity that is becoming a daily occurrence for them is as tricky as navigating high school, relationships and teenage life.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Oh My Goodness! Talk about one hell of a cliffhanger!

At first I wasn’t entirely sure I’d like this book, as it switches back and forth between several different people’s POV, and in the beginning it kind of leaves you thinking, ‘Huh, I wonder how all of these people will intertwine? Because right now this is really confusing!’ But let me just say that once everything comes into play all of those POV changes will leave you wanting more. HOP hooked me, pulled me into the story, and most definitely left me wanting more.

Lana knows that her best friend, Jude, is in love with her. She knows this because she can sense his emotions, just like she can everyone else’s. And truth be told she’s probably a little in love with him too, but she’s also falling for his older brother, Troy. Talk about a heartbreaking love triangle.

Jude is the sweet kind of boy who’ll do anything for anyone. His brother, Troy, is the exact opposite. He could care less what most people think and he only cares for those closest to him. But Troy has a secret that will bring him and Lana closer together and at the same time push he and his brother further apart.

HOP is filled with magic, demonic creatures, and many other mythological wonders. Not only do you get to share in the POV from the main characters you also get glances into the ‘bad guy’s’ POV, which honestly can get a little creepy. If you want to submerse yourself into a fantasy world then I’d definitely recommend you read this, but don’t forget I did warn you about the major cliffhanger ending.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Lana was trying to talk to Troy and kept stumbling over herself. 

Go Lana, throw yourself at him, it’ll be more subtle! “I meant… if you want to see me in a pretty dress…” and we have a new record everyone! Self-assured to vapid in half a second flat! 

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of The Sandman by Alex Stargazer

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Genre: SciFi Fantasy, Magical Realism

Book Length (Est.): 20 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Leila: a girl destined to marry a man she despises. She is disobedient, kind, shameful, smart, and everything a girl like her shouldn’t be.

The Sandman: your imagination; your conscience; your free will.

In a terrible desert of pain and self-discovery, the two shall meet.

Truths shall be revealed…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This isn’t the type of book I’d normally read, but since it’s quite short I agreed to give it a chance.

I have to admit that I’m not quite sure what I read. If I had to guess, my interpretation would be that Leila got high and went on one hell of a trip. There’s just so much in and out that it’s like trying to put together a puzzle without having all the pieces.

I did however like the interaction between Leila and the Sandman, but it just seemed to be missing something…and I have no idea what that is, but the hole was there nonetheless.

The writing style reminds me of a poem with dialogue. It’s a vague story touching on love, magic, and religion. 

Jenn 2 Heart

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Review of The Legacy: Fate by G.G. Atcheson

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Genre: Paranormal/Science Fiction & Fantasy 

Book Length: (Est.): 329 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

LX (or Alex for us Earthlings) is a Navigator. From the moment of his birth until he became of age, he prepared for his calling. On a routine exploration mission that shouldn’t have taken more than a few months, an incident propels his spaceship light-years away from his destination, leaving him stranded on the third planet from a star called Sol.

The laws of survival are strict; he must not fraternize with the natives. However, an encounter with Mellie changes everything. She has speed and strength unknown to Earthlings yet strangely similar to his own species. This new discovery compels him to learn more about her and those who call themselves vampires. For her, he will break rules, his people’s rules, until there is no turning back.

Meanwhile, mysterious storms are devastating cities. When they learn of their origin and the humans fail to see the threat, he, and his new friends, might be their only chance, but to save them and the one he loves, he may have to break his primary Oath: the vow never to take a life. 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* 

This is not typically a book I would have chosen for myself to read but I found this book to be very entertaining and enjoyable. However, once I reached the last page and realized I was reading the first book of a series I immediately thought: you mean I have to wait to read more about Alex and his adventure?

This book has very strong characters. G.G. Atcheson really makes these characters come to life. I kind of felt like I was watching this story in my head while reading it. Yep, this would make a great movie!!

As for Mellie, I really fell in love with her by the time the story ended. She is trying to battle between good and bad within her own species. She truly loves Alex and it shows every time they are around each other.

I really hope that Alex’s journey continues as this author really knows how to make the reader feel as if they are in the main characters head along with all of his emotions.

My Favorite Moment: When Alex starts a fire for him and Mellie. Are all species afraid of fire?

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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Review of The Wizard’s Heart by S.R. Howen

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Romance/Sword & Sorcery

Book Length: (Est): 242 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

“The old one will come. When he comes, his one true wife must carry within her a child of the old one who would be king. Only then can the heart be found and the evil of the world kept in its bounds.” –The Prophecy of the Land

Sorann is the queen’s daughter and training to be an empathic healer. Javert is a member of the wandering tribe called the Zingari and their future king. When Sorann’s failed healer’s magic test brings them together, they discover the prophecy governing the land is false. In order to prevent magic, and the Zingari, from being wiped from the land, Sorann must become Javert’s wife and leave everything behind that she once held dear.

Tricked by demons, and followed by the queen’s soldiers, they must find the fabled Wizard’s Heart in the frozen Winter Valley.

What sacrifices will they have to make along the way, and will Javert ever discover the true meaning of the Wizard’s Heart before his people and the love of his life are lost?

This is the first book in the fantasy series Tales of the Zingari.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A Wizard’s Heart is a unique story about a girl who grew up thinking she was a princess only to discover she wasn’t. It’s kind of like a role reversal to most Disney movies. Usually a girl grows up underprivileged only to discover she’s a princess not the other way around.

Sorann is trying to make the best out of what life has dealt her, though to her it seems like every decision she makes puts her in an even worse place. It isn’t until she gives into the unknown that goes against everything she was raised to believe that she discovers her true destiny.

Javert is someone who has been working toward a particular destination so long that once he has all the pieces to the puzzle he doesn’t stop to enjoy it before losing it all. But not even an entire world of demons can keep him from failing his mission and discovering what and who mean the most to him.

This is a sweet story filled with happiness and sorrow. I was pulled in, but then let loose as the story made some crazy turns that were a little difficult to follow toward the end. I think I would have liked a little more interaction between the family at the end. It felt slightly incomplete.

My Favorite Sorrow-Filled Moment: When Sorann steps outside the barrier of the camp and gets attacked by a tree. Everything that happened immediately after that had me on the verge of tears.

My Favorite Part: The sacrifice Javert makes in order to do what he thinks is right, and the dagger he uses to do it with.

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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