Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Wicked Soul

About the Book:
Title: Wicked Soul (Ancient Blood, #1)
Author: Nora Ash
Publication date: February 10th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis: 
He saved me… And then he blood-bonded me. Now I’m his.
My first meeting with a Chicago vampire went better than expected.
Up until that night, all I knew about vampires was limited to a few common facts: they drink blood, they get a mean sunburn and if you find yourself alone with one, you’re dead.
Except he didn’t kill me.
Sexy, broody Warin clearly had his own reasons for sparing my life and tying me with his blood, but if he’d known how much trouble I’d attract, I bet he wouldn’t have bothered. When he blood-bonded me, secrets even I didn’t know about myself came to light.
Secrets that will pull us both deep into the eternal war between vampires and the witches determined to rid the world of their evil.
We have only one choice now: fight the forces hell-bent on breaking our bond…
Or die.

Author Bio:
Nora Ash writes the sort of books that have your toes curling and your blood pulsing. Her stories are often dark and always thrilling, with lots of sexy bad boys and the women who spur their desires. When not typing away at a story, Nora paints, eats chocolate or go for hikes around the English countryside with her very own bad boy.

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Review:

Nora Ash has given new life to the vampire genre!! Wicked Soul is an excellent start in a new vampire romance series. I was hoping that Wicked Soul would offer something different and not be like every other vampire themed book out there, and I was pleased to find that it was definitely new and exciting. Sure, there are some things that are typical of a vampire romance, but as a whole, Nora Ash breathed new life into a genre that has beaten into the dust. 
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From the world-building to the characters to the action and steaminess, this book was excellent on multiple levels. I absolutely adored the world-building in this book. Nora Ash did an amazing job at incorporating new themes into the vampire genre while also still playing off of those stereotypical vampire traits. I was immediately taken in by the story and honestly never stopped reading. I spent the day reading the book because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next and to see where the story was going. The characters were also amazing!! Olivia, our female lead, was sarcastic and hilarious. I loved her tough-as-nails attitude and she always stayed true to herself. She didn't take anything lying down. Warin, our main vamp, was also an amazing character. I loved seeing him from Olivia's perspective however if I would change anything about this book, it would be that I would have loved to read from Warin's perspective as well. I think it would have added another element to the story. 

Together, Liv and Warin were perfect...and there is a lot more to their story than what you think. I loved how everything came together in the end, and even though I figured it out earlier in the book, I still loved watching it all come together and see how things played out. I also really loved the fact that things between Liv and Warin did develop over the course of the book. They actually took the time to get to know each other and were friends before they became anything more. But let me tell you, when they did become something more...OH BOY WAS IT STEAMY!!!! MUY CALIENTE!!!! 

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I would highly recommend checking this book out if you are a fan of vampire romances and want something new in the genre. Nora Ash did an amazing job at starting out this series and I can't wait to read the next book, which focuses on Warin's brother, Aleric. This book is definitely addicting and you won't want to stop reading. Check this out now!!


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Monday, February 12, 2018

ARC Review: In Her Skin

About The Book:

  Title: In Her Skin 
  Author: Kim Savage 
  Pub. Date: March 27th, 2018 
  Publisher: FSG 
  Pages: 304
  Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
  Rate: 4/5 stars 




Synopsis :

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine. 

When Jo takes on Vivi's identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

Review:

In Her Skin is a delightful addition to the already amazing year we are having for book releases. This story follows Jolene Chastain as she impersonates Vivi, a girl who disappeared from her neighbor's house years prior. When Jo realizes Vivi's parents died in a plane crash but long after her disappearance, she bets she'll be able to fool whoever was put in custody of her. Which just so happens to be her neighbors - and the very house she went missing from. She will be able to fool Mr. and Mrs. Lovecraft, but can she convince Temple, her childhood best friend?

"Jolene Chastain doesn't need rescuing.
But Vivienne Weir might." 

Jolene Chastain is one tough girl. She doesn't rely on anyone to take care of her, and she's lived on the streets since her mother was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. She thinks all she needs is money, but she hasn't felt the love a family. I loved her character and thought her development throughout this book was fantastic. However, my favorite character was Temple. She was mysterious and rivaling Jo in duplicity. A smart girl with a wild streak, I would have appreciated a deeper look inside her thoughts of 'Vivi' and their relationship as children. Characters aside, In Her Skin is surprisingly creepy and shocking at every turn - so don't let that pretty cover fool you!

This book is perfect for those who want to make the transition into some adult material, because I definitely think this book has a ton of crossover appeal. I haven't read any of Ms. Savage's other books, but I'm definitely thinking about picking them up because this book was such an exciting and fast-paced read. If you are planning to order some spring 2018 releases, you should add In Her Skin to your list. 

Thank you to Fierce Reads for providing this book
in exchange for my honest review

- Jocelyn

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #130

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Cassie's Waiting On: 
Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018

Synopsis:

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.


This book just sounds AMAZING!!! I'm so intrigued by the uniqueness of the synopsis and I hope that it will be like nothing I have read before.  Plus, this cover is absolutely stunning!  I can't wait to dive into this one!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Review: Seeking Mansfield (Seeking Mansfield #1)

Seeking Mansfield (Seeking Mansfield, #1)About the Book:
Title: Seeking Mansfield (Seeking Mansfield #1)
Author: Kate Watson
Pub. Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 300
Rating: 4/5 stars




Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram's son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver's constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she'd finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. 

When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram's, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver's stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her. 

But Finley doesn't want to be won, and she doesn't want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver's heart—and keep her own—she'll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.

Review:

Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of the original Mansfield Park, I am definitely a sucker for a Jane Austen retelling! So I knew without a doubt I was going to be checking out Kate Watson's retelling...and let me tell you, it was more or less perfect! She seamlessly updates the original story for a new generation while still building on that creepy atmosphere that was part of the original novel. Her writing is superb that made you love every bit of the story, and the pacing was perfect making it a relatively quick read. 

The characters were excellently written and very true to their original counterparts. Ms. Watson updated the story enough for it to feel like a totally new story, but for fans of Jane Austen, you'll easily be able to see the connections. All of the characters were smart and fun to read. Finley is an easy character to like. She's sensible yet shy. I loved her friendship with Oliver because he was the one person who was always there, supporting her and keeping her above water when she felt like drowning. But the thing I loved the most was her development over the course of the story. Finley blossoms all on her own and becomes someone that you admire a great deal. I was easily able to connect to Finley (much more than I did Fanny Price in the original novel). Oliver...Oliver is seriously the sweetest, most generous person. I could go on for days about him and his character that's how much I loved him. But I'll let you discover his wonderful character all on your own.

While I'm not a fan of love triangles (in this case it's more of a square than a triangle actually), for some reason I didn't mind it at all in this novel. How Kate Watson managed to do this, I don't know, but she made it work so well that the love triangle didn't seem out of place or unnecessary--which is typically my biggest complaint. 

I highly recommend checking out this novel by Kate Watson if you are a fan of Jane Austen retellings. It is one of the best I have seen, and was very impressed by how much I enjoyed Finley's story. Even if you aren't a fan of Jane Austen and have never read a single thing by her, you'll still enjoy this book. And I think that's what makes this story even better--it can be thoroughly be enjoyed by everyone! 

Happy reading :)

~Cassie

Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)

Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden, #1)About the Book:
Title: Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Pub. Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 336
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Review:

When I saw Joelle Charbonneau was writing a new series/duology, I immediately added it to my TBR pile. I was a big fan of her previous series, The Testing, and I liked her writing style so this was an automatic must-read for me. Fortunately, I enjoyed it just as much! While very different from Ms. Charbonneau's previous trilogy, Dividing Eden will hook you just the same. I honestly never wanted to put this book down because I was that intrigued! While it was a bit predictable, it definitely didn't disappoint.

This story follows Carys and Andreus, a brother and sister team who will go to great lengths for each other and know each other better than they know themselves. I loved the dynamic they had in the beginning of the story. However, 2 unfortunate deaths begin to drive a wedge between them that slowly grows wider and wider as the story progresses. As Andreus spirals further and further into madness, Carys is left wondering what has become of her brother and is desperate to find a way to bring him back to her. While the plot of the story is relatively simple, there are many layers to this story that have yet to be discovered. This was a great introduction to the world while still keeping an excellent pace. There was never a time when the story felt bogged down by too much detail. Ms. Charbonneau begins to hint at a magical element that will be incorporated into the story, which I'm greatly looking forward to! This aspect will just add yet another awesome layer to this duology. 

I truly loved Carys as one of our lead characters. Told in alternating POVs between Carys and Andreus, I feel like Carys is the automatic standout. She is willing to do anything to ensure her brother's safety. She has no desire to sit on the throne (even though she has just as much of a right as Andreus does), but she wants to be by his side while Andreus is there. When the competition starts, I loved that she came up with a plan to guarantee each siblings' safety...but alas, plans don't always work out. I was rooting for Carys the entire novel, and it broke my heart to see her affected as much as she was as she watched Andreus become a person she never thought possible. Andreus' POV was very interesting as well, but for a different reason. While I didn't particularly like his character (which you really aren't supposed to haha), I found his perspective fascinating. I feel like there is more going on with him and maybe he even has some magical powers himself that are being manifested as his mysterious "illness." Imogen, a seer for the kingdom (who may or may not be a fraud), got under his skin and personally I was hoping something would happen to her character because I hated her. 

One of the things that did make me lower my rating was that I wish the magical element would have been incorporated a little more in this novel. It's hinted at several times throughout, but nothing is fully confirmed (with the exception of 1 scene). I know that this will obviously play a larger role in the next novel, but I wish it was a bit more fleshed out now. Additionally, unless I am right and there is something more going on with Andreus, his "madness" seemed to be a bit too sudden. It honestly was like one scene he was okay and then the next he was cruel and merciless. I hope this will be explained more in the next book as well, but for now it seemed too drastic of a change in a short period of time. 

I would highly recommend this book if you are a fan of the fantasy genre or Joelle Charbonneau. I thought her writing improved from her previous series, and she has crafted an excellent new world. ...one I never wanted leave. She has set up the next book (or perhaps even the rest of a series) perfectly, and there is plenty of room for world-building and characterization in the upcoming novel/s. I am very intrigued as to where Carys and Andreus' story will go!

Happy reading :)

~Cassie

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Blog Tour: Escape (Getaway #3)

   

About ESCAPE:

Everything inside of him is screaming that he needs to run, he needs to go, he needs to escape.


 Lane Warner is used to being overshadowed and overlooked.

After all, he’s the youngest brother and the most laid back one in the family. He’s the one known for going with the flow and not making waves, even when things seem to be at their worst.

Very few things in life have had the ability to rile Lane up and get under his skin. At the top of that list is his childhood friend Brynn Fox…no…Brynn Warner. The fact that they share a last name was the one thing that has the power to light him up and spin him out of control like no other. There was no calm, cool and collected when it comes to all the reasons why Brynn had to become part of his family.

It’s slowly killing him to keep wanting what he can’t have, so Lane sees only one way to stop himself from doing something they’ll both regret…he has to leave. 

Everything inside of her is calling out to find him, to follow, to bring him home.

Brynn Warner is used to being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

After all, she’s the daughter of an unrepentant gold-digger who never once blinked at being the cause of her daughter’s pain and suffering.

Very few things in her life have ever brought happiness and a sense of security. At the very top of that list is Lane Warner. She has unwaveringly loved the youngest Warner since the first minute she laid eyes on him. He was everything Brynn ever wanted and everything she knew she could never have.

Sometimes the right choice is the one that hurts the most and Brynn’s had to make a few that felt like they might be the end of her. When Lane takes off, one thing is clear, the only choice Brynn has is to go after him.

She’s going to bring her wayward cowboy home….whatever it takes.


Escape is a standalone novel, the third book in the Getaway series, which features the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women who dare to love them. These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.

   

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EXCERPT: 

Brynn 

He arched a dark eyebrow. “I’m in no rush to get back to the mess I’m sure we both left behind. I was planning on hanging out with Sutton for a few more days then making my way back home. There’s no reason we can’t make the drive together…unless you would rather fly?” I stared at him in silence for a long moment, weighing his words carefully. It had to be more than a thousand miles between Sacramento and Sheridan. That was hours and hours of him and me alone in his truck. We purposely avoided being alone when we were at the ranch. There were many awkward moments of silence and word we wanted to say but couldn’t. On the one hand, it was all I ever wanted. Lane Warner, with no place to escape me and our tangled, tormented history. We would finally be forced to put the past to rest, whatever that meant for us moving forward. On the other hand, the idea of being alone with him, trapped in that horrible, uneasy silence that plagued us since the second I said “yes” all those years ago made my skin crawl. There was no guarantee that Lane was ready to lance the wounds we’d both caused that had long been infected and festering. He seemed content to pretend things were fine when they were anything but. He rubbed his thumb along the corner of his mouth and gave me that grin of his that ensured he got whatever it was he wanted. “We can even take a few days and go to the Grand Canyon and Vegas if you don’t mind adding a few stops and several hundred miles onto the trip. I’ve never really been anywhere outside of home and who knows when we’ll get the chance to see it all again.” He was so persuasive with that charismatic smile and the soft look in his eyes. Daye caught my attention as she reached for my hand. She was bouncing on her toes, eyes as excited as her uncle’s. “You have to say yes. It sounds like so much fun. I want to go to the Grand Canyon one day. Did you know that you can ride horses down to the bottom?” She had the Warner charm already and did she ever know how to use it. “That does sound like fun, but are you sure I wouldn’t cramp your style? Especially in a place like Vegas.” I couldn’t disguise the hesitation in my tone. Lane never made it a secret that he liked the ladies, the flashier and easier the better. Vegas was built for a guy looking for a good time, and Lane was always up for some fun. There was no way I was hitching a ride with him if it meant that I was going to have front row seats for all of his bedroom antics. I was willing to suffer through a lot to get him back where he belonged, but my battered heart couldn’t take watching him with other women anymore. That was one thing about our tenuous relationship that had to change. He chuckled softly and hooked his thumbs into the front pockets of his jeans. The action pulled the denim down low on his hips flashing a strip of hard, tanned skin. I knew that under his t-shirt he was rocking more than a six pack and had a body littered with carved muscles and sharp lines. Ranch life had blessed all the Warner boys with bodies to die for, but somehow Lane ended up looking the best of all of them. He was quintessential cowboy, rugged and rough in all the best ways. Too bad he knew it and used every inch of that delectable body to his advantage. I couldn’t remember the last time he spent the night alone. All his conquests had to creep past my bedroom door to make their early morning getaway, and there was always a steady stream of them. “No, Brynn. You absolutely won’t cramp my style. In fact, I can’t imagine anyone else I would want to drive around the country with. I think we could both use the break from our reality and time away from it all. I promise to behave. So,” he lifted his eyebrows and gave me that panty-melting grin. “Are you in or out?” We watched each other, neither of us giving anything away. I wanted to go with Lane more than I wanted my next breath but I couldn’t tell if he wanted me to tag along with the same ferocity. It was the story of my life, a vicious cycle of wanting Lane Warner. Me wanting him and him not deciding what he wanted. Was I in or out? Of course, I was in…I was all in. I was in so deep with him there was no hope of me ever finding my way out. There was only one response to his question that I could give, my brain and my heart wouldn’t allow any other one. “I’m in.”    

   

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Review:

Jay Crownover will never cease to amaze me with her tremendous talent. She's an author that is an automatic-buy-- one where I don't even need to know what the story is about to know I will read it. No matter what Jay writes, she does it flawlessly and I love every second I am in the story. Escape is no exception to this. The final installment in the Getaway Series is a tale of first love and finding your way back to the person you are meant to be with. 

I was most excited for Brynn and Lane's story as they always piqued my interest from the very start. I didn't know what to expect, but I knew that when they finally let themselves give into their true feelings and crash into one another, it would result in one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. But let me tell you, I didn't expect to be so swept away by them as I was. 

Lane is very much the "little brother." He falls into the role easily due to his charm, wit, and good looks. After Brynn shattered his heart years prior, he threw himself into helping out with the ranch...and the women that came along with it. Brynn on the other hand, has spent all of these years watching Lane from a distance. After one fateful night, Brynn built her walls so high up around her that she had an excellent view when it came to watching Lane's antics. The only problem...she loves Lane in a way she can love no one else, but she's scared that Lane only sees her as a damsel in distress. She has spent years trying to drown that image of herself, but in the process, she has done the exact opposite of what she wanted-- she has distanced herself from Lane.

What I loved so much about this story is that Jay didn't drag out their reconciliation. Almost immediately, they end up coming together and working things out. Sure, they have a ways to go at the beginning of the novel, but the important thing is that they're together, exploring their feelings for each other. And let me tell you...once that spark ignites, there's no putting out the inferno that continues to build. At the same time though, they are focused on starting anew and building a new life, but this time together. They got to know each other in new ways and were able to see each other in a new light. 

This is where the story goes into a brilliant but unexpected direction of introducing a young teenager who Brynn connects with in a special way. I loved that Jay incorporated this element into the story (and small spoiler here...connected this series to not only The Point but also the Marked Men series). Jay allowed the reader to form a much deeper connection to both Brynn and Lane by seeing the lengths they went to for this teenager. We see Brynn become her own hero, and this was the most important part to me. Brynn became an even stronger, braver woman and the support Lane provided her throughout everything was incredible...and exactly the type of person we always expected Lane to be (but also the type of person Lane has always wanted to become). 

This was an absolutely heartwarming end to a fantastic series. I honestly want more from some other side characters (especially Ten and Wyatt), but for now I couldn't have asked for a better way for the brothers' story to conclude. Jay has always been one of my favorite authors, but she has truly outdone herself with Escape, and given fans a very special ending. 

Huge THANK YOU to InkSlinger Blogger for the ARC of Escape!!


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About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.
         
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~Cassie

Friday, January 26, 2018

Blog Tour: Rise

About the Book:
Title: Rise (Coven of Fire, #1)
Author: Sierra Cross
Publication date: June 15th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis:
I closed the door on magic long ago…the day it made me an orphan.
Ten years ago, the Coven of Fire sacrificed their lives—my mother among them—to hold off an overwhelming demonic force. Now it’s back.
As a poorly-paid bartender, how can any of this be my problem? But Callie, another orphan of that battle, swears I’m the key to reviving the coven. And there’s an incredibly sexy guardian stranded on my couch who’s promising to help me stop the demons and keep the veil between the realms standing.
One problem: I’ve never been able to use magic. Our local bad boy warlock assures me I have the talent, but even if I did, we don’t have enough witches to complete a coven. The only way to survive is to pull together this pack of magicborn misfits, who have more secrets than spells, into a makeshift coven.
Can we—three untrained witches, a sarcastic warlock, and an overly intense guardian—take back the city…before the demongate falls and the forces that killed my mother destroy us too?
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Author Bio:
Spells and skyscrapers. Warriors and warlocks. Coven secrets and forbidden romances. Sierra Cross lives for urban fantasy, for modern magic and the bold supernatural beings who stalk our contemporary world. Her Spelldrift universe stars kickass witches and their heroic guardians, as well as vampires, shifters, mages, Fidei, and the dark demonic forces that threaten them all.
Review:

Rise was an excellent start to a brand new paranormal fantasy series that is sure to be a hit among fans of this genre. While there were some flaws with the story, I still found the book very enjoyable and I am interested to see what happens next. The book is a quick, fun read and I am excited to see where this series goes.

The story follows Alix (love the spelling of the name btw), who is a bartender at a local club who wants something more from her life. But once she learns of a demonic force threatening those she loves and cares for most, she rises up to the challenge and begins to hone the powers that she never knew she had. I loved the creativity of the story and I loved Alix as a lead character. She is a badass and sarcastic, which is always a winning combo. I really connected with her character throughout the story, and she is a well developed character throughout the story. 

However, since we only read from her perspective, this is also where the story hits a bit of a snag. I have no problems with reading from only one characters' perspective, but this story was screaming to be in dual POVs. I would have loved to hear from Matt's perspective (I have a specific reason for saying his perspective, but don't want to give away any spoilers...but you'll understand why I say him if you read the book). It would have made the story stronger in my opinion. At the end of the day though, this didn't bother me that much because I truly loved reading from Alix's POV.

The only other thing that I had a tiny problem with was the predictability of the story. I pretty much was able to tell the direction this story was going to go from the first chapter. While I still love the story and the creativity of the world, the plot itself was predictable which took something away from the reading experience. With this being said though, Sierra Cross did an excellent job at the world-building in the story!! I am intrigued by the world that she has introduced and I am excited to see where the story goes from here!

While there are a couple of small things that made me lower my rating, I still loved this novel!! This book is a fun start to a new series revolving around witches, covens, and demons. I definitely will be checking out the rest of the series and I can't wait to see what Ms. Cross has in store for Alix, Matt, and her other friends!

Happy reading :)



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