Thursday, February 22, 2018

Audio Book Review: Darkstorm

Darkstorm

By:  M.L. Spencer

Publish Date:  January 19, 2017, Audiobook Release January 22, 2018

Format:  Audiobook - 9 hrs 5 mins
Narrated By:  Simon Wright

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  1st in The Rhenwars Saga series

Impression:  A fight to save the world as they know it.

Synopsis:
Darkstorm is the prequel to the dark epic fantasy series The Rhenwars Saga.

Faced with an imminent cataclysm that will destroy the magical heritage of their people, a secret conspiracy of mages has resorted to harnessing the powers of Hell to save their legacy. The only mages who can oppose them are Braden and Quin Reis: two brothers with a turbulent past and a caustic relationship. But both Braden and Quin are compromised, harboring terrible and tragic secrets.

Will Braden and Quin be able to prevent the unsealing of the Well of Tears? Or will they fall victim to the darkmages’ sinister manipulations and join their conspiracy?

First Sentence:
"Braden Reis."
He didn't look up at the sound of his own name being spoken from the doorway.

Purchase At:
Amazon

Audible 

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I found Simon's accent attractive for the book. Very nice. He has great control of words and puts emotion with the words. One small thing I noticed is at times it sounds like a hard stop to the stillness around him. It's only happened once in a while, like maybe where recording ended and new started. Very minor thing. His cadence and emotion flowing with the words and events our characters live through.

We start with a prologue. It tells the situation that Braden Reis finds himself in, at this very moment. Then chapter one goes back three weeks prior, telling the story of events that got Braden in his predicament. We do get back to this moment close to the end of the book, and see a conclusion to where he's at. This prologue shows there are interesting things in this world and magic. These things we will learn about as the story is told. And it also makes me curious what Braden did to be brought to this sentencing.

The book is told through a few different point of views. Those POV's are Merris, Sephana, Braden, and Quin through book. These four people are very important in the actions to save the world as they know it.

When we first meet Merris, I found I got a feel for the world she lives in. Her actions and feelings give quick descriptions of things around her. This helps build the world from the beginning for us.

I was impressed with how fast we get to the troubles in the story along with getting to know the characters and world. M.L. weaved together the details, characters, and story line together in a way that it felt to be fast to get to the big troubles and what could be coming, I don't think I realized all I learned quickly because I was enjoying the details and characters along with the troubles that we saw and were learning were coming. Well done at drawing everything together in a great image!

With the story moving forward with events and details, you'll want to pay attention so you don't miss anything on the systems here. There is a lot of details given of the mage that I feel will come up later in the story, like what they can do and the magic system they have.

Aerysius is open to woman being strong and individuals. However, Caladorn has a different view on women. Women seem to be seen as a lower status and need to work hard to grow in status in Caladorn. But they can excel here as well. Caladorn does see sex more openly. This opens the story up to a touch of romance. We do not get the detailed scenes, but you know what is lead into.

I would have liked more of a time base in the sections, so I know how much time has passed. I think this would have helped with what felt like a quick relationship for Merris and Quin. I struggle with quick loves. This relationship escalated quick, though, I do think there is more than meets the eye with these two. It feels as Merris is drawn to Quin's power after she gets a taste of it. This brings me to wonder if Merris is using Quin. But seeing things through Quin's eyes at times through the book brings me to feeling for him as I think he's starting to really like Merris. When I came to a part of the book where I learned more about this, I was so proud of myself for catching it AND of M.L. for writing it! I TOTALLY got the right feel leading me to where the author went with it in the book. I love when this happens!

I know Braden thinks himself a bad person, but I found I really like him. He's more humble and learned to care for people. He seems to have a soul purpose and drive to stop a bad thing that's to correct another terrible event. Two bads do not make a right. But many others think it will. Braden has Sephana at his side to help. Sephana has a strong mind that works well with balancing Braden's strong power.

Throughout the book I found myself drawn into the world and the magic here. I enjoyed the characters. Even when I was getting a bad vibe from a character or two because this is a sign of them being written very well for me to get the right feel off their actions and emotions. The end happened fast because we were moved from one character to another to get the whole view as it was happening, which pulled me back some, but that's the movement of everything happening.



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: Assassin's Mark

Assassin's Mark

By:  A.F. Grappin

Publish Date:  May 22, 2017

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  3rd book in Luc Bertrand series; 1st Book ~ Assassin's Victim, 2nd Book ~ Assassin's Rival

First Impression:  Luc learns to logic out the assassin's life he'll live.

Synopsis:
For two years, Luc Bertrand studied the craft of assassination. His encyclopedic knowledge of poisons, weapons, anatomy, and stealth make him an expert at making a living body fail. But despite all his study, he has yet to take a life. This is his final test. His first assassination.

His classmates' reactions to their final exam has left Luc wondering if he has what it takes. Can he handle the stress of taking a life? He is haunted by fragments of his family's murders. Hints of their deaths, while the memories themselves elude him. It doesn't help that his teachers seem to know more than they're telling. About the murders, and about Luc himself. The Assassin's Guild is never gentle when it comes to testing its members. How will Luc pass this test and still be himself afterwards?

First Sentence:
Luc felt eyes on him in the dimness and turned to find them.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles 


My Thoughts and Summary:
*I offered to read this book for an honest review.

Luc's adventures are quick reads for me. And I'm liking that there's something different each time. Like the Games. Last year was done one way (previous book), this year (this book) it's done a little different. Each version of the game brings the different groups of assassin training together and has a theme to it. It's a way to test yet teach the kids about being out in the world doing their job. It's neatly done, and the way Luc sees it and dissects it, very cool. Luc is a smart young man and works everything out in his mind.

Luc is of the age where he'll be leaving for his final test. Then leaving for his apprenticeship doing actual work. He's seeing how those his age are leaving, and then returning a bit broken after their final test. Luc wonders when his final test will happen, and what is entailed in it as no one's to talk about it when they return for their personal items.

This book is another turning point in Luc's life. What he learns and has to do is hard emotionally. He even wonders, when finally faced with his test, if he can do it. Luc is great at working logic to make his way through many things, but can he logic his way through this? Luc makes new friends and losses some in this book.

I'm now curious to see where Luc goes from here.



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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Post #189

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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It seems to becoming a habit to post Sunday Post every other week for me. But I have an excuse for missing last week! An adorable one! I adopted a new kitten. Abe (sort for Abraham, I just can't bring myself to say his full name every time I call him). He just wants to be loved! We picked him up on Saturday and spent the weekend getting him acquainted with the house and my two crazy girls. Things are going great! Saturday night was a bit tough, as expected. He did cry most of the night. But Sunday was a dream! He started rubbing against the girls and running past them. So he's off to a great start! Sunday night, he slept with my son ALL NIGHT. LOL! Kiddo was so surprised.

I swear he thinks I'm his personal warm pillow. lol. This picture is on of the better shots as he loves laying on my chest, and it's hard to get a photo there. lol.

I did a photo shoot with friends who had their first baby. Oh my goodness! She's adorable. She was a week old when I took the photos, so it was new born photos. I had so much fun! I sort of got lost in the moment. lol. But I have those photos to touch up and get to them.

I've been working on content editing as well. It's been busy here. But I do need to get time to do a few other things. Like visit blogs and back on the treadmill. I need to focus and get organized with time.

How about you? Have you found you've been busy with all the things?

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... This has turned into a dream for me. lol.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier
Starsigns by A.F. Grappin (on treadmill)


Current Audiobook:
Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker
A Witch's Concern by N.E. Conneely

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Alone by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! Go to Scott's website.)


Finished Last Week: 
I'm getting close on Winter of Ice and Iron, so hopefully soon!



Audiobooks from Audible:
Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Mixon
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None.


DNFed:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!) - Author's stopped posting it.
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Reviews:
Steam by Stacey Rourke
"This book ties all we've learned of Ireland and her Hessian, Ridley and his Poe curse, and a new woman - Peyton and her ability, together. They are histories that are touched by an individual in time. They don't realize it, but they are tied by the same evil just in different ways."


Void Trip #2 by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
"Just when you think Ana's simply strung out on her Froot, she says something full of meaning and heart. Wow. The big moment for Ana when she tells why she doesn't want to get to Euphoria. That's deep. I think I love her more for the great thought and concern in the answer."

Villain's Pride by M.K. Gibson
"I have fun with Jackson. He's a crafty villain. He knows the rules and plays with and around them. Jackson also has a code of conduct. He's a villain but he's not evil in treatment of people. He openly voices his views on different things that could really fit, yet it's humorous how it's done."

Behind Enemy Lines by Terry Mixon
"As our characters move along to new systems and planets, they learn more and more of the people that came before them. There are so many pieces to the history and Terry guides us through it. When we come to a new planet and problems there, we see what we've started to learn is of importance here. And it grows in detail. I find this manner of writing easy to follow as it gradually guides me through the history, story, and problems we come to."



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Audio Books Requested for Review:
Blood Codex: A Jake Crowley Adventure by David Wood & Alan Baxter
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Goodreads Synopsis:
An ancient order. 
A deadly conspiracy. 
A race against time. 

When Jake Crowley rescues Rose Black from assailants on the streets of London, the two find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could cost them their lives. People are dying, and all the victims have one thing in common with Rose: a birthmark in the shape of an eagle. 

From beneath the streets of London, to castle dungeons, to the heart of Christendom and beyond, Jake and Rose must race to stay alive as they seek to unlock the secrets of the Blood Codex.





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The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is now to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion...and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat's heart.





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Marlene's Revenge by Christopher Coleman
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Terror. Danger. Power. The witch has returned and no one is safe.

Almost a year has passed since Anika and Gretel's horrifying night in an abandoned cannery in the Back Country, and the subsequent beginning of their quest to the Old Country for answers to the mysteries of Orphism. But rumors are reaching the far shore that the evil Witch of the North, presumed dead since that night of terror, is alive and strong. And hunting again. But this time no one is safe. Everyone Gretel loves is in danger, and she must summon a new level of power and conviction to end her family's nightmare forever.






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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson
Assassin's Mark by A.F. Grappin
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Audio Book Review: Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

By:  Terry Mixon

Publish Date:  April 21, 2017, Audiobook Release December 4, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 10 hrs 59 mins
Narrated By:  Veronica Giguere

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  7th in The Empire of Bones series; 1st Book ~ Empire of Bones, 2nd Book ~ Veil of Shadows, 3rd Book ~ Command Decisions, 4th Book ~ Ghosts of Empire, 5th Book ~ Paying the Price6th Book ~ Reconnaissance in Force

Impression:  Space opera to love, characters and storyline.

Synopsis:
Cut off from home, Princess Kelsey Bandar needs a place to hide from the vengeful Rebel Empire.

The secrets she stole give her people a fighting chance in the war that brought down the original Terran Empire. If she gets them home. If her prisoners cooperate.

Should that prove impossible, she must then convince a long-hidden people to help her. After she finds them, of course.

If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab “Behind Enemy Lines” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

First Sentence:
"Why the hell did you sneak aboard one of our ships?" Kelsey Bandar shouted once she had her mother alone in her office on Persephone.

Purchase At:
Amazon

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Oh Veronica. My hats off to you. How do you create and keep all the voices straight in your head? LOL! Such an amazing job with each person. (And there are more than a few.) She's amazing at giving each their own voice and personality to fit their mood and persona. As I've come to expect, it's a huge treat to listen to Veronica narrate a book. It's like listening to a movie.

Seriously? Seventh book? Already?!?! It does NOT feel that way! I've loved every book for different reasons. To me the series is amazing and I think everyone should pick it up! We have a threat through the books but the characters grow and cross new bridges with each event.

Terry starts with Kelsey in a heated moment with her mother. Kelsey is not happy. Her mother doesn't believe things are as bad as Kelsey is saying. And we get a quick rundown of where we are after the last book. Oh yes, I so fondly remember.

Kelsey is born to rule. If you had any question about that before, you'll not doubt her now. Kelsey's come a long way with learning the way of things on a ship. She is great with her people and knows how things are to flow. She takes what her crew has to say to heart and uses it.

Wow. Kelsey has her hands full. They are on the run and where they find themselves is between nothing and war. Kelsey has all the right people in her possession to do what needs to be done, but there's a lot to do. (I'm starting to think no one has time to sleep with all they have on their hands.) They have a whole boat (aka orbital) load full of prisoners that could start problems. They have no place to turn, and research on the weak flip point has to be done along with research on what they took in the orbital. There is a habitable planet, though fridged on most of the surface, with residents here.

All of these people have different stories to share. But I'm curious about the ones on the planet. These people seem a bit different and bring the Ghosts to our attention. There is more to these Ghosts than we know. And I'm curious as to which home these people had called home prior to being put here. Along with the woman and children that are their families, they are somewhere else. We do learn some of these answers, but it's also a turning point to new details we will be learning.

As our characters move along to new systems and planets, they learn more and more of the people that came before them. There are so many pieces to the history and Terry guides us through it. When we come to a new planet and problems there, we see what we've started to learn is of importance here. And it grows in detail. I find this manner of writing easy to follow as it gradually guides me through the history, story, and problems we come to.

We have many more people from the other Fleet Empire that works for the AIs in care of our crews. Of course the new prisoners don't know of the old Empire that our friends are from. When our crew members finally show some of the prisoners who they are and the difference, Terry does a great job of using different ways of showing. Like with Annette, she takes one out in a small craft to show the space they are in and ships.

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, this is like living a space opera. It is NOT over the head science fiction that you have to focus on or phase out while listening. It's full of life and problems the characters live through, and some deadly and lingering problems. Also, there is a large cast of characters, but don't let it deter you! Terry has kept them all itemized in the story for us, also with it being audio, Terry couldn't have picked a better narrator. Veronica keeps each character as their own voice - physically and mentally.

This book has your action, as we see in previous books, but more of it is learning and strategical. There is a lot happening for Kelsey and her limited number of crew and ships to handle. Kelsey does a great job of bring things into order, and still trouble finds her. We also learn a lot of information here. Things are going to get even more dicey in the next book with how things work out here. Can't wait!

At this point, I love Terry's writing style so much, I think I want all books he's ever written!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Audio Book Review: Villains Pride

Villains Pride

By:  M.K. Gibson

Publish Date:  November 24, 2017, Audiobook Release November 30, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 7 hrs 50 mins
Narrated By:  Jeffrey Kafer

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  2nd in The Shadow Master series; Book 1 ~ Villains Rule

Impression:  A fun romp of a book with a play on Villains and Superheroes.

Synopsis:
The Shadowmaster is back . . . whether you wanted him to be or not!

Jackson Blackwell, The Shadowmaster, is in over his head this time. After his last adventure, where he tore fantasy novels a new one, Jackson has to deal with the repercussions of angry gods, angrier conspirators, and the wrath of his pregnant girlfriend!

(I know . . . actual consequences in a comedy/action series? How avant-garde! --I think. Okay look, I really don’t know what that means. I’ve always just wanted to say it and I’m too lazy to look it up.)

Thanks to a godly decree and a crafty clause, Jackson has been banished from his home. And the only universe kindly enough to take him in is one infested with comic-book-style superheroes and supervillains. A perfect place to cause mayhem, right? Well, it wouldn’t be much of a book if it were.

Comics don’t play by the rules and Jackson has been tasked to do something “unique.” Whatever is a villain to do?

Follow the adventure of Jackson Blackwell as he attempts to manipulate his way back to the top while dealing with all manner of dark detectives, godly aliens, expensive power suits, and the most daunting challenge of all . . . looming parenthood.

First Sentence:
I looked at the simple idiots sitting across from my expensive, glossy black desk.

Purchase At:
AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository

Audible


My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Jeffrey Kafer was the narrator for the first book and returns for this one. Hahaha. I love him! I love his voice and can listen to him forever. But he has a great dry humor to his voice that fits The Shadowmaster. How does he get through this book without laughing? I don't know, but I might want to hear a few bloopers from him. lol. I'm sure they would be fun. But, back to Jeffrey... Oh my. When Jeffrey did voices for Dr. Pain and a few other villains, I had to laugh. They fit the characters and were a hoot to hear! This is the Jeffrey I enjoyed listening to, he's really enjoying narrating this. I think the enthusiasm comes through in his performance of emotions and voices. The voice and personality changes are awesome, and fit the story.

Going into this book, I was looking for fun and adventure. And many pop culture references of shows, books, comics, and so much more. And I got it from the first word. Gibson likes to have fun with what he writes, and it shows. Hahaha. The references to the superheroes anatomy...in spandex... Hahaha. Gibson adds in small superhero facts about comics throughout the book.

As I looked through the beginning of the book for the first sentence, I got drawn into reading the Dedication and Forward. All of it is fun. Really. Gibson has written a Dedication from his main characters view, and it's a hoot. Along with the Forward, it's all done in fun.

I have fun with Jackson. He's a crafty villain. He knows the rules and plays with and around them. Jackson also has a code of conduct. He's a villain but he's not evil in treatment of people. He openly voices his views on different things that could really fit, yet it's humorous how it's done. Jeffrey pulls these moments off perfectly. It's a matter of fact tone that isn't nasty, bringing the dry humor into the words. So well done!

Jackson is great at turning peoples thoughts around. Jackson firmly believes in what he's saying, whether he actually does or not is another thing but he believes it in that moment, and uses examples he can sway his direction to turn thoughts around. I love it!

Jackson may seem like he's having fun in King Stanley's realm of superheroes as a supervillain but he still has things nagging at the back of his mind. He's been kicked out of his realm by his pregnant partner. As much as he wants to be home, he has the parenting issue nagging at him. And he doesn't seem to notice it. Jackson's determined he doesn't need to change with having a kid on the way, but he's living that time before his first child where your mind has to adapt and accept things DO change. Throughout the book Jackson has kids or family on his mind.

If you are looking for a fun romp of a book, this is one for you. Nothing in life, seen, or in books, movies, and much more are safe from Jackson's criticism. And it's awesome when he goes on a rampage about it all. I look forward to Jackson growing as a character, and I love the fun we have with him too.

Oh goodness. Gibson had me chuckling throughout the book, but in the end... I had to stop the audio to laugh. Great play with the narrator and book. Really interactive and worked wonderfully. The way Jackson is written really brings this to life.

Seriously, listen to the audio book. It's so much fun and the story really comes alive. You'll love it.



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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Comic Review: Void Trip #2

Void Trip #2

Words By:  Ryan O'Sullivan
Illustrations By:  Plaid Klaus

Format:  PDF

Series:  2nd in Void Trip series; Episode #1

1st Impression:  Something deeper steers them.

Synopsis:
With their ship's AI now activated, our space hobos finally have the roadmap to the promised land of Euphoria. But what use is a roadmap to those who believe the point of a story is the journey, not the destination?

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Void Trip Site


Thoughts:
*I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Ana is having visions. She has a mentor talking to her. She is determined to NOT listen. There is more to Ana than we know. She's hiding something inside as to why she's avoiding the vision of her mentor and why she doesn't want to go directly to Euphoria.

Just when you think Ana's simply strung out on her Froot, she says something full of meaning and heart. Wow. The big moment for Ana when she tells why she doesn't want to get to Euphoria. That's deep. I think I love her more for the great thought and concern in the answer. She's so connected with the way of things. Will her dreams bring Ana to head to Euphoria? 

The assassin (who's on the cover of this issue) is following hot on their trail still. And leaving a bloody mess in his path. We learn a small detail, the humans belong to him. Or so he says. There is a back story here. Can't wait to learn it.

We see the A.I. present on the page now. lol. How easily he switches dress, and what he switches to in situations. Make sure to keep an eye on him in the background. This is the fun in taking in the images drawn in a comic. I do like when characters are drawn with a realistic feel to them, but there's alien beings as well that fit the universe.

As always, Ana and Gabe can't stay out of trouble.

At the end there's a short comic added - The Glimmer Society, by James Potter & Plaid Klaus. They seem like an interesting crew of friends. It's to continue in the next issue as well!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Audio Book Review: Steam

Steam

By:  Stacey Rourke

Publish Date:  September 10, 2015, Audiobook Release April 5, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 53 mins
Narrated By:  Karen Krause

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Legends Saga series; Book 1 ~ Crane, Book 2 ~ Raven

Impression:  The ties come together.

Synopsis:
Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.

Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.

Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.

All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.

First Sentence:
Watching her mother die was the most beautiful thing Preen had ever witnessed.

Purchase At:
AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository

Audible 


My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I had to dive right into this book because I wanted answers. I got some of them. Wells is more involved in their lives than we'd expected. He explains why and how. Also, the supernatural lives of our characters have crossed before, they are all connected in a strange thread.

This story is divided between Ireland and crew in the now and Preen and her coven in Salem during the witch trials. Once again, Preen's life is important to the here and now with Ireland and her growing crew of friends.

I enjoyed Preen's story as she lived and experienced so much. She truly had powers, and used them. It was something to see her evolution, then what she ended up being.

We learn the truth behind what's driving Wells in collecting this group of cursed individuals together. There's a place and time he needs to get to but he can't. This particular group of individuals may be able to do what others before them have not.

This book ties all we've learned of Ireland and her Hessian, Ridley and his Poe curse, and a new woman - Peyton and her ability, together. They are histories that are touched by an individual in time. They don't realize it, but they are tied by the same evil just in different ways.

When we get answers, I had hoped there could have been a bit more of a moment here. It feels to happen so fast as though it's breezed over. The ending... hmmm. I'm not sure what I think. We get an ending but I felt as though it didn't bring the characters to a closure as I was expecting. Will they find each other again?  Between these two moments, I wanted more. I wanted a bigger moment that was clear for me. I felt I didn't get that. Another may love these moments, but for me they felt short.



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