The Wanderer by Rowan McAllister

Title: The Wanderer

Series: Chronicles of the Riftlands 01

Author: Rowan McAllister

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 1, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: After centuries of traveling the continent of Kita and fighting the extradimensional monsters known as Riftspawn, mage Lyuc is tired and ready to back away from the concerns of humanity.

But the world isn’t done with him yet.

While traveling with a merchant caravan, Lyuc encounters Yan, an Unnamed, the lowest caste in society. Though Yan has nothing but his determination and spirit, he reminds Lyuc what passion and desire feel like. While wild magic, a snarky, shapeshifting, genderfluid companion, and the plots of men and monsters seem determined to keep Lyuc from laying down his burden, only Yan’s inimitable spirit tempts him to hang on for another lifetime or so.

All Yan wants is to earn the sponsorship of a guild so he can rise above his station, claim a place in society, and build the family he never had.

After hundreds of years of self-imposed penance, all Lyuc wants is Yan.

If they can survive prejudice, bandits, mercenaries, monsters, and nature itself, they might both get their wish… and maybe even their happily ever after..

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-236-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: A wonderful beginning for a series. Lyuc and his trusty friend Bryn have been traveling the lands doing away with the riftspawn that break through into the human world. While traveling with merchants he meets Yan, an unnamed and the lowest in caste society.

From the moment these two met it seemed the world realigned around them. The moments between these two were sweet and tender yet passionate. I loved them both as the story progressed.

The overall feeling of the story is magical and opening. I adored the everything about it. I loved how not all is explained in this story. That tells me there will be much more to come with Lyuc, Bryn and Yan. I am looking forward to discovering more about Lyuc and the mystery withing the book.

Great read.

Blyd and Pearce by Kim Fielding

Title: Blyd and Pearce

Author: Kim Fielding

Genre: High Fantasy,  Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (210pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 24, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.

While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-669-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Other booksellers

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Great story about the differences between populations, mystery and romance. I loved both Daveth and Jory. They both fascinated for different reasons. Daveth’s determination to do better for himself inspired me. Jory’s a mystery that had me from the start. I enjoyed reading about him immensely.

While they are getting to know one another they are both caught up in a mystery that they desperately try to understand. While some of the story had me scratching my head it fit with the overall setting. Nothing is as it seems and trust is something both men need if they are to survive.

Twists and turns are around every corner in this fascinating tale. I truly loved the dynamics as Jory and Daveth fought to keep ahead of the surprises that awaited them. Great cast of characters that added to an already good story.

Great read.

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Blyd and Pearce

by

Kim Fielding

Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.

While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.

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Rampant, Vol. 1 by Amy Lane (2nd edition)

Title: Rampant, Vol. 1 (2nd edition)

Series: Little Goddess|Book Four, Vol. 1

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (280 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (October 11, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Lady Cory has carved out a life for herself not just as a wife to three husbands but also as one of the rulers of the supernatural communities of Northern California—and a college student in search of that elusive degree. When a supernatural threat comes crashing into the hard-forged peace of Green’s Hill, she and Green determine that they’re the ones in charge of stopping the abomination that created it. To protect the people they love, Cory, Bracken, and Nicky travel to Redding to confront a tight-knit family of vampires guarding a terrible secret. It also leads them to a conflict of loyalties, as Nicky’s parents threaten to tear Nicky away from the family he’s come to love more than his own life.

Cory has to work hard to hold on to her temper and her life as she tries to prove that she and Green are not only leaders who will bind people to their hearts, but also protectors who will keep danger from running rampant.

First Edition published as Rampant: The Fourth Book of the Little Goddess Series by iUniverse, 2010.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-349-3

Product Link: DSP Publications | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: A lot happens in this continuing series of Little Goddess. Cory and Green come together to battle unseen forces. Nicky, Cory and Bracken struggle with their lives as they face difficult decisions. I thought the story was interesting except for female parts as I’m an m/m reader but decided to read these since they had been on the list a while.

Thoughtful yet provoking each character added their elements to a well written story that draws the reader into a fantasy world of paranormals and conflicts. I loved the added mix in the story.

I do not want to give anything away in this review so the reader will be able to experience the story for themselves. This is a good story if your looking for a mix in genres. Yes there is a cliffhanger that continues in the next book that is already out.

Great read.

The Dragon’s Devotion by Antonia Aquilante

Title: The Dragon’s Devotion

Series: The Chronicles of Tournai 05

Author: Antonia Aquilante

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (286 pages)

Publisher: NineStar Press (September 4, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Corentin is a scholar with a secret—his magical Talent allows him to turn into a dragon, and he isn’t alone in that ability. Long ago, dragons were hunted fiercely, until they went into hiding, becoming things of legend. Corentin has traveled the world with one aim—to protect his people and keep their secret safe. Drawn to the principality of Tournai by news of someone close to discovering that secret, he hopes to avert suspicion. His attraction to the too-serious Bastien isn’t convenient for his purpose, but it isn’t something he can ignore either.

Lord Bastien, Earl of Ardesia, inherited his title unexpectedly when his parents were killed in a sailing accident along with the parents of his cousin, Prince Philip. Since then, Bastien has devoted his life to the obligations of his family and estate—so much so, that it has caused tension between him and his siblings. His world is further shaken when he receives an anonymous letter informing him that the tragic boating accident may, in fact, have been murder. Bastien throws himself into investigating whether the allegations are true and finding out who killed his parents.

As Corentin and Bastien become closer, the mystery of Bastien’s parents’ death draws him further into danger. Corentin feels compelled to protect Bastien, but the threat is closer than they know. Now, Corentin must decide whether preserving his secret—and potentially his people’s safety—is more important than saving the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-947139-78-7

Product Link: NineStar Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: You could read this book as a stand alone however, some characters from the other books make an appearance in this one as well. This story is about growing into ones self. Learning to traverse life and become the best person you can be.

Lord Bastien will go to any lengths to protect family, land, business and those he loves or considers friends. I loved how nice he was too. Despite a personal tragedy he does the best he can do and when he needs help he asks for it.

There was a wide variety of characters throughout this book, too many to name, that added to the overall delivery of the story. I do not want to give away events or situations that take place so I’ll just say it was a good addition to the series.

Great read.

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The Merchant’s Love

(Chronicles of Tournai 06)
by

Antonia Aquilante

Faelen, cousin to the prince and son of a diplomat, has finally come home to Tournai after years away. The pull to return was almost tangible, and the sense of rightness at being back is absolute. He wants nothing more than to put down roots and build a life among family while pursuing his linguistic studies. Becoming involved in magic meant to protect Tournai isn’t part of his plans…but falling in love is even more unexpected and unfamiliar, but he finds himself doing just that as his friendship with Maxen deepens into something more.

Maxen, second son of a wealthy merchant family, longs to leave Tournai and see everywhere he can. All his life, he’s found places on maps and dreamed, planning out routes to get to them. For now, he’s tied to Tournai’s capital city by family obligations and his position in their shipping business. Someday, though, he’ll be able to travel. His sudden attraction to Faelen shocks him, but their friendship soon becomes a necessary part of his life. Love, however, has no place in his plans, especially not love for a royal cousin with secrets who wants nothing more than to stay in one place.

For Faelen and Maxen to build something real between them, they must resolve their differences, but when magic goes awry and all Faelen’s secrets are revealed, will Maxen remain at his side?

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Quickening, Vol. 2 by Amy Lane

Title: Quickening, Vol. 2

Series: Little Goddess Book Five, Vol. 2

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (284 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (June 13, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥  4 Hearts

Blurb: The elf queen who infected the werewolf population isn’t going away—and neither are the two heartbeats that will soon be the children in Cory’s arms.

Cory’s used to throwing herself physically into the fray, but as their enemy gets closer and more dangerous, she’s forced to choose between her safety and the people sworn to protect her. Her guardians are tired of worrying about Cory and her unborn children, and Cory is getting plain tired.

The preternatural world isn’t her only worry—basic human birthing rituals are going to be a pain in the ass for a woman whose children will be sidhe. Cory’s mother is still fuzzy on the concept of a polyamorous multispecies marriage and sets her up with an OBGYN obsessed with the inhuman silhouettes of her babies.

Cory doesn’t want her children born in the middle of a turf war, but the people she and Green have nurtured and fought for aren’t about to let her face this enemy alone. This battle is for queen and home, and the babies quickening in Cory’s body are a symbol of hope. Cory’s going to have to give up the idea of being a weapon and embrace the idea of being a mother, or she’ll let down those depending on her most.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-441-8

Product Link: DSP Publications | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I have no words for how I feel about Nimuetia except she is a delusional elf queen with visions of grandeur at any cost. I was disgusted at what she did to the werewolves for her own gain.

There is a lot going on in this installment as battles rage and Cory is pregnant with her mates in full protective mode. The action scenes were quite jaw dropping as was the overall plot with the elf queen. I loved the characters good and bad as they each added their own elements to the book to make for an interesting read.

Though I myself am not a huge fan of this series due to a female being the MC I still liked it. Well written and drama infused this story grabs hold and does not let go until the very end.

Great read.

A Wish Upon the Stars by T.J. Klune

Title: A Wish Upon the Stars

Series: Tales From Verania 04

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (450 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press(March 27, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind..

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-081-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The final book in an epic series is always sad to read knowing it is the last. But, The prince’ story will be told in the future so that is major plus. I have loved this series from the start. Sam has grown with each story. The epic adventures and battles throughout were amazing. This story is no exception.

Sam has been gone for a year with the white dragon learning everything he needs to know to defeat Myrin. When he comes back he learns everything has changed. The king has been imprisoned everyone he knew is in hiding and battling the Darks. The reunion between Sam, Tiggy, Gary, The Prince and Ryan is bittersweet and not without a lot of different emotions.

The time has come to put a stop to Myrin and his evil deeds for good. With the help of Sam’s merry band and dragons he will face a battle to the death and in doing so may lose himself to the dark side. I only have one word to describe this story Epic! Intense, humorous and dramatic this story had it all. I loved everything about it. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was the last in the series.

Fantastic ending to an epic series.

Highly recommended.

Captive Wings by Ana Raine Blog Post, Exclusive Excerpt!

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Captive Wings

(Anima 02)
by

Ana Raine

Liberation from one master might mean enslavement to another.

For centuries, the Kuro swan shifters have been the unwilling servants of the Dryma faeries. That changed when Prince Tristan of the Dryma attempted to sacrifice himself for Royal Kuro Kanji—his lover and mate.

The Sidhee, seeing Tristan’s actions to free the swans as a betrayal, launch a devastating attack that leaves most of the Kuro and Dryma dead or imprisoned. The fate of the swans rests entirely on Kanji’s shoulders, and he must somehow devise a plan that will protect both his partner and his tribe as the war with the Sidhee rages. It won’t be easy for mortal enemies to become allies, and Kanji is beginning to despair of ever waking Tristan from his deathlike slumber. And neither the Kuro nor the Dryma can compete with the Sidhee when it comes to brutal violence.

When Kanji finds a small boy asleep at the bottom of a lake, his hope for reuniting with Tristan is rekindled. But what is the boy, and can his magic turn the tide against a seemingly unstoppable enemy?

Release date: 22nd May 2018
Pre-order:
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Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

Title: Magic Runs Deep

Author: Alex Whitehall

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, High Fantasy

Length: Novel (182 pages)

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (April 9, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.

Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.

However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-62649-747-4

Product Link: Riptide Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Veier has been a captive of a king for Five years. He’s been in his bear formed chained to a throne. He’s been forced to do some unsavoury things for the king. Then one day invaders come and even though he is ferocious and attacks one decides to show him mercy and take him home when they return.

Elrid is not afraid of Veier as he see’s him for who he really is. I loved the slow romance. The trust building between these two is not instant like in some books. It made sense that Veier would have a hard time trusting anyone after what he has been through.

The plot was wonderfully written with mystery and a dash of suspense thrown into the mix. I loved the story and enjoyed it very much.

Fantastic read.

The Doorway God by Tom Early

Title: The Doorway God

Series: Seasons Rising 02

Author: Tom Early

Genre: Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (284 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink (November 14, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The Seasons are coming to Janus University, and Fay’s and Sam’s lives will never be the same.

Through last year’s deadly Trials, Fay and Sam gained admittance to the magical university, and the coming of autumn signals the start of the school year. But both of them have goals beyond their studies. For Fay, it’s finding a way to contain the ancient and evil spirit of Winter, which has no regard for human life. Fay has vowed to never let Winter kill again—but working with the school’s headmaster, Didas, is a risk. Didas cannot see past the potential power he can draw from Fay, and since Fay’s boyfriend and familiar, Tyler, is away at Tufts University, Fay might have to face his possession—and his dreams of four mysterious figures—on his own terms.

While trying to help Fay, Sam seeks information about her mother’s past in the magical world of Gaia, but will she like what she uncovers? To survive, Fay and Sam must make alliances, but it’s harder than ever to tell friend from enemy.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-778-5

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The continuation of the seasons rising series has Fay and Sam at Janus University. Things become abundantly clear that all is not as it seems and there are those have secrets upon secrets. Headmaster Didas is one such person. I did not trust him from the start and this book was the same feeling for me.

The secrets that come out in this sequel are jaw dropping to say the least. Fay does all he can to help when needed while learning how to use his own power not Winter’s. The end result is a young man whose purpose is to protect those he cares about.

The battle scenes at the end were fierce and strong. I loved that the other seasons were trying to help Fay, though Summer was opposed at first. A lot happens in this story. But I appreciated every word and explanation.

Fantastic read.

Aspect of Winter by Tom Early (2nd Edition)

Title: Aspect of Winter (2nd Edition)

Series: Seasons Rising 01

Author: Tom Early

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (260 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink (October 15, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers—and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.

Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential. Along with their classmate Tyler, the two friends are tipped into a precarious world of mystery and magic that they don’t yet understand. Their lives are about to change, but first they must complete—and survive—the university’s Trials. Romantic feelings start to bloom between Fay and Tyler, but before they can explore them, they must learn to deal with a new world that can be both beautiful and terrifying—especially when the dangerous source of Fay’s abilities is discovered.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-540-4

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: An amazing story of a young man named Fay who has powers he has no clue as to how he got them. He has to keep them under wraps though as the others at his school would not understand. His best friend Sam is a take charge kind of girl with a kickass attitude. Together they are approached to attend trials at the prestigious magic school Janus University.

I loved the story. The magical aspects and the control it takes to do the spells was breathtaking. The battles were jaw dropping and intense. The only thing I wanted to know was what exactly happened to Fray when he became lost for a short time when he was five. Because that is when he gained his ice powers. It never went into details.

I felt at times that Fay brushed things off that he should have investigated further. Other than these two things I loved the story and am looking forward to more.

Great read.

Hammer of the Witch by Dakota Chase

Title: Hammer of the Witch

Series: Repeating History 02

Author: Dakota Chase

Genre: Teen Fiction, Time Travel

Length: Novel (180 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink (January 9, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: History isn’t dead when you’re living it.

Ash and Grant are about to learn why it was called the Dark Ages, when Merlin, in the guise of their teacher, once again sends them time traveling to reclaim one of the antiquities their prank destroyed: a book called the Malleus Maleficarum, or Hammer of the Witches, which was used to persecute and kill innocent people throughout medieval Europe.

They’ll need to keep their heads down and their wits about them in a Germany ruled by the iron fist of the Inquisition, where anyone who is different is dragged off to horrifying prisons, tortured to confession, and ultimately killed in the worst way imaginable. But it won’t be easy to navigate a frightening and brutal time, secure Merlin’s book, and make it home without attracting attention.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-095-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The next item that Grant and Ash are to retrieve in their time traveling punishment to replace artifacts that were destroyed due to their fighting is a book called the Malleus Maleficarum or The Hammer of the Witch. This single book sent hundreds of people to their deaths in the most horrifying ways.

This task will not be easy. It’s the middle ages and a time where all are suspicious of things that are different and quickly dealt with. This task ends up with Ash retrieving the book but Grant being captured. Now Ash has to save Grant, keep the book safe and get all back to their own time before their demise.

Hair raising and adventurous this story has a great history interwoven between the dialogue of the characters. the details were amazing and the characters intriguing.

A great addition to the series.

Magic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Alex Whitehall stopping by today with their new release Magic Runs Deep, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Magic Runs Deep

by

Alex Whitehall

For the last five years, Veier has been chained to a king’s throne in his bear form. When a neighboring kingdom overthrows the crown, Veier’s imprisonment ends, but true freedom is not so easily earned. With blood on his hands, he needs someone with patience, strength, and trust to help him become the person he was before and prove to the invaders that he isn’t the monstrous king’s loyal pet.

Elrid, the invading king’s brother and a powerful mage, is everything Veier despises. He’s also the only thing between Veier and execution, because he thinks he can help Veier change from an aggressive bear shifter into a reasonable man. While the pair have a rough start, with long talks and mutual leaps of faith, they begin to care for each other.

However, the closer Veier gets to his freedom, the closer he is to losing Elrid. He must find balance in his heart and his life if he wishes to truly claim the freedom he’s been given—and the man he loves.

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Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson

Title: Cloaked in Shadow

Series: Dragori 01

Author: Ben Alderson

Genre: Fantasy, Military & Wars

Length: Novel (330pgs)

Publisher: Oftomes Publishing (December 5, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Dragon Shifters. Magick. Elven Royalty.

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn’t know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent magick to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

“Romantic tension, heartwarming friendships, thrilling pacing, all wrapped in the fantasy world of elves you’ve been waiting for. Alderson deftly paints a world that’s rich in intriguing magicks and peoples. Once Zachariah’s story pulls you in, you will not be able to put this down!” – Elise Kova, USA TODAY Bestselling author of Air Awakens.

“One word. EPIC!” – Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

ISBN: B075R773K9

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: One day Zacriah, an elf, is invited with may other elves to attend a feast at the king’s palace. What he does not expect is for all of them to be poisoned with a sleeping potion. However not all fall asleep. Those that do not are told of an enemy the Morthi, that are attacking villages and that the elves, they are shifters, are being called to arms for the king. This is where the prince Hadrian comes in.

I loved this story. It was magical, secretive and adventerous. Zacriah has a secret. When it comes time to shift he can not. He is taken to Prince Hadrian. Together they figure out some things are not as they seem and set out to find the truth while trying to keep each other and themselves alive.

A wonderful story with a great cast of characters. I found myself riveted to the story awaiting the outcome. The secret Zac and Hadrian have are awesome. The evilness that plagues the palace is scary with it’s intentions and deception.

Fantastic story that I am looking forward to reading more of.

Quickening, Vol. 1 by Amy Lane

Title: Quickening, Vol. 1

Series: Little Goddess | Book Five, Vol. 1

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (316 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (May 2, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Cory thought she’d found balance on Green’s Hill—sorceress, student, queen of the vampires, wife to three men—she had it down! But establishing her right to risk herself with Green and Bracken had more than one consequence, and now she’s facing the world’s scariest job title: mother.

But getting the news that she’s knocked up takes a back seat when a half-elf hunts them down for help. Her arrival brings news that the werewolf threat, which has been haunting them for over a year, has finally arrived on their doorstep—and it’s bigger and more frightening than they’d ever imagined.

Cory throws herself into this new battle with everything she’s got—and her men let her do it. Because they all know that whether they defeat this enemy now or later, the thing she’s most afraid of is arriving on a set schedule, and not even Cory can avoid it. The trick is getting her to acknowledge she’s pregnant before she gives birth—or kills herself in denial.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-439-5

Product Link: DSP Publications | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: As with all the books in this series there is a lot going on. Cory finds herself pregnant and is not overly happy about it. At the same time she starts school. Then there is the part elf girl wanting their help to rescue a boy in jail that is part of the werewolf issue.

I found myself at times a little bogged down but never the less it was a truly well written, well balanced story with all the usual happenings in this series. A little of this and that drew the reader into the ongoing series like a fish swimming through water with the occasional danger from others.

Intriguing and fascinating this story certainly delivers.

Great read.

Beneath the Scales by Aurora Peppermint

Title: Beneath the Scales

Series: The Knowledge Effect 01

Author: Aurora Peppermint

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novella (150 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink (Dreamspinner Press) (July 9, 2015)

Heat Level: Nil

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Loyalty and truth will be redefined as a young orphan undertakes a quest that will change his life.

Martus is doing all he can to help his magically gifted sister, Elsaben, living with the frustration that it’s never enough. They’re living hand to mouth on what he can steal, and under the table jobs aren’t enough for Martus to fund the training Elsaben needs. He’s desperate to find a way to help her, but he’s getting a reputation as a troublemaker, which will only endanger what meager living he’s already scratching for.

His life changes drastically in the course of a single day when a dragon attacks their village, leaves it in flames, and then carries Elsaben away. Knowing there is nothing else for him to do, Martus swears to rescue her and avenge their home, knowing he’ll either return triumphant… or die.

What he finds in the mountains challenges his perceptions and prejudices, leading him discover that he may have a chance at a better life, including a friend of the likes he never expected. This adventure could change his worldview—including the beliefs he’s always accepted as the norm.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-069-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Martus is doing his best to get the help Elsaban needs for her magic since their parents died in a fire. One day a dragon, Hal, shows up and starts tearing up the town and eventually takes Elsaban away. El eventually returns and Martus sets out to kill the dragon.

Hal is a sweet boy who has no one to help him control his dragon. When he shifts he has no memory of it or the things he does. Due to Martus and a letter he writes, a group of people invade where Hal’s home is. Martus does try to protect his new friend.

I liked the idea of the story but the delivery was lacking as at times as it jumped from one thing to the next with no warning. Martus and Hal are both alone and I liked that despite the rocky start they became friends.

Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent

Title: Family of Lies: Sebastian

Author: Sam Argent

Genre: High Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (324 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 18, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.

Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.

Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-681-4

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Sebastian keeps to himself and does not like being around others. His humor is funny to me. I found his snarkiness lovable. Prince Turrin has a way of trouble finding him in the form of assassination attempts on his life. This is how the two meet when Sebastian saves him.

The prince wants to get to know Sebastian better despite his standoffish vibes. He’s persistent an eventually wears Sebastian down. The two are hot together once they actually get together.

The mystery off the assassination attempts and who is behind and to what degree was fascinating and intriguing. I loved how the story flowed and ultimately ended up. Well written with degrees of romance, suspense, action, drama and hot sex all culminated in a story that had me on the edge of my seat.

Great read.

A Tangle of Secrets by R.G. Thomas

Title: A Tangle of Secrets

Series: The Town of Superstition 04

Author: R.G. Thomas

Genre: Teen Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (260 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (Dreamspinner Press) (December 26, 2017)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Thaddeus and his family and friends have returned from Iron Gulch and Thaddeus’s summer of magical awakening to a very different life. For one, he has both his parents for the first time, though his mother is still haunted by terrors and powers she can’t yet control. Teofil, Thaddeus’s gnome boyfriend, is consumed with finding Thaddeus’s evil uncle Lucian and answers about what happened to his brother, and he spends his days sequestered in Leopold’s library, pouring over the old wizard’s journals. When Thaddeus starts school and makes friends Teofil doesn’t like, there’s tension between them for the first time ever.

Thaddeus’s problems don’t end there. It’s harder and harder for him to conceal his magic, especially when facing the school bully. He’s lost, confused, and lashing out, and for once, he finds no solace in those closest to him. His enemies are hiding in plain sight, biding their time, until the Bearagon reappears and instigates a fight not everyone will walk away from

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-044-1

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amz US | Amz UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story takes place in superstition as Thaddeus starts another school year he meets another bully. There is tension when Thaddeus starts to mysteriously change. All points to Dillion yet a surprise is in store.

Drama and twists and turns are all throughout this addition the series. We are given a chance to meet some of the characters previously mentioned in the first three books. I have to say I was disappointed that this story lacked the adventure aspect but was still quite good.

I loved seeing all the characters and the new ones as more mysteries were revealed near the end. I would advise reading the books in order as each picks up where the previous one leaves off.

Great read.

The Battle of Iron Gulch by R.G. Thomas

Title: The Battle of Iron Gulch

Series: The Town of Superstition 03

Author: R.G. Thomas

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (230 pages)

Publisher: Harmony Ink, (Dreamspinner Press) (January 10, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Thaddeus Cane has finally reached the foot of Wraith Mountain. He hopes to find his mother—changed into a dragon by the witch Isadora many years ago—and bring her back to Superstition to live with him and his father. With Teofil, his garden gnome boyfriend, and Teofil’s mother, sister, and their new elf friend, Thaddeus discovers that getting to his mother will not be as easy as they’d hoped. They are forced to shelter in the small town of Iron Gulch where Thaddeus’s father takes a job to secure the equipment they need to climb the mountain.

The longer they stay in Iron Gulch, the more Thaddeus comes to believe things in the town are not as pleasant as they appear. When a new and vicious enemy reveals itself, Thaddeus and his group are thrust into a fight not only for their lives, but for the lives of the Iron Gulch residents. As the battle rages, they discover Thaddeus’s mother and struggle to free her and end Isadora’s tyranny once and for all.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-245-2

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressHarmony Ink Press | Amz US | Amz UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Something strange is going on in Iron Gulch. As days turn into weeks the awful truth is slowly revealed. Thaddeus and his group are in a fight for their lives against ghouls, goblins, a mad witch, a dragon and the bearagon.

This story is mysterious and yet again secrets come out about Thaddeus’ family. I loved that despite the danger Thaddeus was determined to help the town as well as his mother. The group sadly loses a member along the way in a battle.

These books should be read in order as each picks up where the other leaves off.

Highly recommended read.