Review: The Gathering of Shadows by J.D. Netto

the gathering of shadowsThe Gathering of Shadows by J.D. Netto
Series: The Whispers of the Fallen #3
Published by Untreed Reads on October 31st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 282
Source: ARC copy from author
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three-stars

When the thread of hope is split into two, which side will you take?

After the capture of three book-bearers, Isaac, Xylia and Arundel are beckoned to return to Agalmath to meet the Dark One. Around the four corners of Elysium, Lucifer and his servants are gathering an army—uniting men, beast, Shadow and Nephilin to expand his kingdom.

Hidden in the shadows and holding one of Lucifer’s most faithful servants in captivity, the blood-drinkers continue to hunt down Isaac and the others, seeking to retrieve the Book of Letters.
Isaac and Xylia’s courage and willingness to fight is starting to wane as they now fear that the path they have taken will claim their lives.

“When the stars blood drink. When the moon red turns. When the snow melts away. That’s when Elysium will burn.”

what i thought

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I read the first 2 books earlier this summer and really enjoyed them. Fantasy is one of the hardest genres for me to get into because of how complex the worlds are. Now, despite my rating 3/5 stars, I still very much enjoyed this book. A 3 stars from me means I liked the book. With that being said about fantasy, I will also say that I’ve kind of drifted away from the YA genre this year. This being another factor to my rating. I felt like I lost my connection to this world and character, but that is because of me and not the story/author.

This series is a very fast paced, very quick reads- I think it only took me maybe 3 hours to finish this book. Even though the plot and world continued, I still felt like I couldn’t fully connect with the characters. It’s like I could imagine the world, but some of it was still blurry. I felt I lost the connection with the characters and to be honest, I did forget a lot of what happened in the previous 2 and who some of the characters were. I also felt the action was too quick; it started then a few pages later the battle was over.

Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel. Fans of adventure and just the fantasy genre in general will really enjoy this series. If you have read my other reviews for the previous 2, my feelings for those still stand and still apply to this as well. You’ll love all the characters even bad ones- J.D. Netto does a great job at creating all these different creatures and bad guys!

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Review: Caught in the Glow by Eva Chase

caught in the glowCaught in the Glow by Eva Chase
Series: The Glower Chronicles #1
Published by Ink Spark Press on October 13th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 202
Source: ARC copy from author
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four-stars

When she was a child, Avery Harmen watched her father die at the hands of a Glower–a breed of demon that feeds on dreams of fame and glory. Now she secretly protects the rising stars of Los Angeles from the demons that prey on them, determined to make sure her clients never suffer the same fate.

Then Avery finds herself assigned to Colin Ryder, a young indie rocker who just landed a major label deal. Colin is cocky, rebellious, a brilliant musician, and already in the Glowers’ sights. He’s also far too hot for Avery to ignore the chemistry between them–especially when she gets to know the tender side behind his celebrity facade. Though Avery knows she’s falling too fast, she’s willing to risk heartbreak if fanning the flames of attraction distracts Colin from his Glower-tempting antics. But Colin is keeping a secret of his own, one so big it will put both her heart and his soul on the line.

The first book in The Glower Chronicles, a steamy New Adult paranormal series.

Each book in The Glower Chronicles contains a stand-alone romance, but it is recommended that you read them in order to best appreciate the ongoing subplots.

what i thoughtI received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! When the author contacted me about her book and told me it was new adult romance with a paranormal element, I was all in. I’m not that familiar with new adult paranormal; only YA. YA paranormal is one of my all time favorite genres and I have Twilight to thank for that. This was a great paranormal read! Demon-like creatures who suck your passion out of you? COUNT ME IN!

Avery watched her dad die and as you guessed, by a Glower. Now sworn to destroy the things that killed her father, she secretly helps protect famous musicians from having the same fate as her dad. She is currently to protect Colin Ryder. She knows all too well who Colin Ryder is. She went to school with him at one point, but not that he would notice. He has a thing for the ladies and he makes that very clear to Avery when she comes to protect him. He has a bad temper and it doesn’t take much for him to be set off. But neither of the 2 can ignore the chemistry building between the 2.

I’m a hardcore romance addict- that much is true. So it is without a doubt I LOVEDDD the romance between Colin and Avery. I love my bad-boy/rocker types and Colin was just that. I loved his character! Avery’s as well; though at times I just wanted to slap her for taking SOO long. But what can a girl do? ;)

My only issue was the building on these Glowers. I understand what they are and what they do, but I felt they were neglected and not enough was put into this element. I felt I didn’t understand enough of these creatures and how they are built into this urban reality. The overall description of these creatures is beyond awesome in my eyes. I’m a sucker for paranormal and these creatures are the perfect image of paranormal. They are very interesting characters; being able to suck the passion and drive out of a person.

I loved this book- I’m excited to see what happens next and who the story will follow next! I recommend to fans of paranormal and those bridging into new adult from young adult. Though, I would wait if your not used to sex scenes and that type of scene. Wait until you’ve had a couple “introductory” books then come to this one. :)

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Review: Destined for Dreams by Ginna Morgan

destined for dreamsDestined for Dreams by Ginna Morgan
Series: Destined for Dreams #1
Published by Briarcliffe Press on December 1st, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 264
Source: Finished copy from author
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three-half-stars

Seventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov is an outcast in her tight-knit community of people with special abilities. Nadia must invade people’s dreams to survive. She sneaks into sleeping victims’ rooms, slips into their heads, and then turns their dreams into horrifying nightmares.

When a new girl arrives at her compound, Nadia can’t resist giving the girl a nightmare. In the dream world, Nadia discovers Hunter Sullivan, a soul trapped in the girl’s mind. Intrigued by Hunter, Nadia secretly builds a relationship with him in the dream world, and they find solace through each other.

Unable to accept a love fated for dreams, Nadia must risk losing the safety of her community to help Hunter get back to his body before he’s lost forever.

what i thought

 

I received a finished copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. This does not reflect my feelings towards the book.

This book was so much fun! It was different from other paranormal books I’ve read! Definitely a unique and fun read. Our main character, Nadia is a nightmare inflictor… Meaning, in order for her to survive, she has to invade a host’s dream and create a nightmare beyond their worst fears… Nadia doesn’t like that is how she has to survive and makes herself completely weak before she is forced to create dreams. In this society, people like her are not noticed by society and are kept quiet. Her friend, Alyssa has willingly allowed Nadia to inflict nightmares on her knowing the consequences. Jacqueline is a sin-eater.. Meaning, she eats the souls of people who have sins… Only Hunter had none… So why him?

This was such a fun read… I loved the world, but I felt some explanation was left out. We only get introduced to 4 types of these people and I kept wondering if their were more… Maybe it will be explained more later in the series. :)

As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I love having more than one point of view. I like that this is told from Nadia and Hunter’s perspectives. I wasn’t a huge fan of their romance, but I did like it. They are definitely a cute couple.

Im definitely looking forward to future books in this series and seeing what happens next! I recommend this to people looking for a quick, entertaining, different paranormal read. :)

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“I’m no longer afraid of who I am. It’s okay for me to be different and it’s okay for me to embrace even my darkest side as long as I know how it affects my life and those around me.”– Ginna Morgan, Destined for Dreams

Review: The Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion by J.D. Netto

the whispers of the fallen rebellionThe Whispers of the Fallen: Rebellion by J.D. Netto
Series: The Whispers of the Fallen #2
Published by Untreed Reads on May 30th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

Smoke rises from the ruins of fallen kingdoms. Forgotten secrets have been revealed. In the darkness of the world, Lucifer’s army grows.

The quest of the book-bearers grows even more perilous when Isaac and his companions discover that ancient enemies have risen from the Heart of Elysium, seeking to snatch the Book of Letters from their hands. The Nephilins are now aided by Xavier, one of the Fallen Rulers. Villages have been brought to the ground by armies of Shadows. Creatures from the Abyss now lurk in the mountains and forests, longing to kill whoever crosses their path.

Isaac and his companions must find courage to overcome their fears as they continue their journey throughout Elysium.

what i thought

 

This sequel. Guys… This sequel was woah. Just mind-blowing! This was a hundred times better than the first book!! So much more happens and the first ends in a cliffhanger. J.D. Netto immediately picks up right where the first ended. I love that we get multiple point of views split into different parts. I love getting different perspectives respectably in a fantasy world like this! We get more description (at least in my opinion) because everyone has a different view on this world! I’ve become really attached to these characters and I’m nervous but excited to see what happens in the third book. J.D. Netto is definitely a talented author. There wasn’t a time in this book were I didn’t have the feeling of putting the book down. I wanted to continue reading until I got to the very end. There was no slow parts, always constant action and always something happening!

You will come to love all the characters… Not just the good guys. Even the bad guys! Maybe not LOVE them, but love to hate them kind of thing. ;)

Be prepared to binge both the first 2 books and to lose lots of sleep over the books. They are extremely hard to put down and a wild ride! I recommend to fans of the fantasy genre and those who are looking for an action packed, fast paced book. The book doesn’t disappoint!

 

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“War brings out the warrior in all of us, does it not?” — The Whispers of the Fallen, J.D. Netto

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“Courage is the greatest weapon we could ever hope to wield.” — The Whispers of the Fallen, J.D. Netto

Review: The Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. Netto

the whispers of the fallenThe Whispers of the Fallen by J.D. Netto
Series: The Whispers of the Fallen #1
Published by Tristar Publishing Group on October 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 286
Source: Finished copy from author
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four-stars

Ever since the dawn of days, rumors about the Diary of Lucifer echoed throughout Elysium. Hidden from all human knowledge, the Diary was kept a secret, locked away in the small village of Agalmath.

Isaac and Demetre find themselves in a dangerous journey as they uncover the truth about the Diary and its guardians. However, for Isaac and Demetre, danger lies at every step, hidden in the most unexpected places.

Hunted by the Nephilins and the Fallen Stars, they must find others who will join them in the battle against the coming darkness.

what i thought

 

Fantasy is one of those genres that I’m still not that familiar with. You definitely have to be in the mood for fantasy and to be honest, it doesn’t happen very often for me. J.D. Netto contacted me about 7 months ago asking if I’d like to review them. After seeing Sasha (Booktuber) rave about the books, I knew I needed to give it a shot. I’m surprised at how amazing this was! I had originally started reading it in February only to make it through a couple chapters to be put back down due to school.

One of my absolute favorite genres is paranormal which this is part of. J.D. Netto is definitely a talented writer. I had such a difficult time putting down the books because I was so immersed in this world. I immediately started the second book after finishing this one. Most peoples problems with fantasy is the world building. He does such an amazing job at vividly painting this world into our heads that I felt as if I was watching a movie. The plot line was so fast paced and nothing ever slowed down. Just when you thought Issac and his crew were going to catch a break, another obstacle was thrown their way.

This was such a great book and I recommend to fantasy fans. Or even those who liked fantasy with a touch of paranormal!

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“Humanity chose the fall, now it is up to you to redeem and rise.” — The Whispers of the Fallen, J.D. Netto

Mini Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

days of blood and starlightDays of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Published by Brown Books for Young Readers on November 6th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 513
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. Forhope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

what i thoughtIt has been over a year since I read the first book. I still remembered quite a bit of things that happened in the first one; mainly just the important parts. Some details were fuzzy and most I remembered once I started reading this.

I love that this wasn’t surrounded around the romance. It was pretty much nonexistent honestly. Those that have read the first book and maybe the second would probably understand exactly why. I adore Laini Taylor’s writing style. Her writing is so gorgeous and SO well written, I’m just in a complete state of awe!

Fantasy isn’t one the genres I’m most familiar with mostly because of the complexity that comes with it. If the world is not completely explained, nothing will be fully understood in my eyes. The characters will fall flat, the overall picture of the world would be a blur. However, Laini Taylor knows what she’s doing! I will admit, it takes a couple chapters maybe the entire first half to really understand everything and what’s going on. But this series thus far is incredibly addicting! Because my review is soo late, my thoughts after reading aren’t that great because I’ve read over 15 since.

Im in love with Karou’s best friend, Zuzana! She’s probably my favorite so far in this trilogy! She’s hysterical and a perfect best friend!

This was an amazing sequel to one my favorite reads early 2014 and I hope to read the mammoth sized finale very soon! I don’t know when I will, because the size of it is very daunting and intimating.

again, I apologize for the “not so great” review. School got too busy and I fell behind.

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“Or… Perhaps Fate laid out your life for you like a dress on a bed, and you could either wear it or go naked.” — page 62

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“Twelve miles? My love, have you ever walked twelve miles?”

“Sure,” said Zuzana. “Cumulatively.”

Mik laughed and shook his head. “Good thing you left your platforms behind.”

“As if. They’re in your pack.” — page 197

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“I’m finger-painting with your sweat,” he informed her.  “That was a heart.”

“A sweat heart. How romantic.” –page 454

Review: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

alice in zombielandAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on September 25th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult, Zombies
Pages: 404
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….

what i thoughtall time favoriteThis will be making my top reads of 2015 for sure, if not then maybe one of the next 2. I’m obsessed with this!!

Alice Bell has never been allowed to stay out late or go anywhere while it’s dark outside. Her dad forbids it. He is convinced monsters walk among them at night and because of this he lives in a constant state of paranoia. One night, everything in Alice’s life completely changes. It was her 16th birthday, nothing bad could ever happen.. Right? Now sworn to kill the monsters that her dad has trained her to kill all her life.

OH MY GOSH! Words cannot describe how much I LOVED this book! I immediately fell in love with it as soon as I started reading! I was immediately drawn into the world just like that. Gena Showalter is definitely becoming a favorite author only after reading just one book. I’m amazed at how quickly I fell for this book! The writing is so perfectly done and so hilarious! There wasn’t anything that I didn’t love about this book! Everything was done perfectly!

I’ve never read a zombie book before, but paranormal is one of my absolute favorite genres (probably my most favorite). So I knew going into the book that I was most likely going to like how it turned out. OHHH BOY was I off by a long shot! I didn’t just like it, I loved it beyond words!

I don’t even know where to start honestly…

Cole Holland is most definitely without a doubt, swoon-worthy and has made a spot in my top book boyfriends. I cannot describe how much I loved him! When he was first introduced, I knew I was going to fall for him. It didn’t take pretty much anything for that to happen. All he had to do was make an appearance!

I loved Alice’s new best friend, Kat! She was hysterical!! I loved her character so much, she was the perfect best friend! Alice’s grandparents were the sweetest. I loved that they tried to learn the newest slang despite that it wasn’t what teenagers say. They truly cared about Alice and wanted to make her comfortable to talk to them! They are the sweetest grandparents anyone could ask for. :)

Seriously… I’m getting all excited writing this review! :D

Although Cole and Alice are immediately drawn to each other, it wasn’t instalove (which I’m VERY glad it wasn’t). Instalove’s are a huge turn off for me in books; I usually have trouble with them. Had this gone in that direction, I might not have enjoyed it as much. THANK GOSH IT DIDN’T! I’m glad they didn’t rush into a relationship; they took things slow– which by the way, drove me crazy with the sexual tension between the 2!

I’m so excited to pick up the sequel and dive back into this world. But unfortunately I’m starting a new semester for school, so I don’t know when exactly I can pick it back up. :( I’m really missing Cole!

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“Are you trying to tell me that you’ve never been kissed?”
I pressed my tongue to the roof of my mouth. He looked so dubious, and his tone had borderd on insulting. “Yeah. So?”
“So, I’m shocked, that’s all. You’re…you.”
In-sul-ting.”Me?” I asked stiffly.
“Yeah. Hot,” he said.
Wait. Me? HOT?
He laughed down at me.”No one’s told you that, either, have they?”
I could only shake me head.
“You’ve clearly been hanging around idiots.”– page 155

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“Yeah, okay. You’re right. I was having dinner with Zombie Carl the other night. You know, steak, rare, and a bottle of vintage type A. He told me all his secrets, but too bad for you I promised him I wouldn’t tell. In exchange I asked him to gather his best undead buddies and stalk me through my friend’s yard. And oh, yeah, it was totally fine if they wanted to use me as an all-night-dinner buffet, because having organs is SO last year.”– page 252

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“Girl, he wants to dip you in Frosted Flakes and have you for breakfast. That’s his favorite cereal, by the way.” I…had no words for that.”– page 348

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“Don’t look now, but that’s my ex over there.”
Surely I’m not the only one who takes “don’t look now” as “there’s no better time than now.” I looked.
“Bad, Ali!” Another slap to my arm. “Bad, bad, bad Ali! Have you no self control?”  — page 53