Bad Nights (Rockfort Security #1) by Rebecca York

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Well, well, well. A prime example of what a couple of plot twists can do, hidden in plain sight – and yours truly reaaaally liked that!

In the first book of Rockfort Security, we see Jack Brandt, one of said Security’s members, struggling to escape from an illegal military organization, where he was tortured when its leader found out he was a spy. Beaten bloody and naked, he ends up suffering from slight amnesia outside Morgan Rains’s wood cabin. Morgan is a young widow who’s been going through the motions of life ever since her husband died. By finding Jack and helping him, she becomes involved with the mess following him – and for once in her life after her dead husband passed away, starts living again, as they both fight to make it to safety and bring down the evil chasing them.

I enjoyed this story way too much. Not only was it carefully written, but its pace was fast and unforgiving, and the love scenes were scorching hot and well-placed! The suspense never left the story until the very last pages, and the emotional roller-coaster we had to go through because of Morgan and Jack was much appreciated.

Speaking of Morgan and jack, they were amazing. Jack was full of honor, so protective, always putting Morgan’s well-being above everything else. He was so obviously in love with her it hurt to read, but didn’t even realize it until she was taken from him – typical male, but still understandable. His concern for her being happy and safe even reached the point where he had convinced himself she would be better off without him, because he didn’t wish to have her repeat the experience of losing a husband to a gun.

Morgan, on the other hand, was the epitome of wonderful female lead. While she was hurting and she was scared of all this sudden danger in her life, she had enough sense in her to realize she could move on and fall in love again, and the world wouldn’t come to an end – she would not be betraying her husband by being happy. She was determined and clever, even if she knew she was weak and at many times helpless. She used her mind and her psychological knowledge to cover up for her mishaps, and she balanced emotional and logical like a pro.


I wish I get to read many more couples like those two, they were what I needed these days. I’ve read the next book and I’ll be reviewing that one, too, sometime soon, but I have a feeling Morgan and Jack are my favorite couple in the series yet.

RATING:

5cupcakes

The Forest of Darkness Series, Books 1-3 (A Forest of Darkness #1-3) by Kate Wendley

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Oh, I do love me some boxed sets, I really do! Though it makes reading them – especially in time – quite hard, it’s still worth it, especially when they prove to be amazing stories.

In the first three books of the Forest of Darkness series, we see two Vampire Masters, and the Alpha wolf of Atlanta, as they struggle through not only the everyday danger that comes with being a powerful supernatural, but also their attempts at romance in their lives.

Anthony, the Vampire Master of Atlanta, is trying to overcome his own disgust and self-consciousness when he meets Kaia, a mortal woman who’s able to see past the scar marking him as ugly, and his social awkwardness.

Sebastian, the Alpha wolf and Anthony’s best friend, discovers love in the eyes of a jaguar shifter, Jade, who, despite his mind-reading abilities, can’t help but be attracted to him – has been for a long while, even if she’s too much of a scaredy-cat to act on her affections.

And Ethan, the Vampire Master wishing to avenge his former lover by trying to kill Anthony’s father using his son, fights to let go of his long-dead lover and finally move on with Harmony, a vampire who’s the exact opposite of his beloved Sonya, yet manages to capture his heart just as strongly.

As a fan of PNR, I feel it is my duty to recommend this series to any other self-respecting fan, too. Not only is it satisfying to read such well-written stories, but it was also worth the time it took to meet those characters and witness them engaging in relationships that far exceeded what could be perceived as normal interactions. Not only with each other – as couples – but also with the rest of the cast.

Anthony was a sweetheart, always shy and unsure of his actions, and it was like witnessing a teenager in love most of the time – with the hormones and urges of that age, too! But it was only understandable given his past and all that he has endured. Kaia was… an enigma. I can’t say I didn’t like her – the mere fact she was willing to stand by Anthony, that she would give up what little she knew of her present life for him, was beyond moving and appreciated. But she did give me a run for my money, trying to figure her out – not that I’m complaining.

Sebastian and Jade may not have been my favorite couple – not as much as Anthony and Kaia. But I loved Sebastian the most out of all the male characters! He was so misunderstood, and hurt, and lonely – and oh Lord, the sexiness was almost too much for my poor heart! I liked that he and Jade held a torch for each other long before the events of the book. What I didn’t appreciate was Jade’s attitude. I can get past her fears, and her shyness, but she was alway hot and cold! One minute she was freaked with Sebastian’s lifestyle, the next she felt hurt that she wasn’t included in it. And then she felt scared again – only to later return to feeling rejected… It didn’t sit well with me.

And now, let’s go to the proverbial thorn in my side… Ethan, I’ll be blunt – GO CHOKE ON A TREE’S ROOTS OR SOMETHING!


It’s true. I hated Ethan. I’m damn glad his book was in this bundle – I’m not sure I would have maanged to bring myself to read it otherwise. OK, yes, his was the story with the most plot twists, and there was definitely a ton of character growth in his case – thanks to Harmony – but it was tough for me to overcome all that plotting and the hate he hurled against Anthony. I know it’s mean, but I honestly didn’t want him to have a HEA, can you believe it?!

Still, the stories all blend into each other and that helped greatly with at least going through it. Not only that, but the dialogues, the pace, the suspense, all add up and turn this into a must-read. The writer did a great job of showing how beings old enough to be our gret-great-great-great-grandparents would interact and deal with people living in the modern world, side by side. It showed in their manners, the way they carried themselves, their speech. And though it was distracting at first, it certainly did the job just fine in uniting different species, of different ages and definitely different views in life. And it is the main winning point of the series.

I can’t wait to read more about so many of the secondary characters. Like the Jaguar Alpha, and other vampires and shifters. Kate Wendley has opened up a new world to me – and I hope I’ll come to read for as many of them as possible!

***I was given a review copy via Reeading Alley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

The Demigod’s Legacy by Holley Trent

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What do you do when that one-night-stand which made you a single mother turns out to be more than you expected?

December Farmer hasn’t forgotten Tito Perez. He is after all the father of her daughter. But when five years go by and he’s nowhere to be found, December takes it upon herself to find him and make him report for duty as a father. Still, going to Maria, New Mexico, was surely an experience the headstrong woman wasn’t exactly ready for….

I must say, I expected a bit more from this book. Given the fact that the whole plot was not something I’ve encountered before, I had my hopes up. I mean, Aztec demigods and cougar shifters – what’t not to like and get you excited?! Right?


Unfortunately, the main characters ruined some of the fun for me. Tito was constantly in a teenage state of mind, where he endlessly tried figuring out what to do with his life and how to man up and accept the facts surrounding him. Given the fact he’s a freaking demigod who has lived CENTURIES made the whole ordeal even wrose! I’m sorry, dude, but how much more time do you need?!

And then, our dear December. God, the annoyance! Following Tito’s example faithfully, December started acting like a teenage, angsty, tsundere girl for a good part of the book. Here we have a single mother who has supposedly raised a brilliant daughter all on her own, and suddenly, the minute she sets her eyes on the “scumbag” who left her to fend for herself and a baby, she loses all signs of maturity and enters a state of angst and denial. No, I don’t want you in my life, Tito, there’s too much baggage here – oh, but how dare you try to cast me out to protect me?


The only reason why I enjoyed somewhat this book was the twist with the angels – like, really, I’m getting ready to read Tamatsu’s story, and there better be some more, his friend was a sadist who made my loins tremble! Oh, and Lola with Cruz. Honestly, if Tito’s mother and daughter were the protagonists, I think this would have been more exciting – plus, they would have done the bad guys in much faster than the main leads, and with less casualties on the good guys’ side.

Still, all is not lost on this series. Like I said, there’s Tamatsu coming up, and we loooove a fallen badass angel, always a good bonus! Not only that, but the cougar shifters were really interesting, so I’m thinking of adding their books to my list and get to know them sometime…

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

2cupcakes

Cenotaph Road (Cenotaph Road #1) by Robert E. Vardeman

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And just when I started being hopeful about this genre… Well, you can’t always expect to be pleased about things in categories, anyway, so I should have held some of that hope back.

In Cenotaph Road, we meet Lan, a suppposedly skilled swordsman with some kind of innate ability for the arcane. After being framed for the rape and death of his… ummm… OK, I can’t call her his lover, the thing is, the woman was a prostitute. In any case, Lan got framed for it, and so had to flee from his home. Trying to escape his pursuers, he entered the Cenotaph Road, which is something like a gateway system between parallel worlds. In one of those worlds, he met and saved a giant spider, Krek, and from then on, they started a weird partnership as they kept on having one adventure right after the other.

Let me say right now, the only reason I actually managed to finish tis book was because of Krek. I’m an insectophobic, but even so, the creature was an amazing character! In fact, if Lan had died somewhere along the way, and Krek kept on having these adventures on his own, I would have been more than happy to keep reading this series.

As it was, though, I had to suffer through Lan’s stupidly repeated mistakes. And his thoughts. God, his thoughts were even worse!!! If there was ever a guy whipped at the prospect of a pretty female, it was definitely him! To the point where it made me wanna puke! The dude had issues, I’m telling you! You would think he got the message loud and clear after Zarella stringing him along – really, the woman had made it crystal clear the only thing that could make her heart race was wealth and riches – but noooo, not Lan! No, sir, the idiot had to go and fall in love at first sight with a weak-ass, cowardly, shallow, gold-digging bimbo – AGAIN! Oh, and, yeah, did I mention he hated Inyx, who, by the way, was the ONLY female actually respecting herself enough to fight back and try to be free whenever someone tried to enslave her? Yup, our dear boy Lan freaked at the mere idea that a woman would try and be strong or independent and not a slut – at first, at least, because after Thing #2 was out of the picture (good riddance, I say!), he suddenly saw Inyx’s worth and was all too happy to smell the roses…


All in all, not a great read, and I’m very grateful it didn’t take long to end. I don’t know how much more of this I would have handled. Maybe Krek will end up realizing his true nature and eat up Lan in one of the future books? One can only hope…

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

cartoon-cupcake

Searching for Love by Carolyn Rae

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In Searching for Love, Valerie is looking for her sister, with the help of her sister’s brother-in-law, Matt. And me? I… was searching for something to like while reading it…


It’s true. There was nothing actually in-your-face wrong with the story, but, to me, it couldn’t have been more far-fetched and boring. While the story had some potential – plot-wise – the writer lost me about two chapters in. It was bad enough I just couldn’t sympathize with said missing sister – and secretly kept repeating to the heroes in the pages that hey, finding her dead wouldn’t be that awful – , I couldn’t even get to like or pity Matt’s brother! A guy like him? Treating Valerie like this? And then marrying her sister? Yeah, no. Sorry, buddy, but you and your wife can die and go to hell and the world will actually be a better place in my eyes!

As if that wasn’t enough, the two leads were so blissful in their ignorance, it wasn’t even funny. Valerie knew her sister was a materialistic…. gah, I can’t say the word, but a little spoiler, it starts with an S – yet she kept excusing her and most of her fights with Matt were about defending Christy’s nonexistent honor. Matt may have been blind and didn’t realize at first what kind of jerk his brother was, but after he found out, he still kept finding fault ONLY in Christy’s attitude. The couple kept fighting with each other over whose sibling was the worst, and then, magically, poof! They made up! And were in love!


The whole thing got even worse when they kept falling in supposed hardships – one right after the other. I mean, come on, one situation with the dirty cops was enough. Did there HAVE to be a criminal case and all the rest that came with it, too? It was like riding a roller coaster that hasn’t been oiled for years, after having eaten melted burritos, and with nothing to thow up in or to make the nausea go away. And it was distracting as heck! At some point, I had to go back several pages to remind myself WHAT the main point of what I was reading was again!

Suffice to say, I won’t be coming back for seconds. While the general concept was intriguing, the book itself failed to deliver accordingly…

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

cartoon-cupcake

Locke and Key (Titan #8) by Cristin Harber

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“You’re my woman.” – Locke Oliver

Holy shizzlesticks, if that wasn’t the hottest book in the history of hot books! And I think I said it sometime while reading it, but wow, seriously, I think Cristin Harber outdid herself with Locke’s story!

If you think you have seen it all with the Titan books, and that Mrs. Harber has nothing more or new to offer, think again. Because this new addition to the series just proves she has a lot more to tell us about her characters and their universe!

Locke Oliver was the silent, strong guy we met and loved in Bishop’s book. But it turns out he has more than just his good looks and calm camaraderie going on under the surface of total self-control. When the Titan team rescues a woman from his past, Cassidy Noble, he snaps and all hell breaks loose. With his job on the line, he has to make peace with his memories of what this woman has done to him, or risk losing it all. And all this, while she’s trying to follow a trail full of conspiracies and danger in the name of exposing the truth!

Titan has been expanding. We knew that, and we experienced it with Bishop. But, despite how awesome his story was, nothing can compare with Locke’s book! I’m saying this now, and please don’t take it lightly, not even the rest of the books! Nothing can prepare you for the shock you’re in for when you turn its pages!


Full of intrigue and suspense, Locke and Key had danger written all over it, and the funny thing was, while it’s practically there, in your face, you still don’t see it coming when it finally hits you. Apart from the knowledge that international crime and warfare are in a state of technological progress – which shows even more not only because it’s one of the few things we haven’t witnessed fully yet with Titan, despite having read Parker and Bishop, but also from the fact that the older Titan members, especially Jared, were at a loss of what it was the bad guys were trying to do at first – , Mrs. Harber gives us so many things to focus on, it’s nearly impossible to remember it and yet it still strikes when you least expect it. With tons of scenes where the new guys are trying to work out the team dynamics, and hot parts that had me chasing my poor panties around my chair, this new book of the Titan series is sure to leave you begging for more, and happy to have added it to your collection.

By the way, the newcomers were not the only ones in need of working things out. Forget the usual “ex-lovers” theme, or the “childhood friends” one. Unlike Cash and Nic, Bishop and Ella, and Jenny and Asher, Locke’s past with Cassidy came with a looooot of baggage. And it wasn’t the nice kind. Under no circumstances were they more than polite to each other, and the way their paths split up? Let me just say, a Locke who has snapped and refuses to listen to reason is one rare sight, of the panty-melting quality and a quite powerful emotional impact.


But, despite all that, these two managed to get over the bad blood between them, and steadily built a strong relationship. It was fun to watch as it developed, and hot as hell, especially since Locke turned out to be the kind of guy who calls names to show affection. Oh, and let’s not forget the dirty talking. Good Lord, that man had a mouth on him, and I can only be grateful for that little detail in his personality! With a fiery woman like Cassidy, Locke’s mouth did wonders to the story, and watching them fight most things out, I was almost brought to tears at how perfect they were for each other.

I can only say with certainty, that I will never cease being pleasantly surprised by Cristin Harber. Her talent in military romance is one that needs to be praised constantly, as it is rare and simply mind-boggling!

“Yours.” – Cassidy Noble

***I was given an ARC by the writer in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

5cupcakes

Legacy of Lies (Hell’s Valley #1) by Jillian David

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“I care about who you are now. And the woman in front of me is beautiful, intelligent, and hotter than molten lava. If you think that we could have a future together, I want to try. I love you, Sara Lopez.” – Garrison Taggart

Boy, oh, boy! A new book series from one of my favorite paranormal writers – and it’s western themed?!


In Jillian David’s new series, we follow the lives of the Taggart siblings, who all seem to have more on their plate than just taking care of the family’s ranch. Born with supernatural abilities, they all have to struggle through their social life on top of being at odds with their very normal father. Garrison, the second-born of the family, has always been able to read people – determining whether they were being honest or not. But this ability has cost him greatly. Now a single father, he finds himself falling in love with Sara Lopez, his son’s teacher. Being burnt once, can he open up to her and finally trust in someone outside his family after so long?

I meant it when I said that this writer is one of my favorites in the paranormal genre. I obviously have others, but there are only a few occasions in life where you find yourself paying special attention to certain authors. And this is one of those. After the Hell to Pay series (which is amazing, by the way, go read it!), she decided to tackle one of my TOP fantasies: cowboys with superpowers! And the result was pretty much awesome!

Not only did I experience the true nature of a rancher’s life – the hardships, the downtimes, the day-to-day struggle – but I also had the pleasure of seeing what a HUMAN does when they’re born with gifts they don’t exactly find convenient. Now, of course, most of us would be ecstatic to have minds with freaking superpowers. But we all speak from a vantage point of convenience, we haven’t really experienced it to really now what it’s like. The Taggart siblings, though, weren’t like that. Their abilities were useful, yes, but they still put a damper on their social lives. They couldn’t just connect with someone, because they always had to hide – even their father didn’t seem agreeable with what his kids could do. And they could also get hurt, which is often happily ignored in paranormal fiction.

Garrison in particular had his heart broken, and his trust issues made it impossible for him to be what we call a social butterfly. He was moody, and gruff, and his inner hurt made him in turn daily damage whatever bridges he tried to build with those around him. He was quick to anger, and there were times his grudges and stubborness were out of this world!

It was a good thing Sara seemed to be as patient as possible with him, although, to be fair, she too had her issues. Thanks to her past, she tended to misunderstand what others told her – OK, in Garrison’s case, he helped that flaw grow even more by constantly keeping his foot in his mouth – and she would, nine times out of ten, blame herself and drown in self-pity whenever something went wrong.

Those two had their hearts broken by the people they had loved. The result was two bitter adults, self-conscious as hell, trying to find common ground. Not that I’m complaining. Their fumbling around was half of the time entertaining, and the other half fantastically HOT! When they finally decided to trust in each other, it was touching how they seemed to keep praising each other, not being able to see their own worth, but somehow recognising their lover’s value.

Now on to the supernatural part of the book. It certainly didn’t hold much importance for the better half of the story, other than the fact that the siblings were not your everyday ranchers. But near the end, we get to see that our dear Mrs. David just couldn’t resist adding her horrifying talent in the mix. That’s right, people, if any of you have read the Hell to Pay series, then you know this woman can make you twist around in your seat in an effort to not pee yourself from fear. She doesn’t just write awful scenes of torture or scary stuff just to add something in her book. Every one of those has its own chest-pressuring aura of horror, and while they’re not massive and they come sparse, they still manage to make you wish you chance upon them while it’s still daytime. And they ALWAYS are important and hold significance to the story.

Jillian David is one of those few writers that can actually combine hot, sizzling romance with witty humor and terrifying danger, and make it seem tangible and quite real to the reader. All in the span of a book. And that’s saying something, people! She even deliberately had the bad guy repeating his lines again and again, to show how much his psychosis had damaged his common sense and ability to function and think logically. (admittedly, at first I thought it was a typo, but when I realized it wasn’t I had to take a break from reading, shivering all over!)


I’m off to start the next book – and btw, I call dibs on Kerr, and ship him with Izzy! If those two don’t end up, I sure hope the female lead David will put by his side is worthy of this panties-dropping-quality man!

“I don’t want anyone else, Garrison.” – Sara Lopez

***I was given an ARC by the writer in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

Against the Sky (The Brodies of Alaska #2) by Kat Martin

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“I can find men friends who like to fish, guys who like to ride snowmobiles and climb mountains. I don’t need a woman to do that with me. I need a woman to come home to, one who’ll give me children and make us a family. I love you, Samantha Hollis.” – Nick Brodie

All hail Nick Brodie! Firstcomer of Lydia’s Book Boyfriends of ’17 list and… Oh, wait, I rushed forward again, didn’t I? OK, OK, back from the beginning it is…


Nick Brodie was forced to go on a vacation by his big brother, knowing he needed one and still dreading it. On his trip, he meets Samantha Hollis – and sparks fly all over the place! After a night none of them is able to forget, they meet again, this time on Nick’s turf, Alaska, to spend some time together. But Samantha brings an unexpected surprise with her. With what happened between them leaving them in a sudden predicament, and Nick getting involved in a murder investigation despite having retired from the force, can this mountain boy and the city girl he’s falling fast in love with find common ground to be together? And will they live long enough to do so, with Russian mobsters after their heads?

I. Am. In. Love with the Brodies! I mean, Dylan was a fine guy, but Nick… Oh, boy, sweet mama, he was simply perfect! Funny, and protective, and possessive, and hot! And all that hidden father material under his carefree attitude… Lord!!! And you ladies need to see for yourselves how much this manly man needed a sweet wife, someone to walk by his side, be strong-willed, but still give him what he had missed the most: a home!


Don’t get me wrong, Nick wasn’t an old-fashioned dude who believes that women belong in the kitchen, doing nothing but cooking hot meals and popping out children. He just needed someone who would love him and share life’s duties with him.

And that girl seemed to be Samantha…


OK, yes, Samantha had everything that Nick wanted in a woman, and then some. But seriously, girl, you have this amazing hunk begging you to be with him, to marry him, have his babies. You have someone like Nick Brodie wanting to give you the world, make you a queen, be at your beck and call – and you throw it all away, multiple times might I add, why?! Because you can’t picture yourself living in Alaska! Let me stop you right there. When you love someone as much as you claim to love him, you don’t care where you’ll live, as long as you’re with him. This little “City Princess” act reminded me of Dylan’s ex-wife, and was so not appreciated!

The story in itself was amazing and fast-paced, with many moments of action and suspsense. It worked perfectly to spice things up since Nick’s relationship with Samantha was pretty well-oiled and they seemed to be awesome together – which again shows what an idiot Samantha was, because she was literally the only thing standing in the way of their happiness!

After Nick’s story, I don’t know if I’m ready to meet any other Brodie brothers, but heck, I’m willing! That’s for certain!

P.S.: I need me some Cord and Mary sidestory, pretty please! They need their HEA, too!!!

“I love you so much, Nick. I’ve been dead without you.” – Samantha Hollis

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

4cupcakes

Flirting with Fangs by Peg Pierson

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“I love you, Torin Kane. I will love you for all eternity, and I want nothing more than to have a chance to prove it to you, by your side, night after glorious night.” – Bailey Hamilton

And, it’s finally here!!! So many days without a review, and I finally found the time to sit down and get back to work!

And what better way to do it than with a book I’ve been dying to write about!

Bailey Hamilton is in a terrible spot – both emotionally and career-wise. Not only has her husband dumped her, damaging her self-esteem as a woman greatly, but she also can’t seem to get out of her writer’s block to finish her new book. As a result, Torin Kane, her main character, is bound to wait a looong time until he’s called forth to woo all the lady-readers – and female co-stars his writer decides to pair him up with. Unless something drastic happens – something that will bring writer and character closer than ever…

Let me get this straight: there’s no way you’re either a writer or a reader, and haven’t wished, at least once in your life, that a fictional character was real. So there’s no way I wouldn’t like this particular story. I mean, come on, writer creates the perfect male specimen on page, and then gets to meet him personally? I would be so psyched!


Not to mention Bailey and Torin were adorable. A perfect little combo, full of hotness and humor – and insecurities. Damn, they were both so insecure! It was like watching a couple constantly cheering each other on. It would have been annoying if it wasn’t for the craaaaazy chemistry between those two.

The book had many things to offer, though apart from the romance. It had humor, and action – both of them dark, by the way, yet sprinkled with pink glitter on top of all the dark stuff. How the heck did Pierson manage to do it, I have no idea. But she did it in a completely functional way and that’s saying something!


The characters were all very interesting, too. No, I’m not talking about the main ones only. There were about a handful of secondary characters who were heaps fun and amazing in their own way, and they ended up pulling their own weight in the end, no matter how they initially started up, and on which side.

I dare say Peg Pierson had me pleasantly surprised, and thoroughly satisfied!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

4cupcakes

The Orphan Fleet by Brendan Detzner

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Never let it be said that I don’t try new things. I may not like half of them, but heck, I still try them.

One of those things are books I wouldn’t normally read. Be it their genre, their covers, something in the plot… They’re just not my usual one-clicker. Still, that doesn’t mean I’ll come to love all of them.

Case in point, The Orphan Fleet. A fun, short, and entertaining book, but clearly not one for my tastes. It focused on Jiaire, an orphan living at a place called the Mountain, along with others like him. One day, a military guy tries to take one of them, claiming she’s his daighter, and the Orphans wage war on the man with extremely dramatic results.

Sounds exciting, right? Well, it certainly is, but not to the extent I expected it to.

The actions seemed rushed at some points, or too lengthy at others. The mock fights between the masked performers took way too long in the book, and nearly bored me to tears. Jiaire’s inner musings fell in that category, too. In most of the story, I felt like I was being told what was going on – not shown.

All in all, this was a… well, you can call it an experience, all right, but not one I might ever repeat. Jiaire and his friends can stay up there in the Mountain, alla happy and stuff, or they can grow up and finally leave, but I can’t be bothered by any of this…

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***

RATING:

2cupcakes