Target Review (The Royal Cleaner #1)

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Target (The Royal Cleaner, #1)I have taken my sweet time to get to the Royal Cleaner series, but I am kinda glad that I did. The Royal Cleaner series should definitely be read after the Almosts and somewhere around the last few books of the Freya Snow series. I love how Mawson’s books always interact with each other if they are in the same universe, but it is definitely a blessing and a curse if you are trying to avoid major spoilers.

Caroline is a Demon Royal who runs the Royal Cleaners. She is determined to keep humanity safe from the mischievous Demons and their king who seems to want humans to know about magic again. The last time that humans knew about magic, it resulted in a war, and a magical woman having to reverse time to save the world. Caroline was there, and she doesn’t want that to happen ever again.

The police have started to get unknowingly involved in the Demon cases, and Caroline knows she will have to take over the cases to save them. One detective in particular, Mina, doesn’t want to give up her case to some strange, cold woman. Caroline ends up being forced to work with her, and the last thing she needs is to fall for her on the job.

I think that this series is going to take the place of the Aspects for me while I wait for Hate and Love to get it together. I absolutely fell in love with both Caroline and Mina in this story. Caroline has been through a lot, and she doesn’t want others to get close to her. It seems to her that every person she gets close to either dies or isn’t close to her anymore. Mina is a divorcee with a child who doesn’t really give herself time to get close to anyone. Even as they are drawn together, Caroline instinctively pushes away. Humans can’t know about magic, and Mina’s entire family could be targeted by the Demons. But just like she wasn’t pushed off of her case easily, Mina won’t allow Caroline to slip away easily either.

The plot of this book moves quickly, as most LC Mawson books do, but I felt even more immersed than I usually do with her books. I also loved the character development. Caroline hasn’t trusted anyone for years, but Mina will not allow her to do this mission on her own. She has to get past her usual inability to be social, and truly work with a partner for the first time. ever.

The worldbuilding of Snowverse was also incredible. I hadn’t seen too much of Demon politics and people before, simply because the Freya Snow series didn’t focus on it. I hope that if we ever get more books from Damon’s POV, we will be able to see more of this. I wanted to learn more about Caroline’s past, where she was fully immersed in Demon culture. I didn’t get to see that much of it in this book, but I saw even more in the prequel.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new f/f fantasy-romance novel with very diverse characters and an addictive storyline.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Resist Review (Engineered Rebel Book 2)

Resist (Engineered Rebel Book 2)

Alex and her team have to fight the Enhanced in order to free themselves and save the rest of their siblings. Nevertheless, it can never be as simple as that. One of them, Gus, even has to deal with newfound magical powers. These powers are unstable, and he wonders if the other Enhanced have the same powers as him. All of the siblings are going through emotional struggles as they remember the tough times in the facility with their handlers.

I found it difficult to get into the Engineered Rebel series at first, but I am all for it now. My two favorite characters are definitely Ty and Gus, and I am happy to see their relationship blossom in this novel. I don’t want to spoil too much because a lot happens in this book, but I would definitely recommend that when you get past book 7  of the Freya Snow series that you pick up this novel. This series is definitely worth every last bit of your time.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Soulbound ARC Review

Soulbound (Engineered Magic Book 1) by [Mawson, L.C.]

This story takes place during the events of Kingsguard in the Freya Snow series, except it is from Damon’s point of view. If you haven’t read Kingsguard yet, don’t read this book, because it will definitely spoil some things for you!

 

Damon has returned to Earth after spending years in the Underworld. He has been sent to eliminate the Angel so that they won’t threaten his throne. While on Earth, he runs into his old crush Freya. He knows that they dated some in high school, but his memories of that week are so fuzzy that he doesn’t want to focus on them. Instead, he decides to start over and ask Freya on a date.

While hunting for the Angel, he goes with the Kingsguard to the place where the Angel lives. While there, his friends find her and launch an attack on her. Damon is astonished to see that Freya is the Angel, and he knows that his hope for escaping his father by eliminating the Kingsguard will be successful. All he has to do is gain Freya’s help.

I think I might have loved this version of the story as much if not more than I loved Kingsguard. Seeing the story from Damon’s point of view, and seeing him getting close to Freya again was so special for me. I also thought that seeing the plot from his point of view made it even more action-packed and engaging as before. I was also so excited to get to learn more about the Demons that Damon spent the past few years with while in the Underworld.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a diverse action-adventure romance novel.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

KingsGuard Review/First Book of the Year! (Freya Snow Book 9)

Kingsguard (Freya Snow, #9)

While Freya is living with her family, Lord Uther sends demons to her house. After saving her human family, she has to wipe their memories and move away. Escaping to Sarah’s coven, she hopes to receive some help and advice about her family. Instead, she is blamed for the attack and told that it is just time for her to leave her family.

She decides that she has to go after Uther’s men herself because they won’t leave her alone any other way, and luckily Uther’s son is willing to help her eliminate them. For help with her human problems, her friend Damon has reappeared and they have rekindled their old relationship. Suddenly, she is not as alone as she would have thought.

I thought that I loved Enhanced and Trident, but this might be my favorite Freya Snow book yet. I always wondered what would happen to Freya if the time came that she would have to move out, and this book answered all of my questions. I also wanted to know what happened to Damon when he and Freya parted ways a few books ago, and this story also answered those questions. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I was literally dying of laughter at the end, and that was what made the entire story for me.

The story was also super engaging for me and I was excited to see Freya back at home and hunting down demons, just like in the earlier books.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an action-adventure fantasy and romance novel with a diverse range of characters and an engaging storyline.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Trident Review (Freya Snow Book 8)

Trident (Freya Snow, #8)

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Freya and Alex had to separate, and so now Freya is traveling back to her friends Sarah and Mel whom she hasn’t seen in over a year. Out of the blue, Mel’s relatives start sending assassins after her. Mel’s mother was an heir to the House of Atlantis, but she gave it up for her human husband. She passed away trying to regain her inheritance, and Mel never wanted to follow in her footsteps. However, it seems that Mel’s family will not let her run away any longer as being a hybrid is threatening her uncle’s power. Freya, Sarah, and Mel must venture to Atlantis to try to pacify Mel’s relatives.

I haven’t received the chance to review many mermaid stories yet, but I absolutely adore stories about mermaids, or sirens, or underwater worlds in general. Therefore, I was expecting a lot out of this book, and boy did it deliver. Not only was I able to see Freya’s development after her split with Alex, but I finally got some answers as to the backstory of Mel. It also made me happy that Mel was short for Melody, and that she was a mermaid, which is the same as Melody from one of my favorite Disney Movies “A Little Mermaid 2”.

My favorite part of this book was definitely seeing them journeying through the waters of Atlantis and meeting other mermaids there. I won’t spoil anything, but it was a really fun and nice experience.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a diverse action-adventure fantasy romance novel for teens and young adults.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Witch Review (Freya Snow Book 5)

Witch (Freya Snow Book 5) by [Mawson, L.C.]

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Freya Snow applies for a job at a local coffee shop where she meets a black girl named Sarah. Sarah is deaf, and although she has never used BSL (British Sign Language) before, Freya’s magic allows her to use it fluently to speak to Sarah. They get along well, and then Freya finds out that Sarah is a Witch and a Healer who belongs to the same coven as Mel. Freya decides that she wants to join the coven, but the leader Rosaline refuses to accept her. However, when Sarah is cursed, it is up to Freya to find out how to cure her. In order to do this, Freya must speak to the other covens in the area to find out who cast the curse and get the cure from them.

This book might be my favorite book in the entire series so far. Freya has become so much more mature as the series progresses, and this really shined through in this story. Also, I loved the additions of Sarah and the focus on Mel, two characters who have their own physical challenges but are so unique and funny throughout the whole book. I hope to see more of them in the upcoming books.

I also enjoyed the fact that Freya had to interact with other magical beings in the world in this book. Usually, she was isolated and only fighting demons or speaking to a few magical people, but now she was speaking to whole covens of them. This definitely added to the world building of this series a lot.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a diverse fantasy story with a strong female heroine and exciting plotline to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Overall Rating: 6/5

Freya Snow White Review (Book #2)

White (Freya Snow Book 2) by [Mawson, L.C.]

Freya Snow thought that things were going to start calming down, and that her biggest issue would be her one sided crush on Damon. However, soon people in the town have things happen to them that seem to be straight out of fairy tales. For example a girl runs from her prom at midnight, losing her shoe, and a girl pricks her finger and ends up in a coma. Even Freya herself is dealing with changes to her life, as her formerly kind foster mother turns abusive towards her. Now it is up to Freya to discover who is making the lives of the people of her town into fairytales, and how to stop them before someone dies.

This story reminded me a lot of Once Upon a Time, which is good because I loved Once Upon A Time. I love hearing about fairy tales and how they could be implemented or how they apply to the current world, and this story definitely delved into this. The series is definitely not losing its shine as the books go on, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Freya Snow Hunt Review

Hunt (Freya Snow Book 1) by [Mawson, L.C.]

14 year old Freya Snow is a foster kid, and her 17 year old sister, albeit not biologically, Alice is an autistic foster child. Freya thinks that she might have autism as well, because she has many of the signs such as having extreme anxiety while in large crowds, and being overly emotional to situations others would describe as normal. However, because her sister is so obviously autistic, she feels that if she told anyone else that they would blame her for faking it to get more attention. The one person whom she mentioned it to did exactly that.

Now she is moving to a new foster home, away from her sister, and to a new school. Her new foster parents seem nice, and she wants to try to smile and communicate with them, but she is not quite sure if her point is getting across that she is happy with them. Finally, she gets to her new school. One of the girls at school starts to bother her, and so she runs into the bathroom to cry. But while she is in there, the faucets explode. Then, Amber comes to tell her what is really in her past, and how she can control her newfound magic.

This book was amazing. Personally, I have had many friends in real life ranging on all ends of the spectrum, from almost nothing showing anyone that they are autistic to nonverbal. This book shows how just because one person’s autism is manifested one way doesn’t mean that everyone else is nonautistic. And the woman who wrote this book, L.C. Mawson, is actually autistic herself. However, this doesn’t define her at all, because her books are just naturally amazing.

The character Freya is relate able to anyone. There is slight romance in the book, but it is the perfect amount and does not take over the story. Although Alice is a main character, she is not talked about as much in this book as I would have liked. Nevertheless, there are more books to come in this series, as this is just book 1 and book #9 is going to come out later this year. I now have books 1-6, given to me by L.C. Mawson herself through her reader’s list, and I am planning on catching up on the series as soon as humanly possible. It is amazing.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a series that has a sensible flow while reading, a lot of books in it, a strong female lead, a unique plotline, a reasonable amount of romance, and a lot of fun action scenes.

Overall Rating: 6/5