Warmth: A Paranormal Romance Novella Review

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Warmth: A Paranormal Romance NovellaCan he ever forgive her?

Fire witch and full-time outcast Ariel Manchester thought her dreams had come true when Jordan Walker, her crush since high school, kissed her on New Year’s Eve.
But when Jordan reveals that he is a vampire and she is his midnight snack, Ariel uses magic to save herself— and in the process, burns her attacker to a smoldering crisp.
Now Jordan’s dark and mysterious brother, Ryan Walker, is out for revenge. A talented warlock with a knack for spell casting, he summons a demon to take care of Ariel once and for all.

But Ariel isn’t Ryan’s only problem.

There is a price to be paid for meddling with the supernatural. A price that must be paid in blood.

And there’s only one person he can turn to for help.

Enter a new world of paranormal suspense, fantasy, and new adult romance with this debut novella by Liv Miles! 

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I was so into this story at the start of the novel! Ariel was such a tragic character. She clearly did not have full control over her powers, even though she had been practicing for years. Now she murdered her high school crush. Sure, he was attacking her at the time and trying to drink her blood because he was a vampire. But that doesn’t mean that he deserved to die. Ryan, his twin brother, is after her now. He doesn’t believe that it was an accident and sends a demon after her.

I liked that Ariel didn’t just “get over’ the murder. She knew that something wasn’t right about the entire situation, but she had to keep moving on with her life. Even as a demon was after her, she continued to be civil to Ryan and go to her classes.

Ryan was a bit much for me. I thought that he hated Ariel, and this made him quite an interesting character. Then, he randomly started falling for her. And she started falling for him! There was no paranormal influence in the romance portion of the novella, it was just instalove. I wouldn’t mind instalove, but under these circumstances, it just seems rushed. Ryan still thinks that this girl killed his brother, but he is just going to drop all of these thoughts on a random feeling of “like.” If his hatred of Ariel hadn’t been so severe at the start of the novella, the transition into the “love” storyline would have been smoother.

Overall, this was an okay romance novella. I didn’t love it all the way through, but the story was interesting. I ended up liking the demon/murder plot more than the romance plot. This would definitely have made a great paranormal murder novella with a bit of romance at the end! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantasy/mystery short story.

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

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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The Damned Review (The Almosts #2)

The Damned: A Snowverse Novella (The Almosts, #2)It has been months since Kara killed Fiona, but she still can’t get over it. Turning to drinking and plunging herself into her work, she tries to forget the past and focus on the future. But her heart just isn’t in it anymore. Moira offers her a forgetting potion, but in order to get the potion, she must pull off one of the hardest jobs that the team has ever done. Kara can barely keep it together long enough to complete a regular mission, much less one that requires her to steal Excalibur from Demons. If she doesn’t succeed, she will have to live with the pain of being Fiona’s killer forever.

I have to say, even in this book I am personally struggling to like Kara. I have actually gotten used to looking towards the other characters at this point to try to find someone to like, as I just can’t get into Kara much. I feel bad for her though, as Steven keeps getting to her and making her ruin things. It is not right what Steven is doing, but at this point in the series, I don’t think Kara really cares what happens to her. She just wants to forget about killing Fiona and move on with her life in The Almosts.

There was definitely a lot of character development in this novel. Kara starts off being very self-destructive, and just wanting to punish herself for having to kill someone. I’m glad that she isn’t as cold-hearted as she seemed in the previous novel, just killing someone with no remorse. Nevertheless, what’s done is done, and Kara has to feel with the repercussions. She has to learn how to grieve even though the sadness was partially her fault, and she has to learn how to move forward. She struggles a lot with both.

There actually wasn’t a ton of worldbuilding in this middle novella, but there were some references to the general Snowverse that I picked up on with the demon plot.

I have to say that the plot did move a bit too quickly in this one. I was able to still pick up on the gist of things, but I didn’t find myself immersed in the universe like I usually am.

For a novella trilogy, this has been going pretty well! I hope that it will end on a strong note, and it looks like it just might from the way this novel went.

I would recommend this book to lovers of diverse fantasy.

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

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Stars Above Review (Lunar Chronicles 4.5)

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Stars Above is a collection of short stories about the Lunar Chronicles characters or in the Lunar Chronicles Universe.

The Keeper

This is the backstory of Scarlet’s grandmother, and talks about how she protected and hid Cinder for the years that she was in the suspension tank, growing into her cyborg body. This story also showed Scarlet’s backstory with her father as she lived on the farm with her grandmother to escape her abusive father while Cinder was being hidden there. I really enjoyed this story, as I did not feel that connected to Scarlet’s grandmother throughout the series, but this story definitely gave me an eye into her mind.

Glitches

This is the story of when Cinder first arrived in the home of her stepmother, meeting her stepsisters and Iko. Cinder was just a scared little girl when she arrived, and even though Adri was never outright mean at the beginning, throughout this story you can see how she was never accepting of Cinder. I also enjoyed this story and being able to see Adri before the loss of her husband.

The Queen’s Army

This is the backstory of Wolf when she was first taken from his parents and turned into a hybrid. This hit me, because I didn’t realize that Wolf was only 12 years old when he was taken from his parents and thrown into the violent pack. It also shows some insight into his relationship with his brother.

Carswell’s Guide To Being Lucky

This was simply a backstory about Thorne. I didn’t like his character that much and definitely did not think that he was good enough for Cress, and this story just kind of solidified my beliefs? I just didn’t like it as much as the others, but it was short and easily forgettable to me.

After Sunshine Passes By

This is the story of when Cress was put on her satellite. It truly gave me a better appreciation for her, and I loved the story.

The Princess and the Guard

This was my favorite story in the entire book. I always knew that Winter was stronger than she seemed in the last book, and this story simply solidified my beliefs. It gives the reason why she refuses to use her gift, and gives the reason why she has the scars on her face. It also gives insight into her relationship with Jacin. I loved this story, and I only wish that it had been longer.

The Little Android

So this story was a retelling of The Little Mermaid. I didn’t really see the point of it, and it simply seemed to be too long. But it’s in here, so maybe someone who reads it will enjoy it.

The Mechanic

This is the beginning of Cinder told from Kai’s point of view, when he first meets Cinder in the market with his broken droid. It was short but sweet.

Something Old, Something New

This is the story of Scarlet’s marriage to Wolf, and how all of the friends come together to celebrate it. It was an epilogue to the epilogue at the end of Winter, but everything just seems to be fine. All of a sudden nothing is wrong with anyone, and everyone is just enjoying their happy endings. I didn’t hate it, but I really only cared about hearing about Winter and Jacin, and again I was disappointed.

Overall, if the entire Lunar Chronicles series had been written like this, I would have enjoyed it a lot better. The writing of these short stories seemed a lot more like Heartless, a book that I love. And, although the epilogue did not give me as much of Winter as I wanted, I did really appreciate her little mini-backstory. SO even though Winter let me down, I am happy to have been able to read this book.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5