Freya Snow #13: Pandora Review

Pandora (Freya Snow Book 13)

Freya knew she was going to be the Queen of the Underworld because her father was the king, but she knew she had time until her father would die and she would have to take that position. When her father gets sick and reveals that he is dying, Freya is distraught. Not only does she have to deal with her father being gone, she has to deal with maintaining order in the Underworld as she transitions from Princess to Queen. On top of all that, Freya’s mother is back in her life and Pandora’s Box has to be closed, and Alex is back in her life after several years of being with the Enhanced.

This book truly shows how Freya has grown throughout the series. At first she was a teenaged foster child, unsure of herself but eventually sure that she had a crush on her friend Damon. Then, she was in her late teens and gaining her powers as an Angel, and falling for an Enhanced human named Alex. Now she is in her 20s, happily married to Damon, and preparing to name her fiancée Alex as her heartbond. She thought that everything was going well with her life, but now her father dies and her mother is back as a ghost. When she was a teenager, she hated her mother for leaving her on Earth as a baby and not helping bring her back to her father, the King. Now, she is a Queen, older than her mother who is frozen as a 19 y/o ghost, and she has lost both of her parents. I am unsure of how close we are to the end of the Freya Snow series, but this book seems like a perfect setup for the end. Freya is finally reaching the peak of her powers, and she even has all of her true loves by her side. It is truly a beautiful thing to read.

I also enjoyed how Alex was woven into the story. Damon and Freya are both autistic, but Alex is not. There are some things that Alex picks up on that Damon and Freya would not. There are some connections that Damon and Freya have that Alex is not a part of, whether it be magical or just emotional. But she still manages to fit into their dynamic. I’m unsure if Damon and Alex are ever going to have a romantic relationship or if they will always just be connected through Freya, but I am happy either way. The only thing I was confused about was how Jan would weave into this story. She is technically still with Alex, but Alex is living with Freya in the Demon World. I hope this is cleared up in the next few Freya Snow or Engineered Rebel books!

I finished this book quickly as I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with some of my favorite characters. This book didn’t end off on the best note though, and I can’t wait to find out what happens to Freya and her friends/family/lovers in the next installment of this series. Everything is at the point where all the side series are crossing over with the main Freya Snow novels, and it is really unique to be able to see what the side characters are also doing while Freya is going through this time in her life. I would definitely suggest to check out the Engineered Rebel and Royal Cleaners series if you are enjoying this series!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult LGBT+ romance novel.

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

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books

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The Wanderer #2: Smoke In Her Eyes Review

Smoke in her Eyes (The Wanderer Book #2)

I was looking forward to finishing the Wanderer series so much, but then I was hit with so much disappointment. I couldn’t believe how childish Jason and Helle acted in this novel, and it totally took me out of the story. I felt like I was watching two teenagers in an “on again off again” relationship, and they were supposed to be literal soulmates.

Jason is visiting his aunt Juliet who was hurt by Sam in a car accident and burnt all over her body. He is distraught by seeing his aunt in so much agony for months, and moves with Helle closer to her hospital so that he can spend all day sitting with her. Helle is ok with this at first, but then she starts to get jealous as he spends more time with her and won’t even give her a second glance when he comes home. Helle knows Juliet is in love with Jason, but Jason thinks that Helle is being selfish. He couldn’t think of being intimate with Helle after seeing Juliet’s mangled body in the hospital day after day, but he can’t figure out the words to explain this to Helle.

Honestly, they were both in the wrong a lot for some parts of this book, but Helle was definitely pretty annoying. She barely even tried to understand what Jason was going through after having to see how bad Juliet really was hurt, and simply acted as if he was cheating on her. So, she decides to go hang out with some other guy to get Jason back. Even if Jason’s aunt is weirdly infatuated with him, hanging out with your dying aunt all day is not the same as hanging out with some random guy all day. She wanted to act as if she was so lonely, so bored in this new town, but she never made the effort to go and see Juliet. She didn’t even join any sort of women’s groups to fill the time in her day, she just sits at the house sulking all day and then sulks more when Jason doesn’t come home ready to jump in bed with her. Now, Jason isn’t completely off the hook. At some points in the book Helle really was insecure about their relationship and needed Jason’s reassurance, but he didn’t even try to give it to her. He was just pushing her away all the time, never explaining his feelings, just “knowing” that she would always stay around for him no matter what. Then when she isn’t there waiting for him anymore, he is shocked.

I wouldn’t have been as mad if the drama had ended there, but it seemed like another 50-100 pages of back and forth. Literally most of the book was just filled with the “perfect lovers” arguing over things that could have been eased if not solved by simple communication. Of course, Sam made an appearance every now and then, but they were too busy arguing to really deal with him. I feel like Sam could have easily had someone sweep up Helle while Jason was at the hospital, but nope, everything was drawn out.

The thing that really saved this book for me was I think the end of the novel. I’m not sure which event was the most exciting for me, but I just remember being on the edge of my seat once the random relationship drama was over. The “final battle” was definitely exciting to read, nothing to complain about there!

Overall, I wouldn’t really recommend or warn against this book. I suppose if you LOVE the first book in this series and have to figure out what happens to the characters in the end that you might enjoy this one.

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

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 books.

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Shadow Eyes #3: Sacrificial Souls Review

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Iris has been given a leadership role by Gregory, and Gregory is starting to leave everything up to her guidance and her team in missions. Iris doesn’t think that she can do everything on her own, and begins to resent Gregory for putting them in danger. Donovan keeps showing up, and now she has to try to fight him by herself. Him, on top of all the other shadows that Iris and her friends have to fight. She is glad to have a team behind her, but it would still be nice to have some guidance from her mentor.

I have loved the Shadow Eyes series from start to finish, and I am sad to see it end. This wasn’t the absolute best ending in my personal opinion, but it was the only one that made sense given the circumstances. I didn’t understand why Gregory was pushing Iris so hard, but by the end of the book I guess I kind of understood. I just felt like this was very out of character for him, which made it hard for me to connect with his character under these circumstances.

What I did enjoy was that all the ends seemed to be tied up with this story. I understood the shadows, I understood what Iris’ job was as a light warrior, and I think that Iris did too. It seemed like a very final conclusion to what had been a very long adventure with Iris and her friends. I was happy to see that the drama had mostly disappeared with Iris’ relationship with Patrick and they were able to just enjoy being together. One of my favorite parts of the book was watching Iris help her mother and her mother’s boyfriend plan for their wedding. The simple domestic things that allowed me to see how these characters were transitioning into a new stage of their lives made me enjoy this book even more.

The story flowed well, there were no dead moments that bothered me as I was reading it. The author perfectly balances the action with the main narrative, and I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t see any plot holes that distracted me from enjoying the book. There were no grammar errors or formatting errors as I read the ebook version of this novel. Everything except for the out of character Gregory made this a perfect ending to the series for me!

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for new YA fantasy novels to enjoy.

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

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books.

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Shadow Eyes #2: Luminous Spirits Review

Luminous Spirits (Shadow Eyes, #2)
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Luminous Spirits is the second book in the Shadow Eyes trilogy by Dusty Crabtree. Iris is finally coming into her powers and has started to go on more difficult missions with Gregory, Patrick, and Kyra to save people from the shadows that prey on them. But her best friend Lexi is being completely left out of the picture. She isn’t a light warrior and can’t go on the missions for safety reasons, but Iris is now spending all of her free time training. Soon, the shadows start to come for Lexi, and Iris has to figure out how to save her best friend. Her relationship with Patrick is also hurting because of a new girl named Lila that won’t leave him alone, and her ex Josh has come back into the picture and reminds Iris of how things could have been.

I am loving this trilogy so far! Iris has truly blossomed since the last installment of this series and has finally started to become a full-fledge light warrior, but she is still learning some important things. For example, she has to learn how to tell shadows apart in order to figure out how much strength will be needed to remove it, or if it can be removed at all. Some shadows are so strong that they have already started to kill their human hosts, but most can be removed before they get to that point. The shadow description in this trilogy has been done so well, as the shadows aren’t simply random “villain” encounters. The shadows have voices, the shadows can speak to their hosts, and Iris has to intercept them. I felt as though the shadows were real as I read this, and felt as if I wanted to be a light warrior to save people from the shadows that plague them.

The only thing that I didn’t like in this novel was how quickly Iris seemed to jump to conclusions. She seemed pretty indecisive about her relationship, but the minute her boyfriend does something totally out of character for him, she is willing to believe the worst. This could just be my bias against love triangles coming out, but I don’t see a love triangle in the near future for this series. This book focuses mostly on Patrick though, which made me glad.

My two absolute favorite parts about this book were learning about Patrick’s past and the side story with Iris’ best friend Lexi. Patrick wasn’t always a light warrior, and he starts to tell Iris more about his past self in this book. I am a little confused as to the timeline with all of this, but I understood what was happening when he was telling his stories. A lot of new characters were introduced this way, and I enjoyed learning about the new people in this world. It also really touched me to have Lexi not be forgotten, and for Iris to realize how she was hurting her friend. In most books where a kid gets powers and leaves their friends behind, the friends either turn out to be evil, secretly have powers too, or just “don’t understand” so it is reasonable that they are forgotten. Lexi tried to be a good friend, but she kept getting pushed to the side, making her an easier target for the shadows that latch onto sad emotions.

This was an amazing installment in this trilogy! I would recommend the Shadow Eyes Trilogy to anyone looking for a new YA fantasy or urban fantasy series.

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

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 books.

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Protecting the Wolf’s Mate (Blood Moon Brotherhood #3)

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Protecting the Wolf's MateEllen has one goal: vengeance. With little memory of her life before her imprisonment by a maniacal werewolf, her world has been full of pain, humiliation, and fear. But now that she’s been rescued, her need for revenge is challenged by the urge to be part of a pack… and the unshakable connection to, Hollis, the man her wolf claims as their mate.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to protect his pack, and that includes looking after Ellen, who doesn’t need or want his help. He’s determined to keep her safe, even though she’s hell-bent on revenge, even if that means sacrificing himself. And it might come to that when the big bad comes back for the one woman he can’t live without.

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I loved Hollis and Ellen so much! Hollis is a wolf who can’t seem to shift, so he just gets sick every full moon. While others enjoy bonding with their wolves and learning how to fight for their pack, he spends most of his time just trying to figure out how to find a cure for the wolf infection.

Ellen used to be one of the Others, but she was basically born into it and had no way out. Now, she doesn’t have a pack and was only in Hollis’ to help Jessa, the Alpha’s mate, to have a baby. Since the baby is born, she wants to go back to the Others again to kill Cyrus and the ones who tortured her for years.

Ellen and Hollis are two of the most focused members of the pack. Hollis has dedicated his life to his cure, and Ellen has dedicated her life to getting revenge on those who hurt her. Ellen uses anger as a way to protect herself when she was with the Others, and Hollis just buries himself in data to protect himself from being ashamed of his wolf. Neither felt that they had time for love, and they wanted to deny the emotional connection that they had. Their friends knew but Hollis wanted to focus on his work and Ellen wanted to focus on her mission without getting connected to any members of the pack.

Hollis has been the pack member with the most fleshed out story for me so far. He tells Ellen about his home life before he became a wolf, and he even has a company outside of the pack. He seems like a person with real traits other than just being a wolf in this pack.

Ellen has the most unique story out of all of the characters. She was technically a member of the “villain’s” pack, but not by choice. She can give Hollis’ pack more in-depth information about how the Others work, telling them things that they would have never known about Cyrus.

Ellen and Hollis’ romance was pretty whirlwind. They had chemistry from start to end of the story. I thought that they were going to get together a lot faster than they did, but it still took a good portion of the book before they accepted the bond. We got to see more of each character’s backstory this way, and I actually enjoyed the wait more.

Overall, I loved this installment in the series. I can’t wait for the next one! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult romance novel.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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Possessed by the Vampire Review (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)

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Possessed by the Vampire (Vampire Enforcement Agency #3)With the opening of the Vampire Training Academy, Roric is confident that the Agency is getting a handle on the rogue epidemic, and he can focus on other things, like getting Caroline to agree to mate with him. But when the rogues conspire to take down the school, Roric realizes the battle has just begun.

The rebellion wants to bring an end to the Academy, the Agency, and, ultimately, the treaty between vampires and humans. While Roric is reeling from the surprise attack, they make their demands, holding Caroline as ransom.

Can Roric save Caroline before the next attack, or will he have to sacrifice the woman he loves to protect the world from his own kind?

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This was honestly my favorite book in the series, and it totally restored my faith in Caroline and Roric’s relationship.

Roric and Caroline are celebrating the opening of the new school for newborn vampires. They hoped that there would be no more rogue vampires once the school is opened, and that vampire/human relationships would improve because of this. Roric finally agreed with Caroline that the vampires needed some sort of training, and together they found the best way to do it. This relationship growth was so important for the couple, as it brought them together to fight for the same cause. Rorirc wasn’t babying Caroline, trying to keep her inside and away from other vampires, and Caroline was able to continue the work that she thought was important.

When Caroline was kidnapped, Roric almost loses his mind with worry as he tries to find her. But while she could use Roric’s help, she definitely was no damsel in distress. She was constantly trying to find a way to escape, and even when her captor tried to get her to beg Roric for help, she stuck to her guts and told Roric that she would be fine. I loved her for this, in her mind, the Academy was worth more than even her own life. Roric was determined not to let her die, but Caroline wanted to fight for herself so Roric could protect the Academy.

Taven and Ivy are also a couple in this book. They didn’t have as many issues in the previous novel, but they have their own share of troubles in this book. They never truly confirmed “what they were.” Taven wants to be exclusive, but they still don’t have any sort of label, and he is completely out of touch with his emotions. Ivy would be okay with being exclusive, but she wants Taven to tell her what he wants. I feel like I got to see more about how they feel for each other in this book, and I loved it.

I really do enjoy how this series ended. I wish that I could know more about the future of the characters, but it did end on a finite note. It’s just me being greedy when I ask for more!

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a new adult vampire romance trilogy with unique characters and addictive love plots.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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