Review: Keeper Of Crows by Casey L. Bond

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Carmen Kennedy is a spoiled brat from Beverly Hills with a chip on her shoulder and a cocaine addiction to match. Using drugs to suppress reality, her life is more than she can stomach most days. All she wants is to disappear, and on one fateful night, her wish is granted.

There is a world that exists just beyond the fabric of our own. When Carmen is dragged there against her will, her hopelessness seems to disappear, replaced by a determination to survive. The Keeper of Crows is charged with guarding Carmen, but is safety a possibility in a world so desolate? Can love blossom when danger lies in wait? Together, they fight like hell, seeming to lose more ground than they gain with each battle against the dark enemy threatening to tear them apart. Can love keep her safe? Can it give her the strength she needs?

When the lines between life and death, reality and dream become blurred, who will save the souls trapped in the spaces between Heaven and Hell? Who will save Carmen’s only love, The Keeper of Crows?

Keeper of Crows is a new paranormal romance duology from the author of The Frenzy Series. The book does contain adult material such as profanity, illicit drug use and sexual situations.

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Keeper of Crows is a dark and gritty Paranormal Romance by Casey L. Bond.  Her main character has a chip on her shoulder that may be more accurately described as the Grand Canyon.  She’s hard to like, but eventually, you get there.  Carmen goes through an epic journey that leads her to do some soul searching (literally haha) and Michael is the paranormal guy who helps guide her through it.  But he’s not just ANY hot paranormal guy…he’s the Keeper of Crows

So this book is unlike any PNR that I’ve read.  The heroine is a spoiled rich girl who ends giphyup in a bad way (okay that’s kind of like some stuff I’ve read before 😉 ). Carmen finds herself on a journey through both our world and the Other Side and she has to grow up quick.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m eager to see how the story plays out. I was surprised with how much I ended up rooting for Carmen and Michael towards the end.  The writing is phenomenal and the situations are very real in some circumstances. It also deals with some heavy subject matter (if you look deeper into the text).  I would recommend this book to just about everyone! It’s YA PNR, but it has some dark moments, drug use, and sex scenes, so reader beware; probably not recommended for middle graders. I’m giving it a

Carmen finds herself on a journey through both our world and the Other Side and she has to grow up quick.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m eager to see how the story plays out. I was surprised with how much I ended up rooting for Carmen and Michael (The Keeper of Crows) towards the end.  The writing is phenomenal and the situations are very real in some circumstances. It also deals with some heavy subject matter like human trafficking, drug addiction, depression, suicide, and emotional abuse (that’s what I took from it, you may see something different). I would recommend this book to just about everyone! It’s YA PNR, but it has some dark moments, drug use, and sex scenes, so reader beware; probably not recommended for middle graders. I’m giving it a 5 out of 5 Stars and keeping it in my “permanent” folder for future rereads.

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Release Blitz: Keeper Of Crows by Casey L. Bond

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Title: Keeper of Crows
Author: Casey Bond
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Editor: Stacy Sanford, The Girl with the Red Pen
Book Trailer by: Rebecca Ethington
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Carmen Kennedy is a spoiled brat from Beverly Hills with a chip on her shoulder and a cocaine addiction to match. Using drugs to suppress reality, her life is more than she can stomach most days. All she wants is to disappear, and on one fateful night, her wish is granted.
There is a world that exists just beyond the fabric of our own. When Carmen is dragged there against her will, her hopelessness seems to disappear, replaced by a determination to survive. The Keeper of Crows is charged with guarding Carmen, but is safety a possibility in a world so desolate? Can love blossom when danger lies in wait? Together, they fight like hell, seeming to lose more ground than they gain with each battle against the dark enemy threatening to tear them apart. Can love keep her safe? Can it give her the strength she needs?
When the lines between life and death, reality and dream become blurred, who will save the souls trapped in the spaces between Heaven and Hell? Who will save Carmen’s only love, The Keeper of Crows?

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

Review: Bayou Wolf by Debbie Herbert

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Bayou Wolf is the latest installment of Debbie Herbert’s Bayou Magic Series.  It’s a Harlequin Nocturne publication and full of what I’ve come to expect from Debbie.  The story is about Tallulah, a Choctaw Shadowhunter.  She is the only female in her group that aids in keeping the balance of good and evil in Bayou La Syrena (literally the best town ever…I mean I want to live there soooo bad).  She’s had some really tough breaks in the romance department until she meets Payton.

Payton is a wolf shifter from Montana, just coasting through life by obeying his Alpha and traveling with his job.  He meets Tallulah and sparks fly.  He’s fascinated by her, but lots of obstacles; like murder and disapproval from the pack, stand in their way.

I enjoyed this book immensely.  I’m a huge fan of this series and finished my book in a day (as I have with nearly all of Debbie’s books) I’m gladly (and FREELY) giving this book 5 out of 5 stars! It’s a Harlequin publication so it is definitely 18+ but the intimate scenes, as always, are tastefully written and fit the storyline well. I hope you enjoy Bayou Wolf as much as I did!67942983

Happy Reading!

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Review: Charmed By The Salem Witch by Debbie Herbert

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“Freshman Year can be deadly in Salem . . . At the Women’s College of Salem, Sarah hopes to meet like-minded students of The Craft. But after joining a coven, the other girls seem to have it in for her and she can’t figure out why . . . . . . until Tanner, the new, cute IT guy, helps uncover her family’s dark secret. Sarah will have to learn to trust Tanner if she’s to survive a killer freshman year. And Tanner must accept his paranormal powers to save Sarah when the blood moon rises at Samhain, the witch’s Halloween.”

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I received this book as a gift and am cheerfully and freely giving an honest review. Charmed, is the third installment of Debbie Herbert’s Appalachian Magic series and continues the saga with Tanner, who was the beloved jock and Skye’s secret crush in Changeling. It seems that Mr. Perfect has found himself in cold Salem, Mass and missing his Sweet Home Alabama (haha see what I did there 😉 ). He meets Sarah and magic happens.

I really enjoyed this book. Herbert once again captures the atmosphere and sets the scene so as to make the reader feel as if they are actually there.  I felt like a fly on the wall the whole time!  Another cool thing about this book? Herbert can really write mean girl cliques well.  It was reminiscent of the movie The Craft.  So please,  if you love that movie, you’ll love this book. The actual story is quite creative and a neat take on the Salem Witch Trials, I thought I’d read every version, alteration, and theory; but this one is new to me and I wasn’t bored at any point. The story is NA or New Adult and contains some sexual content so probably 18+ would be my recommendation for the age range.  It was a fun read and I got through it in a day.  I’m giving this one a solid 5 out of 5 stars and am left swooning over the world Debbie has created.  Once again, I’m left wishing this world actually existed! So guess I’m going to have to watch the movie that defined my teenage years and reread the Appalachian Magic Series!

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Happy Reading!

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Review: Way Down Below by Nicole Thorn and Sarah Hall

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It’s been a minute, but I’m back with a new review!large Today’s review: Way Down Below by Nicole Thorn and Sarah Hall, is a YA/NA Paranormal Romance.

Blurb: ” Ever since Luc Bishop’s brother died, he and his sisters have been hunting his killer. The last thing Luc expected was to meet Shiloh.

Shiloh Whittaker has spent her entire life trapped by her family’s religious beliefs. When she meets Luc, her entire world is turned upside down. For the last couple of years, Shiloh and her best friend, Faith, have been pulling away from their structured upbringing.

Then they meet the Bishops, three of many children Lucifer has sired. Shiloh wants nothing to do with them, but finds herself caught up in their lives when their brother’s killer comes back to play. With the killer circling, and Shiloh torn between two desires, she feels more caged than ever.” 

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The premise of the story is quite interesting: The spawn of Satan live among us as trouble making teenagers and are hunting their rogue sibling.  In between hunting, they take up with 2 young ladies who live under the strict thumb of their extremely conservative and extremely religious families.  Worlds collide and the story unfolds.  There’s romance, friendship, and some real coming-of – age stuff involved.

I would advise that this probably isn’t for younger or middle grade teens and definitely not a Children’s book as there are some adult themes being dealt with. I’m giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars.  The premise is interesting and the cover is gorgeous, but I had trouble connecting with the characters.  I felt they lacked depth and were only 2 dimensional.  With that being said, I do feel that younger readers (15-25) may connect better.
I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating a story and I don’t give ratings willy-nilly. If you would like to learn more about the authors and this novel, check out the link below.

Way Down Below- Amazon , GoodReads, CHBB Publishing

 

Review: Crystal Dragon: Bad Elements Book 1 by Lynn Mullican

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It’s been a long time coming and entirely my fault!  I received the ENTIRE Bad Elements Series as part of the Third Installment’s Release.  My plan had been to read them all and review them during the the month of October and now we are almost done with November.  humble_jennifer

 

Book 1 in the Bad Elements Series: Crystal Dragon is about Crystal Bouchard.  Crystal wakes up as a prisoner in an underground fight club with no memory of who she is or how she got there.  Told that she has a son, whom her captors will kill should she step out of line, Crystal trains to become the ultimate fighting machine.  Her new world is full of kill or be killed and all fights are TO THE DEATH.  While fighting for her life and that of a son that she has no memory of, Crystal secretly begins to search for answers.

The book is a little slow in the first few chapters and because it’s from Crystal’s point of view and she has amnesia, I felt just as confusgiphy-tumblr.gifed as she was.  The concept of the story is awesome! Badass female fighter who leads with her heart, which is ultimately my favorite character type.
The book is the first in the series so you definitely should go ahead and get the other one because the ending is a cliffy. 😉

I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 stars because the concept and story were great, but the style was a bit all over the place.  All in All, I’m going to put Lynn Mullican on my shelf and recommend her to my friends who enjoy dark and gritty supernatural drama.  Definitely not a YA and would recommend 18 years and up for violent content and some sex scenes.

Stay tuned for the next review, coming soon: Bad Elements Book 2 : Blood for Blood!

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Facebook , Twitter , GoodReads and to check out my review of Book 3: Hybrid Unleashed, click HERE and my other reviews of her short stories, click HERE

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Book Review: Atancia by Wren Figueiro

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Atancia by Wren Figueiro is a YA or NA Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance….that’s a mouthful!23076121.ChippyWithaMouthful That’s at least how I would describe it. Atancia, or “Atty” as she is referred to, is a typical college student. She’s responsible, shy, respectful, and very loving to her adopted grandmother.  After witnessing a death, she experiences what she believes is a series of panic attacks.  For some reason this onset of panic attacks triggers her Nana to mention something Atty’s long lost mother had told her.

This secret, in turn, puts Atty on a journey to figure out the mystery of her missing mother and who she really is.  Along the way she meets a mysterious guy named Ben. Ben is wealthy, handsome, and an all around perfect guy with seemingly no flaws.  Atty and Ben hit it off and find themselves attached to each other pretty quickly.  Ben drops the bombshell of Atty’s origins and invites her to his home in Australia to explore further.

I have to say the premise of this book sounds pretty good on the surface.  In fact it isn’t too bad.  You’ve got a family origins mystery to solve, exploring supernatural powers, and traveling the world. It’s got a lot of pluses in it.  I have to say though, I couldn’t connect with the characters very well.  It felt like I was being “told” a story rather than being invited in to the story.  Like when your co worker tells you about their weekend on a Monday before you’ve finished your coffee; you hear what they’re saying but it’s just not connecting in your brain yet.frog21 (1)  The story also moves a bit slow and and the pacing is all over the place. Also the characters are too good to be true. I know authors love their characters and will defend them to the death…which is a good thing. In order to have a character be believable they need to have some sort of flaw…even a small one. Atty is perfect. She reacts normally and sanely in any situation, which drove me a little crazy. For example….Ben drops a bombshell out of the blue about his origins, and has some insight into hers as well, and it’s like she shrugs her shoulders and that’s it. No questioning, no freak out, nothing. Even a calm and in control person would have some sort of reaction to crazy information.

When the setting moves from Miami, Florida to Australia’s Blue Mountains things perked up a bit.  It was refreshing to see Australia that way, as I’ve never been. It actually made me think about putting it on my travel bucket list.frabz-I-should-visit-Australia-39ebc9

I think this would be really good with a little revision and tweaking so I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Atancia is the first book in the Durand Duology series and the sequel: For Atancia is also available.  For more information check out the links below:

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