Review for Hybrid by K.A. Poe

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My Rating: 3/5

Author:  K. A. Poe
Title: Hybrid (Nevermore #2)

Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Alexis has come a long way since learning the truth about her vampire hunting lineage. If becoming a hunter wasn’t bad enough, she discovered that she possessed a gift few hunters have ever been blessed with. The gift of the raven. But is this a gift or a curse?

When a mysterious new girl starts hanging around Alexis’ friends and lurking around town, Alex suspects the worst. Is Claire more than she seems? One thing is certain, Alex needs to learn to control her new ability in order to make sure the ones she loves stay safe.

 Opinions:

Hybrid is the second book in the Nevermore series. If you have not read book one, Twin Souls, you are about to see some spoilers. You should read book one before book two. You have been warned!

The story continues where the first book left off. In this book Alexis is still becoming comfortable with her new life when things take a turn. Another vampire has been spotted around town, and Alexis is faced with a near-death experience. The result of this changes her life and those around her forever. If that’s not enough, there are more family secrets that come out of the closet, which could be good or could be bad….

The book is written in first person following Alexis – like the last book. Characters return from the first book along with some new faces – including family. I want to avoid spoilers, so excuse the vagueness. I think the one character that ends up staying with Alexis and Salem seemed a little unbelievable with the sudden change in characteristics. I would have also liked to have more of Karen, since she and Alexis were close friends before. It seems her character is there basically to feed info/people/etc. to the story.

The story moved along well. There was a lot of action and twists along the way. The group faces other vampires, as well as, trying to learn about this new hybrid situation. I won’t say much more about that. You’ll have to read it for yourself. The ending is another cliff hanger that should lead into the third book of the series.

Overall it was a good read. If you like young adult paranormal stories with vampires/shifters. You might enjoy this book.

 

Review for Twin Soul by K. A. Poe

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My Rating: 3/5

Author: K. A. Poe
Title: Twin Soul (Nevermore #1)

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Seventeen year old Alexis finds herself on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. What generally means a step into adulthood instead opens its way to a terrifying truth about not only her family, but herself. She comes from a long line of vampire hunters, and her real dad wants her to carry on the family quest. At the same time, she is falling for a new boy at school who has his own secret. He is a vampire. Alexis is forced to make a decision from which there is no turning back. – Will she deny this newly discovered heritage, or embrace it.

Opinions:

Twin Souls is a young adult/paranormal story that follows Alexis through her startling discovery of her family’s secrets. The book starts off with a startling note from her mother which states that her parents are not really her birth parents. She comes to know that she comes from a long line of vampire hunters. Incidentally, the new boy she meets is a vampire. She must choose between what she was born to do and what she feels to be the right thing.

The story is written in first person following Alexis. Alexis is a strong-willed girl who doesn’t shy away from making a decision and following through. Her life is thrown apart when she learns about her family and the hidden world she never knew existed. Salem is vampire that has an interest in Alexis. He was born in 1885. Unlike the violent human blood drinking vampires that are known by the vampire hunters, he is “safer” because he drinks animal blood. However, as Alexis finds out, vampire can slip up – and those types of mistakes are deadly to humans.

The plot kept things interesting. There was action and twists in the book. I did find some parts a little unbelievable – or rather – I would have liked to see a little more difficulty or information behind them. For instance, everything necessary (for daily life) is just handed to Alexis. Being left alone, she could have faced a little more difficulty than vampire who can poof cheesecake out of the air. Also, I think there should have more interaction or discussion with her friends, Karen and Jason. I understand she had a life changing experience; but if their relationship ran that deep, I think there should have been more to it than what was in the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you like young adult books with vampire, then you might want to give this book a try.

 

Review for Shifting Selves by Mia Marshall

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Author:  Mia Marshall
Title:  Shifting Selves (Elements, Book 2)

Genre:  Paranormal mystery

Background:

Amazon Description:
Aidan Brook’s world was shattered when the actions of a brutal murderer revealed long-buried secrets about her past–secrets even she didn’t know. A powerful elemental, Aidan discovered she possesses the wrong kind of magic. It’s a secret that could cost her sanity-or even her life. What she needs is some peace and quiet. What she gets is a phone call from a division of the FBI so secret it doesn’t even have a name, asking her help with a series of shifter disappearances. Before Aidan can settle into a new routine of pancakes and evenings by the fire, the case develops claws. She quickly finds herself caught between uptight bears, deadly mountain lions, overprotective parents, and unhappy federal agents. Throw in a stalled romance with an enigmatic shifter and the slow dissolution of her chosen family, and it’s hard to say which will drive her mad first: her magic, or her chaotic life.

Opinions:
Shifting Selves is the second book in the Element series. You will probably need to read book 1, Broken Elements, to stay up to speed with everything. [Review for the first book can be found here.]The author does provide small recaps at the beginning of the novel if you do want to dive straight into this one, but I would recommend reading the first book prior to this one. Please note that the rest of this review may contain spoilers for the first book. The story focuses on shifter disappearances around Lake Tahoe, and yet again, it becomes personal with Aidan and her band of friends. They must join forces to solve kidnappings and strange magical inhibitions. Aidan is coming to grips with what she has discovered from the last book – but balance is not always so easy to achieve. It’s another rocky ride for Aidan and her pals.

Characters:
As with the first book, this one follows Aidan in first person narrative. At the beginning of the book, the reader sees how Aidan is trying to find balance with her two elements/mental state. She has support from friends, but as with most novels there is some tension between them during certain points. Despite the tensions, they continue to support one another. Still not into exercise, Aidan tries to find ways to calm herself – obviously the yoga is not working for her. (If I was there I would have suggested swimming laps in a pool as her exercise attempt.) The FBI agents are also back. They hire Sera and Aidan to work on a “magical” secret case that involves the disappearance of a shifter. The reader learns more about shifters – especially those outside the bear and cat species. This begins another crime solving adventure, which not everyone is too eager about. Aidan’s parents are also back and more involved than in the prior books, wanting to protect their daughter from other people finding out what she is.

Plot:
The plot moves along nicely – similar flow to the first book. Crimes that involve magical beings are the theme once again, and Aidan with her friends jumps into action to help. Shifters and elementals do not always see eye-to-eye, which brings more interest to the story when elementals are asked to help shifters retrieve their loved ones. The plot takes a few twists along the way with a surprise at the end. The book leaves room for another – which I believe is in the making as I write this.

The Bottom Line:
Overall I enjoyed this book and will look forward to the third one. If you like paranormal mysteries, you should give this series a chance.

 

Review for Broken Elements by Mia Marshall

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Author:  Mia Marshall
Title:  Broken Elements (Elements, Book 1)

Genre:  Paranormal Mystery

Background:

Amazon Description:
“It’s happening again, Aidan. We didn’t stop it, after all.”   As an elemental, Aidan Brook holds the power of water at her fingertips. A descendant of the earth’s oldest magic, she can cause tides to ebb and flow, put out house fires without calling 911, and give anyone who’s annoying her an impromptu shower.  But even her magic has its limits. After it fails her one terrible night, she hides from the world and everyone she once loved, trying to escape the memories that haunt her. Ten years later, her exile is brought to an abrupt end when her former best friend appears on her front porch. An elemental killer is once again murdering her friends, and she must return to the scene of her own crimes.   Lake Tahoe proves more than she bargained for. Between a sadistic killer, some clever FBI agents, an annoyingly attractive landlord, and way too many new roommates, she has a pretty full plate. Add in a past she’s desperate to escape and her own uncontrollable powers, and Aidan Brook is having a very, very bad month.

Opinions:
Broken Elements is a paranormal mystery book. Aidan is an elemental that can control water.  Ten years ago while at college with her best friend Sera (who is a fire elemental), murders started to happen. And, not just any murders but one that was more than likely caused by a power elemental. The murders targeted humans that associated with elementals. Supposedly, Aidan and Sera stopped the murderer but now there are more weird deaths back in Tahoe. Sera and Aidan had a friendship fallout after they thought they caught the murderer years before. Now, Aidan has to face her past and former best friend to help solve this mystery. They are joined by other elementals and, surprisingly for Aidan, shifters. The murders now get more personal for the girls – targeting people they know and are not completely human. This is the first book of a series.

Characters:
The story is written in first person through Aidan. Aidan, a half water elemental, has some issues with her powers. When she is nice and calm (like the water), she can do amazing things; whenever she is emotional, her powers fail her. Add to that the should-have-been-dead killer, shifters that she never knew existed, and a potential love interest, and her world turns upside down. Only wanting peace and quiet, she must learn to trust herself and others again. Aidan is a likeable character. She’s not a damsel in distress or a warrior. She is fairly normal – minus the water thing; she is a multi-dimensional character. I also enjoyed the banter between the characters and a few of Aidan’s thoughts (how the author phrased things) made me smile.

Plot:
The plot moved along well and kept my interest throughout the book. There were a few surprises along the way. There’s action and mystery as Aidan and her friends try to figure out who the killer is and how to trap him/her. They also have to be careful with the regular cops trying to solve the murders. Humans aren’t supposed to know about elementals and shifters. Who is the killer(s)? You’ll find out in the book.  The story ends well but the next book should pick things up that are not completely settled in this one. How’s the mystery part? It’s the type of mystery that takes twists and turns. For a mystery veteran, you can see the direction in which things are happening, but the exact details are a little fuzzy, so you should be entertained and have some surprises.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I haven’t read a mystery in a while, and I like paranormal books. So, this was a good choice for me. Therefore, if you like mysteries and paranormal stories, you should give this book a try. I have the second book and will read that very soon.

 

Review for Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author: Chauntelle Baughman
Title: Magick Marked

Genre: Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
“Forced into a world of ancient magick and fabled creatures, vampire Rhowen Vasile has been honored with the prestigious appointment of executioner-a promotion she never wanted. Now she has two important responsibilities: execute criminal vampires and protect her race’s Kamen, one of five ancient relics said to harness all magick in the DarqRealm. When the Kamen Rho swore to protect goes missing, she’s assigned the most important task of her life-join an interracial team with a magick mover, a werewolf and a shape shifter to recover what’s been lost. If she fails, the executioner will become the executed, and the magick held within the relics could be lost forever. As other Kamens start to disappear and the teammates struggle to trust one another, Rho discovers a physical bond with a powerful magick mover that shouldn’t be possible. With the survival of the entire DarqRealm compromised, she barely has time to deal with her temperamental teammates, much less a forbidden attraction. Rho and her team must put everything aside to find what they seek-before the enemy finds it first.”

Opinions:
3.5/5 stars

Magick Marked is a story that follows Rho (a vampire) who is sent on a quest with other paranormal beings (a magick mover, shifter, and werewolf) to retrieve a stolen stone called a kamen. These four teammates must put aside their differences with the each other and work together to stop a thief who wants to obtain all the kamens. Strange things happen along the way with a lot of action and twists. This is the first book of The Darqrealm Series.

Characters:
The story is told in third person through Rho and Eldon (the magick mover)—but mostly through Rho. Rho is a fairly new vampire who is also an “executioner” to the King of the vampires. (The Prince of the vampires created her.) She was put in charge of protecting the vampire kamen. Before turning into a vampire, Rho had a troubled past that the reader finds out about. Coming together with the other supernatural characters is not something she is thrilled about, but she believes in her duty and carries out what must be done. As a strong female character, she does not like to feel weak or the need to be protected. Eldon is a magick mover – which is a like a wizard. He initially gives Rho a protective spell to keep the kamen safe. Eldon comes from a family (two sisters included in this book) that hates vampires and do not trust them. However, he finds himself thrown into this adventure with one. Being able to sense magic, Eldon can recognize fae magic, as well. A fae is not one represented among the team to bring back the kamen. Each species has its own norms and rules so that conflict can easily arise within the group.

Plot: The plot moves along well. There is plenty of action to read about. This is the first book in the series so do not expect all of your questions to be answered right away. There actually might be more questions by the time the book concludes. One tiny thing that was a little distracting for me was the cursing in the book. I’m not against cursing, and it can make the characters more realistic. However, I think it could have been cut down a smidge without taking away from the story. I also wondered how vampires can turn humans into vampires. I do not remember reading about that fact.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It has many paranormally elements (magic, vampires, shifters, werewolves, and fae.) The story held my interest throughout. If you like paranormal mysteries, you might want to give this book a shot

 

Review for Doublesight by Terry Persun

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author:  Terry Persun
Title:  Doublesight

Genre:  Fantasy

Background:

Amazon Description:  

“This is book one in the series: After the Doublesight Wars, dangerous and mean-spirited shape shifters were killed off, causing other doublesight to hide their gifts, congregate into their own villages or clans, and avoid most humans. Zimp and Zora are the twin granddaughters of the crow clan’s sage. The reticent Zimp is relieved that she has not been chosen to take her grandmother’s position, but after Zora is murdered after an attack on the clan, Zimp is forced into her obligations. Rumors, stemming from Castle Weilk, suggest that dangerous throwbacks have been born–gryphons, harpys, dragons–and, once again the humans decide to hunt them down. Fear leads to mistrust, and mistrust to murder, all seemingly. The doubesight council assembles to assess the situation and sends five doublesight to investigate the rumors, placing Zimp in charge of four men. Struggling with her own intuitive abilities, and trying to hold a stable position as leader, Zimp finds herself in the center of a changing world and must decide on her real place within it.”

Opinions:

Doublesight is a fantasy novel that centers on shifters (doublesights).  The book takes the reader on an adventure to discover answers against threats and a possible war against the different clans—including humans (singlesights). This is the first book of a series.

Characters:
The story is written in third person that follows a number of characters. One main character is Zimp, who loses her twin sister (Zora) at the beginning of the story. Zimp doesn’t believe she is as good as her sister with leading and is hesitant about assuming her new role as a leader. Zimp doesn’t get much choice when she becomes the leader of a small mixed group of doublesights who must find out what is happening to other doublesight clans. The characters are multi-dimensional—having both strengths and weaknesses. Because of the shifts in the narratives, the reader gets a rounded picture of the characters. However, having so many viewpoints can be a little cumbersome.

Plot:
The beginning of the story allows the readers to see the struggles and tragedy that is affecting the doublesight clans. Each suffer losses and are thrown together to find out what they should do about things. History of prior wars and fighting plague the minds of each clan. Trust becomes a major issue throughout the book. The doublesights must work with each other but their natural predator and prey instincts create a weak bond that will need to be overcome—not to  mention the inner turmoil a doublesight experiences when in their human or beast form. The later part of the book picked up for me when there was more action. The beginning was background and at some parts I grew tired about the different viewpoints of mistrust among the small doublesight group set out on a mission. (Don’t worry there are still fight scenes in the beginning.) The ending leaves the readers wondering what will happen in the next book. I would have preferred a little more ending (down time) and connecting a few more loose ends before ending this book.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, it was a good read. If you like to read about shifters and fantasy worlds, you should give this book a try.