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Red Winter Trilogy

Months before I started this blog I read a trilogy that changed my life… well my routine and habits.
The Red Winter Trilogyby Annette Marie took me on journey I will never forget. It was so exciting, fantasy, adventure, action all wrapped up in romance. I immediately advise you to go out and get a copy or if you want it right now download it on Amazon.
Its three books in the trilogy (obviously) it took me only four days to finish it. It probably should have taken me two days, just shy of three but the way Annette Marie writes had the words flying off the page that I had to take breaks in between. It was all so real and happening so fast, breaks were needed for me. The second book Dark Tempest had a scene had me cutting on the lights and getting bug spray. The scene had me nearly twitching in fear.

The way the third book ended had me vibrating in joy. After I read the last word on the last page I immediately went to digging. I researched the author because I never heard of her before and found another series by her. I didn’t like her other series though, so I went back to Red Winter Trilogy and read them over again and they were just as exciting as the first time. After reading the Trilogy for the second time I read the Immortal Fire the last book in the trilogy ending six times. The ending had me shaking in excitement and happiness each time I read it.

Now when I first read Red Winter it was boring but that’s just the beginning. The first two or five chapters are boring but those chapters are really needed because I was lost on the culture and religious rituals that were important to the rest of the story. The story doesn’t get really interesting until the main character does a little rebelling.

After reading the ending so many times I was starting to memorize the words. I felt that this vaguely reminded me of my childhood. Sneaking out of bed and secretly watching Inuyasha on Adult Swim. Which is how I started watching anime again when I have previously didn’t. I told you reading those books changed my life. Once I watch all four Inuyasha movies and all the episodes I jumped around to a few anime and them until I found Fairy Tail. I am waiting on the edge of my seat for the final season and hopping with all hope that my longing for Nalu will fade.

I might do a book give away to reward and attract readers to my blog. I have approximately 100 to 150 books. They are all about seven years old back when I used to read physical books. I only read what I get on my tablet now. Although I still treasure my books but they are getting dirty and dusty and they are in the way. I want other people to treasure my books as much as I have. Got the idea from Taiwo B. So I have a question for you, would you prefer I give away a book in YA or Erotica? Please leave a comment down below and I will take your reply into serious consideration. Thank you.

P.S My newest favorite author Amamda Millo has a new book out. Her latest book might just be who I review next. Stay Tuned!

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Hi, I’m Suga!

my first post

I am creating this blog to share my love of books with you, more specifically my love of romance books. I plan on reviewing mostly sci-fi, paranormal and fantasy romances. I love all romances but I am currently hooked on alien romances so be prepared for aliens… and also werewolves, vampires, shape-shifters, ogres, elves etc. Anything that builds a new world and has the right dash of romance might get a spotlight on here.

As a self-proclaimed expert on romance novels with more than a decade of experience reading anything related to romance I am more than confident that you can trust my personal review. I would like to review at least two books a week on Saturdays and Thursdays, although I read more than two books a week so I might review more. Unfortunately, I have other responsibilities that I have to deal with temporarily so I will only do a romance review once a week. My website is not only romance reviews but there will be advice posts about romance novels in general. Continue reading “Hi, I’m Suga!”

Extreme Introvert, Recluse

This is a post about myself.
I am an extreme introvert and recluse. Taking with me is like having a conversation with a wall. I am not trying to put myself down or anything, it’s just I give one word reply without meaning to. I am too busy trying to figure out why are they talking to me, is what am I doing normal, is what the person doing normal, am I being too forward, too stand offish, what is the person talking to me goal is? I am trying to figure out all this crap while listening to the conversation and smiling the brightest smile possible to hide my anxiety. After two minutes though I usually end the conversation though because what if the other person is doing the same thing and realize that I am not normal. I know, I know What is normal though? Say that to my cramping stomach, sweaty palms, and elevated heart rate.
Because of this I have become a recluse. I don’t go outside of the house unless it is a dire need. I once survived in my house for two weeks on canned vegetables because … I don’t know. I honestly don’t know, I had the money, the transportation, and I had the hunger pains but I would open the door and think about the crowds and people and leaving the safety of my home and decide against going, putting it off for another few days. That only happened twice though and again recently. I quite my customer service job two years ago because I kept getting complaints. No one wanted someone to make their food with a fake smile and a deathly aura rolling off of them. Sense then I have tried to find stable at home jobs with no luck.
Being an extreme introvert affects me in all social situations. I permanently deleted and erased all of my social media accounts years ago. Although I made a new facebook account because I want to be a published author and wanted a way to connect with other authors and market my book. That is a no go, turns out I extremely dislike social media. I mean I love following my favorite authors and fangirling over a post about their new book is great but I have to actually make friends online, which sucks because all I know how to do is reply back in one liners. Which I have found out the hard way, you can’t make friends with one line replies. I have been trying to give longer replies to people post but most of the time I delete what I typed because it sounded stupid or off and go with the generic reply. When I give a longer reply which I think is perfect usually all I receive is a “thanks for reading.”
Long story short marketing through social media is harder then it looks, but I am going to keep at it.
Enough about all this deeply personal stuff, back to what this blog is supposed to originally be about: romance novels.

Fairy Tail: Anime, Manga, Fanfiction

Lately I haven’t been reading regular novels. I got caught up in a fictional world & shipping a couple that are mainly just friends that I absolutely couldn’t bare to let go. So I wound up giving in to a big weakness of mine and reading fanfiction for the almost non-existent couple. Yes, I read fanfiction stories but I try not to because most of the stories are horrible and mostly I just waste my time looking on there, but the story I found filled all my hopes and dreams for the couple.

Finished binge watching Fairy Tail anime about a week ago, to watch every episode it took about two weeks. With over 250 episodes, a movie, a 12 episode spinoff, and OVA episodes it was a lot to watch but with me being greedy I immediately wanted more. There is a second movie coming out and it already hit theaters and it supposedly came out on DVD/Blu-Ray November 17 2017 in Japan but the release date for my area is still unknown. I am really excited for this movie to become available in the U.S. Until then I couldn’t get the main characters out of my head, Natsu and Lucy.

NaluFairy Tail the manga and the anime, is about a wizard guild named Fairy Tail and the story follows Lucy who teams up with Natsu, Happy the cat, Gray, and Erza as they go on jobs to pay Lucy rent. They have dozens of exciting adventures that showcase their camaraderie in their trust for not only each other but in Fairy Tail as a whole. Everyone in their guild has spent time together fighting each other and also fighting for the same cause, building stronger friendships. Although Lucy and Natsu are close there is nothing romantic about it, except for one hilarious time when Natsu asked Lucy to dig a whole and she got the wrong idea. Lucy I believed was open to the idea of being romantically involved with Natsu but as usual Natasu was as clueless as ever. In the OVA they are much more forward with Natsu and Lucy relationship with Natsua being off kilter by Lucy come-ons even though their relationship are deeper than in regular episodes. In the OVAs they are much more forward with Gray and Juvia’s, Levy & Gajeel, and also Jellal & Ezra relationships as well. I guess because they are a shounen anime they can’t really focus that much on romance to keep true to the story. Even without the romance it’s still a riveting story.

The anime has yet to be completed but the manga is completed. The manga has 545 chapters and I am currently on chapter 137 and I can tell you for sure that the anime is better than the manga, mostly because they add a little more dialogue to the anime and the music in the anime get you more emotionally involved doing big showdowns and emotional times. Hearing Lucy cry like a total crybaby in sorrow and relief is way better then reading “Waah waah waah”.

With the new movie Fairy Tail Dragon Cry being so close but so far away I turned to my biggest weakness so far, Fanfiction. At first I read a couple of one-shot pieces of romantic fluff pieces and they were nice but they only tickled the deep itch that is becoming my NaLu Fairy Tail obsession. Then I hit the jackpot, when I ran across 53 thousand word romantic NaLu story.

A Dragon’s Damsel by SingedByDragons is everything I want in a romantic story. First the unmistakable bond between two people, a slight love rival, a little jealousy, rules for the bond between the bonded pair, a general rule book to guide them on their love for each other, and of course a deeper plot that showcases the depths they would go for their love for each other. Of course, I rarely find all of this in romance novels; I guess they are not acceptable in publishers or regular audience eyes, but for me these stories are perfect. These stories are similar to the Princess Bride which I absolutely love. And watch over and over.

SingedByDragons has a sequel to this story called A Damsel No More. After I am done with this post I am going to immediately start reading it. SingedByDragons also kept true to the anime and didn’t veer off course to much from the anime, which is rare because fanfiction allows you to get crazy and explore to your creative content with published authors characters and worlds.  I recommend you start reading and watching the Fairy Tale anime and manga and after you are done read this fanfiction. The fanfiction A Dragon’s Damsel is well written with only a few grammar mistakes but you can find those in published books also. Warning this fanfiction is completed but the sequel is not, I have been waiting almost a decade for some my favorite fanficton stories to be completed. Some fanfiction get completed but take years to complete and others are just completely abandoned leaving the unfinished stories to drive me insane.

Characters Death

A main character’s death in a story can make or break the story. Now I personally don’t like when one of the main characters I invested my feelings in dies. I am so torn up I can barely finish the novel (can’t see the words with all the stupid tears blocking my vision). But I will always remember how that book made me cry, how I become emotionally invested in not only the characters but the book itself and the world it took me to. I will also look for books by that author or authors.


Killing off a main character that has accomplished all the goals he set out to do and dying before fully enjoying his accomplishments, that has a negative impact on the book in my opinion. Even if there were someone there to acknowledge his accomplishments or reap the benefits of what he accomplished, has a negative impact on the reader. Of course there are talented authors out there where they can do this and still spin it where the main character death can be emotionally positive to the readers even if it causes a roaring storm of anger, grief and disappointment in their readers’ hearts, but those authors are few and far between.


When the main character death happens it has to be the right moment. There has to be a lot of work before the death. It doesn’t hinges on if the character is a saint or a devil, or the deeds they did whether bad or good (those play a part too but only a small part). What really matters are how they affected other people lives and if they were true to themselves. And if one person/character is affected by the characters actions or words it can offset a bomb in the readers’ heart creating a chaos of confusing emotion with the bottom line being there is a potential for growth in all people. That is the best time to kill them off when they showed the potential for growth so that it will cut the deepest in the readers’ heart and also drill in a lesson that has not been overstated.


This method can make a big impact on the story in the romance genre, but it also versatile and may work in other genres as well.
If you are an author you have to write your own path and a character death can be tricky path to cross.

Daughter of the Everstar

Toni is alone in life when she made a wish upon her grandmothers well. With that wish burst forth the Bright Queen and she granted Toni the opportunity to grant the wish herself. The Bright Queen transported her to a new world- ahem forgive me a new realm where magic is but a fawn memory. Toni is placed there to save Ronan, their world and its people.

I honestly don’t think I should be giving a review since I could only finish half the book and it might seem like I have only bad things to say but I have so much to say and I don’t want to hold it in any longer. Once I read the synopsis for this book I was thinking this is going to be a fun read because it had everything that I like in a book, magic, sci-fi, adventure, ménage, and most importantly romance.

It had all of these things but the author’s writing style is just so horrible and annoying! The author went on & on about the landscape and details about nothing; overly describing simple things like phrases and slang. She went into excellent details about minor things that I know didn’t pertain to the rest of the story. The author chose to skip over the getting to know you part of the romance to focus on the journey home. And there was two times where they were attacked on the journey but it was told in Toni’s point of view so there was no action only a worried sideline view.

The book is told mostly in first person from Toni point of view. Now to explain Toni, she is like two opposite personalities shoved into one character and it doesn’t fit. One personality is confident, speaks her mind, and is polite. The other personality is shy, timid, a liar, with the ability to be rude. And the way the author tries to mix these two contrasting personalities into one character is atrocious.

It mostly comes out in the way she interacts with other characters in the book. Toni asks in a polite roundabout way, which takes forever. It took Toni nearly two pages to ask for kiss. After the lackluster kiss scene I called it quits and wasn’t able to finish the book.

Toni is supposed to be nice but I viewed her as being hoity-toity, contradictory and un-relatable as a main character. She has no faults, absolutely nothing I can relate to. Definitely not a round character but a square.

The one and probably only good aspect of this book is the plot. The plot is really good and the world building is fine, it’s just that the writing style is horrible and I disliked the main character. The writing style kind of reminded me of my own style of writing, which I am trying to improve.

Even though I dislike this book and couldn’t finish it, I would like for you to read and if you can finish it and tell me if you agree or disagree with me, your likes and dislikes. If you already read this book please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. Here is the link to learn more about the author & Daughter of the Everstar.

I did not get paid to endorse this book or author.

 

Dragon’s Gift

Dragon’s Gift is a fantasy romance like I haven’t read in a while. Filled with warlocks, dragons, elves, and gods; Dragon’s Gift took me to a different world where the sexism against women live and thrive.
I was really excited to be transported back in time to where everybody didn’t have instant ways of communication and where they had to ride horses, walk, or sprout wings and fly.
Dareena is a bar maid working in a tavern and it looks like her only option in life is to marry her old decrepit boss. Let him crawl on top of her a few nights for less than a decade and then she can be the owner of the tavern when he dies. Like any young female in her prime though that crotchety wrinkly old bastard crawling on top of her once makes bile rise to the back of her throat, but with so few options that might be her only shot.
With the Dragon’s Hunt festival coming up she decides to put the decisions for the future on hold and enjoy the festival and her daring red gown.
Unexpectedly her life is changed forever when she is one of the chosen three as the potential Dragon’s Gift. She is further surprised and torn when she is the Dragon’s Gift and have to choose between the handsome dragon princes Drystan, Alistair and Lucyan and whoever she decides takes the thrown and her hand.
Drystan is dutiful and responsible, best suited to rule, while Lucyan is cunning or if you want to be more political an enigmatic strategist and Alistair is the calm between his two unbending brothers. The relationship between the brothers is strong and unbreakable and even though they are in competition for the thrown they won’t allow it to damage their relationship.
Dareena gets to know the Princes one at a time and each day she spends with them wraps her further in their arms. Each has their unique personalities and unique strengths and weaknesses. As Dareena spends more time and their presence the more her emotions tell her that each Prince is perfect in their own way.
Dragon’s Gift is an amazing fantasy novel layered with romance and hot loving. I recommend you pick up a copy today because the second book is coming out soon.
Please download Dragon’s Gift today and check out the amazing authors pages May Sage and JasmineWalt.
I was not paid to endorse this book or authors.

Zorvak’s Rescue: Compatibles

Camilla crash landed on a lawless planet and trying her best to survive which leads her to betting her only two credits on a death match. Desperate to get off the horrible planet she converses with the voice in her head telling her to free her.
This book is a stand-alone book but it is part of the Azziarin world/series. I was a little confused about the word compatibles however, that was explained a little late. So yeah it was a standalone but I suggest you start at the beginning of the series. It was a great book beautifully written.
The prologue started very intense and then it went to the first chapter which explained how she became the first female pilot for deep space mission. This got me high and excited only for me to drop from excitement almost immediately while she boringly explained how and when she got accepted.
Zaorvaks Rescue is mainly a sci-fi/action book sprinkled with romance until the end until you thrown into the happily ever after then you get it shoved down your throat.
I honestly didn’t like it mainly because of how the romance in the book is described in the book. There wasn’t a lot of romance, which is perfectly understandable when creepy guys with claw-tipped dicks want to brutally gang rape you and consistently trying to escape from the awful world you crashed landed on. The few sweet moments were passable but I wouldn’t want to read it again.
If you like science fiction and action sprinkled with a little love I would recommend this book, but first start at the beginning of the Azziarin series. Zorvak’s Rescue is the only book I have read in the Azziarin series but I suggest with any standalone book that is part of the same world you start at the beginning because after a while authors get a little lazy and don’t explain everything.
Here is a link to the Zorvak’s Rescue and Hannah Davenport other work, including sneak peaks.
I was not paid to endorse this book or author.