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!

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.

Sub-Genres That Goes Well With Romance

Well for a romance to be good it has to have a good secondary genre. As you could probably tell I like my romance splashed with a little bit of other worldly. Unfortunately sci-fi and paranormal is not always the best for a good romance.

What makes the best sub-genre for romance?

Sub-genres are important especially for romance. 300 pages of falling in love and happiness is hard to get through. Once you have your readers attention you have to keep it.

sub genre romanceThere are many types of sub-genres which are secondary genres. For example, erotica is a genre and most of the time erotica is the main genre while romance is the sub-genre, but there lines blur so it’s hard to tell in most cases. The broader genres are comedy, romance, mystery, action, horror, adventure and science fiction.

From my experience a lot of the sub-genre that are action drowns out the romance. You know, where the member of the hardcore seal team six members fall in love but he has to go fight in a war and kill the bad guy and protect his love at the same time. Falling in love in the midst of a war seems passionate and hardcore but it really focuses the reader’s attention on the enemies their fighting. And you always want your readers to imagine what your characters life would be like after the last page. It’s hard to imagine a couple that’s seen war and action having a cup of coffee with each other or have a date to the movies. Normal doesn’t go well with war torn couples that seen so much action.

Neither does horror nor creepy go that well with romance, maybe creepy goes but not really. I have read a few and they gave me unpleasant shudders. If you want me to read and review some horror or creepy romance I would honestly do it though.

In my expert opinion the sub-genres that go best with romance are adventure, angst, fantasy, friendship, family, humor, hurt/comfort, supernatural, science fiction, tragedy, western, and erotica. These sub-genres are all good in small doses as long as they don’t overshadow the romance or couple. Especially in fast-burn romances, you know the love at first sight. The couple can’t get to know each other and fall deeper in love if their angst or family drama gets in the way for too long.

The slow-burn romances where they take half a book to fall in love they are a different matter because the sub-genre for slow burn romances is romance.

I will leave you with this; a romance that has it’s couple million miles apart or not interacting with each other or not even in the picture for more than a couple of pages is not a good romance.

Or basically not having the focus on them or their relationship for long periods is not a true romance.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

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!”