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.

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.

His Human Slave: Zandian Masters

Open scene to a refugee species who are struggling to get back to take back their home planet. The Zandians are juggling more than just getting their home back. They are dealing with their people becoming instinct, with no women of birthing age they have to find the next best thing. As the prince and only royal left he has to continue their species and royal lineage.
Prince Zander genes will best continue his race with Lamira, a lowly human garden slave.
Lamira is happy with her lowly job as a slave working with agriculture. She loves working with plants and it also limits her interaction with the guards, at least it better than being a sex slave.
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Draekon Heart: Exiled to the Prison Planet

Ryanna Dickson has been through some hard times. Stranded on a prison planet with no way to get home is just fine with her. There is no one back on earth that she would miss and starting over someplace new sounds good to her. The only thing she has sworn off men and eight packed abs in loincloths surround her each and every day.
Now it’s hard to resist that kind of temptation but resist it she does. Well until she gives in so slowly that before she knows it she is mated to two Draekon aliens, Thrax and Zorux.
Draekon Heart is a definite good read. Ryanna, Thrax, and Zorux were an enjoyable couple to follow along as they discovered themselves and each other. Ryanna was hilarious, especially her inner mind monologues.
I am looking to the third book in the series which is coming out sometime this winter. I wasn’t going to say this because of spoilers but I didn’t even think of how the dragons were treating the women, you know being kind, respectful, and welcoming the women into their small only male village. Even sharing their limited supplies in the dry season. I just thought they were all just nice really respectful aliens. That the Draekon gene mutation replaced the testerone gene that made all men pigs or dogs and turned them into powerful Dragons that are respectful to all ladies. Turns out I was wrong, big time. We will find out just how wrong I am when the third book comes out. Until then make sure you read Draekon Heart.