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.

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.
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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!