CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa Fox for the release of her book, Wraith Redeemed. I reviewed this book back in November when I was privliged to receive an advanced copy of it.
Now that everyone can get their hands on a copy, I wanted to repost my original review.
Wraith Redeemed by Melissa Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Demon-slayer Conor O’Shea is about to engage in the most dangerous encounter of his life—facing the woman he scorned.
Wraith Redeemed tells the tale of fated lovers, Conor O’Shea and Merry Bradbury. The pair grew up in a small town in Maine and everyone knew they were one of those couples that were just ‘meant to be’. That is until Conor’s twenty-first birthday when his entire world comes crashing down around him. It is on this day he learns he is part of a long ancestral line of demon-slayers. In a moment of immature panic, Conor breaks up with Merry, telling her only that he doesn’t love her any more. Without any reason for the split, Merry is left with a broken heart and a thousand unanswered questions.
The story picks up years later with Conor returning to their tiny hamlet after the death of Merry’s mother. Knowing Merry’s life is in danger; Conor tries to make Merry understand why he’d had to leave all those years ago.
The story is quick paced and is filled with romance, action and even some sexy times thrown in. The story weaves the legend of Conor’s Wraith heritage easily into the story, keeping what could have been incredibly confusing mythology into a simple and easily digestible paranormal story.
I liked that Merry wasn’t a push over, although she did acquiesce a little quickly in my opinion, but understand the need to keep the plot moving, even if it seems a bit unrealistic to the average reader. I needed to suspend my belief and imagine the draw and intense pull that comes from being someone’s Amortia. All in all, a well told and enjoyable debut read from Melissa Fox.
The Prophet: A Shepherd Thriller by Ethan Cross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This story was quite good. It was fast paced and definitely kept you on the edge of your seat through most of the book. With that said, it also felt a bit like a roller coaster that went on for a few minutes too long.
The story is told from quite a number of view points, that especially at the beginning, is quite confusing.
The Prophet revolves around Marcus Williams, a member of a secret federal organization that doesn’t really answer to anyone. What the police or the FBI can’t accomplish because of all the red tape, the Shepherd organization handles it instead.
The story is a bit confusing, but weaves itself around trying to catch the Prophet before he is able to fulfill his satanic ritual on the night of the eclipse. Throw in a serial killer fugitive who feels like he’s connected by fate to Marcus and seemingly ‘helps’ Marcus with the investigation by always being one step ahead of him – and you have a wild and crazy ride.
If you like a good suspense book filled with crazy twists and turns you never see coming, pick up The Prophet.
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Dare You To by Katie McGarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult
Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin Teen for the privileged to read this book in advance of its release.
First, let me preface this by saying I loved Pushing The Limits, the book that Dare You To is a companion of. Second, when I heard it was going to be about Beth, I have to admit I wasn’t exactly too sure I’d enjoy reading about it.
Well, I was wrong.
This book was such a wonderful surprise. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you read Pushing the Limits, you know Beth is a bit of a hot mess. Not just a bit, but a WHOLE SHIT TON of baggage. In this book we finally get to see just why she’s the closed off bitch that you say in PtL. And let me tell you, it is sad, not just boo-hoo, but tragic.
The story weaves itself around Beth as she is forced to move away from her mom and her best friends Travis and Noah. She has a run in with Ryan, the all-American boy next door who is the popular baseball star in the small town. The exact opposite of Beth. Beth immediately hates him, but he accepted a dare, and Ryan NEVER loses. Ever. They eventually work out a truce between them and it is magic.
Ryan – oh, Ryan. He is swoony, handsome, kind, generous and so, so incredibly patient with Beth through the entire book. So much so, that you want to beat him over the head with a stick a few times to knock some sense into the poor boy.
Ultimately the entire cast of characters makes the story. Her characterizations are amazing.
Check out this book… I Dare You To!
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