Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Week in Review: 2/10/18-2/17/18

I was all over the place last week - as far as book selections go.  I am pleased to say that I seem to be getting back in my reading groove.  :)  Here are the books I'd like to share with you today.

Dead Onset by T W Brown - 4 Stars ****


Today is the day that Evan Berry's life will change forever.

His days working construction are about to end; he is finally going to be a high school music teacher. Stephanie, his bride-to-be even has a surprise planned for him when he gets home from work that first night.

None of that matters.


For several days, the news has been hinting at reports of a strange illness that appears to be global. Unfortunately, this is no regular sickness. The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. Evan is at his new job for less than ten minutes when he gets a call from Stephanie. There is a man in their house and he is trying to attack her.

V Games: Fresh From the Grave by Caroline Peckham
4 Stars ****

Selena Grey has faced death and won. Freedom awaits so long as she can let go of the last thing that ties her to the island where the V Games were held. But despite the fact surviving has always been her priority, suddenly, she finds herself torn between her head and her heart.

Meanwhile, the Helsings are about to host a brand new game on the Isle of Lidelse where blood and money rule above all else. But when Selena finds out a devastating truth that puts her loyalty to the test, will she find the courage to go on? Or will she retreat from a life she never wanted, even if that means giving up the one person her heart beats for?

Black Blood by John Hennessy - 4 Stars ****


Lies. Magic. War. Welcome to Abby’s world.

Beneath the frozen wasteland of the United States lives apocalypse survivor Aberdeen Dareday, whose life gets turned upside down when she mysteriously wakes up with black veins bulging under her skin. Forced to flee humanity’s last refuge because of her black blood, and the corpses left in its magical wake, Abby emerges to find an entirely different world. A world caught in a supernatural war, where vampires and werewolves are all too real.

After Ash, a resilient young man who shares her newfound abilities, rescues Abby from certain death at the hands of scientists, he takes her on a perilous journey to unlock their magical powers. But Abby is different from other witches: her blood talks to her, and acts as a sixth sense, a unique gift that also attracts many enemies seeking to wield her as a weapon. Hunted by vampires, werebeasts, and scientists, Abby must learn to control her blood if she’s to defeat those who will stop at nothing to possess it, for the fate of the war may rest within her magic veins.

Oracle by James David Victor - 4 Stars ****


I hate fire. It nearly destroyed me. Now, my only chance at survival is a fire-breathing dragon shapeshifter.

Davie is a normal girl trying to live a normal life. Except that she can see the future and has visions that make her seem crazy. When she meets a man who immediately seems too perfect to be real, her quest for a normal life quickly ends. She soon learns the world is full of mythical creatures including shapeshifting dragons, dwarves, and mystical oracles. Can Davie adapt to the new world that has dropped her into the middle of a mythical war that could tear the world apart?

Shadow Bound by McKenzie Hunter & Gena D Lutz
3 Stars ***


Two women. Two lives. One goal—survive.

Aspen and Emma live on the cusp of two worlds. One side is a soul-sucking drag filled with micro-managing bosses and insomnia. On the other, life unfolds on a razor's edge as they discover they are more than what they seem, marked by the Fae and bound to the Shadows.

Abducted to the Shadows and turned into unwilling pawns of the Fae’s creation, they are forced to participate in the Wild Hunt. In this deadly world, few can be trusted, including charismatic Liam, Prince of the Shadows and Gerard, the mysterious Wild Hunt trainer, who claim they want to end it. Forced to trust the enemy, they must choose: work together and possibly end the Hunt forever—or each play her own game of survival and win at all costs.

That's a wrap of my week.  I am excited to have a new installment of one of my favorite series for next week.  I hope you are reading something wonderful.

As always, thank you for stopping by.
~Michelle 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Week in Review: 2/3/18-2/10/18


This week was a little better than last week - I did not have as many starts and stops.  That being said, I did not get as much reading done because I was binge watching Shameless.  :)

Here are the books I'd like to share with you:

Fair Haven by Red Lagoe - 4 Stars ****


A rabies-like super virus bleeds into Melody’s neighborhood, turning all those infected into ravenous aggressors. While watching society crumble beyond her threshold, Melody hides in the safety of her attic, waiting for her husband to return. Four days have passed, and it’s becoming apparent that he’s not coming home. She pushes her fear aside and propels herself out the front door, with a baseball bat in hand, ready to venture across town on a mission to save her husband—and their failing marriage.

However, after teaming up with her neighbor John, her determination is put to the test. Despite butting heads with the man next door, she develops an unsettling attraction to him, and they grow to rely on each other for strength and friendship.

Unsure if her husband is still alive, her reasons for going on are called into question and it doesn't take long before she begins to doubt her strength.

The Scale Empire by Cate Farren - 4 Stars ****


Queen Victoria has cursed Kezia to hunt down the demon that murdered her son.

130 years later the hunt is still on, but Kezia is growing weary. When a chance comes along to find the demon and kill him she jumps at the chance.

But what will she find on a parallel world ruled over by dragon shifters? Will it be love or vengeance or both?

Vampire's Curse by Lysa Daley - 4 Stars ****


What animal would you be?

Lacey, a class II animagus witch, can shift into dozens of different animals. She's up to squirrels and sparrows. But will she ever make her way to dragons like her powerful father?

Lacey McCray has a secret. She isn't just a grad student living in Los Angeles. She's also a class II animagus or a witch. When her grad school scholarship mysteriously gets canceled, she receives a strange offer to work for a firm that specializes in collecting missing supernatural treasures. Desperate to make enough money to pay her tuition, Lacey agrees to give it a try.

After breaking into a troll's lair to retrieve an enchanted necklace, Lacey starts to think that she's a natural. And the money's not half bad either

It doesn't take long before she's ruffled the feathers of one of the firm's top agents named Stryker Smith. Oh, and then there's the young human cop who keeps turning up wherever Lacey happens to be.

Just when Lacey thinks she's made enough money to pay her rent and go back to being a full-time grad student, a rogue vampire threatens the life of someone she loves. Lacey McCray will find out just how good she actually is at this new supernatural job.

Sarah's Inheritance by Katherine Kim - 3 Stars ***


Sarah knew she was getting a house. She didn’t know about the rest of it.

Learning of her grandmother’s death shook Sarah Richards. She hadn’t seen the woman since she was a child, kept far away on the other side of the country by her controlling mother. They had built a long-distance relationship though secret phone calls and unmentioned emails, and even though Sarah was now well into adulthood she still hadn’t gathered the courage to go visit the grandmother she missed, and now it was too late. Now, though, she owned the house Gran had lived in, and Sarah was determined to break free of her mother’s grasp. Moving from New York City to a town just outside of San Jose, California was scary, but she felt drawn there to learn more about her grandmother, and if she was lucky, to find her own path in life.

What she didn’t expect was to be thrown into a supernatural battle between monsters from her worst nightmares and Gran’s strange, not-quite-human friends. It turns out that the house was the least important part of what Rosemary Richards passed down to her granddaughter, and now Sarah has to decide if she is willing to learn more about the world she’s been dumped into or if she would rather go back to her mother where life was dull, but at least it was safe.

That was my reading week.  I hope you are reading something wonderful.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle

Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Week in Review: 1/27/18-2/3/18


I had another week of starts and stops.  I'm not sure if I am in a reading rut or just supper excited about the grandbaby on the way and can't focus.  :)  Whatever the case may be, I was a little disappointed in the books I chose for the week - but these are the ones I thought good enough to share with you.

Hell's Belle's by Alison Claire - 4 Stars ****


Magic can be a blessing or a curse…

Emma Ayers is about to discover the biggest secret of her life--she’s a witch.

When tragedy upends Emma’s idyllic life, she is taken in by a mysterious woman--the matriarch to Hell’s Belles, a secret society of debutante witches in the historic city of Charleston. With Emma’s help, they’ll try to defeat an enemy that wants all the powers the Belles are gifted with—and who will stop at nothing to get them. Even if it means destroying everyone in their path, including the city they protect.

Blood of Stone by Jayne Faith - 4 Stars ****


A new race of Fae. Their reluctant champion. Every ruler in Faerie is coming for her.

Every kingdom in Faerie wants to claim Petra’s people as their own, but she isn’t interested in Fae power struggles. She moved out of Faerie years ago, and she’s been scraping together a living as a bounty hunter. She just wants to catch her next mark so she can make rent.

But when she’s chasing down her mark in a nightclub, assassins attack a minor Fae king. Petra saves his life, and in the process, she gets unwillingly yanked into Faerie politics. Her daring rescue of her changeling sister from King Periclase, who’s vying to force Petra and the rest of her race under his rule, pushes inter-kingdom hostilities to a tipping point.

Tensions erupt into a threat of all-out war, and the only way to settle matters is for Petra to enter a battle of champions—a fight to the death.

Lucifer's Daughter by Eve Langlais - 4 Stars ****


It drives my dad nuts I’m such a goody two shoes, but the fact that I’m a virgin makes smoke pour from his ears. See, I’m determined to save myself for love, but daddy dear, more commonly known as Lucifer, just wants me to stop being an embarrassment. Would it kill you to sin a little?


Maybe he’ll get his wish because I met an intriguing hunk last night in my bar. Could he be the one? He certainly melts my panties like marshmallows over the coals of Hell, but do I dare trust him? My last boyfriend thought he’d gain infamy by killing me. He’s infamous all right. Dad had him mounted on a wall, his version of modern art titled, ‘Touch my baby girl and die’. Cute in a twisted way.

My love life isn’t the only thing I've got to worry about. There’s someone threatening the denizens of Hell, and while my daddy says to not worry my pretty little head about it, I an involved because whoever is behind the attacks keeps coming after me.

Bring it. I’m not afraid. Being a princess of Hell means that sometimes I have to grab a demon by the horns and slap it around. It’s what keeps my ass looking great.

Nothing in my life is ever simple, and I blame that on my dad, Lucifer. Assassination attempts, hellhounds, and a rebellion in Hell? A piece of cake compared to the turmoil in my heart. No one ever told me love would be the toughest battle of all.

The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri - 3 Stars ***


Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparison. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.

As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.

That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures. And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…

Dead Snapshot - Las Vegas, NV by T W Brown 
3 Stars ***


Most people faced with the zombie apocalypse are simply trying to survive. Joel Landon is determined to LIVE...by any means necessary. All he needs to do is surround himself with the right people who have the same mindset. Of course, they also have to understand that there are rules. No society can flourish without them. If you step out of line, the last words you hear will be, "I sentence you to the darkness."

Could there be a fate worse than death by zombie?

That was my reading week.  I hope you are reading something wonderful.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Week in Review 1/20/18-1/27/18


It's hard to say, but I had several duds this week.  I was super excited with each book I chose, only to be let down by a few.  I don't post anything here lower than a 3 on my scale - but if you are interested in the books that just did not make the cut, I have my GoodReads widget to the right of this post.  

That being said, I did read some pretty good books and I am glad to share these with you.

Bless Your Heart by Kimbra Swain - 4 Stars ****




Scorned by her family. Banished by her kind. Hunted by zealots.

Where does an exiled Fairy Queen hide?

A remote mountain cabin, the seedy underbelly of a metropolis, or an uninhabited island. All would be good choices, however, after hundreds of years on the run, the daughter of Oberon, King of the Wild Fairies, signs a binding contract with the zealots that hunt her. In exchange, they allow her to settle down in the last place anyone would look for fairy royalty.

Adopting the name Grace Ann Bryant, the Queen buys a double-wide and moves into a trailer park in the one-horse town of Shady Grove, Alabama. Her contract requires her to lend aid to the local sheriff, Dylan Riggs, when supernatural problems arise.

But when two children go missing, the humans point to the trailer park queen helping the sheriff, and the zealots point at the exiled fairy. Grace must decide whether to fight for her innocence or break her contract returning to life on the run.


Wander - by Orlando A Sanchez 4 Stars ****

He’s not the hero you want. He’s the monster you need.

When a new strain of the deadly drug, Redrum creates UV resistant vampires, the streets of New York City are flooded with the mindless creatures searching for blood—human blood. The NYTF and Dark Council refuse to deal with menace and contact the Night Wardens expecting results. What they get is a dark mage with nothing to lose.

Now Grey Stryder-a dying dark mage and rogue Night Warden must join Koda, a short tempered, trigger-happy assassin to clean the streets of New York, find the source of Redrum, and keep humanity off the menu, before it’s too late.

Together they will be become the heroes the city needs-but no one wants.

Token Huntress by Kia Carrington-Russell 
4 Stars ****


The sun’s light dimmed many centuries before; now in the year of 2,341 rampant vampires stalk their victims in a half-lit world. Humanity has been overtaken by a new society: one comprised of vampires, the supernatural beings that hunt them, and the remaining humans they fight over. The laws and rules that once bound our world have long since been lost. 

Now, the Hunter Guild struggle to stay one step ahead of the Vampire Council.

Esmore, Token Huntress, has exceeded all expectations at only 18 years of age. She is fearless leader to her team, and she is relentless in her pursuit of the enemy. There is only one problem: Esmore is struggling to repress the growing darkness that seduces her from within. Esmore takes another step into the darkness when she encounters a teasing, tantalizing -- utterly unignorable -- vampire.
The lines between right and wrong are blurred further as Esmore gives into her temptation, and her reality becomes deliciously tainted both with evil and with lust.

Born of Water by A L Knorr - 4 Stars ****


A mysterious shipwreck could unlock ancient powers… or send her to a watery grave.

Targa MacAuley feels more at home on dry land than in the watery realm of her mermaid ancestors. After 17 years on solid ground, she fears she’ll never grow into the creature her mother hoped she’d become. To keep her mom’s homesickness and true identity under wraps, Targa signs on for a mysterious salvage dive in the Baltic Sea.

Her plan to blend in with the rest of the crew is spoiled when she catches the eye of a handsome local. A freak accident and a strange connection to the ancient shipwreck below attract even more unwanted attention. With both her mom’s secret—and her life—in danger, Targa must finally find the courage to unleash the currents surging deep within.

Destiny Gift by Juliana Haygert - 3 Stars ***


Her gift will bring light to a world of darkness...

In 2047, the world exists in permanent darkness. Nineteen-year-old Nadine, a student at NYU, works hard to better her family's life in the harsh conditions. When she starts having strange visions of someone named Victor, she tries to ignore the flashes, afraid she might be going insane.

But when she bumps into a very real Victor, her entire world shifts. Her visions taking a turn for the worse, Nadine is bombarded with prophecies of eerie fates, unfamiliar gods, sharp-clawed demons... and instructions. Along with the reluctant Victor, she finds her path entwined with yet another man, Micah, who may be able to shed light on her dark revelations.

Directed down an unbelievable path of magic and mayhem, the three must unravel clues from the visions in order to restore an ancient creed. The chance to bring sunlight to the world again is in Nadine's gift, but only if the evil forces behind the darkness don't manage to stop her first.

If you see something you'd like to try, please let me know how you enjoy it.  I hope you are reading something great.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle 


Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Week in Review: 1/13/18-1/20/18


Last week was a pretty good reading week.  I found a couple of new to me authors and started some new series.  I love it when I find new to me series that have 5 or 6 books established - that means I don't have to wait for the next book to be released.  :)

Here's what I'd like to share with you today:

Witch for Hire by Shyla Colt - 4 Stars ****


Young, terrified, and bound to a vampire, Louella Eschete fled the bayou and swore off magic. Years later, she’s returned to the tiny town of Cypress, Louisiana to take her rightful place as head of her magical family, whether she likes it or not.

In order to keep the tentative peace formed between the various races of powerful beings who rule side by side, she must face her own demons. Mainly one, Cristobal Cortez. Now a master vampire, and lord of the seven cities surrounding New Orleans, her former lover has moved up in the world. 

Their relationship gets way more complicated when his court is framed for a rash of murders they didn’t commit.


Forced to play her role as his bond mate, and launch an investigation into the darkness threatening to overturn truces, she may be in over her head.

A Curse of Fire by Sophia Shade - 4 Stars ****


A magical calling card, a murderous secret, and an ancient, dangerous realm.

The Fae have been hunting Imogen’s mother for nearly eighteen years. She has something they want: her daughter. Now they’ve caught up with her, and Imogen’s faced with an ultimatum: attend Fae College by choice…or by force.

That should’ve been enough warning that Callador, school for the fae, is a manipulative and dangerous place. But it’s not until the school is under attack and the students are facing death by curse that Imogen realizes Callador’s darkest secret isn’t how they get their students to attend.

Redemption by Rye Brewer - 4 Stars ****


A vampire slayer by necessity.

Anissa Garnet is a vampire. She’s also a slayer. Anissa is no stranger to taking out the enemies of her clan leader. Her assignment is simple. Jonah Bourke is not to attend the League of Vampires. Ever. It should have been an easy kill. It should have been one and done. It would have been, if Jonah Bourke hadn’t saved her life.

An assignment like no other.

Vampire clan leader Jonah Bourke is that one. He didn’t plan to be a hero. He didn’t want to save the life of the slayer that was sent to kill him. Maybe he wouldn’t have, if he’d known.

Too late now.

Anissa just compounded his problems. Not that he didn’t have plenty: A rebellious twin who wants to claim leadership of their clan and a litany of supernaturals that want him dead.

So what’s a vampire to do when he saves the life of the vampire girl sent to kill him?

Outbreak by Joshua C Chadd - 4 Stars ****


How far would you go to save the ones you love?


Two brothers learn of the apocalypse after being out of touch for a few days. Returning to town, they learn first-hand, the dead are coming back to life with a taste for flesh. With their parents in Nebraska, they must embark on a journey to rescue them as they set into motion their zombie apocalypse plan. But they'll see not all is fun and games as they realize it is nothing like they imagined it would be.

Can they make it in time to save their parents from a fate worse than death?



Emmett Wolfe has been preparing for this day for years, but still, cannot believe it is happening. An infection unlike any other has begun to spread across America and the world as he knows it is coming to an end. He must rescue his daughter and ex-wife and transport them to a safe location.

But at the end of the world, nowhere is safe anymore…

Magic Calls by Miriam Greystone - 4 Stars ****


A war is brewing beneath the sidewalks of Washington, DC . . . and Molly just sang her way into the middle of it.

Molly doesn’t know there’s anything unusual about her voice—she only knows that performing with her band makes her happier than anything else in the world.

But everything changes on the night that Molly does more than just entertain her audience—she accidentally entrances them, and narrowly avoids setting off a riot.

Now, she’s being hunted by a mysterious group that believes she is descended from the Sirens—and that she’s unworthy of the power she possesses. To survive, she must plunge into a secret world of human-Siren hybrids, where there’s no easy way to know who to trust.

With time running out, Molly must learn to wield the power inside her, before the hunters can silence her forever.

I hope you are reading something great.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

~Michelle

Sunday, January 14, 2018

My Week in Review 1/6/18-1/13/18


I had a very good reading week and that always makes me happy.  I am excited to have found a couple of new to me authors.  But I am also weirded out a bit at this new trend I have spotted on Kindle Unlimited....it is 'reverse harem' and they are all over the list of available books.  Speaking only for myself, one fella is plenty for me.  :)

Here are the books I want to share with you today:

Blade Song by JC Daniels - 5 Stars *****


Kit Colbana--half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades--has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. 

It should be a piece of cake.So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters--especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.Or maybe it's all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she's gotten in over her head. Or maybe it's because if she fails--she's dead.

If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she'll even live long to collect her fee...

Midnight Star by Karpov Kinrade - 4 Stars ****


I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until I sold my soul to save my mother. Now, I am forced to choose between my heart and my conscience.

Either way, someone I love will die.

The Dumbass Demon by Gary Jonas - 4 Stars ****


My old man sics a nuisance demon named Kevin on me to force me to grow up and stop being a slacker. The only way I can expel the jerk is to develop magic I create and control. Until then, Kevin plans to push me, prod me, and annoy me into action.

It's one thing to miss a few naps, but Kevin shoves me into a dispute between a Greek god who wants to be a rock star and some hot women I thought were just myths, but make wonderful music together. Now I have to learn magic or the only nap I'll be taking is a dirt nap.

Gambit by JC Staudt - 4 Stars ****


My name is Cade Cadigan, and in a city where supernatural creatures hide in plain sight, I'm the only human I know with the power to keep them in line. I've always been able to keep my wizarding ways a secret - until now. Someone's after me, and I'm about to blast my way through a dangerous world of monsters and magic to find them...

The Red Queen by K N Lee - 3 Stars ***


Graduating highschool was a piece of cake. Try surviving a college where fairies make up the cheerleading squad, doorways open to other worlds, and finals are life or death. Literally.

Welcome to Wonderland University.

Wizards. Warriors. A magical adventure into a paranormal world awaits.

Iracebeth has four years until she sits on the throne as the Red Queen of Wonderland. But, four years with her arch nemesis, Alice proves to be more of a brutal eternity when her life starts to systematically fall apart. Did she have to steal her boyfriend, friends, and every hope for happiness?

For once, Beth is tired of being the perfect princess. This year, she's going to fight back. Poor little Alice has no idea what's coming.

I hope you are reading something wonderful.  If you have any book suggestions for me, please leave a comment.

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Michelle


Sunday, January 7, 2018

My Week in Review: 12/30/17-1/6/18




Here we are, a brand new year.  I am so excited to see what great reads I can find.  I'm looking forward to trying new to me authors as well as reading more from my faves.

These are the books I want to share with you today.

Brimstone: V Plague Book 16 by Dirk Patton - 5 Stars *****


Left behind as the nerve agent is released in Sydney, John must find a way to survive and escape the city as it descends into chaos.

Dead: Snapshot: Portland, Oregon by TW Brown 
4 Stars ****


Meet Ken Simpson, a retired police officer, Rose Tinnes, a newly divorced woman trying to get her life back in order, and Jason Edwards, a man recently paroled and looking forward to his freedom. These three people form the nucleus of an unlikely group who will struggle to survive as their city falls to the undead.

As the city of Portland, Oregon spirals into hellish chaos, it is not just the walking dead that prove to be a problem. In a world suddenly stripped of any order, it might be the living that pose the greatest threat.

Dead: Snapshot: Leeds, England by TW Brown
4 Stars ****


Dateline: Leeds, England--Reports have flooded in about the dead returning to life and attacking the living. These reports are confirmed and all citizens are warned that there may not be any immediate help forthcoming...

When all order is stripped away, what direction will normal people take in the end? Shadiyah Kasim has witnessed a brutal attack on her sister, she seeks vengeance. Not on the dead that are wiping out humanity, but on the living that harmed her sister.

Simon Wood was about to start a life as a police officer. His sister died after what seemed like little more than a scratch inflicted by an attacker that she had dismissed as nothing more than a crazed scratter.

When the dead take over, two people are left to decide in what direction they will travel with what remains of their lives. Do the old definitions of "Good and Evil" still hold true?

Dead: Snapshot: Liberty, South Carolina by TW Brown
4 Stars ****


Welcome to Liberty, South Carolina-Population 3,070. "Where neighbors become friends."

Located in the northwest corner of the state, it is just a small town like any other you might find in the United States. Then the dead rise and attack the living.

As the nation and the rest of the world falls to this terrible apocalypse, the people of Liberty come together and decide to stand against the tide of undeath and lawlessness that spreads so fast. They quickly discover that the zombies are only a very small part of the problem.

Will the men and women of Liberty, South Carolina be able to unify against all the forces which seek to drag them kicking and screaming to the pits of Hell? And what price are they willing to pay in order to ensure their own survival?

Junkyard Druid by M D Massey - 4 Stars ****


A cursed druid, blackmailed by a faery queen to find a missing magic rock. Let's just hope they don't hack the druid off... for everyone's sake.

Name's Colin McCool. Folks call me the Junkyard Druid. I hate that name.

Despite my last name, I'm not "cool" like the other hunters in town. I don't run an occult bookstore, I've never owned a Harley, and I didn't inherit a family fortune passed down through generations of hunters before me.

And I kind of have this curse on me that's messed up my life.

So, things have gone to hell since I was cursed. I live in a junkyard, my mentor Finn is a heroin addict, I've got the Cold Iron Circle breathing down my neck, and the local Fae Queen Maeve is blackmailing me into doing her dirty work.

Now I'm in way over my head trying to retrieve Maeve's stolen magic rock, all while helping my friend Belladonna solve a series of murders that may or may not involve the local werewolves.

And did I mention that my girlfriend is a ghost?

If I can just get the Faery Queen's tathlum back, and help Belladonna solve the murders...

Then I just might live long enough to finish my first year of college.

V Games by Caroline Peckham - 4 Stars ****


LAST ONE TO THE GRAVE, WINS.

Being a killer wasn't what eighteen year old Selena Grey ever expected she'd become. But with her stepfather's blood fresh on her hands, she finds herself walking into an eight by six prison cell where she'll live out the next twenty five years of her life.

Or so she thought...

When a man as beautiful as he is terrifying walks into the prison, Selena is the only one seemingly unaffected by his charms. But Varick's impossibly dark eyes are trained on her and her alone, frightening Selena of what his presence forewarns. It's not long before she finds out as she wakes on a ship in the dead of night, a captive of the forbidding Varick who seems more beast than man.

But when she arrives at a barren and isolated island in the stormy north sea, she soon realises that the obnoxious Varick may be her only hope of survival. Because, in a place where polar night reigns for the next six months, a powerful and cruel family are about to start this year's season of the V Games. And Selena is marked to participate in the blood sport, hunted by ravenous vampires and surviving the harsh terrain of the bleak island. And, not only that, but Selena just became the highest bid on contestant in a century...

Those are my first reads of 2018, I'm pretty pleased.  :)  I hope you are reading something great.

As always, thanks for stopping by.
Michelle