Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers: Book 1) by Shelly Laurenston

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4 Stars

Publisher: Kensington Books, Kensington

Date of publication: March 27, 2018

Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Number of pages: 400

POV: 3rd person

Series: The Honey Badgers

Hot and Badgered – Book 1

Where you can find Hot and Badgered: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely, they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.
 
Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is if he can keep up . . .

Trigger Warning: None

Bad Buisness (Bad Boys of Sports: Book 2) by Nicole Edwards

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4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing, Loveswept

Date of Publication: March 27th, 2018

Genre: Romance, Sports

Series: Bad Boy of Sports

Bad Reputation – review here

Bad Business

Where you can find Bad Business: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

This player’s got a lot to learn if he wants to score . . . with the boss’s daughter.

Stone: Football is more than a game to me. It’s my calling. Becoming the Dallas Wranglers’ starting quarterback before I retire is a dream come true, but with a few wins under my belt, suddenly everyone wants a piece of me. And even though being in the spotlight has its perks—beautiful women, star treatment, more beautiful women—what really gets me sweating is the watchful gaze of my sexy-as-hell PR coach, Savannah Andrews. The catch? Her father is kind of my boss. . . .

Savannah: In my family, football is big business. When your dad owns an NFL franchise, you learn a thing or two about schmoozing, and from what I can tell, it’s not a skill in Jason Stone’s playbook. Sure, the veteran quarterback is literally larger than life. With broad shoulders, muscles on muscles, and a mouth made for kissing, he may be one of the hottest men in the league—and I should know. I’ve turned down enough players to start my own all-star team. But those guys just wanted to get close to my father. Meanwhile, Stone is getting temptingly close . . . to me.

Trigger Warning: None

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

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4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of publication: March 27, 2018

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Number of pages: 336

POV: 3rd person and 1st person

Where you can find Not That I Could Tell: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.

As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.

Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence

The Tabernacle of Legion by Kevin Schillo

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3.5 Stars (4 stars for Goodreads and Amazon)

Publisher:

Date of publication: July 16th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Where you can find The Tabernacle of Legion: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

In the midst of a golden era of space travel, an alien artifact is discovered in the asteroid belt. The artifact seems to defy fundamental laws of physics, and it is at least three billion years old. In an attempt to learn more about the artifact, NASA launches the most advanced spacecraft ever built, crewed by the most qualified men and women in the astronaut corps. 

But they are not alone in their endeavor. A being from the dawn of human history with a mysterious connection to the enigmatic aliens has been awakened, and he will stop at nothing to reach the artifact and claim its power for himself. 

And what they discover will be beyond anything they could have imagined.

My review:

I like science fiction. I enjoy reading about space, aliens, space crafts. When I was a teenager, I was a huge fan of Star Trek: Next Generation (sigh, Jean-Luc Picard). So when I read the blurb for The Tabernacle of Legion, I thought to myself “This is going to be good“.  And, for the most part, it was.

There are two plotlines in The Tabernacle of Legion. One focuses on the discovery of an unidentified flying object beyond Mars. The other one focuses on the push to get people out there to look at it. The other plotline is about an alien who is trying to get to the same object. Both storylines meet in a spectacular collision. What happened? You need to read the book to find out.

I didn’t like the dual storylines. I felt that they took away from the core of the story (space, UFO, alien!!) and dragged it out. Normally, I don’t complain about dual storylines. I like them. Having more than one storyline adds depth and character to the book. But considering the story, I feel that maybe there should have been one. I would have loved to have known more about Ask, why he was on Earth, and why the Legion decided to freeze him. I also would have loved for a more in-depth look at the astronauts’ backgrounds. Also at their preparations for the journey to the object.

I thought that Ask was a very interesting character. His views on the “baselines” (aka humans) was different and fascinating. As was that he was brought to Earth to help shape humanity. But he was punished after a costly mistake. I enjoyed the whole nanonites angle to his storyline. It was interesting to see that he could use them as a weapon or the change his appearance. I do wish that more insight was given into what his mistake was or even his background.

I did connect with most of the main characters in the book, except Jed, the mathematician. He annoyed the ever-living out of me. Every once in a while, a character does that too me. When he was talking to his daughter, towards the end of the book, I was eye-rolling hardcore. Everyone else’s was moving and cute. His was….weird with a touching moment at the end of his dialogue.

There were a couple of twists at the end of the book that blew my mind. There was no lead up to either of them. Which was great and it changed the way I viewed certain characters.

The end of the book was interesting. Like I mentioned above, there were a couple of twists. I also liked what the author did with the ending. He left it open to a second story.

Pros of The Tabernacle of Legion:

A). Great storyline

B) Great view of space travel

C) Developed characters.

Cons of The Tabernacle of Legion:

A) Dual storylines

B) Jed.

C) Ask’s motives for getting to the object

I would give The Tabernacle of Legion an Older Teen rating. There is sex (vague but it’s there), violence and some mild language. I would recommend no one under the age of 16 read this book.

There are no trigger warnings in this book.

I would recommend The Tabernacle of Legion to family and friends. I would also reread this book.

I would like to thank Kevin Schillo for allowing me to read and review The Tabernacle of Legion.

All opinions stated in this review of The Tabernacle of Legion are mine

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

We Own the Sky (The Muse Chronicles: Book 1) by Sara Crawford

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4 Stars

Publisher: 

Date of publication: August 15th, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Series: The Muse Chronicles

We Own the Sky – Book 1

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – Book 2

Where you can find We Own the Sky: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

What could you create if you fell in love with a Muse?

16-year-old musician, Sylvia Baker, has always been different. She’s the only one who can see the “flickering people.” When she sees a gorgeous flickering man named Vincent, she learns that they are Muses.

With his help, she finds herself creating exquisite songs that she loves almost as much as songs by her favorite bands–Radiohead, M83, and The Black Keys–and she is falling in love in a way she never knew was possible. While trying to maintain her newfound friendships and her band, she falls deeper into the world of the Muses. 

When the original Greek Muses wake to find a world in which the internet has given everyone the tools to be an artist, a battle between traditional and new methods of creation ensues. As Sylvia discovers how she is connected to the world of the Muses, she learns that this war may put her music, her love, her very life at stake.

My review:

I have read a few books are centered around Greek mythology. Some have been horribad, some have been eh, and others great. We Own the Sky falls into the great category. I thought that it was a different and original take on the myth of the Muses.

We Own the Sky’s plot is original and sad at times. Sylvia is a 16-year-old musician who happens to see flickering people. That bit of information she keeps to herself because of her past mental health issues. So when one of the flickering people talk to her, she is shocked. Her shock turns to awe when Vincent tells her that the myths about the Muses are real and that he is an Earthly Muse. The same time that Sylvia and Vincent’s relationship turns to love, one of the Original Muses awakens from a 500-year sleep. Angered by what she finds, Clio decides that a culling of the Earthly Muses is needed. Starting with Vincent. At the same time, Sylvia’s world is rocked and not in a good way.

I loved how the author handled alcoholism, substance abuse and mental illness in We Own the Sky. They were written about realistically. Mental illness, substance abuse, and alcoholism are often written like there is a magical cure. That everything will be alright after the addict stops using/drinking or when the person with mental illness is put on medication. That is so far from the truth it isn’t funny. Like in the book, there are setbacks. There is rehab. There are interventions. We Own the Sky showed the messy side that most authors will not write about.

I liked and pitied Sylvia. She had dealt with so much in her life. Her mother OD’d when she was younger. Her father, a junkie, and alcoholic spiraled down until he hit rock bottom and went into rehab. Sylvia herself did a stint in rehab. Not for addiction but because she was depressed. I wanted to give her a hug. Writing in her journal and playing music was her solace. I loved her surprise when she realized that the flickering people weren’t a figment of her imagination.

I didn’t know what to think about Vincent. I know his sole purpose was to inspire his charges but to fall in love with each one of them? Uggh, typical guy…lol. What he did to his last charge was horrendous. I don’t know how Sylvia wasn’t scared off by it when he told her. I did think he did the right thing by not going near Sylvia after Clio started her rampage.

When Clio was introduced, I could understand why she felt the way she did. She was used to inspiring a few people by whispering in their ears. But now, in the age of the internet, anyone could be an artist and that bothered her. I also understood her anger at Urania. She was the one left awake for 500 years and in Clio’s mind, she should have put a stop to it instead of encouraging it. But I don’t understand why it pushed her over the edge. Because what she did after she had that dagger was very unMusely.

That brings me to the biggest issue I had in the book. If Urania knew that Clio was that unstable, why did she ask another Muse to create a room to hide it. Why didn’t she hide it and not tell anyone? That didn’t make sense to me. But then again, if she did that, then Clio wouldn’t have trapped her, gotten the dagger, and started her rampage.

The storyline with Sylvia’s mother bothered me too. I didn’t understand why she was brought into the book so late and why the author chose to have her do a 180. But, it made perfect sense once everything was brought together at the end of the book. Of course, there was a twist in her storyline that made me go “Shut upwhen it was revealed

The storyline with Sylvia’s friends was pretty rough. The only one who actually wanted to be her friend was Bianca. Everyone else talked to her because of her father owning a bar that plays live music. I kind of wanted to smack Travis and Ryan when Sylvia was butt dialed. Talk about jerks. But Travis did end up being a true friend in the end. It takes a true friend to do what he did.

The romance part of We Own the Sky was actually very sweet. Sylvia was heads over heels for Vincent. She fell hard for him. He was also heads over heels for her. Which is what made the end of the book so hard to read.

There is no sex in We Own the Sky. At least I don’t think there is. Vincent slept in Sylvia’s bed a few times and they kissed. I didn’t get the feeling that anything happened between them other than kissing. If it did, it was so vaguely written that even I didn’t catch it.

The end of We Own the Sky made me cry. It was heartbreaking on so many levels. It was not a happy ending. I cried for Sylvia. She got the rough end of the stick. I liked that there was an epilogue and I loved that the chapter of the next book was included. I am very interested in reading Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

What I liked about We Own the Sky:

A) Greek mythology. Loved that the Muses were used

B) Addiction/substance abuse/mental illness were correctly portrayed

C) Sylvia and Vincent’s romance

What I disliked about We Own the Sky:

A) Vincent falling in love on a dime. Every person he mentored, he fell for.

B) Urania knowing Clio was unstable and not hiding the dagger where only she knew where it was.

C) The storyline with Sylvia’s mother.

I would give We Own the Sky an Older Teen rating. There is mild violence (mostly Clio and nothing graphic, just implied), mild language. There are no sexual situations. Vincent and Sylvia do kiss but I believe that it stopped there. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.

There are trigger warnings in We Own the Sky. They are drug use, alcoholism, talk of suicide, talk of OD‘ing, talk of depression and talk of rehab. If you are triggered by any of these, I would suggest not to read the book.

I would recommend We Own the Sky to family and friends. I would include a note on the trigger warnings. This is a book that I would read again.

I would like to thank Sara Crawford for allowing me to read and review We Own the Sky.

All opinions stated on We Own the Sky are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

To Kill a Priest: The Priors, Part 1 By Weston Kincade

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4 Stars 

Publisher:

Date of publication: February 1st, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Suspense

Where you can find To Kill a Priest: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Episodes 1-9

The universe is much larger than people think—with worlds spanning into infinity and human kind evolving into everything from vampires to the unknown. Are you one of these unlucky few?

Madelin is, and the government black-op agency called PASTOR knows it. To free herself from their clandestine clutches, she will have to trust an unknown godfather… the only family she has left after the agency’s murderous tendencies. As she strives to overcome her medically induced amnesia, she and her newfound friends must test the limits of this world and break them. The government has secret plans for her future if she remains… but will the next world be any better?

My review:

I do not like serial novels. The reason I don’t like them is that I hate waiting for the next book to come out. I am not a patient person. I am kind of like Veruca Salt in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “I WANT it NOW” when it comes to books. But, if the books are compiled into a single book, then they are alright. To Kill a Priest, while a serial book, has episodes 1-9 under one cover.

To Kill a Priest starts off with an ex-mercenary finding a young woman dressed in a kimono. The girl has come out of nowhere. He makes a decision to help her. Meanwhile, a man has hacked into a government black op agency called PASTOR. This agency is responsible for murdering his best friend and his wife. They also have kidnapped their daughter, his god-daughter. He is determined to rescue her.

I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of this book. The author did a great job in explaining multiverses. He did an even better job of explaining how Madelin, Father Leodenin, and Jedd were able to open the rifts and travel between the dimensions.

I liked Madelin. I felt that she adapted to being able to open rifts pretty well. Considering that her first time was under duress. I liked the mental image that she used, a black rose. I did think that she was too trusting. I mean, she didn’t know Daniel from a hole in the wall and she went with him. But, she did turn out to be a very strong female character towards the end of the book.

The other main characters, Jedd, Roger and Daniel, each had their own tragic backstory. I didn’t see how the three men would figure into the book when they were separated by dimensions. But once they got together, they melded well together. They also melded well with Madelin. There were no awkward pauses in the book when they finally came together in the middle of the book.

I did like that the book was full of action and suspense. I don’t like it when guns or any sort of action are brought into books like this. But in To Kill a Priest, it went perfectly with the book. I also liked not knowing what was going to happen next. When I thought the author was going one way with the book, it went the opposite direction.

The bad guys at PASTOR. I couldn’t get over how evil Father Leodenin was. I do wish more was spent on PASTOR and exactly what tests they were running on the kids there. I am sure more will be explained in the next episode. The glimpse that the author gave was chilling. Seeing that Father Leodenin was once a test subject, I can only imagine what they were doing to the kids.

The last half of the book was a surprise. I did have my suspicions about Lord Alain and wasn’t surprised when Juno revealed the “big secret“. I was surprised at what happened at the end of the book. While I was expecting Madelin to do what she did, I wasn’t expecting who they brought, where they went and who followed them.

What I liked about To Kill a Priest:

A) Interesting mix of fantasy and suspense

B) Great storyline

C) Great main characters (and secondary)

What I disliked about To Kill A Priest:

A) The scene with Alain and Madelin. I wasn’t’ prepared for what he did

B) The scene where Roger was introduced. I winced for him

C) The beginning scenes where Madelin was being held captive by PASTOR

I would give To Kill a Priest an Adult rating. There is violence, language but no sexual situations.

There are trigger warnings for To Kill a Priest. They would be the beating of a woman, kidnapping, and rape (no graphic scene but talked about after the fact). If you are triggered by these, do not read the book.

I would recommend this book to family and friends. I would include a warning about the trigger warnings. This is a book that I would reread.

I would like to thank Weston Kincaide for allowing me to read and review To Kill a Priest.

All opinions stated in this review of To Kill a Priest are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

The Darkest of Dreams (Annika Brisby: Book 4) by Emigh Cannady

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5 Stars

Publisher: Silver Poplar Press

Date of publication: January 29th, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Series: Annika Brisby

The Flame and The Arrow – Book 1 (review here)

The Silver Thread – Book 2 (review here)

The Scarlet Tanager – Book 3 (review here)

The Darkest of Dreams – Book 4

Where you can find The Darkest of Dreams: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A heinous crime. An empire in turmoil. And a modern girl at the center of it all.

Darkness has fallen on the Marinossian family, leaving ruined lives in its wake and leaving Annika to pick up the pieces. With a deadly doppelgänger still on the loose, she’s escorted back to America to wait out the storm…however long that may be.

A world away, Talvi has been dragged to the desolate prison on Bleakmoor Island where he awaits trial for murder. His time in solitary confinement has pushed him to the brink of madness. The only thing keeping him from completely losing his mind is the mysterious inmate in the cell across from him. He’s one of the Näkki—the half-demon dark elves who were banished from his country hundreds of years ago. As Talvi gets acquainted with his new friend, he learns another version of his country’s history that makes him question his convictions. He vows to get some answers…if he ever gets out alive.
The question is, will Annika be there if he does?

My review:

I could not wait to read The Darkest of Dreams. I have read the earlier 3 books and I have become involved with the series. I needed to know what happened next. I needed to know what was going to happen with Talvi and Annika. Especially after the events of The Scarlet Tanager. Well, I wasn’t disappointed. The Darkest of Dreams exceeded my expectations.

The Darkest of Dreams starts after the cliffhanger in The Scarlet Tanager. Annika and the rest of the Marinossian family are left reeling and heartbroken. Annika is sent away for her own protection because there is a doppelgänger still out there. A doppelgänger that still wants to harm her. Annika throws herself into her work and exercising to cope with her grief. But, Annika soon finds out that what she thought happened that fateful night is not what anyone thinks it is. Determined to make things right, Annika travels to the one place she is not welcome.

Meanwhile, Talvi is in solitary confinement on Bleakmoor Island. On trial for murder, he is hoping to get out on a self-defense claim. But until then, he has to deal with abusive guards, sub-par living conditions and his own mind. When another prisoner is brought into the same area as he is, Talvi befriends him. Talvi soon learns that this prisoner is not who he seems. He also learns that what he has been taught about his country’s history might not be true.

Annika rocked in this book. From the first chapter, she dealt with the aftermath of what happened. I thought her scene with Heron was fantastic. When she got back to America, she had to deal with the fall out there too. James and her bandmates were there for her. Patti Cakes, not so much. I loved seeing the change in her, physical and mental. I cheered her on during the last half of the book. She did the right thing when faced with a huge surprise. Not going to get into it but it was awesome. Also, I will never look at glass elevators the same again.

Talvi broke my heart. He was suffering mentally over what happened. But to be punished for marrying a “modern” (ie non Elf) girl went too far. He was surviving in conditions that were horrible. Not only did he have a broken jaw (in 4 places) but he had to eat food that was disgusting. His cell was tiny. His bed was infested with bedbugs and lice. I did a literal “eww” when he was killing the bedbugs and nits. I was happy when Nillin was introduced. It gave Talvi something to focus on other than Annika and the events leading up to him going to jail. I wasn’t surprised when Nillin revealed who he was. There were little clues that I picked up on (which is a miracle because I don’t pick up on anything….lol).

This book focused on Talvi and Annika separately. It showed the deep rift in their marriage, no thanks to Finn. But, it also showed that if you worked towards something, it can be healed. I am not going to go much into the book. I will say that I enjoyed the self-help scene and was laughing at the notes left in the book.

There is a huge twist in the book. It wasn’t at the end, though. It was in the middle when Annika was touring in Japan. I was very surprised at this twist because it came out of nowhere. My jaw dropped, I went “Noooooo waaaaayyyyy” out loud and continued to devour the book.

The end of the book was good, very good. Again, something I can’t get into because in doing that, it will give away some major spoilers. Let’s say that the next book is going to be fantastic.

I will not be a Pros/Cons of The Darkest of Dreams. If I did them, I would be giving away some major spoilers.

I would give The Darkest of Dreams a rating of Adult. There are mild violence, language, and explicit sexual situations. I would not recommend anyone under the age of 21 reading this book.

There is no trigger warning in The Darkest of Dreams.

I would recommend The Darkest of Dreams to family and friends. I would give a warning about the explicit sex but other than that, tell them to read. This is a book that I will be rereading.

I would like to thank Emigh Cannaday and Silver Poplar Press for allowing me to read and review The Darkest of Dreams.

All opinions stated in this review of The Darkest of Dreams are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

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Title: A Guide for Murdered Children

Author: Sarah Sparrow

Publisher: Penguin Group Blue Rider Press & Plume, Blue Rider Press

Date of publication: March 20th, 2018

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Number of pages: 400

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find A Guide for Murdered Children: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

We all say there is no justice in this world. But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?

Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades-old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder, and missed opportunities is revealed to him.

Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Children is a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Trigger Warning: Child murder, rape

Melkorka (The Kaelandur Series: Book 1) by Joshua Robertson

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4 Stars

Publisher: Crimson Edge Press

Date of publication: January 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Kaelandur Series

Melkorka – Book 1

Where you can find Melkorka: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Kaelandur was forged by the Highborn to slay one of their own, Nedezhda Mager. As their slave, Branimir Baran never thought to question his cruel masters until he is forced to take part in the execution. His actions begin a chain of events that will lead him to confront demons, cannibals, and himself as he is forced to question his own morality and the true meaning of good and evil.

My review:

I am not a stranger to reviewing books from Joshua Robertson. I have reviewed two short stories by and was very impressed. So, when he approached me to review Melkorka, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I am glad I did because Melkorka exceeded my expectations.

Melkorka’s plot was very simple. It follows the Kas slave, Branimir, as he is forced on a frantic journey to protect the Ash Tree. The journey is filled with peril from outside elements and the people he is traveling with. Can Branimir survive long enough to save the Ash Tree? Or will his journey be for nothing?

Branimir held my sympathy because he was the innocent one in everything. Kinhar forced him to be part of the execution. He also forced to go with them on their mad dash from Melkorka after the battle that decimated the city. He was treated horribly by everyone in the party except Dorofej. It was nice to see him come into his own by the end of the book. To shed the slave mentality that had been bred into him.

There was a blurred line between good and evil in Melkorka and I enjoyed it. Some of the “good” guys were not “good” guys, per se. The author did a great job of casting the good guys into that gray area on more than one occasion.

The usage of magic was different from what I have read in other books. The caster aged with every spell that they cast until they die. But, some of the casters also were able to reverse the aging that the magic caused. Kinhar did. He went from elderly man to a young one during one of the battles that they had during the book.

There is a lot of violence in Melkorka. Being familiar with the author, I was not surprised at the graphic violence. I couldn’t see this book being written any other way. It needed to get bloody. What I also liked is that the author didn’t spare anyone from being killed. I was surprised at some of the characters that were killed off. There was one that did disturb me but only because the travelers were fed the body and told after the fact. I gagged at that.

I did have one complaint (don’t I always). There were several references of Kras and Highborn having one eye. The other eye was gouged out in a ritual. Falmagon did kind of explain it. That was something that stayed in the back of my head the entire book. I wish that more was explained about it. Considering that this is a series, I am willing to bet that more will be explained in the upcoming books.

The end of Melkorka was action-packed and bloody. I was not expecting what happened to happen. But it makes sense. I am excited to see where this series goes.

Pros of Melkorka:

A) Rich world building

B) 3D characters

C) Great storyline

Cons of Melkorka:

A) Not enough explanation about the eyes being gouged out in both Kras and Highborn

B) The treatment of Branimir and Dorofej for a majority of the book

C) Falmagon. I didn’t trust him as far as I could throw him the entire book

I would give Melkorka a rating of Adult. While there is no sex or swearing in the book, there is graphic violence. I would not recommend for anyone under the age of 21 to read this book.

There are trigger warnings that go with Melkorka. If you are triggered by graphic violence, then I would suggest not to read this book.

I would recommend Melkorka to family and friends. But I would include a warning about the graphic violence in the book. This is a book that I would reread. It is also a series that I am very interested in continuing to read.

I would like to thank Crimson Edge Press and Joshua Robertson for allowing me to read/review Melkorka

All opinions stated in this review of Melkorka are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

When Blood Falls by Joshua Robertson

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4 Stars

Publisher: Crimson Edge

Date of publication: January 2nd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Thrice Nine Legends

Where you can find When Blood Falls: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Defending against the demons of the Deep has long given Tyr Og’s brethren purpose. When Tyr’s mother is robbed from him during childhood, he loses his will to live. Now, filled with rage and regret, Tyr hungers for a worthy death to bring an end to the futility of his life. In a short tale of blood and self-loathing, Tyr seeks the most honorable path to finally join his mother in the afterlife.

My review:

When Blood Falls is a chilling short story that is set in the Thrice Nine Legends world.  A short story, 29 pages, this book gives you more of an insight into the Thrice Nine Legends and The Melkorka series.

This is a violent and bloody story. While the violence and blood didn’t bother me, it might bother more sensitive people. So, a heads up on that. The violence didn’t bother me. I have reviewed other Joshua Robertson books before and I know what to expect from them. This book fits right in the world that he is creating. A violent, unpredictable world that is being overrun with demons.

I did feel bad for Tyr during this book. He suffered one loss after another. First his mother, then his sister. I can’t get much into the book other than that. Like I said above, it is a short story and  I would be giving away the entire book if I went into it.

I did have one small complaint. I do have a feeling that my complaint will be answered in the other books. My complaint is that the blood cascade was never fully explained. Like I said, it is probably explained in the other books.

I am not going to do a Pros/Cons list because the story is too short for one. I also feel that me doing that would be giving away spoilers to the book.

I would give this book a rating of Adult. While no sex or language, there is graphic violence. I would recommend no one under the age of 21 read When Blood Falls.

There are trigger warnings in the books. If you are triggered by graphic violence, I would not read When Blood Falls.

I would recommend When Blood Falls to family and friends but I would include a warning about the violence. This is a book that I would reread.

I would like to thank Crimson Edge Press and Joshua Robertson for allowing me to read and review When Blood Falls.

All opinions stated in this review of When Blood Falls are mine.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

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