The Flame and The Arrow (Annika Brisby: Book 1) by Emigh Cannaday

The Flame and the Arrow: Fantasy Paranormal Romance (The Annika Brisby Series Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

Publisher: Black Feather Publishing

Date of publication: November 11, 2010

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Fae, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Magic, New Adult, Fairies

Series: The Annika Brisby Series

The Flame and The Arrow—Book 1

The Silver Thread—Book 2 (review here)

The Scarlet Tanager—Book 3 (review here)

The Darkest of Dreams—Book 4 (review here)

Song of the Samodiva—Book 5 (review here)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible | Abebooks

Goodreads synopsis:

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home, she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.


I can’t say this enough…I love fantasy of all types. When I was approached with the opportunity to review The Flame and The Arrow, I jumped.

I wasn’t let down.

This book takes you on a journey through a parallel universe where you meet ogres, fairies, elves, vampires, wood nymphs, and druids. Annika herself finds out some very interesting information about herself during this journey.

I loved the love story between herself and Talvi. At some points very sexual and, at some points, sweet; I thought it was interesting to see their relationship evolve to where it did.

The other storylines were fun to read and added to the plot instead of taking away. Plus, there’s the matter of Talvi’s secrets. The author didn’t reveal them all at once. Instead, she dragged them all out throughout the book, which made it very, very, very interesting to read.

The ending was very bittersweet and was written exactly as I imagined it. I won’t say that I wasn’t surprised by it, though.


If you enjoyed reading The Flame and the Arrow, you will enjoy reading these books:

Hidden in Shadows (Shadow Court Chronicles: Book 1) by Claire Grimes

Hidden In Shadows: A Fae Vampire Action and Adventure Fantasy Romance (Shadow Court Chronicles: Faerie Series Book 1) by [Grimes, Claire]

Publisher: HotRomanceStory

Date of publication: September 17, 2015

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Fae, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Paranormal

Series: Shadow Court Chronicles

Hidden in Shadows—Book 1

Deal for Freedom—Book 1.5

Hunting in Shadows—Book 2

Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible |B&N |Kobo

Goodreads Synopsis:

When a beautiful, arrogant Unseelie Princess is forced to flee her family castle on her wedding night, she has to embrace the darkness of the shadow court or risk leaving her young brother trapped in the hands of torture by her husband the devious Seelie Prince.

She never expected love to occur in her arranged marriage. As a princess in the Unseelie Court, she grew up understanding that her life was to serve the people. She walked into her arranged marriage to a Seelie Prince understanding that love was not going to happen. What she did not expect was for her Seelie husband to try to kill her thirty minutes into their marriage with poison.

A bloody coup sends her running with her bodyguard, Kieran, on her wedding night. Now she has to stay one step ahead of her murderous husband as she attempts to gather allies, discover the secrets to claim her birthright and get her much-needed revenge. Thankfully she has some help in the form of a sexy nightwalker, Vincent, as she fights to stay one step ahead of the light to stay hidden in the shadows.

If you love Fae romance stories with Hot Sexy Vampires, this sizzling fast-paced tale is right up your alley. Scroll up and click the Buy Button and discover if Lyssandra is able to resist the sexy nightwalker Vincent who was a slave to her people.


I loved this book but hated that it was a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, and this one ended right when the book was getting good!!!!

There is plenty of violence and action, along with a ton of Fae lore, which I loved. Everything from Celtic mythology, I was in Celtic heaven.

The storyline was great.  I loved Lyssa’s character. When the storyline introduced Vincent, he added sensuality to it. Kieran was a great example of a Red Cap.


If you enjoyed reading Hidden in Shadows, you will enjoy reading these books:

Breathless (Jason and Azazel: Book 1) by V.J. Chambers

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Publisher: Punk Rawk Books

Date of publication: November 17, 2013

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary, Supernatural

Series: Jason and Azazel

Breathless—Book 1

Trembling—Book 2

Tortured—Book 3

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

What if the messiah and the anti-christ fell in love? Azazel is seventeen and sexually frustrated. Her biggest issue is trying to figure out why her seemingly normal boyfriend won’t sleep with her. Then Jason races into her life. He won’t say where he came from or who’s chasing him. He’s a delicious puzzle, a boy who has no problem using his fists to solve arguments or quoting Plato to justify his actions. Azazel is drawn to him. She’s obsessed with finding out his secrets. What she doesn’t know is that Jason’s secrets are entwined with her own town’s secrets. Her friends and family have conspired to use her as a pawn in a violent scheme. Soon, she will have to choose between protecting Jason and staying loyal to everyone she’s ever trusted. A story about forbidden love, fate, and free will, Breathless is Rosemary’s Baby meets The Da Vinci Code.


My review:

What I liked about Breathless:

  1. It was fast-paced. Very fast-paced. From the beginning, when Jason showed up to the end. I liked books that don’t drag on.
  2. The romance between Azazel and Jason. Considering the circumstances, it was sweet in its way.
  3. The storyline with Azazel. To say I was stunned by the twist in the plot was an understatement.

What I disliked about Breathless:

  1. Azazel, at some points in the book. She is a very horny teenager who crosses sexual lines with Todd, her boyfriend. She also came across as naive and too trusting.
  2. Jason, at some points in the book. He didn’t seem real. Handling a gun from 5? Trained to kill and sent on missions to do that by 17? Not real. And yes, I remember that this book isn’t real.
  3. The whole subplot line and what happened to the characters. While they got what was coming to them, I didn’t agree with how it went. You need to read the book to find out what I am referring to.

If you enjoyed reading Breathless, you will enjoy these books:

The Deepest Cut (The MacKinnon Curse: Book 1) by J.A. Templeton

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Publisher: Julia Templeton

Date of publication: December 18th, 2013

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Ghosts, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Series: MacKinnon Curse

The MacKinnon Curse—Book 0.5

The Deepest Cut—Book 1

The Haunted—Book 2

The Departed—Book 3

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.


Review:

What I liked about The Deepest Cut:

  1. It was set in Scotland. I have a love affair with Scotland going on. I read everything and anything that I can get my hands on about Scotland. Such a history-rich country!!!
  2. Riley’s character. I like the fact that the author chose to tackle cutting. Self-harming isn’t addressed enough in books, or it is glorified. Riley’s cutting was incorporated into the storyline, and the author chose to do it classily.
  3. Ian’s character. Even though he was a ghost, he smoldered in this book.

What I disliked about The Deepest Cut:

  1. Laria’s character. I felt awful for her character. I wish that more was revealed about her!!! A journal wasn’t enough. And she gave me the creeps.
  2. The local kids. For some reason, they all rubbed me the wrong way. Too much cattiness from all ends. Drove me nuts to read those scenes.
  3. Riley’s dad. Didn’t read that much about him in the book except in the beginning.

If you enjoyed The Deepest Cut, you will enjoy these books: