Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta

Rating: 5 stars

Series: The Veil Series #1

A book really has to grab my attention to get 5 stars, and this is one of them. Simply put: it’s fucking awesome! Really truly awesome! I can’t understand why more people aren’t reading this book especially since it’s free on Amazon. It was excellent! I wouldn’t have thought it was self published. The quality of the writing was stellar, and it was well edited.

Muse was half demon and half human. Although her father is a prominent demon, she was sold as a slave as in infant in the demon world. Halflings were usually killed. The ones that weren’t were slaves. With the help of a demon prince, she escaped to the human world. She had managed to spend years living a normal life, which was what she wanted. One day a man showed up on her doorstep and proved to her there was a lot more going on around her than she knew. Her life was in danger, but who could she trust?

My favorite thing was the heroine. Muse was deeply troubled. She had been tortured and abused both physically and verbally. She didn’t let her past destroy her although she couldn’t shake free of it either. One of her most endearing qualities is her lack of impulsivity. I’m so sick of reading about heroines who run off and do something stupid and wonder why they almost died as a consequence. Muse doesn’t do that. She is more of a victim of circumstance than her own actions. Just like many other UF heroines she is extremely powerful, but she isn’t so powerful that she can’t be bested. She is fairly cautious of what she does because she knows there are some people who could and would kill her just for existing.

I can’t really say more about it without giving away the twists and turns of the plot. It was one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I’ve read a lot of books this year.

The magic that is library cards!

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Seriously, if you live in Texas and you love to read, drop what you are doing and read on. This will be the best news you have heard all year.

The Houston Public Library has a provision where if you are a Texas resident then you can get a public library card from them for FREE.

http://houstonlibrary.org/find-it/my-link

You fill out their application and scan that and your ID and either mail or email it to them. It really is that simple, I have mine and have already been checking out ebooks from Overdrive. So for residents of Texas it is free. But what about non-residents? For you guys the charge is $40.00 per year. But look around, because chances are good that your state offers something like this too. And if anyone out there finds other options that are either free or available for a nominal fee, please respond in…

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Ascension by Sable Grace

Rating: 3 stars

Series: Dark Breed #1

Ascension was a blend of the usual supes in urban fantasy called Dark Breeds with Greek gods. Kyana is half vampire and half werewolf, which makes her unique. The gates of hell were opened and all sorts of unsavory characters were beginning to inhabit the Earth. Kyana wanted to save the humans on Earth, so she was sent on a special mission to aid in getting the gates closed. As a requirement for the mission, she had to team up with Ryker, an ex of sorts.

I might have liked this book better, but Kyana was a hard character to like. She was yet another heroine who was tough and independent but was too bitchy to truly be likable. After a while I warmed to her. Then she did something that made me like her even less than I had at the beginning. The thing she did was done with good although selfish intentions, but it had horrible consequences for a good friend of hers.

Kyana and Ryker had issues from their past. As a result they hadn’t spoken for 10 years. I stupidly assumed that any problem which would cause the two of them to completely avoid each for 10 years would have been huge. Their problem was pathetic. It made sense Kyana was hurt at the time, but it in no way was worthy of holding a grudge 10 years. It was hard to sympathize with her relationship issues.

Nothing made this stand out from other UF novels. The blend of vampires, werewolves, and witches with Greek deities was interesting, but it wasn’t enough to make me want to finish the trilogy.

Eyes of the Woods by Eden Fierce

Rating: 2 stars

Dangerous, mindless nightwalkers roamed the woods in between territories. A privileged family in each territory had the duty of killing the nightwalkers. Eris was in one of those families, and being a woman didn’t make her exempt from killing although she did not approve. One day something horrible happened, and it changed the way Eris viewed the world. Everything she had been taught was wrong.

The first and second halves of the books were completely different. In the beginning Eris went hunting with her family for the nightwalkers. There was a lot of info dumping about nightwalkers and the potions her family made. After finishing the book I was irritated because all of the stuff about the potions was completely pointless. During this part of the book, Eris’s thoughts were consumed with her impending betrothal. She wasn’t against marriage but did not want her choices taken from her since she couldn’t choose her husband. All of this was pointless as well because once the dreaded day of the announcement of her betrothal happened everything changed. There was a hell of a lot of filler in the first half, which is ridiculous considering how short the book is.

***Just to warn you there are spoilers ahead that is if you actually plan to read this, which I would not recommend.***

The second half of the book focuses on the nightwalkers. They were initially depicted as mindless, undead killers. Basically they were zombies. But they turned out to be really nice (well most of them anyway) and were misunderstood by humans. It was lame. From this point on the story was rushed. The goal was to create peace between humans and nightwalkers. It wasn’t believable the way it was done because people’s opinions were swayed easily. Centuries worth of ingrained hate doesn’t fade over night.

Shadowfae by Erica Hayes

Rating: 2 stars

Series: The Shadowfae Chronicles #1

If you want to read a book where the characters either think about or have sex on every other page, this is the book for you. To be fair, the main character was a succubus and another prominent character was an incubus. Lots of sex was expected, but the almost complete lack of plot was not.

Jade and Rajahni were owned by a demon, so they had to do what he asked. Both of them wanted their freedom. Rajahni discovered a way to escape servitude, which he shared with Jade. Unfortunately the way to get free could only be used by one of them.

This may have worked for me if I were in a different mood. I liked the characters especially Jade. She had been used or betrayed by almost everyone and was sad as a result. The romance was okay. Jade and Rajahni had chemistry, but their feelings for each other were all based on insta love. They really didn’t know each other well. I got bored with the sex scenes. They weren’t cringe worthy but lacked a certain spark.

The Undying Legion by Clay and Susan Griffith

Rating: 3 stars

Series: Crown & Key #2

Ritualistic murders were occurring in London. Simon, Kate, and Malcolm worked together to determine why they were happening and to stop them. Eventually they realized the murders could unleash some dangerous forces. Simon was getting unwanted attention due to his involvement in the murders. It didn’t deter him although the consequences might be more than he imagined.

The story began to focus on the minor characters more, which led to some good character development. Malcolm had a bigger role. He still had his dour attitude, but I definitely warmed to him. Working closely with other people was beginning to have a positive effect on him; he was finally starting to see that everything isn’t black and white. Charlotte and Imogen were in the first book but not enough to know them. This time their personalities were able to shine through.

The Undying Legion was damn good. It did have a slight case of middle book syndrome i.e. when the second book in a trilogy isn’t quite as awesome as parts 1 and 3. It was by no means worthless filler. Some issues were resolved, but all of the major ones were left for the next book. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this, it didn’t grab my attention the way the first one did either.

Thanks to netgalley for the ARC! The review is my honest opinion of the book.