The Sight by Chloe Neill

26878915Rating: 3 stars

Series: Devil’s Isle #2

Meh. The first one was better. I’m not sold on this series yet. A lot less happened in this than in the last one. It was boring. The focus of this was on a zealot who was rousing hate among people in the zone. He was a stereotypical bad guy. The plot highlighted how much hate there was for paranormals, but did nothing to enrich my knowledge of the world.

I’m not in love with the characters. The side characters need some serious work. I don’t care about any of them. If any of them died in one of their skirmishes, it wouldn’t matter. None of them get enough page time to really get to know them. Claire is alright but doesn’t stand out among the many other UF heroines. Liam is my favorite character. His reluctance to be with Claire is aggravating especially since the reason for it is weak.

Claire and Liam clearly like each other. Their situations put them at slight odds. It didn’t have much of an impact but jealousy was used to show how much Liam cared for Claire. It wasn’t a love triangle, but I’d prefer them to work out their issues without extra drama.

The end annoyed me. It wasn’t a cliffhanger but a big issue was left open ended. Chances are it’s one of those things that will be resolved in the next book. It felt like drama for the sake of drama. I don’t like that. I’m going to read the next one anyway.

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The Veil by Chloe Neill

21415815Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Devil’s Isle #1

It was much better than I thought it would be, but I admittedly went into it with low expectations. After becoming disillusioned with the Chicagoland Vampires series, I was hesitant to read this. This series is nothing like that one, which is a good thing. It’s not as fun and has less dynamic characters. This is truly for adults. CLV was labeled as an adult read but read like YA.

The veil separated the fae and human worlds. The fae broke through 7 years earlier and attacked humans. The veil was closed and some of the fae were left behind. People thought they were evil and locked them away in Devil’s Isle. When the veil broke down, some people realized they were able to absorb magic. They are called sensitives. The downfall of this is that magic eventually destroys them and turns them into mindless wraiths.

Claire was a sensitive. She hid her barely used ability from everyone. Being locked away on Devil’s Isle was her greatest fear. One night she was forced to use her magic in public to defend herself. The bounty hunter, Liam, noticed. He was sympathetic to sensitives although it was his job to turn them in.

Claire was an alright main character. A little reckless at times but not TSTL. By the end of the book I was getting the vibe that she was special but not annoyingly so. Hopefully that doesn’t change as the series goes on. She was oblivious to the world around her in many ways, blind to many truths that would have been revealed with some thought of her own instead of believing propaganda.

Liam was serious minded and mysterious. He seems honorable but might not be completely trustworthy. The guy does have secrets. He and Claire made a good couple. There is an obstacle keeping them apart, but it’s a minor one.

There were weak points in the world building. I liked the world that was created with the war torn New Orleans. Devil’s Isle was fascinating until it was revealed what it was really like. Yes it was a prison but not the dismal, cruel place it was initially portrayed to be. All the people there were treated fairly well. Most of it was a normal neighborhood. The paranormals weren’t allowed to leave but anyone else could come and go. It didn’t seem like much of a threat. It’s quite shocking that more people hadn’t escaped.

Magical monitors were placed all over the city. How they worked wasn’t clear but that’s irrelevant. It was mentioned over and over again that anyone who could use magic needed to be careful because of the constant observation. The monitors never seemed to pick up anything. Magic was used often, and not once did an alarm go off. What’s the point of having them if they are useless? They wouldn’t be a threat because anyone with magic would know they are worthless.

Wraiths were made by sensitives being consumed by too much magic. There was no solid defense against becoming a wraith. Initially it appeared to be an unavoidable fate worse than death. There were two instances where Claire being special annoyed me, where she did what seemed to be impossible. I’m definitely getting the feeling that there is more than meets the eye with her.

It was a decent start to the series. I didn’t love it. It definitely was not a page turner, but I do plan on reading the rest of the series. I’m curious to see where it goes.

Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

af02b78be614b34cddd1a94f91e8287dRating: 4 stars

Series: Darkest London #7

I’m sad to see this series end, but this was definitely one of the better books in the series. Sin may be my favorite guy in the series. Then again I’m a sucker for a tortured hero. One bad choice as a kid trapped him in a horrible situation, and it drastically altered the course of his life. Most people gave up on him and believed the worst of him, and it all fed into his self loathing. Although emotionally damaged, he wasn’t a lost cause; with the right support he could learn to cope with his past.

Layla was a unique kind of demon. She exhibited some strange traits that made her sought after by some dangerous creatures. Sin was given the job of being her guardian, which was awkward since they were close as children but hadn’t seen each other in years. Layla was the complete opposite of what a demon is expected to be. She was honest and sweet and didn’t have a deceptive bone in her body.

Sin and Layla had good chemistry, but it was a very slow burning romance. It got to the point where I was dying for them to kiss let alone have sex. Although it was slightly frustrating, it worked plot wise. Sin had some serious issues to work through, and by not jumping head first into a relationship Sin’s issues weren’t made light of.

Several of the characters from the other books made appearances and wrapped up some of their storylines. There were a few mysteries to be solved, but the romance was more central to the plot. This could be read as a standalone, but I’d recommend reading Soulbound or at least just the parts with Sin. His background was explained in this, but the bad stuff that happened to him actually happened in the last book. I used the kindle search feature to reread the parts with Sin. It made his current situation easier to understand.

Thanks so much to Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Retribution by R.K. Ryals

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Redemption #3

Dayton was being held against her will by Damon the insane demon. He had control over her because of the ring, so escape was just about impossible. She didn’t know who she could count on to help her get free. Her family was still brainwashed by Damon, and the chances of Marcas saving her were slim since he could be controlled by Damon as well. Things took an unexpected turn. More people were against Dayton and Marcus being together than she could have imagined. They were going to have to fight if they wanted to make things work.

Dayton is an awesome character! She knows what she wants and is willing to fight for it even when almost everyone else thinks she is wrong. It takes a lot of strength to have that kind of determination especially when the choices she makes are not guaranteed to work to her benefit.

Marcas turned out to be different than I expected. Since he is a demon, he didn’t exactly exude trustworthiness. I wouldn’t say he grew over the course of the series; it was more like getting to know him better as Dayton broke through his tough exterior.

Towards the end choices were made that put their lives in danger for as long as they lived. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but enough was left open ended that I desperately want to know what happens next.

Ransom by R.K. Ryals

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Redemption #2

Ransom picked up right where Redemption left off. Dayton and Marcas were trying to find the ring since they felt like it was their only hope of making it out of their situation alive. Dayton wasn’t sure if she could trust Marcas, but she had no choice but to work with him. Although Marcas tended to be closed off emotionally, he treated her with respect. She began to develop feelings for him, which made this have a stronger paranormal romance aspect than Redemption.

Since the setting was completely different, Dayton was away from most of the people she knew and was introduced to many new characters. I enjoyed it that Connor wasn’t around much. His overprotectiveness felt overbearing at times. The more people Dayton met the more she learned about Heaven and Hell and how it seemed like everyone was conspiring against her.

I liked this book better than the first. I liked the characters and the dynamic between them. For an indie author this series is damn good.

Redemption by R.K. Ryals

Rating: 4 stars

Series: Redemption #1

Dayton Blainey experienced the loss of her parents when she was young. Afterwards she and her sister Amber lived with their aunt in an abbey. Dayton had a difficult time living there because her aunt was cold and distant and her sister tended to side with her aunt. She depended on her friends to have any real sense of family.

When her parents died, Dayton began having bizarre dreams that involved her father. She could never interpret their meaning. She also had the feeling that she was being watched. Around the time of her 17th birthday, her aunt began to take interest in her, and it made her suspicious. Plus her friends who had their own supernatural abilities warned her to stay away from the abbey. They didn’t know what would happen but knew it would be bad. Of course Dayton didn’t listen to this advice and her was permanently altered.

Although this was YA, it didn’t feel like it in many ways. The characters were mature for teenagers. Dayton swore a lot, which I enjoyed. She never held back from telling people how she felt. She was tough and stood up for what she thought was right. The best part was she managed to be this way without being bitchy or rude unless the situation warranted it.

I did get annoyed during the first half of the novel because Dayton had many warnings that something bad would happen to her and she ignored all of them. To be fair it made sense for her to ignore them because although she felt alone at the abbey it was her home and it was where her family was. Her family didn’t always treat her right but to some degree she trusted them.

The second half of the book was excellent. A whole new world opened up to Dayton. She learned a lot about herself and about the people in her family. She found out who she could trust and who she couldn’t. This part of the book took a drastic turn because Dayton’s life was in danger. Although a fair amount of information was revealed, it didn’t deter me from immediately wanting to read the next one. Enough was left unresolved to keep interest in the series.