Category Archives: Paranormal Romance

Minute Review: Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee

I’m posting all three reviews for the End of Days trilogy in one go because that’s how I read it. Thanks to a quick, easy narrative, a constantly moving story, and well-placed cliffhangers, I read these three books in quick succession without any regrets.

Before I dive in, I have one overarching recommendation: If you are a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy, you should definitely give this one a try! It’s a pretty dark story for YA, with a seriously kick-ass heroine, an unlikely friendship, and a little bit of romance to break through the gloom.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days, Book 1)
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

My hand stays out with the offered food long enough to make it awkward. “Don’t you want it?” I ask.

“That depends on why you’re giving it to me.”

I shrug. “Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”

In a post-apocalyptic world with angels trampling humanity into the ground, Penryn is just trying to keep her family safe. Who knew that an injured angel would turn out to be exactly the partner she needs?

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)
World After by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days, Book 2)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You saved my life back at the aerie. By definition, you’re my hero.”

“I left you in a basement to die.”

“You broke me out of the grasp of a living horror when I thought all hope was gone. You gave me the opportunity to crawl back to life when no one else could.”

She glances over at me, her eyes shining in the dark. “You’re a hero, Penryn, whether you like it or not.”

Picking up right where book 1 left off, World After continues Penryn’s story with more of the Resistance, more angelic politics, and yes, more of Raffe. Oh, and another cliffhanger-esque ending.

End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)
End of Days by Susan Ee (Penryn and the End of Days, Book 3)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If I were human, I’d plow the nicest farm for you.” He sounds completely sincere. “Better than anyone else’s. It would have golden pineappes, the juiciest grapes, and the most flavorful radishes in the entire world.”

I just stare at him, trying to figure out if he’s joking. I think he’s serious. “You haven’t been to a lot of farms, have you, Raffe?”

This was actually my least favorite installment of the story, but only because I wanted a bit more of a wrap up. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the story, and I would definitely read the trilogy again.

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Minute Review: Relentless Flame by Jillian David

Relentless Flame (Hell to Pay, #2)

Relentless Flame by Jillian David (Hell To Pay, Book 2)
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

“My name’s Dante.”

“Hi, Dante.”

Her hands remained at her side. He groaned. But all was not lost. Time to go to the next level of seduction. He puffed out his massive pectoral muscles and gave her his best rakish grin. This maneuver always succeeded.

“And your name is?” He leaned forward, undoubtedly impressing her with his overwhelming masculinity.

“Not interested.”

This quote pretty much sums up the bulk of Dante’s personality, and it was hilarious to read. The relationship seemed less natural to me than Peter and Allison’s in Book 1, but it was entertaining nonetheless!

Recommendation: Read this if you love reading about an overly confident, Thor-lookalike playboy falling for someone bookish who won’t give him the time of day.

Minute Review: Immortal Flame by Jillian David

Immortal Flame (Hell to Pay)

Immortal Flame by Jillian David (Hell to Pay, Book 1)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

He gazed down at her with a calmness and hunger she hadn’t seen before. “I need to be with you, Allie. I need you. Forever. That’s all there is to say.”

Immortal Flame is a pretty quick, fun paranormal romance with a surprising amount of suspense and action. I’m looking forward to book 2, Relentless Flame.

Recommendation: Read this if you’re a fan of Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series, or if you’re curious about how to get out of a deal with the devil 😉

Minute Review: Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch

Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms, #1)

Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch (Entwined Realms, Book 1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 “This is how humans become allies?” His voice had softened, the timbre dropping a few registers until it was a rough brush against her spine, and she fought the unexpected shiver, the first of the night that had nothing to do with fear.

“Yes.”

“Then make no mistake, little human. You are under my protection now…”

This series opener wasn’t particularly groundbreaking, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the concept of magical and human realms colliding into one big monster mash. (Besides, a little guilty pleasure insta-love can’t be a bad thing, right?)

Recommendation: Read this if you are tired of lovable Vampire Protectors and want to give Gargoyles a chance instead! But seriously, give this one a shot if you are a paranormal romance fan – it’s full of everything from orcs to zombies to oracles, with a few overprotective brothers and secret cabals thrown in.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for a Cozy Halloween

TTT 1.0 Halloween

For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new theme and everyone is invited to join in! (Note: all book cover images in this post link to that book’s Goodreads page.)

Today’s Theme: Top Ten Books for a Cozy Halloween

This week’s theme is a Halloween freebie, and since it’s one of my favorite holidays, I had to do a post. Some of my earliest memories are of Halloween day, reading a bunch of library books behind the couch and anxiously waiting for trick-or-treating time. I’m not a huge horror fan, but I love paranormal stories and am always up for cozy Halloween fun. All of this comes together to inspire my freebie theme. Each of these books has an element of paranormal/fantasy, and they are all perfect for a cup of cocoa, a cozy chair, and some candlelight.

Carry On  Penelope  Die for Me (Revenants, #1)  Velvet (Velvet Trilogy #1)  The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)

Young Adult:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Wizard School! This is such a fun, quirky book, and it’s perfect for autumn. (My Review)

Penelope by Marilyn Kaye – This one is a fairy tale type of story. I love watching the movie version around Halloween.

Die for Me by Amy Plum – This is the first in a trilogy that takes place in Paris and is full of awesome Revenants, undead characters that repeatedly risk their lives to save others. (My Review)

Velvet by Temple West – Vampires! This one is very similar to Twilight, but with some key differences that make it better, in my opinion. Check out my review for more details.

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost – Angels & Demons! This one takes place traveling between realms of humans and realms of demons. It’s a great, darker YA/NA read for Halloween. (My Review)

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)  Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2)  Bitter Spirits (Roaring Twenties, #1)  Uprooted  Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1)

Adult:

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost – Vampires and Vampire Hunters! I love this whole series, but the first book is especially suited to Halloween. (And it’s full of awesome butt-kicking.)

Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett – Magicians, Demons, and a Kidnapper with a plan for a Halloween ritual. Despite being the second book in a series, this one could be read as a standalone. (My Review)

Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennett – This one follows a ghost medium in San Francisco during the Roaring Twenties. (My Review)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – The villain of this book is a corrupted wood that has the power to infect people and animals, driving them insane. (My Review)

Wicked as they Come by Delilah S. Dawson – More Vampires! Well, Bludmen, and bludbunnies, and pretty much every other type of vampiric creature… (My Review)

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If you are on the lookout for some Halloween freebies to add to your TBR, check out my post on the Thirteen Days of Halloween! This event is a great way to learn about some new favorites and get a bunch of free books!

Minute Review: Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors, #1)Viking Warrior Rising by As Maria Bradley (Viking Warriors, Book 1)
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Frowning, he checked his tattoo. The head of the serpent grinned maliciously. He twisted to inspect the inside of his bicep. The rune right above the unfinished tail glowed brilliant gold. That couldn’t be right.

He sucked in a deep breath.

The dark-haired woman could not be his sjaelsfraende, his true mate. He shook his head and turned his arm back over to stare at his hand. It was faint, but he could make out the tail of a serpent just above the wrist. It couldn’t be. The poison must be playing with his system.

While the premise was intriguing and drew me in, the severe lack of communication between Lief and Naya ruined the romance for me – too much duty, fate, and secrecy, not enough growth.

Recommendation: Read this if you’re a fan of Norse mythology and you love the idea of hunky Viking Warriors finding their fated mates!

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(This ARC was generously provided through Net Galley for an honest review.)

Minute Review: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp

The Dark Realm (Feyland, #1)Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp (Feyland, Book 1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You changed the rules! You can’t do that.” Jennet’s legs felt shaky as she edged back into her chair. She was so not prepared for this.

The queen laughed. It was the sound of ice shattering on a black lake. “Of course I can. This is my court. My realm. You are but a visitor. Please – drink.” She waved one delicate hand at the goblet.

“No thanks.”

The fantasy-lover in me thoroughly enjoyed the world Sharp created (both in-game and out), and the casual gamer in me loved all of the technology and geek culture.

Recommendation: Read this if you are intrigued by the idea of futuristic gaming, and how they fae might choose to exploit it.