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Book Review: Playing Defense by Cate Cameron (ARC)

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Title: Playing Defense by Cate Cameron

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she’ll never fit in his world.

After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?

 

Review: I give this book a four out of five. I genuinely liked the story and the characters. I could really relate to them. I loved seeing Claudia growing and evolving as a person and Chris helping her with that. I will admit that I didn’t realize that this was the second book in a series but I didn’t have a problem getting lost. There was one thing that I didn’t like. The first was the shifting between Claudia’s point of view and Chris’s. As the story would go along it would just all of a sudden switched. After I read a bit of the book it started to be easier to see when it was coming. It was a really cute story and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to read a cute love story with two characters that blossom into who they really are.

Book Review: Insidious by Victoria Evers(ARC)

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Title: Insidious by Victoria Evers

Goodreads Summary:

All Kat Montgomery wanted was a fun night out on the town. What she got was a death warrant. As it turns out, the quaint little hamlet of Mystic Harbor, Maine houses more than sandy beaches and adorable B&B’s. Beneath the New England charm rests a deadly world where shifters, demons, vampires, and angelic hunters all vie for power.

A world where magic is the greatest weapon.

Magic that Kat now possesses.

After that one fateful night, she can feel the changes beginning to take hold of her. Only problem, she doesn’t even know what she’s turning into. With threats hiding in plain sight, deciphering the lines between friend and foe is nearly impossible. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Kat learns her only real ally rests in the one person she can’t stand: Reese Blackburn, an insufferably handsome magician whom the town fears most.

Kat’s very soul is at stake, and destiny doesn’t seem to be playing out in her favor. Can these two unlikely partners challenge fate itself before it’s too late?

 

Review: This book is getting a five out of five. I loved the characters and their relationships with one another and how they develop throughout the story. There is action and shocks at every turn and leaves you wanting to read more. I loved how Kat grew as a person as her story developed and how she came to know Reese as a person and formed her own opinion of him instead of just listening to her friends. I hope this is going to be a series because I would love to see where Kat ends up.

Book Review: Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

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Title: Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

Goodreads Summary:

With Graduation only weeks away, Khalida’s normal everyday boring life is turned upside down in one day. One day is all it took to change everything she ever knew. Never knowing her past, Khalida, is thrown into a world of vampires and just not any vampires, ones who will hunt to the end to kill her. Everyone around her is in danger and she must fight to protect those she loves. Thrust into the chaos, Luke, a boy whom she could never walk completely away from, one who would give his life to protect hers. And Carey, the ex-boyfriend who will stop at nothing to make sure that the darkness that surrounds Khalida succeeds in taking everything away from her. Though, Luke, would take on the world to save her, can he help Khalida save her from herself?

 

Review: I am giving this book a three out of five. I did really like the book. I loved the main core group of characters and their relationships to each other. Khalida is really interesting. She finds out that she is not at all who she thought she was for her whole life and even though you can see she is overwhelmed by it all she still thinks of the people she loves that are around her and their well being above her own. The reason I gave this book a lower rating than I would like to is because of two things. The first being that the book started out with a prologue the left me confused as to why it was there at all until almost the very end of the book. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking back to it and wondering where it fit in. The second being that I disliked the ending very much, and not just because the book was over because it was a great story. It was a total cliff hanger, more so than just continuing to a second book. It was like it just ended. Other than those two things I did like the story.

Book Review: Becoming the Legend by B. Kristin McMichael

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Title: Becoming a Legend by B. Kristin McMichael

Goodreads summary:

Arianna Grace is about to turn seventeen and her life has been very complicated lately. She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan. While the four clans seem to get along better with each other, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention.

Edward Lucan is making a chase for the power to lead the baku clans and is playing his cards by using his nephew Andrew to lure Arianna into a trap. Unfortunately for Lucan, Andrew has his own plans. He has spent the last year waiting for Arianna to see him as more than a friend, and he now finds it necessary to make a move for her affection, despite his uncle.

In the dearg-dul estate, Arianna discovers that the ambitious Lord Seeger has been laying his own strategies for power and is slowly poisoning her. After getting away with her grandfather’s murder, he is setting his sights on her. Luckily for Arianna, her team is on to all of the plans and is making some plans of their own. Will it be enough to keep Arianna safe? Several people close to Arianna have been keeping secrets. If Arianna is to take power and control of the night, she will need to know the truth. Will someone finally tell her what it truly means to become the legend everyone is waiting for, before it is too late to turn back?

Review: I gave this book at five out of five. It is a great follow up to the first one and is a great continuation to the story. The main character really starts to figure her new life and what goes along with all the power that she has and will have once she is fully grown. I really enjoyed seeing Arianna learn more about herself and her new world as well as the people in it. There is more of a love triangle in this book than the first but its not really you traditional love triangle where she has to chose which is refreshing. Even though she has love for to guys she they make it easy for her to decide between them by not fighting over her and making a lot of drama out of it. I am looking forward to the last book in the trilogy to see what happens to Arianna and the rest of the characters and her world. I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of events that are going to take place.

Book Review: The Legend of the Blue Eyes by B. Kristin McMichael

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Title: The Legend of the Blue Eyes by B. Kristin McMichael

Goodreads Summary:

Arianna Grace liked her boring, Midwestern, teenage life where she ignored the many unanswered questions of her childhood. Why were her parents dead? Why did she not have family? Where was she raised until she was five? When someone offers to explain it all, Arianna thinks she’s just getting answers. Instead, she is thrown into a world of night humans who drink blood.

On Arianna’s sixteenth birthday, her world is thrown upside down when she changes into a vampire. Night humans, or demons, as some call them, live in normal society. Learning all of the new rules of a world she didn’t know existed might be hard enough, but it’s further complicated by two former-friends that now want to help her take her role as the successor to her grandfather.

There is a war going on between the night humans. Sides have been taken and lines are not crossed. Four main clans of night humans are struggling for control of the night. Divided into two sides, clans Baku and Tengu have been at war for centuries with the clans Dearg-dul and Lycan. That is, until Arianna Grace finds out the truth; she’s the bridge of peace between the two sides. But not everyone wants peace. With the night humans divided, Arianna is now a pawn in the war between them. She must choose a side—her mother’s family or her father’s—and for once in her life, decide her own fate.

 

Review: So I got this book through Amazon for free. I usually have good luck with free books through Barnes and Noble but this was the first one that I found through Amazon. When I started reading it I thought that it was a little slow for the first couple of chapters but once I got further into it I got completely hooked. The plot is great and the characters are well rounded. I love books that have to ability to make you feel the emotions of the characters and this book definitely did that. I found myself laughing, smiling and crying while reading this book. The author really gets you to feel what the main character Arianna is feeling. You really get to see her grow a little in this book and I’m hoping that in the next two books. I have a feeling that the excitement in the story is just getting started. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read anything with vampires and werewolves. I give it a huge five out of five!

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