Dragon’s Gift: The Forbidden Fae series, by Linsey Hall | Series Book Review

Hello loves! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

Today I have my series book review of Dragon’s Gift: The Forbidden Fae, by Linsey Hall

Dragon’s Gift: The Forbidden Fae is a 3 part series.

Trigger Warnings: Sexual Scenes, Sex Scenes (fade to black). Fighting, Blood, & others that I unfortunately cannot remember.

Please Note that this review may contain spoilers.

My fated mate is a lethal fae king.
And I’m going to kill him.


Ever since the Court of Flames banished me, I’ve managed to hide my true nature–Chosen One of the Fire Fae, destined to save us all. Truth is, I’m not that impressive. I’ve spent my banishment hunting demons for fun and slinging drinks at Potions & Pastilles. But then the lethally sexy king of the Court of Ice finds me.

He’s been hunting me for years and wants to claim me as his fated mate. But it gets darker. He plans to sacrifice me to save his dying kingdom. One touch changes everything though, because I’m the only one who can warm him.

I’m going to use that to my advantage and convince him to return with me to the Court that banished me years ago. There, I will kill him before he kills me. But I’m playing with fire, because I’m not sure if I can I resist him long enough to change my fate, and if I don’t die, then his entire Court will. Including him.

Crown of Fire (Dragon’s Gift, #1)

Had a fun time reading this first book, I found it to be quite interesting. I really enjoyed the few action scenes that we did read.

There aren’t any sex scenes in this first book.

When I got to the end of Crown of Fire, I absolutely had to read Fate of Fire immediately, so that’s what I did!

I gave Crown of Fire 3.5 stars.


Fate of Fire (Dragon’s Gift, #2)

Fate of Fire is absolutely action packed. Which was great — I love reading action packed books — but I especially adore when the second book starts right off where the last book left the reader. Which is 100% what Hall did with these books. Started off right where the last book ended, and I couldn’t have been happier about that.

Adding to the fact that we got answers in Fate of Fire, I enjoyed the book. There’s a steamy / sexual scene in Fate of Fire, for those of us who enjoy sexy scenes in stories.

Yet with all that I had enjoyed, there were two bits of the plot that I had predicted: Puka being able to shift forms, and how our main character magic is the one and the same. — Now, do I remember what these were about? No, and that’s okay, ’cause I’ll be in for a surprise if I ever re-read this trilogy.

I ended up giving Fate of Fire, 1 star.


Queen of Light (Dragon’s Gift, #3)

I ended up reading this entire trilogy in one sitting. To be honest with you, I don’t know how I still have legs, with how much I end up just sitting cross legged when reading, haha.

Within Queen of Light, there’s a sex scene, which is cool and dandy. Though the scene is a fade to black/ fade out type scene.

After all that these characters had been through, I’m glad and relieved that Claire gets a happily ever after!

In actuality, Queen of Light is an action packed book, a fast paced story, which I definitely like about the entire series.

I was really happy to find out that Connor will be getting his own book.

I definitely want to read more of the world that Linsey Hall created, so I’m over the moon giddy that Hall has written many companion books & series!

I ended up giving Queen of Light, 4 stars.

Have you read anything by Linsey Hall?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

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Hellgate Guardians, Books 1 & 2, by Ivy Asher, Raven Kennedy | Book Review

Hello hello friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

Today I have my book review of the first two books in the Hellgate Gaurdians series.

Apologies in advance, I didn’t write down any triggers for either book, aside from Fighting, Sex, Blood, and Gore.

It’s never a good combo to be broke and desperate. You do stupid things. Like accidentally sign your soul over to Hell.

When I interviewed for a new security job, I didn’t bat an eye that it was for a literal graveyard shift…headstones and all. I mean, at the hourly rate they were offering, who cares? I got this.

Turns out, I’m not guarding a graveyard like I thought. It seems I’ve just walked my broke ass into protecting a Gate to Hell. Yeah…I don’t got this.

Now I’m stuck in a terrifying new reality: a group of hot demons who act like I can solve all their problems, and a battle between good, evil, and balance.

This will seriously teach me to read the fine print on Help Wanted ads. Good thing this job comes with a scythe. Maybe I can use it to stop them from dragging my ass into Hell.

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.

Grave Mistakes was … an alright start to the Hellgate Guardians series.

Funny at times, which was great. Something else that I enjoyed was the plot moving as quickly as it did.

Nevertheless, when I look back upon Grave Mistakes, I truly feel that it was just a lengthier prequel to the series.

In the end, I ended up giving GM, 2 stars.


Grave Consequences (Hellgate Guardians, #2)

If I thought that Grave Mistakes was a fast read, the wooow, I don’t know how fast I can describe Grave Consequences was.

Within this second book, we get way more answers than we got in the first book. Which is saying something, really.

I did write down that there were sex scenes in this addition, but I can’t remember whether or not there were any sexual scenes in the first book.

There are also more fight scenes in book 1 and 2 that may contain blood, and gore.

I ended up giving Grave Consequences 2 stars.

Have you read the Hellgate Guardians series?

Thank you for stopping by!

See you later,
Adele

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First Lines Fridays

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading! Today on the blog we’ve got a First Lines Fridays post.

Today’s novel is a book that I’m actually pretty excited for! I love the author’s works. I wish I had more of their books in my possession truthfully.

It was me who took the order. It could have been anyone. I don’t know why I feel guilty. But it was me.

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Evermore, by Candace Wondrak | Book Review

Hello hello, friendo. Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

How are you? Do you have anything interesting / fun planned for the weekend? I think this weekend calls for staying inside, cozy and warm.

Today I have my book review of the final book in the Crystal Lake Pack trilogy; Evermore, by Candace Wondrak.

Evermore is the third (and final) book in the Crystal Lake Pack trilogy.

TRIGGER WARNING: Attempted Rape, Blood, Torture, Sex scenes.

There are spoilers for the series within the synopsis, and therefore my review as well.

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Mini Book Review: Rest In Pieces; Lawless; Caged; Bear Strength; Call Me Daddy

Hello hello friendly readers! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

How are you doing?

Today’s post is a little different…I have a series of mini reviews! I want to keep Mini Book Review posts between 3 – 5 books. In these posts I won’t be sharing their synopsis’. I feel that would take up too much of your time. However, I will be including their covers, and what I thought. As well asa handy dandy link to their GoodReads page(s).

Rest In Pieces (Barbie: The Vampire Hunter, #1) by Lucinda Dark.

(Reverse Harem, Older YA / if not NA)

Trigger Warnings: Murder, Attempted Murder, Blood, Sex, and Violence. (Murder: first hand witness, family member being killed)

Let me just start off by saying that, even though I read Rest In Pieces well over a year ago now, I still remember how utterly disappointed I was. I had such high hopes for RIP, yet all I can remember is that 2 guys are into her / or are her mates, and they value the main character as more of a sex object than however she ends up in this first installation.

Rest In Pieces was the first vampire hunter book that I had read in a while, and let me tell you. I mentioned that I was disappointed, yeah? Well, not only that, but I was angry, and super disappointed. oof.

The beginning starts out as a typical “my family was murdered, so I must get revenge” type deal.

However, I did like that there were three points of view within Rest In Pieces, and I did like that Barbie, by the end of the book, did something she more than likely shouldn’t have done. …And I loved how Barbie is a badass who knows her way around guns, knives, and pointy things.

While Rest In Pieces was a good read, I seriously doubt that I’ll end up liking the rest of the Barbie: The Vampire Hunter.

In the end I gave Rest In Pieces, 3 stars.


Lawless (Steel Demons MC, #1) by Crystal Ash

(Reverse Harem, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology, Adult)

There are a lot of triggers within Lawless. Examples include: Blood, Kidnapping, Malnourishment, Violence, + more. The synopsis for Lawless even states “Sons of Anarchy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this dystopian reverse harem adventure! This wild ride is not for the faint of heart and contains adult themes that may be triggering.

All I have for Lawless is that I knew that the plot line would be dystopian, but I didn’t think “the fall” would render the world into thinking and acting as if they were in, i don’t know, the fk’in 1600’s? Where women were property?!

Overall, Lawless left a dirty aftertaste and left me feeling “meh” about the entire book. I don’t believe that I’ll be reading more in the Steel Demons MC series. Which is a damn freaking shame, since I actually had high hopes for the series.

I gave Lawless, 2 stars.


Caged (Savage Men, #1) by Clarissa Wild

(Dark, Adult Fiction, Erotica, Abuse, Warfare, Fighters, Fighting, Sex scenes)

Trigger Warnings: Kidnapping, Murder mention, Murder (witnessed), Human Trafficking, Child Abuse (gone on, and into Adult-hood), Blood, Attempted Kidnapping, Stabbing mentions.

So going into Caged, I had an inkling it would be “steamy” ’cause that’s what I’d been looking for. However! What I got was such a dark freaking “erotica” …. I can’t. Like, in reality, Caged is more like a glorified kidnapping, enemies to lovers, stockholme syndrome P.O.S. For those out there who liked, or loved, Caged, I’m happy that you enjoyed it. However, I … did not.

I actually wrote down in my notes that Caged is not only a dark book, but it’s a “humanity dark.” I truly didn’t know what to expect within Caged, but whatever I read (and I remember this book clearly), was not it. Not at all what I was looking and hoping for.

I give Caged, 1 star.

If I could give it negative stars, I would.


Bear Strength by Lilly Wilder

(Reverse Harem)

Trigger Warning: Spousal/Marital Abuse (Husband to Wife), Mention of Child Abuse (Father to Son), Suicide mention, Alcoholism mention, Kidnapping, Verbal Abuse (Husband to Wife), Gun Violence, Smoking mention.

Bear Strength was a fast read, not gonna lie. Though it was a fast read, the story itself was completely lackluster. The only reason why I ended up not DNF’ing Bear Strength was because there are 4 different view points to read from.

The sex scenes were alright. Nice to see how the main character worked through her fears though!

Something else I had appreciated was the shifting in this book. Other books tend to glorify shifting, that it’s not painful. So I was surprised that in this particular story, the guys shifting into bears is incredibly painful for them.


Call Me Daddy, by Jade West

(Adult Fiction, Erotica, BDSM, NA, Dark, M/F Romance)

Going into Call Me Daddy, I had an inkling of what would happen, but what actually happened in CMD ended up shocking me.

Prior to reading CMDI actually thought that it wasn’t going to be for me, since I highly prefer Fantasy Romance, and I was right! CMD wasn’t for me, and that’s totally okay!

Though I do appreciate the Laine & Nick for their Happily Ever After.

I give, Call Me Daddy, 1 star.

Once in a while I enjoy reading non-fantasy romance/erotica.


That’s all for this posts Mini Review session. I don’t know how many mini reviews are too many for one post before said post gets crowded. I figured I’d stop at 5. Let me know how many mini reviews are too much?

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you visiting me more than you know!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

Happy Reading!
Adele

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Origins of the Six, by A.K. Koonce | Series Book Review

Hello hello, friendo! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

Today on the blog, I have my series review of the Origins of the Six, written by A.K. Koonce, Aleera Anaya Ceres.

Origins of the Six is a 4 part series.

Apologies in advance, I can’t remember, didn’t write down any triggers that may be in these books.

Academy of Six (Book 1)

Deadly monsters live in all of us.

The Academy of Six has just never seen a monster as terribly mundane as Izara Castillo. And that is a dangerous problem. She has four semesters to not only understand her supernatural abilities, but harness them as well.

Everything at the Academy is a disaster, from Interdimensional Travels through hell to the other hell they like to call Gym.

Bullies push her, test her, and simply try to kill her. A few broodingly protective roommates and a scary fake boyfriend could help. Or make her life impossibly harder.

Pretend to date the emotionally detached demon, they said. What’s the worst that could happen, they said.

It’s make or break within this prison of a school. If she succeeds, she’ll finally know what she’s capable of, who she truly is, and where she came from.

If she fails…she dies.

This is Reverse Harem series containing M/M themes. Recommended for readers 18 and over.

From GoodReads [x]:

“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.

WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS and VULGAR LANGUAGE within this review! Please read at your own discretion.

Also: This review is like, a short as hell review since I didn’t bother writing anything down pertaining my thoughts on the individual books.

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Matefinder Series, by Leia Stone | Book Review

Hello hello friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

How are you doing today?

Honestly–You can message me privately, need be. I can be someone you can vent to, or your sound board.

Today I’m posting my book review of the Matefinder series, by Leia Stone.

Matefinder, #1

Werewolves, facing the threat of extinction, desperately seek their mates to bear young. Aurora, a human far removed from the supernatural world, is nearing her own end after being fatally injured in a car accident.

Kai, an Alpha werewolf, lurks in the nearby trees watching her bleed out. He chooses to save her the only way he knows how, by changing her. No one is prepared for what happens next. The tides turn in favor of the werewolves. The Matefinder has been found, and she is more powerful than anybody ever imagined. But is she prepared to be the most hunted werewolf in history?

Trigger Warnings: Blood, Mentions of Abuse, Mentions of Spousal Abuse, Mentions of Child Abuse, Child Abuse, Stabbing Mention, Car Accident resulting in Death, Torture Mention, Drowning Mention, Accidental Death, Murder Mention, Assassination Attempts, Kidnapping, Attempted Kidnapping.

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First Lines Fridays

first-lines-fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello friends! How has the week treated you?

Today’s post is a quick little post wherein I’ll be sharing the first sentence of a book with you, of which I haven’t read yet.

I can’t breathe. The trees are a blur of colors, the greens, browns, and reds tumbling and writhing together as I whip my head searching. I can’t see them, but I know they’re out there. Just like I know something’s wrong.

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