Reclaimed, by Jaymin Eve | Book Review

Hello and welcome to Adele Is Reading!
Today on the blog I have my book review of:

Reclaimed, by Jaymin Eve.

Reclaimed is the second book in the Shadow Beast Shifters series.

Trigger / Content Warnings: Sex Scenes, Fighting scenes.

Please note that there are most likely more triggers that I didn’t get around to making notes of.

They all made a terrible mistake. One they will pay for.

For the past ten years I’ve been a victim. A victim to my pack. A victim to my true mate, who rejected me in the most brutal of ways. And a victim to Shadow Beast, who used me for his own gains.

Or did he?

The beast of mystery never reveals his whole hand, but one thing is for sure… in my time with him, I’ve changed. Now I will no longer walk the path dictated by the powerful men in my life. Never again will I let my strength be taken from me.

I must evolve or die.

And we all know, with a choice like that, there’s really only one answer.

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Dead to Me, by Annie Anderson | Book Review

Hello, and welcome back to Adele Is Reading.
Today on the blog I have my review of:

Dead to Me, by Annie Anderson.

Dead to Me is the first book in the Grave Talker series.

Please Note that I didn’t record / write down any triggers that this book may have.

Meet Darby. Coffee addict. Homicide detective. Oh, and she can see ghosts, too…

There are only three rules in Darby Adler’s life.
One: Don’t talk to the dead in front of the living.
Two: Stay off the Arcane Bureau of Investigation’s radar.
Three: Don’t forget rules one and two.

With a murderer desperate for Darby’s attention and an ABI agent in town, things are about to get mighty interesting in Haunted Peak, TN.

What an interesting novel. For real for real. I love a good murder-mystery novel, and wowee. Dead to Me certainly did not disappoint.

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The Raven and the Dove, by Kaitlyn Davis | ARC Book Review

Hello friends! Welcome back to the ol’ blog. Today I have my advanced readers copy (ARC) book review of

The Raven and the Dove, by Kaitlyn Davis.

A huge Thank You to Netgalley, for allowing me to read The Raven and the Dove in exchange for an honest review.
This in no way has impacted my review. 

Trigger Warning: Blood, Blood mention, Torture, Torture mention.

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EA956199-ED68-4406-8AC3-A9706F0E7351Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!

Release Date: March 9, 2020.

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The Raven and the Dove has a strong prologue. The prologue didn’t even begin to warn me of the entirety of chaos that makes up The Raven and the Dove. It’s a great way to start the story–if only it wasn’t completely misleading. Continue reading

Shadow Touched, by Harper Wylde | Book Review

Hello friends, and welcome back! Today I’m posting my book review of

Shadow Touched, by Harper Wylde.

Shadow Touched is the first in The Veil Keeper series.

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987BF7B2-925E-4210-9902-208C2F07E9D0My name is Lorn, and I’m a witch. Or at least, I thought I was.

Turns out, things aren’t always what they seem.

My magic has always been different from others of my kind—untamed. Something to hide, even in my own world, along with my monster-filled dreams and odd ‘episodes.’

When my entire life is turned upside down with a single drop of blood, the mysterious magick I’ve been trying to hide finally catches up to me.

Deserted and stranded on my own, four strangers offer me asylum and a place to call home. At least, for now.

With the help of Dason, Chayton, Axel, and Kota, I’m discovering the truth about myself as my past and my future collide. The world I grew up in was a lie, and now I’m learning how to use my magick, who my enemies are, and that the beasts stalking my sleep are actually real. And they’re my problem.

Surrounded by deadly threats, the guys and I navigate a world full of supernatural creatures, each with their own agendas, to gather the intel we need to defeat the darkness. Hopefully for good.

There’s danger in the shadows, but I’ll be dead before I let it win.

And I’m just getting started.

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Before I managed to finish reading Shadow Touched, I had tried reading this book–allbeit very–briefly. And what I read didn’t interest me at all, unfortunately. However, the synopsis kept nagging and nagging at me. I decided that I had to try reading more than a few pages of Shadow Touched.

And boooooi, I’m glad that I did! Continue reading

Book Review | The Fire Thief by Gwynn White, Erin St. Pierre

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

The Fire Thief, by Gwynn White & Erin St. Pierre.

The Fire Thief is the first book in The Fire Thief series.

Trigger Warning: Kidnapping, Death mention, Abuse mention, Fighting, Slavery mention, Slavery.

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44244656._SY475_“The world knew when you were born. The ground shook with your hidden power. That’s when the race to find you began. Now we have you, the real war can start.”

Obey. Work hard. Give thanks. Be fearful.

That’s what Stasha has been told for the past eighteen years. Be grateful for your enslavement. It will keep you safe from the fae. Work hard for all you have. Or stay out in the snow to be hunted by monsters. Marry the man who buys you. Give everything to the deity that offers you protection in exchange for your miserable life.

Stasha is done serving those who allow the people she loves to die.

In a last-ditch effort to free herself and her best friend Klaus, Stasha steals two silver coins from a dangerous stranger. Just enough money for them to disappear and start a new life together.

But Stasha couldn’t have chosen a worse target for her thievery.

Prince Averin has been tracking the power that shook the world for nearly two decades. He never expected his search to end at a scrappy orphan who stole his money. Her power could be the key to ending the centuries-long war waged by the fae against his kingdom. And now that he has her, he’s not letting her go.

Then it happened. Something that changed everything. Something so devastating no one saw it coming. Now Stasha has no choice but to set the world on fire.

Lovers of Bella Forrest, Sarah J. Maas, and Leigh Bardugo will devour The Fire Thief by New York Times bestselling authors Erin St. Pierre and Gwynn White.

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Throughout The Fire Thief, the story was entertaining and therefore kept my interest piqued.

However, I thought it’d take longer to read The Fire Thief than I actually took to be honest. Like a few hours. And I don’t know if that’s a good thing or if it’s a bad thing.

I really like that there’s only one point of view from the main character. Though I also enjoyed how easily the other characters could be read too.

I like the powers in this novel. I actually really enjoy Elemental stories. But with the Elemental stories that I’ve read, there’s something that always happens. It always happens–which is great and fun. But overused.

Nearing the end of The Fire Thief, I was honestly getting worried for our main character here. She has new secrets that she has to keep, and I don’t know how long those secrets will be kept.

I give The Fire Thief, 3.5 stars.

Have you read The Fire Thief? What’re your thoughts on the story?

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

Every Which Way But Dead, by Kim Harrison | Book Review

Hello friends, today I have my book review of 

Every Which Way But Dead, by Kim Harrison.

Every Which Way But Dead is the 3rd book in The Hollows series. 

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30263There’s no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who’s already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

Between “runs,” she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

Rachel must also take a stand in the war that’s raging in the city’s underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin – and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

And now her dark “master” is coming to collect his due.

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I genuinely didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Every Which Way But Dead. I don’t like reading the synopsis’ for books in a series. I honestly prefer being surprised versus knowing what’s going to happen.

There were a few things that surprised me throughout Every Which Way But Dead. The first being Kisten. Kisten gives off a certain vibe; he can be completely arrogant (and rude), and then on the other hand, Kisten is this Boss Man. That’s what Kisten gives out. So what shocked me about Kisten in this book, was his softer side. I was shocked that he could provide safety, and shocked that Kisten even has the moral grounds of things that he won’t do.

I had a great time reading Every Which Way But Dead. The antics that Rachel gets into end up being more and more dangerous as the story goes on. As well as her life becoming more and more bizarre.

I’m glad that I stuck out and actually read the entirety of Every Which Way But Dead because there were a few times that I ended up laughing as well.

I’d give a more detailed review of Every Which Way But Dead, but it’s been 2 months since I finished this Hollows addition.

I give Every Which Way But Dead, 3.5 stars!

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Have you read the Hollows series? What’d you think?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!

Born of Embers, by Harper Wylde & Quinn Arthurs | Book Review

Hello loveies! In this post I have my book review of

Born of Embers, by Harper Wylde & Quinn Arthurs. 

Born of Embers is the first book in the Phoenix Rising series. 

Trigger Warnings: Rape mention, Stalking, Murder, Murder mention, Abuse, Abuse mention, Abusive Parent, Blood mention, Gore mention, Gun Usage.

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38319561._SY475_I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden – to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares – and dreams – were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a world of fantasy, politics, friendships, and rules that are nearly impossible to understand, I feel like I’m drowning in a world of shifters I never knew existed. As I struggle to find my place and prevent my nightmares from tearing me apart, I find myself surrounded by an unusual group of sexy men. With Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder I’m trying to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be, if my past, and my future, will let me.

*Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse that some readers may find triggering. This book also contains some m/m themes.*

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I had my eye on Born of Embers for such a long time. When I didn’t have it, I wanted to read Nix, and the others’ story so badly. But then I downloaded Born of Embers and suddenly I was apprehensive about reading it. It was only when I re-read the synopsis for Born of Embers that I actually sat down to read it. Continue reading

SPOILERS–Beyond the Mountain, by Lily Archer | Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I have my book review of

Beyond the Mountain, by Lily Archer.

Beyond The Mountain is the fourth book in the Fae’s Captive series. 

Trigger Warnings: Sex scenes, Kidnapping.

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44478088Betrayal has taken Taylor far beyond my reach.

I can feel the bond stretched and twisted until it’s on the verge of snapping. But I will find her. She is mine as I am hers, and nothing will stop me from recovering my queen. I will always come for her. If she is hurt, I will heal her. If she is scared, I will wrap my arms around her, my embrace her safe harbor.

And as for the ones who took her?

I will destroy them all. Crossing the frozen heart of winter will be their final mistake. My fury will end the king beyond the mountain, and I will return to the winter realm with my queen by my side. A solid plan. One that would have worked. But when I reach the Gray Mountains, nothing is as it seems, and my mate faces a danger from the most insidious of foes – herself.

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 Seeing as how Beyond The Mountain is the last book in the Fae’s Captive saga (but not the overall series), I’m glad that the Fae’s Captive series still held some surprises.  Continue reading

Fallen Academy: Year One, by Leia Stone | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

Fallen Academy: Year One, by Leia Stone.

Fallen Academy: Year One is the first book in the Fallen Academy series. 

Trigger / Content Warnings: Rape mention, Murder, Murder mention, Sex Scene

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40941601Brielle Atwater isn’t sure of much, but she knows a few things:

1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest *** she’s ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible.

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.

After wings sprout from Brielle’s back at her awakening ceremony, she’s sure she’s an angel blessed celestial. It’s not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father’s life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.

She’s immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle’s secret. Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.

To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.

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When I saw the cover for Fallen Academy: Year One I thought that Brielle’s story would be categorized into the New Adult genre. By the end of the Fallen Academy: Year One, it can—-while the beginning of the book is Older Young Adult. Continue reading

The Lonely Dead, by April Henry | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I have my book review of

The Lonely Dead, by April Henry.

Trigger Warnings: Murder mention, Attempted Murder, Drinking Mention, Schizophrenia mention.

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cover145963-mediumA killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.

For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes that Tori is actually dead — that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?

Master mystery-write April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel.

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I am so glad that I finally got to read The Lonely Dead! I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, and it was only somewhat recently that the library I frequent had it. Continue reading