Mini Book Review Pack (#2): Her Dragon Daddy, Ill Will,The Tiger Kings, Forged in Fire, Deadside Reapers

Hello, and welcome back! Today on the blog we have another Mini Book Review Pack.

These kinds of posts are going to be a normal thing from now on. I find it immensely easier if I were to do mini reviews here and there, where they’re hopefully easier to read. Whereas, if I did a “full” book review for each and every book I read. So…here you go!


Her Dragon Daddy (Black Claw Dragons, #2) by Roxi Ray

TW: Spousal Cheating, Marriage Separation, Divorce, Abandonment, Implied Substance Abuse (via parent), Kidnapping, Gunshots, Gun Violence, Attempted Murder, Murder. 

Not gonna lie, I thought that Her Dragon Daddy would’ve been entirely kinkier. 

I don’t think I read the synopsis for HDD, and I was fine with that. 

Overall the plot of HDD moves incredibly quickly, and it’s also somewhat predictable. Usually I don’t like predictable books, but with Her Dragon Daddy, I was slightly OK with that. 

I give Her Dragon Daddy, 2 stars. 

NOTE: The Black Claw Dragons series is a companion series. I believe they should be read in-order due to the fact that all of the stories will mention each other in some way or another.


Ill Will, (Bonds of Blood, #1) by Cate Corvin || Reverse Harem

Step-siblings fuck. Ew. 

BOOK 2: MC’s view of Shadow worlders has changed pretty drastically. Gets made into a vampire.

Honestly, I wrote only a little for both books. Book 1 gets a 1 star because of the step-siblings relations.

Not going to lie with you, the cover for Ill Will is SUCH a badass cover that when I stumbled upon it, I think I read the book right away. Ill Will is another book that I had high hopes for. To be honest, my hopes were higher than “high.” They were freaking soaring…..and then I read the books.

There are a lot of steps being taken behind the scenes that the characters don’t know about. More akin to “higher powers,” I guess I should say. Never the less, I’m not continuing on with the Bonds of Blood series, EVEN THOUGH I want to because of the relationship that the badass MC has with her lover and confidant in the second book.

Maybe I just need time to…deny the fact that the step-siblings had sex? Really though, I cannot excuse the fact that they did what they did and I am dooooone with the series.


The Tiger Kings, by Melody Rose || Reverse Harem

Entertaining, for sure. Had high hopes for the story, and was majorly let down. I’m almost glad that The Tiger Kings is a standalone. I’m not too sure if I’d read more of their story, which became such a sad story in the end.

I actually remember being so happy when I read The Tiger Kings, ’cause there was so much promise to not only the characters, but the story overall as well. What I remember from the ending is that it felt completely rushed, and the author either didn’t know how to keep the story going, or decided to drop the story and ended The Tiger Kings as soon as possible.

2.5 stars. 


Forged in Fire (Academy of Olympus, #1) by Melody Rose

Enjoyed the little Greek Mythology lessons.

One thing that kept sticking out to me prior to reading the book, was that the main character is not suspectable to heat and most fire. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so that’s why I both read it as quick as I could, while simultaneously putting off Forged in Fire for as long as I could.

I’m sure that’s why I ended up not liking Forged in Fire more than I hoped I would’ve. I absolutely had high hopes for the story.

When I got to reading Forged in Fire, sure there were parts that I enjoyed reading, but there were even more parts to the plot, and story telling that I absolutely did not like. I am over the pettiness of cliques, and “family lines” being the sole reason why someone can’t be friends with one another. You are not your ancestors, people. — Yes, you’re descendants of Gods, but holy s-h-i-t dude, that does NOT give you the right to act they way that (yes) most of the characters had acted. It does NOT give you a reason to bully and belittle (maybe even kill) your fellows!!!!!!! SHIT!

So needless to say, by the end of Forged in Fire, I’m 90% sure I will not be continuing on with the Academy of Olympus series.

I gave Forged in Fire, 2 stars.


This last review will be a little of a whirlwind, since I read the entire series in one sitting, and I didn’t take a lot of notes like I should have….oops!

Deadside Reapers series by Debbie Cassidy Books 1 – 5 || Reverse Harem

TW: Stabbing, Death, and others.

All books were tremendously compelling to read. I like MC as soon as she let her colours fly—-and that was pretty much right off the bat (aka, almost as soon as the book starts).

Book 4; TW kidnapping, Attempted Kidnapping, Stabbing, Drugging.
— We got more history & more drama. Good! Made the story even more amplified.

Book 5;
Did Not Write Anything Down. Why Do You DO This Adele. ?!

Apparently, there are more books out. I did not know this. I need to fix my not-read-those-last-2-books. Immediately. thank u.


If you’ve read any of these books, please let me know! I’d love to gush about the stories and characters with you!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by.
Happy Reading,
Adele

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Crescent Wolves, by G. Bailey, & Regan Rosewood | Book Review

Hello friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.
Today I have my book review of:

Crescent Wolves, by G. Bailey, & Regan Rosewood.
Crescent Wolves is the first book in the Supernatural Shifter Academy series.

Trigger Warnings: Attempted Child Abuse, Attempted Assault, Kidnapping, Torture mention, Murder, Human/Shifter Experimentation.

Secret societies. Magical boarding schools. Supernatural beings…What could go wrong? 

I’m Millie Brix and apparently, I’m a supernatural shifter. Funny eighteenth birthday present, right?

Chosen for Supernatural Shifter Academy, I have to learn which shifter clan I belong to and how to use my powers that are slowly growing out of control. Supernatural Shifter Academy only has five hundred places and if I’m not strong enough to survive, I won’t get to walk away.

The Sirens lure you in, the Wolves bite first and ask questions later, the Dragons only care for themselves, the Vampires plan to own the world and the Witches will do whatever it takes to win.

I’m not going to let the academy or its students beat me, that’s for sure. 

With a prince of the Vampires seducing me, a secretive Siren dead set on making me his, a gorgeous Wolf shifter who wants to claim my heart and an alpha Dragon who sees me as a prize he wants to keep… the academy is far more dangerous than it looks.

In this academy, secrets are the only thing you can trade with and I’m right in the middle of the biggest secret the academy has.

And when the truth comes out…the academy will fall. 

17+ Reverse Harem Romance which means the main character will have more than one love interest. This is book one of a five-book series and will be rapidly released.

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

Though Crescent Wolves was a gripping read (I won’t deny that!), I found the story overall to be lacklustre. CW lacked the usual pizzazz that I would’ve found in other books that ‘Bailey has (co.) written in. 

One thing that stood out to me the most about Crescent Wolves is that … for a change there was no sexual scenes in this first book at all — which was completely shocking to me. I’m sure that there’ll be smutty spicy scenes throughout the other books though.

Having read Crescent Wolves, I can say that I’m curious to find out what happens in the further Shifter Academy novels. …I have no clue when I’m going to get around to finishing the series since I want to binge read the Shifter Academy story. I don’t know what it is with me lately! I just want to binge-read all the delicious books in one go. thank u.

When I got to the last page of the story, I was actually shocked that it was the end of Crescent Wolves. I wanted there to be more within this first Shifter Academy installation. 

While there was a good amount of plot development, I was genuinely bored by the happenings. Crescent Wolves was an easy read, so I didn’t exactly suffer through reading the rest of the novel. Whereas I would have DNF’d it; I truly read CW because G.Bailey is a co-author of it. The slowness of Crescent Wolves didn’t appeal to me (had high hopes for the book).

I’m giving Crescent Wolves, 1 star. 

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you soon!
Happy Reading,
Adele

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Don’t Say My Name, by Lacy Carter-Anderson, & Helen Scott | Book Review

Hello hello! Welcome back. Today I have my book review of:

Don’t Say My Name, by Lacy Carter-Anderson, & Helen Scott

Don’t Say My Name is the first book in the Legends Unleashed series.

Link to Don’t Say My Name on Goodreads.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Pedophilia mention (& also a scene) (pedophile ends up murdered), Physical Abuse mention, Foster family abuse (Adult and Foster sibling towards a character). Adult Sex Scenes, Blood, Blood Mention, Murder, Murder mention, Spousal Abuse, Attempted Stabbing, Stabbing, Death.

Cover of Don’t Say My Name. A drawing of a woman with bright red hair is seen reaching through glass. Text in the same bright red colouring reads “Don’t Say My Name.”

Say my name…

They tell you I bring death and carnage. They believe I’m a curse, one that’s contagious.

But they’re wrong.

I was locked away for protecting the innocent. And while my name does bring violence and bloody destruction, it’s only to those whose very souls are corrupted by the violence and hatred they harbor within.

So say my name if you need my help. I’m Bloody Mary, and I promise I’m more than a legend; I’m a witch with the power to save you.

But when four sinfully sexy men make promises to free me from my prison, for the first time in my life, I need to trust someone else to save me. Because the dark powers that trapped me long ago aren’t about to let me go free, at least not without a fight.

DON’T SAY MY NAME is a paranormal reverse harem with a tough, sarcastic heroine, four unique supernatural men, and steamy scenes that will leave you breathless. So if you’re looking for something with a spooky edge and some humor that will leave your mouth watering, click to grab your copy.

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
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Imprinted Tattoos (The Lost Ones, #1) by Nikita Parmenter | Book Review

Hello hello! Another book review for you today. Though today’s book review is a book that I happened to stumble upon and pretty much dove into reading it straight away. Why? Two words!!: Magical Tattoos. Yep! I said it, Magical Tattoos. I LOVE the thought of magical tattoos appearing and getting to know why these tattoos appeared/formed, what they mean. And the magical element to it?! Yes please!!!

Here is my book review of Imprinted Tattoos, by Nikita Parmenter.

Imprinted Tattoos is the first book in The Lost One’s series. As of right now there are apparently a total of 3 books out. I have no idea if there are going to be any more (but I hope there are???).

Trigger Warnings: Abuse, Parental Abuse (abusive mom), fighting, blood, gore, torture / mention, gun violence (& more that I cannot remember)

Crazy Psycho Ex? Check.
Massive Imprint Tattoo appearing and taking my total up to three now? Check.
Five deliciously gorgeous new guys at school and secrets galore? Check.

I have a feeling everything is about to change.

Sage is just done, done with the abuse that her mother puts her through daily, done with always being so alone and done with being one of the youngest humans to get an Imprint Tattoo. Only a small percentage of the human population over the age of eighteen ever receive one and they only appear when a soul changing event happens in that person’s life. Sage’s first one showed up when she was nine, yey for being weird.

She’s been fighting for so damn long and she’s just tired of it all. when she’s almost fully given up, hope comes in the arrival of five new guys at her crappy high school, the guys are shrouded in secrets but it’s not like she’s being completely honest with them either.

If Sage doesn’t let her fear control her, then she has the chance to be a part of something amazing but fate throws them all a curve ball when they realize that their lives are more intertwined than any of them could’ve imagined and as secrets about her past come to light and her psycho ex makes a reappearance she can’t help but find comfort in the five guys who give her hope.

This is a slow/ medium burn paranormal Reverse Harem.
Warnings: please be advised that this book contains dark themes, including abuse, memories of abuse from when she was a child, violence and cursing. Additionally, sexual themes suitable for mature audiences 18+.

All sex is consensual.

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.

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Dead in the Water, by Hailey Edwards | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I’ve got my book review of

Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards.

Dead in the Water is the first book in the Gemini series–as well as the first book in Camille’s trilogy.

Trigger Warning: Child Murder mention, Grief, Loss of a sibling mention, Death by Drowning mention.

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B04D5C02-D898-4BD7-A851-D809A8534D91Camille Ellis is the Earthen Conclave’s golden girl. Her peculiar talent solves cases with a touch. She isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty, but every bright star casts a shadow, and her deepest scars lurk just beneath the skin.

A routine consultation goes sideways when a victim’s brother gets involved in the investigation. Riding the edge of grief, the warg will go to any lengths to avenge his sister’s death. Even if it means ensuring Cam’s cooperation at the jaws of his wolf.

When the killer strikes again, Cam is caught between a warg and a hard place. To save the next victim, she must embrace her past. Even if it means dragging her darkest secrets into the light of day.

This series is a spinoff of the author’s “Black Dog” series.

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I gotta tell you that the synopsis for Dead in the Water just…sank it’s hook into me. I had to read Dead in the Water. Another thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. Holy smokes, when I see it there’s just so many questions I have, you know?

The beginning to this first Gemini book had me…..playing a game of ‘Stop, Go.’ With myself. Honestly the beginning chapters of this book were pretty stale and that had me not wanting to read the rest of the book. So I took a break from reading Dead in the Water. Continue reading

The Missing Wolf, by G. Bailey | Book Review

Hello, friends! Today I have my book review of

The Missing Wolf, by G. Bailey.

The Missing Wolf is the first in its series.

TW: Kidnapping, mention of a Car Accident resulting in Death (of a parent), Car Accident.

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48673136._SY475_I’m Anastasia Noble, and shortly after moving to college, my life changed forever.

I became a familiar, bonded to a wolf for life and arrested simply for existing.
I woke up in the famous Familiar Empire community where I have to learn to bond with my wolf, or I can never leave.
Never again see those whom I love.
Bonding is my only option, if you could even call it an option, but add in familiars going missing every week, plus being stuck in a cabin with three mysterious, attractive, male familiars and their maddening animals…this is not going to be easy.

17+ RH

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.

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Wow, what a story that The Missing Wolf turned out to be.

I’ll admit that the dialogue was a little forced–seemed unnatural–but the rest of the story more than made up for it. The characters, whose view we all read from, are different to a fault. They all have different personalities, but they all share the same goal.

Anastasia is new to the familiar world, though the familiar world isn’t new news globally. I actually found that Anastasia’s character was alright, she was certainly interesting, if not a tad “Look at me, I’m different than my sister!” vibe she had going on.

The plot moved really well and the story was easy to follow.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading the second book The Dying Wolf, when it comes out March 2020!!

I give The Missing Wolf, 3 stars.

Have you read anything by G. Bailey? What was it, and did you enjoy it?

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Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

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.

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.

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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

Run Little Wolf, by G. Bailey | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I’m bringing you my book review of

Run Little Wolf, by G. Bailey.

Run Little Wolf is the first in the Forest Pack series.

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0BEBE5DD-1BEC-4464-82F2-5C33901FBE67Ever heard the saying, never follow the big bad wolf into the woods?
Well, I wish I had listened to Little Red Riding Hoods advice.

One bite. That’s all it took to turn Harper into a wolf and change her entire life.
Turning eighteen was meant to be a fun night out, a party in the woods to celebrate with friends, but it ends in disaster.
Harper wakes up in a car, on her way to a pack of wolves; ones she must live with. The sexy and alluring alpha welcomes her, declaring her his mate. Only Harper’s best friend, a vampire she grew up with, tells her she belongs with him.
Now, Harper must keep her mates from destroying each other. Can there be a happy ending for them all?

To make matters worse, the wolves are at war with other kinds of shifters. When one of them turns up, demanding she is their mate, will her alpha, who she rejected, fight for her?
Will the vampire, who loves her, help her pack?

18+ menage romance.

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.

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I had high hopes for Run Little Wolf, and while I enjoyed the story, I found it to be a major let down.

The different points of view within the story were great to read from, and otherwise spiced up the story a little–you know, gave it a little pizazz. Buuuuut, other than that the story overall was pretty lacklustre.

I did enjoy having Harper as our main character in Run Little Wolf. However, I’m used to having Bailey’s female leads….have more spark to them, more badassery. And I just didn’t find Harper to fill that role.

I’m interested in reading the other books since there are companion novels in this series, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to reading them. I’d really like to have them not turn out to be disappointments to me. You know?

I give Run Little Wolf, 2 stars.

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Have you read Run Little Wolf before? If yes, what did you think of it?

Thank you for stopping by!

See you soon, and Happy Reading!
Adele

[ARC] Dreams of Fire, by Christian Cura | Book Review

Hello, friends! Today I’ve got my ARC book review of

Dreams of Fire, by Christian Cura.

Dreams of Fire is the first in its series.

A huge Thank You to Christian Cura, for allowing me to read Dreams of Fire in exchange for an honest review.
This in no way has impacted my review. 

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48720082._SY475_Meet Kara Hartman, a young painter living and working in D.C. She would love to let you believe she is just an ordinary young woman with a dream of sharing her art with the world. But she is hiding an astonishing secret: Kara can wield magic, the most powerful force in the universe. Traumatized by the loss of her brother, she wants nothing more to do with magic. But when an old foe resurfaces, hellbent on destroying all that she loves, Kara has no choice but to embrace the only power that can stop her.

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When the author approached me about Dreams of Fire, I read the synopsis and was truly looking forward to reading Kara’s story. So when I dove into reading Kara’s story, I was….. Continue reading

Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison | Book Review

Hello friends! I’m back with another book review! Today’s book review will be of

Black Magic Sanction, by Kim Harrison.

Black Magic Sanction is the 8th book in The Hollows series.

TW: Kidnapping mention, Attempted Murder, Death scene, Blood, Murder, Death of a parent mention, Death of a parent, sex scene.

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6547188Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

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Well, it’s safe to say that Black Magic Sanction pulled at my heart strings. I wanted to laugh, I wanted to cry, and …. there were many feelings I experienced while reading this 8th Hollows installation. Continue reading