First Line Friday #19

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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!


Hi friends, and Happy weekend! If you didn’t know, today is Friday, and pheeewwwwww I am so ready to jump into bed for the weekend and forget about all my troubles. Dive into a good book and relax.

The particular book I’m mentioning today is a book that I’ve wanted to read…..I think for a few years now. Maybe even back in my tumblr days… Let’s get on with it so you can get to reading your book and/or enjoying your weekend faster! xD

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The calming echo of a holy chant filtered down from the sanctuary and into the cellars. It was late afternoon, just before Vespers, a time where psalms to the gods were given up in an effortless chorus.

OK so more than one sentence, but o m g how could I not include the entire snippet?!

I’ve heard a tonne about this particular book. Some good, some bad, altogether meant that there were loads of mixed views. Before diving into a book I like to remain as impartial to everyone else’s thoughts of the story. I don’t want my mind to be muddled by outside voices. I actually try to stay away from a lot of social media just in case I come across something that I don’t want to read. 

The first lines that I’ve showed you are from: Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan. 


A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Synopsis from Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan

I’m trying my hardest right now to forget what I actually just read because holycrap I’m finding the scene to already be atmospheric and wow I want to read Wicked Saints as soon as I can…?! Should I wait until I have all 3 books in the trilogy to read it?

Let me know if you’ve read Wicked Saints or not. I’d love to know your thoughts / impressions of the story!!!

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy Reading!
Adele

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Seized By The Pack, by Ava Lunaria | Book Review

Hello! I’ve got another book review today. To be honest, I have enough book reviews to last me for another year or so if I were to upload one everyday. BUT for your sake, and mine, I’m trying to upload maybe….4 (max) a week?

Today’s book review is of Seized By The Pack (Paranormal Mates of Erinbren University, #1) by Ava Lunaria. Here’s the link to the synopsis on Am*zon, and this is a link to SBTP on GoodReads.

Luna Wright’s mother was obsessed with werewolves. That’s why, when abandoned by college jocks in the woods and she finds herself at the mercy of a werewolf pack, she knows the full moon could mean damnation or, if she’s lucky, salvation.
Maybe it’s time to switch her major from American mythology, to veterinary medicine.

A reverse harem werewolf romance with insta-love and a guaranteed HEA.

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.

Seized By The Pack *is* a college-age story. I’ve read books in the past (and more than likely will in the future) where the characters, and the love interests are either college-age and mixed with a HUGE age difference or some other combination. As we see in paranormal romance novels. Wherein if we saw this in real life, there would be more than a couple of people put-off by it.

I wrote little of my thoughts down when I’d read SBTP…I apologize if my review is stunted.

Apparently I loved seeing how the Douche gets what he so rightfully deserves…(lol!)

There were sex scenes within this book (of course), and some scenes were more detailed. Though I felt like most (if not all) of the sex scenes were fade-to-black; leave-it-up-to-the-readers-imagination type scenes.

By the end of Seized By The Pack, I wished there were more to this groups’ story. I found them incredibly fun to read.

I gave SBTP 3.5 stars.

Have you read a Paranormal Romance story? What was it, and did you like it?

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy Reading!
Adele

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Puppy Love (Her Secret Menagerie, #1) by Katelyn Beckett | Book Review

Hello hello! It’s been a while! I actually schedule a lot all of my posts, so really I haven’t seen you guys since September. Should I do a little “catch-up” post? Separate from this book review of course :).

Today I’ve got my review of Puppy Love, by Katelyn Beckett.

Puppy Love is the first book in the Her Secret Menagerie series.

Trigger Warnings: Sex.
Unfortunately I didn’t write down any triggers from Puppy Love, so I can’t remember any specific triggers that may or may not have happened within PL.


My passion in life? Saving animals. I’m the person they call when a cat has kittens under their shed or a stray dog shows up with no collar and tags. Be it dark or rain or foggy night, I’m there for friends of fur, scale, and feather alike.

I just never expected one of my rescue calls to be a werewolf pup.

Not like I knew it when I showed up, but something was definitely different about him. His snout was too round, his ears too pointed, and I’d thought he was a coydog; one of those dog-coyote mixes that showed up now and then.

That was before he bit me. And even an alpha pup can change an innocent mortal like me into a shapeshifting powerhouse.

Flung into a new world where submission might mean death and pack politics rule the secret supernatural society, I’m lost but not alone. With the pup’s father, Hudson, and his packmates leading me through this strange environment, I feel as though I could take on the world. They have everything I need; confidence, power, money. And I’m everything they could ever want.

But how do we come to terms with the fact that it feels as if we’ve always been together? As if we all belong as a group? I haven’t been on a date in years, now I have four gorgeous, rich werewolves chasing me.

What’s a girl to do?

This book is intended for mature audiences. Adults only. This is a fated mates reverse harem where the girl gets all the guys. Why choose if you don’t have to? Light M/M references included.

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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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, welcome back to Adele Is Reading!

Today’s post is another First Lines Fridays! I’m trying not to post these every week, just because I for sure know that I’d run out of books to take from.

Today’s author is one that I’ve read from in the past, and I actually loved one of their early series, back when I was around 14-years-old! 13 years ago now, wow. Time flies.

I have to.

I’ve been fighting it all night. I’m going to lose. My battle is as futile as a woman feeling the first pangs of labor and deciding it’s an inconvenient time to give birth. Nature wins out. It always does.

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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

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! 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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. . .

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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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