Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Life Sentence by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   She can fight evil, but can she fight the darkness in her own blood? 
   After the disastrous events with Miranda have subsided, Danny and Angelica have to adjust to a new kind of like at the Paranormal Investigative Division. 
   Fiona is still on the loose, and she has all of Hell on her side. Danny begins to enhance his psychic abilities with the help of a soul just like his. Angelica is caught between a rock and a very dark place. 
   Can their love survive these new trials, or will the past tear them apart? 

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Excerpt from Life Sentence:
   "Well, well, little vamplet," the wolf growled, "it is a true pleasure to see you in person. I see you got my note."
   "Ever hear of email?" Angelica asked. Danny felt the tension in her body flowing in waves. She was just barely restraining herself from launching at the wolf, getting revenge for her fallen employee.    "You know of me, eh? Well, then you know what I'm capable of."
   "Oh, I do," it growled deeply, as if pleased. "And I want to challenge you."
   "Challenge me?" Angelica asked. "To what?"
   "A fight. Just us, to see who can win in an old-fashioned, one-on-one brawl."
   "It's been a while since i was challenged hand-to-hand. You sure you're up for it?"
   Angelica's smirk was a little alarming. Danny saw Brighton open his mouth to speak, but thought better of it a the look on her face. Angelica was about to go one-on-one with a cursed shifter. Any idiot could tell yo that that was a bad idea, even for a full-blooded vampire. 
   "Can you promise me that your male harlem back there won't get involved? Because if they do, this whole thing is off the table," the wold said. 
   Angelica chuckled. "They know better than the interfere." 
   Brighton grabbed Danny;s sleeve. "Are you really going to let her do this?"
   "Do you think I can stop her? Or even help her? You know her, Brighton. She'll incapacitate me in a second before going about the fight as if I never interrupted," Danny said. "Stubborn as a mule." 
   "I can hear you," she said as she began to remove her black gloves. her eyes never left the wolf in front of her. "Tell me, why do this? Your orders are to kill me, not challenge me."
   The wolf growled before it answered. "I heard what you did to the ones who came before me. They underestimated you. The only way for me to get a real, fair fight is to challenge you head-on. Why do you think I let that crazy witch turn me in the first place? For the power, I love a challenge. You, Angelica Cross, are a challenge."
   Angelica turned around and placed her two guns on the ground, as promised. She had not brought her sword in her haste to catch the wold. "Then let's go-monster to monster."
   The shifter scoffed. "At least I'm not still part human."
   Angelica's eyes darkened, turning blood red. Her claws started to extend, something that had never happened when she was a vamplet. Finally, Danny watched as her jaw became distended, and her fangs released. These were not the two "Dracula" fangs she had had before; these were the long needle fangs every vampire had. Each tooth became thin and sharp, while the canines on the top and bottom reaching over two inches in length. 
   "See, that's the thing: neither am I."


About the Author:
   Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call "gothic", she doesn't believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-love who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll. 
   Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe's complete work. She then realized that she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one. 
   Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda's Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. book three, Life Sentence, will be released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four (title TBA) was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released in January 2017. 
   She has a short story, "Undead Ever After" in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic story, "Have No Fears", was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, "The Devil's Dozen", in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. her horror short "Too Young To Kill" was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016. 

Review:
   Hey everyone! A couple of cool sales going on, right? I'm so happy to be part of this book's release! 
   Life Sentence did not only capture my heart, but also my imagination as I read through and pictured to scene right before me. Once again, Lily did not disappoint. 
   Continuing the Paranormal Detective Series, Life Sentence set the stage for the final battle against the antagonist witch, Fiona. But a life-altering event makes Angelica reluctant to have Danny by her side, making it hard for them to work together. I personally enjoyed seeing their relationship struggle in this way, because in the end, it really brings them closer together. You also see Angelica's tough exterior but vulnerable interior when you read her POV. 
   What I also thoroughly enjoyed were the flashbacks of the past, explaining how everything came about. How Angelica's human father fell in love with her vampire mother. How Danny's past-life's great-great uncle became who he is today (is that confusing?). It all circled around and connected, and I love the moment when everything finally connects together. It's so mind-blowing. 
   (I'm currently listening to With You by Chris Brown and I'm imagining Danny singing this to Angelica.. <3 Shipping them so hard). 
   The read was easy with little to no grammar mistakes, which always makes me happy. The writing was written very well: when the book took place in modern day, the writing was casual, but during flashbacks to England, it was more formal and appropriate for the time period, making you dive deeper into the book with realistic phrases and dialogue. 
   As you know, this series is dear to my heart since it's the one that had me loving vampire books. Life Sentence has some gore in it, so I'd definitely recommend this to people who don't mind a lot of blood. I can also say (as I do in every review for this series) that if you're not into vampires as I was, this series is a great way to slowly transition you into them! Especially now that they're on sale ;) 
   I cannot wait for book four!!! I already know it's going to be epic ;) 

Monday, July 18, 2016

No More Heroes by Roo I Macleod

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
2.7

Synopsis:
   On the crime ridden streets of Old London Town the law has been subcontracted and justice awarded to the highest bidder. But from the dark depths of despair and chaos, a hero is born. 

   A murder on the crime-ridden streets of Ostere isn't headline news
   A vagrant running from conscription is common place
   But this vagrant knew the deceased and was witnessed fighting with the deceased 
   So now the police want a word
   As do the killers 
   Ben Jackman, vagrant by day, hunter of road kill by night, isn't the man to take the fall
   Proving his innocence is obvious
   Finding the killer is crucial
   But Ben needs a gun, a big gun with lots of bullets, because the seedy streets of Ostere have a new breed of criminal and they aren't looking to take prisoners

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Review:
   Hey everyone! Wow, summer is already halfway gone and I feel like I didn't accomplish anything! I have to finish my summer assignments for school and get started on my college applications. You know, it kind of sucks when the major you're looking for is brand new close to no colleges have the program you want... At least my top college does... it's just a matter of if I get in or not. I can't believe I'm a senior. For those of you younger: trust me, high school goes by so fast. At least it did for me. I had decent teachers and met amazing friends. I'm scared but excited to go away to college... if any of you out there are in college, what is it like?
   Okay, onto the review. No More Heroes is a great, fast-paced book with lots of humor... but for me, I just didn't click with the book and it didn't help with making it an enjoyable read.
   I found it hard to keep track of the copious groups and people. It took me about half the book to understand which is which and who belonged in which group.
   I also felt that Roo did a wonderful job of describing the environment and creating a picture for me while reading the book. It was great that I had a good visual, but though the author excelled in creating a picture, he lacked in explaining why things are happening. Like in the beginning of the book, this huge attack against the police and a rebel group just started out of no where. Yes, it's obvious the people don't like the government officials, but I just wanted to know why. Why are they so mad? Why is there such a huge tension? There was no background of the whole history behind it. Maybe the story started with a bag being misplaced and an innocent man accused of murder, but I feel like there should be a plot building so I feel like I'm deep into the world and not just on the outside looking in.
   There were also quite a few grammar mistakes that made it a little difficult to read as well. It's so much better in the long run if the book is proofread by a few people or had an editor give it a once over before it gets published.
   I really loved the story and I feel that it has a lot of potential. The original story and the humor mixed in with the haunting feel makes for a good laugh. I just wish I connected more with the story and I'm sorry that I didn't.
   I'm sure that the book is amazing and plenty of people will enjoy the book from page one. No More Heroes is definitely great for people who love a good, fast-paced mystery.
   I hope you all aren't too mad about my review! See you soon with another one.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Life Sentence by Lily Luchesi Cover Reveal!

 
   Hey guys! Today, I'm so pleased to tell you all that I'm part of a cover reveal for Life Sentence, coming out on August 2nd! Life Sentence is the third installation of The Paranormal Detective series. If you haven't checked out my book reviews for the first two books, be sure to check them out!

Life Sentence (Paranormal Detectives Book Three)
By Lily Luchesi
Genre: Paranormal, horror, mystery
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing

She can fight evil, but can she fight the darkness in her own blood?
After the disastrous events with Miranda have subsided, Danny and Angelica have to adjust to a new kind of life at the Paranormal Investigative Division. 
Fiona is still of the loose, and she has all of Hell on her side. Danny begins to enhance his psychic abilities with the help of a soul just like his. Angelica is caught between a rock and a very dark place. 
Can their love survive these new trials, or will the past tear them apart?

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   I hope you guys get this book! This series has really gotten me into loving vampire books (It's not so bad after all). I certainly can't wait to get my hands on this book :D 
   Enjoy your lovely day, everyone! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4.75

Synopsis:
   Erik "Fish" Fiskare loves the theater, but his guarded nature prefers backstage to center stage. While studying stagecraft at college, his spotlight turns on a talented dancer named Marguerite "Daisy" Bianco. Soon, Erik is drawn to a first love as soulful as it is passionate. For two years, the romance thrives within a tight-knit circle of artists and friends. Then a newcomer arrives: James, a brilliant but erratic dancer with a misguided infatuation and a burning desire to belong. 
   Rejection sets James on a course for destruction and when the smoke clears, Erik's world lies in ruins. He soon discovers that in the face of heartache, grief and betrayal, love is not always enough to make you stay. And sometimes, it's the only thing that can bring you back. 
   Spanning fifteen years and following a man's thrilling emotional journey back to the truth of himself, Laqueur's debut novel explores the dark side of devotion and the futility of running from one's past. The Man I Love is an epic tale of love and forgiveness that will linger longer after the last page is turned. 

Links to Buy:
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Review:
   Wow.


   That's really all I can say for this book. I just went on such an emotional roller coaster reading this book... I honestly don't know where to start.
   I guess from the beginning.
   Right from the start, I knew this book was going to be great. The writing is flawless. Very few to no grammar mistakes and the style was just what I was looking for. It was poised and elegant, which took me by surprise because I didn't expect that coming from a book of this genre.
   I loved the writing, and then I loved the story. I'm not really into theatric art but I loved the way the elegance of the dancers matched the way the writing was. I loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of the stage. So much goes into production, it's crazy (new respect goes out to those who take part in any of it).
   But I guess what I loved the most is how Suanne really showcased the reality of grief, love, life, and so much more. You guys know me, I cannot do unrealistic situations. The Man I Love was so explicit in how Erik and his group of friends felt and went through life. Their decisions, though sometimes not rational, were realistic given the situation. It really felt as if I was looking into someone else's life.
   And man, do I feel for all of them. TMIL started off sad, but upbeat and hopeful. Turning into happiness and love; nothing could go wrong. But literally within minutes, life decides to take a 180 turn on the characters and it's... depressed, bleak... hopeless. But unlike most books, the bad times carried out for a good amount of the book. I liked that though, because it just shows how long it takes to get through something terrible. It doesn't always take days or months. Sometimes it takes years, and Suanne highlighted that. I think she did an exemplary job portraying both the good and bad in relationships and situations.
   I only have one critique but I'm not even sure if it's even a bad thing. It was a really long book; carried out to fifteen years with almost 600 pages. There were times when I felt as if it was just filler information, not important to the storyline and, honestly, boring. But then... throughout the book, you start to see everything connected. There was a reason why Suanne had it in the book. Like those freaking pepparkakor cookies. Why the heck do you need to know how they taste or why they were made? Trust me, THE ENDING. Everything had such a small yet significant job in the book and I really loved that. So I think the brief times I wanted to skip through a little dialog or explaining, I'm so glad I didn't.
   I'm honestly just so awed by this book and its story that's being held between two covers by its binding. I truly didn't think it'd be this good.
  Obviously, I recommend this book. It's a great read if you're looking for something that holds a lot of meaning between the lines.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Miranda's Rights by Lily Luchesi

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   The dead don't always rest easy...
   Retired detective, Danny Mancini, is haunted by nightmares after he found out that paranormal creatures exist. All he wants is to forget them... especially a certain half-vampire. When cursed werewolves show up to kill him, he is forced to go back to the Paranormal Investigative Division for help against a powerful old enemy. What he was not expecting was a dead ex showing back up after twenty-six years. 

Links to Buy:
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Review:
   Hey guys! Wow, even I didn't think that I'd be back this soon! But seriously, this series is so good. If you guys haven't read my review for the first book, Stake-Out, go and read that first!
   Miranda's Rights, the sequel, goes more in depth with Angelica's family and history... Which I think is sooooo interesting. I mean she's lived for two hundred years so she must have a lot of stories to tell, haha. We only saw a fraction of her story, but I think it was amazing to flash back to a different time period. I also loved how we saw Fiona (the antagonist) in a different light. In the beginning, she wasn't so bad... though why she turned so evil was kind of... stupid. Like okay you're mad but you don't need to go all bat crazy (did I spoil anything?...).
   I also loved how Miranda came into the picture. Everything just fit together so perfectly with her story, and though I hate her guts, she was another perfect antagonist. I (personally) didn't really like the way Danny treated her though. They were about to get married and when she came back (admittedly a different species and twenty-something years later), it's like she didn't mean anything to him. Like at least have a little sympathy even though she's lost her mind.
   Don't get me wrong, I hate her and love triangles annoy me so much, but you know... at least be sympathetic, you know? Nonetheless, I loved her story and she even got her own book all about how insane she is!
   Danny and Angelica? Yeah I ship it. So hard.
   Lily does a fantastic job with the story, changing the POV at just the right time. Right when I want to know about someone's thoughts or actions, she changes the POV to that person, like she saw the future and knew exactly what I was going to be thinking.
   I did see a few more grammar mistakes than last time, but it was still on the minimal side and I was super happy about that.
   I flew through this book so fast. Miranda's Rights is faster paced because there's no need to build up the chemistry and story. Though I love the story and character development, I love the action that occurs within the book. SO many new faces and twists and turns (MAN, THAT FREAKING ENDING)!
   In the end, this book was so very pleasing. It did have a little bit more blood with more detail about vampire bites, but since the first book already got me into the vamp world, it was not a big deal for me at all.
   I really hope you guys read this series, even if you're not into vampire books, it's a great series to start expanding your horizons. The writing is very smooth, and if you like multiple POV's, well this has them. I personally cannot wait for the third book comes out in August! I'll definitely have the review for that coming up ASAP ;)
   Well I hope this review was enlightening, hopefully I didn't spoil too much! Haha stay tuned for another review coming up ;)