Eve: The Awakening – Book Review 

This will probably be my last review for a while. I’m starting a new job on Tuesday (in hopes that I can use that money to edit, get a cover design, and publish my book!!), so I won’t have as much leisure time to read. I still intend to read 100 books this year. We will see. 🙂 

Jenna Moreci is a super awesome person and writer. She’s funny and gives fantastic writing advice on YouTube. You can watch her videos here and you can read the first three chapters of Eve: The Awakening here.

Eve: The Awakening
Jenna Moreci

Synopsis: (Taken from amazon.com) “Eve is an outcast. A chimera. After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human. But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve. Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?”

Review:
This book is AWESOME! It is a long one (500 some pages), but it is full of exciting characters, scary aliens, interesting social interactions, and twists and turns.

Eve is a great heroine. She starts off as a badass and just continues down the road of badassness, even when stuff is hitting the fan. She can fight and take care of herself. Her friends are great. I don’t want to spoil, but I think Sancho is my favorite character. Ever. Go read the book and let me know if you agree.

I’ve read some reviews that complain about some of the characters being too sterotypical and cliche. I don’t agree. While I see some of them falling into sterotypes, Jenna Moreci is able to weave in character development that creates depth to even some of the side characters. I found every character I was introduced to compelling.

Fight scenes – if you love fight scenes, this is the book for you! Between combat training and alien fights that seem impossible, you will be i in your glory. The scenes are so well choreographed, I felt like I was watching a movie.

The love interest subplot is great. It grows over time and there is no “insta love” feeling anywhere. I enjoyed seeing a different side of Eve once she became more vulnerable and let her guard down a bit.

Overall, I love this book. I think it’s memorable and unpredictable. I love how descriptive and movie-like the scenes are. Character development is fantastic. If you’re into scifi, this is a must read. 

EVE: THE AWAKENING RATING: 5/5☆

I think this will be my last blog post of the weekend. I start my new job Tuesday, so wish me luck! I hope you have a fun filled 4th of July and I will talk to you soon!

Blood Rose (Book #1 Blood War Trilogy) – Book Review 

Another review of a Danielle Rose book. This is the first in the Blood War trilogy (which you can pick up for $.99 on Amazon still- prices go up soon!).

As stated in my last review, you can find more info on Danielle Rose here.

Blood Rose
Book 1 in the Blood War trilogy
Danielle Rose

Synopsis (taken from Amazon): ”
Avah Taylor has been given a death sentence: as one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. The Power, given by the gods to one witch of each generation, is considered a great honor, but every witch before has died trying to master this all-too-powerful gift, one that the shell of a mortal can’t contain for long.

On the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked, and Avah is left for dead. Confronted with a terrible choice, Avah must decide to either die or save herself by becoming like her enemies. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she has sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war and battles her own feelings for a man she is supposed to hate, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.”

Review:
This first book is fantastic. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and it kept me wanting to read more.

Avah is such a great character. Danielle Rose does a great job creating a kick ass heroine who has some flaws and vulnerabilities without being a complete damsel in distress. I find that such an endearing quality for characters to have – there are still flawed people (or vampires in this case), but they rise above their fear when the time comes instead of hiding behind their love interest the entire time.

Speaking of love interests. Without spoiling too much, the love interest is yet another very well developed character. The love does come quickly, but it is described in such a compelling and beliveable way, that it never felt like the “insta love” nonsense we see in some books.

Overall, the characters were well developed and the plot moved at a quick pacs. The world building is great – I could see the places vividly in my imagination, and that’s one of my favorite parts about the book.

I definitely suggest if you enjoy paranormal romance, that you go pick up the kindle version of the Blood War trilogy quickly, while it is still on sale. It’s worth the time to read, I promise!

I was twenty-four years old when I was told my life was no longer truly mine.

BLOOD ROSE RATING: 5/5☆

The next book in the series is titled Blood Magic. I will be reviewing as soon as I finish reading. I also realized today, I forgot to review another book I read a while back that I think is worth checking out – that review *MIGHT* go up tomorrow.

I hope you have a great 4th of July weekend. I will talk to you soon!!

Daemon Academy – Book Review

Hey all,

Long time no post. Here’s a review for you. 🙂

I came across Danielle Rose on Facebook because she was having a release party for her third book in her Blood War trilogy. I’ve been trying to catch up on her work since. I just finished the first book in the Blood War series, but I wanted to review her short story – Daemon Academy first.

Learn more about Danielle Rose: www.Danielle-Rose.com

Daemon Academy
Danielle Rose
A Horror Short Story

Synopsis (taken directly from Amazon): “Kemper Academy is over a hundred years old, but it has only recently reopened after a series of murders and stories of hauntings shut it down. Avlynn, a new student, refuses to let the rumors scare her, chalking them up to a bit of friendly freshman hazing. But when night falls and screams draw her from her room, she finds the truth is much more horrifying than any ghost story.”

Review:
I don’t generally read short stories. Not because I find fault with them, they just aren’t the first thing I grab at. That being said, this short story was FANTASTIC. Call me a wimp, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this.

Supposedly, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is at its thinnest on Halloween.

It is short (I believe 14 pages), but Danielle Rose is able to develop characters, develop setting, and move the plot along in those 14 pages. Side note: I also love the name Avlynn. It’s just so unique. Anyway, back to the review. The plot is not predictable in the least, although I did try to guess what was happening. I was way off. My favorite thing is it’s a horror that doesn’t depend on gore to get the point across. It’s part of the reason horror movies disappoint me so often. I don’t equate gore with being scared – I equate it with feeling sick! This short story scares the pants off you without making feel queasy. I think this is definitely worth a read! It’s available on Kindle. Check it out. 🙂

DAEMON ACADEMY RATING: 4/5☆

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