This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Dragon Marked. It’s Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve!
Plot Synopsis: When the formidable power of Jessa Lebron’s mark was unleashed, during her impulsive foray into Vanguard, the American supernatural prison, she learned the truth. She’s a dual shifter: wolf, and as an added bonus, dragon – of the fluffy persuasion. Yep, she’s one special cupcake. Now, pursued by the Four, powerful hunters of the dragon marked, she has no choice but to run. At least she has her impossibly gorgeous and infuriating best friends by her side, the Compass quads. Not only are they powerful and hella useful in a fight, but most of the time they’re also semi-entertaining too.
Plot: The plot of this entry wasn’t as good as the first, in fact it was pretty troperific. It had so many stereotypes pop up that I was actually really annoyed by the end of the book. I’m still debating whether I’ll listen to the final book after how bad this entry was.
Characters: We get introduced to a couple new people, but mostly it focuses on the people we knew from Book 01. The newcomers were all pretty annoying to me for the most part.
Overall: A pretty mediocre sequel, you may want to pass on it.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I stumbled across recently in my local library. It’s Dragon Marked, Book 01 of the Supernatural Prison series, by Jaymin Eve!
Plot Synopsis: There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey. Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.
Plot: The plot is fairly good, it’s nothing like Sanderson levels of amazing, but it’s hundreds of times better than something like Twilight. This all being said I had a fun time with this book and I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.
Characters: The cast of characters is pretty interesting, although my favorite is probably Jessa because of her take no bullshit attitude. That being said the Compass brothers are pretty awesome too. The rest of the cast is great, although there are some things that could probably be improved with some of the other side characters.
Overall: This was a fairly fun book, probably a great read for young adult readers. More mature readers may find it less appealing.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Magic, Vampires, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Fae, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the third entry in the Demon Accords series! It’s Brutal Asset by John Conroe!
Plot Synopsis: Partnered in an uneasy alliance with federal law enforcement, Chris Gordon has been hunting down the outlaw gang, Loki’s Spawn, who attacked his vampire girlfriend. But when he finds unexpected hostages who trigger his baser instincts, Chris is thrown into a search for answers to dark questions. How to control his inner demon, what do the Spawn want with children, and who is hunting him?
Plot: This entry is probably my least favorite of the series, but that isn’t to say it’s a bad book. In fact it’s pretty freaking awesome, I just don’t like this entry as much as any of the other entries. This entry is actually really good compared to most Urban Fantasy books, and definitely proves that John Conroe can contend with heavy hitters like Jim Butcher.
Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters in this entry, although the best newcomer is probably Katrina. We also finally put a name to Chris’s darker persona, Grim. Grim is an awesome addition to Chris as a character, because it makes him vulnerable and badass at the same time. As for the why I’ll leave that to you to RAFO (read and find out).
Overall: An excellent entry in an awesome Urban Fantasy series.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Demons, Vampires, Weres, Drama, Action, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the fourth entry in the Greywalker series! It’s Vanished by Kat Richardson!
Plot Synopsis: Why did Seattle investigator Harper Blaine-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father’s early death…
Plot: This entry is all about dealing with some really significant plot threads that were left dangling in prior books, lots of it include questions we had of Harper’s past and this entry was pretty great. There are some really disturbing parts of this entry, but overall I enjoyed it. I probably will never listen/read it again, but it’s definitely an important entry in terms of plot.
Characters: We get to meet a few new characters, but most are some old familiar faces from the past. The newcomers are okay, but for the most part this is Harper’s show and about her past.
Overall: This is an interesting entry, and very important to the series, but it can be disturbing for some readers.
I’m back with the third entry in the Chicagoland Vampires series for this week’s Bookish Wednesday! It’s Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill!
Plot Synopsis: Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.
Plot: The plot is intense as usual and while I cringed with the way Miss Neill decided to progress Ethan and Merit’s relationship it was the only real issue I have with the book. I did enjoy the supernatural political issues we get to learn more of in this book, and we get to see lots of ass kicking.
Characters: Of all the newcomers Berna is probably my favorite, with her being a gruff no nonsense sort of person she was an instant favorite. The rest of the newcomers were nice as well.
Overall: This was an excellent entry for the most part, but the romance part did feel off.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the second book in the Chicagoland Vampire Series. It’s Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill!
Plot Synopsis: Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite. But once the public learns about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly—the citizens might start sharpening their stakes.
Cadogan House Master, vampire Ethan Sullivan, wants Merit, the House’s newest Novitiate, to reconnect with her upper-class family and work with the city’s other supernaturals to keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media.
Plot: The plot gets pretty intense fairly quickly and it’s quite a satisfying entry in the series. There are some parts I don’t enjoy, but that’s because of the use of certain romantic tropes.
Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters in this book, my favorite being Gabriel. That being said Ethan and Merit are still their snarky selves and I enjoy the heck out of them as well. Jeff is still another favorite and hopefully he’ll continue to be so in future books.
Overall: This is an excellent entry in a series that’s shaping up to be quite awesome.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I started reading a few years back. It’s Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill!
Plot Synopsis: Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.
Plot: The plot is pretty great, and being born in Chicago I always enjoy learning more about the city since I don’t remember it at all essentially. That being said, this isn’t Twilight thankfully and the plot gets pretty intense, fairly quickly.
Characters: This being the first book we get introduced to our main cast of characters, with Merit and Ethan being the obvious leads. However Mallory, Catcher (yes that’s really his name), and Jeff are definitely the best of the side characters. Catcher and Mallory in particular are snarky, and I always enjoy snark. As for Merit and Ethan, they’re fairly decent leads, although Ethan can be grating at times.
Overall: If you love Urban Fantasy, you’ll love this first book of Chicagoland Vampires.
For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Action, Drama, Romance, Vampires, Weres, Fast Paced Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.