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As if having a dangerous stalker wasn’t enough, now Adeline has to deal with an even more dangerous situation. Having been kidnapped, Adeline is forced into the very thing her stalker fights against: A human trafficking ring. With no way to escape. Adeline prays someone will find her before she is sold to the highest bidder or is broken.
After realizing his girl is gone, Zade is unable to keep himself from losing it. The one thing that he loves and keeps him from losing it completely is missing without a trace and nothing will keep him from finding her. His only problem is those who might have information are out of reach and he has no clue where to find his little mouse.
Hunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton is the second book of the Cat and Mouse duet. Like in the first book, there are triggers you should be mindful of. Rape and abuse plays a heavy part in the story. If you can’t stomach this kind of stuff, please do not pick it up. I have a trigger against rape and it was rough to go through for me. However, even though there were parts that were tough to read for me, I enjoyed the book because of the realistic aftermath of what had happened to our main character. She struggled after everything she went through. And the fact she questioned herself and even had to fight herself to get back to her life showed the author really thought how the actions put against Adeline and how it would affect the character and how they interacted with others, especially how she would interact with men.
That wasn’t the only amazing thing that was in this book. The characters facing their own conflicts and growing was also amazing. Though it was mainly Adeline changing, you also get to see Zade deal with situations in his own way. Adeline is going through a rough time and seeing Zade crumble around her trying to replace the memories she has after dealing with such an ordeal, was pleasant. Many of times I thought he would. Leave her. However, their love is deeper than I originally thought. It was definitely a dark romance as to how they deal with each other. I believe Adeline becoming stronger and even learning how to fight to take out her own enemies was also an amazing fear. It took awhile, but her determination to stop those things from happening even more did wise her morals a bit, but gives her a new up purpose to help her find a way to move on. Even though it broke my heart to see her innocence die, it was still nice to see her become a stronger person after struggling with everything.
Due to the realistic situations, I can’t help but rate Hunting Adeline five out of five stars. It brings up dark topics and even describes how people view them. With how the book is written I can almost believe this was something that was heavily researched and makes me think could the circumstances be true? Even if it is fiction, I find myself wanting to find out if it is. The book was beautifully written and can pull on your emotions while reading it. You must read Haunting Adeline to get some information, but I think this book would be a good. Stand-alone too. Due to it being diet though, I will stand by my statement that you must read the first. Both books were amazing.
Having a stalker is terrifying, but Adeline is a junkie for being scared. Having recently moved into her grandmother’s house that she inherited, Adeline, attracts a stalker. He is not your average stalker though. He can enter her house without being detected and slip past her security system. As if the stalked wasn’t the only thing on her plate, she finds her great-grandmother’s journals, which shows she had a stalker, one she fell in love with. It would seem history has a way of repeating itself, only since her great-grand mother was murdered, Adeline wants to prove the stalker did it, so that she too can convince herself that all stalkers are psychopaths.
He has a new obsession. One that causes him to feel things he never knew he could. While he tracks down all these trafficking rings, he find it hard to keep his mind from wandering back to the girl who is his obsession. After all she will love him, if he has any say in the matter.
Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton is a very dark romance. I want to start this review out with, there are some triggers to be warned out. It takes a very dark turn between the main characters and lines are blurred between consensual and not. Not to mention the murder. It is a little graphic and there is human trafficking in the plot. If these are things you can’t stomach, please do not read. Other than these triggers, this book was thrilling.
I devoured this book in two short days. I was reading every chance I got. It had a creepy setting, which is the house that Adeline had gotten when her grandmother passed. It was creepy, but like the main character, I really enjoy being scared. However, I will say, having not really known what the book was about, I felt it was creepy, with the stalker and unsolved murder mystery. The book has a lot of aspects to keep you entertained. There were so many points in the book where I was unsure what the main line is. I still can’t say the main point of the book. There was so much going on, but it was seamless. It was easy to be drawn into this dark romance and not be let out. I can’t wait to read the second book. Haunting Adeline is a duet, so it should be just as good as the first book. Hoping we get more answers.
I don’t think I could find one bad thing about the book. Adeline is a character you ca relate to. She is risky, in the sense she is the type of person we all yell at in horror movies to not do things. But it shows sometimes our curiosity gets the best of us. I know if I was in the same situation, I would do what she did. However, she also care deeply about putting others in risk. She wants to keep those around her safe, even if she is a little careless with her own life. I think that is one of the things I most admire about this duet, thus far. It has some things touch of moral codes and blur lines. It makes you think and ponder the world around you.
I found her stalker to be a character who is questionable and that was delightful. At one point he states he makes his own morals. I had to really thing about that when I had read it. It makes sense. He isn’t a horrible person, just one that murders those who wish to hurt others. He doesn’t have a back story to make him a psychopath, but at the same time when you think too much on it, it will make you wonder, is he a bad guy or a good guy? This review will not be going to deeply into him, as I do not wish to spoil anything to those who wish to read this book.
With everything said, I must rate this book five out of five stars. There weren’t any dry points in the book and it was beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book any one who likes dark romances with hints of mystery. Keep triggers in mind when you go to pick up this book. Some of it is very questionable where lines sit. It is still very good, and the adult content does not take away from the story. In fact, it adds to it in this case. After all, Adeline is a horror junkie. I hope you enjoyed this review, and please consider this book to be added to your TBR.
Peter Pan’s shadow is loose on Neverland, taking up residence in Hook’s territory. While he plans to get it back, Winnie plans to claim Vane. After all she wants to claim all four of her lost boys. With shadows on the loose and problems piling up, one thing is clear, Pan will get his shadow back and do everything in his power to keep their Darling safe.
The Dark One by Nikki St Crowe is the second in the series. It continues the story where The Never King left off. It has all our favorite staring in their own chapters. All but Tilly, Tinkerbell’s daughter and current fae queen. We even get to see things from hooks perspective. I have to say the Crocodile is my favorite. Though we don’t meet him in this book, we do get some back story of who he is. I loved the crocodile in the movie as a kid. But to see this rendition is amazing. I hope we get to meet him in the next novel.
I also adored how the shadows ran from Pan, adding another problem to his list. After all, Neverland is tied closely with Pan and his shadow. The shadow seems to be playful, which is how we are used to seeing Peter Pan. This Peter Pan seems vicious and I can’t wait to see what he is like with his shadow as this novel is about the journey of obtaining his shadow again after having found it. Throughout this addition to the series, we have more adult content than the last and it adds to the story. It helps characters get closer and shows the growing love between them. However, I feel it does have some triggers, which the author does mention in the beginning of the book and was kind enough to give us a link to said triggers. Though it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
All in all, The Dark One was pretty good. It had some intense moments, and it is full of adult content but also rivalry and action. Though I will say the action wasn’t a whole lot. Even though it is short, it was still a delightful read, making it four out of five stars. It doesn’t get five stars because I would have loved a little more action and a lot less planning, but it was still good enough for four stars. I do recommend reading The Never King first as it fills in some gapes that otherwise wouldn’t have driven me crazy. The series is extremely delightful and one I will recommend.
The magic of never land is tied to Peter Pan’s shadow, but it’s been missing for a long time. It’s location? Darlings’ inherited memories. The only problem being, to abstract the memories, a Darling has to go mad. With this new Darling, Pan is running out of time. Therefore he and his boys have to hope this one is differed.
The Never King is a delicious take on Peter Pan. Nikki St Crowe writing style is beautiful. Each description was beautifully done. Made you want to be in the book to experience everything yourself. The other thing I loved was how the man character, Winnie, stayed focus on the fact she will go mad. I really enjoyed how she dealt with it her whole life. With everything her mother put her through, one would’ve thought Winnie would have run away or hated her mom. I know I would’ve, but seeing Winnie concerned with her mother’s well being even though she shouldn’t have been at such a young age, let’s you know that she had to sacrifice a childhood in order to help her mother out.
It touches me in a heartwarming way because I can relate in a way. The fear of going mad is always there. It is one trauma away. With Winnie not wanting to be like her mother, she puts up a fight in her own way. The girl is full of a fire that one can only get when out through what she had to endure growing up. The story is a bit dirty at parts with the adult content. There isn’t a whole lot of adult content just two scenes, however with the book being under 200 pages, two scenes can take up a good portion of the novel. Even with it there is doesn’t take away from the story. If anything, it adds to it.
As I do not wish to give away too much and with it being so short, I will have to go ahead and rate The Never King by Nikki St Crowe. The rating I would give it is four out of five stars. It was an excellent read but left me wanting more. I would recommend it to all my smutt lovers. It’s a dark romance with reverse harem quality to it. However, it is very short and will leaving you wanting more. More information, more events and more adult content.
Reia is going to be sacrificed because her village believes her to be a harbinger of bad omens. She lived her life in loneliness and just wants to travel the world to see what is out there. However, she is to be the sacrifice to keep her village safe. When he arrives for her, Reia holds firm and leaves with him. He discusses what his goal is. He wants a human to give him their soul. Reia wants freedom and she knows if she can just leave his home and make is safely through the veil, she could be free to move around and see the world. However, she slowly begins to fall for the Dusk Walker.
A Soul to Keep by Opal Reyne is like a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It is dark but has the same kind of qualities that made me love Beauty and the Beast. It has a girl, who is beautiful inside and out and a monster who wishes for a female’s affections. Though the story is still different and even mentions Beauty and the Beast, it still holds that same quality but with a twist. In this story, Reia is our beauty, but she is not liked by anyone in her village. Due to an event that happened leaving her the only one to survive, Reia is labeled the harbinger of bad omens. With demons eating humans, she is often blamed for the unfortunate events that happen when demons get hungry. This ultimately is why she has some fire in her. Having been trapped in her village, she begins to dream of exploring the world until she is be offered as a bride to a Dusk Walker. This information allows us to see why she is so rebellious and has determination unlike anyone else.
Throughout the story, the thought of escaping the Dusk Walker who is holding her captive, we find Reia often battling herself to escape. Even though she knows it would be a bad idea, she still wants to travel the world The fact this ideal does not change, it is clear the Dusk Walker will do anything for her, and this helps change the how it will happen. The story is cute because in this dark retelling, the beast, or Dusk Walker, needs Reia to give him her soul. As the story goes on, it makes it impossible to understand what that really means. However, it does play on both their minds as he wants her to be with him forever and she is not sure if living forever sounds all that good. After all, to live forever sounds kind of boring to me too. What can you do to keep yourself sane and busy, eventually, you will run out of things to do. But to each their own.
With each arc in the story, it brings the two together, which brings us some spicy scenes. These scenes are very different from our normal adult content that we all love so much. After all, one of them is not even human. It is interesting how the author created our male’s genital section. It is kind of weird at first, but it makes sense that a nonhuman would not have the same genitals. The whole idea on Dusk Walkers was utterly amazing. The more information we learn, the more we want to know more. In this case I was dying for the next tidbit of information to be given. Though I will say I was a little disappointed in the world building, but I understand why it was done the way it was. When demons can’t stand the sunlight, it makes sense completely.
Even with the small disappointment I felt about the world, I still loved the book. It was interesting and very entertaining. So, with that being said, I will rate A Soul to Keep five out of five stars. It had its spice and it only seemed to add to the story, even if it was a little weird at first. I cannot say I would recommend this to anyone, as I do feel it is for mature audiences only. It is still highly recommended, and I am hoping to see more from this author. Happy Reading!
Its that time again. I know we are posting this late but work and life had gotten in the way. Not to mention I was finishing another book in what little free time I had. My daughter is starting preschool in a week, so it has been busy with running around to prepare for it. So, let’s dive in.
In August I read a total of sixteen books. That includes the two ARCs that I obtained from the author Shelby Manuel. Thank you again Shelby for allowing me to read your books and review them. Out of all the books I read, I adored The Cat and Mouse duet by H.D. Carlton. Those reviews have yet to make it to my blog, but that is due to now being able to post every day. With my current schedule, as you may have already figured out, I am posting every other day. This is for two reasons. One, I need time to read. I have a full-time job as tech support and am a full-time parent. So, I don’t always have tons of time to read. I usually try to read an hour a day, after work when my child is in bed. The second reason being, I also like to see if any of you have suggestions, whether it’s a favorite book that you think I would like or a book you want to see reviewed. I know we are still growing, but please feel free to leave comments or email me if you have any recommendations. After all, I am trying to help others find their next obsession.
I would like to state, this last month, I rented a lot of books from Kindle Unlimited to read on my iPad. I enjoyed quite a bit of them. It was a good month. Especially since two books I looked forward to being released. I have high hopes for September.
Speaking of September, my goal will be to read at least fifteen books with some spooky ones in there. However, since my TBR is a million books deep, I will expand my spooky books to include anything with triggers or monsters in it and focus on actual horror stories in October. I know one of which will be a reread just because its that time of the year where my daughter and I watch Nightmare Before Christmas and then I will end up rereading Long Live the Pumpkin Queen. Which has already been reviewed and you should check it out if you love The Nightmare before Christmas story. I don’t have any books that I wish to pick up right now, so no upcoming release dates. Well, besides Wasteland: The Factions of Red River, which will be released October 1st. So, if those reviews enticed you, you know when both books will be out as Fog was released back in May.
Well, with all that information given, I believe we should wrap up our monthly recap and next months goals. If you have any recommendations, please drop me a comment. I am always looking for that next obsession. I know my current one is still awaiting a third book and I am hoping to review the first two for you guys soon. For now, happy reading.
Riley is the third leader of Fog and has a crush on her brothers’ friend and right hand man, Mick. So even though they are in danger and being targeted still in what might be an upcoming war, Riley is still determined to have Mick. Even if he seems desperate to keep her away from him and anything else that could hurt her. With Ally and her being targeted the most, Riley needs to be in her toes while continuing to help those in need. However, the awkwardness with Mick after sharing their first kiss in the way, Riley can’t stop thinking about him.
Mick has a troubled past and it only got worse after his trip into the Wasteland. His love for Riley causes him to stress whenever they get to close. Now that they kisses, he can’t stand to be near her because he is worried he will only hurt her more. Not to mention her brother might not take well to their relationship. So Mick plans to keep his distance, only Riley won’t let him. After there is word the girls are being targeted does he realize that he may be the only one standing between Riley and their enemies.
I need to say thank you to Shelby Manuel for allowing to let me read this book before it was released on October 1st of 2022. I received this copy as an ARC (advanced reader copy). Before I jump onto the review portion of this, I would also like to say if you like spice you should check out her work.
Wasteland: The Factions of Red River by Shelby Manuel is the second book in The Factions of Red River series. It follows shortly behind Fog. It even back tracks a little as the main characters switch to Riley and Mick. While you can read it as a stand-alone as it goes over the information from the first book, I would still recommend reading Fog first. It gives more back story into the world and started the world building with ease. Having read Fog first, I can say it helped understanding Wasteland even more. I do want to point out that the main characters we follow are different than the first book, and while I normally can’t stand that kind of thing, it works in this series. The story plot amazes me. I don’t think I will ever get over the story.
However, I want to address the negatives first so that we can focus on the positives. Let’s start with the triggers. Now Shelby Manuel does a great job in going over the triggers first and I have no qualms about that. But what I do have a problem with is how spicy it made it sound and it just lacked a little in my standards. The spice was there, and the triggers hold true, I guess I was just hoping to be spicier than it was. The adult content didn’t take from the story and once again only added to it. So that seemed to be alright. The other issue I had was a few spelling errors that I hope get caught before release the main one being Theo’s name in one part became “The”. It made me do a triple take. But the errors were reduced this time around.
On to our positives. Even though we follow different characters, we still get some information on the characters we watch last book. It was nice to seem them interact and even see how their relationships form. Not to mention, I also really enjoyed how Wasteland technically picks up a little before the end of Fog. It goes over information that we didn’t get to see, but also provides that information onto why things are the way they are at the beginning. But wait there is more? It also continues the story line on the upcoming possible war between factions. I loved that even though the book focused on Riley and Mick’s relationship, the story line continues nicely. It was pleasing to me.
Getting to know Riley and Mick in their own ways, only showed how diverse these characters are. I feel this book is a good example of how opposites attract. Riley’s personality didn’t strike me as one that would get along with Mick, or even allow her to stand on her own, but I was completely wrong. It had me thinking about my own relationship a few times, and if I am honest with it, I did finally understand why my husband and I work so well. I never thought about it before. I believe that best part of Shelby’s writing is that is causes me to pause and think. After all, I do look for certain things in post-apocalyptic stories. This book was still a beautiful even with the errors.
Considering all of what was said prior, I will be rating this book three out of four stars. As I stated there wasn’t as much spice as I was expecting based on the triggers. I do love the story line and the character switch. It allowed us to still see how Ally and Jax is doing, but from an outsider’s perspective and it didn’t leave me with too many questions, except for, what’s next for our characters? Who is next? I believe you should pick this book up if you loved Fog. You should be able to devour this book as well. It will release October first, so keep an eye out and be prepared!
The world fell apart and gangs fought for power to run different cities. In Red River, there are four factions, living in a barely stable truce. Ally, a nurse who works in the neutral territory, but lives in Fog, finds herself running into one of the most dangerous men to reside in Fog. After having created walls to keep herself safe and at a distance from other people, Ally must learn that her current way of living isn’t really living. The only question being, will Jax the Ax and the second leader under his brother Theo of the Fog Faction, force his way into her heart and break those walls down?
Jaxon, also known as Jax the Ax, has been running errands and is the man you don’t want to mess with in Fog. He is the type to kill and ask questions. Until one errand has him meet a beautiful woman with more fire than he has ever met. She challenges him and drives him crazy. Growing up, he was taught about soulmates and Jax thinks this fiery vixen is his. The only problem? This vixen is dead set on not letting him get too close. He knows he needs to show her she is loved and cherished, but he isn’t sure how to do it or the past that keeps her from trusting him.
Before I begin this review, I wanted to say I got this as a free copy for a review from the author herself. I really am glad I was able to get this as an ARC in prelude to the second book Wasteland.
Fog: The Factions of Red River by Shelby Manuel is a post-apocalyptic romance. The story takes place in the city of Red River, where it has been divided amongst four factions. The faction that the story takes place is Fog, ran by the McHales. When starting the book, I read the prologue, which gives back story and I feel it did an amazing job. I was intrigued by the end of it, but as I went through the book, I was in love with the story. It was beautifully written and kept some twists in there to throw me off my game. Though, I can proudly say I kind of knew the ending halfway through. But don’t we all figure things out before the author wants us too?
The characters were diverse enough to keep things interesting, but they all were tough in their own ways. It shows they must deal with a lot in this new world. The post-apocalyptic world is a dog-eat-dog world, and not in the way our world is now. However, I can say that this book is how I see our world becoming. It brings up a lot of thoughts and things that we already face today. Like the drug use and the crime rates. I have to say, I think I enjoyed that part the most. Not because I’m all for crimes and drugs, but because it is easier to relate to everything in the book. It has that way to draw you in and make you listen.
The will they won’t they thing the book has going on also helped keep things entertaining. Though the book involves a lot of adult content, it doesn’t really take away from the story. I will say, however, that sometimes it felt a little too much and I wanted to get to the action. What can I say, I like direct paths. It did add to the story in the sense that it made the characters closer, while also showing each person’s side of things. The character perspective changes were a nice touch in this book. It showed how the characters felt, what was going on in the city and what a possible outcome of the story would be.
Due to all these wonderful things, I have to give Fog: The Factions of Red River, its credit. I wasn’t sure how I would rate this book. I found some spelling errors in the beginning, but it was only a handful of mistakes. Mistakes I even make when writing my reviews. I don’t know if it was overlooked or what have you, but they were tiny errors and could easily blend in with the story. Due to these errors, I can’t justify any other rating by four out of five stars. I loved the story plot and enjoyed the realism in there, but the errors and predictability can be a bit of a negative thing. I do still recommend reading it, though. Fog: The Factions of Red River is truly a good book.
The time has come to visit the double dungeon again, and with hopes of getting answers about the system, Jinwoo raid crashes to protect a smaller guild to get such answers. However, this time things are different. It appears no other hunters are allowed in, and the Angel statue has a tear for Jinwoo with the promise of answers for the completion of said test. While he is undergoing this test to get answers, an S Rank dungeon breaks in Japan. Although Jinwoo is worried, he has to survive the tests before figuring out what to do.
Once again, I am blown away but Chugong and his writing style. In Solo Leveling Vol 5, we not only continue to watch Jinwoo grow more powerful, but we also get some information to leave us wanting more. Released on August 19, 2022, this light novel is the shortest one yet. However, the saying “Big things come in small packages,” holds true for this newest addition to the story. It was jam packed in action and information. The best parts being the action and new information. Watching Jinwoo, or in this case reading about it, defeat that which almost killed him in the first book was a bittersweet scene.
He faced his enemies with confidence and well thought out strategy that he adapted to while battling. He was terrified but collected first time around, but this time, you could see the determination. It becomes awfully clear that he plans on protecting hunters and humans alike by taking on these trials to better himself. It makes him even more loveable. Most people would be in it for fame and fortune, but Jinwoo seems to be in it for not just leveling up, but to protect those who can’t protect themselves. I believe this is such a heartwarming trait that it is hard not to love him.
The ending was not shocking but left me completely dying for the next book. It looks like he will go to Japan, but we won’t know for sure until the next book releases sometime in November. Which you know I will seek out immediately. After all I bought this one the day of after a small hunt. I am absolutely in love with this series and cannot wait. These light novels, along with the beautiful manga, makes it hard to wait for the anime that should come out next year.
With everything being said, with maybe a tad bit of a spoiler, I have to rate Solo Leveling Vol 5 four out of five stars. I’m absolutely addicted to this series and can’t wait for it all to wrap up. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is, the beginning has given me too high of hopes of getting more information and answers, but I feel as if we got next to no answers with a lot more questions. That annoys me slightly, since the next novel won’t be out until November. That’s a long wait and I feel, that while it will be worth it, that I will literally go insane waiting. It just that good!
The war is over but the aftermath is just starting. With everyone needing to heal and Winter Solstice around the corner, everyone is busy rebuilding their cities and trying to get past all the brutality the war wrought on the people. Feyre and her family are trying to help everyone while also trying to overcome her hat they went through. Buying each other gifts and giving each other support is one of the biggest ways Feyre is helping make the world a better place. Feyre even learns that creating has helped her through some tough times and tries to plan to help others with their tough times. Nothing like Winter Solstice to help bring people together and help them move past the awful things they had to endure.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas is like a Christmas special in the middle of a television show. There isn’t any dark and cruel things happening. It was a nice reprieve from the story line, showing how much we all need our friends and families after going through such dark and trying times. It is the shortest of the series this far, but it is also the most touching. Not because anyone is declaring their love or doing cute things, but because of the lessons or ideals behind what is going on.
I will say that even though I’m not into what I deem as filler, it was a nice turn of events. Since every book before this was jam packed with action suspense and strategic planning, seeing our main characters do something like supporting one another, trying to heal and find ways to make the world more peaceful, was nice. I really enjoyed Feyre’s parts as each chapter seemed to focus on one character or another. Not because she is my favorite and I loved seeing her grow as a person, but because she is keeping her promise on making the world a better place. In a way they all are in their own ways but Feyre definitely did something she has not only promised to do, but something that will in turn make their world a more beautiful place to live.
There wasn’t a lot of conflict in A Court of Frost and Starlight, but what can one expect in this particular book. Because it was a Christmas Special in a way, it was very docile compared to what it could have been. Romance did seem to be an underlying concept as I would only assume after everything they went through, but to me it left me not really wanting to continue the series. And not just because I don’t have the last book. The reason I say this is because I felt it wrapped up the series.
What I mean by that is that even in the parts that had me wanting more, just to gather information, I was still left feeling content with it at the end. It just felt right to leave it like that. With all this being said, I would rate this novel three out of five stars. It was good but not my cup of tea so to speak. I tend to not care about books without conflict. It seems the world is going to be better just from this book and in my opinion was a great way to end a series.