‘Darkness Everlasting’ (Guardians of Eternity #3) by Alexandra Ivy

Cripes!darkenss everlasting

How many times can that word be used in a story?? Seriously?! If I had the patience I would’ve counted them. It’s almost like Alexandra used the good old ‘Find and Replace’ for any swear word or exclamation!

Anywhoo…. lets move on. Now that I have gotten my whinge out of the way.

Another good story in the series and finally a vampire not afraid to sink his fangs into someone.

This story focuses on Darcy and Styx. Styx is the newly appointed Anasso (King of the vampires) and he doesn’t seem to get out much. However, he’s trying to keep the peace between all the different demons out there.

Enter the werewolves – Finally! And Darcy. The introduction of the werewolves into the series is great as now we get a greater pool of characters and problems. And personally I can’t wait to read more about Salvatore (king of the werewolves).

Characters from the previous book re-appear, which I love. Can’t ever have enough of Viper. Plus Levet, the gargoyle is back and is as funny as ever!

Three books into the series and I’m finding that the books are following a pattern and because of that I tended to read ahead in this book. Probably time to read something from a different author.

My rating 4/5


‘Embrace The Darkness’ (Guardians of Eternity #2) by Alexandra Ivy

embrace the darkness (2)“You are destined to be a thorn in my side for all of eternity.”

I’d suggest this roughly sums up the book.

We met both of the main characters in book one of this series. Viper is the almighty clan leader and Shay is a half human/demon. To be precise she is a Shalott, which makes her blood irresistible to all vampires.

Viper buys her at a slave market… I know romantic right. However there is a ‘big bad’ trying to take Shay for their own use. So they slowly fall in love, along with the necessary kidnapping, torture and killing of ‘big bad’.

The story is predictable but written well and is fast paced. It’s one of the reasons I am enjoying this series. Action, paranormal and romance all in one, with neither of them outweighing the other.

Viper is swoon worthy in that dangerous Mr.Grey way.

However I think the better character here is Shay. She’s a strong willed, independent and brave woman who can put Viper and other vampires in their place. I liked that and I hope to see more of her in the series.

But prize for the best character in the book goes to Levet. A gargoyle. He’s great, a little nutty but is a great side-kick for Shay.

2 books into a series and I am happy to continue further down the rabbit hole with these characters.

My Rating 4/5.


‘When Darkness Comes’ (Guardians of Eternity) by Alexandra Ivy

when darkness comesPicked this bad boy off the local library book shelf. It was an impulse borrow, as I was looking for something light to read that didn’t take it’s self too seriously.

Well, this certainly delivered. I really enjoyed this book.

Story line is basic. Girl meets gorgeous man (who turns out to be vampire), attraction heats up between them and then BAM! She becomes the magical Chalice and demons want to kill her to unleash the ‘dark Prince’. And of course the gorgeous man is her champion.

The story has of course has been done to death (pardon the pun), however I thought Alexandra Ivy moved this story in a quick pace so you can’t get too bored with anything. There is plenty of action and of course the chemistry between Dante and Abby is well written.

The only one annoying thing in this book for me, was how often Abby had to think/say how perfect Dante was looking even thought she looked like sh$t. We get it he’s perfect and you are a slob. Move on… he still loves you.

This book has encouraged me to continue with the series.

My rating is 4/5.

‘The Honeyfield Bequest’ by Anna Jacobs

honeyfield bequesthmmm… what to say about this one??!

It was an easy book to read, kept me in engaged throughout but I feel like this story was a bit “meh” for me.

Perhaps the storyline was not entirely what I was expecting. The blurb gave me the impression that Kathleen was going to be a force of nature, highly independent and with spirit. Yes, she did have these things but she still got married and became shackled to her husband and kids for the story.

What also surprised me in this story was the mention that some characters had some ‘special gifts’. The ability to know things, see ghosts and to find things without looking. After further research, I realised that I was probably reading these books in the wrong order (if there is an order). In a previous series called ‘Greyladies’ I assume the ‘special gifts’ are discussed in greater detail.

This book will end up being a part of a new series, as this book certainly laid the foundations for it and although I didn’t hate this book I don’t think I will be back for the rest.

My rating 2.5/5


‘See What I Have Done’ by Sarah Schmidt

see what i have doneLizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

Lizzie Borden and her story has always fascinated me. Did she do it and if so why would she do that to her family? Such a vicious and cruel crime.

This book certainly does not try to solve a 100-year-old crime. Instead it looks further into the family life and what might have been going on behind the door at 92 Second Street.

The book can be a little confusing at times as there are 4 different story tellers and each seems to jump forward and backward in time. It takes a little bit to get use to, but once you get into the rhythm of it, its actually brings something unique to the telling of the story.

Another unusual aspect of this story is how Sarah focuses on the smells, tastes and touch of everything in the characters lives. At times this can be taken a little too far. There are only so many times I need to know there might have been something off with the mutton soup and how the characters were all sick from it.

The last few entries from the characters are eerie and they start to come full circle and show the aftermath of the murders and where they all ended up. I got the chills towards the end and it has left me with more questions than answers but I think that’s a sign of a good story.

Sarah has written more than a story here, she has written a world that you can step into and be immersed in. It’s brilliant writing and it has left me more fascinated with Lizzie and why she did it.

My rating is 4/5.


‘The Con Artist’ by Kitty Thomas

con artistHoly cow! This book is intense.

It’s the darker side of a BDSM relationship and there is definitely no happy ending for these characters.

It’s full on that’s for sure and the book/author and most reviews carry with it a warning that this is not for the faint hearted or someone looking for a ‘fifty shades of grey’ story line. Trust me the “Master” in this story is not going to start doing flowers and romance anytime soon.

But I think that’s the point of this story there is no true hope for any of these characters and this shows what it is truly like to be owned, to be a slave and to have your soul cut away slowly.

It’s not the sexual aspects of this book that will stay with you long after you have finished it but the emotional turmoil that Saskia (‘the slave’) goes through. You watch her slowly lose her self and become an extension of Quill (‘the master’) and even Marcus to a certain extent.

Kitty Thomas has written a great book here. Yes its graphical at times but she has that amazing ability to see both the physical and emotional side of the whole thing. I will give another one of her books ago for sure. However I think I will need to read several less intense books before I tackle another one. Too much darkness and even I might starting saying ‘yes sir’.

My rating is 4/5

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‘Succubus Blues’ (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead

succubus bluesI want to start by saying I loved and adored the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. So it would be safe to say I held very high hopes and standards for this series.

We begin the series by meeting Georgina, who is a succubus.

What is a succubus I hear you ask? Well it’s a female demon who can appear as a very attractive women and will seduce men in order to feed off their life energy. Thus stealing their soul for the purpose of Hell.

It’s a great premise for a story. Especially when Georgina is not enjoying her life as an immortal. She wants love and to be able to find someone to share it with, without taking their soul.

This story focuses on the fact that something is going around killing immortals. Even though you shouldn’t be able to do that. Georgina being the immortal Nancy Drew gets on the case and begins to come up with her own ideas and suspects. While doing this she is dating, dancing and trying very hard to not having feelings for Roman and the sexy writer Seth.

But this is where I got stuck with the book. It’s a really great storyline but it took me 3/4 of the book to really get into it. For the first half I was actually contemplating put this on the ‘Don’t not finish’ pile. However, I gave Richelle the benefit of the doubt and kept going.

I’m glad I did, as I felt the story picked up after that and I started to enjoy it. Towards the end I actually found myself getting more interested in the other characters in the book. Like Hugh (the Imp), Carter (the Angel) and of course Peter & Cody (vampires) and I look forward to reading more about their antics going forward.

Georgina is still not a character that I’m fully in love with yet and perhaps this is why I struggled at the start with the story. But as we progressed further into the story we learnt more about her history and how she came to be a succubus. Slowly, I’m beginning to thaw on my opinion of her. However it could still take a few books.

Seth (the writer and love interest) is a great character and I found him to be an important mortal character in a demon heavy story. He’s calm, thoughtful and has a strength that Georgina needs in her life.

Who knows if Georgina can find the relationship she is after, but I’m hooked enough to read the next book in the series.

My rating is 3.5/5

‘Crow Moon’ (Crow Moon #1) by Anna McKerrow

crow moonWhat a delightful and fascinating way to start a series.

We are introduced to Danny who is a teenage boy who has a high level of hormones, who chases just about everything. haha! He lives in what is known as the ‘Greenworld’. Turns out we are running out of oil/energy, so the witches got together and decided to create a place where they could live off the land and the magic of a spot instead of it’s limited resources. It’s a great set-up for a story.

Danny turns out to be a pretty powerful witch who throughout the book begins to learn more about what he can do. I liked reading about what he was learning and his visions etc. It certainly helped to develop his story line and how powerful he may well be further on.

Yes there is a love story  in this book and given this is about a teenage boy, its hard to avoid that. Look, I wasn’t a huge fan of Saba (the love interest). She annoyed me with how ‘perfect’ she came across as and I was kind of happy that the ending did not see them together. I think Danny needs to develop further on his own and then… you never know. I might change my mind.

I did however thoroughly enjoy the character of Melz. This is Saba’s twin sister and she takes on the gothic witch persona. I think there is more depth in her, than there is in Saba and I’m stoked to find out that the second book will be about her adventure. I can’t wait to learn more about her and I’m cheering for her to find her ‘true love’.

The next book is already on the TBR pile and I can’t wait to tackle it.

My rating for this book is 3.5/5


‘Rose Bride’ (Lust in the Tudor Court #3) by Elizabeth Moss

I am a massive fan of any and all books to do with the Tudor era. So strap yourselves in forrose bridev2 a lot of book reviews that will involve this part of history.

This book was the third one in a series and to be honest this one has been sitting on the ‘TBR’ pile for a while. I wasn’t a huge fan of the second book in this series so I was little worried we were on the downward spiral.

However, this book was a pleasant surprise. If anything I thought the action in this book was a lot sexier and steamier than in the previous 2 books. Virgil and Margerie are both likeable characters and in the end you are really ‘cheering’ for them to confess their love for each other and to live happily ever after (or as much as you can in Henry VIII’s court).

My only one issue with this book was the ending. It felt rushed and I wasn’t  fully satisfied with where my characters ended up. But I think I can overlook that due to all the other “fun, sexy stuff’ that was in it.

My rating for this book is 3/5.

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Reading = Happiness

I love reading and it’s no secret that I’m usually reading more than one book at once. So I thought why not share my thoughts on the books I read with a greater audience.

Yes, I’m well aware there are plenty of websites and apps that I can do this on, but why not spread my love and passion for reading on my very own blog as well.

My favourite types of genres  are romance, history, fantasy and young adult. But I’m going to branch out and maybe try some new topics and genres. I might even try an audiobook. haha!

So wish me luck, with this new endeavour.