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Centaur Redemption by Nancy Straight

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I absolutely love the Touched Series by Nancy Straight, so when I saw that Centaur Redemption had been released, I snapped it up right away, though I have to say that I am not crazy about the cover.

Centaur Redemption by Nancy StraightHere is the Goodreads description:

Cami and Drake’s honeymoon is cut short as they escape attacks by the Council Enforcers and head to South Africa for the meeting of the Centaur Council, which has ordered a death sentence on Cami and all members of the Lost Herd. The Council Chairman is her grandmother, her most dangerous foe. Surrounded by family and friends, Drake and Cami face the Council, Cami’s power-hungry uncles, an ambitious twin, taking the battle all the way to Zeus to attempt to win the freedom of the Tak herd.

This book was really bittersweet for me. I was all set to give it 5 stars, but then ending kind of threw me. It was kind of sad and yet hopeful, and I am not really sure how I feel about it. I think an epilogue would have gone a long way toward making this story feel more complete. There are supposed to be more books set in this world later, so maybe that was why we didn’t get one? I don’t know, but I really think this book would have benefited from one.

Also, I would have liked to have seen more of Cami’s brothers. I feel like her relationship with them, especially Beau and Brent was a huge part of this series and that interaction was basically non-existent in this book. In fact, I feel like most of the main characters from before were kind of pushed into the background. This book was really just about Camille and, to a lesser extent, Cameron. I think this book fell a little short because of that.

On the other hand, the overall story line was pretty good. I was maybe hoping for a little more action since that was kind of a big part of the previous book, but overall the story progressed well and did not really feel forced or anything. I really would like to talk more about what I did like, but I think that would be way to spoilery, so I will just say that I am definitely looking forward to more Centaur books in the future.

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Smash Into You by: Shelly Crane

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Shelly Crane is one of my very favorite authors, so every time she releases a new book, I snap it up right away. Yesterday she released Smash Into You and I one-clicked as soon as a saw it.

Here is the description from Goodreads:

Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn’t quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week’s pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. 

Never stop running…

Now he’s semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It’s been three months since he had to move because ‘Biloxi’, as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. 

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they’re after them both.

I LOVED this book! Shelly Crane is such a ridiculously amazing writer. I love her stuff and this book seriously did not disappoint.

This book is clean, and believe me, nothing is missed. Shelly’s writing is flawless, and doesn’t need any cheap tricks to cover up. Marley and Jude have real relationship building. There was no insta-love. Everything between them felt real.

Another thing I loved was that this book was that it did not follow the traditional story lines that I read every day. The base story was unique, and tons of things happened that I did not see coming at all, but I can’t tell you what they were because this is a story that needs to be experienced without spoilers. just know that it will keep you guessing all the way through. It was also unique in that most books seem to either a) have a love triangle or b) have the characters get together and them have some huge blow-up where they break up and then get back together in the last chapter. I loved that this was another classic Shelly Crane book where neither of those things happen. Her characters work together. They are partners and equals and the COMMUNICATE! It’s a shame that that is such a novel concept in books, but it is. When things happened, Jude and Marley would discuss is. They didn’t keep secrets out of some misguided attempt to protect each other. It was such a refreshing change, and it’s kind of sad to me that characters who talk to each other isn’t the norm.

I will say that it is necessary to go into this book with some willing suspension of disbelief. the situation is a bit on the fantastic side, but it is done so beautifully that the story never crosses into the realm of the ridiculous. It is a delicate balance, and it is spot on.

Oh, and you should also know that the whole book is written in Jude’s POV. This doesn’t really make a difference, but it did add a different dynamic to the reading experience. Just thought you should know.

I don’t really know if this review makes any sense. I feel like my ideas are kind of swimming around in my mind and not translating well. I guess you just really need to know that this book is fantastic, and you should read it.

5 super glittery excited stars!!!

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Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

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When I first got my Kindle, one of the first Indie authors I discovered was S.L. Naeole. I fell in love with her writing immediately. Her latest book is titled Damselfly, and is the second in her Faeble series.

Here is the Goodreads description:

Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

She used to be known as the Blithe Baby. Now she’s something more, and that’s not a good thing. 

Seeing the world through new eyes, Sophia Blithe has found love, found hope, and found a life that she never new she would have with Declan Sterling, a Sidhe boy with indigo eyes and magic in his touch. But, she should know by now that life never plays out how you want it to. 

When the new world she knows, and the old world she remembers begins to crumble around her, Sophia will lose almost everything that’s ever mattered to her, and will be forced to make a decision that will forever change the course of not just her life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the story line is unique and extremely suspenseful. It is really not like anything else I have read. On the other hand, I kind of have a hard time cheering for the “happy ending.” I seriously do not see how this series can end well. It is hard to cheer for the main characters when their goal is to save the murderous fairies. So yeah, I have some definite mixed feelings about this book/series.

This book was well-written, if a little long. Ms. Naeole has some serious talent for writing unique stories. I have read most of her stuff and really enjoy her writing. That being said, the Faeble series is not necessarily my favorite. She does not pull any punches in this series, and to me, it gets a little hard to read at points. It can get kind of gruesome and I feel the need to take a step back and disconnect for a while. I would categorize this as Upper YA, and I do not recommend it for younger readers.

I like Dex, though the revelations at the end of the book were heartbreaking. I am seriously anxious for the next book to find out what is going to happen between him and Fee.

I flip-flop on whether I like Fee or not. She definitely has her moments, both good and bad. She has had a rough life and it just seems to keep getting harder. I keep waiting for her to catch some kind of a break, but every time she seems to, the rug gets pulled out from under her feet and the stuff hits the fan even worse than before.

This book left a lot of questions open at the end, and I am looking forward to getting some answers in the next book.

3 Stars

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Purity by: Claire Farrell

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It’s always disappointing when the last book in a series doesn’t quite live up to its prequels. This seems to be a problem I run across a lot. Good writers don’t know how to end their stories. Today’s book that did that was Purity by: Claire Farrell, the last book in her Cursed trilogy.

Purity by Claire FarrellHere is the description from Goodreads:

Perdita’s life has gone back to normal in all of the worst ways, while Nathan doesn’t even recognise himself anymore. Still, they’re both trying to make do the best way they know how.

But when they finally catch sight of that flicker of light at the end of the tunnel, Vin plays his final, most deadly, hand.

I started reading this book a long time ago, like back when it was first released. I struggled and, while I knew I wanted to come back and finish it, I gave up for a while.

The first half of the book was tough. It was all angry characters and no communication and Perdita and Nathan both pining away for someone that they didn’t think wanted them anymore. Seriously, one conversation could have eliminated the entire first half of the book. It was kind of depressing and I just wasn’t feeling it.

I was looking for something to read and decided to pick it back up and finish it. Apparently I just needed to read a little farther past where I stopped and the story picked up.

The second half of the book was definitely more interesting, though i still thought it dragged. Things that have been building throughout the whole series finally came to a head, but I just thought the whole thing could have been shortened. It seemed like the author was just stretching out the events until she reached the number of words she wanted and then just told, not showed, us everything that happened after. It went from way over described throughout the whole book to the bare minimum for the end.

I don’t know. I just think this book could have been better. I liked the first two books a lot and this one just wasn’t as good. It wasn’t terrible; it was just kind of disappointing.

3 Stars

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The Whispering by: L. Filloon

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I am a big fan of L. Filloon‘s Velesi trilogy. I found The Drifting among the indie book on Amazon, and it was definitely a gem. When the last book in the trilogy, The Whispering, was released, I had to one-click it immediately.

The Whispering by L FilloonHere is the description from Goodreads:

Tharin and Lily find themselves back in Pathen in search of Julia and the key to Eirrell, but old foes and new ones are in close pursuit. Adding to their plight, all doorways to Velesi have been closed.

Forced to discover a way back to their realm, the group finds help from new friends and those who once stood against them are now allies. To make matters worse, a betrayal causes the door to the UnderRealm to open, allowing demons and monsters once imprisoned to roam the realm freely.

Time is of the essence as there are only two Ancients left while Ka grows weaker, struggling to hold the realm together. It is up to Tharin and Lily to find the doorway to Eirrell, call the Unnamed Sidhe and save Velesi.

Journey back to Velesi and join Tharin, Lily, Tolan, Julia, Alorn, Mellis, Ziri and Cessa to save the realm and maybe have a wedding…or two, but then again, it is Velesi, so…maybe not

This was a good end to the Velesi trilogy. However, I think some things could have been improved upon, and some things confused me.

This book did a good job of catching me back up with the story. It has been quite a while since I read the Drifting, but this book caught me back to what was going on fairly quickly. That being said, some of the names were still really confusing to me. So many people had close names, that I felt like I needed to keep a list going just to keep them all straight. I got confused at times especially since, like I said, it has been a long time since I read the last book, and I have read lots of other things since then.

I really liked Lily in this book. She has totally come into herself and is finding her voice and her place among the Sidhe. I thought it was strange how she just kind of went along with the idea that she needed to go to a faerie realm and marry a prince, but now we get to see her actually standing up for herself and doing what she sees as best not just what she is told.

I liked that Tharin was learning to not always be 100% in control of everything. Lily brings out a side of him that he didn’t know existed, and it makes him much more relatable and likable.

I was sad about Alorn. I won’t say what about, but he definitely needs a chance at a HEA. And Mellis too. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble those two get in together.

The thing with Dorlan confused me. I never really understood what the story was there. I think it could have been more clearly explained. It was kind of lost in the shuffle with everything else going on. Same with Kallis. I just got really confused with all of the shifting loyalties and trying to figure out who was actually loyal to whom and what was going on some of the time.

I was also confused by the “Dragon Seed” and what exactly that means. Then again, I think the Lily and Tharin were confused about it, too. I am hoping there will be future books following that storyline because I think it could become something exciting.

Overall, I thought this was a good end to Lily and Tharin’s story, but I wish the ending had been stretched out a little more. The final battle and events that followed it were over almost before they started. The whole book was building up to the final conflict that barely lasted any time. That was kind of a disappointment, and I would have liked a little more after it, too. Though that is not as big of a thing since there are plans for more books set in this world. I am definitely looking forward to them.

4 Stars

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